Political Opinions

New Horizons for Seniors Program Alex Nuttall MP Barrie/Springwater/Oro-Medonte

Canada is strongest when all of its citizens are given the chance to access opportunities, contribute to society, and have the chance to reach their full potential in a fair and welcoming environment. When Canadians from all sectors are given the chance to grow and prosper, they are able to make significant, valuable contributions to their local and larger communities.

In order for those opportunities to remain available, partnerships with local governments, institutions, and organizations are essential. When considering the lives of seniors in Canada, such partnerships are integral in establishing positive change, as well as improving the general well-being of seniors. The Government of Canada remains committed to empowering all Canadians, including seniors, to contribute to and share in the prosperity of our country.

The Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grant and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Seniors are encouraged to share their distinctive knowledge, skills, and experiences in order to benefit Canadians of all ages. Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 24,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada. 

The call for 2018-2019 applications to the NHSP opened on May 7th, 2018 and will be closing on June 15, 2018. Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects led or inspired by seniors that promote positive aging, and empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit the community as a whole.

Programs like NHSP encourage seniors to stay involved in their communities through the promotion of senior volunteerism, by engaging seniors through the mentoring of others, supporting social inclusion and the participation of seniors, providing capital assistance for community seniors projects and/or programs, and expanding the awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse. 

For more information on the details of the NHSP and how to apply, please visit the Government of Canada website (www.canada.ca) and search: Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based projects. For direct assistance with applications, and/or questions regarding eligibility, how to apply, or funding details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 1-866-945-7342.

You can also visit the Seniors in Canada Facebook page for the latest information on programs, initiatives and services for seniors.  Together, and with programs like the NHSP, we will be able to continue meeting the needs of Canadian seniors, now and into the future.

                                                                              

Springwater Councillor Katy Austin Ward One Report 

I am happy to share two pieces of good news this week; the first is about the splash pad at Homer Barrett Park, and the second is about bus service to Midland, Penetang and Barrie.

At our May 2nd meeting, Council awarded the contract for the design, supply and construction services of the splash pad to Diamond Head Irrigation Inc. The cost of the project will be $298,800 plus taxes; 90% will come from development charges, and 10% will come from the Elmvale Hydro Reserve. The splash pad will be 3,050 square feet in size; it will have two designed play zones, 20 spray features, an anti-slip surface and a 16’x16’ aluminum shade shelter with two accessible tables. The new splash pad is expected to be operational by July 31, 2018.

Starting early September, Elmvale residents will be able to catch a bus throughout the day to Barrie, Midland and Penetang.  This service, which is being run by the County, is called Simcoe County LINX Transit Service. The Penetang-Barrie route is the first of several that the County plans to roll out over the next few years.  A second route, from Barrie to Orillia, is next in line. Funding for the project has come from provincial grants to municipalities with transit systems, changes to development charges, and provincial gas taxes, so there will be no impact on our property taxes.

The Penetang-Barrie route will run buses hourly throughout the day, starting at 7a.m. in Penetang, stopping in Elmvale, arriving at Georgian College/Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie around 8 a.m. Passengers may then choose to link to the Barrie Transit system.  Buses will continue to run in both directions throughout the day, finishing at 7 p.m. in Penetang. There will be an electronic fare box using a “smart card” or cash option, and up to two bikes can be attached to racks on the bus. All buses will be wheelchair accessible, with a special reservation service for people who need transportation to get to their local bus stop.

Complete details about the Simcoe County LINX Transit Service should be available on the Simcoe County Website by the middle of June.

The comments made in this article are strictly my own.  I do not speak on behalf of Council. 

Contact me any time if you have concerns or suggestions: 705-796-7348,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Bruce Stanton MP Simcoe North

As of April 1, 2018, Canadian Veterans will have access to a number of new and enhanced programs to support them and their families. There are quite a few changes, so I will detail some of the changes in this article, and the rest in future issues.

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is now offering an Education and Training benefit that will provide Veterans with six years of service up to $40,000 and Veterans with at least 12 years of service up to $80,000 of funding for college, university or a technical education. Any educational institution listed on the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) master list of designated educational institutions is eligible. All honourably released Veterans will have up to 10 years following their release date to use the benefit.

VAC has also enhanced the Career Transition Services Program, which helps improve the employment prospects for Veterans, members, survivors, spouses and common-law partners, by expanding current eligibilities, removing time limits for Veterans, members and survivors to access benefits; and simplifies or eliminates the application process for participants. Services include career counselling, self-assessment, assistance with resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation, job search training and in some instances job-finding and job-placement services.

The Veteran Family Program is now available, and allows medically-releasing Canadian Armed Forces members and medically-released Veterans, as well as their families, to access the 32 Military Family Resource Centres that had previously only been available to still-serving members and their families. The families can also access the telephone-based Family Information Line and the website www.CAFconnection.ca.

A new Caregiver Recognition Benefit has been introduced to support those caring for Veterans who has a disability award and requires assistance with their illness or injury, and require ongoing care which involves help with 4 of 7 activities of daily living (feeding, dressing, washing, grooming, toileting, taking medication and mobility (transfers and ambulation). It is a benefit of $1,000 a month and is not taxable.

The one-year time limit to apply to the Rehabilitation Services and Vocational Assistance Program has also been eliminated, to ensure that families will not be pressured to be active in the vocational assistance process while still adjusting to the Veteran’s health circumstances.

In my next article I will detail the background on the Veterans Emergency Fund, VAC’s support of the Centre of Excellence on PTSD and other related mental health conditions, and the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund

More information is available on the VAC website: www.veterans.gc.ca

 

The Springwater Township Mayor’s View By Bill French

Financial Results 2017 Overview

At our Council Meeting this week, we received the 2017 Year End Financial Report for the 2017 Fiscal Year which for the Township is the calendar year. The good news is that by the great efforts of management and staff the increase in our costs are increasing at a slower rate than our revenue growth, even with the low tax rate increases this Council has been able to maintain through this term. I would like to just focus on some highlights. Our Financial Assets comprised of cash, investments, accounts receivable and tax receivables is close to $34M up from approximately $31.5M the year prior. Revenues were close to $25M about $825K over the budget, while expenses were $22M about $325K below budget. It is always positive to have revenues above budget and expenses below budget, leaving a surplus. The accumulated surplus if you exclude Capital Assets and municipal drains is about $760K up from about $460K in the prior year. The reserve and reserve funds are just over $21M from just over $19M the year prior. Our municipal debt compared to Net Book Value of Capital Assets is only 3.3%, down from 4.1% last year and now the lowest of the other 6 comparator municipalities used. Taxation per capita is $1,932 per person, again the lowest of the other comparators. Our debt per capita is also the lowest of the comparators at $310 per person. The Township of Springwater is in good fiscal condition and credit must go to everyone in the organization and the clear direction provided by this Council. This is a good news story and puts the Township in an enviable position and is the result of well planned organic, predictable and healthy growth.

Midhurst Secondary Plan – MOECC Comments on the Draft ESR (Environmental Study Report)

After a one year delay, the Township is now in receipt of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) Comments on the Draft ESR that were submitted in the Spring of 2017. Council received a legal briefing early in the week and the Consulting Engineer, Ainley, provided an overview of the MOECC comments at Wednesday’s Council Meeting. In the next few weeks both the Technical Steering Committee and the Resident Liaison Group will be meeting separately to discuss and review those comments and I expect a timetable of legislated and Council requested meetings with the public and Council will be published shortly. I have some concerns, which will be voiced at the appropriate time and the next steps will be taken in an orderly fashion. We need to maintain a balance of consideration for all parties affected, but my key focus will be on the residents of Springwater who will be the most impacted, if and when this major urban mega development proceeds. My position has not changed, as unlike anything before, I am concerned that the unique rural character of Springwater will be changed forever. There are still many conditions and studies that must be completed before there are any final approvals or construction of the developments in the MSP. We will neither be rushing nor obstructing the orderly process but will be cautious every step of the way due to the potential impact on the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Springwater. I feel there are still many unanswered questions that need addressed.

Skilled Trades Expo - Reminder              

The Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo will take place this Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Elmvale Arena and the Flos Agricultural Fairgrounds. This event has won both provincial and federal awards for introducing young students to the possibility of studying skilled trades as part of their future education. The Expo is part of the County of Simcoe’s Economic development program intended to both attract business and assist our local businesses to grow. Having highly skilled trades available locally is a positive move in that direction. Throughout the day close to 2,000 elementary students from the senior grades attend from around the region and learn about the various skilled trades with hands-on demonstrations from local operators and businesses. There is everything from carpentry to autobody to culinary skills and more. There will be over 150 trades represented at the fair. During the day students will attend from 9am to 3pm and the general public and parents are invited to attend from 5 pm to 7pm.               

Springwater Swing Golf Tournament - Vespra Hills Gold Club - Reminder

The Annual Springwater Swing Tournament will take place on July 11 of this year. Council finalized arrangements at our last Council Meeting. After much discussion, the direction of Council was to rotate the event with the four clubs in Springwater subject to their availability. This year we are proud to host the event at the exclusive and private Vespra Hills Golf Club located on Wilson Road near Snow Valley. The proceeds from the Tournament, which is our biggest fund raiser, benefits the Community Assistance Program, which has helped many individuals with special one time needs since its inception 3 years ago. It also contributes to Physician Recruitment and other worthwhile local initiatives, such as the Elmvale and Barrie Food Banks along with assisting some unique team and school requests throughout the year. Talk to your friends and help us raise as much as we can by signing up a foursome for this year’s event. Early bird price is $185.00 a golfer, which includes lunch, dinner and a day of challenging golf. There are many sponsorship opportunities for local business. Information is available on our website at www.springwater.ca/springwaterswing.

Other Upcoming Community Events

Keep an eye on our Township website as the Springwater Heritage Committee is making plans for some special activities this year. Some of our annual activities are also being staged which will allow all residents to get to know their neighbours better and enjoy the special hospitality of our many local settlement areas. Don’t miss the Hillsdale Community Garage & Bake Sale next Saturday, May 26 from 9-12 at Hillsdale Community Centre. This has grown to be a great event over the last few years. It is an opportunity to promote your business or sell your own goods. The cost to register a table is $20 and will be based on a first come, first served basis. Book a table now. If you are interested, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. The second annual Midhurst Soapbox Derby and Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Doran Road and Finlay Mill Road. You can pre-register your soapbox car until May 19, 2018. The cost to register is $10 per participant. It was such a great event last year and it sounds like there might be a few more cars and some higher technology brought to this year’s event. Aside from the soap box race itself there will be a Classic Car Show held at the Lion’s Park close by.

Mayors Open Visiting Hours

If you would like to meet with me on any matter you can always arrange an appointment or if in the neighbourhood of the Administrative Centre you can drop by any Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4:00 p.m. and no appointment is required. I invite you to bring your complaints, concerns or even appreciation for what is happening in Springwater. I have had numerous people come by and in some cases we have resolved some simple issues. If nothing else I promise that you will be heard. The door is open.

Keep informed and involved with Springwater by checking out our website www.springwwater.ca and especially our calendar of meetings. Tune into our live streaming of the Council Meetings at www.springwater.ca/live . Stay close to the action and read this excellent local paper, the Springwater News, and check out our regular Springwater Link and Council Corner columns. Be part of the solution and have your say.

Contact me at 705-728-4784 ext. 2040 or my cell at 705-718-7031 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on twitter @MayorFrench

A reminder these articles are my thoughts and perspectives on issues and I am but one voice on Council. These opinions may not reflect the position of other Councillors.

 

Dick’s Tiny Corner  by Dick Wesselo.

Kudos to Mayor Scott Warnock of Tay Township! On May 1, 2018, Mayor Warnock attended the joint public meeting of the Simcoe District and Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Boards. As many readers no doubt will recall from my May 3rd column, the Boards are considering increasing their development charges by 188%. Mayor Warnock was joined in his call for a fairer “area-specific rate” by Penetanguishene Deputy-Mayor Anita Dubeau and Clearview Deputy-Mayor Barry Burton and stated that “This (the 188% increase) is especially hard to take in a municipality which has seen two of our four schools closed within the last 10 years. Not only are we subsidizing the growth in other municipalities, but we have experienced a 50% reduction in the number of schools within our Township. The question that begs to be asked is “why the Boards are not implementing this massive increase as an area-specific charge vs blanket across all Simcoe County?” This proposal as it currently stands is neither fair nor equitable! The northern municipalities should not be subsidizing the south… and you cannot make the argument that a school built 30 to 60 minutes away from Tay in any way benefits the residents of Tay.” The vast majority of his comments equally apply to Tiny. The entire text of the Mayor’s statement was posted to Dick’s TinyCorner Facebook page on May 7.

Approximately 70 caring Guys showed up at the Midland Golf & Country Club during the early evening hours of May 7. Not to play golf but to attend the spring meeting of the Guys Who Care group. As is customary, 3 local charities were randomly selected to pitch their cause.  After listening to the presentations, the 'Guys' voted by ballot and selected Big Brothers Big Sister of North Simcoe as the recipient of their $17,000.00 donation. All funds raised by the Guys go directly to the recipient charity.  To date, those Guys Who Care have raised over $97,625.00 for the following local charities:  May 2018 - Big Brothers Big Sisters North Simcoe $17,000.00; October 2017 - Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre, $16,200.00; May 2017 - Gateway Centre for Learning,   $17,400.00; October 2016 - The Guest House Shelter, $17,800.00; Spring 2016 - The Society of St Vincent de Paul, $14,225.00 and during the inaugural event in December 2015,      We Are the Villagers - $15,000.00. For more information visit  www.guyswhocare.ca.

The ladies are stepping up as well and two groups have recently surfaced. “Gbay Gals Give”, a group associated with “Woman for Change in North Simcoe”. Like the Guys Who Care, the ladies aim to make a difference in our community through a “low maintenance, next to zero operating cost and maximum charity benefit” model. Their first meeting is scheduled for June 7th, 5:30PM at the Midland Golf and Country Club. Check the group’s Facebook page for additional information.

The other group operates as “Giving for a Cause - Women Supporting our Community”. This initiative also has similarities to the other two fundraisers. These ladies however operate with more structure and have added a twist as they Partner with the Huronia Community Foundation (HCF). The charity chosen during their meeting will receive a cheque for 50% of the money donated towards a meeting and an Endowment Fund will be set up in the charity’s name, through HCF, for the remaining proceeds. The creation of an Endowment Fund is a unique and important part of this fundraising initiative and its aim is to ensure sustainability for the winning charity for years to come.

Huronia Community Foundation will issue the charitable receipts for each donation and reportedly has also agreed for now to absorb all overhead and/or administration fees related to the, to be established, Endowment Fund. The first meeting of this group is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd at Restaurant St. Marie from 6 to 8 p.m.  For more information please contact Catharine Gastmeier, Executive Director, Huronia Community Foundation at 705-427-0339 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And don’t forget:

Play golf, come for dinner and check out the silent auction items. Most of all, enjoy the fun! Sponsorship opportunities are still available as well. Please check Tiny’s website, www.tiny.ca for further details or contact Maggie Off at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 705-526-4204 ext 271. See you there!

The race to represent North Simcoe in the Provincial Legislature is on! Most of North Simcoe’s Provincial Candidates left the gate on May 8 after the writ was dropped. In the Blue lane, Jill Dunlop for the Conservatives, Valerie Powell for the Green Party in the green and Elizabeth van Houtte in orange for the NDP.  In the red lane, Gerry Marshall for the Liberals took a head start on or about May 2nd by placing a large, billboard type election sign along Highway 12, just outside of Warminster. As it is somewhat irregular to see election signs prior to the writ being dropped, I questioned the action. If it is ok for one Party to do this, why don’t the others do it? Gerry’s campaign representative(s) was unable to provide me with an answer as to the appropriateness of the action and referred to “interpretation”. I subsequently called Elections Ontario on the matter and asked them as well under which act, statute and/or regulation it was proper to put up signs before the election was called.  Their response was that it is authorized subject to any Municipal Bylaws that may be in effect.

I’ve concluded that not posting “vote for me” signs prior to the dropping of the writ is an issue of “practice, precedent” and “honour among candidates” over legality. Perhaps Bill 136, the Election Signs Act of 2000, an Act that never went beyond First Reading, should be revisited. The opening paragraph reads that “No person shall display a sign or permit the display of a sign that promotes the candidacy of a person for political office in a provincial election or by-election until the writ for the election or by-election, as the case may be, is issued.” After all, “clarity and transparency” are election buzz words!  Bottom line is that I learned something new.

As of May 10th, Tiny’s current Council was registered in its entirety for the 2018 Municipal Election. George Cornell for Mayor, Steffen Walma for Deputy Mayor and for Councillor, Cindy Hastings, Richard (first out of the gate) Hinton and Gibb Wishart. No doubt a few more folks will throw their hats in the ring as well.  After all, it’s still early in the game!  Perhaps some are waiting to get the Provincial election out of the way first. After all, prime Real Estate for sign locations is limited!

Mayor Cornell was absent for the April 30th Committee of the Whole (CoW) Meeting and Deputy-Mayor Walma took the reins. During the Open Deputation segment of the meeting, the CoW heard from Residents in regard to the BlueWater Dunes area zoning plans and a request for increased environmental protection was made. Concerns were again expressed regarding the placement of the proposed Xplornet Communications Tower near Sandy Bay Road and the 19th and a rare expression of thanks was heard from a Resident to Council for pushing the Teedon Pit water taking and expansion application issues to the OMB.

A presentation regarding the above referred to proposed telecommunications tower was made by a Consultant for Xplornet and a Staff Report on the matter was discussed by the CoW as well. The Committee ultimately recommended that Staff be directed to provide a conditional Letter of Concurrence for the siting of the proposed tower to Xplornet.  The CoW concurred with the revised placement of the proposed tower to the southeast corner of the field on the subject lands to reduce the visual impact. A request for vegetative planting and landscaping around the compound was included to reduce the visual impact. The applicant was reminded that the proposed fence enclosure should not exceed the 1 .9 meters in compliance with the Township Zoning By-law and that, prior to the Township providing a Letter of Concurrence, Xplornet Communications provides an Undertaking stating that the Township may install radio frequency transmitting and receiving equipment on the tower.

Chuck Stradling, the Chairman of the Lafontaine Beach Park Master Plan Advisory Committee presented an update to the CoW regarding the progress made in the Beach Park to date.  The tender presented to the Township by ABC Recreation in the amount of $62,811.06 (excluding HST) for the construction of the Lafontaine Beach Park Pavilion was presented, discussed and subsequently approved.

Incidentally, Mayor Cornell, Councilors Hastings and Hinton and yours truly were among the 25 some area residents who spent last Saturday morning on the Lafontaine Beach removing invasive weeds. Another successful work party organized by the Lafontaine Beach Association!

A brief discussion took place about the request from Le Villageois de Lafontaine to further defer the payment of the outstanding balance of tax arrears. The Committee recommended that no further changes to the process would be considered at this time.

Details of a proposed August 12, 2018 Balm Beach Family Fun Day were delivered to the CoW. The event is sponsored and supported by the Balm Beach Community Association, the Business Association of Balm Beach (BABB) and Balm Beach Residents and was very well received by the Committee. It was noted that these sometimes-diverse groups had pushed whatever differences aside and, in the process, had come together to create a, hopefully, memorable and fun day for kids and adults alike. Any funds raised through this event will go towards playground equipment in the area.

A Recreation report regarding the various 2018 Balm Beach Events was presented to the CoW as well. The amount of “in-kind” contributions requested from Tiny for these events are calculated to be $8844.00. The plan is to absorb these costs through 2018 departmental operation budgets. The direct financial contributions total $4200.00. This “one-time” expense will be funded from the “operating reserve”.

Krown Midland requested to hold its 'Wash for a Wish' Car Wash event in support of the Children's Wish Foundation at the Perkinsfield Park. The event is slated for Saturday, June 16th, 2018 from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Company moved to Tiny about two years ago and held the event last year at its new 200 Balm Beach Rd East location. The event unfortunately experienced a substantial decrease in traffic from its previous years (140 cars in 2016; 50 cars in 2017), hence the request to Tiny to be able to hold the event at Perkinsfield Park. All required documents have been completed and are received by the Township along with proof of insurance. The CoW was happy to provide Tiny’s support to the event!

The Consultants that were hired by the Township to update its Official Plan were directed by the Committee to produce Draft 3 of the Official Plan in accordance with the recommendations contained in the Report presented. Staff was also directed to release Draft 3 of the Official Plan to the public as soon as it was completed and schedule the statutory Public Meeting as soon as possible thereafter.

The Committee also recommended that proposed By-law 18-039, a By-law to prohibit the use of BBQ’s at Balm Beach, be amended to include the parkland at #5 Parkside Drive.

Tiny’s construction trades will remain busy in the foreseeable future. An increase of 56% was noted when comparing the estimated construction values recorded during the first quarter of 2018 against last year’s!

Dredging will be taking place to make the Jackson Park Boat launch operational again. The costs incurred will be taken from the operating reserves.

Upcoming Events:

May 26 - 8:30AM – 10AM – Recreation Master Plan Open House 10AM – 12Noon – Tiny Town Hall Meeting, Tiny Township Community Centre, 91 Cons 8 East.

May 27 - Hike for Hospice, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Registration 11:30 am (see poster – refer to Dick’s TinyCorner Facebook page)

May 27 - Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Dinner fundraiser for “We are the Villagers” RESCHEDULED due to the bad weather. Phil’s Pub and Eatery, Midland. (see poster attached…again plse. note the Date Change – now May 27th !!)

June 2 -   National Health & Fitness Day at Bernie LeClair and Perkinsfield Parks in Perkinsfield.

June 2 -    10 AM - 12 PM - Meet the Fleet event hosted by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy 26, Midhurst

June 19 & 21 - Senior Symposium at the Tiny Community Centre, 8th Concession East, between 11AM & 2:PM

June 7 - 5:30PM, GBay Gals Give event at the Midland Golf and Country Club

June 7 - Province of Ontario General Election

June 16 -  "Wash for a Wish" event in support of the Children's Wish Foundation at Perkinsfield Park.

July 13 -  Tiny Mayor’s 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner, Brooklea Golf and Country Club

That’s it for this week folks. Please do not forget to "LIKE" or "FRIEND" Dick's Tiny Corner's Facebook Page for additional Tny and area news as it happens. And remember, I am not a member of Tiny Council currently. All opinions expressed in this column are mine and mine alone. Readers can contact me at 705-549-8383 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

Tiny Mayor’s Monthly Message – May 2018

Official Plan Update

 The Township of Tiny is currently reviewing and updating its Official Plan, of which, Draft 2 was presented at the April 30, 2018 Committee of the Whole Meeting and can be viewed at https://docushare.tiny.ca/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-389490/04_25_18%2015_43_04_.pdf.

The Official Plan establishes the framework for future decisions related to land development. It outlines what is generally permitted within each land use designation and includes associated policies. The Official Plan has not been reviewed for some time and requires updating as there have been many Provincial and County of Simcoe    policy changes.

 Please visit www.tiny.ca (“Official Plan Review & Update” at the bottom of the Home Page) for more information and further updates.

 Septic re-inspection program

 The Township of Tiny contracts C.C. Tatham & Associates to conduct its township-wide sewage system inspection program, conducted at each property every six years, with the exception of properties located in well-head protection areas, which are inspected every 5 years as provincially mandated. The intention of the program is to identify and resolve environmental and/or health hazards associated with malfunctioning sewage systems and bring any deficient sewage systems into compliance with the Ontario Building Code.

 Site inspections use the standard Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing (MMAH) form, and include a review of the following:

  • Type of buildings/houses, size, etc.
  • Type of system(s) on property (dimensions, number of runs, etc.) and units served
  • Type of tank(s) (size, condition, location) and pump chamber(s)
  • Evidence of sewage effluent visible and/or odour
  • Evidence of erosion on any part of the sewage system
  • Surface water flow directed toward or around the system
  • Sewage system component setbacks and separations
  • Excessive plant growth in bed area
  • Acquire sewage system approval record from owner (if applicable)
  • Identify trees, structures or driving in leaching bed or tank area
  • Identify lots with high groundwater table

 The second component of the Sewage System Re-inspection Program is that you are responsible for arranging to get your septic or holding tank pumped out by a licensed sewage hauler. You must explain to the hauler that you require a written report of the condition and size of the tank. This report is to be completed by the hauler. If your property is due for inspection this year, it is your responsibility to ensure that C.C. Tatham receives the written report by no later than November 30, 2018. If you have an advanced sewage treatment unit, you must ensure that CCTA receives the latest maintenance report by November 30, 2018. If you had the tank pumped out in 2016 or 2017, you will not need to pump your tank again, but the written report from the licensed sewage hauler must still be submitted to C.C. Tatham by no later than November 30, 2018.

Note: If your system is due for inspection in 2018, you will receive a letter directly from C. C. Tatham outlining the program and your responsibilities.

 Any questions regarding the septic re-inspection program can be directed to C.C. Tatham at 705 527-0119.

 Town Hall Meeting

 Tiny Council is pleased to be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 10:00 am to 12 noon in the Tiny Township Community Centre located at 91 Concession 8 East.

 Receive updates from your members of Council and provide your input on matters of interest to you! Visit various information tables, including representatives from our local libraries, economic development resources, environmental services, fire safety and more!

 Recreation Master Plan – Open House

 The Township is preparing a Recreation Master Plan and is holding a 2nd Open House on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. (Prior to our Town Hall meeting). Join us in discussions to identify interests, concerns, strengths, and challenges of recreation and parks services in the Township of Tiny.

 We also encourage you to complete a short survey found on our website, or for further details, visit www.tiny.ca/living/master-plans or contact Bonita Desroches at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 705-526-4204 ext. 230. 

Mayor George Cornell    Township of Tiny  

To contact me via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone: 705-526-4204 and leave a message with Laura Russell, Sr. Administrative Coordinator

  Committee of the Whole and Council Meetings are live streamed and archived on our Township of Tiny YouTube channel. Follow us on Twitter (@tinytownship) or Facebook (Township of Tiny) or visit our website (www.tiny.ca) for more details and information.

 

 

Springwater COUNCILLOR RITCHIE RUNNING ONE MORE TIME My Second Term

April 27th, 2018 - As I reflect back over the last 4 years we have been a busy council. When I ran for the second term back in 2014, one of the main reasons for running again was to follow through with the Partnership agreement we had with Simcoe County School Board, we were #1 on the Capital Expenditures List. Keeping our High School in Elmvale is one of the reasons I ran for second term. In September of 2014, I went back to the Polls and after a lot of campaigning and hard work, I got re-elected for another 4 year term. In July 2015, I brought a motion to re-consider back to council.

From looking around at other municipalities that had experienced the same venture with the School Board, we had to put more money up front to increase the amount to $50,000.00 a year for 10 years for a total of $500,000.00 and Fund Raise $ 200,000.00. After much debate and stretching a lot of ears I got it passed. From there it went to the County School Board where they put the final touches on the proposal before being sent to the Ministry of Education. It was the week of Remembrance Day in November 2015 we got the call. We had been approved by the Ministry of Education for the funding for the new addition of the Elmvale High School. Just to be clear the funding is coming from the Ministry of Education & County School Board. The Partnership Agreement the School Board has with Springwater Township is for the use of the Facilities, by putting programs on for the residents of Springwater Township. The Fund raising money is to buy equipment for the new addition.

In January of 2016 myself, the Mayor and C.E.O. Robert Brindley went to “R.O.M.A.” which stands for Rural Ontario Municipalities Association. We met with the then Minister of Education Liz Sandals. Our message to the Minister was to say thank you for approving the funding for the High School in Elmvale. She thanked us for the kind words and gave us some advice. Get the Partnership Agreement with the School Board nailed down. Meaning, we had an Agreement we just had to hammer out the details when they open the doors hopefully in 2019. The Agreement is being negotiated as we speak on terms satisfactory to the Township after being approved for the funding. We formed the Fund Raising Committee our job was to raise $200,000.00. As I mentioned earlier the money is to purchase equipment like special seating, better sound equipment, sports timer equipment, fitness equipment, technical equipment, track and field upgrades for the school.  The more money raised the more equipment we purchase and we can provide more programs for the students and resident of Springwater Township. Presently, we are sitting at $243,000.00 and those changes constantly.  I can honestly say I have called on some big businesses and they have kindly responded with some big donations.

I’m proud of my efforts to contribute as much as I can. Special thanks to George Allen for chairing the Fund Raising Committee and special thanks to George’s wife Ruth Allen for inviting us into their home where all the meetings were held and all the delicious home baking Ruth made for us “You people are the best”. I’m proud to see some of our local trades working on the school. Truth be known, I’m sure a lot of the locals working on the project went to High School there. To me this is what I call economic development in its finest. The $500,000.00 the Township put up seems small when you think the overall price tag is 11 Million Dollars “Yeah think big”. I’m sure years from now we’ll look back on all that has happened and one question will come to mind is “Would we have gotten the funding from the Ministry if we hadn’t put a Partnership Agreement in place, something to think about. We have come a long ways but we are not there yet and lots could happen.

That’s why I’m running 1 more time and yes, I’m seeking re-election for Ward #2. I’m asking for the support of the residents of Ward #2. I would like to see the addition built and open its doors to the Public. Upon taking office for my second term, I spoke about the infrastructure deficit that existed with our Rec Halls, especially in Hillsdale and Phelpston. Past Councils did not care and maybe I’m to blame as well but it goes back before I got elected in 2010. Past councils wanted a big Rec Plex in the south end and not bother with our local communities. No disrespect to the Director and people that run the Parks and Rec Department they do an amazing job but they can only do what their council gives them and past council paid little attention to our Rec Hall Boards. Like the old says goes “You can’t make chicken soup out of chicken poop” and that’s saying it mildly.

Since my second term on Council, the Hillsdale Hall has been repainted, new flooring, new kitchen, new light fixtures, upgraded the bathroom, new rink boards installed in the fall off 2017. Many thanks to our Deputy Mayor Don Allen and his lovely wife Wanda for helping out. After the election, I told Don the people in Hillsdale need representation from Council and Don has done just that, being the new kid on the block. Our Deputy Mayor deserves a pat on the back, Hillsdale Rec committee was on its last legs, and there were only a handful of loyal volunteers that came out. Now, more people are coming out and yes we are always looking for volunteers. Since doing the renovations, the Hall is booked all the time which in turn makes a profit.

The same thing can be said for the Phelpston rink house. We have renovated and put a new bathroom in the rink house, along with a new kitchen, new FAG furnace and new rink boards coming this year. I remember when my 2 boys were little we would go to the rink house in Phelpston, all the time. My youngest boy Jamie learned to skate there and went on to play for almost 10 year’s local league in Elmvale. Imagine how other kids like my son Jamie could do that if given a chance with a better facility. I promised myself, if I got elected the second time, I would get some things fixed and I did just that.

Another move this council has done is change the governance structure as to how Rec boards are run. In the past you have an event to raise money and whatever amount of money you raised the Township took it to pay the Hydro bill and any other expensed they deemed to take. We have changed that allowing the Rec Committees to keep the money and spend it on projects of their choosing. This has given more incentive to the volunteers and hopefully more volunteers will come out and get involved. Trying to get volunteers to come out is hard and it’s a lot harder when you have governance structure like the one we replaced.

I have spoken often about the need to change and we as a council have done that. But please don’t take my word for it. Go speak to some of the people that are on the Rec Hall Boards. I would be glad to give their names. As I mentioned earlier, there are new rink boards for the Phelpston rink, we set aside $25,000.00 for the past 3 years and this year they go in.

Other projects are a small pavilion at the Ball Diamond in Phelpston being built this year. It will help utilize the facility that’s there now. Great place for family picnics and ball games.

The other half of St. Patrick’s Drive and Shannon Street will go ahead this year, as well as Albert Street in Hillsdale. In Hillsdale we will be re-doing it much like we did in St. Pat’s subdivision in Phelpston. While I’m speaking about Hillsdale, Mill St. East from Hwy 93 to Scarlett Line was all rebuilt and at a hefty price tag. Also, after much lobbying the Ministry of Transportation in August of 2017 put a new pedestrian cross walk in Hillsdale, it was installed by a contractor on behalf of the M.T.O. Almost immediately concerns regarding the visibility of the crosswalk were raised. As of March 2018, the flashers have been moved and the housing has been replaced, we are still working with the MTO on this project to get it resolved.

I attended the Elmvale curling clubs annual spaghetti dinner this past February 1. The curling club puts this on to raise funds to help pay for the ice making plant they installed a few years ago. Just after our second term in office the curling club came and made a presentation before council for the funding for a new ice making plant. The old ice making plan had seen better days and was worn out. They were asking Springwater Council if we would lend them the money to purchase a new ice making plant. The curling club would pay it back so much a year with a bit of interest. I supported this decision to help the curling club out.  I think that is what council should do and I’m glad I could help. I’ve heard through the grape vine they have 1 more payment to make and their paid. I just can’t imagine not have a curling club through the winter months. Turner and the boys wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.

Another thing I would like to talk about is our Health care. In my first term of office, I worked hard to bring the blood services back to Elmvale. Since that time it has steadily grown and averages around 30 people on a 2 hours shift open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. Life Labs has a beautiful lady by the name of Sue looking after you. Our blood service covers a large area and the building is easily accessible.  I have spoken to Cathy Speers from Life Labs and due to increase demand they might have to extend the hours of collecting blood samples. Bring the blood services back to Elmvale was # 1 thing to do when I ran the first time for council.

 In addition to our blood service clinic, South Georgian Bay Health Services is offering primary care services to over 125 individuals in Elmvale. Services are offered every Wednesday within the Springwater building. Appointments can be booked with a nurse practitioner, dietitian, diabetes educator, social worker or a registered nurse. The individuals are offered to attend the Wasaga Beach main office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, if Wednesdays in Elmvale do not work.  For individuals have to be rostered with the centre to use the services. South Georgian Bay Health Services is providing services in EDHS consisting of a youth worker and a registered nurse one day a week. They offer one on one support to students as well as running programs.

 South Georgian Bay Health Services recently received a 2 year food fit grant which we plan on rolling out in Elmvale. It is a 12 week program for low –income community members who experience barriers around healthy eating and physical activity but who are motivated to make lasting changes to their health. The program combines fun hands on cooking sessions and food based activities with take home recipes for further information please contact Heather Klein Gebbnick.

If re-elected again, I would like to enhance the health care, we have been able to bring to Elmvale. Heather Klein Gebbnick is the Executive Director of the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre and does an awesome job. Heather is a home grown person like myself and takes great pride in helping out our community.

Since my first term on Council we have been aggressive with upgrading our roads and ditches in our municipality and I will continue to be aggressive if re-elected.

Our taxes over the last 4 years are as follows and include the County’s and Education Portion 2014 year 1.52%, 2015 year 1.57%, 2016 year 1.16%, 2017 year 1.43% and 2018 year 1.86%. Every year we have kept the taxes under 2% and we are getting things accomplished. Compare that to other municipalities.

Switching channels, I would like to speak about it the Community Improvement Plan allows municipalities to establish grants, loans, incentives and other programs to encourage private sector investment in development and renovation, efforts that seek to improve and revitalize area or achieve local goals and priorities. The plan includes 8 programs; each program has a maximum funding amount. All 8 programs have been activated and $50,000 has been allocated to the Community Improvement Plan for the 2018 calendar year. Some businesses have already taken advantage of the program and are glad this program is available.

By closing, I will say this, I have work hard as a councillor for Ward #2 and for all of Springwater and I will continue to work hard for the residents of Springwater Township if re-elected again. We are a growing municipality headed for a lot of growth especially in the south end of the township and the tax payers of Springwater Township can take comfort knowing, that if I’m re-elected I will be there to help steer the ship.

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Yours truly,

Councillor Perry Ritchie 

Ward #2 Springwater Township

 

 

Springwater’s Deputy Don’s Update  - by Don Allen

Last issue, I reported on Simcoe County 2017 Financial results. Below I review Springwater financials. Although a little “dry”, this is important stuff to be aware of.

Springwater Financial Report

The Springwater financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017 were positive, with total revenue of $17.6 million, being $1.38 million over budget and expenses being below budget by $366,000. After net transfers to reserves, the total tax based operating surplus was $830,267. The bulk of the over budget revenue was due to supplementary taxes and user fees being higher than planned and the main expense reduction was due to salary and benefit delays in starting new hires in 2017.

The Finance and Audit Committee met with Director Schmidt and the external auditors, Collins Barrow LLP and reviewed the draft audited financial statements and related year-end reporting, reviewed below. Different options for allocating the surplus were reviewed the Committee recommends to Council to allocate $81,300 to the Planning Reserve, $49,453 to the Land Acquisition Reserve and $634,761 to the Tax Rate Stabilization reserve to reduce Township unfunded capital. This will assist in smoothing potential tax increases in future years and provide for a contingency.

Development Charge Reserve Funds

Development Charges (DCs)are one-time fees collected on new residential and non-residential construction to finance a portion of the capital infrastructure requirements associated with growth. The fees are collected at the time of building permit issuance. The Development Charges Act requires the Treasurer to provide Council with an annual financial statement relating to Development Charge By-laws and Reserve Funds.

During 2017, Development Charge collections totaled $2.4M and capital/operating expenditures funded by DCs totaled $3.0M. The year end summary of the reserve fund balances totals $4.97 million.

Four of the DC reserve funds have unfunded balances as of December 31, 2017. The General Government DC has an unfunded balance in the amount of $97,664. This is due to the Long Range Financial Plan, Official Plan Update and the Development Charge Background Study Update, which are all being temporarily funded from the working reserve fund. The Public Works – Roads & Related DC has an unfunded balance of $1.16 million. This is due to a number of road capital projects. This balance will be repaid via future DC collections. The Midhurst Secondary Plan Area Specific DC is unfunded in the amount of $91,953. This is due to previous studies conducted for the Midhurst Secondary Plan. This balance is being temporarily funded by the Planning Reserve. The Centre Vespra Area Specific DC is unfunded in the amount of $310,543. This balance will be repaid by future DC collections.

2017 Reserves & Reserve Fund Statement

A Reserve is an allocation of Township surpluses set aside for specific purposes. An example of a Reserve is the Public Works Reserve, where Council annually budgets funds for future capital replacements. Reserves are contained within the main Township bank account and do not have interest applied against them.

A Reserve Fund can be either Obligatory or Discretionary. Reserve Funds are contained in different bank accounts than the Township general funds and do earn interest for the purpose of the specific Reserve Fund. Obligatory Reserve Funds are required by various legislation, such as Development Charge funds, which are mandated to be set aside in a Reserve Fund by the Development Charge Act. Discretionary Reserve Funds are set up at Council’s discretion. An example of a Discretionary Reserve Fund is the Hydro Reserve fund. In 2001, Springwater Hydro was sold to Hydro One, the net proceeds were transferred to the Hydro Reserve Fund.to finance future capital requirements in Elmvale.

Transfers are made to and from the reserves and reserve funds throughout the year by the Director of Finance. The majority of the transfers are related to and approved by the operating and capital budgets. Other transfers are approved through specific resolutions of Council arising from items that are reported on throughout the year.

During 2017, transfers to reserves and reserve funds totaled $8.7 million; whereas capital and operating expenditures funded by reserves and reserve funds totaled $7.1 million. The 2017 yearend balance in the Township’s reserves and reserve funds equate to $29.1 million (excluding outstanding DC commitments).

2018 Budget & Business Plan – Results as of March 31, 2018

For the first quarter ending March 31, 2018, the Township has $42,000 better than planned revenue and the financial results to date are mostly tracking as budgeted.

These are my thoughts and interpretations of these topics and not necessarily those of Council.

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The Mayor’s View By Bill French
Financial Results 2017 Overview
At our Council Meeting this week, we received the 2017 Year End Financial Report for the 2017 Fiscal Year which for the Township is the calendar year. The good news is that by the great efforts of management and staff the increase in our costs are increasing at a slower rate than our revenue growth, even with the low tax rate increases this Council has been able to maintain through this term. I would like to just focus on some highlights. Our Financial Assets comprised of cash, investments, accounts receivable and tax receivables is close to $34M up from approximately $31.5M the year prior. Revenues were close to $25M about $825K over the budget, while expenses were $22M about $325K below budget. It is always positive to have revenues above budget and expenses below budget, leaving a surplus. The accumulated surplus if you exclude Capital Assets and municipal drains is about $760K up from about $460K in the prior year. The reserve and reserve funds are just over $21M from just over $19M the year prior. Our municipal debt compared to Net Book Value of Capital Assets is only 3.3%, down from 4.1% last year and now the lowest of the other 6 comparator municipalities used. Taxation per capita is $1,932 per person, again the lowest of the other comparators. Our debt per capita is also the lowest of the comparators at $310 per person. The Township of Springwater is in good fiscal condition and credit must go to everyone in the organization and the clear direction provided by this Council. This is a good news story and puts the Township in an enviable position and is the result of well planned organic, predictable and healthy growth.
Midhurst Secondary Plan – MOECC Comments on the Draft ESR (Environmental Study Report)
After a one year delay, the Township is now in receipt of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) Comments on the Draft ESR that were submitted in the Spring of 2017. Council received a legal briefing early in the week and the Consulting Engineer, Ainley, provided an overview of the MOECC comments at Wednesday’s Council Meeting. In the next few weeks both the Technical Steering Committee and the Resident Liaison Group will be meeting separately to discuss and review those comments and I expect a timetable of legislated and Council requested meetings with the public and Council will be published shortly. I have some concerns, which will be voiced at the appropriate time and the next steps will be taken in an orderly fashion. We need to maintain a balance of consideration for all parties affected, but my key focus will be on the residents of Springwater who will be the most impacted, if and when this major urban mega development proceeds. My position has not changed, as unlike anything before, I am concerned that the unique rural character of Springwater will be changed forever. There are still many conditions and studies that must be completed before there are any final approvals or construction of the developments in the MSP. We will neither be rushing nor obstructing the orderly process but will be cautious every step of the way due to the potential impact on the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Springwater. I feel there are still many unanswered questions that need addressed.
Skilled Trades Expo - Reminder               
The Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo will take place this Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Elmvale Arena and the Flos Agricultural Fairgrounds. This event has won both provincial and federal awards for introducing young students to the possibility of studying skilled trades as part of their future education. The Expo is part of the County of Simcoe’s Economic development program intended to both attract business and assist our local businesses to grow. Having highly skilled trades available locally is a positive move in that direction. Throughout the day close to 2,000 elementary students from the senior grades attend from around the region and learn about the various skilled trades with hands-on demonstrations from local operators and businesses. There is everything from carpentry to autobody to culinary skills and more. There will be over 150 trades represented at the fair. During the day students will attend from 9am to 3pm and the general public and parents are invited to attend from 5 pm to 7pm.                
Springwater Swing Golf Tournament - Vespra Hills Gold Club - Reminder
The Annual Springwater Swing Tournament will take place on July 11 of this year. Council finalized arrangements at our last Council Meeting. After much discussion, the direction of Council was to rotate the event with the four clubs in Springwater subject to their availability. This year we are proud to host the event at the exclusive and private Vespra Hills Golf Club located on Wilson Road near Snow Valley. The proceeds from the Tournament, which is our biggest fund raiser, benefits the Community Assistance Program, which has helped many individuals with special one time needs since its inception 3 years ago. It also contributes to Physician Recruitment and other worthwhile local initiatives, such as the Elmvale and Barrie Food Banks along with assisting some unique team and school requests throughout the year. Talk to your friends and help us raise as much as we can by signing up a foursome for this year’s event. Early bird price is $185.00 a golfer, which includes lunch, dinner and a day of challenging golf. There are many sponsorship opportunities for local business. Information is available on our website at www.springwater.ca/springwaterswing.
Other Upcoming Community Events
Keep an eye on our Township website as the Springwater Heritage Committee is making plans for some special activities this year. Some of our annual activities are also being staged which will allow all residents to get to know their neighbours better and enjoy the special hospitality of our many local settlement areas. Don’t miss the Hillsdale Community Garage & Bake Sale next Saturday, May 26 from 9-12 at Hillsdale Community Centre. This has grown to be a great event over the last few years. It is an opportunity to promote your business or sell your own goods. The cost to register a table is $20 and will be based on a first come, first served basis. Book a table now. If you are interested, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. The second annual Midhurst Soapbox Derby and Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Doran Road and Finlay Mill Road. You can pre-register your soapbox car until May 19, 2018. The cost to register is $10 per participant. It was such a great event last year and it sounds like there might be a few more cars and some higher technology brought to this year’s event. Aside from the soap box race itself there will be a Classic Car Show held at the Lion’s Park close by.
Mayors Open Visiting Hours
If you would like to meet with me on any matter you can always arrange an appointment or if in the neighbourhood of the Administrative Centre you can drop by any Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4:00 p.m. and no appointment is required. I invite you to bring your complaints, concerns or even appreciation for what is happening in Springwater. I have had numerous people come by and in some cases we have resolved some simple issues. If nothing else I promise that you will be heard. The door is open.
Keep informed and involved with Springwater by checking out our website www.springwwater.ca and especially our calendar of meetings. Tune into our live streaming of the Council Meetings at www.springwater.ca/live . Stay close to the action and read this excellent local paper, the Springwater News, and check out our regular Springwater Link and Council Corner columns. Be part of the solution and have your say.
Contact me at 705-728-4784 ext. 2040 or my cell at 705-718-7031 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on twitter @MayorFrench
A reminder these articles are my thoughts and perspectives on issues and I am but one voice on Council. These opinions may not reflect the position of other Councillors.


Ward One Report
Councillor Katy Austin
I am happy to share two pieces of good news this week; the first is about the splash pad at Homer Barrett Park, and the second is about bus service to Midland, Penetang and Barrie.
At our May 2nd meeting, Council awarded the contract for the design, supply and construction services of the splash pad to Diamond Head Irrigation Inc. The cost of the project will be $298,800 plus taxes; 90% will come from development charges, and 10% will come from the Elmvale Hydro Reserve. The splash pad will be 3,050 square feet in size; it will have two designed play zones, 20 spray features, an anti-slip surface and a 16’x16’ aluminum shade shelter with two accessible tables. The new splash pad is expected to be operational by July 31, 2018.
Starting early September, Elmvale residents will be able to catch a bus throughout the day to Barrie, Midland and Penetang.  This service, which is being run by the County, is called Simcoe County LINX Transit Service. The Penetang-Barrie route is the first of several that the County plans to roll out over the next few years.  A second route, from Barrie to Orillia, is next in line. Funding for the project has come from provincial grants to municipalities with transit systems, changes to development charges, and provincial gas taxes, so there will be no impact on our property taxes.
The Penetang-Barrie route will run buses hourly throughout the day, starting at 7a.m. in Penetang, stopping in Elmvale, arriving at Georgian College/Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie around 8 a.m. Passengers may then choose to link to the Barrie Transit system.  Buses will continue to run in both directions throughout the day, finishing at 7 p.m. in Penetang. There will be an electronic fare box using a “smart card” or cash option, and up to two bikes can be attached to racks on the bus. All buses will be wheelchair accessible, with a special reservation service for people who need transportation to get to their local bus stop.
Complete details about the Simcoe County LINX Transit Service should be available on the Simcoe County Website by the middle of June.
The comments made in this article are strictly my own.  I do not speak on behalf of Council.  
Contact me any time if you have concerns or suggestions: 705-796-7348,   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dick’s Tiny Corner  by Dick Wesselo.
Kudos to Mayor Scott Warnock of Tay Township! On May 1, 2018, Mayor Warnock attended the joint public meeting of the Simcoe District and Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Boards. As many readers no doubt will recall from my May 3rd column, the Boards are considering increasing their development charges by 188%. Mayor Warnock was joined in his call for a fairer “area-specific rate” by Penetanguishene Deputy-Mayor Anita Dubeau and Clearview Deputy-Mayor Barry Burton and stated that “This (the 188% increase) is especially hard to take in a municipality which has seen two of our four schools closed within the last 10 years. Not only are we subsidizing the growth in other municipalities, but we have experienced a 50% reduction in the number of schools within our Township. The question that begs to be asked is “why the Boards are not implementing this massive increase as an area-specific charge vs blanket across all Simcoe County?” This proposal as it currently stands is neither fair nor equitable! The northern municipalities should not be subsidizing the south… and you cannot make the argument that a school built 30 to 60 minutes away from Tay in any way benefits the residents of Tay.” The vast majority of his comments equally apply to Tiny. The entire text of the Mayor’s statement was posted to Dick’s TinyCorner Facebook page on May 7.

Approximately 70 caring Guys showed up at the Midland Golf & Country Club during the early evening hours of May 7. Not to play golf but to attend the spring meeting of the Guys Who Care group. As is customary, 3 local charities were randomly selected to pitch their cause.  After listening to the presentations, the 'Guys' voted by ballot and selected Big Brothers Big Sister of North Simcoe as the recipient of their $17,000.00 donation. All funds raised by the Guys go directly to the recipient charity.  To date, those Guys Who Care have raised over $97,625.00 for the following local charities:  May 2018 - Big Brothers Big Sisters North Simcoe $17,000.00; October 2017 - Georgian Bay Cancer Support Centre, $16,200.00; May 2017 - Gateway Centre for Learning,   $17,400.00; October 2016 - The Guest House Shelter, $17,800.00; Spring 2016 - The Society of St Vincent de Paul, $14,225.00 and during the inaugural event in December 2015,      We Are the Villagers - $15,000.00. For more information visit  www.guyswhocare.ca.

The ladies are stepping up as well and two groups have recently surfaced. “Gbay Gals Give”, a group associated with “Woman for Change in North Simcoe”. Like the Guys Who Care, the ladies aim to make a difference in our community through a “low maintenance, next to zero operating cost and maximum charity benefit” model. Their first meeting is scheduled for June 7th, 5:30PM at the Midland Golf and Country Club. Check the group’s Facebook page for additional information.
The other group operates as “Giving for a Cause - Women Supporting our Community”. This initiative also has similarities to the other two fundraisers. These ladies however operate with more structure and have added a twist as they Partner with the Huronia Community Foundation (HCF). The charity chosen during their meeting will receive a cheque for 50% of the money donated towards a meeting and an Endowment Fund will be set up in the charity’s name, through HCF, for the remaining proceeds. The creation of an Endowment Fund is a unique and important part of this fundraising initiative and its aim is to ensure sustainability for the winning charity for years to come.
Huronia Community Foundation will issue the charitable receipts for each donation and reportedly has also agreed for now to absorb all overhead and/or administration fees related to the, to be established, Endowment Fund. The first meeting of this group is scheduled for Wednesday, October 3rd at Restaurant St. Marie from 6 to 8 p.m.  For more information please contact Catharine Gastmeier, Executive Director, Huronia Community Foundation at 705-427-0339 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

And don’t forget:
Play golf, come for dinner and check out the silent auction items. Most of all, enjoy the fun! Sponsorship opportunities are still available as well. Please check Tiny’s website, www.tiny.ca for further details or contact Maggie Off at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 705-526-4204 ext 271. See you there!

The race to represent North Simcoe in the Provincial Legislature is on! Most of North Simcoe’s Provincial Candidates left the gate on May 8 after the writ was dropped. In the Blue lane, Jill Dunlop for the Conservatives, Valerie Powell for the Green Party in the green and Elizabeth van Houtte in orange for the NDP.  In the red lane, Gerry Marshall for the Liberals took a head start on or about May 2nd by placing a large, billboard type election sign along Highway 12, just outside of Warminster. As it is somewhat irregular to see election signs prior to the writ being dropped, I questioned the action. If it is ok for one Party to do this, why don’t the others do it? Gerry’s campaign representative(s) was unable to provide me with an answer as to the appropriateness of the action and referred to “interpretation”. I subsequently called Elections Ontario on the matter and asked them as well under which act, statute and/or regulation it was proper to put up signs before the election was called.  Their response was that it is authorized subject to any Municipal Bylaws that may be in effect.
I’ve concluded that not posting “vote for me” signs prior to the dropping of the writ is an issue of “practice, precedent” and “honour among candidates” over legality. Perhaps Bill 136, the Election Signs Act of 2000, an Act that never went beyond First Reading, should be revisited. The opening paragraph reads that “No person shall display a sign or permit the display of a sign that promotes the candidacy of a person for political office in a provincial election or by-election until the writ for the election or by-election, as the case may be, is issued.” After all, “clarity and transparency” are election buzz words!  Bottom line is that I learned something new.

As of May 10th, Tiny’s current Council was registered in its entirety for the 2018 Municipal Election. George Cornell for Mayor, Steffen Walma for Deputy Mayor and for Councillor, Cindy Hastings, Richard (first out of the gate) Hinton and Gibb Wishart. No doubt a few more folks will throw their hats in the ring as well.  After all, it’s still early in the game!  Perhaps some are waiting to get the Provincial election out of the way first. After all, prime Real Estate for sign locations is limited!

Mayor Cornell was absent for the April 30th Committee of the Whole (CoW) Meeting and Deputy-Mayor Walma took the reins. During the Open Deputation segment of the meeting, the CoW heard from Residents in regard to the BlueWater Dunes area zoning plans and a request for increased environmental protection was made. Concerns were again expressed regarding the placement of the proposed Xplornet Communications Tower near Sandy Bay Road and the 19th and a rare expression of thanks was heard from a Resident to Council for pushing the Teedon Pit water taking and expansion application issues to the OMB.

A presentation regarding the above referred to proposed telecommunications tower was made by a Consultant for Xplornet and a Staff Report on the matter was discussed by the CoW as well. The Committee ultimately recommended that Staff be directed to provide a conditional Letter of Concurrence for the siting of the proposed tower to Xplornet.  The CoW concurred with the revised placement of the proposed tower to the southeast corner of the field on the subject lands to reduce the visual impact. A request for vegetative planting and landscaping around the compound was included to reduce the visual impact. The applicant was reminded that the proposed fence enclosure should not exceed the 1 .9 meters in compliance with the Township Zoning By-law and that, prior to the Township providing a Letter of Concurrence, Xplornet Communications provides an Undertaking stating that the Township may install radio frequency transmitting and receiving equipment on the tower.

Chuck Stradling, the Chairman of the Lafontaine Beach Park Master Plan Advisory Committee presented an update to the CoW regarding the progress made in the Beach Park to date.  The tender presented to the Township by ABC Recreation in the amount of $62,811.06 (excluding HST) for the construction of the Lafontaine Beach Park Pavilion was presented, discussed and subsequently approved.
Incidentally, Mayor Cornell, Councilors Hastings and Hinton and yours truly were among the 25 some area residents who spent last Saturday morning on the Lafontaine Beach removing invasive weeds. Another successful work party organized by the Lafontaine Beach Association!

A brief discussion took place about the request from Le Villageois de Lafontaine to further defer the payment of the outstanding balance of tax arrears. The Committee recommended that no further changes to the process would be considered at this time.

Details of a proposed August 12, 2018 Balm Beach Family Fun Day were delivered to the CoW. The event is sponsored and supported by the Balm Beach Community Association, the Business Association of Balm Beach (BABB) and Balm Beach Residents and was very well received by the Committee. It was noted that these sometimes-diverse groups had pushed whatever differences aside and, in the process, had come together to create a, hopefully, memorable and fun day for kids and adults alike. Any funds raised through this event will go towards playground equipment in the area.
A Recreation report regarding the various 2018 Balm Beach Events was presented to the CoW as well. The amount of “in-kind” contributions requested from Tiny for these events are calculated to be $8844.00. The plan is to absorb these costs through 2018 departmental operation budgets. The direct financial contributions total $4200.00. This “one-time” expense will be funded from the “operating reserve”.

Krown Midland requested to hold its 'Wash for a Wish' Car Wash event in support of the Children's Wish Foundation at the Perkinsfield Park. The event is slated for Saturday, June 16th, 2018 from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Company moved to Tiny about two years ago and held the event last year at its new 200 Balm Beach Rd East location. The event unfortunately experienced a substantial decrease in traffic from its previous years (140 cars in 2016; 50 cars in 2017), hence the request to Tiny to be able to hold the event at Perkinsfield Park. All required documents have been completed and are received by the Township along with proof of insurance. The CoW was happy to provide Tiny’s support to the event!

The Consultants that were hired by the Township to update its Official Plan were directed by the Committee to produce Draft 3 of the Official Plan in accordance with the recommendations contained in the Report presented. Staff was also directed to release Draft 3 of the Official Plan to the public as soon as it was completed and schedule the statutory Public Meeting as soon as possible thereafter.
The Committee also recommended that proposed By-law 18-039, a By-law to prohibit the use of BBQ’s at Balm Beach, be amended to include the parkland at #5 Parkside Drive.
Tiny’s construction trades will remain busy in the foreseeable future. An increase of 56% was noted when comparing the estimated construction values recorded during the first quarter of 2018 against last year’s!
Dredging will be taking place to make the Jackson Park Boat launch operational again. The costs incurred will be taken from the operating reserves.
Upcoming Events:
May 26 - 8:30AM – 10AM – Recreation Master Plan Open House 10AM – 12Noon – Tiny Town Hall Meeting, Tiny Township Community Centre, 91 Cons 8 East.
May 27 - Hike for Hospice, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre. Registration 11:30 am (see poster – refer to Dick’s TinyCorner Facebook page)
May 27 - Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Dinner fundraiser for “We are the Villagers” RESCHEDULED due to the bad weather. Phil’s Pub and Eatery, Midland. (see poster attached…again plse. note the Date Change – now May 27th !!)
June 2 -   National Health & Fitness Day at Bernie LeClair and Perkinsfield Parks in Perkinsfield.
June 2 -    10 AM - 12 PM - Meet the Fleet event hosted by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Hwy 26, Midhurst
June 19 & 21 - Senior Symposium at the Tiny Community Centre, 8th Concession East, between 11AM & 2:PM
June 7 - 5:30PM, GBay Gals Give event at the Midland Golf and Country Club
June 7 - Province of Ontario General Election
June 16 -  "Wash for a Wish" event in support of the Children's Wish Foundation at Perkinsfield Park.
July 13 -  Tiny Mayor’s 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner, Brooklea Golf and Country Club
That’s it for this week folks. Please do not forget to "LIKE" or "FRIEND" Dick's Tiny Corner's Facebook Page for additional Tny and area news as it happens. And remember, I am not a member of Tiny Council currently. All opinions expressed in this column are mine and mine alone. Readers can contact me at 705-549-8383 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Tiny Mayor’s Monthly Message
– May 2018
Official Plan Update
 The Township of Tiny is currently reviewing and updating its Official Plan, of which, Draft 2 was presented at the April 30, 2018 Committee of the Whole Meeting and can be viewed at https://docushare.tiny.ca/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-389490/04_25_18%2015_43_04_.pdf.
The Official Plan establishes the framework for future decisions related to land development. It outlines what is generally permitted within each land use designation and includes associated policies. The Official Plan has not been reviewed for some time and requires updating as there have been many Provincial and County of Simcoe    policy changes.
 Please visit www.tiny.ca (“Official Plan Review & Update” at the bottom of the Home Page) for more information and further updates.
 Septic re-inspection program
 The Township of Tiny contracts C.C. Tatham & Associates to conduct its township-wide sewage system inspection program, conducted at each property every six years, with the exception of properties located in well-head protection areas, which are inspected every 5 years as provincially mandated. The intention of the program is to identify and resolve environmental and/or health hazards associated with malfunctioning sewage systems and bring any deficient sewage systems into compliance with the Ontario Building Code.
 Site inspections use the standard Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing (MMAH) form, and include a review of the following:
 •         Type of buildings/houses, size, etc.
•         Type of system(s) on property (dimensions, number of runs, etc.) and units served
•         Type of tank(s) (size, condition, location) and pump chamber(s)
•         Evidence of sewage effluent visible and/or odour
•         Evidence of erosion on any part of the sewage system
•         Surface water flow directed toward or around the system
•         Sewage system component setbacks and separations
•         Excessive plant growth in bed area
•         Acquire sewage system approval record from owner (if applicable)
•         Identify trees, structures or driving in leaching bed or tank area
•         Identify lots with high groundwater table
 The second component of the Sewage System Re-inspection Program is that you are responsible for arranging to get your septic or holding tank pumped out by a licensed sewage hauler. You must explain to the hauler that you require a written report of the condition and size of the tank. This report is to be completed by the hauler. If your property is due for inspection this year, it is your responsibility to ensure that C.C. Tatham receives the written report by no later than November 30, 2018. If you have an advanced sewage treatment unit, you must ensure that CCTA receives the latest maintenance report by November 30, 2018. If you had the tank pumped out in 2016 or 2017, you will not need to pump your tank again, but the written report from the licensed sewage hauler must still be submitted to C.C. Tatham by no later than November 30, 2018.
Note: If your system is due for inspection in 2018, you will receive a letter directly from C. C. Tatham outlining the program and your responsibilities.
 Any questions regarding the septic re-inspection program can be directed to C.C. Tatham at 705 527-0119.
 Town Hall Meeting
 Tiny Council is pleased to be hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 10:00 am to 12 noon in the Tiny Township Community Centre located at 91 Concession 8 East.
 Receive updates from your members of Council and provide your input on matters of interest to you! Visit various information tables, including representatives from our local libraries, economic development resources, environmental services, fire safety and more!
 Recreation Master Plan – Open House
 The Township is preparing a Recreation Master Plan and is holding a 2nd Open House on Saturday, May 26th, 2018 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. (Prior to our Town Hall meeting). Join us in discussions to identify interests, concerns, strengths, and challenges of recreation and parks services in the Township of Tiny.
 We also encourage you to complete a short survey found on our website, or for further details, visit www.tiny.ca/living/master-plans or contact Bonita Desroches at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 705-526-4204 ext. 230.
Mayor George Cornell    Township of Tiny  
To contact me via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via phone: 705-526-4204 and leave a message with Laura Russell, Sr. Administrative Coordinator
  Committee of the Whole and Council Meetings are live streamed and archived on our Township of Tiny YouTube channel. Follow us on Twitter (@tinytownship) or Facebook (Township of Tiny) or visit our website (www.tiny.ca) for more details and information.


COUNCILLOR RITCHIE RUNNING ONE MORE TIME My Second Term
April 27th, 2018 - As I reflect back over the last 4 years we have been a busy council. When I ran for the second term back in 2014, one of the main reasons for running again was to follow through with the Partnership agreement we had with Simcoe County School Board, we were #1 on the Capital Expenditures List. Keeping our High School in Elmvale is one of the reasons I ran for second term. In September of 2014, I went back to the Polls and after a lot of campaigning and hard work, I got re-elected for another 4 year term. In July 2015, I brought a motion to re-consider back to council.
From looking around at other municipalities that had experienced the same venture with the School Board, we had to put more money up front to increase the amount to $50,000.00 a year for 10 years for a total of $500,000.00 and Fund Raise $ 200,000.00. After much debate and stretching a lot of ears I got it passed. From there it went to the County School Board where they put the final touches on the proposal before being sent to the Ministry of Education. It was the week of Remembrance Day in November 2015 we got the call. We had been approved by the Ministry of Education for the funding for the new addition of the Elmvale High School. Just to be clear the funding is coming from the Ministry of Education & County School Board. The Partnership Agreement the School Board has with Springwater Township is for the use of the Facilities, by putting programs on for the residents of Springwater Township. The Fund raising money is to buy equipment for the new addition.
In January of 2016 myself, the Mayor and C.E.O. Robert Brindley went to “R.O.M.A.” which stands for Rural Ontario Municipalities Association. We met with the then Minister of Education Liz Sandals. Our message to the Minister was to say thank you for approving the funding for the High School in Elmvale. She thanked us for the kind words and gave us some advice. Get the Partnership Agreement with the School Board nailed down. Meaning, we had an Agreement we just had to hammer out the details when they open the doors hopefully in 2019. The Agreement is being negotiated as we speak on terms satisfactory to the Township after being approved for the funding. We formed the Fund Raising Committee our job was to raise $200,000.00. As I mentioned earlier the money is to purchase equipment like special seating, better sound equipment, sports timer equipment, fitness equipment, technical equipment, track and field upgrades for the school.  The more money raised the more equipment we purchase and we can provide more programs for the students and resident of Springwater Township. Presently, we are sitting at $243,000.00 and those changes constantly.  I can honestly say I have called on some big businesses and they have kindly responded with some big donations.
I’m proud of my efforts to contribute as much as I can. Special thanks to George Allen for chairing the Fund Raising Committee and special thanks to George’s wife Ruth Allen for inviting us into their home where all the meetings were held and all the delicious home baking Ruth made for us “You people are the best”. I’m proud to see some of our local trades working on the school. Truth be known, I’m sure a lot of the locals working on the project went to High School there. To me this is what I call economic development in its finest. The $500,000.00 the Township put up seems small when you think the overall price tag is 11 Million Dollars “Yeah think big”. I’m sure years from now we’ll look back on all that has happened and one question will come to mind is “Would we have gotten the funding from the Ministry if we hadn’t put a Partnership Agreement in place, something to think about. We have come a long ways but we are not there yet and lots could happen.
That’s why I’m running 1 more time and yes, I’m seeking re-election for Ward #2. I’m asking for the support of the residents of Ward #2. I would like to see the addition built and open its doors to the Public. Upon taking office for my second term, I spoke about the infrastructure deficit that existed with our Rec Halls, especially in Hillsdale and Phelpston. Past Councils did not care and maybe I’m to blame as well but it goes back before I got elected in 2010. Past councils wanted a big Rec Plex in the south end and not bother with our local communities. No disrespect to the Director and people that run the Parks and Rec Department they do an amazing job but they can only do what their council gives them and past council paid little attention to our Rec Hall Boards. Like the old says goes “You can’t make chicken soup out of chicken poop” and that’s saying it mildly.
Since my second term on Council, the Hillsdale Hall has been repainted, new flooring, new kitchen, new light fixtures, upgraded the bathroom, new rink boards installed in the fall off 2017. Many thanks to our Deputy Mayor Don Allen and his lovely wife Wanda for helping out. After the election, I told Don the people in Hillsdale need representation from Council and Don has done just that, being the new kid on the block. Our Deputy Mayor deserves a pat on the back, Hillsdale Rec committee was on its last legs, and there were only a handful of loyal volunteers that came out. Now, more people are coming out and yes we are always looking for volunteers. Since doing the renovations, the Hall is booked all the time which in turn makes a profit.
The same thing can be said for the Phelpston rink house. We have renovated and put a new bathroom in the rink house, along with a new kitchen, new FAG furnace and new rink boards coming this year. I remember when my 2 boys were little we would go to the rink house in Phelpston, all the time. My youngest boy Jamie learned to skate there and went on to play for almost 10 year’s local league in Elmvale. Imagine how other kids like my son Jamie could do that if given a chance with a better facility. I promised myself, if I got elected the second time, I would get some things fixed and I did just that.
Another move this council has done is change the governance structure as to how Rec boards are run. In the past you have an event to raise money and whatever amount of money you raised the Township took it to pay the Hydro bill and any other expensed they deemed to take. We have changed that allowing the Rec Committees to keep the money and spend it on projects of their choosing. This has given more incentive to the volunteers and hopefully more volunteers will come out and get involved. Trying to get volunteers to come out is hard and it’s a lot harder when you have governance structure like the one we replaced.
I have spoken often about the need to change and we as a council have done that. But please don’t take my word for it. Go speak to some of the people that are on the Rec Hall Boards. I would be glad to give their names. As I mentioned earlier, there are new rink boards for the Phelpston rink, we set aside $25,000.00 for the past 3 years and this year they go in.
Other projects are a small pavilion at the Ball Diamond in Phelpston being built this year. It will help utilize the facility that’s there now. Great place for family picnics and ball games.
The other half of St. Patrick’s Drive and Shannon Street will go ahead this year, as well as Albert Street in Hillsdale. In Hillsdale we will be re-doing it much like we did in St. Pat’s subdivision in Phelpston. While I’m speaking about Hillsdale, Mill St. East from Hwy 93 to Scarlett Line was all rebuilt and at a hefty price tag. Also, after much lobbying the Ministry of Transportation in August of 2017 put a new pedestrian cross walk in Hillsdale, it was installed by a contractor on behalf of the M.T.O. Almost immediately concerns regarding the visibility of the crosswalk were raised. As of March 2018, the flashers have been moved and the housing has been replaced, we are still working with the MTO on this project to get it resolved.
I attended the Elmvale curling clubs annual spaghetti dinner this past February 1. The curling club puts this on to raise funds to help pay for the ice making plant they installed a few years ago. Just after our second term in office the curling club came and made a presentation before council for the funding for a new ice making plant. The old ice making plan had seen better days and was worn out. They were asking Springwater Council if we would lend them the money to purchase a new ice making plant. The curling club would pay it back so much a year with a bit of interest. I supported this decision to help the curling club out.  I think that is what council should do and I’m glad I could help. I’ve heard through the grape vine they have 1 more payment to make and their paid. I just can’t imagine not have a curling club through the winter months. Turner and the boys wouldn’t know what to do with themselves.
Another thing I would like to talk about is our Health care. In my first term of office, I worked hard to bring the blood services back to Elmvale. Since that time it has steadily grown and averages around 30 people on a 2 hours shift open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Tuesday and Thursdays. Life Labs has a beautiful lady by the name of Sue looking after you. Our blood service covers a large area and the building is easily accessible.  I have spoken to Cathy Speers from Life Labs and due to increase demand they might have to extend the hours of collecting blood samples. Bring the blood services back to Elmvale was # 1 thing to do when I ran the first time for council.
 In addition to our blood service clinic, South Georgian Bay Health Services is offering primary care services to over 125 individuals in Elmvale. Services are offered every Wednesday within the Springwater building. Appointments can be booked with a nurse practitioner, dietitian, diabetes educator, social worker or a registered nurse. The individuals are offered to attend the Wasaga Beach main office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, if Wednesdays in Elmvale do not work.  For individuals have to be rostered with the centre to use the services. South Georgian Bay Health Services is providing services in EDHS consisting of a youth worker and a registered nurse one day a week. They offer one on one support to students as well as running programs.
 South Georgian Bay Health Services recently received a 2 year food fit grant which we plan on rolling out in Elmvale. It is a 12 week program for low –income community members who experience barriers around healthy eating and physical activity but who are motivated to make lasting changes to their health. The program combines fun hands on cooking sessions and food based activities with take home recipes for further information please contact Heather Klein Gebbnick.
If re-elected again, I would like to enhance the health care, we have been able to bring to Elmvale. Heather Klein Gebbnick is the Executive Director of the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre and does an awesome job. Heather is a home grown person like myself and takes great pride in helping out our community.
Since my first term on Council we have been aggressive with upgrading our roads and ditches in our municipality and I will continue to be aggressive if re-elected.
Our taxes over the last 4 years are as follows and include the County’s and Education Portion 2014 year 1.52%, 2015 year 1.57%, 2016 year 1.16%, 2017 year 1.43% and 2018 year 1.86%. Every year we have kept the taxes under 2% and we are getting things accomplished. Compare that to other municipalities.
Switching channels, I would like to speak about it the Community Improvement Plan allows municipalities to establish grants, loans, incentives and other programs to encourage private sector investment in development and renovation, efforts that seek to improve and revitalize area or achieve local goals and priorities. The plan includes 8 programs; each program has a maximum funding amount. All 8 programs have been activated and $50,000 has been allocated to the Community Improvement Plan for the 2018 calendar year. Some businesses have already taken advantage of the program and are glad this program is available.
By closing, I will say this, I have work hard as a councillor for Ward #2 and for all of Springwater and I will continue to work hard for the residents of Springwater Township if re-elected again. We are a growing municipality headed for a lot of growth especially in the south end of the township and the tax payers of Springwater Township can take comfort knowing, that if I’m re-elected I will be there to help steer the ship.
I can be reached at
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Yours truly,
Councillor Perry Ritchie  
Ward #2 Springwater Township


New Horizons for Seniors Program
Canada is strongest when all of its citizens are given the chance to access opportunities, contribute to society, and have the chance to reach their full potential in a fair and welcoming environment. When Canadians from all sectors are given the chance to grow and prosper, they are able to make significant, valuable contributions to their local and larger communities.
In order for those opportunities to remain available, partnerships with local governments, institutions, and organizations are essential. When considering the lives of seniors in Canada, such partnerships are integral in establishing positive change, as well as improving the general well-being of seniors. The Government of Canada remains committed to empowering all Canadians, including seniors, to contribute to and share in the prosperity of our country.
The Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) is a federal grant and contributions program that supports projects led or inspired by seniors who make a difference in the lives of others and their communities. Seniors are encouraged to share their distinctive knowledge, skills, and experiences in order to benefit Canadians of all ages. Since 2004, the NHSP has approved close to 24,600 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada.  
The call for 2018-2019 applications to the NHSP opened on May 7th, 2018 and will be closing on June 15, 2018. Organizations are invited to apply for funding for projects led or inspired by seniors that promote positive aging, and empower seniors to initiate and participate in activities that benefit the community as a whole.
Programs like NHSP encourage seniors to stay involved in their communities through the promotion of senior volunteerism, by engaging seniors through the mentoring of others, supporting social inclusion and the participation of seniors, providing capital assistance for community seniors projects and/or programs, and expanding the awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse.  
For more information on the details of the NHSP and how to apply, please visit the Government of Canada website (www.canada.ca) and search: Funding: New Horizons for Seniors Program – Community-based projects. For direct assistance with applications, and/or questions regarding eligibility, how to apply, or funding details, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 1-866-945-7342.
You can also visit the Seniors in Canada Facebook page for the latest information on programs, initiatives and services for seniors.  Together, and with programs like the NHSP, we will be able to continue meeting the needs of Canadian seniors, now and into the future. Alex Nuttall


Deputy Don’s Update - by Don Allen
Last issue, I reported on Simcoe County 2017 Financial results. Below I review Springwater financials. Although a little “dry”, this is important stuff to be aware of.
Springwater Financial Report
The Springwater financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017 were positive, with total revenue of $17.6 million, being $1.38 million over budget and expenses being below budget by $366,000. After net transfers to reserves, the total tax based operating surplus was $830,267. The bulk of the over budget revenue was due to supplementary taxes and user fees being higher than planned and the main expense reduction was due to salary and benefit delays in starting new hires in 2017.
The Finance and Audit Committee met with Director Schmidt and the external auditors, Collins Barrow LLP and reviewed the draft audited financial statements and related year-end reporting, reviewed below. Different options for allocating the surplus were reviewed the Committee recommends to Council to allocate $81,300 to the Planning Reserve, $49,453 to the Land Acquisition Reserve and $634,761 to the Tax Rate Stabilization reserve to reduce Township unfunded capital. This will assist in smoothing potential tax increases in future years and provide for a contingency.
Development Charge Reserve Funds
Development Charges (DCs)are one-time fees collected on new residential and non-residential construction to finance a portion of the capital infrastructure requirements associated with growth. The fees are collected at the time of building permit issuance. The Development Charges Act requires the Treasurer to provide Council with an annual financial statement relating to Development Charge By-laws and Reserve Funds.
During 2017, Development Charge collections totaled $2.4M and capital/operating expenditures funded by DCs totaled $3.0M. The year end summary of the reserve fund balances totals $4.97 million.
Four of the DC reserve funds have unfunded balances as of December 31, 2017. The General Government DC has an unfunded balance in the amount of $97,664. This is due to the Long Range Financial Plan, Official Plan Update and the Development Charge Background Study Update, which are all being temporarily funded from the working reserve fund. The Public Works – Roads & Related DC has an unfunded balance of $1.16 million. This is due to a number of road capital projects. This balance will be repaid via future DC collections. The Midhurst Secondary Plan Area Specific DC is unfunded in the amount of $91,953. This is due to previous studies conducted for the Midhurst Secondary Plan. This balance is being temporarily funded by the Planning Reserve. The Centre Vespra Area Specific DC is unfunded in the amount of $310,543. This balance will be repaid by future DC collections.
2017 Reserves & Reserve Fund Statement
A Reserve is an allocation of Township surpluses set aside for specific purposes. An example of a Reserve is the Public Works Reserve, where Council annually budgets funds for future capital replacements. Reserves are contained within the main Township bank account and do not have interest applied against them.
A Reserve Fund can be either Obligatory or Discretionary. Reserve Funds are contained in different bank accounts than the Township general funds and do earn interest for the purpose of the specific Reserve Fund. Obligatory Reserve Funds are required by various legislation, such as Development Charge funds, which are mandated to be set aside in a Reserve Fund by the Development Charge Act. Discretionary Reserve Funds are set up at Council’s discretion. An example of a Discretionary Reserve Fund is the Hydro Reserve fund. In 2001, Springwater Hydro was sold to Hydro One, the net proceeds were transferred to the Hydro Reserve Fund.to finance future capital requirements in Elmvale.
Transfers are made to and from the reserves and reserve funds throughout the year by the Director of Finance. The majority of the transfers are related to and approved by the operating and capital budgets. Other transfers are approved through specific resolutions of Council arising from items that are reported on throughout the year.
During 2017, transfers to reserves and reserve funds totaled $8.7 million; whereas capital and operating expenditures funded by reserves and reserve funds totaled $7.1 million. The 2017 yearend balance in the Township’s reserves and reserve funds equate to $29.1 million (excluding outstanding DC commitments).
2018 Budget & Business Plan – Results as of March 31, 2018
For the first quarter ending March 31, 2018, the Township has $42,000 better than planned revenue and the financial results to date are mostly tracking as budgeted.
These are my thoughts and interpretations of these topics and not necessarily those of Council.
My website is www.donallen.ca and Email me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.