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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.

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Speed-camera administrative penalty being considered by council

Speed-camera administrative penalty being considered by council

'The $17 is not added to the penalty of the ticket. It is an internal cost,' says city official
City of Barrie, Emterra roll out first look at new garbage trucks

City of Barrie, Emterra roll out first look at new garbage trucks

'We will do our utmost to ensure that our services are delivered efficiently, safely and consistently every single day,' says company official ahead of May 1 changeover
Administrative penalty could save city money processing tickets (update)

Administrative penalty could save city money processing tickets (update)

'The driver/owner does not pay for it. It is not included in the speeding ticket. It is the cost of running the program,' says city spokesperson
Big concern? Hwy. 400 ONroute billboard on the blink with council

Big concern? Hwy. 400 ONroute billboard on the blink with council

Company official says Barrie is the only municipality that has applied its sign-bylaw regulations to proposed digital billboards
Harvey helps plow under controversial farm use on Harvie Rd.

Harvey helps plow under controversial farm use on Harvie Rd.

'We did not see this as a disincentive to development. Farming reduces nuisance and dumping on the property, while supporting a local farmer,' says company official
Three city properties rezoned, ready for residential redevelopment

Three city properties rezoned, ready for residential redevelopment

Mayor says more municipally owned land could also be rezoned for residential use, but without undermining their value
'Bad optics': Barrie paid two police chiefs $564K combined in 2023

'Bad optics': Barrie paid two police chiefs $564K combined in 2023

'There is a portion of our community that’s ‘defund the police’ and it’s a very, very small portion,' says deputy mayor
Youth Haven rebuild looking at 2-month turnaround post-demolition

Youth Haven rebuild looking at 2-month turnaround post-demolition

'Knowing this is happening, that this is a reality ... it’s like we won the lottery right now,' says executive director
City council could green-light pedestrian crossing on Hurst Dr.

City council could green-light pedestrian crossing on Hurst Dr.

'I don’t want to wait for an accident to happen. I’ve seen near-misses a number of times,' says ward councillor
'Let's get going': Rezoning city-owned land making way for hundreds of homes

'Let's get going': Rezoning city-owned land making way for hundreds of homes

Potential sale values of the properties on Sperling Drive, Dean Avenue and Worsley Street could be roughly $35 million
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