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Saugeen Shores Ready To Spend To Get Rid Of Geese

Saugeen Shores council is hoping to chase off geese that have become a nuisance at the Port Elgin waterfront.

Council has tentatively approved $15,000 in the draft budget for tree and shrub plantings along the grassy areas of the harbour, hoping to deter the dozens of geese that have populated the area.

Director of Community Services Jayne Jagelewski says the idea is to make the waterfront less attractive for geese.

Arthur Chamber Names Outstanding Citizen

An active community supporter and Arthur businessperson, the late Mary Schmidt, has been named Arthur’s Outstanding Citizen by the Arthur District Chamber of Commerce.

Outgoing Chamber President Corey Bilton said Schmidt’s dedication to the Village of Arthur “knew no bounds”.

Mary Schmidt died of cancer last July.

The award was accepted by her husband John and other family members.

Wellington North Making Plans For 2018 Municipal Vote

Wellington North will pay about $18,000 to lease vote counting machines in the 2018 municipal election.

Mayor Andy Lennox said that price from Dominion Voting of Toronto is about the same – or slightly below the cost in the last election.

Wellington North council earlier agreed to use a mail-in vote for the 2018 municipal election.

The cost of the mail-in ballots will be in addition to the cost of the electronic counting machines.

Wellington North has also updated it’s policy on municipal election recounts.

Three Injured In Huron County Crash

Three people have been injured in a three-vehicle crash involving a tractor, just north of Port Albert.

The Ontario Provincial Police say on Wednesday around 6pm, a farm tractor, which was pulling a gravity bin, collided with two other vehicles on Bluewater Veterans Hwy. (Hwy. 21).

Three people from those vehicles were taken to hospital with unknown injuries.

A section of Bluewater Veterans Hwy. was closed for several hours for the OPP investigation.

Trial Underway Against North Huron Man For Sexual Assault Involving Youth

The Crown started laying out their case against a former Wingham Scout leader and hospital worker charged with historical sexual assault involving youth.

The court was told that 71-year-old Martin Cretier took advantage of his position of trust in the community.

29 charges were read out in court against Cretier including indecent assault, gross indecency, sexual assault, and sexual interference.

The investigation has identified ten victims both girls and boys.

Perth Wellington MPP Wants Support For Agencies Affected By Bill 148

Perth Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece suggests Bill 148 will have a devastating impact on services for people with developmental disabilities.

Social services agencies will now face millions in new costs.

The Liberal government’s legislation includes equal pay for part-time workers, increased vacation entitlements and expanded personal emergency leave, but the centrepiece is an increase in the minimum wage.

It is currently set to rise from $11.60 in October to $14 in January, and $15 in 2019.

Durham Dairy Farmer Michael Schmidt Granted Bail

Michael Schmidt will no longer have to spend weekends in jail, at least for now.

The Durham area dairy farmer was granted bail at a hearing in Walkerton Wednesday morning. Schmidt was convicted of obstructing a peace officer related to a standoff at his farm two years ago. Authorities were there gathering evidence related to Schmidt’s raw milk operation.

He was sentenced to 60 days in jail to be served on weekends. He’d already spent two weekends in jail.

The bail was granted on a $2,500 bond pending Schmidt’s appeal of the conviction.

Vacant Unit Tax Rebate Could Disappear In Huron County

Huron County may be close to phasing out a 30% property tax rebate on vacant properties.

Treasurer Michael Blumhagen says the Vacant Unit Tax Rebate would be phased out over three years.

He agrees that losing the rebate could hurt some property owners who are having trouble renting out their spaces or buildings.  But he points out municipalities with empty store fronts on their main street would like to see tenants in those spaces.

‘The People Side of Emergencies’

All available county and municipal emergency management staff from Perth County will be heading to the Paramedic Services Headquarters in Stratford Thursday morning.

It’s for a day-long training session, called “The People Side of Emergencies”.

The focus of the session is on looking after people in the community and municipal emergency operations centres who are impacted by emergency incidents.

There will be presentations from members of the Red Cross, Mennonite Disaster Services, and Emergency Management Ontario.