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Jan 29th, 2010
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By BOB BRUTON Barrie ExaminerResidents can have their say about a new Simcoe County waste management strategy in early February. County councillors heard a presentation on the process leading to a new strategy, by consultants Stantec, yesterday. The plan is to have a new strategy ready for Simcoe Cou...
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In Barrie
Jan 29th, 2010
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BARRIE – Next year, senior Barrie staff will have to be more honest and transparent in crafting the budget, a new council directive says.As city staff presented a $424-million budget that abided by a council instruction to keep the tax increase to 2.4 per cent, they had assured council there we...
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Jan 28th, 2010
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By Laurie Watt Midland MirrorMIDHURST – Just to set the record straight, the $250,000 for a specialized communications firm isn’t for polishing the County of Simcoe’s tarnished image, say some councillors.It’s to increase communication – and, hopefully, understanding – of the county’s position in the...
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Jan 27th, 2010
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By DOUGLAS GLYNN Midland Free PressWarden Cal Patterson has been urged to intervene to ensure that public meetings to deal with any county waste management strategy be “transparent, fair and objective.” The request comes on the heels of a county consultant’s recommendation that R...
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Jan 27th, 2010
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By SHARON WEATHERALL Midland Free Press The 2010 recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (NAAA) for Environment and Natural Resources has dedicated his life to protect nature and encourages others to do the same. Activist Danny Beaton will be honoured at the 17th NAAA in Regina, Saskat...
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Jan 27th, 2010
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BY Matthew Talbot, Staff   January 26 2010ANGUS – Essa council is still seeking a solution to Angus’ seasonal flooding problems. In a budget working session Jan. 20, councillors heard two delegations from companies looking to study the problem Angus suffers yearly.Essa Mayor David Guergis...
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Jan 26th, 2010
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Local institute names ‘worst’ politicians of ‘09Wasaga SunWhat do Prime Minister Steven Harper, Springwater mayor Tony Guergis and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai have in common?They all made the Creemore-based Mad River Institute for Political Studies’ list of Worst Politicians of 2009. “Each yea...
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Jan 26th, 2010
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By Richard Blanchard Innisfil Scope January 20 2010Essa Township’s deputy mayor, Terry Dowdall, has entered the race for mayor in this fall’s municipal election. Dowdall said he had registered to run for the position on Friday. “After two terms as deputy mayor, I think that its time to step-up and ru...
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Jan 26th, 2010
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By Kate Harries WaterWatchIn a letter to Simcoe County last November, Barrie MPP Aileen Carroll advised council to file a request with the Ministry of the Environment to revoke the Certificate of Approval for Dump Site 41.Today, at the urging of Oro-Medonte Mayor Harry Hughes, councillors voted to se...
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Jan 25th, 2010
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The subject of allowing testing by the County of Simcoe on on Wilson Road is on tonight’s Midland Council meeting agenda (Monday, January 25). The County has to test to determine the extent of a leachate plume extending from a closed landfill site and ensure there is a proper attenuation zone t...