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Christmas & New Years Waste Reminderhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Christmas-&-New-Years-Waste-Reminder.aspx12/8/2022 7:21:03 PMChristmas & New Years Waste Reminder<p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>​Waste Facility Hours</strong></span><strong> </strong><br></p><p>Please note the following adjustments to hours of operation over the Christmas and New Year's holiday season:<br></p><ul><li>​Saturday, December 24th - Waste Facilities closed at noon for Christmas Eve<br></li><li>Sunday, December 25th - Waste Facilities closed for Christmas Day<br></li><li>Monday, December 26th - Waste Facilities closed for Boxing Day<br></li><li>Sunday, January 1st - Waste Facilities closed for New Year's Day<br></li></ul><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"></font><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><strong>Waste Collections</strong></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">There are NO CHANGES to your curbside waste collection schedule over Christmas and New Year's (as they fall on a weekend). Please ensure your carts are out by 7 a.m. on your regular collection day.</span></p><p><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">Have extra material over the holidays?</strong><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Overflow recycling that does not fit into your cart (with lid closed), must be placed in clear bags or recycling boxes. Flatten and bundle extra cardboard (max. 75 x 75 x 20cm). </span>Garbage tags must be affixed to any extra garbage that does not fit into your cart (with lid closed). A Maximum​ of 5 tagged bags is accepted. For bag tag locations and further instructions <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/tags.aspx">click here</a>. Please do not overstuff carts. <span style="font-size:1em;">All overflow material must be 2 feet away from carts.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">​​To receive direct notifications and view your collection schedule we en​courage you to download free Simcoe County Collects app:</span><br></p><p><span lang="EN-US"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a title="get it on Google play" href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span> <a title="Download on the app store " 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>​</span></p><p>​</p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive - Week Fourhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-toy-drive-week-four-22-12-08.aspx12/8/2022 4:35:36 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive - Week Four<p><br></p><p><strong>Midhurst/December 8, 2022 –</strong> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 20<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 18, 2022, so far collecting 1,571 toys, more than 2,930 ​lbs of food and more than $3,800 in cash and gift cards. </p><p>​Reminder that 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>Residents are also reminded that a little goes a long way and 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:<br></p><p><strong>Thursday, December 8, 2022</strong><br><strong> </strong>Simcoe County Museum Victorian Christmas ~ 6 to 9 p.m.</p><p><strong>Friday, December 9, 2022</strong><br><strong> </strong>Midland Walmart ~ 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.<br> Alliston Walmart ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Simcoe County Museum Victorian Christmas ~ 6 to 9 p.m.<br> Alliston Hornets Annual Teddy Bear Toss ~ 7:30 to 10 p.m.</p><p><strong>Saturday, December 10, 2022</strong><br><strong> </strong>Craighurst Foodland ~ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br> Barrie North Walmart ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Barrie South Walmart ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Barrie North Toys R Us ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Beeton Santa Claus Parade ~ Begins 11 a.m. <br>Beeton Foodland ~ 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.</p><p><strong>Sunday, December 11, 2022</strong><br><strong> </strong>Barrie North Walmart ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Barrie South Walmart ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Barrie North Toys R Us ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.<br> Tanger Outlets ~ 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p><p>Donations can also be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst, 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><p><strong></strong></p><ul><li><strong><strong>Alliston - </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway</strong></li><li><strong>Angus</strong><strong> - </strong>1 Tree Top Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus</strong><strong> - </strong>110 Fairview Drive​<br></li><li><strong>Barrie North</strong><strong> - </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>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 style="font-size:1em;">​​​- 30 -​</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS:<br></strong></p><p>Jen Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"></a><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<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><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
Update on Simcoe Village Campus Projecthttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Update-on-Simcoe-Village-Campus-Project.aspx12/6/2022 5:13:41 PMUpdate on Simcoe Village Campus Project<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/December 6, 2022 –</strong><strong style="font-size:1em;"> </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">Stakeholders and Council have received an update regarding the Simcoe Village Campus Project, where the County is building a seniors campus including a wide range of amenities through an age-in-place approach.</span><br></p><p><img src="/LongTermCare/PublishingImages/simcoevillageredevelopment/View%201_small.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:300px;height:209px;" />The site is currently undergoing site preparation activities. This initial site preparation phase is expected to be completed in mid-2023, with building construction beginning shortly after (provided all building and design approvals are granted) with occupancy for the long-term care home, Village Centre, and Supportive Housing components anticipated for mid-2025. </p><p>Once completed, the new Simcoe Village Campus in the Village of Beeton (Township of New Tecumseth) will provide 160 long-term care beds plus 179 seniors housing units and homes. With a wide range of housing available, future residents will be able to live on one campus as their care needs evolve and change.</p><p>Simcoe Village Campus will replicate the highly successful, provincially recognized and awarded Georgian Village Campus model, which was opened by the County of Simcoe in 2013 in the Town of Penetanguishene. </p><p>The County of Simcoe has also started a vital fundraising campaign to assist with raising $4.5 million towards special projects at the new campus including outdoor amenities such as gazebos, garden accessories, outdoor benches, health and wellness amenities, and socialization amenities such as a coffee bar. These amenities and features will enhance the lives of those living on campus. Donors can support during the early phase of the fundraising efforts at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/DonateSVC"><strong>simcoe.ca/DonateSVC</strong></a>. </p><p><strong>Quotes:<br></strong><span style="font-size:1em;">“This will be a tremendous legacy project for the County that will help seniors across our communities, and particularly in South Simcoe. We continue to thank all our partners, including the Government of Ontario, for investing in this redevelopment project, and I look forward to attending the grand opening of the new Simcoe Village Campus as a past Warden in 2025."</span></p><p>~ <em>Warden George Cornell</em></p><p>“We are truly excited to see this project moving forward. We know from our experience in developing Georgian Village in Penetanguishene that this aging-in-place model works well by having a wide range of amenities available for our residents. From dining to medical services to fitness facilities and an array of activities, this becomes a true 'community within a community' where residents can create lasting friendships as they age-in-place."<br> ~ <em>Jane Sinclair, General Manager, Health & Emergency Services</em></p><p><strong>About the Simcoe Village Campus Project</strong><br><strong> </strong>The 28.4 acre property, which includes the current Simcoe Manor facility lands in Beeton, will support a nearly 500,000 square foot $225.8 million campus including a wide range of amenities geared toward seniors in the community. The campus will provide additional long term care beds, seniors housing units and programs, and expanded aging-in-place living options. The services to be offered at the new Simcoe Village Campus are expected to include health/medical services, pharmacy, dental, dining, retail, salon, exercise area, and outdoor recreational options. More information is available at <strong>simcoe.ca/SimcoeVillageRedevelopment</strong>.</p><p><strong>About the 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>.​<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong style="font-size:1em;">- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">CONTACTS</strong><br></p><p>Andrea Walasek<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;">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 recognizes International Volunteer Dayhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-recognizes-international-volunteer-day-22-12-05.aspx12/5/2022 5:10:22 PMCounty recognizes International Volunteer Day<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/December 5, 2022 –</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> Today marks International Volunteer Day, a global celebration of volunteers. It takes place every year on December 5 to highlight the impact of volunteer efforts everywhere.</span><br></p><p>This year's theme, <em>solidarity through volunteering</em>, highlights the value of volunteers and their ability to create positive change. </p><p>The County of Simcoe is grateful to the nearly 200 Simcoe Strong volunteers, who provide support to our Long-Term Care and Seniors Services locations and Simcoe County Museum, helping with activities, one-to-one engagement, and events.</p><p>The County encourages residents to take a moment this week to share a message of thanks through social media using the hashtags #TogetherActNow and #IVD2022</p><p>For more details on how to join our Simcoe Strong Volunteer team, please visit our <a href="/LongTermCare/Pages/VolunteerPrograms.aspx">Long-Term Care and Seniors Services</a> and <a href="https://museum.simcoe.ca/support/volunteers">Simcoe County Museum</a> program pages.</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><br></p><p><strong>CONTACTS:<br></strong></p><p>Jen Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"></a><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<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><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
Progress continues on temporary shelter in Barriehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Progress-continues-on-temporary-shelter-in-Barrie.aspx12/2/2022 8:18:04 PMProgress continues on temporary shelter in Barrie<p><strong>​​Midhurst/December 2, 2022 –</strong> The County of Simcoe and the City of Barrie are pleased to announce that the temporary homeless shelter building recently arrived at the Rose Street location in Barrie. The County and the City continue to work collaboratively to ensure that the homeless shelter is available for the coldest months ahead. This temporary initiative is funded by the County of Simcoe with a contribution from the City of Barrie.  </p><p>The City has issued the building permit for the assembly and MTO approval has been obtained. Once assembly is complete and all building systems are operational and tested, final occupancy will be requested by the County. The goal for everyone is to have the additional shelter beds available as early as possible in December. Details regarding the opening date of the temporary overnight homeless shelter will be shared once confirmed.</p><p>“I am incredibly pleased with the efforts that our staff have taken, in collaboration with the City of Barrie, to identify this temporary solution before the coldest nights of winter hit our region," said County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell. “It can take months, or even years to implement a solution like this, however, due to collaboration, partnership and hard work, it came together extremely fast. We thank our partners at the City, Province, our vendor 720 Solutions and everyone working and volunteering to help our vulnerable residents." </p><p>“I'm very happy to see strong collaboration between the City and the County on this important project," said Michael Prowse, City of Barrie CAO. “Thank you to the County for their very quick work to make this project a reality. The issue of homelessness is something we all take very seriously, and I look forward to more collaboration with the County to create additional solutions to address it." </p><p>The temporary shelter will be operated by The Busby Centre, an organization that provides shelter and outreach services to individuals and families in the City of Barrie.  Since the arrival of the modular buildings, the County has arranged security for periodic site checks and once the temporary shelter is open for services in December, there will be on-site security during operating hours. </p><p>As more individuals are using shelters now that colder temperatures have arrived, the County and our funded homeless shelter operators have a plan in place to use the motel voucher program for individuals wanting to come indoors when shelter beds are full. Additionally, the County has secured warming centre locations across the region for nights when temperatures fall below -15 degrees Celsius.</p><p>For those affected by homelessness, if you are looking for shelter beds or assistance, visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/findshelter">simcoe.ca/findshelter</a> or call 2-1-1. As always, the County of Simcoe will continue to work for all of our residents to ensure safe and warm places to stay.</p><p>For current information, the County will continue to communicate updates and we ask residents to watch our <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=eaa48762-a3bc-4058-bc44-21ce878407e3">website</a> for the most recent updates. </p><p><strong>About the Simcoe County Shelter System</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe provides leadership to the local system of homelessness prevention services and supports and administers provincial and federal funding to community service providers across the region.   </p><p>While the shelter system is publicly funded through the County, local shelters are not operated by the public sector. Private and not-for-profit shelters in Simcoe County include: </p><ul><li>Elizabeth Fry Society, serving women and gender diverse – Barrie </li><li>La Maison Rosewood Shelter, serving women and children – Midland</li><li>Salvation Army Bayside Mission, serving men – Barrie</li><li>S.H.I.F.T. – Alliston (temporary winter sheltering)</li><li>The Busby Centre – Barrie</li><li>The Busby Centre – Collingwood (temporary winter sheltering) </li><li>The Guesthouse – Midland</li><li>The Lighthouse – Orillia</li><li>Youth Haven, serving youth ages 16 to 24 years old – Barrie   </li></ul><p>​​For more information on the County's homelessness prevention strategy, visit <strong style="font-size:1em;">simcoe.ca/findshelter</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">.</span></p><p><strong>About the County of Simcoe</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>.<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>​Media Contacts:</strong></p><p><em><b>County of Simcoe</b></em></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705.734.8386<br></span><a href="mailto:collin.matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">collin.matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p> </p><p><strong><em>City of Barrie</em></strong></p><p>Scott Lamantia<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager of Marketing and Communications<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-794-0517<br></span><a href="mailto:Scott.lamantia@barrie.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Scott.lamantia@barrie.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p><p>​<br><br></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services celebrate employee achievementshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-celebrate-employee-achievements-22-12-01.aspx12/1/2022 2:18:22 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services celebrate employee achievements<p><strong>​​Midhurst/December 1, 2022 – </strong>On November 30, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services hosted a Commencement and Honours Ceremony recognizing 23 new recruits, 23 employees celebrating career advancements and seven Governor General of Canada EMS Exemplary Service Medal award recipients.</p><p>“During my time in office, I have had the pleasure of speaking with many of our Paramedics and what always strikes me is their desire to serve their communities," said Warden George Cornell. “The passion they have for helping our residents during their time of need is truly inspiring. Best wishes to our new recruits as they begin their careers with the County of Simcoe, and congratulations to our honourees on their tremendous achievements."</p><p>Paramedic Services employs more than 380 staff, which include full and part-time Paramedics, Supervisors, and administrative support staff. Paramedics provide emergency medical response and community support to Simcoe County residents, responding to more than 83,000 calls in 2022 and utilizing 42 ambulance and Rapid Response Units across the region during peak-times.</p><p>“As we continue to meet the evolving needs of our growing communities, it's important that we both celebrate our new recruits and recognize the achievements of those who work tirelessly to provide high-quality care for our residents and visitors," said Sarah Mills, Director and Chief, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services. “These new recruits join a Service that is working to redefine the role of paramedicine in healthcare, and the honourees they shared the stage with are wonderful mentors for them to look to for guidance and support. Paramedicine is more than emergency response, and we are excited for the opportunities that lay ahead."</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>.  <strong> </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 –</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong><strong><img src="/CorporateCommunications/PublishingImages/Pages/csps-celebrate-employee-achievements-22-12-01/CSPS%20Fall%202022%20New%20Recruits.png" alt="CSPS Fall 2022 New Recruits.png" class="ms-rtePosition-5" style="margin:5px;width:625px;height:386px;" /></strong>​​</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS:<br></strong></p><p>Jen Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"></a><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<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><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Threehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/csps-toy-drive-update-week-three-22-11-01.aspx11/30/2022 4:08:14 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Three<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">​Midhurst/November 30, 2022 –</strong><span style="font-size:1em;"> County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 20</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em;"> annual Toy Drive on November 18, 2022, so far collecting more than 630 toys, 80 lbs of food, and $1,350 in cash and gift cards.</span><br></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 remind residents that a little goes a long way and that virtual donations can be made at <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:</p><p><strong>​Thursday, December 1, 2022</strong><br><strong> </strong>Clearview Tree Lighting in Stayner - 5 to 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>Friday, December 2, 2022</strong><br><strong> </strong>Midland Walmart - 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.</p><p><strong>Saturday, December 3, 2022</strong><br><strong> </strong>Orillia Walmart -10 a.m. to 4 p.m. <br>Wasaga Beach Walmart - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. <br>Coldwater Foodland - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. <br>Coldwater Santa Claus Parade - begins at 5:30 p.m.<br> Stayner Santa Claus Parade - begins at 11 a.m. <br>Creemore Santa Claus Parade - begins at 1:30 p.m. <br>Tottenham Festival of Lights - 3 to 7 p.m.</p><p><strong>Sunday, December 4, 2022</strong><br> Moonstone Santa Claus Parade - begins at 1 p.m.<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Lisle Santa Claus Parade - </span><span style="font-size:1em;">begins at </span><span style="font-size:1em;">1:30 p.m.</span></p><p></p><p>Donations can also be made at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26 in Midhurst, 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><p><strong></strong></p><ul><li><strong><strong>Alliston - </strong>6933 Industrial Parkway</strong></li><li><strong>Angus</strong><strong> - </strong>1 Tree Top Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus</strong><strong> - </strong>110 Fairview Drive</li><li><strong>Barrie North</strong><strong> - </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>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 style="font-size:1em;">​​​- 30 -​</strong></p><p><strong>CONTACTS:<br></strong></p><p>Jen Straw<br>Public Relations Consultant<br><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Department<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p><p><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"></a><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<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><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p>
County of Simcoe to host 175th Inaugural Ceremonyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-to-host-175th-Inaugural-Ceremony.aspx11/29/2022 8:47:01 PMCounty of Simcoe to host 175th Inaugural Ceremony<p><strong>Midhurst/November 29, 2022 – </strong>The County of Simcoe hosts its 175<sup>th</sup> Inaugural Ceremony on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, beginning at 1 p.m. This in-person event will also be streamed live through the County's YouTube channel.  </p><p>The ceremony includes elections for the positions of Warden, D​​eputy Warden, and Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs for the first two years (2022-2024) of this four year Council term. The 32 members of County Council (composed of Mayors and Deputy Mayors of the area's 16 member municipalities) elect the candidates from amongst their peers.  <br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;height:42px;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;height:42px;"><strong>​175</strong><strong><sup>th</sup></strong><strong> Inaugural of the County of Simcoe</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">In person: County of Simcoe Administration Centre - 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario<br> Streaming live: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/CountyofSimcoe/live">https://www.youtube.com/user/CountyofSimcoe/live</a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, December 13, 2022<br></p><p>Ceremony begins at 1 p.m. </p><p><em>Media are asked to contact </em><a href="mailto:communications@simcoe.ca"><em>communications@simcoe.ca</em></a><em> should they wish to take part in a media scrum with the Warden and Deputy Warden upon completion of the Ceremony</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County buildings are mask-friendly environments. Given the County's role in health and emergency services for the region, guests and attendees to the public ceremony are encouraged to wear masks, use proper hand hygiene, and, where possible, maintain adequate physical distancing from other guests. Please stay home if feeling ill and follow on our YouTube channel.   </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><span lang="EN-US">Collin Matanowitsch</span><span lang="EN-US"><br> Public Relations Manager<br> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br> 705-734-8386 (mobile)<br> </span><span lang="EN-US"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca">​Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></span>​</p><p><br></p>