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 - #SafeSeptember, 2020

The new school year is rapidly approaching and most parents say they don't know what to do. Children benefit from going to school on multiple levels, and if they return to a normal system of education parents can once again go to work and potentially catch up on six months of back bills.

The provincial government is pushing to open as if all is normal, but teachers, parents, and administrators are quick to note that nothing has changed since we all went into lockdown in February. There is no cure, nor vaccine.

On Wednesday, July 29, 2020, our crews travelled to the office of both MPPs, Andrea Khanjin and Doug Downey, where a protest was taking place by the social media pop-up group Demand a Safe and Fully Funded Back to School, comprised mostly of teachers, school administrators, and parents. We had written to both MPPs asking for the government's position, but we received no reply. During the COVID-19 crisis, both offices have been closed with staff working from home.

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

Imagine Laserworks Barrie - Laser Acupuncture Services

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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Post-production by John Ironside