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Area partners receive international award for work on regional Agri-Food Studyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/area-partners-receive-international-award-for-work-on-regional-agri-food-study.aspx6/14/2019 3:30:30 PMArea partners receive international award for work on regional Agri-Food Study<p><strong>Midhurst/June 14, 2019 </strong>– Area partners, including the County of Simcoe, the cities of Barrie and Orillia, Grey County, Bruce County, Georgian College, Nottawasaga Futures Community Development Corporation and South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, have been recognized by Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) as the 2019 winner of the Multi-Community with a Population over 100,000 award.</p><p>In 2018, this group of municipalities and organizations conducted in-depth analysis of the current economic climate for agricultural/agri-food businesses in our region. In total, more than 270 interviews collecting over 800,000 data points were conducted with a view to create a regional action plan for the area that could assist with local economic development efforts. Through this extensive engagement, area partners gleaned vital insights into the expansion plans of local agricultural/agri-food businesses as well as the main driving factors and barriers to business expansion in our region. Findings from the study were announced in November 2018.</p><p>On June 6, 2019, the success of the 2018 Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain Business Retention & Expansion Study was officially recognized at the BREI Annual Conference. To learn more about the Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain Business Retention & Expansion Study and for a copy of the Final Trends Report, please visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=26047cef-8289-4ce3-b2d6-ce72fc667701">simcoe.ca/agri-foodstudy</a>.</p><p><strong>About Business Retention and Expansion International</strong></p><p>BREI is the leading professional association for business retention and expansion, a fundamental strategy for economic sustainability and growth. They represent professionals in the economic development field from across the globe in order to educate, train, and promote best practices for increasing economic activity and growth in both urban and rural areas.</p><p><strong>Quotes</strong></p><p>“I would like to congratulate all the area partners that participated in the Business Retention and Expansion Study on winning this prestigious international award. Thanks to this extensive research, the County is better able to plan and deliver targeted funding to develop local businesses and stimulate our growing economy. We now know that 83 per cent of the respondents had a good or excellent overall impression of doing business in their local municipality, which shows that we're on the right path as we continue to build made in Simcoe County solutions and strategies." - <em>County of Simcoe</em> <em>Warden George Cornell</em></p><p>“Agriculture has deep roots in Grey County and continues to play a pivotal role in our regional economy. A lot of passion and energy went into the Business Retention and Expansion study and I'm incredibly proud to see this project, and the people behind it, recognized for their excellent work. Congratulations to everyone involved."- <em>Grey County Warden Selwyn Hicks</em></p><p>“Congratulations to the project team and partners on winning this very well-deserved award. Barrie is surrounded by agricultural producers and is home to food and beverage processors and distributors, including several micro-breweries. The Agriculture and Agri-food project has encapsulated the input of the regional industry from the growers to end consumers, and provides us with recommendations on how to best provide meaningful support within this broader value chain."- <em>Mayor Jeff Lehman, City of Barrie</em></p><p>“The City of Orillia is pleased to be a partner on this important project and congratulates the team on its achievement. Orillia has a long tradition of positive connections to the surrounding agricultural business community and we continue to work on strengthening those relationships through initiatives such as this one. By working together with our partners, we have gained valuable insight into how we can support this vital industry moving forward."<em> - Mayor Steve Clarke, City of Orillia</em></p><p>Partial funding for this project has been provided by the Province of Ontario through the Rural Economic Development Program.  Additional funding for this project has been provided by the County of Simcoe, Grey County, Bruce County, the City of Barrie, the City of Orillia, Georgian College, Nottawasaga Futures Community Development Corporation and South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre. </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 of Simcoe’s Trillium Manor to unveil donationhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county's-trillium-manor-to-unveil-donation-19-6-13.aspx6/13/2019 2:26:09 PMCounty of Simcoe’s Trillium Manor to unveil donation<strong>Midhurst/June 13, 2019</strong> – Media are invited to attend a special ceremony on Friday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Trillium Manor in Orillia. <br><br>The ceremony is being held to celebrate the donation of a steel dress sculpture from renowned artist Barb Hunt, a Canada Council grants and Visual Arts Newfoundland & Labrador/CARFAC Endurance Award recipient, in honour of her mother, Dorothy Parsons, a resident at Trillium Manor. The sculpture is part of Hunt's “Steel Dress" series, where she explores the social construction of gender by juxtaposing both contradictory and supportive correlations between material, image, and process, in order to present alternative visions of identity. <br><br>“My mother was a nurse and she inspired this piece", said Barb Hunt. “She has been a resident since 2010 where has been receiving wonderful care. Everyone in our family is very grateful for the attention and kindness she receives there. I have been visiting Orillia for thirty years and it feels like my second home so I would be delighted to have my work in the collection of Trillium Manor."<br><br><div>“The County is honoured to receive this generous donation, a beautiful and moving piece from Barb Hunt," said Warden George Cornell. “In showcasing “Maternity" at Trillium Manor, the County is celebrating the contributions of our residents to their families and communities, while also recognizing our staff, from nurses to food services to housekeeping and everyone in between, who work to provide the highest quality of care and support to our residents."</div><div><br></div><div><span><h4>EVENT:     <strong>Steel Dress Donation Unveiling</strong><span><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong><br></strong></span></div><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Where:  </strong>   Trillium Manor </span></div></span></h4></span><span><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">                  12 Grace Avenue, Orillia, Ontario<br></span></div><div> <strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br></strong></div><div><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">When:   </strong> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">    </span> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Friday, June 14, 2019<br></span></div><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">                   10:30 a.m.<br></span></div></span><br></div><div><p>“Maternity" will be on permanent display in Hillcrest Lodge.</p><p> </p><p></p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of 16 member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p> </p><p>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><p style="text-align:left;"> Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Services 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><br></p></div>
County Warden George Cornell appointed to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative’s Board of Directorshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-Warden-George-Cornell-appointed-to-the-Great-Lakes-and-St--Lawrence-Cities-Initiative’s-Board-of-Directors.aspx6/6/2019 6:57:57 PMCounty Warden George Cornell appointed to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative’s Board of Directors<p><strong>Midhurst/June 6, 2019 </strong>– On June 5, 2019, County of Simcoe Warden and Mayor of Tiny Township George Cornell was appointed to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative's Board of Directors during the organization's 16th Annual Conference. Warden Cornell will represent the residents of Simcoe County on key water and environmental issues, including protection of our Great Lakes. </p><p>The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a binational coalition of over 80 US and Canadian Mayors and municipal leaders, representing over 17 million people, working to protect and restore the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River system provides clean drinking water to more than 9 million Ontarians. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative promotes international collaboration between municipal and provincial governments to provide education and resources and promote sustainable environmentally-sound policy on water quality and quantity, infrastructure and climate change. For details and policy initiatives being led by the group, visit <a href="https://glslcities.org/">https://glslcities.org</a>/</p><p>“It's an honour to represent the County of Simcoe on environmental issues at an international level," said Warden George Cornell. "Given the importance of the Great Lakes and waterways for our communities, environment and economy, we are committed to ensuring that residents and visitors can continue to enjoy our beautiful lakes and rivers for generations to come."</p><p>The County has a strong interest in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. Five member municipalities, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Penetanguishene, Tiny and Tay are members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative with strong support from the Severn Sound Environmental Association. The County also works at a local level to protect its waterways, habitat, forests and the environment. </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/">simcoe.ca</a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight: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;">Chris Hedley<br>Public Relations Consultant<br>County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<span> </span><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="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;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<span> </span><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;"> </p>
County's clothing collection program returns the weeks of June 17 and 24https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/countys-clothing-collection-program-returns-the-weeks-of-june-17-and-24.aspx6/5/2019 8:49:45 PMCounty's clothing collection program returns the weeks of June 17 and 24<p><strong>Midhurst/June 5, 2019 </strong>– In June, the County of Simcoe is bringing back its curbside collection program for clothing and textiles to help divert these materials away from landfills. During this two-week long program, the County will collect clean, dry clothes from households including those that cannot be re-used. </p><p>Simcoe County residents will have received pink plastic bags for clothing and textiles in the mail at the end of May. Pick-up will take place on one regularly scheduled collection day during a two week period in June, starting on June 17. To determine your exact collection date and for more information on other special collection days, download the new Simcoe County Collects app and stay connected to what's “app"ening with waste collection services in Simcoe County. The app is available free of charge from the App Store and Google Play.  </p><p>As with regular waste collection, pink clothing bags or clear plastic bags containing clothes and textiles should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Bags must be sealed and weigh less than 20 kgs. Items must be clean, dry and odour free. Further detail on solid waste management programs, including the clothing pick-up, are available online at <strong>simcoe.ca/dpt/swm</strong> </p><p>Acceptable materials include: </p><p>• Clean clothing including torn, unfashionable, stained, and missing buttons or broken zippers<br>• Towels, linens and pillows<br>• Coats and outerwear<br>• Hats, belts and scarves<br>• Purses, backpacks, sleeping bags and luggage<br>• Shoes, socks and mittens in pairs (wrap with elastic to hold together) </p><p>The County encourages residents to donate usable clothing and apparel whenever possible. Despite local donation programs, approximately 85 per cent of unwanted textiles end up disposed of in County Waste Management sites. The purpose of this collection program is to collect clothing and textiles that wouldn't otherwise be passed on, including those items with stains, tears and broken zippers which are not suitable for donation. </p><p>Collected clothing and textiles are sent to a facility for sorting/grading. Some materials are sent for reuse in Ontario and overseas while other materials are made into rags and acoustic fill. Ninety-eight per cent of material collected is able to be reused/recycled.</p><p>Please note, this program does not apply to residents of the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia.</p><p><strong>Quick Facts: </strong></p><ul><li>The average person discards 37 kgs. of textiles each year </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 and may contribute to the production of greenhouse gases</li></ul><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, Services 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, Services 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 of Simcoe Paramedics to push for affordable housing on June 12https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedics-to-push-for-affordable-housing-on-june-12.aspx6/4/2019 7:53:26 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedics to push for affordable housing on June 12<p>​<strong>Midhurst/June 4, 2019 – </strong>On June 12, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and OPSEU Local 303, in partnership with Central Ontario Broadcasting and Canadian Forces Base Borden, are set to push for Redwood Park Communities' Hope Through Housing initiative and raise awareness to the local impacts of homelessness at the County's third annual Paramedic Push.</p><p>Starting at the Alliston Paramedic Services Station on Wednesday, June 12, at 8 a.m., County of Simcoe Paramedics will push a stretcher along County Road 15 to the Paramedic Services Station in Angus to highlight the impacts of homelessness on the overall health of our local communities. Several community leaders, including MPPs, County staff and elected officials have volunteered to take part in this grassroots initiative and be stretchered for a section of the 27 km route.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Paramedic Push for Hope Through Housing</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="height:38px;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="height:38px;"><strong>Wednesday, June 12, 2019 </strong><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="height:282px;"><strong>Route and estimated times</strong><br><strong> </strong><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="height:282px;"><ul><li>8 a.m. start at the Alliston Paramedic Services Station (6933 Industrial Parkway)</li><li>11:30 a.m. arrive south gate (620 Ortona Road) Base Borden</li><li>Noon – Arrive Andy Anderson Arena (100 Ramillies Road, Borden) for lunch</li><li>2:30 p.m. <em>estimated</em> arrival at Angus Paramedic Services Station (1 Tree Top Street) </li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Donations can be made online at <a href="https://www.redwoodparkcommunities.com/paramedicpush.html">https://www.redwoodparkcommunities.com/paramedicpush.html</a>. You can also follow along on Twitter @SimcoeCountyPS and tweet under #hopethroughhousing.</p><p><strong>About Redwood Park Communities</strong></p><p>Redwood Park Communities is a non-profit organization that is working with the County of Simcoe on several projects aimed at eliminating chronic homelessness and reducing overall homelessness in Simcoe County as part of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness. Most recently, in partnership with the County of Simcoe, Government of Ontario, City of Barrie and David Busby Street Centre, Redwood Park Communities undertook the conversion of Barr's Motel in Barrie into Lucy's Place, a Housing First Community for those experiencing chronic homelessness.     </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>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>
County Councillor Steffen Walma elected to Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directorshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-councillor-steffen-walma-elected-to-federation-of-canadian-municipalities-board-of-directors.aspx6/4/2019 2:48:51 PMCounty Councillor Steffen Walma elected to Federation of Canadian Municipalities Board of Directors<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ June 4, 2019 </strong>– County of Simcoe Councillor Steffen Walma was elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Board of Directors (representing the Province of Ontario) during the Federation's Annual Conference in Quebec City from May 30 to June 2, 2019.</p><p>FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. Members include Canada's largest cities, small urban and rural communities, and 20 provincial and territorial municipal associations.</p><p>FCM's Board of Directors is comprised of elected municipal officials and affiliate members from all regions and various-sized communities throughout Canada. FCM forms a broad base of support and carries the municipal message to the Government of Canada. The Board of Directors sets policy priorities that reflect the concerns of municipal governments and affiliate members and meets quarterly to develop policy positions on key national municipal issues.</p><p>“This is a tremendous honour and I thank my fellow County Councillors and all my colleagues who supported the election process," said Councillor Walma. “This is an important time for our municipalities as we build strategies to manage growth and increasing demands on our services. I look forward to working on behalf of all municipalities across Ontario and Simcoe County to help address the critical issues and opportunities facing our communities."</p><p>Walma joined municipal politics in 2014 as the Deputy Mayor of Tiny Township, a thriving community with a significant seasonal resident population. Through his role as Deputy Mayor, he served as a County of Simcoe Councillor (2014-2018). Walma was acclaimed as Deputy Mayor (2018-2022), and quickly progressed into a leadership position on County Council, having been elected by his peers as Chair of the Human Services Committee and Simcoe County Housing Corporation Board. </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><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>
Wheels & Tracks in Motion at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/wheels-and-tracks-in-motion-at-the-simcoe-county-museum.aspx5/30/2019 8:23:45 PMWheels & Tracks in Motion at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/May 30, 2019 </strong><strong>– </strong>The Simcoe County Museum and the Historical Construction Equipment Association are gearing up to present Wheels & Tracks in Motion on June 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Simcoe County Museum. Join us and experience this two-day event filled with crushing, excavating, hoisting, and more. </p><p>Watch steamrollers, road-graders, earth-movers, and other historical construction machines in action, or take a ride through the grounds on the people-mover. Enjoy the Museum galleries and indoor event-related displays, including a hands-on area for building a Meccano masterpiece and viewing completed Meccano models that will inspire and amaze.</p><p>Refreshments will be available at the concession stand, or you can pack your own lunch to enjoy at one of our covered picnic areas. </p><p>Event admission rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $8; Youth and Seniors $6; and Children are $5. </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>EVENT: </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;"><strong>Wheels and Tracks at the Simcoe County Museum </strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>Where:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><p>Simcoe County Museum <br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default"><strong>When: </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">June 8 and 9, 2019 <br>10 a.m. to 4 p.m. </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><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<br>Simcoe County Museum<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1304<br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Forrest Patenaude, Supervisor,<br>Education & Visitor Engagement <br>Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a> </p>
Never miss another waste collection day with the new Simcoe County Collects apphttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/never-miss-another-waste-collection-day-with-the-new-simcoe-county-collects-app.aspx5/27/2019 4:58:14 PMNever miss another waste collection day with the new Simcoe County Collects app<p>​<strong>Midhurst/May 27, 2019 –</strong> It's “app"ening, the County of Simcoe is now offering residents a new mobile device application that provides an easy one-stop location for waste collection information. View your upcoming collection schedule, receive reminders, search the Waste Wizard to learn how to properly dispose of items, receive information on waste management sites, and more. </p><p>“The County of Simcoe strives to develop sustainable and efficient programs to promote and improve the environmental health of our region, and we're proven leaders and innovators in solid waste management services and programs," said Warden George Cornell. “This new app is a great use of technology to provide residents with reliable information on waste management initiatives in a quick and convenient way."</p><p>The Simcoe County Collects app is available through Google Play or the App Store. In addition to receiving service impact alerts, residents can set the application to allow notifications, so you never miss another collection date. Residents can even provide feedback on their waste collection services directly to the County via the application. For more information, visit <strong>simcoe.ca/wasteschedule</strong>.</p><p><strong>Quick Facts:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>The new app features the Waste Wizard, which is also available on simcoe.ca. The Waste Wizard allows residents to quickly search items and determine how and where to dispose of them</li><li>The Simcoe County Collects app uses interactive maps to show residents where our eight waste management sites are located. It also informs residents of which items they accept, as well as their operating hours  </li><li>The County of Simcoe provides residential waste collection services to approximately 144,000 locations across 16 municipalities</li><li>The County has launched the #growyourgreenbin campaign to promote sustainable waste practices</li><li>Only 31 percent of the average County resident's garbage is actually garbage; the rest should've gone into the green bin or other recycling programs</li></ul><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><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>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>
Make a beeline for this sweet new Simcoe County tourism experiencehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/make-a-beeline-for-this-sweet-new-simcoe-county-tourism-experience.aspx5/27/2019 1:14:31 PMMake a beeline for this sweet new Simcoe County tourism experience<p><strong>Midhurst/May 25, 2019 –</strong> The County of Simcoe welcomed the Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and local partners to the Beeton Honey and Garden Festival today to launch the region's newest and sweetest tourism experience: The Simcoe County Honey Trail. </p><p>The Honey Trail features 10 bee and honey-related business in its first year – from producers, to markets, to gift shops to a participating resort, the trail is set to be a hive of activity as it winds through south simcoe communities offering a new experience to visitors and residents. Grab a specially designed map and explore the trail as you support local businesses and learn more about the County's honey history.</p><p>Simcoe County Trail partners include:</p><ul><li>Alliston Farmers Market </li><li>Camphill Communities Ontario </li><li>Concession Road Mercantile </li><li>Dickey Bee Honey </li><li>Drysdale Tree Farms </li><li>Innisfil Creek Honey </li><li>Innisfil Farmers Market </li><li>Museum on the Boyne </li><li>Sheldon Creek Dairy </li><li>Nottawasaga Resort </li></ul><p>Full details about the trail can be found at experience.simcoe.ca/TheHoneyTrail. <br></p><p><strong>Honey Trail Contest:</strong><br><br>To help kick-off the trail and sweeten the prize, Tourism Simcoe County is running a contest from May 25 to October 13, 2019.  Participants can earn a chance to win one of five prize packages of limited-edition Honey Trail products. Tour the trail with your Passport Map and collect five or more stamps from participating trail members. Drop off your completed Passport Map at any participating location. Prizes will be drawn on Friday, October 25. Full contest details, downloadable Passport Maps and more information on participating vendors can be found at experience.simcoe.ca/TheHoneyTrail. <br><br><strong><strong>History of Honey in Beeton</strong></strong></p><p>In honour of Simcoe County's famous settler and 'Bee King' of Canada, D.A. Jones, the Simcoe County Honey Trail is a great opportunity to recognize the vibrant apiculture history of south Simcoe. In 1880, D.A. Jones was producing 70,000 pounds of honey from 400 colonies, and was the first commercial honey producer in Canada. Jones literally put Beeton on the map, inspiring the change of the village's name to Beeton in 1874.</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>Quotes:</strong></p><p>“Innovative visitor experiences like the Beeton Honey and Garden Festival are a rapidly growing part of Ontario's booming tourism sector, helping to strengthen local economies and create good jobs. With the launch of the Simcoe County Honey Trail, visitors will have even more ways to experience this unique attraction."  ~ <em>The Honourable Michael Tibollo, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport</em></p><p>“Through Tourism Simcoe County, we're pleased to offer yet another world-class tourism experience to our visitors and residents. Our new Honey Trail joins our portfolio of successful tourism programs, including the Saints and Sinners Bootlegger Run, Barn Quilt Trail, Cultural Pass and various Cycling Trails. We continue to promote, fund and support our regional tourism sector with creative, innovative and made in Simcoe County experiences and services. Thanks to our participating businesses for working with us and helping grow tourism in Simcoe County." ~ <em>County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell</em></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>
Celebrate National Paramedic Services Weekhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/celebrate-national-paramedic-services-week-19-5-22.aspx5/22/2019 3:42:53 PMCelebrate National Paramedic Services Week<p><strong>Midhurst/May 22, 2019 –</strong> May 26 to June 1, 2019 is National Paramedic Services Week, with activities scheduled throughout Simcoe County to recognize and celebrate the dedication of our front-line Paramedic Services personnel and the role the County plays in supporting the health and quality of life of our residents. County of Simcoe Paramedic Services staff will be joined by their mascot Siren at many of the events.</p><p>The celebrations start with the recognition of our the Honourary Paramedic for a Day contest winner, Sterling Lane, a Grade 5 student from St. Mary's Catholic School in Collingwood on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 during County Council. </p><p>Sterling was chosen from more than 30 short video submissions detailing why the student wants to be a Paramedic for a Day and what Paramedic Services means to them. Sterling 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>“As we celebrate Paramedic Services week, it's important that we not only highlight the contributions of our individual paramedics, but recognize the many achievements of the entire service as a vital regional and local asset," said Warden George Cornell. “Since its inception, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services has worked closely with partners, our local municipalities and residents to adapt, invest and modernize the service to meet local needs. On behalf of County Council, we commend our paramedics and thank all of our administrative staff for the work they do each and every day to make the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services one of the leading services in the province." </p><p><strong>Upcoming Paramedic Services Week Events and Photo Opportunities:</strong></p><p><strong>Save-a-Life CPR Day</strong><em><br>When:</em> Saturday, May 25, 2019 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.<em><br>Location:</em> Purple Rink, East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone Street East, Barrie, Ontario<br>CPR/AED training session free to residents of Simcoe County. Please register at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/cpr">www.simcoe.ca/cpr</a> </p><p><strong>Paramedic for a Day Recognition Ceremony </strong><br><em>When:</em> Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 9 a.m. (beginning of County Council)<br> <em>Location:</em> County of Simcoe Administration Centre, Midhurst <br>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will recognize the Honourary Paramedic for a Day contest winner, Sterling Lane, a Grade 5 student from St. Mary's Catholic School.</p><p><strong>Mall Display</strong><br><em>When:</em> Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.<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 about the County's Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program information, File of Life and Community Paramedicine initiatives. </p><p><strong>Meet the Fleet Day</strong><br><strong> </strong><em>When</em>: Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 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>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><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></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>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca<br></p><p>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>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</p>