Category Archives: Deputy Don’s Update

28 Aug
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Deputy Don’s Update – AMO

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) brings together municipal politicians from all over Ontario to share knowledge, ideas and contacts. This is just a summary of Day 1 at the annual conference this week in Ottawa at the deadline for ...

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25 Jul
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Deputy Don’s Update: We Are Going to Pot

We Are Going to Pot! Even before the next municipal election, cannabis (marijuana) will be legal to buy and use in Canada, with the October 17, 2018 implementation date just 12 weeks away. The federal, provincial and territorial governments share ...

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19 Jul
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Deputy Don’s Update – County Expanding Paramedic and Seniors’ Services in Elmvale

  Read through today’s press release from the County of Simcoe, where you will find updated information on the investments that the County of Simcoe is making in paramedic service, long-term care and Senior Services Adult Day Programs.  These important ...

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30 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – June 28, 2018

Deputy Don’s Update – June 28, 2018 Fire Training I had a great experience last weekend being involved in a fire training exercise with some of our Springwater volunteer firefighters, led on Saturday by Deputy Chief Jeff French. The other ...

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26 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – Grow Your Own Bin – Not Your Garbage – at WR Best Public School

It was a great day to meet up with the students from Simcoe County’s WR Best Public School in Oro today.  Together we learned a great deal of information on “Living Green” including the County’s initiative on organics and the ...

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01 May
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Deputy Don’s Updates – May 1, 2018 – Emvale Maple Syrup Festival, Homer Barrett Park Splash Pad, Community Hub and More!

Lots of great things happening in Springwater, and several updates to report on this week! Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival It was cold but as much fun as always being part of the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival last weekend! On Saturday, Wanda ...

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20 Feb
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Deputy Don’s Update – Potential Greenbelt Expansion Information and Council Meeting February 21/18

Potential Greenbelt Expansion – Continued The population of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) in Ontario, currently approximately 9 million, is forecasted to grow to about 13.5 million by 2041. The Outer Ring municipalities within the GGH (which Springwater is part ...

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06 Feb
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Deputy Don’s Update – February 6, 2018

Potential Greenbelt Expansion The Greenbelt Plan is a cornerstone planning policy document in Ontario, which provides clarity about where and how future growth should be accommodated and what natural features must be protected for current and future generations. It provides ...

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10 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – January 10, 2018

Happy New Year All.  New Skating/Snowshoeing Trails We had a great time over the holidays using the Simcoe County Museum Skating Trail and Snowshoe Trail. Located at the Simcoe Museum grounds at 1151 Highway 26 – facilities are open Tuesday ...

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31 Dec
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Springwater Accomplishments for the Year 2017

Council and Staff accomplished much in 2016. Some selected items are as follows: Community Development Optimized the distribution of recreation and all other service facilities across the Township; Approved construction of the Midhurst Pavilion at Doran Park; Leveraged Canada 150 ...

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13 Dec
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Deputy Don’s Update – December 14, 2017

Merry Christmas I start by wishing all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy healthy New Year. Again this year, the various Springwater tree lightings and other Christmas ceremonies were true examples of the warm ...

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29 Nov
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Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) and FIRE – 29-11-17

The proposed Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) facility that the County of Simcoe is considering constructing in the County forest at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Rd. W. in Springwater raises many concerns. One major concern involves the potential of fire breaking ...

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16 Nov
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Deputy Don’s Update – November 16, 2017

Remembrance Day Again this year, the messages leading up to November 11th and the services on that Day were reflective and moving. As I have mentioned before, I come from a military family – my father was an army Colonel ...

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05 Oct
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Deputy Don’s Update – October 5, 2017

What fantastic weather we have been having for the fall fairs. Last weekend, Midhurst Autumnfest was a great success due to many volunteers working hard and great turnout for this fun event. The Elmvale Fall Fair this weekend will be ...

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21 Sep
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Deputy Don’s Update – September 21, 2017

Finance and Audit Committee Part of my commitment when elected was to form and chair the Township Finance and Audit Committee. Councillor Hanna and I and an external member (who has stepped down due to no longer being a resident) ...

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23 Aug
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Deputy Don’s Update – August 24, 2017

Blue Box Funding and Diversion Based on data collected for 2015, Simcoe County, for the 7th year in a row, ranked in the top 10 (of 243) Ontario municipalities for waste diversion, ranking 5th. Residents of the County achieved the ...

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26 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – June 26, 2017

Celebrate Springwater –  Canada 150  This June 24th celebration in Springwater was filled with family fun, entertainment, live music and fireworks. The day gave us sun and a perfect evening.  There were an estimated 1,000 people who showed up. Children ...

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18 May
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Deputy Don’s Update – May 18, 2017

Springwater Year End December 31, 2016 Financial Results The external financial auditors for the Township, Collins Barrow LLP, finished the Springwater year end December 31, 2016 audit and the financial statements are being reviewed by Council this week. The Finance ...

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23 Mar
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Deputy Don’s Update – March 23, 2017

Midhurst Environmental Assessment Update For the Midhurst Secondary Plan (MSP), there are six draft approved plans of subdivision that were approved by the Ontario Municipal Board in 2014. Each of these subdivisions has a range of conditions that must be ...

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27 Feb
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Deputy Don’s Update – February 23, 2017

Legal and Engineering Fees Facts and truth always prevail over rumour and innuendo. Comments regarding legal fees spent by Springwater over the last two years were made in this paper by Rick Webster and others over the last 2 months. ...

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25 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – January 26, 2017

Springwater Budget The 2017 budget process has been very thorough and open. After 6 open Council meetings to review the 2017 budget in detail, Council is scheduled to approve it this week. The main points of it include: • A ...

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12 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – January 12, 2017

We are all back at it after, hopefully, good times with family and friends over the holidays and with a new set of determined resolutions for 2017, this 150th celebration year for Canada. I plan, with family and friends, to ...

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31 Dec
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Springwater Accomplishments for the Year 2016

Council and Staff accomplished much in 2016. Some selected items are as follows: Community Development: 10th Annual Springwater Swing Golf Tournament raised over $26,000 for charity – included 8 local merchants in the Shop Springwater component; Partnered with the Simcoe ...

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15 Dec
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Deputy Don’s Update – December 15, 2016

I love this time of year and attending the various community tree lighting ceremonies and parades. They are heart-warming demonstrations of close community spirit and friendliness and it makes me thankful to live in Canada, Ontario and Springwater. I wish ...

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17 Nov
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Deputy Don’s Update – November 17, 2016

Increased Safety in Hillsdale Solving the problem of greater safety in crossing Hwy 93 in Hillsdale advanced a significant step closer last Council meeting. Hillsdale resident Ms. Lynne Worrall Wright took the time and effort to find the agenda on ...

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11 Oct
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Deputy Don’s Update – October 11, 2016

Population Allocation in Springwater Most of you will have heard of the 180 degree reversal of Simcoe County last week regarding its continued support of the Springwater Council’s unanimous decision not to allow 4 of the 5 applications within Springwater ...

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22 Sep
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Deputy Don’s Update – September 22, 2016

Addition to Works Yard 1 and Temporary Fire Station 2 The expansion and upgrades to Yard1/Station 2 on Snow Valley Road to address the need for additional vehicle space, male and female washrooms with showers, an office and a maintenance ...

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09 Sep
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Deputy Don’s Update – September 9, 2016

Bertram 1237 Bayfield St. N. property Council this week is reviewing an application and seeking approval for a public meeting to change this 1.62 acre property to general commercial retail use. The current tenant is a retail furniture store (Midhurst ...

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11 Aug
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Deputy Don’s Update – August 11, 2016

I hope your summer has been great with the hot sunny weather we have had. Township and County Councils are resuming, with lots of items on the schedule. Here is a summary of my thoughts on some recent items. Stonemanor ...

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02 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – June 2, 2016

20,000 Simcoe Population Allocation Further to Mayor French’s summary regarding this in this edition, the positive teamwork of the Township staff, our lawyer and Council resulted in a comprehensive briefing document which was prepared and presented to all applicants and ...

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04 May
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Deputy Don’s Update – May 4, 2016

Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival What a spectacular event – perfect sunshine, not too cold and about 40,000 people in attendance last Saturday. A rural small town feeling of friendship and happiness pervaded, with many events and exhibits being enjoyed by ...

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07 Apr
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Deputy Don’s Update – April 7, 2016

Materials Management Facility (MMF) and Organics Processing Facility (OPF) A meeting was held on March 23rd attended by 29 neighbouring landowners living within 500 meters of the 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road selected site. Further afternoon and evening public information sessions ...

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10 Mar
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Deputy Don’s Update – March 10, 2016

As published in the Springwater News. Springwater Staff Changes Congratulations to Clerk John Daly who is moving on to become the County Simcoe Clerk. I have only known John for a little over a year and have seen his focus ...

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06 Mar
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Don’s thoughts regarding proposed Organics & Materials Mgt. Processing Facilities – March 6, 2016

I am a strong proponent of saving the environment and increasing diversion from landfills in whatever fiscally responsible way possible. We must continue to reduce our garbage generation and increase our diversion, especially of organics, to eliminate it from our ...

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25 Feb
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Deputy Don’s Update – February 25, 2016

I hope you all enjoyed a fun Family Day. There were great social events in Midhurst, Minesing, Anten Mills and Hillsdale that I was aware of. I went to most of these and can attest that community spirit is alive ...

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28 Jan
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Deputy Don’s Update – January 28, 2016

Happy healthy 2016 to all. Council is back at it, with lots of matters to review and progress in 2016. Here is my perspectives on some recent happenings. EEK Pit  – The rezoning application to allow for an expansion Eek ...

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31 Dec
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Springwater Accomplishments for the Year 2015

Council and Staff accomplished much in 2015. Some selected items are as follows: Community Development: Increased funding contribution for the Elmvale District High School partnership proposal; Completion of Recreation Master Plan, which included three public open houses, a session with ...

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15 Dec
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Deputy Don’s Update – December 15, 2015

The Christmas events throughout Springwater have again been wonderful this year – even without snow! I have been to many of these and it has reminded me why we love the spirit and friendship which exists all around us in ...

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03 Dec
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Deputy Don’s Update – December 3, 2015

Simcoe and Springwater 2016 Financial Budgets We continue to review and work toward finalizing the County Simcoe and Springwater municipal budgets for 2016. Of your property taxes, approximately 36% go to the County, with 24% going to education and the ...

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05 Nov
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Deputy Don’s Update – November 5, 2015

October 27th marked the one year point since we were elected. We are one quarter of the way through our four year term. It has been an active and productive year for me and for Council – I count 176 ...

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24 Sep
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Deputy Don’s Update – September 24, 2015

30-6-15 Springwater financial results Overall, the Township operating results for the first half of 2015 resulted in a surplus better than budget by $926,367 before transfers to reserves and $861,162 after transfers to reserves. Of Contributing to this surplus, revenues ...

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13 Aug
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Deputy Don’s Update – August 13, 2015

Solid Waste Management Strategy Update Simcoe County Solid Waste Management Strategy, approved in 2010, prioritizes the need to increase our diversion rate, reduce garbage, and securely manage our own transfer and processing capacity.  The County will benefit from ownership and ...

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30 Jul
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Deputy Don’s Update – July 30, 2015

As published in the Springwater News. Fire Station 2 Improvement In May, Council referred to staff a request for additional information on the current needs, costs and capital improvements for Station 2 (Snow Valley Rd.), as provided in the Draft ...

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02 Jul
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Deputy Don’s Update – July 2, 2015

Elmvale Curling Club The curling club has over 200 members and brings over 500 curlers to Elmvale through bonspiels each year. The Club suffered a break-down of its refrigeration plant, cutting last curling season short. The membership has $70,000 of ...

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04 Jun
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Deputy Don’s Update – June 4, 2015

I appreciate the interest, comments and feedback I have received from residents from all areas of Springwater regarding different matters I have reported on – please keep up the communication. Springwater Q1 ended 31-3-15 Results Revenues of $6.2 million were ...

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21 May
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Deputy Don’s Update – May 21, 2015

New Fire Station for Midhurst I have the upmost respect and appreciation for emergency services, both full time and voluntary staff.  I fully support the fire services needs if there is a risk to the responders’ safety and that of ...

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23 Apr
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Deputy Don’s Update – April 23, 2015

In today’s blog post, there are several updates to share: Springwater Green Belt Policy Review Council discussed the report presented by staff in its April 7, 2015 meeting, including the additional option of considering development policy considerations on a site ...

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09 Apr
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Deputy Don’s Update – April 9, 2015

Springwater Green Belt Policy Review The Township Green Belt Policy restricts new non-farm proposals within 1km of the boundaries of Barrie and Wasaga, with the intent to maintain a clear separation between rural and urban land uses, to prevent urban ...

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26 Mar
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Deputy Don’s Update – March 26, 2015

I hope everyone enjoyed March break and are glad to see the first signs of spring. Council is back at it, meeting last Monday and County Council on Tuesday. Following are some notes and thoughts regarding selected current matters under ...

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12 Mar
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Deputy Don’s Update – March 12, 2015

I hope to be able to provide ongoing communication to interested readers from my perspective as Deputy Mayor. The first three months have been very interesting, fun and productive. Springwater Council, in my opinion, has developed into a positive working ...

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16 Dec
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Springwater Committee Appointments – December 15, 2014

At its meeting on December 15, 2014 Council made appointments to various Committees and Boards for the 2014-2018 term. Barrie and Area Physician Recruitment – French Chamber of Commerce – Springwater – Austin Economic Development Working Group – McConkey, Austin, ...

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11 Dec
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Simcoe County Council – December 11, 2014

On December 9, 2014, Mayor French and myself were sworn in as Councillors at Simcoe County Council. A summary of the governance structure of County Council is below. I ran for and was elected Vice Chair of the Performance Management ...

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