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Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Fivehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/paramedic-services-toy-drive-update-week-five-2018-12-13.aspx12/13/2018 8:13:10 PMParamedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Five<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 13, 2018 </strong>– County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 16<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 15, 2018, so far collecting 3,601 toys, 3,653 lbs of food and more than $11,586 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 17, 2018. </p><p>Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations this week and weekend: </p><p><strong>December 13 and 14, 2018</strong><br>Simcoe County Museum Victorian Christmas - 6 to 9 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 15, 2018</strong><br>Craighurst Foodland Collection - 10 a.m. to 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. to 4:30 p.m. and at all Simcoe County Paramedic 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>SIMCOE COUNTY PARAMEDIC STATIONS:</strong><strong></strong><br></p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li><strong>Alliston -</strong> 6933 Industrial Parkway</li><li><strong>Angus -</strong> 1 Tree Top Street</li><li><strong>Barrie North -</strong> 667 Bayfield Street</li><li><strong>Barrie Tiffin -</strong> 113 Tiffin Street</li><li><strong>Beeton -</strong> 51 Main Street East </li><li><strong>Bradford -</strong> 170 Artesian Industrial Parkway, Units 6 & 7</li><li><strong>Coldwater -</strong> 1 Firehall Lane</li><li><strong>Collingwood –</strong> 140 Ontario Street</li><li><strong>Craighurst -</strong> 2298 Horseshoe Valley Road, Oro-Medonte</li><li><strong>Elmvale -</strong> 7 Patterson Street </li><li><strong>Midland -</strong> 395 Cranston Crescent </li><li><strong>Orillia -</strong> 68 West Street</li><li><strong>Stayner -</strong> 6993 Highway 26</li><li><strong>Stroud -</strong> 2394 Victoria Street West</li><li><strong>Wasaga Beach -</strong> 23 Oxbow Park Road</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 -<br></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong></strong></p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Collin Matanowitsch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> Public Relations Manager</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> 705-726-9300 ext. 1430</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> 705-734-8386 (mobile)</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"> Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Jennifer Straw</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Communications Co-ordinator</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">705-726-9300 ext. 1036</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">705-790-5979 (mobile)</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span>
Christmas and New Years Waste Operationshttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Christmas-and-New-Years-Waste-Operations.aspx12/13/2018 3:54:39 PMChristmas and New Years Waste Operations<h3>Waste Collections</h3><p>There will be no garbage, organics, and recycling collections on:</p><ul><li><strong>Tuesday, December 25<sup>th</sup>, 2018</strong></li><li><strong>Tuesday, January 1<sup>st</sup>, 2019</strong></li></ul><p>Collections for the remainder of those weeks shall occur one day later than normal. Have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular day to ensure collection.</p><h3>Waste Facility Hours</h3><p>Waste facilities will be closed:</p><ul><li><div><strong>Tuesday, December 25th, 2018</strong></div></li><li><div><strong>Wednesday, December 26th, 2018</strong></div></li><li><div><strong>Tuesday, January 1st, 2018</strong></div></li></ul><p>Does not apply to residents of Barrie and Orillia</p>
County Council elects George Cornell as Simcoe County Wardenhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/council-elects-george-cornell-as-warden-18-12-11.aspx12/11/2018 9:59:21 PMCounty Council elects George Cornell as Simcoe County Warden<p><strong>Midhurst/December 11, 2018 – </strong>County Council today elected George Cornell, Mayor of the Township of Tiny, to serve as Simcoe County Warden for 2019 and 2020.</p><p>"I am honoured to be elected as Simcoe County Warden for the next two years and I look forward to working on behalf of Council and County staff to advance our services, programs and regional leadership," said Warden George Cornell. "We're a growing County with tremendous opportunities to advance our economy, grow tourism, strengthen our regional infrastructure and improve the health and well-being of our residents. I thank my colleagues for demonstrating their confidence in my leadership and I look forward to serving the residents of Simcoe County." </p><p>As a Civil Engineer, Cornell spent his career working in the oil and gas sector. He joined municipal politics as a Councillor for the Township of Tiny from 2006 to 2010. He became Mayor of the Township of Tiny in 2014 and was recently acclaimed for his second term in the role. As a County Councillor from 2014 to 2018, Cornell sat as Chair of the Economic Development Sub Committee, Vice-Chair of Corporate Services and on the Grant Task Force Committee and the Governance and Striking Committees. Cornell and his wife Sandy have two children and two grandchildren. </p><p>County Council also elected Barry Burton, Deputy Mayor of the Township of Clearview, as the Simcoe County Deputy Warden for 2019 and 2020.  </p><p>Burton is an independent business owner and was elected as Deputy Mayor of the Township of Clearview from 2014 to 2018 and was recently re-elected to the position. As a Deputy Mayor, Burton served as a member of County Council from 2014 to 2018, where he sat as a member of the County's Museum Advisory Sub-Committee. Burton also represents Simcoe County on the Niagara Escarpment Commission. Burton and his wife Lorraine have four adult children and six grandchildren.</p><p>Additionally, the County's Business Section Chairs and Vice Chairs for 2019 and 2020 were elected/acclaimed on Tuesday:</p><p>Councillor Don Allen, Business Section Chair of Performance Management; Councillor Steffen Walma, Business Section Chair of Human Services; and Councillor Lynn Dollin Business Section Chair of Corporate Services.</p><p>Councillor Harry Hughes, Business Section Vice Chair of Performance Management; Councillor Anita Dubeau, Business Section Vice Chair of Human Services; and Councillor Richard Norcross Business Section Vice Chair of Corporate 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><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p><span lang="EN-US">Collin Matanowitsch<br> Public Relations Manager<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></span></p><div style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw</div><div style="text-align:left;">Communications Co-ordinator</div><div style="text-align:left;">County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch</div><div style="text-align:left;">705-726-9300 ext. 1036</div><div style="text-align:left;">705-790-5979 (mobile) </div><div style="text-align:left;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a><br></div>
Paramedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Fourhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/paramedic-services-toy-drive-update-week-four-18-12-7.aspx12/7/2018 9:02:55 PMParamedic Services Toy Drive Update – Week Four<p><strong>Midhurst/ December 7, 2018 </strong>– County of Simcoe Paramedic Services kicked off the 16<sup>th</sup> annual Toy Drive on November 15, 2018, so far collecting 1,652 toys, 3,545 lbs of food and more than $4,582 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 17, 2018.</p><p>Paramedics will be collecting donations at the following locations this weekend: </p><p><strong>December 8, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong>Barrie Toys R Us (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Walmart (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Walmart (Mapleview Drive) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Wasaga Beach Walmart Collection - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 9, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong>Barrie Toys R Us (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Walmart (Bayfield Street) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.<br> Barrie Walmart (Mapleview Drive) Collection - 11 a.m. to 3 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. to 4:30 p.m. and at all County of Simcoe Paramedic 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>In addition to the previously listed venues, the 2018 Paramedic Services Toy Drive will be collecting donations at these following events across Simcoe County throughout the holiday season: </p><p><strong>December 13 and 14, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong>Simcoe County Museum Victorian Christmas - 6 to 9 p.m.</p><p><strong>December 15, 2018</strong><br><strong> </strong>Craighurst Foodland Collection - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.</p><p><em>*Events are subject to change and additional locations may be added throughout the Toy Drive. </em></p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.  </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Contacts:</strong><br>Collin Matanowitsch<br> Public Relations Manager<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><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br> Communications Co-ordinator<br> County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br> 705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br> <span lang="FR-CA">705</span><span lang="FR-CA">-790-5979 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span></p>
County of Simcoe Inaugural set for December 11 at 1 p.m.https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-Inaugural-set-for-December-11-at-1-p-m--.aspx12/7/2018 4:21:47 PMCounty of Simcoe Inaugural set for December 11 at 1 p.m.<p><strong>Midhurst/December 7, 2018 – </strong>County of Simcoe hosts its 173<sup>rd</sup> Inaugural Ceremony on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 starting at 1 p.m. in the County of Simcoe Administration Centre.</p><p>The Ceremony includes elections amongst the 32 member County Council for the positions of Warden, Deputy Warden, and Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs. While this Council sits for four years, the elected positions are two year terms. </p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:99%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:52%;"><strong>173</strong><strong><sup>rd</sup></strong><strong> Inaugural of the County of Simcoe</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:52%;"><br>County of Simcoe Administration Centre – Council Chambers<br> 1110 Hwy. 26 <br>Midhurst, Ontario</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:16%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:52%;"><p>Tuesday, December 11 2018<br>Ceremony starts at 1 p.m. </p><p><em>Media are asked to check in with a member of Service Simcoe upon arrival. A designated media table is available in Council Chambers. A media scrum, and if possible, individual media interviews with the newly elected Warden, will be arranged by Service Simcoe team members during the reception.</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><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>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Public Relations Manager<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</p><p> </p>
Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Victorian Christmashttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/friends-of-the-scm-present-victorian-christmas-2018-12-6.aspx12/6/2018 9:12:44 PMFriends of the Simcoe County Museum present Victorian Christmas<p><strong>Minesing/December 6, 2018 </strong>– <em>Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?</em> Discover the magic of an old-fashioned <strong><em>Victorian Christmas </em></strong>at the Simcoe County Museum on December 13 and 14, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. </p><p>Listen to festive holiday music and embrace the Christmas spirit as you sample unique seasonal treats, and experience what Christmas looked like during the Victorian era. Stroll the lantern-lit pathways and Heritage Buildings as you explore Simcoe County's festive past. 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.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Visit the vendor booths for hand-made gifts and food items. <strong><em>Victorian Christmas</em></strong> is guaranteed to get the whole family into the holiday spirit!</p><p>Once again, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will be onsite to collect toys for local children. 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 the event is by 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>For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p><strong>EVENT:   Victorian Christmas</strong></p><p><strong>Where: </strong>  Simcoe County Museum<br>                1151 Highway 26<br>                Minesing, Ontario</p><p><strong>When:</strong>    December 13 and 14, 2018<br>               6 to 9 p.m.</p><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p><strong>Contact:</strong><br>Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 <br><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a> </p><p style="text-align:left;">Forrest Patenaude<br>Supervisor, Education & Visitor Engagement <br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Public Notice Concerning the 2019 Budgethttps://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/Public-Notice-Concerning-the-2019-Budget.aspx11/27/2018 8:13:48 PMPublic Notice Concerning the 2019 Budget<p><strong>TAKE NOTICE</strong> that the Council of the Corporation of the County of Simcoe will be considering the 2019 County Budget at its meeting on the 8<sup>th</sup> day of January, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The meeting will be held in the County of Simcoe Council Chamber, County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>PURPOSE AND EFFECT</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>THE PURPOSE </strong>of the 2019 budget is to establish the revenue and expenditures for the year 2019 for the County of Simcoe including the County levy on taxable property within the County of Simcoe.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>THE </strong><strong>EFFECT</strong> of the proposed 2019 budget will be to establish County spending at $550M.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Major components of the budget are:</p><ul><li>$3M contribution to hospital capital funding reserve</li><li>$1.5M contribution to education through Lakehead University and Georgian College</li><li>expenditures of $73M for Paramedic (land ambulance) services</li><li>expenditures of $60M for Long Term Care and Seniors Services</li><li>expenditures of $62M for Children and Community Services</li><li>expenditures of $73M for Ontario Works</li><li>expenditures of $90M for Social Housing</li><li>expenditures of $69M for Transportation and Engineering</li><li>expenditures of $46M for Solid Waste Management</li><li>Total County tax levy of $169M</li></ul><p>Increases to the general levy are required to fund our health and social services and our environmental and infrastructure commitments.  <br><br><strong>ANY PERSON</strong> may attend the meeting.   <br><br><strong>ADDITIONAL INFORMATION</strong> related to the proposed budget is available for inspection in the Clerk's Office at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre during regular office hours – Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by contacting Mr. Lealand Sibbick, Treasurer at 705-726-9300. <br><br><strong>DATED AT</strong> the County of Simcoe this 3rd day of December, 2018.<br><br>John Daly<br>County Clerk<br>County of Simcoe<br>1110 Highway 26 <br>Midhurst, Ontario, L9X 1N6</p>
County of Simcoe Paramedic Services to host Commencement and Honours Ceremonyhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-of-Simcoe-Paramedic-Services-to-host-Commencement-and-Honours-Ceremony.aspx11/27/2018 7:31:26 PMCounty of Simcoe Paramedic Services to host Commencement and Honours Ceremony<p>​<strong>Midhurst/November 27, 2018 –</strong> Media are invited to attend a commencement and honours ceremony, hosted by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, recognizing 27 graduates and 38 award winners. This ceremony will honour new recruits, career advancements, Chief's Commendations and Exemplary Service Award recipients.</p><table class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;">County of Simcoe Paramedic Services <br>Commencement and Honours Ceremony</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>County of Simcoe Administration Centre - Atrium </p><p>1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario</p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:11%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0">November 30, 2018<br> 2 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p>“County of Simcoe Paramedic Services play an integral role in keeping our community safe, healthy and strong," said Deputy Warden Terry Dowdall. “It is my privilege, on behalf of all residents of Simcoe County, to welcome this new class of recruits and offer congratulations to those being honoured today."</p><p>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services is committed to timely, clinically sophisticated emergency response and community strategies that preserve life, improve health and promote safety.</p><p>Paramedic Services employs more than 350 staff, which include full and part-time Paramedics, Supervisors and support staff.  All paramedics provide emergency medical response and community support to Simcoe County residents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, responding to more than 70,000 calls annually. </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> </p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br>Public Relations Manager<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</p>