Downtown Barrie

Talking about Dunlop Street and what we need for long-term prosperity and revitalization.

Have a great weekend.

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.


7 Responses to “Downtown Barrie”
  1. Jim Albin says:

    Mayor Jeff Lehman

    I just want to comment on the issue of downtown Barrie weekend problem.
    Hiring more police is good for Barrie , but that will not solve the problem of weekend
    1st — Bar owners should be fined for serving someone that has had to much to drink.

    2nd — The fined for cause of these ditrubance should be raised to minimum $500.00 and up
    depending on the offence.

    3rd — Minimum jail time should be 3-5 day and not just for over night to sober up.
    This way they have time to realize what they have done and what it is going cost them.
    Other than being fined , they also have lost wages.

    On the other hand I just to say you are doing a good job.

    Thank You for you time,
    Jim Albin

    • Taylor Woodard says:

      Dear Jim Albin

      Your 3rd point of a 3-5 day jail “time” is not possible and also contrary to the Bail Reform Act. Police do not put people into cells after arrest as punishment, at that point they have not been determined to be guilty (which only a court can do). The point of police holding someone after arrest is to identify them, and make sure they show up to court, so you’re suggestion in a majority of cases would be illegal for the police to do.

      Taylor Woodard

  2. Just want to say I love the idea of a campus near the downtown core! Keep up the good work!

    • Josh says:

      The solution you suggest is outragous! LOST WAGES ?? Are you kidding me? it would cause people to loose their Jobs, Im not sure that there are too many people that would still have a job if they just showed up after 5 days with the excuse that they were in jail. and the Last time I checked we live in CANADA ! where a person has the right to a Trial, the right to unreasonable DETENTION, and other rights as set out in the Charter of Rights & Freedoms before being subject to 3-5 days Jail-Time for an offence that is for the most part punishable by a fine. Where do you get the idea that Jail time is a fitting punishment for being drunk in bublic? and furthermore do you have ANY IDEA what it costs to keep someone in a provincial Jail? its Ourragous to think that our jails would be jam packed with people serving 3-5 days for being drunk in a public place. If you want to think up a fitting punishment for an offence that’s on par with disturbing the peace, get creative. Community Service in the downtown core im sure would be more than usefull to the City and even then it should be IN LIU of a fine payable to the City.
      Bar owners in the downtown core ARE regularly charged for over serving but that has always been and will continue to be an issue as long as the bars exist. the law says if you are drunk, you have already had too much. Is anyone under the impression that these people that go to the clubs and bars are going there to do anything but get drunk and party? NO we all know better, but it is put up with and delt with as best as the police can deal with the issues. weather you would like to admit it or not, its the Bars and clubs in the downtown core that are keeping your Downtown from becoming a Ghost Town. During a time when we have Giant big box developments going in across town, you may want to keep the downtown core as attractive as possable. lets not forget that its the people going to the bars and stores downtown that are keeping it alive and Im sure that mandatort minimums imposed on people that drink a little too much would hav a masive negitive impact on the amount of people that would come down there. How likely would you have been to go partying downtown if you felt like you were living in an occupied city? A little common sense goes a long way when it comes to making choices that would impact so many people so harshly.

  3. Tina Khanjin says:

    Downtown is the face of the city. It should be clean and smiling. We have to admit that drunks own the nights in Barrie. There are many examples of a much better use of the night entertainment: musical colorful fountains in Hamburg (Germany, monthly festivals in Austria, etc.
    We need a Convention centre with a casino, and we should not be afraid of gambling because those who work at casino are not allowed to gamble. So, Barrie will not be just publishing the revenue from Georgian downs or casino Rama, but enjoying the revenue of its own.
    We need a nice shopping centre, we need to bring families to downtown to celebrate the city we live in. Downtown should clear from unpleasant things of any kind. It is not a hard goal to achieve.

  4. Vince Howes says:

    Re: Downtown funding of more police officers

    Perhaps if the bars were to pay for one police officer each then taxpayers would not have to.Every day I read the police reports and it seems arresting drunks in the downtown core out weigh all other police activities.Just a suggestion.

    • Josh says:

      Thats a good Idea. Mandatory hiring of off duty police officers would save the city some cash, and matbe hiring a few downtown Liquor Inspectors that delt strictly with the club sene and the fees to hire these part time inspectors levied to the all establishments with LCBO permits, and devided based on the capacity of the establishment (Bigger Clubs pay more of the bill then the small places) this would most likely strighten out a lot of overserving issues in the downtown core if they knew there were 2 inspectors dedicated to the downtown bars and clubs.

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