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Today's date: Tuesday March 19, 2019 Vol 52 Issue 11
   
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‘Attainable housing’ challenge facing rural communities

‘Attainable housing’ challenge facing rural communities

GUELPH - “Attainable housing” was the topic of a joint economic development meeting of northern Wellington municipalities on March 6.

Hospital donations

Hospital donations

Arthur Royal Canadian Legion Branch 225 recently made donations of $1,250 each to Groves Hospital Foundation in Fergus and to the Mount Forest Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation. Arthur Legion branch president Ken Engleby, left, and Arthur Legion branch secretary Linda Tremble, right, present one of the cheques to Jane Ford, development officer for the Louise Marshall foundation.

Town of Erin ‘failed to conduct reasonable search’ in response to FOI request

ERIN - The Information and Privacy Commissioner (IPC) of Ontario is not satisfied with Erin’s “narrow interpretation” of a freedom of information (FOI) request about severances paid to terminated employees and has ordered the town to search for related records.

$10,000 donation for health professional recruitment committee approved by Mapleton

MAPLETON - Mapleton council approved a 2019 contribution of $10,000 to the Minto-Mapleton Health Professional Recruitment Committee on Feb. 20.

Tree talk to focus on conservation

ELORA - Neighbourwoods will hold a tree talk on March 26, 7:30pm at the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville Street.

Wellington North incorporates new open forum into meetings

KENILWORTH - Wellington North will now offer an “open forum” at the first council meeting of each month. This would allow a session once per month as an open forum for council discussion on larger ideas and larger issues affecting the community.

Donation brings cucumber trees to Guelph-Eramosa

Donation brings cucumber trees to Guelph-Eramosa

BRUCEDALE - A donation of $1,000 by Guelph-Eramosa councillor Corey Woods and his wife Kate will bring another batch of cucumber trees to the township this spring.

No more fence viewers in Erin

ERIN - The Town of Erin will no longer appoint fence viewers to arbitrate fence disputes between neighbours.

Erin has public surveys on long-term planning

ERIN - Residents are invited to fill out a survey as the Town of Erin seeks input on a strategic plan and a parks, recreation and cultural master plan.

First annual volunteer recruitment night a success

First annual volunteer recruitment night a success

Centre Wellington Township, Elora and Fergus Tourism along with RT04 hosted the first volunteer recruitment night on March 7 at the Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex.

Wellington North council paid $113,000 in 2018

KENILWORTH - Wellington North council was paid over $113,513 in remuneration and expenses last year. That is up 5% or $5,500 over $108,000 in remuneration and expenses in 2017. Council accepted the report without discussion on Feb. 27.

Guelph and Wellington part national effort to end chronic homelessness

WELLINGTON CTY. - Guelph and Wellington County are part of a new national effort to end chronic homelessness. The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) launched the initiative March 6, after its 20,000 Homes Campaign successfully housed 21,254 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people.

Traumatic bereavement workshop offered for caregivers

ABOYNE - The Suicide Awareness Council of Wellington Dufferin (SAC) is hosting an “Introduction to Traumatic Bereavement for Caregivers” workshop on March 22 from 1 to 4pm at the Wellington OPP station here.

Wellington North’s cultural moment celebrates township’s 20th anniversary

KENILWORTH - Wellington North’s cultural moment for March was ... itself. Submitted to council on March 11 was a synopsis of the township’s history by the Wellington North Cultural Round Table in recognition of the township’s 20th anniversary.

Province seeking feedback on waste reduction

STRATFORD - Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece is urging Ontarians to participate in the provincial government’s consultation around litter and waste.

County receives supportive housing funding from LHIN

GUELPH - Wellington County has received an injection of funding from the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to provide supportive housing services, with a focus on suicide prevention.

Tender let for tree removal work to facilitate riverbank repair effort

MINTO - A contract for removal of some trees along the Maitland River shoreline in Harriston has been awarded to Schmidt Logging Inc.

Celebration supports food bank

Celebration supports food bank

This trio shows off a small sampling of the three to four boxes of food collected at a recent birthday party for Olivia (7) and Jack Lennox’s (5) whose birthdays are just eight days apart.

Former county warden Ken Fisk dies at 92

Former county warden Ken Fisk dies at 92

HARRISTON - Former Wellington County Warden and past Harriston Mayor Ken Fisk has died at the age of 92.

Past Minto deputy reeve Bert Ross died March 2

Past Minto deputy reeve Bert Ross died March 2

MINTO - The passing of a former Minto Township councillor and deputy reeve was lamented at the March 5 Minto council meeting.

Town to provide youth programs utilizing in-house resources

MINTO - The town of Minto will direct funds previously put toward sharing the costs of a community youth resiliency worker toward in-house efforts to maintain local youth programs.

Task force develops recommendations on homelessness, addiction, mental health

GUELPH - A task force on homelessness and community safety has compiled a list of five recommendations, with a total cost of just under $6.2 million.

$2,000 damage deposit implemented

ERIN - A $2,000 damage deposit will now be required with building permits to cover possible damage to town property during construction projects.

Confusion surfaces as council dives into Mount Forest pool discussions

KENILWORTH - Wellington North councillors say there should be some degree of separation between the splash pad and pool projects in Mount Forest.

Harris Street closed for reconstruction this summer

Harris Street closed for reconstruction this summer

ROCKWOOD - Harris Street (Wellington Road 50) will be closed to all but local traffic for much of the summer, as the county carries out a $1.8-million reconstruction project.

Council appoints 32 residents to four committees

ELORA - Centre Wellington council has appointed residents to the township’s committee of adjustment, Heritage Centre Wellington, economic development task force and advisory committee.

Video disruption in Town of Erin

ERIN - A software problem disrupted the recording of the Erin council meeting on March 5, so no video will be available at erin.ca. The recording of the Feb. 19 meeting is online, but without audio.

Hazardous conditions around waterways

MISSISSAUGA - Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is reminding residents of the dangers on and near local streams, rivers, ponds and lakes at this time of year.

Erin Legion to host ‘Conversations Worth Having’ workshop March 19

ERIN - A workshop called Conversations Worth Having will be held March 19 from 1 to 3pm at the Erin Legion, 12 Dundas Street East.

County council remuneration totals over $800,000 for 2018

County council remuneration totals over $800,000 for 2018

GUELPH - The cost of compensating Wellington County councillors was over $800,000 in 2018.
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Donation brings cucumber trees to Guelph-Eramosa
Wellington North council paid $113,000 in 2018
Former county warden Ken Fisk dies at 92
Past Minto deputy reeve Bert Ross died March 2
Driver of SUV involved in March 6 crash has died
Task force develops recommendations on homelessness, addiction, mental health
County council remuneration totals over $800,000 for 2018

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