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Bob Bruton

Bob Bruton

Bob Bruton began his newspaper career as a sports/news reporter and photographer in 1982 with the Strathroy Age-Dispatch, just outside of London, Ont. He came to Barrie in 1985, joining the Examiner’s sports department until 1988 before moving to the newsroom where he covered city hall, wrote editorials, columns and features until the paper closed in November 2017. He became a full-time member of the Barrie Today news team in December 2020.

Recent Work by Bob

Sadlon Arena sound system gets cranked back a year

Sadlon Arena sound system gets cranked back a year

'We are finding it challenging to obtain parts for it,' city official says of south-end facility
Councillors offering some relief from water, sewer bills

Councillors offering some relief from water, sewer bills

'The reality is we’ve had a shift — a decrease in the non-residential water and wastewater use, and an increase in the residential,' says mayor
Theatre reserve established for new facility, with $2.5M to be contributed annually

Theatre reserve established for new facility, with $2.5M to be contributed annually

'It’s still part of a long-term vision for the downtown,' says councillor; Contributions to the fund will begin in 2022
Community garden at Riverwood Park could be 'breaking point' to also add parking lot

Community garden at Riverwood Park could be 'breaking point' to also add parking lot

Ward councillor says people have been using parking lot at Kozlov Centre or adjoining streets, 'which the residents are not crazy about'
City funding restored for 'historical' student crossing guard program

City funding restored for 'historical' student crossing guard program

'This program is not 100% effective, but it helps a little bit. It makes people feel a little bit safer about crossing because there’s somebody there,' says deputy-mayor
Councillors, city staff worked hard to 'keep budget as lean as possible,' says mayor

Councillors, city staff worked hard to 'keep budget as lean as possible,' says mayor

'Our residents are currently facing a new and deeper round of economic uncertainty due to the pandemic,' says Lehman
Councillors include $3M in 2021 budget for supportive housing on Vespra St.

Councillors include $3M in 2021 budget for supportive housing on Vespra St.

Plan is to use modular homes on city-owned land at the old fire hall site; 'The crisis is now, the issue is now, the opportunity with the site is in front of us,' says mayor
Councillors pass property tax increase less than 1%

Councillors pass property tax increase less than 1%

'I think this might be the lowest tax increase in 17 years,' says Thomson; Councillors also OK'd a supportive housing project on Vespra Street
Security needed at south-end community centre to combat Holly hooligans

Security needed at south-end community centre to combat Holly hooligans

'We have experienced a number of issues, both inside and outside of the rec centre, specifically fires being lit around the perimeter of the building,' says city official
Councillors don't budge on city police budget during first night of talks

Councillors don't budge on city police budget during first night of talks

'I am definitely not interested in reducing this budget by a dollar because of the state of our city right now,' says Coun. Mike McCann