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An Instrumental Music program for Middle and High School students is being launched by Thornbury Jazzworks beginning Monday October 1, 2018

The 12 week course is for brass, woodwind and percussion players with basic band or ensemble playing experience. The program is designed for a group of young musicians to establish a VALLEY YOUTH BAND a soon as desired instrument balance is achieved.

Course Director is Ken Paterson, a recently retired music educator with over 30 years experience in teaching instrumental and vocal music both in York Region and Blue Water District School Boards.

Registration Fee is $30.00. Registration forms are available at the Beaver Valley Community School or at the front desk at Thornbury Pharmasave.

Enquiries can be directed by e-mail to thornburyjazz@gmail.com or by telephone to 519-599-2893.

The Judicial Review brought against the Town of the Blue Mountains by former Council member Michael Seguin has concluded today

On August 13, 2018 Mr. Seguin filed a motion to abandon the Judicial Review he filed. Micheal Seguin and the Town attended at Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 7755 Hurontario Street, in Brampton for Court File No. DC-17-59.

The Judge has ruled in this matter and the Town was awarded $20,000, inclusive of HST, payable by Mr. Seguin to the Town within 180 days. The ruling by Justice LeMay concludes the Judicial Review.

Contact Information

John McKean, Mayor

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 400

1-888-258-6867

Email the Mayor

For Media Inquiries Contact:

Shawn Everitt, Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 234

1-888-258-6867

Email the CAO

The Judicial Review brought against the Town of the Blue Mountains by former Council member Michael Seguin has concluded today

On August 13, 2018 Mr. Seguin filed a motion to abandon the Judicial Review he filed. Micheal Seguin and the Town attended at Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 7755 Hurontario Street, in Brampton for Court File No. DC-17-59.

The Judge has ruled in this matter and the Town was awarded $20,000, inclusive of HST, payable by Mr. Seguin to the Town within 180 days. The ruling by Justice LeMay concludes the Judicial Review.

Contact Information

John McKean, Mayor

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 400

1-888-258-6867

Email the Mayor

For Media Inquiries Contact:

Shawn Everitt, Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 234

1-888-258-6867

Email the CAO

The agenda for the September 24, 2018 Council Meeting has been revised to include:

  • Item C.4 Deputation: Mark Venere Re: Delphi Point Parks Management Plan,
  • Item C.5 Deputation: Tom Talbot Re: Delphi Point Parks Management Plan; and,
  • Item C.6 Deputation: Ron Duke Re: Delphi Point Parks Management Plan.

Meeting materials and event details can be reviewed on the Council Calendar.

Drop off Your Old or Unused Prescription Medications and Receive a Voucher for a Free Ticket to an Owen Sound Attack Regular Season Game!

The community is invited to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off old or unused prescription and over-the-counter medication at the Rexall Pharma Plus in downtown Owen Sound from September 24 - 30. Everyone who drops off medication will receive a voucher for a free ticket, while supplies last, for any Wednesday evening Owen Sound Attack regular season game. 

This Medication Misuse campaign promotes the proper disposal and storage of medication and aims to reduce the amount of circulating unused/expired medication (especially opioid pain relievers). Unused medication should always be returned to a pharmacy for proper disposal. This campaign to prevent Medication Misuse is supported by Rexall Pharma Plus, the Owen Sound Attack and the Grey Bruce Health Unit. 

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (2017) shows: 

  • 1 in 10 students (Grade 7-12) have used a prescription opioid pain reliever (e.g. Percocet, Percodan, Tylenol 3, Demerol and codeine) without a prescription in the past year
  • 55% of teens who indicated they had misused prescription opioids report obtaining the drugs from a parent or sibling
  • Non-medicinal use of over-the-counter cough and cold medicine by students in grades 7-12 has increased from 6.4% in 2015 to 9.2% currently

Medication Drop Off

Date: September 24 - 30, 2018 
Location: Rexall Pharma Plus, 963 2nd Ave. E., Owen Sound, ON 
(Medications cannot be returned in vials or blister packs. Meds must be emptied into the paper bags provided when returned) 

For More Information:  
Monica Blair, Registered Practical Nurse, 
Grey Bruce Health Unit 
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1243
m.blair@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Fort Willow Conservation Area - 2714 Grenfel Road Springwater Township

Springwater Township, Ontario, September 17, 2018 – Take a journey back in time at the Festival at Fort Willow on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Willow Conservation Area at 2714 Grenfel Rd. in Springwater Township. 

Historical re-enactors will bring to life the daily activities of British soldiers, camp followers and indigenous people living in Simcoe County in the early 19th century. Visitors can muster-up and march in the King’s army, learn about traditional blacksmithing, carpentry and candle making, and listen to the cannons roar. The Simcoe County Museum, Barrie Art Club, wandering minstrels and cavalry will add to the festivities. 

The Friends of Historic Fort Willow, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Township of Springwater and Rotary Club of Barrie are proud to host this event, which celebrates the significance of Fort Willow in the history of our nation. 

Admission is free. Artisan crafts will be available for sale (cash only).

Visitors are reminded that there is no parking at Fort Willow. Free parking and shuttle bus to-and-from the site are available at the Grenfel Community Hall at 1989 Sunnidale Road.  

For more information on the Festival at Fort Willow, visit http://fortwillow.nvca.on.ca. 

This year, the festival is pleased to be part of Doors Open Simcoe County. Each year, communities across Ontario take part in the Doors Open program, which provides free access to cultural and heritage locations. On September 29, more than 50 sites across Simcoe County, including Fort Willow and the festival, will be open, showcasing the best of the area's history.  

Fort Willow is recognized as both a national and provincial historic site. Established at the half-way point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River, the Fort enabled a continuous trade and transportation route from Lake Ontario through to Georgian Bay. During the War of 1812, the British military used the fort as a strategic supply depot along the Nine Mile Portage route at a time when the lower lakes were occupied by the Americans. 

History comes alive at the Festival at Fort Willow, held Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Willow Conservation Area in Springwater.

About the NVCA:  The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands. www.nvca.on.ca 

About the Friends of Historic Fort Willow: The Friends of Historic Fort Willow are volunteers working to preserve the original site and its reconstructed features and promote the historical, educational and recreational activities happening at the fort.  fortwillow.nvca.on.ca 

About the Township of Springwater: Springwater is a municipality of approximately 19,000 residents located in the heart of Simcoe County. Springwater Township is home to the second largest concentration of County Forests and is a popular destination for outdoor activities in all four seasons.  www.springwater.ca 

About the Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Barrie has been an enthusiastic supporter of the NVCA. Rotary’s participation in the Festival at Fort Willow stared with the first festival, and they are pleased to continue their involvement. Proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the event are donated to the Friends of Fort Willow to assist with their restoration efforts. To date more than 
$15,000 has been raised. 

Media contact: Heather Kepran, Communications Coordinator 
705-424-1479 ext. 254, hkepran@nvca.on.ca

http://fortwillow.nvca.on.ca

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign!

When by the water always carry a phone and call 911 in the case of an emergency.

Northwinds Beach Washrooms and Launch Ramp will be Closed from September 15 to November 16, 2018

Please be advised that Northwinds Launch Ramp and Washrooms will be closed from September 15 to November 16, 2018.

The purpose of the closure is to accommodate upgrading the Craigleith Ski Club snowmaking system.  Construction is anticipated to start September 15th and continue until November 16th with no access, other than for emergency vehicles, to the Northwinds Beach boat launch and washrooms.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and are providing portable toilets at Northwinds Beach as well as free access to the boat launch ramp at the Thornbury Harbour during the closure.   

The agenda for the September 17, 2018 Special Committee of the Whole Meeting has been revised to include:

  • Item B.4 Deputation: Eric Miles, MHBC Re: New Zoning By-law and Ability to Make Amendments to D Zone Properties within Two Year Moratorium; and,
  • Item B.5 Deputation: David Finbow, Short Term Accommodation Association Re: Staff Report FAF.18.126 and Proposed Changes to Short Term Accommodation Licensing By-law.

Meeting materials and event details can be reviewed on the Council Calendar.

Notice of Temporary Road Closure Victoria Street South from Napier Street West to Pyatt Avenue, September 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Temporary Road Closure - Victoria Street South from Napier Street West to Pyatt Avenue will be closed on September 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the installation of a storm sewer.

For further information please contact Manager of Roads and Drainage.

 

A Special Committee of the Whole has been scheduled for Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

For meeting materials and additional meeting details, please visit the Council Calendar.

For more information, please contact the Clerk's Office.

Little River Park Playground will be Closed September 18 to September 21

Please be advised that the Little River Park Playground (west of the Thornbury Harbour) will be closed from:

September 18 to and including September 21, 2018

This closure is necessary in order to perform maintenance work on the surrounding retaining wall.

We apologize for the inconvenience this closure will cause.

Marking the Passing of Past Town Council Member Frank Lougheed

Please be advised that the flags at Town Hall are lowered to half mast until Friday September 14, 2018 to mark the passing of Frank Lougheed, a former member of Council and Fire Department.

Frank joined the Town's Parks Board in the 1950's as well as the volunteer fire department. In the latter, he served over 30 years having become Deputy Chief and winning a distinguished service medal. In 1973 Frank was elected to Town Council on which he served as a Councillor, Deputy Reeve, then Reeve until he retired from Council in 1999. This included 9 years on Grey County Council.

A Special Meeting of Council has been scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

For meeting materials, please visit the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

For more information, please contact the Clerks' Office.

Phone Lines at Town Hall are Currently Down - Staff are Working to Resolve the Issue as Quickly as Possible

Join us for a Public Information Session about the voting process for the upcoming 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections in The Blue Mountains

Want to find out more information about the voting process for the upcoming 2018 Municipal & School Board Elections in The Blue Mountains?

Tonight's Internet and Telephone Voting Information session details are below.

  • Tuesday September 11, 2018 (7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) at The Blue Mountains Public Library

For more information, please contact the Town Clerk at 519-599-3131 ext.232.

https://thebluemountains.ca/election.cfm

Applications are now available for the 2019 Grants and Donations Program

The Town of The Blue Mountains Council is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 Grants and Donations Program.  We welcome not-for-profit organizations and Business Associations servicing The Blue Mountains to request funding or subsidization of Town-owned facility space through this process.  The deadline for applications is Friday, January 11, 2019.  Applications will be considered by the Town’s Committee of the Whole in early 2019.

For further information, please email the Administrative Assistant for Finance and IT Services or call 519-599-3131 extension 227.

Our New Director of Planning and Development Services

On behalf of our Interim CAO, Shawn Everitt, it is our pleasure  to announce that we have hired Nathan Westendorp as our Director of Planning and Development Services.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. He is currently the Manager of Development for the County of Simcoe.

He has previously held progressive roles for the County of Simcoe including Intermediate and Senior Planner. As well, Nathan has worked for Cambium Planning as a Planning Projects Manager. As a past member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Community Design Working Group and current chair of the Development Directors of Ontario, Nathan has been able to build on his passion for urban design and exemplary planning practices.

Nathan will be joining us on October 17, 2018.

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign!

Before heading out to make a splash, be sure to check the weather – it can change in a flash!

Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or an afternoon at the pool, gather your things and seek shelter during stormy weather or strong winds. #knowbeforeyougo

Government of Canada Weather Information

Gord Canning Drive will be Closed from Carmichael Crescent to Grey Road 19 Roundabout

Please be advised that there will be a temporary road closure in the Craigleith Area affecting residents on Carmichael Crescent and Plater Street.  This service disruption is scheduled to take place on:

  • Saturday September 15, 2018 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday September 16, 2018 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

This road closure will be in place to accommodate the Centurion Cycling Event.

Roads throughout The Blue Mountains will be used on both days for this event. Please give yourself extra time to get to your desired destination and drive with caution. OPP will be onsite throughout the municipality to facilitate traffic control for the protection of all road users. 

Please review the event routes provided by Centurion Cycling. 

For more information about this event, please visit the Centurion Cycling website. 

The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Meeting to receive comments on the proposed changes to the Procedural By-law. The Procedural By-law sets out the rules and regulations for the proceedings of Council, Committees and Local Boards. 

The Public Meeting will be held at in Council Chambers, 32 Mill Street Thornbury, at 5:00 p.m.

Public Meeting Notice

Now Open on Sundays until October 7

The Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO) Treasure Shop will be open on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. up to and including October 7, 2018.

Come on in and enjoy some leisurely Sunday shopping.

http://www.bvo.ca/

Do you need to check if you're on the Voters' List?

The Town of The Blue Mountains will be using internet and telephone voting for the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections.

Elections Staff will be available at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, during normal hours of operation, in addition to extended hours to assist individuals who need to confirm if they are on the Voters' List. During the voting period, the Help Centre is also available for any voters who require assistance.

Additional details are available in the Extended Help Centre Hours & Online Voter Services document attached.

To check if you're on the Voters' List, visit the Town's Election page.

Questions? Contact the Clerks' Office.

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting September 10th.

Home and Community Support Services of Grey Bruce is a team of caring staff and volunteers who provide community based services that support independence and enhance the quality of daily life for seniors, adults and their families.

For program details, and to find out how to volunteer, visit Home and Community Support Services website.

Contact Details:

MAIN OFFICE
Suite 104, 340 10th St. E.
Owen Sound, ON N4K 6P7
519-372-2091

Residents who are supplied with Municipal water, please be advised that the annual flushing of fire hydrants and water mains is currently underway.

This is a routine maintenance procedure carried out in the Spring and Fall to ensure proper fire hydrant operation and water quality throughout the water distribution system. Lower water pressure due to hydrant flushing may be experienced in some areas. 

Minor water discolouration may occur periodically and can be rectified by letting faucets run until clear.

For more information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
Town of The Blue Moutnains

A mosquito collected in the Municipality of Meaford tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv). The positive mosquito re-affirms the presence of the virus in mosquito pools in our area. The Grey Bruce Health Unit will continue weekly trapping of mosquitoes and have them identified and tested at a laboratory. If you see a trap, please do not touch it.

Individuals can become infected after being bitten by an infected mosquito. In 2018, there have been no confirmed cases of WNv in humans in Grey and Bruce Counties.

The best way to prevent West Nile virus is to avoid being bitten. Reduce mosquito habitats by preventing standing water, which is where mosquitoes lay eggs. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the following when heading outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (e.g., dawn and dusk):

  • Cover exposed skin
  • Wear long pants and loose-fitting shirts with long sleeves
  • Socks and a hat (even put mosquito netting over your hat)
  • Wear light coloured clothing
  • Use bug spray that contains either DEET or Icaridin

Please speak to your health care provider if you are concerned about your health. Most people infected with WNv have no symptoms.

For others, symptoms may occur within 2 to 15 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. Mild symptoms may include fever, headache, body aches, mild rash, or swollen lymph nodes. Recovery can take a week for mild cases. Adults 50 years or older and those with weakened immune symptoms are at risk of developing more severe symptoms such as acute headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, difficulty swallowing or confusion.

For more information on West Nile virus and tips to reduce your risk:

Government of Canada

Public Health Ontario

For more information:

Stephanie Nickels

Public Health Inspector

1-800-263-3456 or 519-376-9420 ext. 1229

s.nickels@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Curbside Battery Collection begins the week of September 3 until September 27, 2018

For curbside collection, place batteries in battery bag (or clear sealable bag) and place of top of your blue box on your day of collection, from September 3 to September 27, 2018.

For Condos, place batteries in battery bag (or clear sealable bag) and place inside the designated pail in central waste area, from September 3 to September 28, 2018.

For more information download the App: TBM Waste Resource available for Apple & Android. 

Our New Communications and Economic Development Coordinator

On behalf of Interim CAO, Shawn Everitt we are pleased to announce the hiring of Tim Hendry as our Communications and Economic Development Coordinator.

Tim has held the position of Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Township of Clearview since 2015. In his current role Tim provides active leadership and strategic communications advice to members of Council, senior management and to community partners/stakeholders. In addition, he serves as the key spokesperson and media contact for the municipality.

Prior to his role at Clearview Tim was the Owner and Principal of TRH Marketing, a company which developed digital marketing strategies for non-for-profit organizations and private businesses through social media marketing, branding, website development and online advertising.

Tim is a graduate of the Laurentian University Bachelor of Business Administration program and also the Humber College Marketing Diploma program. In addition, Tim has completed Year One of the Economic Development Certificate through the University of Waterloo.

Tim is passionate about municipal communications, community economic development, and proactive public engagement. Tim will join the Administration team at the Town of The Blue Mountains on October 1, 2018.

Grey Bruce Health Unit launches water safety media campaign!

Boating Safety - Save $250. Always have the proper safety equipment on your boat. Required personal safety equipment depends on the size and type of boat.

Boat Smart Canada Information

Notification of Temporary Road Closure - Wednesday, September 5 through Friday, September 7, 2018

Louisa St. E.  will be temporarily closed September 5th through September 7th, between Wickens Way and Elgin St. S. to allow for work being performed on the water and sewer service.

Please note that those residents with lane ways will be able to access their lanes during the closure.
 
For Additional Information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries

519-599-3131 ext. 284

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Learning water safety and swimming skills saves lives. Consider taking CPR first aid & swimming lessons or Swim to Survive this summer.

Lifesaving Society 'Swim to Survive' Program

Scenic Caves Road between Grey Road 19 and Swiss Meadows Blvd Closed by OPP for Accident Investigation

ROAD CLOSURE STILL IN EFFECT

(The Blue Mountains, ON) Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently on scene of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.

The collision took place shortly before 2:00pm today on Scenic Caves Road in The Blue Mountains where a motorcycle went off the roadway and into the ditch. The operator of the motorcycle was taken to an area hospital and later airlifted to a Toronto area hospital with life threatening injuries.

OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) have now arrived on scene and as a result of the ongoing investigation, Scenic Caves Road will remain closed for several hours between Grey Road 19 and Swiss Meadows Boulevard.

A further media notification will be made when the roadway is reopened.

Contact: PC Martin Hachey

                Media Relations Officer 

Phone: (705) 445-4321

CLOSED ROAD ADVISORY NOTIFICATION

OPP officers are investigating a single vehicle crash on Scenic Caves Road in The Blue Mountains and have closed the road as a result of the continuing investigation. One person was transported to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries.

OPP Media Contact: Constable Martin Hachey

The O.P.P. will distribute details and updates of the road advisory as information becomes available.

Please do not call O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres for road advisory updates or road condition information.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at ontario.ca/511, twitter @511Ontario or call 511 traveller's information such as winter road conditions, construction reports, road closures, traffic reports, traffic cameras and interactive mapping.

Information for Voters

For more information about who may vote, what school board you would vote for, Voter's List Information, Methods of Voting and Internet and Telephone Voting Information Sessions, please see the attachments.

Don't miss your chance to nominate an outstanding physician in your community for the 2019 Council Award

Monday, October 1, 2018 is the deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2019 Council Award. The Council Award honours outstanding Ontario physicians who have demonstrated excellence and embody society's vision of an "ideal physician".

The criteria for selecting a physician for the Council Award are outlined in the award brochure.

Four awards are presented each year, one in each of the following categories: Academic Specialty, Community Specialty, Academic Family Practice and Community Family Practice.

If you know of a physician who meets the selection criteria, please nominate him or her for the Council Award. The nomination deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. 

For further information, please contact the Communications Department at 416-967-2600 or 1-800-268-7096 ext. 611 or cpsoaward@cpso.on.ca

Meet one of the 2018 Council Award winners:
Dr. Sarah Reid

Dr. Sarah Reid, an Ottawa expert in pediatric emergency medicine, was presented with the College's Council Award at the June Council meeting in recognition of her work to ensure children across Canada receive evidence-based, high quality pediatric emergency care. 

Dr. Reid is a pediatrician in the emergency department at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is also the medical lead for CHEO's Emergency Department Outreach Program, and an assistant professor in pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Ottawa. 

It is well known that the majority of ill and injured children in Canada are treated not in tertiary care centres, but in community emergency departments where the physicians and nurses often have fewer resources and less experience and training in treating severely ill children. As the founding medical lead for the Outreach Program, Dr. Reid has been at the forefront of the creation and implementation of a program that provides outreach education to the 20 community hospitals within the Champlain and the South East LHINs to facilitate broad standardization of evidence-based care.

https://www.cpso.on.ca/

Temporary Lane Restriction with one lane closed on the 10th Line at Pheasant Run

Temporary Lane Restriction with one lane closed on the 10th Line at Pheasant Run. Traffic Control signage will be in place. Temporary Lane Restrictions for the purpose of: Installing hydro service for Trailwoods Subdivision. 

For more information contact:

Manager of Roads and Drainage
519-599-3131 ext. 271

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

If you're not within arm's reach, you've gone too far.  Always supervise children in and around water.

Summer Water Safety Tip Sheet

Stop the invasion and save the shoreline: Volunteers needed to rid shoreline of invasive Phragmites

UTOPIA, Ontario (August 3, 2018) - Phragmites, an invasive plant, is spreading along Collingwood’s shoreline. With its tall, dense stands, Phragmites is destroying wildlife habitat, ruining scenic views of the bay, and limiting opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating. Volunteers are needed to help “Fight the Phrag” on August 18 in Collingwood near Hen and Chicken Island. Now in its fourth year, this annual event brings the community together to stand up against the unwelcome invader.
Two work parties are planned, one starting at 8:00 am and one starting at 1:00 pm. A free BBQ lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

No experience is necessary to volunteer, and training and tools will be provided. Volunteers should expect to spend the day outside and in the water, and should bring sunscreen, a hat, drinking water, clothes that can get wet, and sturdy footwear. This event is eligible for high school volunteer hours.

To register or find out more information, visit fight-the-phrag-2018.eventbrite.com or contact Vicky Boyd, NVCA’s Phragmites Removal Coordinator, 705-424-1479 ext. 246, vboyd@nvca.on.ca.

This event is part of the efforts of NVCA, Georgian Bay Forever, Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, the Town of Collingwood, local condominium associations, and concerned residents to monitor and control Phragmites. Over the past four years, volunteer cuttings have slowed the spread of Phragmites along the shoreline, helping to protect the rare Great Lakes coastal marshes found in Collingwood.

Funding for this project is provided by the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, WWF Loblaw Water Fund, Environment and Climate Change Canada EcoAction program, Georgian Bay Forever, and others.

More information on Phragmites can be found on the NVCA website (www.nvca.on.ca). To report a sighting of Phragmites, contact the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or use your smartphone to report at www.eddmaps.org/ontario/

About NVCA: The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands.

Media contact: Heather Kepran, Communications Coordinator 705-424-1479 ext. 254,
hkepran@nvca.on.ca.
 

 

EXCITING NEWS! “Honourable senators, there is a groundswell of goodwill happening in the South Georgian Triangle I would like to share with you …” So began a speech to the Canadian Senate delivered by Senator Gwen Boniface on the formation of the 100+ Women in our area. Senator Boniface has been following our progress since last August when we came into being in August of 2017. Included below are her words.

THE SENATE on Thursday, June 14, 2018 re 100 WOMEN WHO CARE

Hon. Gwen Boniface:

“Last summer, I met the leader of a group of caring women from my home region who were in the process of creating a local chapter of the growing 100 Who Care Alliance in support of local charities.

The 100+ Women Who Care concept was originally the idea of Karen Dunigan of Michigan in 2009, after she was approached to help fill a need for cribs, mattresses and bedding for single mothers. She decided to invite 100 women to a meeting and asked each to pledge $100, and the trend began. Now there are more than 550 chapters worldwide and 73 in Canada. And, while women have initiated this movement, other chapters including men, children and teens, and virtual chapters, have been created.

The 100+ Who Care concept is a powerful, winning formula because it requires a minimal amount of time and financial commitment for maximum effect, which complements the hectic lives that people lead today. The movement builds bridges between those in need and the people in their communities who have the means and the interest. It demonstrates that by working together, people can have a tremendous impact on communities.

The first recipient of their donations was Home Horizon’s Barbara Weider House, a not-for-profit charity providing traditional housing to homeless women, children and youth in Collingwood. Most recently, the Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth group was the chosen charity to receive a financial boost.

Fellow senators, it is these types of grassroots efforts in small communities …”

For the full speech link onto - https://www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com/news or audio link:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/1v0tcbs1p81vyx8/2018-06-14%20Sen_Boniface.wav?dl=0

Next meeting is set for Wednesday Septmeber 26th, 2018, 7pm @ Collingwood Legion, 490 Ontario Street  - Registration at 6:30

We are currently at about 190 women, and continue to add members.  At a single meeting we are now raising about $19,000 for a local charity, meeting four times a year.

Go to our website www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com

Find us on Facebook – 100 Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle

To receive info go to: 100wwcsgt@gmail.com

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Never swim alone! Every swimmer should always be supervised.

#SwimSmart 

Red Cross Summer Water Safety Tips

Check out the Dominion Voting system the Town will be using in the 2018 Municipal and School Board Election

Check out this video produced by Dominion Voting, the system the Town will be using in the 2018 Municipal Election.

It takes you through the internet voting process screen by screen, showing you the steps and giving you tips, to ensure you feel confident voting in the upcoming election.

Link to Video - Internet Voting Guide

July 26, 2018

(Town of The Blue Mountains) The Town completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment in July 2017 for the management of leachate generated at the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal Site. The preferred solution is to pipe the leachate to the Thornbury Wastewater Treatment Plant. Leachate is liquid collected within the landfill cell. Until the pipe is constructed, the leachate is trucked to a receiving station in Craigleith. The Town was successful in receiving a $2.3 million grant under the Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund, a program aimed at reducing climate change related emissions.

The Town received correspondence from the province July 10, 2018 that the program has been cancelled and that the grant monies are now withdrawn however, some wind-down funding may be available. The Town project is only part way through the design phase. Construction was planned to commence in early 2019.

Town Council will consider a Staff Report regarding next steps at a Special Meeting of Council July 31, 2018.

For more Information Contact:
Jeff Fletcher
Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 238
1-888-258-6867
 
For Media Inquiries Contact:
Shawn Everitt
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234
1-888-258-6867

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

If your child is not a strong swimmer, or is under the age of 5, they should always be wearing a lifejacket when in or near the water. Make sure the lifejacket is for the appropriate weight, and always do up all buckles and straps.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/lifejackets

Food Premises Owners & Operators - Contact Public Health Before You Open a Business

Under the law you are required to notify the health unit of your intention to operate a food premises. You must include your name, contact information and the location of the food premises in the notice [Health Protection and Promotion Act, S. 16 (2) and Ontario Regulation 493/17, Food Premises, S.5].

Follow these steps:

Contact Grey Bruce Public Health at 519-376-9420 or toll free at 1-800-263-3456 or email publichealth@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

Ask to speak with your Public Health Inspector to:

  • Review applicable regulations and relevant standards
  • Receive information, advice and support
  • Review floor plans and equipment needs
  • Schedule an opening inspection before you officially open

Food Premises include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants, cafeterias, and take-outs
  • Daycare, long-term care, retirement homes, homes for special care
  • Mobile premises
  • Catering companies
  • Retail butcher shops
  • Convenience stores
  • Recreational camps
  • Special events and some farmers' markets

The Grey Bruce Health Unit offers food handler training throughout the year. Check our website for course details at https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Environment/Food- Safety/Food-Safety-Certification-Courses

Grey Bruce Health Unit issues Lyme Disease update

July 18, 2018

Lyme Disease Update

A blacklegged tick collected in Northern Bruce Peninsula has tested positive for the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks carrying B. burgdorferi. Blacklegged ticks are most often found in forests, wooded areas, shrubs, tall grass and leaf piles. The risk of Lyme disease increases the longer the tick has been attached (e.g., more than 24 hours). There have been no confirmed cases of Lyme disease in humans in Grey and Bruce Counties in 2018.

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by a tick. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the following tips when heading outside to areas where ticks can be found:

  • Use bug spray with DEET or Icaridin (always follow directions).
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants.
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants, and your pants into your socks.
  • Walk on paths.
  • Do a daily full body tick check on yourself, your children, your pets, and your gear.
  •  Shower or bathe within two hours of being outdoors.
  • Put your clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes.

If you find a tick on yourself or a family member, immediately remove it with a pair of fine-tip tweezers. Ticks can be submitted to health care providers or the Grey Bruce Health Unit for identification. Ticks identified as blacklegged will be tested for B. burgdorferi.

Please speak to your health care provider if a tick has bitten you and are concerned about your health. Early detection of Lyme disease is very important. If caught early, Lyme disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics. Symptoms may occur 3 to 30 days after you have been bitten, including: rash (sometimes shaped like a bull’s eye), fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain. If untreated, in weeks or months after a bite, more severe symptoms could develop, including severe headaches, facial paralysis, joint paint, and nervous system disorders (e.g., dizziness, mental confusion, nerve pain, etc.).

If you find a tick on your dog or cat and are concerned, please consult with your veterinarian. Regular tick checks and prompt removal are also important for pets.

More information on Lyme disease and tips to reduce your risk is available at:

Government of Canada

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada

For more information:

Stephanie Nickels
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1229

Reminder - Stage 1 Water Use Restrictions Currently in Effect Until September 1, 2018

Residents may water between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Properties with odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered calendar days.
Properties with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered calendar days. 

For more information please contact:
Water and Wastewater Inquiries
Town of The Blue Mountains 

A Special Meeting of Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

The meeting agenda is attached.

For more information please contact the Clerks' Office.

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/council-calendar.cfm?is=27

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Going boating? A lifejacket will only help keep you safe if you wear it. Make sure all children and adults wear a PFD when on a boat.

Information on Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

For more information visit:

519-376-9420

 

The Meaford Harbour 5k Run/Walk is quickly approaching July 14, 2018

This year’s event has ramped up its pace with some new additions while keeping with traditions. “It is very special to be able to put on an event that combines the love for running, walking and raising funds for our local hospital foundation,” says Jen Johnston a participant for the past 4 years. “Our family has been participating in memory of my parents and we are already registered for this year’s event. It’s a great way to honor their legacy here in Meaford.”

The race has raised over $456,500 over the past 22 years for medical equipment at The Meaford Hospital.

For kids 12 and under that want to give running a try, come down to the harbour for a FREE run starting at 8:30. Thornbury Pools & Spas has donated super cool sunglasses for the first 125 kids registered to participate.

For those who are competitive runners or walkers the race starts at 9am and is a chip timed for those that want to track their times. However, the race is also a chance for those just wishing to enjoy the pleasure of strolling along the lovely shores of Georgian Bay while raising funds for the Meaford Hospital Foundation.  We are a pet friendly event so please feel free to bring your fur babies with you! Don’t forget your doggy poop bags as cleaning up along the route is always appreciated. Water stations will be set up along the route for both run/walkers and your furry friends! Quench Buggy will be onsite at the harbour if you wish to bring your refillable water jug for a refresh during the event as well!

The first 300 participants to register will receive a dry wick t-shirt, while your furry friends will get a Harbour Run bandana from Pet Connection in Meaford.

We have some really neat prizes for the top fundraisers this year so be sure to ask family and friends to support your race! The registration process is simple and can be done either online at www.mhfoundation.ca OR drop into Pharmasave in Thornbury, Runner’s Den in Owen Sound or the Bank of Montreal in Meaford to pick up a registration form or pledge sheet. There will also be registration the morning of the race between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. as well as advance registration on Friday afternoon, July 13th at the Harbour Pavilion between 4 – 7 p.m.

This year both our top female and male runner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to Runner’s Den in Owen Sound and our top female walker will receive a “Touch and Toes” package courtesy of The Falls Inn (Walters Falls), while the top male walker receives a $100 Gift Certificate to Knights’ Home Building Centre.

There are pledge based prizes for top fundraisers as well;  a Bose Speaker donated by Bruce Power, an Autographed Owen Sound Attack jersey, Kayak/Sup for 2 certificate donated by Blue Surf, Elsie’s Diner gift cards, Motomaster Emergency Car Starter, Lift passes for 5 people for 2 days to Beaver Valley Ski Club, a Mini Photography Session from Krystal Klear Photography, CAA Travel Bag, Park Admission for 2 to Scenic Caves, Knights of Meaford hockey apparel and tickets and a $100 gift card to Squire Johns.

This year’s race is in support of The Meaford Hospital Foundation and the Harbour Run/Walk goal with a goal of $50,000 which will be designated to Diagnostic Imaging (X-Ray & MRI).

You can find the Meaford Harbour 5k on Facebook if you wish to get up to date race info.

Contact Info:
Jen Wright
Executive Director
Meaford Hospital Foundation

 

Meaford Hospital Foundation
519-538-1311 x 4208

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam on July 4, 2018 which will involve lowering the water lever by 2.5 metres for a portion of the day. 

Continued work is proposed for the week of July 16, 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at the Owen Sound Offices (519-376-3860). 

Transit service across South Georgian Bay will offer better service hours as of July 1, when a pilot project will see hours extended for the Collingwood/Blue Mountains Link, the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach Transit link, and Colltrans

Starting July 1, 2018, a pilot project will offer service on all three routes from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The extended hours will see service provided during the current mid-day gap on the Collingwood/Blue Mountains link, as well as an extra hour of service in the evening on the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach link and additional service on weekend evenings for Colltrans.

This enhanced service is expected to greatly assist residents who rely on transit to travel to their employment, and will also make it easier for visitors to the area to use public transit to explore our region.

Please visit www.southgeorgianbaytransit.ca for full details including maps and schedules.

On behalf of The Blue Mountains Public Library Board, I congratulate Dr. Sabrina Saunders on her achievement of the Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree (M.L.I.S.).  Sabrina completed the requirements for the degree in April, and yesterday, June 20th, she walked across the stage at the University of Western Ontario Graduation Ceremony to receive her degree.

June 21st, 2018

On behalf of The Blue Mountains Public Library Board, I congratulate Dr. Sabrina Saunders on her achievement of the Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree (M.L.I.S.).  Sabrina completed the requirements for the degree in April, and yesterday, June 20th, she walked across the stage at the University of Western Ontario Graduation Ceremony to receive her degree.

Dr. Saunders adds the M.L.I.S. degree to a Ph.D. in Theory & Policy Studies (University of Toronto), a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education, a Master of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies, a Master of Science in Student Personnel Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology (Buffalo State University), a certificate in EXCEL: Managing Small Public Libraries (SOLS), a certificate in Advancing Public Library Leadership (SOLS/University of Waterloo) and a number of other certifications.

Dr. Saunders models professional development to all of her staff, and inspires us all in her pursuit of life-long learning.

Notice of Public Open House and Notice of Public Meeting to consider a New Comprehensive Zoning By-law

The Town has received an Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications. The Town has deemed the applications to be complete however no public meeting has been scheduled to-date.

The purpose of these applications is to consider a development proposal for a proposed waterski wakeboard cable park and associated buildings and structures.

Notice of Complete Application - Wakeboard Park

For more information contact Planning Services.

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