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Waste Collection Impacts - Thursday, November 25, 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Thursday,-November-25,-2021.aspx11/26/2021 9:52:24 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Thursday, November 25, 2021<p><span style="font-size:1em;">​W</span><span style="font-size:1em;">aste collection services for garbage and organics were unable to be ​completed in​<span style="font-size:1em;"> <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">all or portions </span>of the following streets on Thursday, November 25th:​</span></span><br></p><div><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">New Tecumseth:</span></div><div><ul><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Queen St. S</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Clifford Cres.​</span><br></li></ul><div><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Innisfil</span>:<br></div></div><div><ul><li>Angus St.<br></li><li>7th Line<br></li></ul></div><p><span style="font-size:1em;">We apologize​ for any inconvenience as a result of this collection delay, and appreciate your patience as drivers get adjusted to the new routes. ​<strong>Crews will return to collect</strong> missed <strong>garbage and organics</strong> from the streets listed above on<strong> Monday, November 29th</strong>. Please have carts <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=416fb553-9365-4fa2-933e-cbc69ec15ea5">according to<span style="font-size:1em;"> instruc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ti</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ons <strong>by </strong></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>7 am</strong></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>. </strong></span><br></a></span></p><div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">We encourage residents to download the free Simcoe C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">unty 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></div><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> ​</span><strong style="font-size:1em;color:#2a9cfe;"><span></span><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></p></div><p>​</p>
County of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Affordable Housing Development in Bradford West Gwillimburyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-hosts-public-information-sessions-on-Affordable-Housing-Development-in-BWG.aspx11/26/2021 3:05:01 PMCounty of Simcoe hosts public information sessions on Affordable Housing Development in Bradford West Gwillimbury<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 26, 2021 –</strong> The County of Simcoe is hosting two virtual public information sessions on Monday, December 6, 2021 from 2 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. to gather resident feedback on the design and layout of the County's proposed 50-unit affordable housing development in the Bradford settlement area.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>The project addresses urgent needs for affordable housing for seniors, families and residents. The proposed new low-rise building will create an additional 50 units in the area and include office and program space for community and social service agencies, allowing more people to have stable and affordable housing and services where they can continue to contribute to their community for themselves and future generations.<br></p><p>The virtual public information sessions will begin with a presentation followed by a moderated question and answer session.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;text-align:center;"><strong>EVE​NT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Public Meeting on SCHC Bradford West Gwillimbury Affordable Housing development</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;text-align:center;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">Virtual – <em>details provided upon registration</em></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;text-align:center;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">Monday, December 6, 2021 ~ 2 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:14%;text-align:center;"><strong>Register</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Please R.S.V.P. your interest in attending the virtual public meeting by e-mailing <a href="mailto:%20BWGdevelopment@simcoe.ca">BWGdevelopment@simcoe.ca​</a> by December 2, 2021</p></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size:1em;">More information regarding this County of Simcoe Social and Community Services and Housing Development project is available at </span><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=bdf4bf59-3fe1-40e0-8174-17b9deee46dc" style="font-size:1em;">simcoe.ca/bwg-development</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><p><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">unty 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><strong style="font-size:1em;">simcoe.ca</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.­­­­­­</span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p><p><strong>CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">An</span><span style="font-size:1em;">drea Walase</span><span style="font-size:1em;">k<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Threehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-toy-drive-update-week-three-21-11-26.aspx11/25/2021 9:13:56 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Three<p>​<br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 26, 2021 –</strong> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 19<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 12, 2021, so far collecting more than 650 lbs of food and more than $900 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations, along with new, unwrapped toys and food will be accepted at various locations across Simcoe County. Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=c6fd367c-e4a3-4679-8ae3-fbb2c8292716">simcoe.ca/toydrive</a> to learn more.</p><p>Paramedics continue to encourage residents to consider donating virtually by visiting <a href="https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/">https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/simcoe-county-paramedic-association/</a>.</p><p>Over the next week, Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations (<em>following all safety guidelines and protocols</em>): </p><p><strong>​November 27, 2021</strong><br><strong> </strong>Coldwater Foodland – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Wasaga Beach Walmart – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br> Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade – 5 to 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>November 28, 2021</strong><br><strong> </strong>Innisfil Santa Claus Parade – 5 to 7 p.m.<br> Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade – 1 to 3 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 2, 2021</strong><br> Stayner Tree Lighting Ceremony – 5 to 7 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be also made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic Services stations, where outdoor drop boxes are now available (please do not leave monetary donations in drop boxes – only non-perishable food items and new, unwrapped toys).<br></p><p><strong>COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Alliston – </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway </li><li><strong>Angus – </strong>1 Tree Top Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus</strong> - 110 Fairview Drive</li><li><strong>Barrie North - </strong>667 Bayfield Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin - </strong>113 Tiffin Street</li><li><strong>Beeton - </strong>51 Main Street East</li><li><strong>Bradford - </strong>170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7</li><li><strong>Coldwater - </strong>1 Firehall Lane</li><li><strong>Collingwood - </strong>169 St. Paul Street</li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Craighurst - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Elmvale - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">17 Allenwood Road</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Midland - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">395 Cranston Crescent</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Orillia - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">68 West Street</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Penetanguishene - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">10 Robert Street West</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Stayner - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">6993 Highway 26</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Stroud - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">2394 Victoria Street West</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Wasaga Beach - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">23 Oxbow Park Road</span></li><li><strong style="font-size:1em;">Washago - </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">401 Anchor Drive, Severn</span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p>Jen Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">790-5979 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca"><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a​</span></a></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County and area partners connect hundreds of local job seekers and employers through second Virtual Job Fairhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-and-area-partners-connect-hundreds-of-local-job-seekers-and-employers-through-second-virtual-job-fair.aspx11/25/2021 8:05:15 PMCounty and area partners connect hundreds of local job seekers and employers through second Virtual Job Fair<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>November 25</strong><strong>, 2021 </strong><strong>–</strong><strong> </strong>On November 9, the County and area partners, including member municipalities, the Cities of Barrie and Orillia, Georgian College, Lakehead University, Employment Ontario and the Province of Ontario, collaborated on another successful Work in Simcoe County job fair. </p><p>“County Council is focused on the local labour needs of our residents and businesses, and we continue to work with our partners to assist job seekers and help grow our local economy," said Warden George Cornell. “We have expanding businesses and high-quality job opportunities across all sectors. Building on the success of our first Virtual Job Fair this past June, our second session generated more than 1,000 conversations between local employers and active job seekers."</p><p>Data collected from the County of Simcoe's <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a> website shows that in the month of October there were 9,684 active job openings in our region. The most in-demand skills were in sales and services, business, finance, administration, education, law, social, community and government services, and trades, transport and equipment operations. </p><p>The County Job Fair hosted 400 job seekers and 87 employers in a variety of industries including manufacturing and distribution, agriculture and food processing, hospitality and tourism, not-for-profit organizations, healthcare and social assistance, construction and the trades, education and training and more. This virtual event helped to increase awareness of local programs and services, including immigrant specific employment programs, career pathways such as apprenticeships and Employment Ontario programs available to both job seekers and employers.  </p><p><strong>Testimonials<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">“The Work in Simcoe County Virtual Job Fair was a fantastic opportunity to connect with local talent, engage with potential candidates and highlight what Friday Harbour has to offer as an employer of choice. The platform was very user friendly and staff were excellent to work with! Our team had a lot of fun participating in the event and we can't wait to be a part of the next one!" – </span><em style="font-size:1em;">Friday Harbour, Town of Innisfil</em><strong><br></strong></p><p>In addition to promoting current job vacancies, the County is also promoting the benefits of living and working in Simcoe County. The workinsimcoecounty.ca page highlights real life stories of local workers, who have taken advantage of the unique opportunities offered in our region, including an outstanding work life balance and careers for innovators and problem solvers in key sectors such as manufacturing, engineering and tourism. A new video released by the County features perspectives of local champions from area companies, including Greenland, Crozier, Magna Techform and Friday Harbour speaking to their experiences living and working in the region. Check out the video at <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a>.   </p><p><strong>About </strong><strong>Work in Simcoe County </strong><br>The Work in Simcoe County<em> </em>site includes local resources and job opportunities, as well as vital information to empower and inspire residents. Using an automated fetching tool to aggregate job listings from over 20 popular job boards and career sites and new user-friendly features, the portal provides services for job seekers, students, parents and local government and helps to link residents with local opportunities. To learn more, visit <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a>. A list of local Employment Ontario service providers in Simcoe County is available at <a href="https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/hiring-help/">https://workinsimcoecounty.ca/hiring-help/</a>.</p><p><strong>About County of Simcoe<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">nty</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Si</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">coe</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">p</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span 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style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ed</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">es </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">f</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">B</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">rr</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e a</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n</span><span style="font-size:1em;">d </span><span style="font-size:1em;">O</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r</span><span style="font-size:1em;">illi</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Vi</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">u</span><span style="font-size:1em;">r </span><span style="font-size:1em;">w</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e at</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">s</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">i</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">mco</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">e</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">.</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">ca</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><strong><br></strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"></a><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Celebrate Christmas at the County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/celebrate-christmas-at-the-county-museum.aspx11/24/2021 3:12:36 PMCelebrate Christmas at the County Museum<p></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 24, 2021</strong> –This December, the County Museum presents a Simcoe County Christmas. Share the holidays with friends and family at the Simcoe County Museum, and join us between December 3 and 17 to take part in various Christmas-themed activities that are fun for everyone.</p><p><strong>A Simcoe County Christmas<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">A Simcoe County Christmas is an in-person guided tour celebrating some of the different ways Christmas has been celebrated throughout Simcoe County's history. Travelling through the decorated museum galleries, heritage buildings and grounds by lamplight, costumed interpreters will share stories from Christmases past.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">  </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Victorian customs, early settler treats, Sinterklaas and our own recent Christmas traditions are featured in this program. Participants will be offered light refreshments outdoors by the fire, as well as a Christmas gift of treats, crafts and activities to enjoy at home.</span><strong><br></strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;">Simcoe County Museum - 1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When </strong><br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Every 20 minutes between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Every Friday between December 3 and December 17, 2021</span></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Register</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Please book in advance <a href="https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search">online</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">Admission is $8 per person<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Participants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for the Paramedic Toy Drive</span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong>Christmas Workshops<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Christmas is officially here, which means it's time to break out the eggnog and a few beloved holiday decorations. Back in the 1970s, tabletop ceramic Christmas trees became all the rage. These tiny tabletop decorations were likely handmade in a nearby ceramics class. Now it's your turn to create some custom retro Christmas decorations of your own. Light up your tabletop this season with your very own ceramic Christmas tree, Victorian Glass ornaments and Christmas crackers in our Christmas Workshop. Now you can impress your family and friends with your very own unique handcrafted Christmas gifts.</span><strong><br></strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;">Simcoe County Museum - 1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7<br></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When </strong><br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Morning (9 a.m. – noon) and Evening (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) sessions available Saturday, December 4, 2021<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Register</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Please book in advance <a href="https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/simcoe/Activity_Search">online</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">$125.00 per person for the 3-hour workshop (this workshop is geared to adults)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 10 participants per workshop<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Cost includes one 14" Ceramic Christmas Tree and instruction, two glass ornaments, take home kit for four Christmas Crackers, light refreshments (eggnog, apple cider, tea, coffee, cookies)</span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><strong>COVID-19 Safety Precautions<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Effective Saturday, November 6, 2021, all Museum visitors aged 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to enter the Museum. Acceptable proof of vaccination includes an Ontario Enhanced Vaccine Certificate, or paper copy of proof of vaccination status, and official government issued identification. Physical distancing and masking measures are still in effect.</span><strong><br></strong></p><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>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 style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris H​edley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)​<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Waste Collection Impacts - Monday, November 22, 2021https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Monday,-November-22,-2021.aspx11/23/2021 10:03:04 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Monday, November 22, 2021<p></p><p>​<span style="font-size:1em;">W</span><span style="font-size:1em;">aste collection services for recycling and organics were unable to be ​completed in​<span style="font-size:1em;"> <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">all or portions </span>of the following streets on Monday, November 22nd:​</span></span></p><div><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Tiny:</span><br></div><div><ul><li>Tuscan Rd.<br></li><li>Roc Rd.</li><li>Maplewood Dr.<br></li></ul><div><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Wasaga Beach</span>:<br></div></div><div><ul><li>Eastdale Dr.</li><li>Simcoe St.<br></li></ul><div><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Penetanguishene</span>:<br></div></div><div><ul><li>Peel St.<br></li></ul><div><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Oro-Medonte</span>:</div></div><div><ul><li>Symond Ave.<br></li></ul><div><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Midland</span>:</div></div><div><ul><li>Cook Dr.<br></li><li>Yonge St.<br></li></ul><div><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Innisfil</span>:</div></div><div><ul><li>Beachcomber Pl.<br></li><li>Nantyr Dr.<br></li></ul><div><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Collingwood</span>:</div></div><div><ul><li>North Albert Lane<br></li></ul></div><p>We apologize​ for any inconvenience as a result of this collection delay, and appreciate your patience as drivers get adjusted to the new routes. ​After reporting your missed collection to <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=09c40132-72e7-4343-8dbc-a9320fadf5a6">Service Simcoe​</a><span style="font-size:1em;">, we are asking that you <strong>leave your uncollected carts at the curb until the end of the day Friday November 26​</strong></span><sup><strong>th</strong></sup><span style="font-size:1em;">.The material may be collected in advance, should resources allow. In the event your material ​is collected, please promptly remove carts from the curb. </span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">If you do need to hold on to your material until your next designated collection week, </span><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=1e2d4aa9-27cb-4328-8a6a-10115cc60b75" style="font-size:1em;">click here</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> and read under each material type for instructions about how to manage overflow material.</span></p><div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">We encourage residents to download the free Simcoe C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">unty 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></div><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></div><p>​​<br></p><p>​</p>
County of Simcoe recognizes community leaders at ninth annual Newcomer Recognition Awardshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-recognizes-community-leaders-at-ninth-annual-newcomer-recognition-awards-21-11-23.aspx11/23/2021 2:49:09 PMCounty of Simcoe recognizes community leaders at ninth annual Newcomer Recognition Awards<p><br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/November 23, 2021 –</strong> On November 22, 2021, the County of Simcoe virtually launched the ninth annual Newcomer Recognition Awards. Seven individuals and two organizations were recognized for their contributions to developing welcoming communities across Simcoe County.</p><p>The award winners were joined by local immigration partners, elected officials and guest speaker Dr. Krishana Sankar, an award-winning science communicator and medical researcher.</p><p>“Over the past 10 years, our Local Immigration Partnership has continued to collaborate with regional partners to support and celebrate the incredible accomplishments of our newcomers", said Warden George Cornell. “The wealth of experience, ideas and diversity that newcomers bring to our communities helps to broaden our perspectives and strengthen our economies. These award recipients are great examples of community champions and it's my honour to thank them for the roles they play in helping Simcoe County thrive. I am also grateful to our staff, partners and residents who continue to support newcomer residents."</p><p>​This year's Newcomer Recognition Award Winners are:</p><ul><li>Community Champion – Wazeer Rahman</li><li>Youth Community Champion – Ishaan Sachdeva</li><li>Ethno Cultural Group – Barrie Persian Association</li><li>Immigrant Entrepreneur – Cecilia Doucette</li><li>Multiculturalism in Education – Educator – Amy Hsaio</li><li>Service Excellence – Isabel Oliveira</li><li>Immigrant Youth - Ishaan Sachdeva</li><li>Immigrant Mentor – Gretel Montenegro</li><li>Immigrant Artist - Gurpartap Singh, Bhangra Crew Ontario </li><li>Marketing & Outreach – Barrie Indian Association</li></ul><p>Submissions were received from across Simcoe County and reviewed in an open nomination process. Recipients were chosen by the Newcomer Recognition Selection Committee. </p><p>The virtual ceremony remains available for viewing on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCyZQ82zJoU">YouTube</a>.</p><p>The Simcoe County Local Immigration Partnership hosts this event to recognize outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations who are champions within their local communities. Thank you to our sponsors, including Georgian College, Innovative Automation, and the Barrie Public Library, for their support of this initiative. Visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=0222310f-378d-4908-b350-41ab2859f34f">our website</a> for details on the Newcomer Recognition Awards.<strong> </strong></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.­­­­­­</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p>Jen Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705</span><span style="font-size:1em;">-</span><span style="font-size:1em;">790-5979 </span><span style="font-size:1em;">(</span><span style="font-size:1em;">m</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">b</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">)<br></span><a href="mailto:jennifer.straw@simcoe.ca"><span style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@</span><span style="font-size:1em;">s</span><span style="font-size:1em;">i</span><span style="font-size:1em;">mc</span><span style="font-size:1em;">o</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">c</span><span style="font-size:1em;">a​</span></a></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>​<br></p>
Council approves 2022 County of Simcoe Budgethttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Council-approves-2022-County-of-Simcoe-Budget.aspx11/23/2021 2:00:26 PMCouncil approves 2022 County of Simcoe Budget<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">​Midhurst/November 23, 2021 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– On November 23, 2021, County of Simcoe Council approved a $638 million budget for 2022, which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services, support our continued recovery from the pandemic and address significant growth in our communities. The budget also includes strategic allocations that enable the County to continue to invest in services and assets such as Infrastructure, Long-Term Care, Paramedic Services, Affordable Housing, the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, Waste Collections, Transit, Economic Development, Tourism and enhancements to our Road network.</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>At the direction and approval of County Council, residents will see a two per cent increase on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2022. This represents an increase of approximately $5.47 per $100,000 property assessment across the region. To maintain a two per cent increase on municipal property taxes, the County will be utilizing some reserves.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p>The overall budget expenditures increased from 2021 to 2022 due to COVID-19 pressures, areas of growth, investment and initiatives directed by Council to enhance service levels while increasing efficiencies. <br></p><p>“County Council knows that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, residents and local businesses have faced challenges," said Warden George Cornell. “In 2021, the first budget of the pandemic, County Council committed to not raising taxes and approved a zero per cent increase on the County's portion of municipal taxes in order to help residents, families and businesses. This 2022 budget is a responsible budget, addressing rising costs to complete vital infrastructure and capital projects and enabling us to invest in our essential services and programs as growth continues. At the County, we employ long-term care nurses, PSWs, paramedics and staff working in employment assistance and affordable housing sectors. These essential services will continue to see increased demand in 2022 and beyond. Efficiencies in our operations, combined with the County's prudent fiscal management, ensure that we can keep supporting our residents and communities while keeping our 2022 tax rate below inflation."<br></p><p>The County maintains a strong financial position having received, for the eighth year  in a row, an AA long-term issuer credit  rating  from S&P Global  Ratings, a provider of  high-quality market intelligence in the form of credit ratings and research. The 2022 budget ensures the County continues along this path of long-term fiscal stability and contains items that address areas of growth, as well as initiatives directed by Council to enhance and maintain service levels for the region, support infrastructure, increase efficiencies, and prepare for the future of our region.<br></p><h2>2022 Budget Highlights include:​<br></h2><p>Total County Expenditures for 2022: <strong>$638 million:</strong></p><ul><li>LTC - Homes and Seniors Services <strong>$104 million</strong></li><li>​​Paramedic Services <strong>$64</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Children Services </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">$46</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">million</strong><br></li><li>Social Housing <strong>$102</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li>Ontario Works <strong>$88</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Transportation and Engineering </span><strong style="font-size:1em;">$57</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">million</strong><br></li><li>Solid Waste Management <strong>$77</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li></ul><p></p><p>Attached to this news release is the <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Documents/County%20of%20Simcoe%202022%20Budget%20Overview.pdf">2022 County of Simcoe Budget Overview</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>.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>​CONTACTS<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">An</span><span style="font-size:1em;">drea Walase</span><span style="font-size:1em;">k<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">249-535-3511 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Andrea.Walasek@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="text-align:right;font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p>