In 2021, residents of Innisfil called on Town Council to generate a budget that would allow for a zero percent increase in the tax roll. In order to achieve that goal, Innisfil had to make deeper cuts to counterbalance the portions that came from the County of Simcoe and other sources. That meant Operations had to make difficult choices, which resulted in the cancellation of many street beatification services.
In response, a group of citizens came together to clean the streets of overgrown and dying shrubs, grass, and other unattractive plant life and debris. The group is called Clean Up Innisfil, and they meet every second Saturday to clean up different areas of Innisfil. When we caught up with them, the group was pruning the plants and cleaning the sidewalks of the Innisfil Beach Road business section of Alcona.
Council has since given direction to the town to find alternative income sources to rectify the issue. However, for now, the volunteers of Clean Up Innisfil continue in their work of bringing the people of their town together by generating pride in their shared community.
We would like to thank the following sponsors of the Ontario Community Awareness Network. These businesses show they care about our shared community by helping us to provide a not-for-profit truly local voice to you and your neighbours. They also enable our crew to be able to continue providing donated services to promote local benevolent community groups and charities based in The City of Barrie, the Town of Innisfil, and the Township of Oro-Medonte.
Assisting You Social - Social Media Management
Backcountry K9 Kennel - Day Care, Overnight, and Grooming
Beauty & Babes - Salon and Spa
Checkered Door - Transition to Adult ASD
Enterprise Mechanical Inc. - Heating and Air Conditioning
Family TLC - Family Counselling and Therapy
Growing Minds Learning Centre - Daycare Centre
Hwear Plus/Canadian Toggle - Personal Protection
Imagine Laserworks Barrie - Laser Acupuncture Services
Latchman Insurance Brokers Limited - Providing All Types
Michael Enterprise Audio & Visual
Northlink General Contracting
Theatre By The Bay - Live Performances
3B Solutions - Video and Media
Videography and post-production by John Ironside
Five Points Media has recently transitioned to become an active part of a new provincially registered not-for-profit corporation called the Ontario Community Awareness Network. To the best of our knowledge, ours will be the only community channel of its kind in the province if not the entire country.
We are looking for new programming ideas, with our focus being mostly on fringe and minority groups whose members are mostly ignored by mainstream media. These include, but are not limited to, the Indigenous population, People of Colour, members of the LGBTQQIP2SAA community, and people of various cultures and religions.
We will continue to donate all video and media services to registered charities and benevolent not-for-profit groups that promote unity and support all members of the community. Our eventual goal will be to expand our programming to cover all of Ontario through a network of regional bureau facilities. This service will help all people in Ontario to learn about each other and work in unity.