Feb 5th, 2018
Mayor questions councillor’s motives By Dave Dawson Orillia Today For almost two hours Monday night, city council and staff met behind closed doors – a meeting that Coun. Mason Ainsworth says should never have been held in secret. “I don’t think people would be happy if they knew what was going...
Jan 25th, 2018
Patrick Brown at Queens Park on January 24 2015 By Rick Vanderlinde and Frank Matys Barrie Advance Two local Progressive Conservative Party riding association members had differing reactions to the sudden resignation Jan. 25 of leader Patrick Brown. Scott Macpherson, a longtime Brown supporter and pa...
Jan 24th, 2018
By Kate Harries AWARE News Network Springwater Mayor Bill French’s application for a judicial review of a committee’s appointment of a second auditor to look into his 2014 campaign expenses has been dismissed. Madam Justice Anne Molloy, writing for a panel of three divisional court judges, found that...
Jan 23rd, 2018
Court rules French’s application premature By Rick Vanderlinde Barrie Advance Springwater Mayor Bill French has been ordered to pay $20,000 in court costs after his bid to quash a second audit of his 2014 election expenses was rejected by Ontario’s Divisional Court. A panel of three judges rule...
Jan 23rd, 2018
New Tecumseth Free Press Online January 26, 2018 When Simcoe-Grey Conservative MP Kellie Leitch announced her decision not to seek reelection in 2019, earlier this week, it triggered a change in the Party’s nomination process that was set to close yesterday (Jan. 25) at 5 pm. To that point, Ms...
Jan 15th, 2018
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Black Mirror Canada “From mass dissemination of false information, to impersonation, leaking foreign documents in order to influence political and legal outcomes… the possibilities for the types of activities contemplated in [Bill C-59] are limited only by im...
Jan 10th, 2018
By Kate Harries AWARE News Network A hearing was held at Osgoode Hall just before Christmas, marking the latest chapter in the two-and-a-half-year saga of an audit launched by former Springwater deputy mayor Dan McLean of Springwater Mayor Bill French’s 2014 campaign expenses. On December 18 2017, a ...
Dec 14th, 2017
Richard Lindgren Lawyers Daily By Amanda Jerome Ontario has passed new legislation that will replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) with a tribunal it purports will improve the speed, fairness and affordability of land use hearings throughout the province. While the government is extolling the ben...
Nov 13th, 2017
Municipal Elections Matter panellists included Claire Malcolmson (Campaign Fairness), Mike Schreiner (Ontario Green Party) and Janet Budgell (Concerned Citizens in Adjala-Tosorontio) -Lake Simcoe Living photo From the Lake Simcoe Association A strong group of engaged citizens who want to make changes...
Oct 30th, 2017
New Tecumseth Free Press Online October 31 2017 New Tecumseth is now accepting applications for the Ward 5 council vacancy created when Donna Jebb was elevated to Deputy Mayor on Oct. 12th. Anyone eligible to vote in New Tecumseth is qualified to apply. The winner will be determined by a counc...