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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

City's new recycling program could become more costly with less service

City's new recycling program could become more costly with less service

With recyclables becoming the producers’ responsibility, pick-up could be pushed to every other week, but cost ramifications remain foggy
City tops up affordable housing reserve, which didn't have enough for cup of coffee

City tops up affordable housing reserve, which didn't have enough for cup of coffee

'Affordable housing is one of our strategic priorities and we’re looking at a balance here of $1.45 in that account, so unfortunately we have to set our priorities on this one,' says Coun. Gary Harvey
With little on the agenda, Monday's general committee meeting pushed back

With little on the agenda, Monday's general committee meeting pushed back

Agenda included only one staff report and items for discussion, none of which were deemed time-sensitive, says city spokesperson
City's zoning bylaw being streamlined in effort to boost affordable housing

City's zoning bylaw being streamlined in effort to boost affordable housing

'The overarching goal here is to increase the supply of housing in the city of Barrie, by allowing appropriate infill development. It doesn’t create thousands of units, but it does create dozens,' says mayor
At twice the permitted height, 16-storey proposal up in the air at Dunlop, Henry

At twice the permitted height, 16-storey proposal up in the air at Dunlop, Henry

'Can you just clarify why you feel on this site it’s appropriate to ask for twice the height?' asked Mayor Jeff Lehman
Parking rates set to rise in downtown Barrie

Parking rates set to rise in downtown Barrie

City has 832 on-street parking spaces downtown and operates 19 parking lots; Hike equates to approximately $280,000 in additional revenue annually
Six-storey, 46-unit condo proposal too much for neighbours on Big Bay Point Rd.

Six-storey, 46-unit condo proposal too much for neighbours on Big Bay Point Rd.

'I’m sure that no one bought their homes with even a whisper of a thought that there would be apartment buildings behind them in the future,' says neighbour
Parking rates set to rise in downtown Barrie

Parking rates set to rise in downtown Barrie

City has 832 on-street parking spaces downtown and operates 19 parking lots; Hike equates to approximately $280,000 in additional revenue annually
Could old steam engine's placement in Allandale help drive heritage tourism?

Could old steam engine's placement in Allandale help drive heritage tourism?

'We have many schools, some of whom are within walking distance to where the train could potentially go in Allandale,' says Heritage Barrie committee member
City taking hard look at payday loan outlets, where they can operate

City taking hard look at payday loan outlets, where they can operate

'I would prefer that the major banks offer the services that payday loans offer, but on more reasonable terms,' says Coun. Clare Riepma