Career Day – With A Focus On Women In Politics

I am very excited to participate in the Holly Meadows Career Day on May 7th. I am especially excited that the grade 7 & 8 students would like a spotlight to be shone on women in politics. It will be my pleasure to answer the questions the students have chosen found in the letter below.

This is a great way to encourage a decrease in the gender-gap among men and women in political roles.

A special thank you goes out to Sonya, a ward 6 resident, for organizing this event.

Barrie, ward 6

Spring Into Clean


Hello Ward 6 Residents! It’s that wonderful time of year to Spring into Clean with the City of Barrie!

I am looking for volunteers to help me spring clean the Ardagh Area Trail – Penville Entrance, April 27th from 9am – 1pm.

If you are interested in joining me, please email me at Natalie.Harris@barrie.ca.

To clarify further Spring into Clean is annual clean-up of Municipal Parks and Greenspaces ONLY not private property and yards.

Please ensure that you use ONLY the bags provided to identify your pile of collected garbage for the designated collection vehicles.  ONLY these bags will be picked up.  Please remember this clean-up is for public spaces and parks only, not for private residences and properties.  Collection will not occur if there is suspicion of private garbage being included.

Any large items found in the clean-up that acceptable for land-filling can be placed with the pile of bagged litter/garbage.  Any large items found that are not acceptable for land-filling (i.e. scrap metal, electronics, paints, refrigerants, tires, etc.) must be placed in a separate pile from the bagged litter/garbage (by an adult in charge). City staff must be notified immediately of such items.  Please notify me at the “Day-Of” number given below of any large items found that are not acceptable for land-filling.

Please note: Yard waste is NOT included in this clean-up.  Yard waste may be placed curbside in paper bags or rigid containers for collection on the regular collection day for your area.  Yard waste collection is weekly for April, May and June.

Hazardous waste protocol

We do not encourage anyone to take it upon themselves to remove broken glass.  If broken glass is found and you do not feel 100% comfortable removing it, please call the “day-of” contact number and be sure to make a note of the area.  Please do NOT take it upon yourself to remove any needles. Please call the “day-of” contact or the Simcoe County District Health Unit (705-721-7520) if one is found.

Note: If you’re not sure whether an item is hazardous, please exercise caution and treat the item as if it were. Make note of the location and call the “day-of” contact.

Supply Collection

The following are the dates for groups to pick-up their supplies:

Tuesday April 16th from 12:00pm – 2:00pm and/or Wednesday, April 17th from 12:00pm -2:00pm and 4:00pm-6:00pm

These supplies can be picked up at the City Operations Centre at 165 Ferndale Drive North during these times.  Supplies may also be picked up at our Community Waterfront Clean-Up Event on the morning of April 27th, 2019 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.  We will bring all supplies with us and anyone who is unable to pick up their supplies beforehand may do so then, however please keep in mind that bags MUST be curbside by the evening of April 28th, 2019.

I hope to see you on April 27th!



What Came Out of The Opioid Motion

Some people have asked me the following. If the city doesn’t declare an emergency on the opioid crisis, what benefit does the opioid motion in which Councillor Keenan Aylwin and I put forward have?

Positive things that came out of the motion that was passed unanimously by City Council include:

-City Council has called on the Federal and Provincial Governments to declare a Public Health Emergency. And that funding be allocated to improve emergency management in the region.

-City staff have been directed to work with local Members of Parliament and Members of Provincial Parliament to access funding opportunities.

-City Council has called on the Federal and Provincial Governments to support, enhance and expand evidence-based treatment and rehabilitation services, addiction prevention and education and harm reduction measures. As well as to address root causes of addiction.

-City Council has called on the Federal and Provincial Governments to fund enforced laws surrounding illicit drug supply, production and distribution.

-Leaders of all political parties have been given the resolution and are to report back in three weeks.

Article by Simcoe.com


Climate Change Rally in Barrie

Today was a perfect day to meet up at City Hall to show support for the climate strikes happening around the world led by 15 year old, Greta Thunburg (who was recently nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize).

Barrie resident, Adam Ballah, has been taking his sons out of school for several Friday’s now to make signs about climate change and display them at City Hall. It’s an important message that needs to be heard by all – I love this initiative.

Barrie released its Climate Change Adaptation Strategy last year which highlights important ongoing action specific action-plans such as:

  • Maintain public health and safety
  • Minimize risks to buildings and properties
  • Strengthen infrastructure resilience
  • Help local business and tourism industry adapt to changing conditions
  • Protect biodiversity and enhance ecosystem functions
  • Minimize destruction of corporate services
  • Build community resilience

If you want to get more involved in Adam Ballah’s initiative, go to “Friday’s For Future Barrie” on Facebook.