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Tiny Councillor Report

Possibly the phrase that fits this Council best is "Intergenerational respect"! We have a members in their early seventies, then middle sixties, then middle fifties, then late forties and finally late twenties.

So what makes it work so well; the real magic is found in respect. If you pay attention to the goings on at the Council table it should be evident. If the thought crosses your mind that we all agree on everything - lose that thought quickly. We all agree that we were elected by the rate payers and therefore we should be paying attention to their ideas and comments, but do we necessarily agree with someone's position on a given subject - of course not! With our varying years come varying backgrounds, different levels of exposure to the myriad of subjects that come across our desk. Critical to any team is the willingness to listen, dig deeply to find the right answer and do not be in a hurry to come up with just any solution.

We are most fortunate in the depth of our staff and because we all agree that you never shoot the messenger whether we agree or not,  staff are most often willing to tell us all they know plus what they think. The level of education has shown to be of value with technical subjects, discussion is limited often to the real facts and does not get redirected because of personalities or a lack of knowledge. 

Council has the bases covered when it comes to backgrounds and interests - two of us have sat on previous Councils and can bring forward opinions from the past, one has literally grown up in the neighborhood and knows the various players in the local concerns, another has spent years working with the various cottage associations and has a good feel for that crowd and their issues, and then one has a passion for the young and will work tirelessly to bring forward the newest of ideas and technologies. Hence we have our council meetings on UTube and a bursary fund set up for those going on to further education post Secondary School at five local High Schools.

In a nutshell it's the differences in us and the level of tolerance for those differences is what makes this Council work. Some of the Council have a passion for the environment with interests ranging from the water levels in the Bay to the streams that run into it, for some their heart is drawn to those who support charities and recognition of those who live in less fortunate circumstances. For others it's the drive toward a bylaw structure that really makes sense and creates place that can support itself and is affordable.

Fairness is a path that this group of Councilors is definitely on - keeping an eye on the big business group when they are seen to be stepping on the little guy and our environment. The mind set that put site 41 in its place is very much still alive and well.

Finally this Council is wading through the mire of The Public Beach - Tiny really has none! But what it does have are 5 major beach parks that are afforded exclusively by the tax paying residents of Tiny. The nearest public beach that I know of is in Wasaga. Some private beach owners have over the years not objected to non beach owners using and not abusing their property but of course as ownership changes so can the permitted use. Councils position has been to improve what we have and to encourage people to exercise common sense staying within the law.

I can see no reason why this Council should get off track given it's willingness to listen - so SPEAK UP!

In your service,

Councilor Gibb Wishart

 

Ward One Report

Councillor Katy Austin

The Simcoe Pride flag may be flying during Pride Week at the end of July, but at the Township Administration Centre, not at the Elmvale Public Library. At last week’s meeting, Council debated changes to our procedural by-law regarding flag-flying and proclamations for special reasons.  As a result, Council has agreed to allow the flying of flags for special occasions, but only at its administration centre.  The changes to the by-law will be formalized at the next Council meeting on June 21.  It is anticipated that Fierté Pride Simcoe will renew its request after the final passing of the new by-law.

Speaking of flags, thanks go out to the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Committee and the Flos Agricultural Society for purchasing and installing a new Canadian flag pole at the Gateway Parkette.

Congratulations also go out to Heather Coleman, the Township’s new Director of Public Works.  Heather took over from Mark Archer, who retired on May 31.

The Friday Farmers’ Market at the community hall parking lot has returned for the summer.  Everyone is encouraged to support our local producers and enjoy the music in a relaxed outdoor setting.

Minesing resident Diane Grant won the contest for the oldest fire alarm handed in to Springwater Fire Department; hers was 40 years old.  Her $700 prize pack included gift certificates from Elmvale merchants and Orr Lake Golf Club. During the month of May, Springwater firefighters visited 100 homes to check their smoke and CO alarms. Thirteen homes were found to be not in compliance with current regulations; firefighters provided new alarms or information on how to meet these regulations.

Once school is out, Springwater is offering summer day camps around the Township for children from ages five to fifteen.  One-on-one leaders are available for children with special needs.  For details, visit www.springwater.ca/recreation.

Finally, don’t miss these Canada 150 events:

June 17: Midhurst Soapbox Derby and Classic Car Show starting at 11 a.m. at Lions’ Park

June 24 from 5:00 to 10:30 p.m. Celebrate Springwater, with family fun, live music and fireworks at the Township Administration Centre on Nursery Road

July 1 Vintage Days in Downtown Elmvale and Canada Day Celebrations at Heritage Park.

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:

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Bruce Santon MP Simcoe North

The federal government recently announced a new Defence Policy, which outlines their plans for the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) for the next two decades.

The government’s plan, Strong, Secure, Engaged, includes increasing the number of Regular Forces (by 3,500 to 71,500), Reserve Forces (by 1,500 to 30,000) and Civilians (by 1,150 to approximately 25,000). These personnel will require additional support, so the government is proposing $198.2 million for a new Total Health and Wellness Strategy, as well as 200 new Medical Services Branch staff, and the establishment a CAF Transition Group, with a staff of 1,200.

Spending on Defence will grow from $18.9 billion today to $32.7 billion in 2026-27. The government’s plan includes $62.3 billion in new money over 20 years, taking the total spending on Defence to $553 billion over that period. Most of the new spending won’t begin to flow until after 2022-23, with only $13.9 billion of the $62.3 billion in new spending coming in the first ten years.

Much of the new spending is for equipment, including: new support ships, Arctic offshore patrol ships, ground-based air defence, 88 new fighter jets, next generation air-to-air tanker-transport and next generation multi-mission aircraft to replace the CP-140 Aurora’s.

Interestingly, despite the fact that this new spending was not included in the 2017 federal budget, the government is claiming that it won’t have an impact on the budget. When pressed on whether existing programs would need to be cut, or larger deficits incurred, to pay for this new spending, Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan refused to clarify, simply stating that the money will be there.

I’m certainly in favour of increasing our support for the Canadian Armed Forces, and ensuring they have the equipment to do the jobs that are asked of them, and the support they require when they return home. However, it needs to be more than words on a page; the fact that it is fully-costed is meaningless if there’s no plan to pay for it.

You can read the new Defence Policy at

http://forces.gc.ca

 

Patrick Brown MPP Simceo North

Dear Premier Wynne,  

 I am writing you regarding Hydro One’s recent application to increase hydro bills by $141 per year for Ontario families. This hydro rate increase, which begins January 1, 2018, is extremely unfair and unaffordable. I am urging you to immediately reject this application, and all subsequent applications, until executive compensation is reined in at Hydro One and the government has stopped signing expensive, new, unneeded power contracts. 

 It was only a couple of months ago that you announced a brand new expensive hydro scheme and promised families there would be no more rate hikes. It was also just a few months ago we learned that Hydro One CEO’s compensation has jumped to $4.5 million a year. It’s bad enough that under your scheme hydro bills will soar after the next election, but now it appears you will rubberstamp this massive, new rate hike to pay for even more raises and bonuses for fat-cat hydro executives, while your government continues to sign even more energy contracts. 

 Which is why today, I am asking you to do three things: 

  1. Stop these unaffordable rate hikes: I am asking you to have your Minister of Energy issue a directive to the Ontario Energy Board to reject this application for a rate increase. Hard-working Ontario families should not be forced to pay even higher electricity rates as a result of your government’s short-sighted policies. As you’re no doubt aware, the precedent exists for this sort of decision. A 2015 Supreme Court ruling upheld an Ontario Energy Board ruling denying a rate application from Ontario Power Generation to pass on increases in compensation to ratepayers.
  2. Rein in executive compensation that has skyrocketed electricity bills: I am asking your government to immediately rein in executive compensation. Since your government decided to sell off Hydro One in a fire sale, executive compensation packages have risen to unbelievable new levels. Today, the CEO of Hydro One is earning well-over $4.5 million

a year, and by comparison the hydro CEOs in both Quebec and British Columbia are earning one tenth the amount. In February, 2017, we first urged your government to rein in executive salaries but this plea has gone unanswered.

  1. Stop signing even more unneeded power contracts: While the Auditor General has confirmed that your government massively overpaid for green energy contracts, many of which went to Liberal donors, you continue to push forward with the signing of even more. In fact, on the day after you announced your hydro scheme, you allowed an additional round of FIT contracts to pass an important stage in the procurement process. If your government continues to sign these contracts, this Hydro One rate hike will only be the tip of the iceberg.

If you agree that Ontario families are in need of relief, as you have been suggesting since the Scarborough-Rouge River by-election in September 2016, there should be no hesitation on your part. 

 Regards,   Patrick Brown Leader of the Official Opposition MPP – Simcoe North

 

Alex Nuttall MP Barrie-Springwateer-Oro-Medonte

Get Prepared for Summer   Summer weather has officially arrived!  It’s time to shake off the chilly days of winter, and enjoy the warm and sunny, summer days.  We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful community here on Lake Simcoe, where opportunities for outdoor enjoyment abound.  Like many of you, I always look forward to some quality, family time in the summer, visiting parks, coaching my son’s soccer team, attending the numerous festivals downtown, and simply soaking up the sun.  To help us all enjoy safe summer days, the Government of Canada has created the following simple reminders.

Stay cool in the heat: Keep cool and hydrated and minimize your time in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Drink plenty of water, find shade, visit cool buildings, slow down, bathe in cool water and wear light-coloured clothing. Never leave children or pets inside a parked vehicle. When the outside air temperature is 23°C/73°F, the temperature inside a vehicle can be extremely dangerous.

Stay safe while camping: If strong winds, hail or a tornado are developing while you are camping in a tent or tent-trailer, move to the closest building or a hard-topped vehicle. Make every effort to get to a suitable shelter.  If no shelter is available, seek refuge deep in a thick stand of trees in the lowest-lying area.

Avoid the bugs – and their bite:  Avoid being outdoors at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Keep in mind that ticks are often found along trail edges, mostly in wooded areas or tall grass.  Light-coloured clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes and allows you to see ticks more easily.

Pack an emergency kit: You may have some kit items already, such as a flashlight, a wind-up radio, food, water and a manual can opener. Make sure they are organized and easy to find in case you need to evacuate your home. Make a kit to go in a backpack. Whatever you do, don't wait until a disaster is happening to make a kit.

Connect with care: Don't mention going away on vacation in your social networking status updates. You may also want to delete messages from friends who mention these things to avoid the possibility of someone robbing your home while you're away. Avoid geotagging photos. Most smartphones and many digital cameras automatically attach the exact location where a photo was taken – and when you share it online, the geotag can give away your address or let criminals know that you're on vacation, which could make your home a target for break-in.

www.getprepared.gc.ca

Happy Summer!

 

The Mayor’s View

By Bill French 

Flag Raisings

Springwater Council has voted to allow flag raisings at the Township Administration Centre. A policy outlining the applications process and procedures for flag raisings will be brought forward at the next Council meeting. Organizations may apply to have their flag flown. Just to be clear I was the only one that opposed changing our existing policy which is more restrictive as I believe we will be opening the gates to requests from groups and organizations that may not be reflective of the attitudes or values of many in Springwater. But, democracy rules and that I support. You may want to attend the meeting Wednesday June 21st if you have an interest.

 

Public Meeting ERRC (County’s Proposed Waste Management Site on Horseshoe Road)

The Township of Springwater will hold a Statutory Public Meeting on Tuesday, June 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Centre on Nursery Road to consider proposed amendments to the Township’s Official Plan and Zoning Bylaws. The amendments would facilitate the development of an Environmental Resource Recovery Centre at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West in the Township of Springwater to process organics and transfer recyclables and garbage from the various locations throughout the entire County of Simcoe. Until its rebranding it was known as the Organics Processing Facility and the Materials Management Facility. The Township must approve these changes before development can commence on the proposed County’s Environmental Resource Recovery Centre. The Township, through a resolution last year and in a letter to the County, has expressed concerns about this location in a rural forested agricultural area of the Township as it would appear to be better situated in an industrial zone. I continue to support that position. It is important for those that are impacted to state their case at this public meeting as our Council will either approve or deny the application based on the evidence presented and the policies that govern the matter.

 

Residents Meeting on Water Rates

Councillor McConkey hosted a special meeting at the Township to address water rates as a result of concerns expressed by residents in her ward. There is no question that Springwater rates are higher than a large urban centre. Unlike larger centres, instead of one large facility servicing 5,000 plus homes, we have 10 water and 4 wastewater facilities we operate with as few as 43 users to just under a 1,000. For those familiar with business, we lack economies of scale to create an overall more competitive rate. Typically to take advantage of economies of scale you need at least 3,000 to 4,000 users on a system to lower the user rates. We have seen growth in recent years, but unfortunately that growth required new facilities and as everyone knows having a few users on a system until full buildout is expensive on a volume consumption basis. The good news is that we are undertaking a study to see how we can mitigate the increasing cost of water and sewer and we will be paying special attention to possibly modifying the approach to sewer volume as currently, like most municipalities in Ontario, sewer rates are based on the actual consumption of water which may not be reflective, as many homes use water for irrigation and filling swimming pools. The Township has been reviewing this matter for some time and we hope to create new structures and programs that will sustain our systems but be more fairly distributed with the users of the system. A number of thoughts came forward at the meeting and they will be considered as we move forward. I thank the residents for taking the time to come out and voice their concerns in a very courtesy and thoughtful manner.

 

Canada 150

Celebrate Springwater signature Canada 150 event will be hosted on the grounds surrounding the Township Administration Centre on June 24th. As previously mentioned, the event will start in the afternoon with activities for young families (bouncy castle, magician, face painting, etc.). Festivities start at 5:00 p.m. An array of concert style musical performances will start at 7:30 pm and will end with a spectacular fireworks show around 10:30 p.m. Our main entertainment lineup has been announced and it is a star studded program with music for the whole family. The headliners will be River Town Saints along with performances by local top rated artists, The Argues and the Rob Watts Band. We have a callout to former council members and we invite them to attend the evening celebrations where they will be recognized for making Springwater the unique and special community it really is. Springwater’s celebration of Canada’s 150th is more than a one day event. The local hall boards are staging their own special celebrations. Two of my grandsons are excited about this next event, the Midhurst 150 on June 17, a soap box race for all the younger members of our community and a classic car show along with games, BBQ, Saloon and again fun for the entire family. It all starts around 9 in the morning and runs to the early afternoon. An event brochure is now available and we invite all residents of Springwater to make a point of joining in with the celebrations in our different communities. Check out the calendar on the Township website.

 

Royal Afternoon Tea June 4th

My wife Lorraine (first lady of Springwater or as MPP Jim Wilson addressed her, Mrs. Mayor) hosted an afternoon tea on June 4th Sunday at the Township Administrative Centre in honour of Canada’s 150th. It was a smashing success and she has submitted a separate article in this edition describing the event. Guests were served typical British Afternoon Tea favour including sandwiches, fine deserts and of course locally baked scones and treats. Over $1,000 was raised for the Elmvale and District Foodbank. A special thank you to those that responded to the invite.

 

Springwater Swing Charity Golf Tournament

We are only about a month away but plan to join us for a fun day with a great lunch, great golf, great friends and associates and a wonderful roast beef dinner with prizes and awards at the Springwater Golf Course on July 17th. You will have a great chance at winning some prizes regardless of the level of your game. We have two hole-in-one major prizes lined up for those great golfers out there. Paul Sadlon motors are offering up not one but three Spark cars for a single hole in one, and McLaren Equipment is providing a John Deere garden tractor with accessories valued at over $10,000 for the other hole-in-one prize. If you don’t play golf we will be making some dinner tickets available for those that want to come out and support this major township fundraiser. Proceeds go to our Community Assistance Program (CAP), Physician Recruitment and other local special needs such as the Elmvale and District Food Bank. All proceeds remain in the community. You can register on line as a sponsor or participant. Go to the special link on the Township website. I thank those sponsors from last year that are joining us again along with a number of new sponsors coming on board. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

 

Mayors Open Visiting Hours

Note: I have changed the Mayor’s Open Visiting Hours. It is now Thursday afternoons from 1 to 4:00 p.m. You can drop in and address 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

I hope you are enjoying the sun and heat as we approach summer. 

Springwater Fire Station 2 / Yard 1 Renovations 

Township staff and Council have been reviewing permanent and temporary solutions for Fire Station 2, presently located on Snow Valley Road, as part of the Yard 1 Public Works building, for quite some time. The Township and Council actively continue to deal with possible workable solutions suitable for a new site for Fire Station 2. To address the gap in time that has occurred and will continue until a new site is finalized, staff have been looking at constructing an addition to the existing Fire Station 2 / Yard 1 to accommodate the growing needs of Fire Station 2 until a new site can be acquired and developed. Staff have continued to work with the architects retained and, through creativity and having the Township do some of the work, have been able to keep the costs of the addition at approximately $1,000,000. Growth in Springwater is already placing pressure on the facility needs of the Public Works Department and the Recreation Parks and Properties Department resulting in the need to establish a south base in the near future. Once a new site for Fire Station 2 is obtained and constructed, the expansion in Yard 1 will become home to the growing needs of these other departments. Council has approved finalizing the construction drawings and tendering the project in 2017. Construction will start as soon as possible in spring 2018 and be completed by the end of 2018. Funding will be from the Fire Reserve and Public Works Reserve, which will replenish the Fire Reserve over the next 5 years.

Staff and Council will also continue actively to look for the right location and solution for a permanent Fire Station 2.

Simcoe Environmental Resource Recovery Centre (ERRC) 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West - Update

In May 2017, the Province released Growth Plan 2017, outlining how municipalities manage growth and development. The detailed rule changes are still being reviewed and understood but possible impacts of this on the ERRC appear to include: strengthened natural heritage/environmental protection policies, development in key hydrologic areas (i.e. groundwater recharge areas) will be limited and may be subject to higher standards and provincial mapping of the Agricultural System might also be required for the ERRC. The new policies may require further work by the County to justify how the ERRC addresses the new policy requirements. 

The Waste-Free Ontario Act (WFOA) -Bill 151 will have impact on the organics and blue box recycling programs. It will mandate action to address food waste prevention and recovery of food and organic waste from the waste stream. There is government interest and desire to pursue waste processing technologies that have the added benefit of utilizing biogas produced during anaerobic digestion processing. This will impact the technology recommended and the resulting financial impacts. The WFOA is moving toward having producers take full responsibility for the management and costs of blue bin recycling. This transition has impacted the initial costing estimates for the MMF portion of the project and the potential size of the MMF facility.

The preliminary Organics Processing Facility (OPF) Business Case is being worked on and reviewed by Ernst & Young consultants (EY). The purpose of this Business Case will be to examine alternatives for securing long-term processing for source-separated organics – including the development of an OPF at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West, Springwater. EY is assessing alternatives for organics processing by studying business and operational impacts, risk assessment and cost/benefit analysis.

The Materials Management Facility financial analysis, originally completed by the County, has been impacted by some of the additional considerations described above and it appears the initial estimated financial benefits and payback for the facility will be somewhat reduced. Further details regarding the business cases will be forthcoming from the County by late this summer.

Planning applications have been submitted to all required government and public agencies. Comments received back thus far require further work and financial investment to be addressed. Comments back from the public and public agencies are numerous and continue to be responded to. The process to further the required approvals appears to be more arduous and lengthy and costly than anticipated and is further complicated by the new Growth Plan 2017. In addition to this, the County reports there may be one or more possible appeals to the Ontario Municipal Board regarding the projects. The resulting delays could push the projects back to the 2021 to 2023 timeframe. To date, just under $1 million has been spent on development of the OPF and MMF by the County.

There is a Springwater Public Meeting regarding the ERRC next Monday, June 19th at 6:30pm at the Springwater Administration Centre. People can pose questions and make their views heard. See related reports and agenda for this at: https://springwater.civicweb.net/filepro/documents?expanded=32435,112748&preview=119393

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

Happy Father’s day to all of you dads.

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Dick’s Tiny Corner

by Dick Wesselo –   Not everyone always agrees with my comments and that is fair. Sometimes a viewpoint surfaces that I hadn’t thought of and so we all live and learn. It stands to reason that the more subjective, “musing” part of my column generates the most feedback. I cannot respond to everything personally. However, please know that all comments received are very much appreciated!

The CBO dog park must be a success as an area resident expressed concern to me about the increased traffic on Albert and Winterset Avenues. As they currently are gravel roads, the dust that passing vehicles generated became a justified concern. The area has had dust suppression applied to the roads about three weeks ago so all dust concerns should be eliminated for the time being. The Township is investing a large amount of capital this year on the Albert Street flooding issues. Therefore, it makes sense that no surface hard topping is currently under consideration. The Township assured me that that the road will be regraded and dust suppression applied again once the drainage project is completed. There is no doubt in my mind that given the flooding issues, road conditions in that area are monitored closely by Tiny’s Roads Department.

Volunteer Drivers wanted! Wheels 4 Wheels, the wheelchair accessible transportation service provided by the Huronia Seniors Volunteer Care Team is looking for volunteer drivers. Some spare time, a clean driving record, a willingness to support those who need the service provided and the ability to obtain a vulnerable sector clearance through the OPP is all you need. Please call Stacy Zelazny, Coordinator of Volunteer Services at 705-526-4238 ext.217 for further information.

Tiny’s wildlife is always special. REAL special though was the reported presence of an escaped African Serval Cat, a species similar to a lynx that weighs in between 20 to 40 ibs. This is clearly not your average domestic puddytat. The first reports of the animal’s neighborhood roaming came on Friday, June 2 when the cat was reportedly sighted in the Tiny Beaches Road North and 16th Concession West area.  From a Facebook page I learned that the cat’s name was Cassiopeia (known as "Cassie") and was owned by a person on Wolfe Trail. To quote from the post: “She [the cat] is frightened and not used to being outside. The owner is exhausted. He has been calling and looking for her since midnight. He had a workman at his home yesterday who failed to properly close the door, and the cat escaped.”

Under Tiny’s By-Law NO. 05-101 (a by-law to prohibit or regulate the keeping of certain classes of animals within the Township), it is prohibited to keep, or permit to be kept, all Felidea (such as Lion, Tiger, Leopard, Panther, Lynx) except domestic cat, in a residential dwelling. Cats other than Fluffy can only be kept in a zoo which is accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). The Township’s Zoning By-Law has to allow for their presence as well and a policy or Insurance certificate covering “occupiers liability” has to be filed with the Township.  During the late afternoon of June 7, it was announced that Members of the Southern Georgian Bay OPP Detachment, along with Tiny Township Animal Control, had determined that the missing African Serval Cat from Tiny Township was no longer missing. The OPP assured Tiny residents in a newsrelease that even though the investigation is ongoing, there was no longer a threat to public safety. I was advised that further information would be released once the investigation is concluded.

You may have heard recently of Hydro One’s application to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) for a rate increase. Not only does the application request a distribution rate increase, but Hydro One is also applying to have the service charges increased on disconnection and reconnection services, the removal of load limiters, account collections and access to their poles. The application goes on further to say that these increases would be added to your bill before any rebates from the Fair Hydro Act, 2017 are implemented.

As you no doubt will recall, Premier Wynne promised us electricity rate relief with the Fair (?) Hydro Act. What the Premier didn’t bother to tell anyone was that Hydro One would still be able to apply for rate increases despite this new law and that this government’s energy policies would continue to add burden to our already expensive electricity system.  So much for our electricity rate relief!

By the time you read this, the very short window of opportunity to challenge Hydro One’s application at the OEB by mail or email will have expired. I hope that many of you have received letters about this or saw the post on Dick’s Tiny Corner Facebook page and made your feelings about these requested increases known to Premier Wynn and the Minister in charge of Hydro One, Glen Thibeault. An area meeting on the subject sponsored by the OEB will be held in Owen Sound on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm at the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre, in the Christie Hare Shore Room. The complex is located at 1900 3rd Avenue East in Owen Sound. If there is not a strong objection from Hydro One customers to this application, it is very likely the OEB will grant their request. I hope some of you will take the time to express your concerns to the OEB at this meeting.

Speeding along Tiny Beaches Road South continues to be a public safety hazard. The fact that TBRS below the 4th Concession is used as a shortcut into Wasaga is no excuse to ignore the speed limit. Stretches of this narrow and winding road north of the 4th contain inclines and bends that provide absolutely no visibility towards oncoming traffic. A lot of us know that and if we don’t yet, we can find out quickly.

Poor visibility on area roadways is not restricted to Tiny Beaches Road South.  The other day, when approaching County Rd. 6 while going in a westerly direction along Cons. 15East, I was reminded how this intersection is an accident waiting to happen. Speeding southbound traffic is on top of you before you know it and we should hope and pray that no southbound CtyRd6 driver is busy texting or is otherwise distracted when approaching this intersection. Similar poor visibility is present when coming out of Copeland Creek’s Baywood Gate onto the 13th Concession.

SLOW DOWN  -  PLEASE !!

The OPP can’t be everywhere all the time. For everyone’s safety, please adhere to the posted speed limits!

The Farlain Lake Community Association (FLCA) will host an Aquatic WeedFest on July 2, 2017 between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to help raise funds to combat the invasive aquatic plant known as Eurasian watermilfoil in Farlain Lake. This family friendly environmental fair and fundraising event will be held in partnership with the Township of Tiny in Toanche Park on Champlain Road, Tiny Township. The Aquatic WeedFest is a new event for 2017 that will feature a WingDing BBQ, music by the DAM Straight band, a children’s creative zone, a JunkTique car trunk sale, a silent auction, and the sale of the FLCA annual calendar. The event will also include educational exhibits by the Severn Sound Environmental Association, the Township of Tiny’s Fire and Emergency Services (including the rescue hovercraft), and an invasive species display by the Farlain Lake Community Association. If you are interested in participating in the “JunkTique” sale or are looking for additional information on the event, please contact Daryl Andrews, Aquatic WeedFest Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A few more dates to note and remember:

Tiny Marsh BioBlitz – June 24, 2017, 6:00AM to 4:30PM;

Wyevale Canada Day Fireworks—June 30th, 2017 at dusk;

Garden Tour, July 8, 2017: http://gbcancersupportcentre.ca/fundraising-events/georgian-bay-garden-tour;

Festival du Loup — July 13-16, 2017, Lafontaine;

Tiny Mayor's Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner - Friday, July 14, 2017, Brooklea Golf & Country Club. Contact Maggie Off @ 705-526-4204, ext. 271

The Canada 150 Community BBQ - July 22, 2017, Perkinsfield Park, starting at 11AM and the Fire Department Family Fun Day to be held on August 26, 2017 between 11AM and 2PM at the Wyevale Fire Hall.

Town Hall Meeting - Thursday, September 14, 2017, 7 - 9 pm., Tiny Township Community Centre.

There were no deputations scheduled for the May 29 Committee of the Whole (CoW) Meeting of Tiny Council. The OPP presented the local Detachment’s First Quarter Report and the Master Fire Plan was presented to the Township as well. Inspector Ferguson reported that “assaults” were down while “other crimes against a person” were up. The “Break & Enter”, “Theft over/under” and “Mischief” categories were up. Two mitigating comments should be made regarding this. The population’s trend to report minor crimes is reportedly increasing and 70% of the “theft under” category was committed by the same individual who has been arrested. The clearance rate for this category increased significantly as a result. Overall, Criminal Code and Provincial Statute Charges Laid were down significantly while impaired and distracted driving charges were up. No fatal traffic accidents took place in Tiny during the first quarter and property damage caused by motor vehicle accidents was down by a third. Unfortunately, personal injuries caused by Motor Vehicle Collisions were up. Drive safely out there and please, report all suspicious activity to the OPP. They can’t do much in your area if they don’t know what is going on.

The Fire Master Plan was very detailed. The main conclusion reached in the report that compared Tiny’s operations to neighboring and other communities as well was that Tiny’s residents received a “good bang for their buck”. 46 detailed recommendations came out of the report that will be reviewed by the Fire Chief and his Staff. The location of the fire stations throughout the Township was challenged by the report. The ensuing conversation revealed that it is very difficult in certain areas of Tiny to recruit fire fighters, hence the decision to locate the Stations near where the available man- & womanpower resides. Another concern is that 38% of Tiny’s Fire Department’s responses are medically related. For more than half (20%) of these “Tiered Medical Response Calls”, Tiny’s Fire Department should not have been called as a response by them was either not necessary or the Department wasn’t trained to handle the situation. I wonder how much money this 38% represents and if there are any trends when looking at these numbers year over year. Is the percentage going up or down? And what is the situation in other Townships and Municipalities in Simcoe? The Ambulance Service is a County deliverable. Is the service sufficiently staffed and equipped?

It didn’t take long. By-Law 17-025 was passed on April 24th of this year and an appeal was promptly filed with the OMB. This matter relates to Block B and other Beach Lands that are part of Registered Plan 656 and Part of Lot 27, Concession 1 West. Tiny’s Staff was “directed to take an active role to defend the approval of By-law 17-025, should the Ontario Municipal Board appeal proceed to a hearing”. Stay tuned. 

The County of Simcoe is soliciting interest from its member municipalities to participate in a joint County of Simcoe Compliance Audit Committee. Such a Committee is required to meet the legislative requirements under the Municipal Elections Act. As in 2014, Tiny decided to participate in a joint Compliance Audit Committee for the upcoming 2018 Municipal Elections with the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene and the Township of Tay.

Our BBQ’s will continue to work for a while yet as it was recommended that the renewal of the draft Franchise Agreement between the Township and Enbridge Gas be presented for formal consideration.

Wyebridge Minor Ball’s request to waive the rental fees for the Wyebridge ball diamond for the 2017 and 2018 minor ball seasons was approved.

The Committee of the Whole considered a Planning & Development Report regarding a change to the Building Permit Fees for Wind Turbines. The Committee recommended that the matter be deferred until such time as the Township solicitor can present a draft by-law on the other components of By-law 13-008. If you are concerned about the effect of huge industrial wind turbines on Tiny’s landscape, you can read the entire report (posted on May 26th) on Dick’s TinyCorner FaceBook page.

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