Media Articles

These are the relevant media stories (most recent on top). If you need some help, scroll to bottom for direction

  1. Summer day camps set for Springwater Park, The Barrie Advance, May 22, 2016. pdf
  2. Memories of the Midhurst Community Centre, Heritage Matters, Ruth Byers, Springwater News, April 7, 2016. pdf
  3. Town Hall The Second, Heritage Matters, Ruth Byers, Springwater News, March 24, 2016. pdf
  4. Town Hall, Heritage Matters, Ruth Byers, Springwater News, March 10, 2016. pdf
  5. Midhurst Community Hall Communications Report, January 2016, Ann Spence, Springwater News, Letter to the Editor, February 11, 2016. pdf
  6. Mayor Bill French Compliance Audit, David Strachan, Springwater News, January 14, 2016. pdf
  7. Springwater Park civil suit settled, Janis Ramsay, The Barrie Advance, January 13, 2016. pdf
  8. Rare dragonfly in Minesing wetlands declared at-risk species, Sara Carson, The Barrie Advance, November 27, 2015. pdf
  9. Save French’s Hill Forest, Dr. John Bacher, SpringwaterParkcc.org, October 1, 2015. pdf
  10. Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, Letter to the Editor, Sandy Buxton, Springwater News, August 27, 2015. pdf
  11. No confusion about Springwater meeting, Letter to the Editor, Sandy Buxton, The Barrie Advance, August 26, 2015. pdf
  12. Springwater councillor wants clearer picture of meeting outcome, Laurie Watt, Barrie Advance, August 21, 2015. pdf
  13. Auditor examines Springwater mayor’s spending, Laurie Watt, Barrie Advance, August 14, 2015. pdf
  14. My thoughts and comments on the Election Compliance Audit, Letter to the Editor, Bill French, Springwater News, August 13, 2015. pdf
  15. Return Springwater park to its rightful owners, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, The Barrie Examiner, August 11, 2015. pdf
  16. Springwater park reopens with ceremony, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, July 31, 2015. pdf
  17. Ex-Deputy challenges Mayor – but for what purpose and at what cost?, Letter to the Editor, David Strachan, Springwater News, July 30, 2015. pdf
  18. The Residents of Springwater Park, Heritage Matters, Ruth Byers, Springwater News, July 30, 2015. pdf
  19. Springwater Victory, John Bacher, Sierra Club Ontario, July 28, 2015. pdf
  20. French campaign statement sent for audit, Kate Harries, AWARE News Network, July 26, 2015. pdf
  21. Province should fund Springwater park restoration, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, The Barrie Advance, July 24, 2015. pdf
  22. Editor’s Musings, Michael Jacobs, Springwater News, July 16, 2015. pdf
  23. Springwater Park deal irks park advocacy groups, Janis Ramsay, Barrie Advance, July 16, 2015. pdf
  24. New five-year deal will see Springwater park reopen, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, July 9, 2015. pdf
  25. Springwater Park near Barrie reopens, Janis Ramsay, The Barrie Advance, July 9, 2015. pdf
  26. Dear Editor:, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, Springwater News. June 18, 2015. pdf
  27. Honor Ceremony for Alicja Elzbieta Rozanska, Danny Beaton, Springwater News, June 18, 2015. pdf
  28. Friends and Neighbours of Springwater Park, We are at the eleven hour., Letter to the Editor, Nancy Bigelow, Springwater News, June 4, 2015. pdf
  29. Together, AWARE Simcoe, AWARE News Network, June 1, 2015. pdf
  30. Vandals must show remorse, Letter to the Editor, Margie Millar, The Barrie Examiner, May 21, 2015. pdf
  31. Teepee set on fire at Springwater park, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, May 18, 2015.  pdf
  32. George Rust-D’Eye named city’s new lobbyist registrar and integrity commissioner, cbc.ca, March 30,2015. pdf
  33. Springwater Park, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, Springwater News, March 26, 2015. pdf
  34. Springwater Park should be reopened, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, Barrie Examiner, March 23, 2015. pdf
  35. Editor’s Musings, Michael Jacobs, Springwater News, March 12, 2015. pdf
  36. Springwater Park, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, Springwater News, March 12, 2015. pdf
  37. Midhurst builders remain in talks with Springwater Township, Janis Ramsay, The Barrie Advance, March 11, 2015. pdf
  38. Planning for the past; investing in our common future, Noëlle Rancourt, Springwater News, February 26, 2015. pdf
  39. Despite announcement, no deal reached for Springwater Park, Janis Ramsay, The Barrie Advance, February 11, 2015. pdf
  40. Previous Promises of Environmental Protection Unfounded, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, Springwater News, January 15, 2015. pdf
  41. The Future of Springwater Park, Grenfel & Centre Vespra News, Kathy Stunden-Hall, Springwater News, January 15, 2015. pdf
  1. Ward One Councillor’s Report, Katy Austin, Springwater News, January 15, 2015. pdf
  2. The Breath of Fresh Air, Opinion, Donna Hawthorne, Springwater News, December 31, 2014. pdf
  3. Growth leads to more government debt, Opinion, David Strachan, The Barrie Advance, December 25, 2014. pdf
  4. The New Springwater Council Get’s it Wrong, Mike Campbell, Anthony Court, Springwater News, December 18, 2014. pdf
  5. Ombudsman André Marin looks forward to his new powers, Richard J. Brennan, The Toronto Star, December 10, 2014.
  6. Marshall elected Simcoe County warden, AWARE Simcoe News Network, AWARE Simcoe, December 9, 2014.
  7. I’m Proud of You All, Donna Hawthorne, Springwater News, December 4, 2014.
  8. Preserving rural character top priority for new Springwater mayor, AWARE Simcoe News Network, AWARE Simcoe, December 2, 2014. pdf
  9. Defeated Brampton mayor to receive $375,000 payout, Susan Fennell’s package part of controversial decision to increase severance for council members., Patty Winsa, The Toronto Star, November 12, 2014. pdf
  10. Bad behavior plagues Ontario cities, Sam Grewal, The Toronto Star, November 8, 2014. pdf
  11. Flawed conflict of interest act undermines democracy, Edward Keenan, The Toronto Star, November 8, 2014. pdf
  12. Barrie planning how to handle Springwater’s growth, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, November 6, 2014. pdf
  13. Province to consider changes to conflict of interest law, Sam Grewal, The Toronto Star, November 7, 2014. pdf
  14. Stunning reversals in Springwater, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Kate Harries, AWARE News Network, October 29, 2014. pdf
  15. French wins in Springwater Township, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, October 28, 2014. pdf
  16. Aboriginal rights: A simple matter of rights denied, Public thinker John Ralston Saul sets out to afflict the complacent with the needs of the dispossessed, Jim Coyle, The Toronto Star, October 26, 2014. pdf
  17. Development plan divides Simcoe County village, In Midhurst, residents say a ‘special rule’ allows sprawl and developers are preparing to put shovels in the ground, but the fight isn’t over., Rachel Mendleson, The Toronto Star October 24, 2014. pdf
  18. Thank You, Rick Webster, Springwater News, September 24, 2014. pdf
  19. Perfect season to bike through Simcoe County forests, Letter to the Editor, Anne Learn Sharpe, Alliston Herald, September 22, 2014. pdf
  20. Park priorities peculiar, Letter to the Editor, Ken Powell, Orillia Packet & Times, September 17, 2014. pdf
  21. ANSWERING Harold Parker’s Announcement, Springwater News, August 28, 2014, Roy Monk, Springwater News, September 11, 2014. pdf 
  22. Editor’s Musings, Michael Jacobs, Springwater News, September 11, 2014. pdf
  23. Op-Ed, Springwater News, Adam Ballah and Noelle Rancourt, Climate Action Now – Barrie, Springwater News, September 11, 2014. pdf
  24. Springwater Township – a chance for a change, David Strachan, Springwater News, September 11, 2014. pdf
  25. Turmoil unleashed at NVCA under Bifolchi leadership, Kate Harries, Springwater News, September 11, 2014. pdf
  26. Negativity, Mayor Linda Collins, Springwater News, August 28, 2014. pdf
  27. Group ready, willing to reopen park, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, Barrie Advance, August 27, 2014. pdf
  28. Response to Deputy Mayor McLean Rant in Springwater News, Bill French, Springwater Citizens’ Forum, August 16, 2014. pdf
  29. Always and Never, Letter to the Editor, John Hawthorne, Springwater News, August 14, 2014. pdf
  30. Editor’s Musings, Excerpt, Michael Jacobs, Springwater News, August 14, 2014. pdf
  31. Elmvale – from a 3rd Generation Resident, Dan Clement, Springwater News, August 14, 2014.
  32. If council had objected, there would be no MSP, Letter to the Editor, Bill French, Springwater News, August 14, 2014. pdf
  33. Local Builders Local Jobs, Letter to the Editor, Donna and Hawthorne, Springwater News, August 14, 2014. pdf
  34. Reference. Deputy Dan McLean’s letter,  Fear Mongering, Letter to the Editor, Donna Hawthorne, Springwater News, August 14, 2014. pdf
  35. Rick Webster should stop denying his Council’s responsibility for the advancement of the Midhurst Secondary Plan, Letter to the Editor, Katy Austin, Springwater News, August 14, 2014. pdf
  36. We’ve heard this tune before, Unknown author, Springwater News, August 14, 2014. pdf
  37. Comments from Midhurst Ratepayer’s, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, Springwater News, July 31, 2014. pdf
  38. CORRECT INFORMATION OR UNSUBSTATIATED OPINION, Dan Mclean, Deputy Mayor, Township of Springwater, Springwater News, July 31, 2014. pdf
  39. Still an unrecognized Jewel in Springwater, My View – Elmvale, Bill French, Springwater News, July 31, 2014.  pdf
  40. Why show up for an OMB gun fight unarmed?, My View, Bill French, Springwater News, July 26, 2014. pdf
  41. Letter to Ms. Sandy Buxton, President, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, Ms. Cheryl Shindruk, Executive Vice President, Geranium Corporation, Springwater News, July 17, 2014. pdf
  42. Midhurst Ratepayers, Letter to the Editor, Sandy Buxton, Springwater News, July 17, 2014. pdf
  43. Midhurst Secondary Plan, Letter to the Editor, Councillor Rick Webster, Springwater News, July 17, 2014. pdf
  44. When Will It Ever Stop?, Letter to the Editor, John Hawthorne, Springwater News, July 17, 2014. pdf
  45. Springwater Park still open for passive use, ministry says, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, July 16, 2014. pdf
  46. Approval for Midhurst housing plan takes one step closer, ”This is not a done deal.’, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, July 11, 2014. pdf
  47. Accountability finally coming to Ontario’s cities: ombudsman, André Marin, The Toronto Star, July 10, 2014. pdf
  48. Midhurst ratepayers not giving up fight after OMB defeat, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, July 9, 2014. pdf
  49. Give Springwater Park back to people, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, The Barrie Advance, July 2, 2014. pdf
  50. How they voted: NVCA board on secret efficiency audit, AWARE Simcoe, AWARE News Network, July 1, 2014. pdf
  51. Springwater Council Advances Final Steps of Midhurst Secondary Plan, Bill French, Springwater Citizens’ Forum, June 29, 2014. pdf
  52. Focusing growth in Barrie best, Margaret Atwood tells Midhurst crowd, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, June 23, 2014. pdf
  53. Barrie seeks clarity on park’s future, Bob Bruton, The Barrie Examiner, June 17, 2014. pdf
  54. Enough with the character assassination, Letter sent to the Barrie Examiner, Sandy Buxton / Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, AWARE News Network, June 17, 2014. pdf
  55. Letter about Midhurst plan was self-serving, Letter to the Editor, Cheryl Shindruk, The Barrie Examiner, June 10, 2014. pdf
  56. It’s time to change the channel. Can you say Ecotourism?, Gary Cerantola, Springwater Citizens’ Forum, June 3, 2014.
  57. Midhurst Residents oppose development, Nature Ontario, Allan Britnell, ON Nature, Summer 2014. pdf
  58. Go party elsewhere, Kate Harries – Elmvale, AWARE Simcoe, May 26, 2014. pdf
  59. Who will pay for Midhurst’s growth?, David Strachan, Letter to the Editor, The Barrie Examiner, May 25, 2014. pdf
  60. Barrie council wants to know MNR’s park plans, Bob Bruton, The Barrie Examiner, May 13, 2014. pdf
  61. No agreement yet for Springwater Park, Bradley Fauteux, The Barrie Advance, May 13, 2014. pdf
  62. Park should be open to all, Jack Garner, The Barrie Advance, May 8, 2014. pdf
  63. Why Not Protect Springwater’s Unique Character?, Bill French, Springwater Citizens’ Forum, May 4, 2014. pdf
  64. Mr. Webster, PLEASE!, Kate Harries, AWARE News Network, April 23, 2014. pdf
  65. MNR talks with native group to re-open Springwater Park, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, April 17, 2014. pdf
  66. Gather, fish, hunt, sweat, pray”: Practicing Anishinaabeg Nationhood in southern Ontario, John Hawk, Beth Elson, and Hayden King, Indigenous Nationhood Movement, April 15, 2014. pdf
  67. Midhurst: ‘Special Rule’ makes the sprawl okay, Kate Harries, AWARE News Network, April 10, 2014. pdf
  68. My Position on the Midhurst Secondary Plan, Councillor Rick Webster, Springwater News, April 10, 2014. pdf
  69. Let Midhurst Secondary Plan Stay in Limbo, Katy Austin, Springwater News, April 10, 2014. pdf
  70. Minesing Wetlands: What are we thinking?, Bill French, Springwater News, April 10, 2014. pdf
  71. Group raises cash to help reopen Springwater Park, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, April 10, 2014. pdf
  72. A tale of two McLeans and an email withheld from the public, Ms. Sandy Buxton, AWARE News Network, Springwater News, March 27, 2014. pdf
  73. Why bother?, My View, Mr. Bill French, Springwater Citizens Forum, March 21, 2014. pdf
  74. Grenfel & Centre Vespra News, Kathy Stunden-Hall, Springwater News, February 27, 2014. pdf
  75. Editor’s Musings, Springwater News, February 27, 2014. pdf
  76. Money possible to help Springwater Park, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, February 21, 2014 pdf
  77. Groups working to keep Springwater Park open, Leigh Blenkhorn, The Barrie Advance, January 2, 2014. pdf
  78. Has the Ministry of Natural Resources treated the ladies in Springwater Park in a Christian manner?, Les Stewart, Springwater News, January 2, 2014. pdf
  79. On January 21, 2013, the current Springwater Township council met secretly to stop Jack Hanna, Midhurst councillor from communicating with his constituents., Les Stewart, The Springwater News, January 2, 2014. pdf
  80. Municipal government: Why so many hush-hush meetings?, Editorial, The Globe and Mail, December 27, 2013. pdf
  81. First Nations and MNR to enter into talks about Springwater Park’s future, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, December 20, 2013. pdf
  82. Ontario government, First Nation agree on joint partnership at Springwater Park – Camp Nibi, News release from Camp Nibi, AWARE Simcoe, December 20, 2013. pdf
  83. Springwater Park, Jack Garner, Springwater News, December 19, 2013. pdf
  84. Town hall meeting in Barrie to discuss the area’s vulnerability to urban sprawl and tools to enhance sustainable growth, Media Advisory, Environmental Defence Canada, December 6, 2013. pdf
  85. Springwater Park Ladies to stay for the winter, David Strachan, Springwater News, December 5, 2013. pdf
  86. Oka-type Crisis? I don’t think so!, Nancy Bigelow, Springwater News, November 21, 2013. pdf
  87. Remembrance Celebration at Springwater Park, Donna Hawthorne, Springwater News, November 21, 2013. pdf
  88. Provincial Park reclaimers cite ‘illegal’ surrenders, Johnny Hawk, AnishinabekNews.ca, November 18, 2013. pdf
  89. Ceremony at restored Springwater cenotaph has special meaning, Bob Bruton, The Barrie Examiner, November 11, 2013. pdf
  90. Remembering the Boys of Vespra at Springwater cenotaph, Mike Walker, CTV News, November 11, 2013. pdf
  91. Barrie students research project pays tribute to First World War vets, Bob Bruton, The Barrie Examiner, November 8, 2013. pdf
  92. Will an Oka-type crisis happen at Springwater Park on Nov 11, 2013?, Dr. John Bacher, Springwater News, November 7, 2013. pdf
  93. Cenotaph in Spingwater Park focus of special ceremony, Bob Bruton, The Barrie Examiner, October 15, 2013. pdf
  94. A UN envoy steps into the Canadian fire: Tim Harper, James Anaya, the UN envoy on aboriginal rights, arrives in Canada at a time when First Nations demands are piling up., Tim Harper, The Toronto Star, October 7, 2013. pdf
  95. Tecumseh’s Ghost, Allan Gregg, allangregg.com, October 5, 2013. pdf
  96. First Nations Occupation of Ontario park enters 7th straight month, Martha Troian, Media Indigena, October 3, 2013. pdf
  97. Geranium plans to build close to 4,000 homes north of Barrie, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, September 18, 2013. pdf
  98. Libel, Slander and the Suppression of Dissent in Springwater, Gary French, The Springwater News, September 12, 2013. pdf
  99. Aboriginal camp prepares for winter in Springwater, Laurie Watt, Barrie Advance, September 5, 2013. pdf
  100. John Bacher on Wild West sprawl wrecking Ontario parks, John Bacher, NOW Magazine, September 5, 2013. pdf
  101. Provincial Action Puts Springwater Park at Risk: Occupiers Stand Up For the Land, John Bacher, The Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS) Newsletter, Fall 2013. pdf
  102. Emerging First Nations leader says indigenous rights ‘transcend’ any piece of legislation, Gloria Galloway, The Globe and Mail, July 26, 2013. pdf
  103. Aboriginal Protesters Move into Springwater Provincial Park After Ontario Parks Leaves, Mark Brosens, The Inside Agenda Blog, August 20, 2013. pdf
  104. Premier sheds light on issues during Barrie visit, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, August 9, 2013. pdf
  105. Wake up to the aboriginal comeback, John Ralston Saul, The Globe and Mail, August 9, 2013. pdf
  106. Native healing at Springwater Provincial Park, Janis Ramsay, The Barrie Advance, July 9, 2013. pdf
  107. ‘Healing circle’ Sunday at Springwater Park, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner. July 6, 2013. pdf
  108. Midhurst group wants voice at OMB hearing, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, June 19, 2013. pdf
  109. Idle No More concert held at Springwater Park, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, June 17, 2013. pdf
  110. Journey for Mother Earth, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, June 11, 2013. pdf
  111. Ojibway Elder Beth Elson Leads in Defending Springwater Provincial Park, Danny Beaton, First Nations Drum, June 2013. pdf
  112. Springwater Park occupation continues, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, May 30, 2013. pdf
  113. Springwater Park animals on the move, The Barrie Advance, May 29, 2013. pdf
  114. Springwater Park animals move to Aspen, Stephannie Johnson, Cottage Country Now, May 29, 2013. pdf
  115. Residents take their concerns over massive development to council, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, May 15, 2013. pdf
  116. Saturday May, 4th, 2013 – Springwater Park Camp Nibi at 5:00 pm for a Potluck Supper/Picnic, Springwater News, May 9, 2013. pdf
  117. Midhurst landowners group replies to MRA appeal to premier, Letter to the Barrie Examiner, Cheryl Shindruk, AWARE News Network, May 3, 2014.
  118. Midhurst residents seeking responsible growth, Letter to the Editor, Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association, The Barrie Examiner, April 30, 2014. pdf
  119. Plan can keep Springwater Park going, Letter to the Editor, Jack Garner, The Barrie Examiner, April 26, 2013. pdf
  120. First Nations protesters offer insight to Cookstown students, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, April 20, 2013. pdf
  121. Springwater Park animals deserve better, Letter to the Editor, Robert Laidlaw, The Barrie Examiner, April 18, 2013. pdf
  122. Keep Springwater Park open, Letter to the Editor, Keith and Ina Wood, The Midland Mirror, April 16, 2013.  pdf
  123. Deal in the works to re-open Springwater Park?, AWARE News Network, April 9 2013. pdf
  124. MNR says creating partnerships key to Springwater Park’s future, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, April 9, 2013. pdf
  125. Does Closed Gates Mean Closed Minds?, Letter to the Editor, Ian Taylor, The Barrie Examiner, April 8, 2013. pdf
  126. Help Re-Open Springwater Park, Letter to the Editor, Marilyn Desani, The Barrie Examiner, April 7, 2013. pdf
  127. Springwater Park: truly a jewel, Kate Harries, AWARE News Network, April 6 2012. pdf
  128. Springwater Park Protest Continues, Catherine Thompson, Bayshore Broadcasting, April 6, 2013. pdf
  129. Dale Goldhawk backs Springwater Park protest, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, April 5, 2013. pdf
  130. First Nations protest can only help park situation, Opinion, Erich Jacoby-Hawkins, The Barrie Examiner, April 3, 2013. pdf
  131. First Nations reps want Springwater Park issues to be resolvedCheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, April 2, 2013. pdf
  132. Springwater Park closes, protest ongoing, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, April 2, 2013. pdf
  133. Take park protest to minister’s office, Editorial, The Barrie Examiner, April 2, 2013. pdf
  134. First Nations ‘occupy’ Springwater Park, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, April 1, 2013. pdf
  135. First Nations hold round dance to protest closing of Springwater Park, The Barrie Examiner, March 31, 2013. pdf
  136. Make the most of Springwater Park this weekend: Walk on Friday or dance Saturday, Staff, The Barrie Advance, March 28, 2013. pdf
  137. Walking to save Springwater Park, Staff, The Barrie Examiner, March 29, 2013. pdf
  138. Edmund Zavitz: A Real Canadian Hero, Heritage Matters, Ruth Buyers, Springwater News, March 28, 2013. pdf
  139. Minister’s email on the March 31, 2013 closing of Springwater Park, Hon. David Orazietti, Minister of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, March 28, 2013. pdf
  140. Clock ticking on Springwater Park, Ian McInroy, The Orillia Packet & Times, March 20, 2013. pdf
  141. Park sparks a deep connection, Letter to the Editor, Romaine Miller, The Barrie Examiner, March 18, 2013. pdf
  142. Can the MNR continue to ignore the public outcry to save Springwater Provincial Park, Ian Taylor, The Barrie Examiner, March 18, 2013. pdf
  143. First Nations hold round dance to show their support for Springwater Park, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, March 17, 2013. pdf
  144. Springwater Park Closure: MNR Miscalculates Community Response, Anonymous, The Barrie Examiner, March 17, 2013. pdf
  145. Group will be touring Springwater Park on Friday, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, March 14, 2013. pdf
  146. Questioning Brown’s involvement in Springwater Park, Letter to the Editor, Mark Jessop, The Barrie Advance, March 13, 2013. pdf
  147. Time to step up to the plate… or, the forest, Donna Douglas, The Barrie Examiner, March 13, 2013. pdf
  148. MP appeals to Premier over park, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, March 12, 2013. pdf
  149. Downgrading park short-sighted: group, Dave Lord, The Barrie Examiner, March 7, 2013. pdf
  150. Discontent With The Liberal Government & The MNR, Ian Taylor, The Barrie Examiner, March 6, 2013. pdf
  151. Will ask MNR for delay, Bob Bruton, The Barrie Examiner, March 4, 2013. pdf
  152. Springwater Park’s fate could be taking a new twist, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, March 4, 2013. pdf
  153. Supporters pushing to keep Springwater Park open, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, March 3, 2013. pdf
  154. Township, county, city join together in park fight, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, March 1, 2013. pdf
  155. Motion passed to lobby province to keep Springwater Park going, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, February 28, 2013. pdf
  156. Springwater Park, Letter to the Editor, Karen Dolan, Springwater News, February 28, 2013. pdf
  157. Springwater Park, Letter to the Editor, Adam, Springwater News, February 28, 2013. pdf
  158. Springwater Park a piece of heaven, Letter to the Editor, Adam Cherun, The Barrie Examiner, February 26, 2013. pdf
  159. Pressure to save park must be put on MNR, Editorial, The Barrie Examiner, February 15, 2013. pdf
  160. County not keen on park partnership, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, February 15, 2013. pdf
  161. Ministry of Natural Resources says it’s receptive to ideas to keep Springwater Provincial Park open, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, February 15, 2013. pdf
  162. Delegation to speak to council Thursday, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, February 13, 2013. pdf
  163. Springwater Park, Re: letter by Christine Shirota, Vincent and Dianne Barnes, Springwater News, February 14, 2013. pdf
  164. Springwater Park has a quiet character, Letter to the Editor, Heather Williams, The Barrie Advance, February 13, 2013. pdf
  165. County looks at ways to keep park open, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, February 7, 2013. pdf
  166. The story of Springwater Provincial Park is a Faith-filled journey, Sanctuary, peace and redemption after The Great War, Les Stewart, Midhurst Community Newsletter, February 14, 2013. pdf
  167. A Mother’s View of Springwater Provincial Park, Christine Shirota, Springwater News, January 31, 2013. pdf
  168. County warden washed his hands of saving Springwater Park, Springwater News, January 31, 2013. pdf
  169. Editor’s Musings, Springwater News, January 31, 2013. pdf
  170. Is Springwater park being “sold down the river” by the County of Simcoe, Les Stewart, Springwater News, January 31, 2013. pdf
  171. Springwater Provincial Park, Letter to the Editor, James B. Spruce, Springwater News, January 31, 2013. pdf
  172. To Township, County, Barrie and Provincial politicians:, Letter to the Editor, Katy Austin, Springwater News, January 31, 2013. pdf
  173. Action needed now to save park, Letter to the Editor, Katy Austin, The Barrie Examiner, January 30, 2013. pdf
  174. Does the MNR & Government Want To Save Springwater Provincial Park?, Letter to the Editor, Ian Taylor, The Barrie Examiner, January 30, 2013. pdf
  175. Springwater Provincial Park a real sanctuary, Letter to the Editor, Christine Shirota, The Barrie Examiner, January 24, 2013. pdf
  176. Fate of Springwater Park in hands of province, The Enterprise Bulletin, January 23, 2013. pdf
  177. ‘We hold no jurisdiction over the park and its land,’ warden says, QMI Agency, The Barrie Examiner, January 23, 2013. pdf
  178. Remembering Springwater Park, Heritage Matter, Ruth Byers, The Springwater News, January 17, 2012. pdf
  179. Idle No More teach-in event shines light on movement to save Springwater Park, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, January 17, 2013. pdf
  180. Springwater Park must be saved, Letter to the Editor, Heather Williams, The Barrie Examiner, January 16, 2013. pdf
  181. Broken cash machine not helping cash flow, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, January 15, 2013. pdf
  182. Idle No More event will draw more attention to sovereignty issues, Lance Holdforth, The Barrie Examiner, January 14, 2013. pdf
  183. Coalition collecting names to help save Springwater Provincial Park, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, January 13, 2013. pdf
  184. Simcoe County could finance Springwater Park “losses” for almost 150 years!, Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition, Les Stewart, Springwater News, January 3, 2013. pdf
  185. MP jumped the fence over Springwater Park, Letter to the Editor, Daniel Johnston, The Barrie Examiner, January 1, 2013. pdf
  186. Idle No More protest in Rama, Orillia Packet and Times, December 31, 2012. pdf
  187. Valuable farmland disappearing, Bill Nieuwland, The Barrie Examiner, December 27, 2012. pdf
  188. Group stages protest at Barrie mall as part of the Idle No More campaign, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, December 26, 2012. pdf
  189. Group trying to save Springwater Park hosting event at Georgian Mall, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, December 24, 2012. pdf
  190. Slim hope for provincial park rests on county partnership, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, December 4, 2012. pdf
  191. Springwater Park a valuable asset, Patrick Brown, Barrie MP, The Barrie Examiner, December 19, 2012. pdf
  192. Springwater turns to county for help with park, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance December 4, 2012. pdf
  193. Midhurst plan opens Springwater logjam: CAO, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, December 4, 2012. pdf
  194. Midhurst Secondary Plan receives approval for first phase; other provincial concerns remain before OMB, The Barrie Examiner, November 29, 2012. pdf
  195. Silveira says ways to save Springwater Provincial Park was never discussed, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, November 29, 2012. pdf
  196. SPCC Responds to MNR data provision, Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition, Les Stewart, November 23, 2012. pdf
  197.  MNR Deputy Minister provides data to SPCCMr. David O’Toole, Deputy Minister, ON Ministry of Natural Resources, November 23, 2012. pdf
  198. Springwater Park a very big plus, Rod Jackson, MPP Barrie, The Barrie Examiner, November 1, 2012. pdf
  199. Council wants Springwater Park to remain open, Staff, The Barrie Examiner, October 30, 2012. pdf
  200. Hope springs for Springwater Park memorial, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, October 30, 2012.  pdf
  201. Second group emerges to help keep provincial park open, Ian McInroy, The Innisfil Examiner, October 26, 2012. pdf
  202. Second group emerges to help keep provincial park open, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, October 26, 2012. pdf
  203. Restoring Springwater Park, Springwater Park Citizens’ Coalition, The Springwater News, October 25, 2012. pdf
  204. Towards Minesing, Heritage Matter, Ruth Byers, The Springwater News, October 25, 2012. pdf
  205. Springwater park a valuable resource, Opinion, Val Brucker, The Barrie Examiner, October 26, 2012. pdf
  206. Close offices, not the park, Opinion, Robert Dumais, The Barrie Examiner, October 26, 2012. pdf
  207. Will MPP Step Up?, Opinion, Gary Lyon, The Barrie Advance, October 21, 2012. pdf
  208. Working to save Springwater Park, The Barrie Advance, October 19, 2012. pdf
  209. Pushing the park, Group hosting rally Saturday to encourage support for Springwater park, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, October 18, 2012. pdf
  210. Will MPP step up for provincial park?, Gary Lyon, The Barrie Advance, October 17, 2012. pdf
  211. Closing park a bad gov’t decision, Opinion, David Hawke, Orillia Packet and Times, October 12, 2012. pdf
  212. Pine Forests and a Park, Heritage Matters, Ruth Byers, Springwater News, October 11, 2012. pdf
  213. Residents fight for Springwater Park, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, October 9, 2012. pdf
  214. Township mayor says she’ll watchful eye on what happens, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, October 4, 2012. pdf 
  215. Cutbacks close Springwater Park, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, October 4, 2012. pdf
  216. Friday Harbour mega-development digs in, Miriam King/QMI Agency, The Barrie Examiner, October 1, 2012. pdf
  217. How did Huron-Wendat get “cursed” European axe a century before European contact?Mary Ormsby, The Toronto Star, July 8, 2012. pdf
  218. Why?: re Midhurst Secondary Plan, Gerald Duerr, The Springwater News, July 5, 2012. pdf
  219. Cottage dreams, developer’s nightmare: Lake Simcoe locals are digging in for a last offensive against a billion-dollar complex aimed at the GTA’s vacationers, Steve LaDurantaye, The Globe and Mail, June 30, 2012. pdf
  220. Growth fears aired: SPRINGWATER: Residents demand answers regarding Midhurst plan, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, June 26, 2012. pdf
  221. Midhurst Development – Scrap It!, Letter to the Editor, H. Hutton, Springwater News, June 7, 2012. pdf
  222. Letter to Township of Springwater Council opposing Midhurst Secondary Plan, Bruce Mosley, President, Simcoe County Federation of Agriculture, May 9, 2012. pdf
  223. Springwater Residents Deserve Better Answers From Township!Kim Hand, Midhurst Resident, Springwater News, May 24, 2012. pdf
  224. Springwater growth questioned: Province says population figures remain status quo, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, May 24, 2012. pdf
  225. County has growing pains: AWARE Simcoe holding news conference at Simcoe County Museum today at 11 a.m., Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, May 23, 2012. pdf
  226. Geranium wins industry honoursLaurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, May 15, 2012. pdf
  227. Public Information Session: Midhurst Secondary Plan, MSP, traqnscripts, Township of Springwater, May 14, 2013. pdf
  228. Council’s response to Midhurst Ratepayers’ Association questions of April 16, 2012, The Council of the Township of Springwater, May 9, 2012. pdf
  229. Website offers info on Midhurst growthSimcoe.com, May 3, 2012. pdf
  230. OMB will base Midhurst growth decision on facts, Letter to the Editor, Aileen Carroll, The Barrie Examiner, April 28, 2012. pdf
  231. Midhurst plan must be altered, Dr. Paul Fleming, The Barrie Examiner, April 26, 2012. pdf
  232. Midhurst Secondary Plan – The People Speak, Special Report by Bill French, The Springwater News, April 26, 2012. pdf
  233. Judge Midhurst growth plan on facts, not fear-mongering, Letter to the Editor, Cheryl Shindruk, April 20, 2012. pdf
  234. Growing attraction: Springwater Township officials say plan for massive growth in Midhurst made in good faith, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, April 19, 2012. pdf
  235. Midhurst residents turn out to oppose expansion: Hanna calls for open discussion by Springwater council, Kate Harries, AWARE Simcoe, April 17, 2010. pdf
  236. Growing battle: Midhurst residents take action to halt plans that would see thousands of homes be built, Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner, April 14, 2012. pdf
  237. Midhurst Residents to Petition Township, David Strachan and Dr. Paul Fleming, Springwater News, April 12, 2012. pdf
  238. Midhurst Secondary Plan causes concern, FarmViewOnline.com, March 1, 2012. pdf
  239. A Message from Midhurst Ratepayers Association, David Strachan and Dr. Paul Fleming, Midhurst Community Newsletter, March 1, 2012. pdf
  240. The Midhurst Secondary Plan: Let’s think again!, Bill Nieuwland, Springwater News, March 1, 2012. pdf
  241. Taxpayers on hook for McLean’s legal fees, Heidi Riedner, yorkregion.com, March 1, 2012. pdf
  242. Ward 5 – Councillor Report – March 2012, Jack Hanna, February 28, 2012. pdf
  243. City lawsuit was strategic, Editorial, Guelph Mercury, February 26, 2012. pdf
  244. City of Guelph drops lawsuit against business park protesters, Rob O’Flanagan, The Guelph Mercury, February 23, 2012. pdf
  245. Tree-planting program ready to take root, Robin MacLennan, The Barrie Examiner, February 16, 2012.pdf
  246. Midhurst Secondary Plan: Bigger not always better, Letter to the Editor, Gerald Duerr, Springwater News, February 16, 2012. pdf
  247. Questions from your musings…, Letter to the Editor, A. Diephius, Springwater News, February 16, 2012. pdf
  248. Midhurst Secondary Plan: Village to grow 10 times?: Midhurst, a nearly-200 year old village just north of Barrie, finds itself in a real estate powder keg., Les Stewart, Environmental Defence, February 13, 2012. pdf
  249. Growth plan strikes a blow against democracy, Letters, John and Sharon Yovanoff, The Scope, February 1, 2012. pdf
  250. Springwater council should follow the wishes of most residents and control the growth, Growth Plan — Staff Salary Increases — Council Report Card, Bill French, AWARE Simcoe, January 27, 2012. pdf
  251. Group wants to put the brakes on development, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, January 23, 2012. pdf
  252. Message from AWARE Simcoe’s Angus meeting: get involved: Local councils need to hear from citizens if sprawl’s to be stopped, Kate Harries, AWARE Simcoe, January 23, 2012. pdf
  253. Aware Simcoe tackling urban sprawl Saturday: Meeting will be held at Angus Recreation Centre, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, January 20, 2012. pdf
  254. Province eyeing county, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, January 20, 2012. pdf
  255. Mississauga waking up to a new reality, Christopher Hume, The Toronto Star, January 19, 2012. pdf
  256. Growing scared: Midhurst ratepayers bracing for a battle if plan to build 10,000 homes goes ahead, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, January 18, 2012. pdf
  257. Help Preserve Midhurst, Former Midhurst municipal councilor, Dr. Paul Fleming, iLoveMidhurst.ca, January 11, 2012. pdf
  258. Proud to be part of the quarry fight, Danny Beaton, Turtle Clan Mohawk, Orangeville Banner, January 11, 2012. pdf
  259. Acadia Subaru v. Michaud: Supreme Court of Canada to rule on Quebec’s anti-SLAPP legislation, Julius Melnitzer, National Post, January 11, 2012. pdf
  260. Madness in Midhurst:Who will pick up the tab when the development ends?, David Strachan, AWARE Simcoe, January 5, 2012. pdf
  261. Anatomy of a quarry fight, Jayme Poisson, The Toronto Star, December 30, 2011. pdf
  262. Innisfil reveals plans for growth, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, December 13, 2011. pdf
  263. When worlds collide: Midhurst residents say drivers picking up too much speed when they leave the city, Cheryl Browne, The Barrie Examiner, December 9, 2011. pdf
  264. Local Politics: My view, Bill French, The Springwater News December 8, 2011. pdf
  265. Saving small-town charm a very contentious issue: OUR OPINION, Editorial, The Barrie Examiner, December 2, 2011. pdf
  266. Thousands of letters hand-delivered in opposition, Douglas Glynn, The Barrie Examiner, December 1, 2011. pdf
  267. Midhurst standoff costs jobs: developer, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, December 1, 2011. pdf
  268. Midhurst residents voice opposition to growth plan, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, November 30, 2011. pdf
  269. Midhurst growth plan met with opposition, The Peak 95.1 FM, November 29, 2011. pdf
  270. Six parties appeal Midhurst Secondary Plan to OMB: Five are landowners, and the sixth is Ontario, AWARE Simcoe, November 23, 2011. pdf
  271. Midhurst residents shocked by approval of massive expansion: Village is to absorb and exceed all Springwater’s projected growth, Kate Harries, AWARE Simcoe, November 18, 2011. pdf
  272. Township meeting on Midhurst Secondary Plan: Ratepayers’ Association holds information session Monday November 28, AWARE Simcoe, November 8, 2011. pdf
  273. What impact does Province’s appeal of Midhurst secondary plan have on the rest of Springwater?: Be sure to attend township’s public meeting on November 14, Bill French, AWARE Simcoe, November 8, 2011. pdf
  274. Growth should bolster existing communities, Erich Jacoby-Hawkins, The Barrie Examiner, November 8, 2011. pdf
  275. Standing up for People and the Environment: Province Appeals Midhurst Development Plan, Claire Malcolmson, http://environmentaldefence.ca, November 4, 2011. pdf
  276. Huge growth plan on hold: Midhurst Secondary Plan approved by county now in appeal period; more than 3,800 dwellings planned, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, November 3, 2011. pdf
  277. Province appeals Midhurst plan to OMB, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, November 1, 2011. pdf
  278. Is the city planning an appeal?: City holds special meeting to talk ‘growth’, Janis Ramsay, The Barrie Advance, October 28, 2011, pdf
  279. County councillor prevented from discussing Midhurst Secondary Plan: But bylaw clearly leaves ultimate authority to county council, Kate Harries, AWARE Simcoe, October 28, 2011. pdf
  280. The mid-term growth path leads through MidhurstErich Jacoby-Hawkins, Erich the Green, October 27, 2011. pdf
  281. Midhurst: A Pawn in a Game of Chess with the Province of Ontario and Simcoe County: The Mayor is mistaken – the Midhurst secondary plan is not a done deal, Mr. Bill French, Springwater Citizens Forum, October 25, 2011. pdf
  282. Midhurst to grow, Laurie Watt, The Barrie Advance, October 20, 2011. pdf
  283. Which level of government decides how Ontario grows?, Editorial, The Barrie Advance, October 19, 2011. pdf
  284. Leaving a Rumm legacy on Big Bay Point: Kimvar Enterprises president says resort site will likely carry his name, once it opens, Chris Simon, InnisfilScope, October 19, 2011. pdf
  285. Renewing the Debate on Anti-SLAPP Legislation in Ontario, Christine Kellowan, Law is Cool: The Law School Blog, October 6, 2011. pdf
  286. Canada ranks last in freedom of information: study, Dean Beeby, The Globe and Mail, January 9, 2011. pdf
  287. Donnelly Law Comments on Provincial Policy Statement, 2005, David Donnelly, November 3, 2010. pdf
  288. Hillsdale citizens stood alone when their council abandoned them, Letter to the Editor, Springwater News, October 14, 2010. pdf
  289. Ontario looks to smack down SLAPPs, Jeff Gray, The Globe and Mail, July 6, 2010. pdf
  290. SLAPPs on the wrist, Kevin Marron, Canadian Lawyer, JHillsdale citizens stood alone when their council abandoned themanuary 2010. pdf
  291. Springwater park turns 50, Ian McInroy, The Barrie Examiner, August 19, 2008. pdf
  292. Springwater’s 50th Anniversary, From Wasteland to Parkland: Springwater’s history, Parks Blog: The Weblog of Ontario Parks, August 11, 2008. pdf
  293. The Battle Over Lake Simcoe, Paul Wilson, Toronto Life, August 2008. pdf
  294. More to story than a flashy SUV and fast boats, Laurie Watt, Laurie Watt on Municipal Affairs, July 18, 2008. pdf
  295. SLAPP aimed at Big Bay developer, Laurie Watt, Innisfil Journal, July 16, 2008. pdf
  296. Developer’s cost claims raise fears of legal chill, Sandro Contenta, The Toronto Star, February 10, 2008. pdf
  297. Looking Back: Guergis takes Springwater Twp.,  The Barrie Advance, December 4, 2006. pdf
  298. Chemical Fire, The Barrie Examiner, July 29, 2003. pdf
  299. The Mouse that Roared: (or Vespra Revamped), A History of Vespra Township, The Vespra Township Council, 1987. pdf
  300. Annexation – a new provincial solution?: A synopsis of the Barrie-Vespra Annexation dispute, Julian Tofts, Clerk-Administrator of the Township of Vespra, Municipal World, February 1984. pdf
  301. Bill 142 Barrie-Vespra Annexation Act: Annexation – Readers Comment, Julian J. Tofts, Clerk-Administrator, Township of Vespra, Municipal World, May 1984. pdf
  302. City of Barrie Resolution re Bill 142, Annexation – Readers Comment, The Corporation of the City of Barrie, Municipal World, May 1984. pdf
  303. Township Halls, Midhurst Historical Society, Excerpt, Pages 36 – 7, Pioneer History of Midhurst, 1976. pdf
  304. County Veterans Met at Midhurst: Memorial Unveiled by Maj.-Gen. Cartwright; About 2,000 Present., (Contributed by J. H. Martin), The Northern Advance, August 11, 1932. pdf
  305. Vespra War Memorial Unveiled at Midhurst at 5th Legion Reunion, The Barrie Examiner, August 11, 1932. pdf
  306. Big Expansion Announced for Forestry Station at Midhurst, The Barrie Examiner, December 12, 1927. pdf

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