Major A Hockey Exhibition Game Coming To Collingwood
The Junior hockey buzz is once again swirling around Collingwood. The Barrie Colts will host a pre-season game against the Sudbury Wolves at the downtown Eddie Bush Memorial Arena on September 4th.
The Temple Building, constructed in 1890 met a spectacular end when fire broke out on Saturday September 9th, 2000. Fire fighters arrived in the afternoon not knowing what to expect. Soon after, it became obvious that a major event was about to change the landscape of Collingwood’s downtown heritage district. The fire raged through the night and well into the early morning hours.
Here’s Where Collingwood Gets Its News
Moses Znaimer was, is and will always be Canada’s media trailblazer. The founder of CityTV, inventor of Speaker’s Corner and the man who launched Much Music, Bravo and Fashion Television to name just a few, is also a radio guy.
Collingwood’s Century of Classics
Collingwood celebrates heritage in ways no other community can emulate. A big contributor to the success of these unique new events is the easy connection of Collingwood’s main street to the waterfront. On the heels of the highly successful Sidelaunch Days Festival, the inaugural Century of Classics Festival saw the downtown heritage district streets transformed into one massive show of classic and vintage cars, motorcycles and boats. A festival highlight will be a performance by multi-Juno Award winning band Lighthouse at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.
Construction of Gathering Place at Harbourview Park Underway
Work is now underway at Harbourview Park to construct an important component of the Town of Collingwood’s Harbourfront Master Plan.
50 Years Late
Downtown Collingwood Local Live Lunch spectators were treated to another outstanding performance on Wednesday August 15th. On this day a group of CCI students hit the stage to perform. What made this performance special was the fact that these talented musicians weren’t even born when the songs they delivered were on the charts. But they nailed them! 50 Years Late put on a terrific show downtown and then later that night opened at Jazz at the Station for another appreciative audience.
Public Judicial Inquiry Meeting Well Attended
“At the Town of Collingwood Council Meeting held February 26, 2018 the Town Council passed Resolution 042-2018, requesting a judicial inquiry into the matter of the 50% share sale of Collingwood Utility Services Corporation to PowerStream Inc., in 2012. I have been appointed to conduct this Inquiry.”
A Community Meeting was held on Monday, August 13, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Collingwood Public Library in the Community Meeting Rooms B & C, 3rd Floor.
The purpose of the Community Meeting was to introduce the Inquiry team and provide an introduction for interested members of the community to the anticipated work and process of the Inquiry.
Judicial Inquiry and Associate Chief Justice Frank A. Morrocco, Justice of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry told the audience that his committee has received thousands of documents to review pertaining to the inquiry.
Judge Morrocco said that it is his responsibility to become familiar with all of the documentation submitted, adding that once the inquiry is complete, he will submit a written report to the Town of Collingwood that will be made public.
The floor was open to anyone wishing to speak. Those in attendance heard from former Town Councillor and current Deputy Mayor candidate Ian Chadwick, current Councillor Kevin Lloyd, former Collus Board Member John Worts, former Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Peter Dunbar and Mayoral Candidate Michael Blair to name a few.
The Judicial Inquiry website is updated as required and provides information on all aspects of the process. collingwoodinquiry.ca
Janet Leiper, Inquiry Counsel – Judicial Inquiry and Associate Chief Justice Frank A. Morrocco, Justice of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry, listened to remarks from members of the audience.
Former Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor candidate Ian Chadwick was the first to speak at the public meeting.
Mr. Chadwick said that the current council has had three years to request an inquiry into decisions made by the previous council. He questioned why the inquiry was called for only a few weeks before nominations opened for the upcoming municipal election saying that the decision to do so was clearly politically motivated.
“However, I trust in your wisdom not to let this descend into the witch hunt some people would like to see it become. And I also trust you will compare the open processes of last term with the closed-door decisions of this term to see which one served the community best.”
Retired Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Peter Dunbar (pictured above) spoke to Mr. Marrocco and explained the history of how the Town of Collingwood had to give back in excess of 8 million dollars of government funding years ago when plans to build a multi-use facility in Collingwood’s west end couldn’t be agreed on by the council of the day. Dunbar said the Town would not be considered for government funding again so alternate ways had to be explored to raise money to build recreation facilities.
Hearings on Standing to Participate
Hearings on the Standing to Participate took place on Tuesday August 14th and were open to the public. The hearings concluded shortly before noon. Associate Chief Justice Frank A. Morrocco, Justice of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry will make his findings available soon.
The Judicial Inquiry Community Meeting was well attended in third floor meeting rooms at the public library
Large Crowds Attend Collingwood Sidelaunch Days Festival
Sidelaunch Days – Collingwood’s Harbour Festival
Collingwood’s popular SideLaunch Days featured many events to celebrate life along Collingwood’s waterfront.
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Since we were celebrating Sidelaunch Days, let’s take a look back at an actual side launch of a massive ship at the Collingwood Shipyards.
Side launch of the 730′ self unloader in the collingwood shipyards. Footage courtesy of Herbert Hall
Installation of Former Barrie Molson Centre Score Clock at Downtown Arena
Workers spent the day on Thursday August 9th installing the former Barrie Molson Centre score clock at the downtown Collingwood Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. The opportunity to purchase the score clock, owned by the Barrie Colts hockey club, allowed the Collingwood arena to upgrade at a fraction of the cost of buying new.
Collingwood receives FCM funding for Urban Management Forest Plan
The Town of Collingwood Urban Forest Management Plan has received $96,000 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Ribfest at Millennium Park
Millennium Park in Collingwood was a busy place over the Civic Long Holiday Weekend. Ribfest attracted large crowds, hungry for music, good food, and because of the sweltering heat, cold beer. The event was a part of the 2018 Ontario Festival Group Ribfest Tour.
People were not disappointed as Ribfest chefs cooked up a variety of favourite festival foods including corn dogs, roasted corn, poutine, sausages and funnel cakes. The main event of course was ribs, and the Collingwood festival featured four of North America’s Best Rib Teams from Florida, Alabama, British Columbia and here in Ontario.
The family friendly event featured a Kids Zone with jumping castles, face painting, rock wall climbing and a pro wrestling event.
TS Playfair Visits Collingwood
The Playfair arrived in Collingwood harbour for the long weekend. A frequent visitor to Collingwood, the tall ship often uses our harbour as a destination to welcome a new crew aboard.
Toronto Brigantine Inc. operates the sail-training vessels STV Pathfinder and TS Playfair. TBI’s web site explains both vessels were purpose designed and built as sail training vessels for TBI by Francis A. McLachlan in Kingston. Pathfinder and Playfair were launched in 1963 and 1974 respectively, TS Playfair being christened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and remains the only Canadian ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch.
The vessel carries a complement of 28 people, 18 new sailors, called trainees, 4 petty officers, 6 Wardroom officers and the Captain. The Trainees are divided into 3 watches and a Petty Officer assigned to each watch.
The Keys To Collingwood
There is music in the air, everywhere, throughout the streets of Downtown Collingwood. Street Pianos have returned to Collingwood Downtown and they have immediately become a huge summertime attraction.
Collingwood Regional Airport Sold
Collingwood, ON [2 August 2018] – The Town of Collingwood is pleased to announce that the sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport has been finalized.
The Town issued a request for offers for the purchase or lease of the Collingwood Regional Airport in May of this year, with three bids submitted.
The highest ranked proponent was Winterland Developments Ltd. with a purchase price of $4.1M. The proposed closing date for the sale is September 25, 2018.
Further details on the future of the airport will be addressed by Winterland Developments Ltd.
Hey Collingwood, We’re Number 91!
MoneySense Magazine has published its ranking of the top places to live in Canada, and we’re number 91!
The Terry Fox Foundation annually highlights a young cancer survivor from the Terry Fox community of supporters. Young Collingwood resident Lauren Lesage is the 2018 Terry Fox Ambassador. Lauren’s accomplishments to date are truly incredible and you get the feeling she is just getting warmed up.
OPP Concerned About Purple Heroin in Collingwood
Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are raising awareness to the fact that purple heroin has now made its way to Collingwood.
This purple heroin was discovered in other communities in southern Ontario in the past and was found to contain heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil.
The OPP report that Ingesting as little as a grain of salt or two milligrams of powdered carfentanil, which is a synthetic opioid, is ten thousand times more powerful than morphine and can be fatal.
The opp say people must recognize that carfentanil is being mixed into illicit street drugs and, in most cases, the user is not even aware.
Members of the public who choose to purchase illegal street drugs and participate in a high risk lifestyle must recognize that doing so carries the risk of a deadly opioid being mixed in with the primary drug. Simply stated, the next time you choose to use, could be your last.
Collingwood Elvis Festival – Summer’s Biggest Party
The 2018 Collingwood Elvis Festival once again attracted Elvis Tribute artists from around the world. They joined thousands of spectators to celebrate the life, times and music of Elvis Presley. Tim E. Hendry was named the 2018 Collingwood representative for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest, to be held in Memphis during Elvis Week.
Memphis Jones Delivers Outstanding Performance at Jazz at the Station
He is an incredible entertainer and the ultimate story teller. Memphis Jones travelled back to Collingwood to attend the Collingwood Elvis Festival. He put on an electric performance in front of the largest crowd of the season at Jazz at the Station on Wednesday July 25th.
Former Councillor Ian Chadwick and former Councillor Keith Hull are seeking the Deputy Mayor position in Collingwood
Former Councillor Keith Hull Jumps Into Race for Deputy Mayor – Tim Fryer Drops Out
Former Collingwood Councillor Keith Hull has filed to run for the position of Deputy Mayor in the upcoming 2018 municipal election.
He joins former Councillor Ian Chadwick for the position. Councillor Tim Fryer dropped out of the Deputy Mayor’s race on Friday July 27th, just before the deadline to file.
Hull was first elected to Collingwood Council in 2010. He sat on the Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee but spoke out against the decision of the previous council to build the Sprung Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre facilities.
Local Live Lunch – Lance Dobinson
Lance Dobinson was the featured performer at the July 25th Local Live Lunch in Downtown Collingwood. Dobinson is a past Champion at the Collingwood Elvis Festival and provided a few Elvis tunes to preview what’s to come when the Collingwood Elvis Festival rolls into high gear on Friday.
UPDATED: Collingwood Council Passes Motion To Ask Province To Issue Ministerial Order To Designate Poplar Sideroad Site For New Hospital
Collingwood Council unanimously voted in favour of a motion that would eliminate certain time consuming and costly planning processes while providing clarity as to where the municipality stands regarding the preferred location of a proposed new hospital.
Collingwood Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson put forth a motion at the Monday July 23rd council meeting to instruct Town of Collingwood staff to send a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, the Minister of Finance, and Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson asking that the province give consideration to issuing a Ministerial Order to designate the Poplar Sideroad site as the location for the new Collingwood Hospital.
“We are very pleased with the motion that was passed at Collingwood Town Council last evening, which aligns with the preferred site set out by the Hospital’s Board of Trustees in 2016.”
— Norah Holder, CEO, Collingwood General & Marine Hospital
Three Way Race for Mayor in Collingwood
We have a three way race in Collingwood for the position of Mayor in the upcoming Municipal Election. Michael F. Blair has filed his papers, joining current Collingwood Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson and retired OPP Detachment Commander John Trude as candidates for the Mayor’s Chair.
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First Street Fire Determined To Be Arson
Detectives from the Crime Unit of the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are continuing their investigation into a fire which took place on First Street near Cedar Street on Thursday morning. The fire has now been deemed to be arson.
At approximately 5:26 a.m. on July 19 2018, OPP officers and firefighters from the Collingwood Fire Department were called to the commercial property on First Street in Collingwood.
The ongoing investigation, with the assistance of the Ontario Fire Marshal, has found that the fire originated from a vehicle being used as a food truck located on the property.
No one was hurt and further details will be released when they become available.
Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact Collingwood/The Blue Mountains O.P.P. at (705) 445-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.
Shane Cloutier’s New Release Is A Must Listen
Shane Cloutier took to the Local Live Lunch Stage in Downtown Collingwood during the noon hour on Wednesday July 18th. His latest release is a solo acoustic album ‘In Light.’
Airport Sale One Step Closer
The proposed sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport by the Town of Collingwood is one step closer to happening following a meeting of the Town of Collingwood Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in the Council Chambers.
Cheers to Beer Around The Bay
The Beer Around the Bay Summer Signature Tour showcases our region’s growing cluster of great breweries. The tour is a collaborative effort between South Georgian Bay Tourism, RTO7 and Simcoe County Tourism.
Discussion Continues Regarding Town Staffing Needs – Short and Long Term
As the Town of Collingwood continues to grow, so does the demand for office space to handle additional staff. Council has received a report detailing options, short and long term, to address the issue.
Janet Leiper – Inquiry Counsel – Judicial Inquiry
Janet Leiper, Inquiry Counsel – Judicial Inquiry, appeared on Talk of the Town on 95.1 The Peak with John Eaton and Melanie Case. Leiper provided details regarding the Inquiry status and mandate.
Local Live Lunch – Wednesday is all about great food and music!
It’s all about great food and music every Wednesday in Downtown Collingwood. Local Live Lunch has put together a terrific musical lineup paired with outstanding creations prepared by local restaurants.
The Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness Research and Innovation Day was held recently at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. The gathering is a collaboration between the G&M Hospital, the Town of Collingwood, the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), and Georgian College.
The day also represented a homecoming of sorts for a Collingwood born-and-raised doctor/professor.
Balance Returning To Local Real Estate Market
Long time Collingwood and area real estate professional Marg Scheben-Edey says she feels the Collingwood and area real estate market is returning to more balanced conditions when compared to activity over the previous couple of years.
New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now Available in Stayner
Three new electric vehicle charging stations are now ready for use at three Simcoe County locations thanks to funding from the provincial government. One of the new stations is located in downtown Stayner.
Collingwood Judicial Inquiry Website Launched
A website has been launched to provide information and detail events of the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry.
Jazz at the Station Returns with an Outstanding Summer Lineup
Jazz at the Station is back for another summer season. Wednesday July 4th featured GRACE, a Toronto-based funksoulicious band of 8 women bringing you r&b, funk, soul, disco, and a whole lotta love!
The performance was a part of the Peak To Shore Music Festival, underway until July 8th in Thornbury, Blue Mountain Village and Collingwood.
Group Calls For Return of Lifeguards at Wasaga Beach
If you were visiting the South Georgian Bay region recently, you may have seen new billboards promoting bringing back lifeguards to Wasaga Beach.
Downtown Collingwood Demonstration In Response to CBC News Story
On Monday June 25th, citizens gathered in front of Town Hall to have their voices heard. The group gathered to exercise the democratic right of speaking out against details outlined in a recent CBC article dealing with the decision making process in awarding a contract to purchase two Sprung recreation structures. Those details were outlined in a recent CBC article (Posted: Jun 19, 2018) that focused on the previous council’s decision to proceed with the construction of two Sprung recreation facilities.