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Mar 4th, 2018
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On Monday February 27, 2018 I attended the Springwater Compliance Audit Committee meeting. The CAC was set up to examine the election expenses of Springwater Mayor Bill French after a complaint by defeated deputy mayor candidate Dan MacLean. The details of this fiasco have been documented by Kate Har...
Feb 28th, 2018
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Compliance audit committee members Colin McLarty, George Wodoslawsky and Robert Barlow leave the township administration centre after meeting in January. -AWARE Simcoe photo French, McLean, township ready to settle in July 2017, but committee refused, mayor says By Kate Harries AWARE News Network The...
Feb 27th, 2018
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Lawyer expects inquiry would cost more than $1 million by John Edwards Collingwood Connection The Town of Collingwood is calling for a judicial inquiry into the events surrounding the sale of 50 per cent of the town’s hydro company in 2012. The town received a presentation on Monday from William McDo...
Feb 23rd, 2018
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The lawsuit against Stacey Newman resulted from comments she wrote on Facebook in 2015 alleging intimidation and harassment by Azim Rizvee, who was then a federal Liberal candidate By JULIEN GIGNAC Toronto Star A judge has dismissed a defamation suit against a Milton woman, ruling that comments she p...
Feb 7th, 2018
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Springwater compliance audit committee members Colin McLarty, George Wodoslawsky and Robert Barlow leave the township administration centre after meeting last month. AWARE Simcoe photo By Kate Harries AWARE News Network The cost to taxpayers of a committee investigation of the election campaign expen...
Feb 5th, 2018
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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...