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County releases framework for building Age-Friendly communitieshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/positive-aging-2018-02-13.aspx2/13/2018 7:43:04 PMCounty releases framework for building Age-Friendly communities<p>​<strong>Midhurst/February 13, 2018 –</strong> Simcoe County's older adult population is expected to double during the next 20 years and the County is taking critical steps to ensure that the region remains a positive, safe and sustainable area for seniors to live and thrive. As a result of extensive public and stakeholder consultation, research and assessment, the County is pleased to release its Positive Aging Strategy, which includes detailed planning framework and recommendations to support regional and municipal governments and businesses in building and strengthening age-friendly communities.</p><p>The Positive Aging Strategy builds on the 2017 Age-Friendly Needs Assessment. The Assessment identified high-level regional age-friendly needs, priorities and opportunities, which aligned with the World Health Organization's eight Age-Friendly dimensions.</p><p>The Positive Aging Strategy now provides a framework for implementing key actions, projects and initiatives to support our communities and businesses in fostering positive aging and creating more sustainable strategies that meet the needs of Simcoe County's aging population. The Strategy also aligns with the County's Vision of “Working Together to Build Vibrant, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities" and its corporate long-term strategic directions. In addition to providing a framework for new strategies, the document also outlines objectives to build on and promote the many existing age-friendly programs currently in place throughout the County. </p><p>Using the World Health Organization's eight Age-Friendly dimensions, the County's Strategy identifies the following goals for each theme and lists priority implementation initiatives. </p><p><strong>Communications and Information <br></strong><em>Goal:</em> Remove communication barriers that progressively cut older people off from others, particularly barriers related to accessibility, affordability, low literacy and diminished capacity by providing timely, practical information to manage life and meet personal needs vital for active aging.</p><p><strong>Transportation <br></strong><em>Goal:</em> Provide transportation options that are accessible and affordable to promote active aging. Improve mobility options, support social and civic participation and increase access to community and health services. </p><p><strong>Housing <br></strong><em>Goal:</em> Ensure sufficient, appropriate, and affordable housing dedicated to older people is provided and located close to essential services and transportation. Ensure older people are well informed of these housing options across Simcoe County.</p><p><strong>Health and Community Supports<br></strong><em>Goal:</em> Remove barriers that older adults experience with accessing and utilizing community and health supports. Ensure services offered address the needs and concerns of older people to enhance quality of life and meet personal health needs.</p><p><strong>Outdoor Spaces and Buildings<br></strong><em>Goal:</em> Provide pleasant, clean, secure and physically accessible outdoor spaces and public buildings by increasing accessibility and removing barriers that limit opportunities for people with disabilities or age-related impairments to participate in healthy, active living activities and to access services in their communities.</p><p><strong>Civic Participation, Volunteerism and Employment<br></strong><em>Goal:</em> Increase awareness of the impact of an aging demographic, and provide opportunities for employment, volunteerism and intergenerational programming that cater to older adults' interests and abilities.</p><p><strong>Social Participation <br></strong><em>Goal:</em> Remove barriers that prevent older adults from participating in their community such as inaccessible buildings; personal safety at night; transportation needs; affordability; and sometimes restricted admission. Social participation and support are strongly connected to good health and well-being throughout life.</p><p><strong>Respect and Social Inclusion<br></strong><em>Goal:</em> Simcoe County older adults will be treated with respect, recognition and inclusion.</p><p>The Positive Aging Strategy Report is available online 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">www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a>.  Under the guidance of the Simcoe County Age-friendly Advisory Committee, staff will monitor progress achieved and submit an annual report card to the County Council over the next five (5) years to measure impacts and identify additional opportunities. </p><p><strong>Age-Friendly Committee and Consultation Process</strong><br><strong> </strong>The County established the Age-Friendly Steering Committee to help guide the process. More than 3,000 surveys were received from the public and the County also hosted 16 focus groups across our municipalities. The County also hosted eight (8) Public Consultant meetings in fall 2016. Telephone interviews were also conducted in an effort to gather information from harder to reach, isolated and low income older adults. Visit our <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=6ab8a313-38b4-414b-8f19-232336e60fa6">report</a> to view regional statistics on aging populations, life expectancy, dementia, disabilities, immigration and rural communities.  </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><strong>Quotes:</strong></p><p>“Simcoe County is one of the best places to live in Ontario for residents of all ages and as our population ages we are committed to making our communities as age-friendly as possible. This is an important document that will guide our strategies and helps shape our communities. We thank the province for providing funding support, our Age-Friendly Steering Committee and our residents for contributing to this vision." – County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall</p><p>“Our older adults are increasingly living more active, healthy lifestyles and contribute to our growing economy as consumers, employees and entrepreneurs. We are excited to move to the implementation stage and committed to helping our municipalities, businesses and community partners incorporate these positive aging recommendations." – Jane Sinclair, General Manager of Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe.  </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>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>
Family Day fun at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/family-day-2018-02-6.aspx2/9/2018 3:33:27 PMFamily Day fun at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/February 9, 2018 </strong>– This Family Day, embrace our Canadian winter and join us at the Simcoe County Museum for some good old-fashioned winter family fun. </p><p>Get set for a Family Day filled with skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and so much more. Skate on our beautiful new 1 km long Skating Trail as it winds through the Museum grounds, snowshoe through the majestic Museum Forest Tract trails or take part in our tobogganing competitions – bring your favourite toboggan to see if it can go the farthest distance and bring your oldest or most unique toboggan to try to win a prize (prizes will be handed out for various categories). Cap off a great day by exploring the Museum's historic indoor galleries. </p><p>Activities are included with your event admission for the day. For more information and the schedule of the timed challenges please call 705-728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p>Our partners from the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health will also be onsite to promote the launch of their #HaveHope Campaign and to raise awareness about Youth Mental Health in our communities. A select number of toques will be handed out as giveaways to attendees.  </p><p>Event Rates apply for Family Day activities: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; adults $8; students and seniors $6; and children are $5. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. </p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:18%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Family Day at the </strong><strong>Simcoe County Museum </strong></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:18%;"><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:18%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>February 19, 2018 <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>
Simcoe County Museum welcomes Canada: Day 1 travelling exhibithttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/day-1-2018-01-29.aspx1/29/2018 6:16:03 PMSimcoe County Museum welcomes Canada: Day 1 travelling exhibit<p><strong>Minesing/January 29, 2018 </strong>– The Simcoe County Museum presents <em>Canada: Day 1 </em>a bilingual exhibition<em> </em>that explores the diverse first experiences and first impressions of immigrants to Canada, from Confederation to present day. The exhibit will be on display at the Simcoe County through April 15, 2018. </p><p>Through oral histories, archival images, original artworks, objects and your participation, <em>Canada: Day 1 </em>thoughtfully<em> </em>explores newcomers' unique and shared personal experiences—across time and cultures. Explore Day 1 through the themes of <em>Transitions</em>, <em>Arrival</em>, <em>Encounters, Finding Your Way</em> and <em>Reflections</em>. You will be transported back to your first day in Canada, or inspired to imagine yourself in a newcomer's shoes. </p><p><em>Canada: Day 1</em> is a travelling exhibition produced by the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as a legacy project of our nation's 150<sup>th</sup> anniversary and supported by RBC Foundation.</p><p>For more information on this exhibit contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p> </p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><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>Canada: Day 1 Exhibit</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>January 20 – April 15, 2018<br>During regular museum hours </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>
Snowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Snowshoeing-2018-01-22.aspx1/22/2018 5:13:29 PMSnowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/January 22, 2018</strong> – Enjoy an evening of snowshoeing at the Simcoe County Museum every Tuesday night throughout February. Travel through our beautiful grounds lit by lamplight, and experience the stillness of a winter's night. No registration is required and snowshoe rentals are included through the admission by donation process. </p><p>Bring your skates and make it an evening of outdoor winter exercise as the Simcoe County Museum's new Skate Trail is open until 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday (admission to the Skate Trail is $10 per person). </p><p><em>*Museum activities are weather and grounds conditions permitting. </em></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:15%;"><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:15%;"><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:15%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2018<br>6:30 – 8:30 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>
County accepting applications for its 2018 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/arts-grant-2018-01-03.aspx1/3/2018 2:14:00 PMCounty accepting applications for its 2018 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant program<p>​<strong>Midhurst/January 3, 2018 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is now accepting applications for its 2018 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant Program. Funding for the 2018 grant program was approved by County Council as part of the 2018 Budget. </p><p>In 2017 the grant supported more than 40 arts, culture and heritage projects and organizations. The 2018 commitment aligns with the County's goals to grow, support and attract economic growth across various sectors.  </p><p>“We have tremendously creative and innovative entrepreneurs working in our arts and culture sectors who help drive tourism and support our local economy,"' said Warden Gerry Marshall. “From galleries to cultural attractions to our world-class festivals and events, we have a thriving arts and culture sector and we look forward to supporting and advancin­g more projects and businesses in 2018."</p><p>The vision of this grant program is to support and enhance the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Simcoe County through:</p><ul><li>Building organizational capability and sustainability in existing and new local cultural organizations </li><li>Investing in community-based cultural activities that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of arts and heritage </li><li>Encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships </li></ul><p>Interested applicants are asked to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) by January 12, 2018. </p><p><em>Please note that an EOI is not mandatory.</em> Applications will be accepted for three category streams: Capacity Building; Project; and Sustainability. </p><p>All applications will be reviewed by the County of Simcoe's Grant Program Task Force, consisting of appointed County Councillors with support from County staff. The grant program will provide up to $200,000 in annual funding which will be divided among successful candidates based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region. </p><p>Further details, application guidelines and templates can be found at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=75c5c7d0-1441-495c-b8db-460a62512edc">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants</a>. </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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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>
S&P Global Ratings affirms the County of Simcoe’s “AA” credit ratinghttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/rating-2017-12-21.aspx12/21/2017 9:12:15 PMS&P Global Ratings affirms the County of Simcoe’s “AA” credit rating<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 21, 2017</strong> – S&P Global Ratings has affirmed the County of Simcoe's very strong AA long-term issuer credit rating for 2017.</p><p>This is the third year the rating agency has affirmed a AA rating along with a stable outlook for the County of Simcoe based on its healthy liquidity, minimal debt burden, and sound budgetary results. S&P Global Ratings also stated that a solid and stable economy and prudent financial management continue to underpin the rating with the expectation that solid budgetary performance and minimal debt are likely to continue.</p><p>“It's important for our residents to know the County takes tremendous pride in responsibly managing their tax dollars," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Our robust financial management policies and strong operating and budgetary performance allows us to continue to make significant strategic investments in our services and initiatives, which strengthen our communities and contribute to the well-being of our residents."</p><p>The rating affirmation, released December 4, 2017, reflects S&P Global Ratings' expectations that, throughout the two-year forecast horizon, Simcoe County will hold its tax-supported debt below 30% of operating revenues and post sound budget results.</p><p>The stable outlook reflects S&P's expectations that, in the two-year outlook forecast horizon, Simcoe County will maintain large operating surpluses, helping it fund a significant portion of its capital program internally, without debt or material erosion in reserves. As a result, S&P expects the county's tax-supported debt burden to fall from its already low level, dipping below 10% of operating revenues by 2019. S&P also expects Simcoe County's free cash levels to remain fairly steady during the forecast period, reflecting continued prudent financial management practices. </p><p><strong>About S&P Global Ratings</strong><br><strong> </strong>With 26 offices around the world and a history that dates back more than 150 years, S&P Global Ratings provides high-quality market intelligence in the form of credit ratings, research, and thought leadership.</p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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>
Generosity fuels another successful Paramedic Services Toy Drivehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/toy-drive-2017-12-21.aspx12/21/2017 9:04:18 PMGenerosity fuels another successful Paramedic Services Toy Drive<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 21, 2017</strong> – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services wrapped up its 15<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive having collected 5,832 toys, 4,436 lbs of food, and $19,026 in cash and gift cards –  making 2017 one of the most successful drives ever. </p><p>“Another tremendous year of generosity and kindness demonstrated by our citizens," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “I can't say enough about the outstanding efforts of our Paramedics who volunteer their time to make the Toy Drive possible each year. Thank you to everyone who donated and contributed to this amazing cause."</p><p>With this year's totals, the Toy Drive has collected 72,832 toys, 24,436 lbs of food, and approximately $145,026 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County over the last 15 years.</p><p>All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with Simcoe County Paramedic Services. Charities supported by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive include the Salvation Army, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connections, Holy Martyrs of Japan, Coldwater Sharing Place, Elmvale Food Bank, Wasaga Beach Food Bank and Wasaga Beach Kinnettes.</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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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>
County of Simcoe of celebrates grand opening of new Paramedic Services station in Orilliahttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Orillia-Station-2017-12-13.aspx12/13/2017 2:22:15 PMCounty of Simcoe of celebrates grand opening of new Paramedic Services station in Orillia<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ December 13, 2017 </strong>– County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall was joined by Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke and representatives from County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to celebrate the grand opening of the new County of Simcoe Paramedic Station in Orillia on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. </p><p>“This local investment in necessary healthcare will benefit residents of Orillia, Ramara, Oro-Medonte and other surrounding communities for decades to come," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "The County's investment in nw Paramedic Services stations, including recent additions in Beeton and Alliston and ongoing builds in Collingwood and Barrie, demonstrates our strong commitment to ensuring that all our residents are served with the highest Paramedic Services care possible, with timely access to the health care services."</p><p>The County of Simcoe established a Paramedic Services long term strategic facility plan aimed at providing efficient and responsive paramedic services now and into the future. This plan outlines the need to establish a paramedic response presence in various areas across the county to meet the needs of local residents and visitors.  </p><p>This location (68 West Street South, Orillia) is key to improving 9-1-1 response times as Orillia and surrounding communities expand. This means improved emergency response for all area residents. The station is also large enough to support future growth, ensuring long-term value for residents.</p><p><strong>Benefits and features of new station:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Close proximity to high call demand area, which will support response times to 9-1-1 calls (eight minute range coverage for Orillia will increase from 43% to more than 96%)</li><li>Close proximity to Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital which will support efficiencies in transport, offloading and vehicle preparation times</li><li>9,680 square foot station with eight bays, storage, locker room and paramedic work area</li><li>Pneumatic air controlled doors provide speed efficiencies to support with lowering response times</li><li>Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) sensor system provides enhanced security with the flexibility of working with the entire fleet of vehicles. This is a unique system that was designed internally by County maintenance staff</li><li>Green initiatives include outdoor space for citizens to enjoy, controlled lighting system (interior and exterior) and high efficiency heating and cooling systems</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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">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<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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>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>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to celebrate grand opening of new station in Orilliahttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-to-celebrate-grand-opening-of-new-station-in-orillia-17-12-7.aspx12/7/2017 7:19:47 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services to celebrate grand opening of new station in Orillia<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 8, 2017 </strong>– Join County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall at the official ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Orillia Paramedic Station on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:15 p.m.</p><p>The County of Simcoe established a Paramedic Services long term strategic facility plan aimed at providing efficient and responsive paramedic services now and into the future. This plan outlines the need to establish a paramedic response presence in various areas across the county to meet the needs of local residents and visitors. As part of this plan, a new eight bay, 9,680 square foot paramedic station has been opened in Orillia and will serve as a base for paramedics to support the immediate area and entire region.</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>​WHAT</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<strong>Official grand opening of Orillia Paramedic Station</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;">​<strong>WHERE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​68 West Street South<br>Orillia, Ontario<br><br><strong>Media:</strong> There is limited parking available on site. Please utilize Parking Lot 6 on the corner of West Street South and Barrie Road behind the Tudhope Building.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>​WHEN</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:15 p.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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts: </strong></p><p>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>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>
Winter break activities at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/winter-break-activities-2017-12-6.aspx12/6/2017 3:01:49 PMWinter break activities at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/December 6, 2017 </strong>– Get out of the house this winter break and join us at the Simcoe County Museum. The scenic Museum grounds is a true winter wonderland with a new Skating Trail and a newly established snowshoe route for visitors to explore.</p><p>For those wishing to stay inside and enjoy the warmth, visit our holiday-themed exhibit <em>All I Wanted for Christmas,</em> peruse our indoor galleries, and make a craft to take home.</p><p>Activities take place Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m., no registration is required. Admission to the Simcoe County Museum is by donation, additional fees may apply for the Snowshoe Tours and Skating Trail.</p><p>For more information on these activities contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit museum.simcoe.ca. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</p><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><strong>EVENT: </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Winter break activities at the Simcoe County Museum </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><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:10%;"><strong>When </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Wednesday, December 27, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018 <br>Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Sundays 1:30 to 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">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<span> </span><strong></strong><a href="http://museum.simcoe.ca/" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">museum.simcoe.ca<span> </span></a>for further details.</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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><h4 style="margin:auto;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:bold;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Contacts:<br></h4><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:400;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> </span><br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<span> </span><br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a><br><br>Forrest Patenaude, Education Director<span> </span><br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<span> </span><br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">forrest.patenaude@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:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>