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Clerk’s Department

In addition to providing administrative and procedural services to Council and Committees of Council, the Clerk’s Department is responsible for a wide array of services, as outlined below.

To review Council and Committee agendas and minutes, visit our Agendas and Minutes webpage.

All Council and Committee meetings are now livestreamed to the Township YouTube channel. Click here to watch and stream meetings.

The next Municipal Election will be held on October 24, 2022.

Township of Georgian Bluffs is committed to providing municipal policies, services, programs and facilities that are accessible to residents, ratepayers and visitors of all abilities.

The Township is required by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 to maintain accessibility standards within the Township. In 2019, Council approved an updated Accessibility Plan and commenced construction to improve accessibility at Sarawak Family Park.

Accountability, transparency and openness are standards of good government that enhance public trust. These principles apply to the political process, decision-making and to the administrative management of the municipality.

Commissioner of Oaths

The person(s) swearing the affidavit must appear before the Commissioner with photo identification, including a signature. (Driver’s Licence). A fee of $10.00 is required for commissioning services.

The Clerk and Treasurer for the Township are, by virtue of office, commissioners for taking affidavits. It is recommended that you contact the Township at 519-376-2729 to arrange an appointment.

The Township issues various licensing programs, further to regulating By-laws as enacted by Council.

Said licences include:

  • Refreshment Vehicles (ie. mobile food truck / vending units)
  • Special Events Permits – for events larger than 300 people
    • Note: Weddings do not require a permit.
  • Salvage Yard Licences
  • Kennels and Breeding and Boarding Establishments

To inquire and/or obtain any of the licences as listed above, please contact the Clerk’s Department.

The Clerk’s Department is responsible for receiving, reviewing and issuing Lottery Licences in accordance with Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Prior to issuing your lottery licence, the Clerk’s Department will complete a review of your organization to determine your eligibility to host a lottery within the Province of Ontario, in accordance with the Lottery Licensing Policy Manual.

Your organization may be eligible to host a lottery, if it:

  • has a purpose to provide charitable services to Ontario residents to: relieve poverty, advance religion, advance education, benefit the community
  • has carried out activities consistent with its charitable purpose for at least 1 year
  • is located in Ontario
  • is a non-profit

Examples may include: hospitals, service clubs, youth sport organizations

Note: To host a lottery event in Ontario, you must establish a lottery trust account, separate from all other operating accounts, for lottery proceeds.

For more info on lottery licensing in Ontario, please visit www.agco.on.ca/.

Municipal Freedom of Information

You can ask for information kept by the Township of Georgian Bluffs, as per the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).

Office of the Clerk
Township of Georgian Bluffs
177964 Grey Road 18
Owen Sound ON, N4K 5N5

It helps to make your request as specific as possible to get the information you need. A clear request helps us find what you are looking for and limits fees you will be charged.

You will pay a $5.00 fee when you submit your request. This fee is not refundable.

The following fees may also be applied:

  • $0.50 per page for photocopying
  • Fees for manual record search
  • Fees for preparation of records

You will be provided an estimate if fees are anticipated to be $25.00 or more. When processing fees are over $100.00, a deposit will be required.

We accept payment by cash, debit or cheque.

These fees are prescribed by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and the Regulations and Guidelines for Municipalities and Local Boards.

You will receive the results of your request within 30 calendar days. If you are asking for a large number of records, or if it requires and extensive search or consultation with a third party, this timeline may be extended. You will be notified of any time extensions.

Once your records are ready and you have paid your fees, your records will be mailed to you. You may also pick them up at Township Administration Offices (177964 Grey Road 18). If you are requesting your own personal information, you will have to provide proof of your identity before you will get your records.

MFIPPA allows you to appeal decisions about access to records made by municipalities.

You must file your Appeal Form within 30 calendar days after you receive the notice of the decision for any of the following reasons:

You may be eligible to receive compensation if your livestock, poultry or honeybees were damaged by wildlife. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food administers The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.

Contact one of our Municipal Livestock Valuers:

Brad Ironmonger – 519-374-4719

Grace Kuhl – 519-477-0432

Luke VanSligtenhorst – 519-377-3027

A Valuer will make a site visit and complete the necessary forms.The Livestock Valuer will submit the application, including photos and supporting documents, to the Ministry within 10 business days of your first contact with the Municipality.For more information, visit the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program on the Ministry of Agriculture and Food website.

The Clerk’s office administers the animal control contract for Georgian Bluffs with Owen Sound Animal Shelter.

Contact Information for the Animal Shelter:

Clerk’s Department In addition to providing administrative and procedural services to Council and Committees of Council, the Clerk’s Department is responsible for a wide array of services, as

Online workshops and modules

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers select workshops online. The sessions below will count towards the Teaching Practice Credential. The Teaching Practice Credential is a credential offered by CTL to recognize faculty involvement in professional development activities related to teaching practice.

Instructions for Access

When you log into Blackboard you should see a course shell “CTL ONLINE MODULES”. Within this course there are the following eight modules available. You are welcome to take any of the modules you wish. Within the folders, you will find links to the content or the content itself depending on the module. It will take roughly two to three hours to work through the content and there are two to three accountability tasks that need to be completed within each module.

When you are finished a module or if you have any questions about the online modules, please contact Amy Goruk x1075.

Creating a positive learning environment

This module has three parts:

  • Part 1: Creating a Positive Learning Environment
  • Part 2: Classroom Management Issues
  • Part 3: Setting Expectations

The overall goal of this module is to present tools and strategies to help create a positive learning environment in your courses.

Designing effective multiple choice questions

This module has three parts:

  • Part 1: Preparing to Write Multiple Choice Questions
  • Part 2: Writing Stems and Distracters
  • Part 3: Improving Validity in Multiple Choice Tests

The overall goal for this module is to be able to analyze multiple choice questions and tests for effectiveness in terms of validity and student learning.

Designing meaningful assignments

This module has three parts:

  • Part 1: Return on Investment (ROI) and Student Engagement
  • Part 2: Learning Effort and Integrated Learning Design
  • Part 3: Structuring Assignments for Success

The overall goal for this module is that you will be able to reflect on key elements of assignment design in order to enhance engagement and success in post-secondary assignments.

Designing rubrics

This module has three parts:

  • Part 1: Introduction to Rubrics
  • Part2: Designing a Simple Rubric
  • Part 3: Building an Assignment Rubric

The overall goal for this module is to help you to design and evaluate a simple rubric and to analyze how rubrics fit into your assessment strategy.

Diversity and the inclusive classroom

This module has three parts:

  • Part 1: Diversity Appreciation and Development
  • Part 2: Inclusive Classrooms and Teaching Strategies
  • Part 3: Challenges of Diverse Classrooms

The overall goal for this module is that participants will be able to use instructional frameworks and strategies to effectively plan inclusive post secondary instruction.

ePortfolios in higher education (*New!)

The goal of this three part online learning module is for participants to explore the benefits and challenges of using ePortfolios for students and instructors, and to practice creating an ePortfolio assignment for a course. Participants will explore the evolution from paper portfolios to ePortfolios and discuss how ePortfolios are used in education. They’ll review the different types of ePortfolios, as well as several examples of each type. Participants will also discuss strategies and best practices for integrating ePortfolios into courses, including considerations for assessing ePortfolios.

Part 1: What are ePortfolios?

Part 2: ePortfolios in teaching and learning

Part 3: Integrating ePortfolios

By the end of the ePortfolio module, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the benefits and uses of ePortfolios;
  2. Compare and contrast product versus process oriented ePortfolios;
  3. Describe considerations for use of ePortfolios, including strategies for scaffolding activities and assignments;
  4. Align ePortfolio assignments to course and/or program learning outcomes;
  5. Develop an outline for an e-portfolio assignment, including assessment criteria.

Getting started with Blackboard

When you complete this module, please be sure to save a copy of the certificate of completion and send to Debora Moore so that it can be entered in Halogen. This module is currently recognized as part of the TPC recertification program only.

This module has six parts:

  • Part 1: Navigating the environment
  • Part 2: Make a course available
  • Part3: Create an announcement
  • Part 4: Add content
  • Part 5: Email students
  • Part 6: Create links to website content

The overall goal for this module is for participants to become familiar with how to perform the common tasks within Blackboard. This module is hands-on and interactive. To access this module, please visit the Online Modules page on our website. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact Alissa Bigelow at ext. 1162.

Click the image to access the online module

Introduction to assessment

This module has three parts:

  • Part 1: Assessment Goals
  • Part 2: Learners and Learning
  • Part 3: Learning Principles

The overall goal for this module is to analyze various elements of assessment strategies.

Introduction to Open Educational Resources – OERs (*New!)

The goal of this module is for participants to identify the benefits of using and/or developing open educational resources for higher educational purposes, and to locate appropriate materials for specific subject matter.

The open resource model proposed here allows for instructors to reuse, re-purpose, and redesign any number of different open-license educational materials that are deemed appropriate for the use in a course. This is a departure from the traditional copyright model which restricts usage based on a paid model. This module will help you, the instructor, recognize how these resources can be implemented in your courses, and become aware of how open copyrights work and can be put to use on your own materials.

Part 1:

  • Define OERs
  • Identify different types of OERs
  • Describe key characteristics of OERs
  • Interpret aspects of copyright and differentiate various licensing models

Part 2:

  • Describe the benefits of OERs in teaching and learning
    • Institutional Reasons
    • Individual Reasons
  • Identify various challenges when using OERs

By the end of the OER module participants will be able to;

  1. Define OERs
  2. Identify different types of OERs
  3. Describe key characteristics of OERs
  4. Interpret aspects of copyright and differentiate various licensing models
  5. Describe the benefits of OERs in teaching and learning
    • Institutional Reasons
    • Individual Reasons
  6. Identify various challenges when using OERs

Introduction to Universal Design for Learning (*NEW!)

In this 3 part module you will be introduced to the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its importance in post-secondary education. The overall goal of this module is to promote reflection on practice through the lens of UDL in order to minimize barriers and maximize learning success for diverse students.

Part 1: Introduction to UDL

  • Define the core guidelines of UDL; the “why,” “what” and “how” of learning.
  • Describe the value of UDL in post-secondary learning environments.
  • Identify the importance of UDL to make content accessible for ALL learners.

Part 2: UDL is Course and Assessment Design

  • Apply the UDL framework as a lens for thinking about the core elements of instruction – learning goals, instructional strategies, assessments.
  • Examine course and assessment design elements for potential barriers.
  • Identify options for presenting information and strategies to engage students when demonstrating their learning.
  • Apply strategies for incorporating multiple means of engagement, representation and expression in assessment design.

Part 3: Selecting Technologies to Facilitate UDL

  • Identify ways that the use of learning technologies align with the Principles of UDL.
  • Examine strategies to select and integrate various learning technologies and align them with Bloom’s Taxonomy and the SAMR framework.
  • Evaluate a potential technology tool for applicability to your course materials and/or assessments.

LOTTO (Learning online to teach online)

Duration: 6 weeks
Time/Location:
Completely online, participants will have readings and activities to complete each week but will not meet at one set time or place.

This 6 week, fully asynchronous online, facilitator led series has been designed for full and non-full time faculty who are interested in teaching online/hybrid OR who are interested in improving or modifying an existing online or hybrid course. The development of instruction and multimedia will be incorporated throughout this series.

Please note! This series does not walk you through the design and development of a new hybrid/online course rather the modification and improvements of an existing course.

Faculty will have weekly assignments, tasks, and readings in a Blackboard shell where they are assigned a student role. They will also have practical hands on experiences in Blackboard in the teacher role.

  • Part 1: An overview of online teaching
  • Part 2: Your role as an online teacher
  • Part 3: Adding materials to your online course
  • Part 4: Preparing to teach your online course
  • Part 5: What to do during the semester
  • Part 6: Best Practices and wrap up

If you have any questions or would like further information please contact Amy Goruk at ext. 1075.

Microcredentials and digital badges (*New!)

This three part online learning module explores the use of micro-credentials and badges in teaching and learning. Through an examination of current use and effective practices, participants will recognize the benefits and challenges of incorporating micro-credentials and badges into their courses and programs.

Part 1: Micro-credentials in teaching and learning

Part 2: Digital badges and Open Badges in Practice

Part 3: Designing Digital Badges

By the end of the module, participants will be able to:

  1. Define micro-credentials/badges and identify their current use in teaching and learning;
  2. Discuss best practices in badges and strategies for implementation;
  3. Identify course or program level accomplishments for badges;
  4. Design a plan to implement micro-credentials/badges into a series of course learning activities.

Planning instruction

This module has three parts:

  • Part 1: Learners
  • Part 2: Learning Theories
  • Part 3: Learning Design

The overall goal of this module is to plan a lesson while considering learners and learner needs.

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