Barrie Tornado Repairs Rebate Update

Important Information Regarding Home Repairs And Possible Rebates After The July 2021 Tornado:

I have confirmed through City of Barrie CAO Prowse, that the City will:

-Advise any applying for permits of the municipality’s desire to utilize hurricane straps in the new roofs.

-Flag any applications received to ensure applicants and staff are aware of this preference.

-Advise the applicant that staff have been directed to work on a rebate program for Council’s consideration.

-Should a rebate program be approved that the City will retroactively rebate the approved amount to any applications received.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions.


Marta Cres Wetland Update

City staff have been working very hard to get a site meeting with the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority. General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth, Andrea Miller is meeting with her department to escalate the matter next week.

I have also reached out to MPP Andrea Khanjin and I received the following response:

I will update you as soon as I hear from city staff as to when the NVCA meeting will occur.

I apologize that this matter has taken so long to address.


Hurricane Straps Motion

Motion passed unanimously. 🙏
Thank you to the experts at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, for your guidance and support. This couldn’t have happened without you.
Greg Kopp
Paul Kovacs
Dan Sundink
And thank you to City Council for voting, YES 🙌

Stay tuned for the progress regarding this motion.


International Overdose Awareness Day

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD).

Christine Nayler from Ryan’s Hope, Moms Stop The Harm, and local advocates will be hosting a Walk of Hope, in Barrie.

It will start at the Salvation Army (16 Bayfield St) parking lot, with people gathering around 9:30-9:45 then walking to Barrie City Hall, carrying Flags of Hope.

At 10:00 am, there will be a ceremony at Barrie City Hall, which will include lowering of flags in memory of those lost due to the toxic drug crisis, a moment of silence, followed by words from individuals.

In the evening, at 8pm there will be a candlelight vigil at Meridian Place. It will be lit up purple and there will be some songs of remembrance followed by a moment of silence, some words and lightning of candles.

As purple is the colour of IOAD people are invited to wear purple and to tie purple ribbons around their trees in remembrance of lives lost.

Flags of Hope will be a part of both ceremonies after which time they will be displayed in the downtown branch of the Barrie Library. ♥️

International Overdose Awareness Day


Round Table With The Province About Changes To The Ontario Building Code

A great discussion today about #hurricanestraps #ontariobuildingcode #barrietornado with MPP Andrea Khanjin, MPP and Attorney General Doug Downey, MPP McDonell – PA for the Minister of Municipal Housing and Affairs, City Councillor Mike McCann, Greg Kopp – Northern Tornadoes Project, Paul Kovacs & Dan Sandink – Institution for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Sandy Tuckey – Simcoe County Homebuilders Association, Chris Gariepy – Chris Gariepy Construction Advisors, and Ashley Polischuik – Squarefoot Commercial Group. Looking forward to next steps! Thank you MPPs Andrea Khanjin and Doug Downey for facilitating this round-table today.