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Local potato farm fined in worker's death

Posted November 27 - RJM (Robert J. MacKenzie) Farms Inc. was fined $82,500 by Justice of the Peace Dennis A. Wilson in Barrie court on November 24, after pleading guilty to failing as an employer to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of a worker.

New Beeton paramedic station to house Tottenham unit, gain in coverage time

Posted November 27 - Simcoe County's Director of Paramedic Services moved to calm concerns that recent changes to deployment strategies could leave Beeton with gaps in coverage as expressed Monday night by Ward 6 councillor Richard Norcross.
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Talks to resume in bid to end high school job action, continue with ETFO

Posted November 26 - District 17 (Simcoe County) Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) and the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) will return to the bargaining table next week for the first time since talks broke off November 11, triggering a limited scale work to rule campaign.

Charge in theft from local school

Posted November 25 - A New Tecumseth woman is charged with theft under $5,000 in relation to missing funds from an elementary school in town.

Final draft of Township's CBSP ready for Saturday's public review

Posted November 25 - Adjala-Tosorontio council was meeting this morning to pour over the final draft of its Community Based Strategic Plan (CBSP) before the scheduled presentation of the package at a public open house this Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm - Township's Administration Centre , 7855 Sideroad 30.

Norcross pitches four-way stop ahead of new development

Posted November 25 - Ward 6 councillor Richard Norcross has requested Town staff investigate the option to turn the intersection of Maple and Tecumseth into a four-way stop.

Council ready to reshuffle organizational chart, add new senior admin positions

Posted November 24 - The KPMG Service Delivery review's final report was tabled and referred last night to the Dec. 7 committee of the whole meeting to be considered as part of the draft 2016 budget since it recommends the addition of four new "high priority" senior management positions whose financial implications would add $190,000 aannually.

County votes not to waive cost award in Beeton woods ruling

Posted November 24 - Simcoe County council voted this morning against waiving the requirement for AWARE Simcoe to reimburse the upper tier $5,000 in legal costs related to the unsuccessful injunction motion pending an application for judicial review of a tree clearing permit issued to Tecumseth Estates, Beeton.

County approves two per cent tax hike budget

Posted November 24 - Simcoe County Council approved a $449-million budget for 2016, that will increase the upper tier's portion of the property tax bill by $6 per every $100,000 in assessment value.

Alliston built 2016 Civic, AJAC's Best New Small Car of the Year

Posted November 24 - The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced this morning the 2016 Honda Civic Sedan as its Best New Small Car, beating out Toyota Yaris Sedan, and Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI.

Kingsmere's executive director charged in March of Dimes fraud

Posted November 23 - Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes, Corporate Crime Section, conducted an investigation into how a charitable organization, March of Dimes Canada Non-Profit Housing Corporation (MOD), was defrauded of approximately $800,000.

KPMG tables 'Service Delivery Review' final report

Posted November 23 - The results of an approximate $90,000 top to bottom review of all things New Tecumseth performed by KPMG, gets in camera council vetting this afternoon at 5 pm, because of its staffing implications, but the guts of it are included on tonight's open session of council.

New parking lot design contract awarded

Posted November 23 - Triton Engineering Services Ltd., will be paid $47,500 to design and prepare the tender documents for construction of a new public parking lot on properties 40 and 42 Mill Street East in Tottenham.
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Santa in Alliston
Posted November 23 -The Alliston BIA's Hometown Christmas and Rotary's annual night time parade, included a special guest appearance from Santa Claus. This Saturday, he moves on to Tottenham where he will help celebrate the Christmas in the Village beginning with the parade at 3 pm, followed by the downtown events, and Festival of Lights.

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'We have a long history of welcoming newcomers'

A reader writes: Posted November 23 - Simcoe County is a diverse region home to more than 50,000 foreign born residents. Within our borders you can hear over 107 different languages being spoken.

'We've seen some fairly mean spirited discussions this term'

A reader writes: Posted November 20 - New Tecumseth Council has been pretty clear that they are going to cut back on Grants and Donation funding this year, and they're going to rein in the practice of waving fees for facility usage.

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Steam get best of Coyotes in Alliston, inch closer to lead

Posted November 27 - The Tottenham Steam's second visit to the NTRC in a week ended with their 4-2 win over the Alliston Coyotes last night, avenging last week's 9-4 loss to their New Tecumseth rival in GMHL action. The win moves Tottenham within two points of the Central Division leading Coyotes, and still holding three games in hand. The Steam are back home tomorrow night for a 7:30 start time against Oshawa, and on Sunday, Alliston travels to Bradford for a 7:30 puck drop against the Rattlers.

Roller Derby clash Saturday at AMA, fundraiser

Posted November 26 - The Renegade Derby Dames and Alliston Junior Roller Derby are in action Saturday with the Hoser Closer 3 Roller Derby Double Header at the Alliston Memorial Arena. First game is at 5 p.m. featuring the Alliston Junior Blister Sisters against the Flat Track Brat Pack from Hamilton. At At 7:30 p.m. the hometown Bombshell Battalion will roll out to battle the Belleville Roller Derby. Non perishable food item donations at the door will save $5 in the admission price.

SPS, Hornets Community Appreciation game Sunday

Posted November 26 - Simcoe Parts Service (SPS) has partnered with the Alliston Hornets for this Sunday night's home match against Midland, for a Community Appeciation Game. Admission to the game is free in exchange for either a non perishable food donation to Good Shepherd Food Bank, or donation to Matthews House Hospice. Game time is 6:30 pm. But first, Orillia pays a visit to the NTRC Friday night for 7:30 start.

AA Peewees win Toronto tournament

Posted November 23 - All of the hard work, practice and emphasis on team work finally paid off for the TNT AA Minor Peewees with a well-earned championship victory this past weekend at the 2015 Wolverine Fall Classic Tournament in Toronto.

Western league wins all-star game, home ice

Posted November 23 - The Western league all-stars defeated the GBMO squad 4-3 Saturday, in Mitchell, to earn that league's champion, home ice advantage during the Schmalz Cup Quater-Final series. The GBMO all-stars couldn't hold a 3-1 lead mid-way through the second, giving up three unaswered goals in the loss. The GBMO prospects fared better, defeating the Western league prospects, 4-3.

Erin holds Alliston to a draw

Posted November 23 - The Alliston Hornets bookended all-star Saturday with an 8-0 win Friday night at the NTRC over Stayner to complete their back to back games in a sweep. Then, Sunday, the Hornets travelled to Erin, where the Shamrocks held the league leading Alliston to a 2-2 draw. At the halfway mark of the regular season, the Hornets hold an 11 point lead over second place Huntsville, which is two points up on Midland.

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Procyon Wildlife Annual Christmas Sale

Updated November 23 - Procyon Wildlife is hostings its annual Christmas sale at the Tottenham Community Centre this Saturday, from 10am - 4pm. More than 20 vendors will be selling hand dipped chocolate, jewellery, gift baskets, specialty tea, wildlife portraits, children's books, etc. Bring a photo of your pet and artist Anna Paszterko will turn it into a portrait. Prizes every hour. All proceeds go to support the care and rehabilitation of orphaned and injured wildlife at the centre in Beeton.

Lead Me Back to Bethlehem, A Christmas Cantata

Updated November 23 - This Sunday, at 2:30 pm St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 936572 Airport Rd., Mansfield. And, on Sunday, December 6th at 7:30 pm, Knox Presbyterian Church 160 King St., Alliston. Freewill offering.

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