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April 2020
COVID-19: LIMIT THE SPREAD BY STAYING HOME & SELF-ISOLATING
Now is a crucial time for you to exercise Physical Distancing and Self-Isolation so we can limit the spread of COVID-19.

Health Canada, the Ministry of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and the Town of Collingwood are asking you to stay at home and self-isolate.

Local cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed and the virus continues to spread.

Learn how to protect yourself and your family and support our community at www.collingwood.ca/covid

Please share this graphic with all of your contacts and on all of your communications channels. Help limit the spread of COVID-19. 

Thank you!
TOWN OF COLLINGWOOD TAKES PRECAUTIONS FOR COVID-19
The Town of Collingwood has proactively implemented a number of temporary measures to help get ahead of COVID-19 and to protect residents, staff, and businesses. The Town is closely monitoring the situation and is ready to ramp up Business Continuity and Essential Services Plans in the event that COVID-19 escalates. Town Staff and Council are working hard to safeguard the best interests of the community while continuing to successfully deliver Town Services.

Health information for prevention and self-care:

The Town’s critical and essential services, including fire services, drinking water & wastewater treatment, snow clearing, enforcement of priority bylaws, and essential front counter customer services will continue (online and over the phone). The Town has isolated critical Staff so to ensure the continuation of essential services.

The Town of Collingwood will continue to track financial costs and will look for additional ways to collaborate with the County, Municipal partners, and the local hospital.

Council
Town Council is all business and doing everything in their power to combat this threat and navigate the community through these uncertain times. Council Members are available to the public via their contacts HERE

Council recently approved Municipal Relief Measures for residents and businesses (Learn more about these relief measures further down in this newsletter).

Public Gatherings
The Town of Collingwood has postponed all non-essential meetings, open-houses, conferences, and recreational programming until further notice. All Town pre-planned programming is postponed until further notice.

Town Departments have started to provide ad hoc supports for people practicing physical distancing and in self-isolation, such as a virtual storytime available from the Library.

Facility Closures

  • The Town Hall facility and in-person Customer Service Desks are closed until further notice.
  • Recreation Facilities are closed until further notice (Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, Central Park Arena, Collingwood Museum, Centennial Aquatic Centre, and the Simcoe Street Theatre).
  • Collingwood playgrounds, dog parks, skatepark, tennis courts, and fenced ball diamonds are temporarily closed until further notice. (Parks and Trails remain open).
  • The Collingwood Public Library is closed until further notice.
  • Town Staff from these locations will be deployed to assist with other Town Operations.

Customer Service
We are happy to assist you online and over the phone.

  • Call: 705-445-1030
  • Email: townhall@collingwood.ca
  • Visit: www.collingwood.ca
  • Drop Box: Drop Payments, Forms, or any questions off at the Town Hall Drop Box located at the front door. Please include your Contact Info.

A complete listing of Alternative Customer Service opportunities for some of Collingwood’s commonly used Town Services can be found HERE.

Council Meetings
Council and Committees of Council Meetings are postponed until April 20, unless there is an identified need to meet per the Town’s Administrative By-law. Other committees and advisory boards’ meetings are postponed. The Town is exploring electronic meeting opportunities and recent provincial changes may support this.

Statutory Meetings
Planning & Development Services continue to convene statutory pre-consultation meetings, scheduling meetings tentatively, and confirming as conditions warrant. The Town is working on an update on service delivery and is reviewing projects, committee dates, and impacts of revised schedules. Meetings are subject to resource constraints and will proceed only after essential services are fully resourced. Any affected parties will be proactively notified.

Businesses
The Town is developing an Economic Support and Recovery Task Force to advise Council on supporting and assisting local businesses on rebuilding the local economy and investments.

As it becomes available, the Town will provide information on federal and provincial economic supports for businesses. Discover COVID-19 Business Recovery Resources at www.collingwood.ca/recovery

Public Health Best Practices
The Town of Collingwood has increased diligence in sanitation activities, including more frequent wipe downs in high traffic areas. Additional hand sanitizer dispensers have been placed in public areas and signage focusing on hand-washing and cough etiquette has been placed in high-traffic locations.

Transit
Collingwood Transit operations will continue for the week of March 30 to April 5. The Town will follow the direction of local health officials if the risk of riding public transit changes.

  • Collingwood Transit has moved to no fares and back-door entry/exit only. The public is reminded to only use transit for essential travel.
  • buses are being disinfected daily and drivers have disinfecting wipes to use during daily operation.

By-law Enforcement
Enforcement of priority by-laws continues as an essential service. By-law Staff and OPP are collaborating with respect to essential businesses, physical distancing, and self-isolation, with first steps emphasizing the education of residents and businesses.

Social Services
The Town is reaching out to social service providers and will address requests from social service providers. The Town encourages the public to look out for each other, help neighbours and family, and not exercise product hoarding as others may be in need and without. 

Public Notices
Updates about Town Services will be available on the Town Website, and the Town Twitter & Facebook channels, as well as local News channels. The Town will continue to provide timely updates to residents.

Learn more at Collingwood's COVID-19 Information Portal

COUNCIL APPROVES RELIEF MEASURES FOR RESIDENTS & BUSINESSES
At the Wednesday, March 25 Special Council Meeting, Town of Collingwood Council approved COVID-19 Relief Measures that will support residents and businesses through these uncertain times. 

Relief Measures Include:

  • Waiving municipal tax penalty and interest charges for March, April, and May on current year only.
  • All tax payers have the option to continue to pay if desired.
  • For pre-authorized payment plans, you have the option to opt out of your current plan by contacting taxrelief@collingwood.ca or 705-445-1030 (press 1 then 2 to reach the tax department).
  • For residents who have already submitted a post-dated cheque for the May 15, 2020 property tax installment and would like to make alternative arrangements, please contact lgibson@collingwood.ca or call 705-445-1030 (press 1 then 2 to reach the tax department).
  • If you decided to be removed from a pre-authorized plan, once ready, you can choose to be re-enrolled within 2020 and have the remaining amounts re-calculated into a monthly payment plan by contacting the Tax Department.
  • Waiving water and wastewater penalty and interest charges for 90 days. Charges will continue to be calculated each month and customers will still receive a bill, however there will be no penalty for non-payment for 90 days. Account holders will be able to make payment arrangements with EPCOR on an individual basis at 705-443-1800 or www.epcor.com

“The Taxpayers of Collingwood will not need to worry about penalties, fees, and interest charges in the months ahead,” says Mayor Brian Saunderson, “Council and Staff will continue to explore opportunities for further municipal relief and we are eager to hear the community’s ideas and feedback. Let’s continue to work together to overcome adversity and care for our neighbours and those at risk. Together, we can do this!”

Additional Relief Measures in Place: 

  • An Economic Support and Recovery Task Force will support local business and promote continued investment in the Collingwood economy.
  • Emergency funding for the continuation of the Out of the Cold initiative.
  • By-law and Parking services will patrol for illegal parking in fire routes and dog at large/dog bite incidents. No other parking tickets are being issued at this time. By-law Enforcement will continue to respond to complaints using appropriate discretion and based on the urgency of the matters.
  • Transit has implemented a policy of rear door entry and exit, increased bus sanitation, and until further notice cash fares and transit pass taps are not required.
  • If residents are looking for something to do with young children, check out the library’s Facebook page for stories, crafts, and songs: https://www.facebook.com/collingwoodpubliclibrary

The Town of Collingwood will continue to explore additional relief options and will accelerate opportunities based on need. Future relief options could include property tax credits, business rebates, and further water and wastewater relief.

Please visit the Town of Collingwood’s COVID-19 Information Portal at www.collingwood.ca/covid.

COMMUNITY FORUM ON ENGAGE COLLINGWOOD
We're all in this together so let's work together!

Visit the Community Forum on Engage Collingwood to join the conversation. This is the place where the residents and businesses of Collingwood can connect with Council, Administration, and each other. We know this is a stressful and uncertain time for everyone, but we're all in this together!

Please send us your questions or suggestions and share your positive stories. Give a 'shout out' to someone who has helped you, or tell us something you are thankful for!

If you are a business, we want to know where support is most needed now, as well as ideas to help with economic recovery once we get through the COVID-19 crisis. Your questions and suggestions will inform the Economic Recovery and Support Plan. Of course we would also love to hear stories about innovative business solutions or shout outs to companies who have shown creativity in the face of adversity.

Please continue to Stay Home, Self-Isolate, and Exercise Physical Distancing!

RALLYPOINT - A VIRTUAL PARKS, RECREATION, & CULTURE HUB
The Town’s PRC Department seeks to keep the community active, connected, and well amid COVID-19

The Town of Collingwood has launched an online portal called RallyPoint that aims to continue facilitating active living for all ages and abilities through community inclusion, culture, art, and social connection in the wake of COVID-19 physical distancing and self-isolation. 

This new activity and resource hub was created by the Town’s Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department (PRC) as a means to bring Collingwood Together At Home (#cwoodtogetherathome). A collection of online programs, activities, and resources, RallyPoint invites the community to explore parks, recreation, arts, and culture in non-traditional ways in the absence of the Town’s regular programs and events. 

Join the fun at www.collingwood.ca/rallypoint

Listed links will showcase virtual experiences and resources in education, physical activity, culture, music, poetry, and more. Icons will further identify the resources that are local to Collingwood. 

In order to keep RallyPoint content fresh and relevant, PRC is asking the community to participate by submitting content and opportunities. Local businesses, groups, and organizations who have developed online or non-traditional programming are encouraged to provide details using the RallyPoint online form. Free and fee-based activities are welcome.  

“Active and inclusive communities are resilient communities and the Town’s PRC department will continue to use its resources to support the resiliency and well-being of our community during this challenging time,” states Mayor Brian Saunderson, “Join us online, where we will continue to thrive as an active community and share in our together at home experiences.”

Along with RallyPoint, the Town of Collingwood is encouraging community togetherness through Engage Collingwood, where residents and businesses can share stories and give positive shout outs. 

For more information on the Town of Collingwood’s response to COVID-19 visit www.collingwood.ca/covid

#cwoodtogetherathome
HOSPITAL SEEKING DONATIONS OF PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
Collingwood General & Marine Hospital News Release - March 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting significant strain on vital hospital resources including much-needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As we continue to respond to the critical demand of COVID-19, we are calling on our communities to help us by donating any unused, unopened and unexpired PPE to our hospital.

For those in the community who wish to offer support for physicians and employees at CGMH, the following supplies are needed. Unopened boxes of:
  • Surgical disposable masks
  • N-95 masks
  • Disposable isolation gowns
  • Non-latex disposable gloves
  • New goggles/eye protection which meet Health and Safety Standards.

These supplies will be gratefully received at the Main Lobby screening centre at CGMH. Donors do not need to call the Hospital for confirmation.

All donations will be inspected and assessed. Social distancing guidelines will be adhered to during drop-off. Please stay two metres (six feet) away from other people. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to drop off donations.

Don't have PPE to donate, but still want to help? Donations can be made here.

BUSINESS RECOVERY UPDATES
The Town is developing an Economic Support and Recovery Task Force to advise Council on supporting and assisting local businesses on rebuilding the local economy and investments.

Discover COVID-19 Business Recovery Resources at www.collingwood.ca/recovery, including webinars, funding, and support initiatives. Photo by Jeff S.


Navigating & Applying for COVID-19 Business Support
Live Webinar at 9:30 AM this Friday April, 3rd 2020. Pre-register today!

This immersive webinar will feature experts on recently announced provincial and federal business support programs launched in response to COVID-19 economic impact. Consultants from Strategy Corp will review key programs and who they are best suited for, as well as an overview of relative complexity and requirements to apply for these support programs. A virtual Q&A will follow. Business leaders should come away with a prioritized list of support programs they can apply for and how to start the process. 

The program includes 
Introductions, information on Federal & Ontario Supports (focus on where there is the highest likelihood of return), and a Q&A drawn from questions submitted in advance.

Pre-register on eventbrite here. Access information to the Zoom webinar is also provided on that page.
https://cov19-business-support.eventbrite.ca

Essential Business Signs
In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Province has restricted what businesses can remain open to a specific list of Essential Businesses. Visit www.collingwood.ca/building-business/covid-19-essential-businesses to see if you qualify. You can also download a printable sign/image for your website/social media created by the Town of Collingwood to post at your place of business so that it is clear you are operating as an Essential Business.

What other resources are available?
Please email us at DoBusiness@collingwood.ca to let us know you are operating as an Essential Business. This will ensure that By-Law officers are aware and we can also add you to the regular business updates we are sending out weekly with news about resources, support and advice available to businesses through the Business Development Centre in Downtown Collingwood.


#CollingwoodStrong Company Spotlight
Heretic Spirits is one of the Collingwood companies leading the way in converting their facilities to help support the safety of the community. They have been producing Hand Sanitizer now for over a week and supplying it to those in need at the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. #CollingwoodStrong #HereticSpirits


How is COVID-19 Impacting Your Business?
The County of Simcoe has launched a Business Impact Survey with partners – they will use this information to put in place supports where possible and advocate various levels of government on your behalf.

COMPLETE THE SURVEY

RESPONSIBLE PET OWNERSHIP
Dogs and cats are not permitted to be at large – meaning they are not permitted to be straying or roaming off the owner’s property.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times, including in Collingwood parks and trails, unless on the owner’s property or at a designated leash-free dog park. Dog parks are closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

You must pick up and dispose of any excrement left by your pet on any property, including your own. Stoop and scoop!

Fines in place for dogs at large and leaving excrement. Exercise physical distancing while walking your dog

ESSENTIAL SERVICES IN ACTION
Town of Collingwood Staff continue to successfully deliver essential services through these unprecedented times. Pictured below you will see Collingwood Firefighters working hard disinfecting commonly touched surfaces at the Fire Hall while exercising physical distancing. Fire Services is ready to answer the call! Collingwood Environmental Services continues to work hard with hydrant maintenance, flushing, water distribution, routine testing, and wastewater plant maintenance. Collingwood Public Works is in action, working hard on spring drainage and roads maintenance, while continuing to exercise physical distancing. 


OPP TAKES STEPS TO LIMIT COVID-19 TRANSMISSION
OPP News Release - March 17, 2020

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is taking action to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 by restricting the access to its facilities, including detachments, across the province until further notice.

The OPP is committed to the health and safety of its members and the public. OPP facilities remain open during regular operating hours, with enhanced screening to ensure the health and safety of the public. Detachment phone numbers are available at opp.ca/detachments.

The OPP is limiting the processing of routine criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks. Checks will only be conducted if deemed to be necessary, or for emergency circumstances.

If you require any detachment-based service, including criminal record checks/vulnerable sector checks, please contact your local detachment in advance.

In addition, the OPP has set up detachment-specific email addresses to deal with non-emergent services and inquiries. These email addresses are now also available at opp.ca/detachments.

For emergencies, please call 9-1-1. For all other police matters, please call 1-888-310-1122 or your local detachment. For less serious incidents, report online by visiting opp.ca/reporting

The OPP thanks the public for helping us to keep our communities safe by using the means listed above to avoid unnecessary contact.

OPP: CONVENIENTLY REPORT MINOR CRIMES ONLINE
OPP News Release

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) invite citizens to consider using Online Reporting - a secure, simple, and convenient tool to report minor crimes. 

In 2018, the OPP Provincial Communications Centres (PCC) received over two million 9-1-1, non-emergency and administrative calls. Of these, officers were dispatched to approximately 1.05 million occurrences. An increased use of Online Reporting will allow our frontline officers to focus efforts on urgent calls and crime prevention strategies within our communities.   

Crimes that are eligible for Online Reporting are occurrences that include:

  • Theft Under $5000;
  • Mischief / Damage to Property Under $5000;
  • Mischief / Damage to Vehicle Under $5000;
  • Theft from Vehicle;
  • Lost / Missing Property Under $5000;
  • Stolen License Plates; and
  • Driving Complaints (after the occurrence)

Online Reporting is a user friendly process that can be completed from any mobile device, laptop, tablet or computer with internet access. To access the system, a user can go to opp.ca/reporting, choose their location and click on Start a Report. This will take the user to a secure link where they will be given precise instructions on how to fill out the report.

LEARN MORE
View the Online Reporting video at: youtu.be/jop9IN2ePOY


To report a minor crime and for more information: opp.ca/reporting

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE WIPES ADVERTISED AS "FLUSHABLE" ARE IN FACT NOT FLUSHABLE?
Reminder to Town of Collingwood residents to not flush sanitation wipes down the toilet.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased use of cleaning products. Our Wastewater Treatment Operators have noticed single-use wipes, paper towels, gloves, and other items in the sanitary system. These items are clogging up Town sewers and pumps because they were never meant to go down the drain.

Wipes, paper towels, and gloves do not break down like toilet paper. They can cause damage to the Town sewer system and even cause a sewer back-up in homes. Not only does this cause damage to our Town’s infrastructure, but it is also putting our Wastewater Treatment Operators at risk. They need to shut down the piece of equipment, remove it from service, clean, repair, or replace it. This takes a lot of time, taking operators away from other essential duties and creates an added financial burden to the Town. This is not just the Town’s problem; these same items can clog the plumbing in your home, requiring expensive repairs. 

So where do you put these non-flushable items? Gloves and non-flushable wipes (baby wipes, Clorox, Lysol wipes) go in the garbage, while paper towels, and even fats, oils, and grease go in the green bin. Not down the drain. An easy way to remember what goes down the toilet is #1, #2 and TP (toilet paper) only.  

Please share the message “Only Flush Toilet Paper” so that we can keep our essential services up and running during the pandemic. 

Photo is taken from Collingwood's Wastewater Treatment Plant.
LOAD RESTRICTIONS IN COLLINGWOOD
As per the Town of Collingwood By-law No. 2012-068, commencing March 1 and ending April 30 unless otherwise advised through notification, load restrictions are in effect on most roads in the Town of Collingwood. Some of these exceptions are Hurontario Street, Highway 26 Connecting Link, and other roads leading into the Industrial areas. Should axle weight restrictions be in effect, signage will be posted on the road.

For a listing of the unrestricted roads, please visit the Town’s Roads Page or contact the Public Works Office at 705-445-1351.

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Thank you for joining us at the Library for the International Women's Day Flag Raising & Community Social on March 5, 2020. The event included great speeches, music, poetry, and refreshments. We celebrated women's achievement, raised awareness against bias, and took action for equality.

Learn more about International Women's Day at www.collingwood.ca/IWD

REPORT-A-COYOTE
Collingwood is surrounded by beautiful coastline, forests, escarpment, and farmland. Wildlife, including coyotes, live in the region.

Coyotes have been spotted in several areas throughout Collingwood.

While the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) is responsible for the management of wildlife including coyotes, Town staff have been in discussion with the Ministry and they are aware of coyote sightings in Collingwood. The following information regarding how to prevent encounters with coyotes and how to react if you do find yourself in proximity to the animal has been shared by the MNR. Homeowners can take preventative steps to ensure coyotes aren’t attracted to their property and to keep their pets safe.

Prevention
  • Coyotes are usually wary of humans and other animals.
  • Never feed coyotes! Do not leave any type of food outdoors for any animal, including pets. Bird feeders attract birds, squirrels and rodents, which may in turn attract coyotes.
  • Garbage should be stored in sealed containers and placed at the curb on the day of pick up.
  • Avoid composting meat products.
  • Keep pets indoors. Never let pets roam at large, and always walk your dog on a leash.
Knowing this information and being aware that coyotes are a normal part of the ecosystem, it is also important to keep in mind safety tips if you encounter a coyote.
  • Do not turn your back on or run from a coyote. Back away calmly
  • Stand tall, wave your hands and make lots of noise
  • If a coyote poses an immediate threat or danger to public safety, call 911.

Report-A-Coyote
If you would like to report a coyote sighting, please feel free to contact:

For information or advice concerning wildlife, individuals are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Natural Resources by calling 705-725-7500.  ​

Discover More about Animal Control in Collingwood

THANK YOU CROSSING GUARDS!
March 25 was Ontario-wide School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

The Town of Collingwood encouraged residents to show their support and appreciation for their neighbourhood Crossing Guards on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 for School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day. Thanks to everyone who filled in a Thank You Card for your favourite Crossing Guard. You have helped recognize those individuals across our Town whose assistance helps young residents with their safe daily commutes to and from school.

Support your local School Crossing Guards by:

  • Guard signals you to stop; all cyclists and drivers must stop
  • Understand and follow the posted speed limits, especially in school zones
  • Always check before turning at intersections
  • Remain stopped until all pedestrians and guard have cleared the crossing. It is the Law.
  • Do not drop kids off in NO Stopping and NO parking zones

Thank you to all our friendly and helpful school crossing guards for keeping our community safer!

Learn more about School Crossing Guards

FLOODING IN ONTARIO
Floods in Ontario are typically caused by melting snow, ice jams, high lake levels, heavy rains and thunderstorms. They can happen at any time of year and in urban and rural areas. Flash flooding can occur in significant rain storms—often with little or no warning. 

ontario.ca/floods   

CONTACTS

ALWAYS BE FLOOD READY 
Be prepared for an emergency: create a 72-hour emergency preparedness plan and kit for you and your family: ontario.ca/beprepared


Put important documents in a safe place: to make an insurance claim or request disaster relief, you’ll likely need your latest insurance policies, medical records, social insurance numbers, deeds or mortgages, bank account numbers, birth and marriage certificates,  wills and/or recent tax returns.

Basements 

  • Store any personal belongings in sealed bins
  • Keep household chemicals away from areas that are at risk of flooding
  • Install check valves in sewer drains to prevent floodwater from backing up into  your home
  • Test sump pumps regularly and install a back-up system  (battery back-up or generator) 
  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and ground-level doors 

Outside

  • Extend downspouts at least 2 meters from your home to move water away from  the building
  • Remove debris that could present danger during flood events 
  • Secure outdoor furniture and items around piers, docks or boathouses
  • Regularly maintain water drainage systems, such as weeping tile, culverts and ditches 

DURING A FLOOD 
Take immediate action
Monitor your local news for updates. If emergency officials instruct you to evacuate, do so immediately.  If you haven’t been asked to evacuate, but your property is being flooded and your  electricity is on, leave immediately. When moving to a safe place on higher ground: 

  • avoid traveling on roads that are near any bodies of water 
  • don’t drive through, stand or walk in any moving water
  • if you must walk, look for still water and use a stick to check the ground in  front of you
  • keep children away from water as much as possible   

AFTER A FLOOD 
Before returning home, check with your local municipality for any information from local public health units, utilities and other community officials who are working to keep you and your family safe. 

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Surface Water Monitoring Centre provides current flood and drought information in Ontario, which is shared with ministry district offices and conservation authorities, who then communicate with you.  
 
Learn more at www.ontario.ca/page/surface-water-monitoring-centre 

SPRING & SUMMER ACTIVITY GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
Experience Collingwood!

The Spring & Summer Community Activity Guide is now available online!

Biking, Hiking, Sailing, Paddling, Fishing, Trails, Parks, Recreation & Well-being, Vibrant Seasonal Festivals & Entertainment, and so much more. When COVID-19 is behind us, enjoy the fun of a thrilling Spring & Summer in Collingwood.

If you are a Collingwood resident and you receive the Collingwood Connection newspaper, your copy of the 2020 Spring & Summer Collingwood Community Activity Guide was in the paper the week of Thursday, March 5.

COLLINGWOOD'S NEW LOBBYIST REGISTRY PROGRAM
The Town of Collingwood is committed to being an open and transparent local government. On January 20, 2020, the Town of Collingwood implemented a Lobbyist Registry Program. The Lobbyist Registry is an accountability and transparency tool that allows members of the public to see who is influencing and informing the decisions made by Council and municipal staff.    

Collingwood defines lobbying as any communication with a member of Council or municipal staff and representing a business, organization or other financial interest, with the goal of trying to influence any legislative action or decision, such as policies, purchases or development. Communication through the normal public process is not lobbying, such as: speaking at public meetings, adhering to procurement process or a constituent speaking to a Council member about a municipal concern.  

If you plan to communicate with a public office holder and think you may fall within the definition of lobbying, we ask that you visit the Town’s Lobbyist Registry webpage to find more information on the Lobbyist Registry By-law, the Lobbyist Code of Conduct and the Lobbyist Registry Submission Form. Lobbyists are encouraged to register prior to communicating with a public office holder, but are required to register no later than ten (10) days after the communication.  

The Lobbyist Registrar’s role is to help Council and municipal staff to promote and enhance the transparency and integrity of the Town’s decision-making process. Should you have any questions or wish to provide feedback regarding the Registry, please do not hesitate to contact Clerk Services.  

For more information please visit our website or contact: 
 
Sara Almas, CMM III   
Clerk, Town of Collingwood
accountability@collingwood.ca
705-445-1030

SIDELAUNCH DAYS FESTIVAL RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE TOP 100 FESTIVALS & EVENTS IN ONTARIO
The Town of Collingwood’s Sidelaunch Days Festival, returning to the Collingwood Harbour on August 8 and 9, was recently recognized as a 2020 Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO).

The Top 100 recipients represent festivals and events that excel within the industry. Submissions from FEO members were received for consideration in the fall of 2019 and were judged by an independent panel of judges. Festivals and events of all kinds from every corner of Ontario were represented in the submissions – from community festivals to internationally recognized events. The 2020 Top 100 Awards were given out on Thursday, February 27 during FEO’s Annual Conference “INNOVATE-Elevate-Enhance-Evolve” in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Sidelaunch Days, Collingwood’s Harbour Festival, returns on August 8 and 9 with some amazing events and activities. Locals and Visitors can enjoy the historic Harbourfront with Standup Paddling Races & Demos, an Amphitheatre Concert, Cable Wakeboarding, the Eats, Treats, and Art Promenade, free Canoeing, Kayaking, and Sailing, Harbour Boat Tours, the Dockside Bar, the Farmer’s Market, Kids Crafts and Activities, Kites, Waterside Yoga, and so much more!

Mayor Brian Saunderson remarks, “Collingwood is blessed with incredible natural amenities, from our beautiful parks to our historic Harbour. We are extremely proud of our vibrant cultural events, thriving arts scene, and four-season recreational opportunities. The Sidelaunch Days Festival allows us to celebrate and share our renowned waterfront, which is teeming with indigenous and shipbuilding heritage. We are pleased and honoured that Festivals and Events Ontario is recognizing this amazing festival in our community.”

Karen Cubitt, Manager of Culture & Events, adds “The Town Staff and Event Partners that bring the Sidelaunch Days Festival to life are very pleased and proud of this recognition. We are excited for visitors from near and far to join us at the Collingwood Harbour in August 2020 for another fun Sidelaunch Days weekend.”

Learn more about the Sidelaunch Days Festival: www.sidelaunchdays.ca

About Festivals & Events Ontario
Festivals & Events Ontario (FEO) was established in 1987 as an association devoted to the growth and stability of the festival and event industry in Ontario. FEO supports a lively, engaged and dedicated festival and events industry by sharing knowledge, enabling networking and providing leadership on education, advocacy and promotion. FEO operates Canada’s largest dedicated festival and event Conference, publishes and distributes an annual consumer guide, promotes its industry festival supplier goods and services and oversees an industry-leading awards recognition program. 
MUNICIPAL WEBSITE RECOGNIZED WITH SECOND INTERNATIONAL AWARD
Town Website a 2020 Gold Winner at the AVA Digital Awards

The new Town of Collingwood municipal website has once again been internationally recognized, this time as a 2020 Gold Winner at the AVA Digital Awards.

The AVA Digital Awards is an international competition, based in the United States, honouring excellence in digital creativity, branding, and strategy.

The creation of the award-winning design, architecture, tools, and content of the Collingwood website project was a collaborative effort between contractor Upanup Studios (a Victoria, BC web builder) and the Town of Collingwood’s Staff Web Team.

The Town of Collingwood launched the new municipal website, www.collingwood.ca, in late April of 2019. The website features an intuitive search function, an informational newsfeed and events calendar, as well as readily available Council meetings, agendas, and minutes. The website is mobile-friendly, accessible, and offers an enhanced user experience. In August of 2019, the new website was recognized as a 2019 Gold Winner at the dotCOMM Awards.

Mayor Brian Saunderson adds, “The Town of Collingwood plays a vital role as a regional hub and as an attractive recreational destination. Our municipal website showcases our thriving arts community and beautiful waterfront, and offers our community enhanced government transparency and customer service experiences. Our Team is working hard to ensure this award-winning website continues to be a reliable resource for news, promotion, and information coming from the municipality.”

The AVA Digital Awards, based in Dallas, Texas, is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP), one of the largest, oldest and most respected evaluators of creative work in the marketing and communication industry.

For 25 years, the AMCP has honoured the best in design in the communications and marketing industry, and has judged over 200,000 entries from throughout the world.

Explore the Town of Collingwood’s municipal website at www.collingwood.ca.
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS - MARCH 16, 2020
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at rogerstv.com.

By-Laws:
  • Clerk Almas provided background to the By-law for emergency and unforeseen events that allows electronic participation of no more than four members of Council at once; as quorum must be present in person. Electronic participants have the ability to join in the conversation, participate in the meeting, and vote, however are not permitted to participate in In-camera.
  • Council approved an amendment to Procedural By-law 2019- 075 to include provisions for electronic participation for Council and Standing Committee.
Community Announcements:
  • Mayor Saunderson provided a public announcement regarding COVID-19, assuring residents of Collingwood their health and safety are primary focus. Mayor Saunderson reviewed measures put in place by the Town; advised all Town Council, Committee and Board meetings are postponed indefinitely; and confirmed essential services will continue to be provided.
Staff Reports:
  • Council approved the processing of the proposed Pilkington battery storage facility as a minor adjustment to a site plan control agreement and the site plan development drawings for the proposed Pilkington battery storage facility at 10001 Highway 26, subject to conditions.
  • Council approved the execution of a purchase and sale agreement to sell the surplus portion of a lane adjacent to 27 Simcoe Street, and further stop up and close the necessary portion of lane from public access.
Rise and Report:
  • Council approved continuing the appointment of CAO Fareed Amin with next steps including the effective date for the acting CAO appointment to be discussed at the regular meeting of Council scheduled for April 20, 2020.
Agendas and Minutes are available online at: https://collingwood.civicweb.net
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