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Family Jam in Collingwood – Monday February 19th
There are many special events planned for Family Day in Collingwood
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Coldest Night of the Year
On February 24th, 2018, Collingwood will be the scene of a sea of walkers in support of the Home Horizon Barbara Weider House for youth facing homelessness. This is the night that the people of South Georgian Bay will join 120 communities across Canada, for the Coldest Night of the Year, in a 2, 5 or 10KM walk.
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Construction continues on the new County of Simcoe Paramedic Services ambulance station at the corner of St. Paul and Ontario streets in Collingwood. The expanded facility is expected to be operational by fall.
Patrick Brown Re-appears to Enter Ontario PC Leadership Race
Former Ontario PC leader Patrick Brown has entered the leadership race for Ontario Progressive Conservative Party. He made it official late Friday afternoon (February 16th) prior to the 5:00 p.m. filing deadline.
Five candidates will now contest for the PC Party leadership. They are Patrick Brown, former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, former MPP Christine Elliott, York Region lawyer and daughter of former Prime Minister Brian Bulroney, Caroline Mulroney and Tanya Granic Allen.
Earlier in the day, Brown was expelled from Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party caucus.
Brown talked to the media after filing his papers to enter the leadership race.
“Let me say, what I’ve gone through in the last three weeks I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. It has been absolutely horrific. It’s like getting hit by a truck and then getting hit by a truck all over again.”
Heritage Week is February 19th to 25th, and Collingwood is celebrating
As a part of Collingwood Heritage Week 2018 the Collingwood Heritage Committee is hosting an information session Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Community Rooms of the Collingwood Public Library.
Council Votes In Favour Of Exploring Program To Build More Rental Units
In late December, 2017 the Ministry of Housing (MHO) extended an invitation to a number of lower tier municipalities including Collingwood to participate in a Development Charges Rebate Program. The purpose is to increase the supply of purpose built market rental housing.
Dr. Michael Lisi, Chief of Staff, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, says thank you.
At the regular meeting of Collingwood Council on Monday February 12th, Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson shared an email written by Dr. Michael Lisi to the medical staff of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Dr. Lisi thanked the G&M medical staff for their outstanding work immediately following a van/bus crash on highway 26 on Friday February 2nd that triggered a Code Orange mass casualty alert at the hospital.
“Thank you all for being dedicated, compassionate, skilled and engaged. I am truly honoured to be working with you all.”
— Dr. Michael Lisi
More Discussion Over Future of Airport at Council Table
Council voted in favour to receive Staff Report C2018-01 entitled “Consulting Advisory Services in the Sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport.”
Councillor Tim Fryer says he feels the current regional airport model isn’t going to work. He said the only way for council to find out about interest in the airport is to go through the process.
At one point during the discussion Mayor Sandra Cooper stopped Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson from talking, saying that he needed to stay on the topic of the staff report and not bring up other airport related issues.
More Good News For Collingwood General & Marine Hospital
The province of Ontario has announced that both Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston and Collingwood General and Marine Hospital will receive $500,000 each to help plan for a redevelopment in Alliston and a new hospital in Collingwood.
MPP Jim Wilson says the planning grants represent a positive step for local hospital redevelopments.
CollTrans To Nottawa?
Collingwood Council reviewed a letter from a grade 8 Nottawa student at its regular meeting on Monday, February 12th. Alicia Schrader wrote to Mayor Sandra Cooper asking that the town consider extending the Colltrans Bus Service to Nottawa.
Next Steps To Selling Airport
On Monday February 12, 2018, Collingwood Council will receive Staff Report C2018-01 asking for approval of up to $100,000.00 from the land acquisition reserve funds to retain “Consulting Advisory Services in the Sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport.”
Chipping Away at Debt
It is budget time, and Collingwood Council continues to work with Town Staff to finalize figures to approve the 2018 budget. Council has been committed to paying down debt this term, as indicated in an update provided by Treasurer Marjory Leonard on Monday February 5th.
Leonard reports that when the current council took office in 2014 the outstanding external debt was $37,022,620. This figure has been reduced by 9,027,876 to $27,994,744 as of December 31, 2017.
Overcrowding at Barrie’s RVH – Situation Easing at G&M Hospital
The recent Influenza outbreak at Collingwood General &Marine Hospital’s Surgical Unit is now over, but there is still a heightened level of influenza activity in the community. In Barrie however, the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is experiencing a massive influx of patients.
Laneways, Pathways and Walkways – Discussions On Again
The Collingwood Downtown Laneways, Pathways and Walkways project appears to be on again.
In 2013 when the initiative was first discussed, the goal was to connect the side street and off street parking lots and businesses with Hurontario Street, allowing pedestrian traffic to flow through beautified walkways safely and efficiently.
Collingwood Council Awaits Study Results On Collingwood Terminals
A comprehensive structural study on the historic Collingwood Terminals grain elevator was commissioned by the town with and the results WILL be available soon for Council’s review and to facilitate the discussion on the structure’s future. A 2005 presentation to council proposed creating a condo development.
OPP Raise Awareness Fraud Initiatives involving Ongoing Canada Revenue Agency Scam Activity
Members of the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) including Auxiliary OPP officers are launching an anti-fraud initiative taking aim at the Canada Revenue Agency scam which continues to attempt to and sometime successfully defraud residents of their money.
The scam begins when fraudster(s), posing as an employee of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) or a recognized financial institution, contacts a person either by telephone or email, phishing for their identification, personal information or making a demand that outstanding taxes be paid by money transfer or by pre-paid gift cards or more commonly, by the purchase of iTune cards.
In an effort to raise awareness of this type of scam, Auxiliary OPP members will be distributing a fact sheet to local businesses throughout Collingwood and The Blue Mountains that sell gift cards or provide money wiring services. This fact sheet will contain information on the CRA scam and will be made available to customers who the store employee(s) suspect they may have been contacted by a scammer and are possibly being defrauded.
Collingwood’s Jana Rihova isn’t your casual cyclist
The Back Pages salutes the talents of local Collingwood residents.
Collingwood’s Jana Rihova is on a personal mission to visit countries around the world and explore them all from the seat of a bicycle. Her latest adventure took her from north to south Vietnam in what was by far her most challenging ride of all time. She loved every minute of it.
Collingwood’s Leah Denbok Continues to Share Her Stories and Photographs of the Homeless
An exhibition of photographs and talk was held at Barrie’s Grace United Church on Tuesday, February 6th, as Leah Denbok prepares to release Nowhere To Call Home – Photographs & Stories of the Homeless, Volume Two. Leah’s exhibition of work had previously been on display at the Collingwood Public Library as she continues to play a big role in opening out eyes to the issue of homelessness, here and across North America.
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Ontario Auto Mayors Meet In Oakville
Mayor Sandra Cooper recently returned from the Ontario Auto Mayors meeting in Oakville. Mayor Cooper participates throughout the year in roundtable discussions with mayors from around the province including Barrie, Aurora and Penetanguishene.
Oakville Mayor and Auto Mayors Chair Rob Burton tweeted that the Auto Mayors and leaders such as Oakville MP John Oliver, chair of Parliament’s Auto Caucus, gathered for updates on various issues including the situation the automotive industry faces regarding NAFTA.
Willie Saw His Shadow on Groundhog Day
Six more weeks of winter has been predicted because Wiarton Willie (the new Willie) emerged from his den Friday morning and saw his shadow.
In Collingwood, you couldn’t see your shadow on Friday morning because of blowing snow, and according to Willie, more winter weather is on the way. Not that Willie needed any backup material to make his prediction more valid, but Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil also saw his shadow on Friday morning prompting him to predict six more weeks of winter.
The Back Pages salutes the talents of local Collingwood residents.
Richard Garner is a familiar face within the Collingwood music scene. His versatility and ability to re-invent himself has kept him on the leading edge of creativity for decades … and he’s at it again!
No Building Activity in Immediate Future for Victoria Annex Property
The condominium market in Collingwood is booming. However, there is one property that stands out because of inactivity on the site. The former Simcoe County Board of Education property at 400 Maple Street (6th Street at Maple Street) continues to sit undeveloped.
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.
Collingwood Council Unanimous In Vote To Help Hospital With Redevelopment Application Expenses
Collingwood Council has thrown its unanimous support behind passing a motion to authorize 2018 budget pre-approval in an amount up to 150,000 dollars to be used at the discretion of the Town’s CAO to assist the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital with operating expenses incurred in the Stage One “A” and “B” applications and responses required for the hospital redevelopment.
Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Recognized
In December 2017, the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital’s surgical program was nominated by Health Quality Ontario as one of five organizations in Ontario to display a top commitment to quality improvement methodology, in the pursuit of better surgical outcomes, through the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.
Collingwood Council Holds Public Meeting For Proposed Zoning Change
A public meeting was held Monday January 29th at the regular meeting of Collingwood Town Council to review a proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment dealing with the proposed Perfect World Collingwood condominium development on Collingwood’s harbourfront.
The purpose of the proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment is to re-designate and rezone the Perfect World Collingwood property.
Gail Ardiel Acclaimed Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Board Chair
The Blue Mountains’ Deputy Mayor Gail Ardiel, an apple orchard owner and retired child care service provider, was acclaimed chair of the board at the NVCA’s 58th Annual General Meeting on January 26, 2018. Ardiel has sat on the board for eight years, and served for four years as vice chair.
Clearview Township Mayor Talks About Airport Ownership
Updated: In what appears to be a change of thinking by Clearview Township, Mayor Christopher Vanderkruys has written to Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper expressing interest in the possibility of purchasing the Collingwood Regional Airport.
Tracking the history of Collingwood’s Arts and Culture
Collingwood’s Hella Sandberg is on a mission. Her ambition is to collect clippings, news articles, programs and anything else she can find that would help her detail the history of arts and culture in our community.
Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame Request for Nominations
Collingwood residents are invited to submit nominations for consideration of member induction in the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame. Nominations within the Builders, Athletes and Team categories will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. Friday March 23rd.
Sucessful nominees will be announced in May with an Induction Ceremony planned for Saturday, October 27, 2018.
The Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1974 and is situated in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. To date features 149 local builders and athletes.
For more information, nomination guidelines and forms, visit www.collingwoodsportshalloffame.ca
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CollingwoodLiving.com – Paul Richards – PRmediamix 2018