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County of Simcoe + Amazon = North of Ordinaryhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/amazon-2017-10-19.aspx10/19/2017 1:19:11 PMCounty of Simcoe + Amazon = North of Ordinary<p><strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/October 19, </strong><strong>2017</strong><strong> </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>The County of Simcoe is open for business and received support from the Government of Ontario towards the County's efforts to secure the development of Amazon's newest North American facility within Simcoe County borders.</p><p>Amazon, which currently has Canadian locations in Toronto and Vancouver and employs more than 380,000 people around the globe, recently sent out a request for proposals to identify a location and partner municipality for its newest North American facility. The proposal states that <em>Amazon HQ2</em>, the moniker that Amazon has given, would generate up to 50,000 local jobs for the successful location. </p><p>As part of the County's economic development strategy to attract, grow and support our economy and labour force, the County has identified potential locations and worked with the towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil, as well as development partners, to submit a strong proposal to Amazon to make Simcoe County the home of Amazon HQ2 and ultimately generate high-paying, quality jobs in our communities.</p><p>Leading with the tag line "North of Ordinary", the proposal highlights our region's many value propositions and strengths, including our lifestyle opportunities, high quality of life, growing communities, affordability, attraction of newcomers, proximity to GTA, access to major highways, transit and international airports, strong talent pool, focus on research and development, access to health care, and an opportunity for Amazon itself to help shape the surrounding community by working with the County and host municipality as potential development occurs.</p><p>The County anticipates that it will hear back from Amazon in 2018. </p><p>To bolster provincial competitiveness and increase our labour force, the Government of Ontario announced Wednesday that it plans to increase the number of post-secondary students graduating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, including artificial intelligence, by 25 per cent over the next five years. This initiative will boost the number of STEM graduates from 40,000 to 50,000 per year and position Ontario as the number one producer of postsecondary STEM graduates per capita in North America. Locally, Georgian College and Lakehead University are recognized as leaders in many of these disciplines – with Georgian College in the process of developing a new state-of-the-art Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre.</p><p>Simcoe County has impressive qualifications, including:        </p><ul><li>a 40 per cent population growth rate forecasted</li><li>home to 16,000 businesses</li><li>a growing available workforce of approximately 230,000 people</li><li>creation of 14,000 new jobs in last 5 years</li><li>a wide variety of development options ranging from major industrial greenfield opportunities to waterfront and downtown mixed use and commercial development</li><li>a competitive advantage with close proximity to GTA – 9 million people within an one-hour drive and that number grows to 130-million within a one day drive</li><li>access to international markets through the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport in Oro-Medonte, Billy Bishop and Pearson International Airports</li><li>being known for its high quality of life, welcoming more than 9-million visitors each year to experience area amenities and attractions<br></li></ul><p>Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br><strong>-30-</strong></p><p><strong>Quotes:</strong></p><p>"The County of Simcoe is open for business and offers an experience truly north of ordinary. Our communities provide affordable lifestyles with an abundance of infrastructure, transportation, amenities, services and an educated, hardworking and growing workforce. We have one united goal to foster an environment that provides the absolute best opportunity for Amazon and all our businesses to thrive." </p><p>Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe Warden</p><p>"The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the County of Simcoe are growing in population and opportunity. With access to major highways, airports, commercial space and lifestyle services, our community is an increasingly attractive location for businesses and organizations to build and grow." <br>Rob Keffer, Mayor of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and County of Simcoe Councillor </p><p>"Our region and Town prides itself on the affordable lifestyle we offer our residents and the economic advantages we offer our business partners. We are proud to work in close partnership with the County on many economic development initiatives that benefit our community and our businesses and we're hopeful that our region will be considered as a destination for the Amazon HQ2 facility." <br>Gord Wauchope, Mayor of the Town of Innisfil and County of Simcoe Councillor</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 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>
County to make significant economic development announcement on October 19https://www.simcoe.ca/Pages/ec-dev-2017-10-16.aspx10/16/2017 2:11:40 PMCounty to make significant economic development announcement on October 19<p>​<strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/October 16, </strong><strong>2017</strong><strong> </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>Media are invited to attend a significant regional economic development announcement being held by the County of Simcoe on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport.  <br><br>Attendees will learn about the County's emergence as a major provincial player in economic development and hear details about a substantial new opportunity being pursued by regional partners.   </p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:8%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Regional Economic Development Announcement</strong><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:8%;"><p><strong>Where</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Lake Simcoe Regional Airport<br>G&G Jet Centre Hangar<br>224 Line 7 North<br>Oro-Medonte, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:8%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p><p><strong></strong> </p><p><strong><br>Who</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>October 19, 2017<br> 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.</p><p> </p><p>Guests will hear from County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall and receive an update from the County's Economic Development Office. <em>Lunch is being provided.</em>  </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Quick Facts – Simcoe County has impressive qualifications including:        </p><ul><li>a 50 per cent population growth rate forecasted</li><li>home to 16,000 businesses</li><li>a growing available workforce of approximately 230,000 people</li><li>creation of 14,000 new jobs in last 5 years</li><li>a wide variety of development options ranging from major industrial greenfield opportunities to waterfront and downtown mixed use and commercial development</li><li>a competitive advantage with close proximity to GTA – 9 million people within an one-hour drive and that number grows to 130-million within a one day drive</li><li>access to international markets through the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport in Oro-Medonte and Pearson International Airport</li><li>being known for its high quality of life, welcoming more than 9-million visitors each year to experience area amenities and attractions</li></ul><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;">Learn more at <a href="http://edo.simcoe.ca/" target="_blank">edo.simcoe.ca</a></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;">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<span> </span><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 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>
County of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Wasaga Beach Affordable Housing Developmenthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-hosts-public-information-sessions-on-wasaga-beach-affordable-housing-development-17-10-6.aspx10/6/2017 1:49:43 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Wasaga Beach Affordable Housing Development<p><strong>Midhurst/ October 6, 2017 – </strong>The County of Simcoe is hosting two public information sessions on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wasaga RecPlex to provide local residents and stakeholders with information on the proposed Wasaga Beach Affordable Housing Development 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 110 affordable housing units for the Town of Wasaga Beach. County staff will provide an overview of the project, 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, in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach, provides us with the unique opportunity to utilize municipally donated lands to put a big dent in reaching our preliminary target through the creation of 99 new affordable units. At the same time, it enables us to convert part of a municipal works yard into a thriving mixed income community that is designed in an age-friendly manner for individuals, seniors, and families. The new streetscape is designed to blend well with the existing community and offer green space and parks to both the residents and local community."</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Wasaga Beach Affordable Housing Development<br>Public Information Sessions</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​WHERE:</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Wasaga RecPlex, Oakview Room<br>1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach, Ontario</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​WHEN:</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Thursday, October 19, 2017<br>2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.</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">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p> </p>
County observes National Seniors Day on October 1, 2017https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/seniors-day-2017-09-29.aspx9/29/2017 1:51:22 PMCounty observes National Seniors Day on October 1, 2017<p>​<strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/ September 29, </strong><strong>2017</strong><strong> </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>The County of Simcoe recognizes October 1, 2017 as National Seniors Day and International Day of Older Persons. The day provides an opportunity for residents to celebrate seniors for their many and varied contributions to their families, workplaces and communities and raise awareness about issues affecting older adults.</p><p>According to Statistics Canada, Simcoe County is experiencing rapid aging above national and provincial averages. The proportion of adults aged 65 and over in Simcoe County is 18 per cent of the population compared to 16.7 per cent in Ontario and 16.9 per cent in Canada.  As a provider of services to seniors, the County of Simcoe is proud to honour the seniors living in our communities.</p><p>"Seniors play a vital role as key contributors to our communities and local economy and it is important that we acknowledge and celebrate all that our older citizens have done for us," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As our population ages over the coming decades, we're taking a proactive approach by continuing to invest in our seniors' facilities and advance our Positive Aging Strategy to meet the needs of all our residents."</p><p>As part of the County's Age Friendly Community activities, led by an Age-Friendly Communities Advisory Committee of more than 35 members representing various organizations and older adults across the region, the County will be celebrating our Older Adults through recognition and planned activities of this very important day.  As such, a proclamation is being declared by Warden Gerry Marshall to acknowledge and thank our seniors for their tremendous contributions to our families, friends, businesses and communities.</p><p>In addition, the County of Simcoe's Long Term Care and Seniors Services Department will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate National Seniors Day at various sites.</p><p><strong>A</strong><strong>g</strong><strong>e-</strong><strong>Fr</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>dly</strong><strong> C</strong><strong>ommu</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>it</strong><strong>y</strong><strong> </strong><strong>I</strong><strong>ni</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>v</strong><strong>e<br></strong>The County of Simcoe received funding from the Government of Ontario of as part of its Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. The funding served to establish a baseline assessment of Simcoe County's age-friendliness and to determine the recommendations for action according to scope of community responsibility. A variety of community engagement processes were used to collect feedback from residents 60 years of age and older, caregivers, and service providers of older adults to produce the "Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment" and an abridged Executive Summary. Both versions can be found on the website at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=b4f9fb01-b431-4afa-81a9-023c32b7d644">http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a>. The information from the "Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment" will be used to support the development of Simcoe County's <em>Positive Aging Strategy</em> to be released in 2018.</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;">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<span> </span><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 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>
Notice of Meetings for County Council for the Month of October, 2017https://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/Notice-of-Meetings-for-County-Council-for-the-Month-of-October,-2017-.aspx9/28/2017 3:07:45 PMNotice of Meetings for County Council for the Month of October, 2017<p><strong>TAKE NOTICE</strong> that the Corporation of the County of Simcoe will hold the following regular meetings of County Council during the month of October, 2017: </p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Tuesday, October 10 – Council Chamber</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Tuesday, October 10 – Coleman Boardroom</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Economic Development Sub-Committee 11:00 a.m., or immediately following Committee of the Whole</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Thursday, October 19 – Oro-Medonte Boardroom</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Joint Accessibility Advisory Committee 10:00 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Friday, October 20 – Simcoe County Conference Room</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Affordable Housing Advisory Committee 9:00 a.m.</li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Tuesday, October 24 – Council Chamber</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.<span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">Thursday, October 26 – Council Chamber</span></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Committee of the Whole (Special) 9:00 a.m. for 2018 Draft County of Simcoe Budget.</li></ul><p>Unless otherwise specified, the meetings will be held in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario.  Meeting dates and times are subject to change and interested parties should confirm the status of the meeting through the published agenda, or contacting the County Clerk's Office at Ext. 1246 or clerks@simcoe.ca<br> <br>The agendas for these meetings may be viewed approximately seven days prior by clicking on the following link: <br> <br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=667d19f3-1f2f-431c-9980-c9d053e3ad07">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/clk/amr</a><br>  <br> Any person may attend the meetings.<br> <br>DATED at the County of Simcoe this 28th day of September, 2017.<br> <br>John Daly<br> County Clerk<br> County of Simcoe<br> 1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario  L9X 1N6</p>
County to restore forest and habitat area in Springwaterhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/museum-tract-restoration.aspx9/27/2017 3:31:23 PMCounty to restore forest and habitat area in Springwater<p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Midhurst/ September 27, 2017 –</strong> As the County celebrates National Forest Week (September 24-30), Simcoe County Forests is pleased to announce it is undertaking a significant forest and habitat restoration project in Springwater Township starting fall 2017. </p><p>The project involves restoration of a degraded area of the Museum Tract, which includes a decommissioned gravel pit formerly owned and operated by CP Rail. The restoration will involve the removal of existing vegetation (largely non-native/exotic plants and trees) and re-planting of approximately 160,000 native trees. In addition to the significant tree planting effort, the site will be over-seeded with a mix of native plant and shrub seeds to establish a diverse groundcover. As part of the habitat restoration piece, the County will be joining an international recovery effort for the Kirtland's Warbler, a globally endangered and rare migratory bird.   </p><p>"This is a first of its kind project in Canada and further demonstrates our County's strong commitment to our forests, wildlife and habitat," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "This project will serve as an important environmental legacy initiative for years to come, while the restored forest will bring multiple benefits to County residents, local tourism, recreational groups and support Simcoe County Museum programs."</p><p>Work on the tract will commence in fall 2017 with anticipated completion in 2020. Activities will include tree clearing and a controlled burn followed by replanting of native trees and over-seeding of native plants and shrubs. Once restoration and tree planting is complete, the tract should provide suitable habitat for Kirtland's Warbler to nest between 2023 to 2040. Although Kirtland's Warbler is the keystone species of the project, this regionally uncommon habitat type is important to many other species including many within Ontario considered threatened or of special concern.   </p><p><strong>About the Kirtland's Warbler Habitat Restoration Initiative<br></strong>The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), working with Savanta Environmental Consultants, has been investigating opportunities within Canada to create appropriate nesting habitat to expand recovery efforts of the Kirtland's Warbler. As it was known historically to nest within Simcoe County, Forestry staff were approached in 2016 to explore the potential for habitat creation within the Simcoe County Forest. In consultation with the subject matter experts with CWS and Savanta, staff have assessed numerous County Forest properties for the potential to incorporate Kirtland's habitat and identified the Museum Tract as the best opportunity.</p><p>The Kirtland's Warbler is a globally rare and endangered migratory bird which was nearly extinct 50 years ago, but has since begun to recover due to multiple habitat projects in the USA and abroad. Overwintering occurs in the Lucayan Archipelago (Bahamas, Turk's & Caicos) while its summer breeding grounds are historically within Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario. Kirtland's Warbler requires large tracts of young, dense conifer forest for its nesting habitat, which was commonplace within Simcoe County prior to European settlement and again during the significant reforestation efforts of the early to mid 1900's.  However, continued land use conversion and fire suppression has largely eliminated the habitat type used by the bird within much of its native range. </p><p><strong>Funding<br></strong>The total estimated cost to complete this project over three years is $340,800 including in-kind contributions and funding. The Government of Canada, through Environment and Climate Change Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP), has approved $167,950 in funding for the 3 year project. $30,000 (USD) has also been committed from American Forests, a not-for-profit conservation organization which has contributed to forest and habitat restoration projects for over 140 years. $58,300 is currently allocated from the forestry reserve, however the County continues to discuss partnership and funding opportunities with other organizations. </p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Forest<br></strong>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada. Through our forestry program, and in partnership with local organizations, more than 20 million trees have been planted within the County Forest since inception. The Simcoe County Forest is owned and managed by the County of Simcoe and is not Crown Land. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is certified for Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) forest management by the Rainforest Alliance (FSC C013174), meeting the FSC's strict environmental and social standards.</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;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style: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-color:initial;text-decoration-style: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-color:initial;text-decoration-style: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></span><p> </p><p>​</p>
Fall 2017 Bi-weekly Yard Waste Collectionhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Fall-2017-Bi-weekly-Yard-Waste-Collection.aspx9/19/2017 1:54:26 PMFall 2017 Bi-weekly Yard Waste Collection<h2>Fall is here!</h2><p>Remember to place your materials at curbside by 7 a.m. on Monday of your collection week. To determine your yard waste collection week or receive reminders click <a title="When is my collection week" href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/schedules.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>. Alternatively, consult the <a title="Waste Management Calendar" href="/SolidWasteManagement/Documents/County%20of%20Simcoe%20-%202017%20SWM%20Calendar%20FINAL%20%20no%20crop%20marks%20-%20web.pdf" target="_blank">waste management calendar</a>. Please remember that collection may not coincide with your garbage day. </p><p>Use paper yard waste bags, cardboard boxes, compostable bags or open-ended rigid containers. <br></p>
Warden’s Golf Tournament raises funds for regional mental health initiativeshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden’s-golf-raises-funds-for-regional-mental-health-17-9-15.aspx9/19/2017 1:34:32 PMWarden’s Golf Tournament raises funds for regional mental health initiatives<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ September 15, 2017 –</strong> Community supporters joined Warden Gerry Marshall at the Midland Golf and Country Club yesterday for the 13<sup>th</sup> Annual Warden's Golf Tournament in support of regional mental health initiatives, including training and youth mental health programs. </p><p>This year's tournament raised approximately $40,000. This is the start of a larger campaign and partnership with area organizations, such as Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, focused on supporting regional mental health needs in Simcoe County. </p><p>"I'm thankful to all our generous sponsors and participants for supporting this important cause," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We are all impacted in some capacity by mental illness, as it's estimated that one in five Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem each year. The growing impact on our youth is extremely concerning and I'm proud that we are working with area partners and communities to make a lasting impact for those suffering from this illness."  </p><p>The success of the Warden's Golf Tournament as the first step in our campaign and partnership to support mental health initiatives in Simcoe County was made possible by community supporters and sponsors, including:</p><ul><li><strong>Gold Sponsors: </strong>R J Burnside and Associates Limited<strong>; </strong>Cowan Company<strong>; </strong>DeCast<strong>; </strong>Medical Pharmacies<strong>; </strong>Nottawasaga Inn<strong>; </strong>Geranium Corporation<strong>; </strong>and Cortel Group</li><li><strong>Silver Sponsors: </strong>Town of Innisfil<strong>; </strong>Sargeant Hub International<strong>; </strong>Ainley Group</li><li><strong>Bronze Sponsors: </strong>Walker Aggregates</li><li><strong>Special Challenges Sponsors: </strong>Closest to the Pin sponsors: Lett Architects and Greenland Group Companies<strong>; </strong>Longest Drive sponsors: Pat Lalonde Fencing and the Jones Consulting Group<strong>; </strong>Hole in One Sponsors: Paul Sadlon Motors and Investors Group</li></ul><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;">- 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">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>