Month: October 2017

New Tecumseth announces new deputy mayor

Donna Jebb is the successful candidate for the deputy mayor position, that was left vacant with the passing of Jamie Smith on Aug. 1, 2017.   At a special council meeting held Oct. 12, New Tecumseth council voted to appoint Jebb as deputy mayor effective immediately and for the remainder of the council term ending on Nov. 30, 2018.   She joins Mayor Milne as a representative of Simcoe County Council.     Her position of Ward 5 Councillor is now vacant and council will need to determine if the vacancy will be filled by appointment or a...

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Flato Developments gives $500,000 to hospital

A recent donation of a half-million dollars from Flato Developments will help defray the costs of medical equipment, and improve health care support for Markdale Hospital. “My longstanding belief is we’re in the business of not just building homes, but communities,” said Flato president Shakir Rehmatullah. “And in order to do that, it’s important to support the area in a way that will improve the quality of living for everyone, and not just the people who buy homes from us”. Rehmatullah also supports hospitals and theatres in other areas where his company builds homes. Mayor Paul McQueen of the...

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Strike looms at Georgian College

Georgian College has confirmed that a strike this coming Monday Oct. 16 is possible as they struggle to negotiate terms of a new contract. The faculty at Ontario’s 24 colleges have given official notice of the impending strike while the college prepares to deal with this as a possible outcome. Students will be directly affected by a strike as full and part-time classes, and a number of clinical and field placements internships will be cancelled. Offices at the college will remain open, offering non-academic services for students.  The college assures that the school year will be completed, regardless. “Georgian recognizes...

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Efforts underway to save birds and forest

The Simcoe County forest and habitat restoration project is one of international calibre and multiple benefits. The three-year project is set to begin this fall behind the county museum in Springwater Township to recover the endangered Kirtland’s Warbler. Federal funding of $167,950 is in place via Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP), towards the projects total estimated cost of $340,800. American Forests, a not-for-profit conservation organization contributed $30,000 (USD), while $58,300 was allocated from the forestry reserve. “This project will serve as an important environmental legacy initiative for years to come, while...

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Famed war pilot’s granddaughter to speak about new book

If you’re looking for inspiration, with a dash of wisdom, you can not only check out Diana Bishop’s new book but also meet her at Collingwood Public Library’s “Author Talks” series. Bishop will be on hand, in her new hometown, Nov. 23 to discuss growing up in the shadow of her famous grandfather, the fighter pilot from World War One. Dorothy Gebert, public relations coordinator, promises a “unique perspective on Canada ranging from pioneers and war heroes to the oddities of Canadian small-town life” during the three-part series. Living Up to a Legend is the title of the book...

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