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Collingwood residents turned out in large numbers to participate in the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph.

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Thank You Veterans




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Downtown Collingwood certainly looked dressed and ready for the Holiday Season early Wednesday morning as the snow continued to fall.

Winter Wallop


Snowsquall Warnings were in effect and Mother Nature delivered as the Collingwood – Wasaga Beach region received in excess of 20cm of fresh snow early Wednesday morning, November 14th, with more in the forecast. Area ski resorts have turned on the snow guns in anticipation of an early opening. Numerous accidents were reported throughout the South Georgian Bay region that could be attributed to the slippery driving conditions.




One Person Killed in Beachwood Road Crash


(WASAGA BEACH, ON) On November 13th 2018, members of the Huronia West OPP responded to a single Motor Vehicle Collison on Beachwood Road in Wasaga Beach.

The collision occurred shortly after 5 p.m. The vehicle was travelling westbound on Beachwood Road when it left the roadway and came to rest upside down in a deep ditch. The roads were icy and snow covered at the time of the collision. Police believe driving too fast for conditions was a factor.

The lone occupant of the motor vehicle, 61 year old Dave ROBINSON of Wasaga Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Beachwood Road was closed for several hours as Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) investigated.



Stayner Collegiate Music Department Receives Donation from Ruth and Charlie Gudaitis


Stayner Collegiate Music Program

Keri Forrester, Stayner Collegiate Institute (SCI) music teacher along with her talented music students is accepting a cheque for $1,500 from Ruth and Charlie Gudaitis on behalf of the South Georgian Bay Music Foundation for the SCI Music Program.

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Silver Stick Hockey Tournament Spans Two Weekends

For the first time ever the event will run over two weekends and include new divisions for house league and local league teams. The house league/local league tournament runs at Eddie Bush Memorial and Central Park arenas November 9th to 11th. The 20th edition of the AE tournament runs November 16th to 18th.

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Look Up … Way Up!


After months of planning, waiting for materials and actual on-site work, the tedious task of repairing the Presbyterian Church Steeple is now complete. Workers were lifted to the top of the historic tower on Thursday November 8th to finish repair work caused by a lightning strike early in July.

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OPP Project Safe Trade


The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police has launched an online buy and sell exchange zone at the Collingwood OPP detachment in an effort to make online transactions safer for buyers and sellers.

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Collingwood OPP Officer Recognized at Toronto 2018 Excellence in Police Services event


Constable Hassan Khan with OPP Sergeant Michelle Teeple from the Dryden OPP detachment

Provincial Constable Hassan Khan from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was the recipient of an award at the recent Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Toronto 2018 Excellence in Police Services event.

The event took place Tuesday November 6 2018 at the Toronto Police Services Headquarters in Toronto where Constable Khan was recognized for his exemplary service in reducing the incidence of impaired driving and road safety.

Constable Khan is a 10 year member of the OPP and has spent his entire career here in Collingwood and The Blue Mountains assigned to front line patrol duties.

OPP Inspector Mary Shannon, detachment commander for the Collingwood/The Blue Mountains OPP congratulated Constable Khan.

“It is an honour to have a Collingwood/The Blue Mountains OPP officer recognized for his enforcement efforts in taking impaired drivers off our roads. Cst. Khan is to be commended for his commitment to road safety.”



Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson

Ontario Cabinet Minister Jim Wilson Resigns Suddenly

A statement issued by Premier Doug Ford spokesperson Simon Jefferies Friday evening said Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has resigned as the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and from the PC caucus, effective immediately. It was reported Wilson had resigned ‘to seek treatment for addiction issues.’

Government House Leader Todd Smith will assume Wilson’s portfolio.

Wilson’s resignation triggered a cabinet shuffle on Monday.

Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson had been in Sarnia earlier on Friday accompanying the Premier at a press conference.

Premier Ford, accompanied by John Yakabuski, Minister of Transportation, Jim Wilson, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and Bob Bailey, MPP for Sarnia-Lambton, unveiled a sign that declares that Ontario is “Open for Business.” The sign, one of a series that will be unveiled near land border crossings throughout the province.



97.7 the MAX

So Long to 97.7 The Beach … Hello to 97.7 MAX FM


97.7 The Beach has gone dark. 97.7 THE MAX hits the air November 1st, serving south Georgian Bay listeners with classic hits along with news, weather, sports and feature programming that was a key part of the daily lineup of The Beach.

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Formally known as the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, Visit South Georgian Bay, the region’s most experienced tourism organization, is reinventing how it does business to better reflect visitor needs in a booming tourism economy.

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Commissioner Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco

Commissioner Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco Issues Decision Regarding Funding Request Reconsideration

Commissioner Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco has denied a request by lawyer David O’Connor that the Town of Collingwood reconsider an earlier decision that declined funding to his client Mr. Paul Bonwick with regards to legal expenses in the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry.

The Collingwood Judicial Inquiry held a status hearing on Monday, October 29, 2018th to call upon 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.

An Application was made before Commissioner Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco, by David O’Connor, counsel on behalf of Paul Bonwick, that the Commissioner review his recommendation for funding for his client. The application requested that the Town of Collingwood reconsider their refusal to fund Paul Bonwick in order that he may properly participate by having representation of counsel at the inquiry.

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Judicial Inquiry Web Site Launched

Judicial Inquiry Held Status Hearing on Monday October 29th

The Collingwood Judicial Inquiry held a status hearing on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 1 p.m.

The status hearing called upon 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.

Commissioner Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco said that to date, the Inquiry has received almost eleven thousand (11,000) documents. He thanked everyone for their cooperation.

“We have interviewed over sixty witnesses, although some of those witnesses or many of those witnesses will be interviewed again as we learn more and more about the matters with — in the matters that we’re inquiring into. What I want to do today, to start with, is in a formal way get everyone committed to concluding the production of documents so that we can move on to the next phase. We have to decide which witnesses are going to be called, what documents we’re going to put to them. We need to tell that to the people participating to you, the participants, so that you can be prepared to question those witnesses, if you choose to.”

Marrocco was provided with updates with regards to document productions for Ed Houghton, Ian Chadwick, Alectra Utilities Corporation, Collus PowerStream Corporation, Sandra Cooper and Paul Bonwick.

An Application was made before Commissioner Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco, by David O’Connor, counsel on behalf of Paul Bonwick, that the Commissioner review his recommendation for funding for his client. The application requested that the Town of Collingwood reconsider their refusal to fund Paul Bonwick in order that he may properly participate by having representation of counsel at the inquiry.

“I’ve got a client, Your Honour, that has been subjected to all kinds of ridicule, personal affronts, people watching him at his doorstep and so on as a result of the bad publicity that has arisen as far back as five (5) years ago, and more recently in – – in the spring when the CBC produced a document that the police had had.

As a result of that his reputation has suffered, his business has been devastated and so on.

He’s under a police investigation and now he’s one (1) of the prime subjects of your Inquiry and — and — and yet, as a result of the — all the material I produced to the Town, and as a result of your recommendation, they appear to have ignored it and have indicated to my client that they’re not funding him whatsoever.”

Mr. O’Connor told the hearing that his client doesn’t have any money, adding that if funding is not provided by the Town, Mr. Bonwick would not be able to participate in the upcoming hearings.

The hearing was informed a decision to provide funding to Mr. Bonwick is the responsibility of the Town, and that the decision to deny funding was handed down by Collingwood’s Chief Administrative Officer Fareed Amin.

Mr. O’Connor read out loud an email he had sent on October 14th to Mr. Fareed Amin, CAO for the Town of Collingwood, after Mr. Amin had refused funding.

“Thank you for your email of October 10th. My client and I were very disappointed, to say the least, in your decision not to grant any funding to Mr. Bonwick in order to allow — to allow him to participate at the inquiry. As a result of your decision, I can advise you that my client will not be participating.”

Mr. O’Connor then stated that he had attempted to arrange a meeting with Town of Collingwood CAO Fareed Amin with his client, Mr. Paul Bonwick.

“Immediately after receiving your decision, I called your office in an attempt to set up a meeting between you, my client and I. Your voicemail indicated you would be out of the office until October the 25th.”

Mr. O’Connor told the hearing that he wasn’t able to get in touch with Mr. Amin immediately afterwards, and it wasn’t until Thursday October 25th that he was able to communicate that he was willing to make his client available at Mr. Amin’s convenience in order for Amin to question him about the state of his finances and confirm that he has no available funds to retain a lawyer to represent him at the Inquiry.

Associate Chief Justice Frank N. Marrocco stated that he will provide a timely response.

CLICK HERE to review thte transcript of the hearing.




Snow on the ski hills of Blue Mountain could be seen from First Street in Collingwood

Late October Snow


South Georgian Bay residents have been dealing with a taste of winter this weekend. Snow depth varied throughout the region. Higher elevations, including the ski hills of Blue Mountain and surrounding private clubs, generally received 2 to 4 centimetres of snow. Town of Collingwood work crews were busy salting intersections on Saturday morning as ice formed in the cool, snowy conditions. More snow fell throughout the early morning hours on Sunday. A few rain showers and flurries will begin near midnight tonight and in to Monday morning.


Snow outlined the ski hills of Osler Ski Club on Sunday October 28th





Scary Times in Downtown Collingwood – Black Harvest


Downtown Collingwood was a scary place to be on Saturday October 27th. The annual Black Harvest celebration saw young children dress for Halloween, take part in special haunting activities and of course, fill their baskets with candy supplied by the downtown merchants.



Winter Farmers’ Market Returns



Snow was falling to add to the festive spirit at the Collingwood Winter Farmers’ Market

The Winter Farmers’ Market has returned for another season and yes, to celebrate, mother nature provided snow! The market will be held at Trinity United Church – Hunter Hall throughout the winter months.



New Dock Installation Along Side Launch Way at Collingwood’s Waterfront


Work continues to extend the docks along Side Launch Way adjacent to the Shipyards. Extending the docks will allow for more pleasure boats to tie up in the former Collingwood Shipyards launch basin when the boating season resumes next spring. This is one more step in the implementation of Collingwood’s Waterfront Master Plan to connect the harbour to the downtown district, more specifically Hurontario Street.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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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

CLICK HERE for Clearview Township Election Results



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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.
Deputy Mayor
Sylvia Bray – 6,584
Bonnie Smith – 3,361


Deputy Mayor Sylvia Bray – Mayor Nina Bifolchi
— photo by Trent Gow

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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

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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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.

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Doug Ford Justin Trudeau

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.

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Premier Doug Ford Attends OPP Annual Meeting at Blue Mountain Resort


Ontario Premier Doug Ford at OPP Conference 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 Sandra Cooper - Auto Mayors Roundtable

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.”

Previous story – Mayor Cooper states she will not be running for re-election in the 2018 Municipal Election

Councillor Mike Edwards also thanked the community, his family, friends and fellow councillors for supporting him throughout his 15 years at the council table.

Fareed Amin - CAO - Town of Collingwood

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.

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Casino Wasaga Beach

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.

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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.



Hogg - The Big Spin Winner

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.

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Collingwood Half Marathon

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.

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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.

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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.

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Doctors Speak Out G&M Hospital

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.



Walk a Mile In Her Shoes
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.

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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
Artist John Burton took time out from his painting to talk to people about his work

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Great Northern Exhibitions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Battle’s Over – 100 Years of Remembrance

The Town of Collingwood played its part in “Battle’s Over” , an international commemoration marking 100 years since the end of World War 1.

Organized by Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO, OBE, OPR, Battle’s Over took place on November 11th 2018, with events throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and at scores of locations including New Zealand ,Ireland, Australia, Bermuda, France, Belgium, Canada, the United States, and Germany.

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Downtown Collingwood Veteran’s Banner Program Pays Tribute To Great Men & Women of Collingwood


The Collingwood Downtown Business Improvement Area, in collaboration with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63, has launched a project to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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Radio Broadcaster Ted Telford


Spotlight On Media


What on earth is happening to local media? Newsrooms are closing, newscasts are disappearing, and popular radio personalities are calling it a day in the face of corporate cutbacks.

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Full Speed Ahead For New Home Construction at The Shipyards

After years of inactivity, vacant parcels of land are being developed at a feverish pace at The Shipyards. New waterfront town home construction will line the former launch basin, just steps from Collingwood’s main street. Work is now underway to prepare the site for construction.

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Mayor Sandra Cooper Provides Public Statement Following Release of CBC News Story


At the opening of the Monday June 25th Council Meeting, Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper made a public statement in response to details outlined in a recent CBC article (Posted: Jun 19, 2018) that focused on the previous council’s decision to proceed with the construction of two Sprung recreation facilities. Councillor Kevin Lloyd was quick to speak up in support of Mayor Cooper.

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Expanded transit schedules popular with area riders and seasonal business owners.

South Georgian Bay residents will be able to take advantage of extended hours of service as they travel throughout the Blue Mountains, Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.

Until March 31, 2019, the pilot project will offer service on all three routes from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

The extended hours will see service provided during the current mid-day gap on the Collingwood/Blue Mountains link, as well as an extra hour of service in the evening on the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach link and additional service on weekend evenings for Collingwood’s Colltrans service.

The program has been launched to assist residents who rely on public transit to travel for work.

Visitors to the region will also benefit from the extended hours of service as they travel to and from popular attractions.

Visit www.southgeorgianbaytransit.ca for full details including maps and schedules.



Aviation In The News – Simcoe County Regional Airport Big Ask

Aviation Industry Demands are becoming more regional in Southern Ontario.

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Gail Ardiel Acclaimed Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Board Chair

Gail Ardiel - Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

The Blue Mountains’ Deputy Mayor Gail Ardiel, an apple orchard owner and retired child care service provider, was acclaimed chair of the board at the NVCA’s 58th Annual General Meeting on January 26, 2018. Ardiel has sat on the board for eight years, and served for four years as vice chair.

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Clearview Township Mayor Talks About Airport Ownership


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Updated: In what appears to be a change of thinking by Clearview Township, Mayor Christopher Vanderkruys has written to Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper expressing interest in the possibility of purchasing the Collingwood Regional Airport.

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Tracking the history of Collingwood’s Arts and Culture


Collingwood’s Hella Sandberg is on a mission. Her ambition is to collect clippings, news articles, programs and anything else she can find that would help her detail the history of arts and culture in our community.

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Conservative MP Kellie Leitch will not seek re-election in 2019


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Simcoe-Grey Conservative MP Kellie Leitch will not seek re-election in 2019.

“My time in politics has been a genuine privilege, and I will always be thankful to the constituents of Simcoe-Grey for their tremendous support,” Leitch said in a statement late Tuesday. “I have concluded, however, that the time has come for me to serve in other ways, including as a surgeon and volunteer.”

She gave no specific reason for her departure beyond saying is it time “to return to the public service that is the core of my being.”

The National Post reported Leitch plans to focus on her work as a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, and “getting children back on playgrounds.”

She said she will serve out the rest of her term.

​Leitch was first elected in Simcoe-Grey in 2011. She made a failed bid for the party’s leadership last year.

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Real Estate Prices in South Georgian Bay - Collingwood

Southern Georgian Bay home sales stable at average levels in December 2017 – Supply still historically low in January 2018

In a press release, Matthew Lidbetter, President of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of Realtors stated that residential sales recorded through the MLS® System of the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® came in below levels recorded a year earlier in December 2017.

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Life Expectancy of Recreation Facilities



As the Town of Collingwood’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Masterplan Consultation process continues, two members of council have publicly expressed concern as to what the life expectancy of existing recreation facilities will be.

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Shipyard Official Plan Amendment


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A meeting of the Town of Collingwood Development & Operations Services Standing Committee was held Monday, January 22, 2018 in the Community Rooms B & C, Library/Municipal Offices.

At that time the committee received a staff report dealing with an Official Plan Amendment for the Shipyards property between North Pine Street and Side Launch Way.

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New Cardiac Care Unit at Barrie’s RVH Regional Health Centre is a Game Changer for Collingwood



The new RVH unit will give the vast majority of people across our region access to treatment for a heart attack within the first crucial 90 minutes.

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre President and CEO Janice Skott said having this new facility up and running in Simcoe County is a game changer.

“When it comes to the heart, time is muscle. Having advanced cardiac services available closer to home will not only be a game changer for heart patients in our region, it will be a lifesaver.”

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Town of Collingwood Recreation Facilities Under Microscope During PRC Masterplan Consultation With Council

Mayor Sandra Cooper and members of Collingwood Council participated in A PRC Masterplan Consultation on Monday January 15th to share preliminary findings and trends, to discuss strengths, assets and challenges to PRC, and to suggest next steps in the detailed process.

While our parks and world class trail system along with the growth of arts and culture in the community received rave reviews, the same could not be said about the public perception to date of the aging Eddie Bush Memorial Arena along with the two newer Sprung facilities, the Central Park Arena and Centennial Aquatic Centre. More specifically, the perceived life spans of all three facilities along with the unreliability of the outdoor rink at Central park have come in to question.

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Ontario Auto Mayors Meet In Oakville


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Mayor Sandra Cooper recently returned from the Ontario Auto Mayors meeting in Oakville. Mayor Cooper participates throughout the year in roundtable discussions with mayors from around the province including Barrie, Aurora and Penetanguishene.

Oakville Mayor and Auto Mayors Chair Rob Burton tweeted that the Auto Mayors and leaders such as Oakville MP John Oliver, chair of Parliament’s Auto Caucus, gathered for updates on various issues including the situation the automotive industry faces regarding NAFTA.

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Willie Saw His Shadow on Groundhog Day

Six more weeks of winter has been predicted because Wiarton Willie (the new Willie) emerged from his den Friday morning and saw his shadow.

In Collingwood, you couldn’t see your shadow on Friday morning because of blowing snow, and according to Willie, more winter weather is on the way. Not that Willie needed any backup material to make his prediction more valid, but Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil also saw his shadow on Friday morning prompting him to predict six more weeks of winter.


Hockey Day In Collingwood


Wednesday was Hockey Day in Collingwood. Elementary and Secondary school students were taking part in the day long tournament at both the downtown Eddie Bush Arena and Central Park Arena. Boys and Girls teams from CCI and Jean Vanier met on Wednesday night at the downtown arena. Double header action saw the girls play 6:00 p.m. and the boys play 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday morning saw the Grade 7 and 8 mixed girls and boys teams take to the ice at Central Park Arena. Cameron Street Public School come back from a 3-0 deficit in an exciting game.


The St. Mary’s goaltender takes a bit of a break from the hectic action | Mayor Sandra Cooper was in the stands to cheer the teams on!

The action was fast and furious as local hockey fans were treated to exciting competition on the ice at Hockey Day in Collingwood



Arts and Culture Takes Centre Stage at Council Presentation


A Parks Recreation & Culture (PRC) Masterplan Consultation with council was held on Monday January 15th to share preliminary findings and trends, to discuss strengths, assets and challenges to PRC, and to share next steps in the process.

Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Dean Collver saw this as a great opportunity for everybody to be all together at once to participate in the very important PRC program.

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Labour Shortage Critical to South Georgian Bay Economy

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We have a labour shortage in our region, and the consequences will be damaging to our economy.

That was the message Collingwood Councillors heard from Andrew Siegward from the Blue Mountain Village Association at the regular meeting of council on Monday January 15th.

Mr. Siegward painted a bleak picture of the current labour shortage challenges facing business owners in the region, and made it clear that action is needed now to correct the problems before the situation becomes even worse.

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Collingwood Winter Farmers' Market

The Collingwood Winter Farmers’ Market is enjoying great success in its first year of operation. We talked to some of the vendors about the market and its popularity.

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Is The Time Right To Bring Back Junior Hockey To Collingwood?

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“I can’t think of Collingwood without a junior hockey team. As a result we have been working quietly behind the scenes to bring junior hockey back to our town. We’re hoping to resurrect junior hockey for Collingwood in a new division as I don’t think Junior C will be in our interest any more. We need to look at bigger and better things.”
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The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) invites public school communities to submit input regarding the proposed school year calendar for next year (September 2018 to June 2019).

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(COLLINGWOOD, ON) Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are investigating a break and enter to a local business and are asking for the public’s assistance in solving this crime.

On January 15, 2018 at 5:00am OPP officers were dispatched to an alarm at the Telus store on Balsam Street in Collingwood. Upon arriving on scene it was discovered that suspect(s) had forcibly gained entry to the business and stole numerous cell phones including several iPhones and had fled the area prior to police arrival. Police are working with surveillance footage from the incident.

If you have any information on this crime, please contact the Collingwood/The Blue Mountains O.P.P. at (705) 445-4321 or Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information online at www.crimestopperssdm.com or www.cstip.ca.



Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Receives International Recognition
One of our region’s most popular attractions, Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain, has received lofty national and international recognition for its outstanding facilities, visitor experiences and services.

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Take the Parks, Recreation and Culture Department Online Survey and Have Your Say



The Town of Collingwood Parks, Recreation and Culture Department is drafting its Master Plan to serve as a roadmap for the next decade. The plan will examine the state of existing park land and look down the road ten years to address anticipated future needs.

The eventual result will replace a 2008 plan created in 2008 for the former Leisure Services Department.

As a part of the process, the Town has planned a series of public meetings to gather input from members of the community. In addition, the Town is asking for your involvement in the process by posting an online survey on the Town’s web site.

CLICK HERE to go directly to the online survey


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Simcoe County Has Big Plans For Newly Purchased BCRY Corridor



Simcoe County Council Committee of the Whole recently received information for discussion that, if approved by County Council, would see application made to the Province of Ontario for approximately $720,000 in funding to create a connecting multi-use trail system between Barrie and Collingwood along the recently purchased Barrie-Collingwood Railway (BCRY) corridor.

Comments from Simcoe County Deputy Warden and Township of Essa Mayor Terry Dowdall, Debbie Korolnek, General Manager, engineering, planning and environment, County of Simcoe, Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper and Collingwood Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson.

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Police Seeking Suspect Connected to two Sexual Assault Cases

(TORONTO AND COLLINGWOOD, ON) – It has been a year since the second incident and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Toronto Police Service (TPS) continue to investigate two connected sexual assault cases. OPP and TPS are seeking the help of the public in providing information regarding the suspect associated with these cases. The suspect is described as a male with brown skin, 5’7″, mid 20s to 30s with a beard and of medium build.

On January 1, 2017, at approximately 1:20 a.m., a 17-year-old female was walking through a residential area near Birch Street and Second Street in Collingwood. She was forced into a vehicle and assaulted.

On July 28, 2015, at approximately 12:56 a.m., a 23-year-old female was walking home from a bus station near Rogers Road and Dufferin Street in Toronto. She was approached by the suspect, forced into an alley and assaulted. Police have confirmed that both sexual assaults were committed by the same individual. The suspect’s car is described as a four-door sedan (2005-2010), silver/grey or tan in colour with black steel winter rims.

Further information about the suspect can be found in the OPP’s video relating to the case at opp.ca/media/collingwoodtoronto . Follow @OPP_News on Twitter and @OntarioProvincialPolice on Facebook for updates.

Any person with information regarding the person responsible for these assaults should immediately contact the Ontario Provincial Police Criminal Investigation Branch at 1-844-478-5656, or their nearest police authority.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


Popular Nottawa Couple Wins LOTTO 6/49 Guaranteed $1 Million Prize



Local residents Darlene and Laurie Weir of Nottawa are celebrating their good fortune after winning the Guaranteed $1 Million Prize from the December 27, 2017 LOTTO 6/49 draw.
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2018 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee

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Mayor Sandra Cooper announced the names of the 2017 Order of Collingwood and Companion to the Order of Collingwood recipients in late December. These citizens were be honoured today at the Town of Collingwood’s New Year’s Levee at the Georgian Bay Hotel and Conference Centre. The event was held between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. with presentations of the Order of Collingwood and Companion to the Order of Collingwood starting at 1:30 p.m.


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It Was A Weather Week To Remember

The bitterly cold temperatures and severe windchill conditions have moved out of our region. Wicked winter weather continued to be the top news story throughout the Collingwood, south Georgian Bay region, as we remained in the grip of a prolonged period of frigid weather with dangerously cold wind chills.

On Saturday morning, Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper was out and about in the community. Mayor Cooper told us that the roads were in fairly good shape considering the continuous winter weather of poor visibility and frigid temperatures.

“The works crews have been working 30 days straight taking rest time as required. We are so fortunate to have this dedicated group of employees keeping up to and exceeding the roads maintenance standards.

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High winds produced whiteout conditions in downtown Collingwood Friday morning

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Frosty harbour morning with blowing snow and bitterly cold temperatures to welcome 2018


The Big Dig


The Big Dig continues as the Collingwood residents continue to deal with snow and bitterly cold temperatures. However, this is the kind of weather that brings people to our town and initial indications are that our merchants have had a busy holiday season.
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Remembering Wordstock in Collingwood

Remembering the Wordstock Literary Festival in Collingwood
The 2010 Wordstock Literary Festival celebrated words and written and artistic forms of expression. Festival Chairperson Marg Scheben-Edey said Wordstock was a celebration of anything to do with words.
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Mayor Sandra Cooper took a turn on the double ice slide at the Collingwood Frozen In Time Festival

The Collingwood FROZEN IN TIME FESTIVAL WAS A HUGE SUCCESS

The downtown streets were lined with ice sculptures and ice carvers went head-to-head in a Battle of the Chainsaws! New this year was the 40 foot long double ice slide at Tremont Lane. Mother Nature certainly did her part to set the stage in downtown Collingwood for this year’s Frozen In Time Festival, as we celebrated winter!

Mayor Sandra Cooper and members of Collingwood council competed for bragging rights (actually they were just trying to survive!) on the VIP Ice Slide. We have a video report.

The Battle of the Chainsaws competition was a popular event. We have a video report.

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Do We Miss Our Junior Hockey in Collingwood?
When Collingwood Ruled The OHA is a terrific article published a few years ago by Jonathon Jackson Media – Multimedia Journalist and Author. If serves up an historic snapshot of past junior and senior hockey teams in Collingwood, and it gets us to wonder “when is Junior hockey coming back?”
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The County of Simcoe is now accepting applications for its 2018 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant Program. Funding for the 2018 grant program was approved by County Council as part of the 2018 Budget.

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78 Year Old Man Arrested and Charged with Second Degree Murder


(COLLINGWOOD, ON)- Members of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Detachment Crime Unit under the direction of Detective Staff Sergeant Paul Rosato of the OPP Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) have arrested and charged a male in relation to a suspicious death which took place in Collingwood in early October.

On October 4, 2017 OPP officers attended a residence on Trott Boulevard in the Town of Collingwood where 73 year-old Donna Walc of Collingwood was found deceased.

On December 22, 2017 the investigation led to the arrest of 78 year-old Richard PRESTON of Collingwood.

PRESTON has been charged with Second Degree Murder contrary to section 235(1) of the Criminal Code and has been remanded into custody. He will appear for a bail hearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on January 12, 2018.

Due to a court imposed publication ban, no further details will be released pertaining to this investigation.


On Monday December 18, 2017, Town Council requested a staff report on the options for the use of the Hydro Share Sale proceeds, and requested options be included regarding the creation of a Hospital Redevelopment Reserve fund.



On Monday December 18,2017, Town Council requested a staff report on a potential budget process policy, which would set a schedule allowing the budget to be completed by December 31 of each year, except for as per the Municipal Act, when in an election year, when the budget would be completed by January 31 of the year following the election.


Province announces additional funding for local transit
More Provincial Money for Local Transit
Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation has announced that it is boosting transit funding for towns and cities across the province including Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township.
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Budget Process Continues
The Town of Collingwood will carry a significant surplus into 2018.
At the regular Monday December 18th meeting of council, it was announced that the Surplus falls in the range of 1.76 million dollars.
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10 Year Medallion Awarded
The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains Ontario Provincial Police would like to congratulate Auxiliary Staff Sergeant Brenda Seymour who recently received her 10 Year Medallion as a volunteer with the OPP Auxiliary Program.
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UPDATED DECEMBER 20, 2017 – VIDEO REPORT
With Clearview Township walking away from the table, what happens next to the Collingwood Regional Airport?
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Collingwood’s Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson has asked the Town’s Chief Administrative Officer Fareed Amin to contact Clearview Township to attempt to find answers as to why the Township has pulled its representation from the Collingwood Regional Airport. Saunderson was following up on a request from Councillor Bob Madigan to find out why the long-time partner has stepped away.

The vote on September 25, 2017 at the regular meeting of Collingwood Town Council to declare the airport as surplus to the needs of the community was unanimous.
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Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
The extension of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail will run through Collingwood.
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust was established in 1988. It is the non-profit organization leading the movement to create a Waterfront Trail for the Canadian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
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Simcoe Street Theatre and Town of Collingwood create partnership
Collingwood Council has given the green light to the creation of a pilot project to begin in January to establish a two-year partnership between the Town and the Simcoe Street Theatre.
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Collingwood receives Province of Ontario funding for biking infrastructure improvements and expansion
Ontario is making it easier for commuters and families to get around by bike, with new funding to build a better and safer commuter cycling network across the province. Collingwood will benefit from the December 4th funding announcement.
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Full Speed Ahead for construction of new housing units at The Shipyards
The Shipyards recent launch of town homes has made a big splash with buyers as construction once again hits high gear at Collingwood’s waterfront.
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE and to watch a video that looks back at the official dedication of the waterfront promenade park.


Collingwood Elvis Festival given two years to improve financial performance
Thousands of people have come to our town to enjoy the music and festivities of the Collingwood Elvis Festival for many years. The main street stage entertainers put on quite a show. The on stage performances by the professional tribute artists are world class. Now, Collingwood Council has given the Collingwood Elvis Festival two years to improve its financial performance.
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Did the BCRY have a long term future for the town or was it wise for Collingwood to sell the rail line to the County of Simcoe? Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson, former Mayor Chris Carrier and former Economic Development Officer Catherine Durrant join the conversation.
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The discussion continues regarding the sale of the Town of Collingwood's 50 percent share of Collus-PowerStream to Epcor
Is a third party inquiry necessary for the sale of Collus?
The discussion continues regarding the Town of Collingwood’s sale of its fifty percent portion of Collus-PowerStream to Epcor.
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We salute Richard and Anke Lex for their outstanding and ongoing contributions to arts, culture, entertainment and to our great town of Collingwood

Richard and Anke Lex have transformed a troubled section of our downtown into a thriving arts and entertainment district.
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The Collingwood Heritage Committee has launched a new self guided walking tour. The “look up tour” takes participants along the streets of Collingwood to view some of the architectural features that often go unseen when passing by.
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Downtown Street Pianos lined the streets of downtown Collingwood for the third consecutive season, welcoming musicians of all levels to play a tune or two for all to enjoy.
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There was a time when AM radio ruled the airwaves. Collingwood was one of a few local communities with a radio station that delivered news, events, local hockey play-by-play and the hit music of the day.
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COMMENT

Blasted by the Blogger … oh my!

While I have enjoyed hearing positive comments about the purpose and content of this web site, it has taken less than two weeks for the new CollingwoodLiving.com to be attacked by former Collingwood councillor, now blogger, Ian Chadwick.

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107.5 KOOL-FM and 95.7 ROCK 95 continue to lead the way in the Fall 2017 regional radio ratings while locally, 97.7 The Beach picks up its game in news and talk programming.





Denny Crane from the former television series Boston Legal summed it up best when he said: “What is down is up and what is up is down.” Of course, he wasn’t talking about corporate radio programming but applying his theory to what is going on just about everywhere on your radio dial works just fine.

What has happened to the programming?

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Let the campaigns begin … after Political Boot Camp!

Soon, political candidates will be released from the starting gate to begin a race to next October’s finish line and a seat at Collingwood’s council table. Former local broadcaster, now Sarnia resident, Ken Swirsky, recently approached city council to suggest the creation of a Political Boot Camp to better train and develop potential candidates hoping to win a seat at the table.

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We play three songs that you won’t hear back-to-back-to-back on today’s corporate radio playlists. We get a little bit creative with our playlist, the way radio used to be!
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Looking Back - Drew Wright returns home during Canadian Idol run

We have been digging through the archives of collingwoodliving.com to find interesting stories about people and events from years past. We hope you enjoy reading them, listening to the audio clips and watching the video reports. It is always interesting to know how we arrived at where we are today following the events of yesterday!


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John Richards, Jim Trott and Bob Spooner were members of the Branch 63 Royal Canadian Legion Softball Team in 1947. CLICK HERE to meet the rest of the team.



Looking for a winter warmup? Visit the Lethal Buzz Cafe in Downtown Collingwood




A Frigid Winter’s Day along Heritage Way