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Waste Collection Impacts - August 15, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---August-15,-2019.aspx8/15/2019 7:44:21 PMWaste Collection Impacts - August 15, 2019<p><strong>UPDATE - Friday, August 16, 2019 - </strong>Waste Connections has been able to secure additional trucks from their yards in southern Ontario today and will be collecting recyclables in the missed portions from yesterday's collection routes in Bradford West Gwillimbury including south of the 6th Line and east of Hwy. 400.   </p><p><strong>Thursday, August 15, 2019 –</strong> Recycling collection services are unable to be completed in some parts of Bradford West Gwillimbury and New Tecumseth today.  Impacted areas are as follows:</p><ul><li>Bradford West Gwilimbury - the rural area south of Line 6 and east of the 400</li><li>New Tecumseth - the urban area west of Daniele Avenue South</li></ul><p>Missed recycling will be prioritized for collection on the next scheduled collection day, Thursday, August 22<sup>nd</sup>. </p><p>We encourage you to download the free Simcoe County Collects mobile app through the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"><font color="#0066cc">App Store</font></a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a> to receive collection service alerts directly to your mobile device or subscribe to personal waste reminders via text, email or phone at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6"><font color="#0066cc">simcoe.ca/wastereminder</font></a>. </p><p>We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information on service interruptions please visit:  <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx"><font color="#0066cc">https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx</font></a></p>
Waste Collection Impacts - Update from August 12, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Update-from-August-12,-2019.aspx8/15/2019 6:09:08 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Update from August 12, 2019<p><strong>Update: Thursday, August 15<sup>th </sup></strong>​- Collection crews will be returning to Innisfil tomorrow, Friday, August 16<sup>th</sup> to collect any recycling locations that were missed on Monday. Please have material out by 7 a.m.  Affected area are as follows:</p><ul><li>North of Big Bay Point Road all along the water to the Barrie border</li><li>East of 10<sup>th</sup> Sideroad to Yonge Street and 5<sup>th</sup> Line to Innisfil Beach Road</li><li>Webster Blvd. East to Quarry Dr. between 7<sup>th</sup> Line and Rizzardo Cres.</li><li>East of 20 Sideroad to the water and north of Belle Air Beach Road to the South West area of Alcona.</li><li>Along the water from the 7<sup>th</sup> to the 9<sup>th</sup> Lines.</li></ul><p>We encourage you to download the free Simcoe County Collects mobile app through the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130"><font color="#0066cc">App Store</font></a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste"><font color="#0066cc">Google Play</font></a> to receive collection service alerts directly to your mobile device or subscribe to personal waste reminders via text, email or phone at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6"><font color="#0066cc">simcoe.ca/wastereminder</font></a>. </p><p>We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information on service interruptions please visit:  <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx"><font color="#0066cc">https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx</font></a></p>
Waste Collection Impacts - August 15, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/08-15-19-Waste-Collection-Impacts.aspx8/15/2019 3:03:07 PMWaste Collection Impacts - August 15, 2019<p><strong>Thursday, August 15, 2019 –</strong> Waste collection services were unable to be completed in some parts of the Township of Essa yesterday.  Impacted areas are as follows: </p><ul><li>Recycling locations south of County Rd. 90 to County Rd. 21</li><li>Recycling locations from County Rd. 10, East to County Rd. 56</li></ul><p>The service provider is returning today, Thursday, August 15<sup>th</sup>, please leave material out until 8:00 p.m.  If unable to be collected by this evening, missed recycling will be prioritized for collection on the next scheduled collection day, Wednesday, August 21<sup>st</sup> .  </p><p>We encourage you to download the free Simcoe County Collects mobile app through the App Store or Google Play to receive collection service alerts directly to your mobile device or subscribe to personal waste reminders via text, email or phone at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6">simcoe.ca/wastereminder</a>. </p><p>We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information on service interruptions please visit:  <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx">https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx</a></p>
County releases 2018 Progress Report on 5-Year Positive Aging Strategyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-releases-2018-progress-report-on-5-year-positive-aging-strategy-.aspx8/14/2019 7:57:42 PMCounty releases 2018 Progress Report on 5-Year Positive Aging Strategy<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 14, 2019 – </strong>The County of Simcoe has released its first report detailing the progress on the implementation of the recommendations outlined in <em>2018-2023 Simcoe County Positive Aging Strategy: Older Adults Strengthening our Communities.</em></p><p>“Our inaugural report card highlights our commitment to fostering and promoting age-friendly communities in Simcoe County," said Warden George Cornell. “Together with our community partners, the County continues to implement large-scale change, provide targeted funding and develop creative solutions that help all our residents remain active, social and engaged in our local communities."</p><p>2018 key achievements are outlined below. The full progress report is available at<br> <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly">www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a>. <br></p><ul><li>In 2018, County Council approved $500,000 in annual funding towards the implementation of an annual Age-Friendly Seniors Housing Grant Program to support the development of age-friendly housing that allows older adults to continue to live independently in their own homes </li><ul><li>30 applicants across 14 municipalities have already accessed accessibility funding </li></ul><li>The County was awarded funding for three additional long-term care beds at Georgian Manor by the Ministry of Long-Term Care, bringing the total number of beds operated by the County of Simcoe to 146</li><li>The Community Paramedicine Referral Program made more than 4,100 referrals for patients requiring additional services at home. 60 per cent of those referred received enhanced support as a result </li><li>The Community Paramedicine Home Visit Program, which deploys Rapid Response Paramedic Units to provide in-home visits when not responding to 911 calls, provided 651 home visits and 128 follow-ups in Orillia, Oro-Medonte and Ramara. This program is expanding to North Simcoe in 2019</li></ul><p>As the proportion of senior residents in Simcoe County continues to increase, the County is committed to working with community partners and the Age-Friendly Advisory Committee to implement the recommendations identified in the 2018-2023 Positive Aging Strategy.</p><p><strong>About</strong><strong> </strong><strong>the</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Ag</strong><strong>e</strong><strong>-Friendly</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Commun</strong><strong>it</strong><strong>y</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Initiative</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe received funding from the Government of Ontario as part of its Age-Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. This funding served to establish a baseline assessment of Simcoe County's age-friendliness and develop a comprehensive strategy. A variety of community engagement processes collected feedback from residents 60 years of age and older, caregivers, and service providers for older adults to produce the <em>Building an Age-Friendly Simcoe County - 2016 Community Needs Assessment</em> and the County's <em>2018-2023 Positive Aging Strategy</em>. Both documents are available at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly">http://www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a>. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <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>
County takes further steps to help get waste materials off the streetshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-takes-further-steps-to-help-get-waste-materials-off-the-streets.aspx8/14/2019 7:42:51 PMCounty takes further steps to help get waste materials off the streets<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 14, 2019 – </strong>The County continues to experience impacts to curbside waste collection services and is now taking further steps to get waste materials off the streets.</p><p>In addition to prioritizing garbage and organics to minimize collection misses of these materials, the County has brought in additional contractors to assist in the collection of recycling. Due to this shift in resources and the high priority placed on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling by our residents, County Council voted to cancel this year's curbside collection of electronics, which had been scheduled to occur from September 16 through 27, to allow more resources to focus on the collection of garbage, organics and recycling materials through the end of September.</p><p>“This decision was not taken lightly by Council or staff," said Warden George Cornell. “We pride ourselves in providing a high level of service and innovative and convenient waste collection programs to our residents. Hearing from our residents the importance of garbage, organics and recycling pick ups, we have taken the necessary action to prioritize these services. We apologize for the inconvenience and please know that staff and Council are working hard to ensure that our contractor meets our service expectations."  </p><p>Residents are reminded that electronics can be dropped off at a County <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/locations.aspx">waste management facility</a> free of charge at any time throughout the year during regular operating hours. </p><p>These actions are being taken since the County's contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, drivers reaching their maximum legally permitted hours to operate, and increased summer waste volumes. These issues are compounded by the heat and humidity, among other factors. The best way to receive information in real time is through the new Simcoe County Collects app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play free of charge. </p><p>What residents need to know for August and September:</p><p>1.    Materials should be set out at your curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day and left until 8 p.m. as routes are being adjusted</p><p>2.    We are prioritizing the collection of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">garbage and green bin organics</span> in order to reduce odour and animal impacts. Crews may return the next day for collection of garbage and organics if missed on your regular day, so please place these items back at the curb by 7 a.m. the following day </p><p>3.    We expect further recycling collection misses. If <span style="text-decoration:underline;">recycling</span> is missed, please bring recycling materials in from the curb for double collection on your next regularly scheduled day unless otherwise directed (see point 4 below) </p><p>4.    In some instances, recycling collection crews will be sent out to zones which have been missed on alternate service days including Saturdays as resources allow. Alerts to these alternate service days will be posted through the County's channels: </p><ul><li>Simcoe County Collects app (available free of charge at Google Play or the Apple Store)</li><li><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/">www.simcoe.ca</a></li><li>Through Twitter (@simcoecountycs, @simcoecounty) Facebook (@CountyofSimcoe)</li></ul><p>5.    If missed, residents are encouraged to utilize cardboard boxes, plastic storage boxes, and blue or clear plastic bags for overflow recyclables. As always, to reduce issues with odours and contamination of recyclables, cans, bottles and cartons should be rinsed </p><p>6.    Curbside electronics collection has been cancelled for 2019. As always, electronic materials can be dropped off free of charge at any County <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/locations.aspx">waste management facility</a> during regular operating hours. Our new Simcoe County Collects app features information on all our waste management facilities, including their locations and operating hours</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><strong>- 30 -</strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <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>
County investment ensures the sky is the limit for the future of Lake Simcoe Regional Airporthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-investment-ensures-the-sky-is-the-limit-for-the-future-of-lake-simcoe-regional-airport.aspx8/13/2019 5:34:14 PMCounty investment ensures the sky is the limit for the future of Lake Simcoe Regional Airport<p>​<strong>Midhurst/August 13, 2019 – </strong>County Council has approved the execution of agreements with the City of Barrie and Township of Oro-Medonte to purchase additional shares and become the majority owner of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA). Effective January 1, 2020, the County of Simcoe will own a 90-per-cent stake in the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, which is set to undergo rapid expansion in an effort to boost regional economic development, create jobs and grow commercial, passenger and commuter air traffic. </p><p>“Simcoe County is one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario, we're the fourth most popular tourist destination and home to more than 16,000 businesses," said Warden George Cornell. “Our investment in the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport will allow us to capitalize on future opportunities that help drive our economic prosperity, create jobs and enhance transportation options for our residents. Our strong financial position allows the County to make this strategic investment at this time and we thank our partners at Barrie and Oro-Medonte for their commitment to advancing the airport's long-term strategic plan."  </p><p>The County of Simcoe has held shares in the LSRA since 2014. On Tuesday, August 13, County Council approved the acquisition of an additional 50 shares from the City of Barrie and 20 shares from the Township of Oro-Medonte, which will see the County of Simcoe become the majority shareholder. The City of Barrie will continue as a key joint owner holding a 10-per-cent stake in the regional airport.</p><p>In June 2018, airport shareholders approved a new Strategic Plan for the LSRA, which presented a three-phase plan focussed on developing infrastructure, including a runway expansion from 6,001 to 7,000 ft to allow for greater aviation activities. The County remains committed to the expansion opportunity, which will allow LSRA to become a true regional commercial airport with the infrastructure and capacity to become a centre for corporate aviation and support regional domestic and international markets.</p><p>As one of ten commercially significant regional airports selected by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to form part of the Southern Ontario Airport Network, Lake Simcoe Regional Airport is also well-placed to support economic development needs on a larger scale. The investment in the expansion of Lake Simcoe Regional Airport will allow Simcoe County to help meet forecasted demands in air service across Southern Ontario and thereby increase the competitiveness of our region, province and country.</p><p>For more information on economic development efforts by the County of Simcoe is available at <strong>simcoe.ca/edo</strong>. To download the <em>Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Strategic Plan - April 2018</em>, go to <strong>https://simcoe.civicweb.net/document/45119</strong>.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Chris Hedley<br> Public Relations Consultant <br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1030 <br>705-715-7654 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <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>
Waste Collection Impacts - August 12, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---August-12,-2019.aspx8/12/2019 8:28:42 PMWaste Collection Impacts - August 12, 2019<p><strong>Monday August 12, 2019 –</strong> Waste collection services are unable to be completed in some parts of today's service area.  Garbage and organics collection has been prioritized.  Impacted areas are as follows: </p><ul><li>Recycling in some parts of the Town of Innisfil are unable to be completed today.  Areas missed will be prioritized for collection on the next scheduled collection day, Monday August 19<sup>th</sup>. </li></ul><ul><li>Garbage/organics and recycling in some parts of the Town of Collingwood are unable to be completed today.  The service provider intends to return tomorrow, Tuesday August 13<sup>th</sup>, for the garbage/organics.  Missed recycling will be prioritized for collection on the next scheduled collection day, Monday August 19<sup>th</sup>.  </li></ul><p>We encourage you to download the free Simcoe County Collects mobile app through the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130">App Store</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste">Google Play</a> to receive collection service alerts directly to your mobile device or subscribe to personal waste reminders via text, email or phone at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6">simcoe.ca/wastereminder</a>. </p><p>We apologize for any inconvenience. For more information on service interruptions please visit:  <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx">https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx</a></p>
Waste collection impacts - What you need to knowhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-collection-impacts---What-you-need-to-know.aspx8/9/2019 7:58:09 PMWaste collection impacts - What you need to know<p>​The County of Simcoe continues to experience widespread impacts to curbside waste collection services due to challenges that our waste collection contractor is experiencing, and is taking steps to get waste materials off the streets for residents. We apologize for the inconvenience these impacts may cause and we appreciate your understanding as we work with our contractor to resolve these issues and impacts. </p><h4>What residents need to know for the remainder of the summer:</h4><p>1.    Materials should be set out at your curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day and left until 8 p.m. as routes are being adjusted</p><p>2.    We are prioritizing the collection of <span style="text-decoration:underline;">garbage and green bin organics</span> in order to reduce odour and animal impacts. Crews may return the next day for collection of garbage and organics if missed on your regular day, so please place these items back at the curb by 7 a.m. the following day </p><p>3.    We expect further recycling collection misses. If <span style="text-decoration:underline;">recycling</span> is missed, please bring recycling materials in from the curb for double collection on your next regularly scheduled day unless otherwise directed (see point 4 below) </p><p>4.    In some instances, recycling collection crews will be sent out to zones which have been missed on alternate service days including Saturdays as resources allow. Alerts to these alternate service days will be posted through the County's channels: </p><ul><li>Simcoe County Collects app (available free of charge at <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste">Google Play </a>or the <a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130">App Store</a>)</li><li><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/">www.simcoe.ca</a></li><li>Through Twitter (@simcoecountycs, @simcoecounty) Facebook (@CountyofSimcoe)</li></ul><p>5.    If missed, residents are encouraged to utilize cardboard boxes, plastic storage boxes, and blue or clear plastic bags for overflow recyclables. As always, to reduce issues with odours and contamination of recyclables, cans, bottles and cartons should be rinsed </p><p>6.    Curbside electronics collection has been cancelled for 2019. As always, electronic materials can be dropped off free of charge at any County <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/locations.aspx">waste management facility</a> during regular operating hours. Our new Simcoe County Collects app features information on all our waste management facilities, including their locations and operating hours</p><p><strong>Additional Information:</strong></p><p>The County's waste collection contractor, Waste Connections, continues to experience challenges with staffing due to labour shortages, drivers reaching their maximum legally permitted hours to operate, and increased summer waste volumes. These issues are compounded by the heat and humidity, among other factors including an industry wide-shortage of drivers in this field. The contractor's ongoing challenges are leading to these service impacts across the County. </p><p>The County has taken steps to bring in additional resources from other waste collection contractors across the province to help address these service issues. Residents may see a different collection vehicle picking up materials during August and into September. The additional resources should help to alleviate the service impacts, however this strategy may not result in an immediate solution. We are also trying our best to communicate through multiple channels to residents so they are aware of our contractor's challenges and know the strategy to collect their materials when missed. </p><p>The County appreciates residents' patience and understanding as we work to resolve the current service impacts for the remainder of the summer.</p><p>We encourage you to download the free 'Simcoe County Collects' app through Google Play or the App Store or subscribe for waste collection alerts at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder">www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder</a>. This will allow us to notify you of what to expect in your specific area and what you should do.  Notifications are also posted on simcoe.ca and through twitter (@simcoecountycs, @simcoecounty) and facebook (@CountyofSimcoe). </p><p> </p>