2014 Municipal Election-Vote By Mail 

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula held its 2014 Municipal Election using the Vote By Mail method and vote counting tabulators.  The voter's kits included instructions with respect to completing and returning the ballot packages.  The returned ballots are counted by vote tabulator. 

One of the instructions included the requirement that when selecting a candidate, the elector was to completely fill in the square next to the candidate's name using black ink or black marker.   

The vote tabulators are programmed with certain sensitivities and were tested by Election Officials and operated as expected.  The vote tabulators would not accept ballots which were marked with x's, check marks or other coloured ink (red, pencil).  

There were electors who submitted ballots with x's, check marks and other coloured ink.  In order for those ballots to be counted, in the presence of scrutineers and candidates, those ballots were replaced with ballots containing only the marks contained in the designated voting spaces in the original ballot.  The replacement ballots were marked in accordance with the instructions included in the voter's kit.  This process was included in the Municipal Election Procedures which can be viewed on the Town website www.southbrucepeninsula.com .    

While the process of marking replacement ballots was time consuming, Election Officials worked diligently to release results at the earliest possible time.  

Angie Cathrae, Manager of Legislative Services/Clerk/CEMC
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
315 George St, PO Box 310
Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-1400
Toll Free: 1-877-534-1400
www.southbrucepeninsula.com
Fax: 519-534-4862
October 28, 2014

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Fire Chief Urges Residents to Install Smoke Alarms and Practice Home Fire Escape Plans 

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula - August 15, 2014. In the wake of a fatal fire in Ottawa on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, the South Bruce Peninsula Fire Department wants to remind the public that once you have escaped from a burning building you should not re-enter for any reason. 

"Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building." said Chief Robinson 

An individual who had safely exited a burning home re-entered in an attempt to save a pet. The individual perished in the fire. Early detection and warning of fire is critical and that is why the law requires smoke alarms to be installed on every storey of your home and outside all sleeping areas. Larger homes may require additional smoke alarms and the fire service recommends you also have working smoke alarms in all bedrooms. 

"Just as important as having working smoke alarms is making sure everyone in your home knows exactly what to do to escape BEFORE a fire occurs," continued Chief Robinson "This recent tragedy serves to emphasize the importance of staying outside once you have safely escaped a burning building." 

Simple steps for home fire escape planning include:

  • Everyone should know two ways out of each room, if possible. 
  • All exits must be unobstructed and easy to use. 
  • If someone in your home has a disability, develop an escape plan with your household that takes into account their unique needs. Determine who will be responsible for helping young children, older adults and anyone who needs assistance to escape.
  • Choose a meeting place outside, such as a tree or a lamp post, where everyone can be accounted for. 
  • Call the fire department from outside the home, from a cell phone or neighbour's home.
  • Practice your home fire escape plan.
  • Once out, stay out. Never re-enter a burning building.

For people who live in apartment buildings and need assistance to escape:

  • Make sure you tell the superintendent or landlord if you need assistance.
  • Make sure your name is added to the persons who require assistance list in the fire safety plan, so the fire department knows which apartment you are in.
  • Know the emergency procedures outlined in the building's fire safety plan. 

If a fire occurs in your home and you are unable to escape:

  • Close the door of the room you are in and cover vents and cracks around the door with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.
  • Call 9-1-1 or your fire department. Tell them where you are, then signal for help at the window with a light-coloured cloth or a flashlight.

For more information, contact:

Daniel Robinson, Manager of Emergency Services
P.O. Box 310, 315 George Street
Wiarton, ON N0H 2T0
(519) 534-1400 ext 142

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July 24, 2014 - Town of South Bruce Peninsula Holding Public Meetings on Sauble Beach Land Claim!

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is extending an invitation to the public to attend one of two public meetings being held on August 6th to hear information on the Sauble Beach Land Claim. When asked why the Town is coming forth with information which is still in mediation, Mayor John Close replied "As a result of mediation the Parties are considering a proposal which can now be presented to the taxpayers in South Bruce Peninsula". He was quick to add, "The Town has made no decision yet and wants to provide information to the public and hear back from residents before agreeing to anything."

On August 6th, one public meeting will be held at 10:00 am at the Sauble Community Centre and a second meeting will be held at 2:00 pm at the Wiarton Arena (on the arena floor).

As to what information will be revealed, Mayor Close stated "At the public meetings, representatives from both the Federal and Provincial Governments will be in attendance to provide information and answer questions." In response to the concern as to whether enough details will be presented to allow the public to make an informed decision, Mayor Close assured, "All information will be put on the table such as:

 An overview of the mediation process

 The current litigation claim filed against the Town of South Bruce Peninsula

 The basis for the First Nation Land Claim: Rankin Survey

 Details of the Proposed Offer; and

 The process for forwarding written responses 

Mayor Close commented, "The public has been asking for this information, and now the Town is in a position to provide answers to their questions. Town Council is encouraging everyone who lives in South Bruce Peninsula to attend one of the meetings being held on August 6th.

Administrator Jacquie Farrow-Lawrence explained that the public should receive a blue flyer in their mail by July 25th or they can pick up a copy at the Town Office. 

Contact information:

Mayor John Close at 519-534-5548
Jacquie Farrow-Lawrence, Administrator at 519-534-1400 x 121

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July 2, 2014 - Town of South Bruce Peninsula in Sauble Beach Land Claim - Public to Have Input!  

It has become public knowledge that the Town of South Bruce Peninsula has entered into mediation regarding the First Nations' Land Claim regarding Sauble Beach. 

This matter is still proceeding to litigation; and in an attempt to avoid significant costs to taxpayers for the Town to engage in what may be a lengthy litigation process, the Town is participating in a mediation process to protect the public's interest in Sauble Beach. 

The Town can advise residents that:

1. a public meeting process will be held prior to the Town signing any agreement; and

2. the Town has entered into mediation with the intent to ensure continued public access to Sauble Beach. 

No further comment by the Town will be made on this matter at this time due to the confidentiality agreement that all of the parties to the mediation have agreed to and are bound by. Such confidentiality agreements are typically signed whenever parties to litigation enter into settlement discussions in order to facilitate a frank and open airing of the issues. However, all the parties understand that no final settlement of the issues will occur without a consultation and approval process appropriate to the various parties involved.  

We encourage all residents to participate in the future public meeting process being sanctioned by the Town. In the interim, there will be no signing of an agreement as has been falsely rumored in the community. 

Contact information:

Mayor John Close at 519-534-5548
Jacquie Farrow-Lawrence, Administrator at 519-534-1400 x 121

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May 29, 2014-Sauble Beach Receives Blue Flag Award Again in 2014!

Blue Flag Canada announced on May 28th that 24 beaches and four marinas in Canada have been awarded the Blue Flag Award in designation for 2014, and Sauble Beach in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula has once again qualified to receive this prestigious award.

The Blue Flag Program

The Blue Flag Program is an internationally recognized and respected eco-label that is awarded to beaches and marinas which have achieved international standards in water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services. The award is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for

Environmental Education (FEE).

The Blue Flag program has been in Canada since 2005 with certified beaches and marinas currently in Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. With vast and beautiful coastlines, Canada's fresh and salt water ecosystems have significant environmental, cultural, social and economic values to all Canadians who can be assured beaches displaying the Blue Flag are safe and clean, sustainably managed and great for swimming.

Town Council Looking to Extending the Blue Flag Program

When a Blue Flag is raised at a beach, it is a celebration of the beach's commitment to meet the strict Blue Flag Standards, protecting beaches and freshwater ecosystems. And when tourists and residents see the Blue Flag flying, they are assured that the beach has outstanding water quality, is working to protect natural areas and has lifeguards or lifesaving equipment. Blue Flag beaches also provide opportunities for visitors to learn about local ecosystems, thus helping people to become better environmental stewards and ensuring that the beach can be enjoyed for generations to come. In support of this program, on May 20th Town Council passed a resolution for Staff to apply to have the Blue Flag Designation extended along Sauble Beach from its current northerly limit on Sixth Street to continue 2 kms. to the Point.

Sauble Beach Blue Flag Certification

Facilities Coordinator, Don Crain recently received two(2) Blue Flags which are now flying at Sauble Beach as a sign to visitors and residents that our beach has great water quality, is working to protect natural areas and habitat (such as the plovers), and staff is helping to educate the community about how to protect and improve the local environment.

The Town congratulates Staff and the community for their efforts in making Sauble Beach a Blue Flag destination!

Contact information: Jacquie Farrow Lawrence, Administrator at 519-534-1400 x 121
Don Crain, Facilities Coordinator at 519-374-9490
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May 23, 2014-National EMS Week - May 25-31, 2014

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is proud to announce that May 25-31, 2014 has been declared "National EMS Week" in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

Council passed a resolution on May 20, 2014, declaring the proclamation in keeping with the Town's Proclamation Policy CO.3.1.

In honor of National EMS Week, Bruce County Paramedics will be holding a Blood Pressure Clinic on May 27, 2014, at the Wiarton Tim Horton location.

John D. Close, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
315 George St, PO Box 310
Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-1400
Toll Free: 1-877-534-1400
Fax: 519-534-4862
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May 23, 2014-William Wilfred Campbell Day - June 1, 2014

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is proud to announce that June 1st has been declared "William Wilfred Campbell Day" in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula.

Council passed a resolution on April 15, 2014, declaring this proclamation in keeping with the Town's Proclamation policy, CO.3.1.

The first annual William Wilfred Campbell Poetry Festival will be held on June 1, 2014, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Meeting Place in Wiarton. This festival has been organized by the William Wilfred Campbell Appreciation Society. More information can be obtained by accessing the William Wilfred Campbell Appreciation Society website at

http://williamwilfredcampbellpoetryfestival.co

John D. Close, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
315 George St, PO Box 310
Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-1400
Toll Free: 1-877-534-1400
Fax: 519-534-4862
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May 23, 2014-Council Approves Reconstructing a Section of Lakeshore Blvd. North in Sauble Beach

On May 20th, the Council for the Town of South Bruce Peninsula approved the recommendation of Public Works Manager Tom Gray to reconstruct Lakeshore Blvd. North in Sauble Beach at the earliest convenience (to minimize impact on the tourist traffic to Sauble Beach). This project will proceed by starting from First Street North to Fourth Street North; and then proceeding north towards Sixth Street North as far as possible so as to stay within budget.

The Public Works Manager noted that Lakeshore Blvd. North appears to be one of the hardest hit roads (due to the severe weather conditions experienced this winter), and for one section of the road, it is not feasible to do patch work.

Although not budgeted in 2014, Public Works Manager Tom Gray informed that the Lakeshore Blvd. North reconstruction project would be undertaken instead of proceeding with the Mapleport Crescent reconstruction project. The engineering work would still take place for Mapleport Crescent in 2014 but the remainder of the $372,000 approved budget would be designated for Lakeshore Blvd. North.

The Lakeshore Blvd. North reconstruction project is dependent on receiving acceptance through Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) consultations.

John D. Close, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
315 George St, PO Box 310
Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-1400
Toll Free: 1-877-534-1400
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February 6, 2013

Residents of the Town of South Bruce Peninsula were contacted by Canada Post in 2012 with regard to address changes.

The Town would like to take this opportunity to explain to residents that the change in postal address was an initiative instituted by Canada Post.

Canada Post approached the Town in 2012 and explained that mailing addresses would be changed. Canada Post gave Council the option to maintain the postal identities of Hepworth, Sauble Beach, Wiarton and Mar with the remainder of the Town being called South Bruce Peninsula OR the entire municipality could have the postal address of South Bruce Peninsula.

Council chose to maintain the separate identities of Hepworth, Sauble Beach, Wiarton and Mar with the remaining areas being called South Bruce Peninsula.

Canada Post informed the Town that the Allenford area was not being changed by Canada Post at this time however it is anticipated that Canada Post will approach the Town in the future in this regard. It is the intention of Council to ask that Allenford maintains their postal identity.

Canada Post was provided with zoning maps of the geographic areas and they formulated route and address mapping which would keep the identified communities separated. Canada Post finalized the mapping based on their routes and mail delivery personnel.
In an effort to assist residents who are experiencing difficulties changing their addresses (due to spacing and character length), the Town has provided a short form of "South Bruce Peninsula" to Canada Post. Canada Post has approved the short forms; residents are permitted to use "South Bruce Pen" or SB Peninsula" when the full name is not accepted by institutions.

Please be advised that questions with regard to postal address changes should be directed to Canada Post, Connie Richardson, Delivery Planning 519-457-5274 (please note that this is not a toll free number).

Mayor John Close
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
519-534-1400