Information On Co-Existing With Coyotes


There have been quite a few sightings of coyotes in our ward lately, so I wanted to provide you with some information on how to safely co-exist with these wild animals.

In addition to the link provided above, I spoke with an Information Access Officer with The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, to obtain the following suggestions to help keep you, your family and pets safe.

According to the Officer, if these coyotes are trapped, a new pack will move in. They are very prevalent in the central and southern Ontario regions. The best thing to do is to show these animals that your private property is not a welcoming area by making noise (banging pots, blowing a whistle, etc.) if you see them near your yard. It is a good idea to bring a whistle when walking in wooded areas as well to scare them if you see them.

Keep your pets on a leash at all times when walking through the Ardagh Bluffs or other wooded areas. Coyotes will quickly see your pet (especially if small) as food and instinctively attempt to take your pet.

Make sure your yard is properly fenced especially if you let your pet(s) outside without supervision. Fill all gaps at the bottom of your fence and if possible have a 6ft fence for the best protection. If you can’t do this, consider making a secure pet pen/area for them.

Do not leave food out to attract them for photography. This will obviously encourage them to return.

If at any point there is an immediate danger, call 911.

I hope that this information helps to keep you, family, pets and and our wildlife safe.


Statement Concerning City Of Barrie Workplace Investigation

Below is a link with regards to a City of Barrie workplace investigation.

I would like to highlight the following portion of the statement: “On October 20th, General Committee voted to not extend the time permitted for a complaint to be submitted to the Integrity Commissioner beyond the timeline specified within the Code of Conduct. Also that night, General Committee voted on a motion to receive legal advice on the matter. While that motion at General Committee was also not passed, a revised motion was unanimously passed at City Council on October 26th to seek legal advice to continue the process. At no time did Council vote to suspend, block, or slow down an investigation of this matter.”

Some City Council members have been the focus of misinformation and slander for many weeks now without being able to clarify the facts of this investigation in order to respect the confidentially requirements. At NO TIME DID COUNCIL VOTE TO SUSPEND, BLOCK OR SLOW DOWN AN INVESTIGATION OF THIS MATTER.