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Mid-morning on a dairy farm in the heart of Timmins and Mayor Michelle Boileau and Councillor Rock Whissell are learning more about how Haasen Farms Ltd. operates. Not the Mayor’s normal Friday morning, but one that carries with it the opportunity for agricultural revival in Timmins and Northern Ontario.

On Friday, Mayor Boileau and Councillor Whissell joined Minister Lisa Thompson, Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs, for a tour of four farming operations in Timmins and Matheson, part of a day long discussion hosted by Commerce Management and the Northeast Community Network (NeCN) as part of the Claybelt Agricultural Project. The project aims to enhance farm production in the north and highlight the tremendous potential for agriculture to become the third major pillar in the region’s economy. Timmins is part of a group of municipalities along the Hwy. 11 corridor who have invested in the project.

It was a small bit of history for Timmins, the first time a Minister of Agriculture has toured the area, more significantly with the Minister of Mines, and Timmins MPP, George Pirie. Collaboration across the regions economic pillars could be key to how quickly agriculture and farming joins mining and forestry as economic drivers for the area.

“We had an opportunity to talk about how Timmins’ economy can be diversified and flourish,” says Mayor Boileau. “It’s important for the City of Timmins to be front and centre in these discussions, to not only support our farming sector, but to emphasize the importance of stimulating agricultural development in a way that is sustainable and environmentally conscious.”

Timmins’ City Council received an update on the Claybelt Agricultural Project in July. The benefit to establishing agriculture in Timmins, aside from benefiting the economy, is the potential for job creation and food security. Ultimately, it’s part of future planning for our community and region.

“Our tour of Rubber Boot Farm highlighted how farming in the north has the capacity to support the environment,” adds Mayor Boileau. “Regenerative farming, working with nature and not against it, protects the land and delivers quality, nutritious food products. We have innovative farmers here, in our community, who are pushing the industry forward. We were happy to be able to show Minister Thompson what Timmins and the north has to offer.

For more information on the Claybelt Agricultural Project visit:
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Dec 05, 2022 at 11:52 AM
Timmins Transit bus fares will increase as of January 1, 2023. A single ride will go up 25 cents for all passengers, while the cost of monthly passes will see a nominal increase for all categories except students and children.

The price changes will bring current fares in line with the Transit User Fee by-law 2020-8488.

“In order for our rates to be realigned with the user fee by-law, the regular increase will be implemented for 2023,” says Ken Krcel, Director of Public Works and Environmental Services. “The alternative, continuing to freeze fare rates, would result in a significant increase at a future point in time.”

User fees are designed to offset the cost of operation and maintenance. Transit fares covered roughly 19% of operational costs in 2021, with the municipal tax base absorbing 68% of the cost to operate our public transit system. Timmins Transit continues to operate a modified schedule post pandemic based on ridership numbers. The schedule is designed to balance service, convenience, and cost.

“Ridership numbers have not bounced back from COVID-19,” adds Krcel. “We monitor them regularly and can act fast to adjust the schedule, if required. We have seen an increase in monthly bus pass sales, which we attribute to the start of the school year and the addition of the Northern College Express. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Passengers can track their bus online using or download the Timmins Transit app today from Google Play or App Store.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Dec 05, 2022 at 9:19 AM
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