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B-25 "Maid in the Shade" Arriving in Oro-Medonte, Ontario for "Flying Legends of Victory Tour"https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/b-25-maid-in-the-shade-arriving-in-oro-medonte-2018-06-13.aspx6/13/2018 7:38:39 PMB-25 "Maid in the Shade" Arriving in Oro-Medonte, Ontario for "Flying Legends of Victory Tour"<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Midhurst/June 13, 2018 –</strong> One of the most iconic airplanes from World War II, the B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade," will make a stop in Oro-Medonte, Ontario at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, 224 Line 7 North from July 16 to 23, 2018 as part of its Summer Flying Legends of Victory Tour across the U.S. and Canada.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The tour, made possible by the volunteers of the non-profit 501(c)3 <a href="https://www.azcaf.org/">Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum</a>, features three restored WWII combat aircraft: C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend “Old Number 30;" B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey;" and B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade." These warbirds and their crews will follow separate routes across the U.S. and Canada and visit approximately 50 cities from May through October 2018 to fulfill their mission of educating all generations about the role of aviation in combat.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The public will have the opportunity to climb aboard the B-25 Bomber to soak in the breathtaking stories of courage and service by Americans during one of the most important periods in U.S. history. The B-25 is one of only 34 in the world that is still flying. The aircraft was used in America's first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The aircraft will be open to the public for tours on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Rides are taking place Friday through Sunday. Reservations are required and can be booked by visiting <a href="http://bit.ly/FLOVTBarrieON">http://bit.ly/FLOVTBarrieON</a>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Pricing:</em></p><ul><li>Tours cost $10 USD per person and $20 USD for a family of four (<strong>US and in Canada).</strong></li></ul><ul><li>Seats are $325 USD per waist gunner compartment seat or $650 USD for flight deck jump seat and are limited to seven passengers per flight. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information about the Flying Legends of Victory Tour, visit  <a href="http://www.flyinglegendstour.com/">www.flyinglegendstour.com</a>. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>About the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF) – Mesa, Arizona</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">AZCAF was founded in 1977 and is the 10<sup>th</sup> chapter of the Commemorative Air Force.  It's comprised of 500 member volunteers and seven flyable warbirds that offer Living History rides. The fully-restored and rare B-17 and B-25 Bombers and C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend conduct the Flying Legends of Victory Summer tour and visit approximately 50 cities throughout the United States and Canada.  The AZCAF has 55,000 square feet of historical airplanes, relics, and educational exhibits, in addition to a working mechanics hangar.  A Trip-Advisor Winner of Excellence, it's one of the top-rated adventure attractions in Phoenix and regularly conducts tours for schools, businesses, and youth groups.  <a href="http://www.azcaf.org/">www.azcaf.org</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>About the B-25 Bomber</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Built in 1944, the B-25 “Maid in the Shade" was developed by North American Aviation and used mainly as a low altitude strafe and skip bomber. Nearly 10,000 B-25s were produced and the B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade" is one of 34 still flying today. The aircraft was used in America's first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines and sunk eight ships and shot down five planes. The B-25 is most remembered for the Doolittle Raid on Japan where Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25s across Japan bombing targets. This aircraft has flown 15 combat missions from November 1 through December 31, 1944 including 13 over Italy and two over Yugoslavia. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>About the Commemorative Air Force; Dallas, TX Headquarters</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) honors the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in airplanes during wartime. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining these warbirds in flying condition and taking them to people to experience the sights and sounds of these treasured beauties in flight.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Collecting, restoring, and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to honoring American military aviation through flight, exhibition, and remembrance. A non-profit educational organization, the CAF has more than 13,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation.  There are also four international affiliates in France, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/">www.commemorativeairforce.org</a>.</p><p><strong><br>Tourism Simcoe County</strong></p><p>Tourism Simcoe County is funded by the County of Simcoe. We promote area tourism and boost tourism partners, operators and the 25,000 employees working in regional tourism through funding initiatives and support of tourism programs and festivals. Visit our website at <strong>experience.simcoe.ca</strong> or better yet, visit, and experience amazing for yourself! </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>Resources:<br></strong><br><strong> </strong>Photos/B-25 Fact Sheet can be found on our website: <a href="https://www.azcaf.org/media-relations/">https://www.azcaf.org/media-relations/</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">A complete Flying Legends of Victory tour schedule is available at <a href="http://www.flyinglegendstour.com/">www.FlyingLegendsTour.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Video of both B-25 and B-17: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVD_jAnDeXI">Video </a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>Social Media: </strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>CAF Airbase Arizona <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CAF-Airbase-Arizona-325577670879188/">Facebook</a></li><li>CAF Airbase Arizona <a href="https://twitter.com/AZCAF">Twitter</a></li><li>CAF Airbase Arizona <a href="https://www.azcaf.org/">website</a></li><li>CAF Airbase Arizona <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/AZCAFWebmaster">YouTube</a></li></ul><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">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p>Corey Paul<br> Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum<br><a href="mailto:communications@azcaf.org">communications@azcaf.org</a><br>480-568-6778<br><br>Kimberly Ring<br>Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum<br><a href="mailto:media@azcaf.org">media@azcaf.org</a><br>480-568-6759 </p>
County prepares to connect communities with new LINX Transit Service starting August 2018https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/LINX-2018-06-12.aspx6/12/2018 5:51:56 PMCounty prepares to connect communities with new LINX Transit Service starting August 2018<p><strong>Midhurst/June 12, 2018</strong> – Simcoe County residents will soon have a new public transportation service to connect communities across the region with the first route starting August 2018. County Councillors gathered today at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre in Midhurst to unveil the Simcoe County LINX transit service, showcasing the new buses and outlining the first route and five year plan to link Simcoe County residents to key service and labour hubs across the region.  </p><p>“This is a huge milestone for our County and we're pleased to offer another crucial service to our residents and communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Our region has a large geographical footprint and we have a growing population of seniors, students and residents who need affordable and reliable transportation options to access health services, jobs and education hubs in other communities."</p><p>Route 1 launches August 7, 2018 and runs from Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie with stops in Wyebridge, Waverley, Elmvale and Midhurst. To introduce the service, the County is offering complimentary fares between August 7-September 4, with regular fare rates starting after Labour Day. The County is also offering an accessible door to door transit service for individuals with mobility needs called the LINX+. Residents are asked to complete a registration form to access the service by visiting sclinx.simcoe.ca or by calling 1-800-263-3199. </p><p>In 2017, as part of the County's Transit Implementation Plan, County Council approved a 5-year, $5 million plan to create a regional transit service. Recognizing the need to increase public transit within Simcoe County, the Government of Ontario recently topped up funding with a significant $8.4 million contribution.</p><p>As part of a five year roll out of the LINX Service, the following proposed routes will be considered: Orillia to Barrie (2019), Collingwood to Barrie (2019/2020), Alliston to Bradford West Gwillimbury and Midland to Orillia (2020/2021). The County will also assume some existing inter-municipal routes currently operating throughout the County. </p><p>Visit <a href="/Transit/Pages/Home.aspx">linx.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more. </p><p>                                                                            </p><p><strong>Quick Facts:</strong></p><p><em>Fares:</em> Fares will operate on a zone system based on distance travelled – fares for Route 1 range from $2, $4 and $6.  Exact cash fares only will be accepted on the bus. The County will be offering a LINX reloadable card that users can purchase for convenient access to the LINX. LINX cards will be available in mid-July. For sales locations and information, please visit sclinx.simcoe.ca. </p><p><em>Hours of Operation:</em> Route 1 LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 6 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:40 p.m. The LINX Service does not operate on weekends. </p><p><em>Locating Your Bus:</em> Alerts and real-time bus tracking will be available on sclinx.simcoe.ca. The County has also partnered with an existing App company called Transit App to link real-time bus and route information through the popular app. The app is available for download by Apple and Android devices. Tracking information will be available once the route launches in August. </p><p><em>LINX Buses: </em>The first route will start with four 30 foot buses, with seating for up to 24 passengers plus room for eight standing passengers each and two wheelchairs, and 2 LINX+ buses with seating for up seven passengers, including 3 wheelchairs. The buses are equipped with GPS based vehicle location systems, automated stop announcements, smart card fare systems and CCTV cameras. </p><p><em>Environment:</em> LINX buses are equipped with low emission engines with current clean diesel technology. The LINX bus offers above average fuel economy and the manufacture has also partnered with the aerospace industry, integrating proven concepts into the bus, greatly reducing noise pollution – making it one of the quietest transit buses on the road today.</p><p><em>Bus Operation: </em>The County has entered into an agreement with First Canada ULC to operate and maintain LINX buses. First Canada has transit operating agreements across Canada and also provide school bus transportation services.</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>
County unveils Simcoe County LINX Transit Servicehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-unveils-Simcoe-County-LINX-Transit-Service.aspx6/5/2018 4:34:40 PMCounty unveils Simcoe County LINX Transit Service<p><strong>Midhurst / June 5, 2018</strong> – Media are invited to attend the unveiling of the new Simcoe County LINX Transit Service occurring before County Council on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. The event starts at 8:15 a.m. at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre in Midhurst.</p><p>Presentations by members of County Council and County staff will be followed by photo/video opportunities and media interviews. Route 1 (Penetanguishene/Midland-Barrie) is scheduled to launch August 7<sup>th</sup>, 2018. </p><p><strong>EVENT:</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><p><strong>What</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:25%;"><p><strong>County of Simcoe LINX Transit Service Unveiling</strong></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>County of Simcoe Administration Centre                               <br>1110 Highway 26<br>Midhurst, ON</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, June 12, 2018<br>8:15 a.m.</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">Media will have an opportunity to tour the new busses, learn more about the service, technology, fares, route stops and five year plan to connect communities across the region. Visuals and interviews are available following formal presentations.  </td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br><strong></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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a style="color:#00539b;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span 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;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">         </span><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>
County of Simcoe celebrates 175 yearshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/175-years-2018-05-22.aspx5/22/2018 8:10:37 PMCounty of Simcoe celebrates 175 years<p><strong>Midhurst/ May 22, 2018 </strong>– 2018 marks the 175th Anniversary of the County of Simcoe. "Simcoe District" was established in 1843 by the Legislature of Upper Canada. The area has seen significant change and growth but the region has always been rich with culture and history. </p><p>The 175 celebration officially kicked-off during County Council on Tuesday, May 22 as members of County Council unveiled a commemorative 175 interactive icon that will travel to select locations throughout the County. </p><p>To commemorate this significant milestone, the County is hosting a number of public engagement activities:</p><blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><p>The Simcoe County Museum and Archives are jointly creating a Simcoe County 175 Exhibit that will be on display from August 4 to Labour Day in the Museum's main gallery. Admission to the Museum is by donation. </p><p>The County is hosting its second annual Simcoe Day event at the Simcoe County Museum on August 6, 2018. This event will include access to the Simcoe County Museum, a free BBQ lunch, a chance to meet the County's paramedic and vehicle service fleet, and guided trail walks through the Museum Tract with a member of our Forestry Department. </p><p>The County is also hosting a social media campaign to commemorate the 175th Anniversary. Celebrate #simcoecounty175 by following @experiencesimcoecounty on Instagram and sharing selfies enjoying the best of Simcoe County for a chance to win a County Prize Pack. Everyone living/working/visiting in Simcoe County are invited to participate and share photos on Instagram @experiencesimcoecounty using #simcoecountyselfie and #simcoecounty175 and tag the location. The campaign runs May 22 to December 14, 2018 with monthly prize draws for most social media engagement. </p></blockquote><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>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a style="color:#00539b;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span 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;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">         </span><p> </p>
Celebrate National Paramedic Services Weekhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/May-27-to-June-2,-2018.aspx5/22/2018 4:13:35 PMCelebrate National Paramedic Services Week<p>​<strong>Midhurst/May 18, 2018 –</strong> May 27 to June 2, 2018, is National Paramedic Services Week and activities are scheduled throughout Simcoe County to recognize and celebrate the dedication of our front line Paramedic Services personnel.</p><p>The celebrations start with the swearing in of our the Honourary Paramedic for a Day contest winner, Ava LaLonde, a Grade 5 student from St. John Paul II Catholic School, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 during County Council. </p><p>Ava's essay was chosen from over 80 essays submitted by local Grade 5 and 6 students who entered the annual writing contest. Ava will receive a certificate, first aid bag, and stethoscope and will spend the day with a County of Simcoe paramedic crew learning about the job. This will include touring a paramedic station, learning life saving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, and assisting paramedics as they perform a mock exercise.</p><p>“This year's theme, “Health-Community-You" showcases the integral role County of Simcoe Paramedic Services play in keeping our community safe, healthy and strong through community-based programs, training and educational initiatives," said Warden Gerry Marshall.“ “It is my privilege, on behalf of all residents of Simcoe County, to thank our amazing paramedics for their many contributions to our communities."</p><h3>Upcoming Paramedic Services Week Events and Photo Opportunities:</h3><p><strong>Paramedic for a Day Swearing-In Ceremony </strong><br><em><br>When:</em> Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 9 a.m. (beginning of County Council)<br> <em>Location:</em> County of Simcoe Administration Centre, Midhurst <br>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will be swearing in the Honourary Paramedic for a Day contest winner, Ava Lalonde, a Grade 5 student from St. John Paul II Catholic School. Ava will take part in a number of activities throughout the day.</p><p><strong>Mall Display</strong></p><p><em>When:</em> Wednesday, May 30, 2018<br><em>Location:</em> Georgian Mall, Barrie <br>Residents can learn more about Paramedic Services through ambulance tours, equipment displays and demonstrations as well as information on our Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program information, and Community Paramedicine initiatives.</p><p><strong>Meet the Fleet Day</strong><br><strong> </strong><em><br>When: </em>Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br> <em>Location:</em> Simcoe County Museum, Minesing<br> This is a family-friendly event, where residents will be provided with tours of our Paramedic Services vehicles, including ambulances, rapid response units, mobile command unit, UTV, public access defibrillator vehicle and more. Staff will be on-site to answer questions, lead tours and educate the public about the field of Paramedic Services.</p><p><strong>Save-a-Life CPR Day </strong></p><p><em>When:</em> Saturday, June 2, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. <br><em>Location:</em> Simcoe County Museum, Minesing  <br>CPR/AED training session free to residents of Simcoe County. Please register at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=94cedff5-191c-48b3-b09f-bdae210f509a">www.simcoe.ca/cpr</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;"><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>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>                
Textile collection coming to Simcoe County curbs this Junehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/textile-collection-208-05-22.aspx5/22/2018 3:47:53 PMTextile collection coming to Simcoe County curbs this June<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ May 22, 2018 </strong>– Do you have used textiles that can't be passed on? Fashion doesn't expire, nor does it belong in the garbage, so the County of Simcoe is introducing a new curbside collection program for textiles to help divert these materials out of landfills.</p><p>Simcoe County residents will receive one textile collection this June, with half the County receiving pick-up June 11-15 (Zone 1) and the other half receiving pick-up June 18-22 (Zone 2). Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=e150781b-02d7-4e93-9f04-f12f0bdcea9d">www.simcoe.ca/textilecollection</a> or check out your Waste Calendar to determine your collection week. Similar to Leaf and Yard Waste collection, pick-up does not necessarily coincide with your regular collection day. Items should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on the Monday of your collection week. </p><p>All Simcoe County households will receive a textile collection bag through Canada Post in mid to late May. Any additional clothing can be placed in a clear plastic bag and set beside the textile bag provided. Bags must be sealed, textiles must be clean, dry and odour free.</p><p>“Look for your pink collection bag in the mail and help us recycle textiles and keep these materials out of our landfills," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We've experienced tremendous participation rates with our curbside battery collection program and we're hopeful this convenient new option will have similar results." </p><p>Accepted textile materials include: </p><ul><li>Used clean clothing and undergarments</li><li>Towels and linens (pillows)</li><li>Coats and outerwear</li><li>Hats, belts and scarves</li><li>Purses, backpacks, sleeping bags and luggage</li><li>Socks, mittens and shoes in pairs (wrap with elastic to hold together)</li></ul><p>The County encourages residents to donate usable clothing and apparel whenever possible. The purpose of this program is to collect textiles that wouldn't otherwise be passed on, including those items with stains, tears and broken zippers. All textiles being collected will be sent to a facility for sorting and grading and then re-used. Those items not re-usable are made into rags and acoustic fill. </p><p><strong>DYK: </strong></p><ul><li>The average person discards 37 kgs. of textiles each year which equates to over 11,000 tonnes of textiles in the County of Simcoe annually</li><li>Eighty-five per cent of discarded textiles end up in landfill with only 15 per cent of textiles being donated</li><li>Textiles currently use significant landfill capacity and the decomposition time can be lengthy</li><li>Ninety-eight per cent of standard textile material thrown away is able to be re-used/recycled </li></ul><p>A new curbside collection program for electronics will also run in September. Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=5d07ac0a-4d63-4f47-adf5-032298b1b0f9">www.simcoe.ca/electronicscollection</a> for details. </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 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>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>                         <p> </p>
County hosts Employer Connection sessions to support workplace diversityhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-hosts-Employer-Connection-sessions-to-support-workplace-diversity.aspx5/18/2018 3:35:38 PMCounty hosts Employer Connection sessions to support workplace diversity<p>​<strong>Midhurst / May 18, 2018</strong> – County of Simcoe is hosting three Employer Connections breakfast sessions in May and June to provide employers with opportunities to learn about federal immigration programs, local support agencies, as well as strategies to support and retain a diverse workforce.</p><p>The sessions are designed for employers and business operators and feature keynote presentations by Steven Owen, Employer Liaison Officer with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, and Evelina Silveira, President and Principal Consultant at Diversity at Work.</p><p>The program is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.</p><p>Those interested in attending are asked to register at the links provided below: </p><p><strong>Cranberry Resort</strong></p><p>19 Keith Ave,<br>Collingwood, ON<br>Wednesday, May 23<br>7 to 10 a.m.<br><a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/employer-breakfast-2138938920">Register</a></p><p><strong>The Club at Bond Head</strong></p><p>4805, 7<sup>th</sup> Line, <br>Bond Head, ON<br>Tuesday, May 29                                                      <br>7 to 10 a.m.<br><a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/employer-breakfast--bond-head-2138931908">Register</a></p><p><strong>Tangle Creek Golf Club</strong></p><p>4730 Sideroad 25<br>Thornton, ON<br>Thursday, June 21<br>7 to 10 a.m.<br><a href="http://events.eventzilla.net/e/employer-breakfast--thornton-2138931964">Register</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>.<br> <br></p>
County of Simcoe undertaking Archeological Management Planhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-undertaking-Archeological-Management-Plan.aspx5/15/2018 1:24:06 PMCounty of Simcoe undertaking Archeological Management Plan<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ May 14, 2018 </strong>– The County is undertaking the preparation and completion of an Archaeological Management Plan (AMP) for Simcoe County. The purpose of the initiative is to conserve and protect this area's rich cultural heritage and archaeological features and sites and to address Planning Act requirements. The process includes significant consultation and engagement with stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities. </p><p>“Our County is rich with culture and heritage and identifying these features will not only serve a rich historical purpose, but also provide efficiencies for local planning authorities who can use the information within planning policies and decisions," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We are already having productive discussions with our Indigenous communities, and we plan to engage with stakeholder groups as much as possible to build an inclusive and detailed plan that will support planning and land use policy for generations to come." </p><p>Once complete, the County of Simcoe AMP will:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Create a confidential inventory of registered and unregistered archaeological sites, including all existing and closed cemeteries </li><li>Prepare an overview of the County's settlement history for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples</li><li>Develop Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping that identifies areas of Indigenous and colonial period archaeological potential </li><li>Recommend County Official Plan updates relating to cultural heritage conservation and archaeological features and sites </li><li>Recommend improved planning processes to ensure a standardized and consistent approach to integrating the archaeological assessment process into the municipal planning and development review process</li><li>Recommend an engagement and consultation protocol with relevant Indigenous communities</li><li>Recommend a Contingency Plan for the protection of archaeological resources in urgent situations (i.e., deeply buried human remains discovered during construction)</li></ul><p>Consultation with First Nation and Métis communities and site/feature identification started in early 2018 and the final AMP is expected to be completed by early 2019. </p><p>The County will host two rounds of Open House sessions occurring in late spring 2018 to obtain input and late fall 2018 to present findings. The spring Open House dates and locations are as follows:</p><p><em>Orillia <br></em>Thursday, May 31, 2018<br>Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34 Orillia - Vimy Lounge<br>215 Mississaga Street East, Orillia<br>2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.</p><p><em>Collingwood<br></em>Monday, June 4, 2018<br>Collingwood Public Library - Meeting Rooms B and C<br>55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood<br>2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.</p><p><em>Cookstown<br></em>Tuesday, June 5, 2018<br>Cookstown Library and Community Centre - Community Hall<br>20 Church Street, Cookstown<br>2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.</p><p><em>Midland<br></em>Wednesday, June 6, 2018<br>Midland Public Library - Assembly Room<br>320 King Street, Midland<br>2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.</p><p>The project webpage, where updates and materials will be made available, is <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/amp">www.simcoe.ca/amp</a></p><p>The County has retained Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) to prepare and consult on the County AMP.  ASI is a leader in the development of Archaeological Master and Management Plans throughout the Province, having completed many of the existing AMP's currently in operation in 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;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>
Learn how to Save-A-Lifehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-how-to-save-A-life-18-5-10.aspx5/10/2018 6:52:31 PMLearn how to Save-A-Life<p><strong>Midhurst / May 10, 2018</strong> – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation training course on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Simcoe County Museum in Minesing, Ontario.</p><p>Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session as space is limited and training will be provided on a first come, first served basis</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>​Save-A-Life CPR Training</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">​<strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong><br>1151 Highway 26<br>Minesing, Ontario</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;"><strong>​When:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​<strong>Saturday, June 2, 2018</strong><br>9 a.m. to noon</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;">​<strong>Cost:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>​Free</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;">​<strong>Registration:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​<a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/cpr">www.simcoe.ca/cpr</a><br>705-735-6901 or toll-free at 1-800-263-3199</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Participants will receive instruction in a Level A course which includes adult and child CPR, choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the local food bank. </p><p>To date, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services has trained 13,555 residents, including 1,630 through free Save-a-Life events.  </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 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>Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:%20jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span>                                              
Economic development partners host the 2018 Skilled Trades Expo on May 17https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/edo-partners-host-2018-skilled-trades-expo-may-17-18-5-10.aspx5/10/2018 1:57:08 PMEconomic development partners host the 2018 Skilled Trades Expo on May 17<p><strong>Midhurst/May 10, 2018 </strong>– Economic development partners from across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka are hosting the 2018 Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Elmvale Community Arena.</p><p>“With hundreds of skilled trades careers to choose from, there are opportunities available to suit almost any interest," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “The 2017 Expo introduced more than 2,500 Grade 7, 8 and 12 students from around Simcoe County to more than 40 skilled trades and we hope to see these numbers grow this year."</p><p>This year's Expo will feature two sessions: a student/school session from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a session geared for the general public from 5 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. New this year, the evening event will feature a live Job Fair, which will provide participating businesses an opportunity to meet and interview skilled tradespeople during the event.</p><p>Admission is free of charge; however, pre-registration is appreciated by visiting <a href="http://bit.ly/2JGkJnP">http://bit.ly/2JGkJnP</a></p><table width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td><strong>2018 Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo </strong></td></tr><tr><td><strong>Where</strong></td><td><br><strong>Elmvale Community Arena </strong><br> 14 George Street, Elmvale, Ontario<br></td></tr><tr><td><strong>When</strong><br><br></td><td><strong>Thursday, May 17, 2018</strong><br>Media are invited to attend the General Public<br> session from 5 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>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 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>Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:%20jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span>