Category: Local issues

A call to Arms

A newly-formed group calling itself “Arms Around Collingwood” sent a questionnaire to candidates for this municipal election. And while I have never heard of them, they claim to have “a minimum 2,500 voting contacts in Collingwood.” Below you will read the questions they asked along with my answers. They requested that respondents “limit answers to […]

Traffic, speeding, and cars. Oh my!

I participated in an excellent Zoom meeting today, hosted by the Town of Collingwood, about the proposed Third Street corridor classification and upgrades. I first wrote about this plan back in August. Now, after the meeting, I am better informed about both the plan and the residents’ concerns about it, thanks to both town staff […]

Public advisory committees

Collingwood used to have many public advisory committees that provided our council and the town with ideas and input in various areas of expertise. These committees also gave members of the public opportunities to become involved in the town and contribute their knowledge and experience, without having to be elected to the political realm. For […]

Short-term accommodations

Short-term accommodation (STA) refers to renting out private property — from a single room to an entire house — for fewer than 30 days at a time. In Collingwood, outside hotels, motels, and bed and breakfast operations (B&Bs), this is illegal. But a search on sites like Airbnb shows there are hundreds of places doing […]

Are tiny houses the solution?

For lower-tier, and small, municipalities like Collingwood, housing is a challenge, more today with high-interest rates and housing prices. Affordable housing is under the jurisdiction of the upper tier (in our case, Simcoe County). The province provides few if any tools or powers by which the municipality can encourage or force developers to build anything […]

Our disappearing urban forest

On August 8, Collingwood council will “consider” a proposal to spend “up to $100,000 to retain a consultant to inform the next council on how Collingwood can better protect [our] tree canopy,” according to a story in CollingwoodToday. The article says, “With Collingwood’s population rapidly increasing, the town is behind when it comes to its […]