Back L to R: Town Crier Ken Templeman, Councillor Mariane McLeod, Deputy Mayor Keith Hull, Councillor Steve Berman, Mayor Brian Saunderson, Councillor Bob Madigan, Councillor Tina Comi, Councillor Kathy Jeffery, Councillor Deb Doherty, and Councillor Yvonne Hamlin. Front L to R: Ray Smith, Gail Michalenko, Harold Zukerman, Dr. Farel Anderson, Wayne Noble, Margaret Adolphe, Sharon Stewart, and Marc Suood.
Order of Collingwood Awards presented at Mayor's New Year's Levee Mayor Brian Saunderson, along with Members of Council, presented the Order of Collingwood and Companion of the Order of Collingwood Awards at the 2019 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee.
The event took place on Sunday, January 13, at the Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre. A large crowd enjoyed motivational speeches and greetings, live music, Town highlights from the past year, and a celebration of community members who have gone above and beyond as volunteers for the Town of Collingwood.
The Order of Collingwood recognizes exemplary volunteer achievements by people who improve the social, well-being, natural or cultural environment, or recreational character of the Town of Collingwood. This award went to:
Margaret has been involved with several committees including, but not limited to; the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce, Gaslight Tours Collingwood, Collingwood Museum Advisory, Collingwood Heritage, Collingwood Elvis Festival, Collingwood Arts & Culture Awards, The Collingwood Cultural Art Advisory Committee, and the Women's Probus Club of Pretty River. Currently, Margaret is a Director of CARP Georgian Bay Chapter 14, a Board Member of the Collingwood Public Library Board, Treasurer/Director of the Friends of the Library Committee, Chair of the Collingwood Accessibility Advisory Committee, Representative of the Simcoe County Age-Friendly Community, and Director/Treasurer of the Home Horizon Collingwood.
Gail has been involved with several committees including, but not limited to; the Kiwanis Club, the Third Collingwood Scouts Group, Collingwood Special Olympics, and Collingwood Minor Baseball. Currently, Gail is the Housing First Project Coordinator with the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness, the Vice Chair of the Collingwood Public Library Board, and is on the Collingwood Municipal Non-profit Housing Board of Directors.
Wayne & Hilda Noble (Hilda awarded posthumously)
Wayne is a committed member of the Rotary Club of Collingwood, where he introduced and developed the Meals on Wheels program, and has been instrumental in the organization of the Sixth Street cleanup in Collingwood. Hilda was active with the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Auxiliary, was President of the Canadian Cancer Society, and Board Member and Volunteer with the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts.
Ray has been the Chairman of the Collingwood Non-Profit Corporation for over 15 years. Ray has been the catalyst for many local organizations to begin working together, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Elephant Thoughts, and Home Horizons. He helped design and build the Collingwood Youth Centre, the Hospice Georgian Triangle, and the Barbara Weider House.
Sharon Stewart & Marc Suood
Sharon and Marc have been influential members of the Syrian Sponsorship Committee, which responded to the Syrian Refugee Crisis by supported six newcomer families who call Collingwood home. Marc provided Arabic translation, children's recreation, driver's education, and arranged employment. Sharon offered schooling integration support, helped launch Our Syrian Kitchen catering, and helps coordinate the SPICE program at the Collingwood Library and the program to match newcomers with ESL volunteers at the Adult Learning Centre.
The Companion of the Order of Collingwood is awarded to those people who have previously received the Order and have continued to make outstanding volunteer contributions to improve the social, well-being, natural or cultural environment, or recreational character of the Town of Collingwood. This award went to:
Dr. Farel Anderson
Dr. Anderson was awarded the Order of Collingwood in 2009. He currently sits on the board for E3 Community Services, and has been involved with the board for approximately 25 years.
Harold was awarded the Order of Collingwood in 2013. He continues to volunteer at the YMCA and the Hospital, spreading his passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle.
RECONCILIATION ART PROJECT ON DISPLAY AT TOWN HALL
The Town of Collingwood is honored to bring a Reconciliation Art Project to Council Chambers.
The project is titled Call to Action #83 after the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Action #83 which calls upon indigenous and non-indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process.
Inspired by this Call to Action, Project Curator Mary Louise Meiers brought together eight indigenous artists and eight non-indigenous artists (including local artist Peter Adams) in a quest for truth and reconciliation through sharing, learning, and collaboration.
“Artists chose the order in which to make their artwork, alternating non-indigenous with indigenous,” explains Mary Louise, “The first artist who was non-indigenous, had two weeks to create his piece and then handed it to the first indigenous artist and with it, shared his creative process. The next artist responded to the piece and in two weeks brought her artwork to the third artist, telling about her process. This continued with each artist being inspired by the previous artist in the quest for a shared vision.”
The result is a linked series of artworks that honestly and respectfully reflects past experiences while envisioning a future toward reconciliation.
In the spirit of reconciliation, the Town of Collingwood, with the Wawasayguming Arts & Culture Board, is showcasing aluminum prints of the artworks in Council Chambers from January 14 to March 8. The public is invited to view the panels during Council and Committee meetings, or Thursdays in January and February between 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
An “Envisioning a Future Toward Reconciliation” event, scheduled for Thursday, January 31 at the Simcoe Street Theatre, was cancelled/postponed due to weather. Snow squall activity made it difficult for showcase artists, speakers, and Elders to make the journey to Collingwood. We’re very hopeful to be able to re-schedule the event, as tickets were at capacity, and the response has been incredible – but we will need some time to coordinate everyone who would have participated. Our goal will be to offer current ticket holders the first right of refusal to attend a re-scheduled event – our current waiting list will receive 2nd right. Those who had tickets can expect to receive a notification via Eventbrite. Thank you for your support and we’ll look forward to seeing you on a new date down the road.
RESIDENTS REMINDED TO CLEAR VENTS AND GAS METERS Snow and ice buildup can lead to dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in homes
The Collingwood Fire Department reminds all residents to clear the snow and ice from vents and natural gas meters.
“A blocked furnace or water heater exhaust vent prevents exhaust from escaping your house, and can lead to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide inside your home,” said Fire Chief Ross Parr. “With this recent snowfall and cold weather, we are asking all residents to check every few days to ensure their vents and natural gas meters are clear of snow and ice.”
Chief Parr also reminds residents that all homes with gas-fired appliances, fireplaces, or attached garages are now required by law to have CO detectors installed adjacent to each sleeping area. Residents should make sure that their CO detectors have fresh batteries, which should be changed twice a year along with smoke alarm batteries. Smoke alarm and CO detectors do have an expiry date, and should be replaced after 10 years.
Residents are encouraged to check the vents and natural gas meters of neighbours who may not be able to clear the snowy buildup.
The Town of Collingwood reminds all residents that By-law 2008-156 regulates snow removal and sidewalk clearing in the municipality.
The guidelines in the Snow Removal By-law include:
Do not place snow or ice onto a sidewalk or roadway;
Do not place snow or ice onto a boulevard that isn’t adjacent to your property. This includes a restriction on pushing or depositing snow across a roadway.
Do not allow snow to accumulate on a sidewalk or roadway in a way that will obstruct traffic, the view of traffic, or obstruct in any way the movement of Public Works Department snow clearing equipment.
As well, By-law 03-62 prohibits vehicles from being parked on any street or municipal parking area in the Town of Collingwood between 1:00 AM and 7:00 AM from December 1 until March 31.
WHISKYLICIOUS FESTIVAL RETURNS TO COLLINGWOOD Includes new Whisky Walk in Downtown Collingwood
Whiskylicious returns to Collingwood with local restaurants taking part in the unique 12-day festival that gives Collingwood’s outstanding chefs the chance to share their sweet and savoury creations, inspired by Collingwood Whisky.
More than ten locations will be serving delicious, whisky-inspired culinary creations: The Iron Skillet 2.0, Lakeside Seafood & Grill, Memories Restaurant, Tesoro, The Beaver & Bulldog, Gustav Chophouse & Grill, Azzurra, The Huron Club, Bent Taco, The Curly Willow, and Prime Seven Nine.
There are also several special events at the 2019 Whiskylicious Festival:
Friday, February 1 - Journey Fourth VIP Whiskylicious Tour Contest and Festival Kickoff. Join the Collingwood Whiskylicious team at the Collingwood LCBO on Friday at 4:30 PM. They will be available for pictures along with the engraving team so you can get a personalized bottle for that special someone. Then cheer on the Journey Forth VIP Whiskylicious Contest winners as they head out to tour the town along with Collingwood Whisky’s national brand ambassador and bartender extraordinaire, Taylor Corrigan. This new contest, presented by 95.1 The Peak, gives participants the chance to win a Journey Forth VIP Tour prize pack that includes:
an engraved bottle of Collingwood Whisky courtesy of Canadian Mist
a Journey Forth Tour to Gustav Chophouse, Prime Seven Nine, and Lakeside Grill to sample some of the amazing cuisine each local chef has prepared
live performances and entertainment at each location by The Shipyards Kitchen Party
executive bus service from your house to each restaurant and back home (for four people courtesy of Ace Transportation.
contest ends January 27, 2019. For details and to enter the contest visit www.ThePeakFM.com.
Saturday, February 9 Whiskylicious brings back Cocktail Making with Taylor Corrigan at Alpine Ski Club along with a team of great bartenders, delicious food from the Men with Knives kitchen and live music from the Dust Jackets. Sample Alpine’s Own Cinnamon Whisky Sour and three Collingwood Whisky feature cocktails. Includes: 4 cocktail tickets, passed whisky inspired appetizers and live music from duo Dust Jackets, $30. Email email@example.com to register. Alpine members can register through their member portal.
Sunday, February 10 An exciting new addition this year is the Whisky Walk in Downtown Collingwood, presented by Classical 102.9. Between 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM, six groups of up to 25 participants, each guided by an employee from the local Collingwood Whisky distillery, will enjoy a Sunday afternoon stroll through the streets of historic Downtown Collingwood ‘detouring’ to six different locations. There they will sample and savour delicious food and whisky pairings inspired by COLLINGWOOD Whisky and prepared by Collingwood’s talented local chefs. Included is a Collingwood Whisky “hometown” stop at the Simcoe Street Press Gallery featuring a photo exhibit of the distillery and Collingwood Whisky’s national brand ambassador and bartender extraordinaire, Taylor Corrigan. All this for only $40! Space is limited.
Tuesday, February 12 Cheer on our region's talented bartenders at the 3rd Annual Collingwood Whiskylicious Bartender Competition at Gustav Chophouse & Bar, located at Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre. Due to demand, we have expanded the competition and added the People’s Choice category. Bartenders will create uniquely delicious ‘Journey Forth’ inspired cocktails using Collingwood Whisky and then let the crowd sample their creations. Come out and vote for your favourite bartenders. Seating is limited so pre-register for the FREE access event today!
Whiskylicious is sponsored by COLLINGWOOD Whisky with generous support from mycollingwood.ca, Mountain Goat Film Company and Spinnaker Marketing. It is organized in partnership with the Town of Collingwood and Collingwood Downtown BIA.
Family Jam is presented by the Town of Collingwood, Collingwood Curling Club, Collingwood YMCA, and Environment Network.
ELVIS FESTIVAL RETURNS TO COLLINGWOOD Festival’s 25th Anniversary to celebrate with ‘Homecoming’ theme
Collingwood’s Elvis Festival returns on Friday, July 26 through Sunday, July 28, 2019, in what will be a thrilling ‘Homecoming’ event. Limited tickets are now available through Theatre Collingwood.
Home and family meant everything to Elvis Presley. He felt his fans were like family, and he strived to never disappoint them. The Town of Collingwoodshares that goal. Celebrating the festival’s 25th anniversary in 2019, the theme ‘Homecoming’ was chosen to recognize and reminisce with fans, friends, and family about all that makes Collingwood and Elvis so very unique and special.
Join in all the fun! Featuring Elvis tributes, signatures shows, a Saturday night performance by Memphis Jones & his Trio, a Sunday morning Sunrise Gospel Showcase, and returning Grand Champions and VIPs! Enjoy the revival of an old friend, the Classic Car Parade, on Saturday morning. Stay tuned for more amazing event features at www.collingwoodelvisfestival.com.
Put on your blue suede shoes and get all shook up with excitement and joy for this milestone anniversary that will feel just like coming ‘Home’!
By phone toll-free at 1-866-382-2200 or locally at 705-445-2200
Hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
VIP Reserved $70.00 + tax & fees = First 5 rows, on floor, from stage
Premium Reserved $50.00++ = Next 10 rows, on floor, from stage
General Admission $30.00++ = Last 15 rows on floor & all bleacher seats
General Admission Package deal for all 3 Shows saves 10% = $81.00++
Shows (at the Eddie Bush Arena):
Saturday Semi-Finals – Showtime is 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Saturday Night Signature Show “Homecoming” – 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Sunday Grand Finals – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Photo Credit: Dave West Photography
TWO JR HOCKEY CLUBS EXPRESS INTEREST IN COLLINGWOOD Staff and Council working with the two organizations on a potential agreement
The Town of Collingwood is pleased to have been presented with not one, but two potential opportunities to once again host a Junior Hockey tenant in the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena.
The Town has most recently been in conversations with a Tier II Junior A proponent, led by Dave Steele, current General Manager and Head Coach of the Stayner Siskins Junior C hockey club. As of Thursday night, a second proponent emerged in the form of a Junior B option led by Terry Geddes, Andy Pritchard, and Paul Jeffrey. Both proponents are immersed in their respective process for securing a team, and both have been provided with a brief overview of a tenancy arrangement, on behalf of the Town, that is subject to Council approval.
Due to the unusual circumstances of receiving interest from two proponents simultaneously, the Town has developed a process for selection. Town staff will be working with Council and the two potential organizations over the next few months to come to a decision and agreement.
Photo Credit: Dave West Photography
TOWN OPTS IN ON CANNABIS RETAIL OUTLETS Council decision guided by feedback provided by residents and stakeholders
At the Monday, January 14 Council meeting, The Town of Collingwood Council decided to “opt in” on the Province’s cannabis retail store legislation.
This decision will allow cannabis retail outlets in Collingwood, as regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), and will provide the Town with additional funding from the Province. Municipalities have until Tuesday, January 22, 2019 to decide to “opt out”.
Retail storefronts will be permitted in Ontario, effective April 1, 2019, however, only 25 stores will be licensed province-wide in Phase 1 for municipalities greater than 50,000 people. As such, retail stores will not be permitted in Collingwood during the first phase.
The Town sought out and received feedback on cannabis retail from the community through stakeholder consultations, an online public survey, written public comments, a Chamber of Commerce cannabis event, and a public hearing held on Monday, January 7. This feedback helped guide Council’s decision to opt in.
Over 1400 residents participated in the Town’s online survey, with 77% showing support to allow cannabis retail stores in Collingwood, while 22% opposed cannabis retail. 67% of respondents said they would prefer to purchase cannabis from a storefront, while 24% of respondents said they had no intention purchasing cannabis at all, and 5% said they preferred to purchase online.
“We appreciated the significant feedback from the community we received on this issue. The public has made it clear that they support local access to safe, legal cannabis in Collingwood. Private cannabis retail outlets will also create jobs and increase local investment,” says Mayor Brian Saunderson, “We will continue to review Provincial legislation as it evolves and have asked Town staff to look at ways to control consumption of cannabis, cigarettes, and vaping in public through our municipal smoking by-law.”
The Province has outlined that cannabis retail stores in Ontario cannot be located within 150 metres of a school, must be a standalone store, will be licensed and regulated by the AGCO, and cannot be further controlled by the municipality through business licensing or zoning. Council also delegated authority to the Director of Planning & Building Services to coordinate and submit comments to the AGCO within 15 days of the public notice for a retail store in Collingwood. Comments will be based on the Council approved Cannabis Policy Statement which includes a buffer distance from schools and parks of 200 metres, as well as buffering from other sensitive land uses.
The Town will continue to monitor the Province’s ever-changing legislative landscape on cannabis retail and consumption. The Town has banned advertising and sponsorship of recreational cannabis use or sales on municipal property and facilities, and at events. The Town is also investigating opportunities to strengthen municipal Smoke Free policies that will be presented back to Council later this year.
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS - JANUARY 14, 2019
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at rogerstv.com.
A new video showcased some of the 2018 highlights from Council, the library, Fire Services, Parks, Rec and Culture, Public Works, Planning and Development, and Economic Development. WATCH >>
All Council and Committee Meetings can be viewed live HERE and there is a button at the bottom of www.collingwood.ca that will get you there as well.
The public is invited to take in the Reconciliation Art Project at Town Hall. The project is titled Call to Action #83 after the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Action #83 which calls upon indigenous and non-indigenous artists to undertake collaborative projects and produce works that contribute to the reconciliation process. MORE >>
Council reflected on the Order of Collingwood Award winners who were honoured at the 2019 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee. The event took place on Sunday, January 13, at the Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre. A large crowd enjoyed motivational speeches and greetings, live music, Town highlights from the past year, and a celebration of community members who have gone above and beyond as volunteers for the Town of Collingwood. MORE >>
Council supported a City of Hamilton Motion regarding the maintaining of the Voters list for Municipal Elections.
Feedback for Housing Supply Action Plan will be looked at on Monday, January 28.
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:
Council decided to “opt in” on the Province’s cannabis retail store legislation. This decision will allow cannabis retail outlets in Collingwood, as regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), and will provide the Town with additional funding from the Province. The Town sought out and received feedback on cannabis retail from the community through stakeholder consultations, an online public survey, written public comments, a Chamber of Commerce cannabis event, and a public hearing held on Monday, January 7. This feedback helped guide Council’s decision to opt in.
Council accepted the report that discussed all actions implemented during the 2018 Municipal Election that enhanced accessibility as required in accordance with the Municipal Elections Act.
Council also approved Policy D-20 Fit For Duty.
Council will submit proposed comments on “Bill 66: Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act” to the Ministry by the required date of Sunday, January 20, 2019.
Council approves the audio recording of closed meetings to assist with investigation processes so to provide good government that is accountable, transparent, and consistent with the Community Based Strategic Plan.
Council approves the implementation of a system that tracks the voting record and attendance of all regular Council and Standing Committee meetings. This will be available on the Town Website.
Notice for Standing Committee Meetings be not less than 72 hours, consistent with regular meetings.
Council approved the appointment of new Directors to the Downtown Collingwood Business Improvement Area Board of Management.
Council Votes to move forward with the sale of the Collingwood Regional Airport.
The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at rogerstv.com.
Council requests a presentation from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) on their 2018 Year End Assessment Report.
Clerk Almas describes the Consent Agenda process.
Development & Operations Services Standing Committee:
Council extended the draft approval for the proposed Red Maple Plan of Subvision for a further 3 years.
Council extended the draft approval for the proposed Bridgewater on Georgian Bay Plan of Subdivision, including payment contribution for the costs to oversize the Hwy 26 force main, for a further 12 months.
Council passes a Part Lot Control Exemption By-Law to allow 6 lots to be created at Block 8 of Riverside - George Zubek Drive/Collins Street.
Council authorizes to discharge a Development Agreement at Eden Oak (McNabb) Part of the North Half of Lot 40, Concession 8.
Council also authorizes the Mayor and Clerk to execute the Eden Subdivision Agreement.
Council agrees to acquire land from Pretty River Academy.
Council received an update on the transit pilot project and background for consideration of a permanent service enhancement during the 2019 budget deliberations.
Strategic Initiatives Standing Committee:
Council agrees to a new 3 year Collingwood OPP policing contract.
Council directs Staff to undertake a refresh of the Community Based Strategic Plan including a public participation component.
Council authorizes the pre-budget procurement of Engineering Services for the R.A. Baker Water Treatment Plant extension.
Council approved a by-law governing the proceedings of Council, Standing Committees, and other Committees and Boards of Council (which includes public accessibility, code of conduct, etc) with deferred discussions on record keeping timelines.
Council also authorizes to continue to receive Gas Tax Funding.
Deputy Mayor Hull reports on Simcoe County budget and taxes highlights. He notes the new paramedic bays, the affordable housing buildings be constructed in Collingwood, and also the Provincial Review of operations and best practices.