AWEN' GATHERING PLACE WINS 2020 PARKS AND RECREATION ONTARIO PROVINCIAL AWARD The Town of Collingwood is the recipient of the 2020 Parks and Recreation Ontario Award of Excellence for Park Facility Design (population under 100,000) for the Awen’ Gathering Place. Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) announced the winners of the 2020 PRO Awards on Tuesday, February 11. These provincial awards recognize and honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and organizations that have enhanced the quality of life for Ontario's citizens. The awards will be presented on March 26, 2020 at the 25th Anniversary PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show at the Blue Mountain Conference Centre, Town of the Blue Mountains.
“PRO is proud to recognize innovation in parks and recreation through these awards,” says PRO Chair Jan Wilson. “This year’s recipients have demonstrated a true commitment advancing our sector through groundbreaking programming and planning. From skate parks to walking programs, they all demonstrate why parks and recreation are essential for the health and well-being of our citizens and our communities.”
Mayor Brian Saunderson remarks, “Collingwood is blessed with incredible natural amenities, from our beautiful parks to our historic waterfront, and we are extremely proud of our vibrant cultural events, thriving arts scene, and four-season recreational opportunities. The Awen’ Gathering Place in Harbourview Park is a celebration of our Indigenous heritage and will be an ongoing theme for the next phase which is a water play space. We are pleased and honoured that Parks and Recreation Ontario is recognizing this amazing heritage legacy feature in our community.”
Dean Collver, Director of Parks, Recreation, and Culture adds, “The Town Staff and entire team that has been involved in the design, construction, and program development at the Awen’ Gathering Place are very pleased and proud of this recognition. We would like to express appreciation to Council and the Community for continuing to support progressive initiatives like this.”
The Awen’ Gathering Place is a space of sharing, learning, teaching, ceremony, celebration, and contemplation created by the Town of Collingwood to advance recognition of the past and present Indigenous Peoples and their heritage legacy in Collingwood and the surrounding area. Awen’ is a Wendat word for “water”.
The concept for the Awen’ Gathering Place is based on the teachings of the renowned educator, artist, and poet Dr. Duke Redbird of the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation. The design links the seven grandfather teachings to the seven layers of the food forest. The Seven Grandfather Teachings are an ancient Anishinaabe/Midewiwin teaching on the ethics of proper behaviour and conduct or ‘the good way of life’.
These teachings are linked to the lands that were for thousands of years the source of life for the Anishinaabeg peoples who gathered foods, medicines and materials from the forest in the area that is now Collingwood.
About Parks and Recreation Ontario
Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) is a non-profit association that advances the health, social and environmental benefits of quality recreation and parks through advocacy, education and quality standards. PRO has over 6,500 members — including professionals, volunteers, educators, students, interested citizens, elected officials and commercial representatives — who provide services to more than 85% of Ontarians in close to 200 municipalities across the province. For more 25 years, PRO has been the leading voice for recreation and parks, working collaboratively with stakeholders and government to promote policy for healthy, active communities.
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP - OFFICIAL PLAN UPDATE You are invited to attend the first Community Workshop on the Town of Collingwood's Official Plan Update.
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Collingwood Public Library, Rooms B & C
55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood
Please register for the session that best suits your schedule:
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
The workshop will begin with a brief presentation, followed by table group discussions on various topics.
What do you think Collingwood should look like in 20 years?
Please join us to discuss your thoughts, including:
Where and how should the Town grow (areas for housing, jobs, natural areas, and places to shop, gather, and play)?
What does a healthy community look like?
How should we travel around the Town?
What should our existing and new neighbourhoods look like?
Where will jobs locate and what should our commercial areas look like?
How are buildings set out and designed?
How will new development address climate change?
How should we protect the natural environment?
Help the Town understand what matters to you - the key issues and opportunities for change in Collingwood.
The Town of Collingwood is updating its Official Plan. The Official Plan is the overall policy framework for how land is used in Collingwood and sets out the vision for our community over the next 20 years. The Plan is the guide for managing where, when and how the Town should grow. The Official Plan Update is being completed over the course of the next 14 months and will include many opportunities to be involved throughout.
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THE 2020 PANEL DISCUSSION & NETWORKING SOCIAL Inspiration and Advocacy showcased with Panel Discussion, Flag Raising Ceremony, and Community Social
The Town of Collingwood's second annual International Women's Day events will bring the people of Collingwood and the surrounding communities together to inspire and advocate for the advancement of gender equality.
Starting on Thursday, March 5, there will be a Flag Raising Ceremony & Community Social at the Collingwood Public Library at 1:00 PM. The Community Social will include music, poetry, and free refreshments. All are welcome to attend. The full event schedule, featuring a number of other community events, can be found at https://www.collingwood.ca/IWD
Tickets are now available for the International Women's Day 2020 Panel Discussion & Networking Social on Sunday, March 8 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Simcoe Street Theatre. The event seeks to inform and inspire all genders while exploring what it means to be a gender equal world.
Our discussion panelists will celebrate women's achievement, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality. Proceeds from this event will be donated to My Friend's House. Tickets will be $15 and if cost is prohibitive to anyone wishing to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Care Option The Collingwood Museum is offering a free two-hour program for children ages 6-12 in the Free Schools World Literacy Room at the Collingwood Public Library to coincide with this year's International Women's Day Panel Discussion and Networking Social. This program is limited to children accompanying ticket holders. Program participants are required to dress for weather and are encouraged to bring a nut-free snack and beverage. Pre-registration and a signed waiver form are required for participation. Space is limited, so don't delay. Register today by emailing email@example.com
Let's create a gender equal world. We're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions. Challenge stereotypes, broaden perceptions, change situations. An equal world is an enabled world. Let's all be #EachforEqual.
TOWN OF COLLINGWOOD CONTINUES SIMCOE STREET THEATRE PARTNERSHIP As part of the 2020 municipal budget proceedings, Collingwood Council approved the continuation of what had been a two-year theatre management pilot project. Renewed for an additional three years (pending annual budget approvals) the Town of Collingwood through the Parks, Recreation & Culture (PRC) Department will continue to manage the 100-seat black box Simcoe Street Theatre as tenants of 65 Simcoe Street, owned by Richard and Anke Lex.
For the PRC Department, managing the Simcoe Street Theatre helps achieve more of the departmental objectives that focus on the provision of affordable rehearsal and performance space and the opportunity to bring the arts and culture community together more frequently to share, connect and collaborate.
“After a successful trial period we are pleased that the town has committed to a further three years at the Simcoe Street Theatre.” – Richard Lex.
“It is rewarding and heartwarming to see the theatre continue to attract ever more local and touring artists, community and professional theatre, films and other events. The theatre is a place that brings people together.” – Anke Lex
In the past 24 months, during the PRC trial period, the Simcoe Street Theatre has been rented approximately 400 times, featuring 120 public events organized by 70 unique user groups.
The Simcoe Street Theatre was opened May 1, 2015 by Richard and Anke Lex as a small intimate professional theatre space to provide opportunities for local community theatre groups and musicians to perform. The theatre is available for short and long term rentals. It’s an ideal venue to hold productions, concerts, lectures, art shows, classes, meetings, private functions and workshops. For rental information, availability, and updates on any shows please call 705-444-2500 Ext. 3265 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: PRC Customer Service Representative for the Simcoe Street Theatre, Tyler Cleary, in the front row of the Theatre.
ELVIS FESTIVAL UPDATE In early 2019, Council approved staff’s recommendation to move on from the Collingwood Elvis Festival (CEF) as a municipally-funded event.
With a 25-year legacy and a following of loyal fans to the Elvis Fest, Council also wanted to ensure that any replacement of the CEF would respect that legacy and long-term commitment. To that end staff were given the responsibility of using the Town’s standard Event Permitting process to work with potential proponents on a first-come first-served basis and seek the best possible outcome for a future event on the last weekend in July – the traditional date for the Collingwood Elvis Festival.
After several months of working with the initial proponent through what is an extremely challenging business case, a joint decision was made with the initial proponent to move on to the second proponent in the interests of trying to ensure a successful festival for 2020.
Town staff were informed on January 29, 2020 that the second proponent, Jason Sherry Management, had withdrawn their application for an Event Permit. Staff proceeded to contact with the third and final proponent who expressed interest in hosting an event on the traditional Collingwood Elvis Fest weekend.
On Monday, February 24, 2020, the third and final party identifying an expression of interest to run an Elvis-related event in Collingwood in 2020 withdrew their special event permit application, citing that they were unable to secure the talent required to run a successful event and that they were unable to secure an Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) competition licence for their desired weekend. To accommodate the three interested parties, the Town had put a hold on the rental of the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena for July 24 to 26. This hold will now be lifted allowing the space to return to the rentable inventory to be booked on its standard first come first served basis.
WATCHFUL EYES SCAVENGER HUNT TRAIL Hidden among the trees along the Train Trail beside Central Park Arena is a series of forest creatures (reflective graphics).
Can you find the wise owls keeping watch, or the mischievous squirrels playing in the trees? Forest creatures of all kinds are hiding in the trees along the pathway! Use your flashlight or mobile phone light to spot them in the woods and keep track of your progress on the game card!
Where? East of Central Park Arena, 85 Paterson St, between Hume and Manning Streets
Can you find them all? Use the game card provided here to track your progress. Hard copies available at Central Park Arena.
Day or night! Use a flashlight or flashlight app for a fun after-dark challenge.
Post your success @ExpCwood #scavengerhunttrail
The Watchful Eyes Scavenger Hunt Trail was featured at Collingwood's Art of Winter Festival in January and continues through the winter on the Train Trail. Join the fun!
PINK SHIRT DAY RAISES AWARENESS Pink Shirt Day was held on Wednesday, February 26 in the Town of Collingwood, raising awareness and standing together against bullying.
Trevor Henson was joined by the Mayor and Councillors for a flag raising ceremony at the Collingwood Public Library, to promote positive social relationships and build a community where all members feel safe, valued, and respected.
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.
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.
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.
If you would like to report a coyote sighting, please feel free to contact:
Town of Collingwood Coyote Hotline at 705-445-1030 Ext. 3257
TOWN SEEKS POET LAUREATE FOR 2020 TO 2022 The Town of Collingwood is inviting applications for the position of Poet Laureate 2020-2022
Poets with a passion for literary arts and who are willing to act as a champion for poetry and/or the spoken word are invited to apply for the position of Collingwood’s second Poet Laureate.
A complete description of the position and details for applying are available online at www.collingWord.ca.
During a two year term commencing May 2020, the Poet Laureate will develop creative projects and produce original works that inspire an appreciation for poetry and the literary arts, and encourage new poets of all ages and abilities.
“For the past two years it has been my honour and privilege to serve as the Town of Collingwood’s first Poet Laureate,” says Day Merrill. “Poetry is the most compact and efficient way to express thoughts and feelings and engender a deep response in others. The role of Poet Laureate has given me the opportunity to share my love of poetry and the spoken word as well and inspire both committed word fans and those new to the power of poetry.”
The Poet Laureate does not have to reside in Collingwood but must demonstrate a connection to the culture of the area through the artistic community, natural surroundings or territory of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation. Applicants for the position must be active in the literary community, have a body of work, and be recognized by their peers.
The closing date for applications is Wednesday, March 25 at 4:00 PM
HELP SHAPE YOUR COMMUNITY! Have you ever wanted to be a part of making Collingwood such a great place to Live, Work, and Play? You can help your community by applying to volunteer on one of the following committees:
Please ensure your application is submitted before Monday, March 9, 2020 to:
97 Hurontario Street,
PO Box 157,
Collingwood, Ontario, L9Y 3Z5; or by emailing us at email@example.com
AWEN' WATERPLAY AREA With the research, consultation, and design aspects now complete, the Town is looking forward to moving onto construction of the Awen' Waterplay. Effectively this has two projects occurring at the same time: site servicing, which includes bringing water, wastewater, electrical, from the area of Cedar and Oak Streets, PLUS, establishing grading, earthworks, and water play and collection spaces, constructing the water play infrastructure, installing a control room, washrooms, an outdoor change room, and an outdoor seating space.
Through previous Indigenous consultation, the site is named Awen' after a word for 'water' in the endangered language of the Wendat Confederacy of First Nations. This name celebrates the life-giving sustenance that Georgian Bay has provided to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures, and recognizes water as a common element shared by all living things.
The Awen' Waterplay provides opportunity to explore water through the act of 'play' allowing for interpretation and exploration of the properties of water, as well as its role in environmental cycles.
Ojibwa advisor, Elder, and Knowledge Keeper, Dr. Duke Redbird, has expanded on this opportunity and described the traditional 'rain dance' as a cultural expression of its movement, energy, and spirit. In this context, Dr. Redbird also felt that the spirit of the Thunderbird should be honoured as the bringer of life-sustaining water from the sky.
URBAN FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN On Tuesday, February 18, Town of Collingwood Council approved the new Urban Forest Management Plan.
The Collingwood Urban Forest Management Plan articulates urban forest management goals within the vision of Collingwood’s urban forest as expressed by the community while reflecting Collingwood’s biophysical and land use context. The 10 year Plan provides key recommendations to plan, preserve, and protect our Urban Forest through a comprehensive tree inventory and canopy cover analysis. Recommendations for policies and procedures will ensure that proper arboreal practices strengthen the life and quality of the urban forest as well as improve green infrastructure that will reduce the impact of storm water effects.
Key findings of the Plan found the Town’s canopy cover to be healthy at 31.7%, but stressed the need for by-laws and policies to retain this level of canopy cover. The Plan also recommended a forestry unit be established to provide resources to maintain and establish standards for a healthy urban forest.
The Town of Collingwood values the urban forest and its contribution to the liveability of our community. In addition to the environmental, social, aesthetic, and economic benefits of the urban forest, the Town recognizes the importance trees have on health, quality of life, tourism, recreation, and green infrastructure. The Town is committed to sustainable management of the urban forest as well as supporting community action and stewardship to maintain, renew, and enhance this natural resource for future generations.
COLLINGWOOD CELEBRATES HERITAGE The Town of Collingwood celebrated Heritage Week from February 17 to 21.
Visit www.heritagecollingwood.com to learn about Collingwood’s built and cultural heritage. Discover walking tours and amazing buildings in Collingwood’s Heritage District. Find information on heritage grants, permits, and guidelines for alterations and new construction.
Heritage Educational Workshop - Save The Date!
Join in on Tuesday, May 5 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Library 3rd Floor. Learn about the history of Collingwood, the creation of the heritage district, benefits of designating your property, and learn about restoring wood windows.
SNOWMOBILE PATROLS IN THE COLLINGWOOD AREA OPP News Release
Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were joined by members of the Central Region OPP Snow machine, All terrain vehicle, and Vessels Enforcement (SAVE) Team to patrol area snowmobile trails over the weekend.
The fresh snow that the area has received in recent days has helped in the opening of several area snowmobile trails and numerous snowmobilers were out and about taking advantage of the great conditions.
Officers conducted RIDE initiatives on several trails in Collingwood and The Blue Mountains ensuring that those out on their sleds were sober and licenced to operate their snowmobiles as well as having valid insurance and registration.
During those patrols officers issued five speeding tickets, one of which was for speeding at 80 km/h in a posted 20 km/h zone on a shared trail utilized by hikers and some walking their dogs and with residences in close proximity. Officers also issued three charges for riding off the designated trails and three more were ticketed for having an improper muffler. Several individuals were found without trail passes and charged accordingly and one person was found operating a snowmobile with a suspended licence. A total of 27 charges were laid for the weekend patrol initiative.
Officers received very positive feedback from area snowmobilers and residents living near the trails with the mutual goal of increasing snowmobile safety and to raise awareness of laws that apply to snowmobiling in general.
A good reminder to all snowmobilers is to remain on designated trails and avoid operating their snowmobiles on private property without the property owner's permission. Many designated snowmobile trails are on private property however it is done with prior land use permission of the property owner, as such going off the designated trail can damage the land and the owner could revoke the land use permission and in turn eliminate that portion of the trail system.
Snowmobiling is a very popular winter recreational activity however making smart choices while snowmobiling will help ensure that not only will your journey be enjoyable, it will be a safe one. Help us with this goal by respecting the laws and making smart choices.
WELL-BEING IN COLLINGWOOD #It Starts With Campaign, March 2020 A Conversation, a Movement, a Change!
IT Starts is a public awareness campaign to proactively address racism and discrimination across the County of Simcoe by promoting inclusivity, supporting multiculturalism, valuing diversity, committing to equity and creating acceptance. Pick-up an #Itstarts card at the Collingwood Public Library and share your message on social media using #itstarts. Visit simcoe.ca/ITSTARTS for definitions and resources on how to take safe and purposeful action against racism and discrimination.
Regional Knowledge Exchange Day for Seniors & Community Agencies March 31, 2020, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Simcoe Street Theatre
Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario will be hosting a knowledge exchange day at the Simcoe Street Theatre on Tuesday, March 31 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Presentations from Legal Aid Ontario and the Canadian Mental Health Association will provide an overview of the challenges that persons, with age-related illnesses encounter within the justice and mental health systems. Participants will learn about the legal needs of this population and will be provided with resources and supports available.
The day will include a performance by Sheatre, Ye Canna Throw Yer Granny Off a Bus! which through humour and music informs the audience of the very real issue of Elder Abuse. In Canada it is estimated that between 8-10% of older adults will experience some type of elder abuse or neglect each year.
This is a free event. To register or for more information please call Raeann Rideout at 705-876-1122 ext 327 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 (NOVEL CORONAVIRUS) Learn more about COVID-19 from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at simcoemuskokahealth.org
Visit the Ministry of Health for the most up-to-date information on the status of cases in Ontario.
The best way to protect yourself from any virus, including COVID-19 (coronavirus) is to wash your hands, cough in your sleeve, and stay home if you are sick.
TOWN OF COLLINGWOOD THANKS DEPARTING CAO FAREED AMIN FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND VISION CAO Fareed Amin gives notice that he will be stepping down.
At the Town Council Meeting on Monday, February 24, 2020, it was announced that CAO Fareed Amin has decided to step down from his leadership role with the Town of Collingwood to focus on family and personal interests.
Mayor Brian Saunderson says, “On behalf of the entire Town, I would like to thank CAO Fareed Amin for his public service, leadership, and sage advice. Fareed has helped build a foundation of good governance and modernization for our community, including advancements in technology, fiscal responsibility, and environmental initiatives. We wish Fareed the best of luck with his growing family and on all of his future endeavours.”
CAO Amin began managing the Town of Collingwood in October of 2017. He has successfully guided the municipality through a number of major milestones, including asset sales, customer service excellence, and the prioritization of accountability and transparency.
CAO Fareed Amin adds, “Thank you to my Town of Collingwood colleagues. It was a real privilege to work with Council and Staff supporting a healthy, strong, and vibrant community that is preparing for future growth. Thank you also to Collingwood’s strong business community and our residents. I see continued success in economic development, and beyond, under the Town’s talented leadership team.”
Town of Collingwood Council will discuss and make decisions on next steps for Town management in the days and weeks ahead. Executive Director Sonya Skinner will be the Acting CAO while Council continues to engage Fareed for help and support on some significant initiatives.
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS - FEBRUARY 18, 2020 The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at rogerstv.com.
Members of Council promoted County garbage changes, Sweethearts Bonspiel for Out of the Cold, Galentine's Day for My Friend's House, International Women's Day, Coldest Night of the Year, Collingwood Colts Playoffs, Skating Club Carnival, BMFA Monster Project event, Dr. Jean Augustine speaking event, Sledge Hockey on Family Day, Inclusive Skating on Sundays, Whiskylicious, and Colts Give-A-Lift for Sunset Manor.
COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS - FEBRUARY 24, 2020 The Rogers TV broadcast of this meeting will be available online at rogerstv.com.
Members of Council commented on CAO Fareed Amin's new grandchild, Empower Simcoe Landlord Info Forum, County garbage/recycling schedules and blue bin availability, International Women's Day events, and Collingwood Clippers news
Trevor Henson presented on Anti-Bullying Awareness and Pink Shirt Day
Council received the consent agenda items including proclamations for International Women's Day and Probus Month.
Council approved the Hospice Georgian Triangle event parking request.
Council received the minutes for the Library Board and Police Services Board.
Development and Operations Services Standing Committee:
Council approved recommendations on:
Huron and Niagara Crosswalk Budget Request
Annual Water Compliance Report
Blue Mountain Transit Partner Agreement Extension
Extension of Draft Approval for Bridgewater on Georgian Bay Plan subdivision
Part Lot Control Exemption for 804 Hurontario Street and approved By-law
Authorization By-law to execute an Amending Site Plan Control Agreement at 2 Mountain Road (Sleep Country) and approved By-law
Part Lot Control Exemption for Riverside Townhouses and approved By-law
Deputy Mayor Hull commented on County service providers and project management transformation funding.
Councillor Comi presented on International Women's Day with additional information provided by Councillor Jeffery.
Councillor Doherty presented on the AMO Waste Task Force
Councillor Hamlin commented on public right-of-ways and snowmobile/pedestrian conflicts on Town Trails.
Council went In-Camera to discuss 1) Pretty River Estates Phase 2 - Minutes of Settlement, 2) Huntingwood Trail Appeal, and 3) Organizational Changes.
Rise and Report:
Council approved the Minutes of Settlement - Pretty River Estates Phase 2
Mayor Saunderson announced the resignation of CAO Fareed Amin and Council approved that Executive Director Sonya Skinner will be the Acting CAO