Month: November 2021

Barrie Central land for sale for $4.96M

If you seek to own a piece of local history, you can now buy Barrie Central Collegiate for a cool $4.9 million.

The school, which is closing in June, officially went on the market Thursday.

The – for Central and nearby Prince of Wales Public School, a heritage property. The properties total about 18,400 square metres.

“Over seven acres in the downtown is a great opportunity. That’s pretty hard to find these days,” said Sutton broker Shannon MacIntyre, an industrial commercial real-estate specialist leading the sale for the Simcoe County District School Board.

“I think that, by and large, is its unique feature.”

There will be no open houses for the buildings, rather all qualified buyers will get scheduled tours after school hours, she said.

Offers must be submitted by April 15 at 3 p.m., she added.

“We have to be sensitive that Central is still operating. We’re trying very hard to have some rules and regulations because there are quite a few students still there,” MacIntyre said.

The board is also allowing a month for potential buyers to put in offers so they have time to consider how the properties might fit into their plans, such as by checking zoning, land densities and project master plans, she said.

The school board had a third-party appraisal done on the properties before choosing a selling price, she said.

“It’s one of those sites that has lots of moving parts. It has two addresses. It’s right in the downtown. It’s very unique,” she said.

As of noon on Thursday, no one had made inquiries into the listing, she said, but several people in the community have shared their interest.

The board previously turned down a for a school for 800 students and a Georgian College entrepreneurship centre, a new YMCA, and housing, such as three high-rise towers and stacked townhouses.

Damian Spaulding, director of Spaulding School of Music in Barrie and Collingwood, wants to there.

He had estimated the listing price would be $6 million. When told it was millions less, he exclaimed, “That is so exciting! I can’t say how exciting that is.”

“We have all our ducks in a row,” he said, adding he believes his chances of having the winning offer are high.

Spaulding said he has music industry partners and investors on board to donate money for his project, which could also qualify for federal funding. He is lining up a series of concerts and fundraisers to help as well.

“This is astounding. With the amount of community support that’s been, it’s overwhelming,” he said.

He said he plans to organize a concert with a headlining act and have kids and local bands as the opening acts, as well as a sort of “giant Art Attack” by having hundreds of people draw with chalk all over the parking lot at 80 Bradford St.

Barrie man charged with stunt driving after travelling 205 km/h on Hwy. 400

A 19-year-old Barrie man has been charged with stunt driving after admitting to police he had been driving 205 km/h on Highway 400 Saturday night.

Barrie police say shortly before 11 p.m. an officer stopped a vehicle that had been travelling 175 km/h on Highway 400. Police stopped the vehicle just north of Mapleview Drive.

After being stopped, police say the driver admitted he had actually been travelling much faster.

Despite his honesty, he was charged and received a seven-day driving suspension and had his vehicle impounded.

Easter list of city services affected

A number of city services are affected by the Easter holiday weekend.

There will be no Barrie Transit service on Easter Sunday, March 27. For more visit:

There will be garbage, organics, recycling and yard waste collection as usual on Easter Monday, March 28, and it will remain on the regular schedule throughout the week. For more visit:

Allandale Recreation Centre, East Bayfield Community Centre and Holly Community Centre will be open for drop-in activities during normal operating hours throughout the Easter weekend, including fitness centres and drop-in fitness classes.

Holly Community Centre is holding its annual Easter EGGstravaganza on Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. until noon. More information is available on the Events Calendar at

Downtown parking, on-street and in the lots, is free on Easter Monday. Waterfront parking is enforced 24/7/365. Residents must display their permits and visitors are required to pay $3 per hour with a daily maximum of $15.

The 2016/2017 resident waterfront parking passes will be mailed to households in April, via Canada Post. The 2014/15 resident waterfront passes will remain valid for the applicable waterfront lots until April 30. For parking information visit: or

Barrie City Hall will also be closed on Monday, March 28.

Collingwood Historical Society to celebrate 40 years

The Collingwood and District Historical Society has been committed to discussing moments and milestones in Collingwood.


On April 4, the society will celebrate its 40th anniversary at the Leisure Time Club on Minnesota Street at 7 p.m.

The group was founded in 1976 by Dr. Donald McKay and other residents including Jay Alan Blair, John and Ralph Sneyd, Peter Perry, Frank Fisher, Isabel Griffin and Jack Poste.

“The objective of the group was dedicated to the preservation and promotion of all facets of the history of Collingwood and district,” said CDHS member Joan Miller.

The society currently has 124 members.

The members meet monthly and hear presentations from speakers on the history of Collingwood.

On April 4, the speaker will be Robert Leverty, executive director of the Ontario Historical Society. The meeting is open to all and admission is a membership or $3.

Bradford man arrested in Barrie for breaching court orders

A Barrie Police officer stopped a vehicle at 10 p.m. Saturday and the driver couldn’t produce identification.

Police learned the man was a suspended driver and was facing charges for violence and sex-related offences. He was supposed to be with his surety and not have a cellphone or similar electronics.

As the man was breaching both those orders, he was arrested held for a bail hearing to face new charges of driving while suspended and breaching probation.

Barrie among first to have new signs

Barrie has new ‘drinking water protection zone’ road signs, which are the new provincial standard.

The city says they’re to create public awareness that certain activities in these areas can have an impact our water supplies.

The signs will be placed within the most vulnerable source water areas – near municipal wells and areas around surface water intakes – during the next few weeks.

The first roads signs were installed last week on Lakeshore Drive, just north of Tiffin Street.

Barrie is among the first municipalities in the province to install the signs.

They were designed by the province in partnership with the Source Protection Regions.

“It’s important that we are all aware of where our drinking water sources are most vulnerable, so that we can help protect them,” said Katie Thompson, Barrie’s risk management official. “The signs will also be a signal to emergency responders, so that public water sources can be protected in the event of a spill.”

The Source Protection Plan for the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Region, which includes Barrie’s drinking water sources, received approval by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and came into effect on July 1, 2015.

The plan, which was developed under Ontario’s Clean Water Act, introduces a variety of policies to keep contaminants out of municipal drinking water sources, including the installation of ‘drinking water protection zone’ signs.

About 780 of these signs will be installed in the province, with 23 of those in Barrie.

Source Water Protection is about protecting existing and future sources of drinking water from overuse and contamination. The most effective way to ensure safe and sustainable drinking water is to protect it at its source.

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OMHA calls for twin pad at rec centre

Without any changes to the city’s arena scene, one group worries it might have to look elsewhere for ice time.

Orillia Minor Hockey Association president Fior Tucci said questions surrounding Brian Orser Arena’s reliability means his organization can’t count on the rink going forward.

In a letter to council, Tucci addressed his concerns, noting, "We cannot start a program in September in the hopes that Brian Orser can facilitate our program. There are no other options and we would be forced to cancel programs."

Tucci said rather than spend more money trying to repair the arena, the city should invest in the inclusion of twin ice pads at the new recreation facility, with one pad built as part of Phase 1 construction.

"If we have a problem with Brian Orser, we’re behind the eight-ball," he said, adding there are other hockey and figure-skating groups also vying for ice time.

"The concern is the demand is growing for ice."

As it stands, Tucci’s organization requires about 75 hours of ice time to accommodate its weekly slate of games and practices, with 12 to 15 hours needed at Brian Orser Arena and the balance played at Rotary Place’s two sheets of ice.

Tucci said his group, which welcomed 670 registered players this season, was forced to cancel games and practices last fall after a forced shutdown of the arena.

As well, he noted games were moved to other rinks in Rama and Coldwater during their annual Jim Wilson tournament over concerns related to Brian Orser Arena’s reliability, which he also pointed out is severely limited in what it offers in terms of changing, lobby and spectator areas.

Tucci said the burgeoning tyke house-league program for children aged four to six had all of its games and practices at the Brian Orser Arena this past year, with some parents mentioning they should receive a prorated refund on their fees since their children have to play in an "inferior" facility.

"You can’t play the kids at noon on a Thursday," he said, noting that means Rotary Place isn’t an option since its prime schedule is already stretched to the limit.

Mayor Steve Clarke said while council would love to be able to follow through on Tucci’s hopes, it’s not economically feasible without another funding partner.

"If finances weren’t a concern, I would love to see that scenario, but we cannot afford it without other levels of government," said Clarke, who also sent Tucci a written response.

"Continuing with capital investments in Brian Orser Arena is prudent to ensure the ongoing operations," wrote Clarke, who noted the recreation facility’s design allows for future expansion as part of Phase 2.

"The decision can still be made in the future for a new arena facility while at that time examining the pros and cons of keeping (Brian Orser Arena) as an additional ice surface."

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Rejection of bylaw amendment in Oro-Medonte could put weddings in jeopardy

A messy split between an Oro-Medonte business and the township may leave some couples crying before they make it to the chapel.

In January, Oro-Medonte council denied the zoning bylaw amendment applied for by the owners of Lazy Dayz Bed, Breakfast and Rustic Barn that would allow it to continue to hold weddings and other special events on the property. This had gone against a recommendation from township staff that called for the application to be deferred again so a noise study it requested could be peer-reviewed. 

The previous deferral, in October 2015, also went against staff’s recommendation; at that time, staff called for the application to be denied outright.

The applicants have since appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes said was the best-case scenario to see the file closed in the most expedient manner.

"The most effective way to bring this to a more rapid conclusion … was to deny it," Hughes said. "It was very clear that regardless of the outcome, this was probably going to go to an OMB."

While a hearing date has not been set, it is not expected to take place until the summer, leaving Lazy Dayz without the approvals it needs to host future weddings.

"They don’t have any permissions for temporary events on the property," said Andria Leigh, the township’s director of development services.

A call to Lazy Dayz for comment was not returned.

For the 2014 and 2015 wedding seasons, a temporary bylaw was in place allowing Lazy Dayz owners Kate Marrs and Jamie Anderson to operate a wedding venue in a rustic barn on the property, capitalizing on the barn wedding craze. The land is currently zoned to allow the bed-and-breakfast on the property, while the amendment requested would permit indoor and outdoor special events, such as banquets, weddings, receptions or similar functions.

The special events held under the temporary bylaw are on land abutting the Horseshoe Valley Settlement Area, with more than 100 homes in the immediate vicinity. This temporary bylaw was enacted so staff and council could get a handle on the issues surrounding the application, particularly with the increase in traffic and noise.

Throughout the 2014 and 2015 seasons, "municipal bylaw-enforcement staff received a considerable amount of complaints from the public," a staff report to council indicated, with dozens of emails provided as evidence as a supplement to the report.

"It seems really inappropriate to have a commercial event so close to people’s backyards," Jane Ravenshaw in a June 2015 email that was representative of several of the complaints. "A typical neighbour does not have 100 people over for Saturday afternoon every week."

Township staff directed the applicants to submit respective studies on both traffic and noise, Leigh said. In its October 2015 recommendation to deny, staff identified a number of planning issues that needed to be addressed.

While the information required to justify the planning application was subsequently received by the applicants’ planner, the noise report was not submitted until late 2015, which didn’t give staff time to have the findings peer-reviewed. In January, staff requested more time to get the information it desired, but council was tired of waiting.

"This whole thing had dragged for a long time," Hughes said. "We expected a report to be back before the end of the calendar year. What happened was that report didn’t get back to us until January."

This places council and staff in an interesting situation, as council has essentially gone against a staff recommendation in denying a planning application. If the case proceeds to the OMB, council will have to retain its own planner to support its decision, while township planning staff may be subpoenaed by the applicants to give evidence to support the initial recommendation.

What makes the situation less black-and-white, Hughes said, was staff’s previous recommendation to deny the application outright. The potential convoluted mess could be irrelevant, as Hughes feels the case could be resolved before going to the OMB.

"One of the things this situation at Lazy Dayz cries out for is mediation," Hughes said. "If the parties sat down at the table, I believe we will likely see a resolution without the long, drawn-out, expensive process of an OMB (hearing)."

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Convicted Clearview sex offender asks for segreation in custody, concerned for safety

A convicted sex offender asked a judge to be segregated while in custody over fears for his safety.


Brenden Sarginson, 29, made the request through his lawyer during a court appearance in Collingwood on Tuesday, where he is facing two counts of breach of probation. He was charged on Feb. 2 and has been in custody ever since.

He will be back in court on April 7 for a judicial pre-trial in the matter.

Huronia West OPP issued a warning about Sarginson last January, after the man moved into the community.

He had been convicted in 2010 of a 2008 sexual assault on a six-year-old girl, and was charged again after his release that year with breaching his probation. Huronia West OPP charged him last year with breaching the terms of his probation, for which he served one day in jail, along with 25 days of pre-trial custody. He was also given an additional three years of probation.

Sarginson was subject to wearing an electronic monitoring device under his previous probation conditions, and was ordered to remain in the electronic monitoring program. According to his latest probation order, obtained by, Sarginson is also required to receive injections of a drug intended to repress sexual urges in pedophiles.

His previous probation order included a 24-hour curfew unless accompanied by a designated adult; keeping the peace and being of good behaviour; not to enter any residence of children under the age of 18; and not to volunteer in a capacity that involves being in a position of trust or authority over any person under 18.

– With files from Ian Adams.

Wintery mix in forecast

3:23 PM Tuesday, March 22

?Winter storm watch in effect for:


 •    Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale

    •    Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake

    •    Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago

    •    Angus – Innisfil – New Tecumseth


A winter mix of precipitation is expected from midday Wednesday until Thursday night.

Significant snow and ice pellets with accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres is likely with an approaching low pressure system on Wednesday.

The exact track of the low will determine how much snow may accumulate and if the track is further north a band of freezing rain may also impact the region on Wednesday evening. Ice pellets mixed in with the snow may give a heavier layer causing difficulty in driving or snow clearing.

Impacts from freezing rain may include ice accumulations of up to 5 millimetres on surfaces by Thursday morning.

The freezing rain or heavy snow may also cause power outages due to the weight breaking tree limbs. The winter weather will move eastward on Thursday evening.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

11:17 AM Tuesday, March 22

?Special weather statement in effect for:

•Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale

•Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake

•Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago

* Innisfil – Angus –  New Tecumseth

Winter weather threatening this week.??

Although it’s officially spring, winter weather is still normal this time of year around the Great Lakes.

A weak disturbance will bring a little snow or rain to most of Southern Ontario today. However, a stronger low pressure system is expected to emerge from Colorado and affect the region Wednesday through Thursday.??

Although there is uncertainty with the exact track of the storm, the latest guidance suggests significant snow is possible over areas extending from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay across Lake Simcoe into Eastern Ontario.

Freezing rain and ice pellets will be possible across a large portion of Southwestern Ontario, the Golden Horseshoe and parts of Eastern Ontario.

Rain is expected closer to Lake Erie.??Environment Canada meteorologists are watching the evolution of this storm closely. Even a slight northward or southward shift in the track of the low will affect how much snow, freezing rain or rain falls at any particular location.??

Motorists should be prepared for a return to hazardous winter driving conditions this week, especially in areas that receive freezing rain or snow.