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Georgian College hosting spring open house April 7

(SUBMITTED) – Georgian College throws open the doors at all seven campuses for its annual spring open house on Saturday, April 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Prospective students, friends and family are all welcome.

Visitors will be able to ask questions about housing options, the application process, books, financial aid, awards and scholarships, campus food options and more.

They’ll also have a chance to meet faculty, staff and other students, and learn about Georgian’s more than 125 apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas and degrees that start in May, September and January 2017.

Scheduled academic sessions will be held at the Barrie and Orillia campuses. At all other campuses, participants are invited to drop by classroom sessions throughout the day.

Registration is not required, but those who RSVP will receive a free swag bag when they attend. Those who tweet a selfie of themselves on campus during Open House can win one of five $100 gift certificates.

Open House visitors can also enter to win one of three Accelerated Adventure Prize Packs worth $700 each.  Learn more at

Those who can’t attend Open House are invited to any Georgian campus for a personal tour or to attend one of the many upcoming Community Night events.

For full details and to RSVP, visit

Barrie police looking for well-groomed man

City police are looking for a man after cash and credit cards were stolen from Barrie Curling Club and used for a shopping spree at several stores.

On March 18 at 4:50 p.m., a man entered the Essa Road club, let himself into the change rooms and took credit cards and cash from several lockers.

The credit cards were then used at several Barrie-area stores, police said.

Video surveillance at these stores show a man changed clothing and headwear, attempting to disguise himself, police said.

The man was seen entering the same van as his getaway vehicle, police said, although a licence plate number has not been obtained.

The suspect has an olive complexion, a medium build, is in his late 30s or 40s and has short, clean-cut hair. He was well-dressed and well-groomed.

The van is a newer-model, dark-coloured Dodge Grand Caravan.

Anyone with information about these incidents, or who recognizes the suspect, is asked to contact Const. M. Hankin at 705-725-7025, ext. 2642 or [email protected] or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit 

Blue Mountains library restructuring should have been handled differently: councillors

Two councillors from The Town of the Blue Mountains believe the library restructuring should have been handled a different way.



Nine library staffers were given working notice on March 8 that their jobs were ending in May and if they wanted to work for the library after that, they would have to apply for a job under the new structure.

Coun.. Joe Halos said that wasn’t the right move.

“It saddens me,” Halos said. “I don’t think we should have had a wholesale firing of everybody to restructure. Simple as that. I don’t like seeing people lose their jobs and feel this could have been handled differently.”

Coun. Michael Seguin said if it were up to him, there would have been a different approach.

“If we had some control, we probably would have said there should have been more public input and public process, especially in the Craigleith Heritage Depot end of it,” Seguin said. “I probably would have looked at giving them training and given them a certain time to come into the fold. That wasn’t our decision, that’s my opinion.”

Council is tasked with officially appointing library board members and approving the budget but doesn’t have any control over the day-to-day operations of the library.

Halos did not condemn the library board or CEO for the decision to issue working notice to staff.

“I hate to be suggesting what other people should do,” said Halos. “I don’t presume to preach to others and suggest to others how they should be doing their job.”

After news of the restructuring emerged, the community launched a Facebook group, which has more than 850 members, organized a protest and packed the last library board meeting.

The chairperson of the library board, Olav Vanderzon, resigned March 24.

“I am not surprised the community reacted in such a vociferous manner but I am surprised at some of the specific allegations and anger,” Halos said.

Seguin had similar thoughts on the community’s engagement in the issue.

“I am more leery of the hostility it seems like,” said Seguin. “I am glad they are concerned and involved.”

At the board meeting last week, the community called for a halt to the restructuring.

“It’s always good idea to take a sober second thought on what you’re doing,” said Halos.

Seguin said it’s frustrating to be caught in the middle.

“I am watching this as well and I’m very concerned,” he said. “I am hoping we will be given an opportunity to do something. If the opportunity presents itself, I’m sure we’ll do the right thing. Make some changes or stop the thing or let’s have another look at this whole thing and see whether or not we can proceed in another direction.”

Deputy Mayor Gail Ardiel said she has been away for the past two weeks and was aware of the restructuring but not the reaction to it.

She plans to research the situation in the next few days and at a council meeting on Wednesday evening.

Coun. Bob Gamble is one of two council representatives on the library board, but he would not comment on the current library situation.

“Now is not a good time to make any comments,” he said.

Coun. Michael Martin, also a member of the library board, is out of the country for the month.

Keep your pants on Wasaga says no to nude beach

WASAGA BEACH –  John Cropper still won’t be needing a new pair of trunks this summer.

The Orillia man, who was applauding the recommendation by Wasaga Beach’s Committee of the Whole to support a "clothing optional" portion of Wasaga Beach Area 1, is not disappointed that council defeated the recommendation Tuesday night 4-3.

"It doesn’t bother me one bit. We don’t have the support of council but we are still going after that section of the beach as unofficial use as clothing optional," said Cropper, founder of a naturist organization called Wasagabares and director with the Federation of Canadian Naturists.

"I haven’t worn trunks in years and I’m not going to start. You can’t beat the total freedom. It’s a great life and is very healthy for you, both mentally and physically."

Deputy Mayor Nina Bifolchi said the land is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Natural Resources, not the town.

"It’s illegal to be nude on an MNR beach," she said.

Chief Administrative Officer George Vadeboncoeur said he was advised by the park superintendent that full nudity is not permitted in any provincial park. He added that partial nudity is permitted and that the MNR responds on a complaint basis.

Last year, there was a rather large group of nudists gathered and while both the police and park officials spoke to members of the group, no charges were laid and they didn’t put their clothing on, said Coun. Stockwell.

"So I would question the fact that it is illegal," said Stockwell, who with Coun. Ron Ego, voted for the town to encourage Ontario Parks to designate a 520-metre section at the north tip to be clothing optional with signage.

People have been quietly going nude on the beach for more than 20 years, said Coun. Bonnie Smith.

"The problem is they have made it public," she added.

Mayor Brian Smith said the issue has been sensationalized and travelled through the media and there is interest in the beach from abroad.

He then joked that if he and Coun. Ron Anderson went nude at the beach, "No one will ever come back."

Cropper said he already knew that the town had no jurisdiction over the beach.

"It’s not a big issue. We just don’t have them on our side."

An Ontario Parks letter from John Fisher to Cropper states, "Ontario Parks is not prepared to formerly designate the area as clothing optional."

However, that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.

"This generally means that informally they will allow it and they have been doing that for years," he said.

As well, Cropper, who is founder of a naturist organization called Wasagabares and a director of the Federation of Canadian Naturists, said Ontario Parks superintendent John Fisher’s response to the town also provides cause for optimism.

While Fisher wrote that while his organization is not prepared to formally designate the area as clothing optional and, therefore, will not permit any permanent signage, "parks staff would support Wasagabares erecting temporary A-frame sign advising visitors the area is clothing optional while members were enjoying the beach."

Ontario Parks will not put up permanent signs but they encourage the Wasagabares to put up temporary A-frame signs when they are on the beach to give people notice that they may be encountering people in their natural state, he said.

"The issue generally is that people don’t know the area is a clothing-optional beach. Here they will be forewarned," he said.

Cropper does, however, disagree with contention that temporary signs are for one-time uses and shouldn’t be reused over an extended period of time.

"A temporary sign is a temporary sign, no matter what," Cropper said, adding the temporary signs that have already been recommended by town staff serve a valuable role in ensuring visitors know what they can expect along this particular stretch of shoreline.

"Hanlon’s Beach in Toronto is 420 metres long, so this is the longest clothing-optional beach in Ontario," Cropper said, adding the area could begin marketing the beach throughout Canada and the United States as the world’s longest freshwater beach that now features a naturist section.

"It could be a boon for tourists," he said.

— With files from Andrew Philips 

Simcoe County approves zoning change for Everett gravel pit proposal

Another piece in the approval puzzle has fallen into place for a gravel pit proposal in Everett.

At the March 8 committee of the whole meeting, Simcoe County council approved an amendment to Adjala-Tosorontio’s Official Plan to allow for the aggregate operation at the 180-acre property located northwest of County Road 5 and 13.

Since the amendment request falls under a delegated authority matter, it will not require further ratification at a regular council meeting.

The decision redesignates 123 acres of the site from Protected Aggregate Resource to Licensed Pit.

Adjala-Tosorontio Mayor Mary Small Brett said the remaining 38 acres were designated Environmental Protection Area to safeguard the site’s natural features, namely the creek and river that run through the property.

The last step in the approval process lies with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, which continues to review the application.

Small Brett said the municipality will continue to work with the ministry and peer reviewing agencies like the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority ((NVCA) to ensure there will be minimal impact on the environment and residents if the plan is approved.

“We just have to make sure we stay on top of it,” she said.

Before the province makes its decision, Small Brett said an Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing must be dealt with.

Local residents opposing the pit filed an appeal with the OMB after Adjala-Tosorontio council approved the zoning request for the property in October.

The date of the hearing hasn’t been scheduled.

Concerned Citizens of Adjala-Tosorontio is concerned the pit will negatively impact the surrounding environment and water quality and cause safety issues on area roads due to dump truck traffic.

The group also claims the township broke four sections of the municipal planning policy in approving the zoning amendment, but Small Brett disagrees.