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Simcoe County partnership takes home national marketing award for promotion of skilled trades

Simcoe Muskoka and the first online job fair Midhurst/November 23, 2016 – In for the County addition to attracting, growing, and • Supported the training for approximately supporting our economy, the County’s 800 existing or aspiring food entrepreneurs Economic Development Office, and its through various workshops including the partners, are also acquiring new hardware. province-wide Food Entrepreneurs: Building The Economic Developers Association of Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time Canada (EDAC) recently recognized the conference Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo with • Development and launch of a new a 2016 Marketing Canada Award. economic development grant program which “We’re open for business, supportive of will provide support to member municipalities growth and working with our business • Continue to establish closer partnerships partners to address labour challenges, with municipalities, local Chamber of particularly in the skilled trades and Commerce centers and area businesses manufacturing sectors,” said Warden Gerry Visit to learn more.   Marshall. “We have great momentum coming The Economic Developers Association off the heels of a tremendously successful of Canada (EDAC) is Canada’s national economic development familiarization tour association of economic development and manufacturers forum and we thank professionals, representing every province EDAC for recognizing the efforts of so and territory across Canada with nearly many local partners who made our first Skilled Trades Expo possible.” Area partners receive 2016 Marketing Canada Award from the Economic Developers 1,000 members. The Association’s mission The Skilled Trades Expo, which was held Association of Canada (EDAC) for their efforts in co-ordinating and promoting the is to enhance the professional competence of economic development professionals and in June 2016 at the Elmvale Community Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, held June 2016 in Elmvale ensure placement of qualified people in the Centre, helped showcase skilled trades and our area partners are pleased to announce that we are in Simcoe County and introduced approximately 1,600 hosting the next Skilled Trades Expo on Wednesday, May field of economic development, to advance economic Grade 7 and 8 students to more than 30 skilled trades. 24, 2017. Contact the County’s Economic Development development as a distinct, recognized, and self-governing profession and to contribute to Canada’s well-being. EDAC The goal of the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, Office at for more information.    a partnership between the County of Simcoe, Simcoe With support and investment from County Council, recognizes that marketing a community is an integral County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic County of Simcoe’s Economic Development Office part of the economic development profession, therefore District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce is taking a more active role in growing, supporting and provides The Marketing Canada Awards competition as Development Board, City of Orillia, City of Barrie, attracting business to the region at a County-wide level. an opportunity to exchange and review promotional and Springwater Township, and the Flos Agricultural Society, Key initiatives and accomplishments in 2015-2016 marketing material produced by municipalities across the country. was to provide students with the opportunity to participate include: County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member in hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays • Launch of Simcoe County’s first online land municipalities and provides crucial public services to relating to dozens of skilled trades available in Simcoe inventory system to help businesses find properties, County residents in addition to providing paramedic and County. expand or relocate to Simcoe County Based on feedback from exhibitors, partners, and • Support of various labour related activities social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. students who took part in the Expo, the County of Simcoe including the creation of JobCentral Visit our website at­­­­­­     Local

Beekeepers Receive Top Awards

Sally Simpson and John Wilcox were invited to the Excellence in Agriculture Luncheon at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto on November 9th, to receive Excellence in Honey awards. John Wilcox of Phelpston, was awarded first prize for his entry of chunk honey. Sally Simpson of Hillsdale, was awarded the Grand Champion of Liquid Honey, the Canadian Honey Council Trophy, a silver tray and multiple ribbons.  Both Sally and John have been beekeeping in the area for many years and both are active members of the Huronia Beekeepers Association.  Sally and John have obviously mastered their craft.  Congratulation to you both.


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I get e-mails from the Air Canada Flight Offers giving me prices on flights from Toronto to Miami and Toronto to the Barbados or where ever giving the great price they have one way. Are they are encouraging people to leave Canada and not come back or if the cost of the flight one way is really cheap or reasonable but the one coming back will make up for any loss they had incurred on the other one way? “Rural Intentions - a word from Craighurst” on page 3 produces some deserved reading. It mentions the automatic 8 meters of land people automatically lose when they sell/ buy property that is located beside a county road. I have had some farmers tell me the story and I am led to believe, not only do you lose the 8 metres/26 feet off your land, you also pay to have the change registered on your deed. Can you imagine that? I take over a piece of your property and you pay so I can own it. I am told one farmer fought the County and won but for the cost, he did not suggest he was ahead of the game. I am also led to believe another land owner fought it and won and now that they have the precedent, whenever they buy any land bordering on a county road, the county gets no land off of him. The rational of a government that taking your land along a County road is that the land may be needed in the future for better roads BUT the process of taking the land and not remunerating the land owner makes me wonder how legal it is but mainly, how honest that is? After Justin Trudeau praised Fidel Castro, when most other countries/leaders thought it a welcome thing for the people of Cuba despite the fact that his brother Raul has been running the country for a few year, I wonder if the Trudeau honeymoon is over. Did he lower the expectations you had of him? How might other countries view him? Does he not get the advise of the many high paid advisors we pay for? It would appear to me that some people do not think the team names which make reference to our natives i.e. Cleveland Indians or the Washington Redskins is racist. But some do! A Halloween party has been condemned because people dressed as another race i.e. Muslims and wore the head-dress/scarf that is common amongst that male denomination. It follows that if someone wore a head band with feathers in it, some people would find that offensive. But is that much different from cowboy hats or baseball caps? Where does one draw the line on being racist and being reactive? An article by Jonah Goldberg suggests that canoes - and therefore birch bark canoes - are part of the natives heritage and maybe we are offending them for riding in one. It could be carried on into teepees and bow and arrows. And in reverse, who invented guns and cars and many other things? If someone was going to form a team called the Tiny Residents or the County Springwaterians, it isn’t going to offend me. In fact, if you call the team the ??? Jacobs’s, I might even be elated. If someone finds the name Indians or Redskins offensive, who is really the racist? There are a lot more white people out there who aren’t racist and therefore don’t like being called racist or being berated about how their country is racist. They also sense that the “Everything is about race” crowd is using race as a cudgel to silence critics and have their way. That sort of thing begs for a backlash. You can call it racist if you want — some people do with everything else — but it won’t play well outside the safe spaces. If I was the elected official of a country, I think I would have the e-mail addresses of the leaders of the other countries (that have e-mail - I gather no one in Cuba has) and each day I would send them a little mention like “We have a company here that has won a major award for their making of computerized robots! Maybe you want to deal with them!” They might reply and say that they have a company that is making - such and such - which I know you do not have in your country so maybe...possibly they do have some unique form of communications. When our Provincial Premier goes to Japan or where ever and starts sending press releases that she has incurred $140 million of trade in product x since she got there, we would know of their efforts were all completed before she went. Her trip to Japan is at the taxpayer’s expense and any trade deal was pretty well cemented before she left the country. This whole newspaper as you see it is turned into a pdf and put on our website and back copies of the paper can be found at springwaternews Some parts of the paper are also filed under their own headings i.e. anything any of the politicians write is in one file as are the obituaries and more. So after I get the paper done, and I reread some parts, i.e the musings, and I find a mistake like having put then instead of than - I wonder if the newer/updated program for

Let’s Not Guess LNG Life’s Not Good. Sometimes it is better to use the full definition so people are not wondering what they are talking about. Autonomous is another word I had to look up. The article I was reading talked about autonomous committees. It means acting independently or having the freedom to do so. So self-governing, self-ruling, self-determining, independent, sovereign, free, unmonitored...How many autonomous people do you know? There has been 500+ words added to the Oxford Dictionary. For your advantage, I give you a few. Gender-fluid, meaning a person who does not define themselves as either male or female, was coined in 1987, but has only entered into common parlance in recent years as awareness of alternative gender identities becomes more mainstream. clickbait - online content whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page fuhgeddaboudit – used to indicate that a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable human bean – a humorous alteration or mispronunciation of human being ‘Merica – used to emphasize qualities that are stereotypically American moobs – unusually prominent breasts on a man skronk – used to describe dissonant or discordant sounds made by musical instruments slacktivism – actions performed via the internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement squee – an exclamation expressing delight or excitement YOLO – “you only live once”, used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future Westminster bubble – the politicians, civil servants and journalists working in and around the Westminster parliament, characterized as an insular community The City of Barrie’s council has directed their staff to do a study re the installation of camera’s at certain stop lights around the city where there may be people running red lights. There are cameras at stop lights all over the world. I go to Alberta where this is the standard in many places. A couple of Albertans have shown me their picture as they drove through the lights and their subsequent fine. The Barrie council must think they are the first people in the world to ever think about such a revolutionary idea. But studies are available all over North America. For Barrie to do another study is an indication that there is not enough to keep their employees busy, so they will waste their money on something that has already been over studied. I have a negative reaction to people getting paid to promote their agenda. Last year the Clinton’s made over $30,000,000 in speaking engagements as Hillary lined up her intent to run for President of United States. Al Gore and David Suzuki have made Global warming, then Climate Change, their agenda but meanwhile they demand BIG MONEY to speak to your organization. I hear people shot down for not being a scientist therefore not knowing what you are talking about. Al Gore is not a scientist and has had a judge rule that there are 35 inconsistencies/falsehoods in his movie ‘The Inconvenient Truth’. He flies around the world in his own private jet and like Suzuki, owns multi residences. Then they have the gall to tell us to conserve energy.

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of my house. When these rafters were installed, they had a 60 pound snow load rating. Asphalt shingles weigh between 240 and 360 pounds a square (100 square feet) so 2.4 to 3.6 pounds per square foot so likely more than solar panels. In Springwater Township, you have to get an engineer’s report on your roof - they don’t seem to believe a house built in 1984 has enough roof strength - and pay for a permit as well so in my case, an additional $1100. Some municipalities have no fee. When you re shingle your roof, you do not need a permit nor an engineers report. And sometimes, shingles are added on top of what is already there. My panels cost $30,000 before the sales tax. Sales tax is refundable. I was told I should get a return of at least 13% on

my investment. They started producing power on May 3rd and my monthly returns (20th of the month) have been Jun 20th (from the month of May) $490.64, July $687.47, Aug $615.55, Sept $548.74, Oct. $574, Nov $297.98 which equals $3271.44 minus a silly $6.10 per month I pay for delivery. Silly, because they mail me a statement each month for $6.10. I think the expense and labour they pay to get it should exceed the $6.10. This comes to approximately an 11% return on my investment. Although we do not expect a big return for the next 6 months, we do think it would be easy to make up the missing 2%.

Journalism is under attack. Traditional news media are collapsing, and newsrooms gutted. More people are tuning out entirely or choosing only to connect with news that supports their prejudices — sometimes, even obviously fake news. The powerful, in all areas, have got better and better at presenting a version of reality that advances their interests at the same times traditional Let’s Talk About… media have become less and Frostbite less effective at challenging With Pharmacist Owners Jenna Lougheed and Carolyn Glover those narratives. Today the B.C. government As we move into colder winter months, it’s important to remember to has about 280 communications dress warmly to prevent the risk of frostbite. Frostbite can occur to any staff, more than the number of body parts that are exposed to the cold – most commonly cheeks, nose, reporters at every media outlet ears, hands, fingers, and toes. If you feel numbness and tingling or skin — print, radio, TV — in the that appears pale, go inside immediately and remove any wet clothing. province. Do not rub frostbitten skin or hold near direct heat. Warm the affected area by placing in warm water or applying warm compresses for 15-30 I have 38, 260 watt Solar panels on the roof of our minutes or wrap the frozen area gently in a warm blanket. Do not cover house. Each panel weighs 40 the area or apply creams or ointments. Do not break blisters. If signs of pounds. Each panel is about infection are present, see your doctor. It’s normal to feel pain and tingling 60 inches by 40 inches in size when the frozen area is thawed. Pain relievers like ibuprofen or naproxen which equals approximately are good choices and are available at Midhurst Pharmacy. 16 square feet. That equals an 94 Finlay Mill Rd, Midhurst ON additional 2.5 pounds of snow 705.503.7333 | Mon-Fri 9-9 Sat 9-5 Sun 10-5 load equivalency on the rafters


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– a word from Craighurst by Lynette Mader Christmas in Craighurst may not have happened but that didn’t stop a majority of the Who’s in Whoville The Elmvale Business Improvement Area from coming out of their houses to celebrate our little village on November 26th largely thanks to the St. John’s Supports and Promotes Local Business through Anglican Church Christmas Bazaar. The Bazaar featured current and upcoming initiatives an expanded lunch room this year, an outstandingly wellThe Elmvale Business Improvement Area organized used book selection, vintage games, crafts, cured Supports and Promotes Local Business through meats, raffle tickets for a beautiful quilt and of course, the current and upcoming initiatives Craighurst Women’s Institute (CWI) baked goods table. BIA meetings: third Thursday of every month, One of the benefits of attending CWI events over many Elmvale Library @ 5:15pm. Minesing Moments w/Lorrie Norwood years is that you start to recognize some of the dishes Consider joining the BIA or becoming a volunteer! that have long become part of the Craighurst Christmas / 728-9784 MORE INFO: 705-322-3484 tradition. “Is that a Noel Cake?” I asked the nice lady Email: Who's ready for the upcoming holiday season?  If not, behind the table. I knew exactly who baked it and snapped keep reading to get those festive feelings started.  it up quickly, but only after confirming that there wasn’t an Join us at the Minesing Community Hall on December 4th Hillsdale Highlights almond cake on the table. Many of the bazaar attendees, for our 6th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting!  There will be Alissa Shanahan 705-794-2629 because they were already downtown, wandered the four fun activities for all ages, including wagon rides, Christmas corners to check out the other shops as well. The holiday season is approaching, and there are a few caroling, crafts, candy guessing games and a variety of And so, it was an idyllic Saturday afternoon in downtown events that you need to mark on your calendars! Saturday, vendors.  The event begins at 4 p.m. and concludes with Craighurst with busy shops and people out bustling around. December 3rd is just two days away, and is a very busy day the lighting of the Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. This scene is juxtaposed in my mind against the threat around town: I recently had the opportunity to travel to New York of road widening. Apparently, when a property applies • The St. Andrew’s Christmas Bizarre - Come to St. City.  Actually we drove down there on Friday November for new zoning – such as the lot on the south west corner Andrew’s church anytime from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, 11th, only a few days after the election in the US.   I was the corner which was proposed for a pharmacy – a and get your holiday shopping done while supporting truly surprised that there was no physical evidence of an county policy kicks in that demands 8 metres of right of local businesses! There is a church table, plus a variety of election.  I believe we only saw two signs total on the way. Eight metres is a lot of ground in a village where vendors. Grab some coffee and a muffin for $3, or enjoy a way down or on our return trip.  I saw one t-shirt with historic buildings and homes sit close to the road. It delicious lunch for only $5! There is also a draw for 50/50 Donald Trump on it, and nothing else!  No evidence of the seems implausible if not impossible, to imagine four lanes tickets, which can make your holiday shopping that much two year circus that took place south of the border.  I will running through our quaint, historic village. It doesn’t feel easier! All are welcome, so we hope to see you out! say though, people spoke of the outcome when you got likely that our stretch of 93 would need to handle that sort • The 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is later the chatting with them, but it didn't seem as though there was of traffic volume with the 400 so close by, but I’m not same day, at 6pm. Come to the community hall a few tongue wagging, as there is here in Canada.   sure about 22. It is beyond comprehension that such a minutes early, as we light the tree right at 6pm. Once the I love Canada, I truly do, but can I mention how impressed plan could move forward when you consider the impact tree is lit, we will be entertained by a choir from Hillsdale I was to enter the USA and see the clean highways with the on people’s lives and livelihoods. But in the meantime, Elementary School. After the outside festivities are done, trimmed medians and no garbage?  It really is very nice.  whether road widening happens or not, local business are warm up in the hall with some hot chocolate and baked However, the number of road kill was overwhelming.  stymied by a county wide policy that apparently doesn’t goods. Santa Claus himself will be in the hall visiting While the state does cut the grass, they do not remove the take local culture, historic value and community into with the children, and there will be crafts in the basement, animals who find their fate on the roadways.  I guess we account. The CWI has raised the issue in a recent letter as well. The Hillsdale Fire Department will be in the clean up the animals in Canada, and they cut their grass in to Council to appeal for a special designation. There is a parking lot selling their Christmas trees, as well as have the US.  Can't be too choosy I guess. precedent for this in an OMB ruling relating to the Midhurst their “Stuff the Truck” Food drive, so bring lots of nonWhile in the US, I also found that the local citizens do not development that stated “lesser widths may be granted in perishable food items to help our fire department out! To know their geography.  This wasn't just someone on the special and extenuating circumstances with the agreement keep this event free, we are looking for the community street, these were transit workers, police officers, people of the County.” Please support them in their efforts and to help us out by donating baked goods, so please call or who work in stores and hot dog carts.  This was evident not let the County know that the policy should not apply to email me if you are able to help out. once, but many, many times.  I like to think that if someone historic Craighurst. That said, I’ll confess it wasn’t lost The “Hillsdale Highlights” is a community news update, from out of town asked me where I could find a location in on me that opposing the road widening actually supports so please feel free to contact me at the number above, the area, that I could give them directions.  Now, we did get the loss of the quaint and (I think) historic building on the or at with any information a little lost a few times and on our return we approached a south-west corner which, if it were successful in its zoning you would like the community to know about! Follow the border crossing and the signage was terrible so we weren't bid, would be torn down for a retail business. But I suppose official Hillsdale Hall and Rec Board on Facebook for exactly sure where we may be.  It just said "Canada", so we that was bound to happen no matter what: the bigger issue details about upcoming events and social gatherings at did not know what "part" of Canada we were approaching.  is the impact on a majority of functional historic buildings “Hillsdale Community Group.” We asked the US Border Guard what was on the other "other in the village. side of the bridge behind him".  He responded "Canada" Grenfel Area News w/ June Everton and we laughed and asked "what part of Canada".  He said Ruth Ann Caston Wyevale’s News 527-5274 he had no idea, he had never been to Canada.  Now this is Winter has arrived. Makes us think of Christmas. It just Happy Birthday wishes go out ot John, Danny and Tony seems to arrive so quickly every year. It could never come a gentleman who works in the booth and checks passports all day long.  The bridge was maybe a kilometer long.  We Nahuis celebrating birthdays in November and early De- soon enough when we were kids and now when we are went through and realized it was Thousand Islands and we cember. Also, we wish a Happy Birthday to Judy Hall, older it seems to come so quickly. It is still only every found ourselves in the Kingston area.  Don't you think it Heather Sneldon, Claire Robinson, Brian VanderVoort and 12th month. was odd that he didn't know what was connected to the  Barbara Mitchell. What a nice job they have done on Sunnidale road Bid-Euchre is on Friday afternoons at 1 pm in the church with the changes. One thing during construction was the other end of the bridge he worked at?  We sure did. I will say that NYC was an amazing experience and was basement. Light lunch and prizes. $2.50 per person. Win- happiest sign holder who was always smiling and dancing. glad I went, but driving over that bridge to Canada sure ners from November 18 were 1st Donalda Columbus, 2nd Keep up your smiles and dances. Marguerite Stone and 3rd Kitty Burnett. Winners from the felt good. To all seniors in Grenfel and area, come and join the Come join the Minesing United Church for their 26th were 1st Dorothy Rumney, 2nd Rae Woolhead and Minesing Seniors Good Times Club who meet the first “Christmas Cookie Walk” on Friday December 9th from 3rd Mary Reynilds. Everyone is welcome. Thursday of every month at the Minesing Community Wyevale Santa Claus parade is on Saturday night, De- Centre. We enjoy a pot luck lunch followed by various 3pm to 7 pm.  Large boxes are $15 and small boxes are $8. Place as many cookies that will fit in your cookie box cember 3rd at 7 pm not 7:30. speakers on items of interest to all seniors. We also December 4th is White Gift Sunday in Wyevale. They have musical talents as well. This month Dec. 1 is our for that price.  Select your favourite ones or try some new ones.  Great idea for those who don’t have time to bake or are asking for colouring books and crayons, reading books Christmas dinner which is catered to. If interested in more and/or donations to the Food Bank. for gifts.  We look forward to seeing you there! info call June at 705-790-4376. All are welcome. Sunday December 11th, there is a potluck lunch after Until next time, follow suit with the community Any birthdays, anniversaries or special events you wish Christmas tree lighting and get your homes and properties church at 11 am. to share call June at 705-790-4376 You can help our church survive by becomall decorated for Christmas!  It's creeping up. ing involved in church activities, voluntering, 2454 RONALD ROAD Piranhas' bad reputation is at least partially Teddy attending church services, helping to finance MINESING ON L0L1Y0 Roosevelt's fault. 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Laura at the 2016 Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar. PHELPSTON, ON, November 18, 2016 – Laura Bateman, 13, of Phelpston, has returned from The War Amps 2016 Ontario Child Amputee (CHAMP) Seminar in Kitchener. The seminar brought together child amputees from across the province while also marking the 70th anniversary of The War Amps Key Tag Service. Laura was born a left hand amputee and, as a “Champ,” is eligible to receive financial assistance for the cost of artificial limbs and devices. By attending seminars, Champs and parents learn about the latest in artificial limbs, dealing with teasing and bullying and parenting an amputee child. “I’ve met many friends through the seminars. It’s nice to know I have people in my life that I can relate to and ask for advice,” says Laura. The War Amps Key Tag Service was launched in 1946 so that returning war amputees could not only work for competitive wages, but also provide a service to Canadians that would generate funds for the Association’s many programs. The Key Tag Service continues to employ amputees and people with disabilities, and has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys. Each key tag has a confidentially coded number. Should the keys be lost, the finder can call the toll-free number on the back of the tag, or deposit them in any mailbox, and the keys will be returned to the owner by bonded courier. The War Amps receives no government grants and its programs are possible through public support of the Key Tag and Address Label Service.

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Craighurst W. I. met Tuesday November 15, 20016, at St John’s Church, Craighurst.  We began with our guest speaker, “The Cheese Guy”.  Terry Northey gave a wonderful  talk on the different kinds of cheeses available.  He highlighted each  cheese and then best of all gave tastes.  Beemster Gouda wowed everyone.  Triple Crème Brie came a close second. And don’t forget the St. Auger Blue.   He is very knowledgeable and very entertaining. He has moved his shop to Elmvale, so now we know where all those delicious cheeses await us. Our business was equally engaging, as we decided to take the County to task over threatened road widening in our  little village. We sit along the Penetang Road, settled 1819, and the pioneers did not see four lanes of highway in their future. Instead they built their houses close to the road, for all good reasons.  Half the homes and businesses are at risk of demolishing if the County takes 8 metres extra road allowance every time there is a change in zoning.  Craighurst W I feels there needs to be some specific planning around the Village, to somehow save us from the almighty car.  Where is Jane Jacobs when we need her? We then turned to the Christmas Meeting pot luck , shut in boxes, and the list of invitations to local people who have helped during the past year.  VP Sheila Craig especially thanked every member who helped organize the Oro Township Remembrance Day Service, as well  as all who worked on our various catering projects.   We have had a good year.

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Midhurst/November 21, 2016 – The Simcoe County Archives celebrates a half century of collecting and "Now delivering Propane" recording Simcoe County’s history. The Archives was Still delivering Fuels • Diesel/gasoline/furnace oil!!! founded in 1966 as part 24 Hour Cardlock • Available for all Commuters of the County’s centennial project and was Ontario’s first county-level archives. The 50th Anniversary celebration will be hosted on November 23, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Archives building. Due to space limitations the registration is by invitation only; however, media are invited to the formal presentation starting at 2 p.m. followed by tours of the facility. Bradford Greenhouses Garden Gallery has won the “While we celebrate 50 years of the Simcoe County Archives, the history and records included within our walls prestigious Garden Centre of the Year Award at the Canago all the way back to the 1490’s,” said Warden Gerry dian Nursery Landscape Association’s 13th Annual NaaMarshall. “The Archives serves an important historical tional Awards of Landscape Excellence gala. THe event and municipal role by chronicling our region’s beginnings took place on August 17th, 2016 at Coast Capri Hotel in and archiving important municipal records that shape and Kelowna British Columbia. Garden retail experts from across the country evaluated guide our future.” the national entries. Entrants are required to describe how The Archives collects records that document the social, economic, and geographic history of the County, including their store fulfills the seven categories: growing teams, business and personal records, photographs, maps, sound growing connections, growing environments, growing recordings, and moving images. The Archives also sales, growing with technology, continuous growth and performs permanent records management for the County growing gardeners.  It was Bradford Greenhouses Garden of Simcoe, our 16 member municipalities, as well as the Gallery that proved excellence in all seven categories, earning it the title of 2016 Garden Centre of the Year. City of Barrie. Did you know… • Since 1997 the Archives have added more than 36,000 descriptions to its database, including 248 fonds and 24 collections. Note: While there are significant records collected between 1966 and 1996 they do not necessarily appear in the database • The oldest document held at the Simcoe County Archives is a page removed from the Latin edition of the Liber Chronicarum, written by Hartmann Schedel. Known in English as the “Nuremberg Chronicle” it was printed by Anton Koberger between May 1492 and October 1493. As well as a history of the Christian world, it incorporates geographical and historical information on European countries and towns   “Photo courtesy of snapd Barrie” • The Archives assists with approximately 2,000 Barrie Food Bank Donation – On November 9, 2016 – researchers and reference requests per year • Each month the Archives receives permanent Bradford Greenhouses made a donation to the Barrie Food record transfers from various member municipalities Bank. The total weight of the food that we collected from as well as the County of Simcoe storing more than 900 the Private Open House nights was 2700 lbs. On September 16th, 2016 at Harbour View Golf & linear metres of municipal records Country Club, Bradford Greenhouses hosted its 24th • The 18,000 square foot facility includes six Annual Charity Golf Tournament supporting the Children’s climate-controlled storage vaults Wish Foundation of Canada.  Through the support of the community and their suppliers, they were able donate WHAT ONE DRUNK MAY COST $24,000 to this charity who grants terminally ill children YOU - ADVICE ON CREATING A their biggest wish. As a family owned and operated business, Bradford SAFER HOLIDAY PARTY Adam Little, Oatley Vigmond personal injury law firm. Greenhouses has been an integral part of the local This is always a fun time of year with plenty of food, community since 1961.  They partnered with Children’s friends, and often open bars provided by friends and Wish in 1992 and have been a proud supporter ever since; employers. That was certainly the case a few years back raising over $250,000 to date. when a woman became drunk at her office holiday party, Arctic Sea Ice Similar to 1800s Conditions This is drove home in a storm and was involved in a horrific crash interesting. that rendered her brain-injured and totally disabled.  Her Researchers found that ice conditions in the 19th century name was Linda and she worked at a real estate brokerage were remarkably similar to today’s, observations falling in Barrie. Chances are you have heard of the case because within normal variability. The study is Accounts from it attracted national media coverage.   19th-century Canadian Arctic Explorers’ Logs Many people found it hard to believe that a “drunk Reflect Present Climate Conditions (here) by James driver” could sue her employer for becoming drunk at an E. Overland, Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory/ office party and then injuring herself in a car crash. NOAA, Seattle,Wash., and Kevin Wood, Arctic Research What was missing from the coverage was the fact that Office/NOAA, Silver Spring, Md. Linda was a receptionist and was working during the office party, which started in the afternoon. Her boss allowed workplace they assume a legal responsibility to ensure workers to consume alcohol in the workplace, without any that employees do not drive home impaired and injure control or oversight. They had a casual self-serve open bar themselves or injure someone else. This same legal scenario. Other employees noticed Linda had too much to responsibility extends to parties hosted at home with drink before she left in her vehicle, yet her boss thought family and friends. she seemed fine.  HOW TO MAKE OFFICE AND HOME The Judge ultimately found in Linda’s favour, however, PARTIES SAFER   he also found that she was 75 per cent responsible for her Office and house parties should be held in a safe own actions. In other words, she would only recover 25 environment, especially if there is an open bar.  If it’s a per cent of her damages as determined by the trial Judge.  work party, hire professional staff to serve alcohol and The case settled after the Court of Appeal ordered a new hold your party at a place that is in the business of hosting trial on the basis that the Judge erred in discharging the parties. If you offer an open bar at a holiday party, take the jury from the case. extra step and provide free taxi travel to everyone. This has The case become easier and more affordable with taxi services such h i g h l i g h t e d as Uber.  There is no reason to drink and drive, especially the legal if everyone has free access to a taxi ride home.  responsibility Drinking and driving is a persistent social problem that that an peaks during the holiday period. Employers and private employer has social party hosts must do their part in protecting their a duty to keep employees, friends, family and the public if they are going From only e m p l o y e e s to introduce alcohol into a social gathering. safe in the Source: Adam Little is a partner at Oatley Vigmond w o r k p l a c e . personal injury law firm. Adam advocates for seriously Once an injured clients and for families who have lost a loved one e m p l o y e r due to negligence. He also focuses on accident benefits i n t r o d u c e s claims, disability claims and product liability claims. In town plus mileage/fees. alcohol into the

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COATV Open House

Elmvale Hall Board Meeting Monday, December 5 - 2:00 pm 21 Stone Street, Elmvale

The Central Ontario ATV Club (COATV) will be hosting an Open House to discuss the proposed expansion of the COATV Trail from the Phelpston Tract to the Train Tract on:

Winter Camps are available at the Elmvale Arena and Midhurst Community Hall.

December 6, 2016 at 6:00 pm - 8:00pm Township Administration Centre

New field trip every day!

Council Meeting Wednesday, December 7 - 6:30 pm Township Administration Centre Midhurst Hall Board Meeting Monday, December 12 - 7:00 pm Midhurst Community Hall Elmvale BIA Meeting Thursday, December 15 - 5:15 pm Elmvale Library Branch Library Board Meeting Tuesday, December 20 - 7:00 pm Minesing Library Branch

Santa Claus Parades Elmvale Santa Claus Parade Sunday, December 4 Anten Mills Santa Claus Parade Sunday, December 11

Winter Camps are for children ages 5 - 12.

Tree Lighting Ceremonies

All camps are $35 per child, per day or $150 when registering for all 5 days!

Elmvale Tree Lighting Friday, December 2 - 7:00 pm Elmvale Gateway Hillsdale Tree Lighting Saturday, December 3 - 6:00 pm Hillsdale Community Park Minesing Tree Lighting Sunday, December 4 - 4:00 pm Minesing Community Hall Anten Mills Christmas Tree Lighting Sunday, December 10 - 5:00 pm Anten Mills Community Hall

Each year on December 3 the United Nations encourages countries around the world to celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities. The focus is on full includion to all people by building inclusive and sustainable communities for now and for future generations.

Phelpston Christmas Wagon Ride Friday, December 9 - 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Valendar Park (Phelpston Ice Rink) Elmvale Sleigh Ride in the Village Sponsored by the Elmvale Lioness Friday, December 9 - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Elmvale Community Hall

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Winter Camps

As part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) the Township of Springwater continues to strive to provide for a fully inclive community. To learn more about Springwater’s accessibility policies, please visit:

Winter Control Winter Parking Parking is not permitted on roads from November 1 to March 31 between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Clear the Way Please remove items such as bins, basketball nets and planters from the end of your driveway and do not place steel stakes at the edge of the road to ensure the way is clear for snow plough operators. Blowing Snow Please do not move or blow snow onto or across the road, into ditches or onto neighbouring properties. For more information please contact the By-Law Department at 705-728-4784 Ext. 2033 or

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Residents are encouraged to get involved in the budgeting process and stay informed of how their tax dollars will be used in 2017. Special Council Meetings regarding the 2017 Budget will take place on: December 6 & 7, 2016 9 am to 1pm at the Township Administration Centre These meetings will be streamed online at and residents are invited to submit feedback via email to

Midhurst Union Cemetery

Monday, December 5, 2016 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM Council Chamber, Administration Centre, 2231 Nursery Road, Minesing The Midhurst Union Cemetery has served families in the Springwater community and surrounding areas for decades. Currently, the available unsold plots to serve the community are nearing approved capacity. A future proposed design of the Midhurst Union Cemetery has been drafted and we are looking for community feedback. Please direct questions to the Deputy Clerk at 705-728-4784 Ext. 2042 or

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Sistema won 2nd prize in the parade! The trophy presentation takes place at the Curling Club on Thursday Dec 1 at 7 :30 p.m "We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force." - Ayn Rand “The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.” -- Megan McCardle “When we police the speech of people who care about what others think about them so intensely that they don’t want to talk about anything of importance, we cede the debate to those who don’t care whom they offend. And the fate of the country is too important to be left exclusively in the hands of trolls and floppers.” -- Mary Katharine Ham “Why does the left hate free speech? Because they don’t know how to talk about the substantive merits when they are challenged. Having submerged themselves in disciplining each other by denouncing any heretics in their midst, they find themselves overwhelmed and outnumbered in America, where there is vibrant debate about all sorts of things they don’t know how to begin to talk about. They resort to stomping their feet and shouting ‘shut up’… when they aren’t prissily imploring everyone to be ‘civil.’” - Ann Althouse

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RVH receives funding for regional Child & Youth Mental Health program Thousands of troubled youth throughout North Simcoe Muskoka will soon have access to specialized mental health care at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins announced today at RVH that the provincial government will invest $3.2 million in annual operating funds for a regional Child and Youth Mental Health program. “Young people facing mental health challenges should be able to get the quality supports and care they need. By investing in this new care program in Barrie, children and youth in the region will have better access to the services and treatment to help them stay healthy,” says Minister Hoskins. North Simcoe Muskoka is currently the only region in Ontario that does not have a hospital-based child and youth mental health program. The funding will enable RVH to construct an eight-bed inpatient unit, to open in late-2017, which will care for up to 300 young people a year. A comprehensive day hospital program will provide an additional 3,000 outpatient visits annually. “Youth suffering acute mental health issues, such as suicidal behaviour, psychosis and severe depression need quick access to secure, specialized inpatient services for stabilization and treatment,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO.  “Today’s announcement will change the future for kids in crisis across North Simcoe Muskoka. By providing care closer to home, RVH and our regional partners will significantly ease the burden for young people and their families." RVH’s Chief of Psychiatry, Dr. Eric Mulder, notes that 1,700 young people visited a North Simcoe Muskoka Emergency Department last year, a number that has doubled over the past five years. The lack of hospital services has meant many of those troubled children and youth were sent outside the region – as far away as Ottawa – for their inpatient mental health care. “The statistics are startling,” says Dr. Mulder.  “One in five youth experiences a mental health challenge and that number continues to increase. We know that 70 per cent of mental illness arises in childhood or adolescence so getting these kids the help they need in the early stages is key.” While the funds announced today are for annual operating expenses, the RVH Foundation has committed $5 million through its Hearts and Minds fundraising campaign for the construction, equipment and furnishing of the unit.

Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins visited Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) to announce the provincial government will invest $3.2 million in annual funding for a regional Child and Youth Mental Health program, helping thousands of troubled youth throughout North Simcoe Muskoka. Celebrating the announcement at RVH were (from left) Carol Lambie, president and CEO of Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care; Dr. Eric Mulder, chief of psychiatry, RVH; David McCullough, chair, RVH Foundation Board of Directors; Janice Skot, president and CEO, RVH; Dr. Eric Hoskins, minister of Health and Long-Term Care; Nathan Arends-Fraser, youth advocate for child and youth mental health and singer/songwriter; Kirsten Parker, chair, RVH Board of Directors; Ann Hoggarth, member of provincial parliament, Barrie; and Jenna Wiseman, parent and advocate for child and youth Springwater mental health.

RVH lobby filled with Angels

Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO and Bill VanLeusen, supervisor Facilities and Building Operations hang their angels on the Angel Tree in memory of loved ones. Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) main lobby was filled with angels as The Heart of Business launched its annual Angel Tree campaign on November 18 to raise funds for Hearts & Minds, in conjunction with Larche Communications Inc.’s (LCI) Radio for Cardiology campaign. Through Radio for Cardiology, LCI has pledged $500,000 to help fund a catheterization lab in RVH’s future Advanced Cardiac Centre. The official Angel Tree ceremony was marked by the placement of the first two angels on the beautifully decorated tree in RVH’s main lobby. The angels were placed by Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO, in memory of her mother Terry O’Brien and her Aunt Fran, and Bill VanLeusen, supervisor, Facilities and Building Operations, in memory of his wife Effie, who passed away earlier this year. The ceremony was accompanied by a special musical performance by the Rob Watt’s Band. “The holidays can be a difficult time for people, especially if they have lost someone they love. It is also a special time to be inspired by angels who are still among us. The special people in our lives who are, or who have battled a life-threatening disease or mental illness,” says Skot. “The Angel Tree campaign is a beautiful way to remember those people, while at the same time supporting the important work we are doing through Hearts & Minds to bring care closer to home. We are fortunate to live in a community so full of generous and kind-hearted people.”

From left: Bill VanLeusen and grandsons Gavin (in arms) and Ethan; Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO; Brenda Stanley, The Heart of Business; Lawrene and Paul Larche, Larche Communications Inc. RVH invites patients, visitors, physicians and volunteers to honour a friend or loved one this holiday season by supporting the Angel Tree. The angels are purchased for a minimum donation of $10 from the RVH Foundation, located in the main entrance next to Café Royale or online at Angels can be placed on the tree in memory of a loved one who has passed away or in honour of someone who is inspiring. Each angel has a tag on which to write a name or a short message. The Angel Tree campaign, founded by Brenda Stanley owner of The Heart of Business, has been erecting Angel Trees throughout our region since 2003. For more information, or to make a donation to this initiative, visit RVH’s Hearts & Minds campaign will fundraise $25 million for five priority areas – advanced cardiac care; child and youth mental health; women’s cancer services; equipment and teaching and research.

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As the books are closing on the 2016 Elmvale Fall Fair, the Flos Agricultural Society’s Board of Directors is already working on the 2017 event. The Society strives to provide an annual festival to showcase our agricultural heritage as well as provide that link between our rural and urban neighbours. Local businesses and private sponsors graciously donate to support our Thanksgiving Fair. We gratefully acknowledge each and every one of them and hope that our Fair-goers patronize them, in return. Each year we are privileged to have up to 10,000 people enter the main gates, and hopefully the economic spin-off in Elmvale is reflected by this attendance. New this year, Carter Shows (the midway provider for both the Elmvale Fair & the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival) offered a fund-raising initiative to our local schools. For each $25 ride-all-day bracelet that was sold before the Fair, the school retained $4. Approximately 400 bracelets were purchased, so this generated almost $1600 in revenue for our students’ school activities. Carter Shows also sponsor our Decorating contest with a cash donation of over $600. Truly another valued community partner. The Flos Agricultural Society annually provides two bursaries, valued at $250 each to graduating secondary students. The Society owns the 14 acres, known as 14 George Street: therefore making it a private property. A municipallyowned Arena and a privately-owned Curling Club sit in its midst. We are proud to have a Ball Diamond & Pavilion situated here. Community funds were raised many years ago to furnish the lights for the Ball Diamond, and more recently money was raised to build the Pavilion. Maintenance is a joint venture between the volunteer Ball Park Committee and Springwater Parks & Recreation Dept. During the spring & summer, it is a hub of activity most nights of the week. The Elmvale Lions Club provided the funding to have the tennis courts built on the west side of this property, and subsequently donated it back to the “Community”. Day-to-day maintenance is again supplied by Springwater Parks & Rec. Dept. In 2010, the Flos Ag Society built a 5000 sq ft show/ storage barn. The grand opening was in August of that year, celebrating 150 years of Elmvale & area exhibitions. Thanks, in no small part, to our community’s support over those 150 years, this building was completed debt-free. Not only used as a Show barn on Fair days, it provides safe storage for seasonal items belonging to the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Committee & the Township of Springwater, as well. Our local 4-H Association holds their annual Judging Competition here & occasional meetings. Even Scouts Canada have used our facilities. In 2015, a new washrack was installed for the benefit of our livestock exhibitors. Again, many local businesses donated product and/or labour which allowed us to keep this project affordable. The Elmvale Maple Syrup Committee uses our property for their annual Festival. All year long, those using the arena and curling club utilize the parking lots. In exchange for this use – the Township of Springwater provide summer grass cutting and winter snow removal. For all of the fore-mentioned services/privileges – NO money is charged or collected. Our Community is truly blessed to have such a wonderful working relationship with all our Community Partners. The Elmvale area is the envy of many. Hats off to ALL the organizations that make this a great place to call home. The first TV dinner was Thanksgiving leftovers. The first Swanson frozen TV dinner (which sold for a mere 98 cents) was produced in the United States and consisted of a Thanksgiving meal of turkey, cornbread stuffing, frozen peas and sweet potatoes packaged in a tray like those used for airline meals. Retired Swanson executive Gerry Thomas said he came up with the idea after the company found itself with a huge surplus of frozen turkeys because of poor Thanksgiving sales. The average person consumes 4500 calories on Thanksgiving day--enough to gain 1.3 pounds A 160-pound person would have to run at a steady pace for six hours, swim for seven and a half hours or walk 45 miles to burn off a 4,500-calorie Thanksgiving day food-fest. Natural: According to the USDA, turkey containing no artificial flavor or flavoring, coloring ingredient, chemical preservative, or any other artificial or synthetic ingredient and is minimally processed (a process which does not fundamentally alter the raw product) may be labeled “natural.” The label must explain the use of the term “natural” (e.g., no added colorings or artificial ingredients; minimally processed).

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Askennonia Recreational Table Tennis Tournament ( the inaugural)

Six teams competed in the men’s open doubles recreational Men 55+ First - Joe Valentini / Peter Brunkhardt Men 55+ Second - Gerry Milne / Ian Allan Men 65+ First - Bryan Beamer / Mike Brooke Men 65+ Second - Douglas Cruikshank / Dieter Henne Men 75+ First - John Derks / Ralph Wilmsmeyer John and Ralph also came first overall in the open men’s doubles group. Men 75+ Second - Larry Halladay / Albert Suchy Five teams competed in each of the mixed doubles 55+ and 65+ recreational age groups. Mixed 55+ First - Marti Szekeres / Helmut Paddags Mixed 55+ Second – Tina Coleshill / Joe

There are about twenty enthusiastic seniors who regularly Valentini play table tennis at the NSSRC gym on Mondays and A three way tie for second place in the Mixed 55+ group Wednesdays from 9 to noon. About the same number of was resolved using the results games won and lost of the women and men participate. Table tennis does not require three teams playing each other. strength but skill and agility. It is the only racquet sport Mixed 65+ First – Jennifer Anaka / Lionel in which each doubles player hits the ball alternately so Magnan that each player gets the same opportunity to play. Groups Mixed 65+ Second – Uma Smith / Ralph Wilmsmeyer were organized by gender or age so that each team played Mixed 75+ First – Gail Niblock / Larry Hallladay at least 4 matches. Open groups contained all ages. The recreational players received certificates for first Five teams competed in the ladies’ open doubles and second place. The competitors are grateful to Artur recreational. Hemming and Helmut Paddags for organizing this Ladies 55+ First - Jennifer Anaka / Shanti Beelen competition. We look forward to attracting more active Ladies 55+ Second - Uma Smith / Marti Szekeres seniors who want to play table tennis at Askennonia. Ladies 65+ First - Astrid Augspols / Gale Niblock Artur Hemming and Helmut Paddags Ladies 65+ Second - Carol Galbraight / Ellen Dennig We spend 1/3 of our lives laying on a mattress that can't be washed. Or can it? Pour vodka into a spray bottle, spritz lightly ELMVALE & DISTRICT FOOD BANK across your mattress and leave it to air-dry. CHRISTMAS HAMPERS The alcohol kills odor-causing bacteria while EVERYONE DESERVES A HAPPY it disinfects the mattress. CHRISTMAS Give your washing machine a good cleaning every couple of months or so to remove The Elmvale & District Food Bank mineral deposits and soap scum. Just fill will be distributing Christmas the machine with hot water and add 3 cups Hampers containing special food for Christmas and toys for of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda. Run children on Friday December 16. the complete cycle through and wipe down Please apply on any regular food bank day in November. the tub, then run another full cycle using We are in the community hall on Wednesdays from 4 to only cold water. Hint: you can use 2 cups of 6pm and Fridays from 9.30am to 11.30pm. Confidentiality lemon juice in place of the 3 cups of vinegar and privacy are protected. if you wish to. As of 2015 Google has acquired 184 Maybe you don’t need the food bank on a regular basis but companies. It is estimated that Google has would like support at Christmas. We are especially hopeful spent $28 billion on these acquisitions, which to help seniors and families with very young children. If include; Motorolla, Double Click, YouTube, you are unable to attend in person please call Debbie 705Admob and ITA Software. 322-3070 Let thy words be few. --Ecclesiastes 5:2 from Words of Wisdom

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It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas! Stop by the library and check out the beautiful holiday decorating that the Friends of Penetanguishene Public Library have been working on. They always do such an amazing job! While you’re here, check out our selection of Christmas books, music cds and dvds to get you in the festive spirit. PPL staff would like to wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season. Winter Programs Sign up for our winter programs before they fill up! Our Gingerbread House workshop is back by popular demand. Children age 6 and under are invited to join us on December 10th from 10:00am-11:00am and ages 7-11 years of age from 1:00pm-2:30pm to decorate a Gingerbread house. Registration is required. House and decorations supplied, please bring an apron, tea towel, dish cloth and a container so you can bring your creation home. “Stuffy Sleepover” Fridays in the month of January, drop a stuffed toy off at the library and get a chance to see what happens at the library at night through a toys eyes. Limited spots available, registration is required. See staff for details. LEGO® Night at the Library Friday January 20th from 6:00pm-7:00pm “LEGO® Library Friday Night”. Children are invited to PPL to have fun with LOTS of LEGO®. Create and have fun! Stay tuned for more Winter Programs in January and February. New This Month @PPL Adult Fiction – The Mistletoe Secret, by Richard Paul Evans Adult Non-Fiction – Quickbooks 2017 for dummies, Stephen L. Nelson YA-Fiction –Cloudwish, by Fiona Wood JUV-Fiction – 11 Birthdays, by Wendy Mass ADVD –Me Before You JUV DVD –Finding Dory DVD SERIES –Game of Thrones Season 6 and many more! Come in and check them out!

North Simcoe Muskoka Enhancing Access to Palliative and End-of-Life Care On October 24, 2016, the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors approved the allocation of 10 new residential hospice beds in North Simcoe Muskoka. As a way of making access to care equitable throughout our region, the LHIN Board directed that five new beds be placed in the Midland / Penetanguishene sub-region and the other five in the Orillia sub-region. Locating these new beds within these sub-regions means that by 2018-2019, all five subregions within North Simcoe Muskoka will have access to residential hospice services. These 10 new beds will bring North Simcoe Muskoka’s residential hospice bed complement to 31 – including 6 at Campbell House in Collingwood, 5 at Algonquin Grace in Huntsville, and 10 at Hospice Simcoe in Barrie. “This announcement is one that the NSM LHIN has been working towards for many months now”, said Jill Tettmann, CEO of the NSM LHIN. “We recognize the important role that residential hospices play in the provision of quality end-of-life care, and have seen how our three residential hospices, currently in operation, have greatly benefited the communities they serve. We look forward to working with our two identified sub-regions to make this happen.” The addition of 10 new residential hospice beds in North Simcoe Muskoka will ensure patients throughout the region have greater options to choose from when deciding where they would like to receive their end-of-life care. Residential hospices provide compassionate, quality palliative care to individuals in their care, their loved ones and friends, supported by a team of physicians, nurses, personal caregivers and volunteers. "Supporting our patients and their families at end-oflife in a way that provides them with comfort, dignity and grace is what hospice is all about. Adding capacity

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information. There are always pros and cons to any new initiatives. On the one hand, electronic signs can be centrally coordinated and contain several messages at once; they can also advertise events in other parts of the Township. On the other hand, they are costly and some people may find them visually intrusive. I am interested in hearing your thoughts, including where such a sign in Elmvale would be best located. There was a very small turnout for the Official Plan Visioning Session at the Elmvale Community Hall last week, but those who did attend had a lot of good ideas about what Springwater should look like in the future. Two more workshops were held this week in Midhurst and in Minesing. The consultants will take the input from all three sessions and create a survey for residents to fill out later in the new year in order to help Council update the Township’s Official Plan. Thanks go out to Doug Kirton and his crew for this year’s Christmas tree in the Gateway park, and to the Elmvale Maple Syrup Festival Committee for sponsoring the official lighting of the tree on December 2nd. Thanks also to Busch Systems of Barrie for donating a number of special collection bins to the Elmvale and District Food Bank. They came in very handy at the CP Holiday Train event in Midhurst this past Tuesday. Welcome to another new business in Elmvale. Christopher Mead is offering low-cost haircuts for men, women and children at “Cuts Great 4-8” across from Foodland on Yonge Street North. Mr. Mead sells ice from this location during the Spring, Summer and Fall. The comments made in this article are strictly my own. I do not speak on behalf of Council. Contact me any time if you have concerns or suggestions: 705-796-7348,

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WASHINGTON - Creating stronger materials may be as simple as adding melanin, the molecule that lends skin its pigment and protects animals from ultraviolet rays. In recent experiments, scientists found a small addition of melanin made polyurethane much stronger. Researchers described their findings in the journal Biomacromolecules. Polyurethane mostly comes in the form of high-resistance foam, used most commonly for seating and insulation. But the material is used to enhance a variety of products, from epoxies to clothes. Materials scientists have traded a range of additives and fillers in an attempt to bolster polyurethane, but gains have been modest and often isolated to singular physical qualities -- improving either tensile strength or toughness, but not both. A material's tensile strength is its resistance to breaking under tension. Toughness describes a material's ability to absorb energy without breaking. Experiments showed polyurethane samples containing just 2 percent melanin -- sourced from the ink sacs of cuttlefish -- were tougher and more resistant to tension than control materials.

HISTORY OF THE TRAVELLING PRESS POOL The travelling press pool is a group of reporters selected to accompany the president and in exchange for access share any information, photos or videos they obtain with other members of the press. Almost every single president has ditched their pool over the years, most times to get out for a private dinner or date. The travelling pool began shortly after the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963 and is at times referred to as the 'death watch,' a nod to the most morbid event that the press would need to cover when following the president. The travelling press pool has also proved important during events like 9/11, when reporters were with George H.W. Bush on Air Force One as he returned to Washington DC after the attacks.

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North Korea Charity Aid Visit with First Steps – Follow Up by Trevor Carter - In late Visiting Daycare. July and early August of this Left to right: Sam Ritchie year, Trevor Carter, and his (daughter of Susan Ritchie, sons Quinton and Sebastian, charity founder), Quinton, took part in a charity trip Sebastian and Trevor Carter to North Korea as part of a delegation with the Canadian charity First Steps. Trevor and his wife Genevieve had first visited North Korea in 2008, and witnessed the struggles the people there were facing. In response, Trevor took a leave from his teaching job to fundraise for First Steps Canada, and was fortunate in Toronto to boost the nutritive enough to be able to join First qualities of foods. We also Steps, along with his sons, on a visited daycares and orphanages, charity delegation trip. where the children During the trip, Trevor was able Taking inventory of donated to witness and Canadian soybeans. participate in the charity activities of First Steps. Our delegation took inventory of donated supplies, including Canadian-made soymilk machinery, Canadian soybeans, and other donated foodstuffs. We visited rural clinics, where nursing mothers and infants received packets of were fed with soymilk donated “Sprinkles”, a micro-nutrient developed and other food stuffs

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Marc Schutt • Tel: 705-322-4301 Fax: 705-322-3027 • Cell: 705-322-0150 Email: produced thanks to the machinery and soybeans donated by First Steps. It was wonderful to see that all the donated items made it to those in need, and the appreciation of those receiving donated goods was plain to see. Photos were taken by Trevor, Quinton and Sebastian during their visit. Sadly, just weeks after our visit, parts of North Korea were flooded by Typhoon Lionrock. North Korea is prone to drought and flooding, which contributes to the difficulty that the nation has in feeding its people. However, the scale of the recent flooding has not been seen since 1945. Homes, schools, clinics and damaged crops, bridges, roads and rail lines were all Stunting from malnutrition (the washed away in Hamgyong Province, Korean boys are one year younger the northeastern part of the country. The than my sons). widespread devastation left more than 100,000 people homeless and deprived them of everything they own. Although tens of thousands of people have been mobilized to help rebuild homes before winter, children and families have been made extremely vulnerable by the onset of freezing temperatures that have already brought the first snowfall. Susan Ritchie, the founder of First Steps, was able to visit the region to confirm the seriousness of the devastation and the grave urgency to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable people living there. A physician she spoke with at a temporary clinic told us that he had quadruple the patient load compared to before the disaster. Visiting a soymilk First Steps responded immediately by production centre that uses delivering 25 metric tonnes of food, as First Steps machinery. well as 300,000 sachets of micronutrient Sprinkles and essential medicines for babies and pregnant women, but much more is needed. First Steps has worked Visiting a rural clinic for distributing in North Korea since micronutrient packets. 2001 and we have the experience to respond to deliver critical aid to the most needy. Please pray for and make a donation today to help the children and families of North Korea. To donate, please visit www. Trevor Carter is still actively fundraising for First Steps, and would be happy to make a presentation to your group, club, church or institution. Contact Trevor at 705-322-5381 or A video link by Susan Ritchie, founder of First Steps, when she returned to North Korea to offer flood aid can be found at

Springwater News • Dec. 1, 2016 Edition 483 • E-mail: • The Catholic Women’s League of Canada NOVEMBER 2016 WARD FIVE COUNCILLOR REPORT Page 10

CNEWA Pilgrimage Report

Margaret Ann Jacobs, President November 23, 2016 I have been to the Holy Land before, experienced the wonders of walking where Jesus walked and relived those momentous encounters of his ministry. But nothing could have prepared me for the Holy Land pilgrimage that I embarked upon with the Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), Carl Hetu (Director), Melodie Gabriel (Development Officer) and Deeb Dides (our guide). The points of interest are familiar to all who have embarked on such a journey – Jerusalem, the Old City, Western Wall, Via Dolorosa, Bethlehem, Dome of the Rock, Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Dead Sea, Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Nazareth, Baha’i Gardens, Cana, Cenaculum (last supper room), Mount Beatitude, Mount Tabor … But what made this journey unique were all the extras. Daily we celebrated Eucharist - in small chapel churches, outside overlooking with wonder those sacred places and inside right down in the cave where the birthplace of our Saviour is recorded. The daily liturgical readings of this time seemed to parallel our journey but the gospels we heard and the hymns we sang reflected the annunciation, visitation, birth of Our Lord and crucifixion, chosen to reflect the tradition of place being visited. We prayed in the pit where Jesus was imprisoned following Peter’s denial and listened as scripture was retold that brought into focus the path of Jesus. Mass was celebrated in Hebrew by Fr. David Neuhaus, Vicar for Hebrew-speaking Catholics where nine Eucharistic celebrations are held weekly from Friday to Sunday with some having as many as 600 in attendance. Fr. Jack Abed celebrated in Arabic in a Byzantine Melkite chapel. We were treated to a welcome party by his parishioners who proudly showed the progress of renovations to their church. Wedding vows were renewed by our couple at Cana. The candlelight rosary procession at the Church of the Annunciation will long be remembered. Most profound for me was reconciliation at this site and the wisdom and direction received from the priest here. We were privileged to stay at the Rosary Sisters’ Convent and at Religieuses de Nazareth. Sharing space with other pilgrims at these residences added a warmth and sense of purpose to our journey because the location boldly punctuated the need for travellers to understand the lived reality of these Christians. The Ararat Hotel (they boast that this is the place where Noah’s ark came to rest when the seas subsided) was a welcome oasis, a modern hotel in Bethlehem. Regional Director of the CNEWA/Pontifical Mission office, Sami El-Yousef gave an overview of the work that is being done by CNEWA stressing the need to continue this work to strengthen the backbone of Christian presence, encouraging the youth as future leaders in this Holy Land. We visited some of the many projects supported by CNEWA – Our Lady of Valor Pastoral Centre, the Salesian Sisters’ School, La Creche orphanage (for found and abandoned babies), Bethlehem University, Rosary Sisters School ROSMUN project (six young women Grade 9-12 host a yearly conference modelled on the UN), House of Grace project (halfway house for prisoners) and our CWL special projects chosen in support of Velma’s Dream – the Shepherd’s Field Hospital where Development Officer Farid Jaber gave an update on the progress of the new hospital being built and gave us a tour of the current facility (which offers care for young children and delivers as many as 6-800 babies a year) and the Infant Welfare Centre where Mrs. Tania Awwad gave us a wonderful PowerPoint presentation on the programs they provide. The need is still grave and our support most appreciated. We were treated royally with hospitality extended by our hosts at every opportunity. Intentionally, restaurants and local shops that were owned and operated by Christians were chosen so that we could support their local industry – Melia Centre spotlighting the women’s craft work, Sandrouni Pottery, Taybeh wine and beer factory, and the cooperative in Bethlehem. We were privileged to have a Rabbi give a personal overview of the history of conflict noting that we need to get to know each other as human beings, build interreligious trust, discuss core issues of conflict and through education establish practical things that can be undertaken to rebuild peace. At Bethlehem University we learned about the history of Islam. I was privileged to be able to participate in this pilgrimage planned by CNEWA. We certainly were a mixed group with two Ukrainian Catholic Sisters of St. Joseph, one couple, several Roman Catholics, one Anglican and one United Church member. It will take some time for me to truly appreciate the breadth and depth of this experience. In our journey we learned the value of recognizing our differences, the need to compromise, and the importance of tolerance, understanding and patience. I was truly blessed to be part of such a wonderful group of pilgrims and share their stories. May you likewise be so blessed. Shalom!

Some of the information in this news article maybe premature. I may not have an opportunity to provide an update before year end. For those who are compelled to remind me that I am not politically correct, I appreciate your views and trust you will allow me mine. “MERRY CHRISTMAS” CANADA’S WATER CRISIS: On November 7th Simcoe County Green Belt Coalition held a seminar to alert residents of the water crisis facing Canada and the need to protect this valuable resource. Several well know speakers including author Maude Barlow provide data that the large crowd appeared surprised to learn. Barlow’s book “Boiling Point” focuses on Government neglect, corporate abuse and Canada’s water crisis. Reading the book may help you motivate and/or elect and employ people who will make appropriate decisions to protect your drinking water. Taxpayers may want to question if constructing water features, like splash pads, that continually consume filtered treated drinking water by running it through the system and flushing it out into a waste disposal plant is environmentally and fiscally responsible? ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT 3 & 4 MSP: Council has supported a motion tabled by Deputy Mayor Allen requesting a peer review of the environmental assessment being conducted on the mega development planned for Midhurst. Staff have been directed to provide a report to Council identifying the scope of the peer review and other issues discussed during the motion. 2017 BUDGET: The draft 2017 budget was presented to Council on November 16th. Taxpayers need to review the draft on the Township website and provide any concerns to their elected representatives. My position as always will be an attempt to obtain justification for all expenditures of your tax dollars. Residents throughout the Township are cognizant when tax dollars are spent in other communities. Would an historic review identify any inconsistencies, advantaged or disproportionate expenditures that need rectifying? Is there a need to provide a balance to ensure all communities are treated equally? As I have stated many times “I am only one vote”. Given the scheduled times for the budget meetings it may be difficult but if possible try to attend the following meetings. Tuesday December 6th 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Wednesday December 7th 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; Wednesday January 25th 6:30 pm Budget approval?

The budget debates will be available on the Township website for your review and comment. COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN and OFFICIAL PLAN REVIEW: There are a number of public meetings and workshops scheduled to allow residents to participate in the related planning. There is a potential for some positive actions. Any anticipated benefits will be evaluated to justify decisions and the expenditure of tax dollars. Check Township website for the draft reports including local newspapers for dates of meetings. COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (CAP): This program was established to provide assistance to Springwater residents that are in financial need. The funding source is from money raised during the annual Township golf tournament. If you have a ligament need for assistance contact your Councillor or the Township CAO. All requests are kept confidential. POLICING COMMITTEE: This is a group of volunteers that generally meet once a month with a representative from the OPP. Residents’ concerns and possible solutions are advanced. Currently there is a need for members. If you are interested come to a meeting and consider joining this dedicated group. IMPORTANT DATES: Regular Council Meeting: Wednesday December 7th 6:30 pm. There are budget and other special meetings prior to Council meetings. Monday December 5, 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm open house to inform public of options to regenerate the Midhurst Union Cemetery. For other Council and committee meeting times and dates go to: www.springwater. ca All meetings at the Township Administration Centre and public are encouraged to attend. You can watch the live broadcast feed of Council meetings at CONSTITUENT BCC EMAIL LIST: If you wish to receive my emails and/or important updates or contact me, send an email to Please pass this to anyone who needs to be kept informed. My news articles and emails are part of my commitment to keeping taxpayers informed in a truthful, accurate and timely manner. I do not speak for the rest of Council. Wishing you and yours a safe, happy and healthy holiday season and a very “MERRY CHRISTMAS” Jack Hanna Ward 5 Councillor

Hello Elmvale Winter Market Fans I have great news! The decision has been made to proceed with a winter market in Elmvale. With the support and encouragement of the Elmvale Community Hall board and the township, Friday will once again become Market day for our many loyal customers in Elmvale.           

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Two Saturday markets Dec 10 and 17, then to revert to the Friday market from Dec 23 through to May 26. It will be held in the Community Hall from 10 until 3 p.m. Participating vendors will be: Campbell’s Country Emporium • Integrated Farms Birch Farms • David Field Wye View Farms • John and Joyce’s Veenstra Farms • Say Cheese West Coast Pure • Bear Pen Flowers

“Happiness is a myth we seek, If manifested surely irks; Like river speeding to the plain, On its arrival slows and murks. For man is happy only in His aspiration to the heights; When he attains his goal, he cools And longs for other distant “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but flights.” often we look so long at the closed door that we do not Kahlil Gibran see the one that has been opened for us.”Helen Keller

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Dear Editor Kathleen Wynne admits that she is the reason for these immoral, unlawful, unconstitutional, abusive electricity charges – another breach of trust. Liberals are not the only reason – it is every party.  Ontarians should face the reality of the party system.  Every political party would do the exact same thing if they were in power.  Look at what Rae did when the NDP were in power.  We must be thankful it was a very short time, but the NDP did more damage during that time than any other government, except the Davis PCs. Next, the Liberals were in power.  They attacked the justice system and made it extremely hard for people to stand up for themselves.  They changed the oaths sworn by the Justices of the Peace.  They only have to swear to do a good job (?) – not an oath to the Queen, so does this mean the lower courts are part of the Queen's courts?  Then we had the Harris/Eves P.C.s taking their marching orders from the failure Davis and the New DemoProgressive Con-Liberal back-room boys.  Davis' PC's started the over-legislation of Ontarians and it was Harris that came out wanting to privatize Hydro.  Now it's the Wynne government looking to do the same thing.  All parties will want to because of their own mismanagement. As stated by the Right Hon. G. H. Challies, in the Ontario Legislative Assembly – Hansard Vol 4, 1946, "It is the power of the people, made usable for the people, by the people."  It is the people who paid for the infrastructure through their taxes, their hard work and it was to be at cost without insidious delivery charges, without Global Adjustments, without paying for wind/solar monopolies (Samsung/Korea Consortium).  The pricing of electricity was not to be used as a weapon against the people; it was to make life easier to live.  Electricity pricing should not, in any way, shape or form, be something that the average person, in Ontario, should have to seek assistance to pay for.  I've seen the application from the Ontario Electricity Support Program.  Question – how is the CRA to share information with OESP when it isn't to disclose your information with anyone?  And when you are paying over a thousand a month, will $30.00 really help?  REALLY!?! What an insult to humanity.  This is unconstitutional and violates moral, as well as legal, norms.  This is the evolution Wynne was talking about – The "New-Demo Progressive Con-Liberal Party," because they know you will continue to vote at least one of them into power, in spite of yourselves.  Isn’t it time for a complete change!  Find an Independent to vote for because, you may be able to hold, at least, them accountable. Elizabeth F. Marshall, Director of Research Ontario Landowners Association Author – Property Rights 101:  An Introduction” Secretary – Canadian Justice Review Board Legal Research – Green and Associates Law Offices, etc Legislative Researcher – MPs, MPPs, Mun. Councillors, etc. President All Rights Research Ltd., Steering Committee – International Property Rights Association I am not a lawyer and do not give legal advice.  Any information relayed is for informational purposes only.  Please contact a lawyer. 1-705-607-0587Collingwood, ON

Politicians should not decide the future of CBC

(Calgary) Responding to recent comments by politicians to revamp, or altogether abolish, the CBC, Conservative Party Leadership Candidate Deepak Obhrai, said “why are politicians getting to decide what will happen to the CBC? The CBC is funded by Canadian taxpayers; therefore Canadians should decide the future of the corporation”. When asked why the CBC has become a Conservative Leadership issue, Mr. Obhrai responded by saying, “the reason the CBC is a topic of discussion is because many Canadians feel that in the past, the CBC has displayed biased reporting.  “I propose a more Canadian approach. An independent task-force to look at the future of CBC.”  “It would be wise to look at the issue in terms of addressing Canadian taxpayers’ concerns rather than a political agenda. Once we start to threaten our media, we start to threaten freedom of speech.” No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power. -P.J. O'Rourke, writer (b. 14 Nov 1947)

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Interim President and CEO announced for GBGH The Board of Directors of Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) has announced the appointment of John Kurvink as Interim President and CEO of the hospital effective Monday, November 28, 2016. Current President and CEO Karen McGrath announced her departure earlier this month as she has accepted a new position in New Brunswick. Mr. Kurvink joined GBGH in July of 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Corporate Services. Mr. Kurvink is a Chartered Accountant who holds a Masters in Health Administration as well as a Bachelor of Commerce and a diploma in Medical Technology. Prior to joining GBGH, he held senior positions at health care facilities across Canada and the United States including CEO of BCHS Healthcare in British Columbia. Mr. Kurvink has been very involved in the local community since arriving and currently sits as Chair of the Midland PUC board, Chair of the Town of Midland Audit Committee and is a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Midland. The Board of Directors will hire a recruitment firm to aid in the hiring of a permanent President and CEO. That process will begin shortly and is anticipated to take seven to eight months to complete. “We are pleased John has accepted the position as we know his stepping up will provide a relatively seamless transition for the organization,” Board Chair Ralph Befort said. “While we are saddened to see Karen leave, we know that John is a strong leader and we are confident in his ability to lead GBGH.” Karen McGrath will complete her last day with the organization on January 13.

Tory Toll on Gardiner and Don Valley Will Add to Gridlock and Hurt Commuters

·        In a policy reversal, Tory now plans to make a pitch to apply a $2 toll to the Gardiner and DVP ·        Plan would require provincial approval TORONTO, ON: The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) has launched a petition calling on Toronto Mayor John Tory and Premier Kathleen Wynne not to impose a toll on the Gardiner and Don Valley Parkway (DVP) – two major arteries in and out of Toronto. Reports late Wednesday revealed that the mayor plans on making a pitch for the tolls, which will require approval from the provincial government. “After years of opposing tolls, including an anti-toll protest when David Miller was mayor, suddenly now John Tory thinks they’re a good idea? He must not be talking to the people of Toronto and the GTA, who rely on these highways to get to work,” said CTF Ontario Director Christine Van Geyn. “The Tory-toll is going to cause gridlock on surrounding streets as people try to avoid the tolls, and it will hurt commuters. Commuting to work isn’t a luxury – most people who commute do so because they can’t afford to live in Toronto because of government policies like the double-land transfer tax. This toll takes advantage of people who rely on their cars to make a living.” The toll is being proposed shortly after the announcement that the cost of the TTC is rising again, for the sixth year in a row. Mayor Tory is also proposing a hotel tax, which will also need to be approved by the provincial government. “If you want to commute on the TTC its’ going to cost you more. If you want to drive into the city it’s going to cost you more. If you want to stay overnight in a hotel in the city, it’s going to cost you more. If you want to buy a house in the city, it’s going to cost you double. Toronto might as well hang out a sign that says ‘for rich people only.’ Because that’s the Toronto John Tory is creating,” concluded Van Geyn. Christine Van Geyn, CTF Ontario Director  Cell: 647-607-6633 Email:   Twitter: @cvangeyn

University of Waterloo, Erwin Hymer Group, BlackBerry QNX First to Test New Technology Ministry of Transportation Ontario is supporting innovation in the transportation sector by launching the first automated vehicle (AV) pilot program in Canada, led by The University of Waterloo, the Erwin Hymer Group and BlackBerry QNX. Automated vehicles are driverless or self-driving vehicles capable of detecting and navigating the surrounding environment, and have the potential to help improve road safety and fuel efficiency, as well as reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. The pilot brings together a range of expertise from the research, manufacturing and technology sectors to advance innovation and capability in Ontario's AV sector. The participants include: • The WATCar Project at the University of Waterloo's Centre for Automotive Research, which will monitor a Lincoln MKZ for performance and test it on-road at different levels of automation • The Erwin Hymer Group, an international auto manufacturer active in the Kitchener-Waterloo tech and innovation corridor, which will test and monitor a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van at different levels of automation • BlackBerry QNX, a Canadian global software development leader, which will test a 2017 Lincoln with automated features. On Jan. 1, 2016, Ontario became the first province in Canada to create a pilot regulatory framework to test automated vehicles on its roads. The pilot will help attract and enable research and development in Ontario in this emerging industry, positioning the province as a global leader in the AV market. Supporting transportation innovation is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Quick Facts • The province has provided $2.95 million in funding to support Ontario industry and academia through the Ontario Centres of Excellence Connected Vehicle/Automated Vehicle Program. • The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers forecasts that by 2040, autonomous vehicles will account for 75 per cent of all vehicles on the road. • Ontario is one of the top jurisdictions in North America for vehicle production and the only subnational jurisdiction to have five major global automotive assemblers: Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda and Toyota, as well as truck manufacturer Hino. • Ontario’s information and communications technology cluster comprises over 19,000 firms and is second only to Silicon Valley in North America. • Ontario’s $400-million Business Growth Initiative is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies scale up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

Keeping Seniors Connected to their Communities Applications for Seniors

Community Grants Now Open Seniors' Secretariat Ontario is helping seniors across the province continue to connect with and contribute to their communities by supporting local programs that help them stay involved, learn new skills and lead active lives. Organizations can now apply for support for local projects through the Seniors Community Grant program. Applications will be open until March 3, 2017 and can be accessed online. Successful projects will reflect the diversity of Ontario's seniors and encourage seniors' community involvement through volunteerism, learning, social inclusion and physical activity. Projects funded in past years have ranged from music therapy programs, to social media classes, to mentorship programs linking seniors with young people. This year, projects focusing on raising public awareness and prevention of elder abuse will be given priority. This is part of the government's commitment to help stop elder abuse by supporting a secure and supportive environment for Ontario's seniors. Supporting our seniors is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. Quick Facts - The Seniors Community Grant program is Ontario’s first program dedicated solely to supporting seniors. It focuses on initiatives and projects in the nonprofit sector that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism, education and community engagement for seniors across the province. Launched in 2014, the program has invested $5 million to support 923 projects impacting approximately 256,000 seniors across the province. Ontario was the first province in Canada to introduce a strategy to combat elder abuse. The strategy has three key priorities: coordination of community services, training for frontline staff and public education to raise awareness.

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Elmvale 322-1482 Midhurst 737-5650 Minesing 722-6440 Online at www.springwater.library.on,ca Knit N’ Knatter Club Open to anyone who would like to hang out, listen to music and share ideas! This program runs from September until June 2017 on the first Thursday of every month 1-3pm at Midhurst branch. The club dates are: Thursdays December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1. For more information contact the Midhurst branch. There is no registration required for this club. Ontario Early Years Time for your 0-6 year old to have some fun with songs and a simple craft Fri Dec 2 & 16, 10:30am Minesing Branch Tues Dec 6, 10:30am Midhurst Branch Thur Dec 15, 10:30am Elmvale Branch Family fun! Christmas is in the air at the Elmvale Branch in the month of December. We’re showing classic Christmas movies that are fun for the whole family! The movie is free to watch and you can purchase a bottle of water and a bag of popcorn for just $3. Saturday December 3: The Polar Express, Saturday December 10: The Grinch who stole Christmas, Saturday December 17: Elf. All movies start at 12:30pm. EDHS Christmas Caroling at the library All are welcome to this fun, festive event! Come listen to our very own EDHS students at this special Christmas caroling event. Enjoy some apple cider and have a treat. It’s an entertaining time you won’t want to miss! Tuesday December 6, 1pm Elmvale Branch Christmas shopping at the Library! There are two ways to support your library this Christmas! We have our book sale rack with $1 Paperbacks or $2 Hardcover for that author loving person on your list and we have a partnership with for everyone else! From DVDs, clothing, toys, fancy décor items and more every item you purchase gives the library a kick-back of 3-4%! Visit our website and click on the Amazon shopping link to get shopping/ supporting today! Games Day for Homeschoolers Lead by Marie-Josee Yelle for ages 7 and up are welcome to our final Games Day club happening on Wednesday December 7, 1:30pm-3pm Midhurst Branch. This club will take a break and resume again weekly on Wednesdays January 11, 2017. Elmvale Library Writing Group The Wye Write group is hosting a writers club at the Elmvale library every 1st Tuesday of each month. Are you a writer and want to learn more? Would you like to improve your writing skills? Bring your work for a gentle critique. 1pm-2:30pm Elmvale branch Tuesday December 6.

Movies at the Library! Movies are showing at the Elmvale Branch on Wednesdays at 11am: Love Actually December December 7, It’s a Wonderful Life December 14, Christmas Eve December 21, Bridget Jones’ Baby December 28. The movie is free but you can purchase a bag of popcorn and a bottle of water for $3. After School Craft This month’s theme for after school crafters aged 5-12 is ice cream container Santas. Friday December 9, 3:45pm Minesing Branch. Cost $3. Please register for this program. Craft Donations Needed We are in need of some Christmas craft supplies for our upcoming crafts. If you could spare some of the following we would really appreciate it! Tinsel, small Christmas balls, small beaded garland, old records, coffee cans (925g), ice cream containers (1.65L), ribbon, bows, coloured felt, foam letters, mason jar lids. Ornament craft Ages 3+ are welcome to come out to this FREE drop in program and make an ornament for your Christmas tree this year. Saturday December 10, 11am-12:30pm Elmvale Branch Holiday music and hot chocolate will be provided. Cover Kids Book Club Yummy Snacks! Fun Games! Ages 10-12 come to our new Cover Kids book club at the Midhurst Branch. We will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5pm-6pm. Tuesdays: December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13. Cover Girls Book Club Monthly Draws! Awesome Games! Delicious Snacks! Need a little girl time? Young ladies aged 13-16 are invited to come to an all girls book club at the Midhurst Branch. We will be meeting the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6pm-7pm. Please register as space is limited. Tuesdays: December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, June 13. Paper Peas Join the Paper Peas Card Making Club for fun monthly themes! This program costs $15 for 5 original hand made cards. Please pre-pay to reserve your spot. December 13 – Christmas tags, January 17 – Valentine’s Day cards, February 21- Birthday cards. Holiday Family Movie Event With school out until the new year we have a special family friendly movie showing on: Thursday December 29, 1pm Elmvale and Midhurst Branches. The movie is free to watch but you can purchase a bottle of water and a bag of popcorn for just $3. Please register if you are planning to attend the Midhurst Branch movie showing. Family Movie Matinee Looking to fill of those Christmas Holiday dates from school? The Minesing branch has you covered on: Friday December 30, 2pm. We will be showing the movie: Storks. The movie is free to watch but you can purchase popcorn and a bottle of water for just $3. Please register for this event.

The J.P. Bickell Foundation, a long-standing philanthropic organization, has demonstrated its support to Georgian College’s mental health programming and services in a big way. Karen Snowdon-Steacy and Maxine Duncan, representing Scotia Wealth Management on behalf of the J.P. Bickell Foundation, presented Georgian College with a $50,000 cheque during a flurry of activity at the Barrie Campus during Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Week. The donation will directly support and enhance mental health services at Georgian College. The Georgian College Mental Health and Wellness Awareness Committee organized a range of free activities to promote wellness, encourage conversations and provide new information about mental health. Snowdon-Steacy and Duncan were treated to a day of hands-on activities. “The trustees of the J.P. Bickell Foundation are pleased to have provided the funding to Georgian College to support the programs being offered by the Student Success Services Team project,” says Snowdon-Steacy, Executive Manager, Charitable Foundation Services, Scotia Wealth Management. “Mr. Bickell asked his trustees to select charitable purposes that were most deserving of support based on the current conditions. The programs being offered at Georgian College that support students as they transition (to life at college), or address addiction issues are vital to the success of these Ontario students.”  Mr. J.P. Bickell passed away in 1951. In his will, Bickell left the bulk of his estate to charity through the creation of the J.P. Bickell Foundation. Scotiabank is the trustee and the endowments are looked after by a management committee. The J.P. Bickell Foundation has responded to the changing needs of people across Ontario for more than 60 years.

Karen Snowdon-Steacy and Maxine Duncan, representing Scotia Wealth Management on behalf of the J.P. Bickell Foundation, present Lisa Banks, Vice President, External Relations, Georgian College along with members of the Georgian College Mental Health and Awareness Committee with a $50,000 cheque to support mental health services at Georgian College.

R a l p h B e f o r t , Board Chair of Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH), today announced that Karen McGrath is stepping down as President and CEO of the organization as of January 13, 2017. Ms. McGrath has accepted the position as President and Chief Executive Officer at Horizon Health Network in New Brunswick. Horizon operates 12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices with a $1-billion budget and more than 12,400 employees, 1,000 physicians and 5,700 volunteers. The New Brunswick Health Minister, Victor Boudreau made the announcement in that province today. Ms. McGrath joined GBGH in February 2013 from Newfoundland where she was the President and CEO of the Central Health Authority. “I have been privileged to serve in this role at GBGH and work with this team,” Ms. McGrath said. “From the very first day the staff and Board made me feel welcome, indeed this has been one of the most welcoming communities I have ever served in.” This was not a decision I made lightly; the opportunity that presented was just too good to turn down. This doesn’t mean I am severing all ties to this community – it will still be my summer vacation spot and I have made many close friends and colleagues that I will stay in touch with,” Ms. McGrath added. “I believe that while the past year has been difficult for GBGH I am leaving with the knowledge we weathered it and the hospital is in good shape going forward.” The Board, said Mr. Befort, has very mixed feelings about McGrath’s departure. “Karen has been a great leader and we are very sorry to see her go but also know this is a fantastic opportunity for her and a career that has been devoted to health care,” said Mr. Befort. “We are certain that she leaves us with a strong organization and team. Our Board has great confidence in the senior leadership team Karen has put in place and, we know that together we will continue to move the hospital forward,” Mr. Befort said. The Board will make an announcement about a search committee and interim plans by the end of November.

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The Elmvale Curling Club lost one of their longest standing members last week. Dorrie Fiegehen passed away suddenly on November 21. Dorrie had joined the club again this year but only played a few games before falling ill. At 82, Dorrie still shot her rocks from the crouch position while many members younger than her were using the stick to deliver their rocks. She loved the game of curling and was known as being very competitive on the ice while having fun with other curlers during social time after the game. In 1996, Dorrie skipped a team to the 1996 Ontario Diamond Senior Ladies Championship. Marlene Tinney, Lorna Quesnelle and Ev McFadden teamed up with Dorrie to win the championship game by a fraction of an inch. In 2014, the team was inducted into the Springwater Sports Heritage Hall of Fame. When throwing her rock, Dorrie still lifted the stone in her delivery but had a hard time not chipping the ice with the rock. Our ice maker would always know what sheet Dorrie played on by the marks on the ice. Her marks became known as “Dorrie Dimples� by the staff. It made her smile each time I mentioned it to her. Dorrie’s love of curling has been passed on to her grandchildren. Josh, Trevor and Alysha Fiegehen are all members of the Elmvale Curling Club. All three started in our Little Rock Program and have moved on to other programs over the years. Dorrie will be missed and membership sends their deepest condolences to her family. Brothers Jack, Wendell and Winston will have a new skip on their team!

When will the National Hockey League go to a three points for a win in regular time? As it is now, if you win in regular time you get two points for a win and the losing team gets nothing. If you go into overtime or a shootout, the winning team gets two points and the losing team picks up a point making an overtime game a three pointer and a regular win only two points. I believe this is not a fair system. It would never happen but if a team played all 82 games that went into overtime and they won 41 and loss 41, they would finish the season with 123 points. If a team played all their games in regular time and they went 41-41, they would finish with 82 points. That is too big a difference. If there was three points for a win, the 41-41 team with all their games in regular time would end the season with 123 points, the same as the team that went 41-41 with all their games finishing in overtime. That is fair. The system they have now rewards the teams that play overtime and that is not fair to the fans. Teams in a close game play for overtime but if a win was worth 3 points, teams would go all out for the fans

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During the First World War much of the fighting took place in Western Europe. Beautiful countryside was blasted, bombed and fought over, again and again. The landscape swiftly turned to bleak and barren scenes where little or nothing could grow. Bright red Flanders poppies however, were delicate but resilient flowers and grew in their thousands, flourishing even in the middle of chaos and destruction. In early May 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, a Canadian doctor, Lt Col John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies to write a now famous poem called 'In Flanders Fields'. McCrae's poem inspired an American academic, Moina Michael, to make and sell red silk poppies which were brought to England by a French woman, Anna Guerin. The Royal British Legion, formed in 1921, ordered 9 million of these poppies and sold them on 11 November that year. The poppies sold out almost immediately and that first ever 'Poppy Appeal' raised over 106,000 British pounds; a considerable amount of money at the time. This was used to help WW1 veterans with employment and housing. The following year, Major George Howson set up the Poppy Factory to employ disabled ex-Servicemen. Today, the factory and the Legion's warehouse in Aylesford produces millions of poppies each year.

Rob Swan taking a shot at Elmvale Curling Club The Elmvale Curling Club had a guest curl at the club two Fridays ago. Rob Swan is on a “Curling Across the Nation Tourâ€?. He lives in Harvey Station, New Brunswick. Rob is visiting as many curling clubs as he can to support and promote the sport of curling. Over the past two years, he has visited and curled in over 200 different facilities across Canada, US and Europe. While in our area, Rob curled in Barrie, Collingwood, Coldwater, Midland and Penetang before making the trip to Elmvale. After Elmvale, it was on to Sudbury to help celebrate their club’s 125th anniversary. While in Europe, he toured 10 different countries in 11 days, setting a new world record. He has curled with all types of leagues including Little Rocks and Wheelchair curlers. Rob curled with Ron Frankcom in our Friday Senior League, but my newspaper boss Michael Jacobs showed no respect to our visitor sending him up the road with a defeat. We even had CTV Barrie show up to interview Rob and long-time member Ron Frankcom while showing some of our members performing on the ice. It was a fun day and we wish Rob all the best in his journey across Canada and beyond. The 2016 Grey Cup game was played last Sunday in Toronto with the Ottawa Rough Riders (sorry REDBLACKS) winning an exciting game 39-33 in overtime. I am a big Ottawa fan but must admit I have not been a very good supporter for a few years. This game proved that the Canadian game can compete with the NFL for excitement. NFL games this year have been hot and cold for excitement as some teams are not very good‌The team was the Rough Riders and then the Renegades before becoming the REDBLACKS. Red and black are the main colours of all Ottawa sports teams, therefore the name. "There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else."

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City of Toronto OPP at this time believes, this death to be non-suspicious and there is no concern for public safety in this matter. The investigation into the death of this individual is ongoing under the direction of the Huronia West Crime (Hours: Mon. - Fri - 8 am to 6 pm) Unit. CENTRAL REGION HEADQUARTERS "PUSHING FOR CHANGE" (ORILLIA, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) General Headquarters (GHQ) employees and their families THEFT of $100 000 Front End Loader from Walmart spent Friday night participating in an experiential learning Members of the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario event bringing them closer to the issues facing homeless Provincial Police are investigating the theft of a large front youth every night. end loader from the parking lot of Walmart in Wasaga The GHQ SleepOut event was in support of The Push Beach. The vehicle was parked at the front of the building for Change National SleepOut Challenge and its purpose in preparation for snow removal. was to raise awareness and increase understanding of th Sometime between Thursday November 24 at 11am and the risk factors and vulnerabilities surrounding youth th Friday November 25 at 9am the vehicle was removed homelessness.  The event also helped to build positive from the site.  Due to the size of the vehicle it would have connections between the OPP, youth, families and been driven or loaded onto a flatbed transport truck.  community stakeholders to enhance safety and well-being The stolen vehicle is described as: for all. • 2009 John Deere Rubber Tire Front End Loader.  OPP Deputy Commissioner Barnum went “out of the Model # 304J comfort zone” and spent the evening outside with only • Yellow in colour the clothes on his back and a makeshift shelter that youth • Green logos that say “Grounds Guys” or attendees helped him build.  “It was truly empowering “Sunshine” located on cab or engine cover for me to be out of my comfort zone and participate in • Value $100 000 an activity that provided a glimpse of the challenges over      If you have any information in regard to this crime, 65,000 Canadian youth experience every year as they please contact the Huronia West O.P.P. at (705) 429-3575 or have no place to call home” says Deputy Commissioner Call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (1-800-222-8477) Barnum. or  Crime Stoppers does not subscribe to call display, you will remain anonymous.  Many local community agencies including local shelters, Being anonymous, you will not testify in court and your community response teams and individuals with lived information may lead to a cash reward of up to $3,000.00. experiences shared information on what resources are HURONIA WEST DISTRACTED DRIVING – On available for homeless youth and how collaboration and November 17th, 2016 members of the Huronia West partnership in communities is key to helping those in need.  BARRIE OPP - Barrie Ontario Provincial Police Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to 62 Calls for Service between 6AM Friday Traffic Unit monitored traffic flow on Yonge Street in the November 25 to 6AM Monday November 28.  These Village of Elmvale and on Mosley Street in the Town of occurrences varied from Alarms, Motor Vehicle Collisions, Wasaga Beach and stopped and charged a Building Fire, Drug Offences, Trespass to 36 motorists with Distracted Driving Property and Traffic Complaints. Charges (8 on Yonge Street and 28 If you want to drink, Friday November 25 at 1638 hours Oroon Mosley Street). OPP remind all that’s your business. Medonte Township Fire and Barrie OPP motorists that Distracted Driving is a responded to a report of a structure fire at If you want to stop, choice, make the right one! a factory on15-16 Side Road East in Orothat’s ours. DEATH INVESTIGATION Meonte.  The Ontario Fire Marshal is On November 21, 2016 at investigating.  There were no injuries caused approximately 12:05 p.m., members by this fire. of the Huronia West Detachment of There were 6 Motor Vehicle Collisions the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) none of which caused injuries to the persons and Simcoe County Paramedic Service Orillia 325-6385 involved.  However, two of these collisions responded to a report that a body was Midland 526-3305 involved motor vehicles hitting a deer.  located behind a business on Bayfield Bracebridge ~ Motorists are reminded Street North. 705-646-2491 As the temperature changes, so does the As a result of a Post Mortem movements of wildlife in rural areas. Examination conducted this date in the Slightly adapting driving behaviour can

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Part Four or tragic event, an unexpected loss of a loved one has been around for a long time. We know that a person’s natural reaction to this kind of loss is uncontrollable rage that demanded revenge. This is why forgiveness is so necessary to move forward. Remember in my last article I continue to say that, Forgiveness may not change the past however it could alter your future. Forgiveness – this is a very difficult phase for those that are currently grieving over the traumatic event tragedy, or unexpected death. During this phase a lot of blame is laid in many directions. Before the person that is grieving will be able to finish grieving they will need to forgive those that they have been blaming including themselves. Unless the person is able to forgive the grief will continue to haunt them. Which becomes a cycle of pain is inevitable and suffering is optional. Admission – Acceptance – Coming to terms – follows once a person has taken those steps of forgiveness. At this point the realization comes that no amount of grieving will bring back that person or change the traumatic event or tragedy. This is why admitting, acceptance and coming to terms is so important. Growth and Maturity – once the grieving starts personal and spiritual development stops and it stays that way until the grieving process is completed. This is one reason why it is so very important for people grieving finish their grief process. When it is completed the person can begin to grow and again and develop meaningful relationships. They may feel that while life may not be as good as it once was, it can still be very very pleasant. I will continue with part five, in my next column. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please write me or email at We are now offering home visit for individual or couple’s counselling. For appointments please call. (647) 964-3663. For more information on weekend workshops please contact Diane Marshall from Directional Vision (416) 418-0962, or email her at


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the Fire Department’s reserves for vehicle replacement. Several high-priced vehicles are nearing the end of their useful life and need to be replaced during the coming years. It does make sense to “save” up for those expensive units. In 3rd place for now is the provision for a 2.4% wage increment for Staff & Council which amounts to $128.9. Pension contributions and Are you satisfied with the look & feel of your dentures? Benefits are in addition to this number. At Meilun & Meilun, we provide high quality service directly to the The new Wyevale soccer park maintenance is public, specializing in customized dentures that fit well and expected to cost just over 100k for 2017. That’s recreate the character of your natural smile. a lot of grass cutting, fertilizing, watering and Complete & Partial Dentures maintenance of portable washrooms. Implant Retained & Surgical Appliances It will be interesting to see how much revenue Same Day Reline & Repair Services the soccer park will create. Consultations are free. Avoid the inconvenience of downtown parking. These are followed by smaller items like the Make the decision you’ll be comfortable with. Visit us at our Cedar Pointe office. $50k Incremental Addition to the Computer 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Reserve for replacement of the financial system Evenings & Saturday by appointment. which is scheduled to be done in stages between 34 Cedar Pointe Drive, Unit #510, Barrie 2017-2019; a 34k election reserve contribution and $47k for a new Staff position in the Clerk’s Department and $63.2k for a new Staff position in the Building Dept. The entire list can be Members of Denturist Association of Ontario found on pages 7 & 8 of the first version of the 2017 Budget. There were some positive items to note as well. One statement in the Budget: “It is not recommended to Jordan Carson use reserves to support normal, recurring operational Master Electrician activities”, sounds hopeful. In addition, the WSIB premium for Volunteer Firefighters came in at -$119.7k 1087 Raindow Valley Road and as previously reported, the Treasurer managed to Phelpston, ON L0L 2K0 secure a $330k reduction in Corporate Insurance costs. We have at this time no idea what the School Board plans for 2017 or what schemes the Province will engage in at our further expense. The County announced a 2% increase 705.717.8767 last week. Assuming my mathematics are correct, this will cost us, give or take, about $17.96 per $300,000 of ECRA/ESA # 7011405 property assessment. Add the 4% the Township is playing with and you may have an additional $ 66.75 per $300k. support agreement with neighboring Municipalities would And the School Board, plus the Province and we still have benefit Tiny residents. A report was tabled about the use of a “Ranked ballot” the Capital and Reserve sections of Tiny’s 2017 Budget to consider in addition to a review of the Strategic Plan system in Tiny’s next Municipal election. The idea against budgeted for items. If you’re ok with significant behind the ranked ballot system is that voters indicate tax increases, leave things alone. If you don’t like what their “preferences” for a position as 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice. you’re hearing, call or write the Mayor, the Deputy or Proponents hope that through the use of this system, the your favorite Council Member and tell them that costs and winning candidates end up with at least 50% of the votes. I agree with that principle. However, the problems with this programs need to be reined in. The November 14 CoW (Committee of the Whole) Meeting system, (the “negatives”) are many. The complexities of sported an extensive Agenda and it turned into one of the the method may lead to voter confusion and significantly longer, if not the longest, CoW Meeting I have attended complicates the reporting of results which causes delays. in the last 3 years. At least I got a 2-hour break during Time turns into additional costs. I am not convinced yet Council’s lunchtime and the In-Camera part of the meeting. that this system provides the better mousetrap. The 2017 Council Meeting Schedule was presented and The CoW Meeting finished around 6:30PM with the Council Meeting starting at 7:00PM. Needless to say, Council made discussed. Lots of meetings, conferences etc. Council is busy! And what about Tiny’s Building Department? During short work of the 2nd Meeting. Three Presentations were made to Council. Ms. Sandra Tully provided a presentation the months of September 2015, 5 “dwelling” permits were titled: “Environmental and Personal Safety at Jackson issued. During September 2016, the number climbed to Park and Adjacent Beach.” Concern was expressed that 14! The dollar value of all buildings permitted increased the area was used as an “unmonitored marina”. Boats are by almost 400%! That's about it for this week folks. One final Community plug! being refueled and boat repairs are done as well. The risk Wheels-4-Wheels, the wheelchair accessible of polluting the waters and the beach through an oil or fuel spill is real. Fact is that it would be very difficult to deal transportation service operated by the Huronia Seniors Volunteer Care Team (HSVCT) is currently recruiting with such a spill in a timely manner. Ms. Lynn Short summarized her successes obtained volunteer drivers. Please go to Dick’s TinyCorner last summer in a report titled “Continuing Research FaceBook page for further details or call Stacy at 705-526and Control Strategies on Phragmites.” Lynn has spent 5566 for more information. Please do not forget to "LIKE" or "FRIEND" Dick's Tiny uncountable hours in her efforts to find a “best practice” to eradicate phragmites from Tiny’s Beaches and she Corner's Facebook Page for additional Tiny and area news expressed her thanks to the Township and to the many as it happens. Readers can contact me at dwesselo@gmail. volunteers who assisted her in the test areas. It was also com or at 705-549-8383. announced that Lynn was awarded the Bob Whittam Environmental Award during the SSEA’s 19th Annual Partners Reception on November 10, 2016. The award recognizes those individuals or groups who are dedicated and truly interested in improving the Severn Sound ecosystem. Lynn asked for Council’s continuing support for 2017. This likely will be granted during Council’s Nov 28, 2016 Meeting. For those interested, Lynn’s report is posted on the Ontario Phragmites Working Group website and on Dick’s TinyCorner Facebook page. Mr. Peter Andrews of the Farlain Lake Community Association delivered a Report on their Eurasian Watermilfoil Management efforts. He also provided an Overview of a Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting System. This nuisance “water weed” continues to proliferate in Farlain Lake. By the sounds of things, the hand harvesting method is no longer practicable, hence the suggested move to a mechanical system. Council will discuss these three presentations during their Nov 28 meeting. The discussion in regards to the 5 major Beach Parks centered around signage and the lack of delineation. No doubt that some funds will be made available for these purposes in the 2017 budget. An extensive discussion also took place in regards to the location of Fire Stations, response times and if a

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by Dick Wesselo - Christmas Season has arrived in Tiny. Last Saturday evening, amidst the falling rain and sleet, Tiny residents, with their friends, their kids, grandkids and great-grandkids watched Mayor Cornell light the tree. In spite of the somewhat frightful weather, the evening provided a delightful and well organized event to start the Tiny Christmas Season! Thank you Tiny, Bonita, Maggie and all the others! Wyevale will be the center of attention this coming Saturday. - Dufflebag Theatre will present their quirky take on the “T’was the Night Before Christmas” classic at the Wyevale Church starting at 6:00PM. The organizers promise a unique interactive theatrical experience and a hilarious night out for all ages. This event is followed by Santa’s arrival in Wyevale. Santa’s Parade will depart the fire station around 7:00PM and move south along County Road 6. Then via Priscilla Street and Reynolds Road to Concession 5 where it will turn east and loop around Hunt Road, Maplegate Road and Shayne Drive back to Concession 5 from where it will return to the Firehall. At 8 o’clock the Christmas Tree will be lit at the United Church. Refreshments and Fellowship will accompany the lighting of the tree. Let’s all say a few good words and hope for nice weather! Traffic along County Road 6 and Concession 5 may be interrupted somewhat during this event. Don’t worry, park your car and join the festivities! See you there! We can’t talk about Christmas without thinking about snow, slippery roads and poor driving conditions. Tiny can be greatly affected by inclement weather as most of the Township’s borders are adjacent to big water and those areas that aren’t adjacent to the water aren’t that far away from it. From what I hear, Tiny’s Public Works Department is ready for Old Man Winter. Sand is stockpiled, the plows are ready to go and staff is trained. The sand applied to the roads is often mixed with a little bit of salt, usually at a 6% ratio. Apparently, sand is more effective and stays on the roads longer with a bit of salt added. During freezing rain or other icy conditions this mixture is increased to 12% to enhance driving conditions. A reminder to all residents that to park (or even stop) a vehicle in such a manner that it interferes with the clearing of snow from a roadway is in contravention of By-law 09-025. You may even get a ticket! Plow operators need clear roadways to complete their routes properly, safely and on time. Residents are further reminded that Under the Highway Traffic Act, you are not allowed to deposit snow on the roadway. When clearing YOUR driveway, you must keep the snow on YOUR property. You are NOT allowed to push or shovel the white stuff from your property onto the public sidewalk, onto the road or into the ditches alongside the road. Additional information can be found on the Township’s website at Some entertaining and creative phraseology was coined during the recently held Presidential election in the United States. One of the better ones I heard was that in recognition of Trump’s win in Wisconsin, a real push will be introduced throughout North America on the sale of grated cheese. After all, his objective is to make America grate again. The budget process still has a long way to go, however, as expected, any hopes for a 0% increase are dashed as a straw poll taken at the end of the day by Council indicated that anything around 3 or 4% was justifiable. The total nondiscretionary cost impact alone (assuming nothing else changes) equates to a tax rate increase of approximately 4.8%. The Provincially controlled OPP budget accounts for 38% of this increase. Policing costs increased significantly again this year because of the costing model that was implemented by the Province in 2015. 2017 is the final year of the 3-year phase-in plan. Tiny’s impact for 2017 is $174,540 whereas the Township’s total impact over the 3-year phase-in period was $968,121. A scary amount for which we have little to show. We may as well get the other bad news out of the way as well. Discretionary costs identified could increase our taxes by approximately 11.7% or $1,119.2k. Adding the two together comes to $1,575.2k for a tax rate change of +16.5%! Please note that no-one is promoting this number as a recommended tax rate but it is, as the Treasurer noted: “a reflection of the many competing activities and projects that have been put forward for Council’s consideration and discussion.” The largest discretionary amount is claimed by Public Works. This $270k is described as a “contingency for Organizational Review”. This plan is scheduled to be presented to Council before the year ends. The following caveat was posted in the first budget draft: “Council should keep in mind that there may be cost implications associated with the preparation of a comprehensive long-term operations plan to be initiated in 2017 for consideration in future budgets. This plan would identify the level of activity and corresponding funding requirements with an end goal to establish the level of funding required going forward to reach a sustainable level of required operational maintenance. Until I’ve seen more detail I will refrain from commenting. The second largest amount ($250k) is an allocation to

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Anten Mills News Kim Tyler • 705 728-2801

If you've driven by the Anten Mills Community Hall lately and looked in the direction of the Edwards Pavilion, you might have noticed the star sitting in its place of honour atop the big spruce tree in front of the pavilion, all ready to go for our Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration on the evening of Saturday, December 10th. Everyone is invited and welcome to participate in the evening, and bring along bring their friends and family too. The evening’s festivities will include fireworks, magic in the hall, singing of carols and seasonal songs, and an appearance by Santa Claus himself, with time for all the kids to visit with him and parents to take photos if they wish. A detailed description of the evening's activities appeared in the last issue’s column; here is a brief outline of all it will include: 5 to 8 p.m. Snow Valley’s portable snow tube system running for all the kids to enjoy 5:45 p.m.

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7:00 p.m. Santa turns on the Christmas tree lights, followed by fireworks courtesy of the Wilson Family These festivities are absolutely free for everyone, and a box will be set up for donations to the Elmvale Food Bank, should you wish to bring along a contribution. Hot chocolate and juice will be provided for the kids, and adults are welcome to bring their own beverages and/or family snacks if they wish. The next day, Sunday, December 11, will also be a busy one in the village, with our Santa Claus parade beginning at 1 p.m., starting at the corner of Laddies Lane and Pinery. Santa will be back for this annual event too, and I’ve heard Mrs. Claus might make an appearance too! I understand that there are numerous floats participating, though there are always room for more. All local residents, businesses, groups, families and streets are invited to put together a float and participate in the parade. It can be as elaborate or as simple as you like – really, the more the merrier! Dennis Gannon is the go-to organizer, so if you do wish to enter a float please touch base with Dennis or send him an email at

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The Mayor’s View By Bill French

Budget The Draft 2017 Tax Based Operating Budget proposes a 2.03% or $200,211 net tax levy increase over 2016 for the Township. This includes a 1% increase for Capital Infrastructure and the final year of the phase out of the streetlight charge. For an average residential property assessed at $404,000, the draft 2017 Budget would result in a property tax increase of approximately $28 over 2016 for the Township’s portion. However this excludes any program changes and there are a number. There are eleven program changes being proposed in the 2017 Draft Budget, which have an additional net tax impact of $308,110 or an additional 3.12%. There are two key staff position being triggered by growth, which account for about .63% and some proposed library initiatives that total about 1.62% or half of the program changes impact. The important thing is that the draft budget is exactly that. It has not been approved by Council. On Dec 6 and 7th we as Council will be reviewing the budget presentation from each business section and we ask you to come out to the meetings starting at 9 a.m. on both days. I suggest you review the draft budget on line and provide your feedback. Town Halls We started our second round of Town Hall meetings in Elmvale and attendance improved. This was the 6th Town Hall we have conducted since this Council took office as we do want to hear from you. We provided an update and more information on our Community Improvement Plan and received valuable feedback. George Allen, who is spearheading the local fundraising campaign for EDHS, provided an update and our Deputy Mayor Don Allen noted that since there will be tax receipts issued, people may want to consider donating to the fund raising campaign prior to the end of December. George informed us that he has received some sizable donations from businesses in the south end of the Township. I find this very positive as the retention and expansion of EDHS is positive for all of Springwater. Official Plan Visioning Workshops We hosted our first Visioning Workshop for our New Official Plan in Elmvale last week and again we had some good information that will allow us to develop a plan that will sustain the Township for the next 20 years. We also noted from feedback that in the rural areas we need to consider shifting the meetings from 6:30 to a little later. The second OP Visioning Workshop was held on this past Monday in Midhurst and the final one was held in Minesing on Wednesday this week. We will be developing a survey from these workshops and then seeking further input from the public as we move forward. In the meantime please review the information on the Township website. You can also request hard copies of the information. It is a long process with developing a new OP but we are hoping to complete it by late 2018. County Council The County Council conducts mid term elections for the Warden, Deputy Warden and the Section Chairs and Vice-Chairs. Deputy Mayor Allen and I are your County Councillors. I have declared my candidacy for the position of Deputy Warden. I have a number of initiatives that I would like to see on the table and working with the Warden, I believe I could assist moving the County forward. The 32 Council Members elect the individuals that will fill the positions by secret ballot at the meeting. The Inaugural Meeting is Tuesday September 13th at 1:00 p.m. if you would like to attend the proceedings Christmas and Holiday Celebrations I suggest you review both the Springwater News Calendar of Events and the Township website as I might miss something. The Festive Season is alive and well in Springwater with a variety of family events in each of our communities. Both Hillsdale and Minesing will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony on Saturday Dec 3rd at 7 p.m. and there will be goodies for all. On Sunday December 4 at 1:00 p.m. in Elmvale is our major Springwater Santa Claus Parade with a long history in the community. Both Phelpston and Elmvale will host Wagon/Sleigh rides starting at 6 p.m. on Friday Dec 9th. Tree lighting festivities will take place in Anten Mills starting at 5 and running to 8 p.m. at the community centre. The famous and possibly infamous Anten Mills community Santa Claus parade is on Dec 11th at 1:00 p.m. and the competition amongst the neighborhoods and the ingenuity of some of the creations is a sight to see. So you have lots of opportunities to get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy the season. Mayor’s Open Visiting Hours Just a reminder that every Friday from 1 to 4:30, I will be hosting my open hours where 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. The door is open. If you can’t make it and want to keep up to date, you can listen to my thoughts on items 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 and


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The Corporation of the Township of Tiny Simcoe County’s plan 130 Balm Beach Road West It’s Budget Time in Tiny Tiny, Ontario L0L 2J0 to place an Environmental First of all, I would like to say Resource Recovery PRESS RELEASE Merry Christmas and Happy Centre in a forest within Development of Fire Master Plan – Seeking Resident Input Holidays to all of our constituents Springwater Township Date: September 29, 2016 and to all of our neighbours in raises serious safety concerns, according to The Friends is seekingSimcoe. the assistance of (Tiny, Ontario) – The Township of Tiny Fire and Emergency ServicesNorth of Simcoe Forests. The recently announced relocation our residents in the development of a fire master plan for the Township. Right now we are working on our of the centre places residents even closer to this “high The purpose of this initiative is to examine every aspect of the department’s delivery system, 2017service budget for Tiny Township. to assess our current capabilities relating to the management of current and future anticipated hazard” building. This has always respected changes in risk levels and to gauge public expectations and satisfaction levels.Council The goal is to An Environmental Resource Recovery Centre is for Council’s consideration that will help to create a blueprint for the generate recommendations the and taxpayer’s dollar, ensuring department to effectively and economically provide appropriate fire protection emergency considered a Group F, Division 1 High Hazard Industrial management services well into the future. that we are spending money where we need to, to keep Occupancy building. It is “an industrial occupancy One of the cornerstones of developing sensible and relevant master plan is the public consultation our ainfrastructure in place—at the same time, listening containing sufficient quantities of highly combustible and and input process. As a result, we have developed a brief but important public survey to assist us and to ourideas, community address recreational programs and all members of the public in exchanging suggestions, andto opinions that will be crucial to flammable or explosive materials to constitute a special that will help us to optimize the levels and quality of services that we developing recommendations park management, and those associated costs. In all of provide. fire hazard because of their inherent characteristics”. This our decisions on how we spend money, we listen to the of the survey can be completed on-line very easily. Simply go to the Township’s website is the highest level of hazard indicatedA copy in the Ontario ( and click on the Master Fire Plan Survey icon onthe the home page. Thismaking survey will take taxpayers to steer decision process. It is key Building Code Act. only about 10 minutes to complete and the information gathered will be extremely valuable to our for us to take the input from all our Townhall meetings and planning process. “The Friends have concerns that the County’s protective from all of the master plans that we have on file, which The Township Tiny Fire and Emergency Services would very much appreciate the public’s services are not sufficiently prepared to meet thisofthreat, assistance in this regard. provide a good map from the members of our community, and will require extra resources that are not considered in of how they us to spend their tax money. - 30 want the current plan,” said Mary Wagner of Friends of Simcoe Council will continue to do its job to be sure that all For more information contact: Forests. “The County continues to alter their plans for the expectations of our customers—that’s you, the taxpayer— site and reduce setbacks, moving the proposed building Tony Mintoff Denis Maurice are kept at a very high level without increasing taxes closer to the homes of local residents.” Fire Chief Deputy Fire Chief unnecessarily. We will also be implementing our parking (705) 322-1161 (705) 322-1161 Fires at waste management facilities are not uncommon. strategy throughout the remainder of the Township, having On October 27, there was a fire at the Wasteco Plant inTOWNSHIP OF TINY FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES completed our test study—we have heard a very loud Hamilton. This is a recycling facility similar in nature to message from our community, that control in parking at the one proposed for Simcoe County. This same facility our beach parks is necessary to allow our residents to have had another fire in April of this year. This location has the full enjoyment of their homes and cottages in Tiny. had six fires in the last eight years. We will be going back to look at all the previous master Nor is it a problem isolated to that particular facility. plans which have been shaped throughout the years, to Another waste facility in Edmonton, which had been touted as see what good advice we have already received from a “Centre of Excellence”, caught fire in August and prompted the residents of Tiny, so as not to spend unnecessarily on an air quality advisory for local residents. Six fire departments planning, with ideas and recommendations on file that had to be called to fight a blaze at the BFI recycling plant here have yet to be implemented. in Springwater Township three years ago. Again, I believe this Council clearly understands that A fire at a waste recycling facility in Cambridge last having community engagement to drive the direction of October caused millions of dollars of damage. There was how our funds are spent, is number one. Every program a massive fire at an Ajax garbage waste disposal building that we put in place, is led by good discussion and last month. Three recycling centers in the United States community engagement on how to better the lives of our caught fire on the same day last month – in Seattle, taxpayers in Tiny. All of these items link into our strategic Indiana, and California. plan, that so many of you helped us to create and I want to “This is a major reason other municipalities place these thank you for your input—which I as a Councillor, have facilities away from the residential neighbourhoods they used as a guiding tool of where to take our community. serve,” said Stacey Irwin. “Every other municipality we In closing, I want to wish all of you a safe and healthy have found builds their recycling facilities on industrial New Year and look forward to continuing our work into land and not in the middle of flammable forests.”  2017. By choosing to build this facility among the trees of the The comments made in this article are strictly my own Freele Forest, County Council is taking an enormous risk. and I do not speak on behalf of the Council of Tiny Fire is a known hazard of recycling facilities – even resting Township. Contact me any time if you have concerns at piles of composting organic material can self-combust. This 705-361-1112 – . facility endangers the safety and security of homeowners, and is a significant insurance risk for the municipality. Council approves The Friends of Simcoe Forests Inc. is a Non-Profit organization consisting of concerned citizens within 2017 County of Simcoe Budget the region of Simcoe County, Ontario. Our long term Midhurst / November 22, 2016 – Simcoe County goal is to inform and unite all persons interested in the Council today approved a $469 million budget for 2017, conservation of our County’s forests.  We encourage all which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain local residents, visitors and friends of our environment to existing services and service levels, while continuing to realize that they have the ability to enjoy the natural flora invest in Roads, Economic Development, Solid Waste and fauna of the region, as well as the natural beauties Management, and Social Housing. of the forests within Simcoe County. As a group we The 2017 budget also ensures the County continues along encourage beautification, preservation, and extension of a path of long-term fiscal stability, and contains items that parks and Green Belts.  address areas of growth, as well as initiatives directed by Through our mutual love and concern for the county’s Council to enhance service levels, increase efficiencies, forests, we strive to make available all known statistical, and prepare for the future. scientific, horticultural and botanical information that “Our residents expect a high level of service and it is positively impacts the future of our forests. our job to ensure they receive the services and programs It is our goal to promote the protection and appreciation they need as efficiently as possible,” said Warden Gerry of the environment and lands which are there for all of us Marshall. “This budget is not only fiscally responsible, and future generations to use and enjoy. it builds upon a solid foundation of investment in social, Visit our website for more information. community, and health services, while maintaining an

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 705-718-7031 or email at 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.

active role in economic development.” Residents will see an overall 2.00 per cent increase on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2017, an impact of approximately $5.98 per $100,000 of property assessment. 2017 Budget Highlights include: Total County Expenditures for 2016: $469 million:  Ontario Works $76 million  Long Term Care and Seniors Services $54 million  Transportation and Engineering $66 million  Solid Waste Management $48 million  Social Housing $61 million  Paramedic Services $53 million  Children and Community Services $44 million

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Record Drop In Global Temperatures As El Nino Warming Ends

Date: 27/11/16 David Rose, Mail on Sunday Global average temperatures over land have plummeted by more than 1C since the middle of this year – their biggest and steepest fall on record. According to satellite data, the late 2016 temperatures are returning to the levels they were at after the 1998 El Nino. The news comes amid mounting evidence that the recent run of world record high temperatures is about to end. The fall, revealed by Nasa satellite measurements of the lower atmosphere, has been caused by the end of El Nino – the warming of surface waters in a vast area of the Pacific west of Central America. Some scientists, including Dr Gavin Schmidt, head of Nasa’s climate division, have claimed that the recent highs were mainly the result of long-term global warming. Others have argued that the records were caused by El Nino, a complex natural phenomenon that takes place every few years, and has nothing to do with greenhouse gas emissions by humans. The new fall in temperatures suggests they were right. Big El Ninos always have an immense impact on world weather, triggering higher than normal temperatures over huge swathes of the world. The 2015-16 El Nino was probably the strongest since accurate measurements began, with the water up to 3C warmer than usual. It has now been replaced by a La Nina event – when the water in the same Pacific region turns colder than normal. This also has worldwide impacts, driving temperatures down rather than up. The satellite measurements over land respond quickly to El Nino and La Nina. Temperatures over the sea are also falling, but not as fast, because the sea retains heat for longer. This means it is possible that by some yardsticks, 2016 will be declared as hot as 2015 or even slightly hotter – because El Nino did not vanish until the middle of the year. But it is almost certain that next year, large falls will also be measured over the oceans, and by weather station thermometers on the surface of the planet – exactly as happened after the end of the last very strong El Nino in 1998. If so, some experts will be forced to eat their words. Last year, Dr Schmidt said 2015 would have been a record hot year even without El Nino. ‘The reason why this is such a warm record year is because of the long-term underlying trend, the cumulative effect of the long-term warming trend of our Earth,’ he said. This was ‘mainly caused’ by the emission of greenhouse gases by humans.Dr Schmidt also denied that there was any ‘pause’ or ‘hiatus’ in global warming between the 1998 and 2015 El Ninos. But on its website home page yesterday, Nasa featured a new study which said there was a hiatus in global warming before the recent El Nino, and discussed why this was so. Last night Dr Schmidt had not returned a request for comment. However, both his own position, and his Nasa division, may be in jeopardy. US President-elect Donald Trump is an avowed climate change sceptic, who once claimed it was a hoax invented by China. Last week, Mr Trump’s science adviser Bob Walker said

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Canada Summer Jobs Application Period Opens: Summer may seem like a long way away, but organizations and small businesses in Simcoe North can soon apply to the Canada Summer Jobs program for positions in 2017. The application period opens on December 5th, and will run until January 20th – this is earlier than in previous years, such as 2016, when applications could be submitted until March. As with last year, the funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program has been doubled from the 2015 level. As you know, the Canada Summer Jobs program provides valuable work experience to students, while also supporting small businesses, not-for-profits and other community organizations in the busy summer months. I’ve heard from countless students and local businesses and organizations about how positive their experiences were with this program, so I want to make sure as many groups as possible have the opportunity to take advantage of and benefit from it. Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to not-forprofit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. You can get more details on the program, application process and assessment criteria on the Employment and Social Development website at “I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” ― Marilyn Monroe “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches he was likely to axe Nasa’s $1.9 billion (about £1.4 billion) climate research budget. Other experts have also disputed Dr Schmidt’s claims. Professor Judith Curry, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and president of the Climate Forecast Applications Network, said yesterday: ‘I disagree with Gavin. The record warm years of 2015 and 2016 were primarily caused by the super El Nino.’ The slowdown in warming was, she added, real, and all the evidence suggested that since 1998, the rate of global warming has been much slower than predicted by computer models – about 1C per century. David Whitehouse, a scientist who works with Lord Lawson’s sceptic Global Warming Policy Foundation, said the massive fall in temperatures following the end of El Nino meant the warming hiatus or slowdown may be coming back. ‘According to the satellites, the late 2016 temperatures are returning to the levels they were at after the 1998 El Nino. The data clearly shows El Nino for what it was – a shortterm weather event,’ he said.

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Last Thursday, voters in two Ontario ridings sent Premier Kathleen Wynne a strong message – they’re tired of Liberal scandal, mismanagement, and waste that has made life harder and more unaffordable. In the riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook, voters elected a new Ontario PC MPP – sending him to Queen’s Park with a far larger margin than the party received in 2014, and dropping the Liberals to third place. In Ottawa-Vanier – the safest Liberal seat in the province – Premier Kathleen Wynne saw her margin of victory drop by nearly half from the last election. The riding hasn’t been competitive since 1967, and for the first time the Liberals were forced to campaign hard. After the Scarborough-Rouge River by-election, Premier Wynne gave Ontarians an 8 per cent rebate on their hydro bills. After last Thursday’s two by-elections, Premier Wynne finally acknowledged she was to blame for Ontario’s skyrocketing hydro rates, saying “our government made a mistake. It was my mistake.” While it is great that the Premier has finally come to terms with what Ontarians have known for years, it’s unfortunate that it took a couple of poor by-election performances for her to realize it. It seems this apology is more politically motivated than it is sincere. Clearly, this is the same out of touch Liberal Government that Ontarians have dealt with for 13 years. While Premier Wynne has finally taken ownership for the skyrocketing rates, she still hasn’t offered up any solutions to the hydro crisis her government created. The Wynne Liberals are continuing to push forward with the fire sale of Hydro One. The Wynne Liberals continue to sell surplus power at a loss to states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. The Wynne Liberals continue to pay the Hydro One CEO $4 million a year, while average families struggle to make ends meet. Under this Liberal government hydro rates are only going to continue to rise, and life will only continue to get harder for Ontarians. I’m going to continue working hard in the Legislature to hold the Wynne Liberals to account, and I will continue to work hard to get skyrocketing hydro rates under control. Instead of grandstanding, maybe Premier Wynne should do the same.

Crown litigators chose not to call federal witness in wind turbine hearing

Not long ago, I wrote federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau in Ottawa about the Wpd Canada Fairview Wind project. "As you may know," I said in my letter to the minister, "this project involves the construction of eight 500foot industrial wind turbines between the Collingwood Regional Airport and the Stayner Aerodrome." Now keep in mind, this letter was written in September, before the Environmental Review Tribunal acknowledged the threat to public safety that these turbines posed.  "The purpose of this letter is to discuss an issue related to the hearing," I told Minister Garneau. "It has been brought to my attention by Mr. Kevin Elwood of Clearview Township that at the last minute the province decided to call Mr. David Simpson of Nav Canada as a witness at the hearing instead of Ms. Margaret Menczel of Transport Canada." I went on that: "Mr. Elwood, who owns the Stayner Aerodrome and is one of the individuals appealing the approval of the wind turbines, states he believes the change in witnesses occurred because Transport Canada does not support the wind turbine locations due to the safety threats they pose to pilots and passengers using the two airports. I am asking you to outline Transport Canada's position had a representative of your ministry appeared at the hearing." Well, several weeks went by but at the end of October I finally received a response from Minister Garneau.  While the minister did not answer my question, he did say that a Transport Canada inspector prepared a witness statement and was available to appear before the tribunal.  Why he chose to avoid my question is beyond me, especially considering a Transport Canada inspector was willing to testify. Surely the minister could share information about what would have been said at the hearing.  In my mind, and in the mind of many others, the witness wasn't called by the provincial Crown because they would have provided testimony that supported the opponents - the many brave men and women who put up their own money and appealed the project to prevent fatalities from happening in the sky above our community.   Thankfully, the Environmental Review Tribunal agreed with the opponents and hopefully that is the end of this issue.  The Wynne Liberal government would like everyone to believe they have been totally arm's length throughout the whole process, but the fact their Crown prosecutor didn't call the Transport Canada witness suggests otherwise.  It's no wonder that people are suspicious of the Wynne Liberal government, especially when it comes to their green energy agenda.  Jim Wilson is the Progressive Conservative MPP for Simcoe-Grey. 

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For Immediate Release: November 30, 2016 Guelph, ON – For the first time, all of Ontario’s major farm organizations, representing some 52,000 farms and 78,000 farmers, have come together to present a strong, united message to the province: freeze urban boundaries now to stop urban sprawl and protect farming in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). “The province needs to impose real boundaries on urban expansion, not more restrictions on farming,” says Keith Currie, President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA). “Hard municipal growth boundaries must be part of the solution to supporting agriculture in the GGH so we don’t pave over the region’s farmland and displace more farm families and farming communities.” OFA is joined by fifteen other agriculture organizations that are calling for stronger provincial leadership on farmland preservation, including the Ontario Farmland Trust (OFT), Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CCFO), National Farmers Union-Ontario, and the Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance. The agriculture groups say that the province’s recently proposed changes to the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Greenbelt Plan fail to protect the majority of farmers and farmlands in the region from ongoing and poorly-planned urban sprawl. They are concerned that the proposed new policy reinforces and enables status quo sprawl, making it difficult to see a future for local food and farming in the region. “Nothing is more fundamental to protecting farmland and achieving the goals of the Growth Plan than freezing urban and rural settlement boundaries,” explains CFFO President Clarence Nywening. “This holds municipalities accountable to meeting their growth targets by using urban lands more efficiently and supporting denser, transitoriented developments rather than allowing councils to be passive and complacent about sprawl.” The province’s population growth projection of 4.5 million new residents by 2041 is being used by developers to argue that more farmland should be designated for urban uses in the GGH. However, independent research by the Neptis Foundation and others shows that more land for urban development in the region is not needed, with an excess of 25 years’ worth of farmland already designated by municipalities to accommodate growth in both urban and rural settlement areas. An area of prime farmland 1.5 times the size of the City of Toronto is in the process of being converted to housing subdivisions, warehouses and strip malls. Not just home to the best farmland in Canada, the Greater Golden Horseshoe is home to one of North America’s largest agricultural and agri-food industry clusters, with a unique diversity of primary farm production, food processing, food service, food distribution and retail that represents the fastest growing employment sector in Ontario and generates $12.3 billion in annual economic activity. Citing the outpouring of public support for a larger provincial role in establishing firm urban boundaries and protecting agricultural land during the Coordinated Land Use Planning Review, Norm Ragetlie, Chair of the Ontario Farmland Trust, says that “We are at a unique moment in history where there is an opportunity for the province to demonstrate real leadership in growth planning by enacting meaningful limits on urban expansion. Everyone wins when we design better planned, healthier urban and rural communities, while also creating an environment for farming and the agri-food economy to remain prosperous, and working together to protect farmland forever.” All groups calling for a freeze on urban boundary


Farming Groups Unite to Call on Province to Freeze Urban Boundaries Now

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Sleeping Children Around the World On November 4th, 2016, Hillsdale Elementary School participated in the first ever Sleep Day presented by Sleep Country and “Sleeping Children Around the World”. I am proud to say it was a huge success raising over $350.00! “Sleeping Children Around the World” is a non-profit organization devoted to providing a place to sleep for children in third world countries such as, India, Kenya, Bangladesh and plenty more. They’ve provided 1.4 million bed kits already! Each kit contains a mattress, pillow, blanket, mosquito net, clothes and school supplies. 100% of donations reach these children. For more information about this program please visit On Sleep Day, everyone was encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring in a $2 donation. I first came across the idea of my school participating in sleep day when my grandma’s friend emailed us all with the information. She is a strong advocate and even travels to deliver the kits. I talked to our principal, Mrs. Wassmer, about it, and a couple newsletters and posters later, my whole school was showing up in their pajamas! I am very proud that a small school like Hillsdale was able to make over $350.00, which will provide 10 bed kits, but I am also very proud I was a part of this and all the students should be proud of themselves too! Thank you! Samantha Netherton, Gr. 8 student :) Real freedom lies in wildness, not in civilization. -Charles Lindbergh expansion include: the Ontario Farmland Trust, Ontario Federation of Agriculture, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario, National Farmers Union – Ontario, Golden Horseshoe Food & Farming Alliance, Sustain Ontario, Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario, Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society, Food & Water First, Farms at Work, FarmStart, Land Over Landings, Langford Conservancy, Sustainable Brant, and the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition.

*-- The Four Worms --* A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon. Four worms were placed into four separate jars. The first worm was put into a container of alcohol. The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke. The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup. The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil. At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results: The first worm in alcohol - Dead. The second worm in cigarette smoke - Dead. Third worm in chocolate syrup - Dead. Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive. So the Minister asked the congregation, "What did you learn from this demonstration?" Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said, "As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!"

OSMH Foundation able to purchase two replacement beds following ball hockey fundraiser

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Two new replacement mental health beds have been purchased by the Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) Foundation following the success of the Jackie Brunck Memorial Cup. The ladies ball hockey tournament, held in August, raised $12,493 in support of mental health services at OSMH. The tournament was held in honour of Jackie Brunck, an avid community ball hockey player who lost her life to suicide. The success of this event would not have been possible without the hard work of organizers Melissa, Jody and Bianca, sponsors and community support.

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Mon: Aphasia Communication Group - The Stroke Recovery Association (Barrie and District). All sessions free 705-737-9202. Mon: 9 am. Coffee Club and Art Group - 9:30 am Pool and 10 am Tiny Stitches The Place 300 Balm Beach Rd. Perkinsfield Mon: 10 to 11:30 or 7:30 to 9 p.m. Ladies Interdenominational Bible Study at Willow Creek Church 2387 Gill Rd. 705-722-7582 Every Mon: 4:20/5:45 Drop in Yoga classes at the Villa Nursing Home Midland Yonge St. Donna Boudreau 795 427 0740 Mon: 1 p.m. Elmvale Community Hall, euchre/bid euchre Mon: 1 pm – 3 pm at the Penetanguishene Arena. Seniors shuffle board 245-7611 for info. Register at town hall. 245-7611. Mon: The HUB for Arts and Culture at the Midland Cultural Centre - JUST SHOW UP! Mon: 4:30 p.m. The Royal Canadian Legion BR. 63 490 Ontario St., Collingwood plays host to its Charity Bingo. Prize Fund up to $4,240 with a Progressive. Jack pot of $1,500. Mon: 7 pm Midland District Railroad Club at Huronia Airport basement of white building 705-526-3461 Mon: 7:30 Bingo at Bayshore Seniors Club Woodland Beach for the months of July and August. Everyone Welcome Mon: Euchre 7:30 p.m. RCL Barrie 2nd and 4th Monday: 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Simcoe County Embroidery Guild meet from September until June at the Midhurst Community Centre, 74 Doran Rd., Midhurst. We enjoy embroidery and fellowship as well as learning various needlecraft techniques from both in-house and guest teachers. 705-726-5820. 3rd Monday of the of month: North Simcoe Sirius Astronomers meets at 7:00 pm at the Huronia Airport People of all ages with an interest in the night sky are invited. Peter Ridout 705-549-0913 Every Monday: MCC 8-10:30 FREE Midland Jams Plugged In 527 4420 FB @Midland Jams Tues. Wed. & Thurs: 9 am -3:30 pm Elmvale Adult Day Out Program at United Church Manse. 549-6277 Tues: 9:30 am to 8:30 pm Woodcarver Shop at Wye March on Hwy 12 across from Martyr’s Shrine in dedicated shop with power tools and dust collectors. Feel free to come and check it out. 705 424 1999 Tues: 9:30 Coffee Club - 12:30 Bid Euchre @ The Place Wasaga Artists meet Tuesdays, September to June, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Wasaga RecPlex for creative inspiration and social feedback. Carmelle 705.422.1930 for more information or visit 3rd Thurs. of every month Oct. 20-April 2017 – Coffee and muffins at Hillsdale Presbyterian Church, 6 Mill St. 9:30-11 am. 3rd Tuesday: Elmvale Legion 2-4 pm Veteran’s Drop In Day. Tues: 5:30 and 6:30 Art Classes Creative Madness Art Studio 705 322 6588 Tues: 5:30 Newcomer Services English Conversation Circle to improve language skills/meet new people, YMCA Midland 529 2518 First Tuesday: 6.30 – 8.30 PM Georgian Bay Coin and Stamp Club North Simcoe Sport/Recreation Centre. 705-534-3771 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month: Elmvale District Lions Club dinner and General Meeting, 7 pm at Lions Hall Flos Conc 7. New members welcome. Help us help your community. 705-734-4350 2nd and 4th Tues: 7 pm. 237 Second St Midland (Wendat Building) Bipolar/depression/anxiety peer support group. Family, Friends and loved ones welcome. 705-835-5102, Tues: 7-9 Wasaga Beach Toastmasters at the Library 429-6416 Tues: 7 pm Bid Euchre at Bayshore Seniors Club Woodland Beach. Tues: 7:30 pm: Bid Euchre and darts Barrie Legion Tues: 7 pm Elmvale Legion - First Tues, General Meeting - Last Tues. (summer excluded) 705 322 1042 Wed: 9 am Coffee Club - 10 am Pool - 12:30 pm Games Afternoon 2nd Wed: 1:30 pm Camera Club Georgian Bay Swinging Seniors “The Place” 300 Balm Beach Road Wed: 9:15 at the Nordic Centre in Wasaga Beach. Ganaraska Hiking Club. Weekly hikes, 2 levels, year round, guided bike excursions spring, summer, fall. Harry at 705-361-2989. First Wed/Month: Regular meeting of the Georgian Bay Métis Council at 355 Cranston Cres. Midland 526-6335 Wed: CHAIR YOGA 10:00 - 11:00 am. Gentle exercises with soothing music. Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors 300 Balm Beach Road West 705 526 5074 Wed: 12-1:00 Lunch, $8 at Barrie Legion. 728-1412 Wed: 12:30 Euchre at Wasaga Beach United Church 361-2022 Wed: 1- 3 pm at Brian Orser Hall Penetang Seniors shuffle board 549-7611 for info. Register at town hall. Wed: 1 pm Royal Canadian Legion Elmvale District 262 Legion Seniors (open to all Seniors 55+). Table Shuffleboard and social. Wed: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids Awana Group at Waverley Gospel Hall SK to GR 6. Second Wed: 6.30 - 8.30 pm Are You New Georgian Bay Coin and Stamp to the Community? Club Real Canadian Superstore, Do you have a Wasaga Beach. Peter 534-3771 New Baby? Wed: 7 pm Euchre at Sunnidale Corners Hall! All ages and experience levels are welcome. 2nd Wed: 7 pm LA General Meeting Elmvale Legion. Call your local rep or 2nd and last Wed: 7 - 8: 30 pm.register online for your Wasaga and area Cancer Support FREE Welcome Gift bag group meetings open to all cancer and Visit. survivors, caregivers and family Candi Fox (705) 515-2252 members at Body‘n Balance

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Physiotherapy (705) 429 - 9619. First Wed. of month: 7 pm Hillsdale Parks and Rec meet in the Community Centre. 835-5240 Wed: 7:30 pm Cribbage at Barrie Legion. Wed: 7:30 Euchre at the ANAF Club Barrie 3rd Wed of the month: 10 am – noon The Dutch Canadian coffee club meets in Georgian Mall food court by elevator. 4th Wed: 7:30 pm Horticultural Society meets Elmvale Legion 4th Wed: 6:45 pm Monthly meeting of the Georgian Bay Quilting Guild (GBQG) monthly meeting at the Midland Public Library 533 4884 Thurs: 9 am Coffee Club- 10-3 p.m. Tiny Stitchers, The Place Perkinsfield, 526-5074 3rd Thurs: Free Community Breakfast at All Saints Anglican Church Hall 1 Peel St. Penetanguishene 549 2223 Last Thursday: January to May - Coffee at Elmvale Presbyterian Church - 9:30 to 11 a.m. All welcome. 3rd Thurs: 10 am - noon - The raging grannies meet at Woods Park retirement facility 110 Lillian Cres. in Barrie. 322-1575 . 4th Thurs: 1-3 Nottawasaga Bay Stroke Recovery meet at 135, 32nd St. Wasaga Beach Guests speakers 429-9571 4th Thurs: 1:30 pm Diabetes support group meets at the Health and Wellness Center at Penetang General Hospital 549-0881 4th Thurs: 3-5 pm Parkinson’s support group meetings at the Superstore Midland 526-9170. 1st Thurs: 7 pm Midland District Camera Club at North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre, Midland, in Askennonia Seniors Club. Guests welcome. Speakers, refreshments. 2nd Thursday of each month: 7 - 9 pm - Barrie District Stamp Club - St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Owen and Worsley Streets (705)-735-6009 or 2nd Thurs: each month Sept. to June 7 pm. Barrie-Thornton Fiddle Club at Thornton Banquet Hall above the arena. An evening of entertainment, dance, square dance. All welcome. Lloyd Preston 722-8335 Third Thursday: 6.30– 8.30 PM Georgian Bay Coin and Stamp Club meets at the Prime Time Club, 1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach. 705-534-3771 Thurs: 7 - 10 pm Good Vibes Coffeehouse at Mount St. Louis Road and 4th of Oro-Medonte Thurs: Acoustic Circle Jam at the Surf Family Restaurant 369 Balm Beach Rd. Cathryn/Tom 647 692 0935 All types of music. Bring your instrument or just come and listen. Thurs: 7 pm Bid Euchre at the Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors Centre, 526-5074 Thurs: 7-9 pm Elmvale High School Badminton! All Welcome! $5 drop in. Check “Elmvale Badminton Club” on Facebook Thurs: 7 pm - Elmvale Com Hall Euchre/Bid Euchre Lunch. Thurs: 7:15 - 9:30 pm Barrie Shambhala Meditation Group offers group meditation & discussion at Seven Oaks Academy, 190 Cook St., NW corner of Cook & Steel streets in Barrie. Call 705-435-7237 or email Fri: 9:30 a.m. Coffee Club - 9:30 Pool, 12:30 p.m. Bridge – Includes Coffee/Tea/Cookies Georgian Shores Swinging Seniors “The Place”, Perkinsfield, 705-526-5074 Last Fri. of month: 6 pm TGIF Elmvale Ladies Auxiliary Royal Canadian Legion monthly supper $12. Reservation 705-322-1042. Fri: 5:30 pm WB Lions Bingo at RecPlex 429-3331 Fri.: 6 pm - Full course meals RCL Barrie $10 Reservations required, 728-4002 Every Fri: 6 pm Minesing United Church Youth Group Jr. Youth Grade 5-6, Sr. Youth Grade 7-12 705-737-5322 1st Fri of month: 7-8:30 pm “KID ZONE” Elmvale Presbyterian Church, 22 Queen St., E. Children J.K. to Grade 8 welcome. Sat: 10-2 pm Farmers Market in Penetang at Le Cle at 63 Main St. 2nd Saturday of every month: Jam from 11-1 pm at MCC Harmony Music Cafe 705-527-4420 Sat: 3 pm Meat Darts BBQ at Legion, Branch 147, Barrie, Sat: 3 pm Meat Darts. ARMY NAVY/AIR FORCE CLUB, 7 George Street, Barrie 728-8240 Sat: 5:00 Meat Darts Elmvale Legion. 322-1042 Welcome! Sun: 9:45 am Knox Flos Presbyterian Church Services Sun: 10 am - St. John’s United Church welcomes you to join us for worship. 27 Yonge St. S, Elmvale. Sun: 11 am Christian Science Society Church services at 159 Collier St. Barrie DAILY EVENTS - All on the website at with greater information. Nov 1 - Dec 16, 2016: JURIED CALL FOR ARTISTS for the 2017 Barrie Spring Art Tour, April 29-30. Early Bird Application deadline of Dec 16, 2016 to register as Host Studio Artist for $100 or Guest Artist for $150. Visit for more info and to apply online. (Final application deadline is Jan 15, 2017) Dec. 2 - Jan 29 Reception on the 2nd from 6-8 pm This is Tomorrow Art Show at the Orillia Museum of Art and History Ninette Gyorody, Executive Director 705 326–2159 x101 Dec 2: 7 pm Murder Mystery at the Huronia Museum 549 Little Lake Park Road Dec 3 9 am WINTER BIRDS OF BARRIE LAKESHORE Jim Coey (705-543- 1866) Meet at the City of Barrie Municipal Parking lot on Simcoe Street between Maple and Bayview. (please note that this event is sponsored by the Ontario Field Ornithologists) Some driving (car pool) and easy walking. Sat. Dec. 3 — Mount St. Louis Christmas Bazaar, 10 am. - 1 pm.

Heaslip & Son Renovation & Handyman Services 705-361-9945 Mike’s Small Engines

Lawn Mower / Snow Blower / Snowmobiles Orr Lake/Elmvale Pickup-Delivery 2158 Orr Lake Road North • 322-2707 Great baking, prizes, gift items for young & old. 4th concession & Mt. St. Louis Rd. Dec 3: 11-3 Midhurst United Church Holiday Fair and Fundraiser for Pancreatic Cancer in memory of Elaine Parnell Dec. 3 2 pm Simcoe County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society meet at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,79 Ferris Lane, Barrie, Ontario The presenter will be Janice Nickerson Dec 3: 3-5 pm Simcoe Grey Kellie Leitch EDA Christmas Party at the Collingwood Leisure Time 100 Minnesota St. Dec 3 Dinner and Concert with Steel City Rovers & their WINTER TIDINGS TOUR Utopia Hall Dinner at 7 pm Concert starts at 8 pm 1-877-499-HALL(4255) Dec 3 6-7 pm at the Wyevale United Church - Twas the Night before Christmas Dec 3 - 7-8 Wyevale Santa Claus Parade followed by snacks, drinks and pictures with Mr and Mrs Claus. Dec 3-4: 9:30 to 5:30 Victorian Christmas at Cookstown Antique Market 705 458 1275 Dec. 3/4 10 AM to 4 PM Wolfe Island Métis Charitable Association and Moonstar Lodge host an Open House. We will be offering hot cider and seasonal treats.  All are welcome to the studio located at 302 Lafontaine Rd. West, Tiny (Lafontaine).  Winter solstice on Dec. 21st, which is our “New Year’s”.  December 18th is the solstice gathering, where traditional stories and a gifting ceremony are celebrated.  We enjoy sharing our traditions with the community. Sun Dec 4 7:00-8:30 pm Christmas at the Beach Lighthouse Community Church, 800 Sunnidale Rd., Wasaga Beach This is the 11th year the band will provide this free community concert to raise donations for the Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food Bank. Mon Dec. 5th Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society. Starting Seeds for your Garden by John Head. Oro-Medonte Community Centre (Arena) located on Highway 11 southbound. Entrance is off Line 4. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. Dec 8: 1 pm Simcoe County Quilters Guild Meeting Simcoe County Museum Christmas Social and ornament exchange Dec 8-9 6-9 pm Christmas, Past and Present at the Simcoe cOUNTY mUSEUM Fri Dec 9 7 pm Sultans of String Christmas FIESTA Concert 2016 Dinner and Concert Utopia Hall 8396 6th Line, Utopia, 1-877-499-4255 Dec. 9 6pm to 9pm: Elmvale Sleigh Ride in the Village at the Elmvale Community Hall. All free- Horse drawn Sleigh Ride, Hot dogs, hot choc, apple cider, crafts, face painting. Please bring food bank donation! Dec 10 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Midland Curling Club Xmas Bake Sale and Open House 474 King Street Dec 10 6 to 8pm Caroling Around the Campfire At Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford Activities include a pinecone birdfeeder craft, exploring the Nature Discovery table, a lit winter night hike, storytelling, live music and caroling around the campfire Wed. Dec.14 7pm: Elmvale Presbyterian Church invites everyone to come and join in singing carols in celebration of the Christmas season and a time for fellowship, hot cider and cookies. Admission is a donation to the Food Bank. Fri. Dec 16 DALA coming to McLaren Centre 8 pm 705 721 9696

Ontario Helping Protect People with Developmental Disabilities

Province Launches Service for Reporting Abuse and Neglect

Ministry of Community and Social Services The Government of Ontario is expanding ReportON, a new service for reporting suspected or witnessed abuse of adults with developmental disabilities. The 24/7phone line and email service is the latest step taken by the Ministry of Community and Social Services to further improve the safety of adults with developmental disabilities. Abuse is often hard to identify. Examples can include being denied basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing or medicine. Even if you are unsure, but suspect abuse or neglect of an adult with a developmental disability, you should contact ReportON. Each call will be investigated and the appropriate action will be taken. People can access ReportON by calling 1-800-575-2222 or emailing For text telephone (TTY): 416-916-0549 or Toll Free 1-844-309-1025. Investing in more services for individuals with developmental disabilities is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives. QUICK FACTS • About 70,000 adults have developmental disabilities in Ontario. About 18,000 adults receive residential supports funded by Ontario. • Agencies providing provincially funded developmental services must comply with 351 quality assurance measures in provincial regulations and policy directives including health and safety and abuse prevention and reporting. • ReportON is not an emergency crisis service. If you suspect an adult with a developmental disability is being physically or sexually abused, call 9-1-1 for emergency services.

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Announcements / Coming Events


Christmas Bazaar

Saturday Dec. 3, 10 am. - 1 pm. Treats & treasures for everyone on your list! Church hall at 4th Concession & Mt. St. Louis Rd.


ALL PERSONS having claims against the estate of JOHN LESLIE SABO, late of the Township of Springwater, in the County of Simcoe and Province of Ontario, Deceased, who died on or about the 11th day of July, 2016 are required to send particulars thereof to the undersigned Solicitor before the 22nd day of December, 2016, after which date the assets will be distributed to the parties entitled thereto, having regard only to those claims received.

Saturday, December 3, 9am to 4pm Sunday, December 4, 10am to 2pm  

Elmvale Community Hall 33 Queen St. West (Main St.), Elmvale   Organized by Focus Elmvale for Community Projects   Free Admission BUT please, bring a donation for the   Elmvale Food Bank

DATED at Essex, Ontario, this 7th day of November, 2016. GOLDEN LAW OFFICE PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION Barrister and Solicitor 13 King Street West P.O. Box 279 Harrow, Ontario N0R 1G0

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Music Instruction

Guitar, Piano, Keyboard, Accordion, Drums, Banjo, Bass, Mandolin & Ukelele lessons available in Elmvale for Children, Adults, Seniors. Flexible times. Reasonable rates. Private Instruction. For more info, call John Brown at 322-7696 or 322-3995

For rent (WANTED) - apt., houses, and halls

Elmvale Legion Banquet Hall. 100% Accessible.

Specializing in weddings, all types of parties, business functions and community service groups. We can accommodate up to 125 dinner guests. Catering is available through the branch. Excellent parking. Call 705-322-1042 for a quotation.

Hall - Elmvale Lions Club Hall is available for reunions, anniversaries, dances, parties or whatever. Kitchen included. Call Bob at 705 322 4484 Up to 60 Tables & 500 Chairs for Rent Property of the Elmvale Fall Fair - Rob 790-1772 Elmvale Community Hall - capacity 220 for great dances, beautiful weddings and other super events. Stage and kitchen facilities. For rental call 728-4784 ext. 2055

Inquiries, call 705-322-3484

Calling All Crafters

Weddings, Anniversary Parties, & Birthdays

To be a vendor at the Elmvale CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE CRAFT SHOW, Dec. 3 & 4, please call Heather at 705-322-3484

Orr Lake Golf Club is now renting out its hall for weddings, anniversary parties & birthdays. Seating for up to 175 people. Dancing for up to 200 people. Basic setup, cleanup, in-stock utensils/dishes/linens, and bartender included in rental fee. Catering done fresh in house. Call 705-322-1664, email: c Web Site:

Curling for Kids 8+

Sundays at 4:00 pm. Elmvale Curling Club.

Mini-excavating & Haulage


Mount St. Louis


Condo for Sale

$75.00 for whole season! Call 705-322-2371 or 705-322-3006 for information.

Church hosts 8th annual Christmas day dinner

Honeybees use the sun as a compass and know how far to the left or right of the sun they must fly. When close to the hive, they can recognize landmarks such as trees and make a "beeline" for home. • In winter, honeybees cluster in the center of their wax house. They eat honey continuously to generate heat for the hive. In the heat of summer, worker bees fan their wings quickly to set up cooling air currents. • Beeswax from honeycombs is used to make chewing gum, lipsticks and crayons. Because it burns slowly and has a pleasant smell, it is also formed into pure beeswax candles. • Each hive has on queen bee. She is larger than the rest and has a long abdomen that looks somewhat like a wasp. A queen bee can live three to six years, much longer than other bees in the hive. Her only responsibility is to lay eggs which produce more bees. • Drone bees are males that don't do any work other than mating with the queen to produce fertile eggs. Drones rarely leave the hive and don't have stingers for self defense. When the winter food supply gets low, worker bees push the defenseless drones out of the hive and into the cold to die. Worker bees are females who don't lay eggs and do almost all of the work around the hive. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Hillsdale They live only four to five weeks during the summer, but clean the hive, feed bee larvae Christmas Bazaar, Bake Sale and Luncheon and take care of the queen. Workers also Saturday December 3rd, 2016 • 9 am - 2 pm. build new honeycombs and protect the hive's Everyone Welcome entrance, as well as collect nectar and pollen for the hive colony.

Once again Elmvale Presbyterian Church will be hosting our annual turkey dinner with all the trimmings. You are invited to come and join with us at 1:00 pm on Christmas day in celebration of the true spirit of the season. If, for whatever reason, you have had, or are yet to have, your Christmas celebration, please consider coming to celebrate this special day in the company of others in fellowship around a festive table. All ages are welcome. All you are required to bring is your appetite. Please RSVP by December 18th to Elizabeth 705-322-2695 Mary 705-322-2806 or the church 705-322-1411.

Elmvale & District Lions Club Theme: Holiday Traditions 2016 Santa Claus Parade • December 4th, 2016 Call 705 322 3070 for information and registration forms.

The parade starts at HCES at 1 pm Participants are asked to be there by 12:30 Firefighters will be collecting food along the parade route for the Elmvale & District Food Bank.

Following the parade, Santa will be entertaining the children at the arena There is FREE SKATING from 2-4 pm courtesy of The Bodyworks & Collision Centre Nothing is permanent in this wicked world - not even our troubles. --Charlie Chaplin Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Midland Condo For Sale: Ground floor • 1040 sq.ft. condo in Bowling green estates. • Condo fees are $292.00 per month and cover all exterior maintenance costs. This includes snow removal from walkway and driveway, grass cutting, window cleaning, exterior repairs, window replacement as required, roof replacement as required and any exterior surface repair. • This is a 2 bedroom, with two 4 piece bathrooms one of which is an ensuite. • Price includes washer/dryer, stove, fridge and dishwasher. • Single care garage with remote door opener. • This condo complex is professionally managed. This complex is a lovely quiet community with no drive through traffic. It has walking trails connecting to Little Lake Park. It is a short walk to shopping, Tim Hortons, convenience store, restaurants and Walmart. Municipal bus stop is at the entrance to the community. • Located in Midland you have access to boating, Nordic and Downhill Skiing, curling club, lawn bowling and so much more is awaiting your enjoyment. • Unit has a gas fire place capable of heating the entire unit as well as well as a gas hot water heater. Private Sale Price $189,000.00

Call Diena: 705-322-0491 or cell: 705-527-3163.

Wedding Ceremony! At a wedding ceremony the minister asked if anyone had anything to say concerning the union of the bride and groom.  It was their time to stand up and talk, or forever hold their peace. The moment of utter silence was broken by a young beautiful woman carrying a child.  She stood up and started walking slowly towards the minister. Everything quickly turned to chaos. The bride threw the bouquet and burst out crying. Then slowly the groom's mother fainted. The Best Men started giving each other looks and wondering how best to help save the situation. The minister asked the woman, "Can Christmas you tell us, why you came forward? What do you have to say?" Say it with Flowers! There was absolute silence in the church. Christmas Centre Pieces The woman replied, "We can't hear at Christmas Plants the back."

Flowers for all your Life Celebrations!!

Gifts Available

Bunches of Blooms Flower & Gift Shop 28 Queen St. W , Elmvale 705 322 333

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. -Mary Tyler Moore Swatch is the largest watch company in the world, with brands that cover the entire price spectrum and sales exceeding $8 billion and employing 33,000 people.

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Corn, wheat stocks poised to rise to record, says International Grains Council

Global grain stocks are expected to surpass 500 million tonnes for the first time at the end of the 2016/17 season, the International Grains Council said, raising its forecasts for both corn and wheat production. The inter-governmental-body, in a monthly update, put total grain carryover stocks at the end of the season at 504 million tonnes, up from a previous projection of 498 million and the prior season’s 475 million tonnes. “Wheat and maize account for nearly all the expected stocks expansion,” the IGC said, noting stocks were set to rise despite a strong increase in consumption. Agribusiness bank Rabobank said this week record-high stocks should keep world food prices low during 2017 even as inflation starts to rise in many developed economies. The IGC raised its forecast for the 2016/17 world corn (maize) crop by 7 million tonnes to a record 1.042 billion tonnes, mainly reflecting improved prospects in the United States and Brazil. The move followed the US Department of Agriculture’s upward revision to an already record US corn harvest earlier this month. World wheat production in 2016/17 was seen at a record 749 million tonnes, up 1 million tonnes from its previous forecast and well above the prior season’s 737 million. The IGC said world wheat harvested area for the 2017/18 season was projected to be almost unchanged with reductions in the United States and Kazakhstan balanced by increases in Russia and North Africa. “Conditions for recently sown 2017/18 winter wheat in the northern hemisphere are mostly favourable,” the IGC said. The IGC also raised its forecast for 2016/17 global soybean production by 4 million tonnes to a record 336 million tonnes. “With harvesting complete, US output could increase by 11 percent year-on-year, while planting in Brazil is well advanced in key growing areas, notably Mato Grosso,” the IGC said. World rice production in 2016/17 was also seen at an alltime high, rising to 485 million tonnes, up from a previous forecast of 484 million and the prior season’s 472 million. “With many Asian producers likely to cut better crops against the backdrop of improved growing conditions, world rice output in 2016/17 is projected to expand,” the report said.

Simcoe County Archives celebrates half-century mark

Ontario celebrates Christmas Tree Day on December 3rd – will you choose a real or fake tree?

(Toronto, ON, November 23, 2016) - As the holiday season approaches and families begin to decorate their condos, apartments and homes, the perennial question arises – what is better, a real or artificial Christmas tree? Some, perhaps because of convenience or not dropping needles to tidy up, prefer artificial trees. Others question the environmental impact and carbon footprint of transporting a plastic tree from Asia. Real tree proponents such as Rob Keen, CEO at Forest Ontario, are quick to point out that any perceived inconvenience of hauling a real tree home is balanced by the family fun of finding the perfect tree on a snowy weekend trip.  Real trees smell nice, ad while growing, provide habitat for birds and animals. They are a source of employment and income for many rural Ontarians and the living trees clean our air.  Real trees are 100% biodegradable, even after the decorations are removed and finally, sitting at the end of your driveway, they are on their way to being turned into mulch for placement around newly planted trees. If you are considering a pre-cut real tree, Rob has a few hints for picking and caring for a prime tree. • Do the drop test – raise trees a few inches of the ground and let it fall. Choose the tree that doesn’t loose needles. • Gently grab the inside of a branch and pull your hand toward you. The needles should not come loose in your hands. • Buy a tree that fits your home; remember to leave space your tree “topper”. • Does the cut at the bottom of the tree look fresh? Dampness and sap are good signs. • When you buy your tree, have an inch cut off the base to make it easier for the tree to take up water. (Be sure the cut is straight to ensure that tree will stand up properly in the water-filled stand.) Contrary to popular belief, real trees are easy to access and available in many sizes, (for some you need a truck, for others a bicycle rack). Real trees sold at many retail stores are fundraisers for groups including Boy Scouts or can be found at the hundreds of tree farms located across Ontario. In fact, in Ontario anyone is permitted to cut one tree on Crown land for his or her own use. Buying a natural Christmas tree is a win-win, an opportunity to bring the beauty of Ontario’s forests into our homes for the holiday season, celebrate in a way that’s eco-friendly and helps support Ontario tree growers and the Ontario economy. Our forests are an incredible renewable resource, that when managed well, bring a host of social, economic, and environmental benefits.

Caring for Aging Parents Brings Up Many Complex Issues

"Elder care is a lot easier if you talk to your parents early on, plan way ahead, and get help from a big and growing network of resources." ~Brian O'Reilly  The question of care for aging parents brings up many complex issues. Some families are very close, loving and financially secure, which certainly makes things easier. The children want to take care of their parents and have the resources to do it. No one should feel guilty if they do not fall into that category, nor should they be judged. Many adult children were not loved and supported by their parents, and do not feel close to them. When, at forty or fifty years old they are faced with the prospect of possibly years of caring for a parent, they become overwhelmed. They should be able to make some guilt free choices. Sometimes one sibling either chooses or is left with the full responsibility. Naturally that individual needs support. It seems fair enough to expect that the siblings could sit down and discuss the issue, and determine what resources exist among them. Those who cannot or prefer not to spend time, may be able to make a financial contribution to free up the caregiver. Each one should be allowed to freely state what he/she is willing and able to contribute. If an adult child does not feel physically or emotionally up to providing direct care for a parent, this should be honored. Seniors' homes and nursing homes are not always what the parent might want, but it might in some cases be best all around. There is a lot to be said for the elderly maintaining contact with their peer group. As much independence as possible for as long as possible is ideal for both the parent and the adult child. Often it is the daughter who ends up taking responsibility for the parents. The need for care comes when her own children may be challenging, and she may be going through menopause. This is an incredibly heavy load. It is a time for everyone to put their heads together and decide what would be healthiest for all. While caring for a parent can be a beautiful and healing experience, it should not be forced upon anyone. As parents, we should really give thought to these issues, and discuss them with our children long before we become unable to care for ourselves. We need to plan for our own care. It is not fair to expect or assume that our children will take care of us. That is a heavy burden to lay on them. Most people now give thought to retirement planning from a financial perspective. That planning needs to be expanded to include future care, and yes, the many details connected with our inevitable death. Hard as it might be to face these issues, the end result is greater peace of mind for all.  Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist.  For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books, cds or MP3's, visit

Midhurst/November 21, 2016 – The Simcoe County Archives celebrates a half century of collecting and recording Simcoe County’s history. The Archives was founded in 1966 as part of the County’s centennial project and was Ontario’s first county-level archives. The 50th Base Borden Run raises more than Anniversary celebration will be hosted on November 23, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Archives building. Due to $26,000 for Operation Hero scholarship space limitations the registration is by invitation only; however, media are invited to the formal presentation starting at 2 p.m. followed by tours of the facility. “While we celebrate 50 years of the Simcoe County Archives, the history and records included within our walls “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people go all the way back to the 1490’s,” said Warden Gerry will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou Marshall. “The Archives serves an important historical and municipal role by chronicling our region’s beginnings “No one can make you feel inferior without your and archiving important municipal records that shape and consent.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story guide our future.” The seventh annual Base Borden Run, held Sept. 25 from The American Contract Bridge League The Archives collects records that document BRIDGE BITES at CFB Borden, raised $26,400 for the Operation Hero the social, economic, and geographic history THREE DEGREES OF BACON scholarship, ensuring generations of students will By: Brian Gunnell of the County, including business and personal benefit from this special event. records, photographs, maps, sound recordings, This week’s hand features an astonishing defense by West - we’ll get to the Representatives of the run’s founders – the Barrie and moving images. The Archives also performs winning play by degrees. Construction Association and the Simcoe County permanent records management for the County Home Builders’ Association – presented Georgian E-W Vulnerable ♠ AT2 of Simcoe, our 16 member municipalities, as South West North East ♥ q6 College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes 1♠ ♦ KqJT73 well as the City of Barrie. with a cheque on Nov. 14 at the Barrie Campus. Pass 2♠ 3♦ Pass ♣ 84 Did you know… Founder of Operation Hero, CFB Borden Honorary North 3♥ All Pass ♠ KqJ93 • Since 1997 the Archives have added ♠♥ 765 Colonel Jamie Massie, was present as well. Massie 542 ♥ A3 West East E-W did well not to compete to 3♠ (that is also Georgian’s Honorary Campaign Chair and a more than 36,000 descriptions to its database, ♦ 54 ♦ 982 contract is down one if N-S get their Declarer including 248 fonds and 24 collections. ♣ AqJ96 ♣ K73 Diamond ruff). Instead, E-W are Georgian Fellow. ♠ 84 Note: While there are significant records The scholarship supports dependents and spouses required to defeat South’s 3♥ contract. ♥ KJT987 collected between 1966 and 1996 they do not Will they? West’s lead is a Spade, of serving members of the Canadian Forces who ♦ A6 won in Dummy. necessarily appear in the database are pursuing a postsecondary education at Georgian ♣ T52 • The oldest document held at the Simcoe In the first degree, you are Declarer. With that running Diamond suit you have College. More than $189,000 has been raised through County Archives is a page removed from loads of winners, but the danger is that E-W will get five tricks first. You can try the run for Operation Hero in the past seven years. the Latin edition of the Liber Chronicarum, for a Club ruff in Dummy, but alert defenders will switch to trumps (being sure to Students like Allison Batley, whose father is serving written by Hartmann Schedel. Known in hold up the ♥A until the second round). Nonetheless, at Trick 2, you lead a Club in the Canadian Armed Forces, have already benefitted English as the “Nuremberg Chronicle” it hoping that something good will happen. from the scholarship, along with 10 other Georgian was printed by Anton Koberger between In the second degree, you are East, trying to thwart Declarer. Dummy’s ♠A wins students. Batley is the first member of her family to May 1492 and October 1493. As well as a the first trick, and a Club is led, won by West’s Jack. West shifts to a trump, and attend college and is currently studying in the Graphic history of the Christian world, it incorporates you have a dilemma: - If Declarer has the ♣A, and West the ♦A, then the winning defense is to Design Production program at the Barrie Campus. geographical and historical information on President West-Moynes says that the run is a truly take the ♥A immediately and play another Heart, stopping the Club ruff. European countries and towns   - If Declarer has the ♦A, and West the ♣A, then the winning defense is to collaborative effort that signifies the profound respect duck the first trump, win the next Club, cash ♥A and then a third Club. • The Archives assists with approximately the local community has for veterans and serving 2,000 researchers and reference requests per To bring home the bacon the defense must go to the third degree. This time, you members of the Canadian military. year are West, trying to help East to thwart Declarer. Same start, but instead of “We deeply appreciate the sacrifices made by the • Each month the Archives receives routinely winning the ♣J at Trick 2, you do some thinking. Declarer did not play family members of Operation Hero recipients,” says permanent record transfers from various Clubs like someone holding the ♣K, so East surely has that card. In that case West-Moynes. “We owe it to the brave men and you can afford to squander the Ace! This brilliant stroke solves East’s dilemma, member municipalities as well as the County telling him what he needs to know. How many Wests would find that truly women who have served, and who currently serve, to of Simcoe storing more than 900 linear metres remarkable play? None that we know of! do all we can to live our best life and to help others in of municipal records support of our country.” Visit for more about the fascinating game of bridge or email • The 18,000 square foot facility includes For games in Barrie see Learn more about the Operation Hero scholarship For games in Midland see six climate-controlled storage vaults and Base Borden Run at

23 Springwater News • Dec. 1, 2016 Edition 483 • Phone 705 322 2249 Cell: 705 321Tel: (BOLD) 2653 Fax: 705.322.8393Page 705.322.2249 Cell: 705.321 Getting Ready for Baby” prenatal classes Thanks

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Many parents-to-be have a lot of questions about what life will be like with their new baby. Join other parents-to-be and a public health nurse for free classes to get some answers. Getting Ready for Baby classes run weekday evenings or Saturdays. Register early in your pregnancy as classes fill quickly. To register call Health Connection at 705-7217520 or toll free 1-877-721-7520. During the Getting Ready for Baby classes you will learn about: • Nurturing your baby • Keeping your baby safe • Feeding your baby • Becoming a parent • What life will be like in the first few weeks with baby Getting Ready for Baby classes are offered in communities throughout Simcoe and Muskoka. For additional information or to speak with a public health professional, call Health Connection weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or toll free 1-877-7217520. Information provided in the classes is available at

Lakehead’s Report to the Community celebrates innovation and entrepreneurship

The family of Bob Devitt would like to thank everyone who attended our Dad's Celebration of Life, made donations in memory of our Dad, sent flowers, food, and cards. A big thank you to the doctors and nurses at Southlake Hospital and GBGH's ICU & Palliative Care Units for their wonderful care of Dad and supporting the family through this difficult time. Everyone's kind words and thoughts have meant a great deal to us.   Lisa, Judy, Dianne, Sheryl and families Sutherland - We would like to thank family, friends, Lions, Lioness and the John Brown Foundation for all of the financial and emotional support during Riley's continued battle with Leukemia.  We have been overwhelmed with everyone's thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Thank you, Angela, Chris, Riley and Carter Sutherland. Solly Family Dentistry - We would like to thank our amazing staff for volunteering their time, Don Scott, Henry Schein Dental for donating supplies, and to the people from Elmvale who help make this possible.  Our 3rd Annual Free Dental Day was a great success. We were able to treat 40 patients in need. This event helps super-charge our office into the giving spirit. Drs Dave and Nicole Solly

In Memoriams

Obituary obituaries

FLYNN, Thomas owen of FIEGEHEN, Dorothy Isobel“0zzie” (Dorrie)(Co-Owner - Passed away McEachern & Flynn Cartage, Retired Sears Canada suddenly at the Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland SLH, RetiredNovember Captain Barrie Volunteer FireFiegehen Department on Monday, 21, 2016. Dorrie of and Member of Royal Canadian Legion Branch Elmvale, in her 83rd year. Beloved wife of the #147 late for 37 Years.) Suddenly, but peacefully at the Royal Donald Fiegehen. Dear mother of Betty Lou (Steven) Victoria Hospital, Barrie on Monday November 24th, Barr of Barrie, Roger of Phelpston and Greg (Siao-Lie) 2008. Ozzie Flynn of Barrie (in his 80th year). Beloved of Woodland Beach. Loving Nana of Nick, Courtney, husband of 60and years of May (neeofWilliams). Loving Josh, Trevor Alysha. Sister the late Marion father of Catharine Marley and her husband Paul, Camack (late Ivan), Jean Robertson (late Harold),Louise Helen Smith(late and her husband Michael,and Barbara FlynnDowney. and her Lord Bill), Jack, Wendell Winston husband Buzz Carroll. grandfather of Leigh Sister-in-law of Isabel andLoving Mary Downey. Anne Marley (Marc Masson), Jennifer Marley (Gilbert Friends called at the Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Kuiper), Scott Marley (Laura), Christopher Smith (Jody Elmvale from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral Becker), Leah Smith (Christopher Size), and great Service was in the Chapel on Thursday, November 24 grandfather of Lauren, Carsten, Owen, Liam, Emily and at 1:30 p.m. Interment at Elmvale Cemetery followed Isabelle. Dear brother of the late Monica Paton,Memorial survived by a reception at St. John’s United Church. by her husband Sandy, and the late Joyce Ridley. Donations to the Diabetes Association of the Heart & Friends called at the STECKLEY-GOODERHAM Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences Funeral Home, Clapperton and Worsley Streets, Barrie may be sent to on Wednesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St Mary’sRichardson, Church, 65 Amelia Street, Barrie Lois Marian (nee on Thursday November 27th, at 10:00 am. Interment Beard) - Passed away peacefully St. Mary’s Cemetery,atBarrie. Memorial donations to the Champlain Manor, Orillia on Kidney Foundation or the Heart and Stroke Foundation Thursday November 17th, 2016 in would be appreciatedher by75th, the family. Condolences may year. Lois, of Coldwater be forwarded throughiswww, the beloved wife of Leonard Richardson. by her GALBRAITH, Ethel Mary Predeceased Sabina - At the Milton P.E.I. and Hazel Beard. Wedgewood Manor,parents Summerside, on Tuesday, is predeceased by her siblings November 18, 2008,Lois In her 91st year. Beloved wife of VildaDear (Ralph) Porter, the late Arnold Galbraith. mother of Sabina Hazel, (John) Lorne (Nancy – Daniels of RichmondHorace Hill, Jim(Lucy), (Rebecca) of Texas, Dale survived), Morley (Delores Special aunt (Anita) ofand Newmarket, Heather–survived). Zaharychuk of S’side, of Joanof Carrick (Joe). Island, Lois will be(Vivian) lovinglyof remembered David Manitoulin Earl Brampton, by many nieces, nephews, family Lois and friends. June (James) Walters of S’side, TravorsVisitation of S’side was held at the Simcoe 38 James Street & Donald (Carol) of Funeral Sydney, Home, B.C. Also survived by E. on Sunday 20th, from 2-4Sister p.m. & 16 Orillia grandchildren andNovember 7 great grandchildren. of 7-9 p.m. A funeral service was and heldthe in late the Bert chapel on Joyce MacSweyne, Fred Dapp Dapp Monday November 21st, Memorial 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Interment & Marjorie Chambers. Donations to the St. Andrew’s - St. would James’beCemetery, Orillia. As an Alzheimer Society appreciated and may be expression of the sympathy memorial donations may be made through Lynn-Stone Funeral Home, Elmvale. made to the Canadian Liver Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Messages of condolence are welcomed at

Lakehead University’s Report to the Community luncheon In loving memory of Peter Daniels recognized the innovative people, programs and projects Sept 1950 - Dec 2015 that are making a difference at the University and in its communities. The rolling stream of life rolls on People from across Simcoe County gathered at Hawk But still the vacant chair Ridge Golf and Country Club on November 17 to celebrate Recalls the love, the voice, the smile the release of the University’s 2015-16 Annual Report, Of the one who once sat there which describes the accomplishments of the University th Always remembered. and the 10 Anniversary of the Orillia campus. Kathy, Michael, Krista, Shawn & Kate  Guests were welcomed by Bruce Waite from Lakehead’s Board of Governors, who shared highlights from Lakehead Jensen – Ronald Ian Orillia’s 10th Anniversary year. “Thanks to the support Who passed away on November 25th 2013 of the City of Orillia, the County of Simcoe, and many th community partners, our 10 Anniversary celebrations In dreams I walk with you exceeded everyone’s expectations,” Waite said. In dreams I talk to you  Those in attendance enjoyed a talk show-style presentation In dreams you’re mine all the time hosted by author and playwright Dan Needles.   We’re together in dreams  The talk show portion of the luncheon opened with Beautiful dreams interviews with Grace Runciman, a third-year student Loving remembered by wife Pam, who volunteers with the Orillia Area Community Erin, Melissa, Ava, Isla and Jamie Development Corp. and Brandon Pitawanakwat, a student as well as the Jenson and Belanger family. who transferred from Georgian College and is opening a business in Simcoe County, Every man is hero and an and with Dr. Herman van oracle to somebody, and den berg from the Faculty to that person, whatever of Business he says has an enhanced  Alum Jenny Thomas value. --Ralph Waldo captivated the audience by Emerson sharing her Lakehead story with all its ups and downs – from personal challenges to winning top awards at graduation, all while maintaining a successful retail business and looking after four children. Thomas 445 St. Vincent Street explained how Lakehead Barrie, ontario L4M 6T5 not only helped prepare her to reach her goals, but also made her a more effective entrepreneur. New Years Eve Party/Dance  Two Young Alumni Award recipients were also honoured: Josh Briand, who graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from the Orillia campus in 2014; and Ofelia Still Kickin’ Jianu, who attained her Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Science degrees at Lakehead University and is now a member of the Faculty of Energy Systems and Playing Classic Rock and Nuclear Science at the Ontario of University Institute of Technology (UOIT).     Ofelia Jianu accepted her award and explained how Lakehead changed her life by Classic Country inspiring her to become a professor of Engineering.  Josh Briand, a Canadian Forces veteran, overcame a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Doors open 8.30 pm. diagnosis to return to school, complete his degree, and go on to pursue his goal in the field of social work.  Briand is currently working as a social worker in British Columbia. Light Supper. Mark Tilbury, Alumni and Community Relations Director, accepted the award on his behalf.  With a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, the luncheon included an update Complimentary Champagne on the University’s Business programs by Dr. Bahram Dadgostar, Dean of the Faculty at Midnight. of Business Administration. Dr. Dadgostar discussed the recent accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACB), new programs in Entrepreneurship and Accounting for business students, and a new Entrepreneurship Casual Attire. Certificate Program that is open to all non-business students.  “This year’s Annual Report shows the exceptional impact our students, faculty, and Tickets on sale at alumni are having on the economy and society,” said Dr. Brian Stevenson, Lakehead University President & Vice-Chancellor. The Legion  “We feel extremely fortunate to have such dedicated community partners who have helped us achieve dramatic growth over the past 10 years. We look forward to many $15 per person or call more years of success with you,” Dr. Stevenson added.  In addition to the academic, research, and 705 322 1042 community accomplishments, Lakehead to reserve. Orillia’s operating expenditures had an economic impact of $47 million on the City of Orillia and the surrounding region in 2015.  Also included in the Report, Lakehead was named Canada’s #1 research university in its category by Re$earch Infosource and first in total research dollars by Maclean’s 2015 University Rankings.

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Table Tennis County Championships Simcoe County, District 28, Table Tennis Championship and qualifying tournament for the Ontario Senior Games was held on Monday, November 21, 2016in the gym at the NSSRC. Players came to play and qualify for the Ontario Winter Senior Games (OSG) to be held in Cobourg in February. The winner in each group won the District 28, Simcoe County, championship and qualified for the Ontario Senior Games. Results Men First - Artur Hemming / Gunter Schmidt gold qualified Men Second - Helmut Paddags / Lionel Magnan silver Ladies First- Shanti Beelen / Uma Smith gold qualified Mixed First- Shanti Beelen / Artur Hemming gold qualified Mixed Second- Uma Smith / Gunter Schmidt silver The first and second place teams for the Ontario Winter Senior Games received gold or silver pins and certificates. The players are grateful to Artur Hemming and Helmut Paddags for organizing this competition. Table Tennis is a growing sport among seniors in Huronia. Anyone wishing to play table tennis may drop into the gym at the NSSRC on Monday and Wednesday mornings and participate. Shanti Beelen / Uma Smith Uma Smith / Gunter Schmidt Shanti Beelen / Artur Hemming Helmut Paddags / Lionel Magnan Artur Hemming / Gunter Schmidt Thanks to Artur Hemming and Helmut Paddags

Rotary Club Funds Cybergnomes

Wasaga Beach - The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach and Area has a heart for our communities. At a recent celebration evening, Gary Page of Cybergnomes First Robotics mentioned how The Rotary Club support enables students from rural Ontario to connect with the innovators of today - from local automation businesses to tech giants like Google, GE and NASA and to meet and build relationships with the innovators of tomorrow. The students build direct relationships with local industry leaders like Prodomax, Inventure and Honda.  They learn an incredible array of skills along with self-confidence, critical thinking and design skills as well as public speaking and presentation.  This also allows the students to show that Central Ontario is a leader in innovation in Canada.  With the support of our community, the Cybergnomes are in the top 5% of teams in the world competitively. The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach is a dedicated group of men and women who continue to make a difference in people’s lives here and around the World.

Radon: is it in your home?

Radon is a radioactive gas that occurs naturally when the uranium in soil and rock breaks down. It is invisible, odourless and tasteless. When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it is diluted and is not a concern. However, in enclosed spaces, like homes, it can sometimes accumulate to high levels, which can be a risk to the health of you and your family. Exposure to high levels of radon in indoor air results in an increased risk of developing lung cancer. The risk of cancer depends on the level of radon and how long a person is exposed to those levels. How do I Test my Home for Radon? There are two options for testing a house for radon: to purchase a do-it-yourself radon test kit or to hire a radon measurement professional. If you choose to purchase a radon test kit, you must closely follow the instructions on how to set up the test. If you choose to hire a service provider to perform the radon test in your house, it is recommended that you ensure they are certified and will conduct a long term test for a minimum of 3 months. Where can I get a Radon Test Device? Radon test kits may be purchased over the phone, on the internet or from home improvement retailers. The radon test kits include instructions on how to set up the test and to send it back to a lab for analysis once the testing period is over. The cost of testing ranges from $25 to $75. For information on radon testing go to: For more information, visit: Health Canada Communications and Public Affairs Branch Ontario Region On March 17, 1959 the submarine USS Skate (SSN-578) becomes the first submarine to surface at the North Pole. In order to get there she traveled under 3,000 miles of ice for more than a month.

Dec 1 2016 edition 483  

News around Elmvale, Springwater, Wyevale, Tiny Balm Beach and Ontario. Mostly local stories making the Springwater News a real Community Ne...

Dec 1 2016 edition 483  

News around Elmvale, Springwater, Wyevale, Tiny Balm Beach and Ontario. Mostly local stories making the Springwater News a real Community Ne...