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  • Council approves 33 per cent pay raise for councillors
  • Fire Marshall investigating fatal house fire
  • Opinion: Council’s 33 per cent pay hike is offensive
  • Candidates upset over Mulroney skipping debates
  • Ainsworth family honoured during Alzheimer’s walk
  • Georgina Pride Ride returns with “gay-rage sale”


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  • Province pledges $24M for phosphorus recycling facility
  • Keswick gets a new long-term care home
  • Local fundraising campaign sends medical aid to Ukraine
  • Pefferlaw residents brace for decision on aerodrome
  • The Butterflyway Project is coming to Georgina

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March 10, 2022 Issue

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This issue includes:

  • Pefferlaw’s only bank slated to close on October 13
  • Church raises funds for war in Ukraine
  • Welcoming Ukrainian refugees with open arms?
  • Resident parking passes are now available online
  • Council bans Town from purchasing Russian products
  • LSRCA warns residents to be careful around waterways
  • A look at the upcoming 2022 municipal election

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February 24, 2022 Issue

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This issue includes:

  • Hedge Road Landing to start construction soon, builder says
  • Small dairy farms disappearing in Georgina
  • Letter to the editor: Money Not Well Spent
  • The Georgina Community Action Table offers grants
  • The Good Food Collective community lunches are back
  • A look back at the tumultuous municipal election of 1978

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February 10, 2022 Issue

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This issue includes:

  • Town closes applications for windrow snow clearing
  • Ice hut operator says he’s being targeted
  • Opinion: Road salt threatens health of Lake Simcoe
  • Local radio station promotes shop local with ad campaign
  • What to do this Valentine’s Day weekend in Georgina
  • Town extends COVID-19 grants to small businesses in BIAs

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January 24, 2022 Issue

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  • Bradford Bypass could face federal impact assessment after all
  • Nurse practitioner clinic to open in August
  • Sutton District High School grad pens children’s book
  • No rent control on units occupied from Nov 2018
  • Town launches driveway windrow clearing pilot project
  • Keswick retailer named finalist for national award

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Athletics Canada CEO David Bedford facing complaint over his racy Twitter posts

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TORONTO — Athletics Canada CEO Dave Bedford, who’s held numerous executive jobs in Canadian sport over more than four decades, is facing a complaint about his Twitter activity.

The tweets in question were sexual in nature, and posted over a number of days going back as far as during the Tokyo Olympics. 

In one exchange, a woman alludes to oral sex. A tweet from Bedford’s account responds: “You are killing me girl. Don’t know whether to laugh or cry reading your tweets!”

In another, a woman remarks about not wearing a bra. A tweet from Bedford’s account responds: “Always important to have a couple of firm, upstanding individuals.”

Bedford said he was informed by Helen Manning, the chair of the Athletics Canada’s board of directors, on Saturday about the complaint, and he removed the tweets later that day. He also made his Twitter account private.

“It’s a personal Twitter account, not AC’s Twitter account, and I’ve never tweeted anything inappropriate in my life. At no time,” Bedford told The Canadian Press. “I have responded to others, I’ve commented on others that I find funny. But that’s about it.”

In Bedford’s Twitter profile, he describes himself as: “Renaissance man. Love sports, theatre, wine, travel. Never miss a Cleveland Browns game! CEO of Athletics Canada.”

Bedford was named CEO of Athletics Canada — the national governing body for track and field — on April 1, 2019. 

“I’ve seen the tweets and I think they’re gross,” a member of Canada’s track and field team told The Canadian Press, under condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. “They definitely don’t reflect the leader of AC in a positive light. He’s the CEO, and the face of the organization, whether he sees it that way or not.”

Athletics Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but an emergency board meeting was called for later Monday.

“The interesting thing to me is that there’s some suggestion that this compromises safe sport, and … I didn’t abuse anybody, I didn’t harass anybody. There’s nothing like that here. I was just merely commenting on other people’s comments that I thought were humorous,” Bedford said. 

“So, I guess people feel differently than I do. I don’t see any corollary to safe sport issues, because there’s no discrimination, there’s no abuse, there’s no harassment, there’s nothing there. Some people just felt that it was inappropriate. I respect that.”

Among Bedford’s previous sport positions, he was the executive director, marketing and communications with the Canadian Olympic Committee, and was responsible for developing and launching the Canadian team’s “Paint the Town Red” promotional campaign prior to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. 

He was also the executive director of Team Canada for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, was the senior vice-president of business operations for the Toronto Argonauts and the 100th Grey Cup Festival. 

A recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, Bedford has also served on the board of directors for the Canadian Olympic Committee and Water Polo Canada, and was the chef de mission for the 2004 Olympic Games.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2022.

January 10, 2022 Issue

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This issue includes:

  • Council shoots down aerodrome proposal for Pefferlaw
  • Small biz cries foul over latest lockdown
  • Province pulls plug on GTTI Skilled Trades Institute
  • Sutton Christmas Bird Count records 57 species
  • Food Pantry takes over Pop-Up Breakfast Club
  • Radioactive gas in your home?

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December 10, 2021 Issue

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  • Council approves budget: 0% operating tax increase
  • Couple buys Xmas dinner for seniors building
  • Pefferlaw aerodrome proposal lacks transparency
  • Food Pantry sees spike in demand during holidays
  • Town unveils rainbow pride crosswalk in Keswick
  • EddyBee & Tootsie’s Messhall opens on High Street in Sutton

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Nov 24, 2021 Issue

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This issue includes:

  • New aerodrome proposal flies under the radar in Pefferlaw
  • Town officially opens Julia Munro Park
  • The Georgina Cares live TV auction returns
  • Christmas arrives at The Briars
  • Templeman’s Toffee and Spice of Life open storefront
  • Poster contest inspires kids to think about peace

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