Barrie Central

Update – 86% of respondents to the Examiner’s on-line poll now saying “yes”, Council should be involved in the Barrie Central issue. More info to come.

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.


9 Responses to “Barrie Central”
  1. James Dobson says:

    Just wanted to mention that the Examiner Poll taken was the reverse of this one. Kids can take buses. for a generation. Kids take buses every day. This city campaign is a waste of time and a bunch of fluff.
    This city needs a direction Central is not that big of a deal. Get on with the real business of running this city. Economic Development Team……to attract real jobs. a real vision for the downtown core. A highs school belongs there about as much as that fire hall did that we did not need. . Man can you people spend it…..our money that is….Enough of the arts already….running the Gryphon…why? The Scotia Bank Theatre. Why?. What the heck is a childrens museum….Stop it! We look like fools..

    • jefflehman says:

      Hi James – thanks for your comments – the final results of the Examiner poll can be found here: But even if public opinion was the reverse, I would still argue that you can’t have strong neighbourhoods without schools, and we shouldn’t abandon our older neighbourhoods just because they’re older.

      • James says:

        Again, once you factor in the kids that come in by bus (20 percent) and the cost of fixing this school and taking into account that a school is not needed there but on the other side of town and will be needed it is
        quite obvious a school is a no go for downtown. It isn’t even safe for kids to begin with. Push it over and build something that will assist the core in attracting business. The poll is so stacked it isn’t even applicable as real data. I invite people on the other side to comment on this.

      • Stefanie Heller says:

        That’s true, we can’t have strong neighbourhoods without schools and good education . That’s why we need to have the schools where the kids are !
        We need a high school in the south end sooner than later … even more kids are moving into this area and into these annexed lands . Education should be provided before this is gonna happen !

  2. mm says:

    I am very concerned about the safety of the staff and the patrons at the library. There are many times my family and I witness violence, swearing, fighting and abuse to the staff at the library. Many of the staff at the checkout desk are ladies. They should not have to deal with such disrespect and abuse from people not even using the library. I hope you can address this issue.

    • jefflehman says:

      Thanks – I believe the Library Board is looking at having a security guard to prevent this kind of activity – that shouldn’t be necessary, but I agree, it may be now.

  3. Tara Fick says:

    Mayor and councillors, are you in favour of CETA?

    What makes CETA different from other trade agreements is the fact that for the first time ever, the provincial governments are involved, and foreign firms would be allowed to bid on procurement contracts at the municipal level. EU trade negotiators have asked that drinking water be included, opening the door to large EU multinational water companies to stake a claim in Canada’s public water systems. Unlike NAFTA, the Canada-E.U. free trade agreement would interfere with local and municipal policies, yet our mayors and municipal councillors are not part of the negotiations.

    Under CETA, Canadian municipalities would deal with foreign companies for the tendering of vital public services such as drinking water, roads, sanitation, health care, and basically anything local. CETA would impact water privatization, food production, tar sands expansion and reduce public policy-setting rights. CETA also provides Big-pharma (drug companies) and Big-chema (pesticide and seed companies) with powerful new tools forcing consumers to buy patented products. That means no ‘generic’ medicines and forced use of gene-patented seeds at high prices. Eating local or non-GMO foods is no longer a choice because of penalty for non-compliance.

    Canadians have been excluded from the discussions even though this agreement affects our food, water and everything else in between, . CETA is not mentioned in corporate-controlled media and even our MLA, MPs and elected officials know very little about CETA or its impacts.

    Last November, the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) passed a resolution asking the B.C. government to negotiate a permanent exemption for local governments from CETA. The UBCM’s democratic plea could all be for nothing if Ottawa has the last say, but they have made a call for democratic process.

    (This comment is taken from a letter to the editor published in a BC paper)

    Please address this issue.

    • jefflehman says:

      Thanks Tara. Yes, we are aware and concerned about CETA. The FCM and AMO, our federal and provincial advocacy groups, are pushing back on this on behalf of all municipalities.

  4. Steve Benson says:

    Mr. Mayor,

    I continue to be very impressed with your leadership as Mayor and reinforces that fact that I voted for the best person last November! I am also very impressed with your continued leadership role regarding Barrie Central and that it is too important of an institution to close for so many obvious reasons.

    I find it incredibly ironic that the Simcoe County District School Board somehow quietly found $435,000 in their budget to replace their heading system at their Head Office in Midhurst but continues with the position that it will cost $500,000 to fix the boiler at Barrie Central!

    Makes me wonder when the school board states that the best interest and well being of all students in Simcoe County is the #1 priority but hard to believe this when they replace their heating system ahead of Barrie Central’s which is in dire need of having to be replaced NOW.

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