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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.

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Recent Work by Bob

Barrie councillors vote to shore up Kempenfest but push self-sufficiency

Barrie councillors vote to shore up Kempenfest but push self-sufficiency

'Try to get the money from fundraising and the private sector, and if that isn’t successful … then come back and let us know,' says mayor
Big concern? Hwy. 400 ONroute billboard on the blink with area council

Big concern? Hwy. 400 ONroute billboard on the blink with area council

Company official says Barrie is the only municipality that has applied its sign bylaw regulations to proposed digital billboards
Youth Haven rebuild looking at 2-month turnaround post-demolition

Youth Haven rebuild looking at 2-month turnaround post-demolition

'Knowing this is happening, that this is a reality ... it’s like we won the lottery right now,' says executive director
Old Barrie police headquarters, H-Block properties rezoned

Old Barrie police headquarters, H-Block properties rezoned

City's mayor says more municipally owned land could also be rezoned for residential use, but without undermining value
'Bad optics': Barrie paid two police chiefs $564K combined in 2023

'Bad optics': Barrie paid two police chiefs $564K combined in 2023

'There is a portion of our community that’s ‘defund the police’ and it’s a very, very small portion,' says deputy mayor
Barrie may green-light pedestrian crossing on Hurst Drive

Barrie may green-light pedestrian crossing on Hurst Drive

'I don’t want to wait for an accident to happen. I’ve seen near-misses a number of times,' says ward councillor
Court ruling on panhandling labelled 'wake-up call' for Barrie

Court ruling on panhandling labelled 'wake-up call' for Barrie

'This ruling is a recognition of the fact that survival should not be criminalized,' says former city councillor Keenan Aylwin
Go green: Plant-based food facility sprouting in south Barrie

Go green: Plant-based food facility sprouting in south Barrie

'We are redefining what it means to eat well,' said Green Bowl Foods boss.
Upcoming military events a chance to show 'gratitude' to vets

Upcoming military events a chance to show 'gratitude' to vets

'Over the next year or 13 months, we are going to do everything we can to say thank you,' Barrie mayor says
'Open again': Essa paintball facility bounces back from fire

'Open again': Essa paintball facility bounces back from fire

'We’ve been pretty busy,' said Barrie Paintball owner after play resumed a few weeks ago
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