Political Opinions

Bruce Stanton MP Simcoe North

As you may have seen, on March 8th, Minister Morneau and Bank of Canada Governor Stephen S. Poloz unveiled the new $10 bank note featuring Viola Desmond – the first Canadian woman to be portrayed on a regularly circulating bank note. 

Viola Desmond was selected following an open call to Canadians to nominate an iconic Canadian woman for the next redesigned bank note. A successful Black Nova Scotian businesswoman, Viola Desmond defiantly refused to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946 and was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined. Her court case is one of the first known legal challenges against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada.

This new $10 note is the first vertically oriented bank note issued in Canada. This will allow for a more prominent image of Viola Desmond and differentiates this new $10 note from the current polymer notes.

With the issuance of this new $10 note, the Bank of Canada’s approach to issuing bank notes is changing. Rather than issuing all five denominations within a short time frame, a new note will be issued every few years. This will allow the Bank to integrate the latest security features each time a new bank note is issued.

To continue to celebrate more iconic Canadians, the next $5 note will also feature a new portrait subject and supporting imagery. In due course, the Bank will launch another consultation process to seek input from Canadians on the design of the next $5 note.

As a result of the consultation processes to select new portrait subjects for the $10 note and the next $5 note, Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and first francophone Prime Minister, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, will be honoured on higher value bank notes when they are redesigned.

These changes mean that former Prime Ministers William Lyon Mackenzie King and Sir Robert Borden will no longer be portrayed on bank notes. The $20 denomination will continue to feature the reigning monarch.


Fair Game

I am responding to the “Dick’s Tiny Corner” article in the March 8th Springwater News.  I do agree with Dick that the more communication, the better, and this Council has proven to its residents, that through our You-Tube, Town Halls, new communication program—it’s working.  The commitment I made was that if there was an article in the Springwater News which I felt required a response or clarification, I would do so. 

So, if Dick is in fact a reporter, writing to better inform the residents of Tiny—fair game—and well done—but if in reality, his plans are to run as a candidate in Tiny’s 2018 election for Municipal Council—I have no issue with the Council business he reports—but do have trouble when he presents his opinions as unbiased information.

I do know that although he was unsuccessful in his bid for the 2014 election, he had promised as a candidate that he would improve communications, and has been writing ever since—so if he is planning to run in the 2018 election, then isn’t that the longest election campaign of all time?

If he is reporting from the perspective of a reporter just doing his job, providing his opinions on the job that Tiny’s Council is doing—fair game.  It is the absolute right of Tiny’s residents, and any unbiased, impartial voice, to bring forward their perspective—but if all the while, over this past 3 ½ years, Dick has been posing as a fair voice, I feel it extremely unfair if he has actually been running his own election campaign, long-term—that’s not fair game! 

Please remember to tune in and watch the live steam of Tiny’s Council meetings through the website at www.tiny.ca  through YouTube. 

The comments made in this article are strictly my own and I do not speak on behalf of the Council of Tiny Township.  Contact me any time if you have concerns at 705-361-1112 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ward One Report

Councillor Katy Austin

Many Elmvale residents are familiar with the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) in Midland. GBGH is currently seeking members for their Board of Directors.  Directors are volunteers who usually have experience with governance as opposed to management skills; that is, they provide direction to staff in keeping with the mission, values and strategic plan of the hospital. It would be good to have a representative from Elmvale on the board. Anyone interested should contact: Community Based Nominations Committee – Attention: Chair, C/O Jacki Dumont, Georgian Bay General Hospital, 1112 St. Andrew's Drive, P.O. Box 760 Midland, ON L4R 4P4. The deadline for applications is April 7.

Among the items of correspondence received at this week’s Council agenda were two letters concerning the possible expansion of the Greenbelt into Simcoe County; one was from Keith Currie, president of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) and the other was from Gerry Marshall, Warden of Simcoe County.  The OFA questions why the province seems to think its eight existing statutes are not enough to protect the province’s water resources. It is concerned that the responsibility for this protection will fall on the backs of farmers and that no other group will have to bear the burden. It also fears that the Greenbelt expansion will result in new restrictions on what farmers can do with their land, in particular further setbacks from natural heritage features.  Warden Marshall’s comments were from the perspective of the County’s planning officials, who find it “practically impossible to become compliant with the Provincial Policy framework when it is constantly changing and layers are regularly added which appear redundant in both effect and intent.”

The Ontario Clean Water Agency released its annual report on the Elmvale drinking water system.  We are pleased that there were no non-compliance issues, which means that everything is fine.

Plans for the reconstruction of Lorne Street in Elmvale have begun.  At this week’s meeting, Council received a staff report outlining the results of a Request for Quotes for the engineering design work. The actual road work would proceed only if approved in the 2019 Capital budget.

On March 7, Council voted to support some talented young people from Springwater. The JavaWockies Robotics Team received $1,000 from the golf tournament funds to help them with the costs of their 2018 competitions. A local athlete also received $1000 from the International Competition Grant Fund to help with her costs in participating on the Canadian in the World Junior Ball Hockey Championships in Slovakia. 

One of my Council roles is representing the Township on the Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee.  It is made up of staff, elected officials and community volunteers from Simcoe County, Springwater and Tay Township.  Our job is to advise and help our respective Councils in carrying out their responsibilities under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Many of us have been watching the Paralympics and marveling at the skills of these athletes as they represent Canada. I recently marveled at a much more modest man with a disability.  He was in a mobility scooter in front of Macdonald’s on Bayfield Street in Barrie; he was cleaning the area by picking up litter with a long-handled device.  It showed me that everyone can choose to be an engaged citizen by focusing on what her or his abilities are.   

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..


County continues to fund the creation of Secondary Suites

Midhurst/ March 12, 2018 – County Council continues to invest in strategies to develop new social housing units and has recommitted funds to support homeowners in creating secondary or garden suites. As part of its 2018 Budget, the County is providing $635,000 in additional funding to grow and expand this program. These County funds will complement $300,000 already dedicated through federal and provincial funds for creation of secondary and/or garden suites this year, bringing the total available funding close to $1 million for 2018.

The program provides financial support in the form of a forgivable loan, up to a maximum of $25,000, to create a secondary or garden suite. These new units will then be placed in the social housing rental system.

Funding will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to apply to the Secondary and Garden Suite program, visit www.simcoe.ca/ontariorenovates.


The Mayor’s View  By Bill French

Community Recreation Associations - Revised Governance Model

At our early March Council meeting we finalized the revised structure of the Community Recreation Associations, which were formerly called the Recreation Service Boards. Previously, these Boards were responsible for fundraising and maintenance of the halls in our Township. In November, Council voted to assume responsibility for the operation and operational funding of the local Hall Facilities. This new structure will now allow the local Recreation Association to focus their time, energy and talents on providing recreational activities along with social and community events, rather than raising funds to keep the halls and facilities operating. These Community Recreation Associations can now choose to fundraise for special projects or events in the area. Our Director of Finance provided an update on the financial status of each Recreation Association, and noted the Township funding throughout the past couple of years. Based on this information, Council was able to allocate funding to each of the boards considered in a surplus and fund deficits from a working reserve fund for those communities that found themselves in the red. I think this is a very positive step to re-energize our many volunteers in each of our communities and now allows them to focus on those events and projects that are needed or preferred by each community.

EDHS Update

Elmvale District High School Renovations and Expansion are moving along quickly. Most of the steel framing has been erected for the gymnasium and the block walls are quickly closing in. The core slabs for the roof are in place. Using the opportunity of March Break last week, contractors disconnected the old sewers and reconnected to the new sewer system. The good news is that there are many local trades and workers on site including electricians, block layers, excavation crews etc. The Township is quite excited about the project which is targeted to open in 2019, as it will allow the Township to enhance its indoor recreation programs in the expanded EDHS facility. Take a drive by and see for yourself.

Fire Hall Station 2 Update

The construction work is progressing on the interior of the Fire Hall 2 / Works Yard 1 remodelling and expansion project. The renovations includes, adding 2 new bays, renovating existing bays, some major interior alterations to the support area, a new truck entrance and refurbishing the asphalt along with the relocation of the septic and hydro services. Fire Station 2, which is located in Works Yard 1, is being renovated for the use of Fire Services until a location can be secured for a new facility. Council is hoping that a new location can be identified in the near future to allow for the long term planning of our Fire Services. When a new permanent Fire Hall is constructed in the near future, Public Works and Parks and Recreation will take over the entire building as they lack adequate space at the present time. The target to complete the project is the end of July this year. We do thank our Firefighters for their patience, as Station 2 has been challenged for many years because of the tight quarters. The current location was intended as a temporary solution, over 10 years ago.

Town Hall Meeting March 22 - Hillsdale Public School

Another initiative launched by this Council was the conducting of regular local Town Halls to gather input, so we as a Council can better plan the future of Springwater and respond to our resident’s needs. The Town Hall Meetings have generally been well attended and the feedback has been great. Our next and last Town Hall of this Council’s term will be in Hillsdale and we encourage everyone to come out and see what is happening in the Township. This is our second visit with a Town Hall in Hillsdale. Bring a friend, your thoughts, concerns or great ideas to the Hillsdale Elementary School Thursday March 22 at 7:00. We will have some refreshments for you to enjoy.

Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Saturday April 28

Yes, Winter is coming to an end. The Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival will take place Saturday, April 28, 2018. This, as usual, is an excellent event that incorporates community, local entertainment, unique vendors and crafts, all in a one day fun event. The annual log sawing contest will take place at the main stage in the Community Center parking lot and 2018, being a provincial and municipal election year, will feature many of our local politicians. All proceeds from the Festival go right back into the community to support local groups, not-for-profits and special community initiatives. Over 20 organizations benefited from last year’s proceeds. For those that may be new to our community of Springwater, here is your chance to get involved in Springwater’s largest event. The Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Committee is always looking for volunteers to help out. Information is available at http://www.emsf.ca/.

Springwater Swing Golf Tournament

The Annual Springwater Swing Tournament will take place in July of this year. Council finalized arrangements at this week’s Council Meeting. Exact details will be provided in my next column. 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. It also contributes to Physician Recruitment and other worthwhile local initiatives, such as 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.

Municipal Elections 2018

On our website you will find a new tab, Election 2018, that has lots of information for those interested in stepping forward. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs will be hosting some local training sessions, so check out the link on the Township website.

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. If you can’t make it and want to keep up to date, you can listen to my thoughts on matters of interest on our local Kool FM or Rock 95 or go to their website as they have a feature with a monthly interview with me hosted by Dan Blakely.

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 416-587-7030 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.


Deputy Don’s Update - by Don Allen

Community Recreation Associations

Also known as Hall Boards. The acronym for Community Recreation Association (CRA) makes us think of more “taxing” thoughts however, I will use “CRA” and try not to smile when using it going forward!

CRAs are vital to our community and have for many years been places for communities to gather, play, celebrate and work. With the aid of countless volunteer hours, community meetings, parties and events continue to occur to help make communities vibrant. To enable volunteers to focus on community events and fundraising, Staff and Council recognized that the operation of the CRAs needed to be adjusted, to make working and volunteering for CRAs more efficient and rewarding.

A 2017 approved by-law identified the CRAs key functions as:

Provide recreational activities and community events;

Establish fees, if any, for the recreational activities, social and community events provided by the Association;

Engage community members to assist in the operation and maintenance of outdoor rinks, hosting of community events and fundraising campaigns; and,

Recomend to the Township potential capital or maintenance improvements required.

The Township responsibilities include: establish user fees, approve capital projects, provide liability insurance for CRA volunteers and events, arrange and oversee all operations, maintenance and rentals of the CRAs, and entering into contracts. 

Council recently approved changes that will make this happen. The Township will manage the CRAs through the Recreation, Parks and Properties department. All CRA facility rentals will be booked through the Springwater Customer Service Representatives.

Part-time Facility Monitors are being employed by the Township. They will be the Township’s representative during events, responsible for opening, set up and closing of the facility. They will provide client orientation and answer questions related to the facility event.

The Township will be responsible for CRA facility operations including:

Room set-up and clean-up and ensuring that all tables and chairs are clean and in good working order;

Responsible to complete repairs and report any damage to the facility or equipment;

Responsible for stocking supplies and providing general housekeeping duties for the functions such as cleaning floors, windows, washrooms etc.;

Conducting detailed inspections of the interior and exterior of the facility to ensure that all exits are clear of obstructions including external snow removal during the winter months. Complete appropriate forms indicating any repairs required;

Ensuring that all licensed functions have acquired and posted the appropriate license;

Ensuring that the facility is secure and vacant at the end of use and that the alarm is appropriately set and building is secure; and,

Performing general maintenance functions as required.

Staff has issued a request for proposal for a cleaning service for all of the CRAs. The goal is to proceed with one or more (if necessary) contracts to perform this.

The Recreation Advisory Committee is reviewing current rental rates, operating costs and the variety of fee schedules of the CRAs, to draft a policy and fee schedule that will be applied to all facilities, for Council’s consideration. The fee policy will also address requests for reduction and/or waiver of fees. Note that CRAs will not be required to pay facility use fees for CRA meetings and CRA events.

On the financial side, Staff completed a full analysis of the financial status of each CRA, including reviewing historical fundraising, operating costs, rental revenues and reserves which was presented to a recent meeting of CRA representatives. Good questions and discussion occurred at this meeting, resulting in a report and motion to Council, which it approved in March. As a result, the CRA accumulated deficits will be balanced from the Township Working Fund Reserve, Funds from fundraising by certain CRAs will be held in Township Reserves for future improvements/renovations and a surplus from baseball will be transferred to that organization. This positive analysis and exercise results in the Township CRAs being in a fair and understandable starting point for moving forward under this new structure and organization.

Turning to some Simcoe County matters…

Secondary Suites Funding

Simcoe County has relaunched its 2018 Secondary Suites funding program, providing $635,000 in additional funding to grow and expand this program. These County funds will complement $300,000 already dedicated through federal and provincial funds for creation of secondary and/or garden suites this year, bringing the total available funding close to $1 million for 2018. This program provides added incentive to homeowners to be part of the solution, while contributing to affordable housing goals across all our communities – particularly smaller or rural hamlets and villages where larger builds aren’t as feasible. The program provides financial support in the form of a forgivable loan, up to a maximum of $25,000, to create a secondary or garden suite. These new units will then be placed in the social housing rental system. Since 2014, 900 new affordable housing units have been created toward a target of creating 2,685 new units by 2024. To learn more visit www.simcoe.ca/ontariorenovates

2018 Skilled Trades Expo

Simcoe County is looking for local businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs from the skilled trades to participate as exhibitors in the 2018 edition of the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, being held Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Elmvale Community Arena. The 2018 event will feature two sessions: a student/school session for grades 7/8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a session geared for the general public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. New this year, the evening event will feature a live Job Fair, which will provide participating businesses an opportunity to meet and interview skilled tradespeople during the event. It’s free to participate as an exhibitor and you can get on board by contacting the Simcoe economic development office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

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Dick’s Tiny Corner

by Dick Wesselo. Our condolences to Councillor Hastings and her family with the loss of her mother, Patricia Anne Hastings. Our thoughts are with the family during this sad time. A Celebration of Life will be held on April 12 between 4 & 7PM at the Tiny Township Community Centre, located at 91 Concession Road 8 East.

On March 13, 2018, the Township of Tiny announced that the changeover from the existing Community Policing Committee to a three-member Police Services Board is completed. The new Board is comprised of Councillor Richard Hinton as Tiny’s Council Representative, Mr. Kevin Leonard as Tiny’s Community Representative and Wyevale Resident Barry Godding acquired the Provincial Appointment to the Board.   Police Services Boards oversee how their local community is policed. They contribute to the community’s safety and well-being by working with local citizens and organizations to ensure their community receives the appropriate policing it needs. Congratulations to the appointees.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 was International pi Day. Did you know that you can remember the value of pi (3.1415926) by counting the number of letters in each of the following words: "May I have a large container of coffee?" Who knew? Pi Day is the birthdate of Albert Einstein (1879) in addition to the birthdays of our daughter Alida AND daughter-in-law Heather. Coincidence?  On the flipside, March 14 is the date of death for Stephen Hawking (2018) and Karl Marx (1883).

The Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that they continue to receive complaints from area residents who have become victims of scam artists. With March being designated as "Fraud Prevention Month", local residents with internet access are urged to review the following link so as to be able to identify and reject some of these Frauds and Scams that are making the rounds. The English language link can be found at  http://www.competitionbureau.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/eng/04272.html and the French version is at http://www.bureaudelaconcurrence.gc.ca/eic/site/cb-bc.nsf/fra/04272.html. FRAUD - RECOGNIZE IT....REPORT IT….STOP IT…. For more information on fraud, Residents can also call the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit http://www.antifraudcentre.ca.

The OPP has also responded to a number of reports involving the disposal of hazardous waste items in ditches, thus far primarily in the Caledon area. When examined, the waste appears to be from a synthetic drug lab and is known to be extremely hazardous. With each incident, precautionary measures were immediately taken to secure the area. The cleanup required specialized resources from the OPP and local Fire and Emergency Services. By working together, they were able to safely remove the discarded waste.

The way in which these materials were so carelessly discarded is very concerning to the OPP. The OPP has issued a public safety warning as a result. If anyone locates discarded waste products that possess a strong chemical based odour and have solidified or liquid residue, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 immediately. Under no circumstances should the public retrieve these discarded products. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) or submit your information at www.cstip.ca. Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display and you will remain anonymous. Being anonymous, you will not have to testify in court and your information may lead to a cash reward of up to $2,000. Also, any suspicious vehicles or night time dumping should be reported to the OPP.

Now for an update on the Teedon Pit in Waverly. March 5 was the date of Dufferin’s first Community Advisory Panel Meeting that saw a group of Tiny Residents meet with representatives of the Darby Road gravel pit operators. They were welcomed by almost 100 residents who carried signs and peacefully questioned the wisdom of the proposed quarry expansion in that area as well as the proposed renewal of the water taking permit. The volume of water in play is staggering and an Environmental Assessment in regard to this matter should be called for by the Ministry. The fact that Dufferin uses a professional mediator for these meetings shows that the concerns expressed by the residents are real and of concern to the Company. Verbal reports from the meeting indicate that, again, few answers were provided by the Company to the outstanding questions and concerns expressed. The good news is that the group will meet again and that, upon approval, the minutes of the meetings will enter the public domain. Hopefully, another public meeting on the issue will also be scheduled again soon.

During Tiny’s March 12 CoW Meeting, Council learned of ongoing speeding and other safety issues on Darby Road. A load of crushed stone was reportedly illegally dumped in the ditch to facilitate the turning of tractor trailers and dump trucks towing pups. These issues followed the noise and operating hour complaints already on the books. The issues surrounding Frenche’s Hill need to be resolved!

Soccer continues to grow in Tiny and Tiny's Soccer for Life Program is a recently launched initiative funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS). The MTCS recognizes that providing Ontarians with opportunities to engage in community sport, recreation and physical activity is critical to improving quality of life. Through this program Tiny is supporting increased opportunities for residents to participate in physical activity, building physical literacy as the foundation for lifelong activity, and strengthening the capacity of the sport and recreation sector. The initiative will further support the development of soccer in Tiny and North Simcoe by providing free NCCP Coach Certification Sessions, an Entry Level Referee course, Skills & Drills lessons in local schools, and the development of a Soccer in a Bag Loaner Program. The Township of Tiny has also partnered with Huronia Soccer to offer a Youth Soccer League in North Simcoe. For more information, contact the Soccer Convener, Nicole Pagliaro email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 705-529-1789.

The extensive Taxation arrears of Le Villageois (Rendezvous) de Lafontaine will come up again for discussion in Tiny Council as part of next Monday’s (March 26, 2018) CoW Meeting. During the March 12 Committee of the Whole Meeting (CoW), the Board Chairman read to Council from a prepared statement and I quote: the “Villageois Board is presently working on obtaining a take-out mortgage for the balance owing R.0.1. (Reciprocal Opportunities Inc.), the construction loan lender for our seniors' complex. In order to obtain financial agreement for the mortgage, we must reduce the debt load. We are therefore asking Council to consider forgiveness of our tax arrears. This would greatly assist us in obtaining a take-out mortgage as informed by the potential lender. We must at the same time increase the life lease fees to raise the revenues needed to secure a take-out mortgage. Le Villageois is in the process of applying for funding from the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services to build a 36-low housing unit. Given that Le Villageois already has the infrastructure in place, as a not for profit organization, we are wondering if the Township of Tiny would be willing to absorb all development fees and building permit fees associated with this project? Since the Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services would be contributing 75% of the equity needed for the 36 units and Le Villageois is responsible for the remaining 25%, by absorbing the development fees and the building permit fees, this would greatly reduce what Le Villageois would have to borrow. We are also hoping to build a hub for the paramedics that serve the Township of Tiny. If so, would the Township be willing to lease the land for the paramedic hub in exchange for the taxes. This would minimize the costs of the project. The hub would be in keeping with access and response time for paramedic help to residents throughout the Township. We are also hoping to obtain help from the County for the units and the paramedic hub project. We are confident that the Township would welcome the opportunity of realizing this project with the cooperation of the County along with what Le Villageois is able to provide. We feel that this is a win win situation for Township of Tiny residents and for the County. Any other ways the Township of Tiny is able to help would be greatly appreciated.”

Remember that Tiny has already paid the County and Educational components of the property tax arrears. Between forgiving the taxation arrears and the request for a freebie on development and permit fee charges Tiny could be out as much as 600k!

Personally, I believe that adding requests for freebies to the recent and repetitive “ask” for tax forgiveness is the wrong starting point. A realistic proposal for the resolution to the tax arrears situation needs to be made first and a very significant payment to Tiny’s Treasury needs to be part of this. The entity then can decide how it would like to move forward. Villageois representatives appeared willing to make their audited financial statements available to the public. Stay tuned!  I look forward to Council’s March 26 discussion on the subject!

Even though Recommendation #100/18 does not reflect this, report PWR-016-18 was the subject of an in-camera discussion regarding a “land title matter”. Without specific details I cannot comment on whether this discussion was justified to be held “in camera” or not. There may be a problem at the Title Office. It’s possible as well that the lawyer(s) handling the matter at the time of the transaction could perhaps have done a better job. My view is that the Township either owns the subject land or it doesn’t. I have no idea whether this particular issue surfaced as part of an acquisition, a transfer/sale or is something that surfaced as part of the Township’s regular day-to-day business. Regardless and in general, when a title issue pertains to a publicly owned asset or the matter may/will affect such an asset, I feel strongly that Tiny’s residents have a right to know what is going on. More than $11.5 million in “land” was on the Township’s books as of December 31, 2016. As residents we need to be able to trust this number. We need to have confidence that the Township has clear title to the property it claims it owns.

On May 24, 2018 a large number of cyclists are expected to bike their way through Tiny as part of Le Grande Traversee Cycliste. Just a heads-up to anyone on the roads that day!

Mr. Rex Meadley and Mr. Bill Goodale of CC Tatham & Associates Ltd, presented to the CoW regarding the Status of

the 2017 Sewage System Reinspection Program in Tiny. Interesting how the same issues continue!  Root systems continue to grow inside the pipes of the tile-beds and some people still park their cars on top of the tanks or worse, use the tanks as a support system for other structures. Go figure!

A presentation by Ms. Mary Catherine Mehak of Mehak, Kelly & Associates Inc. and Mr. Mike Tocher of thinc design titled “the Recreation Master Plan Backgrounder and Community Consultation Results” was presented to Council. Seasonal Residents who reside in the GTA will have the opportunity to hear more about this initiative at the March 22 Recreation Master Plan and Official Plan Public Open House to be held between 6:00 – 8:30pm in the Conference Room of the, Springhill Suites Marriott, located at 612 Applewood Crescent, Vaughan, ON.

The CoW recommended that the in-kind and financial contributions requested from La Meute Culturelle (Festival du Loup), the Special Olympics Huronia (Softball Tournament), the Terry Fox Foundation (Run) and the Tiny Township Lions Club (Easter Egg Hunt, Pickle Ball Tournament, Sale of Fireworks and the Polar Bear Dip) be supported.

Ms. Mary Muter and Mr. Paul Cowley of the Georgian Bay Great Lakes Foundation updated the CoW on their 2018 initiatives. The GBGLF supports sound scientific research and solutions regarding water levels, wetlands, the fishery and aquatic invasive species control. Details of the various projects were presented and a request to support the funding in whole or in part of a project was made.  Council will discuss this request during its upcoming March 26 meeting as well.

Upcoming Events:

March 22 -  Recreation Master Plan and Official Plan Public Open House, 6:00 – 8:30pm, Springhill Suites Marriott, (Conference Room), 612 Applewood Crescent, Vaughan, ON.

March 23 -  Official Plan Public Open House, 5:00 - 6:30pm, Township of Tiny Municipal Office, 130 Balm Beach Road West, Tiny, Ontario, L0L 2J0 (Council Chambers)

March 24 - TerrySkate 2018 at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre in Midland.

March 26 - Council and Committee of the Whole Meeting

April 9 -  Council and Committee of the Whole Meeting

April 18 - Election Candidate Information Session at the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre in Midland.

April 30 - Half Load Season is scheduled to Expire

That’s it for this week folks. Please do not forget to "LIKE" or "FRIEND" Dick's Tiny Corner's Facebook Page for additional Tiny 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..