Monday, July 23, 2012

FREE Workshop for Shoreline Property Owners


July 20, 2012

FREE Workshop for Shoreline Property Owners – Saturday, July 28th  

Do you own a shoreline property? Learn about the importance of shorelines to lake health and how to be a good lake steward at a FREE shorelines workshop, presented by Severn Sound Environmental Association and the Township of Tay.

Topics will include: Georgian Bay water levels & water quality; the status of fish communities; rules & regulations for working around water; invasive species; and best practices for shorelines, including lawns & septic systems.

When:            Saturday, July 28th, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Where:           Oakwood Community Centre (290 Park St, Victoria Harbour)

For more information, contact Severn Sound Environmental Association (705-527-5166).

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ditties and Shanties – a great family musical highlight at Discovery Harbour

July 12, 2012

Media Release - for immediate release

Ditties and Shanties – a great family
musical highlight at Discovery Harbour

On Saturday July 21 visitors to Discovery Harbour will be treated to Ditties and Shanties, an all-day musical highlight featuring a fun assortment of traditional music taking place throughout the beautiful waterside historic site.

NEW this year will be the Kenn Lewis Steel Drum Duo, playing an eclectic assortment of great tunes on their magnificent steel drums.  Kenn Lewis is an outstanding musician, producer, and songwriter who has played in Toronto and suburban cities for the past 24 years.  Born in the twin Federation islands of St. Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean, his love for music started at the age of seven.  The styles of music he plays range from Reggae to R & B, but his main musical themes are Caribbean Rhythms called Soca, Calypso, and Zouke.  Lewis was nominated for a Reggae Award in 2002.

Ditties and Shanties will also feature performances from two more great headliners: Celtic harpist and singer Ruth Sutherland, and The Playford Players.  Ruth Sutherland’s third CD entitled “Bones & Runes” has won critical acclaim and garnered four Hamilton Music Award nominations.  Ruth successfully returned from Lorient France in the summer of 2007 where she performed (alongside harpers from Brittany, Ireland and Wales) to rave reviews at the World’s largest Celtic festival. The Playford Players are composed of guitarist Philip Corke from Burlington and hammer dulcimer player Roland Packer from Hamilton.  Philip and Roland began by writing diverse arrangements of traditional English, Irish and Appalachian tunes for hammer dulcimer and guitar.  Their resulting blend of folk, pop, jazz and classical styles has been described as "light, bright, lilting music that sets the toes, and the soul, tapping."

Discovery Harbour’s own costumed staff has formed a lively group called The Salty Sailor Singers to add to the musical day, and they will perform energetic sea shanties at various locations on the historic site.  Families can also enjoy 19th century games and on-deck activities aboard the impressive historic ships H.M.S. Tecumseth and Bee.  A great summer treat, refreshing iced tea will be served in the picturesque Keating House.    
The Ditties and Shanties musical highlight is at Discovery Harbour on Saturday July 21 and is included with regular site admission.  For further information call (705) 549-8064 or visit


Discovery Harbour is operated by Huronia Historical Parks,
and is an attraction of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.

A picture and suggested cutline is also included with this Release.

Media Contact:
Bill Brodeur
Marketing and Media Relations
Huronia Historical Parks
(705) 528-7692

Villa July Socials!

CHIGAMICK Traditional Healer

Traditional Healer

Peter Wynne

Peter Wynne is Swampy Cree from the Loon Clan. Peter was identified as being gifted at an early age. Peter began his healing work during the 1980’s. He is a Pipe Carrier, Sweat Lodge and Shake Tent conductor. Peter Wynne has been called upon by many individuals, communities and medical facilities to assist others with his healing gifts.

Peter is available for one-on-one appointments, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on:

 Monday, August 13, 2012

 Thursday, August 16

 Tuesday, August 14

 Friday, August 17

 Wednesday, August 15

One-on-one appointments will take place at the CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre located at 845 King Street (in the Plaza) Midland, ON. Please call Brian George, Health Promoter & Traditional Healing Coordinator for information and to schedule your time with a Healer. 705.527.4154 x204. There is no cost to attend.

Guérisseur traditionnel

Peter Wynne

Peter Wynne appartient à la tribu Moskégon, clan du huard. Très jeune, on savait que Peter possédait un don. Peter a commencé ses travaux de guérison dans les années 80. Il est gardien du calumet, chef de suerie et de remuage de tente. De nombreuses personnes, communautés et établissements médicaux ont fait appel à Peter Wynne pour aider les autres avec ses dons de guérison.

Peter est disponible pour des rendez-vous individuels de 9 h à 17 h :

 lundi 13 août

 jeudi 16 août

 mardi 14 août

 vendredi 17 août

 mercredi 15 août

Tous les rendez-vous ont lieu au Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK situé au 845, rue King (dans le centre commercial) Midland, Ontario. Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements et fixer un rendez-vous avec une guérisseuse ou un guérisseur, veuillez communiquer avec Brian George, Promoteur de la santé et Coordonnateur de la guérison traditionnelle. 705-527-4154 poste 204. La participation est gratuite.

845 King St., Unit 10, Midland ON L4R 0B7 Tel: 705.527.4154 Fax: 705.527.4005

Monday, July 9, 2012

Investment in Innovation 2012


July 4, 2012

Brantford, Ontario — The Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) announced today a $20-million investment in innovation funds that will support small- and medium-sized businesses in southern Ontario. Minister Goodyear was accompanied by Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant.

“Innovation is critical to creating high-value jobs and securing a prosperous future for southern Ontario communities,” said Minister Goodyear. “The investment announced today will lead to new opportunities for small- and medium-sized businesses in the region, allowing them to grow, develop new products, services and technologies. This will diversify the economy, encourage greater innovation and create hundreds of jobs for southern Ontario.”

“Small and medium sized businesses in southern Ontario are ready to compete and lead in the twenty-first century global economy,” said McColeman. “With the launch of this new fund, our government is taking additional steps to encourage innovation and the creation of high quality, highly skilled jobs right across this region.”

The $20-million contribution comes through FedDev Ontario’s Prosperity Initiative. This investment will support two funds, known as the Southern Ontario Fund for Investment in Innovation (SOFII) projects. SOFII will provide a $12-million fund in the west and an $8-million fund in the east. These two funds will be delivered by southern Ontario’s two regional Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) networks: the Western CFDC Association and the Eastern CFDC Network Inc. to both smaller rural and larger urban communities.

During the projects’ first two years, the Networks will provide business loans valued between $150,000 to $500,000 each to accelerate the growth of an estimated 80 southern Ontario small- and medium-sized businesses, which will help create or maintain over 700 full-time jobs. This will support innovation and growth in small- and medium-sized businesses in southern Ontario.

“We have heard about the difficulties small businesses can have bringing new developments to market,” said Cindy Swanson, Past-President of the Western Ontario Community Futures Development Corporation Association, Inc. “This fund will provide an opportunity for small companies to secure the financing they need and get the product to market more quickly than they otherwise might be able to.”

Dan Stanford, Chair of the Eastern Ontario CFDC Network shares this sentiment. “New products, new services and new processes often need support with that last push to the market—as do other late-stage commercialization activities,” said Stanford. “SOFII can help knowledge-based businesses do this successfully and we look forward to our role in assisting the Government of Canada to create a more productive and competitive private sector in southern Ontario.”

For more information about SOFII or the Prosperity Initiative, please refer to the backgrounder.

The investment announced today supports the Government of Canada’s science, technology, and innovation agenda, which is focused on increasing the country’s productivity, creating jobs and growing the economy.

Created in 2009, FedDev Ontario supports the southern Ontario economy by building on the region’s strengths and creating opportunities for jobs and economic growth. The Agency has launched a number of initiatives to create a Southern Ontario Advantage and place the region in a strong position to compete in the global economy. These initiatives are designed to encourage partnerships and support projects that help the region’s businesses and communities become more competitive, innovative and diversified. To learn more, please visit or call 1-866-593-5505.

Follow us on Twitter @FedDevOntario

For more information, contact:

Michele-Jamali Paquette Media Relations

Director of Communications FedDev Ontario

Office of the Honourable Gary Goodyear 519-585-2917