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NEW Simcoe County LINX Transit Service now connecting communities with Route 1https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/NEW-Simcoe-County-LINX-Transit-Service-now-connecting-communities-with-Route-1.aspx8/7/2018 4:48:47 PMNEW Simcoe County LINX Transit Service now connecting communities with Route 1<p><strong>Midhurst/August 7, 2018</strong> – The County of Simcoe celebrated the launch of its new LINX Transit Service today with representatives from local MPP offices, Council Councillors, partners, staff and media. Route 1 runs north and south from Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie with stops in Wyebridge, Waverley, Elmvale and Midhurst. To introduce the service, the County is offering complimentary fares between August 7-September 4, with regular fare rates starting after Labour Day. </p><p>The County is also offering an accessible door-to-door transit service for individuals with mobility needs called the LINX+, which will launch on September 4. Residents are asked to complete a registration form to access the LINX+ service by visiting linx.simcoe.ca or by calling 1-800-263-3199. </p><p> “We're officially in the transit business and we're pleased to offer another crucial public service to our residents and communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Route 1 is just the first stop on an ambitious plan to link our municipalities across the region and connect residents to health services, jobs, education centres and retail hubs in other communities."</p><p>During a formal launch celebration, the County also unveiled its unique social media marketing campaign to inform residents and encourage ridership called Get Your Brass on the Bus. The online video can be viewed at <a href="https://youtu.be/cgpLUYww1bQ">https://youtu.be/cgpLUYww1bQ</a>. </p><p>In 2017, as part of the County's Transit Implementation Plan, County Council approved a 5-year, $5 million plan to create a regional transit service. Recognizing the need to increase public transit within Simcoe County, the Government of Ontario recently topped up funding with a significant $8.4 million contribution.</p><p>As part of a five year roll out of the LINX service, the following proposed routes will be considered: Orillia to Barrie (2019), Collingwood to Barrie (2019/2020), Alliston to Bradford West Gwillimbury and Midland to Orillia (2020/2021). The County will also assume some existing inter-municipal routes currently operating throughout the County. </p><p>Visit <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Transit/Pages/Home.aspx">linx.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more. </p><p><strong>Quick Facts:</strong></p><p><em>Fares:</em> Fares will operate on a zone system based on distance travelled – fares for Route 1 range from $2, $4 and $6.  Exact cash fares only will be accepted on the bus. The County will be offering a LINX reloadable card that users can purchase for convenient access to the LINX. LINX cards will be available in late August. For sales locations and information, please visit linx.simcoe.ca. </p><p><em>Hours of Operation:</em> Route 1 LINX service will operate Monday to Friday with the first bus starting at 6 a.m. and the last drop off occurring at 7:40 p.m. The LINX Service does not operate on weekends. </p><p><em>Locating Your Bus:</em> Alerts and real-time bus tracking will be available on linx.simcoe.ca. The County has also partnered with an existing App company to link real-time bus and route information through the popular app. Residents are encouraged to download the “Transit app" on their Apple and Android devices.  </p><p><em>LINX Buses: </em>The first route will start with four 30 foot buses, with seating for up to 24 passengers plus room for eight standing passengers each and two wheelchairs, and 2 LINX+ buses with seating for up seven passengers, including 3 wheelchairs. The buses are equipped with GPS based vehicle location systems, automated stop announcements, smart card fare systems and CCTV cameras. </p><p><em>Environment:</em> LINX buses are equipped with low emission engines with current clean diesel technology. The LINX bus offers above average fuel economy and the manufacture has also partnered with the aerospace industry, integrating proven concepts into the bus, greatly reducing noise pollution – making it one of the quietest transit buses on the road today.</p><p><em>Bus Operation: </em>The County has entered into an agreement with First Canada ULC to operate and maintain LINX buses. First Canada has transit operating agreements across Canada and also provide school bus transportation services.</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="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"> </p>
Celebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/celebrate-simcoe-day-at-the-museum-18-7-31.aspx7/31/2018 2:20:15 PMCelebrate Simcoe Day at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Midhurst/July 31, 2018 –</strong> Join Warden Gerry Marshall and fellow County Councillors to celebrate Simcoe Day (Civic Holiday) with a free community event at the Simcoe County Museum. The event runs Monday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a free BBQ from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary admission to the Simcoe County Museum, a chance to learn more about the County's programs and services, enjoy a guided walk through the Museum Tract, take part in a range of picnic-themed activities and of course a BBQ with homemade ice cream as a special treat. </p><p>“I'm looking forward to our Simcoe Day celebration," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “2018 is the 175<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the County of Simcoe and this event is a great way to showcase the Simcoe County Museum, along with our many programs and services, while giving back to our residents. Please join us!" </p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT: Simcoe Day Celebration</strong></p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Simcoe County Museum<br>              1151 Highway 26<br>              Minesing, Ontario</p><p><strong>When:  </strong> Monday, August 26, 2018<br>              10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Museum and activities open to the public<br>              11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. : BBQ</p><p>The BBQ is being sponsored by the County of Simcoe and will provide guests with hot dogs and a vegetarian option. As quantities are limited, guests are encouraged to come early and enjoy. A donation to the local Food Bank is encouraged. </p><p>Did you know that the Civic Holiday is also celebrated as Simcoe Day in honour of Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe (1752 –1806)? Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe served as the first <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lieutenant_Governor_of_Upper_Canada">Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada</a> and was a founding figure in Canadian history. Throughout Simcoe County and Ontario, Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe is recognized for his efforts.  </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><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>|705-726-9300 ext. 1230 <br>705-794-9301<br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca </p>
County Expanding Paramedic and Seniors’ Services in Elmvalehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-Expanding-Paramedic-and-Seniors’-Services-in-Elmvale.aspx7/19/2018 3:49:28 PMCounty Expanding Paramedic and Seniors’ Services in Elmvale<p>​<strong>Midhurst/July 19, 2018</strong> <strong>– </strong>The County of Simcoe is investing in the development of a new facility in the village of Elmvale that will house a Paramedic Services station and the Long Term Care and Seniors' Services Adult Day Program Centre for the surrounding area. </p><p>“With an aging population and rising paramedic call volumes across the region, we continue to make strategic investments which enable us to expand and enhance our services to meet the needs of our residents and communities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “This new dual use facility will serve residents in Springwater, Wasaga Beach, Oro-Medonte, Tiny and Tay for years to come and we thank our partners at Springwater Township for working with us on this important venture." </p><p>The County has acquired 191 Queen Street West in Elmvale. The facility will consist of a two bay Paramedic Services station, allowing the County to expand services to the area and address increased call volumes. The County has outgrown its current leased space at the Elmvale Fire Hall, which was originally set up for a single paramedic response unit 12-hours per day and is now being used to house a 24-hour, fully staffed paramedic transport unit. This space no longer meets the operational needs of Paramedic Services and is anticipated to be used by Springwater Fire. </p><p>The Adult Day Program Centre will enable the County to expand its current program operating out of leased space at the Manse of St-John's United Church in Elmvale. The new space will allow for an increase in capacity and reduce the existing waitlists for the program. The County's Adult Day Program operates in Penetanguishene and Elmvale and provides daytime respite, support, education and activities for families and caregivers. Potential clients for the program are referred through a variety of sources such as Community Care Access Centres, program clientele, physicians, friends and relatives.</p><p>Construction of the facility is anticipated to commence in late 2018, and be completed in mid-2019. The estimated cost of constructing the facility is $3.9 million, inclusive of land acquisition and construction. The investment aligns with the County's Strategic Asset Management Plan to identify cost-efficient projects that align with the County's long term goals and objectives, including reducing leased/rented spaces in an effort to manage and control long-term costs and provide flexibility to meet service demands. </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="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p> </p>
Getting a Charge out of the County of Simcoehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/getting-a-charge-out-of-the-county-2018-7-5.aspx7/5/2018 6:04:34 PMGetting a Charge out of the County of Simcoe<p><strong>Midhurst/July 5, 2018</strong> – Three new electric vehicle charging stations are ready for use across Simcoe County thanks to funding from the provincial government. <br><br>Through the County's Sustainable Operations program $267,350 was applied for and received to install three “Level 3" supercharger stations that can be found at the following locations:</p><ul><li>Simcoe County Museum, 1151 Highway 26, Midhurst</li><li>Washago Carpool Lot, corner of Highway 169 and Highway 11, Washago</li><li>Station Park, 212 Huron Street, Stayner </li></ul><p>These superchargers are able to charge a fully electric vehicle within an average of 30-45 minutes, depending on the model of electric vehicle and quantity of power required making them ideal for highway travel. This past Canada Day long weekend saw more than 20 electric vehicle owners take advantage of these units, with Washago alone servicing 14.<br><br>“With more than 465,000 residents and 9 million visitors to our region each year, it is vital that we invest in initiatives that reduce our carbon footprint and highlight our commitment to being sound environmental stewards,"said Warden Gerry Marshall. “Investing in these charging stations has strengthened our sustainable infrastructure and provided more environmental options to our residents and visitors." <br><br>The County of Simcoe charges a fee of $0.25 per minute to use the vehicle chargers. A typical fill-up – lasting approximately 30 minutes – would cost the user $7.50. Charging fees create a revenue neutral operation for the County to maintain the charging stations while ensuring affordability for users.  <br><br>Electric vehicle owners can download the <a href="https://greenlots.com/ev-drivers/">Greenlots</a> app to pre-load your payment information and charge directly from your phone. Locations and status of charging locations can be viewed on <a href="https://www.plugshare.com/">Plugshare</a>.<br><br>The 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 simcoe.ca.</p><div style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></div><div style="text-align:center;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></span></span></span></span></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>County of Simcoe<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p></div>
Summer programming at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Summer-programming-at-the-Simcoe-County-Museum.aspx6/29/2018 1:15:01 PMSummer programming at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong style="font-size:1em;">Minesing/June 28, 2018 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">– Summer at the Simcoe County Museum is historic! Join us throughout July and August as our Museum After Hours, Summer Sundays and Simcoe Day programs and events return with family activities, education and much more.</span></p><p><em><b>Summer Sundays:<br></b></em><span style="font-size:1em;">Spend your summer stay-cation at the Simcoe County Museum every Sunday afternoon in July and August from 1 – 4:30 p.m. Themes include:</span></p><ul><li><strong>July 1 - Happy Birthday Canada: </strong>Celebrate Canada's Birthday with cake, games and more </li><li><strong>July 8, 29 and August 19 - Old Fashioned Cooking: </strong>Delicious home-made treats baked in a wood-fired oven<strong> </strong></li><li><strong>July 15 – Trades Day: </strong>Learn about some classic trades from the early 19<sup>th</sup> century </li><li><strong>July 22 and August 12 – Cottage Games: </strong>Don't have a cottage of your own? That's okay – join us at our own Cedar View Cottage for games and fun </li><li><strong>August 5 – Smithing Day: </strong>Tinsmith and blacksmith demonstrations to enjoy </li><li><strong>August 26 – Harvest Time:</strong> August is bursting with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Come and celebrate the harvest with us </li></ul><p><em><b>Museum After Hours:<br></b></em><span style="font-size:1em;">J</span><span style="font-size:1em;">oin us Tuesday evenings throughout the summer for our Museum After Hours program. Explore the County's past with games, activities and family-friendly fun. The program runs from 7 – 9 p.m. (unless otherwise listed) and features five different rotating themes:</span></p><ul><li><strong>July 3, July 24 and August 14 - Good Old-fashioned Games Night: </strong>Snack on bread oven pizza and other goodies while you challenge each other - we have lots of board games to choose from! Don't forget to wear your PJ's </li><li><strong>July 10 and August 7 - Liars Club: </strong>Test your knowledge of Museum artifacts during our Liar's Club game as our staff try to mislead you about the true identity of some of our rare objects</li><li><strong>July 17 and August 28 - Back to Basics: </strong>Delicious home-made treats baked in a wood-fired oven, pioneer games, candle making and more will be featured these nights </li><li><strong>July 31 - 50s Night: </strong>Our 1950s themed night including a classic movie playing on our big screen, 1950s décor, and concession snacks for sale (but we'll let you sneak in your own peanut free and nut free treats if you want) Check our website closer to the date for the movie title <em>(Movie will be shown inside) </em></li><li><strong>August 21 - Movie Night 8-10:15:</strong> We'll have concession snacks for sale (but we'll let you sneak in your own peanut free and nut free treats if you want) and be sure to bring your chairs and blankets. Check our website closer to the date for the movie title <em>(Movie will be shown inside) </em></li></ul><p><em><b>​Simcoe Day Event:<br></b></em><span style="font-size:1em;">Join us on Monday, August 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for our second annual Simcoe Day event as we celebrate the statutory holiday and honour the County's 175th Anniversary. The Museum grounds will be open to the public and the event will feature a complimentary BBQ and ice cream treat, booths and displays including Meet the Fleet with Paramedic Services vehicles, a LINX bus, road construction equipment and more. Our giant inflatable green bin will also be on hand.</span></p><p>Admission to the three events and programs is by donation. Pre-registration is not required. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information, please contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</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.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:50%;"><p><strong>Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Simcoe County Museum<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-728-3721<br></strong><a href="mailto:meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</strong></a></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><p style="text-align:right;"><strong>Forrest Patenaude, Education Director<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">Simcoe County Museum<br></strong><strong style="font-size:1em;">705-728-3721 ext. 1320<br></strong><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>​​forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</strong></a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p><br></p><p><br></p>
County publishes annual report card on 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-publishes-annual-report-card-on-10-Year-Affordable-Housing-and-Homelessness-Prevention-Strategy.aspx6/27/2018 1:25:43 PMCounty publishes annual report card on 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy<p><strong>Midhurst/June 27, 2018</strong> <strong>– </strong>The County of Simcoe has published its fourth annual report card, entitled <em>Housing Our Future: 2017 Annual Report</em>, to measure and evaluate the implementation of recommendations contained in its <em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em>. </p><p>“As we complete phase one of our 10 year plan, we're pleased to announce that we have surpassed our 895 unit phase one target by creating more than 1,000 new units since 2014," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We're making an impact by investing in multiple strategies, such as secondary suites, new apartment buildings, motel conversions, community improvement plans, financial incentive programs and rural builds to help meet the growing need for more affordable housing in our communities." </p><p>Key achievements from year four are outlined below. The full report card is available at <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/ourahhps">www.simcoe.ca/ourahhps</a>. </p><ul><li>1,017 new units created since the Strategy was approved in 2014, including rent supplements, secondary suites, new development, and home ownership down payment assistance; 473 of these units were created in 2017</li><li>County Council approved a Motel Conversion Pilot Project in June 2017, resulting in the purchase of an existing motel property for conversion into a 17-unit supportive housing project for persons who have experienced homelessness. This project will be executed in partnership with Redwood Park Communities and David Busby Centre. Expected completion in Fall 2018 </li><li>County Council approved $2 million in funds for affordable housing initiatives in smaller rural development areas, in recognition of the challenges of creating rural affordable housing </li><li>The County filed an expression of interest for provincial Home for Good (HFG) funding and successfully received a HFG funding allocation of $9,789,575 to support both the capital and operating costs of the Motel Conversions Pilot Project in the City of Barrie, as well as a Supportive Housing Project in the City of Orillia, rent supplements and support services funding in community agencies </li><li>A Redevelopment Plan for Simcoe County Housing Corporation, approved in 2017, will support new builds and streamline operations, ensuring more affordable housing units and better service delivery to tenants and county residents</li><li>Progress towards new County transit plan, which will improve resident access to community. supports, places of employment, educational opportunities, and food. Learn more at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=74d758bd-e19d-43e9-a374-02ce27d234b3">linx.simcoe.ca</a></li><li>2,162 households assisted with funding for housing retention, for rent and utility arears</li></ul><p>As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for this region, the County of Simcoe is responsible for developing and implementing <em>Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Strategy</em>. The Strategy was approved by County Council in 2014.</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;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><a style="color:#00539b;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:underline;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><span style="color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:400;word-spacing:0px;float:none;display:inline !important;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">         </span>
Grow Your Green Bin. Not Your Garbagehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Grow-Your-Green-Bin--Not-Your-Garbage.aspx6/26/2018 3:51:10 PMGrow Your Green Bin. Not Your Garbage<p><strong>Midhurst/June 26, 2018</strong> – Councillors received a first-hand look at the County of Simcoe's new green bin marketing and events campaign during Council on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. As the County strives to increase its diversion rate and grow participation in its green bin program, it is rolling out a multi-platform campaign to engage, motivate and educate County residents about the benefits of using their green bins, with a heavy emphasis on regional youth educating today's parents and adults. </p><p>The campaign leads with a call to action: Grow Your Green Bin. Not Your Garbage! It is being promoted through TV ads, online videos, print, billboard and radio ads, social media and a household mailer. There is also a contest running on local radio throughout the summer for a chance to win great prizes. The campaign features children educating the public about the benefits of using greens bins. It also aligns with the County's “Learning and Living Green" program where more than 100 local schools participate in waste education and diversion initiatives. Another component of the campaign is a summer festival and event series where the County's green bin team is touring to all 16 member municipalities to attend events and raise awareness about the use of green bins. The event includes a 9-metre-high inflatable green bin to drive home the message. </p><p>For a full list of summer events and details about the Grow Your Green Bin campaign, visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=06e6f59d-7fc9-479f-ab53-b79863920f3d">www.simcoe.ca/growyourgreenbin</a></p><p>“We're second in the province when it comes to overall waste diversion, and while our residents deserve credit for our continued improvement, we still have room to grow when it comes to our green bin program," said Warden Gerry Marshall. “About 40 per cent of our residents don't use a green bin, and 58 per cent of green bin material is still going into the garbage stream. Our call to action is simple, food is not garbage so please grow your green bin." </p><p>The County has a helpful tool on its website that lists the materials accepted in its green bin program <a href="https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/swm/where">https://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/swm/where</a>. In addition to food scraps, items such as coffee cups, food-contaminated cardboard products, paper towel, dryer lint, and wood stir sticks can all go in the green bin. While residents can use backyard compost to dispose of their food scraps, it is important to remember that the items listed above should also stay out of the garbage stream.</p><p>The County's commitment to growing it's green bin program and overall diversion includes ongoing promotion and education, student awareness, new collection programs such as battery, textile and electronics, the addition of new materials being accepted in its green bin program (October 2018) and the proposed development of a local organics processing facility operated by the County. </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>
B-25 "Maid in the Shade" Arriving in Oro-Medonte, Ontario for "Flying Legends of Victory Tour"https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/b-25-maid-in-the-shade-arriving-in-oro-medonte-2018-06-13.aspx6/13/2018 7:38:39 PMB-25 "Maid in the Shade" Arriving in Oro-Medonte, Ontario for "Flying Legends of Victory Tour"<p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>Midhurst/June 13, 2018 –</strong> One of the most iconic airplanes from World War II, the B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade," will make a stop in Oro-Medonte, Ontario at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, 224 Line 7 North from July 16 to 23, 2018 as part of its Summer Flying Legends of Victory Tour across the U.S. and Canada.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The tour, made possible by the volunteers of the non-profit 501(c)3 <a href="https://www.azcaf.org/">Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum</a>, features three restored WWII combat aircraft: C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend “Old Number 30;" B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey;" and B-25 Bomber “Maid in the Shade." These warbirds and their crews will follow separate routes across the U.S. and Canada and visit approximately 50 cities from May through October 2018 to fulfill their mission of educating all generations about the role of aviation in combat.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The public will have the opportunity to climb aboard the B-25 Bomber to soak in the breathtaking stories of courage and service by Americans during one of the most important periods in U.S. history. The B-25 is one of only 34 in the world that is still flying. The aircraft was used in America's first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The aircraft will be open to the public for tours on Monday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. and on Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Rides are taking place Friday through Sunday. Reservations are required and can be booked by visiting <a href="http://bit.ly/FLOVTBarrieON">http://bit.ly/FLOVTBarrieON</a>.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em>Pricing:</em></p><ul><li>Tours cost $10 USD per person and $20 USD for a family of four (<strong>US and in Canada).</strong></li></ul><ul><li>Seats are $325 USD per waist gunner compartment seat or $650 USD for flight deck jump seat and are limited to seven passengers per flight. </li></ul><ul><li>For more information about the Flying Legends of Victory Tour, visit  <a href="http://www.flyinglegendstour.com/">www.flyinglegendstour.com</a>. </li></ul><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>About the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (AZCAF) – Mesa, Arizona</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">AZCAF was founded in 1977 and is the 10<sup>th</sup> chapter of the Commemorative Air Force.  It's comprised of 500 member volunteers and seven flyable warbirds that offer Living History rides. The fully-restored and rare B-17 and B-25 Bombers and C-47/DC-3 Combat Legend conduct the Flying Legends of Victory Summer tour and visit approximately 50 cities throughout the United States and Canada.  The AZCAF has 55,000 square feet of historical airplanes, relics, and educational exhibits, in addition to a working mechanics hangar.  A Trip-Advisor Winner of Excellence, it's one of the top-rated adventure attractions in Phoenix and regularly conducts tours for schools, businesses, and youth groups.  <a href="http://www.azcaf.org/">www.azcaf.org</a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>About the B-25 Bomber</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Built in 1944, the B-25 “Maid in the Shade" was developed by North American Aviation and used mainly as a low altitude strafe and skip bomber. Nearly 10,000 B-25s were produced and the B-25 Mitchell “Maid in the Shade" is one of 34 still flying today. The aircraft was used in America's first large-scale bombing offensive in the Philippines and sunk eight ships and shot down five planes. The B-25 is most remembered for the Doolittle Raid on Japan where Jimmy Doolittle led 16 B-25s across Japan bombing targets. This aircraft has flown 15 combat missions from November 1 through December 31, 1944 including 13 over Italy and two over Yugoslavia. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>About the Commemorative Air Force; Dallas, TX Headquarters</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) honors the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in airplanes during wartime. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining these warbirds in flying condition and taking them to people to experience the sights and sounds of these treasured beauties in flight.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Collecting, restoring, and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to honoring American military aviation through flight, exhibition, and remembrance. A non-profit educational organization, the CAF has more than 13,000 members and a fleet of 165 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation.  There are also four international affiliates in France, Switzerland, New Zealand, and Australia. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/">www.commemorativeairforce.org</a>.</p><p><strong><br>Tourism Simcoe County</strong></p><p>Tourism Simcoe County is funded by the County of Simcoe. We promote area tourism and boost tourism partners, operators and the 25,000 employees working in regional tourism through funding initiatives and support of tourism programs and festivals. Visit our website at <strong>experience.simcoe.ca</strong> or better yet, visit, and experience amazing for yourself! </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>Resources:<br></strong><br><strong> </strong>Photos/B-25 Fact Sheet can be found on our website: <a href="https://www.azcaf.org/media-relations/">https://www.azcaf.org/media-relations/</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">A complete Flying Legends of Victory tour schedule is available at <a href="http://www.flyinglegendstour.com/">www.FlyingLegendsTour.com</a>.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Video of both B-25 and B-17: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVD_jAnDeXI">Video </a></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong><br>Social Media: </strong></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>CAF Airbase Arizona <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CAF-Airbase-Arizona-325577670879188/">Facebook</a></li><li>CAF Airbase Arizona <a href="https://twitter.com/AZCAF">Twitter</a></li><li>CAF Airbase Arizona <a href="https://www.azcaf.org/">website</a></li><li>CAF Airbase Arizona <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/AZCAFWebmaster">YouTube</a></li></ul><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p>Corey Paul<br> Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum<br><a href="mailto:communications@azcaf.org">communications@azcaf.org</a><br>480-568-6778<br><br>Kimberly Ring<br>Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum<br><a href="mailto:media@azcaf.org">media@azcaf.org</a><br>480-568-6759 </p>