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February 3rd

Crime Prevention Tips Theft of Winter Equipment and Vehicles Each winter, the theft of skis, snowboards, idling vehicles and various snow machines increase significantly. The high values of these items make them an easy target for thieves and many are stolen from residences and businesses each year. Generally the more it snows, the more these thefts occur as victims hastily leave their property unsecure in an effort to return inside and get out of the cold. It pays to be vigilant and take precautions to protect your property against theft. Consider the following list of preventative measures to help reduce your vulnerability and keep your belongings out of the hands thieves: Snow blowers and Snowmobiles:

 Record the make, model number, and serial number of your snow machine.

Keep this in a secure place. In the event that your snow machine does get stolen, this information is crucial when filing a police report. If recovered, the serial number can help police return the snow machine to its rightful owner.

 Engrave your name and phone number on your snow machine, in a location that is visible and noticeable.

 Use a padlock and heavy gauge chain to secure your snow machine and other

equipment. Lock it to a pole, fence, garage door track, etc. The tougher and longer it takes for a thief to remove your snow machine from the premises, the less likely it is that you will become a target.

 If stored in a garage, shed, or barn, keep the doors locked and do not keep your garage door opener in the vehicle if left outside.

 Paint some part of the snow machine a distinguishing color to make identification faster and easier.

 Block access to the snow machine with a vehicle.  Leave exterior lights on at night. Lights are a major deterrent to crime. Thieves don’t like to be seen. Installing motion detector lights on the exterior of your business or residence is highly recommended.

 Disable your snow machine at night by removing battery terminal, coils, sparkplug, etc.

Idling Cars:  Don’t do it…a running car left unattended is an easy target for thieves. Remember windows can be broken and doors “jimmied” allowing easy access to a vehicle with keys in the ignition.

 City of Barrie Bylaw 2004-140 prohibits the idling of engines. Violators could face a possible charge and fine under the Bylaw. To obtain further information in regards to securing your property please visit the Barrie Police Service Bell Farm Road office and pick up a “Household Inventory” pamphlet. Take the precautions so that you will not become a target. Be vigilant, and spread the word to your neighbours. If you see them leaving their property unsecured, urge caution and report any suspicious activity to the police.

For more information and other crime prevention trip contact Barrie Police Service (705) 725-7025 Ext: 2926

Upcoming Events Mid February-End of April

Community Income Tax Program 55+ Centres Allandale 55+ at (705) 728-6332 Parkview 55+ Centre at (705) 737-0755 Victoria Village Activity Centre at (705) 792-3411 In conjunction with Revenue Canada, the City of Barrie 55+ Centres are offering the Community Income Tax Program. Trained volunteers assist people with low incomes or those who have difficulty completing their tax returns. You do not need to be a senior to take advantage of this program. Income Tax clinics operate from mid February until the end of April. Only basic returns are accepted and appointments are necessary, so please book your appointment at the respective Centre listed above.

Kites, Ice Sculptures Soup

Electronic copies are only available through The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through, however a fee may be applicable.

All Part Of Winterfest Fun!


s the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them. In Barrie, we receive our fair portion of “them”. But instead of hibernating in denial until the spring, we get out there and celebrate! We celebrate the snow, the cold, our fantastic landscape, as well as music, movies, and food with the whole family at the annual Winterfest and Festival of Ice, one of the Top 100 Festivals in Ontario. This year’s Winterfest celebration takes place on Saturday & Sunday, February 5 & 6, with most outside activities running from 10:00am to 5:00pm in Heritage Park. Barrie will transform into a winter wonderland including many exciting outdoor activities for all ages, such as a polar bear swim, horsedrawn wagon rides, dogsled rides, mini-tube run, lumberjack shows, giant snow slide, ice maze, and more. The Festival of Ice also features 300 pound blocks of ice carved into spectacular, themed sculptures. The fun doesn’t stop there! When you need a break from the cold, you can find reprieve throughout downtown Barrie. As in the past, Winterfest is partnering with other events such as the February Blues Festival, Screen One Reel Stories Film Series, and the Easter Seals Chili Fest to make it a real blast. Here are some indoor and outdoor highlights you won’t want to miss:

Heritage Park for Barrie’s Grocery Assistance Program and help fill the shelves! • Stop by the Barrie Farmers’ Market at City Hall from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday and start the Winterfest with a great variety of produce, artistry, and baking. Enjoy international food demonstrations and a preview of Kempenfelt Community Players' production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. • The February Blues Festival runs from February 3rd to the 6th at various restaurants, bars, bistros and concert venues. Visit for times and locations. • The Screen One Reel Stories Film Series will be showing 6 thought-provoking films from Canada and around the world at Barrie’s Imperial Cinemas on Dunlop, February 4th to the 6th. Visit • Barrielicious also coincides with this year’s Winterfest running from January 21st to February 6th. Sample three course gourmet meals at one of the 39 participating restaurants across the City for a reasonable price. Visit

Each Wednesday in February

BYPC Personal Safety Month! Holly Youth Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave. (705) 792-7925 (7) A variety of FREE safety presentations! Games & Trivia, Cyber Safety with Barrie Police (parents welcome!), Stay Safe information & join Sensei Shawn from Georgian Martial Arts Studio for a Self Defense Workshop. For youth 11-18 years of age.

• As always, skating is offered for $1 per person at Barrie’s major recreation centres at designated times. See schedule online in the Festivals & Events section of • Don’t forget the annual Polar Bear Swim for Barrie’s bravest. The swim takes place Sunday at 12 noon at Centennial Beach. No pre-registration required – come ready to take the plunge. Of course, spectators are always welcome. • Back by popular demand, the Toronto Kite Fliers return to Winterfest to host an even bigger display of colourful and unique kites from across the province. Watch the skies over Kempenfelt Bay as they soar overhead!

Find full details at

February 19 & 20

BYPC Bookapolluza Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave. 9 a.m. -2 p.m., (705) 792-7925 (7) email The Barrie Young People’s Centre’s are hosting their annual gently used book sale. Books for all ages from children to adults! All proceeds go towards the BYPC youth programs and events. Books are $1 for soft cover, $2 for Hard Covers and $0.50 for children's. For more information contact the Holly Youth Centre. Book donations are welcome!

BYPC Family Day Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave. 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Join us for a wide range of fun family events! Craft Buffet with various fun arts and crafts projects, Bingo!, card games and Wii fun! Don’t miss out on all the fun!

February 24

BYPC Valentine’s Day Maple Avenue Centre, 59 Maple Avenue 3:00 - 9:00 pm, 705-792-7903 The Maple Ave Youth Centre will be holding a free Valentine’s Day party featuring snacks, fun games and card making.

• Head to the MacLaren Art Centre for Aboriginal Art exhibitions, a snow sculpture in the making by artist Denis Bolohan, and the yearly family drop-in activity to create an artwork celebrating Winterfest. Check it out at

• Other indoor activities include storytime and crafts at Barrie’s Public Library, a youth talent show at the Maple Avenue Youth Centre, pancake breakfast at Central United Church, hot food and family fun at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Easter Seals Chili Fest at the Southshore Centre, and much more!

February 21

February 14

• Stop in at the Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum to warm-up and learn about Barrie’s military history on Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

• Warm your heart with a variety of delicious soups from local restaurants at Soup’s On hosted by the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Stop by City Hall Rotunda on Saturday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

• Winterfest is the perfect venue to help out your community. Bring a donation of non-perishable food or cash to

Senior Connect The Legion Hall , 410 St Vincent St. 11:00 am to 1:00pm , (705) 792-3411 The Barrie Senior Interagency Committee is proud to present Senior Connect! A Free opportunity for Barrie Seniors to connect with new people and build new friendships. Join us for a free afternoon full of socializing. Lunch will be served with live entertainment to enjoy. Transportation to the event is available upon request Space is Limited.

DOCUMENTS are available on-line at or from the Purchasing Branch, 56 Mulcaster Street, Barrie ON during business hours Monday to Friday, 8:30 am. to 4:30 pm. For further information please visit or by telephone (705) 739-4220 Ext 4538 or Ext 4709 or by Email at

February 26

BYPC Carnival Day Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave. 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., (705) 739-4220 Press 7. For youth ages 11-18yrs. Come out for a fun afternoon done Carnival style! Enjoy games, face drawing, and make your own candy apple!

Barrie Public Library (705) 728-1010, 60 Worsley Street

February 10

Elementary Money Money Basics for Kids and Parents 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Barrie Public Library is pleased to present a session that will assist parents on how to teach your kids about money and learn inexpensive ways to invest for your child’s future. There is no fee this drop-in session but space may be limited.

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REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) # FIN 2010-152I FOR THE RE-DEVELOPMENT OF ALLANDALE TRAIN STATION BUILDINGS The Corporation of the City of Barrie invites Requests for Information from experienced developers for the re-development of the historic Allandale Train Station Facilities & immediate lands, the approximately 1.97 acre site is situated strategically on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay in the heart of the City of Barrie.

Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday, February 10, 2011.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION # FIN 2010-131Q CARPET CLEANING SERVICES AT VARIOUS CITY OF BARRIE FACILITIES The City of Barrie is seeking bid submissions from experienced/qualified firms for the provision of all the equipment, labour and materials necessary to provide Carpet Cleaning Services to various City of Barrie Facilities. MANDATORY INFORMATION MEETING is scheduled for 3 p.m, Thursday February 10, 2011, at the City of Barrie, Sir Robert Barrie Room, 2nd Floor City Hall, Barrie, ON. Vendors must have a representative in attendance and register at this meeting to have their submission considered compliant. Documents will not be available at the information meeting.


Please join us on Wednesday March 2 at 7:00 pm at the Southshore Centre to hear Rick Haldenby , Director of the University of Waterloo, School of Architecture in Cambridge to hear his presentation on how partnerships between cities and post-secondary institutions can lead to an urban renaissance. The presentation will discuss how locating satellite campuses in urban cores, especially the cores of mid-size cities, can have a dramatic simulative effect on the cultural life, creative economy and community identity.

TAKE NOTICE that the Corporation of the City of Barrie proposes to pass a by-law for the selling of the soil and freehold, as described below and in accordance with the Sale of Land By-law 95-104 as amended by By-law 95-286.

Lands owned by the City of Barrie lying on the south side of Collier Street described as Part of Lot 59, Registered Plan 2 as registered in the Registry Office of Simcoe County. AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that a report will come before the General Committee of the Corporation of the City of Barrie for discussion at its regular meeting to be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, Barrie, Ontario on Monday February 14, 2011 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Questions regarding this transaction should be directed to the Janice Carlin, Real Estate Services Officer, Legal Services Department at (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4479.

A portion of lands owned by the City of Barrie lying on the south side of Cumming Drive described as Part 2, 3 and 5 on 51R-30716 as registered in the Registry Office of Simcoe County. AND TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that the proposed sale will come before the General Committee of the Corporation of the City of Barrie for discussion at its regular meeting to be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall, Barrie, Ontario on Monday February 14, 2011 at approximately 7:00 p.m. Questions regarding this transaction should be directed to the Janice Carlin, Real Estate Services Officer, Legal Services Department at (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4479.


No contract awards will be made based on this Request For Information.

Ontario cities are checking the pace of sprawl, creating more intense urban cores and reducing their ecological footprint. They are building on their natural and architectural heritage resources to create pedestrian friendly urban environments and looking to attract knowledge-based, creative industries.

TAKE NOTICE that the Corporation of the City of Barrie proposes to pass a by-law to surplus the lands described below in accordance with the By-law 95-104 as amended by By-law 95-286.

Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Electronic copies are only available through The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through Bidding. com/barrie, however a fee may be applicable.

A Presentation by Rick Haldenby


A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document.

This RFI is intended to gather information that could assist in the development of a future procurement process. In the event that sufficient information is received, the Corporation of the City of Barrie may, but is not obligated to, initiate a competitive bidding opportunity.

Design, Culture and Community


The City of Barrie DOCUMENT FEE does not apply to this RFI.

Clearing Snow on your Property The City devotes a great deal of resources to keep your streets and sidewalks clear of snow and ice after a snow fall. Frequently, residents push, throw or otherwise deposit snow and ice from their property onto the street or sidewalk not realizing that this action contravenes municipal regulations. This practice contributes to unsafe driving and walking conditions and increases the cost of providing winter road maintenance. You can make a difference. When you are clearing snow from your driveway, please keep this snow on your property. Your efforts in helping us make winter driving and walking safe for everyone are appreciated.

The talk will look at the example of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge, but it will also introduce the work Haldenby has done in Waterloo, Kitchener, Sudbury, St. Catharines, Saskatoon and Stratford. There is no charge, however you should pre-register to or (705) 739-4299.

Fire Permits Notice

(Outdoor Solid Fuel Burning Appliances)

The City operates a free Household Special/ Hazardous Waste Depot every Saturday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm for residents of Barrie and the County of Simcoe to bring their household hazardous waste to be disposed of. Examples of acceptable items include batteries, drain and over cleaners, pesticides, paints, oil, cosmetics, glues, aerosols, propane tanks, florescent bulbs, pharmaceuticals. For a complete listing of acceptable items and more details about the facility please visit or contact (705) 739-4219.

Barrie Fire & Emergency Service All OSFBA expired as of December 31, 2010. Effective January 1, 2011 permits will be subject to an annual fee of $10. Permits will be available at Station #1, 65 Vespra St. at a cost of $10 (cash only). Online applications are not available at this time. *Tenants require the owner’s permission in writing (email/letter) to obtain a permit. For further information call (705) 728-3199 or visit

Employment Opportunities Are You Interested In Employment Opportunities with the City of Barrie? Visit

The City of Barrie Celebrates Black History Month on February 10th, 2011 at 11:00 am - City Hall Rotunda Dr. Austin Clarke will be reading from a selection of his inspirational works aswell as sharing his experiences and commentary as an acclaimed African-Canadian writer. In addition to his many accolades, Barbadian born Austin Clarke has been awarded the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Toronto Book Award and the prestegious Giller Prize Award. Celebrate with The City of Barrie. Admission is FREE! Want more info? or call (705) 739-4299. Generously supported by Scotiabank

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This Week in Barrie - February 3, 2011  
This Week in Barrie - February 3, 2011  

This Week in Barrie - February 3, 2011