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Discover the Simcoe County Foresthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/discover-the-simcoe-county-forest-22-9-15.aspx9/14/2022 6:56:31 PMDiscover the Simcoe County Forest<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/September 15, 2022 –</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> September 18 to 24 is #NationalForestWeek in Canada. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Each year National Forest Week (NFW) is celebrated across the nation, promoting the heritage, value and importance of forest networks to our economy and environment.</span><br></p><p>This month, the County of Simcoe is hosting a number of guided trail hikes throughout the region in commemoration of 100 years of the Simcoe County Forest. Each hike will be approximately 1.5 km in length and on a beginner level trail, taking no more than an hour to complete. </p><p>These guided hikes are led by a knowledgeable and experienced County forestry staff member who will provide details on the rich history and current management practises of the Simcoe County Forest. <em>Participants are reminded to dress according to weather conditions as tours will commence rain or shine, and bring water bottles o​r additional items in a backpack. </em></p><p>A complete listing of hikes, including a map of meeting locations can be found at <a href="http://www.findyourforest.simcoe.ca/">www.findyourforest.simcoe.ca</a> and include:<br></p><p><strong>Saturday, September 17 at 10 a.m.</strong><br>Hendrie Tract, <span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">1350 <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Hendrie Road, Springwater<br></span></span>Packard, 9398 9th Line, Essa</p><p><strong>Sunday, September 18 ~ 10 a.m.</strong><br>Sinclair, 4028 Country Road 54, Bradford West Gwillimbury<br>Sutherland, 2573 5th Line, Oro-Medonte</p><p><strong>Monday, September 19 ~ 6 p.m.</strong><br>Hendrie, 1350 Hendrie Road, Springwater</p><p><strong>Tuesday, September 20 ~ 6 p.m.</strong><br>Slessor, 3721 Burnside Line, Severn<br></p><p><strong>Wednesday, September 21 ~ 6 p.m.</strong><br>Martin's Valley/Charlebois, 390 Wilson Road, Tiny<br></p><p><strong>Thursday, September 22 ~ 6 p.m.</strong><br>Sinclair, 4028 Country Road 54, Bradford West Gwillimbury<br></p><p><strong>Monday, September 26 ~ 6 p.m.</strong><br>Packard, 9398 9th Line, Essa​​<br></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Tuesday, September 27 ~ 6 p.m.<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Slessor, 3721 Burnside Line, Severn</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>Wednesday, September 28 ~ 6 p.m.</strong><br>Martin's Valley/Charlebois, 390 Wilson Road, Tiny</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>Thursday September 29 ~ 6 p.m.</strong><br>Sutherland, 2573 5th Line, Oro-Medonte<br></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><em>To find the meeting locations for each guided hike, visit <a href="https://tinyurl.com/4ay44vvx">https://tinyurl.com/4ay44vvx​</a>.</em></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><em></em></span></p><p>#NationalForestWeek is led by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF). Did you know… the CIF named Simcoe County the Forest Capital of Canada for 2022! The County became the first ever two-time winner of this prestigious national award (2022 and 1972), which acknowledges leadership in forestry and environmental stewardship. Learn more about the CIF and their #NationalForestWeek program at <a href="http://www.cif-ifc.org/what-we-do/national-forest-week/">www.cif-ifc.org/what-we-do/national-forest-week/</a></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
Ask an expert about hiring global talenthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Ask-an-expert-about-hiring-global-talent.aspx9/23/2022 2:27:52 PMAsk an expert about hiring global talent<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/September 23, 2022 </strong>– Join us on October 6 at 2:30 p.m. to learn about hiring global talent and the economic immigration programs businesses can use to meet their hiring needs.   </p><p>This information session will provide an overview of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada's economic immigration programs and resources for employers looking to hire and retain foreign workers from within Canada and abroad:   </p><ul><li>Find out more about hiring temporary foreign workers and the work permit process.   </li><li>Learn about hiring international students and how to retain them after they graduate.   </li><li>Connect with resources to help find skilled workers faster.​<br></li></ul><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-2"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:19%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" style="width:50%;"><strong>Virtual Ask an Expert Speaker Series - </strong><br><strong>How to Hire Global Talent</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:19%;"><strong>Where:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2">Virtual – details to be provided upon registration</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:19%;"><strong>When:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2">Thursday, October 6, 2022 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:19%;"><strong>Register:</strong><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2">This is a FREE event, but registration is required. To register, visit <a href="https://aae_globaltalent.eventbrite.ca/" style="font-size:1em;">https://AAE_GlobalTalent.eventbrite.ca</a></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>About the Speaker<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Angelo Raimondo</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> joined Im</span><span style="font-size:1em;">migration, R</span><span style="font-size:1em;">efugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) in 2008 and currently works as an Outreach officer in Hamilton, ON. In his current position he helps Canadian employers learn how Canada's economic programs can be used to support their hiring needs and help drive economic growth.</span></p><p><strong>About the Ask an Expert series</strong><br><strong> </strong>This session is part of the “Ask an Expert" series presented in partnership with the County of Simcoe, the Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Simcoe Community Futures Development Corporation, Community Futures South Georgian Bay, Sandbox Centre and Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre - Georgian College.<br></p><p>To view recordings of past sessions, please visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/askanexpert">www.simcoe.ca/askanexpert</a>. </p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">A</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ndrea Walasek<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
Join the County of Simcoe as we Celebrate our Rootshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/join-the-county-of-simcoe-as-we-celebrate-our-roots-22-9-13.aspx9/13/2022 2:22:21 PMJoin the County of Simcoe as we Celebrate our Roots<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/September 13, 2022 –</strong> In commemoration of #NationalForestWeek in Canada, which runs September 18 to 24, residents and visitors are invited to join Warden George Cornell, County Councillors and Forestry professionals to Celebrate our Roots: 100 Years of the Simcoe County Forest.<em> </em>The free community event takes place<em> </em>at the Simcoe County Museum on September 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. </p><p>Guests will enjoy complimentary admission to the Simcoe County Museum, a chance to celebrate the history of our forests, enjoy a guided walk through the Museum Tract, along with a range of forestry themed activities and a free BBQ consisting of either hot dogs or veggie dogs and a special treat. A formal opening of the Forestry Education area will take place at 11 a.m. and will including the unveiling of new interactive displays. Representatives from the Canadian Institute of Forestry will also be on hand to culminate a year of celebration of the County being named the Forest Capital of Canada for 2022.</p><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;height:80px;"><h2>​EVENT:​<br></h2></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;height:80px;"><h2>​Celebrating Our Roots: <br> 100 years of the Simcoe County Forest<br></h2></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;">​Where:<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Simcoe County Museum                                                                  1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:15%;">​When:<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Saturday, September 24, 2022<br>11 a.m. ~ Formal ceremony at Red Pine House<br>11:30 a.m. ~ Activities begin<br>12 p.m. ~ BBQ begins ~ food available on first come, first served basis while supplies last<br></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-size:1em;">D</span><span style="font-size:1em;">id </span><span style="font-size:1em;">you know the County of Simcoe was the first jurisdiction in Ontario to enter into the 'Agreement Forest' program in 1922 and has invested in tree planting, management practices and property acquisitions to become Ontario's largest municipally-owned forest, now spanning more than 33,000 acres across more than 150 properties? Throughout 2022, the County has celebrated the growth of the Simcoe County Forest over the past century, and is proud to showcase this national honour of being the Forest Capital of Canada with our residents, guests and partners at this free community event.</span><br></p><p>The BBQ is sponsored by the County of Simcoe and will provide guests with both a meat and vegetarian option. As quantities are limited, guests are encouraged to come early. A donation to the local Food Bank is encouraged. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong><strong>CONTACTS:​​​</strong><br></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</span></p><p></p><p style="text-align:left;">​​Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span></p>
County of Simcoe donation supports CT scanner project at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospitalhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-donation-supports-CT-scanner-project-at-Orillia-Soldiers’-Memorial-Hospital.aspx9/9/2022 8:07:25 PMCounty of Simcoe donation supports CT scanner project at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital<p></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Orillia/September 9, 2022 </strong>– County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell presented Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH) with a cheque for $788,806 Friday in support of the project that brought a brand new CT (Comp​uted Tomography) scanner to its diagnostic imaging department. The donation is going toward the costs associated with removing the old CT, and completing the extensive renovations required to allow for installation of the new technology earlier this year.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-donation-supports-CT-scanner-project-at-Orillia-Soldiers’-Memorial-Hospital/OSMH%20CT%20Scanner%20Project%20SCHA%20Donation%20Sep%209%202022.jpg" alt="OSMH CT Scanner Project SCHA Donation Sep 9 2022.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;width:550px;height:327px;" />  </p><p>“Helping hospitals keep pace with advancements in technology is just one of the ways the County is supporting our area health-care centres," said Warden George Cornell. “Orillia and our surrounding municipalities are growing and the pressures on our health-care system continue to increase. I speak for all County Councillors when I express how proud we are to have invested $12 million into our area hospitals over the past four years. Hospital funding is a provincial jurisdiction, however, the County provides these additional dollars each year as we understand how vital hospitals are to our residents, communities and local economy." <br></p><p>Each year, the County allocates $3 million to hospitals that provide care to Simcoe County residents as part of a 15-year, $45 million commitment to the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance, which includes hospitals in Alliston, Barrie, Collingwood, Midland, Newmarket and Orillia, as well as the Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene.<br></p><p>“The new CT scanner is now operational and is providing an extensive scope of high quality images with greater efficiency," said Carmine Stumpo, OSMH President and CEO. “It's a significant step-up from the previous CT scanner and I want to extend my sincere thanks to Warden Cornell and the entire County Council for their ongoing support of local hospitals." <img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-donation-supports-CT-scanner-project-at-Orillia-Soldiers’-Memorial-Hospital/CT%20Scanner%20OSMH.jpg" alt="CT Scanner OSMH.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:192px;" /> <br></p><p>Over the past 20 years, OSMH has received approximately $12 million from the County in support of capital projects with the bulk going towards construction of the Community Tower in 2006.   <br></p><p>The Simcoe County Hospital Alliance was established in 2002 to advise the County of Simcoe of ongoing hospital capital needs and ensure equitable distribution of the County's healthcare funding. Since 1994, the County of Simcoe has committed $107 million to improve local hospital care and specialized services.<br></p><p><strong>About Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital</strong></p><p><em>Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is located in Orillia, Ontario and serves the residents of North Simcoe Muskoka and beyond. Medical, surgical and critical care, seniors' healthcare services, adult mental health, and paediatric and perinatal care are among the hospital's recognized areas of expertise. It also specializes in orthopaedic surgery and kidney care. For more information visit </em><a href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%2a3A%2a2F%2a2Fwww.osmh.on.ca%2a2F&data=05%2a7C01%2a7CLFThomsonRoop%2a40osmh.on.ca%2a7C9556ccb147344e88ed9408da24773754%2a7C9b00108d8fde49dba24e41a96a72934f%2a7C0%2a7C0%2a7C637862391683307559%2a7CUnknown%2a7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%2a3D%2a7C3000%2a7C%2a7C%2a7C&sdata=fUCJCm7CnqHAUSfPMd%2a2F1bq1C%2a2B6iAjH3af3iUGFY1JC8%2a3D&reserved=0__%3bJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJSUlJQ%21%21MPCK0opJ%217n8vbdioD_nuCefCaBbT60RkqOJaq-iB_RbQVBUn8mLoUrS9ZwTrM10mg3zoh4xHISrP3V1wOryl9WMZP1-kzZqGGC2cXb0$"><em>www.osmh.on.ca</em></a><em>.</em></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong><br></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p>Terry Dyni<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Director, Community Relations, OSMH<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-327-9179<br></span><a href="mailto:tadyni@osmh.on.ca" style="font-size:1em;">tadyni@osmh.on.ca</a><br></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations, County of Simcoe<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p> </p><p style="text-align:right;">Photo 1 Caption: County of Simcoe presents cheque in support CT Scanner Project at OSMH.<br></p><p style="text-align:right;"><em>(Pictured from left)  Mark Riczu, President & CEO, OSMH Foundation; Kate Smith, Director, Diagnostic Imaging and Therapeutic Services, OSMH; Carmine Stumpo, President & CEO, OSMH; Warden George Cornell, County of Simcoe; Jane Sinclair,  General Manager, Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe. </em></p><p style="text-align:right;">Photo 2 Caption: CT Scanner Suite at OSMH<br></p><p><br></p><p>​<br></p>
Warden’s Statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth IIhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/wardens-statement-on-the-death-of-queen-elizabeth-II.aspx9/8/2022 6:06:52 PMWarden’s Statement on the death of Queen Elizabeth II<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/September 8, 2022</strong> – This afternoon (September 8), I was saddened to learn of the passing of our monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle, Scotland.  </p><p>Since her accession to the throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has been a champion of duty and service, and Her Majesty is much loved and respected around the globe for her devotion to her role as Queen of the Commonwealth. Her journey from a young girl who did not expect to be Queen, to an iconic and celebrated international figure is a great source of pride and inspiration for many people worldwide.      </p><p>In 1947, on her 21<sup>st</sup> birthday, Queen Elizabeth II dedicated her life to public service “whether it be long or short". Over the past 70 years, Her Majesty has offered steadfast leadership during times of great change and uncertainty. Throughout her long life, Queen Elizabeth II has always maintained her strong commitment to public and voluntary service, with links to more than 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations of which 36 are in Canada.</p><p>Earlier this year, the Commonwealth paid tribute to Her Majesty during her Platinum Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II has been a consistent source of strength and hope, including during the pandemic, and June 2022 was an excellent opportunity to recognize and celebrate Her Majesty's lifetime of achievements as our longest-reigning monarch. <br></p><p>Today, I join with those throughout Simcoe County who mourn the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. During her reign, Queen Elizabeth II maintained a strong connection with Canada, visiting more times than any other commonwealth country. On behalf of the County of Simcoe, we offer our deepest sympathies to the Royal Family. <br></p><p><strong>​~ County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell​</strong></p>
County services reminderhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/labour-day-2022.aspx8/31/2022 6:41:22 PMCounty services reminder<p> ​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/August 31, 2022 – </strong> <span style="font-size:1em;">The County of Simcoe reminds residents of the following schedule changes during this Labour Day long weekend.</span></p><p> <strong>County Administration Centre (Midhurst)</strong></p><ul><li>The Administration Centre will be closed to the public on Monday, September 5, 2022</li></ul><p> <strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong></p><ul><li>The Museum is open between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 5, 2022 </li><li>For information, visit <a href="file:///C:/Users/agreenwood/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/INetCache/Content.Outlook/G2S5C2Z3/museum.simcoe.ca" target="_blank">museum.simcoe.ca</a></li></ul><p> <strong>Simcoe County Archives</strong></p><ul><li>The Archives are closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 </li></ul><p> <strong>Landfills and Curbside Waste Collection </strong></p><ul><li>There will be no changes to your regular curbside waste collection schedule on the holiday. Ensure you have your materials curbside by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day</li><li>All County Waste Facilities are closed on Monday, September 5, 2022 (with the exception of Matchedash)</li></ul><p> <strong>LINX Transit</strong></p><ul><li>LINX Transit services are not in operation on Monday, September 5, 2022</li><li>The regular schedules will resume on Tuesday, September 6, 2022</li><li>Please visit <a href="https://nextlinx.simcoe.ca/" target="_blank">https://nextlinx.simcoe.ca</a> to check our schedules</li></ul><p> <strong>Ontario Works and Children Services Offices</strong></p><ul><li>All Ontario Works and Children Services offices are closed on Monday, September 5, 2022</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>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <strong> CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"> <span style="font-size:1em;">Andrea Walasek<br></span> <span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span> <span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span> <span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 </span> <span style="font-size:1em;">(mobile)</span><br> <a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;"> <span style="font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span> <span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span> <span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span> <span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span> <a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a> </p>
Museum welcomes return of the Simcoe County Quilt, Rug & Artisan Fairhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Museum-welcomes-return-of-the-Simcoe-County-Quilt,-Rug-&-Artisan-Fair.aspx9/7/2022 1:52:32 PMMuseum welcomes return of the Simcoe County Quilt, Rug & Artisan Fair<p><strong>​Midhurst/September 7, 2022</strong> – The Simcoe County Museum is excited to announce the return of the Simcoe County Quilt, Rug & Artisan Fair for the first time since 2019. Whether you're a veteran, beginner or just curious, there will be something for you to see, experience and learn as local artisans' guilds display their handicrafts and demonstrate traditional crafts like embroidery, quilting, spinning, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking and more.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-2" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:10%;"><strong>EXHIBIT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" colspan="2" style="width:70%;"><strong>Simcoe County Quilt, Rug & Artisan Fair</strong> ​​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:10%;"><strong>Date</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" colspan="2" style="width:70%;">September 16-18, 2022 ​</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:10%;"><strong>Time</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2">Friday, September 16<br> Saturday, September 17<br> Sunday, September 18</td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:300px;">9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br> 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.<br> 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:10%;"><strong>Location</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" colspan="2" style="width:70%;">Simcoe County Museum ​<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:10%;"><strong>Admission</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" colspan="2" style="width:70%;">Event pricing applies: Adults $8, youth and seniors $6, children $5, preschoolers and Museum Members free ​<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-2"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-2" style="width:10%;"><strong>Details</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-2" colspan="2" style="width:70%;">Stock up on supplies at our merchants' market and peruse some of the many one-of-a-kind products created by local artisans. Stroll the beautiful museum grounds and examine our fascinating collection of heritage buildings from across Simcoe County. Take a break from exploring all this event has to offer and enjoy a snack at our concession stand. ​<br></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Museum</strong><br><strong> </strong>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 museum.simcoe.ca for further details. Simcoe County Museum does not require proof of vaccination to enter the Museum. Physical distancing and masking requirements are still in effect inside the Museum.<br></p><p></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">A</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ndrea Walasek<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County of Simcoe works to support the “missing middle” in the housing spectrumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-works-to-support-the-“missing-middle”-in-the-housing-spectrum.aspx8/18/2022 12:54:48 PMCounty of Simcoe works to support the “missing middle” in the housing spectrum<p><strong>Midhurst/August 18, 2022 – </strong>With the rising cost of living, the County of Simcoe will be pursuing a new project aimed at addressing the housing needs of middle-income residents who are struggling with housing affordability, often referred to as the “missing middle". County Council has authorized staff to move forward with a strategy to address attainable housing across Simcoe County, with the intention of developing a suite of tools that municipalities can use to help address the housing attainability in their communities.</p><p>“While our communities remain more affordable than many of our neighbouring jurisdictions, County Council is concerned with the rising cost of living for many of our residents," said Warden George Cornell. “It is our hope that this project will identify creative solutions to help ease the burden for our residents and offer effective solutions to help our municipalities prioritize the right attainable housing product for our communities."</p><p>Staff at the County of Simcoe have been working with various local municipalities to explore partnership opportunities. The vision for the project is to develop a strategy examining factors that are driving home prices, the range of attainable homes across the region, land use planning supports, and identify what can be done by municipalities to ease the burden on our residents. The project is expected to begin September 2022 and will involve a cross-section of partners in the housing system. </p><p>With this new initiative, the County continues to expand the work it offers across the housing spectrum: from transitionary housing and shelter support, to social and affordable housing, to financial assistance with affordable secondary/garden suites and age-friendly renovations, to seniors living and long term care. </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>.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Andrea Walasek<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County hosts second virtual Public Information Centre on the Barrie Collingwood Railway Active Transportation Trailhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-hosts-second-virtual-public-information-centre-on-the-barrie-collingwood-railway-active-transportation-trail.aspx8/15/2022 2:26:47 PMCounty hosts second virtual Public Information Centre on the Barrie Collingwood Railway Active Transportation Trail<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/August 15, 2022 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– The County of Simcoe is hos</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ting a second virtual Public Information Centre (PIC) on the Barrie Collingwood Railway Active Transportation Trail. Starting today, August 15, PIC materials pertaining to the Study, and an online comment form, are available at </span><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=4082a332-e8ee-46f8-8c74-b70d069eb83a" style="font-size:1em;">https://www.simcoe.ca/BCRYTrail</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></p><p>The County of Simcoe has identified an opportunity to provide inter-community active transportation with the development of the Barrie Collingwood Railway (BCRY) Active Transportation Trail, between Stayer (Township of Clearview) and Angus (Township of Essa) for a distance of 23 km. The popular and unique trail already runs from the Town of Collingwood through parts of Clearview Township, ending in the Town of Stayner. </p><p>The County is undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) to consider options for the development and expansion of the BCRY Trail.  </p><p>An initial virtual PIC was held in February 2022. This second PIC is now available on the County's website to describe the Study, the preferred design, identify next steps in the process and gather public feedback. The comment period is open until September 14, 2022.  </p><p>For more information on the Barrie Collingwood Railway Active Transportation Trail and the planning process, visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=4082a332-e8ee-46f8-8c74-b70d069eb83a"><strong>https://www.simcoe.ca/BCRYTrail</strong></a>.</p><p><strong>About the process</strong></p><p>The Study will follow Schedule B of the <em>Municipal Class Environmental Assessment </em>(Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011, & 2015), which is an approved process under the <em>Ontario Environmental Assessment Act</em>.  The MCEA process includes: consultation with agencies, stakeholders, Indigenous communities and public; alternative design concepts for the preferred solution; an assessment of potential environmental impacts; and, identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.  At the conclusion of the Study, a Project File Report (PFR) will be prepared for public review.</p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</strong></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>s</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>mco</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant​<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Nomination Period Opens for the 10th Annual County of Simcoe Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/nomination-period-opens-for-10-annual-newcomer-recognition-awards-22-8-15.aspx8/15/2022 1:28:08 PMNomination Period Opens for the 10th Annual County of Simcoe Newcomer Recognition Awards<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/August 15, 2022 –</strong> The County of Simcoe has opened the nomination period for the 10<sup>th</sup> Annual Newcomer Recognition Awards. The deadline to recognize deserving community champions is September 23, 2022. </p><p>Over the past nine years, the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) has hosted this annual celebration, both virtually and in person, to recognize outstanding community leaders and champions who take decisive action to enhance the lives of newcomers in Simcoe County. In honour of the 10<sup>th</sup> annual Newcomer Recognition Awards, plans are underway to return to an in-person celebration in late fall, though we will continue to monitor and follow all public health guidelines. Special thank you to our Gold Sponsor <a href="https://www.hondacanadamfg.ca/">Honda of Canada Manufacturing</a>​ for their tremendous support of this event.</p><p>Application submissions should be returned via fax to 705-725-9539, or email to <a href="mailto:sclip@simcoe.ca">sclip@simcoe.ca</a>. Individuals and/or organizations/businesses can be nominated for the following categories: <br></p><ul><li>Community Champion</li><li>Immigrant Artist<br></li><li>Immigrant Entrepreneur</li><li>Immigrant Mentor</li><li>Service Excellence</li><li>Immigrant Youth</li><li>Youth Community Champion</li><li>Ethno-cultural Group</li><li>Culturally Diverse Workforce (organization/business)</li><li>Welcoming Work Environment (organization/business)</li><li>Marketing and Outreach (organization/business)</li><li>Multiculturalism through Education (educator/school)</li></ul><p>For more information on the upcoming Newcomer Recognition Awards, or to download an application package, visit <strong><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=0222310f-378d-4908-b350-41ab2859f34f">https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/ccs/lip/newcomer-recognition-awards</a></strong>. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.­­­­­­</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Jen Straw<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><br></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>