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Jan 25th, 2017
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...
Dec 16th, 2016
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Download AWARE Simcoe Comments on OMB Review Dec 16, 2016 or read below AWARE Simcoe is a citizens’ organization that advocates for protection of the environment, and to achieve healthy and sustainable communities. We monitor local governments for transparency and accountability. AWARE Simcoe w...
Dec 15th, 2016
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Letter to the  Springwater News from Rick Webster In a previous edition of this newspaper I stated that the existing Springwater Council should take careful note of the Township’s lawyer, Barnet Kussner advice to council in 2014. He was clear in saying that while he could not think of a way to stop t...
Dec 8th, 2016
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From Anita Nickerson Fair Vote Canada Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef has launched a national survey on democratic reform. It will close on December 30. A postcard with the URL for the survey has been sent to 13 million homes now! On Thursday December 1, the all-party committee on e...
Nov 19th, 2016
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By Ian Burns Midland Mirror MIDLAND – The next municipal election is nearly two years away, but Midland council is beginning to look at possibilities for the future – including ranked ballots and the end of the ward system. Councillors considered a staff report on elections at Monday’s general ...