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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

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
People getting on board with mobile vaccination buses

People getting on board with mobile vaccination buses

'Everything is right here and you don’t have to schedule an appointment,' says Barrie man; Bus remains at Lampman Lane until 7 p.m., with another at Georgian College until 6 p.m.
City heading toward balanced, tax-supported budget despite pandemic

City heading toward balanced, tax-supported budget despite pandemic

'We are showing a ($4-million) surplus at the moment, but that is anticipated to normalize by year-end to be roughly on-budget,' says mayor
<b>COLUMN:</b> Election promises made are rarely kept

COLUMN: Election promises made are rarely kept

'You can probably count on the fingers of one hand the number of election promises actually kept, to the letter, by our federal governments.'
Midhurst museum may not be the last stop for Barrie steam engine

Midhurst museum may not be the last stop for Barrie steam engine

'I think for many people, there is an understanding that, maybe even a hope, that the engine would be returned to Barrie, in the Allandale Station area,’ says Coun. Jim Harris
New municipal accommodation tax in the works between city, Tourism Barrie

New municipal accommodation tax in the works between city, Tourism Barrie

'Tourism Barrie experienced a 58 per cent drop in revenue from 2019 due to the pandemic,' says Coun. Gary Harvey, city's rep with the organization
Water support program now running for low-income Barrie residents

Water support program now running for low-income Barrie residents

Supporting documentation required to substantiate proof of income, and applicants must re-apply to program annually, says city treasurer
'Troublesome' downtown corner doesn't warrant all-way stop, city staff say

'Troublesome' downtown corner doesn't warrant all-way stop, city staff say

'I was actually surprised that there were only two collisions in a three-year period,' says ward councillor
Change could be coming to payday loan outlets with Barrie-wide restrictions

Change could be coming to payday loan outlets with Barrie-wide restrictions

'The less we have of these in our neighbourhoods, I think the better off all of our neighbourhoods will be,' says Coun. Gary Harvey