Jan 26th, 2015
By Roberta Bell, Orillia Packet & Times Lakehead University has launched a project to study the quality of the water in Lake Couchiching. There isn’t as much research on Lake Couchiching as there is on the nearby and more polluted Lake Simcoe, said Sree Kurissery, the environmental microbi...
Jan 23rd, 2015
Township must remove waste from old quarry by Jan. 30 By Patrick Bales Orillia Packet & Times The saga of some inappropriately dumped waste in Ramara Township continues. Ramara’s committee of the whole received an official letter from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MO...
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 ...
Jan 13th, 2015
By Patrick Bales Orillia Packet & Times Ramara Township has been reprimanded by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) for violating the Environmental Protection Act. A notice of violation was delivered to the township Monday afternoon by the MOE, stating the township had exceeded the para...
Jan 2nd, 2015
By Roberta Bell, Orillia Packet & Times The Ministry of the Environment is keeping an eye on Ramara Township after staff authorized potentially contaminated waste to be dumped at a decommissioned municipal quarry. After the drainage catch basins under the trucks in the bays at Ramara works yards ...
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...
Nov 19th, 2014
New Tecumseth Free Press Online New Tecumseth Mayor-elect Rick Milne and re-elected Essa Mayor Terry Dowdall, intend to run for Deputy Warden at the Inaugural meeting next month of the incoming Simcoe County council. Mr. Milne will become the longest serving member (combined years – absent two ...
Nov 17th, 2014
I attended more than my fair share of all-candidates’ meetings during the recent municipal election. Here are a few good ideas gleaned from the campaign trail around the county. -Recorded votes: Make every council vote a recorded vote. This is an example of how electronic voting can serve democ...