New venue for annual Innisfil Makerfest July 14

The senses will be stimulated at this year’s Makerfest event.

Along with all of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) information, the event ties in with Cookstown’s community picnic.

The annual Makerfest is July 14 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cookstown branch of the Innisfil IdeaLAB and Library.

“It’s a great way to find out about things in the local community,” librarian Melissa Harris said. “We have amazing, talented people here and you can come and see what they make or do.”

This is the fourth annual , which explores the high and low tech worlds of robotics and more.

This year’s event includes a silver jewelry maker, a piñata maker, a virtual reality station, augmented reality colouring, 3D printed remote controlled cards, leather making, entertainment by the Fitzees, precious stone bracelets and library kits like the Lego WeDo, little Bits and Snap Circuits.

Harris noted the change in venue at the Cookstown branch at hosting it for the first time.

“We recently put a smaller version of the hack lab in Cookstown and you are able to check out a skill or go to tinker workshops,” Harris said.

The bonus is the splash pad should be running for this year’s Makerfest.

Bo’s Authentic Thai Cuisine opens in Barrie

Amornthip Ratanadawong, known by her childhood nickname Bo, owns and operates Bo’s Authentic Thai Cuisine.

Bo’s memories of Thai cuisine have stayed with her and are truly represented in the offerings on her menu.

A large part of the dining experience is tasting some of Bo’s Thai sauces, which she enjoys making herself.

The seasoning is based on the “Five Taste” principle, which is a blend of five distinct flavours: sweet, hot, sour, salty and bitter.

Bo’s Authentic Thai Cuisine only uses the finest ingredients including the freshest herbs, exotic vegetables and special spices. Bo’s brings the true taste of Thailand to Barrie.

Located on Anne Street, just north of Dunlop Street, Bo’s has a quaint dining area and a decorated patio for outdoor dining.

Clearview aviation business park gets extension for planning conditions

The proponents of an aviation business park will be able to keep their subdivision approvals until 2033.

Clearview Township councillors approved granting Clearview Aviation Business Park (CABP) an extension on the draft plan of subdivision for all three phases of the 285-acre project located beside the Collingwood Regional Airport.

The proponents had been looking for 15 years from the current lapsing date of the approvals, taking it until 2036 for Phase 1, and 2037 for the second and third phases; municipal staff recommended extending the draft approvals for Phase 1 for another two years, and one year for Phases 2 and 3, to 2022 and 2023, respectively.

After the decision, CABP spokesperson Paul Bonwick said the extension provides the project with stability.

“I think council understands the uniqueness of the project. There’s really one driving theme behind the request: to create a long-term stable environment to attract industry,” he said.

Several council members spoke in favour of extending the lapse date until 2033, notably Deputy Mayor Barry Burton. Burton noted that although he is typically loath to approve draft plan extensions to projects, he would be willing in this case because, he said, “I realize five years is not enough time” to develop the property.

Bonwick said CABP remains committed to its investment in the property, which he said is in “the millions of dollars.”

“It has taken us four years to go through the official plan, the draft plan, zoning. I appreciate the comments and concern about the long-term implications, but there has been many millions of dollars invested in the property,” he said. “At every turn, when the development group has been asked to make actions, they’ve done so.

“They’re not doing this to keep it rented out to the farmer who’s growing corn on it right now. That’s not the intention of investing that many millions of dollars.”

Bonwick said if the draft conditions lapsed in 2022, there could be a new provincial government in place by that time, “and a whole new set of rules and regulations and changes in planning policy.

“How do you spend $20 million in servicing on that risk?”