The redevelopment of Collingwood’s General & Marine Hospital continues to find its way into some municipal election campaigns.
More specifically, Mayoral Candidate John Trude states on his web site that the current council had acted in a way to “obstruct the hospital.” Mayoral Candidate Brian Saunderson states on his web site that statements that his council worked to obstruct the efforts of the hospital in the redevelopment process are not true.
Now, a group of Collingwood General & Marine Hospital doctors has stepped forth with an effort to reset municipal election campaign priorities.
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.
“We believe that other issues should be the focus of debate leading up to this election, such as the governance of Council, appropriate spending of tax dollars, development of Town infrastructure and public spaces and planning for growth and appropriate housing. We encourage all members of the community to ask questions of each other and those seeking their votes in the upcoming municipal election.”
The group states that it feels confident that the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital redevelopment process will continue to progress due to the preparation and efforts of CGMH and its Board members, the Town of Collingwood, the Blue Mountains ,Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township, along with Grey County, Simcoe County and the Honourable Jim Wilson MPP.
Statement Released by Physicians
This statement is the independent opinion of a group of physicians who live in the Town of Collingwood. We are fortunate and proud to call Collingwood home and want to ensure that it continues to be one of the best places to ‘Live, Work and Play’ while meeting the challenges facing a growing community. We are concerned that important issues that need to be addressed for the sake of prosperity and quality of life in our town are being overshadowed by questions in regards to hospital redevelopment. Our goal is to support our hospital in its redevelopment plans while ensuring we have an informed electorate voting in our upcoming municipal elections, with the most pressing issues at the forefront of the debate.
1. Transparency and accountability in Council Decisions
2. Leadership and policies (ie Council Code of Conduct, Town Procurement Policy) that will ensure future municipal governments make responsible decisions.
3. Leadership and councillors that will ask the important questions and be willing to make difficult decisions that are in the best interest of the entire community and its taxpayers.
4. An informed electorate who can vote for the candidates they feel will best represent themselves, their families and their fellow community members.
We feel that it is important to make this statement for the following reasons:
1. We perceive that misinformation is circulating in the community in regards to the progress of the redevelopment of CGMH. In our opinion, the Town has continued to support a new hospital for Collingwood and the South Georgian Bay region throughout the redevelopment process and progress has not been delayed by Council’s actions. The hospital has completed its Stage 1A/B Master Plan/Master Program, which was submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care, supported by a unanimous September 12, 2016 Town Council motion, on September 30, 2016. The hospital has noted that Redevelopment is a marathon not a sprint, with five stages to the Capital Planning Process and that it will continue to build upon the current good relations and partnerships it has with the Councils in each of the areas the hospital serves. As physicians, we feel confident that the redevelopment process will continue to progress due to the preparation and efforts of CGMH and its Board members, the Town of Collingwood, the Blue Mountains ,Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township, along with Grey County, Simcoe County and the Honourable Jim Wilson MPP.
2. In our opinion, we believe that other issues should be the focus of debate leading up to this election, such as the governance of Council, appropriate spending of tax dollars, development of Town infrastructure and public spaces and planning for growth and appropriate housing. We encourage all members of the community to ask questions of each other and those seeking their votes in the upcoming municipal election. In that way, the most important issues and challenges facing our community can be addressed, informed decisions can be made and Collingwood can build on its strengths and continue to be one of the best places to Live, Work and Play.
Dr. K. Bosman, Dr. R. Bouchard, Dr. D. Chisholm, Dr. W. Clayden,
Dr. J. Clarke, Dr. A. Engell, Dr. M. Enright, Dr. K. Euler, Dr. H. Fraser,
Dr. S. Houston, Dr. M. Lewin, Dr. W. Mitchell, Dr. C. Moran,
Dr. G. Moran, Dr. D. Ohrling, Dr. J. Plume, Dr. G. Yeates, Dr. J. Young
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