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Welcome to New Communications Committee Member, Andrea Matrosovs

Welcome to New Communications Committee Member, Andrea Matrosovs By Carl Michener As the daughter of two Ontario College of Art and Design graduates, it’s no wonder that Andrea has an artistic bent. A few years ago, she tried basketweaving, blacksmithing and dry stone walling as part of a 50-point bucket list composed on her 50th [...]

Welcome to New Communications Committee Member, Susan Parkin

Welcome to New Communications Committee Member, Susan Parkin By Carl Michener Susan Parkin grew up in Collingwood. Now living in Toronto, she still comes up to Collingwood regularly to visit family and over the years has noticed a dramatic change in the region: new people moving up in increasing numbers and more development. Susan is [...]

Save the Date: Volunteer on August 18 to “Fight the Phrag!

Save the Date: Volunteer on August 18 to “Fight the Phrag! This will be the fourth summer that Watershed Trust, NVCA, the Town of Collingwood and Georgian Bay Forever have joined together to cut down the invasive Phragmites along the Collingwood shoreline. Again this year we will target the Eastern Fen, the wetland west of [...]

Preserve the Pretty River or Dig a Gravel Pit?

Preserve the Pretty River or Dig a Gravel Pit? By Don Avery On April 4, 2018, The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole unanimously rejected the application of the Gibraltar Sand and Gravel Company for an amendment to the Official Plan and Zoning Policy. However, 12 days later this decision was shelved when the full [...]

Parkbridge-Craigleith Development Application

Parkbridge-Craigleith Development Application By Peter Tollefsen and Eleanor Ward An application for draft plan of subdivision and zoning by-law amendment approval was submitted to the Town of The Blue Mountains and the County of Grey in 2016 to develop a 26 ha (65 acre) of land on the south side of Old Lakeshore Road, between [...]

OMB is Replaced by Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT)

The OMB is Replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) By Don Kerr The Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) was replaced by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) on April 3, 2018. Much remains the same as before, but some changes have been made which should be helpful. A stated intention of the Act is [...]

NVCA 2018 AGM- A New Bill Governing Conservation Authorities

NVCA 2018 AGM- A New Bill Governing Conservation Authorities By Andrea Matrosovs in collaboration with Blanka Guyatt and Stella Juhasz Members of the BMWTF attended the 2018 Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) AGM on January 26 at the Tiffin Centre in Utopia. Gail Ardiel, Deputy Mayor of The Blue Mountains was appointed the next chair [...]

We Met with the Local Golf Course Superintendents

We Met with the Local Golf Course Superintendents By George Powell and Eleanor Ward On April 10, members of the Watershed Action Group (WAG) and other members of Watershed Trust met with area golf course superintendents to discuss issues around water quality of local streams running through golf courses. Seven golf course superintendents and two [...]

Another Parking Lot on Top of the Escarpment? Scenic Caves Parking Application

Another Parking Lot on Top of the Escarpment? Scenic Caves Parking Application By Peter Tollefsen The Blue Mountains received applications in November 2017 for Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Amendments from Scenic Caves Nature Adventures for a property north of Scenic Caves at the intersection of 15th Sideroad and Scenic Caves Rd. The subject property [...]