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    Town of Georgina
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    Georgina location within York Region
    Coordinates (Civic Centre): 44°17'46?N 79°26'10?W? / ?44.29611°N 79.43611°W? / 44.29611; -79.43611Coordinates: 44°17'46?N 79°26'10?W? / ?44.29611°N 79.43611°W? / 44.29611; -79.43611
    Country Canada
    Province Ontario
    Regional Municipality York Region
    Named late 1790s
    Amalgamated 1971 (township)[1]
    Incorporated 1986 (town)
    Named for George III
    Government
     - Type Municipality
     - Mayor Robert Grossi
     - Deputy Mayor Danny Wheeler
     - Councillor Margaret Jordan Clark, Ross Jamieson, Dave Szollosy, Ken Hackenbrook, Brad Smockum
    Area [2]
     - Total 287.72 km2 (111.1 sq mi)
    Population (2006)[2]
     - Total 42,346 (ranked 106th)
     Density 147.2/km2 (381.2/sq mi)
     - Population growth (2001-2006) +7.9%
    Time zone EST (UTC-5)
     - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
    Postal code FSA L0E, L0C, L4P
    Area code(s) 905, 289 and 705
    NTS Map 031D03
    GNBC Code FBHBU
    Website www.georgina.ca
    Georgina and other communities on Lake Simcoe, Ontario

    Georgina (Canada 2006 Census population 42,346) is a town in south-central Ontario, and the northernmost municipality in the Regional Municipality of York. It forms part of the northern boundary of the Greater Toronto Area and is situated on the southern shores of Lake Simcoe. Although incorporated as a town, it operates as a township, in which dispersed communities share a common administrative council. The largest communities are Keswick, Sutton and Jackson's Point; smaller communities include Pefferlaw, Port Bolster and Udora.

    The town was incorporated in 1986 and was formed by the merger of the Village of Sutton, the Township of Georgina and the Township of North Gwillimbury in 1971, but the area's history dates back to the 1700s. North Gwillimbury took its name from the family of Elizabeth Simcoe, nee Gwillim.

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    Municipal composition

    The main centres in Georgina are the communities of Keswick, Belhaven, Sutton, Jackson's Point[3], Baldwin, Virginia, Pefferlaw, Port Bolster, Udora and Willow Beach.

    Demographics

    According to the 2006 Statistics Canada Census:[2]

    • Population: 42,346
    • % Change (2001-2006): 7.9%
    • Dwellings: 15,518 (2001)
    • Area (km².): 287.72
    • Density (persons per km².): 136.5 (2001)

    The Town of Georgina is growing at a fast rate mostly due to beach lovers leaving the hustle and bustle of Toronto to relax. It has been a favourite for retirees. 

  •   Government

    The Town of Georgina operates under a ward system, and its Municipal Council consists of the Mayor, Regional Councillor (known procedurally as Deputy Mayor) and a Councillor for each of the five wards. The current council consists of:

    • Mayor: Robert Grossi
    • Deputy Mayor/Regional Councillor: Danny Wheeler
    • Councillor Ward 1: Margaret Jordan Clark
    • Councillor Ward 2: Ross Jamieson
    • Councillor Ward 3: Dave Szollosy
    • Councillor Ward 4: Ken Hackenbrook
    • Councillor Ward 5: Brad Smockum

    The Mayor and Deputy Mayor represent Georgina at meetings of York Region Council.

    Georgina is part of the Federal riding of York—Simcoe, represented by Peter Van Loan of the Conservative Party, elected in 2006.

    Provincially, it was part of the riding of York North until 2007 and is now part of Provinical riding of York-Simcoe, represented by Julia Munro of the Progressive Conservative Party, who was first elected in 1995.

    Notable residents

    • Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame member Whipper Billy Watson was a life-long resident, and he spearheaded the campaign to build the Georgina Cultural Centre in the 1980s, which also houses the Stephen Leacock Theatre.
    • Jim Carrey and his family resided in Georgina area.

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    References

    1. ^ Some sources say 1971 Welch, Deborah, and Michael Payne. "Georgina". The Canadian Encyclopedia. http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0010755. Retrieved 2008-01-02. , some say 1970 "York County Maps and Facts". York Region Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. http://www.rootsweb.com/~onyrbogs/ref_100.htm. Retrieved 2008-01-02. "History of the Town of Georgina". Georgina Village Museum. http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/museum/3731/history.html. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
    2. ^ a b c Statistics Canada 2006 Census - Georgina community profile
    3. ^ Kibble, Tracy (2009-08-27). "Jackson’s Point offers alluring gem". YorkRegion.com. http://www.yorkregion.com/article/95919. Retrieved 2009-08-28. 
    4. ^ Statistics Canada. (2002). Georgina 2001 Community Profiles. Released June 27, 2002. Last modified: 2005-11-30. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 93F0053XIE
    5. ^ a b c d "Town of Georgina Historical Sites". http://www.town.georgina.on.ca/history-townsites.aspx. 
    6. ^ "Peter Gzowski Festival of Stories". http://www.festivalofstories.ca.