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Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP welcomes plans to cut hydro bills

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker welcomed a government move to scrap the Green Energy Act and lower hydro costs for Ontarians.

Walker said constituents in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound have been waiting since 2009 for action to lower hydro bills and a say in what happens in their community.

He said 15 years of Liberal rule left its mark on the province.

Perth Wellington MPP calls Ontario’s spending sobering

As more details emerge about the state of the province’s finances, Perth Wellington MPP Randy Pettapeice said the former government’s culture of waste and mismanagement is shocking.

The province’s operating expenses grew by 55 per cent — or $2,226 per person — over the past 15 years.

That’s the finding of a line-by-line review of the provincial government’s spending.

Election signs removed in Perth South

Members of the Ontario Provincial Police Perth County detachment are currently investigating the theft of municipal election campaign signs in the Township of Perth South.

The theft occurred in the area of Whalen Line and Perth Road 151 late last week.

Several campaign signs removed by an unknown suspect have since been replaced.

The destruction or removal of election signs is a criminal offence which can result in criminal charges. Residents are asked to remain respectful of the democratic process and report any damage to campaign signs to police.

OPP investigating theft in Goderich

The OPP are hoping the public can assist them in tracking down a suspect involved in a recent break-and-enter theft that occurred in Goderich.

On September 18, sometime between 4 a.m. and 7:30 a.m., an unknown thief broke into the Goderich-Exeter Railway portable office building located on Maitland Road North through an unlocked window. Once inside, the thief stole a silver Latitude E5470 laptop valued at $1,000.

Investigators noticed the thief used a step located outside the portable to gain access to the window.

Wind turbine health impact study wants more Huron County participants

The response to the Huron County Health Unit study into possible health impacts of wind turbines has been surprisingly low at this point.

Just over 100 people have registered to take part in the study.

Dr. Erica Clark says they want to hear from anyone who lives within 10 kilometres of a turbine, and they want to hear from people who believe the turbines have impacted their health as well as people who say they have not suffered any negative health impact.

The deadline for registering as a participant for the study is October 31.

Perth County municipalities win MFOA leadership award

A Perth County collaboration has won a provincial award.

The Perth County ‘Communities of Practice’ Group was presented with the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association Leadership Award for best practices and collaboration in asset management planning.

The “Communities of Practice” Group is made up of the Township of Perth East, the Municipality of North Perth, the Municipality of West Perth, the Township of Perth South, the Town of St. Marys and the City of Stratford.

No public comment from North Huron council on Amish farmer’s case

Many questions remain about a property standards matter concerning a young Amish farmer outside of Belgrave.

The subject was discussed at a town hall public meeting in Wingham Monday evening, where several ratepayers demanded answers, but were mostly deflected by Reeve Neil Vincent, who said the matter is before the courts and exact details cannot be discussed publicly.

Wellington North approves cannabis business

A cannabis-growing operation got the green light from Wellington North council Monday.

One of the proponents, John Livingston of LIV360 of Georgetown, told council the operation is applying to be licensed for medical marijuana until recreational marijuana is approved.

He said the operation will be located in an existing building adjacent to the North Wellington Landfill Site at Riverstown, located between Mount Forest and Arthur.

Livingston predicted 25 jobs from the operation.

MVCA’s Garvey Glenn project in final phase

The stewardship services coordinator with the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority said they’re working on the last phases of the Garvey Glenn Watershed project.

Geoff King said they started the project on about 4,000 acres of land between Dungannon and the lake shore in 2010. They started by working with landowners on improving soil health, and cover crops was a big issue.

Kick it to the curb in Clinton

The town of Clinton is hosting a yard sale with a twist at the end of the month.

Community Improvement Coordinator Angela Smith explains it’s similar to a town-wide yard sale, except everything is free.

“We’ve asked residents to put a FREE sign on their items and anybody that’s hunting for treasure to please take things only that have a FREE sign on them.    If there’s a question – if it looks like it may be part of their yard decor, if you’re not sure, just ask,” said Smith.

A reported gas leak triggers evacuation in part of Listowel

A block of homes along Main St. in Listowel had to be evacuated late Monday afternoon because of a suspected gas leak.

The call came in just before 4 p.m. Police, fire and Union Gas responded to the call.

Main Street West between Mitchell Road and Hay Avenue South was temporarily closed while crews investigated. Once the leak was found, crews were able to fix the problem and people were allowed back into their homes shortly after 7 p.m.

No injuries were reported.