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...
Oct 20th, 2014
Township election page Mayor – Mike Burkett – 705-689-8377 (Incumbent) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Philip Sled – 705-686-7935 Questionnaire answers: se-sled Email: email@example.com Deputy-Mayor – Judith Cox – 705-835-2969 (Incumbent) Email: judithcox@hotm...
Mar 6th, 2014
By Sara Ross, Orillia Packet & Times With many more goals to accomplish, the mayors of Oro-Medonte, Severn and Ramara townships are hoping to secure another term in the municipal elections this fall. Severn Mayor Mike Burkett’s first term on council has “been very positive.” “The three years have...
Dec 18th, 2013
By Sara Ross, Barrie Examiner A wildlife passage under Highway 11, just outside Orillia in Severn Township, will become a solid wall when the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is done repairing the bridge next year. Severn Mayor Mike Burkett and Orillia Mayor Angelo Orsi want to maintain the passage, ...
Mar 19th, 2013
By Sara Ross, QMI Agency March 17, 2013SEVERN TWP. - Developers of a proposed Cambrian Road solar farm are promising to replace the farmland they take away and add more.“We’d like to introduce a sheep flock so that it still remains a working farm despite the fact a lot of it will be covered in solar ...
Aug 29th, 2012
Persistent Severn mayor was 'misled' by province, enlists county support in quest for transparencyBy Kate Harries AWARE News Network August 30 2012Severn Mayor Mike Burkett has got some upper-tier backing for his campaign to ensure that solar projects don’t take place on good agricultural land. Simco...
Aug 10th, 2012
Severn digs for info on solar farmsBy Kristen Smith, Orillia Packet & Times July 30, 2012SEVERN TOWNSHIP - The mayor of Severn Township wants to see proof two solar farms are not being built on prime farmland.Mike Burkett is asking to see soil studies provided by solar development company Recurrent E...
Jan 26th, 2012
Less than 13 per cent of Ontario is farmland Letter to the Orillia Packer & Times January 23 2012 The Ministry of the Environment recently approved two large-scale solar industrial facilities (aka solar farms) in Severn Township. Read more ...