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Simcoe County represented on 2017 SWIFT Board of Directorshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/2017-swift-board-of-directors-2017-04-18.aspx4/18/2017 6:14:33 PMSimcoe County represented on 2017 SWIFT Board of Directors<p><strong>Midhurst/April 18, 2017 –</strong> Simcoe County will continue to have a strong voice at the table as the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology Inc. (SWIFT) project continues to roll out. County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall was confirmed again as the 2017 Chair during its second annual general meeting on April 7, 2017 at Cisco Canada's Toronto Innovation Centre. Warden Marshall held the roll in 2016. Congratulations is also in order for Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College, who was confirmed as the 2017 Treasurer. </p><p>The 2017 AGM follows a big six months for SWIFT, as the organization began work in making broadband for everyone a reality following the July 2016 funding announcement from the governments of Canada and Ontario of their $180 million combined investment in the project.</p><p>Additional Board selections include: Bev MacDougall, Councillor at the County of Lambton, who was confirmed as Vice Chair and Bill Van Wyck, President of The W. R. Van Wyck Group Limited, who was confirmed as Secretary.</p><p>The following representatives were confirmed as Directors:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Mitch Twolan – Warden, Bruce County</li><li>Randy Hope – Mayor, Chatham-Kent</li><li>George Bridge – Councillor, Wellington County</li><li>Jim Maudsley – Councillor, Middlesex County</li><li>Roger Watt – Councillor, Huron County</li><li>David Mayberry – Warden, Oxford County</li><li>Allan Thompson – Mayor, Town of Caledon</li><li>April Jeffs – Mayor of Wainfleet and Regional Councillor, Niagara Region</li><li>Chief Greg Peters – Delaware Nation at Moraviantown</li><li>Stephen Young – Manager, Information Technology Services, Thames Valley District School Board</li><li>Brent Royce – Director (Huron & Perth), Ontario Federation of Agriculture</li></ul><p>"I'm honoured to serve as Chair for 2017 and work with such a broad range of talented individuals as we put the foundations in place to bring ultra-high speed Internet connectivity to Simcoe County and our entire network of regional partners over the coming years," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "I'm extremely pleased to welcome another local voice to the table in Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, who will be a vital local asset in bringing ultra-high speed Internet connectivity to our communities." </p><p>At the regular board meeting that followed the AGM, board members received updates from staff that pointed to an exceptionally busy first year in full operation. From hiring full-time staff to developing comprehensive stakeholder engagement and membership acquisition strategies, the organization is moving confidently toward launching the first stage in the procurement process for the network, with a two-stage Request for Pre-Qualification for service providers anticipated to launch mid-May, 2017.</p><p>The SWIFT Initiative is based on the principle that everyone in Western Ontario deserves access to high-speed Internet, regardless of the size of their community, their age, education, or where they work. SWIFT will build an affordable, open-access, ultra-high-speed fibre-optic regional broadband network for everyone in Southwestern Ontario and Niagara Region.</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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p>For more information about the SWIFT initiative, please visit <a href="http://www.swiftnetwork.ca/">www.swiftnetwork.ca</a>. </p><p>To speak with Warden Gerry Marshall, please contact:</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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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><p> </p>
County hosts Statutory Public Meeting on Environmental Resource Recovery Centrehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/statutory-public-2017-04-13.aspx4/13/2017 5:55:57 PMCounty hosts Statutory Public Meeting on Environmental Resource Recovery Centre<p><strong>Midhurst/April 13, 2017 –</strong> County Council will hold a Statutory Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 11 a.m. in Council Chambers to consider a proposed amendment to the County of Simcoe Official Plan. The effect of the proposed amendment is to facilitate the development of an Environmental Resource Recovery Centre at 2976 Horseshoe Valley Road West in the Township of Springwater.<strong> </strong> </p><p>Information about the Statutory Public Meeting and how the public and community stakeholders can participate is included on the County's <a href="/Clerks/Pages/NOTICE-OF-STATUTORY-PUBLIC-MEETING.aspx">website.</a> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Statutory Public Meeting on Environmental Resource Recovery Centre</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>County of Simcoe Council Chambers </strong><br>1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Tuesday, May 9, 2017</strong><br><strong> </strong>11 a.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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>
Earth Day at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Earth-Day-2017-04-12.aspx4/12/2017 3:51:02 PMEarth Day at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Minesing/April 12, 2017 </strong>– Join us at the Simcoe County Museum on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. for a delayed Earth Day celebration and embrace spring with us.</p><p>Butterflies are not only beautiful, they are also very important pollinators that rely on flowers for survival. For our Earth Day celebration, join us to jump-start <em>your</em> butterfly friendly garden - we'll provide you with the basic necessities to start you on your way, before planting season arrives! Take a few minutes with us and learn a bit more about these fascinating, tiny helpers.</p><p>Regular Museum admission rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free, Adult $6; Seniors/Students $5; Children $4. <em>Outdoor activities are weather permitting. </em></p><p>For more information, contact the Simcoe County Museum at 705-728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><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>Earth Day at the Simcoe County Museum</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"><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:16%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">Sunday, April 23, 2017<br> 1 to 4:30 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><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;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>
Public Safety Communicators recognized during Tenth Annual Ceremonyhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/public-safety-communicators-recognized-during-tenth-annual-ceremony-17-4-10.aspx4/10/2017 7:42:10 PMPublic Safety Communicators recognized during Tenth Annual Ceremony<p><strong>Midhurst/April 10, 2017 </strong>– The Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Team Award and Youth Award winners will be recognized at the tenth annual ceremony on April 13, 2017.</p><p>This ceremony recognizes the exceptional work of the unsung but essential call-takers, dispatchers, and supervisors in our emergency response system. These are the men and women who provide a vital link to callers in distress and provide a communications safety net to emergency responders on scene. Since its inception, six Communicators-of-the-Year, 238 individual and team communicators, and nine brave youth have been recognized. </p><p>"Over the last ten years, we have had the pleasure of honouring these steadfast individuals and the incredible work they do under challenging, and sometimes devastating conditions," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "I know I speak for all Simcoe County residents when I say we are truly grateful to all public safety communicators for offering a calm, understanding, and supportive voice in what is often in the hardest moment in someone's life."</p><p>The <strong>2016 Youth Award</strong> is being presented to 10-year-old Ravyn Rideout from the City of Barrie. On February 19, 2016, Ravyn was home with her grandmother who was having difficulty breathing. Though unsure and scared, she called 9-1-1 and remained calm and attentive to the communicator's questions, showing composure and compassion beyond her years.</p><p>The winners of the <strong>2016 Simcoe County Public Safety Communications Joint Team Award</strong> from Barrie Police Service are being recognized for their response to a call from a man who had fallen into icy waters on November 11, 2016. The man was able to relay that he had fallen into a creek, but did not know his location. Call-taker Melissa Nadeau gathered what information she could and worked with dispatchers Tonya Kennedy and Dana Forrest to have the caller's phone pinged and dispatched officers to his suspected location. </p><p>As they narrowed down the search area, Communications Supervisor Shirley Dunn assisted in co-ordinating the search. These communicators had officers utilize their sirens, using different pitch sounds, until both the caller and call-taker could hear the sirens. By working with the officers and having them bring their sirens closer together, the man was located submerged under a bridge. Thanks to their outstanding team work and quick thinking, the caller was located just 30 minutes after initiating the call.</p><p>Three teams are also being recognized in the Team Recognition category:</p><ul><li>South Simcoe Police team for their response to an acutely distraught caller</li><li>Barrie Fire & Emergency Service team for their response to an ice storm</li><li>Georgian Central Ambulance Communications Centre who responded to an ice storm system outage</li></ul><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Tenth Annual Simcoe County 9-1-1 Management Board Public Safety Communications Awards 2016</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Simcoe County Museum </strong><br>1151 Highway 26<br> Minesing, Ontario<br> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>When<br><br></strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Thursday, April 13, 2017</strong><br>2 p.m.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-0" rowspan="1" style="width:14%;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​Photo and Video</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-0" rowspan="1"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​Ceremony and interviews with recipients</strong></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of 16 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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p></span>
Simcoe County Museum to receive generous bequesthttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/bequest-2017-04-10.aspx4/10/2017 1:11:47 PMSimcoe County Museum to receive generous bequest<p>​<strong>Midhurst/April 10, 2017 –</strong> Media are invited to attend a special cheque presentation being held during County Council on April 11, 2017.</p><p>A representative from the estate of the late Charles Matthews will be making a bequest to the Simcoe County Museum. The presentation represents the first half of a $4.4 million bequest being made to the Simcoe County Museum by the estate.</p><p>The estate requested that the funds be used for legacy capital projects related to display, restoration and retention of museum collections and/or the acquisition of museum artifacts. All legacy capital projects and acquisitions will be permanently identified as being the result of the bequest made by the late Charles Matthews. </p><p>The cheque presentation will be made at the beginning of County Council on April 11, 2017 (as close to 9 a.m. as possible). </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Simcoe County Museum Cheque Presentation </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>County of Simcoe Council Chambers </strong><br>1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario<br> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>Tuesday, April 11, 2017</strong><br><strong> </strong>Shortly after 9 a.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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>
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>