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The Back Pages salutes talented Collingwood residents

The Back Pages salutes the talents of local Collingwood residents.

Richard Garner is a familiar face within the Collingwood music scene. His versatility and ability to re-invent himself has kept him on the leading edge of creativity for decades … and he’s at it again!

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No Building Activity in Immediate Future for Victoria Annex Property


Victoria School Then and Now at 400 Maple Street Collingwood

The condominium market in Collingwood is booming. However, there is one property that stands out because of inactivity on the site. The former Simcoe County Board of Education property at 400 Maple Street (6th Street at Maple Street) continues to sit undeveloped.

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Looking Back at The Week of Wild Weather
High Water Levels Were a Cause for Concern


Town of Collingwood Works Crews worked hard to clear snow and ice and continue to monitor the situation at the mouth of the Pretty River.

Water levels Receding

Water levels in most rivers and streams are receding, but some remain elevated as a result of recent rainfall and snowmelt. The forecast warmer temperatures will continue to melt any remaining snowpack, which may result in increased water levels throughout the watershed. There is also the potential for ice jams and localized flooding. No major flooding is anticipated at this time.

Stream banks can be slippery and unstable, which combined with extremely cold water temperatures can create hazardous conditions around our rivers and streams.



Fast flowing water at the mouth of the Pretty River blocked traffic to and from a portion of Oliver Crescent. The spillway is working as it should to prevent flooding. Town of Collingwood work crews have been clearing the area of ice (below) to prevent jamming.

Town of Collingwood crews have been busily clearing ice from drains and creeks throughout the town to prevent flooding. However, with the rain we have had and the snow melt, some streets are presenting large puddles so residents are advised to drive slowly and exercise caution while driving. Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing again on Friday.

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Gail Ardiel Acclaimed Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority Board Chair

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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.”
— Terry Geddes



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.

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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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Hitline Countdown Radio - CollingwoodLiving.com
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