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Learn how to Save-A-Lifehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-how-to-save-a-life-19-2-13.aspx2/13/2019 1:58:25 PMLearn how to Save-A-Life<p><strong>Midhurst / February 14, 2019</strong> –<span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"> <span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;">In celebration of Heart Month, </span>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation training course on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Bradford Community Centre.</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"></p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"></span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session (space is limited):</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0" style="height:297px;"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT:  <br></strong></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:50%;">​<span><span><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Save-A-Life CPR Training</strong></span></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Where: </strong>  <br></span></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Bradford Community Centre</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">125 Simcoe Road</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Bradford, Ontario</span></span></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>When:  <br></strong></span></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Saturday, February 23, 2019</span><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">9 a.m. to noon</span></span></span></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Cost:  <br></strong></span></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​Free</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:10%;">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Registration:</strong> </span></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">​<span><span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">www.simcoe.ca/cpr</span><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><br>705-735-6901 or toll-free at 1-800-263-3199</span></span></span></td></tr></tbody></table><div><br></div><div> <span lang="EN-US">Participants will receive instruction in a Level A course which includes adult and child CPR, choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the local food bank.</span></div><div><br></div><div>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>.</div><div style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">- 30 -</strong></div><br class="ms-rteFontSize-2"><table width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowtisch@simcoe.ca<br><br></span><table width="100%" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br>Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</span></td></tr></tbody></table><br></td></tr></tbody></table>
Waste Collection Interruption - February 12 - Updatehttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Interruption---February-12---Update.aspx2/12/2019 7:43:22 PMWaste Collection Interruption - February 12 - Update<p><strong>Tuesday February 12, 2019 UPDATE – </strong>Snow and high winds continue to cause white outs and poor road conditions across today's waste collection area.  Crews are out collecting; however trucks in many rural collection routes have now been re-deployed to more urbanized areas where visibility and road conditions are slightly better and in order to maximize the number of locations that can be serviced today.  As a result, we currently anticipate that there will be numerous sections of today's service area that will not be completed.  </p><p>The normal practice is to collect double on the next scheduled collection day, Tuesday February 19th.   Alternatively, affected residents may drop-off their regular household garbage, organics and recycling for free at their closest County waste facility until Tuesday February 19<sup>th</sup>.  </p><p>​</p>
Waste Collection Interruption - February 12https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Interruption---February-12.aspx2/12/2019 4:12:57 PMWaste Collection Interruption - February 12<p>​<strong>Tuesday February 12, 2019 – </strong>Snow and high winds are causing white outs and poor road conditions across today's waste collection area.  Crews are out collecting, going slowly for safety.  Bins and waste materials are also being impacted by the wind, further reducing productivity.  In order to maximize the amount of material that can be collected before conditions worsen, some trucks have been redirected into more urbanized areas.  As a result, we currently anticipate that some of the rural areas of Tay Township will not have garbage/organics collection completed.  The normal practice is to collect double on the next scheduled collection day, Tuesday February 19th.   Further updates to follow.</p>
County provides cultural ambassador training to prepare for #ITSTARTS awareness month in Marchhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-provides-cultural-ambassador-training-to-prepare-for-ITSTARTS-awareness-month-in-March.aspx2/11/2019 3:42:40 PMCounty provides cultural ambassador training to prepare for #ITSTARTS awareness month in March<p><strong>Midhurst/February 11, 2019 –</strong> In anticipation of #ITSTARTS month in March, the County of Simcoe Local Immigration Partnership is hosting Cultural Ambassador Training Sessions to provide education and tools to support participants in leading diversity awareness in their workplace and communities. The sessions also provide an overview of the #ITSTARTS social media campaign running throughout March. </p><p>#ITSTARTS aims to raise awareness about multiculturalism and reduce racism and discrimination in our communities. The social movement encourages Simcoe County residents to complete an #ITSTARTS card and share a photo or video through social media using the hashtag #ITSTARTS. Residents are asked to tag @simcoecounty (Twitter), @CountyofSimcoe (Facebook) and @ExperienceSimcoeCounty (Instagram) in their messages. </p><p>“The ambassador training program and our #ITSTARTS campaign are important and impactful initiatives that help demonstrate just how open and welcoming our communities are," said Warden George Cornell. “We have a growing immigrant population, exceeding 61,000 newcomers, and we encourage residents to embrace immigrants who enrich our communities."  </p><p>Remaining Ambassador Training sessions are occurring at the following dates and locations:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Tuesday, February 12 – Collingwood Public Library – 2-4 p.m.  </li><li>Thursday, February 14 – Simcoe County Administration Centre – 9:30-11:30 a.m.</li><li>Tuesday, February 19 – Orillia Public Library – 9:30-11:30 a.m. </li><li>Thursday, February 21 – Barrie Public Library (Painswick Branch) – 6:30-8:30 p.m.  </li></ul><p>Online <a href="https://events.eventzilla.net/e/it-starts-ambassador-training-2138734144">registration</a> is available, however space is limited.</p><p>During County Council on Tuesday, February 12, Councillors and attendees will receive an overview of the #ITSTARTS campaign where staff will launch a unique cultural cooking component: #ITSTARTS… with a meal.  </p><p>#ITSTARTS cards, available in both English and French, are available through local libraries. It can also be downloaded through <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/Itstarts">www.simcoe.ca/Itstarts</a> which hosts resources, tips, and tools on taking safe and purposeful action against racism and discrimination. Videos and photos throughout the month will be shared and promoted through the County's website and social media channels.                                                                                                                                       </p><p>The initiative, in its third year, is supported by the Local Immigration Partnership including Barrie Public Library, City of Barrie, Georgian College, the Ethnic Mosaic Alliance, Lakehead University, OPP, Simcoe County District School Board, South Simcoe Police, Welcome Centre Immigrant Services (mobile unit), YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka.</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;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;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;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;">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<br></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;"><span lang="EN-US">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><span> </span></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>
Family Day fun at the Simcoe County Museumhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/family-Day-fun-at-the-scm-2-7-2019.aspx2/7/2019 7:44:09 PMFamily Day fun at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/ February 7, 2019 </strong><strong>–</strong> Experience old-fashioned Family Day fun at the Simcoe County Museum.  Fill your Family Day with skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and so much more. Glide through the Museum grounds on our beautiful Skating Trail. Snowshoe through our forested trails or sled down our toboggan hill. Cap off a great day by exploring the Museum's indoor galleries. It's a holiday, so enjoy all these activities and more at your own pace and schedule. </p><p>All activities are included with your event admission for the day. Bring your own skates, helmets and toboggans – snowshoes are available free of charge. </p><p>Event rates apply for Family Day activities: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $8; Youth and Seniors $6; and Children are $5. </p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie. For more information please call 705-728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p><span><strong>EVENT:   Family Day at the Simcoe County Museum<br></strong><strong><br>Where:   </strong>Simcoe County Museum<br>                1151 Highway 26<br>                Minesing, Ontario<br><br><strong>When:</strong>    February 18, 2019<br>               10 a.m. to 4 p.m.</span><br></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"arial", sans-serif;">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></span></p><p class="MsoNormal"></p><span><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Shaughna Crew<br>Events Programmer, <strong>Simcoe County Museum<br><strong><strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong>, Service Simcoe Branch<br><strong>705-728-3721<br><strong><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Forrest Patenaude, <br>Supervisor, <strong>Education & Visitor Engagement, <br><strong>Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch <br><strong>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><strong><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p></span>
Family Day Waste Collectionhttps://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Family-Day-Waste-Collection.aspx1/29/2019 9:15:42 PMFamily Day Waste Collection<br> There will be NO CHANGE to your garbage, organics, and recycling collection day. Have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular day to ensure collection.<br><br><h3> Waste Facility Hours</h3><p> All County waste management facilities will be: CLOSED Monday, February 18.<br> </p>
The Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Skate and Sweetshttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/the-friends-of-the-scm-present-skate-and-sweets-19-1-24.aspx1/24/2019 9:12:23 PMThe Friends of the Simcoe County Museum present Skate and Sweets<p><strong>Minesing/January 24, 2019 </strong>– The Friends of the Simcoe County Museum invite residents to enjoy a romantic evening under the stars on February 12, 2019. Take a turn around our lamp-lit skate trail, then indulge in delicious treats. Tickets are $18 per person if purchased prior to the event, or $20 at the door. </p><p>To purchase tickets in advance or for more information on the Simcoe County Museum, visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> or call the Simcoe County Museum at 705-728-3721. The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</p><p><strong>EVENT:   Skate and Sweets at the Simcoe County Museum<br></strong><strong><br>Where:   </strong>Simcoe County Museum<br>                1151 Highway 26<br>                Minesing, Ontario<br><br><strong>When:</strong>    Tuesday, February 12, 2019<br>                6:30 to 9 p.m.<br><br>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Shaughna Crew<br>Events Programmer, <strong>Simcoe County Museum<br><strong><strong>Simcoe County Museum</strong>, Service Simcoe Branch<br><strong>705-728-3721<br><strong><a href="mailto:shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca">shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</a></strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>Forrest Patenaude, <br>Supervisor, <strong>Education & Visitor Engagement, <br><strong>Simcoe County Museum, Service Simcoe Branch <br><strong>705-728-3721 ext. 1320 <br><strong><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a> </strong></strong></strong></strong></strong></p>
County accepting applications for its 2019 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant programhttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/County-accepting-applications-for-its-2019-Arts,-Culture-and-Heritage-(Built,-Natural-and-Environmental)-Grant-program.aspx1/23/2019 7:15:36 PMCounty accepting applications for its 2019 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant program<p>​<strong>Midhurst/January 23, 2019 </strong>– The County of Simcoe is now accepting application for its 2019 Arts, Culture and Heritage (Built, Natural and Environmental) Grant Program. Funding for the 2019 grant program was approved by County Council as part of the 2019 Budget. </p><p>In 2018, the grant supported more than 40 arts, culture and heritage projects and organizations. The 2019 commitment aligns with the County's goals to grow, support and attract economic growth across various sectors.  </p><p>“As we shape our strategic direction for the next four years, this Council has made it clear that investing in tourism and initiatives that support our economy is a key priority," said Warden George Cornell. “We are pleased to give a boost to our arts and culture businesses and look forward to supporting creative projects that help enhance our communities." </p><p>The vision of this grant program is to support and enhance the arts, culture and heritage sectors in Simcoe County through:</p><ul><li>Building organizational capability and sustainability in existing and new local cultural organizations </li><li>Investing in community-based cultural activities that promote awareness, access, participation and appreciation of arts and heritage </li><li>Encouraging collaborative opportunities and partnerships </li></ul><p>Interested applicants are asked to submit their Expression of Interest (EOI) by February 1, 2019 with the application due date on March 15, 2019. Applications will be accepted for three category streams: Capacity Building; Project; and Sustainability. </p><p>All applications will be reviewed by the County of Simcoe's Grant Program Task Force, consisting of appointed County Councillors with support from County staff. The grant program will provide up to $200,000 in annual funding which will be divided among successful candidates based on program requirements, objectives and overall benefit to the entire region. </p><p>Further details, application guidelines and templates can be found at <a title="link to grants page" href="http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants" target="_blank">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/fin/grants</a>. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;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;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Manager, Public Relations<br>County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br>Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca<br></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;"><span lang="EN-US">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></span><span> </span></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>