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Bob Bruton

Bob Bruton

Bob Bruton began his newspaper career as a sports/news reporter and photographer in 1982 with the Strathroy Age-Dispatch, just outside of London, Ont. He came to Barrie in 1985, joining the Examiner’s sports department until 1988 before moving to the newsroom where he covered city hall, wrote editorials, columns and features until the paper closed in November 2017. He became a full-time member of the Barrie Today news team in December 2020.

Recent Work by Bob

Provincial pandemic relief cheque for Barrie is in the mail

Provincial pandemic relief cheque for Barrie is in the mail

Funding is something mayor has been advocating for as part of his role as chairman of the Ontario Big City Mayors
Provincial funding will cut into Barrie Transit's operating deficit

Provincial funding will cut into Barrie Transit's operating deficit

Ontario government providing $150 million in additional funding to help municipal transit systems address financial impacts of pandemic
Developer given green light for affordable housing project in downtown Barrie

Developer given green light for affordable housing project in downtown Barrie

'As markets get hotter and rents go higher, these type of projects are just that much more important in our community,' mayor says of 8-storey development at Bayfield and Sophia streets
Pilot program opens the door to learning, training for local manufacturers

Pilot program opens the door to learning, training for local manufacturers

'The networking and one-to-one consultations will provide us an excellent avenue to help prepare and build the plan to lay out the steps going forward,' says local CEO
Potential restrictions on selling pets sent to city committee to chew on

Potential restrictions on selling pets sent to city committee to chew on

'Mine is the only business in our community that this change will affect. I am concerned about how this will affect my business in the long term,' says Doogan's Pet Centre owner, who called possible changes unreasonable
Federal grant could raise curtain on Georgian Theatre again

Federal grant could raise curtain on Georgian Theatre again

Construction costs to refurbish Georgian Theatre — which is owned by Georgian College, but operated by the city — are $1.3 million during the next three to four years
Lehman, McCann lock horns over lockdown

Lehman, McCann lock horns over lockdown

The local business community has been very outspoken against the new restrictions, which came into effect Monday
Landmark sign proposal will get closer look from city staff

Landmark sign proposal will get closer look from city staff

'This really would have been better as a private project,' says mayor; Deputants also speak out for and against McCann's idea
<b>COLUMN:</b> The fine art of finding something to do during pandemic

COLUMN: The fine art of finding something to do during pandemic

We find ourselves doing things we wouldn’t have considered before the COVID-19 plague
<b>COLUMN:</b> The fine art of finding something to do during pandemic

COLUMN: The fine art of finding something to do during pandemic

We find ourselves doing things we wouldn’t have considered before the COVID-19 plague