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County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to celebrate grand opening of new station in Orilliahttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-to-celebrate-grand-opening-of-new-station-in-orillia-17-12-7.aspx12/7/2017 7:19:47 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services to celebrate grand opening of new station in Orillia<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 8, 2017 </strong>– Join County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall at the official ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Orillia Paramedic Station on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:15 p.m.</p><p>The County of Simcoe established a Paramedic Services long term strategic facility plan aimed at providing efficient and responsive paramedic services now and into the future. This plan outlines the need to establish a paramedic response presence in various areas across the county to meet the needs of local residents and visitors. As part of this plan, a new eight bay, 9,680 square foot paramedic station has been opened in Orillia and will serve as a base for paramedics to support the immediate area and entire region.</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>​WHAT</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<strong>Official grand opening of Orillia Paramedic Station</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;">​<strong>WHERE</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​68 West Street South<br>Orillia, Ontario<br><br><strong>Media:</strong> There is limited parking available on site. Please utilize Parking Lot 6 on the corner of West Street South and Barrie Road behind the Tudhope Building.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>​WHEN</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at 3:15 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts: </strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230 <br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p>Jennifer Straw <br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Winter break activities at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/winter-break-activities-2017-12-6.aspx12/6/2017 3:01:49 PMWinter break activities at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/December 6, 2017 </strong>– Get out of the house this winter break and join us at the Simcoe County Museum. The scenic Museum grounds is a true winter wonderland with a new Skating Trail and a newly established snowshoe route for visitors to explore.</p><p>For those wishing to stay inside and enjoy the warmth, visit our holiday-themed exhibit <em>All I Wanted for Christmas,</em> peruse our indoor galleries, and make a craft to take home.</p><p>Activities take place Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as well as Sundays from 1:30 to 4 p.m., no registration is required. Admission to the Simcoe County Museum is by donation, additional fees may apply for the Snowshoe Tours and Skating Trail.</p><p>For more information on these activities contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit museum.simcoe.ca. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</p><p> </p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><strong>EVENT: </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Winter break activities at the Simcoe County Museum </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><strong>Where </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum <br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><strong>When </strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Wednesday, December 27, 2017 to Sunday, January 7, 2018 <br>Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Sundays 1:30 to 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at<span> </span><strong></strong><a href="http://museum.simcoe.ca/" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">museum.simcoe.ca<span> </span></a>for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><h4 style="margin:auto;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:bold;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Contacts:<br></h4><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<span> </span><br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<span> </span><br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a><br><br>Forrest Patenaude, Education Director<span> </span><br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<span> </span><br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
Paramedic Services Toy Drive update – week threehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/toy-drive-2017-01-12.aspx12/1/2017 4:10:12 PMParamedic Services Toy Drive update – week three<p>​<strong>Midhurst / December 1, 2017 </strong>– County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 15<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 17, 2017, so far collecting 829 toys, 125 lbs of food, and more than $2,109 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 18, 2017.</p><p>Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations this weekend: </p><p><strong>December 2, 2017<br></strong>Coldwater Santa Claus Parade – 6 p.m.<br>Coldwater Foodland – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br>Barrie Bayfield Toys R Us – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. <br>Penetanguishene Santa Claus Parade – 4 p.m.<br>Beeton Santa Claus Parade 3 p.m. <br>Beeton Foodland – 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. <br>Wasaga Beach Walmart – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 3, 2017<br></strong>Barrie Bayfield Toys R Us – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br>Elmvale Santa Claus Parade – 12:30 p.m.<br> Moonstone Santa Claus Parade – 1 p.m.<br>Lisle Santa Claus Parade – 1:30 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at all Simcoe County Paramedic stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys). The Simcoe County Museum has also set up a Giving Tree as part of their new All I Wanted for Christmas Exhibit.  Visitors are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to place under the tree in support of the Toy Drive. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style: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-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a 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 style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p> </p></span>
Council approves 2018 County of Simcoe Budgethttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/2018-budget-2017-11-28.aspx11/28/2017 3:32:41 PMCouncil approves 2018 County of Simcoe Budget<p>​<strong>Midhurst / November 28, 2017</strong> – Simcoe County Council today approved a $510 million budget for 2018, which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services and service levels, while continuing to invest in roads, economic development, Solid Waste Management, and Social Housing.</p><p>The 2018 budget also ensures the County continues along a path of long-term fiscal stability, and contains items that address areas of growth, as well as initiatives directed by Council to enhance service levels, increase efficiencies, and prepare for the future.</p><p>"Meeting the varied needs of our residents while remaining fiscally responsible and accountable is the top priority for our Council," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "The 2018 budget allows us to build upon our investment in social and community services, health services, and economic development, all the while improving on the many vital partnerships we share with municipal and community stakeholders."</p><p>Residents will see an overall 1 per cent increase on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2018, an impact of approximately $3.06 per $100,000 of property assessment. </p><p><strong>2018 Budget Highlights include:</strong></p><p>Total County Expenditures for 2018: <strong>$510 million:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:square;"><li>Ontario Works <strong>$71 million</strong></li><li>Long Term Care and Seniors Services <strong>$57 million</strong></li><li>Transportation and Engineering <strong>$74 million</strong></li><li>Solid Waste Management <strong>$43 million</strong></li><li>Social Housing <strong>$83 million</strong></li><li>Paramedic Services <strong>$54 million</strong></li><li>Children and Community Services <strong>$53 million</strong></li></ul><p>Attached to this news release is the 2018 County of Simcoe Budget Overview. </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-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
County Long Term Care and Seniors Services Homes to host Volunteer Recruitment Fairshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-ltcss-homes-to-host-volunteer-recruitment-fairs-17-11-13.aspx11/13/2017 4:55:05 PMCounty Long Term Care and Seniors Services Homes to host Volunteer Recruitment Fairs<p><strong>Midhurst/November 13, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is recruiting individuals to enhance and enrich the lives of clients in our long-term care homes and seniors programs through roles including visitation, meal assistance, special events, volunteer co-ordination, and much more.</p><p>As a member of our volunteer team, you will contribute to the care and socialization of our clients and play an intricate role in making a difference in someone's life.  </p><p>Volunteer initiatives enhance the lives of our clients by delivering many programs such as assisting at meal times, escorting residents to programs, friendly visiting, manicure and spa treatments, pet care and sharing knowledge about interests and current events.</p><p>The County of Simcoe provides seniors programs to its communities and operates four LTC homes and community programs across the region: Georgian Manor and Village in Penetanguishene; Simcoe Manor and Village in Beeton; Trillium Manor in Orillia; and Sunset Manor and Village in Collingwood. Volunteer recruitment fairs will be held at each location on the following dates:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="height:286px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:50%;">​<strong>November 18, 2017</strong><p><em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Simcoe Manor Front Lobby</span><br></em>5988 8<sup>th</sup> Line, <br>Beeton, Ontario<br>9 a.m. – 2 p.m. </p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>​November 25, 2017</strong><p><em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Georgian Manor Front Lobby</span><br></em>101 Thompsons Road, <br>Penetanguishene, Ontario<br>9 a.m. – 1 p.m. </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​<em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Trillium Manor Front Lobby</span><br></em>12 Grace Avenue, <br>Orillia, Ontario<br>9 a.m. to 2 p.m.</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​<em><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Sunset Manor Front Lobby</span><br></em>49 Raglan Street, <br>Collingwood, Ontario<br>9 a.m. – 1 p.m. </td></tr></tbody></table><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts: </strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230 <br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p>Jennifer Straw <br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Paramedic Services launch 2017 Toy Drivehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/2017-toy-drive-11-08-2017.aspx11/8/2017 2:43:44 PMParamedic Services launch 2017 Toy Drive<p><strong>Midhurst/ November 8, 2017 </strong>– County of Simcoe Paramedic Services celebrates the kick off the 15<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 17, 2017. The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 18, 2017.</p><p>During the last 14 years, the Toy Drive has collected 67,000 toys, 20,000 lbs of food, and approximately $126,000 in monetary and gift card donations for families across Simcoe County.</p><p>"We look forward to another successful Toy Drive as we make Christmas special for so many of the children and families in need in our communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "I can't thank our Paramedics enough for volunteering their time and organizing the Toy Drive for the past 14 years and of course our generous residents and businesses that continue to support this important community initiative."</p><p>All Toy Drive donations are distributed to local children and families in need by charitable organizations working in partnership with Simcoe County Paramedic Services. Residents are asked for their continued generosity and support in helping those most in need in our region.</p><p>Donations can be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at all Simcoe County Paramedic stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys).</p><p><strong>SIMCOE COUNTY PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong><br><strong> </strong><br><strong>Alliston -</strong> 6933 Industrial Parkway, Alliston</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Angus -</strong> 1 Tree Top Street, Angus</li><li><strong>Barrie North -</strong> 667 Bayfield Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin -</strong> 113 Tiffin Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Beeton -</strong> 51 Main Street East, Beeton </li><li><strong>Bradford -</strong> 170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7, Bradford </li><li><strong>Coldwater -</strong> 1 Firehall Lane, Coldwater </li><li><strong>Collingwood –</strong> 49 Raglan St., Collingwood (Sunset Manor) </li><li><strong>Craighurst -</strong> 2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro </li><li><strong>Elmvale -</strong> 7 Patterson Street, Elmvale </li><li><strong>Midland -</strong> 395 Cranston Crescent, Midland </li><li><strong>Orillia -</strong> 820 Memorial Avenue, Orillia / 68 West Street, Orillia effective Nov 17 </li><li><strong>Stayner -</strong> 6993 Highway 26, R.R. #2, Stayner</li><li><strong>Stroud -</strong> 2394 Victoria Street West, Stroud </li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach -</strong> 23 Oxbow Park Road, Wasaga Beach </li><li><strong>Washago -</strong> 401 Anchor Drive, Sever</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;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-color:initial;text-decoration-style: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-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p> </p></span><p> </p>
Learn how to Save-A-Lifehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Learn-how-to-Save-A-Life.aspx11/7/2017 2:17:26 PMLearn how to Save-A-Life<p><strong>Midhurst / November 7, 2017</strong> – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with Heart & Stroke, is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation Heartsaver<sup>®</sup> training course on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the St. John's Presbyterian Church in Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario.</p><p>Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session (space is limited):</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><p><strong>What</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:25%;"><p><strong>Save-A-Life CPR Training</strong></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><p><strong>Where</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>St. John's Presbyterian Church<br>2940 10th Side Road, <br>Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p><strong>Saturday, November 18, 2017<br></strong>9 a.m. to noon</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><p><strong>Cost</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p><strong>Free </strong></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:10%;"><p><strong>Registration</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p><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><br>705-735-6901 or toll-free at 1-800-263-3199</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Participants will receive instruction in the Heart & Stroke Heartsaver<sup>®</sup> course which includes adult and child CPR, choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). Participants who attend this course will receive CPR certification from Heart & Stroke. 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>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:center;"><strong></strong> </p>
Warden Proclaims October 25 as Child-Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Dayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden-proclaims-oct-25-as-ccw-and-ece-appreciation-day-2017-10-24.aspx10/24/2017 3:13:11 PMWarden Proclaims October 25 as Child-Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day<p><strong>Midhurst/October 24 2017 </strong>– On behalf of County Council, Warden Gerry Marshall has proclaimed Wednesday, October 25, 2017 to be Child-Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day in recognition of the child-care professionals who are focused on the wellbeing of children and families in our communities.</p><p>"Our Child-Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators nurture, care and support the growth and development of our most important asset, our children," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Join me in thanking these individuals for playing such an important role in our communities."</p><p>The County of Simcoe is the Child Care Service System Manager for Simcoe County and the cities of Barrie and Orillia. There are 1,500 child care staff working in 192 licensed child care sites, with a total system capacity of more than 15,000 licensed spaces.</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 href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" 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><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span>
County of Simcoe hosts 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-hosts-2017-newcomer-recognition-awards-2017-10-23.aspx10/23/2017 2:01:42 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards<p><strong>Midhurst/October 23, 2017 – </strong>The County of Simcoe is pleased to host the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Tangle Creek in Thornton, Ontario. </p><p>The ceremony, in its fifth year, was developed as a priority of the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership to recognize community leaders and champions who purposefully take action to enhance the lives of newcomers in Simcoe County. </p><p>Award recipients are nominated by their peers through an open nomination process. Categories include Immigrant Youth, Immigrant Artist, Culturally Diverse Workforce/Welcoming Work Environment, Multiculturalism through Education (School), Immigrant Mentor, Immigrant Entrepreneur, Multiculturalism through Education (Educator), and Community Champion.<br></p><p><strong>EVENT:​ </strong>    <strong>County of Simcoe Newcomer Recognition Awards</strong></p><p><strong>WHEN:     </strong>Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club<br>                  4730 Sideroad #25 <br>                  Thornton, Ontario </p><p><span aria-hidden="true"></span><strong>WHERE:    </strong>Thursday, October 26, 2017<br>                  6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.<br>                  Note: Photo and interview opportunities will be available before <br>                  and after the event. Media are asked to contact County of Simcoe <br>                  Corporate Communications Department to confirm attendance.<span aria-hidden="true"></span></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 href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" 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">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p style="text-align:left;">­­­­­</p>
County of Simcoe + Amazon = North of Ordinaryhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/amazon-2017-10-19.aspx10/19/2017 1:19:11 PMCounty of Simcoe + Amazon = North of Ordinary<p><strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/October 19, </strong><strong>2017</strong><strong> </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>The County of Simcoe is open for business and received support from the Government of Ontario towards the County's efforts to secure the development of Amazon's newest North American facility within Simcoe County borders.</p><p>Amazon, which currently has Canadian locations in Toronto and Vancouver and employs more than 380,000 people around the globe, recently sent out a request for proposals to identify a location and partner municipality for its newest North American facility. The proposal states that <em>Amazon HQ2</em>, the moniker that Amazon has given, would generate up to 50,000 local jobs for the successful location. </p><p>As part of the County's economic development strategy to attract, grow and support our economy and labour force, the County has identified potential locations and worked with the towns of Bradford West Gwillimbury and Innisfil, as well as development partners, to submit a strong proposal to Amazon to make Simcoe County the home of Amazon HQ2 and ultimately generate high-paying, quality jobs in our communities.</p><p>Leading with the tag line "North of Ordinary", the proposal highlights our region's many value propositions and strengths, including our lifestyle opportunities, high quality of life, growing communities, affordability, attraction of newcomers, proximity to GTA, access to major highways, transit and international airports, strong talent pool, focus on research and development, access to health care, and an opportunity for Amazon itself to help shape the surrounding community by working with the County and host municipality as potential development occurs.</p><p>The County anticipates that it will hear back from Amazon in 2018. </p><p>To bolster provincial competitiveness and increase our labour force, the Government of Ontario announced Wednesday that it plans to increase the number of post-secondary students graduating in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, including artificial intelligence, by 25 per cent over the next five years. This initiative will boost the number of STEM graduates from 40,000 to 50,000 per year and position Ontario as the number one producer of postsecondary STEM graduates per capita in North America. Locally, Georgian College and Lakehead University are recognized as leaders in many of these disciplines – with Georgian College in the process of developing a new state-of-the-art Advanced Technology, Innovation and Research Centre.</p><p>Simcoe County has impressive qualifications, including:        </p><ul><li>a 40 per cent population growth rate forecasted</li><li>home to 16,000 businesses</li><li>a growing available workforce of approximately 230,000 people</li><li>creation of 14,000 new jobs in last 5 years</li><li>a wide variety of development options ranging from major industrial greenfield opportunities to waterfront and downtown mixed use and commercial development</li><li>a competitive advantage with close proximity to GTA – 9 million people within an one-hour drive and that number grows to 130-million within a one day drive</li><li>access to international markets through the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport in Oro-Medonte, Billy Bishop and Pearson International Airports</li><li>being known for its high quality of life, welcoming more than 9-million visitors each year to experience area amenities and attractions<br></li></ul><p>Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br><strong>-30-</strong></p><p><strong>Quotes:</strong></p><p>"The County of Simcoe is open for business and offers an experience truly north of ordinary. Our communities provide affordable lifestyles with an abundance of infrastructure, transportation, amenities, services and an educated, hardworking and growing workforce. We have one united goal to foster an environment that provides the absolute best opportunity for Amazon and all our businesses to thrive." </p><p>Gerry Marshall, County of Simcoe Warden</p><p>"The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and the County of Simcoe are growing in population and opportunity. With access to major highways, airports, commercial space and lifestyle services, our community is an increasingly attractive location for businesses and organizations to build and grow." <br>Rob Keffer, Mayor of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury and County of Simcoe Councillor </p><p>"Our region and Town prides itself on the affordable lifestyle we offer our residents and the economic advantages we offer our business partners. We are proud to work in close partnership with the County on many economic development initiatives that benefit our community and our businesses and we're hopeful that our region will be considered as a destination for the Amazon HQ2 facility." <br>Gord Wauchope, Mayor of the Town of Innisfil and County of Simcoe Councillor</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>