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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>
County of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Wasaga Beach Affordable Housing Developmenthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-hosts-public-information-sessions-on-wasaga-beach-affordable-housing-development-17-10-6.aspx10/6/2017 1:49:43 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Wasaga Beach Affordable Housing Development<p><strong>Midhurst/ October 6, 2017 – </strong>The County of Simcoe is hosting two public information sessions on Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wasaga RecPlex to provide local residents and stakeholders with information on the proposed Wasaga Beach Affordable Housing Development project.</p><p>In 2014, County Council approved the County's 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy, which contained a preliminary target of 110 affordable housing units for the Town of Wasaga Beach. County staff will provide an overview of the project, along with details about the next steps in the project timeline. Both sessions will be a drop-in, open-house format and will not include a formal presentation. </p><p>"Affordable housing is one of the greatest challenges and strongest opportunities facing the County moving forward," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "This project, in partnership with the Town of Wasaga Beach, provides us with the unique opportunity to utilize municipally donated lands to put a big dent in reaching our preliminary target through the creation of 99 new affordable units. At the same time, it enables us to convert part of a municipal works yard into a thriving mixed income community that is designed in an age-friendly manner for individuals, seniors, and families. The new streetscape is designed to blend well with the existing community and offer green space and parks to both the residents and local community."</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Wasaga Beach Affordable Housing Development<br>Public Information Sessions</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​WHERE:</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Wasaga RecPlex, Oakview Room<br>1724 Mosley Street, Wasaga Beach, Ontario</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​WHEN:</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Thursday, October 19, 2017<br>2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of 16 member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 –</strong></p><p style="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 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>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p> </p>
County observes National Seniors Day on October 1, 2017https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/seniors-day-2017-09-29.aspx9/29/2017 1:51:22 PMCounty observes National Seniors Day on October 1, 2017<p>​<strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/ September 29, </strong><strong>2017</strong><strong> </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>The County of Simcoe recognizes October 1, 2017 as National Seniors Day and International Day of Older Persons. The day provides an opportunity for residents to celebrate seniors for their many and varied contributions to their families, workplaces and communities and raise awareness about issues affecting older adults.</p><p>According to Statistics Canada, Simcoe County is experiencing rapid aging above national and provincial averages. The proportion of adults aged 65 and over in Simcoe County is 18 per cent of the population compared to 16.7 per cent in Ontario and 16.9 per cent in Canada.  As a provider of services to seniors, the County of Simcoe is proud to honour the seniors living in our communities.</p><p>"Seniors play a vital role as key contributors to our communities and local economy and it is important that we acknowledge and celebrate all that our older citizens have done for us," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "As our population ages over the coming decades, we're taking a proactive approach by continuing to invest in our seniors' facilities and advance our Positive Aging Strategy to meet the needs of all our residents."</p><p>As part of the County's Age Friendly Community activities, led by an Age-Friendly Communities Advisory Committee of more than 35 members representing various organizations and older adults across the region, the County will be celebrating our Older Adults through recognition and planned activities of this very important day.  As such, a proclamation is being declared by Warden Gerry Marshall to acknowledge and thank our seniors for their tremendous contributions to our families, friends, businesses and communities.</p><p>In addition, the County of Simcoe's Long Term Care and Seniors Services Department will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate National Seniors Day at various sites.</p><p><strong>A</strong><strong>g</strong><strong>e-</strong><strong>Fr</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>dly</strong><strong> C</strong><strong>ommu</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>it</strong><strong>y</strong><strong> </strong><strong>I</strong><strong>ni</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>a</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>v</strong><strong>e<br></strong>The County of Simcoe received funding from the Government of Ontario of as part of its Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. The funding served to establish a baseline assessment of Simcoe County's age-friendliness and to determine the recommendations for action according to scope of community responsibility. A variety of community engagement processes were used to collect feedback from residents 60 years of age and older, caregivers, and service providers of older adults to produce the "Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment" and an abridged Executive Summary. Both versions can be found on the website at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=b4f9fb01-b431-4afa-81a9-023c32b7d644">http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a>. The information from the "Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment" will be used to support the development of Simcoe County's <em>Positive Aging Strategy</em> to be released in 2018.</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:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">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<span> </span><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:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">- 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><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>
County to restore forest and habitat area in Springwaterhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/museum-tract-restoration.aspx9/27/2017 3:31:23 PMCounty to restore forest and habitat area in Springwater<p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Midhurst/ September 27, 2017 –</strong> As the County celebrates National Forest Week (September 24-30), Simcoe County Forests is pleased to announce it is undertaking a significant forest and habitat restoration project in Springwater Township starting fall 2017. </p><p>The project involves restoration of a degraded area of the Museum Tract, which includes a decommissioned gravel pit formerly owned and operated by CP Rail. The restoration will involve the removal of existing vegetation (largely non-native/exotic plants and trees) and re-planting of approximately 160,000 native trees. In addition to the significant tree planting effort, the site will be over-seeded with a mix of native plant and shrub seeds to establish a diverse groundcover. As part of the habitat restoration piece, the County will be joining an international recovery effort for the Kirtland's Warbler, a globally endangered and rare migratory bird.   </p><p>"This is a first of its kind project in Canada and further demonstrates our County's strong commitment to our forests, wildlife and habitat," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "This project will serve as an important environmental legacy initiative for years to come, while the restored forest will bring multiple benefits to County residents, local tourism, recreational groups and support Simcoe County Museum programs."</p><p>Work on the tract will commence in fall 2017 with anticipated completion in 2020. Activities will include tree clearing and a controlled burn followed by replanting of native trees and over-seeding of native plants and shrubs. Once restoration and tree planting is complete, the tract should provide suitable habitat for Kirtland's Warbler to nest between 2023 to 2040. Although Kirtland's Warbler is the keystone species of the project, this regionally uncommon habitat type is important to many other species including many within Ontario considered threatened or of special concern.   </p><p><strong>About the Kirtland's Warbler Habitat Restoration Initiative<br></strong>The Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS), working with Savanta Environmental Consultants, has been investigating opportunities within Canada to create appropriate nesting habitat to expand recovery efforts of the Kirtland's Warbler. As it was known historically to nest within Simcoe County, Forestry staff were approached in 2016 to explore the potential for habitat creation within the Simcoe County Forest. In consultation with the subject matter experts with CWS and Savanta, staff have assessed numerous County Forest properties for the potential to incorporate Kirtland's habitat and identified the Museum Tract as the best opportunity.</p><p>The Kirtland's Warbler is a globally rare and endangered migratory bird which was nearly extinct 50 years ago, but has since begun to recover due to multiple habitat projects in the USA and abroad. Overwintering occurs in the Lucayan Archipelago (Bahamas, Turk's & Caicos) while its summer breeding grounds are historically within Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario. Kirtland's Warbler requires large tracts of young, dense conifer forest for its nesting habitat, which was commonplace within Simcoe County prior to European settlement and again during the significant reforestation efforts of the early to mid 1900's.  However, continued land use conversion and fire suppression has largely eliminated the habitat type used by the bird within much of its native range. </p><p><strong>Funding<br></strong>The total estimated cost to complete this project over three years is $340,800 including in-kind contributions and funding. The Government of Canada, through Environment and Climate Change Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP), has approved $167,950 in funding for the 3 year project. $30,000 (USD) has also been committed from American Forests, a not-for-profit conservation organization which has contributed to forest and habitat restoration projects for over 140 years. $58,300 is currently allocated from the forestry reserve, however the County continues to discuss partnership and funding opportunities with other organizations. </p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Forest<br></strong>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada. Through our forestry program, and in partnership with local organizations, more than 20 million trees have been planted within the County Forest since inception. The Simcoe County Forest is owned and managed by the County of Simcoe and is not Crown Land. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is certified for Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) forest management by the Rainforest Alliance (FSC C013174), meeting the FSC's strict environmental and social standards.</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:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;">- 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-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;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></span><p> </p><p>​</p>
Warden’s Golf Tournament raises funds for regional mental health initiativeshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden’s-golf-raises-funds-for-regional-mental-health-17-9-15.aspx9/19/2017 1:34:32 PMWarden’s Golf Tournament raises funds for regional mental health initiatives<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ September 15, 2017 –</strong> Community supporters joined Warden Gerry Marshall at the Midland Golf and Country Club yesterday for the 13<sup>th</sup> Annual Warden's Golf Tournament in support of regional mental health initiatives, including training and youth mental health programs. </p><p>This year's tournament raised approximately $40,000. This is the start of a larger campaign and partnership with area organizations, such as Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, focused on supporting regional mental health needs in Simcoe County. </p><p>"I'm thankful to all our generous sponsors and participants for supporting this important cause," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We are all impacted in some capacity by mental illness, as it's estimated that one in five Canadians experience a mental health or addiction problem each year. The growing impact on our youth is extremely concerning and I'm proud that we are working with area partners and communities to make a lasting impact for those suffering from this illness."  </p><p>The success of the Warden's Golf Tournament as the first step in our campaign and partnership to support mental health initiatives in Simcoe County was made possible by community supporters and sponsors, including:</p><ul><li><strong>Gold Sponsors: </strong>R J Burnside and Associates Limited<strong>; </strong>Cowan Company<strong>; </strong>DeCast<strong>; </strong>Medical Pharmacies<strong>; </strong>Nottawasaga Inn<strong>; </strong>Geranium Corporation<strong>; </strong>and Cortel Group</li><li><strong>Silver Sponsors: </strong>Town of Innisfil<strong>; </strong>Sargeant Hub International<strong>; </strong>Ainley Group</li><li><strong>Bronze Sponsors: </strong>Walker Aggregates</li><li><strong>Special Challenges Sponsors: </strong>Closest to the Pin sponsors: Lett Architects and Greenland Group Companies<strong>; </strong>Longest Drive sponsors: Pat Lalonde Fencing and the Jones Consulting Group<strong>; </strong>Hole in One Sponsors: Paul Sadlon Motors and Investors Group</li></ul><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;">- 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 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">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>
County Forests officially opens Kirkup Woods Tracthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-forests-officially-opens-kirkup-woods-tract-17-9-8.aspx9/8/2017 3:08:33 PMCounty Forests officially opens Kirkup Woods Tract<p>​<strong>Midhurst/September 8, 2017 </strong>– Simcoe County Forests is celebrating the official opening of the 104-acre Kirkup Woods Tract in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury. Located within a County "greenlands" area, Kirkup Woods is ecologically diverse with important stream corridors and associated valleylands, along with mature and diverse woodlands. </p><p>"We have 32,700 acres of municipally-owned forest and remain one of the only municipalities in the province that invests in acquiring new forest properties on this scale," said Warden Gerry Marshall.  "By reinvesting forestry revenue back into the program, we continue to expand our forestry stewardship, protect more forest lands and provide recreational opportunities to our residents and visitors." </p><p>On September 13, 2017, the County of Simcoe will host an inauguration ceremony at the Kirkup Woods Tract to commemorate its addition into<span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> the County Forests. </span></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">​EVENT:</strong></td><td>​Kirkup Woods Inauguration</td></tr><tr><td>​WHERE:</td><td>​2175 Line 13, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury</td></tr><tr><td>​WHEN:</td><td>​Wednesday, September 13, 2017<br>3 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Kirkup Woods has been an integral part of the larger Kirkup family farm for nearly 100 years. First operated in 1921 by Robert and Mary Kirkup, their son Robert Douglas and his wife Gladys Moriarty Kirkup took over the farm and resided there until their deaths in 1991. From the farm's earliest days, horses were used in the woods to haul sap for making maple syrup, selectively harvest trees, move timber to be milled for lumber, and deliver cordwood by sled. The woods has also served as a playground and a constant reminder for the Kirkup siblings and their children about the importance of the environment.</p><p>"We are thrilled to officially open this unique and rare parcel of forest land in an area of the County that continues to see significant growth and development," said Graeme Davis, County of Simcoe Forester. "It is also gratifying to know the Kirkups are so pleased to see the family property become a Simcoe County Forest."</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;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:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-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 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>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="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>
City of Barrie and County of Simcoe announce location for emergency services campushttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/emergency-services-campus-location-2017-08-21.aspx8/21/2017 7:32:20 PMCity of Barrie and County of Simcoe announce location for emergency services campus<p>Midhurst/ON - August 21, 2017 - Following approvals from the County of Simcoe and City of Barrie Councils, work on the new Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus (BSESC) is moving forward. Once complete, this modern facility will house the Barrie Police Service Headquarters, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications in one location at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie. </p><p>The location at Fairview Road was chosen due to its central location, which is key to maintaining emergency service response times as Barrie's borders expand. This means improved emergency response for Barrie and area residents. The site is also large enough to support future growth. The campus is being designed with the flexibility to accommodate the community's needs for the next 25 years, ensuring long-term value for residents.</p><p>In an effort to reduce costs and minimize debt, the project will proceed in a phased approach with the Barrie Police Headquarters, Barrie Fire & Emergency Service communications dispatch, and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services components being constructed in the first phase and the police and fire training facility components being deferred to a future date. In the meantime, the Barrie Police Service will retain their current location of 79 Bell Farm Road for training purposes and Barrie firefighters will continue training at their Saunders Road location.</p><p>Combining these services in one location will save approximately $15 million (15%) in capital costs plus an estimated $370,000 (18%) annually in operations and maintenance costs compared to standalone facilities. Additionally, partners will benefit from better coordination, communication and support through sharing common facilities in a campus setting. The total project budget for Phase 1 is $103 million.</p><p>Construction on Phase 1 of the campus is scheduled to begin in early 2018, with early site preparations beginning in late fall 2017. It is anticipated, the facility will be complete and operational by 2020. </p><p>A community information session is being planned for September. Details will be communicated via letter to area residents, <em>This Week in Barrie</em> (appears Thursday's in the Barrie Examiner), the community events calendar at <a href="http://www.barrie.ca/">www.barrie.ca</a> and via Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/cityofbarrie">www.facebook.com/cityofbarrie</a>) and Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/cityofbarrie">www.twitter.com/cityofbarrie</a>). The County will also provide information on <a href="/">www.simcoe.ca</a> and via Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/countyofsimcoe">www.facebook.com/countyofsimcoe</a>) and Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/simcoecounty">www.twitter.com/simcoecounty</a>).</p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.barrie.ca/EmergencyCampus">www.barrie.ca/EmergencyCampus</a> for more information including FAQs and project updates.   </p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>QUOTES</strong></span></p><p>"As Barrie continues to grow, we must find new and innovative ways to deliver services. This emergency services campus presents a unique opportunity to rethink and redefine how these services are delivered to our residents. Council and staff worked hard to explore all options and ensure that the campus meets the needs of our growing community and will deliver emergency services at the best value to residents today and for years to come." <br>– City of Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman</p><p>"The County's investment of $23.94 million in the campus demonstrates our strong commitment to ensuring that all our residents are served with the highest Paramedic Services care possible, with timely access to the health care services that Barrie residents urgently need. This local investment in necessary healthcare will benefit residents of Barrie, Innisfil, Springwater and surrounding communities for decades to come and we are grateful to our partners in the City for working with us on this innovative, multi-serve project."<br>– County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall</p><p>"The campus will serve as the hub for Paramedic Services for the County, providing centralized training, administration, storage and other support features. The strategic location close to Highway 400 and the large base of operations will also allow us to advance our strategic facility plan and eventually place suitably-sized Paramedic Stations in population growth areas with the goal of reducing our response times to these locations and building on our healthcare service excellence."<em> <br></em>– Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health and Emergency Services, County of Simcoe</p><p>"The new centralized police facility will create efficiencies, which will ensure that the Barrie Police Service can accomplish our core functions in carrying out our mission to provide professional, accountable and sustainable police services. The Barrie Police Service along with Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, will work in unison to provide programming and services to our community with efficiency while being economically responsible." <br>– Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood." </p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>City of Barrie<br></strong></span>Emma Sharpe<br>Communications Advisor<br>Emma.Sharpe@barrie.ca<br> 705-739-4220 ext. 4436</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>County of Simcoe<br></strong></span>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>  <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430</p><p><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>Barrie Police</strong></span><br> Constable Sarah Bamford<br>Media Officer<br>SBamford@barriepolice.ca    <br>705-725-7025 ext. 2926</p>
County now accepting nominations for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/newcomer-awards-2017-08-21.aspx8/21/2017 3:39:35 PMCounty now accepting nominations for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards<p>​<strong>Mi</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>h</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>s</strong><strong>t</strong><strong>/</strong><strong>August 21, 2017</strong><strong> </strong><strong>–</strong> The County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Newcomer Recognition Awards. The event, in its fifth year, recognizes residents, youth, businesses, schools and organizations working to connect and improve the lives of immigrants in Simcoe County.</p><p>"Simcoe County is quickly becoming a popular destination for newcomers to call home," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Help us recognize community leaders who help make our communities so welcoming and diverse by nominating someone you know today." </p><p>The submission deadline is September 22, 2017. Information and nomination materials are available in both English and French at immigration.simcoe.ca.</p><p>Newcomer Recognition Award categories include:</p><p>Immigrant Youth (Individual)<br>Immigrant Mentor (Individual)<br>Immigrant Artist (Individual)<br>Immigrant Entrepreneur (Individual)<br>Culturally Diverse Workforce/Welcoming Work Environment (Business/Organization)<br>Marketing and Outreach (Business/Organization)<br>Multiculturalism through Education (School and Individual Educator)<br>Community Champion (Individual)</p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership was established in 2011 and is funded by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. The Partnership Council is comprised of numerous community leaders, including representatives from education, policing, libraries, economic development, health, housing family counselling and supports, employment services, settlement services, government, and the United Way of Greater Simcoe County. Visit immigration.simcoe.ca for more information.   </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 simcoe.ca.</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:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color: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-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 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></span>
County seeking public and stakeholder input on Forest Recreation Policy updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-seeking-public-and-stakeholder-input-on-forest-recreation-policy-update-17-8-8.aspx8/8/2017 5:32:58 PMCounty seeking public and stakeholder input on Forest Recreation Policy update<p><strong>Midhurst/August 8, 2017 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is encouraging anyone who spends time in our Simcoe County Forest to complete a brief survey to provide input into a review being undertaken of the Recreation Policy. </p><p>The Recreation Policy governs the public use of the Simcoe County Forest. The Policy was approved by County Council in 2006 to ensure the continued enjoyment of the Forest by all responsible users, to minimize environmental impacts and to reduce conflicts. </p><p>Assumptions which have governed the existing Policy and Forest Management Plan, and will continue to guide decision making include: </p><ul><li>The County Forest is considered to be a 'working forest' and is not parkland, preserve or for single-use. </li><li>Recreational pursuits in the Forest are a privilege, not a right. </li><li>Forest health, management and associated operations take precedence over recreational activities. </li><li>The County Forest is owned by the Corporation of the County of Simcoe, is not crown land, and as such the County is ultimately responsible for management decisions. </li></ul><p>A review of the Recreation Policy is being undertaken to assess where it is working well and to identify what changes or modifications may be needed to better address public use and improve the experience of Forest users. The outcome of the review and public feedback may include recommendations for minor amendments, clarifications and possible other changes to better achieve Policy objectives. </p><p>"We take great pride in being a municipal leader in forest stewardship and Forests Ontario recently recognized our efforts by naming us Ontario's Green Leaf Challenge award winner among large organizations for planting more than 81,000 trees so far this season," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Our forests are a treasure and asset to all our residents and visitors. Please take our brief survey and have your say in how we experience and share the Simcoe County Forest in a responsible way." </p><p>The survey is available online at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=6e897b69-910b-45c6-bc22-a187ce268c38">www.simcoe.ca/recsurvey</a>. The survey can also be taken over the phone by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. </p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Forest <br></strong>At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada with over 150 properties ranging in size from 13 to over 3,500 acres. The County of Simcoe is one of the few municipalities in Ontario that continues to invest in additional lands to ensure that the substantial environmental, social and economic benefits continue into the future. Within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Our forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational pursuits. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.</p><p>County of Simcoe Forestry received Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) re-certification by the Rainforest Alliance<sup>TM</sup> in 2015 (FSC C013174), meeting the FSC's strict environmental and social standards. The County first achieved FSC certification in July 2010. Learn more about the FSC certification program at <a href="https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm">https://ca.fsc.org/index.htm</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 <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</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><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></span>
Celebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/simcoe-day-2017-07-26.aspx7/26/2017 2:28:32 PMCelebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Midhurst/July 26, 2017 –</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 7 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 range of picnic-themed activities and of course a BBQ with homemade hand churned ice cream as a special treat. </p><p>"I'm looking forward to a great day as we give back to our residents, enjoy the mid-summer holiday, fill up on some BBQ and showcase the Simcoe County Museum," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "This is a small token of our Council's appreciation to all our residents and I'll be joined by a number of Councillors throughout the day as we meet and mingle with Simcoe County families."</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:17%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:58%;"><strong>Simcoe Day Celebration </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:17%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:58%;"><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:17%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:58%;"><p>Monday, August 7, 2017<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></td></tr></tbody></table><p>The BBQ is being sponsored by the County of Simcoe and our partners from Enbridge Gas Distribution Community Event Services are helping cook and hand out hot dogs, sausages and a vegetarian option. 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 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:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color: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-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 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></span><p> </p>