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The Agenda for the December 14, 2018 Special Meeting of Council is now available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar

 

 

The Agenda for the Council Meeting of December 17, 2018 is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Revised start time of 7:00 p.m.

What is being proposed?

Staff are proposing revisions to the current Property Standards By-law (2002-18, as amended by By-laws 2003-26, 2014-15, & 2014-46).

The current Property Standards By-law applies only to specified areas of the Town. Changes to Provincial legislation require that such By-laws apply to all areas of the municipality, or that MLEOs are authorized to enforce specific provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act in all areas of the municipality. Staff are recommending that the Property Standards By-law be revised to include all areas of the Town.

In addition, Staff are recommending that specific sections of the Property Standards By-law, relating to the operation of Short Term Accommodation properties, be removed or revised. Specifically, it is recommended that references to occupancy restrictions (5.6) be removed and that these occupant limits be assigned through the STA Licensing By-law. FAF.18.151 STA BYLAW REVISION STAFF REPORTStaff will also propose some revised wording regarding specific requirements for the operation of STA and Commercial Resort Unit properties, in order to ensure that these properties comply with Provincial legislation including the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

Staff are recommending that By-law 2002-18, as amended, be repealed and replaced with a new Property Standards By-law, a draft of which will be included with the Staff Report.

The Public Meeting Notice provides additional details.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to notify residents about the available options when your waste collection day is missed due to inclement weather. If your collection day is missed, you have the following two options:

  • Wait until your next collection day and place double the usual limit
  • Drop off curbside waste at the Town Waste Disposal Site for FREE

To learn about waste collection services or to confirm your collection day, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm

Waste Resource Mobile App

Did you know that the Town offers a Waste Resource App for both Apple and Android Smartphones? Visit the app store and search for “TBM Waste Resource” to receive updates and service disruption notifications.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276
IPW@thebluemountains.ca

Please note the start time fo the Special Meeting of Council, December 10, 2018 is now 12:15 p.m.

The Agenda for the December 10, Special Meeting of Council is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda for the December 10, 2018 Committee of the Whole is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Please note the start time of the Special Meeting of Council, December 7, 2018 is now 8:15 a.m.

Closed Session 8:15 a.m.

Open Session 9:00 a.m.

The agenda has been revised to include:

For addditional meeting details, visit the Council calendar.

Ash Tree Removals Will Begin Monday December 10, 2018

Please be advised that ash trees along the Georgian Trail (between Grey Road 21 and Old Lakeshore Road) are scheduled to be removed starting on Monday December 10, 2018.  

The trees are being removed because of damage caused by emerald ash borers.

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

The Town's Waste Disposal Site will be closed on Christmas Day & New Years Day. There will be NO Waste Collection on Christmas Day & New Years Day.

Holiday Season Waste Collection 

No Waste Collection: Christmas Day & New Years Day
Collection will occur the following day and shift one day for the remainder of both weeks

Town Waste Disposal Site Holiday Hours

 Closed: Christmas Day and New Years Day 

Please visit our Website App:  https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm
For more information please contact the Public Works Department or call 519-599-3131 ext. 276 

Christmas Tree Pick-Up is January 7 - 10, 2019 on your regular Collection Day.

Christmas Tree Pick-Up is January 7 - 10, 2019 on your regular Collection Day. 

Bare Trees, no plastic cover. 

Please visit our Website App:  https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm
For more information please contact the Public Works Department or call 519-599-3131 ext. 276 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to notify residents that 2019 Dog Licences are now available. The Town of The Blue Mountains requires all dogs to be licenced in accordance with the Dog and Animal Care By-law. The By-law is applicable to both permanent and seasonal residents. Licence(s) must be purchased before March 31st each year.

Application forms are available at Town Hall or on the Town website at: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/animal-control.cfm

For more information, please contact:

By-law Enforcement Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 249
animalcontrol@thebluemountains.ca

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to notify businesses and community organizations that advertising space is available in the arena of the Beaver Valley Community Centre. Advertising within the arena is a great opportunity to reach over 500 people per week!

Rink Boards: $300 per season

Wall Boards: $250 per season

In addition, public skating sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsors will receive on-site recognition and promotion on the Town website and social media accounts.

Public Skating Sponsorship: $113 (Two Hour Session)

To book advertising space or to secure a sponsorship, please contact:

Facility Manager
Beaver Valley Community Centre
(519) 599-3131 ext. 340
bvcc@thebluemountains.ca

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce the launch of the new Community Guide.

The Community Guide provides important information about Town departments, services, facilities, resources, programs and general business.

Hardcopies of the guide will be available at Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library, Craigleith Heritage Depot and the Beaver Valley Community Centre. Guides have also been distributed to many local businesses and community organizations throughout the Town.

To view the guide online, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/public-engagement.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
communications@thebluemountains.ca
 

The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (G&M) is seeking dynamic candidates for positions on the Board of Trustees. The complexity of healthcare is increasing and now - more than ever - strong, strategic, governance leadership is required.
Ultimate accountability for the services provided by the hospital is held by the Board of Trustees. Working in partnership with the senior leadership team of the hospital, the Board provides oversight of operations, foresight in terms of planning for the future and insight to ensure the right questions are being asked.

Board members are expected to be responsible for making decisions in the best interest of the hospital corporation, as well as the broader local healthcare system in the South Georgian Bay region. System transformation and integration of services locally and regionally are key directions that the hospital is taking to better support the healthcare needs of our community. Board members are expected to be active members of the Board and its Committees, as well as have the ability to think strategically and communicate effectively.

The hospital is currently seeking several, Board experienced candidates, with some preference given to individuals from Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township. In addition to previous Board experience, we seek candidates whose experience demonstrates an understanding of the nature, complexity and needs of Ontario’s evolving health system, and the needs of our patients and their families for seamless care within and beyond the hospital.

Interested individuals can submit a resumé by December 15, 2018 to stevensj@cgmh.on.ca.

For further information, contact Jennifer Stevens, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees at 705-445-2550 ext 8303 or visit our website at www.cgmh.on.ca.

The Blue Mountains Sustainability Fund was created with the goal to advance sustainability in the Town. Funds are awarded to improve the Town’s environmental performance, foster sustainability literacy and community engagement, advance climate change adaption and mitigation, and demonstrate the viability of sustainability technologies. Submission Due: November 30, 2018

Support for Local Sustainability Projects

Proposed projects must support the goals and objectives outlined in The Sustainable Path and must be consistent with the major planning documents of the Town including the Strategic Plan. The fund accepts small or large project proposals from charity and non-profit groups from or doing work in the Town. Approximately $5,000.00 will be available for each application intake to be allocated amongst successful proposals, and there will be one intake each year. 

Please visit the Town's website: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/our-sustainable-path.cfm or contact Manager of Solid Waste and Special Projects for more information. 

Submission Due Date: November 30

Applications are now available for the 2019 Grants and Donations Program

The Town of The Blue Mountains Coucil 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.

After each municipal election, Council appoints citizens to various boards and committees that make decisions or recommendations on a variety of matters. These appointments give residents an opportunity to volunteer their skills to help their community.

The term of the appointment is four years (concurrent with the term of Council). Most committees meet monthly and each committee determines the schedule of meetings for the new term.

Public Appointments to Town Committees and Boards, 2018-2022

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Board for the 2018-2022 term:

  • The Blue Mountains Police Services Board (1)
  • The Blue Mountains Committee of Adjustment (3)
  • The Blue Mountains Library Board (6)
  • Communications Advisory Committee (4)
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee (8)
  • Abandoned Orchard Committee (3)
  • Fence Viewers (5)
  • Council Compensation Review Committee (2)

All Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:00 p.m. to:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Attention: Town Clerk
32 Mill Street
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Email the Town Clerk

Additional information is available in the Appointment Advertisement.

Please note: Questions regarding the Library Board can be directed to Dr. Sabrina Saunders, CEO, The Blue Mountains Public Library at 519-599-3681.

Radon test kits are available free from the Grey Bruce Health Unit as part of November Radon Awareness Month. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. An estimated 20% of lung cancer deaths in Grey Bruce were due to radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that may collect in a home. Radon is colourless and odourless; it can enter a home anywhere there is contact with the ground, such as basements. All homes regardless of age, single or multi-story, slab or with basement can have radon. Testing is the only way to know if it is present. Test kits are left in a home for three months. After three months, the test unit is mailed to the lab for analysis in a pre-paid envelope provided with the kit. Individuals will receive the test results directly.

Free radon test kits are available to residents of Grey and Bruce including First Nations, by mail, while supplies last. Kits include the testing unit, instructions, information on radon and a pre-paid envelope to return the kits to the testing lab. Order yours online at https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Environment/Healthy-Housing/Radon/Radon-Registration or by phoning the Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456.

For More Information:

Jasjeet Bola

Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1518 

j.bola@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

The annual Online Meaford Hospital Foundation Auction is about to go live. With over 100 items the foundation is overwhelmed with the response from local businesses. Jen Wright, Executive Director of the foundation stated, “We are very appreciative of the support from our local businesses who have always come forward to donate. This year’s auction will help raise funds that are needed for a vital piece of equipment for our regional needs at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. The MRI plays a critical role as it’s the only one in Grey Bruce and it saves patients from travelling several hours away for diagnostic imaging. Our current MRI is almost 15 years old, and the technology has changed significantly.”

With the governments lack of funding for capital equipment items such as this it becomes the responsibility of the community. At a cost of $4.7 million the foundation knows it has a lot of fundraising to do to help raise their portion of the goal, but with the online auction and the Christmas campaign they hope to get close.

Up for grabs are golf packages, family experiences and get-a-ways, local food and beverage gift cards, ski and snowboard packages including day trips, caving, snowshoeing, theatre and many local goods and services. “There really is something for everyone, a perfect place to Christmas shop while supporting a local foundation” says Wright.

The online auction starts at 8 a.m. on November 12th and closes on November 23rd at 8 p.m. Bidders can go online to register before the bidding starts at mhfoundation.ca. The auction features proxy bidding which allows the bidder to enter a maximum amount that they are willing to pay and their bid will automatically be increased until they reach the desired amount. The winners will be notified by email when they reach their maximum bid and they can then decide if they wish to carry on.

Good Luck!

Jen Wright
Executive Director
Meaford Hospital Foundation
(519) 538-1311 ext. 4208
jenwright@gbhs.on.ca

The agenda for the November 5, 2018 Special Meeting of Council is available below.

Agenda - November 5, 2018

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting November 5th.

The Board of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ian Arra as Acting Medical Officer of Health.

The appointment is effective today.

Dr. Arra joined the Grey Bruce Health Unit in 2015 during postgraduate training and more recently working as a Physician Consultant.
As well as his medical degree, Dr. Arra completed postgraduate training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a Master's in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

He has worked on a variety public health initiatives including - road safety, nuclear Emergency Response Planning, health effects of wind farms, resource prioritization, electronic documentation implementation, climate change mitigation, and the built environment. 
 Dr. Arra strongly believes that knowledge through research empowers both the individual and the community. As a result, he has served on multiple postgraduate committees that are leading and shaping Canadian Public Health research and education.

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra
Medical officer of Health (Acting)
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269
I.Arra@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca
 

There is a planned outage for the Blue Mountain region on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 7 a.m. until noon. Hydro One crews will be replacing and repairing wood poles. The work will take place near the corner of Grey 2 and Grey 40. While work is underway, traffic restrictions may be in effect. 

OUTAGE NOTIFICATION FOR HYDRO ONE CUSTOMERS IN LOCATION(S) DETAILED BELOW
Hydro One Zone: 5 Georgian Bay
Hydro One Operation Center(s): OWEN SOUND
Hydro One Township(s) Affected: THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, EUPHRASIA
Reason for Outage: Replacing Hydro Pole(s)

*** All Hydro One Customers impacted by this planned maintenance outage have been contacted ***

Interruption Date(s) and Time(s):
Sun Nov 04 2018 from 07:00 until 12:00 (5 hrs), 1472 Customers 
ORMS ID: (5458969)

Hydro One reminds all members of the public to always stay clear of downed power lines or equipment. Never assume they are safe to approach. 

For up-to-date power interruption information related to Hydro One's Distribution System, download the Hydro One Mobile App or visit the: Power Outage Viewer

For Customer account information, please contact 1-888-664-9376.
For Media Outlets ONLY, please contact 1-877-506-7584.
This notice is for information purposes only. This is a public service announcement and not to be used for a paid advertisement.

Dr. Hazel Lynn got hers today and you should get yours. Grey Bruce’s Medical Officer of Health knows the flu shot is the best way to protect herself and her family from getting the flu.

Flu shots are now available for everyone through their healthcare provider and select pharmacies. Get yours now. For the more high-risk, the flu vaccine is especially important.

Those at high risk are more vulnerable to complications from flu. High-risk include:

  • Children aged 6 months to 5 years of age
  • People aged 65 and older
  • Children and adults with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, cancer)
  • Residents of long-term care, retirement homes, or other chronic care facilities
  • Pregnant women
  • Indigenous people

The flu shot not only protects yourself, it helps protect those around you! Health careworkers, household contacts of those at high risk and/or those who provide care to those under five are capable of spreading flu to this high-risk population. Immunize yourself and protect them too.

For More Information:

Sarah Ellis
Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext.

In response to the significant rate of concussion injuries in the region, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is hosting a public forum to look at issue related to concussion injuries. In 2016, there were 503 emergency room (ER) visits due to concussions for every 100,000 Grey Bruce residents. This is the second-highest rate in the province, and twice as high as the provincial rate. Among youth under 20 years of age, the local rate of concussionrelated ER visits is the highest in the province.

On Thursday, October 25, 2018 the Grey Bruce Health Unit is hosting a free Concussion Forum from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) 101 17th Street East, Owen Sound. Topics include injury prevention, identifying symptoms, medical assessment, when to return to learn (school) and sport and the new 2018 school board policies.

Speakers include Paul Osadzuk from Bayshore Physiotherapy and Mike Bethune, Superintendent of Education, Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board.

This forum provides an opportunity for Grey Bruce parents, athletes, educators and coaches to come together to network and become more knowledgeable about concussions.

Register by October 19; contact Amy Gaviller at 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1316 or a.gaviller@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

For More Information:

Tim Duivesteyn
Health Promoter
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1346
t.duivesteyn@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are hosting criminal record checks that will be completed while applicants wait. The event will take place when the detachment office is not normally open to make it easier for people who are at work during normal office hours and open to any resident of The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains OPP detachment (Thornbury) 364 Clark Street in Thornbury
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If a vulnerable sector check is required, which would include anyone working with children or the elderly, applicants must bring the letter from the organization requesting that check.

Checks for employment purposes will cost $25 in cash (exact amount).

Two pieces of identification must be provided at the time of application (one must be photo identification). Copies of identification will not be accepted.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include Ontario photo ID (issued by the MTO), passports, LCBO Bring Your Identification cards, military employment cards, Canadian citizenship cards, First Nations status cards, permanent resident cards, Canadian National Institute for the Blind cards, firearms possession and acquisition licences, Nexus cards and Fast Pass cards.

Acceptable non-photo identification includes birth certificates, baptismal certificates, hunting licences, outdoors cards, Canadian blood donor cards and immigration papers.

Ontario health cards and social insurance number cards are not permitted to be used as identification due to legislative restrictions.

Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP completed 1,500 criminal record checks in 2017 and 1,137 between January and August of this year.

Anyone who has any questions is asked to call the OPP ahead of time so that the process can run smoothly at the event. The Blue Mountains detachment phone number is 519-599-6644.

Beaver Valley Outreach in Thornbury is currently seeking an EarlyON Educator/Before & After School Age Program Lead Staff.

The successful applicant will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Planning and implementing interactive programs for parents/caregivers and their children up to 6 years of age
  • Facilitating a well-rounded Before and After School Age Program at Beaver Valley
  • Community School, indoors and outdoors
  • Role modeling play based learning
  • Provide information and referrals
  • Statistical reporting, newsletter, monthly calendar, Facebook page management
  • To be available for staff meetings, training and workshops

Education:

  • Registered ECE
  • Previous experience working with young children and parents
  • Current Criminal Reference Check
  • Current First Aid Certificate

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Enthusiastic, supportive, encouraging, resourceful and creative
  • Organized and efficient
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in person to Beaver Valley Outreach or by email to: executivedir@bvo.ca or contact at 519-599-2577 ext. 121 if you require further information. We thank everyone who applies, however, only those selected for
an interview will be contacted.

New measures to protect Ontarians from the dangers of smoking

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 replaces the existing Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Electronic Cigarettes Act with one single legislative framework Effective immediately, the new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA 2017) regulates the sale, supply, display, promotion, and the use of tobacco, cannabis and vapour products (e.g., e-cigarettes). The new SFOA, 2017 will expand those measures currently in place for tobacco, vapour products and cannabis by prohibiting their use in certain public places. The Act prohibits smoking of tobacco or cannabis and the vaping of any substance in the following areas:

  • Within 9 metres of the perimeter of bar and restaurant patios.
  • On recreation facility property and within a 20-metre perimeter of their grounds.
  • On school property and within a 20-metre perimeter of school grounds.

Grey Bruce Public Health Tobacco Enforcement Officers are designated to enforce these regulations within the community. Individuals with questions related to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 can contact Grey Bruce Public Health at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1211.

For more information:

Angela Newman
Public Health Manager
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1252
A.Newman@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

To view the Declaration of Election Candidates, please open the following link: Declaration of Election Candidates

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update to residents regarding the provincial-wide technical issues that occurred last night with the Dominion Voting system. As of late last night, all issues have been fixed and the system is working as expected.

Voting Update:
•    The voting period has been extended to 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018; 
•    All successfully submitted votes have been properly recorded within the system. There was no loss of data as a result of the technical issues; 
•    If you have not voted, you may vote using the Voter ID and PIN number that was previously provided;
•    If you attempted to vote but did not receive the confirmation message stating “Your Vote Has Been Successfully Cast”, please re-access the system and cast your vote.
If you did not receive your Voter ID or if you require assistance to vote, please visit the Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall Election Help Centre where staff are ready to provide assistance. 

For more information, please contact:

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
communications@thebluemountains.ca
 

Unofficial results for The Town of The Blue Mountains 2018 Municipal and School Board Election are posted below. Official results will be posted later this week once they are certified by the Town Clerk.

Click to Open: Unofficial 2018 Election Results

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a planned water outage has been scheduled for Thursday, October 25th, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for routine maintenance.

Affected areas include:

  • Crestview Court (Plateau East)
  • Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
    • Please note that Scandinave Spa will be closed from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm due to the water outage.

For more information, please contact:

Supervisor, Water Division
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
communications@thebluemountains.ca

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to inform voters that the Dominion Voting system is currently facing a high level of demand. As a result, you may experience slow service for both internet and telephone voting.

The Town would like to assure voters that the Dominion Voting software is operational and working properly, despite the slow service.

If you have tried to cast your ballot, and are having difficulties, please be patient.

Votes are recorded when you have successfully received an on-screen confirmation or an audible confirmation that says: “Your vote has been successfully cast”.

If you did not hear or see the above message and are experiencing issues, please end the service and try again.

Updates and additional information will be posted to the Town website when available.

For more information, please contact:

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
Communications@thebluemountains.ca ­­

Under the Municipal Elections Act, the Clerk, Corrina Giles, has declared an emergency as circumstances have arisen that are likely to prevent the election being conducted in accordance with the Act at this time. The voting period has been extended to 8:00 pm on October 23rd, 2018. 

Updates and additional information, if applicable, will be posted to the Town website when available.

For more information, please contact:

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
communications@thebluemountains.ca ­­

Notice- Temporary Office Closure

The Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall will be temporarily closed on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 between the hours of 8:00am – 10:00am for a staff update meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Nominations are open for the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship. Established in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship honours Ontarians who, through exceptional, long-term efforts, have made outstanding contributions to community life across the province.

Recipients will be invested by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at a ceremony to be held at Queen’s Park, in winter 2019. 

To submit a nomination for this award:

  1. Visit ontario.ca/honoursandawards.
  2. Select the Community category.    
  3. Click on Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship.
  4. Download the PDF form.
  5. Review the eligibility criteria and instructions carefully.
  6. Fill out the form and then submit it no later than November 15, 2018. Instructions for submitting your nomination package can be found on the website.

If you have any questions, please call the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat at 416-314-7526, toll free 1-877-832-8622, TTY 416-327-2391, or email ontariohonoursandawards@ontario.ca.

As of Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 2:30 pm the voter participation rate is: 19.3%

This rate is calculated by dividing the total number of ballots cast by the total number of registered voters at that time. 

Voter Help Centre

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. For details, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/election.cfm?is=27

For more information, please contact: 

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
519-599-3131 ext. 232
Election2018@thebluemountains.ca

Supporting GBHS Hospital Foundations through Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation

The Ace of Spades Lives On!
As Week 12 proceeds, the jackpot increases!

With weekly prizes of between $400 and $760 and winners like Chris Plante from Holland Centre who won $414 in the Week 11 draw, Catch the Ace GBHS is steadily growing.  The progressive jackpot is now sitting at an estimated $9,000 and is expected to grow over $10,000 in the upcoming weeks, as tickets are sold!  Funds raised will support the purchase of an MRI system at Owen Sound Regional Hospital.

In the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation office, there are now 41 playing cards individually sealed in manila envelopes on display.  These envelopes are numbered from 1 through 52, with the exception of the envelopes already opened by our weekly winners.  Nobody knows which envelope contains the Ace of Spades – until one lucky weekly winner catches it!

The MRI in the Owen Sound Regional Hospital is used over 11,000 times per year on patients from across Grey and Bruce to diagnose a range of medical conditions. Tests done with the next generation of MRI technology will be faster, quieter and more comfortable for patients, and will provide physicians with higher quality images to aid in more accurate diagnoses.

Catch the Ace tickets can be purchased in many places throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.  For more information or to find where tickets are available near you, please contact your local hospital foundation offices: Owen Sound, Meaford, Wiarton, Southampton, and Markdale, visit www.gbhsmri.ca or follow @CatchTheAceGBHS on Facebook.  Don’t forget to watch each weekly draw on our Facebook live stream or watch the video recordings posted to our Facebook page when you have a spare minute! 

Ticket purchasers must be 18 or over to participate. For more information visit www.gbhsmri.ca or contact your local hospital foundation:

  • Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation (519) 534-5856
  • Centre Grey Hospital Foundation (519) 986-3040
  • Meaford Hospital Foundation (519) 538-1311 ext. 4208
  • Owen Sound Hospital Foundation (519) 372-3925
  • Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation (519) 797-3230 ext. 3230

A.G.C.O. Licence #9997 has been issued to Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation.

For more information contact:

Amy McKinnon, Executive Director

Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation

519-372-3925

amckinnon@oshfoundation.ca

Electors please note: if you are voting by internet, you must enter the website address (as found in your Voter Information Letter) in the upper left address bar; see attached example.

Use of the search bar in the middle of the screen will not direct you to the Dominion Internet Voting Site.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk's Office.

Listed below are the Help Center Hours of Operation at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury.

DATE

TIME

Saturday, October 13

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, open extended hours during voting period

A Help Centre will be available at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury during the following dates and times:

Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DATE

TIME

Saturday, October 13

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Help Centre is available for electors who:

  • Need to be added to the Voters' List;
  • Have election-related questions; and/or,
  • Require assistance to vote.

If you are not on the Voters' List, you will be required to fill out an EL15 - Application to Amend Voters' List form and provide identification linking you to the qualifying address in The Blue Mountains.

You qualify to vote if:

  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • You are a Canadian Citizen;
  • You or your spouse lives, rents or owns property in the municipality; and,
  • You are not otherwise prohibited from voting.

Contact the Clerk's Office if you require any additional information.

100 Women Who Care

Launched in September 2017 100 Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle are celebrating the beginning of their 2nd year.  With over 190 members, 4 charities have benefited to a total amount of over $60,000.  

The charities we have supported in the past year are:

  • Barbara Weider House, Home Horizons
  • Salvation Army
  • Victim Services
  • Events for Life

At our September 26th meeting we celebrated our success with music, cake, wine and camaraderie. 

Events for Life was the recipient of our June meeting and Kathy Dewling, a board member from Events for Life talked about the program where our donations are making an impact on a new program being launched for respite and living options.  They accepted a cheque for $17,100. 

We heard excellent presentations from Theatre Collingwood, and Beaver Valley Outreach and ultimately selected Society of St Vincent de Paul, where our donation will support those in need for another year.  

Our next meeting will be November 28th at the Legion, 490 Ontario St, Collingwood.  The Legion generously donates the use of their space for our meetings. 

To find out more or join us visit our website  www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com 

The Town prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2018 to April 1st, 2019 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Snow Plowing Restrictions

Please be advised that Town By-law No. 2014-65 indicates that no person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway, including those portions of the highway commonly referred to as the shoulder, sidewalk, walkway, pathway, boulevard or ditch, without written permission from the Director of Infrastructure and Public Works.

Parking Restrictions

Please be advised that the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990 Chap. H-8 Section 170(12) indicates that no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a roadway in such a manner as to interfere with the removal or clearing of snow from the roadway.  It should also be noted that Town By-law No. 2003-11 prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2018 to April 1st, 2019 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Let’s work together to make this a safe and enjoyable winter.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

One hundred fifty people took advantage of the offer of free Attack tickets in exchange for the return of expired or unused medication.

Now in its second year, the Campaign to “Attack” Medication Misuse offered participants a free voucher to an Owen Sound Attack hockey game in exchange for the return of unused medication dropped off at the Rexall Pharma Plus in downtown Owen Sound between September 24 and 30.

The campaign supports the proper disposal and storage of medication and reduces the amount of unused and expired medication, especially opioid pain relievers, in our community.

A significant amount of opioids and controlled substances with a potential for abuse, including hydromorphone, oxycodone and codeine, were among the 236 expired and unused medications returned. The campaign also prevented these drugs from ending up in landfills or flushed down the toilet and ultimately in our water system. Unused medication should always be returned to a pharmacy for proper disposal.

Thanks to all who participated in this event as well as the Owen Sound Attack and Rexall Pharmacy for their support!

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

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.

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.

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.

Public Notices

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