• Protecting Water and Farmland in Simcoe County

Author "Sandy Agnew - Oro-Medonte"

Apr 23rd, 2017
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There are so many Issues going on in Simcoe County it’s hard to know where to start. The Ontario Municipal Board hearing for the debacle of Burl’s Creek Event Grounds concluded several weeks ago. So a decision should be coming out soon. With all the il...
Jan 23rd, 2017
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It’s been a while since I posted a blog so I’ll start with good news. Thanks to AWARE Simcoe’s efforts spearheaded by Anne Learn Sharpe and Kate Harries, the Nottawasaga River has been reinstated for protection under the Federal Navigation Protection A...
Mar 14th, 2016
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Locating the Organics Processing and Materials Management Facilities  I view these new facilities as an opportunity to showcase how the County is progressing toward a zero waste municipality. I agree with Warden Gerry Marshall when he says there will b...
Sep 12th, 2015
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How does the development industry work? Does the development industry buy up cheap farmland and then lobby small municipalities to rezone the land to build sprawling urban subdivisions where there is no employment, forcing home purchasers to commute? D...
Jun 1st, 2015
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The following are the comments I submitted to the Ontario government on its 2015 Provincial Co-ordinated Review: There are four essential elements to supporting life in Ontario and the world: –       Clean air –       Clean water –   ...
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Mar 11th, 2015
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Remember how the local Oro-Medonte residents banded together to fight the Weber’s hamburger outlet on Highway 400 proposal? The Township wisely supported the residents, went to the Ontario Municipal Board and won. Now two more groups of residents have ...
Feb 20th, 2015
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We often hear the term “special interest groups” used to disparage citizens and environmental groups who protest or oppose developments of one kind or another, whether it’s pipelines or urban sprawl. The term that should be used is “public” interest gr...
Jan 14th, 2015
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Do you believe in open and transparent government? Do you believe in protecting farmland, water quality and environmental health? Are you retired but still want to make a valuable contribution to your community and want to leave a legacy for your grand...
Nov 30th, 2014
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The October 27th municipal election resulted in another huge turnover in the membership of County Council, more than 50%. In some municipalities none of the incumbents on council survived. One of the biggest issues almost everywhere is transparency. Pe...
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Oct 22nd, 2014
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Who has the most credibility – citizens trying to protect the integrity of their community or developers who stand to make hundreds of millions of dollars by pushing through their development? Over 30 years ago I was involved in the fight to save a Car...