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Feb 23rd, 2021
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Ramara Township From Mike Douglas for the Concerned Citizens of Ramara Ramara Township has now thankfully backed down from its MZO request for a mega-development on the shores of Lake Couchiching. It seems this issue upset many local residents both in Orillia and Ramara Township. There were two key p...
Feb 22nd, 2021
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Springwater Township This is your chance to engage in the future of your township By Bill French The current Springwater Official Plan dates back to 1998 and aside from a number of amendments over the last 23 years, it is based on a different vision of the future development and growth of the Townshi...
Feb 21st, 2021
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From Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition Lake Simcoe is stressed by phosphorus loads, climate change, and invasive species. The Lake Simcoe Protection Plan (LSPP) addresses these issues and lays out regulations, monitoring, and outreach strategies to address these stressors. If implemented, the LSPP would p...
Feb 18th, 2021
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  From Mike Douglas for the Concerned Citizens of Ramara Congratulations to Ramara Council for seeing the light. Today, the township announced the withdrawal of its request to the province for a Minister’s Zoning Order (MZO) to fast-track three proposed developments off of Rama Road on the shore...
Feb 18th, 2021
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Casino in a field -Orillia Matters photo Township, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing both ‘agreed that the MZO isn’t the right tool’ to help development of Rama Road corridor move forward By: Nathan Taylor Orillia Matters A ministerial zoning order (MZO) for a proposed development...
Feb 17th, 2021
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Statement on Province’s Consultation to Expand the Greenbelt from the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition Steve Clark, Minister for Municipal Affairs and Housing, announced this morning that the province is opening a consultation about Greenbelt expansion. Specifically, it was suggested that the Greenb...
Feb 17th, 2021
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Highway 401 winds through the Ontario’s Greenbelt. Wikimedia Commons photo By Robert Benzie Toronto Star The Ontario government is moving to expand the 800,000-hectare Greenbelt of protected lands around the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Star has learned. Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark ...
Feb 16th, 2021
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Premier Doug Ford, fifth from left, at an August 2020 groundbreaking for an MZO-enabled project. Education Minister Stephen Lecce, Economic Development Minister Vic Fedeli and Natural Resources Minister John Yakabuski are at right. CNW Group/Walmart Canada By Emma McIntosh National Observer  The Ford...
Feb 15th, 2021
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Opposition group’s FaceBook page — but some say it will be an economic disaster By Paul Webster Toronto Star As post-COVID economic stimulus ideas for Ontario go, Doug Ford’s GTA West superhighway plan is certainly epic in scale. At an estimated $10-billion construction cost, the new 400-series...
Feb 15th, 2021
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Screenshot of lobbyist’s website. By Michael Douglas Concerned Citizens of Ramara Why would municipalities like Ramara Township need to be spending taxpayer dollars on registered lobbyists to lobby their interests to the Ontario government? Wouldn’t the interests of municipalities already be a ...