211 – Ontario’s Helpline for Community and Social Services

211 – Ontario’s Helpline for Community and Social Services
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The objective of this project is admirable:  to help Ontario residents navigate the complex network of health and human services 24/7, acting as a gateway to community, social, mental healthm and related government services.  Although it’s been available in Peterborough since 2009, it’s probably one of the least-known support systems … Continue reading

Comment – What will Ontario look like a year from now? 

Comment – What will Ontario look like a year from now? 
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Whoever takes the helm will certainly inherit a more polarized constituency.  Let’s hope the rhetoric that paints business as the enemy is dismissed.  Instead of assuming business owners are greedy and driven only by their self-interest, they should be considered valuable contributors to our communities, taking risks with their own … Continue reading

Millbrook Entrepreneur Launches Online Camping Website- Pitched

Millbrook Entrepreneur Launches Online Camping Website- Pitched
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Growing up in England, Olaf Dunn was an avid camper and outdoor enthusiast.  His family spent vacations touring all around Europe with a camper staying in a variety of locations including rural and remote private campgrounds as well as some ‘wild camping’ locations where permitted.  He moved to Canada in … Continue reading

Project Tackles Cellular Dead Zones across Eastern Ontario

Project Tackles Cellular Dead Zones across Eastern Ontario
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Acknowledging that mobile broadband is critical to regional growth, the Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus and Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) welcomed the Ontario Government’s commitment of $71 million to improve cell service across the region announced by Ontario Rural Affairs Minister Jeff Leal last week. EORN has proposed a $213 … Continue reading

Proposed Changes to OMB Format will Empower Local Decision-making

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In the coming weeks, legislation will be introduced to create the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, which will, if passed, replace the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). After a six-month consultation process, changes unveiled by Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Mauro last month are expected to limit appeals of official plans, allow density … Continue reading

New Legislation for Invasive Plant Management in Ontario

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The Invasive Species Act will come into effect on November 3rd, but the regulations associated with this legislation which have not yet been made public, will not take effect until a later date. Kellie Sherman, Coordinator, Ontario Invasive Plant Council joined the October 17th Council meeting to outline the growing … Continue reading