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County of Simcoe hosts 2018 Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/newcomer-awards-2018.aspx10/23/2018 1:17:03 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts 2018 Newcomer Recognition Awards<p><strong>Midhurst/October 23, 2018 –</strong> Media are invited to attend the 2018 Newcomer Recognition Awards being held Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Tangle Creek in Thornton. </p><p>The ceremony, in its sixth year, was developed as a priority of the Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership to recognize community leaders and champions who purposefully take action to enhance the lives of newcomers in Simcoe County. </p><p>Award recipients are nominated by their peers through an open nomination process. The County received 41 total submissions, which were reviewed by a committee of community stakeholders, reflective of the award categories. Awards will be handed out for the following categories: Immigrant Youth (Individual); Immigrant Mentor (Individual); Immigrant Artist (Individual); Immigrant Entrepreneur (Individual); Culturally Diverse Workforce (Business/Organization); Welcoming Work Environment (Business/Organization); Marketing and Outreach (Business/Organization); Multiculturalism through Education (School and Individual Educator); Service Excellence Award (Individual); Youth Community Champion (Individual); Community Champion (Individual).</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:21%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>County of Simcoe Newcomer Recognition Awards</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:21%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tangle Creek Golf & Country Club<br>4730 Sideroad #25 <br>Thornton, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:21%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Thursday, October 25, 2018<br>6:30 to 9 p.m.</p><p><em>Note: Photo and interview opportunities will be available before and after the event. Media are asked to contact County of Simcoe Corporate Communications Department to confirm attendance.</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>­­­­­­</p>
County hosts Open Houses to update public on the status of the Archaeological Management Planhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Archaeological-Management-Plan-fall-sessions.aspx10/19/2018 2:04:11 PMCounty hosts Open Houses to update public on the status of the Archaeological Management Plan<p><strong>Midhurst/ October 19, 2018 </strong>– The County is hosting Open House sessions in early November to update the public on the progress of the Simcoe County Archaeological Management Plan (AMP). The AMP project is being undertaken by the County's Planning department to identify, protect and conserve Simcoe County's archaeological features and address municipal planning requirements.</p><p>The scheduled Open House sessions include a brief presentation on draft archaeological mapping, policies, procedures and recommendations based on feedback received during the consultation process to-date. Presentations will be consistent at each meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the project one-on-one with the County's archaeological consultants and County Planning staff. Fall sessions are being held at the following times and locations:</p><p><em>Orillia <br>Monday, November 5, 2018<br>Royal Canadian Legion Branch 34 Orillia - Vimy Lounge<br>215 Mississauga Street East, Orillia<br>3:30 – 7:30 p.m. with presentations at 4 and 6 p.m. </em></p><p><em>Midland<br>Tuesday, November 6, 2018<br>Midland Public Library - Assembly Room<br>320 King Street, Midland<br>3:30 – 7:30 p.m. with presentations at 4 and 6 p.m. </em></p><p><em>Collingwood<br>Wednesday, November 7, 2018<br>Collingwood Public Library - Meeting Rooms B and C<br>55 Ste. Marie Street, Collingwood<br>3:30 – 7:30 p.m. with presentations at 4 and 6 p.m. </em></p><p><em>Lefroy<br>Thursday, November 8, 2018<br>South Simcoe Community Centre<br>1354 Killarney Beach Road, Lefroy<br>3:30 – 7:30 p.m. with presentations at 4 and 6 p.m. </em></p><p>The County held Open House sessions in spring 2018 to obtain input from the public, and has held significant engagement and consultation with stakeholder groups, as well as discussions with First Nations and Métis communities. The consultation process is ongoing, with the final AMP expected to be presented to County Council in early 2019. Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=910054f8-e11d-4cb0-a1a5-50f80a017431">www.simcoe.ca/amp</a> for project 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 <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a 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;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
An Evening of Halloween at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Evening-of-Halloween-2018.aspx10/18/2018 6:34:56 PMAn Evening of Halloween at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong>Minesing/</strong><strong>October 18,</strong><strong> 2018 </strong>– Calling all ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, join us at the Simcoe County Museum for An Evening of Halloween running<strong> </strong>October 24 to 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.</p><p>Experience a full evening of family frights and delights including a variety of Halloween games, activities and trivia. Trick or treat through the historic village street and get up close and personal with live creepy, crawly and slithery creatures from Zootek. Outdoor activities include a hay bale maze or walk through the pumpkin trail, while scare-seekers can get their thrills through our Terror Trail adventure. </p><p>Museum Event Rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are Free; Adults $8; Students and Seniors $6; and Children are $5. Group bookings are available, however pre-registration is required for groups of 10 or more. </p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. Visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="height:287px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>An Evening of Halloween at the <strong>Simcoe County Museum </strong></strong></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>October 24, 25 and 26, 2018 <br>6 to 8:30 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year-round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p>
Victorian Kids Club at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/victorian-kids-club-at-the-scm-18-10-9.aspx10/9/2018 1:22:27 PMVictorian Kids Club at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/October 9, </strong><strong>2018</strong> – Encourage your kids to unplug this fall and bring them to the Simcoe County Museum for our Victorian Kids Club. The program runs every Saturday morning for the month of November and encourages participants to learn what life was like for people living in Victorian times through cooking, crafts and games.</p><p>The Victorian Kids Club is suitable for children ages 6 to 12, and costs $48 for the four week program. Space is limited so advanced registration is required. Online registration is available at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, visit the Museum's website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">​Victorian Kids Club</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0"><strong>​Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26<br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7     </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0">​<strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">​November 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2018<br>9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 –</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Shaughna Crew, <br>Events Programmer <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 <br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p>Forrest Patenaude, <br>Supervisor, Education and Visitor Engagement <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
County announces new program to support entrepreneurs looking to buy or sell a local businesshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-announces-new-program-to-support-entrepreneurs-looking-to-buy-or-sell-a-local-business.aspx10/4/2018 2:35:52 PMCounty announces new program to support entrepreneurs looking to buy or sell a local business<p>​<strong>Midhurst/ October 4, 2018 –</strong> The County of Simcoe joined area economic development partners today to announce the continuation of a funding stream for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial activities in Simcoe County.                                                                         </p><p>The County has provided funding up to $100,000 for each of the past two years to the In-Market Special Project Fund and today confirmed up to another $100,000 will be made available for 2019. The fund is intended to introduce new and innovative approaches to supporting entrepreneurs in Simcoe County.</p><p>A significant portion of the 2018 and 2019 funding will support a unique project called the Business Transition Matching Program. This program takes a proactive and innovative approach to helping local entrepreneurs market their business for sale, connect with potential investors in a confidential manner, and gain the necessary knowledge to make a successful transition.  </p><p>The Business Transition Matching project is receiving support from the County of Simcoe, as well as, many community partners like the Barrie Small Business Centre, City of Orillia RTO 7 and the Chippewas of RAMA First Nation. The project is being delivered through the Orillia CDC Area and Nottawasaga Futures in South Simcoe. The project has been awarded $50,280 in 2018, with a pre-commitment of a further $50,280 in 2019 from the County's Fund. The project's importance is reinforced, as national data shows that forty per cent of our entrepreneurs are looking to transition out of their business in the next five years.</p><p>“The County is pleased to continue to invest in our entrepreneurs, businesses and our economy," said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “We're particularly proud to support the Transition Matching project and demonstrate our leadership in this critical investment area as we provide additional support to help keep small to medium-sized businesses running, employing and contributing to our local economy."</p><p>More information about the Business Transition Matching Program can be found at: <a href="http://www.orilliacdc.com/business-transition-matching">www.orilliacdc.com/business-transition-matching</a>  </p><p><a href="http://www.nottawasaga.com/">www.nottawasaga.com</a> </p><p>Additional 2018 In-Market Special Project Fund recipients include:</p><ul><li>Centre for Business and Economic Development and South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre</li><li>Sandbox – Centre for Shared Entrepreneurship & Innovation</li><li>Lakehead University – Orillia Campus</li></ul><p> </p><p><strong>About the County's In-Market Fund</strong></p><p>The In-Market Special Project Fund is available to organizations to create partnerships and enhance service offerings in Simcoe County for area entrepreneurs.  All activities supported must be non-profit in nature.  2019 submission deadline is January 25, 2019. To qualify, at least one Small Business Enterprise Centre and one Community Futures Development Corporation must be partners in the project in the affected service area in which the project will take place. Applications are evaluated by the County's Economic Development Office with approvals from the County's Economic Development Sub-Committee and Committee of the Whole. To apply visit <a href="http://www.edo.simcoe.ca/">www.edo.simcoe.ca</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;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
County of Simcoe Gala raises $50,000 for United Wayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-Gala-raises-$50,000-for-United-Way.aspx10/1/2018 2:38:11 PMCounty of Simcoe Gala raises $50,000 for United Way<p>​<strong>Midhurst/September 28, 2018 – </strong>Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall hosted the 12<sup>th</sup> annual County of Simcoe Gala at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in Alliston on September 27, 2018. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of numerous individuals, businesses and organizations, the Gala raised more than $50,000 in support of United Way Simcoe Muskoka.  </p><p>“We thank everyone that contributed to another successful and impactful County fundraising initiative to boost and support the community efforts of the United Way," said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “The County's Gala has raised more than $700,000 over the past 12 years, providing support to residents in critical need and helping to arm our community partners with the resources they need to implement life-changing programs."   </p><p>Highlights of the evening included decadent food stations provided by the Nottawasaga Inn Resort, entertainment by a troop of performers Tyler Murree, Heather McGuigan, Michael De Rose, Stephanie Cadman and Laura Landauer and Musical Director Jonathan Monro, as well as the outstanding work of KICX FM morning host Carey Moran as the evening's emcee. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is a proud partner of United Way Simcoe Muskoka in part because of the complementary missions. As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager, the County administers essential social services programs for residents throughout the region including the cities of Barrie and Orillia through the Children and Community Services, Social Housing, and Ontario Works departments.</p><p>“Lives will improve in our local communities because of the funds generated by tonight's event," said UWSM Board Chair Catherine Campbell, whose team works closely with the County of Simcoe and many other community partners to address high-priority social challenges. “When we all work together on important issues, the results are game-changing for individuals and for whole communities. The ongoing support and generosity of Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall, County Councillors, gala sponsors and guests are deeply valued for their power to further this critical work."</p><p>United Way Simcoe Muskoka invests grants, research and expertise to fuel high-impact poverty-reduction initiatives across local communities. These life-changing resources provide the support County residents need, when they need them, to help them reach their potential.</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>
County observes National Seniors Day on October 1, 2018https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-observes-National-Seniors-Day-on-October-1,-2018-.aspx9/28/2018 1:38:03 PMCounty observes National Seniors Day on October 1, 2018<p>​<strong>Midhurst/September 28, 2018 –</strong> The County of Simcoe recognizes October 1, 2018 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 just above national and provincial averages. The proportion of adults aged 60 and over in Simcoe County is 24.6 per cent of the population compared to 23 per cent in Ontario and 23.4 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>“The County is proud to recognize and celebrate our older citizens and help build local strategies to ensure that we're meeting the needs of seniors who continue to contribute so much to our communities and economy," said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “We're taking a proactive approach by investing in our seniors' facilities, supporting new programs and strategies, and offering new funding streams to promote the building of new Age-Friendly housing projects."</p><p>As part of the County's Age Friendly Community activities, led by the Age-Friendly Communities Advisory Committee of more than 37 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 Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall 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>Age-Friendly Community Initiative</strong><br>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 the County's “Positive Aging Strategy". Both documents can be found at http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly. </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:400;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/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a 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;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
The County’s green bin program is growing againhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/The-County’s-green-bin-program-is-growing-again-.aspx9/27/2018 6:46:01 PMThe County’s green bin program is growing again<p>​</p><p><strong>Midhurst/ September 27, 2018 –</strong> Starting October 1, 2018, the County of Simcoe is expanding its green bin program to accept pet waste, kitty litter and small animal cage bedding. The addition of these organic materials aligns with the County's efforts to help residents grow their green bin, not their garbage.  </p><p>Recent County waste audits indicate that pet waste makes up 15 per cent of the average household garbage bag. Removing pet waste from the garbage stream, and ultimately landfills, will also benefit the environment as when it is landfilled, pet waste contributes to the production of methane, a greenhouse gas 20 times stronger than CO2, and to the production of leachate which can negatively impact groundwater resources.  </p><p>“We've heard from our residents for years that pet waste would be a beneficial addition to our program, and we believe it will go a long way towards helping pet owners reduce the amount of garbage they produce," said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “Pet waste isn't the most pleasant topic to discuss, however we hope residents can help us get word out that after you scoop it you can now green bin it in Simcoe County." </p><p>The addition of pet waste, kitty litter and small animal cage bedding to the green bin program is now possible due to the County's recent agreement with a new organics processor in Elmira Ontario.  This is an interim arrangement as work continues on development and approvals for the County's Organics Processing Facility within the <a href="https://www.simcoe.ca/errc">Environmental Resource Recovery Centre</a>.  </p><p>Pet waste placed in the green bin must be contained in paper or certified compostable bags. No plastic or biodegradable plastic is permitted. A reminder that the maximum weight accepted through the County's curbside green bin program is 20 kgs (44 lbs) per green bin. Should residents exceed this per unit allowance, additional green bins (to a max of 6) can be set out at the curb and are available for purchase at County waste management facilities. </p><p>To learn more, please visit <a href="https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/organics.aspx">https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/organics.aspx</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 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:400;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/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
Regional partners to test hazardous material response planshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Regional-partners-to-test-hazardous-material-response-plans.aspx9/19/2018 2:56:21 PMRegional partners to test hazardous material response plans<p><strong>Midhurst/September 19, 2018 – </strong>The County of Simcoe, in partnership with local emergency response units, Canadian Forces Base Borden, representatives from the Health Unit and area hospitals, will be executing a planned hazardous material emergency response exercise on September 21, 2018. The exercise will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with planned activities occurring at the Nottawasaga Landfill (Clearview Township) and the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Additional training will occur at the locations until 3 p.m. </p><p>As there will be a larger emergency response presence in the area during the event, the public is reminded that this is an exercise only to test the regional Hazardous Materials (Hazmat) Incident Response Team's plans and strategies. Regular operations at the landfill and the hospital will not be disrupted during the exercise. </p><p> </p><p><strong>EVENT:</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:8%;height:71px;"><p><strong>What</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:25%;height:71px;"><p><strong>Hazardous Materials Incident Response Exercise </strong></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:8%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Nottawasaga Landfill (Clearview)<br>Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (Collingwood)       </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:8%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Friday, September 21, 2018<br>Exercise: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.<br>Training 1:30 – 3 p.m. </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:8%;"><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">Media interested in attending for visuals and interviews are asked to notify the County of Simcoe's Communications Department (see contacts below). The optimal time for visuals and interviews is between 10-11:30 a.m. at the Nottawasaga Landfill.</td></tr></tbody></table><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>
County Forestry conducting controlled burn in Museum Tract in Midhurst September 19 and 20https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/controlled-burn-1.aspx9/18/2018 2:45:25 PMCounty Forestry conducting controlled burn in Museum Tract in Midhurst September 19 and 20<p>​<strong>Midhurst/September 18, 2018 –</strong> The County of Simcoe is executing a controlled burn on 30 hectares (74 acres) of County Forests within the Museum Tract in Midhurst adjacent to the Simcoe County Museum September 19 and 20. The operation is anticipated to be conducted over a 2-day span (if conditions permit) with ignition occurring at approximately 10:30 a.m. on September 19. During the controlled burn, a section of Anne Street North between Snow Valley Road and Highway 26 will be closed.</p><p>A highly experienced company has been retained to plan and conduct the burn, with trained and experienced personnel on site until it is completely extinguished. Smoke will be minimized by burning under specific wind and atmospheric conditions. However, there will be stages of the operation when large amounts of low-lying smoke is generated, while at other times a very large smoke column will be visible for many miles.</p><p>Details and status updates will be provided through the following channels:</p><ul><li>County website: <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/">www.simcoe.ca</a></li><li>Twitter: @simcoecounty and @simcoecountyCS</li><li>Facebook: @CountyofSimcoe</li><li>Details will also be published through local media outlets</li></ul><p>Fire is a critical element for the renewal of some forest types. Due to the ecological benefits of fire, controlled burning is widely used by forest managers to help in the renewal process. This controlled burn will serve multiple purposes such as:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Reducing fire risk on the site by burning debris in a controlled manner</li><li>Clearing debris to allow for reforestation</li><li>Supporting the release of nutrients to improve growing conditions for target species</li><li>Helping to reduce some of the non-native invasive species currently on site. In particular, burning will reduce the seed and subsequent re-growth of scots pine, one of the non-native species which needs to be eliminated to achieve desired results</li></ul><p>The Museum Tract controlled burn is a key step in preparing the site for a significant forest restoration and habitat creation project on the property being led by the County. The restoration involves 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. With this project, the County will be joining an international recovery effort for the Kirtland's Warbler, a globally endangered and rare migratory bird. Funding has been received from the Government of Canada, through Environment and Climate Change Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP) and American Forests. For details about the project visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/restorationproject" target="_blank">www.simcoe.ca/restorationproject</a>.</p><p>County Council approved the Simcoe County Forests Management Plan in 2011 to guide our policies through 2030. The Plan outlines that fire has historically played a primary role in influencing the composition and structure of our forests, and that utilizing fire in a controlled way is an important management tool. Controlled burns have been conducted previously within the County Forests, most recently in 2014 within the Brentwood Tract in Clearview Township. </p><p>Public questions and inquiries can be directed to our County Forestry Department by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. More information about the controlled burn can be found <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Forestry/Pages/Controlled-Burn-Museum-Tract.aspx" target="_blank">here</a>. Media interested in covering the burn are asked to contact Corporate Communications (contact details are included below) to arrange interviews and visuals. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>