Barrie residents pack Dunlop Street for Canada Day celebrations

People in Barrie didn't let wet weather in the morning deter them from celebrating Canada Day.

Thousands packed downtown streets Friday for the first Canada Day celebration in two years, not restricted by pandemic measures.

Two of which were father and son duo, Andrew and Edward Hill, who spent their afternoon sharing a pint of beer on a local patio.

"This is my home, my adoptive country, the best place in the world to live," said Andrew, who moved to Canada from England 35 years ago. "This is the place that I chose and I wouldn't go anywhere else, it's just wonderful to be here."

For others, Canada Day served as an opportunity to meet up with friends they hadn't seen in a while.

"I haven't been out for a long-time, this is a first and it's really nice to see people," said Cheryl Blanchard. "Especially after the pandemic, it's nice to reconnect with everyone once again and celebrate."

People enjoyed live music and entertainment around Meridian Place well into the evening. 

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    On the International Day of Indigenous Peoples the SIRGE Coalition was formed to call upon government, corporate, and financial decision-makers to avoid the mistakes and harms of past resource development by protecting the rights and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples around the globe, many of whom live on lands rich in transition minerals. We speak with Kate and Galina about the coaltions work.

    Lyndon George is an Anishinaabe member of the Kettle and Stoney Point First Nations helping our people in Hamilton and beyond seek justice. He will be a part of the  Second Annual Indigenous Unity Rally in Hamilton and speaks about this on the show.

  • Lydon George and the Second Annual Indigenous Unity Rally in Hamilton

    Lyndon George is an Anishinaabe member of the Kettle and Stoney Point First Nations helping our people in Hamilton and beyond seek justice. He will be a part of the  Second Annual Indigenous Unity Rally in Hamilton and speaks about this on the show.

  • Kate Finn and Galina Angarova from the Indigenous SIRGE Coalition

    On the International Day of Indigenous Peoples the SIRGE Coalition was formed to call upon government, corporate, and financial decision-makers to avoid the mistakes and harms of past resource development by protecting the rights and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples around the globe, many of whom live on lands rich in transition minerals. We speak with Kate and Galina about the coaltions work.