• Protecting Water and Farmland in Simcoe County

Author "Kate Harries"

Dec 14th, 2020
A map showing the three proposed developments that would make up the Rama Road Corridor. ‘MZOs are not something that should be given out like candy,’ says executive director of Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition By: Jessica Owen Barrie Today Three cont...
In Blog
Apr 19th, 2019
Last month, the Ford government issued a discussion paper on reducing waste and litter. It was an attempt to launch an important debate that unfortunately got lost in the tsunami of legislative and regulatory change that has crashed over this province....
In Blog
Apr 8th, 2019
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Last Wednesday, Springwater Mayor Don Allen and Chief Administrative Officer Robert Brindley updated township council on the municipality’s legal position with regard to the investigation and prosecution of former mayor Bill French’s 2014 campaign expe...
In Blog
Mar 29th, 2019
CORRECTION – An earlier version of this blog misstated the vote on the ‘LPAT’ clause. AWARE Simcoe regrets the error. Springwater Township Council adopted a code of conduct last week – but first they eliminated a controversial clause ...
Mar 5th, 2019
Clause proposed for Springwater already adopted by Tiny, Clearview, Midland and Penetanguishene A code of conduct is being proposed for Springwater Township that would curtail councillors’ freedom to speak at hearings that make key decisions on land us...
Jan 24th, 2019
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The Ford government withdrew Schedule 10 of Bill 66 yesterday, which still leaves much of this omnibus bill on the order paper. Each schedule – there are 12 – targets a different ministry. It’s the section dealing with land-use planning under the munic...
In Blog
Jan 1st, 2019
By Kate Harries AWARE News Network Walkerton was memorable for me. I was there in the wake of the E.coli contamination of the drinking water that gripped the town in 2000 and left seven dead. I was there for the subsequent inquiry that lasted nine mont...
Oct 10th, 2018
Many candidates have responded to questions from AWARE Simcoe. To find their responses, go to: Candidates / Election 2018 on the menu bar and click on the required municipality. Then open the post titled “(Municipality) Candidates – Municip...
Oct 2nd, 2018
Keith Currie  News release from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture Representatives of Ontario’s largest industry – agriculture and food – presented a plan to boost the provincial economy today at Queen’s Park. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (...
Jul 30th, 2018
Acclaimed: Tiny Mayor George Cornell, left, is one of two Simcoe County mayors to have been acclaimed. The other is Severn’s Mike Burkett. Here, Cornell is shown at last month’s Tiny Marsh BioBlitz, with writer Kate Harries, horticulture pr...