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Stop The Debt Cycle – Call Now!

Stop the debt cycle!  Learn how debt consolidation works and find out how much you can save, if, as a homeowner:

You have:

  • Credit Card Debt
  • You are making minimum monthly payments only
  • You have missed making payments
  • You have fallen behind in utility bill payments
  • You owe money to CRA
  • You owe money in Student Loans
  • You are behind in support payments
  • Property tax arrears

Talking to an expert we learned there are so many ways that they are able to assist us with our debt load – while repairing the all important credit score.

Roy Prince, of Real Mortgage Associates Inc., is a long time professional in the field of finance.

He tells us that if there is equity in your home, using a broker with a vested interest in doing their best for you as a client is the right starting point.

Very often homeowners can find themselves with ‘bruised’ credit through no fault of their own.

This can happen because of a messy separation or divorce; unexpected illness and loss of employment, or in the past year – missed payments due to COVID related issues.  Credit scores may be adversely affected!

With each individual situation the broker works with YOU to help YOU.

Case in Point

  • A client was referred to Roy through her lawyer.
  • She had been married but was now a single mom of 3 young children living in the marital home.
  • Her ex-in-laws held the mortgage on the home.
  • The ex-in-laws put a Power of Sale in place on the property.
  • Roy was able to assist his client out of the Power of Sale; obtained a new mortgage in her own name, giving her a stable home life for her and the children.

Roy explains that Brokers represent you, their Client, not the Lenders.  A broker is able to seek out the very best lender to work with you in your individual situation.

Case in Point

  • As a broker Roy is seeing Seniors, aged 55+ and even clients age 65 – 74 years of age, coming to him with 200k, 300k+ in mortgage and credit card debts.
  • Most debt is coming from credit card debt or loans from ‘high street’ loaning institutions.
  • Interest rates are anywhere from 19-30% on common credit cards,40%+ on monies from the ‘high street’ loaning institutions.
  • As long as there is equity in the home, Roy is able to offer a variety of products to pay off existing mortgages.
  • If you are 55+ years of age, and you have a mortgage and finding it difficult to keep up with payments we can lend up to 55% of the value of your home to pay off your existing mortgage; with no monthly payments to meet.

Roy knows that different people carry debt for different reasons: knowing that – he also understands that choosing the right mortgage solution can be overwhelming.

Asking advice from a qualified expert – like Roy – will give you invaluable options.

Let Roy assist you into a better position than you are right now!


Roy Prince

Call:(289) 231 9540

email: [email protected]

RMAI, Real Mortgage Associates Inc.  Licence # 10464

Senior Mortgage Agent #M09002652

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Barrie Families Unite and Succeed!

The City of Barrie and its people met this head on.  In an incredible moment in history the world shut down – but this city rose, facing the challenge with the strength of its people…Barrie Families Unite!

March 14, 2020, a sunny Saturday amidst worldwide confusion; a dream became reality.

Nikki Glahn, a resident of Barrie, felt a true desire to do something, anything to help.

Considering sage advice from close friends Nikki decided that people needed people to help each other during this totally bizarre time.

Keeping it Simple!

Nikki decided to keep it simple and created a Facebook group.  The group was created as a space to facilitate help within our community; a place to post and check in on posts from others in regards to needs that people may have during the uncertain times. BARRIE FAMILIES UNITE was created “TOGETHER as a COMMUNITY.” 

To her amazement there were 500+ people who had joined the group within the first 3 hours!

Every person, at every level has been able to assist or receive goodness from the total unselfishness of others.

First Anniversary!

Now, 1 year later at 11.8K members, this group has made an incredible grassroots movement of helping each other a part of every day.

BFU has helped residents as young as infants to the elderly and infirm.  They’ve found shoppers for those who couldn’t go themselves; fundraisers and drives for Pop-up Clothing Shops and campaigns for Christmas Cheer drives – all at no cost to anyone needing the services.

A Call to Action!

At the time of this one year anniversary Nikki realized that the foundation of her original mission needs to be formalized in order to continue moving forward.

Putting out a call to action, Nikki received no less than 70 residents wanting to volunteer, contribute, support, build and maintain the community!

This is on top of the DOZENS of volunteers that have been an integral part of building the BFU Community this past year.  Literally thousands of people hours have already gone into getting BFU to where it is today!

There has been authentic desire, gratitude and feedback from the residents of the city.

Moving forward with a strategic planning committee the desire is to be proactive rather than the reactive measures they survived upon during their first year. 

The growth has been incredible, the challenges wonderful, and the results amazing!  Barrie Families Unite has become a facilitating group on steroids!

Our Focus!

Moving forward BFU plans to remain true to their origin:

            Clothing children as a primary concern

            Food and medical devices for those in need

            Infant needs

Creating a strong infrastructure with strategic planning now allows the group to create a cyclical calendar of events as a main focus.

Secondly BFU envisions that they will contivue to be available to assess and assist during emergency/disaster situations; people in transitions; people starting over.

There is currently a temporary warehouse where the group has been allowed to store excess stock and supplies of commonly needed items, BUT they are searching for a permanent home!

This is real people helping real people at a pure grassroots level.

And the Nominee is...

BFU is a finalist for the MAYORS INNOVATION AWARD 2020 – Community Impact. This award recognizes an organization (public or private) that has stepped up to proactively build connection, resilience and morale among Barrie residents, businesses and/or cultural communities.

BFU has done that and more!  Partnerships have been created throughout all avenues of services.


Imagine:  A BFU member (Alison Pinkey) organized to have 515 hot meals supplied by 2 area Restaurateurs; Danny’s Fish and Chips and Cravings Fine Foods – delivered by volunteers to shut in seniors during the initial shutdown.  Each one delivered with a beautiful handmade card to help put a smile on a seniors face. BFU is also currently assisting with a Pay it Forward partnership between BFU members and The Good Food Box where 30 boxes of fresh produce are delivered to families in need on the 2nd Wednesdaqy of each month. And that’s just 2 of many collaborating partnerships!  Actually there’s so much that is being done and can be done, visit the page to see how BFU can assist anyone you know is struggling, or how you can assist!

This is all being done by volunteers, all done to assist a neighbor, friend or stranger just to lend a helping hand in the moment.

Barrie Families Unite – Well Done!

Listen to our podcast interview with Nikki

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Preventative Care for our Pets

The Animal Hospital on Bell Farm Road (AHOBFR) is rolling out the Red Carpet in Preventative Care for our Pets.

We love our furry friends as part of the family.  Knowing that, we also understand that we are their care providers.

What we sometimes forget is that like us, or our vehicle, or even home – everything and everyone requires preventative maintenance!

This is extremely important for our pets!  Our pets love us so much that they often don’t let us know when they’re not feeling top-notch.

Arranging Regular Visits

By arranging regular visits with the Doc, we’ll stay on top of any issues that might be creeping up.  Everything from dental care to core vaccines will be taken care of.

With that much piece of mind, you’ll really have time to enjoy your “pet kids”.

Dr. Uvi Singh, owner, recognizes the need for preventative visits to the clinic.  Understanding as well, the costs incurred, Dr. Uvi now offers the AHOBFR Loyalty Club.

“By joining the Loyalty Club, you will get additional “Concierge” type services and LOYALTY RATES for a designated monthly membership fee.

This includes a variety of perks including direct and personal access to Dr. Uvi for advice and guidance in times of distress or simply if you care and value a HIGHER level of communication and trust.

The Pillars of the Clinic are TRUST and COMMUNICATION which are ‘powered by animal luv’.

Membership Concierge Services

Attractive Loyalty Rates of 10% & 7% discount rates

Access to personalized after hours Pet Care Consultant acting as your one point of contact to support all of your “Pet Kids” health concerns.

By joining the Loyalty Club, The Animal Hospital provides veterinary services for 1 year with the cost divided into 12 affordable monthly payments.

You can upgrade the plan as necessary as your pet ages.

All Plans Include:

Preventative Care consultations and Core Vaccines

Reduced Loyalty consultation fee with scheduled appointments

Additional discounts on eligible items not included in the plan.

One thing we’ve learned is that The Animal Hospital on Bell Farm Road doesn’t believe in up-selling!  If you’re a Pet Parent who will benefit, you should call them to discuss the Loyalty Club plans available.

The staff tell us, “We look forward to helping you provide your pet with the best possible care at every stage of life.  Our Loyalty Club helps us make that care affordable and convenient for you.”

With that said, there’s really nothing left to do but make the call!

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Take Me for a Walk – Happy Hounds Co.

From South Africa to Canada, exotic animals to Canadian ‘fur-babies’ – Jillian’s love for animals is all encompassing! 

Imagine the joy of our fur babies when Jillian arrives at the door?  I’m sure your pets will Shout “Take Me for a Walk – It’s Happy Hounds Co.”

Jillian isn’t a “dog-walker”; Jillian is a “dog companion extraordinaire”.  She takes her charges off-roading.  Simcoe County Trails – meet Jillian and her pack!

The Canine Brain

Understanding the canine brain – Jillian fills a very niche spot in our city.  Her philosophy stems from the primal pack needs to acceptable socialization of her charges.

Our pets, just like ourselves, do very well after a good workout.  Jillian dons her boots, packing treats for all, to head out for a great hike.

Her charges, our pets, are excited.  They know it’s time for a good long hike – totally free to do what most only dream of – meet nature head on – off leash- for hours!

The companionship doesn’t end there though! 

A Social Experience

Throughout the social experience of running trails as a pack, our pets are being trained in subtle ways through Jillian’s guidance and “pack hierarchy”.

Imagine their joy, getting along with each other, making discoveries, following the scents of the forest – even taking time for a good swim! (Summer of course)

Customized Packages Available

Jillian is the owner of Happy Hounds Co. in the north end of the city.  She offers customized packages for our furry friends as well.

Services Include:

Off Leash Adventures

Pack Integration/Socialization

Drop in Visits to Feed/Water/Walk

Basic Good Behavior Lessons

Pet sitting

 I can almost guarantee they’ll love you even more for the adventure! Let your fur baby experience the pack!

Check out her 'Social'

I love checking out Jillian’s Facebook!  It’s a great way to meet the ‘Pack’.  The glimpse into the adventures our pets are on is a wonderful way of communicating.

Jillian’s ability to lead the pack is so evident.  No wonder our pets are so happy to see her!

Happy Hounds Co.

 ‘Where the off-roading begins’

Written by: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

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Our Pets Suffer in Silence…

As a pet owner, I’m sure you know just how much your pet loves you!  In fact, the love of a pet rivals only that of a human and child!

Feel the Luv'!

I’m sure you’ve noticed that if you’re out of sorts you’ll soon feel a lick or nudge from your pet – just to let you know they’re ready to be there for you!

             We all know and love the “getting home” greeting!  Right at the door, ready to be embraced and wanting to “talk”!

 Pets can give us so much love and emotional support.  The therapeutic effects we  feel are also felt by our pets.  However, their love and want of pleasing us actually      hides how they truly feel and doesn’t allow them to show us pain and disease.

Our Pets DO Suffer in Silence...

      It’s very well known that pets often suffer in silence…

Dr. Uvi Singh of The Animal Hospital on Bell Farm Road says:

“Their world ‘begins’ and ‘ends’ with us…We owe it to them to make every second of their existence count.”

That’s never truer than when being pro-active with the health of your ‘Pet-kids”.

   Dr. Uvi and his staff have made it their personal mission to prevent animals suffering in silence – especially when it comes to their oral care.

The good Doctor explained that because our ‘pet kids’ don’t display pain in an easily perceptible or conventional manner, it’s up to us as owners to take the preventative measures necessary for them.

           Saying that, Dr Uvi gives us the following advice: 

Tips to prevent dental disease:

  • Schedule your pet for a thorough checkup and dental cleaning yearly
  • Brush your pets teeth every 1 to 3 days
  • Use dental rinses, water additives, wipes or gel
  • Stick to only Veterinary prescription dental chew and diet

A healthy mouth is pain free and less at risk for bone loss, oral infection, and liver/kidney and heart damage.  Dental care is highly individual and specific from pet to pet.  Please call Doc Bowtie to book an oral health assessment for valuable insight on preventing your ‘’pet kid’ from suffering in silence!


The Animal Hospital on Bell Farm Road

10% discount on

Dental Anesthesia

Oral Cleaning

Dental X-rays

Intravenous drip

Plus A bag of prescription dental diet at cost price on them!

As Doc Bowtie (Uvi) and his staff tell us “We are here to take care of human beings and their pets in a way, if given the choice, YOUR pet would choose US to care for them.”

Written By: Jane Laker

Photo Credit: Stephen Elliott

Are you a Barrie based business looking to expand your digital footprint?  Let us know !  We can help get you Uncovered!