(Staff) – Midland residents eager to prove that man is a dog’s best friend will be taking part in the Friends for Life walk-a-thon on May 24. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Midland branch of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, raising $11,000 in 2008. The goal is to double that this year. "We can reach our goal if 100 people joined and each person raised at least $200 of pledges," said branch manager Maureen Dool, adding she is aiming to raise $1,000 herself. All the money raised will go toward care of the animals at the shelter. "I am hoping some of our past rescued dogs will join us on the walk," she added. "It’s exciting to see them with their families and how they have matured into great friends." Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10 a.m. Visit to register or to learn more about the walk. Pledge forms are also available at the shelter, local veterinary offices, Pet Valu and Global Pet Foods. A free lunch and drinks will be provided. There will also be a number of prizes up for grabs, including a Disney World holiday for two.
Georgian College is counting on a share of newly announced provincial funding to erase a multimillion-dollar operating deficit. College president Brian Tamblyn this week confirmed the multi-campus school was closing out the year with a projected shortfall of $2.8 million. Government funding has failed to keep pace with rising enrolment in the college’s diploma and degree programs, he said. “We have been growing very quickly for the last four years,” Tamblyn said. “It kind of catches up to you operationally.” The province, in its latest budget, announced $150 million in immediate, one-time support for colleges and universities. Georgian will learn in the next couple of weeks whether its share of the fund will cover the sizable deficit, Tamblyn said. “It is quite possible our share could cover our projected deficit this year.” The college’s fiscal year ended March 31. Tamblyn stressed Georgian is not alone as it works to overcome financial challenges. “Pretty well all the colleges and universities are looking at serious financial situations,” he pointed out. Overall enrolment rose 9.5 per cent in March compared to the same period last year, while applications for the fall semester are already up by almost seven per cent, Tamblyn said. “It’s possible we will have a similar increase in the fall as we did in the winter,” he said. Tamblyn said the province is dedicating another $200 million to colleges and universities next year through its “Reaching Higher” plan. “The concern is whether the enrolment growth will outstrip the money provided,” he said. In the meantime, the college will draw from a $6-million reserve. “At the point where you are out of reserves, you have to work with the ministry and come up with a plan on how you get out of (deficit),” he said. “But we are not there yet.” Tamblyn said colleges have been encouraged to maintain growth or risk losing funding. Georgian is experiencing growth in its college and degree programs in Barrie and Orillia, and apprenticeship programs at its Midland campus. email@example.com
A North York man was fined a total of $1,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice, Owen Sound, on February 23, 2009 for illegal hunting activities. Pietro Galloro, 58, was fined $500 for killing a deer without a licence and $500 for unlawful possession of the deer. The court heard that on November 6, 2008, conservation officers who were on routine patrol in the Municipality of Grey Highlands stopped Galloro, who was driving by on an all-terrain vehicle. He was carrying a firearm and was not wearing a helmet. Further investigation determined that Galloro had killed a deer the day before without the proper licence. He had taken the untagged deer to his farm where it was butchered. Hunters can only harvest deer for which they have the proper validation tag. Justice of the Peace David Stafford heard the case.