• daniellevaliquette

WHERE GH WORLD WIDE WEBS: greyhighlands.ca

Updated: Sep 7


This blog post is part of my series, Civic Citizens Series on Communication. It aims to help Grey Highlands residents communicate better with our municipality.

This blog series, Civic Citizen Series: Communications has two parts.


Part One: Grey Highlands Speaks to you

Part Two: You Speak to your Municipality

This posts discusses the website greyhighlands.ca.


 




greyhighlands.ca

The greyhighlands.ca main page changes frequently. It hosts links to the most accessed and relevant information, for example, in the Spring it might display a seasonally-relevant link to the Burn Permit page or perhaps a link to information regarding Spring load restriction.


Why is there a big black box where a screen shot used to be? Well, that is because we are in an election cycle and, as a candidate I cannot use the Grey Highlands logo or other identifiable images (I.E screen shots of the website). It is, what it is, and the screen shots will be back after Oct 24!


There is a lot to explore at greyhighland.ca including the following:

  • In the News

  • Council and Committee Meetings

  • Grey Highlands Newsletter

  • News

  • Council Highlights

  • Council Highlights is a summary of the meeting’s events in bullet form.

  • What’s Happening

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In the News

Level of Detail: Very detailed

Frequency of Posts: As needed

Author: Staff or other government levels

Ideal for: Municipal junkies to newbies


The vertical, green bar on the right-side displays the latest In the News posts. In the News displays information on anything from road closures to upcoming agenda items. If you are looking to get all the goods on what is going on at the municipality, this is the place to go.


Why is there a big black box where a screen shot used to be? Well, that is because we are in an election cycle and, as a candidate I cannot use the Grey Highlands logo or other identifiable images (I.E screen shots of the website). It is, what it is, and the screen shots will be back after Oct 24!


It includes the collected posts from Business News, Council Highlights, Media Releases, Road & Sidewalk Notices, Service Disruptions, Public Meetings and Notices, as well as What’s Happening.


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Council and Committee Meetings

Level of Detail: Very detailed

Frequency of Posts: As needed, at least weekly

Author: Staff

Ideal for: Municipal junkies to newbies


From the website’s main page, scroll down until you see a horizontal grey box. The first section of this grey area is called Council and Committee Meetings. Click here to go to the Grey Highlands Portal, which is really just a fancy name for the place where Grey Highlands stores all of its public documents.


Why is there a big black box where a screen shot used to be? Well, that is because we are in an election cycle and, as a candidate I cannot use the Grey Highlands logo or other identifiable images (I.E screen shots of the website). It is, what it is, and the screen shots will be back after Oct 24!


All meeting agendas and minutes are found here, as well as municipal documents such as By-Laws, policies, reports, and more.


On the right, there is a meeting calendar, as well as links to upcoming agendas.


For agendas, minutes or to watch a past meeting, click the meeting date in the calendar.


PRO TIP: Watch meetings live from the comfort of your own home here. 

For other Grey Highlands documents, click Document Centre from the top, right-hand side.







The Grey Highlands document Centre opens and displays several folders, including (but not limited to):

  • Agendas: Includes agendas for all Council meetings, as well as committee meetings.

  • Minutes: Includes the minutes for all Council meetings, as well as committee meetings.

  • By-Laws: Includes all active by-laws, including enforceable by-laws.

  • Policies: Includes all Grey Highlands policies.


PRO TIP: In the Document Centre, use the search function to find the document you are looking for. 

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Grey Highlands Newsletter

Level of Detail: Summary to very detailed

Frequency of Posts: Twice monthly

Author: Staff

Ideal for: All residents


Grey Highlands produces a newsletter twice per month that usually includes a link to the last Council meeting, the upcoming meeting schedule, open tenders, as well as other useful and timely information.


Subscribe to the newsletter or view past publications.


News

Level of Detail: Very detailed

Frequency of Posts: As needed, at least weekly

Author: Staff, as well as other levels of government

Ideal for: Biz folks


The Business News or News includes all the federal and provincial government media releases. This includes information on government programs and initiatives.



PRO TIP Use Search News... to find news on a specific topic.


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Council Highlights

Level of Detail: Bullet form

Frequency of Posts: Twice per month

Author: Staff

Ideal for: Municipal Junkies


Council Highlights is a bulleted summary of the Council Meeting’s events.


What’s Happening

Level of Detail: High level

Frequency of Posts: Twice per month

Author: Staff

Ideal for: All


What’s Happening is published by staff and includes information on just about anything going on at the municipality you might want to know about, for example, upcoming meetings, office closures, garbage pick up changes. This is the same information that is printed in the local paper under the same name.


DISCLAIMER The staff at The Municipality of Grey Highlands are experts in their respective fields. If something here is different than staff's advice, always follow staff's direction. And, then please email me at danivaliquette@gmail.com with what I got wrong.