Your community channel
in Barrie and Simcoe County

A division of the Ontario Community Awareness Network
A provincially registered Not-For-Profit Community Channel
Studio: 705-828-5605 ~ Production: 416-996-2786
or email
Several articles pertaining to the tragic death of Jason (Bear) Marche
and details of the negligence and fraud committed by slumlord Jason Hejja can be found at

Follow our ongoing story about why Verico The Mortgage Station is currently under investigation by the
South Simcoe Police regarding fully-supported allegations of usury, also known as loansharking.

COVID-19 - Barrie Defeat Depression Annual Walk Go, 2020

Summer is traditionally the biggest time of the year for local charities and community groups as they take advantage of the good weather to entice local residents to take part in fundraisers and awareness campaigns. Sadly, that is no longer possible, or at least for now, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, instead of throwing in the towel, many groups, such as Barrie Defeat Depression have become innovative. Normally the Defeat Depression Day event, scheduled for May 30th of this year, is held in a large group in a public park; however, this year it is going virtual. Participants can still take part and help defeat depression, but they will now do so on the street on which they live, in their own backyard, or anywhere that they can honour social distancing and other new regulations intended to slow or stop the spread of the Coronavirus. On May 21st, 2020, our Five Points Media Producer, John Ironside, met with top fundraiser Vanessa Quesnel on the waterfront to learn all the details.

We would like to thank the following sponsors of the Ontario Community Awareness Network. These businesses show they care about our shared community by helping us to provide a locally-focused truly local voice to you and your neighbours. They also enable our crew to be able to continue providing donated services to promote local benevolent community groups and charities based in The City of Barrie, the Town of Innisfil, and the Township of Oro-Medonte.

Assisting You Social - Social Media Management

Backcountry K9 Kennel - Day Care, Overnight, and Grooming

BarterPay Simcoe County - Business Promotion

Beauty & Babes - Salon and Spa

Checkered Door - Transition to Adult ASD

Enterprise Mechanical Inc. - Heating and Air Conditioning

Family TLC - Family Counselling and Therapy

Fionn MacCool's Barrie - Pub

Growing Minds Learning Centre - Daycare Centre

Hwear Plus/Canadian Toggle - Personal Protection

Jack’s Urban Jungle - Indoor Adventure Park

Latchman Insurance Brokers Limited - Providing All Types Barrie South Simcoe - Lice Removal

Michael Enterprise Audio & Visual

Northlink General Contracting

Still Moving Osteopathy - People and Pets

Theatre By The Bay - Live Performances

3B Solutions - Video and Media

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Videography and Post Production by John Ironside