Nov 27th, 2015
Join us for a free workshop for municipal staff from Sustainable Severn Sound Sustainable Severn Sound, in partnership with the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) and with funding support from the Invasive Species Centre, is hosting a discussion on Invasive Plant Management Strategies on Thursday,...
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...
Jun 10th, 2015
By Sara Carson Orillia Today Ontario’s ombudsman will soon oversee all of Simcoe County’s councils and their hired integrity commissioners. On May 21, Ontario ombudsman André Marin announced when this oversight, under the Public Sector and MPP Accountability and Transparency Act, will come into force...
Feb 6th, 2015
by Ken Hashizume Bayshore Broadcasting Building relationships is just one purpose of a meeting with the leaders of four Simcoe County municipalities and Rama First Nation. The meeting was held Thursday inside the office of Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke at City Hall. It saw Harry Hughes of Oro-Medonte, ...
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 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 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 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...
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...
Oct 28th, 2014
By Gisele Winton Sarvis Orillia Packet & Times Severn Mayor Mike Burkett was elected to a second term in the township, garnering about five times the number of votes over his lone contender, former mayor Phil Sled. “It tells me that the past council did very well and the people were very happy. I...