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Sandy Agnew – Blog

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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 formed to fight unwelcome proposals in their neig...
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 groups because there is rarely any monetary gain to...
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 grandchildren? The majority of AWARE Simcoe board memb...
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. People want easy access to information, not to be s...
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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 Carolinian woodlot in Vaughan from being leveled to ...
Oct 9th, 2014
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I’m flattered that Tony Guergis would single me out during the Rogers mayors debate last night as worthy of his concern that I am Bill French’s campaign manager and that I have been elevated to the position of Chair of AWARE Simcoe. He’s wrong on both counts. For the record I am a member of […...
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Sep 17th, 2014
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Following months of planning by the Orillia Waste & Environmental Management Advisory Committee members, the first Ontario Zero Waste Conference took place on August 10 and 11 at Lakehead University in Orillia. Roughly 100 people attended from various sections including municipalities, manufactur...
Mar 30th, 2014
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At the March 28th Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority board meeting, the board voted (the vote was fast but I think it was unanimous) to accept the staff recommendation to seek full party status at an April 9th Ontario Municipal Board pre-hearing conference for a hearing initiated by several de...
Jan 13th, 2014
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Each year at the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority AGM, the chair is elected for the coming year. This year, at the meeting held January 10, Darren White, Deputy Mayor of Melanchthon Township (Dufferin County) challenged incumbent chair Wasaga Beach Councillor Nina Bifolchi for the position. ...
Dec 6th, 2013
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In a presentation to the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority board of directors in October, the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) asked the NVCA board to delay implementing revised permit fees which had been recommended by a sub-committee set up by the board. BILD sugges...