GRCA looking for watershed heros

Friday, 24 February 2017 07:54 JW
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Do you know a watershed hero?
They’re the individuals, families, groups and businesses who put their time and energy into improving the Grand River watershed.
Many do it without recognition, satisfied with the legacy they leave for future generations.
The Grand River Conservation Authority thinks they deserve to be acknowledged and is looking for nominations for its annual Watershed Awards.
The GRCA has presented the awards since 1976.
There are the two categories:
·         Honour Roll Awards - presented for a sustained record of environmental achievement over an extended period of time
·         Watershed Awards for outstanding examples of environmental work
Nominations can come from anyone in the watershed. The deadline for nominations is May 1, 2017. More information on the awards, including a nomination form and information about past winners, can be found on
The winners will be honoured at a special event in October.

Elgincentives grants approved

Friday, 24 February 2017 07:52 JW
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Elgin County is pleased to announce that the first round of Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan (CIP) grants for 2017 have been approved.
In November 2016, the Ontario Professional Planners’ Institute honoured the program with an Excellence in Planning Award in the Municipal Statutory Planning category. Now in its third year of operation this award-winning program is having a visible impact on the County’s downtowns and tourism corridors.  Since its inception in October 2015, the program has approved 58 applications for a total of $390,000 in grants for projects valuing $1.454 Million.
“This program has enabled Elgin County to help local businesses to make significant improvements and expansions to their properties ensuring that the community’s business infrastructure remains vibrant,” said Economic Development General Manager Alan Smith.
The Elgincentives CIP offers financial incentives to private businesses that cover up to 50% of eligible costs to a maximum of $15,000 per project. Businesses will qualify for Elgincentives provided that they meet certain criteria and are located in one of the following areas: downtowns; agricultural areas; and, ports and lakeshore areas.
For more information about the Elgincentives Community Improvement Plan or to download an application visit, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 519-631-1460 ext. 137.
Recent Elgincentives Grant Approvals
The Village Market
Location: The Municipality of Central Elgin
Grant Type (s): Façade, Signage
Grant Amount: $4,678
Project: Installation of board and batten pine siding and application of a surface stain that will blend with neighbouring properties.
Wiltsie Truck Bodies
Location: The Township of Malahide
Grant Type (s): Building Improvement
Grant Amount: $6,600
Project: Complete renovation of waiting room, front offices, and customer washroom.
Great Lakes Farms
Location: The Township of Southwold
Grant Type (s): Building Conversion, Savour Elgin
Grant Amount: $8,176
Project: Conversion of tobacco barn into livestock petting area.
Pinecroft Green Frog Tea Room
Location: The Township of Malahide
Grant Type (s): Building Improvement, Savour Elgin
Grant Amount: $4,029
Project: Upgrading tin roof with a new steel roof as well as single pane windows with sealed thermal units on the tea room.
Wayside Dining Lounge
Location: The Township of Southwold
Grant Type (s): Façade
Grant Amount: $4,909
Project: Power washing of all exterior areas of the building. Sanding, scraping, and painting of all woodwork, windows, and doors. Replacement of aluminum soffits and fascia. 
T&G Plaza
Location: The Township of Southwold
Grant Type (s): Façade, Building Improvement
Grant Amount: $7,666
Project: Replace windows and siding and upgrade the roof.
InStyle Salon & Spa
Name: Location:  The Town of Aylmer
Grant Type (s): Building Improvement  
Grant Amount: $1,970
Project: Replacement of all exterior lower level windows, capping and updating of old cracked wood window sills and door frames.
Cardinal Court Motel
Location: The Township of Southwold
Grant Type (s): Building Improvement
Grant Amount: $1,972
Project: Replacement of single pane windows with energy-efficient aluminum windows.  

All aboard for Waterloo region's light rail

Friday, 24 February 2017 07:49 JW
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The Region's first light rail train is expected to roll into Waterloo today.

Residents turned out Wednesday in Cambridge and Kitchener yesterday to take a look at the train as it made its way through the region on a flatbed rail car from Thunder Bay.

The Region's light rail system is expected to launch early next year from Conestoga Mall in Waterloo to Fairview Park Mall in Kitchener.

Another 13 trains are expected to arrive before the end of the year.  


Cambridge inside workers strike over

Friday, 24 February 2017 07:44 JW
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A strike by inside workers in Cambridge is over.

City council unanimously approved a tentative deal struck with CUPE Local 1882 early yesterday morning.

The union, representing the 163 workers, also inked the deal yesterday.

CUPE says 97 per cent of their members voted in favour of the contract.

The deal includes cost of living and benefits increases and a lump sum payment for those with grandparented wages.

The by-law enforcement officers, building inspectors and administrators walked off the job last Friday.


Union wants tighter safety regs. on farms

Friday, 24 February 2017 07:23 JW
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A union that advocates for farm workers’ rights is renewing its call for tighter safety regulations following the death of a London-area dairy farm employee.

The body of 58 year old Carl Gregg of Middlesex Centre was found Tuesday when he fell through an opening into a manure pit at a Delaware area farm.

United Food and Commercial Workers Union spokesman Stan Raper says industrial regulations to protect farm workers should be implemented under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.


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