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Spotlight on Media Series
There have been more changes and cutback to local radio stations lately. This ongoing trend is alarming for listeners who hunger for local news reports and “live” radio programming. We have published a series of reports on this issue.
Public Protest In Planning Stage
A Collingwood resident is organizing a public protest in front of Town Hall for Monday June 25th at 4:00 p.m. Jennifer Knight has created a facebook page to share information and to invite those interested in attending the downtown rally.
Knight is promoting the rally in response to a recent CBC report containing unsealed police documents from 2014 that allege fraud and breach of trust involving Collingwood town hall.
Here is what her facebook post says:
“Tuesday’s report by CBC regarding the OPP Anti-Rackets investigation into the purchase of the Sprung domes, and the allegation that the Mayor’s brother received $756,740.42 at the taxpayer’s expense is both shocking and unacceptable.
The taxpayers of Collingwood deserve better and we cannot turn a blind eye to this conduct.
It is time to show our frustration and demand accountability by those involved.
While these allegations have not been proven in a court, the fact that a copy of the payment to the Mayor’s brother was obtained by the OPP is significant.
Collingwood has been exploited and our Town’s reputation damaged.
Council is meeting on Monday June 25th at 5:00 p.m.
The taxpayers of Collingwood need to make our voices heard, and show the Mayor and those involved that we will not tolerate this anymore.
Please join me at Town Hall on Monday at 4:00 p.m. We deserve honesty, transparency and accountability in our local government.”
Knight’s facebook post is going so far as to call for the resignation of current council members who were also members of the previous council when the purchase of the Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre recreation facilities was approved.
It is important to note that none of the allegations presented in the CBC article and OPP documentation has resulted in any charges, nor have they been tested in court.
The next regular meeting of Collingwood Council takes place Monday June 25th at 5:00 p.m.
The Original Protest March – Central Park to Town Hall
Here it is six years later, and another Town Hall protest rally is in the planning stages. The Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre have been lightning rods for controversy over the years. Six years ago, on September 17, 2012, the original protest march against the process to construct these facilities was held.
SEC Supports Proposed Utility Sale to EPCOR
The School Energy Coalition (SEC) is the counsel for the School Energy Coalition, and has written to the Ontario Energy Board to support the proposed sale of Collus PowerStream to EPCOR. This is a meaningful development in the approval process.
Jack Duffy, newly elected Chair of the CGMH Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to accept a $5,000 cheque from Branch Manager, Risto Autio (third from right) and the staff at National Bank Collingwood Branch.
National Bank Supports Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation
National Bank has once again stepped up to financially support the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation.
Branch Manager Risto Autio and his team presented a cheque for $5,000.00 to newly elected Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation Board Chair, Jack Duffy on Thursday June 14th.
Mr. Autio said the G&M Hospital is of critical importance to Collingwood.
“We see our hospital as one of the high priority assets in our community so we want to continue to invest in the innovative work being done at CGMH,”
This cheque presentation of $5,000.00 was in addition to a 2017 pledge by the National Bank of $25,000.00.
In total, National Bank has provided support to the CGMH in excess of $50,000.00.
CGMH Foundation members extend thanks to National Bank for its continued support.
The Port Music Festival in The Shipyards
The Port Music Festival was held on Saturday June 16th at the Shipyards Amphitheatre. People enjoyed a warm, sunny day as they sat on the hill to enjoy the music with the backdrop of a breathtaking view of Collingwood harbour. The Port Music Festival was put together as charity festival, free for all ages, to support Connaught Public School’s music program. The music continued until 10:00 p.m.
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Shawn Cooper Enters Race For Council in 2018 Municipal Election
Shawn Cooper is seeking one of the seven available council seats up for grabs in this fall’s Municipal election.
Mr. Cooper has served two consecutive terms as the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic School Board Trustee for Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Springwater & Clearview Township, and has sat as a Director with the Ontario Catholic Trustee’s Association.
“Being born and raised in Collingwood, the opportunity to serve and represent the great people of our community is something I am excited and honored to do.”
Cooper joins incumbents Deb Doherty, Kathy Jeffery and Cam Ecclestone who are seeking re-election this fall. Steve Berman has also filed his papers to seek a seat at the Collingwood Council table.
Current Councillor Tim Fryer has filed to run for Deputy Mayor.
Current Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson and former Collingwood OPP Detachment Commander John Trude have filed to run for Mayor.
Jana Rihova Continues To Tour The World On Her Bicycle
Collingwood’s Jana Rihova has just returned from cycling the streets, paths and roadways of Spain, She certainly has lots of stories and incredible photographs to share from another successful cycling adventure.
“Riding my bicycle gives me freedom, and I’m totally in a different world. Once I’m on the bike, I never want to stop riding!”
Mayor Sandra Cooper Incoming Cities Initiative Chair – St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Conference
—photo courtesy GLSL Twitter
Celebrating 15 years of bringing together the best minds and most passionate advocates in water quality, this year’s conference theme was Charting a Course to Resilience.
Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper has returned from the 2018 Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting and Conference in Ajax with a new title, Incoming Cities Initiative Chair.
“As mayors in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence region, we represent a community of common interest, dedicated to the protection of our shared waters and our integrated economic prosperity.”
Canadian and US mayors celebrated the strong, integrated relationship on environment and economy that binds our two countries and the Great Lakes St. Lawrence region as a whole. The mayors cautioned against isolationist policies towards trade and environmental protection.
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a coalition of more than 130 U.S. and Canadian cities and mayors representing over 17 million people committed to the long term protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.
The conference took place at a time of near record high water levels along south Georgian Bay.
The proposed sale of Collus PowerStream to Epcor continues to work its way through the regulatory process. Town of Collingwood CAO provided Council with an update at its regular meeting on Monday June 11th.
Mountain Road to Expand to 5 Lanes to 10th Line
A plan is in place to begin long awaited upgrades to Mountain Road and the 10th Line. Collingwood Council heard from Tom Nolert and Patrick Wojcieszynski from the Ainley Group at its regular meeting on Monday June 11th.
William McDowell Appointed as Town Counsel for Judicial Inquiry
William McDowell has been appointed as the Town of Collingwood Counsel for the Judicial Inquiry investigating the 2012 sale of 50% of Collus to PowerStream.
The announcement was made during the Rise and Report portion of the June 11th meeting of Collingwood Council following an in-camera session.
Judicial Inquiry Update – June 11, 2018 Council Meeting
Collingwood CAO Fareed Amin provided Council with an update on the Judicial Inquiry into the sale of 50 percent of Collus to Power Stream in 2012 at the June 11th regular meeting.
Collingwood General & Marine Hospital CEO and President Presents Strategic Plan to Council
Collingwood Council heard from Norah Holder, President and CEO of the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital at its June 11th regular meeting. Holder provided information on the Hospital’s Strategic Plan.
Section of Fire Damaged Heritage Park Boardwalk Remains Closed
All looks normal as you walk, hike or bike throughout Harbourview Park, until you reach the fire damaged section of boardwalk that is. That portion of the trail system remains closed to the public.
Wilson Wins Again in Simcoe-Grey
The numbers came in quickly.
Doug Ford and the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party won a majority government taking 76 seats and locally, long serving MPP Jim Wilson was easily re-elected in Simcoe-Grey. Wilson defeated Liberal candidate Dan Hambly, NDP candidate David Matthews and Green Party candidate Jesseca Perry.
2018 RESULTS – Simcoe/Grey (unofficial)
Jim Wilson, Conservative, 34,094
David Matthews, NDP, 13,444
Dan Hambly, Liberal, 8,771
Jesseca Perry, Green Party, 4,192
In the last election in 2014, Wilson won the seat with 47.14% of the votes. The riding of Simcoe-Grey has been a Progressive Conservative lock since it was created in 1999. Wilson was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1990.
Collingwood Councillor Kathy Jeffery Elected to Board of Federation of Canadian Municipalities
Collingwood Councillor Kathy Jeffery has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Jeffery was elected at the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) conference held in Halifax.
Collingwood Connection to D Day
On Tuesday, 6 June 1944, the largest amphibious (land and water) invasion of Normandy during World War II began. Here is just one Collingwood connection to the mission
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The Growing Connection – Gardening in Downtown Collingwood
You see many interesting sights as you tour the streets of Downtown Collingwood, including a fully operational vegetable garden.
Series of Upgrades Caused Town of Collingwood to Revise Budgets for Recreation Facilities
Town of Collingwood Communications Officer Jennett Mays has provided a cost breakdown of additional costs that over time were added to the original August 27, 2012 council approved price for the construction of Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre.
Collingwood’s Sister City Boone North Carolina Hit Hard By Subtropical Depression Alberto
The Sister City Agreement with Boone, North Carolina was signed in October 1995. Residents are cleaning up after what was left of Subtropical Depression Alberto brought heavy rains to the region this week.
Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Winners
The 2018 Collingwood Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Winners have been announced. The awards ceremony was held in front of a packed house at the Bear Estates and highlighted the outstanding efforts and talent of local business people.
6th Line To Be Closed for Highway 26 Upgrade
Upgrades and road widening to the connecting link portion of Highway 26 from the Pretty River Parkway to the area of Beachwood Road is now underway. As part of the Highway 26 East Re-alignment Project, The Ministry of Transportation requires the elimination of the Sixth Line access onto Highway 26 East. As a result, a portion of the Sixth Line is required to be closed for this work to inhibit Sixth Line traffic from accessing Highway 26 at this point, as directed by MTO.
Work Begins To Construct New Downtown Transit Terminal
Work is now underway to construct a new Transit Terminal at Pine and Second Streets. Collingwood Council had earlier approved a staff report prepared by Brian Macdonald, Director Public Works and Engineering, seeking approval for an increase in budget funding for Downtown Transit Terminal and Washroom Facility.
It will be business as usual for the popular Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday morning in the parking lot at Pine and Second Streets.
Downtown Art Chairs Showcase Creative Talents of Area Artists
The Collingwood Downtown streets are lined with Muskoka Chairs displaying the artwork of incredible local artists. The Art Chairs program is a part of the bigger and much celebrated Art on the Street initiative.
Deputy Mayor and Councillor Debate Process Regarding Letter Written to Ontario Energy Board
At the regular meeting of Collingwood Town Council on Monday May 28th, Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson had questions for Councillor Kevin Lloyd about a letter Lloyd had written to the Ontario Energy Board, filed on May 7, 2018, pertaining to the Town of Collingwood sale of Collus PowerStream to EPCOR. Councillor Lloyd said his issue is all about process.
The Numbers Say 2 Million Dollars Over Original Budget
Town of Collingwood Treasurer Marjorie Leonard updated Council on the actual costs of the two Sprung arena and pool recreation facilities at the May 28th regular meeting of Council.
“The actual final cost of the pool was $4,895,000.00. The arena was $8,735.000.00, and the total of the two was $13,631,000.00.”
—Marjorie Leonard, Town of Collingwood Treasurer, Monday May 28, 2018
Council Approves Trial Program To Extend Transit Hours
Collingwood Council has approved a Staff Report submitted by Brian Macdonald, Director Public Works and Engineering that deals with a proposed pilot project to extend transit service hours in Collingwood and surrounding region.
Collingwood Bike Month is Underway
Collingwood Bike Month encourages everyone to bike to work, to school or to their daily activities. Cycling is great for our health, our productivity and the environment.
Ontario Energy Board Responds To Letter Written by Collingwood Councillor Kevin Lloyd
The Ontario Energy Board has responded to a letter written by Collingwood Councillor Kevin Lloyd filed on May 7, 2018 with regards to applications by the Corporation of the Town of Collingwood and EPCOR Collingwood Distribution Corp. for approval of share acquisition transactions and related matters.
Letters were also written to the OEB by former Deputy Mayor Rick Lloyd and former Collingwood Councillor Ian Chadwick.
In response, the OEB states it does not consider it necessary to delay the processing of these applications.
Council To Review March 29th Email from Principles Integrity.
Mayor Cooper, Councillors Edwards & Lloyd Found to be Not in Conflict
Collingwood Council will review a March 29th email from Principles Integrity that clearly stated that the Integrity Commissioner would not be conducting an investigation into Mayor Cooper, Councillor Edwards and Councillor Lloyd’s participation and discussion on matters pertaining to the Judicial Inquiry into the sale of the first 50 percent of Collus to PowerStream.
$60 Million Ask of County Council to Upgrade Lake Simcoe Regional Airport
The Lake Simcoe Regional Airport is asking the County of Simcoe to invest $60 million to assist with major upgrades which would allow the airport to lengthen and widen the main runway. It is anticipated the upgrades would in turn attract more air traffic, larger planes, passenger service and related aircraft servicing and storage opportunities as the aviation business continues to change in southern Ontario.
Collingwood Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson says Collingwood is not in the position right now to move forward with similar upgrades for its airport to become a player at this level.
“It would raise the question as to how do you find the partnerships or the owners that can invest those types of dollars to raise the airport to the level it needs to be to make it a more significant regional economic driver.”
Police Asking For Your Help
(Collingwood, ON) Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating an indecent act which took place on a walking trail between Walnut Street and Tenth Street in Collingwood.
The incident took place at approximately 9:50am on Saturday May 20 2018 when a male exposed himself to an adult female walking on the trail. The male is described as having light skin, slim build, 15-18 years-old, approximately 5’8″ tall with medium length wavy brown hair. He was wearing a dark ball hat, royal blue colored jacket, grey shirt, loose fitting blue jeans that were worn below the waist and was last seen walking toward High Street on the trail.
Police are asking 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.
Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000.00. You can follow Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka or Grey-Bruce on Twitter or Facebook.
New Life for an Historic Third Street Home
In the fall of 1907, construction began on one of Collingwood’s most photographed historic properties. You have to think the original owner, Mr. Charles Pitt, would be thrilled to know that this grand home is still with us, and is undergoing a massive restoration.
Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market
The Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market has returned for another season. A few rain showers didn’t prevent a big crowd from showing up on the long holiday weekend.
Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper said she was glad to see such a great turnout for the first market of the season. The market is held every Saturday morning until Thanksgiving at Pine and Second Streets in Downtown Collingwood.
John Trude and Brian Saunderson are both seeking the Mayor’s Chair in the 2018 Collingwood Municipal Election
Brian Saunderson Enters The Race for Mayor of Collingwood
Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson has entered the race for Mayor of Collingwood in the upcoming Municipal Election. Saunderson defeated incumbent Rick Lloyd in the last election to assume the Deputy Mayor’s chair.
Saunderson joins former Collingwood OPP Detachment Commander John Trude who had earlier announced his intentions to run for Mayor.
Stolen School Bus Driver Charged With Impaired
(CLEARVIEW TWP, ON) On May 16th, 2018 at approximately 8:00 p.m., members of the Huronia West OPP Detachment responded to a single motor vehicle collision at the Highway 26 and Mosley Street roundabout west of Stayner. When officers arrived they observed a full sized yellow school bus with front end damage. The investigation revealed the damage was as a result of striking a light standard and signage in the roundabout.
There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the collision. The driver of the school bus received non-life threatening injuries and treated in hospital. Officers arrested the driver for impaired operation of a motor vehicle. It was also learned the bus had been stolen.
A Clearview Township man has been charge with:
• Impaired operation of a motor vehicle contrary to section 253(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada.
• Over 80 section 253(1)(b) Criminal Code of Canada.
• Charge number three: theft over $5000.00 of a motor vehicle section 334(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
• Possession of stolen property over $5000.00 contrary to section 355(a) Criminal Code of Canada.
• Drive while disqualified section 259(4) Criminal Code of Canada.
• Careless driving section 130 Highway Traffic Act.
• Liquor readily available section 32(1) Liquor License Act.
• Open liquor section 31(2) Liquor License Act.
D.A.R.E. Presentation To OPP
The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Ontario Provincial Police received financial sponsorship for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education Keepin’ it REAL Program (D.A.R.E.).
Public and Catholic School Boards To Hold Public Meeting June 5th for Educational Development Charges
The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) the school boards have decided to postpone the decisions regarding educational development charges and will now offer another public consultation meeting on June 5, 2018.
BIA Presents 2018 Budget to Council – Plans to Honour 100th Anniversary of the End of World War One
Collingwood Council listened to a deputation from the Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Association at its May 14th regular meeting. Board Chair Penny Skelton talked about a very special promotion that is in the works to recognize and honour the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, and to recognize Collingwood soldiers.
Collingwood’s Downtown has always been a gathering place for celebrations of all kinds. 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and the BIA is planning to decorate the downtown with banners to honour this historic milestone.
Councillor Kevin Lloyd Shares Concerns About Pending Collus-Epcor Sale With Ontario Energy Board
Councillor Kevin Lloyd has written to the Ontario Energy Board to express his concerns about the sale of 50% of Collus PowerStream to Epcor.
“I’m a sitting Councillor for the Town of Collingwood. For the sake of disclosure, I have opposed this sale from the beginning”
Collingwood CAO Fareed Amin Provides an Update on Judicial Inquiry
“Based on discussions I’ve had with them they will begin their documentary review presently and I suspect that they’ll potentially be in a situation where they could conduct public hearings late summer or early fall, but that timing would be entirely up to them.”
Spirited Conflict of Interest Discussion at Collingwood Council
The discussion was triggered when Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson asked that the Integrity Commissioner appear in person to relay findings in a report prepared by Principles Integrity that found Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper to have a conflict of interest when she participated in discussion and voted at the February 12, 2018 meeting of Collingwood Council with regards to Staff Report C2018-01 titled “Consulting Advisory Services in the Sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport.”
Council Approves Changes to Town’s Noise Bylaw
Collingwood Council has voted in favour of staff recommendations to revise the Town’s noise bylaw.
Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson voted in favour of the revised bylaw.
“This is a noise bylaw to contain noise. It’s not an anti-development bylaw. We’re treating the owners and developers similarly with respect for what they can do on their properties on a Saturday.”
Councillor Tim Fryer voted against the motion.
“I think all of our efforts need to centre on minimizing cost escalation as developers attempt to make business decisions incorporating the critical concerns of our community and therefore I’m not going to support this.”
Councillor Fryer Declares Conflict Over Previous Participation In Council Vote
At the opening of the regular meeting of Collingwood Town Council on Monday May 14th, Councillor Tim Fryer took time to report that he was in fact in conflict when he participated in a vote to receive Staff Report T2018-06 during the April 30th meeting of Collingwood Town Council.
Mayor Found To Be In Conflict of Interest Over Airport Council Vote
An Integrity Commissioner report prepared by Principles Integrity has found that Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper had a conflict of interest by participating in discussion and voting at the February 12, 2018 meeting of Collingwood Council with regards to Staff Report C2018-01 titled “Consulting Advisory Services in the Sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport.”
photo: Thom Vincent
photo: Paul Richards
Collingwood Fire Fighters Called To Extinguish Large Grass Fire That Damaged Harbourview Park Boardwalk
Collingwood fire fighters responded to a grass fire adjacent to the Harbourview Park boardwalk at 5:38 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon (May 9th). At the height of the fire, 35 fire fighters were battling the flames that were being whipped up by strong south/west winds.
Town of Collingwood Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture, Dean Collver, said the boardwalk section might be off limits to the public for the entire summer.
Former Collingwood CAO Wants Answers From Council
Former Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Collingwood, John Brown, inserted himself back into discussion of the Judicial Inquiry underway into the sale of 50 percent of Collus to Power Stream in 2012.
He did so by submitting a list of questions for Collingwood Town Council to consider at its April 30th regular meeting.
Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH) announced that its Interdisciplinary Team of midwives, obstetricians, family physicians, anesthetists and CGMH staff were the recipient of the Association of Ontario Midwives(AOM) 2018 Hospital Integration Award.
Beds Sit Empty at Hospice Georgian Triangle
Hospice Georgian Triangle has submitted a number of proposals to the Province of Ontario to fund beds that continue to sit idle at Hospice Georgian Triangle in Collingwood. Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson wonders why this situation has not been resolved.
“I find it unconscionable four in demand beds are sitting idle at the direction of this government.”
On Tuesday May 8th, the County of Simcoe announced it will provide funding to hospice locations including Collingwood.
Wind Storm Brings Down Trees and Wires
Heavy winds, at times gusting in excess of 75 km/h, brought down tree limbs, trees and hydro wires and snapped telephone poles on Friday night (May 4th) throughout Collingwood. Patio furniture was blown off decks, portable greenhouses were blown across yards and large waves in the inner-harbour crashed against the harbour wall.
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.
No Public Update on Collus PowerStream Electricity Overcharging Error
Earlier this year, the Town of Collingwood learned that it has been overcharged by Collus PowerStream for electricity consumed at the Town’s water filtration plant. Collus PowerStream advised that this overcharging has been ongoing for many years.
At that time a Town of Collingwood press release stated that the Town has received a refund from Collus PowerStream in the amount of $410,747.42.
Town of Collingwood CAO Fareed Amin said earlier that the Town continues to work with Collus PowerStream.
“We’re working with Collus PowerStream to determine what, if anything else, is due to the Town and hence the ratepayers, and how can we try to find a way to amicably solve this.”
The item was once again on the April 30th Council Agenda as an in-camera item. No public update has been issued.
Collingwood Elementary School children are cooking up a storm in the “You’re the Chef” program, designed for students to gain experience, confidence and have fun cooking good food.
Ball Hockey Season Hits The Eddie Bush Memorial Arena Floor
The 2018 Collingwood Ball Hockey Season is underway at the Collingwood Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. With a new cement floor in place, many new activities are planned for the downtown arena.
Barrie Colts Hockey Club Makes Offer Of Score Clock for Eddie Bush Memorial Arena
Collingwood Council has accepted a generous offer from the Barrie Colts Major Junior A Hockey Club that would see the downtown Collingwood Arena upgrade its centre-ice score clock.
Joanne Bowden Says A Balance Is Needed In Updating Noise ByLaw
Collingwood resident Joanne Bowden says when it comes to revising the Town’s noise bylaw, the needs of developers must be balanced with the needs of the recreational and tourism businesses, residents and tourists.
First Out Of The Gate
The race is officially underway. Collingwood Councillor Tim Fryer was the first candidate to declare his intention to run again in the upcoming Municipal Election. Fryer has declared he will run for the Deputy Mayor position.
Former Collingwood OPP Detachment Commander John Trude has made it official. He will run for Mayor of Collingwood in the 2018 Municipal Election.
Kathy Jeffery, Cam Ecclestone and Deb Doherty are running for re-election as councillors. Steve Berman has announced he will seek election as a Collingwood Councillor.
The 2018 Municipal Election will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018. In Collingwood, candidates are able to run for the positions of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and seven Council seats, as well as Public and Catholic School Board Trustee positions.
Last Call at Craigleith Ski Club
They set a record on Monday May 1st at Craigleith Ski Club. The chairlift was running for May skiing and boarding for the first time ever.
The first day of May gave us lots of sunshine and summer-like temperatures … perfect for May skiing and boarding! We even had a UV index 6 which is high. Who wants a slushie?
Judicial Inquiry Commissioner Will Have Access To Previous Reviews Including OPP Inquiry
At the regular meeting of Collingwood Council on Monday April 30th, Councillor Kevin Lloyd asked Town of Collingwood CAO Fareed Amin if the ongoing OPP Anti-Rackets Branch Town of Collingwood investigation would share information that it has gathered to date with the newly launched Judicial Inquiry.
Council Votes To Approve Staff Report Identifying Costs and Requirements of Judicial Inquiry
Collingwood Council has voted in favour to receive Staff Report T2018-06 identifying the costs and requirements of the judicial inquiry into the sale of 50 percent of Collus to Power Stream in 2012 and delegate authority to the CAO to take and authorize any actions deemed necessary or appropriate including actions as required by the Justice presiding over the Inquiry, and further that a record of all actions shall be maintained.
Mayor Sandra Cooper along with Councillors Bob Madigan, Kathy Jeffery, Mike Edwards, Cam Ecclestone and Deb Doherty voted in favour to receive the report. Councillors Tim Fryer and Kevin Lloyd voted against.
T2018-06 Judicial Inquiry (Report added by addendum)
Recommendation amended by addendum:
THAT Council receive Staff Report T2018-06, identifying the costs and requirements of the judicial inquiry and delegate authority to the CAO to take and authorize any actions deemed necessary or appropriate including actions as required by the Justice presiding over the Inquiry; and further that a record of all actions shall be maintained.
Council Votes Down Noise By-law – Shelburne Model – With Exemptions
Collingwood Council defeated a motion to accept Staff Report C2018-06 Draft Noise Control By-law – Option 4 (Shelburne Model) with exemption opportunities.
Clerk Sara Almas said staff will now bring back a new staff report dealing with the issue at the next Council meeting.
580 and 590 Sixth Street Proposed Development – Public Meeting
A public meeting was held at Collingwood Council on Monday April 30th with regards to a proposed new 106 unit subdivision to be developed at 580 and 590 Sixth Street.
Collingwood’s Coyote Problems Discussed Again at April 30th Council Meeting
Collingwood Council has voted to embrace public education and to continue to monitor the situation over the option to remove problem coyotes from an east end neighbourhood.
Council once again heard both sides of the coyote debate at its regular council meeting on Monday April 30th. In Collingwood’s east end, Georgian Manor Drive residents indicated that the problem with coyotes is growing and needs immediate attention. Sheelagh Strang said she walks with a golf club and air horn when she has to go outside in her neighbourhood. She told council that she sometimes takes her dogs away in the car to walk them in other areas of Collingwood because of her fear of having them attacked in her own neighbourhood.
MPP Jim Wilson Asks Again For Provincial Approval of Redevelopment of Collingwood Hosptal
Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson took a new approach in question period on Monday April 30th when asking the government about when much needed planning grants will be approved for Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.
Noise By-Law Staff Report Receives Weekend Update Prior To Monday’s Council Meeting
On Sunday April 29th, the Town of Collingwood issued an additional addendum to the Council Agenda for April 30th, with the addition of Staff Report #C2018-12.
“The purpose of this report is to present exemption options for construction noise within the noise control by-law, based on Council direction to prepare the by-law in accordance with Option 4 (the construction noise regulation imposed by Shelburne).”
Judicial Inquiry Cost Estimated at $1.4 – $1.6 Million
Collingwood Council will be asked to receive Staff Report T2018-06 identifying the costs and requirements of the judicial inquiry into the sale of 50 percent of Collus to Power Stream in 2012 and delegate authority to the CAO to take and authorize any actions deemed necessary or appropriate including actions as required by the Justice presiding over the Inquiry, and further that a record of all actions shall be maintained at its next meeting on Monday April 30th.
“The total cost of the Judicial Inquiry, based on the information and requirements of the Commissioner, at this time, is estimated at $1.4-1.6 million. There are sufficient funds in the Working Capital Reserve Fund to cover the items noted in the staff report.”
More and More Developers are Speaking Up in Opposition to Proposed Noise By-law Amendments
More Collingwood developers are speaking out against proposed noise by-law amendments that could restrict building activity on weekends. Their concerns will hit the council table on Monday April 30th for discussion.
Collingwood Noise Bylaw Debate Gets Louder
Two prominent Collingwood Developers are speaking out against proposed changes to the Town’s noise bylaw. Collingwood Council will once again address the issue at its Monday April 30th meeting.
One of Collingwood’s Oldest Businesses Says Goodbye
The town’s last standing downtown industrial business has closed its doors for good. Dey’s Body Shop has been a fixture at the corner of Simcoe and Ste. Marie Streets for generations. This closes the chapter of Collingwood’s downtown industrial heritage.
Blue Mountain Broke a Record on April 29th
The resurgence of winter experienced earlier this month allowed Blue Mountain to provide some of the best spring skiing and riding conditions in recent memory. The slopes re-opened Friday, April 27, 2018 at 9am for one final season-ending send-off weekend!
Sunday, April 29, 2018 was the final day on the slopes and it also marked the latest date Blue Mountain had ever been open!
Visit www.bluemountain.ca for more information.
Here’s Another Reason To Visit Your Airport
Sylvia Bray and her staff have been packing them in to the Airport Café for a while now. Plane and simple! (Airport Humour!)
Draft Noise Control By-law Update Receives Public Input and is Back at the Council Table Monday April 30th
Following a public consultation process, a well attended meeting of Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee was be held on Monday, April 9th in the Collingwood Council Chambers. The Draft Noise Control By-law will was presented for discussion with lots of input from local residents.
Collingwood Council will once again discuss the proposed amendments to the Town’s Noise Bylaw at its next meeting on Monday April 30th.
Heritage Designation Process to Begin for Victoria School Annex Continues
UPDATE: Designation of Victoria Annex
The Director of Planning Services for the Town of Collingwood, Nancy Farrer, told Collingwood Council on Monday April 30th that the report was deferred because of a recommendation from the Town’s lawyers.
Previously. the Development and Operations Services Standing Committee voted in favour of a Town of Collingwood Staff Report dealing with the state of the Victoria School Annex property at the corner of Sixth and Maple Streets in Collingwood at its April 23rd meeting in the Council Chambers.
PRC Planning Continues – Public Engagement Session 2
The Town of Collingwood Parks, Recreation and Culture department heldt Public Engagement Session #2, an overview of the results from the stakeholder sessions, various working groups, online surveys and feedback from special events on Wednesday April 25th.
Sexual Assault Investigation Continues
Detectives from the Crime Unit of the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are continuing their investigation of a reported February 2018 sexual assault and are now looking for a potential witness to assist in the matter.
The incident took place on February 26, 2018 on the walking trail in the area of Huron Street and Niagara Street in Collingwood where, shortly before 6:00pm, a female was approached by an unknown male and sexually assaulted.
Police are now trying to identify a person who assisted the female in distress shortly after the incident took place. This person is described as being male, approximately 6′ tall wearing a beige jacket, red scarf and dress pants, last seen walking west bound in front of the Sobeys grocery store on Huron Street.
Police are asking 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.
Collingwood BIA General Manager Honoured at 2018 National BIA Conference
Collingwood hosted the 2018 National BIA Conference at Blue Mountain. Collingwood BIA General Manager Sue Nicholson was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution not only to the Collingwood BIA but to the greater Ontario BIA community.
The Honourable Frank N. Marrocco, Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice, has been appointed to serve as Commissioner to the Judicial Inquiry into the sale of 50 percent of Collus to Power Stream in 2012.
Heather J. Smith, Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Justice has written to Mayor Sandra Cooper to confirm the appointment.
The official letter to begin the Judicial Inquiry process, dated March 6, 2018 and signed by Mayor Sandra Cooper, was sent from the Town of Collingwood to The Honourable Chief Justice Heather J. Forster Smith – Superior Court of Justice.
Divestiture Options – Collingwood Regional Airport
Collingwood Council reviewed Staff Report C2018-11 entitled “Divestiture Options of the Collingwood Regional Airport” at its meeting on Monday April 16th.
Damian Joy from Ernst & Young presented an overview of the proposed timeline, potential divestiture structures and evaluation criteria for the Collingwood Regional Airport sale process. Council supported the recommendations as presented.
The RFP is expected to be issued in early May. Staff would come back to Council with a recommendation in early July.
Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson and Councillors Tim Fryer, Cam Ecclestone, Kathy Jeffrey & Bob Madigan in favour of the motion.
Councillors Deb Doherty and Kevin Lloyd opposed the motion.
Mayor Sandra Cooper declared a conflict of interest.
In September 2017, based on a detailed report from the Chief Administrative Officer, Council authorized the following:
“THAT Council receive Report CAO2017-03 regarding options for the future of the Collingwood Regional Airport;
AND FURTHER THAT Council herein declare the Collingwood Regional Airport as surplus to the needs of the municipality and commence the disposal of the property in accordance with the Town’s land disposition by-law.”
In February 2018, Council authorized the use of funds necessary to retain the expert services of Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc. (“EY”) to facilitate the complexities of the disposal of the aerodrome lands/operations.
Czerny Sends Letter To Council to Address Noise Bylaw and the Rod and Gun Club Position
Collingwood Council once again be discussed amendments to the Town’s Noise Bylaw at its April 16th meeting. Long-time Collingwood resident George Czerny submitted a letter to Council detailing his thoughts on how the noise bylaw discussion impacts the Collingwood Rod and Gun Club.
Canadian Brass at Meaford Hall
photo – Thom Vincent
The Meaford Hall Arts and Cultural Centre hosted The Canadian Brass recently. Thom Vincent was in attendance and said the performance by the Juno and Grammy Award winning quintet was outstanding.
“Simply marvellous. Great variety from Classical Bach to New Orleans Jazz to Beatles to Movie themes. Standing ovation to this fine Canadian group who have travelled the world.”
The Canadian Brass is known for its unique performance attire of formal black suits with white running shoes. The group was formed in 1970 and continues to perform across Canada and internationally, having recorded more than 130 CDs and DVDs along the way. They have commissioned, performed, and recorded hundreds of transcriptions and original works for brass quintet. Canadian Brass has a library of more than 600 compositions and arrangements specially and uniquely fashioned for them. A true Canadian treasure!
OEB Rejects Hydro One’s Application To Purchase Orillia Power Distribution
The Ontario Energy Board has rejected Hydro One’s application to purchase the Orillia Power Distribution Corp.
Hydro One had announced a deal to acquire the utility company for $41.3 million in 2016. The figure included the assumption of about $14.9 in OPDC debt.
Both Hydro One and the City of Orillia said late Thursday that they are reviewing the decision.
The OEB decision is no doubt of interest to Wasaga Beach and Collingwood Municipal officials.
New Players, Improved Relationship. Town and Hospital On The Same Page and Moving Forward with Redevelopment Plans
A great deal has been written about the relationship between the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital and the Town of Collingwood.
Whether or not the two sides didn’t see eye-to-eye in the past or didn’t communicate well on matters pertaining to the hospital’s redevelopment needs, timeline and relationship with the Province of Ontario’s Ministry of Health is old news.
Today, be assured that both the President and CEO of the G&M Hospital and CAO of the Town of Collingwood are on the same page.
Wednesday April 11th was International Day of Pink against Bullying, Discrimination. People were invited to celebrate diversity by wearing something pink and by participating in activities in workplaces, schools and communities. Collingwood school children walked throughout downtown Collingwood to draw attention to the day. Downtown Collingwood was filled with pink ribbons.
Students gathered in front of the downtown Federal Building as a part of a Day of Pink public assembly.
— Photo courtesy Sandy Dance
Coyote Problem In East End Needs Immediate Action
Collingwood Council discussed the coyote situation at its regular meeting on April 16th and have deferred the matter and a decision to the next regular meeting of council on April 30th.
It was a follow up to a spirited discussion at a meeting of Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee on Monday, April 9, 2018 in the Town Hall Council Chambers.
At that time, it quickly became apparent to the committee that the growing problem facing east end residents, and in particular people living in Blue Shores and along Georgian Manor Drive, has escalated to the critical stage.
Councillor Kevin Lloyd says it has been demonstrated that it is necessary to remove this particular coyote pack quickly and get the east end residents back to living a normal life.
CCI Twitter Photo – Travellers from Pond Inlet meet at their local airport to begin their journey to Collingwood
Cultural Exchange Underway Involving CCI Students and Students from Nunavut
On Monday, April 9, 2018, Collingwood Council members welcomed 16 students from Nasivvik High School, Pond Inlet, Nunavut. These students are visiting Collingwood on a cultural exchange with Collingwood Collegiate Institute students. The visiting students enjoyed spring skiing at Blue Mountain as a part of a busy schedule of events. Sixteen students from CCI will visit Nasivvik High School later this month.
Is New Wasaga High School Linked With Future Rebuild Of Collingwood Collegiate?
Suzanne Ley, Simcoe County District School Board Trustee representing the Town of Collingwood and Clearview Township says to date, there have been no discussions at the Board table regarding a rebuild of Collingwood Collegiate Institute.
Trustee Robert North says there isn’t much that can be done about building a new Wasaga Beach public secondary school until Collingwood Collegiate is re-built or right-sized.
Should School Boards or the Province Determine School Building Sites
Ongoing discussions about whether or not, or when a new high school will be built in Wasaga Beach, and what impact this will have on a future restructuring of Collingwood Collegiate, have lead to more broad conversations as to what the future might look like for Boards of Education.
Speaking on a local radio program, former Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier went so far as to say that he believes at the least the planning authority in determining where schools are constructed should be taken away from school boards and given to regional and county level governments.
Early April Winter Wallop Moves On
An intense storm system has moved east after hammering southern and central Ontario on Wednesday April 4th. Some areas experienced freezing rain while other regions were hit hard by heavy snow. Some communities experienced freezing rain, rain and snow. High winds topped 90 kilometers per hour over a wide-spread area of the province causing damage and creating havoc on roads. Along southern Georgian Bay, blowing snow caused endless problems throughout the day.
High winds and blowing snow made for a blustery walk along Maple Street in Collingwood on Wednesday afternoon as wind gusts approached 80 kilometres per hour.
Whiteout conditions due to extremely high winds created terrible driving conditions along highway 26 east of Stayner on Wednesday afternoon eventually leading to the closure of the highway between Barrie and Stayner.
Freezing rain, high winds and blowing snow caused numerous problems throughout southern Georgian Bay on Wednesday. Winds took down trees, branches and hydro lines causing power outages in communities all around Georgian Bay. A massive pileup on highway 400 involved more than 30 vehicles and resulted in the highway’s southbound lanes being shut down Wednesday afternoon. Highways 26 and 92 were also closed for long periods of time due to the high winds and blowing snow. The Stayner arena was opened up as a temporary shelter to give stranded motorists a warm, dry place to be until the highways reopened.
To the south of Collingwood freezing rain, high winds and heavy snow took down trees, damaged buildings, toppled signs and caused power outages throughout Southern Ontario. A large construction crane came crashing down at a condominium construction site in Mississauga while another crane close by spun out of control in the high winds. During the height of the storm early 100,000 customers were without power in southern Ontario. Toronto Hydro reported more than 20,000 residents were without power Wednesday afternoon.
The high winds slowed down air traffic at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Wednesday.
The storm was far reaching, impacting Muskoka with wind and heavy snow and Haliburton with high winds. Hydro One reported more than 12,000 power outages in the immediate Minden area by mid-Wednesday afternoon.
It is patio season … somewhere … but not today in downtown Collingwood
Simcoe County receives increased funding to support growing needs in long term care
The County of Simcoe is receiving a needed $1.4 million annual boost from the Province to support increased levels of care needs at each of its four long term care homes including Sunset Manor in Collingwood.
The Great Easter Egg Hunt in Downtown Collingwood has always been a popular Easter long weekend attraction.
Downtown Collingwood was HOPPING with activity on Saturday March 31st. The fun began at 10:00 a.m. as the Downtown Collingwood Easter Egg Hunt began. The kids had fun finding Easter eggs in the store windows. The Easter Bunny was having its photo taken and handing out Easter Eggs on the downtown streets. There was a to do at the Children’s Activity Centre in front of Collingwood’s Town Hall including free face painting, fun balloon creations and the Collingwood Healthy Kids Community Challenge activity station.
The stores, restaurants and coffee shops were all busy welcoming everyone to Downtown Collingwood to celebrate Easter.
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.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Announces Plans For New Ontario Casino
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited has begun to make its move into Ontario and we’re getting our first glimpse at what a casino could look like in either Collingwood or Wasaga Beach.
In a March 28th Press Release, Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (“Gateway”) announced it expects to invest $36 million into a new Cascades Casino in Chatham.
Wilson Calls On Province To Fund Hospital Future Planning Costs
Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has called on the provincial government to provide funding for Collingwood General & Marine Hospital to continue planning for future re-developments.
Announcement of $45 million investment by County of Simcoe – G&M Hospital Twitter
County to Invest $45 Million in Area Hospitals
The County of Simcoe is investing $45 million in area hospitals to support capital and redevelopment projects occurring between 2017 and 2031. Collingwood’s General & Marine Hospital will receive a large portion of the money for its future rebuild.
“We are pleased that this group of hospitals recommended a significant portion of the $45 million investment be allocated towards the potential redevelopment of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital”
— Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe
OPP Charge Two Individuals Following Online Threats Involving Local School
Officers of the Huronia West detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged two individuals in relation to threats that were posted online.
Police received information about threats posted via a social media platform involving an area school. The investigation led officers to charge a 14 year-old and 18 year-old, both from Clearview Township, and both have been charged with Uttering Threats to Cause Death or Bodily Harm and Uttering Threats to Damage Property.
They are to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood on May 3, 2018.
Social Media platforms provide an individual an audience to express personal opinion which can often generate online conversation. When comments of a threatening nature are conveyed, online or otherwise, and the police learn about them, in the interest of public safety, investigations are launched and involved persons are held accountable.
Police are not saying which local school was involved with the online threats.
Affordable Housing & Secondary Suites a Hot Topic at March 26th Council Meeting
The Secondary Suites discussion hit the Collingwood Council table on Monday March 26th. Council voted in favour of the motion to pass a by-law to permit additional opportunities for secondary suites.
Perfect World Collingwood Harbourfront Development Receives Zoning Amendment Approvals
Collingwood Council has thrown its unanimous support behind the approval of requested official plan and zoning bylaw amendments by the Perfect World Collingwood shipyards waterfront development.
Council Agrees to Move Quickly On Step One of Waterfront Master Plan
On Monday March 26th, Collingwood Council reviewed Staff Report PRC2018-05, prepared by Dean Collver, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture and voted in favour to approve a budget envelope of $600,000, from the Waterfront Master Plan Reserve, to accomplish the construction of a Gathering Place feature in Harbourview Park by September of this year.
Looking back to the major revitalization of Collingwood’s Downtown District in 2009
Collingwood To Receive $55,000.00 from Province of Ontario Main Street Revitilization Initiative
The Province of Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development and Growth Steven Del Duca was in Simcoe County on Wednesday March 14th to talk about provincial money available to municipalities looking to upgrade downtown districts. At the March 26th meeting of Collingwood Council, Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing and Business Development, announced Collingwood will receive $55,000.00 from the fund.
Terry Dowdall Wins Federal PC Nomination for Simcoe-Grey
Terry Dowdall has won the Simcoe-Grey Conservative Nomination to replace departing Member of Parliament Dr. Kellie Leitch.
Dowdall is no stranger to politics in the region. He is the Mayor of Essa Township and Deputy Warden of the County of Simcoe. Party members turned up in large numbers on Saturday March 24th to participate in the voting process at Stayner Collegiate.
Former Collingwood Mayor and Simcoe County Warden Terry Geddes said all conservatives in the area should be very happy with the nomination of Terry Dowdall.
“Terry has proven himself to be a political strength not only as Mayor of Essa but as Deputy Warden of Simcoe County. Most importantly he brings a fresh new face to the conservative values that the people of 2018 in our riding have. Terry will not be a divisive candidate but instead will bring harmony within the party. Also, the citizens of Collingwood should be extremely proud of Dr. Gillian Yates and the campaign she ran in the nomination process.”
It was a packed house on Saturday March 24th at Stayner Collegiate at the Progressive Conservative Simcoe-Grey nomination.
More Provincial Money for Collingwood General & Marine Hospital
Hospitals throughout the south Georgian Bay region including the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital have received a financial boost from the Ontario Liberals.
The Collingwood Art Crawl and the Live & Original Music Series will join together to offer an evening filled with culture and music.
Changes To 2018 Live & Original Music Series
After three years of growth, the Collingwood Live & Original Music Series is undergoing a number of changes in 2018.
MPP Jim Wilson Says Changes Necessary To Green Energy Act
Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has demanded the government make changes to the Green Energy Act to allow citizens and communities including the Town of Collingwood to have their legal costs reimbursed if they successfully stop an ill-advised green energy project such as the proposed wind turbines that would have been constructed close to the Collingwood Regional Airport.
Doors Open Collingwood Returns in 2018
Doors Open Collingwood to return in September. The popular festival will be held on Saturday, September 29th from 10 am to 4 pm and will showcase some of Collingwood’s historic treasures.
artsVest impact – $127,482.82 on Collingwood Economy
Business for the Arts celebrated the success of artsVest , the organizations and business partners of the program in Collingwood! Participants had access to incentive grants which were earmarked for Collingwood, and in total, artsVest sponsorship and matching funds created an investment impact of $127,482.82 on the Collingwood economy.
Victoria School Annex Action Needed
The state of the Victoria School Annex is once again being reviewed by the Town of Collingwood Heritage Committee and The Development and Operations Services Standing Committee. The Heritage Committee says action is needed to initiate repair work to the abandoned building.
At its March 26th meeting, Collingwood Council voted in favour proceeding with steps necessary to designate 400 Maple Street (Victoria Annex) under Section 29.1 of the Ontario Heritage Act, Part 4.
Outstanding OFSAA Hockey in Collingwood
Collingwood hosted exciting OFSAA Boys Hockey at both the downtown Eddie Bush Memorial Arena and Central Park Arena. Teams from around Ontario played some exciting hockey during this high level competition.
The host team, the Collingwood Jean Vanier Storm, captured Bronze with a 2-1 win over Leaside at the downtown Collingwood Eddie Bush Memorial Arena on Friday March 23rd. Gold was awarded to Simcoe Holy Trinity after an impressive 7-3 win over King City. King City won Silver.
The OFSAA Boys Hockey Tournament Champions – Holy Trinity Titans from Simcoe. Photo courtesy Jacob Robinson – Twitter
Anti-Fraud Initiative Pays Off in Collingwood
Members of the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police have been busy this past month raising awareness by taking aim at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam which continues to defraud residents of their hard earned money.
In an effort to raise awareness of this type of scam, Auxiliary OPP members attended and distributed a fact sheet to local businesses that sell gift cards or provide money wiring services. This fact sheet contained 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.
The flyer was used at a local store to STOP a scam from occurring at the point of purchase. The customer was actually on the phone with the fraudster while purchasing a large number of gift cards when the customer was stopped by the cashier/employee at point of sale and provided with the fact sheet. This is when the customer realized that they had been targeted by a fraudster and hung up the phone.
The OPP would like to thank the local businesses participating to reduce this type of victimization or, ultimately, eliminate it entirely.
Expanded Live Streaming of Town of Collingwood Meetings
The Town of Collingwood is expanding video coverage of municipal meetings.
As of Monday, April 9, Standing Committee meetings will be held in the Town of Collingwood Council Chambers in Town Hall in front of the cameras allowing the public to watch the proceedings.
Zoning Bylaw Discussion To Allow Secondary Suites
At its March 19th meeting, the Town of Collingwood Development and Operations Services Standing Committee reviewed Staff Report P2018-08 and consider a recommendation from Town staff that Council enacts and passes an amending Zoning By-law to permit additional opportunities for secondary suites.
The Staff Report defines Secondary Suites as self-contained residential units with private kitchen and bathroom facilities within dwellings or within structures that are accessory to dwellings.
Mountain View Public School Prepares To Expand
The proposed expansion would see the construction of four additional classrooms onto the west side of the existing school building.
Cracking Down on Distracted Driving
Between March 12th and March 18th, 2018 members of the Huronia West OPP conducted a distracted driving campaign. Fines totalled more than $100,000.
Hockey Playoffs Continue
Mayor Sandra Cooper drops the puck at the beginning of the Collingwood Blackhawks game against Tilsonburg
— photo courtesy Mayor Cooper’s Twitter Account
Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper was cheering on the Collingwood Blackhawks Peewee AE3’s in a 5-0 win against Tilsonburg on Saturday March 17th. It was the first game of the finals for OMHA.
Go Collingwood Go!
JIM CUDDY BAND – CONSTELLATION TOUR
MARCH 17, 2018 – 8PM
For over 35 years, Jim Cuddy has written songs that have become indelible in the soundtrack of Canadian lives. With the release of his fourth solo album, Constellation, he adds ten songs to that extraordinary songbook. Cuddy’s national tour landed on the stage of the Gayety Theatre on March 17th.
Remembering Moving Day for the Watts Boat House
It was a day to remember if you were around to see the Watts Boat House relocate to beside the Collingwood Terminals.
Gusty winds and blowing snow made for poor driving conditions around south Georgian Bay Friday morning
Spring is just around the corner but Collingwood residents woke up to strong winds, snow and blowing snow on Friday morning (March 16th). Driving conditions on south Georgian Bay area highways deteriorated quickly due to slippery road conditions and blowing snow causing reduced visibility. Numerous accidents were reported.
OLG Selects Service Provider for Central Gaming Bundle
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has selected Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited (Gateway) as the service provider for the Central Gaming Bundle, following a competitive procurement process.
The Central Gaming Bundle includes OLG Slots at Georgian Downs and Casino Rama Resort. Gateway will have the opportunity to build a new gaming and entertainment facility in Wasaga Beach or Collingwood.
Simcoe County Helps Homeowners Create Secondary or Garden Suites
Simcoe County Council continues to invest in strategies to develop new social housing units and has recommitted funds to support homeowners in creating secondary or garden suites as a part of its 2018 budget.
Collingwood Council Approves 2018 Budget in a 6-2 Vote
Town of Collingwood residents will see a minimal tax increase of approximately $1.55 per month.
In a recorded vote, Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson and Councillors Mike Edwards, Cam Ecclestone, Kathy Jeffery, Deb Doherty and Bob Madigan voted in favour to approve the 2018 budget.
Mayor Sandra Cooper and Councillor Kevin Lloyd voted against the motion to approve the 2018 budget.
Councillor Mike Edwards Comments On Council’s Decision To Launch a Judicial Inquiry
Councillor Mike Edwards has jumped into the Judicial Inquiry discussion.
Edwards was not present at the February 26th regular meeting of Collingwood Town Council when Council voted to proceed with a Judicial Inquiry. He said while he supports any decision of his colleagues around the table he wouldn’t have voted in favour of the motion.
Town of Collingwood Sends Letter to Superior Court of Justice to Begin Judicial Inquiry Process
The wheels are now turning to begin the process of a Judicial Inquiry into the sale of 50 percent of Collus to Power Stream in 2012.
The official letter dated March 6, 2018 and signed by Mayor Sandra Cooper has now been sent from the Town of Collingwood to The Honourable Chief Justice Heather J. Forster Smith – Superior Court of Justice.
Help Make a Difference to Healthcare in Your Community
The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (G&M) is seeking dynamic candidates for positions on the Board of Trustees, with the term commencing September 2018. The complexity of healthcare is increasing and now – more than ever – strong, strategic, governance leadership is required.
The County of Simcoe has released framework for building Age-Friendly communities
County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall says as the population ages, the county needs to work with communities to make them as age-friendly as possible.
A Collingwood development has been ahead of the curve in developing a model for how an age-friendly community within a community can work.
Housing Market Cools Heading Into March 2018
We may have had warmer than normal temperatures throughout February but the housing market appears to have cooled considerably from figures realized one year ago.
Photograph – Thom Vincent
Reelin’ In The Years with Pretzel Logic
The popular ten-piece Toronto based band Pretzel Logic brought its outstanding act to Collingwood on Wednesday evening, March 7th.
The band’s web site states that it all started as an exploration and rendition of the music of Steely Dan.
“What began as a labour of love continues as such…”
The audience at the Collingwood Legion shared that journey as the band brought back many memories by belting out classic Steely Dan songs. The audience benefited from the musical experience and the CCI Music Department benefited from proceeds of the evening.
– UPDATED – Ontario Auto Mayors Continue To Meet With Local Industries
The Auto Mayors are continuing to pay close attention to developments in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and the Comprehensive &
Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) deal to ensure the outcomes support Canadian jobs and Canadian communities.
Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper is working with Martin Rydlo, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Collingwood, to determine what can be done to assist local automotive related industries.
Former Collingwood OPP Detachment Commander John Trude is pictured with Collingwood’s Town Crier, Ken Templeman, at the 2018 New Year’s Levee
John Trude Announces He Will Run For Mayor in 2018 Municipal Election
Former Collingwood OPP Detachment Commander John Trude has announced he will run for Mayor of Collingwood in the 2018 Municipal Election. This announcement comes just hours after Mayor Sandra Cooper announced she will not be seeking re-election.
Mayor Sandra Cooper Announces She Will Not Seek Re-Election
Mayor Sandra Cooper has announced she will not be seeking re-election as Mayor of Collingwood. In an email to CollingwoodLiving.com her announcement was brief and to the point:
“Not seeking re-election for Mayor.”
OPP Anti-Rackets Branch Town of Collingwood Investigation Remains Active
Staff Sergeant Carolle Dionne, Provincial Media Relations Coordinator with the Ontario Provincial Police, confirms the OPP Anti-Rackets Branch Town of Collingwood investigation remains active.
Coffee with Council & Budget with Public Meeting
Collingwood residents were able to learn more about the 2018 Town of Collingwood Budget, share questions and comments, over the dinner hour on Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
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ELVIS FESTIVAL and SIDE LAUNCH DAYS Recognized in Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals & Events
Festivals and Events Ontario has announced the 2018 Top 100 Festivals & Events in the province. The Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry.
The Collingwood Elvis Festival and Side Launch Days cracked the top 100.
Collingwood Resident Wins $94,433.30 with Lotto Max
Congratulations to Peter Sutcliffe from Collingwood after winning $94,433.30 in the July 7, 2017 LOTTO MAX draw. Peter bought his winning ticket at B&M Variety on Brentwood Street in Angus.
Effort to Clarify and Delegate Powers and Duties of Staff at Town Hall
The latest effort to improve work productivity at Collingwood’s town hall saw the Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee review a staff report (STAFF REPORT #C2018-02) on Monday March 5th that deals with clarifying and delegating powers and duties of staff.
Downtown Collingwood Business Update
Director of Marketing and Business Development for the Town of Collingwood, Martin Rydlo, recently addressed the Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Board to talk about new initiatives that are in the planning stages.
In addition, Farmers’ Market, Elvis Festival and Art on the Street details continue to be finalized.
Who is William McDowell?
Many Collingwood citizens watching and hearing about the events leading up to council’s decision to launch a judicial inquiry into the 2012 sale of 50 percent of the town’s utility to PowerStream had never heard of lawyer William McDowell.
Council Votes For Judicial Inquiry to Investigate 2012 Hydro Sale
The Council of the Town of Collingwood passed a resolution to request a judicial inquiry be conducted, into the process undertaken in 2012 which resulted in the sale of 50% of Collus, the Town’s electric utility. In doing so, council hopes to receive the information it has been looking for since the sale of 50% of Collus to PowerStream took place in 2012. Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper voted against the motion.
Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper recently attended an Automotive Mayors Meeting in Oakville.
The Auto Mayors work collaboratively at the provincial and federal levels to promote awareness, advocacy and strategic policy initiatives to strengthen the Canadian economy by keeping the automotive sector strong as a driver of employment, innovation and productivity advances across the Canadian economy.
Oakville Mayor Rob Burton is Chair of the Auto Mayors and outlined concerns that the new Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will undermine the Canadian automotive industry’s competitiveness and ongoing success, particularly in Ontario.
Mayor Cooper says it is important to talk to local automotive industry related industries to take their views back to the next Auto Mayor’s Meeting discussion.
What’s wrong with this picture? … oh ya … IT WAS FEBRUARY!!
And now it’s March, and the sunshine continues!
Winter is broken along the south Georgian Bay shoreline. Unseasonably warm temperatures continue making it pleasant to take a stroll along Collingwood’s many waterfront trails and boardwalks. Temperatures on Tuesday February … yes, February 27th, hit the high teens under a brilliant blue sky. It was a bit cooler on Wednesday February 28th but temperatures still hit double digits in the sunshine.
Snow flurries are in Tuesday’s forecast but mild temperatures will continue throughout the week.
Town of Collingwood – Simcoe Street Theatre Partnership
The Town of Collingwood has assumed management of the Simcoe Street Theatre, owned by Rick and Anke Lex.
The Parks, Recreation and Culture Department partnership with the Simcoe Street Theatre will see the PRC Department take on the management of scheduling of the theatre space.
24h BLUE MTN is a fantastic new adult team fundraising event benefitting the Special Olympics and the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation. 24h BLUE MTN featured an action-packed day & night of recreation filled with exhilarating downhill thrills, warm music, great food, good spirits PLUS participant perks and prizes.
Four-time Canadian Olympian Brian Stemmle attended the inaugural 24h BLUE MTN fundraiser. He was working for the CBC as a ski analyst at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea but returned home early to be a part of the special fundraising event.
Closing Ceremonies were held on the main Village stage Sunday afternoon.
Please visit www.24hbluemtn.ca for registration & more info!
The former Anglican Church Rectory is one of Collingwood’s most photographed heritage structures.
Heritage Week was February 19th to 25th, but Collingwood celebrates heritage daily
Take yourself on a self-guided heritage tour any day, and discover some of Collingwood’s heritage treasures.
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.
Business Association Reaches Out To New Start-ups … in Langley B.C.
We have a thriving heritage downtown district in Collingwood, and an active Small Business Development Centre. But here is something new! In the face of mounting issues that challenge retail operators, the City of Langley British Columbia’s BIA has come up with a unique promotion to attract new businesses to its downtown.
Sometimes the best promotion is a helping hand when it matters most.
Caught up in Olympic Spirit? Our athletes are putting on a gold medal performance at the 2018 games. Here’s a look back into the collingwoodliving.com archives of some photos from the day the Olympic Torch Run passed through out town prior to the Vancouver Winter Games.
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.”
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.
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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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.
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CollingwoodLiving.com – Paul Richards – PRmediamix 2018