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'Incomplete' paper trail hobbled OPP's investigation in Adjala Tosorontio

Posted September 30 - An eight page summary of the OPP's 'Post-Retirement Benefits Investigation' of the Township of Adjala Tosorontio concluded investigators could not find any "criminal offence" because "the incomplete record for the various decisions made by the corporation about enhancements to post-retirement benefits limits the ability to conclusively determine what occurred in each transaction."

Township statement on OPP findings

Posted September 30 - The Township of Adjala Tosorontio issued the following press release this afternoon signed by mayor Mayor Mary Small Brett in response to the release of the OPP's "Post Retirement Benefits Investigation."

Pair of males from London charged in NTRC break-in and across province

Posted September 29 - Two men from London, whose alleged crime spree was spread across southern and Central Ontario, including three robberies in New Tecumseth, were arrested Tuesday after police executed a search warrant at a residence in London.
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Vandalism at St. Paul's Cemetery
Posted September 29 - Nottawasaga OPP are currently investigating vandalism damage to at least one grave site at St. Paul's Cemetery in Alliston. At this post, no further details were confirmed. More details when they become available.

Heck new Chief Financial, Information Officer at Stevenson Memorial

Posted September 29 - Paul Heck, who spent the past year as Director and Chair of the Finance Committee reporting to Stevenson Memorial Hospital's (SMH) Board of Directors, has been appointed its Chief Financial and Information Officer.

Wallace announces retirement from SCDSB

Posted September 29 - The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) announced last night its Director of Education, Kathi Wallace, will retire on Dec. 31 after seven years in the post, and 39 years with the board that started as an Alliston Union Public School teacher.

Board approves extending French Immersion deadline in Alliston

Posted September 29 - Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) trustees last night approved extending the date for approving new local French Immersion program locations until March 31, 2017, to allow for an Attendance Area Review (AAR) to take place for the new east Alliston public school.

OPP find 'deficiencies' but no 'criminal activity' in Adjala-Tos investigation

Posted September 28 - Adjala Tosorontio council's special in camera meeting held this morning involved a presentation by the OPP detailing results of their investigation into the issue of post retirement benefits alleged to have been extended for current retirees from 75 to 80 outside the council approval process.

Wasaga Beach woman injured in Essa crash

Posted September 28 - Nottawasaga OPP reported this morning charges are pending in two vehicle collision yesterday afternoon in Essa Township, that required one woman to be airlifted to Toronto hospital, where she remains in stable condition.

Central LHIN gives nod to SMH, still waiting for Ministry approval

Posted September 28 - Stevenson Memorial Hospital (SMH) received official endorsement from the Central LHIN's Board yesterday afternoon, for its Stage 1 submission to the Capital Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) for its $136 million redevelopment proposal."

NVCA board approves retaining smaller size, member support needed now

Posted September 28 - The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) has cleared its in-house approval process to make permanent the move to 18 Board of Directors, down from 27.

Arrest made in Beeton school vandalism spree

Posted September 27 - Nottawasaga OPP reported this morning they arrested and charged an 18-year-old male from Beeton in connection to the window smashing spree last week at Tecumseth Beeton Public School.

County council puts off tying green bin and garbage collection

Posted September 27 - Simcoe County council today decided against implementing recommendations from its solid waste management department (SWM) that would have made utilizing a green bin for diversion of organics mandatory to be eligible for weekly curbside collection.

Township council to hold special in camera meeting Wednesday

Posted September 26 - Adjala Tosorontio council is holding a special meeting Wednesday morning (Sept. 28) and its main agenda item is in camera, identified only as "litigation or potential litigation."

Central LHIN recommendation to 'endorse' SMH redevelopment, positive step

Posted September 23 - Central LHIN's Board of Directors meet for the first time since June, on Tuesday (Sept. 27) and included on their agenda is a motion supporting Stevenson Memorial Hospital's (SMH) Stage 1 (proposal) submission.

Licensed marijuana operation raided for growing 'significantly' over its limit

Posted September 23 - Nottawasaga OPP reported this morning they arrested and charged four people from the GTA after executing a search warrant at an 8th Line property near Beeton, Tuesday, seizing approximately 500 marijuana plants valued at half million dollars.

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Hornets add Board as Huntsville pays visit

Posted September 30 - The 4-0 Alliston Hornets play host tonight to the 4-1 Huntsville Otters with sole possession of first place on the line early in the new season. Puck drop at 7:30 at the NTRC. Alliston travels to Midland tomorrow night for a 7:30 start. The Hornets also annouced they reacquired Drake Board, who played with the team in 2012. The 20-year-old forward spent the past three seasons with the Aurora Tigers Jr. A team. He's expected in the line-up for tonight's game.

Civics, Steam at opposite ends

Posted September 30 - The New Tecumseth Civics (formerly Alliston Coyotes) are 8-0 and sit four points on the other GMHL teams following 6-2 win Wednsday over the Bradford Bulls, and 4-2 victory last night at home over Meaford. Meanwhile, the defending GMHL champion Tottenham Steam are 0-6-2, including a 19-2 drubbing at the hands of Komoka (west of London) Dragons, on Sept. 26. The Steam are home tomorrow night to play the 3-2 Toronto Predators. Game time 7 pm at Tottenham Arena.

Ernie Dean

Posted September 26 - Ernie Dean whose GM brand dealership has been part of the local landscape for more than 30 years, passed away Sunday at Good Samaritan. Mr. Dean was in his 76th year. Visitation will be held at Drury Funeral Centre 519 Victoria St. E., Alliston on Tuesday September 27, 2016 from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church 190 King St. S., Alliston on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

Former Alliston mayor, Oakla Gray passed away

Posted September 23 - New Tecumseth's flags are flying at half mast to mark the passing of Oakla Gray, a former mayor of Alliston from 1974 to 1985. Mr. Gray, who also served as a Reeve, Deputy Reeve, and Councillor, passed away yesterday (Sept. 22) in Stevenson Memorial Hospital, one week shy of his 89th birthday (Sept. 29). Visitation will be held at DRURY FUNERAL CENTRE, 519 Victoria St. E. Alliston on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 from 2 - 4 & 7 - 9 p.m. Funeral service will be held in the chapel on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment Alliston Union Cemetery.

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Weekly diet of council on TV

A reader writes: Posted September 26 - My weekly TV programming includes watching the broadcast of our New Tecumseth council meetings.

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New Lowell defends NDBL title over Orangeville

Posted September 26 - A 4-1 win over the Orangeville Giants have crowned the New Lowell Knights as North Dufferin Baseball League (NDBL) champions for a second straight year.

Young paces Hornets with 10 point weekend

Posted September 26 - The Alliston Hornets piled on the goals in wins over Caledon, 7-2 Friday night at home, then 6-2 win in Orillia Saturday. Ryan Young, playing in his first season with the Hornets after two years with the Jr A Newmarket Hurricanes, had five point nights in each game. Stephen Nosad registered six points, including four in the win over Orillia. The first battle for first place comes this Friday night when 4-1 Huntsville makes the trip to play the 4-0 Hornets. Game time 7:30.

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Story Dogs looking for kids to help read

Posted September 26 - Story Dogs of New Tecumseth is looking for children who have difficulty reading to come to a New Tecumseth Public Library and read to a Story Dog. The program runs for eight weeks and starts early October. It is free and run by volunteers. The program has its insurance paid for by CRIC, a great supporter of our New Tecumseth community.Contact Carolyn Milne at 905.729.4298 or or ask at any of the three New Tecumseth libraries about this program that has been running for over 10 years and claims many success stories in improving a child's reading ability.


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