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Waste Collection Impacts - Friday, July 3, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Friday,-July-3,-2020.aspx7/3/2020 11:03:44 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Friday, July 3, 2020<p>The County's waste collection contractor has advised that they are experiencing extremely large volumes of recyclables as well as high temperatures, resulting in some​ routes not being completed for recycling and organics collection.  Impacted areas will be collected Saturday, July 4 and include portions of the following municipalities:</p><p>Township of Adjala-Tosorontio:</p><ul><li>​Mono-Adjala Townline (between 20th Sideroad and County Rd. 1)</li><li>Tandragee Rd., River Rd. W and Cottage Rd.<br></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">County Rd. 1 (</span><span style="font-size:1em;">between Mono-Adjala Townline and Concession Rd. 4)</span><br></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Concession Roads 3 and 4 (between County Rd. 1 and Hwy 9)</span></li></ul><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Township</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​ of Clearview:</span></p><ul><li>Centre Line Rd​ to Concession 5 South Nottawasaga (between County Rd. 9 and the Townline) not including downtown Creemore<br></li></ul><p>​Collection impacts are communicated to the public through messaging on simcoe.ca, as well as directly to subscribers to the 'Simcoe County Collects' mobile app. Residents can download the free app through Google Play or the App Store. <br><br><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" style="color:#3f4e5b;text-decoration-line:none;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span><strong style="color:#2a9cfe;"><a 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></strong> ​<br><br>Alternatively, r<span style="font-size:1em;">esidents ca</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n also subscribe for waste collection alerts at </span><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;">. For tips on dealing with extra recycling including how to bundle cardboard properly, <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/containers.aspx"><font color="#0066cc">click here​</font></a>. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ontac</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">the County's Customer Service Centre at 1-800-26</span><span style="font-size:1em;">3-3199 or </span><a href="mailto:info@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">info@simcoe.ca</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> for additional information if required. </span></p><p><br></p>
Waste Collection Impacts - Thursday, July 2, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Thursday,-July-2,-2020.aspx7/2/2020 11:06:56 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Thursday, July 2, 2020<p>​The County's waste collection contractor has advised that they are experiencing extremely large volumes of recyclables as well as high temperatures today, resulting in approximately 20% of the Town of Bradford not being complete for recycling and organics collection.  Impacted areas will be collected Saturday, July 4.</p><p>Collection impacts are communicated to the public through messaging on simcoe.ca, as well as directly to subscribers to the 'Simcoe County Collects' mobile app. Residents can download the free app through Google Play or the App Store. <br><br><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" style="color:#3f4e5b;text-decoration-line:none;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span><strong style="color:#2a9cfe;"><a 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></strong> ​<br><br>Alternatively, r<span style="font-size:1em;">esidents ca</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n also subscribe for waste collection alerts at </span><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;">. For tips on dealing with extra recycling including how to bundle cardboard properly, <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/containers.aspx"><font color="#0066cc">click here​</font></a>. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ontac</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">the County's Customer Service Centre at 1-800-26</span><span style="font-size:1em;">3-3199 or </span><a href="mailto:info@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;"><font color="#0066cc">info@simcoe.ca</font></a><span style="font-size:1em;"> for additional information if required. </span></p>
Collections Update - July 2https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/collections-update-july-2.aspx7/2/2020 1:21:42 PMCollections Update - July 2<p><strong>​​Midhurst/July 2, 2020 </strong>- Due to extremely high volumes of recycling materials, collections crews are having to offload trucks at a higher rate. Offloading the trucks takes them away from collecting for approximately 1-2 hours, in most cases making it difficult to complete collections on those days. </p><p>If your area is ever missed, we will alert you on the Simcoe County Collects App, and in most cases, crews return the following morning to service incomplete routes from the previous day. The Simcoe County Collects app is free and available through GooglePlay and the AppStore. ​​For more information on the app, visit the <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=348e3758-5c06-4462-9458-e200b2908da6">Solid Waste Management page</a> on our website.<br></p><p>In Fall 2021 the County of Simcoe is moving to an entirely new collection system that will utilize larger bins and an automated collection process. This will make a significant difference in managing spikes in volumes effectively, in addition to mitigating the current labour shortages for drivers. For up-to-date information on the new automated collection service starting November 2021, click <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/2021-swm-collection-contract-change.aspx">here</a>. Additional information will be made available through a fulsome marketing campaign in summer 2021. ​ <br></p>
Waste Collection Impacts - Tuesday, June 30https://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Waste-Collection-Impacts---Tuesday,-June-30.aspx6/30/2020 10:29:08 PMWaste Collection Impacts - Tuesday, June 30<p>​<span style="font-size:1em;">T</span><span style="font-size:1em;">he Coun</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ty's </span><span style="font-size:1em;">waste collection contractor </span><span style="font-size:1em;">has advised that they are experiencing extremely high volumes of recyclables, which has which resulted in some routes not being serviced for recycling and organics today.  Impacted areas will be collected tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1st and include portions of the following areas:</span></p><p>Township of Ramara:</p><p><ul><li><span style="font-size:1em;">​Rama Rd. to County Rd. 169 (between Monck Rd. and Switch Rd.)</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;"></span>Lakeshore Dr. to Hwy 12 (between Simcoe Rd. and Bayview Drive/Stone Gate Rd)​<br></li></ul></p><p>Collection impacts are communicated to the public through messaging on simcoe.ca, as well as directly to subscribers to the 'Simcoe County Collects' mobile app. Residents can download the free app through Google Play or the App Store. <br></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-3"><strong><a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.simcoe.recollect.waste" target="_blank" style="color:#3f4e5b;text-decoration-line:none;"><img src="/SolidWasteManagement/PublishingImages/google%20play.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:132px;height:39px;" /></a></strong></span><strong style="color:#2a9cfe;"><a 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></strong> ​<br></p><p>Alternatively, r<span style="font-size:1em;">esidents ca</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n also subscribe for waste collection alerts at </span><a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder" style="font-size:1em;">www.simcoe.ca/wastereminder</a><span style="font-size:1em;">. For tips on dealing with extra recycling including how to bundle cardboard properly, <a href="/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/containers.aspx">click here​</a>. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">C</span><span style="font-size:1em;">ontac</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">the County's Customer Service Centre at 1-800-26</span><span style="font-size:1em;">3-3199 or </span><a href="mailto:info@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">info@simcoe.ca</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> for additional information if required. </span></p><p><br></p>
Council - June 23, 2020https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/council-june-23-2020.aspx6/30/2020 12:53:48 PMCouncil - June 23, 2020<h2>​​Results of Negotiation for Next Waste Collection Contract​</h2><p>Negotiations with Miller Waste Systems, the successful proponent for the new waste collection contract, have now concluded and an agreement has been reached.<br></p><div>On June 23, Council received a public report on the results of the negotiation, costs and details about the automated cart system which will start November 2021.<br></div><div><br></div><div>Key benefits of the new waste contract include:</div><div><ul><li>Expansion of the labour force by removing the significant manual labour aspect from the job, which should help to address labour issues experienced under the current contract</li><li>Reduced litter from windblown materials through the use of large lidded carts for recycling</li><li>Increased and convenient storage capacity for recyclables and organic green bin materials, as the County works to increase diversion and reduce garbage (one large lidded bin instead of multiple under current system)</li><li>Significantly reduced chance of injuries to drivers</li></ul></div><div>For further details, click <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/automated-cart-collection-system-coming-to-simcoe-county-curbs-late-2021-.aspx">here</a>.<br></div><div><br></div><h2>The Guesthouse Shelter - Request for Funding​<br></h2><p></p><div>The County of Simcoe provides leadership to local homelessness prevention community planning and funds numerous related programs and services. The County is not an operator/provider of these services.</div><div><br></div><div>Located at 522 Elizabeth Street in Midland, the Guesthouse Shelter is an 18-bed homelessness shelter, providing a myriad of services to homeless populations in North Simcoe. In 2017, prior to initiating operations from its current location, the agency undertook renovations to the building, which included a redesign of the top floor and the repair of water systems. However, based on numerous assessments, the Guesthouse Shelter’s roof now needs to be replaced and the related HVAC upgraded.<br></div><div><br>​Last week, Council approved a grant of $35,000 and an interest free loan of $22,000 to assist The Guesthouse Shelter with capital costs.<br></div><div><br></div><h2>County Orillia Campus Project – Preliminary Design and Costing​<br></h2><p>At the last session, County staff presented a preliminary design and costing for the County Orillia Campus project, which will encompass the development of a multi-use energy-efficient building in a campus-like setting, including a mix of approximately 130 affordable housing units, and community services, as well as potential County corporate and/or other supportive services intended to meet the diverse needs of the community and surrounding areas. This item was referred back to staff for more information.</p><h2>Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Runway Widening Project​<br></h2><p><span style="font-size:1em;">​​​​​​​On January 1, 2020, the County of Simcoe became the majority shareholder of the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport (LSRA), signaling the County’s continued commitment to support the region’s economic asset. Through the LSRA Strategic Plan, which was approved by County Council in 2018, the Airport has been moving forward on developing their strategic advantage. One of the first objectives within the LSRA Strategic Plan is the expansion of the present runway to address operational constraints and allow for larger and heavier aircraft to access the Airport.</span></p><div>The current runway design, with a length of 6,001 ft. and a width of 100 ft. is a potential operational constraint to those who operate medium to large corporate aircraft. In addition to extending the runway, widening the runway from 100 ft. to 150 ft. provides additional margin of safety for larger aircraft, especially during periods when the runway is wet or contaminated with snow. To accommodate target design aircraft on typical non-stop routes to sun destinations, a minimum runway length of 7,000 ft. x 150 ft. is required. Widening of the runway is the first phase of the runway expansion.<br></div><p>Last week, Council approved the runway expansion project. Construction will begin by the end of 2020 and is anticipated to conclude by summer 2021.​<br></p><h2>COVID-19 Update: No additional cases at Simcoe Manor</h2><div><p>The County of Simcoe is pleased to report that following extensive rapid COVID-19 testing at Simcoe Manor, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that there are NO other positive cases at Simcoe Manor among staff or residents.</p><div><span style="font-size:1em;">T</span><span style="font-size:1em;">he sole resident who tested positive for COVID-19 remains in hospital and his health is improving. We wish him a healthy and full recovery. Simcoe Manor will remain in outbreak protocol until further notice from the SMDHU.​</span><br></div></div>
County of Simcoe and area partners launch new job portal WorkinSimcoeCounty.cahttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-of-simcoe-and-area-partners-launch-new-job-portal-workinsimcoecounty-ca.aspx6/25/2020 7:31:27 PMCounty of Simcoe and area partners launch new job portal WorkinSimcoeCounty.ca<p><strong>Midhurst/June 25, 2020 –</strong> The County of Simcoe and area partners including member municipalities, the cities of Barrie and Orillia and the Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board are launching a new interactive job portal. The <em>Work in Simcoe County </em>site includes local resources and job opportunities, as well as vital information to empower and inspire residents.</p><p>“Our Economic Development Office and regional business partners are constantly working on a variety of strategies and programs to support our local economy and job seekers," said Warden George Cornell. “This new portal will help connect our labour force to quality jobs in our region and arrives at an optimal time as we work together as community partners towards our economic recovery, while supporting our businesses and residents." <br></p><p>The <em>Work in Simcoe County</em> portal uses an automated fetching tool to aggregate job listings from over 20 popular job boards and career sites, such as Indeed, Workopolis, job bank, Employment Ontario job boards throughout Simcoe County and more. The new user-friendly online tool also includes features, such as the ability to map job opportunities across Simcoe County, and provides important information on accessing Employment Ontario offices and childcare facilities. </p><p>This site is a one-stop shop and includes training, recruiting and funding resources for job seekers and employers alike, and will alleviate local employers from having to enter their job postings on multiple sites, as well as job seekers having to search a variety of platforms for work opportunities within the County.</p><p>The portal also aids recruitment efforts by highlighting which jobs are in current demand to employers and local government, and helps fill market gaps using an interactive tool by Edge Factor, housed under the Career Exploration tab, which provides interactive activities for various STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) careers; including a focus on the skilled trades. <br></p><p>​Visit <a href="http://www.workinsimcoecounty.ca/">www.workinsimcoecounty.ca</a> and explore career opportunities and resources right here in Simcoe 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>.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>-30-</strong><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong>CONTACTS</strong></p><p style="text-align:left;"><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant​<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><br></span></p><p style="text-align:left;">Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <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></p>
Simcoe Manor COVID-19 Update - Single Positive Casehttps://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Simcoe-Manor-COVID-19-Update---Single-Positive-Case--.aspx6/24/2020 8:12:13 PMSimcoe Manor COVID-19 Update - Single Positive Case<h3>​June 29 (4 p.m.)<br></h3><p></p><p>The County of Simcoe is pleased to report that following extensive rapid COVID-19 testing at Simcoe Manor, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that there are <strong>NO</strong> other positive cases at Simcoe Manor among staff or residents.</p><p>The sole resident who tested positive for COVID-19 remains in hospital and his health is improving. We wish him a healthy and full recovery.</p><p>The health and well-being of our residents and staff remain our number one priority, and we are very proud of our quick and decisive actions, and the skill and training of our highly qualified staff in handling this difficult situation. Their dedicated response ultimately led to this positive outcome for our home.</p><p>Simcoe Manor will remain in outbreak protocol until further notice from the SMDHU. </p><p>From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has prioritized the health and well-being of our most vulnerable residents, and through our extensive health protocols, we have done and continue to do everything possible to minimize the risk to our residents and staff and limit their exposure to the coronavirus. To date, the County of Simcoe's four long term care and seniors services facilities, which provide care to 1,300 seniors, have only experienced this single positive case of COVID-19.</p><p>We will continue to keep residents, families and staff updated and do everything we can to keep Simcoe Manor and all our homes safe. <br></p><p>​<br></p><h3><br></h3><h3>June 27, 2020 (8 a.m.)<br></h3><p></p><p> The County of Simcoe is pleased to report that following extensive rapid COVID-19 testing at Simcoe Manor, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) has confirmed that there are <strong>NO</strong> other positive cases among the resident population at Simcoe Manor. Ninety-eight per cent of staff tests have been returned from the Health Unit with no further positive tests. The County is awaiting results from three remaining staff tests - these remaining test results are expected to be provided to the County by Monday.  </p><p>The sole resident who tested positive for COVID-19 remains in hospital and his health is improving. We continue to pull for his healthy recovery. At this time, a potential source for this single COVID-19 transmission is still unknown and contact tracing is ongoing.</p><p>The health and well-being of our residents a​nd staff remain our number one priority, and we are very proud of our quick and decisive actions, and the skill and training of our highly qualified staff in handling this difficult situation. Their dedicated response ultimately led to this positive outcome for our home.</p><p>Simcoe Manor will remain in outbreak protocol until further notice from the SMDHU. </p><p>From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the County has prioritized the health and well-being of our most vulnerable residents, and through our extensive health protocols, we have done and continue to do everything possible to minimize the risk to our residents and staff and limit their exposure to the coronavirus. To date, the County of Simcoe's four long term care and seniors services facilities, which provide care to 1,300 seniors, have only experienced this single positive case of COVID-19.</p><p>We will continue to keep residents, families and staff updated and do everything we can to keep Simcoe Manor and all our homes safe. ​<br></p><h3><br></h3><h3>June 25, 2020 (3 p.m.)​</h3><p>On Monday, June 22, the County confirmed with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) that a resident at Simcoe Manor has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident was transported to hospital on Sunday, June 21 with potential COVID-19 symptoms. The hospital tested the patient for COVID-19, and we received ​confirmation from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit that the patient was positive for the Coronavirus. To-date, there is only the one confirmed COVID-19 positive case in Simcoe Manor.  The following actions have been taken:<br></p><ul><li>Testing of all residents and staff has been completed - Public Health collected the sample swabs on the morning of Wednesday, June 24. Results are anticipated by early the week of June 29</li><li>We continue with enhanced outbreak protocols and measures, including sanitizing and cleaning all medical or dietary items/products coming into our facility as well as those moving between units</li><li>Currently 12 residents are being isolated for various precautionary measures and 14 staff have been asked to stay home until tests are returned. These are precautionary measures only, and family members of residents placed in isolation have been notified directly</li><li>The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 continues to receive care in a local hospital and medical reports indicate that he is in stable condition and improving. Further COVID-19 test results on this individual are forthcoming from Public Health</li><li>The County and Public Health continue to investigate con tact tracing; however, the source of the transmission is still unknown at this time</li><li>The County continues to do everything it can to limit the spread to this one confirmed case and keep it's residents and staff safe. ​<br></li></ul><p><br></p><h3>June 24, 2020 (4 p.m.) ​<br></h3><p><span style="font-size:1em;">On Monday, June 22, the County confirmed with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) that a resident at Simcoe Manor has tested positive for COVID-19. The resident was transported to hospital on Sunday, June 21 with potential COVID-19 symptoms. The hospital tested the patient for COVID-19, and we received confirmation from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit that the patient was positive for the Coronavirus. To-date, there is only the one confirmed COVID-19 positive case in Simcoe Manor. </span><span style="font-size:1em;">​The following actions have been taken:</span></p><ul><li>Testing of all residents and staff has been completed - Public Health collected the sample swabs on the morning of Wednesday, June 24. Results are anticipated by early the week of June 29</li><li>We continue with enhanced outbreak protocols and measures to limit potential spread, while we await test results</li><li>Currently 12 residents are being isolated for various precautionary measures and 14 staff have been asked to stay home until tests are returned. <span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>These are precautionary measures only</strong></span>, and family members of residents placed in isolation have been notified directly<br></li><li>The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 continues to receive care in a local hospital and medical reports indicate that he is in stable condition. Further COVID-19 test results on this individual are forthcoming from Public Health</li><li>The County and Public Health continue to investigate con​​tact tracing; however, the source of the transmission is still unknown at this time<br></li></ul><p>The County continues to do everything it can to limit the spread to this one confirmed case and keep it's residents and staff safe.​<br></p><p><br></p><p>More information can be found on our <a href="/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-statement-–-confirmation-of-positive-covid19-case-at-simcoe-manor-20-6-23.aspx">Official Statement</a>, issued June 22.<br></p><p><strong>Media Inquiries: </strong><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Collin Matanowitsch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">Manager, Public Relations<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch <br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;">705-734-8386 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:right;"><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a>​</span><br></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Chris Hedley<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-7654 (mobile)​<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Chris</a></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Chris.Hedley@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">.Hedley@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br><br><br><br></p>
County and area partners offer Ask an Expert Virtual Series to support businesses during COVID-19https://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/county-and-area-partners-offer-ask-an-expert-virtual-series-to-support-businesses-during-covid19-20-6-24.aspx6/24/2020 8:02:29 PMCounty and area partners offer Ask an Expert Virtual Series to support businesses during COVID-19<p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Midhurst/June 24, 2020 </strong><span style="font-size:1em;">–</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">On June 29, the County and area partners invite representatives from local businesses and organizations to join another virtual “Ask an Expert" session with employment and labour law experts as they help businesses navigate potential employment and workplace challenges related to reopening, operating safely and supporting employees during the pandemic.</span><br></p><p>Tim Timpano, Partner, Downey Tornosky Lassaline & Timpano, joined by Sophie Mathewson, Strategic Advisor & Coach at Prism Group International, will share helpful information, advice and guidelines, including: <br></p><ul><li>Best practices for re-engaging employees</li><li>Managing employee expectations and ensuring a positive employment experience</li><li>Employer and employee obligations for safe workplaces</li><li>Constructive dismissals in Ontario</li></ul><p>There will also be an opportunity for businesses to pose questions to experts during a live Q&A sessio­n.<br></p><p><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">EVENT:  Ask an Expert Legal and Human Resources Advice</strong><br class="ms-rteFontSize-3"><strong class="ms-rteFontSize-3">               on Reopening & Re-engaging Employees​</strong><br></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>Where:    </strong>Zoom (details for joining the Zoom meeting will be sent in advance)</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>When:</strong>      June 29, 2020 ~ 3 to 4 p.m.<br></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeFontFace-1"><strong>Register:</strong>  Visit <a href="https://ask-an-expert-legal-and-hr-advice.eventbrite.ca/">https://ask-an-expert-legal-and-hr-advice.eventbrite.ca</a>​<br>                 Registrants can submit question ahead by emailing <a href="mailto:edo@simcoe.ca">edo@simcoe.ca</a></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">T</span><span style="font-size:1em;">his session is part of the “Ask an Expert" series presented in partnership with the County of Simcoe, the </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Small Business Centre of Barrie, Simcoe County and Orillia, South Georgian Bay Small Business Enterprise Centre, Orillia Area Community Development Corporation, Nottawasaga Futures, North Sim​coe Community Futures Development Corporation and the Centre for Business and Economic Development.</span><br></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 simcoe.ca. <br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 - </strong><br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><strong></strong></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><strong>CONTACTS:</strong></span></p><p>Collin Matanowitsch<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Manager<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<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></p><p></p><p>Jennifer Straw<br><span style="font-size:1em;">Public Relations Consultant<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe, Service Simcoe Branch<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-5979 (mobile)<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a>​</span></p>