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The Creemore


Friday, December 2, 2016 Vol. 16 No. 49

News and views in and around Creemore

Inside the Echo

Sign of the Times

New township signs will be phased in PAGE 3

Pounding the Pavement

Budget passes with last minute additions PAGE 6-7

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Youth Centre gets the gift of radio Christmas by Trina Berlo The new Clearview Youth Centre is receiving the gift of radio this holiday season. Sandra Green and her son Ayden are donating Clearview Community Radio CKAW 90.1 FM to the youth. Green had been looking for a home for the radio. “It’s an absolute perfect fit,” she said. “The only reason that I wanted to be in radio was for the youth component… It’s a great opportunity for youth to have a voice in this community. I always envisioned a platform to tell their own stories and learn technical skills.” As part of the deal, the youth centre will get all the equipment for recording and broadcasting, including the broadcast tower. Green said she will be available through the transition to help the youth centre get set up and to provide some initial training but after that, she will step back. The radio station was a family project and since Ayden is heading off to college in January (to study computer technology at Fanshaw College), Green said her heart isn’t in it anymore. The radio station launched last (See “Youth” on page 10)

in Creemore

Staff photo: Trina Berlo

Sandra Green and son Ayden are donating Creemore based Clearview Community Radio which broadcasts at CKAW 90.1 FM to the newly opened Clearview Youth Centre in Stayner.

Survey doesn’t support speed concerns by Trina Berlo A recent traffic survey has done little to help Clearview Township council and staff figure out how to address residents’ claims that speeding is a concern, especially in Creemore. In June, a group of Creemore residents made a presentation to council requesting traffic calming measures, such as additional stop signs and lowered speed limits. Realizing that speed is a concern for all township residents, council decided to do a township wide assessment of traffic concerns via a survey.

Throughout the month of September, 303 surveys were returned (which staff reported was not a sufficient return to be statistically relevant) with 71 per cent saying there is a speeding issue in Clearview but 57.3 per cent saying speed limits should remain the same (57.5 per cent said the level of police enforcement is not adequate). Of all the respondents, 49 per cent live in or near Creemore. Many councillors, while discussing the survey results on Nov. 28, said this is a Creemore specific concern but even when the Creemore responses are considered separately, 58 per cent

said the speed limits should remain the same. “The problem is specific,” said Councillor Kevin Elwood. “Leave it at this and deal with one location.” “The numbers don’t add up,” said Deputy Mayor Barry Burton. “We have an area where citizens are concerned about speeding.” CAO Stephen Sage said staff still doesn’t have a clear picture of what the problem is. “Normally we want absolute concrete evidence of what needs to be done,” he said. “All the evidence (See “Data” on page 10)

Christmas festivities in the village begin this weekend with the annual Tree Lighting Friday night at Station on the Green, hosted by the Creemore and Area Ratepayers Association and the Tree Society of Creemore beginning at 6:30 p.m. Children are encouraged to create their own hats for the silly hat contest and a chance to win the honour of lighting the tree. Free hotdogs and drinks will be served and there will be carol singing throughout the evening. There will be a Christmas Market at Station on the Green on Saturday and Sunday morning and the annual Breakfast with Santa is taking place at Nottawasaga Creemore Public School on Saturday. The popular kidsonly shopping room will be open and themed treasure trays will be raffled. Santa will make an appearance to visit with the children and pose for photos. The Creemore Santa Claus Parade is at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. The parade will start at the Simcoe County works yard on County Road 9, head east to Mill Street, continue south on Mill Street to Edward Street turn on Mary Street where it will pass the nursing home, then north to Caroline Street, where it ends. Santa will greet guests at the Creemore Log Cabin after the parade. Hot chocolate and treats will be served. Those interested in entering a float are asked to register by e-mail to and be at the staging area no later than 12:45 p.m. Entry is by donation to the parade fund. After the parade, visit the Creemore branch of the Clearview Public Library for holiday crafts and a hot drink. The mayor is hosting a free skate at Creemore Arena Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. For full details, see the community calendar on page 2.

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This Weekend Now to Monday, December 21

• Creemore Echo’s Food and Toy Drive. A donation of non-perishable food, money, gifts & gift cards are being received at The Creemore Echo office or at Creemore TD Canada Trust to help people in our community. All donations go to the Clearview Stayner Food Bank or Hope Acres Salvation Army. A small gift can make a big difference.

Friday, December 2

• Creemore’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Station on the Green at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by CARA & Tree Society of Creemore. Free hot dogs & drinks. Silly Hat Contest for the kids with the winner lighting the tree. All welcome. • Stayner’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Station Park Gazebo, Stayner at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy hot chocolate with the Stayner Chamber of Commerce as they light up the downtown Christmas tree.

Friday, December 2 & Saturday, Dec. 3

• Clearview Fire Fighters Food Drive at Creemore Foodland. Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon. • 6th Annual Michael Tupling Memorial Hockey Tournament at Honeywood Arena, 706114 County Rd. 21 Honeywood. If you wish to participate in the tournament through donations, silent auction items or entering a team, contact Erin Bailey at 519-923-5842 or or Chester Tupling at 705-627-0672 or chester.

Monday, December 5

• Dunedin’s Women’s Friendship Club will meet at 6 p.m. at Dunedin Hall beginning with a potluck supper to start off our Christmas program.

Tuesday, December 6

• Creemore Adult Skating Club skates Tuesday afternoons to March 28 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Creemore Arena. $2 at door per skater. Join the friendliest people in the area for a skate. Call Helen at 705-466-5195 for more details.

Friday, December 9

• Creemore Legion Ladies Auxiliary Friday Night Supper. Tourtiere pie, gravy, French fries, coleslaw, vegetable, soup, dessert, buns/butter, coffee/tea. $13 for seniors, $15 for adults. Call 705-466-2432 or 705-466-2202 to reserve your spot.

Saturday, December 3

• Nottawasaga and Creemore Public School is once again proud to host Breakfast with Santa! Come out and take pleasure in the Christmas festivities and enjoy a wonderful pancake and sausage breakfast. Also, take part in the other fun events such as: Kids Shopping Room, Treasure Tray Raffles, Kids Craft Room, Silent Auction and a visit with Santa! Doors open at 8:30 a.m. until noon. Children $5, adults $7, family of 4 $20, family of 5 $25. • Stayner Santa Claus Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Meet Santa after at the Stayner Evangelical Missionary Church. Donations to the Clearview Stayner Food Bank encouraged. • Market in the Mills at Horning’s Mills Hall, 14 Mill Street, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christmas Craft Fair. Handmade annual market in historic Horning’s Mills featuring over twenty artisans, a beautiful brunch cafe service and an abundance of holiday cheer.Visit for details. • Christmas in the Valley all day downtown Creemore including our Santa Claus Parade at 1:30 p.m. Catch the parade along Mill Street, Edward Street East to Mary Street then north on Caroline Street East ending at the Creemore Log Cabin where Santa will visit with the children after the parade. • Join us at Teddy Bear Picnic Children’s Centre Fundraisers: Right after the Santa Claus Parade Silent Auction. Items biding from Dec 3-16. Christmas trees for $30. Pre-order by contacting Tatiana at 647-588-3532 or tatianaghaly@hotmail. com before November 29.

Saturday, December 10

• Handmade in the Valley Craft Show at Dunedin Hall, 8994 County Rd 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shop from 20+ vendors. Contact jansen.jennifer.m@ to register as a vendor or for more details. • #NOTMYMP signs for sale at Avening Hall from 9:30 to 11 a.m. $10 each.

Monday, December 12

• Georgian Bay British Car Club meets at the Huron Club, Pine Street, Collingwood, at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Sunday, December 18

• We Need A Little Christmas Concert at St. John’s United Church, Mill Street at 3:30 p.m. The Dufferin Concert Singers and The New Tecumseth Singers present a Christmas Concert. Tickets available at Curiosity House Books. Adults $20, children under 16 free. Contact 705-4663017 or for more information.

Sunday, December 25

• Creemore’s Annual Community Christmas Dinner at Creemore Legion starting at 4:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. Call to reserve your seat or delivery of dinner to Donna at 705-466-2523 or email CreemoreChristmasElf

• Christmas at the Library at Creemore Branch of Clearview Public Library from 2 to 4 p.m. hosting their traditional After-Parade Party starting at 2 p.m. First watch the Santa Claus Parade and then drop in for a hot drink & create free holiday crafts. • Treblemaker Concert at New Life Church, 28 Tracey Lane, Collingwood at 2 p.m. Let Joy Awaken! Across from Georgian Bowl off Cty Road 124. Free will offering. (Also a concert on Dec. 4 at Wasaga Beach Community PresbyTerian Church at 2 p.m. 208 Mosley Street beside Beach Area 2). For advance tickets or more information call Penelope Dale at 705-352-4595 or

Saturday, December 3 & Sunday, Dec. 4

• Creemore Christmas Market at Station on the Green, 10 Caroline Street East from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. 25 Booths brimming with goodies.

Sunday, December 4

• Church Services on page 5.

• The Mayor’s Free Skate at Creemore Arena from noon to 2 p.m. hosted by Mayor Vanderkruys. Donations to Food Bank encouraged. • Bee Natural Caretakers’ Holiday Gathering at Woodfield Farm, 936215 Airport Road, Mulmur from 4 to 6 p.m. All members and newcomers are welcome to join our potluck gathering. Please bring a food dish (to share) and a jar of honey (for charity). Plus your beekeeping stories from the field! Free event. Contact Janet Grant at or www. for more information.

Saturday, December 31

• New Year’s Eve Dance at Creemore Arena Hall, 220 Collingwood Street, Creemore starting at 9 p.m. Hosted by Creemore Minor Hockey Association. Music by DJ Grippr. Hot/cold buffet, party favours. $25 per ticket – a limited number of 150 so buy yours now! Available at Creemore Echo or from Donna Harper at

Sunday, January 8

• Contestants needed! Can you bring the heat? To kick off a year of celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday, Mulmur Township is hosting a Chili Cook Off with a free Family Skate at the North Dufferin Community Centre in Honeywood. No cost to compete. Great prizes. Email us at info@ to register and enter your famous chili. Call Township of Mulmur at 705-466-3341 for more information.

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New signs approved for Clearview Township by Trina Berlo Clearview council got a look at the township’s new signs Monday. In June, Gary Page of Page Graphics in Creemore was contracted to design signs for the entranceways to the municipality and its communities as a next-step in the township’s ongoing rebranding process. Page presented variations on a design that incorporate the township’s logo and green and blue colour palette. The signs would have a removable panel along the bottom highlighting local events. Page proposed a stylized swoosh feature on the top of the signs, which was a recommended option by staff. “Forget the square, I like the swoosh,” said Deputy Mayor Barry Burton. It is proposed that the signs for the main entranceways and individual communities will portray photos of landmarks specific to that community. For instance, in Creemore the signs show images of the fountain and the jail. “There is a risk the photos could look dated,” said Councillor Shawn Davidson, referring to the clothing and vehicles. C o u n c i l l o r D o u g M e a s u re s reiterated his dislike of the branding concepts, namely that the logo does not include the word township. “You get assaulted by watermelons


Page Graphics' designs for entranceway signs were approved by council Monday as part of the township's ongoing rebranding exercise. and then you get this great image to the side,” he said. He critiqued many of the individual photos submitted by community members, hoping they could be replaced with stronger images. Working with staff, Page solicited submissions of photos from people in various communities. The photos will be reviewed as the contract rolls out. As it was proposed, the tiger moth and Sunnidale Hall were chosen to represent Sunnidale Corners, leeks and rock climbing represent Singhampton,




fishing and the old gas station depict Nottawa, New Lowell Conservation Area and baseball represent New Lowell, apples and the old mill are shown for Glen Huron, Nordic skiing and the old schoolhouse represent Duntroon, Knox Presbyterian Church and sheep are depicted for Dunedin, Brentwood Hall and a historic photo are depicted on the Brentwood signs, farming and Avening Hall is depicted on the Avening signs and cycling the rail trail, the old bell tower, gazebo and a historic photo of downtown represent

Stayner. The swoosh design was approved but there will be some tweaking of the images. Staff was directed to proceed with a request-for-proposal for the signs with acquisition to be determined as funds become available. It was stated that the township hopes to move forward with acquiring six entrance signs as a start. The signs are estimated to cost between $4,800 for the biggest ones and $2,600 for the smaller signs without an image.

County transportation survey underway Simcoe County residents are being asked to help shape the future of transportation in our region and beyond. The Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS), in partnership with the County of Simcoe, the Government of Ontario, the Toronto Transit Commission, Metrolinx/GO Transit, and 18 other municipal/local

governments in the Greater Toronto Area and Greater Golden Horseshoe Area, looks to assist in the long-term planning of the transportation system in these regions. Approximately 160,000 households from across Southern Ontario are being randomly selected to complete the survey, and you may receive a letter or phone call asking you to participate.

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• The Creemore Echo • Friday, December 2, 2016

Opinion Editorial

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The way we were

Oh Christmas Tree There is a very special story behind Creemore’s Christmas Tree. Each year, the kick-off to the holiday season in the village is the Tree Lighting, hosted by the Tree Society of Creemore and CARA on the first Friday in December. The tree lighting is on the eve of parade day and many other festive events. The tree lighting is a wonderful community event. People come together to sing carols and every year, the child with the silliest homemade hat wins the honour of pressing the button to light the trees. Some of us may not remember that until five years ago, a tree was put up at Station on the Green for the occasion. In 2011, Stuart and Vicki Lazier donated a tree from their Mulmur property. With the help of volunteers and community partners, the large white fir tree was transplanted to the Station on the Green. The move was also made possible by an anonymous donation from a local family. That family still wishes to remain anonymous but their story brings a deeper meaning to the spirit of the tree. The donation was made in memoriam to the matriarch of a family, that in December of 1935 prepared to emigrate from Germany to Canada. The family was limited as to the number of personal items they could bring with them on the ship. Not knowing what to expect in Canada or where they would be staying, the woman, Mutti (Mum), was afraid that there would not be a Christmas tree for her family. So, in her small trunk of personal items, she placed a short broomstick with small holes drilled into it from top to bottom. She thought that she could find some greens to put into the drilled holes to look sort of like a Christmas tree. The Christmas Season was always a special time with Mutti, her tree was decorated with beautiful ornaments and candles. Mutti passed away five years ago. She never wanted any memorial so her family donated to the Tree Society to plant a Christmas Tree at the Station on the Green and every year it could be lit and they would remember. This story brings new meaning and a deeper appreciation of the Creemore Christmas Tree. When we stand around the lit tree Friday with neighbours, friends and family, we may want to take a moment to think about what the tree symbolizes for one family. It is an inspiring story of courage and hope, to cross an ocean with a broomstick knowing that it may help make for a better Christmas.

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Visiting with Santa at the old town hall after the Santa Claus Parade (year unknown) is Mr. DeBoard (from left), Marianne VanKlavern, unknown, Gwen Gregson, Jack Lemmon and Gloria Gowan in front.

NIMBYism at the expense of the local economy? Editor: I have watched, read about and listened to a small but vocal group fighting a proposal for Steer Enterprise to build at Cashtown Corners. I have driven across Canada and witnessed closed dealerships, machine shops, gas stations, and schools and I have seen the derelict homes, all indicating a sinking economy and no viable jobs. I drive north to Cashtown and I see a new gas station, doughnut shop, John Deere dealership and can envision Steer on the southeast side. All these businesses provide much needed employment and keep families living, shopping and attending schools close by. Consider the daily trucks we depend on: Triple J with trees for the Tree Society of Creemore; the snow plough or grader; the combine or their accompanied trucks; the school buses, milk trucks, livestock carriers; Clearview Township trucks and yes, Creemore Springs trucks – all critical to keeping this township working. Many of these drivers do not get paid while waiting for repairs. The new site drawings for Steer have been published. The proposed site certainly does not duplicate the present cluttered shop in Glen Huron as suggested by the plaintiffs. Is this a case of NIMBYism at the expense of the local economy and 35-plus jobs? Steer must now undergo the slow and expensive process of an OMB review, even though the proposal has township

support, with the apparent exception of the plaintiffs’ chief supporter, Councillor Paterson. The suggestion that Steer can locate elsewhere in Clearview is just plain false. If you have questions, stop and talk to the people at Steer. Learn about what they do. I have. They are a conscientious and community-oriented group of Creemore area residents, proud of their work. Norah Mills, Creemore.

Proud to have Kellie Leitch as our MP Editor: Please be aware that my nephew is a classmate of Dr. Kellie Leitch. (Dr. Peter Ferguson, Gold Medalist, U of T) I have known directly or indirectly the record of Dr. Leitch since her first year of medical school. Our family is very proud to have her as our MP. I have followed the conflict between Steer and John and Marnie Hillier. I do not believe that you attempt to be fair to both positions. Please do fair, honest and accurate reporting! Dr. T.W. McKean, Duntroon.

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Reasoned opposition is way forward

Editor: Put me in firm opposition to some of the things Kellie Leitch has said in the wake of the recent U.S. election. However, as an accident-of-birth dual citizen, I took a special interest in that election and, for the first time, actually felt a moral duty to cast a vote. Based on that experience, I am dismayed to see the shape the opposition to Dr. Leitch is taking. The fist shaking moral rage and overheated rhetoric is exactly the same

behaviour that alienated rural voters in the United States, perhaps ultimately contributing to the unfortunate outcome. I think if we want to make a difference, the way forward is reasoned opposition to her policy ideas, not a furious mob. The latter tends only to entrench people in their positions, not to make change. And the former, surely, is what being Canadian is all about. Bruce Philp, Creemore.

Editor: After watching all the brouhaha in House of Commons QP about Chinese billionaires donating $1million to Justin Trudeau’s “Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation”... I wonder if this federal pay to play ploy has percolated to the municipal level? Seeing Deputy Mayor Barry Burton accept a $15,000 cheque from Clearview Aviation Commerce Centre spokesperson Paul Bonwick doesn’t pass the ethical “smell test’. How convenient that after his presentation to Collingwood council and subsequent failure, that this happened. FYI, for your readership, Bonwick

is former Liberal MP and brother of Collingwood Mayor Sandra Cooper. On a second subject... reading minutes of the Nov. 28 council meeting, Edward Henley states Industrial lands are not financed to the tune of $2.5M by taxpayers… but by landowners (taxpayers) forced to pay for this financial fiasco. Odd how Steer says it’s not compatible with Fleshcon, Darpak et al in that area. And now OMB is being used to fight their new site. Again how much is the taxpayer on the hook for legal fees? Just my two cents, David Witzke, Clearview.

Donation doesn't pass smell test

Dismantling CBC would destroy democracy Editor: Candidates for Conservative Party leadership are making the usual comments in the hope of gaining support from their party base. A normal electoral process. It is when some candidate shows a major character flaw in stating extreme policies that we need to wake up. Not satisfied with wanting Canada to follow Donald Trump’s despicable standards, Kellie Leitch MP has stated that, “.... Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) needs to be dismantled”. Presumably a sell off that would be open to all buyers including those from the USA. In reality, maybe this is not possible, but it does demonstrate Leitch’s character and basic

anti-Canadian values. We rely on unbiased and truthful information from radio, television and the press in order to form an opinion, which in turn, translates our ballots into chosen government. Any suggestion that CBC should be dismantled, sold, in parts, then controlled by vested interests, foreign or domestic, means the destruction of democracy as we know it. I cannot believe that the Canadian Conservative Party members would elect Kellie Leitch to leadership, followed by endorsement of her policies. There are many more candidates in the race worthy of party support. Ray Jackson, Mulmur.

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With winter, comes snow days by Annie Chandler Have you ever wondered who was actually making those early morning decisions to keep the school buses off the road? With the winter weather approaching I thought I would provide some information about this process. Quite some time ago the Catholic and Public school boards combined their transportation departments into one, forming what is now known as the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium (SCSTC). In 2011, this Ministry funded organization became independent employing 11 people who are responsible for the transportation of 34,000 students. When a bad weather day sets in, the SCSTC work in conjunction with the bus operators (in our area it is Sinton-Landmark) to determine if a cancellation is going to be made. Some of the factors include, forecasted weather, confirmation that the snow plows have been out and that the roads are deemed safe for travel. After a conference call with representatives from all the bus zones a decision is made before 6 a.m. You can find updates at www. and you can subscribe to receive bus delay notifications or you can follow the Consortium on Twitter @SCSTC_SchoolBus. Did you know that the bus drivers are not paid on the days that the buses do not run? The decision to cancel buses is strictly based on the safety of the

students and the drivers. On these days it is a family decision as to whether or not to send your children to school. As we all know, the older students tend to be sparse however the primary classes are very well attended. The school is always open and teachers are there to provide learning and fun activities for the students. On another note, our schools are continuing to run Breakfast and Snack programs. In Creemore approximately 5 to 10 students arrive early for Breakfast each day and between 15 to 30 students run out of food before the second nutrition break. In speaking with Principal Alison Golding she welcomes any food donations such as eggs for boiling, nut free muffins/ breads, fruit or cheese and crackers. Anyone wishing to help out in this area can drop off food or a monetary donation at the school. This Saturday, Dec. 3, I look forward to attending the annual Breakfast with Santa, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents and the general community are welcome to come and enjoy a yummy pancake breakfast and have a picture taken with Santa. There is a silent auction and other great activities for the kids. Sounds like a great warm up to the parade downtown Creemore at 1:30 p.m.

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• The Creemore Echo • Friday, December 2, 2016

Council responds to funding requests during final budget debate by Trina Berlo Clearview council responded to a few last minute funding requests during its second and final budget workshop Nov. 28. The changes pushed the municipal tax increase up to 4.18 per cent, from 3.42 per cent presented at a public meeting on Nov. 14. Council approved the $39,326,000 budget for 2017, which includes $26,230,000 in operating expenses and $13,096,000 in capital spending. As part of the discussion, council considered a request from Collingwood General and Marine (G&M) Hospital for a financial commitment toward the construction of a new hospital. G&M Foundation executive director Jory Pritchard Kerr was before council Nov. 14 asking

members to consider pledging $5 million over 10-15 years. The hospital is hoping to build a 335,951 square foot hospital, two-and-a-half times the size of the current facility, on Poplar Sideroad. The total project cost is estimated at $328 million, with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care covering $253 million of that, leaving almost $75 million to be raised by the foundation. G&M is in the process of asking for donations from other municipalities whose residents use the hospital – Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and The Blue Mountains. After some discussion, council worked out a plan that would result in a $3.6 million donation toward the new build by 2031. Clearview will set $25,000 aside (See “Mayor” on page 7)

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Mayor moves to add $50,000 for gravel roads (Continued from page 6) in 2017, with donations building by increments of $50,000 each year up to a maximum of $300,000 by 2023. The plan is to continue saving $300,000 until 2031, when the fundraising goal is reached. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020 and would take several years. Mayor Christopher Vanderkruys made a motion to add $50,000 for gravel to improve rural road maintenance. He said the expenditure is in response to comments and complaints made at the mayor’s town hall meetings. People have been asking for better maintenance of the township’s gravel roads. The extra money will be used at the discretion of staff to buy materials and increase grading. Council also agreed to include $17,000 for pavers to complete the streetscaping of Caroline Street West. The street was redesigned after a new watermain was installed this fall. General manager of transportation and drainage Gerry LeMay reported the project came in $68,000 under budget, so there are enough funds to replace the asphalt in the boulevards with pavers. The Creemore BIA made the request to extend the brick throughout

the commercial area so that the streetscape would look consistent with what is used on the sidewalks on Mill Street. The money will come from reserves. Council also added $3,000 for seed money for the Clearview Cats program pitched by the Georgian Triangle Humane Society (GTHS) at the Nov. 14 council meeting. Councillors discussed the pros and cons of getting into the business of trying to control feral cat populations in the township. “This is a small measure we can do to assist homeowners and residents,” said Councillor Shawn Davidson. “I don’t believe Clearview should get into forming a cat bylaw.” The GTHS came to council asking for seed money for the program, which will subsidize spay and neutering for township residents who cannot afford it. They said unfixed cats that go outside and contribute to the feral cat population. The GTHS will continue to fund the program through donations and will continue to work in partnership with Creemore Cats, a group of local volunteers who work to control local feral cat populations. A $175,000 expense for a fire department training building was removed from the budget. Fire Chief

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Shawn Davidson congratulates Thom Paterson on voting in favour of the budget Nov. 28. It was all in good fun, at the end of a nine-hour council meeting. Colin Shewell said the funds were requested as part of a plan for a new fire hall and public works building in New Lowell. He anticipates the project will be back on the books for 2020/2021. Two council members voted in opposition to the budget. Councillors Kevin Elwood and Connie Leishman were opposed to the increase. “I’ll be damned if we are going over

two per cent,” said Leishman earlier in the afternoon, as the additions were made. Noteworthy, is that Councillor Thom Paterson voted in favour of the budget. He said it is the second time in all of his years on council that he has not opposed the final budget figures, for which at the end of a nine-hour council meeting, he was congratulated by Davidson. Paterson said he is satisfied that staff did a thorough job of finding efficiencies. He said he still wants a zero based component to the budgeting process that would identify spending efficiencies. Paterson said council has never had an appetite to do so even though staff are making some of these decisions on their own. There are significant programs he wishes to support including the community improvement plan, Gowan park pavilion, trails, Eco park, arena improvements, increased derbies level for gravel roads, library fund, hospital fund, and local programs for youth and tourism. The full budget package is available online at budget. See community grant allocations on page 10.

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FUNDRAISER, DEC. 3 TO 16 AUCTION ITEMS INCLUDE Club links Foursome at National Pines Golf Course, Your choice of $100 Gift Certificate from Creemore Foodland, O’Shea’s Gift Certificate. Fleet Wood Dance Classes. Also Photography Photo Session, The Sanctuary Yoga/Pilates Pass, Children’s Bike, Magnone’s Gift Certificates, Twist Gift Certificates, Bridges Gift Certificates, Spaulding Music Lessons, Glow Hair Studio Gift Certificate AND Much, Much, MORE. We will have Christmas trees for sale Balsam Fir, Fraser Fir and Spruce. $30. Stop by after the Santa Claus Parade to make your bid and pick up your tree. 6 Elizabeth Street E from 3 to 7 pm

Michael Tupling Memorial Hockey Tournament The sixth annual Michael Tupling Memorial Tournament will be held on December 2nd & 3rd 2016 at the Honeywood arena. The Michael Tupling Memorial Foundation was established to help encourage youth involvement and leadership in the community. All the proceeds from this tournament will go towards recreation activities and community projects and help provide financial support for youth in the North Dufferin community who may not otherwise have the financial resources to participate. Register your hockey team and come out to join the fun that includes hockey, music, food, and a silent auction.

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A small gift can make a big difference. Donation of non-perishable food, money, gifts and gift cards are being received at The Echo’s office to help people in our community. All donations go the Clearview Stayner Food Bank or Hope Acres Salvation Army. We will be collecting items during our office hours until Monday, December 21. The creemore

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• The Creemore Echo • Friday, December 2, 2016

County council approves 2% budget increase Simcoe County council has approved a $469 million budget for 2017, which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services and service levels, while continuing to invest in roads, economic development, solid waste management, and social housing. The 2017 budget also ensures the county continues along a path of long-term fiscal stability, and contains items that address areas of growth, as well as initiatives directed by council to enhance service levels, increase efficiencies, and prepare for the future. “Our residents expect a high level of service and it is our job to ensure they receive the services and programs they need as efficiently as possible,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “This budget is not only fiscally responsible, it builds upon a solid foundation of investment in social, community, and health services, while

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maintaining an active role in economic development.” Residents will see an overall two 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.

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$469 million total expenditures 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

Correction Steer is hoping to build a 2,350 square metre building at Cashtown Corners, not a 2,350 square foot building as previously reported. The Echo apologizes for the error.


Council doles out community assistance grants As part of budget deliberations, council approved $22,700 in community grants. Requests totalled $48,950. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Georgian Triangle $1,000 Breaking Down Barriers $500 Brentwood Horticultural Society $600 Clearview Community Theatre $2,000 Clearview Stayner Food Bank $2,000 Creemore Cats $250 Creemore Horticultural Society $600 Crime Stoppers - Simcoe, Dufferin, Muskoka $500 CyberGnomes $1,000 Dunedin Literary Festival $500 Duntroon Stayner Road Race $500 Elephant Thoughts Educational Outreach $250 Georgian Triangle Anglers Association $250

Youth will be developing radio content (Continued from page 1) year, broadcasting online at first and then becoming fully licensed through the CRTC and eventually hitting the airwaves. Also last year, CKAW received approval to record and broadcast Clearview Township council meetings. The details of the transfer have yet to be worked out. The youth centre just opened its doors last week. During the official announcement at

(Continued from page 1) shows the speeding problem is no worse than anywhere else in Clearview.” Sage suggested putting the township’s radar signs in stealth mode to collect more data.


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“This isn’t about speed. This isn’t about data. It’s about what they perceive in their community,” said Councillor Shawn Davidson. “They did not want to believe the data as presented,” said Councillor Robert Walker. “They don’t wish to support it or acknowledge it.” Davidson said, in defence of the group they came to council with concerns about their own neighbourhood and they agreed begrudgingly to participate in the survey by helping to form the questions because that was the only direction council was willing to take. The Creemore group concerned with speeding, Doug Mills, Carol Ray and Linda Coulter, has been invited to come back to council chambers in the New Year.


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• The Creemore Echo • Friday, December 2, 2016

Local guy wins ultra marathon series fueled by pizza by Mandy Bridson The owners of La Pizzeria in Stayner were pleasantly surprised this past summer, to learn that their pizza powers Ultra Marathon runner, Steve Bridson. Most Friday nights, Steve or his wife would drop in to pick up a pizza and eventually, owners Jody Gillis and Londy Doran, found out why they were regulars. Steve has a unique calorie intake strategy. He eats half a pizza or more (usually more), the night before one of his big races, then one piece every hour for about the first eight hours of the race. Something must be working because Steve is once again the Ontario Ultra Trail Race Series Champion, consecutively for the past three years. He’s won one time in the age 50-plus category and now twice for all ages. The OUTRACE series consists of 11 races each season, spring to fall, and each race is 50 km or more. The races are mainly on trails, through hilly forests and muddy terrain. This year, Steve ran three, “100 milers” (that’s a 162 km) in 24 hours (yes, he runs day and night, non-stop). His total racing kilometres this year were just over 1,000 km. That equals a lot of pizza! It also helped make him Ultra Champ of the North American “Trail Runner Magazine” series, for the past two years and a top contender this year. Steve laughs when telling the pizza story as he’s something of an enigma

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Steve Bridson (from right) fuels his demanding running regime with pizza from LaPizzeria made by Londy Doran and Jody Gillis. on the race circuit, where most runners carefully eat hyper-healthy food, count calories and are generally aghast at the amount of pizza Steve can eat while running! He loves carbs and can’t get enough. Guess it’s understandable considering he burns an average of 13,000 calories in a 100-mile race! What did Jody Gillis think when he

heard that Steve is fueled by his pizza? “I thought, who does that kind of thing? You’d think it’s impossible and it sounds kind of crazy, but it’s impressive!” When asked what they think about him eating their pizza to power-up for a race, Jody and Londy jokingly replied, “What other choice is there?” When questioned as to what their

secret ingredients are, they said, “I guess just our passion for making good food”. Well, there’s no doubt something must be working! Jody and Londy are just happy to be able to support a local guy doing something so big and kind of crazy and Steve is just happy to be eating their pizza! Mutual admiration.

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Gayle Millsap 3  1  0 Marilyn Steed  2  1  1 Judith Crawford  1  2  1 Donna Baylis  1  3  0 From The Hack: The run for the McArthur Family Trophy is getting serious. Teams Steed and Crawford both had high scores but their opponents made them work for each point.  With only two regular games left everyone is watching Jennifer Jones on you-tube for pointers! Lots of giggles and chatter after the game.


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Loranger  5  2  1 McDougall  5  3  0 Martens  4  3  1 Steed  3  5  0 McArthur  2  6  0 From The Hack: On Monday Team McDougall lost to Team Martens and Team Loranger won over Team Steed.  Wednesday’s games had Teams Martens and McDougall beating out Teams McArthur and Steed respectively. We all wish Marilyn, Linda, Liz and Joan good luck  in their upcoming participation in the “Grandmasters” to be held in Alliston, next week. Good curling everyone! 


Team Verstegen 5 0 0 Team Millsap 4 1 0 Team Crevier 3 1 1 Team Rowbotham 3 2 0 Team Fuller 2 3 0 Team Bell 1 3 1 Team Flack 1 4 0 Team Lambert 0 5 0 From The Hack: Tuesday night was a battle of the undefeated with Team Millsap and Team Verstegen battling it out on the late draw! Team Verestegen came up with the win to remain the only team undefeated. With only three weeks left anything could happen!


Crevier  4 0 0 Morby  3 1 0 Fuller  2 2 0 Kelly  2 2 0 McArthur 2 2 0 Bell 2 2 0 Rowbotham 1 3 0 Baylis 0 4 0 From the Hack: Team Crevier (Paul, Karen, Bill and Alex Brewer) remains undefeated. Steve Morby’s team is hot on their heels. And... four teams are currently in third place. With three games left, there could be an upset.

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• The Creemore Echo • Friday, December 2, 2016

Clearview Township residents will be reimbursed for half the cost of Collingwood Library membership

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Clearview Township residents who wish to use the Collingwood Public Library will be reimbursed for half of the cost, thanks to a new regional library service plan. Council approved the plan Monday after many discussions. Councillor Doug Measures has been advocating for such a plan, saying many Nottawa residents prefer to borrow library materials from that library as it is more convenient. Clearview Library CEO Jennifer La Chapelle reported Collingwood Public Library’s non-

resident annual membership fee is $110 per. She said Collingwood Public Library has advised that 99 Clearview Township residents currently pay for memberships. The Regional Library Service Plan states that members in good standing to be reimbursed for 50 per cent of the amount for a membership to the Collingwood Public Library (one family membership, per Clearview Township household). For more information contact the Clearview Public Library at 705-428-3595.



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A reminder, our Christmas Dinner will take place at noon sharp on Dec. 15, and your dues have to be paid prior to receiving a free dinner. We had some snow fall but that did not stop 36 members Evelyn coming out for cards and Warden 50/0 draws were won by Ted Underhill, Irma Flack, Lucy Young, Sheila Fenton, Lloyd Somerville and June Hartley. Seven Moon shots were played by Dave Smith, Carol Tymchuk x2, Evelyn Warden, Sheila Fenton, Pat Winger, June Hartley, with the travel prize to Carol Tymchuk. Winners for cards were Barb Pilon, 297, Morris Tymchuk, 286, Dave Smith, 284, Sherry Lohnes, 282 and low was Jim Rigney, 68. No person was in the lucky chair. It really warms my heart to hear that schools in Simcoe County are gathering toys, making stockings and doing whatever they can to send to the children in Fort McMurray, which as you know was devastated with fires this summer. Our teachers who encourage this type of caring attitude do not receive enough credit for what they do. Remember: The prettiest eyes have cried the most tears and the kindest heart has felt the most pain.



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We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to everyone for the inquiries, cards, food and company, during this sad time. Your friendship and compassion will always be remembered. Family of Myles Morrish.

Millar – Dalton on December7, 2012 and Della on February 18, 1979. Beautiful memories Silently kept of ones we loved And will never forget. Sadly missed by Marie, Jerry, Rob, Eric and families.

Holling, Betty Marie (nee Leighton) passed away at age 82 on Sunday, October 23, 2016 formerly of Fenton, Michigan. Betty was born near Creemore, Ontario and was raised on a working farm with her parents, three brothers and three sisters. She attended a small rural one room school house as a child and later trained at secretarial school. Betty married Anthony Fehrenbach in June 1955. Together they immigrated to the United States in 1963 and resided in Michigan. They had three children together and divorced in 1974. In 1978, Betty married Hugh R. “Dick” Holling, who has been her constant, loving companion for 38 years. Later in her career she became a successful real estate agent. Betty was struck with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in her fifties and for a number of years she proudly participated in medical studies searching for treatment and cure for RA. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Richard S. Leighton and Susan (“Tiny”) J. (Norris) Leighton, brother Donald Leighton, and sister Helene Bilton. Betty is survived by her husband Hugh Holling; children Karen Fehrenbach, Kevin Fehrenbach, Kimberly Mikat; grandson Kyle Mikat; son-in-law Jeffrey Falcon; sisters Elsie “Dot” Young, Joyce Glenn; brothers Ray Leighton, Doug Leighton; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held in Fenton, Michigan on Friday, November 4, 2016. Charitable contributions can be made in Betty’s honour to the Arthritis National Research Foundation, 5354 E. 2nd Street, Suite 201, Long Beach, California 90803. Share memories at

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room rental Room for rent: Queensize, furnished bedroom with shared kitchen, living room and dining room. Off Airport Road, south of Cashtown Corners near Creemore. No pets, non-smoker, parking. $130 weekly. Please call Kathy at 705-444-4853.

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• Wed. Dec. 28 at 11 a.m. Auction sale of 3 John Deer tractors 7830, 7710, 2950, plus equip for Wayne & Beth Cunningham. EM#6009 5th Line of Erin Twp. (near Hillsburgh) *Full list in Dec. 16 edition of Creemore Echo*

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PLANNED POWER OUTAGE FOR THE VILLAGE OF CREEMORE SUNDAY DECEMBER 4, 2016 Hydro One has advised Collus PowerStream that a planned power outage has been scheduled between the hours of 06:00am and 10:00am on Sunday December 4, 2016, to facilitate the safe work on the Stayner M2 44KV circuit, to accommodate the connection of a new pumping station for the Township of Clearview. Should the weather be inclement the outage will be rescheduled for Sunday December 11, 2016 at the same time. This outage will involve specific Collus PowerStream customers located in the Village of Creemore. (See image below)

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Collus PowerStream regrets any inconvenience this interruption may cause, however should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Ted Burrell at 705-445-1800 x 2286


• The Creemore Echo • Friday, December 2, 2016

217 Gideon Street, Stayner, ON L0M 1S0 Telephone: 705 428-6230 | Fax: 705 428-0288 Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

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Come and enjoy a free community skate hosted by Mayor Vanderkruys at the Creemore arena. Donations to the Food Bank are encouraged.

NOTICE Winter Parking & Snow Removal No vehicle shall be parked on any street, road allowance, sidewalk or municipal parking lot within the Township of Clearview between the hours of 12:00am and 6:00am during the winter season from November 1st, 2016 to March 15th, 2017.

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The Clearview Community Policing Committee launched its annual LCBO bag initiative, in time for the OPP’s Festive RIDE program. Elementary school students from Creemore Public School drew pictures on 6x6 pieces of paper depicting why drivers should choose to not drink and drive this holiday season. The pictures are reproduced and glued onto LCBO bottle bags. Distribution of the bags is done at the Creemore and Stayner LCBO stores during the Christmas season. This year, 250 bags were prepared for LCBO customers. Since 2009, the Clearview Community Policing Committee has distributed over 4000 bags.

Any vehicles in violation may be issued a parking ticket and towed away at the owner’s expense. In addition, the Municipality or its’ employees will not be responsible for any damage done to vehicles parked or abandoned on any street, road allowance, sidewalk or municipal parking lot by the Township of Clearview winter maintenance operations. Residents are reminded that it is illegal to deposit (shovel or blow) snow onto roads, sidewalks or parking lots under jurisdiction of the Township of Clearview. Issues relating to the obstruction of traffic or damage to snow removal equipment may be subject to charges under the Highway Traffic Act. Thank you for your cooperation. Gerry LeMay, General Manager of Transportation and Drainage 705-428-6230 ext. 230 •


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Vacant Industrial Land For Sale $77,000 10.01 Hectares (24.74 acres) of land zoned M3 General Industrial and Environmentally Protected (EP) for sale. The land is a closed gravel pit which has been in compliance with the Aggregate Resource Act. Sealed bids will be accepted until Tuesday December 13th, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Bids will be opened Tuesday December 13th, 2016 at 1:15 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Clearview Township Administrative Center, 217 Gideon Street, Stayner, Ontario. For more information, please contact Gerry LeMay General Manager Transportation and Drainage 705-428-6230 ext. 230 •




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