‘Huge success’: Tottenham Artisan, Farmers’ Market thriving during unusual times

There are only a couple more opportunities for residents to check out the Tottenham Artisan and Farmers’ Market this summer. Now in its seventh season, the market is held every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. at . The last market of the 2021 season takes place Aug. 29. Tottenham Beeton District Chamber of Commerce (TBDCC) president Robyn Carauna said the outdoor market has been a “huge success” this year, despite all the complications caused by the pandemic. The first market kicked off July 4 with just 10 vendors, when more restrictive public health rules were in place. Once the restrictions rolled back, the market doubled in size to 20 vendors each week, along with two farmers, Laurenwood Farm and 60 Aileen, plus Pillitteri Estates Winery. The vendors are switched up each week, which allows more artists to participate and gives residents something new to check out on each visit. Market organizers have partnered with the organizers of Sunday Music in the Park, which is a free outdoor concert series that takes place “The Tottenham Beeton District Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the vendors, guests and volunteers who have made this event such a success this year,” Carauna said. For more details, visit .

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Clearview Township hosts public meeting on cannabis production

What are your views on cannabis production in Clearview Township? The municipality has scheduled a public meeting for Aug. 23 to get input on a bylaw that would dictate the rules for industrial-scale cannabis cultivation and production facilities. Earlier this year, director of community services Mara Burton said the township had more than 100 emails from residents concerned with issues related to large-scale cannabis operations, such as the changing character of rural agricultural areas, odour, traffic, lighting, waste, water use, and the potential for criminal activity. Among the options proposed by staff, for consideration by the public, include requiring setbacks to sensitive uses such as schools, parks and community centres, setbacks from neighbouring residences, 1,000 metres of separation from other cannabis facilities, and internal setbacks for indoor and outdoor growing and processing facilities. The bylaw, as proposed, would also set a minimum lot area for cannabis cultivation at 10 hectares, and a maximum coverage area of 10 per cent for a lot of 10 hectares, and a maximum 5 per cent for lots larger than 10 hectares. It would also ban cultivation and other activities in a hoop-style greenhouse. That provision is in response to a property on the 6th Line that was used for cannabis cultivation and has since fallen into a state of disrepair. The proposed regulations could also require new processing facilities to be located in an agriculturally-related industrial zone. […]

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Corrado Brancato named as Barrie-Innisfil PPC candidate

Corrado Brancato has been named as the candidate for the Federal People’s Party of Canada in Barrie-Innisfil.  Brancato is an IT professional in the computer science field, with an emphasis in cloud computing and coding. Brancato has led high-level projects such as data centre migrations, code deployments, and cloud currency maintenance, says a press release.  The press release states Brancato “strongly believes Canada is and shall be the ‘true north strong and free’, and our Charter of Rights and Freedoms (will) be taken seriously and not be distorted or tampered with to give misleading or false accounts or impressions.” Brancato said he envisions a down-to-earth government that can balance the budget, promote good paying jobs for Canadians, invest in Canada and let investors know Canada is open for business. 

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Innisfil dog owner suspects poisoning after dog dies

An Innisfil resident suspects her dog was poisoned and police are now warning others to be “extra vigilant.”  On Sunday, March 7, the dog’s owner called South Simcoe police to report the dog’s death after a suspected poisoning. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the death.  The owner said she had recently taken the dog for a walk in the area of Webster Boulevard and Prince Court. However, she couldn’t pinpoint the source or location of the suspected poisoning, police said.  The owner, who asked not to be identified, said her dog, a schnauzer-poodle mix named Charlie, collapsed several days after walking in that area, which she said they don’t frequent. The dog died after being taken to an emergency vet to be treated for suspected poisoning.   Police are asking anyone who observed any suspicious activity in the area to come forward.  Officers are warning pet owners and parents to be extra vigilant: make sure pets and children aren’t eating anything found on the ground.  If your pet has fallen ill recently in unexplained circumstances, investigators want to hear from you.  Police are asking anyone with information to contact South Simcoe Police at , , or Crime Stoppers at .  You can submit information online at . 

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Ontario reporting 321 new COVID cases and two more deaths

Ontario is reporting another 321 cases and two more deaths, released Tuesday morning. The province released a new data collection Tuesday that reflects . Ontario is warning that the new process may cause discrepancies between other hospitalization numbers being collected using a different process, and that the data may not match daily COVID-19 case counts. The province’s new data reports 267 COVID-19 cases were confirmed in unvaccinated people, 54 were partially vaccinated, and 78 cases in fully vaccinated people. Ontario has administered 48,278, with 19,950,437 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night. According to the, 10,569,315 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 81.1 per cent of the eligible population 12 years and older, and the equivalent of 71.7 per cent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine. The province says 9,381,122 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses. That works out to approximately 72 per cent of the eligible population 12 years and older, and the equivalent of 63.7 per cent of the total population, including those not yet eligible for the vaccine. The seven-day average is at 306 cases daily, or 14.7 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 8.6 daily. The province says 16,479 tests were completed the previous day, and a 1.7 per cent positivity rate. There are 100 people currently hosp […]

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Town of Innisfil’s Orbit transit hub receives MZO approval from province

The Province of Ontario has issued a minister’s zoning order (MZO) to designate lands on the 6th Line as the Town of Innisfil’s future Orbit transit hub.  The MZO is designed to expedite the building of Innisfil’s new GO station, as well as the planning process for the surrounding Orbit — a cutting-edge community that will be sustainable, inclusive and technologically advanced. The announcement will help Innisfil get shovels in the ground faster, secure private investment, and support local priorities and economic recovery as the province emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Today’s announcement is a good example of how our government is using Minister’s Zoning Orders, in partnership with municipalities, to help get shovels in the ground quickly on important projects that will benefit residents for generations,” said Steve Clark, minister of municipal affairs and housing. “This is an exciting community-building project and I am proud to be able to support the Orbit transit hub.”  Mayor Lynn Dollin thanked the province for the MZO approval for the Orbit transit hub. “We’re looking forward to working with our partners at Cortel Group to bring this vision of a connected community to life,” she said.  “Innisfil is taking a forward-thinking approach to growth through the Orbit,” said Tim Cane, Orbit director at the Town of Innisfil. “Today’s announcement is an […]

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So just what does the federal government look after anyway?

Canadians head to the polls to in the 2021 federal election Sept. 20. In advance of the vote, here’s a primer on the different levels of government and for what they are responsible. • There are three levels of government in Canada: municipal, provincial and federal. • Based in Ottawa, the federal government plays a huge role in Canadians’ lives — from the collection of taxes to the delivery of social services, and from the supervision of international trade to the safeguarding of national security. • The federal level of government deals with areas of law listed in the Constitution Act, 1867 and that generally affect the whole country. • Everything that isn’t specifically named as the purview of the lower tier government is the responsibility of the federal government. • Education funding, health care services and some environmental regulations are dealt with at the provincial level. • Municipalities are responsible for roads, garbage pickup, building codes and libraries, among other services. • The manages a number of national portfolios — responsibilities include mail, taxation, railways, pipelines, the census, criminal law, national defence, Aboriginal rights and foreign affairs. • A couple of big federal issues are the COVID-19 pandemic, affordable housing and climate change.

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