Dear members,

First, thanks to all those who were involved in the advocacy campaign that resulted in over 500 letters of support sent to the premier and ministers involved in the proposed sale of the Muskoka Centre to Bethune China Maple Leaf Schools.

Now again, it is time for action.

It was announced at a special council meeting on Oct. 5 that the sale of the Muskoka Regional Centre property has reached an impasse in negotiations with the province. Negotiations were underway with the Bethune China Maple Leaf school developers for a project that would bring at least 200 jobs to the community.

At the meeting, council asked the business community to get involved and write letters to those who could help bring the province back to the table. We are asking you all to get involved and this time email all those listed below. The letter need not be long, but should be personal. Let them know Gravenhurst wants this school.

The full council report is available at: https://gravenhurst.civicweb.net/document/24824

Below are the email addresses of those who would be the best people to contact.

Hon. Kathleen O Wynne

Legislative Bldg Rm 281, Queens Park

Toronto, ON M7A 1A1

Kwynne.mpp@liberal.ola.org or (Carly.Foerster@ontario.ca) Carly is her Executive Assistant

Hon. Brad Duguid

7th Flr, 56 Wellesley St W,

Toronto, ON M7A 2E7

Bduguid.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org or (Charles.Finlay@ontario.ca) Charles is his Chief of Staff

Hon. Bob Chiarelli

Hearst Block 8th Flr, 900 Bay St.

Toronto, ON M7A 2E1

Bob.Chiareli@ontario.ca or (Alain.benichou@ontario.ca) Alain is his executive assistant

In a public statement Mayor Paisley Donaldson said, “Today, while I am disheartened by the news of an impasse in negotiations with the Province, I remain optimistic that a positive conclusion is around the corner and that we will, as a community reach our objectives.

“Through previous correspondence, I have expressed my concerns to Premier Kathleen Wynne and asked her to realize the huge potential and benefits of this redevelopment, not only for our community, but for the Province as a whole. I intend to continue to push the Premier’s Office further to find an alternative way to allow this important project to proceed. Staff and Council will also revisit our strategy and explore ways we can move forward.”

Tara Doyle and Sandy Lockhart
Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce