Serena Ryder delivered an outstanding performance on stage October 19th at Meaford Hall. Thom Vincent was in attendance and said the accomplished Juno award winning songwriter and musician delivered a long list of hits and some new material as well. Her new Christmas album, Christmas Kisses, is now available. Her tour continues with a couple of additional stops in Ontario and a tour of Quebec towns and cities in early November.
— photos by Thom Vincent
Here’s Where Collingwood Gets Its News
Mayor Elect Brian Saunderson – Collingwood Residents Made Their Choice
Current Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson has defeated John Trude and Michael Blair for the position of Mayor of Collingwood.
Keith Hull returns to the Collingwood Council table as Deputy Mayor, defeating Ian Chadwick. Hull won in convincing fashion, receiving 6112 votes compared to Chadwick’s 2828 votes.
2018 Municipal Election Race Sees Two Incumbent Mayors Defeated
Monday, October 22, 2018 was election day for municipalities and school boards across Ontario. However, technology failed to deliver and parts of the province including Collingwood will have to wait another day for results. However, the winds of change managed to blow through Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township. Nina Bifolchi defeated incumbent Brian Smith for the top job in Wasaga Beach and Doug Measures defeated incumbent Chris Vanderkruys in the mayor’s race in Clearview Township.
Doug Measures Defeats Incumbent Chris Vanderkruys for Mayor’s Chair in Clearview Township
In Clearview Township, two candidates campaigned to win the Mayor’s chair. Doug Measures was first elected in 2006 as Clearview Township Ward 1 Councillor. He challenged and defeated incumbent Chris Vanderkruys.
Doug Measures: 2,565
Christopher Vanderkruys: 1,967
Deputy Mayor Nina Bifolchi Defeats Incumbent Brian Smith for Mayor of Wasaga Beach
Unofficial results from the Town of Wasaga Beach say current Deputy Mayor Nina Bifolchi has defeated incumbent Brian Smith for the position of Mayor of Wasaga Beach.
Nina Bifolchi – 6,101
Brian Smith – 3,981
Bifolchi ran her campaign based on truth, honesty and transparency. Bifolchi says the new council will need to made informed decisions with regards to the beachfront, library and new arena.
Sylvia Bray will be the new Deputy Mayor of Wasaga Beach.
Sylvia Bray – 6,584
Bonnie Smith – 3,361
Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray – Mayor Nina Bifolchi
— photo by Trent Gow
Search Continues for Missing Thornbury Man
Officers are continuing to conduct a ground search for Eric Spencer of Thornbury. The search continues in the Honey Harbour area with the assistance of a number of OPP search support resources – K-9 Unit, Unmanned Arial Support (UAS), members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERT), Mobile Support Unit (MSU) and Helicopter Unit CF-OPP. As of Sunday October 21, 2018 the ground search in the area of Georgian Bay Township where the missing male is believed to have gone missing has been scaled back to officers on regular patrol. Investigators will be turning their efforts to using other investigative techniques in an attempt to locate the missing male.
Mr. Spencer is described as being a white male, 60 years of age, 173 cm tall, 78 kg in weight, green eyes, light brown hair, thin build, wearing a dark spring/fall jacket, a grey sweatshirt, beige casual pants, red baseball cap and black or brown boots.
Judicial Inquiry To Hold Status Hearing Beginning Monday October 29th
While most people are focusing on the final days of Collingwood’s Municipal Election, the Judicial Inquiry continues its work in preparation for the upcoming public hearings.
The Inquiry will hold a status hearing starting on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 1 p.m. If necessary, the hearing will continue on October 30, 2018, at 10 a.m.
The status hearing is being held to require all parties to indicate when their document productions will be complete and to discuss any other logistical issues required to prepare for the public hearings.
In addition, participants with pre-hearing motions may bring motions to the Judge with advance notice to all other participants.
Since the establishment of the Inquiry, counsel have been interviewing potential witnesses and others who have pertinent information as well as examining thousands of documents.
The status hearing will be held at the Collingwood Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street, in Collingwood and will be webcast by Rogers Cable. A transcript of the proceedings will be available a day following the hearing.
Talking Politics with Chris Carrier and Trent Gow – Political Commentary on Collingwood & Wasaga Beach
What should immediate actions of new councils be in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach?
For more episodes on local, regional, national and international topics, visit www.talkingpolitics.ca
Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies
The Directors of the Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame are pleased to announce the bi-annual COLLINGWOOD SPORTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONIES will take place on Saturday, October 27, 2018.
Following the call for nominations, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee & the Board of Directors is pleased to announce three new members and one team will be celebrated during its traditional Fall ceremony.
Commentary – New Pot Laws
So Much For Weedless Wednesday!
Today’s Question: On the first day of legalized cannabis in Canada, how many people do you think ended up eating all of their halloween chocolate bars?
A New Era Is Upon Us
Collingwood Council has voted to hear from the public regarding whether or not to allow marijuana retail sales in the town. A survey will be made available to allow Collingwood residents to express their opinions on the matter. The results will then be made available to the new council prior to the January 22nd, 2019 decision deadline.
Council also discussed additional costs and what level of government would be responsible to cover those costs that may arise with legal cannabis sales in Canada included training programs for bylaw officers.
To make the situation more uncertain, Canada Post workers could walk off the job as early as next week. Ontario is relying on Canada Post for deliveries for legalized cannabis. A strike would certainly create a major disruption in the launch of legalized cannabis in the province.
Looking Back – Transformation of Former Rail Yard to Residential Development in 2001
The land was once home to Collingwood’s rail yard and freight offices. At the height of our town’s early industrial expansion, this was the connecting link from rail to water, and one very busy area of Collingwood.
Now, Olde Town is a much quieter place. Unique for its time, it is a well-established 42 home neighbourhood in central Collingwood.
Premier Doug Ford Says Prime Minister Trudeau Has Been A No-Show On Cannabis Legalization
Ontario Premier Doug Ford didn’t hold back any punches in accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being a no-show as the legalization for cannabis sales launch day arrives. Ford was attending the OPP Annual General Meeting at Blue Mountain.
Premier Doug Ford Attends OPP Annual Meeting at Blue Mountain Resort
—photo courtesy Province of Ontario
Ontario Premier Doug Ford delivered remarks today (Tuesday October 16th) at the Ontario Provincial Police Association Annual General Meeting at Blue Mountain.
“It is no secret I am a massive supporter of our law enforcement community and that will never, ever, change.”
Ford told those in attendance and those watching a live stream broadcast of his speech that this is a very important week for law enforcement.
“It is an important week for communities and families across Ontario. The Federal Government has decided that this week , cannabis will be legalized.“
He said that every community, every parent, everyone who is concerned about what Ontario will look like after the legalization of cannabis is depending on the police.
“Because it will be our OPP officers, our law enforcement around Ontario who will be keeping organized crime and the illegal market out of our communities following October 17th.”
Ford also talked about putting an end to bill 175, the Ontario Special Investigations Unit Act.
“The only police reform we will consider is a reform that works for police officers themselves.”
Saying Goodbye After 21 Years of Consecutive Service
Mayor Cooper Says Thank You Following 21 Years At Collingwood Council
Mayor Sandra Cooper chaired her final council meeting prior to the 2018 municipal election on Monday October 15th.
Cooper has been a fixture at the Collingwood council table for 21 consecutive years as a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor. She has worked on many projects throughout the town and now is looking forward to spending more time with her family.
“I want to thank the residents for your support over six elections. It’s kind of nice as I go through the various neighbourhoods to see the lawn signs and democracy hard at work.
It has been an interesting term of council with many community items up for discussion with a focus on some of our municipal assets. We have had new policies in place which are ever-evolving, just like the official plan.
Our Town is in good hands with reliable staff within this corporation. I want to say that publically, we do have great staff that work hard each and every day for our town folks.
Thank you to staff for assisting me with staff reports, current information, and I can hardly wait to read a pocket novel just for a change. It has been a long, long time.
So all the best in the future for this council and for our town, we’re in great hands.
Thank you to all.”
Councillor Mike Edwards also thanked the community, his family, friends and fellow councillors for supporting him throughout his 15 years at the council table.
Collingwood Chief Administrative Officer Fareed Amin (pictured above) thanked all Councillors for their dedicated service and commitment to the municipality on the occasion of their final meeting for the term of 2014 to 2018.
“On behalf of department heads and all staff thank you for your leadership and support and I wish those who are or may not be returning all the very best. We have accomplished a lot together and in your term before my arrival.
At the staff level we really appreciate the guidance as we have navigated a number of significant and sometimes challenging initiatives. We will continue to work collaboratively to deliver our best advice and best services to the people who work, live, play and manage businesses here in the Town of Collingwood.”
Council Considers Allowing Sidewalk Patios To Operate During Winter Months
Steve & Vanessa Walker from the 1858 Caesar Bar in downtown Collingwood have asked Collingwood Council to consider allowing them to operate their outdoor patio during the winter months.
New Casino Goes To Wasaga Beach
Gateway Casinos has announced Wasaga Beach has been chosen as the location for a new casino for South Georgian Bay.
Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson Talks About The Collingwood Waterfront Plan
In an interview with Professional Public Policy Advisor Trent Gow, Deputy Mayor and Mayoral Candidate Brian Saunderson talks about the Town’s Waterfront Master Plan.
James Hogg Cashes In On The Big Spin Wheel
Congratulations to James Hogg of Collingwood, who took a spin on THE BIG SPIN Wheel at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to win $175,000! James won a top prize with OLG’s THE BIG SPIN INSTANT game (#2104). The winning ticket was purchased at Jay’s Mart on Hume Street in Collingwood.
THE BIG SPIN INSTANT game is an exciting $5 game that combines popular scratch play with prizes revealed in-store by an animated spinning wheel on the lottery terminal screen and potentially, an in-person spin on THE BIG SPIN Wheel at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto.
Peggy Vomvolakis co-owner of Prime Seven Nine, Debra Carroll artist, Heather Carroll owner of Loft Gallery and Tony Morew co-owner of Prime Seven Nine, show one of the two Debra Carroll paintings sold at the restaurant with the commission supporting Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation.
Members of the Wasaga Beach Cruisers Car Club recently supported the $1M Patient Room Renovation Campaign at Collingwood G&M Hospital Foundation. A total of $2,200 was donated on two separate occasions.
Collingwood Half Marathon & 10K
The Run Collingwood Half Marathon was held early Saturday morning, October 6th. The course made its way down Collingwood’s Main Street and welcomed elite runners from around the province. The course continued west of downtown towards the Niagara Escarpment. The 10K provided an equally fast, scenic rural run.
Fall Harvest On Display at Farmers’ Market
Final Weekend for the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market
Thanksgiving weekend marks the final Downtown Collingwood Farmers’ Market of the season. Vendors’ booths were filled with items for the Thanksgiving dinner table from the plentiful South Georgian Bay fall harvest.
The popular Muskoka Chairs showing off the artwork of local students will be auctioned off at the final Farmers’ Market of the season. This year the chairs featured artwork of heritage buildings and sites from Collingwood.
Travelling Around The Region This Weekend? Take the Bus!
A Pilot Program launched earlier this year has made it much easier for people to use public transit to move throughout the region. The link to Blue Mountain will offer free transportation to this weekend’s Apple Harvest Festival.
Hydro Sale To Epcor Now Complete
The Town of Collingwood Hydro Sale to Epcor is now complete. through the acquisition, all employees of Collus PowerStream have joined the EPCOR team.
Group of G&M Hospital Physicians Speaks Out On What Municipal Election Priorities Should Be
A group of General & Marine Hospital doctors are speaking out on what priorities of municipal election candidates should be. The doctors clearly state their collective opinion that important municipal issues that should be focused on during the current election campaign are being overshadowed by the ongoing hospital redevelopment conversation.
Flooding Issues at Indigo Subdivision Following Heavy Rain
This week’s heavy rain activity caused flooding at the Indigo subdivision currently under construction in Collingwood’s south end. Environment Canada says more showers are in Wednesday’s forecast.
From left-to-right, Tim Fryer, Jan and John Trude, Shawn Cooper
Walk A Mile In Her Shoes
It was a brisk Saturday morning in downtown Collingwood. Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is a fun way for men to take a stand against violence in women’s lives by walking in women’s shoes. Again this year, men took their best shot at wearing the red high heeled pump to walk a mile up and down Hurontario Street.
The New Highway 26 Is Not A Speedway
The new Highway 26 is not a speedway. Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police charged a male motorist with stunt driving early Thursday morning on the Highway 26 realignment.
The charge came about when an officer conducting radar patrols on the Highway 26 realignment, shortly after midnight, found a car travelling at 184 km/h in a posted 90 km/h zone. Upon stopping the vehicle the officer discovered that the male driver had consumed alcohol which led to a roadside breath test resulting in a ‘warn’ reading.
Charged is a 21 year-old Etobicoke man. He is charged with Highway Traffic Act offences of Race a Motor Vehicle – Excessive Speed and Drive Motor Vehicle – Fail to Display Two Plates. As well his vehicle was impounded and his driver’s licence was suspended.
He is to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Collingwood on November 16 2018.
Interviews Underway of Potential Witnesses/Participants of Judicial Inquiry
Interviews are underway in advance of public hearings in the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry. In preparation for the public hearings, Inquiry counsel have begun meeting and interviewing participants, potential witnesses and others who have information about the subject of the Inquiry.
ART CRAWL Returned to Downtown Collingwood
Art Crawl 2018 featured more than 40 artists and 40 musicians at more than 40 venues, with live music and incredible art, all in downtown Collingwood!
Artist John Burton took time out from his painting to talk to people about his work
Great Northern Exhibition Welcomed Fall’s Arrival
The Great Northern Exhibition celebrated the fall harvest and showcased the works of people from throughout the south Georgian Bay region.
Downtown Merchants Asked To Submit Comments Regarding Events and Street Closures
There has been much discussion throughout Collingwood’s downtown district with regards to events and street closures. The matter recently heated up during the Urban Camping Event that saw downtown parking spaces consumed by airstream trailors for three days.
Regional Code Orange Mock Exercised Included Participation from G&M Hospital
On Friday, September 21, 2018 the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, along with County of Simcoe EMS, held a Regional Code Orange mock exercise.
Big Turnout For 2018 Collingwood Terry Fox Run
Collingwood runners, walkers and bikers enjoyed a warm, sunny September morning as they took part in the annual Terry Rox Run at Harbourview Park on Sunday September 16th. Young Collingwood resident Lauren Lesage is the 2018 Terry Fox Ambassador. Lauren’s opening remarks certainly provided additional inspiration to the large turnout.
Official Plan Amendment Presented To Council for 70 Huron Street Proposed Development
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee will review STAFF REPORT #P2018-30 regarding a proposed Official Plan Amendment for the lands known as 70 Huron Street when it meets on Monday September 17th.
Not Everyone Happy With Urban Camping in Downtown Collingwood
Urban Air North has brought Urban Camping to Downtown Collingwood. However, not everyone is extending a warm welcome. Scott Hunermund, the owner of At Home Interiors in downtown Collingwood, says he and other downtown business owners were not informed of the event until the night prior to the trailers arriving on the main street.
Urban Air North Collingwood Transforms Our Downtown
It’s all about the Urban Camping experience. Urban Air North Collingwood has made quite an impact on the downtown district. The goal of this unique event is to take the “shiny homes” to small town Canada.
Stuff the Backpacks Campaign a Huge Success
Auxiliary Members and officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to thank the community for the many generous donations to help stuff backpacks with schools supplies. Officers collected enough supplies to stuff 81 backpacks and they have all been delivered to Collingwood and The Blue Mountains’ schools. The backpacks in turn will be distributed to at risk youth in the schools.
Collingwood Downtown BIA announces Veterans Banner program to commemorate the end of World War 1
The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63, has announced plans for a project to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Shane Cloutier’s New Release Is A Must Listen
Shane Cloutier took to the Local Live Lunch Stage in Downtown Collingwood earlier this summer. His latest release is a solo acoustic album ‘In Light’ … and it’s really good!
Theme Announced for 2018 Collingwood Downtown Santa Claus Parade
Ho Ho Ho … the theme has been announced for this year’s Collingwood Downtown Santa Claus Parade. The winning theme was chosen from 25 entries.
Ontario Energy Board Approves Sale of Collus/PowerStream to EPCOR
The Ontario Energy Board has approved the sale of Collus Powerstream to Edmonton based Epcor, providing EPCOR with its first entry into Ontario as an electricity distributor.
The Town of Collingwood will receive between $12.5M and $13M from the sale of its 50% shares. In 2012, the Town received $8M for 50% of its Collus PowerStream shares.
Syrian Family Picnic Celebrates New Collingwood Residents
The Syrian Family Committee of Collingwood organized a fun picnic at Sunset Park for the five Syrian families sponsored and now living in Collingwood. The event was held on Monday August 27th.
Province Responds To Request For Ministerial Order
Collingwood Council has received a response from the Province of Ontario with regards to a request for a Provincial Ministerial Order to designate the Poplar Sideroad site as the location for the new Collingwood Hospital.
The final draft of the Town of Collingwood Parks Recreation and Culture (PRC) Master Plan was presented to the public on Wednesday, August 22nd. A Key Action Item identified the need to develop a Facility Feasibility Study for a new multi-purpose community recreation facility at an appropriate location.
Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall to assume the functions of the Warden of Simcoe County
There has been a change in the Warden’s chair at Simcoe County council.
The change began when the County of Simcoe received notice from the Town of Penetanguishene that Gerry Marshall had resigned from his position as Mayor of the town.
“As a result of this notice, and the fact that Simcoe County Councillors are appointed to their positions by virtue of holding the Office of Mayor or Deputy Mayor of one of our sixteen member municipalities, he has also therefore effectively resigned both his seat on Simcoe County Council and his position as the Warden, or Head of Simcoe County Council.”
Mayor of Essa Township and County of Simcoe Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall will now assume the Warden’s role on an interim basis.
Gerry Marshall has moved on to assume the role as the Chief Administrative Officer of Wasaga Beach.
“I look forward to serving town council over the months ahead and providing effective guidance to our staff.”
Marshall is replacing former CAO George Vadeboncoeur who has retired after serving almost 13 years with the municipality. Vadeboncoeur will work with Marshall until September 28th to assist with the transition.
Rogers Hometown Hockey is Coming to Collingwood
The national spotlight will shine on Collingwood December 29th and 30th as Rogers™ Hometown Hockey™ makes a stop in our historic downtown district during the Frozen in Time Festival.
Meet Canada’s Media Trailblazer
Moses Znaimer was, is and will always be Canada’s media trailblazer. The founder of CityTV, inventor of Speaker’s Corner and the man who launched Much Music, Bravo and Fashion Television to name just a few, is also a radio guy.
Collingwood’s Century of Classics
Collingwood celebrates heritage in ways no other community can emulate. A big contributor to the success of these unique new events is the easy connection of Collingwood’s main street to the waterfront. On the heels of the highly successful Sidelaunch Days Festival, the inaugural Century of Classics Festival saw the downtown heritage district streets transformed into one massive show of classic and vintage cars, motorcycles and boats. A festival highlight will be a performance by multi-Juno Award winning band Lighthouse at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.
Construction of Gathering Place at Harbourview Park Underway
Work is now underway at Harbourview Park to construct an important component of the Town of Collingwood’s Harbourfront Master Plan.
Large Crowds Attend Collingwood Sidelaunch Days Festival
Sidelaunch Days – Collingwood’s Harbour Festival
Collingwood’s popular SideLaunch Days featured many events to celebrate life along Collingwood’s waterfront.
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Since we were celebrating Sidelaunch Days, let’s take a look back at an actual side launch of a massive ship at the Collingwood Shipyards.
Side launch of the 730′ self unloader in the collingwood shipyards. Footage courtesy of Herbert Hall
Collingwood receives FCM funding for Urban Management Forest Plan
The Town of Collingwood Urban Forest Management Plan has received $96,000 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Collingwood Regional Airport Sold
Collingwood, ON [2 August 2018] – The Town of Collingwood is pleased to announce that the sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport has been finalized.
The Town issued a request for offers for the purchase or lease of the Collingwood Regional Airport in May of this year, with three bids submitted.
The highest ranked proponent was Winterland Developments Ltd. with a purchase price of $4.1M. The proposed closing date for the sale is September 25, 2018.
Further details on the future of the airport will be addressed by Winterland Developments Ltd.
Memphis Jones Delivers Outstanding Performance at Jazz at the Station
He is an incredible entertainer and the ultimate story teller. Memphis Jones travelled back to Collingwood to attend the Collingwood Elvis Festival. He put on an electric performance in front of the largest crowd of the season at Jazz at the Station on Wednesday July 25th.
UPDATED: Collingwood Council Passes Motion To Ask Province To Issue Ministerial Order To Designate Poplar Sideroad Site For New Hospital
Collingwood Council unanimously voted in favour of a motion that would eliminate certain time consuming and costly planning processes while providing clarity as to where the municipality stands regarding the preferred location of a proposed new hospital.
Collingwood Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson put forth a motion at the Monday July 23rd council meeting to instruct Town of Collingwood staff to send a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, the Minister of Finance, and Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson asking that the province give consideration to issuing a Ministerial Order to designate the Poplar Sideroad site as the location for the new Collingwood Hospital.
“We are very pleased with the motion that was passed at Collingwood Town Council last evening, which aligns with the preferred site set out by the Hospital’s Board of Trustees in 2016.”
— Norah Holder, CEO, Collingwood General & Marine Hospital
Janet Leiper – Inquiry Counsel – Judicial Inquiry
Janet Leiper, Inquiry Counsel – Judicial Inquiry, appeared on Talk of the Town on 95.1 The Peak with John Eaton and Melanie Case. Leiper provided details regarding the Inquiry status and mandate.
The Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness Research and Innovation Day was held recently at the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. The gathering is a collaboration between the G&M Hospital, the Town of Collingwood, the Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP), and Georgian College.
The day also represented a homecoming of sorts for a Collingwood born-and-raised doctor/professor.
New Electric Vehicle Charging Station Now Available in Stayner
Three new electric vehicle charging stations are now ready for use at three Simcoe County locations thanks to funding from the provincial government. One of the new stations is located in downtown Stayner.
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