Robert Bortlisz — Wasaga Beach councillor

I grew up spending a lot of time in the beach. My parents moved and then retired here as did I.  

The sandy shores and natural beauty drew people just like you and I here. We brought our energy, skills, expertise and slowly but surely built businesses, tourist attractions, cottages and homes. We grew into a town.

Together we built a good community. Some years were better than others. We moved forward, often named as one of the fasted growing towns.

But in the last 20 years a number of self interest groups came here telling us “we’re doing it all wrong.” They come with outside experts (that often we have paid for) to convince us of this. They talk of Monaco and Miami Beach. They wanted you to sell your hydro.

They promise “big change.” They do not value your expertise and experience.

If we want to move forward then we have to get back to being a fun, friendly, relaxed community, where you can raise a family, do business or retire, have a garden and enjoy the natural amenities.   

We need to stay diverse, open to all cultures, income levels and remain an affordable town where young people can find a good start in life.

We need to make it easier to start or operate a business to create jobs and wealth. We need to get the best value of services for our tax dollars. We need to start thinking like a small tourist town again, not a big city!

I believe if ‘we’ do things wisely, issues like a high school, better medical access, parks and recreational facilities can be tackled, improved and resolved. Prudent financial planning has worked for us in the past. Prudent financial planning will take us where we want to be in our future.

I look for your support. Web contact and information at;

Let’s move forward in the right direction.

Thank you.

Open audition for Innisfilm actors in Innisfil

Innisfilm is looking for actors for its upcoming production.

Innisfilm is a fledgling non-profit organization that wants to create movies showcasing area talent and has a script ready for the cameras.

Four females are needed to play Ashley (17 to 19 years old), Melissa (20 to 30 years old) Sandra (40s) and a grandmother (over 60 years old).

Four men are needed to play a police detective, a businessman, a mobster and a delivery man.

The open auditions take place June 23 at the Innisfil IdeaLab and Library’s Lakeshore branch from noon until 3 p.m.

The rehearsals are July 14 and 28, from 3:30 to 9 p.m., with filming dates in Innisfil all day Aug. 5 and 6, and on Aug 11 and 12 from 3 to 10 p.m.

Floyd Pinto — Adjala-Tosorontio mayor

I have always been actively involved with my community since moving here with my family over 16 years ago. I have served two terms on council, work for CLASS and have been on various committees during my term which gave me an understanding of the operation of the township.

My education, experience and skills sets — B.A. in commerce specializing in business management, a diploma in computer programming and employed as a computer programmer, were crucial in uncovering the problems with the township accounts. My resolve for accountability and to act in the best interests of the community resulted in an OPP investigation which led to the reduction of post retirement benefits from 80 to 65 years of age, saving the tax payer $644,470 (audited statements) to date. I have also uncovered issues with mileage payments and the budget itself, and have brought these concerns to the public’s attention through my blog, newsletters and articles in the paper.

My campaign

Keep taxes affordable, address the current $3.5-million debt. Stop taking on more debt ($15.4 million) to benefit developers.

Immediately address residents’ concerns with development, gravel pit, unaffordable water and sewer rates, speeding complaints, high speed internet.

Cancel — OPA 15

Tax increase must be justified with better services to residents.

Stop wasting tax dollars — $260,000 spent on tenders for Everett sewer plant, then cancelled.

Salary raises should be based on productivity.

Pave roads, obtain infrastructure grants.

Development must follow Ontario Municipal Board/ Local Planning Appeal Tribunal approvals.

Will not force existing residents to hook up to the new sewer systems.

Promote businesses, including farmers market.

We are elected by residents and should work with the residents as your taxes pay our salaries. The OPP and integrity commissioner’s reports indicated policies, procedures and bylaws not being followed. This needs to stop. I have always stood by the residents and will continue to do so. I humbly ask residents to elect me as your mayor.

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