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County releases 2018 Progress Report on 5-Year Positive Aging Strategyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-releases-2018-progress-report-on-5-year-positive-aging-strategy-.aspx8/14/2019 7:57:42 PMCounty releases 2018 Progress Report on 5-Year Positive Aging Strategy<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 14, 2019 – </strong>The County of Simcoe has released its first report detailing the progress on the implementation of the recommendations outlined in <em>2018-2023 Simcoe County Positive Aging Strategy: Older Adults Strengthening our Communities.</em></p><p>“Our inaugural report card highlights our commitment to fostering and promoting age-friendly communities in Simcoe County," said Warden George Cornell. “Together with our community partners, the County continues to implement large-scale change, provide targeted funding and develop creative solutions that help all our residents remain active, social and engaged in our local communities."</p><p>2018 key achievements are outlined below. The full progress report is available at<br> <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly">www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a>. <br></p><ul><li>In 2018, County Council approved $500,000 in annual funding towards the implementation of an annual Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program to support the development of age-friendly housing that allows older adults to continue to live independently in their own homes </li><ul><li>30 applicants across 14 municipalities have already accessed accessibility funding </li></ul><li>The County was awarded funding for three additional long-term care beds at Georgian Manor by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, bringing the total number of beds operated by the County of Simcoe to 146</li><li>The Community Paramedicine Referral Program made more than 4,100 referrals for patients requiring additional services at home. 60 per cent of those referred received enhanced support as a result </li><li>The Community Paramedicine Home Visit Program, which deploys Rapid Response Paramedic Units to provide in-home visits when not responding to 911 calls, provided 651 home visits and 128 follow-ups in Orillia, Oro-Medonte and Ramara. This program is expanding to North Simcoe in 2019</li></ul><p>As the proportion of senior residents in Simcoe County continues to increase, the County is committed to working with community partners and the Age-Friendly Advisory Committee to implement the recommendations identified in the 2018-2023 Positive Aging Strategy.</p><p><strong>About</strong><strong> </strong><strong>the</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Ag</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>-Friendly</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Commun</strong><strong>it</strong><strong>y</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Initiative</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe received funding from the Government of Ontario as part of its Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. This funding served to establish a baseline assessment of Simcoe County's age-friendliness and develop a comprehensive strategy. A variety of community engagement processes collected feedback from residents 60 years of age and older, caregivers, and service providers for older adults to produce the <em>Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment</em> and the County's <em>2018-2023 Positive Aging Strategy</em>. Both documents are available at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly">http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</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;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <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>
County takes further steps to help get waste materials off the streetshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-takes-further-steps-to-help-get-waste-materials-off-the-streets.aspx8/14/2019 7:42:51 PMCounty takes further steps to help get waste materials off the streets<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 14, 2019 – </strong>The County continues to experience impacts to curbside waste collection services and is now taking further steps to get waste materials off the streets.</p><p>In addition to prioritizing garbage and organics to minimize collection misses of these materials, the County has brought in additional contractors to assist in the collection of recycling. Due to this shift in resources and the high priority placed on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling by our residents, County Council voted to cancel this year's curbside collection of electronics, which had been scheduled to occur from September 16 through 27, to allow more resources to focus on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling materials through the end of September.</p><p>“This decision was not taken lightly by Council or staff," said Warden George Cornell. “We pride ourselves in providing a high level of service and innovative and convenient waste collection programs to our residents. Hearing from our residents the importance of garbage, organics and recycling pick ups, we have taken the necessary action to prioritize these services. We apologize for the inconvenience and please know that staff and Council are working hard to ensure that our contractor meets our service expectations."  </p><p>Residents are reminded that electronics can be dropped off at a County <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/locations.aspx">waste management facility</a> free of charge at any time throughout the year during regular operating hours. </p><p>These actions are being taken since the County's contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, drivers reaching their maximum legally permitted hours to operate, and increased summer waste volumes. These issues are compounded by the heat and humidity, among other factors. The best way to receive information in real time is through the new Simcoe County Collects app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play free of charge. </p><p>What residents need to know for August and September:</p><p>1.    Materials should be set out at your curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day and left until 8 p.m. as routes are being adjusted</p><p>2.    We are prioritizing the collection of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">garbage and green bin organics</span> in order to reduce odour and animal impacts. Crews may return the next day for collection of garbage and organics if missed on your regular day, so please place these items back at the curb by 7 a.m. the following day </p><p>3.    We expect further recycling collection misses. If <span style="text-decoration:underline;">recycling</span> is missed, please bring recycling materials in from the curb for double collection on your next regularly scheduled day unless otherwise directed (see point 4 below) </p><p>4.    In some instances, recycling collection crews will be sent out to zones which have been missed on alternate service days including Saturdays as resources allow. Alerts to these alternate service days will be posted through the County's channels: </p><ul><li>Simcoe County Collects app (available free of charge at Google Play or the Apple Store)</li><li><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/">www.simcoe.ca</a></li><li>Through Twitter (@simcoecountycs, @simcoecounty) Facebook (@CountyofSimcoe)</li></ul><p>5.    If missed, residents are encouraged to utilize cardboard boxes, plastic storage boxes, and blue or clear plastic bags for overflow recyclables. As always, to reduce issues with odours and contamination of recyclables, cans, bottles and cartons should be rinsed </p><p>6.    Curbside electronics collection has been cancelled for 2019. As always, electronic materials can be dropped off free of charge at any County <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/locations.aspx">waste management facility</a> during regular operating hours. Our new Simcoe County Collects app features information on all our waste management facilities, including their locations and operating hours</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><strong>- 30 -</strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <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>
County investment ensures the sky is the limit for the future of Lake Simcoe Regional Airporthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-investment-ensures-the-sky-is-the-limit-for-the-future-of-lake-simcoe-regional-airport.aspx8/13/2019 5:34:14 PMCounty investment ensures the sky is the limit for the future of Lake Simcoe Regional Airport<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 13, 2019 – </strong>County Council has approved the execution of agreements with the City of Barrie and Township of Oro-Medonte to purchase additional shares and become the majority owner of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA). Effective January 1, 2020, the County of Simcoe will own a 90-per-cent stake in the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, which is set to undergo rapid expansion in an effort to boost regional economic development, create jobs and grow commercial, passenger and commuter air traffic. </p><p>“Simcoe County is one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario, we're the fourth most popular tourist destination and home to more than 16,000 businesses," said Warden George Cornell. “Our investment in the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport will allow us to capitalize on future opportunities that help drive our economic prosperity, create jobs and enhance transportation options for our residents. Our strong financial position allows the County to make this strategic investment at this time and we thank our partners at Barrie and Oro-Medonte for their commitment to advancing the airport's long-term strategic plan."  </p><p>The County of Simcoe has held shares in the LSRA since 2014. On Tuesday, August 13, County Council approved the acquisition of an additional 50 shares from the City of Barrie and 20 shares from the Township of Oro-Medonte, which will see the County of Simcoe become the majority shareholder. The City of Barrie will continue as a key joint owner holding a 10-per-cent stake in the regional airport.</p><p>In June 2018, airport shareholders approved a new Strategic Plan for the LSRA, which presented a three-phase plan focussed on developing infrastructure, including a runway expansion from 6,001 to 7,000 ft to allow for greater aviation activities. The County remains committed to the expansion opportunity, which will allow LSRA to become a true regional commercial airport with the infrastructure and capacity to become a centre for corporate aviation and support regional domestic and international markets.</p><p>As one of ten commercially significant regional airports selected by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to form part of the Southern Ontario Airport Network, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport is also well-placed to support economic development needs on a larger scale. The investment in the expansion of Lake Simcoe Regional Airport will allow Simcoe County to help meet forecasted demands in air service across Southern Ontario and thereby increase the competitiveness of our region, province and country.</p><p>For more information on economic development efforts by the County of Simcoe is available at <strong>simcoe.ca/edo</strong>. To download the <em>Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Strategic Plan - April 2018</em>, go to <strong>https://simcoe.civicweb.net/document/45119</strong>.</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="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <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>
County to celebrate new LINX Transit routes and Metrolinx milestone announcementhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-to-celebrate-new-linx-transit-routes-and-metrolinx-milestone-announcement.aspx8/7/2019 2:01:03 PMCounty to celebrate new LINX Transit routes and Metrolinx milestone announcement<p><strong>Midhurst/August 7, 2019 – </strong>Media are invited to attend the official launch of two new LINX Transit Service routes and the assumption of operations of an existing connecting link between Collingwood and Wasaga Beach on Tuesday, August 13 at 10 a.m. at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre in Midhurst during a break at the County Council and Committee of the Whole.</p><p>This event also recognizes the success of the Greater Metrolinx Contract, which offers smaller purchasing groups, including the County of Simcoe, an opportunity for cost savings and efficiencies that would not otherwise be possible under smaller contracts. The event celebrates the acquisition of the 1,500<sup>th</sup> bus, which is one of the new LINX buses, through this beneficial and cost-effective agreement between Metrolinx and Alexander Dennis (a bus manufacturing company). </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><h3>Launch of new LINX Transit routes and Metrolinx milestone announcement</h3></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><p>County of Simcoe Administration Centre<br> 1110 Highway 26<br>Midhurst, ON</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When </strong><br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Tuesday, August 13, 2019 <br>10 a.m. </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><h4>CONTACTS</h4><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <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>
Simcoe County taking action to address waste collection impactshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-County-taking-action-to-address-waste-collection-impacts.aspx8/2/2019 8:19:26 PMSimcoe County taking action to address waste collection impacts<p><strong>Midhurst/August 2, 2019 – </strong>The County continues to experience impacts to curbside waste collection services and is taking steps to proactively mitigate impacts moving forward for the rest of the summer. The County is doing everything it can to get waste materials off the streets for residents. Garbage and green bin collection has been prioritized – most misses have been related to recycling materials. </p><p>The County's contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, drivers reaching their maximum legally permitted hours to operate, and increased summer waste volumes. These issues are compounded by the heat and humidity, among other factors. As such, the County has taken steps to bring in additional resources from other waste collection contractors to help address the service issues. Residents may see a different collection vehicle picking up materials during August and into September. The additional resources should help to alleviate the service impacts, however this strategy may not result in an immediate solution.</p><p>The County appreciates residents' patience and understanding as we work to resolve the current service impacts for the remainder of the summer. If waste collection delays continue, residents are reminded that crews will work late into the evening and notifications about misses will be sent out on the County's social media channels, simcoe.ca, and now pushed through the new Simcoe County Collects app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play free of charge. </p><p><strong>Waste Collection Impact Update for Friday, August 2: </strong><br>Residents in Friday's collection area are asked to leave any uncollected recyclables out at the curb through Saturday, August 3. The County anticipates that there will also be some additional misses on Saturday and it asks those missed households to bring materials in on Saturday evening and receive double collection on your next regularly scheduled collection day (Friday, August 9).</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><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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="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;">Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030<br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<span> </span><br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Chris.Hedley@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>
County taking action to address waste collection impactshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-taking-action-to-address-waste-collection-impacts.aspx8/2/2019 7:00:46 PMCounty taking action to address waste collection impacts<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 2, 2019 – </strong>The County continues to experience impacts to curbside waste collection services and is taking steps to proactively mitigate impacts moving forward for the rest of the summer. The County is doing everything it can to get waste materials off the streets for residents. Garbage and green bin collection has been prioritized – most misses have been related to recycling materials. </p><p>The County's contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, drivers reaching their maximum legally permitted hours to operate, and increased summer waste volumes. These issues are compounded by the heat and humidity, among other factors. As such, the County has taken steps to bring in additional resources from other waste collection contractors to help address the service issues. Residents may see a different collection vehicle picking up materials during August and into September. The additional resources should help to alleviate the service impacts, however this strategy may not result in an immediate solution.</p><p>The County appreciates residents' patience and understanding as we work to resolve the current service impacts for the remainder of the summer. If waste collection delays continue, residents are reminded that crews will work late into the evening and notifications about misses will be sent out on the County's social media channels, simcoe.ca, and now pushed through the new Simcoe County Collects app, which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play free of charge. </p><p><strong>Waste Collection Impact Update for Friday, August 2: </strong><br>Residents in Friday's collection area are asked to leave any uncollected recyclables out at the curb through Saturday, August 3. The County anticipates that there will also be some additional misses on Saturday and it asks those missed households to bring materials in on Saturday evening and receive double collection on your next regularly scheduled collection day (Friday, August 9).</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><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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="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;">Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030<br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<span> </span><br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Chris.Hedley@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>
Simcoe County LINX Transit Service connects more communitieshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/simcoe-county-linx-transit-service-connects-more-communities-19-8-2.aspx8/2/2019 2:55:23 PMSimcoe County LINX Transit Service connects more communities<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 2, 2019</strong> – Starting August 6, 2019, the County is launching two new LINX Transit Service routes and assuming the operations of an existing connecting link between Collingwood and Wasaga Beach. The new routes complement the successful launch of Route 1, Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie, which launched in 2018 and has seen ridership increase on a monthly basis. </p><p>Starting August 6, the new routes will include:</p><ul><li>Route 2 – Wasaga Beach to Barrie (south) with stops in Clearview and Essa</li><li>Route 3 – Orillia to Barrie (north) with stops in Oro-Medonte</li><li>Route 4 – Assuming the existing Collingwood to Wasaga Beach Link with no alternations to current operations </li></ul><p>Ridership on the three new routes (<em>not applicable to Route 1</em>) is <em>free</em> from August 6 to September 2, with regular fare rates starting after Labour Day. </p><p>The County also offers an accessible door to door LINX+ (plus) transit service for individuals who have a disability which prevents them from being able to use LINX's regular, fixed route transit service. LINX+ provides service to the communities along Routes 1-4 only. Residents are asked to complete a registration form to access the service by visiting linx.simcoe.ca or by calling 1-800-263-3199. LINX+ service will be available for Routes 2-4 beginning Tuesday, September 3. </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. The continued planned roll out of the LINX service includes the launch of Route 5, connecting Alliston to Bradford West Gwillimbury, and Route 6, from Midland to Orillia, by the end of 2020.</p><p>“This is another tremendous milestone for the County, our communities and residents," said Warden George Cornell. “Route 1 has been a huge success, with ridership exceeding expectations by 25 per cent on a monthly basis. With such a large region, growing population, and an increasing number of seniors, students and workers seeking affordable and reliable transportation, we're confident our new routes will address an important need, while connecting citizens to key service, education and labour hubs across the region." </p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Transit/Pages/Home.aspx">linx.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more about the LINX and LINX+ service. </p><p><strong>Quick Facts:</strong></p><p><em>Fares:</em> <br>Fares will operate on a zone system based on distance travelled – fares for Route 1, 2 and 3 range from $2, $4 and $6 depending on zones travelled.  Exact cash fares only will be accepted on the bus. The County offers a LINX reloadable card that users can purchase for convenient access to the LINX. </p><p>Fares for Route 4 (Collingwood to Wasaga Beach) will be $2.<br> For sales locations and information, please visit <a href="http://linx.simcoe.ca/">linx.simcoe.ca</a>.</p><p><em><br>Hours of Operation:</em> </p><p>Route 1 (Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie) 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. Route 1 does not operate on weekends. </p><p>Route 2 (Wasaga Beach to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 5:30 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:25 p.m. Route 2 does not operate on weekends. </p><p>Route 3 (Orillia to Barrie) LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 5:45 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:07 p.m. Route 3 does not operator on weekends. </p><p>Route 4 (Collingwood to Wasaga Beach) will operate Monday to Saturday with the first bus starting at 6 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 9:00 p.m. Sunday and Holiday service beginning at 7:00 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 9:00 p.m. </p><p><em><br>Locating Your Bus:</em> <br>Alerts and real-time bus tracking will be available on linx.simcoe.ca. The County has also partnered with an existing app company to link real-time bus and route information through the popular app. Residents are encouraged to download the “Transit app" on their Apple and Android devices.  </p><p><em><br>Bus Details:</em> <br>LINX conventional buses are equipped with features to make them fully accessible: low floor, pre-boarding announcements, digital sign and audio announcements for next stop information, can accommodate two wheelchair/scooter customers at the same time. The bus also has a kneeling feature which allows the bus to be lowered, passenger signal stop request, high colour contrast grab bars and stanchions, low glare, and slip floor covering and LED lighting. The buses are equipped with GPS based vehicle location systems, automated stop announcements, smart card fare systems and CCTV cameras. </p><p>LINX+ buses are low floor, oversized entrance doors to allow for two larger-size wheelchairs and scooters at the same time. Buses are air-conditioned with entrance and ramp lighting, and anti-slip floor covering.  </p><p><em><br>Environment:</em> <br>LINX conventional buses are equipped with low emission engines with current clean diesel technology.</p><p><em><br>Bus Operation: </em><br>The County continues to work with First Canada ULC to operate and maintain LINX buses. First Canada has transit operating agreements across Canada and also provides 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 <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</a></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br> Manager, Public Relations<br> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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>Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030<br>705-715-7654 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Celebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/celebrate-simcoe-day-at-the-museum-19-8-2.aspx8/2/2019 1:58:29 PMCelebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 2, 2019 –</strong> Join Warden George Cornell to celebrate Simcoe Day (Civic Holiday) with a free community event at the Simcoe County Museum. The event runs Monday, August 5 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and includes a free BBQ. Guests will enjoy complimentary admission to the Simcoe County Museum, a chance to learn more about County programs and services, a guided walk through the Museum Tract, a range of picnic-themed activities and of course a BBQ with homemade ice cream as a special treat. </p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT:  Simcoe Day Celebration</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong>    Simcoe County Museum <br>                  1151 Highway 26<br>                 Minesing, Ontario</p><p><strong>When:</strong>      Monday, August 5, 2019<br>                 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: BBQ, Museum and activities open to the public</p><p>The BBQ is being sponsored by the County of Simcoe and will provide guests with hot dogs and a vegetarian option. As quantities are limited, guests are encouraged to come early. A donation to the local Food Bank is encouraged. </p><p>Did you know that the Civic Holiday is also celebrated as Simcoe Day in honour of Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe (1752 –1806)? Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe served as the first <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Governor_of_Upper_Canada">Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada</a> and was a founding figure in Canadian history. Throughout Simcoe County and Ontario, Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe is recognized for his efforts.  </p><p style="text-align:left;">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 -<br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca<strong></strong></p>
Simcoe Manor to receive generous donation from the St. John’s United Church Foundation in Allistonhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-Manor-to-receive-generous-donation-from-the-St--John’s-United-Church-Foundation-in-Alliston.aspx7/25/2019 1:42:52 PMSimcoe Manor to receive generous donation from the St. John’s United Church Foundation in Alliston<p>​<strong>Midhurst/July 24, 2019 – </strong>Media are invited to join County representatives from Simcoe Manor, volunteers and family council members as they receive a $4,000 donation from the St. John's United Church Foundation (Alliston) to support the Simcoe Manor <em>Give a Lift </em>Bus Fundraising Campaign. The event takes place at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 25 at the St. John's United Church, located at 56 Victoria St. E., Alliston. </p><p>The purchase of a new bus will provide residents from Simcoe Manor and Village the opportunity for continued social engagement within the community. The <em>Give a Lift</em> fundraising campaign aims to raise $450,000 towards the purchase of four new resident buses to serve each of the County of Simcoe's four long-term care and seniors services facilities. Visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/givealift">www.simcoe.ca/givealift</a> to learn more or donate to the campaign. </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Cheque Presentation and Photo Opportunity </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong>St. John's United Church</strong><br><strong> 56 Victoria St. E, Alliston </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:9%;"><strong>When </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p><strong>Thursday, July 25, 2019 </strong></p><p><strong>10 a.m. </strong></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><font face="Arial">-30-</font></strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<span> </span><br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Jennifer Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p>
REMINDER: County to kick off Canadian Mountain Bike Championships at Jersey Presentationhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/reminder-county-to-kick-off-canadian-mountain-bike-championships-at-jersey-presentation-.aspx7/18/2019 2:07:38 PMREMINDER: County to kick off Canadian Mountain Bike Championships at Jersey Presentation<p><strong>Midhurst/July 17, 2019 – </strong>In the run up to the Canadian Mountain Bike Championships in Oro-Medonte from July 20-21, Simcoe County Warden George Cornell will take to the stage to receive a signed jersey from homegrown professional mountain bikers and brothers, Peter and Quinton Disera, at Hardwood Ski and Bike on Thursday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m.  </p><p>On Monday, Warden George Cornell proclaimed July 14-20 #PedalWeek to highlight the County's commitment to cycling and biking as sustainable modes of transportation, healthy recreational activities and excellent ways to experience Simcoe County. The presentation of the signed jersey, given in recognition of over $50,000 of County investments in cycling and biking events across Simcoe County, is the most recent in a series of #PedalWeek events. </p><p>Join us for the jersey presentation and witness a mountain biking demonstration by the Disera brothers. </p><p>​</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:71px;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:431px;"><strong>Jersey Presentation and Kick-off of the Canadian Mountain Bike Championships</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:71px;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:431px;"><p>Hardwood Ski and Bike <br>402 Old Barrie Rd. W., Oro-Medonte</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:71px;height:95px;"><strong>When </strong><br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:431px;height:95px;"><p>Thursday, July 18, 2019 <br>10:30 a.m. </p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> For a full #PedalWeek schedule of events taking place between July 14-20, and to learn more about all the cycling and biking events sponsored through the County of Simcoe's Cycle Simcoe initiative, visit <strong>cyclesimcoe.ca</strong>, or follow the County on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.<strong> </strong></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><span></span> <strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br> Manager, Public Relations <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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>