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NEW Simcoe County LINX Transit Service now connecting communities with Route 1https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/NEW-Simcoe-County-LINX-Transit-Service-now-connecting-communities-with-Route-1.aspx8/7/2018 4:48:47 PMNEW Simcoe County LINX Transit Service now connecting communities with Route 1<p><strong>Midhurst/August 7, 2018</strong> – The County of Simcoe celebrated the launch of its new LINX Transit Service today with representatives from local MPP offices, Council Councillors, partners, staff and media. Route 1 runs north and south from Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie with stops in Wyebridge, Waverley, Elmvale and Midhurst. To introduce the service, the County is offering complimentary fares between August 7-September 4, with regular fare rates starting after Labour Day. </p><p>The County is also offering an accessible door-to-door transit service for individuals with mobility needs called the LINX+, which will launch on September 4. Residents are asked to complete a registration form to access the LINX+ service by visiting linx.simcoe.ca or by calling 1-800-263-3199. </p><p> “We're officially in the transit business and we're pleased to offer another crucial public service to our residents and communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Route 1 is just the first stop on an ambitious plan to link our municipalities across the region and connect residents to health services, jobs, education centres and retail hubs in other communities."</p><p>During a formal launch celebration, the County also unveiled its unique social media marketing campaign to inform residents and encourage ridership called Get Your Brass on the Bus. The online video can be viewed at <a href="https://youtu.be/cgpLUYww1bQ">https://youtu.be/cgpLUYww1bQ</a>. </p><p>In 2017, as part of the County's Transit Implementation Plan, County Council approved a 5-year, $5 million plan to create a regional transit service. Recognizing the need to increase public transit within Simcoe County, the Government of Ontario recently topped up funding with a significant $8.4 million contribution.</p><p>As part of a five year roll out of the LINX service, the following proposed routes will be considered: Orillia to Barrie (2019), Collingwood to Barrie (2019/2020), Alliston to Bradford West Gwillimbury and Midland to Orillia (2020/2021). The County will also assume some existing inter-municipal routes currently operating throughout the County. </p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Transit/Pages/Home.aspx">linx.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more. </p><p><strong>Quick Facts:</strong></p><p><em>Fares:</em> Fares will operate on a zone system based on distance travelled – fares for Route 1 range from $2, $4 and $6.  Exact cash fares only will be accepted on the bus. The County will be offering a LINX reloadable card that users can purchase for convenient access to the LINX. LINX cards will be available in late August. For sales locations and information, please visit linx.simcoe.ca. </p><p><em>Hours of Operation:</em> Route 1 LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 6 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:40 p.m. The LINX Service does not operate on weekends. </p><p><em>Locating Your Bus:</em> Alerts and real-time bus tracking will be available on 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>LINX Buses: </em>The first route will start with four 30 foot buses, with seating for up to 24 passengers plus room for eight standing passengers each and two wheelchairs, and 2 LINX+ buses with seating for up seven passengers, including 3 wheelchairs. The buses are equipped with GPS based vehicle location systems, automated stop announcements, smart card fare systems and CCTV cameras. </p><p><em>Environment:</em> LINX buses are equipped with low emission engines with current clean diesel technology. The LINX bus offers above average fuel economy and the manufacture has also partnered with the aerospace industry, integrating proven concepts into the bus, greatly reducing noise pollution – making it one of the quietest transit buses on the road today.</p><p><em>Bus Operation: </em>The County has entered into an agreement with First Canada ULC to operate and maintain LINX buses. First Canada has transit operating agreements across Canada and also provide school bus transportation services.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>- 30 -</strong></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;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></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;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">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;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;">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="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
County of Simcoe completes landfill remediation projecthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/landfill-remediation-2015-12-16.aspx12/16/2015 7:17:26 PMCounty of Simcoe completes landfill remediation project<p><strong>Midhurst/December 16, 2015 </strong>– The County of Simcoe's Solid Waste Management Department recently completed a successful landfill remediation project at Site 56, located in the Belle Ewart area of the Town of Innisfil.  The project, which consisted of the full removal of the waste and site restoration, aligns with the County's continued efforts to demonstrate sound environmental stewardship.  </p><p>"As leaders in Solid Waste Management services, we're committed to investing in environmentally responsible initiatives that benefit our communities and the environment," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Our remediation efforts align with our goals to reduce our footprint on our surroundings by implementing strategies that lead to less waste, more trees and ultimately a greener Simcoe County for generations to come." </p><p>The County has spent more than $50 million remediating landfill sites since the 1990s. This remediation is the second complete "dig and dump" project of its kind—the County completed a remediation of Site 25 in Creemore in 2013. The County continues to plan for additional landfill improvements in the future.</p><p><strong>About this project<br></strong>This site was chosen for remediation due to potential safety hazards posed by uncovered debris on the closed site. The County started the planning process for this project in 2010, with onsite work beginning in September 2015 when all necessary approvals were in place. The project's scope included the excavation and removal of all waste (2,300 tonnes) from this closed landfill site. The waste, consisting mainly of soil, broken glass and rusted tin (due to the age of the site), was transferred to the County's Oro Landfill to be utilized as alternative cover material. A number of large trees were saved and staff hand dug around the root systems to remove the waste. Following the excavation and removal of waste, the remaining soils were re-graded with the addition of like amounts of locally sourced clean fill and top soil. This allowed the County to achieve similar elevations and conditions to the site's pre-landfill conditions; swales were integrated to provide additional habitat. The County has now planted the site with a local grass mix and more than 200 trees. Staff will continue to monitor this site in future years to ensure the health of the plantings and re-colonization from surrounding areas occurs as intended.    </p><p><strong>About Site 56 - Innisfil<br></strong>Site 56 is approximately 1.1 hectares and is located at Part Lot 23 Concession 4, in the Town of Innisfil. In 1942 the site received domestic waste materials; it is suspected that the site stopped receiving materials and closed several years later. The Town of Innisfil owned the closed landfill site until 1991, at which time the County of Simcoe assumed responsibility for waste management services from its member municipalities and took ownership of this and other municipally owned closed and open landfill sites. </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="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></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;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></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;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;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;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;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p>
Province Partners with County on Community-based Poverty Solutionshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/province-partners-with-county-on-community-based-poverty-solutions-15-9-25.aspx9/25/2015 5:06:59 PMProvince Partners with County on Community-based Poverty Solutions<p>Ontario is investing in services for newcomers in the County of Simcoe to help more new immigrants find jobs.  </p><p>Through the <a href="http://www.ontario.ca/government/local-poverty-reduction-fund">Local Poverty Reduction Fund</a>, Ontario is investing up to $230,000 over three years, in helping the <a href="/">County of Simcoe</a> provide specialized training to Employment Ontario staff to better serve its growing newcomer population. The new immigrant employment specialists will develop the knowledge, expertise and employer networks they need to help newcomers find sustainable employment in Ontario and avoid slipping into poverty. </p><p>Evidence gathered from this project and others will be used to support poverty <span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">reduction programs across the province that have been proven to work and that can expand over time.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Fighting poverty is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan.</span></p><h3><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">QUOTES</strong></h3><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">"Our Poverty Reduction Strategy is about helping everyone get the supports they need to reach their full potential, including newcomers. This funding will help the County of Simcoe to better support its growing community of newcomers so that they can find good jobs and avoid slipping into poverty." <br>–– Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, President of the Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">"Unfortunately, poverty is all too common across this province and Barrie is no exception. I'm pleased that our government is dedicated to fighting poverty, especially in this area. The funding will be put to good use in helping those less fortunate in our riding and across Simcoe County."<br>–– Ann Hoggarth, Member of Provincial Parliament for Barrie</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> "I thank and applaud the province for providing this important funding. Our County is an increasingly popular destination for new Canadians to call home. It's vital that we provide the support services, training and opportunities needed to benefit newcomers, their families and the communities they call home." <br>–– Gerry Marshall, Warden, County of Simcoe</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> "We know that our unemployment rate is higher among recent immigrants compared to Simcoe County residents as a whole. We look forward to working with the province and all our regional partners and service providers to implement strategies that further establishes Simcoe County as a prosperous destination for new Canadians to call home."  <br>–– Greg Bishop, General Manager, Social and Community Services Division, County of Simcoe</span></p><h3><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">QUICK FACTS</strong></h3><ul><li><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">The Local Poverty Reduction Fund supports innovative and sustainable local programs that use community partnerships to support those who are disproportionately </span>affected by poverty, including: women, single parents, people with disabilities, youth, newcomers, visible minorities, seniors and Aboriginal Peoples.</li><li>Organizations have two more opportunities to apply for funding in 2016 or in 2017.</li></ul><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">LEARN MORE</strong><br><br><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/government/local-poverty-reduction-fund">Local Poverty Reduction Fund</a><br><br><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbbhT_sv_Zk">View a video of Minister Matthews talking about the fund</a></p><p><a href="http://www.ontario.ca/povertyreduction"><em>Realizing Our Potential: Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy</em></a> </p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Leslie O'Leary<br>Minister's Office<br>416-327-0345</p><p>Al Cairns<br>Communications Branch<br>416-327-2805</p><p><strong>ontario.ca/povertyreduction</strong></p>
Celebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/celebrate-simcoe-day-at-the-museum-18-7-31.aspx7/31/2018 2:20:15 PMCelebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Midhurst/July 31, 2018 –</strong> Join Warden Gerry Marshall and fellow County Councillors to celebrate Simcoe Day (Civic Holiday) with a free community event at the Simcoe County Museum. The event runs Monday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a free BBQ from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary admission to the Simcoe County Museum, a chance to learn more about the County's programs and services, enjoy a guided walk through the Museum Tract, take part in a range of picnic-themed activities and of course a BBQ with homemade ice cream as a special treat. </p><p>“I'm looking forward to our Simcoe Day celebration," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “2018 is the 175<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the County of Simcoe and this event is a great way to showcase the Simcoe County Museum, along with our many programs and services, while giving back to our residents. Please join us!" </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 26, 2018<br>              10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Museum and activities open to the public<br>              11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. : BBQ</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 and enjoy. 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 Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe (1752 –1806)? Lt. 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, Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe is recognized for his efforts.  </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>CONTACTS:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>|705-726-9300 ext. 1230 <br>705-794-9301<br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca </p>
County Expanding Paramedic and Seniors’ Services in Elmvalehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-Expanding-Paramedic-and-Seniors’-Services-in-Elmvale.aspx7/19/2018 3:49:28 PMCounty Expanding Paramedic and Seniors’ Services in Elmvale<p>​<strong>Midhurst/July 19, 2018</strong> <strong>– </strong>The County of Simcoe is investing in the development of a new facility in the village of Elmvale that will house a Paramedic Services station and the Long Term Care and Seniors' Services Adult Day Program Centre for the surrounding area. </p><p>“With an aging population and rising paramedic call volumes across the region, we continue to make strategic investments which enable us to expand and enhance our services to meet the needs of our residents and communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “This new dual use facility will serve residents in Springwater, Wasaga Beach, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay for years to come and we thank our partners at Springwater Township for working with us on this important venture." </p><p>The County has acquired 191 Queen Street West in Elmvale. The facility will consist of a two bay Paramedic Services station, allowing the County to expand services to the area and address increased call volumes. The County has outgrown its current leased space at the Elmvale Fire Hall, which was originally set up for a single paramedic response unit 12-hours per day and is now being used to house a 24-hour, fully staffed paramedic transport unit. This space no longer meets the operational needs of Paramedic Services and is anticipated to be used by Springwater Fire. </p><p>The Adult Day Program Centre will enable the County to expand its current program operating out of leased space at the Manse of St-John's United Church in Elmvale. The new space will allow for an increase in capacity and reduce the existing waitlists for the program. The County's Adult Day Program operates in Penetanguishene and Elmvale and provides daytime respite, support, education and activities for families and caregivers. Potential clients for the program are referred through a variety of sources such as Community Care Access Centres, program clientele, physicians, friends and relatives.</p><p>Construction of the facility is anticipated to commence in late 2018, and be completed in mid-2019. The estimated cost of constructing the facility is $3.9 million, inclusive of land acquisition and construction. The investment aligns with the County's Strategic Asset Management Plan to identify cost-efficient projects that align with the County's long term goals and objectives, including reducing leased/rented spaces in an effort to manage and control long-term costs and provide flexibility to meet service demands. </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="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:center;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>- 30 -</strong></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;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></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;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">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;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;">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>
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 class="ms-rteTable-0" style="height:286px;width:100%;"><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>
Getting a Charge out of the County of Simcoehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/getting-a-charge-out-of-the-county-2018-7-5.aspx7/5/2018 6:04:34 PMGetting a Charge out of the County of Simcoe<p><strong>Midhurst/July 5, 2018</strong> – Three new electric vehicle charging stations are ready for use across Simcoe County thanks to funding from the provincial government. <br><br>Through the County's Sustainable Operations program $267,350 was applied for and received to install three “Level 3" supercharger stations that can be found at the following locations:</p><ul><li>Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Highway 26, Midhurst</li><li>Washago Carpool Lot, corner of Highway 169 and Highway 11, Washago</li><li>Station Park, 212 Huron Street, Stayner </li></ul><p>These superchargers are able to charge a fully electric vehicle within an average of 30-45 minutes, depending on the model of electric vehicle and quantity of power required making them ideal for highway travel. This past Canada Day long weekend saw more than 20 electric vehicle owners take advantage of these units, with Washago alone servicing 14.<br><br>“With more than 465,000 residents and 9 million visitors to our region each year, it is vital that we invest in initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint and highlight our commitment to being sound environmental stewards,"said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Investing in these charging stations has strengthened our sustainable infrastructure and provided more environmental options to our residents and visitors." <br><br>The County of Simcoe charges a fee of $0.25 per minute to use the vehicle chargers. A typical fill-up – lasting approximately 30 minutes – would cost the user $7.50. Charging fees create a revenue neutral operation for the County to maintain the charging stations while ensuring affordability for users.  <br><br>Electric vehicle owners can download the <a href="https://greenlots.com/ev-drivers/">Greenlots</a> app to pre-load your payment information and charge directly from your phone. Locations and status of charging locations can be viewed on <a href="https://www.plugshare.com/">Plugshare</a>.<br><br>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 simcoe.ca.</p><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></div><div style="text-align:center;"><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;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></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;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></span></span></span></span></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;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>County of Simcoe<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></div>
County of Simcoe launches Library Link pilot projecthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/library-link-2016-01-05.aspx1/5/2016 3:52:06 PMCounty of Simcoe launches Library Link pilot project<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ January 5, 2016 – </strong>The County of Simcoe recently launched a new pilot project called Library Link. The initiative establishes community libraries as welcoming hubs in Simcoe County to help immigrants feel at home, access materials in different languages, and find local community information and referral support.</p><p>"Municipalities have the same goal of attracting the newcomers they need to keep their local economies growing," said Michael Chan, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. "Working together, they can inspire each other to find solutions and get a greater return on their investment." </p><p>The pilot project was launched with funding provided by the Government of Ontario. The project included the training of staff and addition of multilingual resources to better support immigrant residents in communities who may require community information and referral supports. The program also added new multilingual collections for adults and children available in multiple languages.</p><p>"We are grateful that the Government of Ontario has funded this tremendous initiative that will ultimately help newcomers further integrate into our communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As a County, we are leading a number of creative and impactful programs that further open our region to immigration, skilled labour and ultimately support our economic, social and community growth." </p><p>Five public libraries participated in the pilot project:</p><ul><li>Barrie (Painswick branch)</li><li>Bradford West Gwillimbury </li><li>Innisfil</li><li>Midland</li><li>Wasaga Beach</li></ul><p>Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information.<strong> </strong><br><br>The <strong>County of Simcoe</strong> 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="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></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;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></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;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;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;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><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Funding%20Ontario.jpg?RenditionID=11" alt="Onatrio logo" style="margin:5px;width:240px;" /> </p>
Summer programming at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Summer-programming-at-the-Simcoe-County-Museum.aspx6/29/2018 1:15:01 PMSummer programming at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Minesing/June 28, 2018 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– Summer at the Simcoe County Museum is historic! Join us throughout July and August as our Museum After Hours, Summer Sundays and Simcoe Day programs and events return with family activities, education and much more.</span></p><p><em><b>Summer Sundays:<br></b></em><span style="font-size:1em;">Spend your summer stay-cation at the Simcoe County Museum every Sunday afternoon in July and August from 1 – 4:30 p.m. Themes include:</span></p><ul><li><strong>July 1 - Happy Birthday Canada: </strong>Celebrate Canada's Birthday with cake, games and more </li><li><strong>July 8, 29 and August 19 - Old Fashioned Cooking: </strong>Delicious home-made treats baked in a wood-fired oven<strong> </strong></li><li><strong>July 15 – Trades Day: </strong>Learn about some classic trades from the early 19<sup>th</sup> century </li><li><strong>July 22 and August 12 – Cottage Games: </strong>Don't have a cottage of your own? That's okay – join us at our own Cedar View Cottage for games and fun </li><li><strong>August 5 – Smithing Day: </strong>Tinsmith and blacksmith demonstrations to enjoy </li><li><strong>August 26 – Harvest Time:</strong> August is bursting with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Come and celebrate the harvest with us </li></ul><p><em><b>Museum After Hours:<br></b></em><span style="font-size:1em;">J</span><span style="font-size:1em;">oin us Tuesday evenings throughout the summer for our Museum After Hours program. Explore the County's past with games, activities and family-friendly fun. The program runs from 7 – 9 p.m. (unless otherwise listed) and features five different rotating themes:</span></p><ul><li><strong>July 3, July 24 and August 14 - Good Old-fashioned Games Night: </strong>Snack on bread oven pizza and other goodies while you challenge each other - we have lots of board games to choose from! Don't forget to wear your PJ's </li><li><strong>July 10 and August 7 - Liars Club: </strong>Test your knowledge of Museum artifacts during our Liar's Club game as our staff try to mislead you about the true identity of some of our rare objects</li><li><strong>July 17 and August 28 - Back to Basics: </strong>Delicious home-made treats baked in a wood-fired oven, pioneer games, candle making and more will be featured these nights </li><li><strong>July 31 - 50s Night: </strong>Our 1950s themed night including a classic movie playing on our big screen, 1950s décor, and concession snacks for sale (but we'll let you sneak in your own peanut free and nut free treats if you want) Check our website closer to the date for the movie title <em>(Movie will be shown inside) </em></li><li><strong>August 21 - Movie Night 8-10:15:</strong> We'll have concession snacks for sale (but we'll let you sneak in your own peanut free and nut free treats if you want) and be sure to bring your chairs and blankets. Check our website closer to the date for the movie title <em>(Movie will be shown inside) </em></li></ul><p><em><b>​Simcoe Day Event:<br></b></em><span style="font-size:1em;">Join us on Monday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our second annual Simcoe Day event as we celebrate the statutory holiday and honour the County's 175th Anniversary. The Museum grounds will be open to the public and the event will feature a complimentary BBQ and ice cream treat, booths and displays including Meet the Fleet with Paramedic Services vehicles, a LINX bus, road construction equipment and more. Our giant inflatable green bin will also be on hand.</span></p><p>Admission to the three events and programs is by donation. Pre-registration is not required. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, please contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><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.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Simcoe County Museum<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-728-3721<br></strong><a href="mailto:meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</strong></a></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:right;"><strong>Forrest Patenaude, Education Director<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Simcoe County Museum<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-728-3721 ext. 1320<br></strong><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>​​forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</strong></a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
County publishes annual report card on 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-publishes-annual-report-card-on-10-Year-Affordable-Housing-and-Homelessness-Prevention-Strategy.aspx6/27/2018 1:25:43 PMCounty publishes annual report card on 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy<p><strong>Midhurst/June 27, 2018</strong> <strong>– </strong>The County of Simcoe has published its fourth annual report card, entitled <em>Housing Our Future: 2017 Annual Report</em>, to measure and evaluate the implementation of recommendations contained in its <em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em>. </p><p>“As we complete phase one of our 10 year plan, we're pleased to announce that we have surpassed our 895 unit phase one target by creating more than 1,000 new units since 2014," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We're making an impact by investing in multiple strategies, such as secondary suites, new apartment buildings, motel conversions, community improvement plans, financial incentive programs and rural builds to help meet the growing need for more affordable housing in our communities." </p><p>Key achievements from year four are outlined below. The full report card is available at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/ourahhps">www.simcoe.ca/ourahhps</a>. </p><ul><li>1,017 new units created since the Strategy was approved in 2014, including rent supplements, secondary suites, new development, and home ownership down payment assistance; 473 of these units were created in 2017</li><li>County Council approved a Motel Conversion Pilot Project in June 2017, resulting in the purchase of an existing motel property for conversion into a 17-unit supportive housing project for persons who have experienced homelessness. This project will be executed in partnership with Redwood Park Communities and David Busby Centre. Expected completion in Fall 2018 </li><li>County Council approved $2 million in funds for affordable housing initiatives in smaller rural development areas, in recognition of the challenges of creating rural affordable housing </li><li>The County filed an expression of interest for provincial Home for Good (HFG) funding and successfully received a HFG funding allocation of $9,789,575 to support both the capital and operating costs of the Motel Conversions Pilot Project in the City of Barrie, as well as a Supportive Housing Project in the City of Orillia, rent supplements and support services funding in community agencies </li><li>A Redevelopment Plan for Simcoe County Housing Corporation, approved in 2017, will support new builds and streamline operations, ensuring more affordable housing units and better service delivery to tenants and county residents</li><li>Progress towards new County transit plan, which will improve resident access to community. supports, places of employment, educational opportunities, and food. Learn more at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=74d758bd-e19d-43e9-a374-02ce27d234b3">linx.simcoe.ca</a></li><li>2,162 households assisted with funding for housing retention, for rent and utility arears</li></ul><p>As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for this region, the County of Simcoe is responsible for developing and implementing <em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em>. The Strategy was approved by County Council in 2014.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a style="color:#00539b;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">         </span>