Barrie and the area around it are becoming a truly multi-cultural community that is positively teeming with cultural diversity due to an influx of people representing virtually every land, creed, and religion.
Sadly, some small-minded people see this transformation as a threat to a world they covet, and they respond with ignorance, anger, and racial attacks. Recently, within our public school system, some children have become the victims of attack through name-calling, assault, and forms of intimidation that could be interpreted as life-threatening. It is said that love comes naturally, and hatred of this kind is taught. Given the enlightened curriculum of our current system of public education, it is safe to say that these lessons are being taught at home.
On Friday, November 12, 2021, members of Parents Against Racism Simcoe County held a rally to bring to light the reality of what is happening currently in our children’s schools. Unfortunately, just as the speakers were ready to go it rained suddenly and hard, and our crew had to scatter to protect our equipment. We did, however, get in a couple of poignant interviews that pieced together the theme of the day.
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 not-for-profit 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
Beauty & Babes - Salon and Spa
Checkered Door - Transition to Adult ASD
Enterprise Mechanical Inc. - Heating and Air Conditioning
Family TLC - Family Counselling and Therapy
Growing Minds Learning Centre - Daycare Centre
Hwear Plus/Canadian Toggle - Personal Protection
Imagine Laserworks Barrie - Laser Acupuncture Services
Latchman Insurance Brokers Limited - Providing All Types
Michael Enterprise Audio & Visual
Northlink General Contracting
Theatre By The Bay - Live Performances
3B Solutions - Video and Media
Videography by John Ironside
Post-production by Tiffany Scott
Five Points Media has recently transitioned to become a provincially registered not-for-profit corporation. To the best of our knowledge, ours will be the only community channel of its kind.
We are looking for new programming ideas, with our focus being mostly on fringe and minority groups whose members are mostly ignored by mainstream media. These include, but are not limited to, the Indigenous population, People of Colour, members of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community, and people of various cultures and religions.
We will continue to donate all video and media services to registered charities and benevolent not-for-profit groups that promote unity and support all members of the community. Our eventual goal will be to expand our programming to cover all of Ontario through a network of regional bureau facilities. This service will help all people in Ontario to learn about each other and work in unity.