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...
Apr 13th, 2015
Hikers, cyclists, snowmobilers will all be welcome on 263-hectare property By Jenni Dunning Midland Mirror NORTH SIMCOE – A 263-hectare forested property bordering Midland, Penetanguishene and Tiny Township will be the new home of multi-use trails as early as this spring. Simcoe County started deve...
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 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...
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 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...