Jan 29th, 2015
By Roberta Bell Orillia Packet & Times The mayor of Oro-Medonte won’t be involved in making decisions when it comes to the newly expanded Burl’s Creek Event Grounds. Harry Hughes, whose grandson began working in the fall for the former owner of the Line 8 South park, declared a conflict of intere...
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 22nd, 2014
By Suzanne Carlaw, Chair, Horseshoe Valley Road Project Committee Simcoe County has proposed a project to spend millions of dollars to build truck lanes on Horseshoe Valley Road/County Road 22 within 4 kilometres, between 3rd Line and 4th Line, through the densely-populated residential, recreational ...
Dec 9th, 2014
Public will be able to flle complaints about municipalities, universities, school boards (but not Conservation Authorities!) Ontario Ombudsman news release Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today welcomed the historic passage of a new law that will allow his office to investigate complaints about municip...
Dec 9th, 2014
County of Simcoe news release County Council today elected Gerry Marshall, Mayor of the Town of Penetanguishene, to serve as Simcoe County Warden for 2015 and 2016. “I am honoured to be elected as Simcoe County Warden for 2015 and 2016,” said Warden Marshall. “I look forward to work...
Dec 7th, 2014
UPDATED twice on December 8 2014 Outspoken on issues of transparency and accountability By Kate Harries AWARE News Network Simcoe County elects a new warden on Tuesday. In the running are Basil Clarke, Ramara’s newly elected mayor, and second-term Penetanguishene Mayor Gerry Marshall. Councillors wil...
Dec 3rd, 2014
By Sara Carson Orillia Today Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes will not seek to become Simcoe County’s next warden. As deputy warden the past four years, Hughes was the leading contender for the top job. “I really thought I was going to do it until I really sat down and said, ‘What are you doing?” Hugh...