Catwalk Dog Leash And Clean-Up Concerns

Hello Everyone.

I have had a few complaints recently about residents using the catwalk between Cumming Dr. and Hawthorne Dr. as an off-leash dog area and have seen owners not clean up after their dogs.

If you see this occurring, please contact Enforcement Services at 705-739-4241 so that you can report the occurrence and provide information required to do an investigation.

I would love to be the messenger in these circumstances, but these complaints must be filed by the person who witnessed this happening. This will allow for a more in-depth investigation to occur.

Thank you so much!

Natalie Harris

Ward 6 Councillor


Barrie Fire Department Joins My Call-To-Action

People battling addiction deserve get well cards too! Let’s stop the stigma.

All you need to do it create some cards (I went to the Dollar Store to get craft supplies) then take a photo of yourself with them and add the hashtag #addictiongetwellcards and post on Twitter @WellCards or Instagram @Addiction_Get_Well_Cards

Then drop them off to RVH, the RAAM Clinic, or detox centre. OR to anyone you know who would benefit from these cards.

This would be a great project for a classroom or workplace! Challenge your family members and start talking about addiction as what it is – an illness; not a choice. 🙂


PAWS Act Now In Effect 🐱🐶🐹

This is great news! Last year I wrote a letter to the Ontario Government, sharing our community’s concern about the OSPCA enforcement changes. Our voices matter. And now our animals will have a louder voice too!

“Whereas there is the potential for the download to municipal governments regarding the enforcement of animal cruelty by-laws;

And Whereas OPSCA enforcement activities have varied considerably across the province depending, in part, on whether a specific municipality offers animal services or standards of care. At present, municipal bylaw enforcement officers lack the necessary powers for animal cruelty investigations. In addition, police officers and enforcement officers do not have the training required to conduct this work.

Therefore Be It Resolved that correspondence be sent to the Ministry of the Solicitor General, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, requesting, that the province adopt a provincial service delivery model for animal cruelty enforcement based on other provincial models or a hybrid of these and that municipalities be provided a minimum of 6 months for a transition for the determination of municipal regulations and hiring of additional staff to address these responses.”