The Grey Highlands Chamber of Commerce hosted a meeting of all nine candidates in Grey-Bruce-Owen Sound for the provincial election at the Flesherton Kinplex. The Chamber’s president, Karin Cox kept the session running on rails, assisted by Michelle and Darren Patey, Ruben McCallum, and other Chamber volunteers. The candidates:
PC – Rick Byers
NDP – Karen Gventer
Liberals – Selwyn Hicks
Green – Danielle Valiquette
New Blue – Vince Grimaldi
Ontario Party – Suzanne Coles
None Of The Above Party – Joel Loughead
PPO – Joseph Westover
Independent – Reima Kaikkonen
The excellent recording of the meeting is the work of our associate producer, David Tonks. Set up and cabling by our producers Geoff Bowes and Ron Barnett. Thanks to all the participants for their efforts in presenting so well within the meeting’s format. Shoutout from the IGH crew to Steve Meacher and Andy Elliott at the Owen Sound branch of Long & McQuade who always help us get over the finish line with their expertise and kindness. Tim Reilly is the supervising producer at the mighty Leaking Ambience Studio in Flesherton.
A long road from St. Patrick’s Day in 2020. But here it is the tenth episode of In Grey Highlands and a homage to our farmers, the backbone of Ontario.
Stewart got to spend some time with Lorie Smith, Vice-President and Office Manager for Grey Agricultural Services in Markdale. Is there anything Grey Ag, the President and Exec Director Ray Robertson (right) and their staff Patricia Ellingwood, Susan Bos, Keith Reid, and Joni Reid cannot do? We don’t think so.
Ron drops into the session with Lorie to talk with Dale Merrifield at his dairy farm near Eugenia, the conversation reveals some solid truths about the operation of a dairy herd.
Marian Doyle and Carl Herman talked with Stewart about their respective Food Bank operations in Flesherton and Markdale. They speak of the services provided, the warm welcome people can expect, and the serious need for help in a Grey Highlands winter.
Stewart spends some time with Dr. Ian Arra, the Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health and covers a lot of ground; state of public health, public health infrastructure, mergers, and budgets, ‘flu shots, falls, cannabis, and vaping.
Allan Madden, the CEO of the South East Grey Community Health Centre, discusses the future for CHCs, our Centre’s unique rural nature, current clinics and programs, territory and funding, Ontario health teams, combating social isolation, dentistry, mental health structure and importance, community based programs, and home care and palliative care.
Ron Barnett from South Grey News comes by to deliver the first of a regular segment on news and events, and commercial and cultural programs in the area.
Intro and Recap [0:52]. Paul and Stewart go over the run up to the Federal election and the Chamber-sponsored All Candidates Meeting held at Markdale, 26th September. They play an excerpt from our coverage of the event discussing supply management as a question from the floor, which each candidate had a chance to address.
Climate Strike [8:20]. The climate crisis and local climate strike activity in Markdale and Flesherton gets discussed and we hear a recording from the streets by our associate producer, Kate Russell.
Harvest & Events [12:47]. Stewart and Paul discuss fall happenings, Farmers’ Almanac predictions for the winter, the Chamber of Commerce AGM and the upcoming Harvest Café featuring the brilliant Canadian historian and author, Ted Barris in presentation for his latest book Rush to Danger.
Talking with Ted [23:15]. Stewart chats with Ted Barris about his presentation that evening (17th October) featuring his latest book and some discussion of his family history and other writing.
Chris Hughes Interview [31:31]. Stewart talks to the keynote speaker for the upcoming Chamber AGM at the Flesherton Kinplex on 24th October about sweating the little things in marketing businesses.
Our team recorded the 2019 Grey Highlands Federal All Candidates Meeting, held at the Markdale Arena on 26th September. This is an unabridged format, with only minimal audio editing in an effort to defeat the horrible fluorescent lighting based hum.
Our Land and How We Use It. Paul and Stewart recap elements of the last episode and delve into the business of tiny homes and the public meeting about them from late August in Markdale. Stewart sits down with Scott Taylor, Senior Planner for the County of Grey to discuss this and other community planning challenges. Campgrounds get thrown into this land use mix and the guys shed some light on current definitions and concerns.
Stewart and Paul re-visit some of our previous episode’s topics and then embark on a discussion of food issues in the form of foodie and farmer. Paige Martin visits to help Stewart with our What? When? segment.
Our hosts Stewart Halliday and Paul McQueen introduce each other in the inaugural episode of In Grey Highlands This Week. They begin the discussion of the issues of housing and environment in our municipality, and interview Patrick Petch of Grey County Real Estate, in Markdale, Ontario.