Dec 8th, 2015
Cutting at Beeton Woods in March 2015 By Kate Harries AWARE News Network Monday, they started taking down more of the Beeton Woods. Stephanie MacLellan, one of the Beeton residents who spearheaded an effort to save the woodland just northwest of her village, watched in horror. “They’re not even cutti...
Sep 12th, 2015
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? Does the development industry hire high priced law...
Jun 10th, 2015
By Sara Carson Orillia Today Ontario’s ombudsman will soon oversee all of Simcoe County’s councils and their hired integrity commissioners. On May 21, Ontario ombudsman André Marin announced when this oversight, under the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, will come into force...
May 29th, 2015
By Miriam King, Bradford Times The annual Mayor’s Breakfast, held at the Lusitano Banquet Hall in Bradford, early on May 21, was not only a networking opportunity for members of the Bradford Board of Trade, senior Town Staff, Council and the community at large, but an opportunity to hear more about t...
Apr 23rd, 2015
New Tecumseth Free Press Online A memorandum of understanding (MOU) has been reached between Simcoe County and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury that will split the $37 million local share of the estimated $54 million cost to build a new interchange at Highway 400 at the 5th Line. The provincial ...
Mar 30th, 2015
By Brea Bartholet Bradford West Gwillimbury Topic With deliberations surrounding the South Simcoe Police Services Board budget out of the way, it’s time to take a look at the bigger picture. According to Mayor Rob Keffer, this year’s tax increase will be the second lowest Bradford West Gwillimbury ha...
Mar 23rd, 2015
New Tecumseth Free Press Online A five year review of taxable assessment patterns amongst the 16 towns and townships of Simcoe County reported average growth of 2.02 per cent since 2010. New Tecumseth was one of five municipalities to post above average with a 2.32 per cent. Its highest rate was 2.98...
Jan 27th, 2015
By Sara Carson Barrie Advance Your municipal council members may be holding illegal closed session meetings and if you formally complain, the investigation that follows may not be accurate. Tuesday, Ontario Ombudsman André Marin released his third-annual report on closed session meetings. He criticiz...
Jan 15th, 2015
AWARE Simcoe List of municipal employees in Simcoe County who were paid more that $100,000 in 2013. Link to entire list that was released today. Two municipalities – Essa and Tay – do not appear on the list. County of Simcoe AITKEN MARK Chief Administrative Officer $239,961.54 $1,426.30 ...
Dec 23rd, 2014
By Dominik Kurek Bradford West Gwillimbury Topic There’s a new sheriff in town and he wants to hear from you. New Bradford West Gwillimbury Mayor Rob Keffer says he’s looking forward to creating a more inclusive council that will inspire community engagement in the town’s decision-making process. “Th...