Any Springwater taxpayers remember the huge chemical-fed fireball at the hazardous waste transfer site on Snow Valley Road in July 2003?

July 23, 2012

The 100 foot flames? Smoke plume visible from Collingwood and downtown Toronto?

We remember the lack of willingness to meet as a group, respect and support the Springwater mayor, council, and staff gave.

So when the Midhurst Secondary Plan surprise (1,100 homes to 11,000) happened in November, 2011, we had some history to compare how much truth we should expect from the current Township administration.

The Barrie Examiner (Bob Bruton and Mike Hinds) reported on August 3, 2003, Still thirsty for answers: Residents push for meeting:

Some residents are still seeing smoke days after a huge chemical-fed fire burned out on Snow Valley Road.

Les Stewart, who lives on Highway 26/27 near the Philip Environmental Services fire site, says there needs to be a community meeting to clear the air.

“I’m not for scaring people at all, but, in an information vacuum, the anxiety factor rises exponentially and that is what I am feeling in the community,” said Stewart

He says if everything is all right, people want to know. And, if it’s not, they want to know what the options are.

“There are 18 (affected) homes on Snow Valley Road and Bayfield (Street),” he said. “There are a lot of people with these kind of concerns.”

The fire last Monday afternoon at Philip Environmental sent fireballs and black smoke billowing skyward.

Air emissions testing by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment showed contaminants at only trace levels.

Results of water, soil and vegetation tests are expected this week.

Stewart says while com information has been released, residents have more questions and concerns.”

“Perception is reality, and it’s hard to avoid the mushroom cloud. People will remember it,” he said.

Springwater Township members on July 29, 2003:

  • Helen Coutts, Mayor
  • John Brown, Deputy Mayor
  • George Woods
  • Tom Elliott
  • Ross Money
  • Tony Guergis
  • George Todd, Midhurst

Update: No meeting. No data. Rebuilt hazardous waste building (2 to 3 times the size of original one).

Springwater Township resident Les Stewart takes a close look at his tap water, but it won’t bring him any closer to knowing what’s in it after a large chemical fire forced the evacuation of 500 people from their homes in July. Stewart, who represents about 20 of his neighbours, wants raw data on well water, air quality and soil testing.  Photo by Mark Wanzel

Re-posted on voteLesStewart.ca on March 6, 2014.


Lately, are Springwater Township politicians more like E.C. Drury or “Boss” Hogg?

March 30, 2012

Will time be as kind to this recent crop as she has been to Premier Drury?

Within Springwater Township during the last 20 years, these are the individuals who are perceived to have served others or themselves.

These two extremes can be represented by a local farmer and  a fictional politician.

E.C. Drury: Farmer premier

Ernest Charles Drury (1878 – 1968)

…a farmer, politician and writer who served as the eighth Premier of Ontario, Canada, from 1919 to 1923 as the head of a United Farmers of Ontario – Labour coalition government.

Family
Drury was the grandson of Richard Drury, who arrived in Crown Hill, Ontario from Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England in 1819. His father, Charles Drury, continued the family farm and was a forward-looking farmer who utilized new techniques and technologies. In 1882, he was president of the Agricultural and Arts Association of Ontario. He also served reeve of Oro Township in Simcoe County for 13 years and was elected to the Ontario legislature as an Ontario Liberal Party member where he served from 1882 to 1890, the last two years as the province’s first Minister of Agriculture.

Premier of Ontario
Drury’s progressive government created the first Department of Welfare for the province and brought in allowances for widows and children, a minimum wage for women and standarized adoption procedures.[2] His government also expanded Ontario Hydro, created the Province of Ontario Savings Office – a provincially owned bank that was designed to lend money to farmers at a lower rate – began the first major reforestation program in North America, and initiated construction of the modern highway system. Drury also arranged for a grant for unknown researchers Frederick Banting and Charles Best who would go on to discover insulin.

Boss Hogg: The Dukes of Hazzard

“Boss” Hogg

…is a fictional character featured in the American television series The Dukes of Hazzard. He was the greedy, unethical commissioner of Hazzard County. A stereotypical villainous glutton, Boss Hogg always wore an all-white suit with a white cowboy hat and regularly smoked cigars.

“Boss” Hogg was the wealthiest man in Hazzard County. As his name would imply, Hogg was incredibly greedy. The “Boss” heading is a distant analogy to the corrupt New York City Tammany Hall era politician Boss Tweed. Creator Gy Waldron said he wanted the character to be the personification of the seven deadly sins

Boss is forever angry at the Duke family, particularly Bo and Luke, for continually exposing and halting his various crooked schemes…


Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre governance

February 8, 2012

Healthcare has always been important.

 

Although a new look, RVH has been an important part of Midhurst and area since Dr. Archibald Pass built the first hospital in the summer of 1856. Here is a photograph of the current Board of Directors.

Back row: Kristen Parker (member), Wayne Hubbard (President, Auxiliary), Barry Green (Member), Brian Bentz (Member), Dr. Jim Shaver (Chair of Medical Advisory Committee), Dr. Sandy McDonald (Vice-President, Medical Staff) Front row: Harry Hughes (Member), Michael Smith (Member), Helen Coutts (Member), Rick Horst (1st Vice Chair), Janice Skot (Secretary), Jon Babulic (Chair), Robert Hall (2nd Vice Chair), Shari Elliot (member), Dr. Rob Ballagh (President Medical Staff), Missing from the photo: Greg Bell (Member), and Sandy McFarlane (Vice President, Patient Programs and Chief Nursing Executive)

Source

Springwater Township: Helen Coutts was first appointed to the RVH Board of Directors in 1998 as the representative from Springwater Township. She was then elected to the Board in 2003 and has been one of our longeststanding current members.

Mrs. Coutts has always demonstrated a passionate devotion to her community, serving on numerous committees, and most notably, as the mayor of Springwater Township for three terms beginning in 1994. Formerly the Warden of Simcoe County, Mrs. Coutts resides in Midhurst (Springwater Township) and remains a wonderful asset to the RVH Board of Directors.

Source


Simcoe County Historical Society, SCHA

February 7, 2012

The S.C.H.A. is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, appreciation, and dissemination of the history and heritage of Simcoe County. Source.

The current Board of Directors are:

Executives

Brad Rudachyk, PhD, Past president
Helen Coutts, President
Mark Fisher, Second Vice President
Gord Harris, Treasurer
Jill Hynes, M.A., Corresponding Secretary
Ellen Millar, B.A. (Hons.), M.A.S., Recording Secretary

Directors-At-Large

Earl Elliott, B.A., Membership Chair
Glenn Kearsley, M.A.
Stephen Milne, B.F.A.
Al Cuzen, Independent Audit Authority
Pat Elliott, B.A. B.Ed. M.A., Webmaster

Source: January 30,  2012


Helen Coutts’ endorsement speaks volumes about Linda Collins’ administration

January 30, 2012

Linda Collins current mayor of the Township of Springwater had/has a weblog called “Elect Linda Collins“.

The August 30, 2010 post was this:

The Harvest

Quote:

Ron and Helen Coutts are staunch supporters and mentors for Linda. They have similar farming backgrounds. As former Mayor and Warden, Helen has a wealth of experience to share. Here they are pictured waiting for the next combine bin of oats to be dumped as they are harvested.

Linda Coutts? Helen Collins?


Will Linda Collins’ administration turn Elmvale into a political and economic ghetto?

January 27, 2012

Yes if she persists in supporting the Midhurst Secondary Plan.

As Dr. Paul Fleming has pointed out, the population growth in Midhurst will mean 7 or 8 of 10 future Wards will be from Midhurst alone.

Fact NOW:

  • 80% of all residential tax assessment for the Township comes from houses south of Horseshoe Valley Road.

It’s certainly not too late to join with your Midhurst neighbours and fight this recklessness.

Otherwise, I hope you’re enjoying your services in Elmvale now because with a 10% voice in future Councils, you’ll only have a few people to blame.


People & companies appearing at the Springwater Township Planning Committee in 2007

January 27, 2012

Slowly a picture emerges.

Does there seem to be a lot of employee turnover at the Township office?

People and companies who were recorded as having attended in Elmavale in 2007:

Kim Anderson, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Jim Scott, Paul Macallum, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Darren Vella, Innovative Planning Solutions Inc., Greg Gemmell, Richardson Foster Engineering, Glenn Lucas, Lucas & Associates, Brian Smith, Ron Sheardown, Stan Wismer, Kim Anderson, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Barry Peyton,  ProVista, Nicola Mitchinson, Mitchinson Planning Consultants, Arlette Utton, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Limited, Darren Vella,  Innovative Planning Solutions Inc., Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Brad Sokach, Carey DeGorter, Elaine Cairncross, Rick Green, Albert Colosimo, Alison McLeod, Gwen Lousylik, Alec A. Ovenden, Bill Preston, Heather Balck, Mario Giampietri, Maria Gatzios, Bousfields Inc., David White, Ron Sheardown, Brian Smith, Mary Ellen Wood, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Michelle Cutts, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Roger Deschamps, Claire Bateman-Czerry, Chet Czerny, Sandy Hoare, Kevin Everton, Derek Cook, Ross Money, Ken Westra, Harold McMaster, Ken French, Mike Townes, Bill French, Ken Westra, Bob Keeler, Helen Keeler, Ross Money, Steve Bound, Claire Bateman-Czerry, Sandra Beatty, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins,Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Brad Sokach, Elaine Cairncross, Brad Flach, Darren Vella, Shayne Large, Nicola Mitditch, Phillip Rubinoff, Stephen Sperling, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., L. D. Jones, Ron Coutts, Helen Coutts, John Bell, Heather Black, Mario Giapietri, Ron Sheardown, Brian Smith, Albert Colosimo, Zancor Homes, Fabricic Cortellucci, Zancor Homes, Alison McLeod, Tehsha Hubbard, Terry Geddes, Mario Gatzios, Bousfields Inc., Gwen Wasyluk, Victor Mason, Bill Preston, Diane Spear, Kim Anderson , Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Mark DeNardis, Elaine Cairncross, Joan Bailey, Doug Bailey, Steve Bound, Ivor Corson, Jen Fairy, Sean Keeping, Jim Roberts, Bill French, Jody Hoare, Bill Hoare, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Ron Sheardown, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Linda Collins, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Marc De Nardis, Elaine Cairncross, Perry Ritchie, REMAX, Dan Amadio, The Jones Consulting Group, Henry Vander Wielen, Barrie Agricultural Society, George Bridge, Barrie Agricultural Society,  Darlene Gould, Barrie Agricultural Society, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Dan Clement, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Carey deGorter, Brad Sokach, Brent Spagnol, Ron Belcourt, Marc de Nardis, Elaine Cairncross, Angela Rudy, Rudy & Associates Ltd., Maria Gatzios, Gatzios Planning, Heather Black, Geranium Corp., Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Greg Corbett,  Planscape, Steven Wimmer, MBTW Group, Melissa McKay, MBTW Group, Gwen Wasyluk, CROH, David White, LL.B., John Geist, Amanda Geist, CROH, Diana Spear, Jay Pattison, Peter Maleganovski, Gatzios Planning, Mario Giampietri, Geranium Corp., Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Ralph Scheunemann, City of Barrie, Ken Buck, Stantech, Brian W. Gibbon, Heather Black, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Ray Duhamel, Jones Consulting Group, Eric Lawton, Gwen Wasyluk, JJ Pettison, Amanda Geist, Heather Black, Geranium Corp., Lou Nitsopolous, David White, QC, Hillsdale Land Corp., Stan Wismer, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Brad Sokach, Elaine Cairncross, Suzanne Troxler, CC Tatham & Associates, Ron Watkin, Ainley Group, Norm Godfrey, Ron Sheardown, Joe Mullan, Jay Pattison, GW Jordan, Lou Nitsopoulos, Kim Anderson, Mick Caldwell, Dan Clement, Linda Collins, Reg Cowan, Tony Guergis, Tony Hope, Winanne Grant, Andrew Fyfe, Brent Spagnol, Elaine Cairncross, Steve Bertram, Jerry Jorden, GW Jorden Planning Consultants, Darren Vella, Innovative Planning Solutions, Stan Wismer, Breanne Adams

Source:

  1. Click here.
  2. Then click on triangle just before the words “Springwater Planning Committee” (14th from top).
  3. Then click on triangle just before “2007″.
  4. Then click on each of the triangles, by month and cut-and-paste the attendees.

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