Mar 11th, 2015
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
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...
Nov 30th, 2014
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...
Oct 22nd, 2014
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
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 […...
Sep 17th, 2014
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...
Dec 6th, 2013
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...