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The Judicial Inquiry into the 2012 sale of 50% of Collus to PowerStream
The Town of Collingwood has voted in favour of moving forward with a judicial inquiry to investigate events surrounding the initial sale of 50 per cent of Collus to PowerStream.

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The OPP Investigation
The OPP investigation is a police process in which the municipality has no role or influence. Whatever, the outcome, it is important that it be brought to a conclusion as soon as possible to remove the shadow it casts on this community and our reputation.

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Where are we in terms of moving forward with the Collingwood Waterfront Master Plan?
Referred to by many as Collingwood’s crown jewel and Identified as one of the five priorities by the residents of Collingwood in the Community Based Strategic Plan, this Council hired Brook McIlroy to create a Waterfront Master Plan for our waterfront.

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Closed Meeting Investigator Report
Under Section 239 of the Municipal Act, 2001, as amended, any individual may request that an investigation be undertaken to determine whether a municipality or local board has complied with the Municipal Act or its Procedure By-law in respect of a meeting or part of a meeting that was closed to the public.

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In camera meetings were necessary during utility discussions
Some meetings are required to be held in camera to protect confidentiality and sensitive business matters in a public/private business relationship such as our partnership with PowerStream (now Alectra). Similarly, negotiations between the Town of Collingwood and Epcor also require in camera sessions.

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Where do we stand on the G&M Hospital Redevelopment
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.

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Why we sold the Collingwood Regional Airport
Regional airports can be powerful regional economic drivers but they come at a cost and the issue with the Collingwood Regional Airport is do the benefits justify the costs for the Collingwood taxpayers. In short, this council determined there was not a business case for Collingwood to continue to own and operate a regional airport. Central to this question was the simple fact the airport is not located in Collingwood, it is in Clearview Township. That means that all property taxes and development fees generated by the airport go to Clearview and do not benefit Collingwood at all.
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Affordable Housing – Social Sustainability
Social sustainability means access to safe, affordable housing, to healthy affordable food and adequate affordable public transportation. Social sustainability in Collingwood is a very real issue and the Mayor and Deputy Mayor have critical roles to play on County Council to represent the residents of Collingwood on these issues.

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