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Could Grey Gables Be An Election Issue?

Grey County | by Matt Hermiz  

Social media campaign urges voters to oust candidates who backed the LTC home's closure.

Graphic posted on Save Grey Gables Facebook Page  

The future of Grey Gables looks to be turning into a municipal election issue in Grey County.

A social media campaign is making the rounds online urging voters to toss out candidates who were in favour of the closure and sale of the long-term care facility in Markdale.

Organizers created a graphic resembling a billboard and asked electors to remember the faces of county councillors who voted to shut down Grey Gables.

Municipal politicians targeted in the campaign who have already confirmed to be running again are: Meaford mayor Barb Clumpus, Owen Sound Mayor Ian Boddy, Hanover Mayor Sue Patterson, Hanover Deputy Mayor Selwyn Hicks, West Grey Mayor Kevin Eccles and Southgate mayoral candidate John Woodbury.

Outgoing Georgian Bluffs mayor Al Barfoot and Owen Sound deputy mayor Arlene Wright, both not seeking re-election, are also named in the online advertisement.

Chatsworth Mayor Bob Pringle and West Grey deputy mayor John Bell have yet to register to run again. They are listed as well in the online campaign.

Meanwhile, a number of candidates have filed papers to run for office that could shift the consensus at the county council table Grey Gables' future.

In West Grey, Christine Robinson is running against Eccles for mayor.

Eccles has been a vocal supporter of the plan to close Grey Gables and build a new $38-million facility in Durham.

Robinson doesn't want to see any long term care facilities close in Grey County.

The tide looks to be shifting in Georgian Bluffs as well.

Barfoot is not seeking re-election and the only declared mayoral candidate thus far, Dwight Burley, wants to keep the Markdale facility open.

In Chatsworth, Scott Mackey is the only person running for mayor thus far, and he opposes the plan to close Grey Gables.

In Owen Sound, Brian O'Leary is running to replace Wright as deputy mayor, but has not yet indicated his stance.

While Ray Botten is challenging Boddy for mayor of Owen Sound and says he would not favour closing Grey Gables.

Both Southgate deputy mayor candidates Brian Milne and Carol Watson say they support keeping the Markdale facility open. As do the only registered deputy mayor and mayor candidates in Blue Mountains -- Gail Ardiel and Michael Martin -- and Grey Highlands -- Terry Mokriy, Stewart Halliday and Aakash Desai.
In May, county council voted against re-visiting the discussion of the sale and amalgamation of long-term care homes. This came after a plan was proposed that would add 28 new beds to the existing 100 beds at Rockwood Terrace in Durham and keep the 66-bed Grey Gables operating in Markdale.

The plan would have also saved the county an estimated $1.2-million.


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