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Inaugural Bike the Night event coming to Barrie next month

Inaugural Bike the Night event coming to Barrie next month

Guided cycling tour Sept. 17 will follow festival featuring food, music, bike tune-ups

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CITY OF BARRIE

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Barrie residents and visitors are invited to the active transportation and sustainability committee’s first-ever Bike the Night event, modelled after other similar events worldwide, on Sept. 17.

This event is a free, community-guided bicycle ride.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 17

Time: 5 to 8 p.m.

Location: Meridian Place, 30 Simcoe St., Barrie

A 30-minute bike ride is scheduled to begin at dusk (around 7 p.m.). Participants are invited to dress up in costume, decorate their bikes with lights, and cycle leisurely through the streets of downtown Barrie and along the lakeshore path as part of a guided ride.

The event will include a pre-ride festival with music, food trucks, free bike tune-ups, games, giveaways, prizes, and Barrie Transit bike rack demonstrations.

This event is being planned and led by the active transportation and sustainability committee and Living Green Barrie, with support from the City of Barrie, Downtown Barrie BIA, Cycle Barrie, Barrie Transit, Barrie Public Library, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Tourism Barrie, and Firebird Community Cycle.

To learn more about active transportation in Barrie, visit barrie.ca/ActiveTransportation.

For more information about the Bike the Night event, visit the Facebook event page. To participate in this free event, please register on Eventbrite. Registering in advance is strongly encouraged so that the committee can track the number of attendees.

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YMCA holds inaugural event for newcomers to region

YMCA holds inaugural event for newcomers to region

Organization’s first Community Day introduced new residents to services available in area

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YMCA OF SIMCOE/MUSKOKA

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The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s immigrant services held its first annual Community Day on Aug. 25 to educate newcomers about public safety and community services.

This free event was open to all ages and brought together various resources such as police, fire, and EMS services, as well as other community-based organizations, which allowed community members to interact with and connect with these important service providers while also learning about their local community.

Newcomers, their families, and the public attended the event, held at the East Bayfield Community Centre in Barrie, to learn more about services available in the area. During the event, newcomers could explore emergency vehicles, school vehicles, and other community resources in order to familiarize themselves with local services, learn how they support their community, and ask questions.

The deputy mayor of Barrie, Barry Ward, also attended the event, as well as representatives from the offices of MPP Andrea Khanjin and MP Doug Shipley. Catherine Chabot, a representative for MPP Andrea Khanjin, shared Khanjin’s background as an immigrant to Canada, and read a message from Khanjin to the newcomers attending the event: “This free community celebration, put on by the SWIS program, is so important for newcomers and immigrants of Barrie to feel welcome and supported, and most importantly, safe, by sharing the great services that our community provides…. As an immigrant myself I will always support newcomers into Barrie and Innisfil and look forward to more future collaboration.”

Deputy mayor of Barrie, Barry Ward, addressed the attendees and thanked newcomers for their contributions to our communities: “Thanks for everything newcomers do to make Barrie a richer city. You really are making Barrie a better place to be, and for that, I thank you.”

“The goal of this annual Community Day Event is to bring newcomers together in a welcoming environment where they can learn about community services and the support systems they can find in their new communities,” said Fatme El Sabbagh, program co-ordinator for the YMCA Immigrant Services Settlement Worker in Schools program.

Getting newcomers comfortable and prepared for life in a new community is important, according to El Sabbagh: “Newcomers who are unfamiliar with Canadian public and community services may be apprehensive about interactions with these organizations, or may not even know they exist. Through this event, we hope to educate newcomers and their families about the services available to them, as well as provide them with the opportunity to interact and connect with these important service providers.”

This event is part of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s commitment to supporting newcomers to Canada through their Immigrant Services programs, the most recent of which is the Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) program. The SWIS program launched last year as a partnership between the YMCA, the Simcoe County District School Board, and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, providing support for newcomer children, youth, and their families to integrate into their new school and community. Students are connected with a YMCA settlement worker to provide translation assistance, orientation support, and information sessions.

The SWIS team holds community events during the summer break to keep students and their families engaged and provide them with a chance to meet and interact with other newcomer families.

The SWIS program is available throughout all elementary and secondary schools in the County of Simcoe, is open to all immigrant, newcomer, and refugee students and their families, and provides support in over 15 languages. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from the SWIS program, please visit www.ymcasm.ca/SWIS to learn more, or contact a YMCA settlement worker at 705-791-6378 or swis@sm.ymca.ca.

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YMCA holds inaugural event for newcomers to region

YMCA holds inaugural event for newcomers to region

Organization’s first Community Day introduced new residents to services available in area

NEWS RELEASE

YMCA OF SIMCOE/MUSKOKA

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The YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s immigrant services held its first annual Community Day on Aug. 25 to educate newcomers about public safety and community services.

This free event was open to all ages and brought together various resources such as police, fire, and EMS services, as well as other community-based organizations, which allowed community members to interact with and connect with these important service providers while also learning about their local community.

Newcomers, their families, and the public attended the event, held at the East Bayfield Community Centre in Barrie, to learn more about services available in the area. During the event, newcomers could explore emergency vehicles, school vehicles, and other community resources in order to familiarize themselves with local services, learn how they support their community, and ask questions.

The deputy mayor of Barrie, Barry Ward, also attended the event, as well as representatives from the offices of MPP Andrea Khanjin and MP Doug Shipley. Catherine Chabot, a representative for MPP Andrea Khanjin, shared Khanjin’s background as an immigrant to Canada, and read a message from Khanjin to the newcomers attending the event: “This free community celebration, put on by the SWIS program, is so important for newcomers and immigrants of Barrie to feel welcome and supported, and most importantly, safe, by sharing the great services that our community provides…. As an immigrant myself I will always support newcomers into Barrie and Innisfil and look forward to more future collaboration.”

Deputy mayor of Barrie, Barry Ward, addressed the attendees and thanked newcomers for their contributions to our communities: “Thanks for everything newcomers do to make Barrie a richer city. You really are making Barrie a better place to be, and for that, I thank you.”

“The goal of this annual Community Day Event is to bring newcomers together in a welcoming environment where they can learn about community services and the support systems they can find in their new communities,” said Fatme El Sabbagh, program co-ordinator for the YMCA Immigrant Services Settlement Worker in Schools program.

Getting newcomers comfortable and prepared for life in a new community is important, according to El Sabbagh: “Newcomers who are unfamiliar with Canadian public and community services may be apprehensive about interactions with these organizations, or may not even know they exist. Through this event, we hope to educate newcomers and their families about the services available to them, as well as provide them with the opportunity to interact and connect with these important service providers.”

This event is part of the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka’s commitment to supporting newcomers to Canada through their Immigrant Services programs, the most recent of which is the Settlement Worker in Schools (SWIS) program. The SWIS program launched last year as a partnership between the YMCA, the Simcoe County District School Board, and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, providing support for newcomer children, youth, and their families to integrate into their new school and community. Students are connected with a YMCA settlement worker to provide translation assistance, orientation support, and information sessions.

The SWIS team holds community events during the summer break to keep students and their families engaged and provide them with a chance to meet and interact with other newcomer families.

The SWIS program is available throughout all elementary and secondary schools in the County of Simcoe, is open to all immigrant, newcomer, and refugee students and their families, and provides support in over 15 languages. If you, or someone you know, would benefit from the SWIS program, please visit www.ymcasm.ca/SWIS to learn more, or contact a YMCA settlement worker at 705-791-6378 or swis@sm.ymca.ca.

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DeChambeau joins LIV Golf as Schwartzel leads inaugural event

DeChambeau joins LIV Golf as Schwartzel leads inaugural event

ST. ALBANS, England — Former U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau became the latest big name to sign on with the Saudi-funded breakaway series LIV Golf, and Charl Schwartzel remained on course Friday to win the maximum prize of $4.75 million at its inaugural event outside London. 

That kind of big money has already convinced a long line of leading golfers — although none from the top 10 so far — to accept offers from the series bankrolled by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. DeChambeau is yet to explain why he made an about-turn to join that list, having previously said he would continue playing on the PGA Tour. That may not be possible now, as the PGA Tour announced Thursday that players who defect to the renegade series will face banishment from future tour events.

DeChambeau will be joining a series that already features Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, who are also among the golfers to have spent the week facing questions about the decision to sign up given Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations. 

On the course, Schwartzel shot a 4-under 66 to take a three-shot lead over fellow South African Hennie Du Plessis in the fight for the $4 million individual first prize at the 54-hole event, which will be decided on Saturday. Both players are on the Stinger team which is leading the way to share a $3 million purse for the best four-man team.

DeChambeau’s signing was announced as the second round was taking place.

“He is passionate about the sport, innovative in his approach and committed to pushing the boundaries in pursuit of excellence,” LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman said in a statement. “He’s not afraid to think outside the box and supports our mission of doing things differently to grow our game. The power and energy he brings to the course will deliver added electricity to our competition in Portland and beyond.” 

The 28th-ranked American could make his LIV Golf debut at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, from June 30.

“I don’t know how the field will look in Portland,” two-time major winner Martin Kaymer said. “If you can play against more players who are up there in the world rankings … it’s also proof that this tour here and this tournament is going into the right direction.

“They are staying in their frame, they are doing what they promised to do with the game of golf, and within a few weeks, that event so far has been great, especially in the time frame.”

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McIlroy unimpressed by lineup for inaugural LIV Golf event

McIlroy unimpressed by lineup for inaugural LIV Golf event

May 22, 2022; Tulsa, OK, USA; Rory McIlroy plays his shot from the seventh tee during the final round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Southern Hills Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

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June 1 (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy on Wednesday dismissed the field for the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series as “nothing to jump up and down about” and said players joining the Saudi-funded breakaway circuit need not face severe punishment.

There has been speculation that golfers who defect to the LIV Golf Series could face lifetime bans from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour but McIlroy feels such action would be too harsh.

“I certainly don’t think they should drop the hammer,” world number eight McIlroy told reporters ahead of the PGA Tour’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio.

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“Look, they are well within their rights to enforce the rules and regulations that have been set. But … it’s going to end up being an argument about what those rules and regulations are.”

The June 9-11 LIV Golf event outside London is headlined by Dustin Johnson, who at world number 13 is the highest-ranked player in a field that currently includes 26 of the top 150 golfers in the world. read more

Among the other notable names competing are 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia, 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and former U.S. Open champions Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer.

“I certainly don’t think the field is anything to jump up and down about,” said McIlroy.

McIlroy, who already expressed his allegiance to the PGA Tour, said he has some friends playing the LIV Golf event and when asked if they had any desire to keep competing on the PGA Tour the 33-year-old Northern Irishman paused before answering.

“Not really, I guess. You know, you have some guys in a position where they are literally not guaranteed a job next year,” said McIlroy.

“It’s hard to stay in the top-125 out here, especially when you’re a guy in your 40s and maybe you don’t hit the ball as far as you’re used to.”

All seven regular season LIV Golf events this year will have a $25 million purse where all players are paid out, including $4 million for the winner. The season-ending event will feature a $30 million purse.

According to McIlroy, that type of money proved too enticing to turn down for those in the latter stages of their careers.

“It’s a young man’s game nowadays,” said McIlroy.

“So someone that isn’t guaranteed their Tour card next year, another entity comes along and says, we’ll guarantee you this amount for three years, plus you’re playing for a ton more prize money, and you’re playing less events, you can spend more time with your family.

“I mean, whenever you sit down and look at some of those things, you know, it’s very appealing to some of those guys that are in that position.”

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Inaugural Events: Local Bodies Can Spend More | Thiruvananthapuram News – Times of India

Inaugural Events: Local Bodies Can Spend More | Thiruvananthapuram News - Times of India
Thiruvananthapuram: Amid the financial crisis in the state, the state government has enhanced the limit of funds that can be spent by the local bodies on inaugural functions attended by ministers.
As per the latest order issued by the local self-government department, the fund limit has been enhanced from Rs 25,000 to Rs 75,000, that can be utilized from the own funds of the local body concerned. The order says that a maximum of Rs 75,000 can be spent for all those functions that are conducted in open places or auditoriums attended by the ministers. For the functions conducted in other places other than these two places, the maximum fund that can be spent on arrangements will be Rs 50,000. Earlier, the limit for this category was Rs 10,000.
For any other function, the fund limit has been set as a maximum of Rs 25,000, as per the latest order. The order also says that these can be spent with the clearance of the respective local body council. The latest revision has been made on the limits set in 2015, that was then fixed on the basis of the recommendations of a state-level committee on decentralisation.
Interestingly, the revision comes at a time when the government has fixed a cap in the treasury on ways and means limits, which clearly shows the financial stress that the state government is in. The ways and means limit that was up to Rs 1 crore till last month, has been reduced to Rs 25 lakh, in the wake of fund shortage in the state exchequer.
In yet another major extravagant expenditure during the financial crisis, last month, the government had given clearance to spend Rs 35.16 crore for conducting exhibition-cum-sales fest across the state in connection with the first anniversary of the second LDF government under Pinarayi Vijayan. The government has been stressing on the need to maintain financial discipline in every aspect to tide over the acute financial crisis triggered by Covid-19.
Finance department had even instructed all administrative departments to recommend schemes and proposals by keeping austerity measures in mind.

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TransRockies Gravel Royale looks ahead to inaugural event | Canal Flats, Columbia Valley, East Kootenay, Elk Valley, Fernie, Invermere, Ktunaxa Nation

TransRockies Gravel Royale looks ahead to inaugural event | Canal Flats, Columbia Valley, East Kootenay, Elk Valley, Fernie, Invermere, Ktunaxa Nation

Registration spots are still available for the inaugural TransRockies Gravel Royale

As the summer race season approaches, TransRockies Race Series, the global leader in adventure stage races, is looking forward to a successful inaugural TransRockies Gravel Royale gravel stage race August 22-25.

Riders: Ned Woods, left, and Travis Hauck

Initially set for August 2021, COVID-19 restrictions canceled all events in British Columbia’s Interior. The gravel stage race will now debut in August 2022, and there are still registration spots available for interested riders.

The TransRockies Gravel Royale course kicks off at Panorama Mountain Resort and tours some of the most scenic and challenging gravel routes in British Columbia. The route will also visit Nipika Mountain Resort and the Village of Canal Flats before finishing in the City of Fernie.

The four-day stage race will cover 375 km (233 miles) and around 7,000 m (23,000 ft) of climbing.

“After two years of planning, we can’t wait to bring the legendary TransRockies stage race experience to the gravel community,” said Aaron McConnell, President of TransRockies. “This part of British Columbia is so perfect for a wilderness gravel experience.”

As of April 1, a negative covid test is no longer required for fully vaccinated visitors to Canada, making the Gravel Royale even more accessible for riders coming from the United States and other parts of the world. Daily direct flights into Calgary International Airport are available from 85 destinations in 15 countries, including Denver, San Francisco, Minneapolis, New York, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and many more.

Continuing in 2022, TransRockies Gravel Royale will offer alternative options for riders, including a two-day “Ante Up” ride and a three-day E-Bike “Poker Ride.” The shorter options are ideal for riders who are looking to dip their toes into the stage race experience.

The stages of Gravel Royale will take riders on secluded gravel roads through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, traditional home to the Ktunaxa Nation. Riders will experience vast mountain views, native wildlife and winding stretches of gravel in this difficult, but achievable challenge.

The extensive network of well-maintained forest service roads in the region guarantee great riding and racing conditions.

After each stage, participants can anticipate a relaxing, fun and memorable time at camp. After 20 years, TransRockies has perfected their camp hospitality and provides all of the amenities riders could need. The TransRockies team transports gear/luggage, sets up tents at each stage, provides showers and prepares meals.

Each night, massage and athletic therapy stations are available along with mechanical support and a bike wash for participants. With all TransRockies stage races, the Chillville will make an appearance at Gravel Royale and will be equipped with music, snacks and a nice campfire for riders to socialize and hang out with other participants.

“People hang out for hours after the races and just hang out and talk about their day and celebrate the things that went well and laugh about the things that didn’t go so well,” said pro mountain biker Emma Maaranen.

“It’s pretty incredible. I haven’t been to races like that in years and years that have such a community feel to them.”

Don’t hesitate to register for TransRockies Gravel Royale! There are still spots available, however the event may sell out. Registration includes meals, tent camping, luggage transport, among other amenities. Registration link here.

The TransRockies Race Series operates 10 events over 32 days annually in the Western U.S. and Canada. Specializing in multi-day and endurance cycling and running events, TransRockies serves over 3,500 participants annually. The organization has operated over 200 days of stage racing since it was founded in 2002.

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TransRockies Gravel Royale