Apr 5th, 2017
New Tecumseth Free Press Bradford West Gwillimbury mayor Rob Keffer put a notice of motion in play last night for his council to consider when it meets next month that would trigger a review focused on three options related to its future as a member municipality in Simcoe County. They are: 1) What an...
Feb 24th, 2017
Mayor, deputy mayor and all councillors will be elected at-large in 2018 By Ian Burns Midland Mirror Voters in Penetanguishene will see a change to their ballot in the next municipal election. At its Feb. 22 meeting, council voted to abolish the town’s two electoral wards and move to an at-large syst...
Feb 23rd, 2017
Nina Bifolchi says she’s following her obligations to represent residents By Ian Adams Wasaga Sun Wasaga’s deputy mayor says she’ll continue to ask questions in the best interests of the community, even if the answers prove to be embarrassing. In a statement issued Feb. 22 in response to counci...
Feb 16th, 2017
Town staff tout flexibility, elimination of barriers By Ian Burns Midland Mirror Midland residents may have a new way to have their voice heard in the upcoming municipal election. Town staff are recommending a transition to an online/telephone voting method for the 2018 election. “This method offers ...
Jan 25th, 2017
Andrew McNeill says ‘common practice’ to reach out to consultants for input on RFPs By Ian Adams Wasaga Sun Wasaga Beach officials met with the consultant brought in to lead the downtown master planning process months before they were hired to find out what went wrong with a previous visi...
Jan 25th, 2017
Integrity report sparks clashes, threat from mayor to clear the room by Catherine Thompson 977 the beach A Wasaga Beach councillor wants sanctions to be brought against the town’s Deputy Mayor. Integrity Commissioner Robert Swayze presented his report to council on Tuesday night to do with comp...
Jan 23rd, 2017
It’s been a while since I posted a blog so I’ll start with good news. Thanks to AWARE Simcoe’s efforts spearheaded by Anne Learn Sharpe and Kate Harries, the Nottawasaga River has been reinstated for protection under the Federal Navigation Protection Act. The former Conservative government had scrapp...
Jan 12th, 2017
Rick Webster Letter to Springwater News from Lorraine French, Grenfel I am responding to former Councillor Webster who coins himself “Old Crony” who, aside from his caustic writing style in his December 29th article, has included a number of distortions of fact. I have wanted to write a letter a numb...
Jan 12th, 2017
Mayor Bill French’s column in the Springwater News A look back at 2016 I am quite proud of the accomplishments, new initiatives and challenges our Council experienced over the past year. If you have had a chance to come to a Council Meeting or watch us on line, you will have seen very active an...
Dec 29th, 2016
Letter to the Springwater News from Rick Webster In the last edition of Springwater News I focused on the unprecedented and unnecessary cost to us as taxpayers of legal expenses incurred by the mayor and council. I received a lot of feedback questions on what is the Election Compliance Committee and ...