A few things heading into the weekend

The agenda for Monday night’s council meeting is a big one – several major items on the agenda, not least is the Plan for Transit; also, proposals to create a Natural Heritage System in Barrie’s planning documents, a senior’s housing development near Little Lake, and approval of zoning limits of new bars in Downtown Barrie.  Tune in.  There’s a lot going on.  Here’s a link to the agenda and staff reports, scroll down to Monday’s date:  http://barrie.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Great meetings today on the potential for a university in Barrie, on new development and jobs at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, and with our MPP on skills training.  Skills training gap is probably the biggest opportunity to immediately create jobs in Barrie – we have jobs in Barrie that can’t be filled by employers because there aren’t enough potential employees with the skill set needed.

And last – my band is playing at the Battle of the Bands tonight, a charity concert for the RVH.   This is one of the ways I help to raise money for Barrie charities; it still amazes me that anyone would pay to listen to us…but at least it’s for a good cause!

About jefflehman
Jeff Lehman is the 46th Mayor of the City of Barrie. The Ward 2 Councillor for the City of Barrie from 2006 to 2010, he was the Chairman of the Finance Committee of Council, chaired the City’s Growth Management Working Group, and created the Historic Neighbourhoods project, a new initiative to protect and revitalize Barrie’s oldest neighbourhoods. Jeff has lived in Barrie for most of his life, having grown up in Allandale and attended Barrie Central Collegiate. Jeff holds a B.A. from Queen’s University, and a Master’s Degree with first class honours from the UK’s prestigious London School of Economics. He was hired to teach at the LSE following his graduation, and lived and worked in London for two years as an academic. Since that time, as an economist, he has worked with cities across Canada to manage redevelopment and invest in their urban infrastructure. In 2005, he established the Growing By Degrees Task Force to assist in expanding university education opportunities in Barrie, and has volunteered his time with many organizations in the City. Jeff lives near Downtown Barrie with his wife, Jennifer, a part-time professor of political science, and their young daughter Cassie, who is already smarter than her father.


One Response to “A few things heading into the weekend”
  1. Skip Chenard says:

    Was glad to hear the Plan for Transit was passed last night. Watched it on Rogers TV.
    Change is needed, however with it comes uncertainty due to lack of knowledge or communication. Hopefully input and open discussion will help to lessen the impact! Look forward to attending any open meetings as this effects my future (along with my co-workers) as a Transit operator in the City of Barrie.

    “Move on down the road”


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