A note on a tough day for Barrie.

Some days in this job are easier than others. But today was a day that also reminded me why I do this job. Started on CBC Radio at 7:40 talking about the Resiliency Conference we are hosting tonight and tomorrow. Then had to write a statement expressing my deep disappointment and frustration over the Province’s decision not to support a university campus in Barrie. That dominated the day a bit, with media reaction and a press conference at 3pm. But in between, I observed a Barrie Police tactical unit training exercise, and got to see first-hand the professionalism of our force and the Simcoe County EMS Tac Medics that are embedded. The City was pleased to receive the first “Blue Flag” rating for the Barrie Marina, for environmental protection. My incredible staff have got everything lined up for the Conference tomorrow – and we received a pile of last-minute registrations. And a staff member sent me pictures of the snowploughs that have been decorated by students at Barrie schools. So, while today was a kick in the gut to lose the university bid, that’s not over yet – and I had a bunch of reminders of how great the people are that work with me and for the City.

Here’s a pic from the training exercise…and I’ll post my statement on the university decision separately.

With BPS Tactical Unit



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.

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