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Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Victorian Christmashttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/friends-of-the-simcoe-county-museum-present-victorian-christmas.aspx12/5/2019 9:43:55 PMFriends of the Simcoe County Museum present Victorian Christmas<p>​<strong>Minesing/December 5, 2019</strong> – Discover the magic of an old-fashioned <strong><em>Victorian Christmas</em></strong> at the Simcoe County Museum on December 12 and 13, 2019 from 6 to 9 p.m.  </p><p>Listen to festive holiday music and embrace the Christmas spirit as you sample traditional Victorian Christmas goodies, and experience what Christmas looked like during the Victorian era. Deliver your letter to Father Christmas and hum along with the hammered dulcimer or the bell ringer choir. Check a few names off your Christmas list as you shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and food items from artisans. Buy tickets for Rudolph's Raffle, and enjoy a show on our antique Magic Lantern. Warm up with a cup of delicious hot chocolate while strolling the lantern-lit pathways. Listen to sleigh bells and feel the crisp winter air on your face as a horse-drawn wagon takes you on a journey through our beautiful forest. <strong><em>Victorian Christmas</em></strong> has so much to enjoy that it would even get Scrooge into the holiday spirit!</p><p>Once again, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will be onsite to collect toys, food, cash and gift cards for local children and families. Guests can also support Barrie and District Christmas Cheer by purchasing a charming hand-made bowl from the Empty Bowls program.  </p><p>Admission to <strong><em>Victorian Christmas</em></strong> is by monetary donation with proceeds going to the Friends of the Simcoe County Museum. The Friends of the Simcoe County Museum support the programs and services offered by the museum through the proceeds raised from this event, as well as other initiatives that occur during the year. </p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information please visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;height:39px;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;height:39px;"><h4>Victorian Christmas</h4></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario L9X 0Z7</p></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:25%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:75%;"><p>December 12 and 13, 2019<br>6 – 9 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="text-align:justify;">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> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p>Shaughna Crew<br>Events Programmer <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1304<br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></p><p>Forrest Patenaude<br>Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement<br>Simcoe County Museum<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedic-services-toy-drive-update-wk-3.aspx12/5/2019 7:54:11 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update<p>​<strong>Midhurst/December 5, 2019 –</strong> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 17<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 13, 2019, so far collecting 10,26 toys, 730 lbs of food and almost $1,500 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 13, 2019.</p><p>Over the next week, Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations: </p><p><strong>December 6, 2019</strong><br><strong> </strong>Alliston Zehrs Collection – 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 7, 2019</strong><br><strong> </strong>Barrie Bayfield Toys R Us Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Bayfield Walmart Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Mapleview Walmart Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Beeton Foodland Collection – 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br> Beeton Santa Claus Parade – 2 p.m.<br> Coldwater Foodland Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br> Coldwater Santa Claus Parade – 5:30 p.m. <br>Craighurst Foodland Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br> Creemore Santa Claus Parade – 1:30 p.m.<br> Stayner Santa Claus Parade – 10 a.m.</p><p><strong>December 8, 2019</strong><br><strong> </strong>Alliston Walmart Collection – 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.<br> Anten Mills Santa Claus Parade – 1 p.m.<br> Barrie Bayfield Toys R Us Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Bayfield Walmart Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Mapleview Walmart Collection – 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.<br> Moonstone Santa Claus Parade – 12:30 p.m.<br> Orillia Metro Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be 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).</p><p><strong>COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Alliston – </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway, Alliston</li><li><strong>Angus – </strong>1 Tree Top Street, Angus</li><li><strong>Barrie North – </strong>667 Bayfield Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin – </strong>113 Tiffin Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Beeton – </strong>51 Main Street East, Beeton</li><li><strong>Bradford – </strong>170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7, Bradford</li><li><strong>Coldwater – </strong>1 Firehall Lane, Coldwater</li><li><strong>Craighurst – </strong>2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</li><li><strong>Elmvale – </strong>17 Allenwood Road, Elmvale</li><li><strong>Midland – </strong>395 Cranston Crescent, Midland</li><li><strong>Orillia – </strong>68 West Street, Orillia</li><li><strong>Stayner – </strong>6993 Highway 26, Stayner</li><li><strong>Stroud – </strong>2394 Victoria Street West, Stroud</li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach – </strong>23 Oxbow Park Road, Wasaga Beach</li><li><strong>Washago – </strong>401 Anchor Drive, Severn</li></ul><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>
Council approves 2020 County of Simcoe Budgethttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/council-approves-2020-county-budget19-12-4.aspx12/4/2019 3:02:05 PMCouncil approves 2020 County of Simcoe Budget<p><strong>M</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>dhu</strong><strong>r</strong><strong>st/December</strong><strong> 4</strong><strong>, 2019</strong><strong> </strong>– On December 4, 2019, County of Simcoe Council approved a $530-million budget for 2020, which focuses on the resources necessary to maintain existing services and service levels in the region, while continuing to invest in County services and assets such as infrastructure, Transit, Paramedic Services, Roads and Engineering, Long Term Care, Children Services and Social Housing.</p><p>Economic development and job creation continue to be significant priorities for the County. In January 2020, the County will officially increase its ownership shares in the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport from 20 per cent to 90 per cent, and act on the long-term strategic plan to grow and expand the airport as a critical economic development asset for the entire region. </p><p>“The County is committed to a fiscally responsible approach to municipal services that helps enhance our vibrant communities and support our local residents and businesses," said Warden George Cornell. “Our 2020 budget is built to maintain valuable health, community and social services, while making critical investments in infrastructure, capital projects and partner initiatives that address demands and growth in our region in 2020 and for years to come." </p><p>Residents will see an overall 2 per cent increase on the County portion of their municipal property taxes in 2020, an impact of approximately $5.58 per $100,000 of property assessment across the region.</p><p>The County maintains a strong financial position having received, for the fifth 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 2020 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.</p><p><strong>2020</strong><strong> </strong><strong>B</strong><strong>u</strong><strong>dget</strong><strong> </strong><strong>Hi</strong><strong>g</strong><strong>hlig</strong><strong>ht</strong><strong>s</strong><strong> </strong><strong>i</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>clu</strong><strong>d</strong><strong>e:</strong></p><p>Total County expenditure for 2020: <strong>$530</strong><strong> </strong><strong>millio</strong><strong>n</strong><strong>:</strong></p><ul><li>Long Term Care and Seniors Services <strong>$71</strong><strong> </strong><strong>million</strong></li><li>Paramedic Services <strong>$58 </strong><strong>m</strong><strong>ill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li><li>Social Housing <strong>$59</strong><strong> </strong><strong>m</strong><strong>ill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li><li>Ontario Works <strong>$71</strong><strong> </strong><strong>mill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li><li>Transportation and Engineering <strong>$77</strong><strong> </strong><strong>mill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li><li>Solid Waste Management <strong>$49</strong><strong> </strong><strong>m</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>llion</strong></li><li>Children and Community Services <strong>$60</strong><strong> </strong><strong>m</strong><strong>ill</strong><strong>i</strong><strong>on</strong></li></ul><p>A link to the 2020 County of Simcoe Budget Overview can be found <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Documents/Budget%20Overview%202020.pdf">here</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</strong><strong>.</strong><strong>ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><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>
S&P Global Ratings reaffirms the County of Simcoe’s AA credit ratinghttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/sp-global-ratings-reaffirms-the-county-of-simcoes-aa-credit-rating.aspx12/3/2019 3:46:21 PMS&P Global Ratings reaffirms the County of Simcoe’s AA credit rating<p>​<strong>Midhurst/December 3, 2019</strong> – S&P Global Ratings has reaffirmed the County of Simcoe's strong AA long-term issuer credit rating for 2019.</p><p>For the fifth consecutive year, the rating agency has affirmed an AA rating along with a stable outlook for the County of Simcoe based on its healthy budgetary performance with high operating balances, very low debt levels, and robust liquidity. S&P Global Ratings also notes that the County demonstrates political and managerial strength with a good degree of transparency and disclosure.</p><p>“Our latest S&P rating is another confirmation that the County operates prudently and efficiently," said Warden George Cornell. “Our strong financial oversight and fiscal responsibility enable us to invest in our local communities, leverage opportunities to enhance service delivery and provide strong value to taxpayers and our municipal partners." </p><p>The rating affirmation reflects S&P Global Ratings' expectations that, throughout the two-year forecast horizon, the County will maintain robust liquidity, its after-capital deficit will not surpass 5 per cent of total revenues, and tax-supported debt will remain well below 30 per cent of operating revenues.</p><p>The stable outlook reflects S&P's expectations that the County will generate healthy operating surpluses, although large capital requirements will keep after-capital results in a slight deficit. S&P stated that they expect the County to keep managing its capital program prudently, with a strong reliance on pay-as-you-go financing, avoiding the need to issue new debt over the next two years. As a result, S&P expects the County's tax-supported debt ratio will decrease slowly to about 7 per cent of operating revenues in fiscal 2021. S&P also notes that the County's liquidity remains strong. By its calculations, the County's average free cash and liquid assets will total approximately $70 million in the next 12 months and represent more than 22 times the estimated debt service. S&P expects this ratio to remain well above 100 per cent during the forecasted outlook.</p><p><strong>About S&P Global Ratings</strong><br><strong> </strong>With 26 offices around the world and a history that dates back more than 150 years, S&P Global Ratings provides high-quality market intelligence in the form of credit ratings, research, and thought leadership.</p><p><strong>About County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>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>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 - Week of December 2, 2019https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Week-of-December-2,-2019.aspx12/2/2019 2:37:01 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Week of December 2, 2019<p>​​Waste collection impacts for the week of December 2nd will be posted below including impacted areas and details of when crews will be returning.<br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;">​<strong>​​Thursday, December 5h - </strong>Recycling collections are delayed in the following areas:<br><ul><li><u>New Tecumseth</u> - Updates will be posted here if crews can return before next collection day<br></li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<strong>​​Wednesday, December 4th - </strong>Recycling collections are delayed in the following areas:<br><ul><li>Portion of <span style="text-decoration-line:underline;"><strong>Oro-Medonte</strong></span><strong> - Crews are returning to affected areas Thursday</strong>, December 5th to collect as time and resources allow.<br></li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Tuesday</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"><strong>, </strong>December 3rd</strong> - Recycling collections are delayed in the following areas:<ul><li><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Tay</span>  - Updates will be posted here if crews can return before next collection day<br></li><li><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Penetanguishene</span> -  Updates will be posted here if crews can return<br></li><li><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Midland</span> -  Updates will be posted here if crews can return​<br></li></ul></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Monday, December 2nd</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> - Recycling collections are delayed in portions of:</span><ul><li><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;">Tiny</span> - Updates will be posted here if crews can return<br></li></ul></td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="font-size:1em;">To receive notifications directly, residents can download the free Simcoe County Collects app through </span><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" style="font-size:1em;">Google Play</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> or the </span><a href="https://apps.apple.com/app/id1460808130" style="font-size:1em;">App Store</a><span style="font-size:1em;">. Residents can also subscribe for waste collection alerts by phone, email or text message at </span><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=d3964858-da10-45a7-9daa-2b41192fd291" style="font-size:1em;">www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder</a><span style="font-size:1em;">.  </span><br></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedic-services-toy-drive-update-wk2.aspx11/28/2019 5:33:08 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update<p>​<strong>Midhurst/November 28, 2019 –</strong> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 17<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 13, 2019, so far collecting 472 toys, 619 lbs of food and more than $700 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 13, 2019. </p><p>Over the next week, Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations: </p><p><strong>November 29, 2019</strong></p><p>Midland Walmart Collection – 9:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.</p><p><strong>November 30, 2019</strong></p><p>Midland Santa Claus Parade – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.<br>Orillia Walmart Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br>Tottenham Vince's Market Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br>Tottenham Santa Claus Parade – 2:30 p.m.<br>Wasaga Walmart Collection – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.<br>Washago Santa Claus Parade – 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 1, 2019</strong></p><p>Elmvale Santa Claus Parade – 1 p.m.<br>Stroud Foodland Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br>Lisle Santa Claus Parade – 1 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be 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).</p><p><strong>COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Alliston – </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway, Alliston</li><li><strong>Angus – </strong>1 Tree Top Street, Angus</li><li><strong>Barrie North – </strong>667 Bayfield Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin – </strong>113 Tiffin Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Beeton – </strong>51 Main Street East, Beeton</li><li><strong>Bradford – </strong>170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7, Bradford</li><li><strong>Coldwater – </strong>1 Firehall Lane, Coldwater</li><li><strong>Craighurst – </strong>2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</li><li><strong>Elmvale – </strong>17 Allenwood Road, Elmvale</li><li><strong>Midland – </strong>395 Cranston Crescent, Midland</li><li><strong>Orillia – </strong>68 West Street, Orillia</li><li><strong>Stayner – </strong>6993 Highway 26, Stayner</li><li><strong>Stroud – </strong>2394 Victoria Street West, Stroud</li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach – </strong>23 Oxbow Park Road, Wasaga Beach</li><li><strong>Washago – </strong>401 Anchor Drive, Severn</li></ul><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>CONTACT</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>
The sky’s the limit for Lake Simcoe Regional Airporthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/The-sky’s-the-limit-for-Lake-Simcoe-Regional-Airport-.aspx11/27/2019 8:07:05 PMThe sky’s the limit for Lake Simcoe Regional Airport<p><strong>Midhurst/November 27, 2019 –</strong> The County of Simcoe and City of Barrie hosted community partners today to celebrate the soaring potential of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA) and to learn more about a unique tourism opportunity coming to Simcoe County. </p><p>Starting January 2020, the County of Simcoe will acquire an increased ownership stake in the LSRA and together with the City of Barrie, the two municipalities will oversee growth and expansion at the airport. The County will make long-term investments towards elements of the LSRA strategic plan, which includes completing required studies, consultations, and approvals to expand the runway and support the development of a business park and infrastructure on the site, among other growth and job creation initiatives. </p><p>During the event, guests learned more about a new air charter service beginning in September 2020 that will allow residents to fly from Simcoe County to New York City. Details on the package, which includes return airfare and three nights' accommodation, are available on CWT Vacations/Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd. (formerly known as Carlson Wagonlit Travel) website at <a href="http://www.carlsonwagonlit.net/"><strong>www.carlsonwagonlit.net</strong></a>. </p><p>New York City is the first stop as growth at the LSRA takes off. Attendees at the event learned that the sky is the limit as CWT Vacations/Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd. and other tourism operators look to introduce further passenger flight opportunities out of the airport. LSRA is an attractive option due to its convenient location in Simcoe County, proximity to the GTA, size and border services opportunities. </p><p>LSRA is a member of the Southern Ontario Airport Network (SOAN). Brought together in 2015 and formalized in 2017, SOAN is a forum for 12 of the leading commercial airports in the region to work together, support growth and amplify the overall impact of air service. The investment in the expansion of LSRA 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>The County of Simcoe and Township of Oro-Medonte have each held 20 per cent of shares in the LSRA since 2014, with the City of Barrie being a 60 per cent shareholder. As of January 2020, the County will acquire an additional 70 per cent of shares and become the majority shareholder with 90 per cent stake, while the City of Barrie will maintain 10 per cent of shares.  </p><h4>Quotes</h4><p>“The LSRA represents a world of potential for Simcoe County, and today's announcement confirmed that the sky is truly the limit when it comes to the future impact that the airport will have on our economy, tourism sector and the growth of our communities. We look forward to working with the City of Barrie to further develop this municipal asset to generate investment in our communities, create new jobs and to offer our residents exciting transportation options. Thanks to CWT Vacations/Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd. for bringing this opportunity to Simcoe County and connecting our residents to New York City from our own back yard." <br><em>– County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell    </em> </p><p>"It's a big step forward to have service from Lake Simcoe Regional Airport to a global destination like NYC. This service is another sign of Barrie's growth and the importance of the airport to our region."<br> <em>– City of Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman</em></p><p>“The initial support we have received from the County of Simcoe and Lake Simcoe Regional Airport has been exceptional. We look forward to continuing to work together in the future, and to continued growth at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport."<br> <em>– </em><em>Scott Stewart, Owner/President, CWT Vacations/Blowes & Stewart Travel Group Ltd.</em></p><p><strong>Quick Facts:</strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Overall airport site and lands of 595 acres (owned)</li><li>15 fully serviced commercial development lots available</li><li>200 acres of additional lands immediately available for commercial development</li><li>CBSA Commercial Port-of-Entry for passengers and freight</li><li>Cumulative 100,000 sq. ft. of commercial hangar space</li><li>Consistently in the top 5 busiest airports without control towers nationally according to Statistics Canada</li><li>Currently 11 businesses and companies based at the airport directly employing over 70 people</li><li>Phase 1 Strategic Plan Action items to occur in the next decade include:</li><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Extend runway from the current 6,001 ft. (1,829 m) to 7,000 ft.<strong> </strong>(2,134 m) and widen the runway from the current 100 ft. (30 m) to 150 ft.<strong> </strong>(45 m)</li><li>Undertake Airport Certification and Registered Airport Zoning Protection</li><li>Enhance Electronic and Visual Aids including the installation of an approach lighting system</li><li>Undertake a Master Servicing Plan for un-serviced commercial development areas</li><li>Enhance airport support services and related infrastructure</li><li>Prepare business development strategy</li><li>To download the <em>Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Strategic Plan - April 2018</em>, go to <a href="https://simcoe.civicweb.net/document/45119"><strong>https://simcoe.civicweb.net/document/45119</strong></a>.</li></ul></ul><p> </p><p><strong>About County of Simcoe</strong><br><strong> </strong>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><strong>About City of Barrie</strong><br><strong> </strong>Barrie is an exciting, caring and progressive community that 148,000 people call home. Situated 90 km north of the Greater Toronto Area on beautiful Kempenfelt Bay, Barrie offers an excellent lifestyle and multitude of recreational opportunities. We are committed to the growth of prosperity of Central Ontario's leading City and most dynamic waterfront community.</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>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>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>  </p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-paramedic-services-toy-drive-update-week-1.aspx11/21/2019 8:29:08 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update<p>​<strong>Midhurst/November 21, 2019 –</strong> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 17<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 13, 2019, so far collecting 425 toys, 50 lbs of food and almost $500 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>The Toy Drive benefits local children and families during the holiday season. Donations of new, unwrapped toys will be accepted at various locations and parades across Simcoe County until December 13, 2019. </p><p>Over the next week, Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations: </p><h4>November 23, 2019</h4><p>Angus Santa Claus Parade – 10 a.m.<br>Elmvale Foodland Collection – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.<br>Wasaga Beach Santa Claus Parade – 5 p.m.</p><p><strong>November 24, 2019</strong></p><p>Innisfil Santa Claus Parade – 1:30 p.m.<br>Waubaushene Santa Claus Parade – 1 p.m.</p><p>Donations can be 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).</p><p><strong>COUNTY OF SIMCOE PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Alliston – </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway, Alliston</li><li><strong>Angus – </strong>1 Tree Top Street, Angus</li><li><strong>Barrie North – </strong>667 Bayfield Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin – </strong>113 Tiffin Street, Barrie</li><li><strong>Beeton – </strong>51 Main Street East, Beeton</li><li><strong>Bradford – </strong>170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7, Bradford</li><li><strong>Coldwater – </strong>1 Firehall Lane, Coldwater</li><li><strong>Craighurst – </strong>2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</li><li><strong>Elmvale – </strong>17 Allenwood Road, Elmvale</li><li><strong>Midland – </strong>395 Cranston Crescent, Midland</li><li><strong>Orillia – </strong>68 West Street, Orillia</li><li><strong>Stayner – </strong>6993 Highway 26, Stayner</li><li><strong>Stroud – </strong>2394 Victoria Street West, Stroud</li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach – </strong>23 Oxbow Park Road, Wasaga Beach</li><li><strong>Washago – </strong>401 Anchor Drive, Severn</li></ul><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>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>