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Simcoe County raises RBC Race for the Kids flag at administration officehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-County-raises-RBC-Race-for-the-Kids-flag-at-administration-office.aspx10/14/2021 5:07:08 PMSimcoe County raises RBC Race for the Kids flag at administration office<p><br></p><p>With as many as 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario struggling as they experience some form of mental health problem, the County of Simcoe is honoured to raise the RBC Race for the Kids flag at the County administration office from October 14-17, 2021. The global race will be coming to Simcoe Muskoka for the first time on October 16 and 17, 2021 to benefit the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) child and youth mental health services program. For more information on the RBC Race for the Kids, visit <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://www.rbcraceforthekids.ca/&data=04%7c01%7cAndrea.Walasek%40simcoe.ca%7c1b51029ef7a4404f1f7a08d98e70a899%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c637697436778088731%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=QjCbdmux3QCiMqBkB%2BGJEWcccv/syPSkGtDDjeDFdvk%3D&reserved=0"><strong>www.rbcraceforthekids.ca</strong></a></p><p>Through funding to the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance, the County of Simcoe has been pleased to support the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health program at RVH and continues to support children and youth in our community.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/Simcoe-County-raises-RBC-Race-for-the-Kids-flag-at-administration-office/IMG_0749.JPG" alt="IMG_0734.MOV" class="ms-rtePosition-4" style="margin:5px;width:550px;height:734px;" /><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
Battery Collection Week - 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Battery-Collection-Week---2021.aspx9/29/2021 7:24:08 PMBattery Collection Week - 2021<p><strong>NEW DATE FOR 2021:</strong></p><p><strong></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">​This year only, battery collection week will occur </span><span style="font-size:1em;">the last week of</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> October. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Watch for battery </span><span style="font-size:1em;">bags coming in the mail or use clear, Z​iploc bags to contain batteries.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/battery.aspx">​</a>Place battery bag beside your waste, in a visible location. <strong>Batteries will be collected by a different truck, have curbside by 7 am on your regular collection day during the week of October 25.</strong> For more information about the battery collection program and learn what batteries are accepted, <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/battery.aspx">click here</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong> </strong><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6">Click here ​</a>to set up reminders and view your battery collection day and full waste collection schedule. ​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">We encourage residents to downlo</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d the free Simcoe County Collects app available on </span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or the </span><a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">App Store</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> to receive live updates specific to your location.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" style="color:#3f4e5b;text-decoration-line:none;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span><strong style="color:#2a9cfe;"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1460808130" target="_blank" style="color:#000000;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/NEW%20APP%20LOGO.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:134px;height:40px;" /></a></strong> ​</span></p><p>For more information contact Service Simcoe at <a href="mailto:service@simcoe.ca" style="color:#3f4e5b;text-decoration-line:none;font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">service@simcoe.ca</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or 800-263-3199. ​​​</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p>
Fall Yard Waste Collection 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Fall-Yard-Waste-Collection-2021.aspx9/15/2021 1:27:20 PMFall Yard Waste Collection 2021<p>Fall leaf and yard waste collection begins<strong> October 4 (Zone 1) </strong>and <strong>October 11 (Zone 2)</strong> and runs biweekly until December 10. To determine your yard waste collection schedule, download the free Simcoe County Collects app:<br></p><img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" style="color:#3f4e5b;text-decoration-line:none;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span><strong style="color:#2a9cfe;"><a href="https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1460808130" target="_blank" style="color:#000000;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/NEW%20APP%20LOGO.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:134px;height:40px;" /></a></strong> ​​<img alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><p>Alternatively, <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6">click here </a>to view/print your full, customized collection schedule and sign up for reminders.</p><p>Place material out on the Monday of your collection week. Use Kraft paper yard waste bags, compostable bags, cardboard boxes, or open-ended rigid containers. Brush must be bundled and tied. Bundles must be no larger than 30 cm in width and no longer than 2 metres. Individual branches cannot exceed 7 cm in diameter. <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/leaf.aspx">Click here ​</a>for more information on yard waste.<br></p><p>To ensure collection, leaf bags, rigid containers and bundles of brush must be visible and fall within the County's weight limit of 20 kgs per container. </p><p>For more information please contact Customer Service at service@simcoe.ca or <br> call 1-800-263-3199.<br><br></p><p><br></p>
County of Simcoe raises Every Child Matters flag at administration officehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-raises-Every-Child-Matters-flag.aspx9/7/2021 3:17:43 PMCounty of Simcoe raises Every Child Matters flag at administration office<p><br></p><div style="font-family:inherit;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;"><div class="ecm0bbzt hv4rvrfc ihqw7lf3 dati1w0a" data-ad-comet-preview="message" data-ad-preview="message" style="padding:4px 16px 16px;font-family:inherit;"><div class="j83agx80 cbu4d94t ew0dbk1b irj2b8pg" style="flex-direction:column;margin-bottom:-5px;margin-top:-5px;display:flex;font-family:inherit;"><div class="qzhwtbm6 knvmm38d" style="margin-top:5px;margin-bottom:5px;font-family:inherit;"><span class="d2edcug0 hpfvmrgz qv66sw1b c1et5uql lr9zc1uh a8c37x1j keod5gw0 nxhoafnm aigsh9s9 d3f4x2em fe6kdd0r mau55g9w c8b282yb iv3no6db jq4qci2q a3bd9o3v b1v8xokw oo9gr5id hzawbc8m" dir="auto" style="line-height:1.3333;display:block;max-width:100%;min-width:0px;font-size:0.9375rem;font-family:inherit;word-break:break-word;"><div class="kvgmc6g5 cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x c1et5uql ii04i59q" style="margin:0px;white-space:pre-wrap;font-family:inherit;"><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;">Joining in solidarity with Indigenous communities and municipalities across Ontario, as of September 1st we have raised the Every Child Matters flag at the County Administration Office until the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th.<br></div><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;"><br></div><div dir="auto" style="font-family:inherit;">​<img src="/PublishingImages/IMG_0235%20(3).JPG" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></div></div></span></div></div></div></div></div>
Temporary Waste Transfer Facilityhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Temporary-Materials-Management-Facility.aspx1/26/2021 3:29:22 PMTemporary Waste Transfer Facility<p>​<br></p><p>On Tuesday, January 26, 2021, County Council approved a staff report that provided direction for staff to design and build a temporary materials transfer facility centrally located in the middle of Simcoe County, at the Oro Waste Management Facility. </p><p><strong>About the facility:​</strong></p><ul><li>The facility will be developed at the existing Oro Waste Management Facility on Old Barrie Road</li><li>Once complete, it will receive materials from curbside collection vehicles, where staff will consolidate and load materials into larger haulage vehicles and transport items for processing/disposal</li><li>There will be two buildings constructed:</li><ul><li>Main transfer (garbage one week recycling the next): 120' X 175' approximate</li><li>Organics transfer: building 34' X 50' approximate with additional outside transfer pad with material being transferred to inside organics storage building at end of every operating day. This is not a processing facility. </li></ul><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Long-term (following completion of the Environmental Resource Recovery Centre – ERRC, estimated at 3-5 years) the facility will be repurposed and likely serve as a vehicle maintenance facility for the Solid Waste Management fleet and for a repair, servicing and distribution hub of the automated carts required for our new curbside waste collection contract starting November 2021</span></li></ul><div><strong style="font-size:1em;">​<br></strong></div><div><strong style="font-size:1em;">Why the County is building the facility:</strong><br><ul><li>The County's current waste collection contractor provides transfer services to the County until November 2021</li><li>Under the County's new collection contract, starting November 2021, the County requires materials transfer services. The collections service and the transfer service had two separate RFPs to enable increased bidding opportunities from the private sector </li><li>Materials transfer facilities are severely limited in available capacity within Simcoe County and the recent RFP for these services provided only one response, which was significantly above the budgeted scope for the work</li><li>This limited capacity and increased cost to contract services provides further justification for the Materials Management portion of the ERRC project, and financial analysis confirmed that there are cost savings associated with the County operating this service in-house</li><li>Long-term, the ERRC project, which is currently being reviewed under the LPAT process, will provide the County with a permanent materials transfer facility (operated and owned by the County)</li><li>With delays in ERRC approvals, this temporary facility at the Oro-site will serve as a transfer site until the ERRC is developed</li><li>The Oro-landfill is centrally located and has pre-existing approvals for managing and transferring wastes.  Additional amendments will be required for the transfer operation and the revised tonnage of material that will be going through this facility.</li></ul><strong style="font-size:1em;">Cost:</strong><br><ul><li>The capital cost for the project is budgeted to cost approximately $5.5 million (capital costs)</li><li>By bringing the transfer service in house, the County estimates a 27% saving over the only proposal received through the single RFP response for this contracted service</li><ul><li>The single RFP response proposed transfer of only 50% of the County's required annual tonnages. Unfortunately, the proposed price (when extended to meet 100% of the County's needs) came in nearly 60% higher than our County budget, based on current costs to provide this service</li></ul><li>If the capital costs for the project are amortized over 20 years (significantly less than the useful life of the buildings) the resulting cost comparison indicates that our temporary transfer costs would be half of our existing operating costs for outside transfer.</li><li>Through consultation with our new waste contractor it has been determined that one larger temporary transfer facility is the most efficient and logistically appropriate approach. The County will also be making minor modifications to other landfill sites with existing budget to accommodate transfer support as needed<br></li></ul><p>​</p></div>
Seeking Sponsorship or Donations for Sunset Manor Courtyard Redevelopment Projecthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project.aspx9/21/2020 2:28:06 PMSeeking Sponsorship or Donations for Sunset Manor Courtyard Redevelopment Project<p>In long-term care, outdoor settings and natural elements can provide restorative and stress reducing benefits for residents and incite new opportunities for social interaction among seniors! </p><p>The County of Simcoe is actively seeking sponsorship or donations towards the Sunset Manor courtyard redevelopment project in the way of contributions towards a Gazebo, permanent seating areas/benches, durable planting containers, perennial and annual plantings.</p><p>Any person(s) or businesses interested becoming a sponsor for this project or being involved ongoing, please contact Sharon Youell at 705-726-9300 extension 1286.                 </p><p>Thank you to all<br></p><p></p><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project/Screen%202.jpg" alt="Screen 2.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/seeking-sponsorship-or-donations-for-sunset-manor-redevelopment-project/Screen%20%203.jpg" alt="Screen 3.jpg" style="margin:5px;" /><br><br></p><p>​<br><br></p>
Georgian Residences COVID-19 Outbreak Declared Overhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/georgian-residences-covid-19-outbreak-declared-over.aspx8/4/2020 6:12:16 PMGeorgian Residences COVID-19 Outbreak Declared Over<p><strong>​August 4, 2020</strong></p><p>Following extensive rapid COVID-19 testing at Georgian Residences Retirement Home, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that there are NO other positive cases among staff or residents.</p><p>Unfortunately, we are sad to report that the County has been informed that the 90-year-old resident who tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away. We extend our condolences to the resident's family and friends. </p><p>The health and well-being of our residents and staff remain our priority. Our highly trained staff are committed to tackling this difficult situation and we appreciate the messages of support and encouragement from families during this challenging period. We know that the outbreak protocols​ were difficult for residents and families, however, these additional precautions were imperative to limit the potential spread of the coronavirus and keep residents safe. The outbreak at Georgian Residences has now been declared over and the COVID protocols have been lifted. </p><p>From the outset of the pandemic, the County followed extensive health protocols to minimize the risk to our residents and staff. To date, the County of Simcoe's four long term care and seniors services facilities, which provide care to 1,300 seniors, have limited the impact of COVID-19 in our facilities, and we will continue to rely on the most up-to-date public health guidance to safeguard our residents and staff.</p><p>We will keep residents, families and staff updated as we continue to do everything we can to keep everyone safe.</p><p>Jane Sinclair<br>General Manager, Health and Emergency Services<br><br></p><p><br></p>
Expanded Visitation Announced by Provincehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/expanded-visitation-announced-by-province.aspx7/20/2020 4:13:58 PMExpanded Visitation Announced by Province<div>As the province moves into phase three of reopening, the County is excited to have received further details and directives from the Province and our regional Chief Medical Officer, that enable us to safely expand family visitation at our four Long-term Care Homes and Seniors Services facilities.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Back in March the provincial government announced measures to restrict visitation to Long-term Care and Seniors Services facilities to protect seniors – the population most vulnerable and susceptible to the COVID-19 virus. The County has worked closely with the provincial government and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to comply with these orders, as well as additional mandated public health protocols to protect our residents, our staff, and our local communities.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has experienced just one positive case among more than 1,300 seniors we serve. This case was successfully contained through rigorous infection control measures and the individual has fully recovered and is doing well.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Our enhanced infection control precautions have been difficult for many residents and their families and we appreciate everyone's continued patience and understanding during this pandemic. We have had to make hard decisions regarding visitation, and we know the separation from loved ones continues to take a toll on families and residents. We’ve tried our best to provide opportunities to connect virtually, keep families updated on our status through town halls and communications and, most importantly fill the social engagement void by providing more one-on-one interaction between staff and residents as much as possible.<br></div><div><br><span style="font-size:1em;">Our enhanced staff screening and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) measures will remain in effect for the foreseeable future to continue to limit transmission and reduce the risk to residents and staff</span><span style="font-size:1em;">. In keeping with the Ministry of Long-term Care announcement, the County is gradually increasing visitation at Georgian Manor in Penetanguishene, Simcoe Manor in Beeton, Sunset Manor in Collingwood, and Trillium Manor in Orillia:</span></div><div></div><div><ul><li>Outdoor Patio Visits – Effective immediately, up to two (2) people at a time may visit one of our residents at a pre-arranged outdoor meeting. Confirmation of a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required</li><li>Indoor Visits – Starting July 22, indoor visits for up to two (2) people at a time can be arranged, providing the necessary negative COVID-19 test is obtained within 14 days of the visit</li></ul></div><div>Given the detailed requirements for indoor visits, we ask that families do not contact our staff to schedule a time until Monday of next week. We will provide additional details of this new process as soon as our team has had an opportunity to complete a comprehensive review of all requirements.<br><br></div><div>Though we are cautiously optimistic that this is a very significant step in the right direction, the County must also echo the statement by Minister of Long-term Care Merrilee Fullerton, and request that visitors to our facilities remain vigilant for the health and safety of residents and staff. Regular handwashing and sanitizing remain crucial. Please do not visit any of our facilities if you, or anyone you have been in contact with, has had or is suspected of having COVID-19. Though we are making great strides towards a new normal, the pandemic is not over, and we must continue to exercise caution, particularly when it comes to the health and wellbeing of our beloved seniors.<br></div><div><br></div><div>We are very happy to be able to deliver this positive update, and on behalf of all our staff, we thank you for doing your part during this difficult time to keep our homes safe.​​<br></div>