Here’s Where Collingwood Gets Its News
Thom Vincent took these photos of the Corvettes parked behind Kelsey’s in Collingwood on Sunday October 14th. Quite a sight!
A New Era Is Upon Us
Collingwood Council has voted to hear from the public regarding whether or not to allow marijuana retail sales in the town. A survey will be made available to allow Collingwood residents to express their opinions on the matter. The results will then be made available to the new council prior to the January 22nd, 2019 decision deadline.
Council also discussed additional costs and what level of government would be responsible to cover those costs that may arise with legal cannabis sales in Canada included training programs for bylaw officers.
To make the situation more uncertain, Canada Post workers could walk off the job as early as next week. Ontario is relying on Canada Post for deliveries for legalized cannabis. A strike would certainly create a major disruption in the launch of legalized cannabis in the province.
Premier Doug Ford Says Prime Minister Trudeau Has Been A No-Show On Cannabis Legalization
Ontario Premier Doug Ford didn’t hold back any punches in accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being a no-show as the legalization for cannabis sales launch day arrives. Ford was attending the OPP Annual General Meeting at Blue Mountain.
Premier Doug Ford Attends OPP Annual Meeting at Blue Mountain Resort
—photo courtesy Province of Ontario
Ontario Premier Doug Ford delivered remarks today (Tuesday October 16th) at the Ontario Provincial Police Association Annual General Meeting at Blue Mountain.
“It is no secret I am a massive supporter of our law enforcement community and that will never, ever, change.”
Ford told those in attendance and those watching a live stream broadcast of his speech that this is a very important week for law enforcement.
“It is an important week for communities and families across Ontario. The Federal Government has decided that this week , cannabis will be legalized.“
He said that every community, every parent, everyone who is concerned about what Ontario will look like after the legalization of cannabis is depending on the police.
“Because it will be our OPP officers, our law enforcement around Ontario who will be keeping organized crime and the illegal market out of our communities following October 17th.”
Ford also talked about putting an end to bill 175, the Ontario Special Investigations Unit Act.
“The only police reform we will consider is a reform that works for police officers themselves.”
Saying Goodbye After 21 Years of Consecutive Service
Mayor Cooper Says Thank You Following 21 Years At Collingwood Council
Mayor Sandra Cooper chaired her final council meeting prior to the 2018 municipal election on Monday October 15th.
Cooper has been a fixture at the Collingwood council table for 21 consecutive years as a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. She has worked on many projects throughout the town and now is looking forward to spending more time with her family.
“I want to thank the residents for your support over six elections. It’s kind of nice as I go through the various neighbourhoods to see the lawn signs and democracy hard at work.
It has been an interesting term of council with many community items up for discussion with a focus on some of our municipal assets. We have had new policies in place which are ever-evolving, just like the official plan.
Our Town is in good hands with reliable staff within this corporation. I want to say that publically, we do have great staff that work hard each and every day for our town folks.
Thank you to staff for assisting me with staff reports, current information, and I can hardly wait to read a pocket novel just for a change. It has been a long, long time.
So all the best in the future for this council and for our town, we’re in great hands.
Thank you to all.”
Councillor Mike Edwards also thanked the community, his family, friends and fellow councillors for supporting him throughout his 15 years at the council table.
Collingwood Chief Administrative Officer Fareed Amin (pictured above) thanked all Councillors for their dedicated service and commitment to the municipality on the occasion of their final meeting for the term of 2014 to 2018.
“On behalf of department heads and all staff thank you for your leadership and support and I wish those who are or may not be returning all the very best. We have accomplished a lot together and in your term before my arrival.
At the staff level we really appreciate the guidance as we have navigated a number of significant and sometimes challenging initiatives. We will continue to work collaboratively to deliver our best advice and best services to the people who work, live, play and manage businesses here in the Town of Collingwood.”
Council Considers Allowing Sidewalk Patios To Operate During Winter Months
Steve & Vanessa Walker from the 1858 Caesar Bar in downtown Collingwood have asked Collingwood Council to consider allowing them to operate their outdoor patio during the winter months.
Municipal Election Voting Now Underway
Voting for the municipal election got underway at 10:00 a.m. on Friday October 12th. Voters are now able to cast their ballots by telephone or internet allowing for flexibility and added convenience allowing residents to vote anywhere, anytime. The voting period runs through to Election Day, Monday, October 22nd until 8:00 p.m.
A full list of candidates for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, seven councilors and school board trustees is available on the Town of Collingwood web site.
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If you need assistance with the new voting process including access to the internet or a touch-tone phone, visit the Help Centre at the Collingwood Public Library ata 55 Ste. Marie Street.
The inaugural meeting of the new Collingwood Council will be held on Monday December 3rd.
Collingwood Resident Don May Responds to Mayoral Candidate John Trude’s open letter on his web site
Collingwood resident and Professional Planning Consultant Don May has responded to an open letter written by Town of Collingwood Mayoral Candidate John Trude on his web site.
New Casino Goes To Wasaga Beach
Gateway Casinos has announced Wasaga Beach has been chosen as the location for a new casino for South Georgian Bay.
Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson Talks About The Collingwood Waterfront Plan
In an interview with Professional Public Policy Advisor Trent Gow, Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Candidate Brian Saunderson talks about the Town’s Waterfront Master Plan.
James Hogg Cashes In On The Big Spin Wheel
Congratulations to James Hogg of Collingwood, who took a spin on THE BIG SPIN Wheel at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to win $175,000! James won a top prize with OLG’s THE BIG SPIN INSTANT game (#2104). The winning ticket was purchased at Jay’s Mart on Hume Street in Collingwood.
THE BIG SPIN INSTANT game is an exciting $5 game that combines popular scratch play with prizes revealed in-store by an animated spinning wheel on the lottery terminal screen and potentially, an in-person spin on THE BIG SPIN Wheel at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.
Peggy Vomvolakis co-owner of Prime Seven Nine, Debra Carroll artist, Heather Carroll owner of Loft Gallery and Tony Morew co-owner of Prime Seven Nine, show one of the two Debra Carroll paintings sold at the restaurant with the commission supporting Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation.
Members of the Wasaga Beach Cruisers Car Club recently supported the $1M Patient Room Renovation Campaign at Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation. A total of $2,200 was donated on two separate occasions.
Collingwood Half Marathon & 10K
The Run Collingwood Half Marathon was held early Saturday morning, October 6th. The course made its way down Collingwood’s Main Street and welcomed elite runners from around the province. The course continued west of downtown towards the Niagara Escarpment. The 10K provided an equally fast, scenic rural run.
Fall Harvest On Display at Farmers’ Market
Final Weekend for the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market
Thanksgiving weekend marks the final Downtown Collingwood Farmers’ Market of the season. Vendors’ booths were filled with items for the Thanksgiving dinner table from the plentiful South Georgian Bay fall harvest.
The popular Muskoka Chairs showing off the artwork of local students will be auctioned off at the final Farmers’ Market of the season. This year the chairs featured artwork of heritage buildings and sites from Collingwood.
… ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
Mayoral Candidate Michael Blair Comments on John Trude’s Press Release
Mayoral Candidate Michael Blair has been quick to comment on a press release issued just before the Thanksgiving weekend by fellow Mayoral Candidate John Trude. The founder of Rexall Drug Stores and retired corporate executive weighs in on key election issues.
Mayoral Candidate John Trude Issues Release Detailing What He Feels Are Election Issues
A release is making the rounds on social media from Mayoral candidate John Trude. It takes aim at Mayoral Candidate Brian Saunderson and contains comments from Mr. Trude on various topics dealing with the performance of the current Collingwood Council.
Travelling Around The Region This Weekend? Take the Bus!
A Pilot Program launched earlier this year has made it much easier for people to use public transit to move throughout the region. The link to Blue Mountain will offer free transportation to this weekend’s Apple Harvest Festival.
Hydro Sale To Epcor Now Complete
The Town of Collingwood Hydro Sale to Epcor is now complete. through the acquisition, all employees of Collus PowerStream have joined the EPCOR team.
Group of G&M Hospital Physicians Speaks Out On What Municipal Election Priorities Should Be
A group of General & Marine Hospital doctors are speaking out on what priorities of municipal election candidates should be. The doctors clearly state their collective opinion that important municipal issues that should be focused on during the current election campaign are being overshadowed by the ongoing hospital redevelopment conversation.
Flooding Issues at Indigo Subdivision Following Heavy Rain
This week’s heavy rain activity caused flooding at the Indigo subdivision currently under construction in Collingwood’s south end. Environment Canada says more showers are in Wednesday’s forecast.
Is One Mayoral Candidate A Target On A Robo-Call
Deputy Mayor Candidate Ian Chadwick has written on his blog that Collingwood residents are receiving robo-calls, designed to attack Mayoral Candidate John Trude.
A Sign of Fall
Here is a sign that the seasons are changing. The Collingwood Yacht Club began lifting boats out of the harbour for winter storage on Saturday September 29th.
From left-to-right, Tim Fryer, Jan and John Trude, Shawn Cooper
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
It was a brisk Saturday morning in downtown Collingwood. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is a fun way for men to take a stand against violence in women’s lives by walking in women’s shoes. Again this year, men took their best shot at wearing the red high heeled pump to walk a mile up and down Hurontario Street.
The New Highway 26 Is Not A Speedway
The new Highway 26 is not a speedway. Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police charged a male motorist with stunt driving early Thursday morning on the Highway 26 realignment.
The charge came about when an officer conducting radar patrols on the Highway 26 realignment, shortly after midnight, found a car travelling at 184 km/h in a posted 90 km/h zone. Upon stopping the vehicle the officer discovered that the male driver had consumed alcohol which led to a roadside breath test resulting in a ‘warn’ reading.
Charged is a 21 year-old Etobicoke man. He is charged with Highway Traffic Act offences of Race a Motor Vehicle – Excessive Speed and Drive Motor Vehicle – Fail to Display Two Plates. As well his vehicle was impounded and his driver’s licence was suspended.
He is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood on November 16 2018.
Interviews Underway of Potential Witnesses/Participants of Judicial Inquiry
Interviews are underway in advance of public hearings in the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry. In preparation for the public hearings, Inquiry counsel have begun meeting and interviewing participants, potential witnesses and others who have information about the subject of the Inquiry.
Art Chair Auction Thanksgiving Weekend
Plan on attending the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 6th from 10 am to 1 pm for your chance to purchase one of the attractive Art Chairs that currently line the downtown streets. Silent auction bidding will begin at 10 am and will close at 1 pm sharp
Doors Open Collingwood Returned
Doors Open Collingwood returned on Saturday September 29th. The Ontario Heritage Trust works with communities across the province to open the doors, gates and courtyards of unique and fascinating cultural sites including some of Collingwood’s historic treasures.
ART CRAWL Returned to Downtown Collingwood
Art Crawl 2018 featured more than 40 artists and 40 musicians at more than 40 venues, with live music and incredible art, all in downtown Collingwood!
Artist John Burton took time out from his painting to talk to people about his work
Great Northern Exhibition Welcomed Fall’s Arrival
The Great Northern Exhibition celebrated the fall harvest and showcased the works of people from throughout the south Georgian Bay region.
Downtown Merchants Asked To Submit Comments Regarding Events and Street Closures
There has been much discussion throughout Collingwood’s downtown district with regards to events and street closures. The matter recently heated up during the Urban Camping Event that saw downtown parking spaces consumed by airstream trailors for three days.
Regional Code Orange Mock Exercised Included Participation from G&M Hospital
On Friday, September 21, 2018 the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, along with County of Simcoe EMS, held a Regional Code Orange mock exercise.
photo: Margot Nicholson-Trott
Pedestrian Hit By Car on Downtown Street
A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a vehicle on Hurontario Street in downtown Collingwood shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 18th. The accident occurred beside Sheffer Court on the third block. Emergency crews responded quickly. No further details are available at this time.
Big Turnout For 2018 Collingwood Terry Fox Run
Collingwood runners, walkers and bikers enjoyed a warm, sunny September morning as they took part in the annual Terry Rox Run at Harbourview Park on Sunday September 16th. Young Collingwood resident Lauren Lesage is the 2018 Terry Fox Ambassador. Lauren’s opening remarks certainly provided additional inspiration to the large turnout.
The Mid-Summer Feel Continues in September
Collingwood residents found many ways to enjoy the mid-summer temperatures in September over the weekend. The harbour was a busy place with swimmers, paddlers, rowers, sail boats and power boats. The weekend brought with it a continuation of the warm, hazy conditions the south Georgian Bay region has been experiencing over the previous few days. Sunday September 16th saw a predicted high temperature of 28 with a humidex of 36.
Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?
Official Plan Amendment To Be Presented To Council for 70 Huron Street Proposed Development
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee will review STAFF REPORT #P2018-30 regarding a proposed Official Plan Amendment for the lands known as 70 Huron Street when it meets on Monday September 17th.
Sonya Reichel (GTHS) (back left) and Jory Pritchard-Kerr (CGMHF) (front left) are joined by Jan Trude and her family as they launch the Smile Cookie Campaign at Tim Horton’s Collingwood stores.
Smile Cookie Campaign is Back at Tim’s
Right now, pets and patients in the South Georgian Bay have something extra to smile about. The Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie campaign is in full swing until September 23rd at all participating Collingwood Tim Horton’s locations. You can purchase Smile Cookie’s for $1 with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) and the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation (CGMHF).
Fall Harvest On Display at Downtown Farmers’ Market
Signs of the fall harvest were everywhere at the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday September 15th. In this region, that means the apples are ready!
Collingwood Live & Original Music Forum
Collingwood’s Live & Original Music Forum 2018 will be held September 21st to 23rd at the Simcoe Street Theatre and Living Stone Golf Resort. This event is all about helping musicians move forward with their music careers, and deals with all aspects of the music and recording business.
Not Everyone Happy With Urban Camping in Downtown Collingwood
Urban Air North has brought Urban Camping to Downtown Collingwood. However, not everyone is extending a warm welcome. Scott Hunermund, the owner of At Home Interiors in downtown Collingwood, says he and other downtown business owners were not informed of the event until the night prior to the trailers arriving on the main street.
Hit and Run Investigation Results in Attempt Murder Charges
Police Arrest and Charge Male with Numerous Offences
(CLEARVIEW TWP, ON) – Members of the Huronia West Detachment Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under the direction of Detective Inspector Paul ROSATO of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), are investigating a hit and run investigation which occurred on Brock Road in Clearview Township, on September 13, 2018.
A 19-year-old male was struck by a vehicle and transported to a trauma center in Toronto in serious condition.
As a result of the investigation, Isaiah CRAWLEY, 19-years-old, from Clearview Township has been arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
Adult Attempt to Commit Murder
Adult Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm
Adult Aggravated Assault
The accused has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on September 17, 2018 to answer to the charges.
Urban Air North Collingwood Transforms Our Downtown
It’s all about the Urban Camping experience. Urban Air North Collingwood has made quite an impact on the downtown district. The goal of this unique event is to take the “shiny homes” to small town Canada.
Collingwood’s Hospital A Political Football?
Is Collingwood’s Hospital being used as a political football? It certainly appears so. All of the back-and-forth sniping has caught the attention of the top brass at the General and Marine Hospital.
Stuff the Backpacks Campaign a Huge Success
Auxiliary Members and officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to thank the community for the many generous donations to help stuff backpacks with schools supplies. Officers collected enough supplies to stuff 81 backpacks and they have all been delivered to Collingwood and The Blue Mountains’ schools. The backpacks in turn will be distributed to at risk youth in the schools.
Collingwood Downtown BIA announces Veterans Banner program to commemorate the end of World War 1
The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63, has announced plans for a project to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Shane Cloutier’s New Release Is A Must Listen
Shane Cloutier took to the Local Live Lunch Stage in Downtown Collingwood earlier this summer. His latest release is a solo acoustic album ‘In Light’ … and it’s really good!
Collingwood Minor Hockey players took to the ice during the pre-season exhibition game between the Barrie Colts and Sudbury Wolves in downtown Collingwood. After the game, Colts star centre Ryan Suzuki took time out to meet with young fans and sign autographs.
–photos courtesy Barrie Colts – Twitter
Barrie Colts Win Exhibition Game at Eddie Bush Memorial Arena
Collingwood hockey fans got to see a very good Barrie Colts hockey team in action during a pre-season game against the Sudbury Wolves on Tuesday September 4th at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. The Colts won the game 4-3 in front of a sold out crowd. The Colts got off to a quick start when star centre Ryan Suzuki hit the score sheet early, scoring his 3rd goal of the pre-season just 50 seconds into the 1st Period.
The game kicked off the start of the 2018-19 hockey season for Collingwood Minor Hockey and gave Collingwood hockey fans a first-hand look at exciting Major A Hockey action.
Follow the Barrie Colts – www.barriecolts.com
OPP officers remained at Collingwood harbour as the body of a missing swimmer was recovered on Tuesday evening, September 4th
OPP Locate Body of Missing Swimmer in Collingwood Harbour
Collingwood OPP have located the body of a missing swimmer. A male, believed to be in his 30’s, was last seen Sunday night while he was swimming in Collingwood harbour. Constable Martin Hachey from the Collingwood OPP told CTV News Barrie the male had last been seen swimming with friends off the Collingwood harbour around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night when they lost sight of him. Police were called shortly after. Police will release a statement on Wednesday.
OPP Cracking Down On Distracted Drivers
The students are back in class and drivers are reminded to demonstrate extra care and caution in school zones. In addition, motorists are warned that distracted driving will not be tolerated. On September 4th, 2018 members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Traffic Unit monitored traffic flow in three separate school areas in Stayner. As a result 13 motorists were charged with Distracted Driving.
OPP remind all motorists that Distracted Driving is a choice, make the right one, especially around schools.
Theme Announced for 2018 Collingwood Downtown Santa Claus Parade
Ho Ho Ho … the theme has been announced for this year’s Collingwood Downtown Santa Claus Parade. The winning theme was chosen from 25 entries.
Ontario Energy Board Approves Sale of Collus/PowerStream to EPCOR
The Ontario Energy Board has approved the sale of Collus Powerstream to Edmonton based Epcor, providing EPCOR with its first entry into Ontario as an electricity distributor.
The Town of Collingwood will receive between $12.5M and $13M from the sale of its 50% shares. In 2012, the Town received $8M for 50% of its Collus PowerStream shares.
Syrian Family Picnic Celebrates New Collingwood Residents
The Syrian Family Committee of Collingwood organized a fun picnic at Sunset Park for the five Syrian families sponsored and now living in Collingwood. The event was held on Monday August 27th.
Province Responds To Request For Ministerial Order
Collingwood Council has received a response from the Province of Ontario with regards to a request for a Provincial Ministerial Order to designate the Poplar Sideroad site as the location for the new Collingwood Hospital.
The final draft of the Town of Collingwood Parks Recreation and Culture (PRC) Master Plan was presented to the public on Wednesday, August 22nd. A Key Action Item identified the need to develop a Facility Feasibility Study for a new multi-purpose community recreation facility at an appropriate location.
Ministry of Transportation Responds To Town’s Request for Consideration of Additional Signalization on Highway 26 East
The Ministry of Transportation has responded to the Town of Collingwood’s request to consider additional signalization on Highway 26 in the vicinity of St. Claire Street to Elliot Avenue and consistent application of roundabout opportunities.
Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall to assume the functions of the Warden of Simcoe County
There has been a change in the Warden’s chair at Simcoe County council.
The change began when the County of Simcoe received notice from the Town of Penetanguishene that Gerry Marshall had resigned from his position as Mayor of the town.
“As a result of this notice, and the fact that Simcoe County Councillors are appointed to their positions by virtue of holding the Office of Mayor or Deputy Mayor of one of our sixteen member municipalities, he has also therefore effectively resigned both his seat on Simcoe County Council and his position as the Warden, or Head of Simcoe County Council.”
Mayor of Essa Township and County of Simcoe Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall will now assume the Warden’s role on an interim basis.
Gerry Marshall has moved on to assume the role as the Chief Administrative Officer of Wasaga Beach.
“I look forward to serving town council over the months ahead and providing effective guidance to our staff.”
Marshall is replacing former CAO George Vadeboncoeur who has retired after serving almost 13 years with the municipality. Vadeboncoeur will work with Marshall until September 28th to assist with the transition.
MPP Jim Wilson Working on Issues including Hospital Redevelopment
Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson has been very busy dealing with important issues in the riding since his re-election.
In his new role as Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade he has been meeting and touring important manufacturing facilities around the province over the past few weeks including visiting Peace Naturals in Clearview Township on July 20th.
Collingwood/Clearview/The Blue Mountains/Wasaga Beach residents are watching closely to see what Wilson can do with regards to the redevelopment of the General and Marine Hospital.
With regards to the redevelopment projects for Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Wilson said he was pleased that both hospitals have met directly with the Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
“On August 7, officials from both hospitals came to Toronto for separate meetings with the Minister, the Deputy Minister and the Assistant Deputy Minister to discuss the hospital redevelopment projects.
It was very satisfying for our hospitals to get immediate attention from the new Minister of Health and Long Term Care. There is still a long way to go in the process and these kinds of projects take a lot of time, but I am confident we are on the right track and our local voices are being heard.”
Over and above his appearances locally Wilson travelled to Washington D.C. on July 18th and 19th where he held discussions on a number of important trade issues with U.S. officials.
Catching Waves at Sunset Point
The high winds associated with this week’s storm system created the perfect playground on the water at Sunset Point to catch a little air
A little rain didn’t get in the way of a fun day in the wind and on the water at Sunset Point on Wednesday August 22nd.
Wednesday’s high winds whipped up large waves that crashed into the shoreline creating a large spray on impact.
Rogers Hometown Hockey is Coming to Collingwood
The national spotlight will shine on Collingwood December 29th and 30th as Rogers™ Hometown Hockey™ makes a stop in our historic downtown district during the Frozen in Time Festival.
Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies
The Directors of the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame are pleased to announce the bi-annual COLLINGWOOD SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONIES will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Following the call for nominations, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee & the Board of Directors is pleased to announce three new members and one team will be celebrated during its traditional Fall ceremony.
Associate Chief Justice Frank A. Morrocco, Justice of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry issues decision on participation and funding
REASONS AND DECISION CONCERNING PARTICIPATION AND FUNDING – Collingwood Judicial Inquiry
The Collingwood Judicial Inquiry published a Call for Applications for Participation at the Inquiry’s Public Hearings (Standing) in relevant newspapers and via radio advertising. The Inquiry website also posted the Call for Applications.
The notice invited applications from any person or group:
(a) with a substantial and direct interest in the subject matter ofthe Inquiry;
(b) who is likely to be notified of a possible finding of misconduct;
(c) whose participation would further the conduct of the Inquiry; or,
(d) whose participation would contribute to the openness and fairness of the Inquiry.
The reasons and decision concerning participation and funding have now been posted to the Judicial Inquiry website.
Meet Canada’s Media Trailblazer
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!
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
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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.
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.
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 this past summer, you may have seen new billboards promoting bringing back lifeguards to Wasaga Beach.
Is history repeating itself? These are good days again as Collingwood enjoys a condo building frenzy much like the condo building boom from decades ago that put Collingwood on the map as an up-and-coming four season recreation destination.
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