Thank you…

First – to the more than 2,000 people in Barrie who gave us their opinion about a casino during more than a month of consultation.  Council has decided not to proceed any further with the idea of a casino at this point.  All members of Council appreciate the efforts made to let us know your views.

Second – to Robin Munro and all those who helped make the Mayor’s Brunch for United Way on New Year’s Day a success:

  • The North Restaurant – Marco Ormonde
  • Tara Indian Cuisine – Yar + Nur Mohammad
  • Unity Market Cafe – Caleigh Clark
  • Lemon Tree Bakery – Revi, Hillary, Wanda
  • Cheeky Treats – Nadia McIlveen
  • Catering by Rose – Rose Romita and Christina Romita-Taylor
  • Barrie Fair Trade Working Group – Bruce Morton
  • Kiwanis Club of Barrie – Dick Habib, Stephen Fielder
  • Devine Media Services – John Devine
  • Guest Guitar Vocalist – Rachel Madden
  • Volunteer – Sharon Winchester

A big thanks for all of your help!


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.


2 Responses to “Thank you…”
  1. Scott says:

    Very unfortunate that the fate of a casino rested in the hands of 2000 people. Time to man up Jeff and make a decision that may not be popular now, but will wind up being beneficial to the city.

    When’s election time again?

  2. Jane Blogs says:

    I would like to know how you expect the average Barrie citizen to pay for yet another tax increase. Why is the development of lakeshore necessary as it is a want and not a need. Given our declining population and thus tax base, why hasn’t the Barrie police not been cut and again been given an extra 3%?

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