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Sailboats at Sunset
… and another beautiful summer night along Collingwood’s waterfront. Sailboats at sunset.


Trent Gow and Chris Carrier are Talking Politics

They’re Back! Trent Gow and Chris Carrier are Talking Politics

Trent Gow and Chris Carrier are once again talking politics. www.TalkingPolitics.ca will continue to grow as Trent and Chris dive into political discussions about national, regional and local issues. Here is a sneak preview, as the duo once known as the Wise Guys take to the web to keep the political conversation going.


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Regional Code Orange Mock Exercised Planned for G&M Hospital


On Friday, September 21, 2018 the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, along with County of Simcoe EMS, will be involved in a Regional Code Orange mock exercise.

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photo: Margot Nicholson-Trott

Pedestrian Hit By Car on Downtown Street


A pedestrian was injured after being hit by a vehicle on Hurontario Street in downtown Collingwood shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday September 18th. The accident occurred beside Sheffer Court on the third block. Emergency crews responded quickly. No further details are available at this time.



Lauren Lesage - Terry Fox Collingwood 2018

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.

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The Mid-Summer Feel Continues in September

Collingwood residents found many ways to enjoy the mid-summer temperatures in September over the weekend. The harbour was a busy place with swimmers, paddlers, rowers, sail boats and power boats. The weekend brought with it a continuation of the warm, hazy conditions the south Georgian Bay region has been experiencing over the previous few days. Sunday September 16th saw a predicted high temperature of 28 with a humidex of 36.

Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?



Official Plan Amendment To Be Presented To Council for 70 Huron Street Proposed Development


Development & Operations Services Standing Committee will review STAFF REPORT #P2018-30 regarding a proposed Official Plan Amendment for the lands known as 70 Huron Street when it meets on Monday September 17th.

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Smile Cookie - Tim Horton's
Sonya Reichel (GTHS) (back left) and Jory Pritchard-Kerr (CGMHF) (front left) are joined by Jan Trude and her family as they launch the Smile Cookie Campaign at Tim Horton’s Collingwood stores.

Smile Cookie Campaign is Back at Tim’s


Right now, pets and patients in the South Georgian Bay have something extra to smile about. The Tim Horton’s Smile Cookie campaign is in full swing until September 23rd at all participating Collingwood Tim Horton’s locations. You can purchase Smile Cookie’s for $1 with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) and the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital Foundation (CGMHF).

For more information visit www.gths.ca or collingwoodhospital.ca


Fall Harvest On Display at Downtown Farmers’ Market



Signs of the fall harvest were everywhere at the Collingwood Downtown Farmers’ Market on Saturday September 15th. In this region, that means the apples are ready!

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Collingwood Live & Original Music Forum


Collingwood’s Live & Original Music Forum 2018 will be held September 21st to 23rd at the Simcoe Street Theatre and Living Stone Golf Resort. This event is all about helping musicians move forward with their music careers, and deals with all aspects of the music and recording business.

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Art Crawl 2018 returns to Downtown Collingwood
(Photos by Will Skol)

ART CRAWL Returns to Downtown Collingwood

Art Crawl 2018 will feature more than 40 artists and 40 musicians at more than 40 venues, with live music and incredible art, all in downtown Collingwood!

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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.

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Hit and Run Investigation Results in Attempt Murder Charges

Police Arrest and Charge Male with Numerous Offences

(CLEARVIEW TWP, ON) – Members of the Huronia West Detachment Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), under the direction of Detective Inspector Paul ROSATO of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB), are investigating a hit and run investigation which occurred on Brock Road in Clearview Township, on September 13, 2018.

A 19-year-old male was struck by a vehicle and transported to a trauma center in Toronto in serious condition.

As a result of the investigation, Isaiah CRAWLEY, 19-years-old, from Clearview Township has been arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

Adult Attempt to Commit Murder
Adult Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm
Adult Aggravated Assault

The accused has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on September 17, 2018 to answer to the charges.


Urban Air North Collingwood
Urban Air North Collingwood - Downtown Collingwood

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.

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Collingwood’s Hospital A Political Football?

Is Collingwood’s Hospital being used as a political football? It certainly appears so. All of the back-and-forth sniping has caught the attention of the top brass at the General and Marine Hospital.

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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.



Veterans Banner program

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.

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Shane Cloutier

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!

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Collingwood Minor Hockey players took to the ice during the pre-season exhibition game between the Barrie Colts and Sudbury Wolves in downtown Collingwood. After the game, Colts star centre Ryan Suzuki took time out to meet with young fans and sign autographs.
–photos courtesy Barrie Colts – Twitter

Barrie Colts Win Exhibition Game at Eddie Bush Memorial Arena


Collingwood hockey fans got to see a very good Barrie Colts hockey team in action during a pre-season game against the Sudbury Wolves on Tuesday September 4th at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. The Colts won the game 4-3 in front of a sold out crowd. The Colts got off to a quick start when star centre Ryan Suzuki hit the score sheet early, scoring his 3rd goal of the pre-season just 50 seconds into the 1st Period.

The game kicked off the start of the 2018-19 hockey season for Collingwood Minor Hockey and gave Collingwood hockey fans a first-hand look at exciting Major A Hockey action.

Follow the Barrie Colts – www.barriecolts.com

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OPP officers remained at Collingwood harbour as the body of a missing swimmer was recovered on Tuesday evening, September 4th

OPP Locate Body of Missing Swimmer in Collingwood Harbour


Collingwood OPP have located the body of a missing swimmer. A male, believed to be in his 30’s, was last seen Sunday night while he was swimming in Collingwood harbour. Constable Martin Hachey from the Collingwood OPP told CTV News Barrie the male had last been seen swimming with friends off the Collingwood harbour around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night when they lost sight of him. Police were called shortly after. Police will release a statement on Wednesday.



OPP Cracking Down On Distracted Drivers


The students are back in class and drivers are reminded to demonstrate extra care and caution in school zones. In addition, motorists are warned that distracted driving will not be tolerated. On September 4th, 2018 members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Traffic Unit monitored traffic flow in three separate school areas in Stayner. As a result 13 motorists were charged with Distracted Driving.

OPP remind all motorists that Distracted Driving is a choice, make the right one, especially around schools.



Theme Announced for 2018 Collingwood Downtown Santa Claus Parade


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.

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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.

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storm clouds over Collingwood Terminals
Photo: Thom Vincent captured this impressive cloud formation over the Collingwood Terminals on Monday evening as storms sprung up quickly over Georgian Bay.

This week’s storms prompted Environment Canada to issue tornado warnings for parts of Central Ontario as severe thunderstorms developed quickly over Georgian Bay. The fast moving storms impacted areas to the east of Collingwood.

Environment Canada’s Ryan Rozinskis told Rock 95 News there was a report of tornado shortly after 8:00 Monday evening in the Edgar/Hawkestone-area. There was a report of second touchdown before the funnel cloud moved out over Lake Simcoe.



Syrian Family Picnic Sunset Point Park

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.

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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.

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Bob Durant

Broadcasting veteran Bob Durant has passed away


Bob Durant is best remembered locally as the host of the morning show on 560 CFOS in Owen Sound. He was well known for his outstanding work in broadcasting, with stops in Toronto at CFTR, CHFI, the FAN 590 and AM 740. He also worked at stations in Montreal and in his hometown of Ottawa.

He was friends with the late Ted Rogers from his days at CFTR and CHFI. Bob was an award winning journalist … so well respected as a newsman that he could pick up a phone and call just about anybody, at any time, and they would give him an interview. CFOS listeners enjoyed hearing Bob and his old friend Bill Watters share laughs and tell old stories on the morning show.

His popular daily commentary known as “Durant’s World” cut to the heart of the matter by offering timely, relevant, ear-catching opinions on a wide variety of topics. Bob Durant offered an honest opinion … sometimes humourous … sometimes controversial … and always entertaining.

Bob had the unique ability of being able to turn on a microphone and talk to a listener as if he or she was a life long friend.

Bob and his wife Kathryn moved to Collingwood on a full time basis in 2005. Together they raised two daughters and enjoyed time with their two granddaughters.

When not behind a microphone, Bob could often be found on an area golf course where he was known as “Fairway Bob.”

A service will be held next week at St. Mary’s Church in Collingwood to remember broadcaster, family man and friend to many, Bob Durant.

One of the good guys on the planet has moved on.


PRC Masterplan

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.

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Ministry of Transportation Responds To Town’s Request for Consideration of Additional Signalization on Highway 26 East

The Ministry of Transportation has responded to the Town of Collingwood’s request to consider additional signalization on Highway 26 in the vicinity of St. Claire Street to Elliot Avenue and consistent application of roundabout opportunities.

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Terry Dowdall

Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall to assume the functions of the Warden of Simcoe County

There has been a change in the Warden’s chair at Simcoe County council.

The change began when the County of Simcoe received notice from the Town of Penetanguishene that Gerry Marshall had resigned from his position as Mayor of the town.

“As a result of this notice, and the fact that Simcoe County Councillors are appointed to their positions by virtue of holding the Office of Mayor or Deputy Mayor of one of our sixteen member municipalities, he has also therefore effectively resigned both his seat on Simcoe County Council and his position as the Warden, or Head of Simcoe County Council.”

Mayor of Essa Township and County of Simcoe Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall will now assume the Warden’s role on an interim basis.

Gerry Marshall has moved on to assume the role as the Chief Administrative Officer of Wasaga Beach.

“I look forward to serving town council over the months ahead and providing effective guidance to our staff.”

Marshall is replacing former CAO George Vadeboncoeur who has retired after serving almost 13 years with the municipality. Vadeboncoeur will work with Marshall until September 28th to assist with the transition.




MPP Jim Wilson Working on Issues including Hospital Redevelopment

Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson has been very busy dealing with important issues in the riding since his re-election.

In his new role as Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade he has been meeting and touring important manufacturing facilities around the province over the past few weeks including visiting Peace Naturals in Clearview Township on July 20th.

Collingwood/Clearview/The Blue Mountains/Wasaga Beach residents are watching closely to see what Wilson can do with regards to the redevelopment of the General and Marine Hospital.

With regards to the redevelopment projects for Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, Wilson said he was pleased that both hospitals have met directly with the Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

“On August 7, officials from both hospitals came to Toronto for separate meetings with the Minister, the Deputy Minister and the Assistant Deputy Minister to discuss the hospital redevelopment projects.

It was very satisfying for our hospitals to get immediate attention from the new Minister of Health and Long Term Care. There is still a long way to go in the process and these kinds of projects take a lot of time, but I am confident we are on the right track and our local voices are being heard.”

Over and above his appearances locally Wilson travelled to Washington D.C. on July 18th and 19th where he held discussions on a number of important trade issues with U.S. officials.



Catching Waves at Sunset Point

Windsurfer gets air at Sunset Point
The high winds associated with this week’s storm system created the perfect playground on the water at Sunset Point to catch a little air


A little rain didn’t get in the way of a fun day in the wind and on the water at Sunset Point on Wednesday August 22nd.



Wednesday’s high winds whipped up large waves that crashed into the shoreline creating a large spray on impact.


Rogers Hometown Hockey

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.

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Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame

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.

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Associate Chief Justice Frank A. Morrocco, Justice of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry issues decision on participation and funding

REASONS AND DECISION CONCERNING PARTICIPATION AND FUNDING – Collingwood Judicial Inquiry

The Collingwood Judicial Inquiry published a Call for Applications for Participation at the Inquiry’s Public Hearings (Standing) in relevant newspapers and via radio advertising. The Inquiry website also posted the Call for Applications.

The notice invited applications from any person or group:

(a) with a substantial and direct interest in the subject matter ofthe Inquiry;
(b) who is likely to be notified of a possible finding of misconduct;
(c) whose participation would further the conduct of the Inquiry; or,
(d) whose participation would contribute to the openness and fairness of the Inquiry.

The reasons and decision concerning participation and funding have now been posted to the Judicial Inquiry website.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE DOCUMENT


Meet Canada’s Media Trailblazer


Moses Znaimer

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.

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Collingwood's Century of Classics

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.

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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.

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Collingwood Ribfest 2018



50 Years Late

50 Years Late

Downtown Collingwood Local Live Lunch spectators were treated to another outstanding performance on Wednesday August 15th. On this day a group of CCI students hit the stage to perform. What made this performance special was the fact that these talented musicians weren’t even born when the songs they delivered were on the charts. But they nailed them! 50 Years Late put on a terrific show downtown and then later that night opened at Jazz at the Station for another appreciative audience.


Public Judicial Inquiry Meeting Well Attended

“At the Town of Collingwood Council Meeting held February 26, 2018 the Town Council passed Resolution 042-2018, requesting a judicial inquiry into the matter of the 50% share sale of Collingwood Utility Services Corporation to PowerStream Inc., in 2012. I have been appointed to conduct this Inquiry.”

A Community Meeting was held on Monday, August 13, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Collingwood Public Library in the Community Meeting Rooms B & C, 3rd Floor.

The purpose of the Community Meeting was to introduce the Inquiry team and provide an introduction for interested members of the community to the anticipated work and process of the Inquiry.

Judicial Inquiry and Associate Chief Justice Frank A. Morrocco, Justice of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry told the audience that his committee has received thousands of documents to review pertaining to the inquiry.

Judge Morrocco said that it is his responsibility to become familiar with all of the documentation submitted, adding that once the inquiry is complete, he will submit a written report to the Town of Collingwood that will be made public.

The floor was open to anyone wishing to speak. Those in attendance heard from former Town Councillor and current Deputy Mayor candidate Ian Chadwick, current Councillor Kevin Lloyd, former Collus Board Member John Worts, former Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture Peter Dunbar and Mayoral Candidate Michael Blair to name a few.

The Judicial Inquiry website is updated as required and provides information on all aspects of the process. collingwoodinquiry.ca


Janet Leiper, Inquiry Counsel – Judicial Inquiry and Associate Chief Justice Frank A. Morrocco, Justice of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry, listened to remarks from members of the audience.

IanChadwick
Former Town Councillor and Deputy Mayor candidate Ian Chadwick was the first to speak at the public meeting.

Mr. Chadwick said that the current council has had three years to request an inquiry into decisions made by the previous council. He questioned why the inquiry was called for only a few weeks before nominations opened for the upcoming municipal election saying that the decision to do so was clearly politically motivated.

“However, I trust in your wisdom not to let this descend into the witch hunt some people would like to see it become. And I also trust you will compare the open processes of last term with the closed-door decisions of this term to see which one served the community best.”

CLICK HERE to read Mr. Chadwick’s presentation

Peter Dunbar

Retired Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Peter Dunbar (pictured above) spoke to Mr. Marrocco and explained the history of how the Town of Collingwood had to give back in excess of 8 million dollars of government funding years ago when plans to build a multi-use facility in Collingwood’s west end couldn’t be agreed on by the council of the day. Dunbar said the Town would not be considered for government funding again so alternate ways had to be explored to raise money to build recreation facilities.


Hearings on Standing to Participate

Hearings on the Standing to Participate took place on Tuesday August 14th and were open to the public. The hearings concluded shortly before noon. Associate Chief Justice Frank A. Morrocco, Justice of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry will make his findings available soon.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS


The Judicial Inquiry Community Meeting was well attended in third floor meeting rooms at the public library


Large Crowds Attend Collingwood Sidelaunch Days Festival



SideLaunch Days 2018

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


former Barrie Colts score clock installed in Collingwood arena

Installation of Former Barrie Molson Centre Score Clock at Downtown Arena

Workers spent the day on Thursday August 9th installing the former Barrie Molson Centre score clock at the downtown Collingwood Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. The opportunity to purchase the score clock, owned by the Barrie Colts hockey club, allowed the Collingwood arena to upgrade at a fraction of the cost of buying new.

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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.

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Ribfest at Millennium Park


Millennium Park in Collingwood was a busy place over the Civic Long Holiday Weekend. Ribfest attracted large crowds, hungry for music, good food, and because of the sweltering heat, cold beer. The event was a part of the 2018 Ontario Festival Group Ribfest Tour.

People were not disappointed as Ribfest chefs cooked up a variety of favourite festival foods including corn dogs, roasted corn, poutine, sausages and funnel cakes. The main event of course was ribs, and the Collingwood festival featured four of North America’s Best Rib Teams from Florida, Alabama, British Columbia and here in Ontario.

The family friendly event featured a Kids Zone with jumping castles, face painting, rock wall climbing and a pro wrestling event.



TS Playfair Visits Collingwood




The Playfair arrived in Collingwood harbour for the long weekend. A frequent visitor to Collingwood, the tall ship often uses our harbour as a destination to welcome a new crew aboard.

Toronto Brigantine Inc. operates the sail-training vessels STV Pathfinder and TS Playfair. TBI’s web site explains both vessels were purpose designed and built as sail training vessels for TBI by Francis A. McLachlan in Kingston. Pathfinder and Playfair were launched in 1963 and 1974 respectively, TS Playfair being christened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and remains the only Canadian ship to be commissioned by a reigning monarch.

The vessel carries a complement of 28 people, 18 new sailors, called trainees, 4 petty officers, 6 Wardroom officers and the Captain. The Trainees are divided into 3 watches and a Petty Officer assigned to each watch.


The Keys To Collingwood



There is music in the air, everywhere, throughout the streets of Downtown Collingwood. Street Pianos have returned to Collingwood Downtown and they have immediately become a huge summertime attraction.

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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.



MoneySense Magazine

Hey Collingwood, We’re Number 91!


MoneySense Magazine has published its ranking of the top places to live in Canada, and we’re number 91!

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OPP Concerned About Purple Heroin in Collingwood

Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are raising awareness to the fact that purple heroin has now made its way to Collingwood.

This purple heroin was discovered in other communities in southern Ontario in the past and was found to contain heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil.

The OPP report that Ingesting as little as a grain of salt or two milligrams of powdered carfentanil, which is a synthetic opioid, is ten thousand times more powerful than morphine and can be fatal.

The opp say people must recognize that carfentanil is being mixed into illicit street drugs and, in most cases, the user is not even aware.

Members of the public who choose to purchase illegal street drugs and participate in a high risk lifestyle must recognize that doing so carries the risk of a deadly opioid being mixed in with the primary drug. Simply stated, the next time you choose to use, could be your last.




Collingwood Elvis Festival – Summer’s Biggest Party

The 2018 Collingwood Elvis Festival once again attracted Elvis Tribute artists from around the world. They joined thousands of spectators to celebrate the life, times and music of Elvis Presley. Tim E. Hendry was named the 2018 Collingwood representative for the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest, to be held in Memphis during Elvis Week.

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Memphis Jones

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.

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Former Councillor Ian Chadwick and former Councillor Keith Hull are seeking the Deputy Mayor position in Collingwood

Former Councillor Keith Hull Jumps Into Race for Deputy Mayor – Tim Fryer Drops Out

Former Collingwood Councillor Keith Hull has filed to run for the position of Deputy Mayor in the upcoming 2018 municipal election.

He joins former Councillor Ian Chadwick for the position. Councillor Tim Fryer dropped out of the Deputy Mayor’s race on Friday July 27th, just before the deadline to file.

Hull was first elected to Collingwood Council in 2010. He sat on the Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Advisory Committee but spoke out against the decision of the previous council to build the Sprung Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre facilities.

CLICK HERE to view the full candidate list



Local Live Lunch – Lance Dobinson

Lance Dobinson was the featured performer at the July 25th Local Live Lunch in Downtown Collingwood. Dobinson is a past Champion at the Collingwood Elvis Festival and provided a few Elvis tunes to preview what’s to come when the Collingwood Elvis Festival rolls into high gear on Friday.



UPDATED: Collingwood Council Passes Motion To Ask Province To Issue Ministerial Order To Designate Poplar Sideroad Site For New Hospital

Collingwood Council unanimously voted in favour of a motion that would eliminate certain time consuming and costly planning processes while providing clarity as to where the municipality stands regarding the preferred location of a proposed new hospital.

Collingwood Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson put forth a motion at the Monday July 23rd council meeting to instruct Town of Collingwood staff to send a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, the Minister of Finance, and Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson asking that the province give consideration to issuing a Ministerial Order to designate the Poplar Sideroad site as the location for the new Collingwood Hospital.

“We are very pleased with the motion that was passed at Collingwood Town Council last evening, which aligns with the preferred site set out by the Hospital’s Board of Trustees in 2016.”
Norah Holder, CEO, Collingwood General & Marine Hospital

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Michael F. Blair - Candidate for Mayor - Collingwood, Ontario

Three Way Race for Mayor in Collingwood


We have a three way race in Collingwood for the position of Mayor in the upcoming Municipal Election. Michael F. Blair has filed his papers, joining current Collingwood Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson and retired OPP Detachment Commander John Trude as candidates for the Mayor’s Chair.

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Collingwood Library downtown streets promotion

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First Street Fire Determined To Be Arson


Detectives from the Crime Unit of the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are continuing their investigation into a fire which took place on First Street near Cedar Street on Thursday morning. The fire has now been deemed to be arson.

At approximately 5:26 a.m. on July 19 2018, OPP officers and firefighters from the Collingwood Fire Department were called to the commercial property on First Street in Collingwood.

The ongoing investigation, with the assistance of the Ontario Fire Marshal, has found that the fire originated from a vehicle being used as a food truck located on the property.

No one was hurt and further details will be released when they become available.

Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact Collingwood/The Blue Mountains O.P.P. at (705) 445-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

You can submit your information online at www.p3tips.com or if you have any information on this crime or any other crime.



Airport Sale One Step Closer

The proposed sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport by the Town of Collingwood is one step closer to happening following a meeting of the Town of Collingwood Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in the Council Chambers.

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Beer Around The Bay Tour

Cheers to Beer Around The Bay

The Beer Around the Bay Summer Signature Tour showcases our region’s growing cluster of great breweries. The tour is a collaborative effort between South Georgian Bay Tourism, RTO7 and Simcoe County Tourism.

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Discussion Continues Regarding Town Staffing Needs – Short and Long Term


As the Town of Collingwood continues to grow, so does the demand for office space to handle additional staff. Council has received a report detailing options, short and long term, to address the issue.

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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.

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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.

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Balance Returning To Local Real Estate Market


Long time Collingwood and area real estate professional Marg Scheben-Edey says she feels the Collingwood and area real estate market is returning to more balanced conditions when compared to activity over the previous couple of years.

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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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Judicial Inquiry Web Site Launched

Collingwood Judicial Inquiry Website Launched

A website has been launched to provide information and detail events of the Collingwood Judicial Inquiry.

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Jazz at the Station Returns with an Outstanding Summer Lineup

Jazz at the Station is back for another summer season. Wednesday July 4th featured GRACE, a Toronto-based funksoulicious band of 8 women bringing you r&b, funk, soul, disco, and a whole lotta love!

The performance was a part of the Peak To Shore Music Festival, underway until July 8th in Thornbury, Blue Mountain Village and Collingwood.

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Group Calls For Return of Lifeguards at Wasaga Beach

If you were visiting the South Georgian Bay region recently, you may have seen new billboards promoting bringing back lifeguards to Wasaga Beach.

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Condowood

Is history repeating itself? These are good days again as Collingwood enjoys a condo building frenzy much like the condo building boom from decades ago that put Collingwood on the map as an up-and-coming four season recreation destination.

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