This Council has and continues to support the Hospital’s redevelopment efforts and is completely aligned with the CGMH on this issue.
It has been said that this Council, Town staff and myself, in particular, have opposed, blocked and obstructed the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital’s efforts to get the much needed new hospital our community and region need. This is simply not true.
This Council has and continues to support the Hospital’s redevelopment efforts and is completely aligned with the CGMH on this issue. On September 12, 2016, Council passed a motion supporting the Hospital in the submission of the Stage 1 a) and 1 b) reports including the identification of the Poplar Sideroad site as the Preferred Site unanimously in a recorded vote.
On September 11, 2017, this Council passed a motion I moved to support the Hospital’s efforts in any way it can unanimously in a recorded vote. On January 29, 2018, this Council passed a motion I moved to pre-approve up to $150,000 in the 2018 budget to the Hospital for the Stage 1 approval process unanimously in a recorded vote.
Collingwood is the only municipality of the five municipalities involved to have committed money to the redevelopment process.
Most recently, on July 23, 2018, Council passed a motion I moved to direct staff to send a letter to the Province asking the Province to consider designating the Poplar Sideroad site as the site for the new hospital by Ministerial Order unanimously in a recorded vote. The Province did this in 2010 with the siting of the John Di Poce Campus of Georgian College and only the Province has the power to designate a site which effectively over-rides any local or regional planning processes. Should the Province designate the Poplar Sideroad site then it will alleviate the need for some time consuming and costly planning processes and accelerate the process.
The Hospital is currently at Stage 1 of a 5 stage process and, as stated by the CEO Norah Holder, this process is a marathon not a sprint and the general timeline from Stage 1 to the start of construction is 8 years. Siting which is a Provincial decision is generally determined at the start of Stage 3. Stage 1 determines the scope of the programs the new hospital will deliver which will in turn determine the physical size of the hospital. As a result, any meaningful and informed discussions about siting must be informed by the Stage 1 approval.
It is for this reason I and others including Norah Holder have stated publicly that Stage 1 approval is the Hospital’s sole focus at this time, and the Council supports Norah and her team in that single focus.
We all want the best healthcare and hospital for our community and region and I will work, as I have to date, to ensure this happens
CGMH REDEVELOPMENT MOTION
WHEREAS the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (the “CGMH”) submitted Stage 1 a) and b) applications to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the redevelopment of the Hospital in October, 2016;
AND WHEREAS the CGMH has identified the Poplar Sideroad site as the Preferred Site;
AND WHEREAS by motion dated September 12, 2016 this Council unanimously supported the CGMH in submitting the Stage 1 applications to the Ministry including the selection of the Poplar Sideroad as the preferred site;
AND WHEREAS by motion dated September 11, 2017, this Council unanimously resolved to support the CGMH in any way possible progress to Stage 2 of the 5 stage redevelopment process;
AND WHEREAS by motion dated January 29, 2018, this Council unanimously voted to pre-approve up to $150,000 in the 2018 budget to assist the CGMH with expenses incurred in the Stage 1 process and Collingwood is the only municipality to have made such a pledge in support of the hospital redevelopment process;
AND WHEREAS it is agreed by the Province and the County of Simcoe that the Poplar Sideroad site will require extensive planning applications and processes including a Municipal Comprehensive Review to convert the Poplar Sideroad site from Employment Lands;
AND WHEREAS the Municipal Comprehensive Review is now the responsibility of the County of Simcoe and will require significant time and expense to complete;
AND WHEREAS the Provincial Government has the authority to designate the Poplar Sideroad site as the site for the new hospital and bypass all municipal and regional planning processes by Ministerial Order as was done with the siting of the John Di Poce Campus of Georgian College;
AND WHEREAS the Province has a new Conservative Government and Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson has publicly stated that building a new hospital in Collingwood is one of his priorities and that he supports the Poplar Sideroad site;
NOW THEREFORE be it resolved that this Council direct staff to send a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, the Minister of Finance, and Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson requesting that the Province consider issuing a Ministerial Order designating the Poplar Sideroad site as the location for the new hospital;
AND THAT staff send copies of the letter to the surrounding municipalities of Clearview, Wasaga Beach, The Town of the Blue Mountains and Grey Highlands, and to the County of Simcoe and the County of Grey with a request that each Municipality and County write a letter to the Province in support of this request.
August 23rd Press Release by MPP Jim Wilson
I was happy to see a press release issued by Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson on Thursday August 23rd. Since the election, Jim has been very busy dealing with important issues in the riding. Of course, no issue is more important to the residents of Collingwood than the redevelopment of our General and Marine Hospital.
“On the redevelopment projects for Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Stevenson Memorial Hospital in Alliston, I’m pleased to say that both hospitals have met directly with the Honourable Christine Elliott, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
On August 7, officials from both hospitals came to Toronto for separate meetings with the Minister, the Deputy Minister and the Assistant Deputy Minister to discuss the hospital redevelopment projects.
It was very satisfying for our hospitals to get immediate attention from the new Minister of Health and Long Term Care. There is still a long way to go in the process and these kinds of projects take a lot of time, but I am confident we are on the right track and our local voices are being heard.”
Thank you Jim for your hard work on this file.
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