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The project is slated to get underway next spring as old sewer and water lines will be ripped out, the road repaved…and the park reconfigured.
The plan also includes the demolition of the house immediately adjacent to the hill as well as the elimination of the former pedestrian tunnel.
Residents are being asked to give comments on what they’d like to see happen at the park at a meeting being held at the Bayshore Community Centre tonight starting at 6:30.
Meanwhile….city workers advise motorists that the 8th Street East hill will be closed Wednesday from 4th to 7th Avenues… for paving work…although its not the major reconstruction starting already.
The closure is expected to last the entire day.
The Bruce Grey Owen Sound M-P-P made sure he cleared his schedule yesterday to be at the long awaited announcement of the new Markdale hospital.
Walker, along with countless local politicians and health officials before him, was unrelenting in helping to push this project through after 12 years of waiting.
The difference, this time, seemed to be the new Health Minister himself… Dr. Eric Hoskins… who understood more than previous Ministers what this hospital meant to the community…
There was no timeline given for the project….but 3 million dollars was approved for the planning process.
And while Walker wanted yesterday to be about the good news announcement… he can’t help but be reminded of the previous 3 million dollar planning grant announced back in 2006.
He says however he feels pretty confident this project is high on the health minister’s radar.
Below is Walker’s official press release:
MPP Walker pleased by Markdale Hospital re-announcement but will remain vigilant
MARKDALE — Today’s announcement in Markdale signifies that the plan to build a new Markdale Hospital is moving forward, says Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.
Following years of advocacy by local residents and donors, the Municipality of Grey Highlands, hospital and foundation staff, fundraising volunteers and two MPPs, today’s news should have clearly provided a date when construction would begin on the new hospital, and thus dispel the lingering doubts that have persisted since 2006, Walker says.
“There was a prevailing feeling among everyone who attended today’s announcement that our hospital project is high on Minister Eric Hoskins’ radar. He seemed sincere and I respect his efforts 100 per cent,” Walker says. “Yet, there have been previous promises by three former health ministers, and so I would have liked to hear definite timeframes and specific details accompany today’s hospital re-announcement.”
Walker says he is reminded of a previous $3-million planning grant made for this project back in 2006 by then Health Minister George Smitherman.
“Honestly, it has been disappointing over the years when certain elected officials chose to play political games with public infrastructure projects, specifically our hospital project. Nevertheless, I think it’s so important that we as a community never gave up and remain united working together toward our common goal,” Walker says, adding that the build project has been his priority since being elected to Ontario parliament in 2011.
Walker says he will keep tabs on the Ministry of Health to ensure no more time is wasted and that area residents get the hospital they need and deserve sooner rather than later.
“We can now close the previous chapter and turn our energies toward the new capital planning goal,” he says. “However, I myself will remain vigilant until I see the doors of the new hospital open and the first patient go through the door.”
Walker also adds that he was slated to ride this afternoon in the International Plowing Match parade along his Conservative caucus colleagues but made a beeline for the exit as soon as he received confirmation of the Minister’s visit to Markdale at 2pm today.
“Despite the previous promises and false starts, I am confident that the new minister is behind us and that he is sincere about getting our hospital built in the near future. As such, we will keep the pressure on until our community and patients hear a firm construction date for the new Markdale Hospital,” says Walker.
Lots of smiling faces in Markdale today as the province announces they are moving forward with a new Centre Grey hospital.
Health Minister Eric Hoskins was at the site for the announcement along with dozens of local politicians, doctors, nurses and members of the community who’ve been lobbying the province for more than a decade to get this project underway.
Minister Hoskins is himself.. a doctor and says he’s worked in rural hospitals.. and understands how desperate the community was to get it going…
Hoskins gives credit to the ongoing support of the community for a new hospital…evident with the 12 million dollars in funds put aside for the build.
He credits the local delegation who made a strong case at a conference in August…but also recognized the past delegations who’ve been fighting for this day for 12 years.
However when it comes to a time line… the Minister could not give a firm commitment… saying there’s lots of work to do now…
There was also no commitment on funding.
Hoskins says that will depend on details of the project and what the tender comes in at.
Local M-P-P Bill Walker…who’s been tireless in his lobbying of the province on this …. says for now.. its enough that the government has said the project will move forward.
Minister of Health Dr. Eric Hoskins entire interview with news media including 92.3’s Diana Meder
Press Release from Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
Ontario Moving Forward With New Markdale Hospital
Local Residents Will Benefit From Greater Access to Care
NEWS September 16, 2014
Ontario is moving forward with plans to construct a new hospital in the Markdale community to improve access to health care in the region.
The new hospital will replace the current aging building and will boast improved services for patients, including integrated 24/7 urgent and primary care. It will also include short-stay beds, minor procedure space, as well as diagnostic and laboratory services.
The new hospital will enable Grey Bruce Health Services to work closely with primary care providers and other partners in the Markdale community to deliver seamless, patient-centred, comprehensive and sustainable care for patients.
Improving access to high quality, modern health care services supports Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care by providing the right care, at the right time and in the right place. This initiative supports the government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
“I’m proud that our government is moving forward with a new hospital in Markdale. The new hospital will provide improved health care services for the people of this community, and will ensure that families in Markdale have access to high quality services close to home.” – Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“The rural communities in South East Grey
County require the right infrastructure to provide high quality health care. The construction of a new hospital in Markdale will provide residents with a modern facility that will meet the demands of rural medicine for many years to come. The new hospital will continue to be an integral part of the a larger regional system of care with Grey Bruce Health Services, ensuring residents can receive a wide spectrum of care close to home.” – Jeff Low, Board Chair, South West Local Health Integration Network
“Grey Bruce Health Services is extremely pleased with today’s announcement, and we look forward to building a new hospital for the residents of Markdale and the surrounding central Grey area. Our community has been very generous over the years in supporting hospital fund raising initiatives, and now we can build an efficient, appropriately sized and designed state-of-the-art facility to continue delivering the quality care our patients expect and deserve.”
– Lance Thurston, President and CEO, Grey Bruce Health Services
” The government has approved up to $3 million to support capital planning for this project.
” The Markdale Hospital in one of six hospital sites within Grey Bruce Health Services, and one of 64 small and rural hospital sites in Ontario.
” Small and rural hospitals account for approximately 11 per cent of unscheduled visits to emergency departments in Ontario.
” Since 2003, 23 new hospitals have been built or are being constructed across Ontario.
Grey County OPP continue to search for a man who stole several boxes of Pseudoephedrine from the IDA Pharmacy in Markdale, last Wednesday afternoon.
He’s described as five foot seven, slim build, 40 to 50 years old with blonde hair, and spoke with an accent.
Contact Grey County OPP or Crime Stoppers if you have any information.
A Tiverton woman is dead after a bizarre crash involving a deer last night.
Huron County OPP say a vehicle that was traveling southbound on Highway 21, north of Goderich , collided with a deer.
The impact of the crash sent the deer airborne into the path of a northbound vehicle.
The deer crashed through the passenger side of the windshield, and struck the front seat passenger.
The 67 year old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the vehicle, the victim’s 69 year old husband, received minor injuries.
The occupants of the other vehicle were not hurt.
Another large deposit of paint was dropped along Grey Road 18 west of Grey Roots Museum sometime Monday afternoon…..in broad daylight.
The orange/pink splotch is the fifth time this has happened in the same area since last summer.
Anyone with information is asked to call the O-p-p or Crime Stoppers.
Grey County OPP are hoping you can help them track down some vandals who have been targeting mail boxes.
Police discovered, Sunday afternoon, that 11 mailboxes on the Sarawak-Kepple Townline in Georgian Bluffs were damaged overnight.
Others were located on Presqui’le Road, Lindwood Road and Dawson Road.
Residents are asked to call police if you see any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.
A ten thousand dollar donation to The Dock’s Radio for Radiology Campaign was presented by The Lucknow and District Kinsmen today.
This is the biggest single contribution to date by a group or organization in the Grey Bruce region, to R4R.
Kinsmen spokesperson Steve Neeb, who presented a cheque to 923 The Dock staff today, says they try to raise money where needed and give back to the community.
He says the R4R Campaign was a good fit with the motto of the Kinsmen.
Neeb says it was a no brainer to target the R4R campaign for a donation, because residents in the Lucknow area are served by Owen Sound Regional Hospital.
The ten thousand donation is from proceeds from the Lucknow and District Kinsmen’s Music In The Fields event.
Neeb says planning is already underway for the seventh Music In The Fields in 2015.
The Dock committed 250 thousand dollars for the R4R campaign over five years.
We are now entering our third year and with the Kinsmen’s donation, we stand at 110 thousand dollars.
For more information on The R4R Campaign, go to our homepage.
Upwards of 100 thousand visitors and farmers from across the province…including those in Grey Bruce… will converge on a thousand acre site south of Barrie today.
Its the 101st International Plowing Match.
Opening ceremonies will including a friendly plowing competition between Premier Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and interim Tory Leader and Simcoe Grey M-P-P Jim Wilson.
The event, being held in Ivy this year, runs for the next five days.
For more info… head to www.plowingmatch.org
Turns out another cell phone company is also focusing on improving service in the municipality and that could change a few things.
Government authorities contacted Meaford and suggested they table their decision on a lease for the Marina flag pole option until more information about the other company is known.
Mayor Francis Richardson says it could change the game a bit…
Richardson says they’re in a holding pattern for now…
Richardson says the municipality doesn’t have the final say anyway…. on where the tower goes…
There has been opposition to the tower… despite the decision to move it from its original proposed location near homes and schools to a spot at the marina where it will serve double duty as a flag pole.
Some believe there are health risks associated with erecting cell towers in urban areas.
In fact there’s a public information session being held tomorrow night by a citizens group known as “Meaford 4 Safe Technology.
It starts at 6:30 at Georgian Bay Secondary.