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COLLINGWOOD, THE PLACE TO PAY !

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MPMP is a performance measurement and reporting system that promotes local government transparency and accountability. It also provides municipalities with useful data to make informed municipal service level decisions while optimizing available resources.

We’ve been provided with some very interesting information with regards to Collingwood’s performance against its peers based on the 2011 survey results.  While we constantly here about the costs to operate programs and facilities in Collingwood, the measure of efficiency is the true indicator of how we are doing with what we have.

Keep in mind this is BEFORE the new library and Central Park arena projects, which will decrease performance numbers even further with regards to efficiency.

Category                                    Cost per person             Median                  Difference 

 

Indoor Recreation Facilities          75.36                        52.60                        22.76 more

Parks, Programs, Facilities           253.79                       100.46                     153.33 more

Library Services                            68.48                          35.79                         32.69 more

Library Service per use                  2.96                           1.19                         1.77 more

 

Additionally

 

Library Uses per person                                23                      30                   7 less

Indoor Recreational Sq ft (per 1000)          2931                   4884               1953

 

SUMMARY

  • We pay almost $23 more per person for 40 % less indoor recreational space…YET WE BUILD ANOTHER ONE ANYWAYS
  • We pay well more than double for our parks, programs and facilities than average
  • We pay almost double for library services than average comparable town, we pay more than double for our per visit costs to the library and we have 40% less use of the library…the old library…YET WE BUILT A NEW ONE ANYWAYS !

This information is shockingly embarrassing for the Parks and Recreation Dept and Library people at the town level.  Both programs are completely inefficient compared to similar communities in Ontario and yet projects like the new library and Central arena are pushed ahead with no consideration for how well they are being operated.

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High School Athletics…Are They Safe and Properly Run?

             Do our high school students get the best coaching and instruction when it comes to athletics, or just whoever is available to do it? Not only from an educational perspective, but from a medical perspective, schools need to take notice of their programming.

Back in the good ole days, you know when we had dinosaurs, to coach high school athletics you must have been a registered teacher at the school.  Now schools allow any qualified person to coach, but a staff member must be included on the team.  So the question must be asked….with all the qualified and experienced athletes in our community, why are the majority of teams being coached, and fitness programs being taught, by staff with little experience or qualifications?

Take a highly technical and injury laden activity like Crossfit for example.  Crossfit has become an excessive fad over the past few years, but its foundation is on age old training methodologies.  It’s a curious combination of semi-personal training, army-like workouts and cult-like cleeky membership groups.  Those that buy into it are like Apple product fans on steroids, they will not accept anything that contradicts their mostly blind beliefs in the product.

Obviously don’t take my word for it, go to http://journals.lww.com/nsca-Jscr/pages/default.aspx for the experts opinion.

Much like football, hockey, rugby and other contact sports almost all medical bodies and public health organizations share the conclusion that these sports and activities are dangerous not only to adults, but to youth in various stages of physical development can cause lifelong physical and mental issues.

The Canadian Medical Association and the American Medical Association have both declared that injuries attributed to contact sports are not acceptable and need immediate regulation from a medical perspective.  

Can you imagine parents encouraging their kids to smoke,  knowing full well they will be affecting their future health to some degree,  because one day they might be an actor in smoking commercial and be rich and famous?  Ridiculous.

School administrators need to expand their thoughts on athletic programming in the best interest of the kids participating.  With few exceptions, teachers are well meaning individuals that want to participate in something outside of the classroom.  But this is not the standard schools should be setting for the health and well-being of our children…they should be setting the highest standard possible.  They do in hiring teachers for their subject expertise.  Imagine if an ex professional hockey player took over the JV hockey team and they let him teach chemistry on the side, not because he was properly trained….but just because he was available.  Ridiculous.

Our community offers access to some of the best athletes in the world, schools need to reach out and utilize them.  Teachers that want to be involved in athletics need to be certified by professional organizations outside the teaching college.  Why are we afraid to demand the highest standards from those interacting with our children in a potentially dangerous environment?  Why shouldn’t we demand the best instruction available for our children in athletics like we do in the classroom?

Take a run though the CCI and JV coaching staff and you will see what I mean…….

Dr. Kinetics

OWLS BOYS SOCCER …FOOTBALL ON THE SCHED

Congrats to the CCI boys soccer team for a hard fought victory, all the details can be found at http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3317781

Also the boys Jr football team has its season opener this afternoon at 2:30pm, grab your umbrellas and get over there to support these young men who have been practicing hard the last few weeks.

Goooooooooo Owlsssssssssssssssssss

CCI FOOTBALL & FUNDRAISER

Over 100 potential players take to the football fields this week as CCI holds its junior and senior tryouts. 

Players will be on the fields from 3:15 until 5pm each day, battling for their spots on this year’s squads.  The seniors will play their first exhibition game on Friday Sept 16th, with league play for both teams starting Sept 21st.  For more info on the program and a full schedule, check out the CCI link on the left side of our main page.

Wayne Hunwicks President of the Fighting Owls Alumni  and senior team coach says “ both teams are expected to be very young this year, with an especially high turnover on the junior team”.    It seems to be a great opportunity for players to get some football experience quickly this season, so good luck to all trying out!

The Fighting Owls Football Alumni will be hosting a fundraiser at OslerBrook Golf and Country Club on

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CCI FOOTBALL & FUNDRAISER

Over 100 potential players take to the football fields this week as CCI holds its junior and senior tryouts.

Players will be on the fields from 3:15 until 5pm each day, battling for their spots on this year’s squads. The seniors will play their first exhibition game on Friday Sept 16th, with league play for both teams starting Sept 21st. For more info on the program and a full schedule, check out the CCI link on the left side of our main page.

Wayne Hunwicks President of the Fighting Owls Alumni and senior team coach says “ both teams are expected to be very young this year, with an especially high turnover on the junior team”. It seems to be a great opportunity for players to get some football experience quickly this season, so good luck to all trying out!

The Fighting Owls Football Alumni will be hosting a fundraiser at OslerBrook Golf and Country Club on Thursday Sept 22nd. Golf registration is at 10am, with a shotgun start at 11am. Golf, cart, steak dinner, gift bag and the guest speaker are all included for the $150 entry fee. All profits will be used to provide a permanent electronic scoreboard and bleacher seating at the CCI field.

Highlighting the event is motivational speaker Terry Evanshen a CFL multi award winner and Hall of Fame inductee. He is also the subject of a book and CTV movie The Man Who Lost Himself. Evanshen suffered through a terrible automobile accident leaving him with severe loss of memory among other things, and has battled back to find his life again with family and career. It’s a truly remarkable story and well worth attending for all ages.

TRYOUT SEASON IS HERE

Tuesday  is an important day for parents and kids alike ….. back to school !  It’s also time for tryouts again…..

Collingwood Minor Hockey tryouts start Tuesday, as well as most centers.  Check the links on the left side of the page for your centers schedule.

Also local schools like CCI and SCI will be starting their football and other programs.  If you haven’t checked out their sports programs, check

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