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Nov 22

City development strategy until 2031

BARRIE - Barrie councillors are pushing ahead with a $3.1-billion, 20-year growth and infrastructure renewal plan. On Wednesday, councillors gave initial approval to master plans and a fiscal impact analysis designed to accommodate a city of 210,000 people and 101,000 jobs by 2031...
Nov 20

Local solar industry appears to be booming

ORILLIA - There are new job openings locally in the new energy sector, especially for people interested in installing outdoor solar panels. Last year, there were three large solar project construction sites in Port Severn. There are current sites in Orillia that may continue throughout...
Nov 12

City's unemployment rate among lowest in Ontario

BARRIE - Barrie's jobless rate is heading down, even faster than the national average. The city's October unemployment rate, announced Friday morning, was 5.5% - which is among the lowest of any Ontario city. It was 7.2% in September. “We've gone from the highest in the...
Nov 6

Lakehead official keeping tabs on Laurentian plan for Barrie

BARRIE - Lakehead University takes “great pride” in the fact its Orillia campus is the only full-service campus in the county, says a senior university official. When Lakehead was looking to expand in the early 2000s beyond its main campus in Thunder Bay, provost and vice-president...