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Feb 19th, 2016
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By Andrew Philips, Orillia Packet & Times A major decision on the future of a controversial development in Ramara Township could be made next month. During its committee-of-the-whole meeting March 8, Simcoe County council should have the county planning staff report on the Strawberry Island condo...
Feb 18th, 2016
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SOON TO BE DECIDED: The Strawberry Island Development and OPA 18 From the Friends of Strawberry Island AWARE News Network Since the two Ramara Township public meetings, the developer Trans America Group Inc (now renamed TAG Developments) has made almost no changes to the proposal, despite our concern...
Feb 13th, 2016
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Rethinking citizen engagement in Peterborough will ‘knock your socks off’ Peterborough This Week February 3 2016 One of Canada’s leading voices for citizen engagement and new approaches to planning is coming to Peterborough on Feb. 10, as guest speaker and “provocateur” at two events hosted by local ...
Jan 31st, 2016
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  Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP Alex Nuttall addresses the Greenbelt meeting Life is a pay-attention contest: Oakville Mayor Rob Burton By Kate Harries AWARE News Network Protecting the natural environment makes communities more livable, safeguards our food and water for the future and reinvigora...
Jan 19th, 2016
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By Dave Dawson, Orillia Packet & Times It’s never easy to acknowledge failure and it can be especially difficult to do so when you operate in the public realm. But that is what Ramara Township did last year when its council sanctioned, supported and paid for an outside review of the municipal ope...
Jan 15th, 2016
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By Patrick Bales, The Orillia Packet & Times Sixteen recommendations have been presented to Ramara Township council and staff as ways to eliminate the “toxic” culture within the municipal offices. The organization and service-delivery review, prepared by John Whitesell, of Whitesell a...
Jan 12th, 2016
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AWARE News Network A free public event to discuss issues surrounding Simcoe’s water, farmland and natural heritage systems ,and how we can protect these important resources through expanding the Greenbelt in Simcoe County. Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9:30-11:30 am Liberty North, 100 Caplan Avenue, Ba...
Dec 8th, 2015
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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...
Nov 29th, 2015
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See also Lake Simcoe Living article From Change.org Simcoe County Planning Department 1110 Hwy 26 Midhurst, On, L0L 1X0 Dear Mr. Kingsbury: As you know, Simcoe County planning staff is now reviewing Ramara OPA 18 for Strawberry Island. Since a deputation on OPA 18 to Council is not permitted, I am se...
Sep 12th, 2015
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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...