A new year year and new resolutions


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There have been many changes throughout 2010 and, now, we are entering the second decade of the 21st century.

Locally, Bruce County, for the most part appeared to escape the recessional downturn that took part across Ontario during 2010 thanks, in part, to Bruce Nuclear and the positive impact it has on the local economy.

While the economy has remained outwardly stable, there are still tell-tale signs that all is not as it seems on the surface.  The waiting list for affordable housing, for instance, continues to grow and many small businesses continue to see a decline.

On the upside however, there have been many improvements thanks to the stimulus funding programs put in place by the three tiers of governmen

One of the major undertakings in Saugeen Shores, in particular, was the installation of a sewer system north of the Saugeen River.  Despite controversy during several public meetings, the project went ahead and is expected to be completed within the initial deadline (March 31/11), and under budget.

Another initiative was the pilot affordable housing project in Port Elgin.  The project includes townhouses and apartments that are still in the process of being built with environmentally friendly products and services that include geothermal heating.

Mayor Mike Smith

Affordable housing is a particular 'pet' interest Saugeen Shores' Mayor, Mike Smith.  Smith, who was also recently re-elected as Warden of Bruce County, is the only representative in recent memory to hold three major positions simultaneously ... Municipal Mayor, County Warden and, now, Chairman of Grey Bruce Health Services.

Smith has said in the past that, if re-elected Warden, he would continue to pursue the affordable housing issue in Bruce County.

With the recent announcement by primary employer, Bruce Nuclear, of continued expansion through the refurbishment of units, many retailers and independent business owners are hopeful that the local economy will continue to improve in the foreseeable future.

As always, at the beginning of another new year, most people have a positive attitude of what the year will bring and have already made resolutions for the upcoming year ... the trick is to keep them!


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