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The agenda for the Council Meeting on April 24, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Please be advised that Town Hall will be closed Friday, April 19, 2019 and Monday, April 22, 2019 to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

All essential services will continue to operate during this time, including waste collection, road maintenance, water, wastewater, fire and by-law enforcement services.

Bayview Avenue will be closed between Grey Street and Lakeshore Road

Town of The Blue Mountains Water Department will be making repairs to a Water Service Line on Bayview Avenue on Wednesday April 17th, 2019 between 8AM and 4PM during this time Bayview Avenue will be closed between Grey Street and Lakeshore Road. 

For more information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries  

519-599-3131 ext 284
Town of The Blue Mountains

 

 

 

We invite you to participate in this important meeting where we will introduce and explain a new Entrance Permit application process. This is another step along our path of continuous improvement in our customer service.

Date: May 8, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Town Hall Council Chambers
32 Mill Street, Thornbury

To find out more about the Public Information Centre please click here

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Curbside Yard Waste Collection starts May 6 and runs to May 30, 2019

Maximum 10 containers or bags per week. Pick-up occurs on your regular day of collection. No plastic bags. 

For more information view the Waste Resource Guide or contact: 

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Curbside waste collection will continue as usual on Monday, April 22, 2019 (Easter Monday).

There will be no change to your collection schedule. 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

This notice is for residents of the Town of The Blue Mountains who are supplied with Municipal water. Please be advised that the annual flushing of fire hydrants and watermains 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 Mountains

Notice of Construction - EPCOR Electricity Distribution Ontario Customers

EEDO and its contractors will be initiating pole line construction and tree trimming on Elgin St., Thornbury. This project may require intermittent, short-term outages. EPCOR Utilities Inc. will notify you before each necessary outage.

All outages are required to perform safe work procedures to upgrade the hydro system near your residence/place of business.

The work is taking place from April 15 to May 1, 2019. The attached overview map provides site detail.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Ted Burrell @ 705-445-1800 ext. 2286 or Rob Brown @ 705-445-1800 ext. 2259.

Town of The Blue Mountains is recognized as a Youth Friendly Community from Play Works

Town of The Blue Mountains Designated as a Silver Youth Friendly Community

The Town of The Blue Mountains is thrilled with its latest achievement of being recognized as a Youth Friendly Community from Play Works.  The Blue Mountains is now a Designated Silver Youth Friendly Community, joining a list of other municipalities committed to serving youth aged 13 to 19.

Play Works, an independent group of organizations committed to encouraging and promoting a greater investment in youth play, established the Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program in 2005. It acknowledges the great work that is being done in communities across Ontario to ensure that youth (ages 13-19) have continuous access to opportunities for leadership and engagement ranging from arts to recreation to civic leadership.

The Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program of Play Works acknowledges communities that have invested in opportunities for youth in recreation, sports, arts, drama, volunteerism and leadership development. Youth Friendly Communities must meet several criteria that demonstrate a strong commitment to engaging youth between the ages of 13 to 19.

A group made up of representatives from local organizations, including Town of The Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains Public Library, and Beaver Valley Outreach, met monthly and worked on the application process.  Thanks to the support of community youth and other local, youth-serving organizations who contributed, the application was successful and helped to achieve the Silver Designation.

The Town was officially presented with the award at the Youth Friendly Community recognition reception, ceremony, and gala banquet at Blue Mountain Resort on March 28th.  Accepting the award was TBM Councillor Andrea Matrosovs, Liz Saunders TBM Community Services, Emma Barker Blue Mountains Public Library, local youth Jaydon Klein, Emma Chapman, Arianna Lachey, and Emily Stewart, Melri Wright BVO, Jason Weppler Grey Bruce Health, and Ryan Gibbons TBM Community Services.

To learn more about Play Works and Youth Friendly Communities, visit  http://www.playworkspartnership.ca/youth-friendly-communities

For more information contact:

Emma Barker, Manager of Public Services
The Blue Mountains Public Library
519-599-3681
Email Library Staff

The Agenda is available for the Grey County - The Blue Mountains Task Force Meeting on April 16, 2019.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m. and the location is the Bay Room, Grey County Administration Building, Owen Sound.

For additonal details, visit the Council Calendar.

“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. ” – Ivan Scheier

National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, 2019

 

National Volunteer Week runs April 7-13, 2019. The Town wishes to acknowledge the amazing work done by volunteers throughout the Town, and their lasting impacts. From Public Library and recreational program volunteers, to those who assist in maintaining public spaces, your contributions are appreciated. The Town also wishes to acknowledge local service club volunteers, Committee and Local Board members, and the numerous community organizations who work to make our Town healthy and sustainable.

Together, let’s celebrate and recognize the incredible and meaningful impact of volunteers!

Health Survey Opportunity in The Blue Mountains

Statistics Canada, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is performing the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS).  This survey will collect physical measurements from Canadians aged 3 to 79, across the country.  Data from this survey will:

  • Provide Canadians with accurate and comprehensive information on the health of the population
  • Highlight current issues and identify future challenges to health and health care
  • Provide researchers and health professionals an important source of data that is not available elsewhere

The process includes an in-home interview with a Statistics Canada interviewer (approximately 1 hour) and a visit to a mobile clinic.

A mobile clinic has been setup in Town of The Blue Mountains until May 15, 2019 and will be located at the Beaver Valley Community Centre – 58 Alfred Street West in Thornbury.

For more information or to participate in the survey, please contact:

Statistics Canada

Toll-free:1-888-253-1087

Email: statcan.chms-ecms.statcan@canada.ca  

TTY: 1-866-753-7083

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/chms

Speaker Series event, hosted in partnership by the Town of The Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood, Municipality of Meaford, and the Town of Wasaga Beach, and regional partners, features the topic: Building a Community of the Future by Attracting the Leaders of Tomorrow

Attracting the Leaders of Tomorrow - A Business in Motion Speaker Series

 

Theme includes:

  • How can we rank as a top YouthFullCity community?
  • Creating a Youthful Infrastructure
  • What makes for a word class community with youthful attitudes?

Keynote Speaker: Robert Barnard

  • 25+ years working with youth all around the world
  • Co-Founder of YouthfulCities.com

Local experts and leaders will discuss how we can work together to make our communities more youth-friendly and rank as a top YouthfulCity.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:30am - 11:00am 
Location: Marsh Street Centre - 187 Marsh Street, Clarksburg

Tickets are $30 - please note: Limited seating! Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: https://bim2019.eventbrite.ca

The Public Health Agency of Canada has encouraged health units to share with local healthcare providers the following:

At the end of March, influenza continues to circulate in Canada. Although A(H1N1) was the predominant subtype this season overall, an atypical spring wave of influenza A(H3N2) has been observed across the country. Influenza A(H3N2) has been the predominant circulating subtype nationally since mid-February. In contrast, very little influenza B is circulating this season to date compared to previous seasons.

Canadian estimates of vaccine effectiveness against A(H3N2) for the 2018-19 season to date are anticipated shortly. Health care providers should advise patients at high-risk of influenza complications to contact their provider promptly if they have symptoms of influenza. Consider timely administration of antivirals (e.g. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or Zanamivir) to persons at high-risk for influenza complications presenting with influenza symptoms, regardless of immunization status.

All lab-confirmed influenza cases and institutional respiratory outbreaks are reportable to public health to ensure timely follow-up.

For additional information or to report influenza cases and respiratory outbreaks, please contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit Infectious Diseases Team at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 and dial 6.

Here are some resources that may be of assistance:

PHO Fact Sheet on Antiviral Use
http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/Antiviral_Medication_Influenza_Fact_Sheet.pdf 
Flu Algorithm
https://www.ammi.ca/Content/Guidelines/Flu_Algorithm.pdf 
Public Health Ontario’s Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin:
http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/ServicesAndTools/SurveillanceServices/Pages/Ontario-Respiratory-Virus-Bulletin.aspx 
Grey Bruce Health Unit Influenza Bulletin (weekly local bulletin)
https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Portals/0/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/HealthCareProfessionals/Influenza_Bulletin.pdf 

Public information meeting slated for April 25 in Ravenna

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) is hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to discuss water quality and fish habitat enhancements proposed for Black Ash Creek later this year. The meeting is taking place at Ravenna Hall, 628299 Grey Road 119 in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

These improvements will see an earthen dam at Petun Conservation Area removed, and Black Ash Creek returned to a more natural and healthy state.

Black Ash Creek runs from the top of the Niagara Escarpment and through the Town of Collingwood before reaching Georgian Bay.

Historically, the creek was home to native brook trout. Today, while the creek supports a healthy rainbow trout population, only a few wild brook trout remain in the upstream reaches.

Trout need cold water to thrive. Removing the Petun dam and the stagnant head pond it supports will lower water temperatures in the creek. This will enhance habitat for rainbow trout and provide an opportunity to reintroduce native brook trout. It will also improve water quality overall.

NVCA is partnering with the Town of The Blue Mountains, Bruce Power and other groups on this project, which will enhance and protect this important fishery.

About NVCA: 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

Bridges 2 & 3 (6th Sideroad) and Bridge 13 (Heathcote Bridge)

The Town of The Blue Mountains is beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to determine the preferred method of improvement to address structural condition and roadway safety at Bridge 13 – Main Street crossing a tributary of the Beaver River in Heathcote in Town of The Blue Mountains. 

The Town of the Blue Mountains is also beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to determine the preferred method of improvement to address structural condition, roadway safety and ability to convey creek flows at Bridges 2 & 3 – 6th Sideroad crossing Mill Creek near the hamlet known as Little Germany in Town of The Blue Mountains.

For more information on these EA's please visit the project webpage:  Bridge 2, 3, and 13 - Environmental Assessments 

If you would like to be added or removed from our project maililng list or if you have a project related question, please contact the Town via the contact form below: 

Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects 
519-599-3131 x 238 


 

 

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation aims to provide more affordable rental, entry-level ownership, and seniors residence opportunities to support local workers, families, and seniors as they live, work, and play in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (BMAHC) is taking the next steps to create more attainable housing in the Town of The Blue Mountains. Since its creation in 2014, BMAHC has created two programs, a down payment assistance program and a grants program for secondary suites. BMAHC is now taking action to expand its reach to help develop attainable housing stock in the municipality.

BMAHC will look to the successful Whistler Housing Authority example and use various models for the creation of new permanent, attainable housing for working households and seniors. BMAHC will help build a sustainable community in the Town by focusing on year-round and seasonal rental markets, as well as entry-level home ownership to support the needs of families, seniors, and local workers.

“This is an exciting action plan for BMAHC that will get new attainable housing stock built and will lay the foundation for additional attainable rental and ownership stock in our community,” said BMAHC Chair Rob Sampson.

A recent survey funded by the Government of Ontario titled, “Creating Attainable Housing in South Georgian Bay”, found that housing is becoming increasingly out of reach for the local workforce. 60% of respondents indicated they would live in the area permanently if housing were affordable. Local workers, families, and seniors want to live in the area, but are unable to do so due to housing prices.
BMAHC is taking steps to solve these challenges. Through a competitive procurement process, BMAHC has selected StrategyCorp, an Ontario-based strategy firm, to support the corporation in building the in- house capacity to develop more attainable housing and to lead a procurement process for housing developments.

BMAHC will be engaging the public and council as they go through this process to ensure that its plans and developments are guided by local input.

“Council is supportive of the work being undertaken by the Attainable Housing Corporation. Council will work closely with the Housing Corporation’s Board to engage the public in addressing housing needs in our community,” Mayor Alar Soever noted.

Public engagement opportunities will be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation’s website (http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/) and advertised within the local media.

About The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation was established as a not-for-profit in January 2014 to augment the supply of healthy and sustainable ownership housing units that are affordable to a larger portion of the population. Its goal is to support the creation of more affordable housing opportunities for those living in the vibrant, diverse community of The Blue Mountains.

About StrategyCorp
StrategyCorp’s multi-disciplinary team of strategists provides advisory services to private, public, broader public sector, and non-profit clients in complex political, financial, regulatory, and public process environments. What sets StrategyCorp apart from other consultancies is its ability to help clients create conditions for success through the integration of business analytical capabilities with a deep understanding of external public affairs and communications environments.

For more information, contact The Attainable Housing Corporation.

Media Release

The Agenda is available for the April 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council at 8:00 a.m.

For additional details visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda is available for the April 17, 2019 CAO Hiring Sub-Committee of Council Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents and business owners that the spring road cleanup is scheduled to start within the coming weeks, depending upon weather conditions.

As daily temperatures being to climb, crews will start to pick up winter sand, clean catch basins, repair road and boulevard damage, fix signs and complete a variety of other spring maintenance tasks.

Please be patient with the cleanup process as the Town has over 500 kilometers of roadsides to maintain. As a result, cleanup efforts will be ongoing until mid-May. Please keep in mind that some activities such as street sweeping are weather dependent. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Road Closure: Elma Street North, closed for reconstruction.

Date: April 15, 2019 until May 17, 2019
Between: Arthur Street West (HWY 26) and King Street West

A map of the area can be found here: Click to Open

Road Closure

 

The Agenda is available for the CAO Hiring Sub-Committee of Council.

Please note the start time of 9:00 a.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Notice- Grand Opening Celebration for the Daisy Market & Refillery

On behalf of Council, Mayor Soever would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Cassidy Holt for the grand opening of her business Daisy Market + Refillery.

Mayor Soever, members of Council, and BIA representatives along with friends and family celebrated the grand opening of the Daisy Market + Refillery with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It’s great to see a new and progressive business open within our community” explained Mayor Soever. “The success of small business is extremely important for the Town of The Blue Mountains economy. On behalf of Council, I wish Cassidy the best of success within her business.”

Daisy Market + Refillery features all natural, small batch beauty and eco-friendly lifestyle products. The refillery is a new addition to the store where customers can bring their own jar or container and purchase a variety of products including: lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soap, cleaning liquids, and toothpaste. The goal of the refillery is to reduce the amount of single use plastics within the community.

Daisy Market + Refillery is located at 8 Louisa St E. in downtown Thornbury. To learn more, please visit: www.daisymarket.ca

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

http://www.daisymarket.ca

The agenda is available for the Committee of the Whole Meeting on April 8, 2019.

Please note the start time is 11:00 a.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is seeking public feedback on the Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper, which expands upon commitments in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The paper poses questions that will help guide future decision-making to divert more waste from landfill.

Currently, Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person every year and our overall diversion rate has stalled below 30% over the last 15 years. Ontario needs to reduce the amount of waste we generate and divert more waste from landfill through proven methods like Ontario’s curbside Blue Box Program, existing and emerging municipal green bin programs and other waste recovery options. Existing and emerging technologies are increasingly allowing us to recover and recycle materials back into our economy rather than sending them to landfill. This is helping us to better protect our communities and keep our air, land and water clean and healthy.

The discussion paper sets out goals, actions and performance measures and outlines how we will:

  • decrease the amount of waste going to landfill
  • increase the province’s overall diversion rate.

The discussion paper provides more details on the actions and commitments related to waste that were outlined in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The feedback on the discussion paper will help the province to move forward with a clear, comprehensive and outcome-based approach to reducing litter and waste in our communities while keeping this province clean and beautiful for future generations.

Eight areas for action

The discussion paper outlines eight key areas for action:

  1. prevent and reduce litter in our neighbourhoods and parks
  2. increase opportunities for Ontarians to reduce and divert waste at home, at work and on the go
  3. make producers responsible for the waste generated from their products and packaging
  4. reduce and divert food and organic waste from households and businesses
  5. reduce plastic waste going into landfills and waterways
  6. provide clear rules for compostable products and packaging
  7. recover the value of resources in waste
  8. support competitive and sustainable end-markets for Ontario’s waste

These eight areas of action are the steps we will take to make waste reduction, reuse, and recycling easier for the people of Ontario, not only at home or at work, but throughout our communities.

Purpose of policy

We developed the discussion paper to seek feedback from the public on how we propose to implement waste commitments included in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The feedback will be used to inform future waste management policy.

Other public consultation opportunities

We used input we received through the following methods to help us develop the discussion paper:

  • public and stakeholder feedback on the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (013-4208)
  • one-on one meetings with interested and affected stakeholders

For more information, please visit: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4689

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4689

April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall

The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Meeting to allow the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed updates to the Purchasing of Goods and Services Policy, POL.COR.07.05.

A summary of the proposed updates includes the provision of electronic bidding and minor administrative updates. Details of the proposed changes are included in Staff Report FAF.19.040.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of The Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on June 3, 2019 intends to adopt the proposed Purchasing of Goods and Services Policy and By-law.

Public Meeting Notice

April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall

The Town of The Blue Mountains Council will hold a Public Meeting to receive comments on the proposed changes to the Town Special Event By-law 2013-39. The Special Event By-law sets out the rules that regulate special events taking place within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Staff Report CSPW.19.011 “Updates to the Town’s Special Event Bylaw 2013-39” provides additional information regarding the proposed changes.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on June 3, 2019, intends to adopt a new Special Event By-law and repeal the previous Special Event By-law 2013-39.

Public Meeting Notice

FILM PREMIERE – May 4, 2019, Beaver Valley Community Centre, doors open at 6:00 pm.

REEL HISTORY: Mary Ward Shipwreck, and Pathway to the Village of the Souls

Dive to the Mary Ward shipwreck without getting your feet wet or traverse the edge of the escarpment along the spiritual path to the Village of the SoulsMary Ward and Pathway are the next films in the Craigleith Heritage Depot’s film series REEL HISTORY. Both films can be viewed in virtual reality, providing the viewer a unique experience each time they visit.  On May 4, 2019 our film premiere will feature these new films in addition to the original REEL HISTORY films. Tickets are $25.00 each and funds raised at this event will be used to develop future local history documentaries. 

Join us for a full evening of historical storytelling.  The original three films will be shown first to introduce the history behind The Apple Industry, Indigenous History and the Ski Industry in The Blue Mountains.  These films have been appreciated by audiences worldwide from Europe, North America and throughout our region. 

Marine Curator, Historian and Folklorist Ian Bell will present a musical foray into the history of shipping around Georgian Bay, revealing what it would have been like for ships like the Mary Ward.  Among his many accolades, Ian was nominated for a CFMA award for his album of traditional songs of the Great Lakes: Forget Me Not When Far Away.

Be the first to see behind-the-scenes of the making the virtual reality films Mary Ward and Pathway.  Then immerse yourself through the magic of the big screen, or through your own smart phone device, as a virtual experience. 

Local historical organizations and partners will be on hand with exhibits before the show and during intermission to share their insights into our dynamic natural and cultural history. Come early and put yourself back in time with our green screen experience.  Make sure you have a chance to use our virtual reality headsets to experience the new films.

The museum worked with local film company Mountain Goat Films for production along with the support of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation.  The museum appreciates the support of this night’s event sponsor, Royal Lepage Locations North, for helping us bring the films to our community.

The doors open at 6:00 pm and the program starts at 7:00 pm. Complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments and popcorn are available as well as a cash bar.  Tickets are $25.00 and available at the Craigleith Heritage Depot and LE Shore Memorial Library.

Come out and enjoy a visual journey through time.

 

 

The agenda is available for the Council Meeting on April 1, 2019.

Please note the start time is 5:00 p.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment on April 17, 2019

Public Notice

As required by the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, The Town of The Blue Mountains has submitted salary information for employees earning over $100,000 to the Ministry of Finance. For the 2018 calendar year, The Town of The Blue Mountains submitted salary information for ten employees.

“To be open and transparent, we are releasing the 2018 Public Salary Disclosure Information for the Town of The Blue Mountains ahead of the scheduled Provincial release,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The Town pays competitive salaries for a municipality of its size. As discussed during the 2019 budget process, the Town will be reviewing its salary structure with a focus on aligning salaries with performance.”

To view the salary information, please refer to the attached document, or click the following link: 2018 Public Salary Disclosure

For more information, please contact:

Mayor Alar Soever
(519) 599-3131 ext. 321

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=783

The Town of The Blue Mountains will be receiving a one-time payment of $642,347 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In a letter to Mayor Soever, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing explained that “While this investment is unconditional, it is intended to help modernize service delivery and reduce future costs through investments in projects such as: service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, and capital investments.”

The allocation amount was based on a formula that took into consideration the number of households within the Town of The Blue Mountains and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

 “This is timely in light of the Province of Ontario’s decision to review the governance, decision-making, and service delivery functions of eight regional municipalities including Simcoe County,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Although we are located in Grey County, the Town and its citizens have a number of existing linkages such as health care, policing and transportation with Simcoe County and in particular the Town of Collingwood. This funding will be of great assistance for the Town as we work with Strategy Corp to identify, review and consider new service delivery models which can build on these ties and increase the efficiency and value of services to local residents.”

For more information, please contact:

Mayor Alar Soever
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Online Survey ends Friday, April 12, 2019

Take the Survey: https://greycyclingandtrails.metroquest.ca/

Grey County is developing a long-term, comprehensive Cycling and Trails Master Plan to guide future planning and decision-making to enhance cycling and off-road trail opportunities within the County and its local municipalities. The plan is meant to be used by County staff, decision makers and community partners to support and provide direction for future investments in cycling and active transportation infrastructure network by identifying a network and programs that supports commuter cycling, cycle tourism and non-motorized recreational trail use.

The County has retained WSP Canada Group Limited (WSP) to support the development of the Cycling and Trails Master Plan. The plan will incorporate previous work completed by the County and its partners including on-going projects such as the Recreational Trails Strategy. The plan will be developed using a three-phased process and is expected to be completed by Spring 2019.

For more information, please visit: https://www.grey.ca/programs-initiatives/grey-county-cycling-and-trails-master-plan

Online Cycling and Trails Survey

An interactive survey is available until mid-April as we continue to collect feedback on the strategy.  The tool will help us understand:

  • Key priorities and topics to be addressed in the master plan
  • User experience using cycling routs and trails, and these routes could be improved
  • Ideas for cycling and trail improvements

Take the Survey: https://greycyclingandtrails.metroquest.ca/

 

More ways to get involved...

There are a number of way that you can get involved. The following are some of the ways that you can provide your input over the course of the study

  • Check this page for updates around the study and about cycling and trails in Grey County.
  • Attend public events and provide your input. Check this page regularly for updates on dates and times of events.
  • Email or contact one of the study team representatives – please use their contact information below.
Bryan Plumstead
Manager of Tourism
Grey County
519-376-3365 ext. 6110
bplumstead@visitgrey.ca
Cristina Valente
Senior Project Planner
WSP
647-730-7154
cristina.valente@wsp.com
https://www.grey.ca/programs-initiatives/grey-county-cycling-and-trails-master-plan

Formally known as the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, Visit South Georgian Bay, the region’s most experienced tourism organization, is reinventing how it does business to better reflect visitor needs in a booming tourism economy.
In the fall of 2018, it announced a bold re-branding to South Georgian Bay Tourism, based on a new platform and industry first focus, becoming a Destination Education Organization (DEO).
It now announces the next phase of its evolution… the creation of new Visitor Information Centres. Driven by the insight that digital has become the leading source of information for tourists planning to visit any destination, these new Information Centres will provide ‘last mile’ education to tourists about all the great things to do in South Georgian Bay. The new Information Centres will be located in hotels, restaurants, attractions, as well as other businesses and organizations that meet a specific set of criteria. Starting April 1, 2019, there will be locations in each of South Georgian Bay’s participating municipalities which include Town of Meaford, Town of The Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood and Township of Clearview.

The new Visitor Information Centres will also be highlighted on the 2019 Visitor Map and on the website at www.SouthGeorgianBay.ca. The website will include new enhanced portals for each of the participating municipalities’ towns and villages, reinforcing one of the region’s unique attributes as a ‘collection of communities.’
With the tourism organization staff focus shifting to keeping these new Visitor Information Centres educated about all the great things happening in South Georgian Bay every season, the organization will be moving out of the Collingwood Museum which has served as a central office for many years. In exchange for space at the Collingwood Museum, the association provided welcoming services for Museum visitors.
“The information office at the Museum has been a mutually beneficial arrangement but our organization needs to evolve based on our new strategic focus and the emergence of the ‘digital tourist’,” commented Mylisa Henderson, a Board Member for South Georgian Bay Tourism and Co-Owner of Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.

As of the start of September, the tourism association will vacate the Collingwood Museum.

Dean Collver, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture for the Town of Collingwood oversees the Collingwood Museum, recognizes this as mutually beneficial decision. “Tourism is definitely evolving, and the static Information Centre model is being replaced by new technology and other opportunities. We are grateful for the partnership with the tourism association over the past several years, but we are excited for the progressive direction that South Georgian Bay Tourism is taking with this new model and we are fully supportive of the change.”

About South Georgian Bay Tourism
The Destination Education Organization (DEO) helps enhance the visitor experience through seamless connections between visitors and the region’s highly unique products and experiences, educating both tourists and businesses on South Georgian Bay and why it is Ontario’s Four-Season Playground. It provides visitors with specific in-market themed and activity-based itineraries of what to do, best of guides and content curation to encourage extended length of stay and increased spending at tourism businesses. South Georgian Bay is the regional seal of quality as the destination information authority for visitors. It is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors, with public and private sector representation from the regional tourism industry.

For more information or media interviews contact:

Melissa 705-445-7722 ext. melissa@southgeorgianbay.ca

http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca/

Thornbury Jazzworks Donates 30 Ukuleles to BVCS

The Uke Kids from Thornbury

The music program at Beaver Valley Community School (BVCS) has a new method of introducing students to instrumental music. Now students start playing recorders in grade 4 and students in grade 5 have the opportunity to play the ukulele.

BVCS music teacher Melanie Kearns promoted the idea to start the ukulele program in grade 5. Although the focus is on the grade 5, other age groups are also interested in learning to play the ukulele, which provides students with a greater opportunity to develop an ear for pitch and learn to appreciate harmonies as well.

30 ukuleles needed for the program were donated by THORNBURY JAZZWORKS, including a special contribution from Mr. Larry Gross, a Jazz at the Library supporter. Stay tuned, who knows, some day there could be a full size Ukulele Orchestra making music right here in The Blue Mountains.     

The following information has been posted to the Town website upon request from the Species at Risk Program. 

This email is to inform you that the Governor in Council (GiC) is anticipating publishing in Canada Gazette, Part I on March 23, 2019 its intentions regarding whether or not to list a number of aquatic species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The Receipt Order referring these species to the GiC for consideration is anticipated to be published in Canada Gazette, Part II on March 20, 2019.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has previously consulted with you on the potential listing of one or more of these species that may be of interest to you.  We wish to take this opportunity to further engage you in the next steps of the process. 

We therefore invite you to review the Regulatory Impact Statement Analysis (RIAS) once published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, which provides additional information and the rationale for the proposed decision whether or not to list for each of these species. Public comments may be made on the proposed listing decisions for 30-days following publication of the proposed decisions using the contact information provided in the RIAS. 

For further information on aquatic species at risk, you may also wish to view Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Aquatic Species at Risk website or the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Aquatic species for which listing decisions are being proposed by the Governor in Council under the Species at Risk Act:

Species

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) Classification

Province

Fish

1. Bull Trout (South Coast British Columbia)

Special Concern

British Columbia

2. Bull Trout (Western Arctic)

Special Concern

Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta

3. Channel Darter (St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

4. Cutlip Minnow

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

5. Giant Threespine Stickleback

Special Concern

British Columbia

6. Lake Sturgeon (Southern Hudson Bay - James Bay)

Special Concern

Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec

7. Northern Sunfish (Great Lakes - St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

8. Silver Lamprey (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

9. Unarmoured Threespine Stickleback

Special Concern

British Columbia

10. Black Redhorse

Threatened

Ontario

11. Bull Trout (Saskatchewan - Nelson Rivers)

Threatened

Alberta

12. Plains Minnow

Threatened

Saskatchewan

13. Pugnose Minnow

Threatened

Ontario

14. Pugnose Shiner

Threatened

Ontario

15. Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia Large-Bodied)

Threatened

New Brunswick

16. Salish Sucker

Threatened

British Columbia

17. Silver Shiner

Threatened

Ontario

18. Channel Darter (Lake Erie)

Endangered

Ontario

19. Channel Darter (Lake Ontario)

Endangered

Ontario

20. Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River)

Endangered

Alberta

21. Silver Chub (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Endangered

Ontario

22. Spotted Gar

Endangered

Ontario

23. Striped Bass (St. Lawrence River)

Endangered

Quebec, Atlantic Ocean

Mollusc

 

24. Eastern Pondmussel

Special Concern

Ontario

25. Mapleleaf (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario

26. Rainbow

Special Concern

Ontario

27. Mapleleaf (Saskatchewan - Nelson River)

Threatened

Manitoba

28. Threehorn Wartyback

Threatened

Ontario

29. Fawnsfoot

Endangered

Ontario

30. Hickorynut

Endangered

Ontario, Quebec

31. Lilliput

Endangered

Ontario

32. Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel

Endangered

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS OF ENBRIDGE GAS INC. (FORMERLY ENBRIDGE GAS DISTRIBUTION INC. AND UNION GAS LIMITED)

Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to raise its natural gas rates effective April 1, 2019 to recover costs associated with the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

Learn more. Have your say.

The Ontario Energy Board approved the amalgamation of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited in August 2018. The companies have amalgamated to form Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas).Enbridge Gas has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for approval to increase rates to recover costs associated with meeting its obligations under the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act). The Act establishes a carbon pricing program under which Enbridge Gas is required to pay a carbon charge to the federal government for volumes of natural gas that Enbridge Gas delivers to customers starting April 1, 2019. The Act also imposes other obligations on Enbridge Gas related to emissions from the operation of its natural gas distribution system starting January 1, 2019.If the application is approved as filed, the bill of a typical residential customer within the former Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited rate zones will increase by the following amounts per year:

Rate Zone Residential Annual Bill Increase
Enbridge Gas $93.93
Union South $86.21
Union North $86.18

Other customers, including small businesses, would also be affected.\

THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD IS HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will hold a public hearing to consider Enbridge Gas’ request. We will also hear questions and arguments from individual customers and from groups that represent Enbridge Gas’ customers. At the end of this hearing, the OEB will decide what rate change will be allowed. The OEB is an independent and impartial public agency. We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides you with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.

BE INFORMED AND HAVE YOUR SAY
You have the right to information regarding this application and to be involved in the process.

• You can review Enbridge Gas’ application on the OEB’s website now.

• You can file a letter with your comments, which will be considered during the hearing.

• You can become an active participant (called an intervenor). Apply by March 13, 2019 or the hearing will go ahead without you and you will not receive any further notice of the proceeding.

• At the end of the process, you can review the OEB’s decision and its reasons on our website.

LEARN MORE
Our file number for this case is EB-2018-0205. To learn more about this hearing, find instructions on how to file letters or become an intervenor, or to access any document related to this case, please enter the file number EB-2018-0205 on the OEB website: www.oeb.ca/notice. You can also phone our Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727 with any questions.

ORAL VS. WRITTEN HEARINGS
There are two types of OEB hearings – oral and written. The OEB will determine at a later date whether to proceed by way of a written or oral hearing. If you think an oral hearing is needed, you can write to the OEB to explain why by March 13, 2019.

PRIVACY
If you write a letter of comment, your name and the content of your letter will be put on the public record and the OEB website. However, your personal telephone number, home address and email address will be removed. If you are a business, all your information will remain public. If you apply to become an intervenor, all information will be public. This rate hearing will be held under section 36 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c.15 (Schedule B).

Meeting Cancelled- Please note that the rescheduled public meeting for Windfall Phase 4, 5 & 6 has been cancelled at the request of the developer. The meeting will be rescheduled and posted to the Town website.

The County and Town are seeking input on development applications within 120 metres of your property that propose to enable the planned development of 145 single detached and 262 semi-detached dwelling units in Phase 4, 5 and 6 at the Windfall community.  The proposed development represents an overall increase from the permitted 609 units in the Windfall community to 680 units.  (Increase of 71 additional units).  The proposed increase in total units does not create any additional lots.  The additional units are created by increasing the ratio of semi-detached units to single detached units.
SITE:     Blocks 38, 40, 44, 45, 47, 60 Registered Plan 16M-42, Part of Lot 16, Concession 1, Town of The Blue Mountains
 

Rescheduled Public Meeting Notice - Windfall Phase 4, 5 & 6

Public Meeting Cancellation

The agenda for the Council Meeting of March 11, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For addional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

This Friday, March 8th, 2019 is International Women’s Day. The Town of The Blue Mountains is proud to support International Women’s Day and to celebrate the achievements of women within the South Georgian Bay region and throughout the world.

This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, which represents that a gender-balanced world is a better world. As an equal opportunity employer, this theme holds true for the Town of The Blue Mountains. In total, the Town employs 41 full-time female staff of which 20 of those individuals work directly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Local Women’s Day Event

To celebrate local businesswomen for International Women’s Day, a community event is being held at the Marsh Street Centre from 8:30am – 11:00am. Hear passionate and personal business leadership stories from four distinguished local business women!

Speakers Include:

The event is organized and sponsored by Stransky & Associates - IG Private Wealth Management. For event information and tickets, please visit: www.eventbrite.ca/e/women-worth-wellness-for-international-womens-day-tickets-55529256501

About International Women’s Day.: International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

To learn more about International Women’s Day, please visit: www.internationalwomensday.com

For more information or for media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Please be advised that half load restrictions are now in effect for a variety of roads within the Town of The Blue Mountains, pursuant to By-Law No. 2010-54. Where Axle Weight Restrictions signs are in place, the By-Law is in full force and effect.

Half load restrictions may be extended beyond May 31, 2019 dependent upon the weather and road conditions.

To view a detailed map of the roads with reduced load restrictions, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=756

Axle Weight Exemption Application Form
To request a copy of the Axle Weight Exemption Application Form please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department using the contact information below. 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A05-2019 (Lamperstorfer)

Minor Variance #A05-2019 (Lamperstorfer)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A04-2019 (Bay Growers Inc)

Minor Variance #A04-2019 (Bay Growers Inc)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A03-2019 (Posey)

Minor Variance #A03-2019 (Posey)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting - B01-2019 (Wells)

 

B01-2019 (Wells)

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public a small leak has been detected at the Victoria Street Water Tower in Thornbury.

The Town Water Department is actively monitoring the situation and will be conducting the necessary repairs. There are no structural concerns regarding the integrity of the water tower. The leak is a minor issue and as a result, there is no immediate safety or environmental concern.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website if deemed necessary.

For more information, please contact:

Water Supervisor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 321

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

With the ground still covered in snow, planting trees might not be on your mind yet, but with Wiarton Willie’s prediction of an early spring, it’s time to start planning your green investments!

Did you know planting trees can help reduce your home heating and cooling costs and can reduce your property taxes by up to 75%? Trees are also a cost-effective option to create a natural privacy barrier or a beautiful view and are a great way to make use of marginal/open or less productive acreage. Consider planting trees as an investment that increases over time and leaves a legacy for future generations!

Grey Sauble Forestry Service makes it easy for you to invest in trees and get your hands on some green with 3 great options:

  • Get discounted prices using the landscape and seedling order forms, which make it easy to purchase high-quality trees in bulk (minimum 100 seedlings/no minimum for landscape). Order before March 21, 2019!
  • If you are looking to save time and leave planting to the professionals, take advantage of the Spring Tree Planting Program. Grants are available for eligible projects to reduce costs by up to 70%!
  • Visit the popular Annual Arbour Day Tree Sale event on April 27, 2019 (8:00am – 12:00pm) at the Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre (237897 Inglis Falls Road, Owen Sound). There will be many species of coniferous, deciduous, and fruit trees! This event is weather pending, so be sure to check the website for updates.

Not only will planting trees provide you with benefits for years to come, but you will be contributing to the health and resiliency of this unique region, which is priceless!

For more information and/or order forms contact:

Mike Fry, Forestry Coordinator at 519-376-3076/m.fry@greysauble.on.ca or visit www.greysauble.on.ca

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Background:

Our vision is a healthy watershed environment in balance with the needs of society.

Our mission, in partnership with the stakeholders of the watershed, is to promote and undertake sustainable management of renewable natural resources and to provide responsible leadership to enhance biodiversity and environmental awareness.                         

http://www.greysauble.on.ca

Revised Agenda

The revised agenda for the February 27, 2019 Special Committee of Whole is available.

Please note the start time is 10:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

 

Please note that all waste collection in the Town of The Blue Mountains has been cancelled for February 25, 2019 due to inclement weather and road closures. Collections will be pushed ahead by one day for the remainder of the week.

For example: Monday’s collection will be picked up on Tuesday. Tuesday’s collection will be picked up on Wednesday, etc.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Please note that the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for today, February 25th, 2019 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. 

The 5:00pm Public Meeting regarding Windfall phases 4, 5 and 6 will be rescheduled to a later date. 

The staff reports from today's meeting will be included on the Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting. A revised meeting agenda with a new meeting start time will be posted tomorrow.

For more information, please contact:

Clerks Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a creek realignment and enhancement project is currently underway at the Peel Street and Highway 26 intersection.

The Town has confirmed that the landowner has obtained appropriate permits and approvals for the creek realignment and enhancement project from both the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA).

For more information, please contact:

Manager of Development Engineering
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Agenda for the Council Meeting of Wednesday, February 20, 2019 is available.  Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The 2018/2019 winter season has experienced a number of rain events and with the increasing frequency of mixed winter weather, the Town would like to remind residents and visitors to drive according to the road conditions and to be mindful of changing weather conditions. Special attention should be given when travelling on gravel roads as they may be ice covered which results in reduced traction.

To help remove ice from gravel roads, the Town dispatches heavy equipment graders to ‘ice-blade’ the affected gravel roads. The ice-blade carves a grooved pattern onto the road or snow-covered surface which provides significantly better tire traction. However, since the ice is generally caused by rain, the Town typically waits until the rain has finished before ice-blading occurs; otherwise, no progress would be made as the gravel roads would refreeze once the grader has passed.

In addition to ice-blading, the Town spot sands on hills, curves and intersections where required based on the local conditions. However, ice-blading is generally required before the sanding trucks can operate. The sand mixture contains 7% salt which may be applied to both gravel and paved roads. Using straight salt is not recommended as the salt only temporarily thaws the road which creates potholes and leads to further problems.

The Town operates according to the Town’s Winter Maintenance Policy, which is available on the Town website. The Town’s Public Works Department operates on a single shift with operators assigned to a specific route as directed by the Town’s Winter Maintenance Standards and Level of Service Policy.

For more information or to view the policies, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

Roads Update- February 12, 2019 2:25pm

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads may be slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy drifting in open areas and limited visibility. Residents are reminded not to park vehicles on roadways to assist with snow removal operations.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Public Notice #A02-2019 (Richpark Homes) is being considered at the February 20, 2019 Committee of Adjustment meeting

#A02-2019 (Richpark Homes)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on February 20, 2019

#A01-2019 (Botden)

1. February 4, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda Revised 2. February 5, 2019 Special Meeting of Council Package Available 3. February 7, 8, 11, 12, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole Agendas Available (2019 DRAFT BUDGET)

1. The Agenda for the February 4, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting has been revised to include:

For full meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

2. The Agenda for the February 5, 2019 Special Meeting of Council is now available. The full Council Package can be accessed through the Council Calendar.

3. The Agendas for the following Special Committee of the Whole meetings to discuss the 2019 Proposed Budget are now available:

2019 Propsed Budget

Agenda - February 7, 2019 (click here to access the Council Calendar)

Agenda - February 8, 2019 (click here to access the Council Calendar)

Agenda - February 11, 2019 (click here to access the Council Calendar)

Agenda - February 12, 2019 (click here to access the Council Calendar)

The February 4, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda is now available. 

To access the Committee of the Whole package, and for additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

For your safety and the safety of your neighbors, it is important to keep hydrants clear and unobstructed so that they can be used by The Blue Mountains’ Fire Department in case of an emergency. 


The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to ask all residents and business owners to be mindful of not blocking or obstructing fire hydrants when clearing snow. If there is a fire hydrant in front of or adjacent to your property, please ensure the hydrant is clearly visible and unobstructed. Please help yourself, your neighbors, and your municipality, by ensuring it is kept free and clear of snow at all times. We appreciate your assistance. 

Starting this year, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority will be offering stewardship funding to agricultural landowners as part of the “Fertile Fields and Clean Streams” project. This funding has been made possible due to financial support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The primary environmental issue that “Fertile Fields and Clean Streams” will address is the diversion and

reduction of substances that negatively affect water quality, including: E. coli, sediments, phosphorus and nitrates. This project encourages responsible agricultural practices that will benefit the entire region. Granting options help enable landowners to access resources they need to undertake environmental projects that benefit the health of their soil, water, crops and livestock. This grant can also be combined with other funding options through organizations such as Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) or Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Types of projects could include: native seedling plantings, livestock exclusion fencing, clean water diversion and cover crops.

Contact Grey Sauble’s Stewardship Technician today! We can arrange a time that works for you to walk your property, discuss your ideas and develop a project budget. There is very little paperwork involved to receive funding.

Do you have a project in mind, but are not sure if it qualifies for this grant? We want to hear from you too! Grey Sauble Conservation Authority is always looking to partner with landowners; rural or urban, large acreage or small. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your ideas; we would be happy to work with you to make them a reality!

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For more information contact:

Rebecca Ferguson, Stewardship Technician at 519 376-3076 ext. 247 or email r.ferguson@greysauble.on.ca

The following media release has been posted upon request. 

South Georgian Bay Tourism Organization New Look & Website

Collingwood, ON. Formally known as the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, Visit South Georgian Bay, the region’s most experienced tourism organization, is reinventing how it does business to better reflect visitor needs in a booming tourism economy.
Now boldly called South Georgian Bay Tourism, it will be positioned as an industry first, Destination Education Organization (DEO). Its role will be to enhance the visitor experience through seamless connections between visitors and the region’s highly unique products and experiences. The South Georgian Bay DEO will become the regional seal of quality as the destination information authority for visitors.

We are excited to announce that South Georgian Bay Tourism recently launched a NEW website that will focus on highlighting key regional tourism events and festivals, as well as making it easier for visitors to discover the region’s remarkable towns and villages. Every season will bring a fresh look and new stories to the website and social media channels, helping local tourism operators and related businesses highlight their unique offers and experiences.

The new regional tourism website will support local tourism operators in the South Georgian Bay region by assisting both visitors and residents discover events, local gems, towns and villages.

It will provide consumers with specific in-market themed and activity-based itineraries of what to do, best of guides and content curation to encourage extended length of stay and increased spending at members businesses. The website is mobile and user friendly and was redeveloped in order to meet the dramatic shift on what visitors are expecting, researching and participating in during their travels to the region.

The annual Four Season Guide was also just released for 2019, reflecting this new brand look and approach to highlight key regional tourism events and festivals, towns and villages. This guide is the foundation for tourism information in South Georgian Bay, with distribution at over 40 brochure racks, businesses and public spaces.

South Georgian Bay Tourism Board Member and Director of Sales and Marketing at Scandinave Spa states: “Our region has grown and visitor needs have changed, so we seized the opportunity to create a robust organization that can add real value into the regional tourism economy. Our brand promise is simple: To gently nudge and guide visitors within the region to seize their day by discovering unique places, activities, experiences and people.” “We want to become the go-to source for motivational in-destination information” says Henderson.

South Georgian Bay Tourism is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors, with public and private sector representation from the regional tourism industry. It is a membership based organization with additional financial and in-kind support from counties, the regional tourism organization and local municipalities, including Clearview, Meaford, Collingwood and the Town of Blue Mountains.
Make sure to check out the brand-new website for everything there is to do in the South Georgian Bay area. For details go to: http://www.southgeorgianbay.ca

To download the guide, go to:

Summer
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LgX_tTpy5e_lIOrhxuB9sHtraUpH-NWx

Winter
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lfTZgEHrHi9UcUqfnkoAdh-8x4brd5Y9

For more information or media interviews contact:

Melissa 705-445-7722 ext. melissa@southgeorgianbay.ca

http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca/

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to encourage all local business owners to complete the EmployerOne Survey.

If you own/operate a business in the Town of The Blue Mountains, please consider completing the EmployerOne Survey.

The EmployerOne survey collects information on a range of issues including projected vacancies, hiring intentions, recruitment strategies and challenges, as well as your perspective on candidate skills, education and training. After analysis, the data is released to schools, community partners, government agencies and the public so that they may see the characteristics of the local labour market.

To take the survey, please visit: 2019 EmployerOne Survey

For more information, please contact: 

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached between the respective parties to lower the water level in the Beaver River. The process of lowering the water level has been started.

In addition, Town crews are currently using a long reach excavator to remove frazil ice from the river in an effort to promote water flow. Staff will continue to work and actively monitor the situation.

Residents are strongly encouraged to keep off the ice and stay away from the banks of the Mill Pond and the Beaver River. As a result of the formation of frazil ice, it is difficult to identify stable ground from ice coverage.

The Town would also like to request that residents keep away from the excavator while it is in operation as the area around the excavator is an active worksite.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website when available.

Infrastructure & Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Thornbury Pier is Closed for the Season

Please be advised that the Thornbury Pier has been closed for the season.  The pier will reopen on May 17, 2019.

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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