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Second arrest in fraud case, third suspect still evading police

Posted January 20 - The second of three wanted persons in connection to a multi-faceted credit card fraud, identity theft, and stolen goods operation running out of an Alliston property until OPP shut it down about two months ago, was apprehended Wednesday (Jan. 18) in Toronto.

Innisfil cashes in OLG third quarter payment pushes total past $4 million

Posted January 20 - The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) today issued a third-quarter (October to December, 2016) non-tax gaming revenue payment of $931,370 to the Town of Innisfil for hosting OLG Slots at Georgian Downs.

Bradford mayor's motion would bolster garbage collection when 'deficient'

Posted January 19 - For the second time in less than six months, Simcoe County's curbside collection contractor, Progressive Waste Solutions (PWS), has had to defend its service delivery levels, including missed routes, which over the past three weeks, are blamed on weather conditions.

Just under one million batteries diverted from waste stream

Posted January 19 - Simcoe County collected 22,600 kg. or approximately 900,000 batteries at curbside between Nov 7 - 11, 2016, an increase of 22.6 per cent more than in 2015 - the first year of collection.

Plans to bring high speed internet to Adjala Tosorontio in the works

Posted January 18 - Vianet, "a full service telecommunications company" is proposing to install fibre optics cable network that would provide Adjala Tosorontio residents with high speed internet service.

Town's online survey underway until Feb. 3

Posted January 18 - New Tecumseth is preparing an Economic Development Strategy that will take into account results of an online survey now underway.

2017 budget approved, spending increases by about $3.8 million

Posted January 17 - New Tecumseth council approved a 2017 budget last night that increases the local share of property taxes by $62.36 over last year, on a home with an average assessment of $345,791.

Tender awarded for north end of TCT

Posted January 17 - TDI International Ag (Eco Blue Systems) has won a $326,077 contract to build New Tecumseth's Trans Canada Trail section between the 13th Line to 20th Sideroad.

Township approves zoning change for Hwy 89 commercial

Posted January 16 - A three hectare lot at 7723 Hwy 89 (former Bennett farm, immediately west of the TSC Store) has been rezoned to permit development of a new commercial building, though what that will be has not been confirmed at this post.

Next effort to stop gravel pit in Adjala at OMB Tuesday

Posted January 16 - Ojibway Councillor Clayton King from Beausoleil First Nation is expected to attend tomorrow's Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) pre-hearing into the proposed Nelson/LaFarge gravel pit in Adjala/Tosorontio, to request a moratorium on the application.

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Hornets to celebrate 45 seasons Jan. 27th

Posted January 19 - The Alliston Hornets organization is celebrating its 45 years of Jr. C hockey on Fri., Jan. 27, starting at 5 pm at the NTRC, and is extending an invitation to "all past players, coaches, trainers, board members and fans to our Alumni Night. Please wear or bring with you old jackets, shirts, pictures or Hornet memories to share with others." The event will feature two alumni games - the first 1980s players vs 1990s; and at 6 pm the 2000s' vs the "Rest." Opening ceremonies at 7:30 pm will feature all the organization's captains, then the night's league game vs the Orillia Terriers starting about 7:40 pm.


Leitch should answer whether she supports grants to Honda

A reader writes: Posted January 18 - The French-language debates for the Conservative leadership this week raised an interesting economic policy question for Simcoe Grey MP Kellie Leitch to answer that has a major impact locally on jobs in this riding.


Bootcamp for Sarah fundraiser Jan. 29th

Posted January 18 - A fitness bootcamp and silent auction fundraiser for Sarah Hamby, 8, and her family as she battles leukemia, will be held Jan. 29th at the Tottenham Community and Fitness Centre, from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Fitness specialist Tara Vavala will lead the all ages event.

Robbie Burns dinner Jan 28 in Tottenham

Posted January 18 - Robbie Burns dinner takes place at the Tottenham Legion on Sa., Jan. 28th. It features an evening with stories, dinner and of course haggis. Tickets are available in the clubroom for $25 each. Cocktails at 5 pm dinner served at 6 pm.

Kids' Taste of the Arts Jan. 28 at GCC

Posted January 18 - Taste of the Arts on Saturday January 28th at the Gibson Centre in Alliston. The drop-in, free event, takes place between 10 am and 2 for kids from grades 1 - 8. Participants will get the chance to move from activity to activity including drumming, piano, culinary, vocal, visual arts and drama options. For more information, Heather Taws at

Township revises post retirement benefits bylaw, again
Posted January 13 - Last month, Adjala Tosorontio councillors amended the Township's contraversial post retirement benefits package that ended for any new employees hired after March 4, 2015.

Lack of approvals not stopping sale of lands as future development prospects
Posted January 12 - Farm and rural properties in New Tecumseth between Alliston and Beeton continue to be marketed as future residential developments with references to timelines within five to seven years.
Beer Store on the move to west end with spring opening
Posted January 11 - Construction is underway on the new Beer Store location inside a siphoned-off section of the FreshCo in Alliston.
Agreement reached to keep TCT off roadside in north end
Posted January 11 - The final link in the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) connection between New Tecumseth and Cookstown/Innisfil has snapped into place with a lease agreement reached between the Town and the bison farm operators at 5176 13th Line.
Council rejects deal to sell developer NTRC naming rights, but it's still for sale
Posted January 10 - Councillors last night turned down an offer of $1 million over 10 years from the FLATO development group for naming rights of the New Tecumseth Recreation Centre (NTRC).
First setback for Ballymore falls on notice provision, new pre-hearing scheduled Posted January 10 - Presiding OMB member Anne Milchberg ruled this morning New Tecumseth did not provide adequate notice for today's pre-hearing into the appeal of Ballymore's commercial development proposal in Tottenham, and has ordered a new session April 20, starting at 10:30 am in Alliston.
Final draft budget approved in committee spending nears $40 million
Posted January 10 - A final flurry of add-ons, and accounting tricks including hedging bets on a larger share of supplementary taxes, combined to bring the total tax levy down to $25.5 million. As such, New Tecumseth's 2017 budget will add an increase of $62.36 on a home with an average assessment of $345,791.
Honda Canada to build 'state of the art paint shop' boost R&D in Alliston
Posted January 9 - The governments of Ontario and Canada will contribute "conditional grants" of $41.8 million each to bolster Honda Canada's $408 million raising this afternoon's announced investment in Alliston to $492 million.
New player on local development front wants name on NTRC, is buying 426 acres

Posted January 9 - Council will be presented with a draft agreement tonight that would pay the municipality $1 million in equal instalments over 10 years to rename the NTRC: FLATO New Tecumseth Recreation Centre.
Banting replacement back on capital priority list at number two
Posted January 9 - As expected, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has included a replacement building for Banting Memorial High School in Alliston in its top eight capital priority projects for funding consideration by the Ministry of Education.
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