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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

With budget talks beginning Monday, property taxes and service levels on the line

With budget talks beginning Monday, property taxes and service levels on the line

The knives will be out Monday as Barrie councillors debate the 2021 operating and capital budget, which sets property tax and service levels. Budget talks begin with homeowners facing a blended (municipal, education) 3.
Mayor steps up with plan to cut tax increase, provide 'modest relief' to residents

Mayor steps up with plan to cut tax increase, provide 'modest relief' to residents

'It’s clear that this is not the year for a significant tax increase,' says Lehman
Baycats make pitch for city funding to complete $400K in upgrades at Midhurst ballpark

Baycats make pitch for city funding to complete $400K in upgrades at Midhurst ballpark

Team urged to also pursue other funding sources; 'It’s going to be difficult to expect that taxpayers are going to be fronting this 100 per cent,' says councillor
City lands $2.25M in gas-tax funding to help fuel Barrie Transit growth

City lands $2.25M in gas-tax funding to help fuel Barrie Transit growth

Funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure
City, police officials both say stay-at-home order will be enforced fairly

City, police officials both say stay-at-home order will be enforced fairly

Order kicks in one minute after midnight; Barrie police official and head of the city's bylaw enforcement department say rules will be handled with an even hand
City waives buy-back rights for south-end industrial land

City waives buy-back rights for south-end industrial land

Council passed the motion Monday night for the 4.2-acre property, which is located on Rawson Avenue in the South Barrie Industrial Park
Landowners squabble over Salem servicing in city's south end

Landowners squabble over Salem servicing in city's south end

'We are so far behind in terms of what was anticipated and it is now having major fiscal implications on the city,' mayor says regarding 'slow pace of development' in Salem Secondary Plan area
<b>COLUMN:</b> Rolling up our sleeves will come with questions

COLUMN: Rolling up our sleeves will come with questions

Health Canada and local public health officials alike had better have some answers
Chief stickhandles questions about defunding police during budget presentation

Chief stickhandles questions about defunding police during budget presentation

Barrie police are asking for $57.3 million in municipal funding this year, a 2.65% increase from 2020
Four-tower project given go-ahead by city council

Four-tower project given go-ahead by city council

Site-plan control application submitted for phase one, which includes 25-storey building fronting Lakeshore Drive