Council Highlights - February 26, 2018

Rise & Report

Hydro Share Sale Update
William C. McDowell, Lenczner Slaght

Lawyer William McDowell gave a presentation surrounding the 2012 sale of 50% of Collus to PowerStream. He noted the pros and cons of requesting a judicial inquiry, and outlined the relevant sections within the Municipal Act and the Public Inquiries Act. In a recorded vote, Council adopted the resolution to request that the Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario begin the process of a judicial inquiry.

More information and the full wording of the resolution is available in the Town’s media release on the topic: Council passes resolution to request judicial inquiry.


Eden Oak

Council passed the following motion:

WHEREAS Council enacted a resolution in respect of the draft plan approved subdivision being pursued by Eden Oak (McNabb) Inc. (the “Developer”) on January 15, 2018 (the “Resolution”);

AND WHEREAS the intention of Council was not to detract from any legal rights accrued by the Developer;

AND WHEREAS the Developer still has a number of outstanding submissions to make and ongoing discussions to have with the municipality to pursue the clearance of its conditions of draft plan approval;

NOW THEREFORE Council clarifies that the intention of the Resolution was for the Town to continue to clear the conditions of draft plan approval and grant other approvals sought by Eden Oak (McNabb) Inc. so long as Eden Oak (McNabb) Inc. meets the applicable requirements.



Council received the Police Services Board minutes from the previous meeting.


Staff Reports

Urban Air North - Airstream Event on Hurontario Street
The Urban Air North event proposes to line both sides of Hurontario Street with Airstream Travel Trailers, with the owners of the Airstream trailers camping in their RVs overnight, and opening the trailers to the public for tours each day.

While this event has toured the United States, this is the first event for Urban Air in Canada, and it is estimated that 100 Airstream trailers may attend, attracting an estimated audience of 2000 to 4000 spectators.

The Downtown Collingwood BIA is supportive of the event, noting that the unique nature of this event and the expected attraction it provides may prove to enhance downtown business activity.

Council voted to authorize waiving on-street parking fees applicable to the required parking along Hurontario Street for the event, and to allow overnight camping inside participant Airstream trailers along Hurontario Street, subject to the issuance of a Special Event Permit.



  • Council designated Finance and Planning Department staff as the program administrators of the Development Charges Rebate Program.
  • Council voted to approve the following motion, as provided by Deputy Mayor Saunderson at the Council meeting of February 12.

WHEREAS accountable local government is one of the five goals identified in Collingwood’s Community Based Strategic Plan as adopted by this Council;

AND WHEREAS this Council has made accountability and transparency a priority taking steps to review and update the Code of Conduct, review and update the Procurement By-Law; and, review and update the Procedural ByLaw;

AND WHEREAS accessibility to Council meetings and Standing Committee meetings is fundamental to accountable and transparent local government;

AND WHEREAS recent financial cutbacks in the media sector have resulted in the closure of the Enterprise Bulletin, Collingwood’s oldest newspaper, and significant downsizing at Rogers Cable, Collingwood’s local TV station;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT this Council direct staff to take all necessary steps to film, broadcast and livestream all Council meetings and Standing Committee meetings to increase public accessibility to such meetings and enhance accountable local government.


Upcoming Council & Standing committee meetings


Meeting Type

Date, time & location

Corporate & Community Services Standing Committee

Monday, March 5 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie

Special Council Meeting
(Closed Session and Potential Rise & Report)

Tuesday, March 6 – 3:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Coffee with Council &
Budget Public Meeting

Tuesday, March 6 – Council Chambers

SIC – Budget  |  4:00 p.m.

Coffee with Council  |  6:00 p.m.
Share your comments, questions, or feedback on the 2018 Budget over coffee with Council and staff.

Budget Public Meeting  |  6:45 p.m.
Council will host a Public Meeting to officially receive feedback on the 2018 Draft Budget.

Council Meeting

Monday, March 12 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street

Development & Operations Services Standing Committee

Monday, March 19 – 5:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Community Room, Collingwood Public Library, 55 Ste. Marie

Council Meeting

Monday, March 26 – 5:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street



Agendas and Minutes are available online at:

For more information, contact:

Communications Officer
Jennett Mays
705-445-1030 Ext. 3293

Sara Almas
705-445-1030 Ext. 3225

Sandra Cooper