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Victorian Kids Club at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/victorian-kids-club-2017-03-21.aspx3/21/2017 1:06:44 PMVictorian Kids Club at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Minesing/March 21, 2017 </strong>– Join us at the Simcoe County Museum for our Victorian Kids Club running every Saturday morning throughout April from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (excluding April 15).</p><p>Discover what life was like for people living in Victorian times through cooking, crafts and games. Learn tasty Victorian-style recipes, make your own toys, and play popular games from the time period.  </p><p>Victorian Kids Club is suitable for children ages 6 to 12, and costs $48 for the four week program. Space is limited so advanced registration is required. Online registration is available at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p>For more information, contact the Simcoe County Museum at 705-728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Victorian Kids Club</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>April 1, 8, 22, 29, 2017<br> 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.<br><em>No programming on Saturday, April 15 due to the Easter long weekend.</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span> Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Forrest Patenaude, Education Director<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Counties help generate leads for local businesseshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/networking-event-2017-03-17.aspx3/17/2017 12:59:30 PMCounties help generate leads for local businesses<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ March 17, 2017</strong> – The counties of Simcoe and Grey partnered to host a unique and highly successful Business to Retail Networking Event yesterday (Thursday, March 16) at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury.  </p><p>The purpose of the event was to support growth in the agri-food sector by strengthening connections between producers and retailers and by providing local and out-of-county retailers the opportunity to network with local businesses, sample products and gain a better understanding of the diversity of Simcoe and Grey's strong agri-food sector. </p><p>"The event was a tremendous opportunity for our local agri-food entrepreneurs to generate leads, market themselves and ultimately grow their businesses," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "I thank Warden Barfoot and Grey County for their continued partnership as we work together as local and regional governments to offer our businesses every opportunity to expand, prosper and ultimately create new jobs." </p><p>"We are very pleased to have had this opportunity to work together with Simcoe County to host this great event to help our local and regional food producers," said Warden Alan Barfoot." "Grey County is working on a local food strategic plan and today's event is a great example of how we can collaborate at the municipal level to create more opportunities for our agri-food businesses."</p><p>The function was a great success, with 19 local agri-food producers and entrepreneurs participating as vendors showcasing their products and services to more than 50 retailers from the local area and the GTA. Larger retailers included Sanagan's Meat Locker, which is one of the largest fine food retailers in downtown Toronto.</p><p>Simcoe and Grey's strong and diverse agri-food sector was on display as producers showcased a range of local products  including local frozen fruits, cheeses, yogurt, preserves, granola, meat products, sweets, and more. </p><p>The event was hosted through a joint partnership between Simcoe and Grey's Economic Development Offices and supports broader collaborative efforts between the two upper-tier municipalities to promote industries and sectors beyond their collective borders. </p><p>Grey County is an upper-tier municipal government serving nine member municipalities in Southwestern Ontario. Learn more by visiting <a href="http://www.grey.ca/">www.grey.ca</a>. <br><br>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="/">www.simcoe.ca</a>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>County of Simcoe:<br></strong>Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Grey County:<br></strong>Rob Hatten<br>Communications Manager<br>519-372-0219 ext. 1235<br>519-373-1592 (mobile)<br>Robert.Hatten@grey.ca</p>
County of Simcoe Forestry to conduct controlled burn in the Hogback Tract in Clearview Townshiphttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/controlled-burn-2017-03-14.aspx3/14/2017 6:54:36 PMCounty of Simcoe Forestry to conduct controlled burn in the Hogback Tract in Clearview Township<p>​<strong>Midhurst/March 14, 2017 –</strong> The County of Simcoe will be executing a controlled burn on 8.5 hectares (21 acres) of County Forests within the Hogback Tract in Clearview Township (between the communities of Brentwood and New Lowell). The controlled burn will occur as early as conditions allow this spring/late winter; however, the exact date cannot be determined at this time as it will be dictated by site and weather conditions. </p><p>Once the date of the controlled burn has been confirmed, every effort will be made to keep media, stakeholders and the public informed through a variety of communication channels.</p><p>A highly experienced company has been retained to plan and conduct the burn. Trained and experienced personnel will be on site until it is completely extinguished, and smoke issues will be minimized by burning under specific wind and atmospheric conditions. The County does not anticipate any road closures or any major impact or disruption on local residents. </p><p>County Council approved the Simcoe County Forests Management Plan in 2011 to guide our policies through 2030. The Plan outlines that fire has historically played a primary role by influencing composition, structure and patterns of our forests and will be used as a strategy moving forward. Controlled burns have been conducted previously within the County Forests, the two most recent burns occurred in 2014 within the Brentwood Tract in Clearview Township and in 1995 within the Cedar Point Tract in Tiny Township.</p><p>Public questions and inquiries can be directed to our County Forestry Department by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. More information about the controlled burn can be found at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=e8e0fc12-def5-4e89-987b-61d9692c9159">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fbl/controlled-burn</a> </p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
2017 Skilled Trades Expo seeking vendorshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/skilled-trades-expo-207-03-07.aspx3/7/2017 7:45:00 PM2017 Skilled Trades Expo seeking vendors<p><strong>Midhurst/March 7, 2017 </strong>– Economic development partners from across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka are calling on local businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs from the skilled trades to participate as exhibitors in the 2017 Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, being held Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Elmvale Community Arena. </p><p>"Having received tremendous feedback from participants as well as national and provincial awards for the 2016 Expo, we look forward to growing the event and opening it up to even more residents," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "This is a unique and beneficial opportunity for our businesses to connect with the current and future labour market and help promote the skilled trades."</p><p>This year's Expo will feature two sessions: a student/school session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a session geared for the general public from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The early session will provide students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays relating to dozens of skilled trades available in Simcoe County and Muskoka; while the evening session is open to the public and will provide residents of all ages with an opportunity to learn more about area businesses and career opportunities in the skilled trades. </p><p>Businesses and organizations interested in participating as exhibitors showcasing a skilled trade(s) are asked to register by April 21, 2017 to:</p><p>Kendall Scott<br> Phone: (705)726-9300 ext. 1651<br> Email: <a href="mailto:edo@simcoe.ca">edo@simcoe.ca</a> or kendall.scott@simcoe.ca<br> <br>There is no cost to participate or attend the event.  </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>2017 Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Elmvale Community Arena </strong><br>14 George Street, Elmvale, Ontario</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Wednesday, May 24, 2017</strong><br><strong> </strong>Student/School session: 9 a.m to 3 p.m.  <br><strong> </strong>Public session: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>The Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo is co-ordinated through a partnership between the County of Simcoe, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, City of Orillia, City of Barrie, Springwater Township, and the Flos Agricultural Society. </p><p>The 2016 Expo was attended by approximately 1,600 Grade 7 and 8 students from around Simcoe County who were introduced to more than 30 skilled trades. The successful event received national and provincial awards from both the Economic Developers Association of Canada and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Only In Canada? Exhibit and March Break at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/march-break-at-the-scm-17-3-2.aspx3/2/2017 1:54:54 PMOnly In Canada? Exhibit and March Break at the Simcoe County Museum<p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Minesing/March 2, 2017 </strong>– When someone mentions Canada, what do you think of? Timbits, beavers, hockey, and snow? To commemorate Canada's 150<sup>th</sup> birthday, the Simcoe County Museum is taking a lighthearted look at Canadian stereotypes with our <strong><em>Only in Canada?</em></strong> exhibit.</p><p style="text-align:left;">From our Mitten Challenge to our Log Drivers Waltz, guests will enjoy laugh out loud fun. <strong><em>Only in Canada? </em></strong>is open in the Simcoe Gallery from March to May 4, 2017.</p><p style="text-align:left;">For March Break, we are expanding the <strong><em>Only in Canada? </em></strong>exhibit throughout the Museum. Guest can challenge their taste buds with our Canadian Taste Test and see if they can identify true Canadian specialties from imposters or compete in any and all of the interactive games and activities set up to test your knowledge of our country.</p><p style="text-align:left;">Entrance to the <strong><em>Only in Canada?</em></strong> exhibit and March Break activities are included with your admission. Regular Museum admission rates: Museum Members and preschoolers are free, Adult $6, Senior/Student $5, Child $4. Snowshoes are available to borrow at no additional cost but outdoor activities are weather and grounds conditions permitting. </p><p style="text-align:left;">March Break activities are available Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m. For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>EVENT: </strong>     <strong>March Break at the Simcoe County Museum</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>WHERE:  </strong>   Simcoe County Museum<br>                   1151 Highway 26<br>                   Minesing, Ontario</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>WHEN:  </strong>    March 11 - 19, 2017 </p><p style="text-align:left;">Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 <br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Forrest Patenaude, Education Director <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Counties host Business to Retail Networking event for food entrepreneurshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/food-entrepreneurs-2017-03-01.aspx3/1/2017 3:41:39 PMCounties host Business to Retail Networking event for food entrepreneurs<p>​</p><p><strong>Midhurst/ March 1, 2017</strong> – The counties of Simcoe and Grey are hosting a Business to Retail Networking Event on Thursday, March 16 at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury.  The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will give retailers the opportunity to meet local agri-food businesses, sample products and understand what products are available. The goal is to support growth in the food sector by strengthening connections between producers and retailers.</p><p>The networking event is designed for business owners or those working in the agri-food sector. There is no cost to participate for producers or retailers. Space is limited and advance registration is required through <a href="http://www.edo.simcoe.ca/">www.edo.simcoe.ca</a> or <a href="http://www.investingrey.ca/">www.investingrey.ca</a>. </p><p>Businesses wishing to participate as a vendor must complete an application form showing their market readiness. Retailers within a 200 km radius of our region, including grocery chains, are invited to participate in the event. </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:71%;"><strong>Business to Retail Networking event</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:71%;"><p>Beaver Valley Community Centre<br>58 Alfred Street West, Thornbury</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong>Cost</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:71%;"><p>March 16, 2017<br> 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. </p><p> </p><p>Registration is free of charge</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The Business to Retail Networking Event is the final of five events for local food entrepreneurs that the two counties have hosted this winter season. This event is also supported by the Town of the Blue Mountains.</p><p>Grey County is an upper-tier municipal government serving nine member municipalities in Southwestern Ontario. Learn more by visiting <a href="http://www.grey.ca/">www.grey.ca</a>. <br><br>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="/">www.simcoe.ca</a>.</p><p>-30-</p><p><strong>County of Simcoe:<br></strong>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230 <br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Grey County:<br></strong>Rob Hatten<br>Communications Manager<br>519-372-0219 ext. 1235<br>519-373-1592 (mobile)<br>Robert.Hatten@grey.ca</p>
County of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Collingwood Affordable Housing Redevelopmenthttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-hosts-pics-on-affordable-housing-redevelopment-17-2-27.aspx2/24/2017 8:26:28 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Collingwood Affordable Housing Redevelopment<p><strong>Midhurst/ February 27, 2017 – </strong>The County of Simcoe is hosting two public information sessions on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Collingwood Public Library to provide local residents and stakeholders with an update on the Collingwood Affordable Housing Redevelopment project.</p><p>In 2014, County Council approved the County's 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy, which contained a preliminary target of 134 affordable housing units for the Town of Collingwood. County staff will provide an overview of the projects, along with details about the next steps in the project timeline. Both sessions will be a drop-in, open-house format and will not include a formal presentation. </p><p>"Affordable housing is one of the greatest challenges and strongest opportunities facing the County moving forward," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "This project, which the Town of Collingwood has actively supported, provides us with the unique opportunity to better utilize an existing property to put a big dent in reaching our preliminary target by turning 30 existing units into 147. At the same time, it enables us to enhance the streetscape and pedestrian safety, while balancing green space more appropriately." </p><p><strong>EVENT:</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><p><strong>What</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:25%;"><strong><br>Collingwood Affordable Housing Redevelopment Public Information Sessions</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong><br>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Collingwood Public Library<br>55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>March 8, 2017<br>2 to 4 p.m. & 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong><strong><br></strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
County and Warden recognized for economic development effortshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/edco-2017-02-10.aspx2/10/2017 8:03:12 PMCounty and Warden recognized for economic development efforts<p>​<strong>Midhurst/February 10, 2017</strong> – The Economic Developers Council of Ontario recognized the County of Simcoe's Economic Development Office, Warden Gerry Marshall and staff during its annual President's Dinner and Awards of Excellence Ceremony held Thursday, February 9, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. </p><p>The County and area partners received a Collaboration and Partnership Award (Public – Private Partnership) for co-ordinating the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo in June 2016. The Expo, which also received a 2016 Marketing Canada Award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada, helped showcase skilled trades in Simcoe County and introduced approximately 1,600 Grade 7 and 8 students to more than 30 skilled trades.</p><p>Warden Gerry Marshall received the Community Leader Influencer of the Year Award for his continued advocacy and leadership efforts to attract, grow and support economic development, job creation and entrepreneurship in Simcoe County. Since being elected as Warden in 2014, Warden Marshall has worked with his Council to make a stronger commitment to economic development—adding staff resources, increasing funding, building relationships with area businesses and advocating on behalf of Simcoe County with other levels of government. </p><p>County of Simcoe Economic Development Officer Becky Breedon also received the Young Professional Influencer of the Year Award for her contributions to the County's many successful projects and initiatives. </p><p>"This is a true testament to all the hard work, achievements and exciting momentum going on in Simcoe County," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We are working with our area partners from all sectors to generate investment and ultimately create jobs and sustainable labour opportunities. I thank EDCO for recognizing all our hard work, our Economic Development Committee and all of County Council for their ongoing commitment and staff for executing our vision." </p><p>With support and investment from County Council, County of Simcoe's Economic Development Office is taking a more active role in growing, supporting and attracting business to the region at a County-wide level. Key initiatives and accomplishments in 2015-2016 include:</p><ul><li>Launch of Simcoe County's first online land inventory system to help businesses find properties, expand or relocate to Simcoe County</li><li>Support of various labour related activities including the creation of JobCentral Simcoe Muskoka and the first online job fair for the County</li><li>Supported the training for approximately 800 existing or aspiring food entrepreneurs through various workshops including the province-wide Food Entrepreneurs: Building Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time conference</li><li>Development and launch of a new economic development grant program which will provide support to member municipalities</li><li>Continue to establish closer partnerships with municipalities, local Chambers of Commerce and area businesses</li></ul><p>Visit <a href="http://edo.simcoe.ca/">edo.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more.   </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p></span>
Family Day Fun at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/family-day-fun-at-the-scm-17-2-17.aspx2/7/2017 3:07:19 PMFamily Day Fun at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/February 7, 2017 </strong>– As Canadians we suffer through long winter seasons, spending days shoveling, scraping, and trudging through the snow. This Family Day we encourage you to embrace winter and join us at the Simcoe County Museum for some good old fashioned Canadian fun. </p><p>Put on your woollies and pack your favourite toboggan for a day filled with sledding, snowshoeing, and so much more. Are you competitive? Then test yourself with our many challenges including farthest distance, most unique, and oldest toboggan. Looking for a more laid back day? You can still participate in all of the activities at your own pace and also have the opportunity to explore the Museum's indoor galleries. </p><p>Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $6; Student and Seniors $5; and Children $4. All outdoor activities are dependent on ground conditions. </p><p>For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Family Day</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Monday, February 20, 2017<br>10 a.m. - 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;">Meredith Patterson<br>Events, Programmer, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<br><a href="mailto:meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca">meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Forrest Patenaude<br>Education Director, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Snowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Snowshoeing-2017-02-03.aspx2/3/2017 3:36:49 PMSnowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong> </strong><strong>Minesing/February 3, 2017</strong> – The Simcoe County Museum is pleased to welcome back its popular Snowshoeing by Lamplight program every Tuesday evening throughout February. Strap on snowshoes and travel beautiful trails lit by lamplight, view heritage buildings, take in the tranquil setting of the Simcoe County Forest, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie! No registration is required and snowshoe rentals are FREE. <em>Weather and grounds conditions permitting.</em></p><p>Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are admitted free; Adults $6;</p><p>Students and Seniors $5; and Children $4.</p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</p><p>For more information, visit the Museum's website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Snowshoeing by Lamplight </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017<br>7 p.m.–9 p.m.<br><em>Weather and conditions permitting</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;">Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 <br>shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</p>