Jan 19th, 2016
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
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
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
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...
Sep 2nd, 2015
Should Simcoe County planning staff take over local development applications? Letter from Pamela Fulford To Ramara Mayor, Council, Clerk, Manager of Planning and County of Simcoe: Please include this letter on Ramara’s next Council agenda. I am requesting an answer from the Manager of Planning to my ...
Aug 28th, 2015
By Tom Villemaire Barrie Examiner Power struggles are nothing new in Simcoe County. Last month Ramara Township council voted to support Innergex Renewable Energy’s 600-acre solar project that is predicted to produce 60 megawatts (mW) of power. As with any power project, there is a power struggl...