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As of April 1st, 2021, parking rates at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport will see a slight increase.

While hourly automobile parking rates will remain the same, travelers leaving their vehicles at the airport for a full day or extended period of time will pay more. The daily parking rate will increase from $10 to $12/day and the weekly parking rate from $50 (7 consecutive days) to $62/week.

Residents are reminded that parking in front of the terminal is prohibited and automobile congestion can be an issue. The curb lane is a Fire Route and vehicles will be ticketed. Instead, we ask that people park in the vehicle lot (FREE for first hour), wait on the east side access road and have your passenger call for pick up, or continue to circle the parking road and wait for a spot in our 15 minute parking outside the terminal.

For more information, visit the Airport section of our website.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 31, 2021 at 9:17 AM
  
The Ontario government recently announced the development of its first-ever Critical Minerals Strategy, an initiative that could position Northern Ontario as a global leader in the supply of critical minerals and rare earth elements.

Critical minerals like nickel, copper, cobalt and platinum group elements, are necessary in the creation of new technologies like electric vehicles and are widely used in the energy, transportation, and communication sectors as there is a global shift towards low-carbon economies.

“A Critical Minerals Strategy is very important to Timmins and the region,” says Mayor George Pirie. “The Ontario government’s commitment to this project reaffirms their commitment to Northern Ontario and our future. We could see positive opportunities within the mining sector in terms of job creation and investment. With the amount of critical minerals in Northern Ontario, we are in a good position to help meet the global demand, putting us on the map as a supplier of responsibly-sourced critical minerals.”

Timmins’ Resident Geologist, Zeinab Azadbakht of the Ontario Geological Survey (OGS), is currently researching rare earth elements in the region.

“With the high demand for rare earth elements (REEs), additional research could examine potential sources of critical minerals and REEs,” says Azadbakht. “Within the Timmins district, there are over 15 known carbonatite and alkaline igneous rock bodies that have REE potential, but they have not been studied in detail. Ontario Geological Survey studies completed in the past showed that most carbonatite and alkaline igneous rock bodies are also associated with niobium mineralization, so studying these intrusions and evaluating their REE content may identify economic, high-grade REE mineralization. As a result, this research could help determine the potential for the Timmins district to be a REE and niobium producer in the future”

The Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Minister of Indigenous Affairs states, “The Ontario government is developing its first-ever critical minerals strategy as part of our commitment to create jobs, attract new investment and create opportunities in communities across northern Ontario.” Further, Minister Rickford points out that, "Timmins is ideally located to benefit from new critical mineral discoveries, including copper, nickel and platinum group elements. Industries around the world need a reliable supply of responsibly-sourced critical minerals to meet the demands of the incoming low-carbon economy. Northern Ontario stands ready to meet this demand and our government is making sure we have the tools we need to capitalize on this opportunity.”

According to the province, the Critical Minerals Strategy is expected to be released this fall.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 24, 2021 at 9:12 AM
  
The City of Timmins is recognizing Global Recycling Day on Thursday, March 18 by celebrating the success of the City’s recycling and diversion programs.

Between 2015 and 2020, the Curbside Residential Recycling program has diverted 15,561,189 kilograms of recyclable material from being landfilled. A further 9,284 gallons of waste oil, 40,100 pounds of textiles, 55,302 kilograms of hazardous waste and 1,962,214 kilograms of scrap metal, electronics, tires and batteries have also been diverted through the City of Timmins’ various recycling and diversion programs.

“The City of Timmins is continuously striving to improve recycling and diversion programs,” says Environmental Coordinator Christina Beaton. “We encourage residents to utilize the Timmins Recyclepedia Waste Wizard to learn how and where to properly recycle or dispose of over 400 materials.”

The mission of Global Recycling Day is to not only highlight the importance of recycling to ensure the health of our planet, but also encourage people to think of goods in terms of resource, not disposable waste. The City of Timmins makes it easy to recycle with the Timmins Recyclepedia app. The Timmins Recyclepedia app uses interactive features to provide residents with information on collection schedules and how to properly dispose of various items. There’s even a waste sorting game that makes learning how to recycle fun and easy.

Download the Timmins Recyclepedia app today to receive service alerts, disruptions and more directly to your phone.

More information can also be found at: www.timmins.ca/our_services/waste_recycling_services
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 16, 2021 at 8:26 AM
  
Please be advised that Algonquin Blvd. W. from Theriault Blvd. to Mattagami Blvd. S. will be closed this Sunday, March 21, 2021 between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

The closure will be conducted by Hydro One for hydro pole replacement and relocation. The sidewalk will also be closed to pedestrian traffic at this time.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 15, 2021 at 10:32 AM
  
A COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic will be held by appointment only this Friday, March 12 at the Mountjoy Arena. Walk-ins will not be accepted. The clinic will be held for individuals who are 80 years of age and older, still part of Phase 1 of Ontario’s Vaccination Plan.

“The Porcupine Health Unit has worked diligently to get our community vaccine clinic open at the Mountjoy Arena,” says Mayor George Pirie. “This is exciting news. This is important for the health and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens and a step in the right direction towards emerging from this pandemic. Thank you to our residents who have been patient and proactive in following public health measures. Now is the time to remain vigilant and stay safe.”

The City of Timmins worked closely with the Porcupine Health Unit on local COVID-19 vaccine plans to comply with provincial guidelines and address community needs. City staff worked hard to ensure that the clinic was accessible by building temporary gravel ramps at arena exits. The City also built a small privacy structure, ensured temporary heat would be available, and removed sections of the rink boards.

“Emergencies are all about working together for the common good and protection of our citizens,” says Fire Chief Tom Laughren. “We are one of the partners on this and we are proud of the work we have done with the Porcupine Health Unit. Thank you to City staff who have worked diligently on this project, specifically Dave MacInnes and his crew who have been outstanding with their leadership in helping with the vaccine clinic and original assessment center.”

Individuals who are eligible can book an appointment by visiting phu.fyi/covid-vaccine or by calling the Porcupine Health Unit at 1-800-461-1818.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 11, 2021 at 2:48 PM
  
A seasonal thaw is upon us and the roads in Timmins are feeling the effects of warmer weather and the unwelcome arrival of potholes.

Potholes occur when water saturates the underlying soil structure beneath a road surface, usually asphalt pavement, and traffic passes over the affected area. Timmins experiences significant freeze/thaw cycles each winter and spring which accelerates the process when melting water cannot drain through the still frozen lower layers beneath our roads.

Public Works understands that potholes may pose a hazard and crews are out now working to fill them. We ask the travelling public to slow down when approaching road maintenance crews, use caution when navigating a work zone, and travel with caution until potholes can be repaired.

Provincial government standards, outlined in the Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways, require the City to fix a pothole within a prescribed period, depending on the size of the pothole and whether it is on a paved or unpaved road. It is important to note that the City’s obligation to fix a pothole is triggered only after the municipality becomes aware of the problem.

Citizens can report potholes by clicking on the Service Timmins quick link on the City’s website, going directly to service.timmins.ca, or calling 705-264-1331.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 11, 2021 at 10:26 AM
  
Effective Thursday, March 11, 2021, the Public Works Department would like to advise motorists that the Reduced Load by-law is in effect until further notice.

By-law No 2006-6275 states that “commercial motor vehicles and trailers, other than public vehicles operated over or upon any portion of the highways and streets named or described in Schedule A to this by-law, are subject to the provisions of Section 122 of the Highway Traffic Act RSO 1990 Chapter H 8 as amended.”

The by-law is imperative in protecting sensitive road infrastructure. It serves to regulate the loads of commercial motor vehicles and trailers on certain highways and streets within the City of Timmins when the roads are approaching a condition of compromise. This by-law is in effect where applicable signs have been installed and are on display.

The by-law (https://timmins.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/258?preview=7545) provides a list of roads under Schedule A. Road affected have also been identified on www.municipal511.ca The City of Timmins is committed to advising the public when this restriction is lifted, on or before June 15.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Mar 11, 2021 at 8:51 AM
  
Monday, March 8 is International Women’s Day.  A global event celebrating women’s achievements and advocating for women’s equality.  In the City of Timmins, it is a time to celebrate the collective efforts of all women in our community who are encouraging growth, diversity and positive change.

Mayor George Pirie would like to recognize Councillor Michelle Boileau and Councillor Kristin Murray for their contributions to the city.  Councillor Boileau was instrumental in organizing and is now chair of the Francophone Liaison Committee with the goal of ensuring francophone representation at all city events.  Councillor Murray was the force behind the Timmins’ Youth Mural Project, an art initiative infusing colour and indigenous tradition across the city.  Both councillors also serve on the Timmins Police Service Board.

“The wealth of experience, knowledge and passion that both Councillor Boileau and Councillor Murray bring to City Council is evident in the projects they have supported and the changes they have encouraged at the municipal level,” says Mayor Pirie.

International Women’s Day gatherings have taken place for over a century and continue to grow.  This year’s theme of “Choose to Challenge” inspires change through action.  Local events celebrating the day will be hosted by Timmins and Area Women in Crisis (TAWC), Ellevive, and the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.  
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Mar 05, 2021 at 3:10 PM
  

Night Time Snow Removal 9:30 PM to 7:30 AM

From March 7 to March 12, 2021, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing snow removal in the following areas

Sunday March 7 Starting 9:30 PM:

BIA: Third, Second   

Monday March 8 Starting 9:30 PM:

BIA: Spruce (Sixth to Kirby), Pine (Sixth to Kirby), Cedar (Sixth to Kirby), Balsam (Sixth to Kirby)   

Tuesday March 9 starting 9:30 PM:

BIA: Birch (Sixth to Second), Maple (Sixth to Second), Elm (Sixth to Second)

Wednesday March 10 starting 9:30 PM:

South Porcupine: Bruce, Golden, Harold  

Daytime Snow Removal 7:30 Am to 4:00 PM

From March 7 to March 12, 2021, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews will be conducting daytime snow removal in the following areas

Monday March 8 Starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins South: Elm (Second to Dead end), Maple (Second to Dead End), Birch (Second to Moneta)

South Porcupine: Front, Huot, Essa

Tuesday March 9 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins North: Patricia (Ross to Murray), Hart (Ross to Murray), Kay, Murray, Diane, Gordon

South Porcupine: Bloor, Shamrock, Dome

Wednesday March 10 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins North: Hemlock (Ross to Roche), Roche, Hendry, Tamarack (Ross to Dead end), Mont Sacre Coeur, Cedar (Ross to Hendry)   

South Porcupine: Broadway, O’Brien, Cecil

Thursday March 11 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins North: Balsam (Ross to Brousseau), Maple (Ross to Brousseau), Jubilee East, Birch (Ross to Brousseau), Lavigne, Conrad

Schumacher: Father Costello, Croatia, Grant, Vipond, Templeton

Friday March 12 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins South: Cody, Coronation, Tonelli, Delmonte, Reliable, Graham

Schumacher: Dwyer, Fourth, Aura Lake, Battochio, Les Hall, Hollinger

Note on the Plan:

The above plan or parts of the plan may be changed at any time and/or delayed if a winter storm is in effect or related to mechanical issues. The snow removal crew will change to a snow plowing operation. Those streets that may not be done will be done on the next available snow removal shift.

Illegal placement of Snow from Residential Property onto Sidewalk and Road:

A reminder that City BYLAW 1993-4162 does not allow a person to place snow from a person’s property and place onto the road or sidewalk.

Posted No Parking Signs Advising Winter Maintenance:

Public Works would like to remind residents that yellow No Parking Signs will be posted to notify that winter maintenance will be taking place for daytime operations. Vehicles not complying with these No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed to allow for snow removal crew to advance.

Winter Parking Ban:

A reminder that the winter parking ban is effect and parking on the street is not permitted on any day, between the hours of 11:30 PM to 7:30 AM, from November 1 through April 30.

Priority Sequence for Snow Removal Operations:

Day Operation:

Snow removal is never done in the area where waste and recycling collection is taken place.

High density residential areas (older section of City: one-ways, narrow streets)

Low density residential areas

Night Operation:

Highway sections;

High density commercial sections;

Main arterial routes

Safety:

A reminder to respect safety signage as the safety of workers is very important.  

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Public Works Department
Posted by Alana Monette  On Mar 05, 2021 at 2:06 PM
  

WHEREAS pursuant to City of Timmins By-law No. 2019-8360 which sets out policies and procedures for the sale and disposition of municipal land.

AND WHEREAS Section 6.0 – Accountability, Transparency and Public Notice Requirements, requires that in considering a sale of City owned land, the land must be declared surplus to the needs and requirements of the municipality and prior to the land sale, notice of the disposition of the surplus lands posted on the City’s website and advertised in the local newspaper for two (2) consecutive weeks. The purpose of such notice is to secure any comments from the public respecting this proposed land sale to be considered by Council so that Council may consider, and if applicable, incorporate into an implementing by-law.

AND WHEREAS the Council for the Corporation of the City of Timmins considers it desirable and expedient that the described lands be declared surplus to the Corporation’s municipal requirements so as to advertise the sale of these lands through a public tender.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins does hereby declare the following described land as being surplus to the Corporation’s requirements and offer these lands for public sale:

Subject Land: Highway 101 East
Roll No. 5627-040-170-10500
Matheson Con 2 South Part of Lot 6, Parcel 18851 SEC
Matheson Township
City of Timmins
District of Cochrane, Ontario

Highway 101 East Property Location Map

Frontage: 76.20 metres (250 feet)
Depth: 263.71 metres (865.20 feet)
Area: 20,094.70 square metres (4.96 acres)
Appraised Value: $25,000.00

There shall be no minimum amount required for any proposed offer; however, this property has an appraised value of $25,000.00 and this value shall be used as a key factor in evaluating public offers. The City reserves the right not to accept, without explanation, any proposed offer submitted.

City of Timmins Official Plan designates this property as Resource Development. City of Timmins Zoning By-law 2011-7100 zones the subject property as Rural (RD-RU).

The subject land is vacant, and no sanitary or municipal water services are available. As the property is located on Highway 101 East, property access approval is required through the Ministry of Transportation. The MTO have provided the following comments regarding the subject lands:

A field entrance already exists to the property and has been there for quite some time, therefore MTO grandfathers the entrance as an existing non-compliant access. Any future access to the property will have to be from said entrance. The proposed new owners will have to apply for a change of ownership permit, there is no fee for the permit. Also, MTO will allow the entrance to be upgraded to residential standards.

Furthermore, please advise your client that if they will be constructing any buildings, structures, well, septic system, etc. within 45 metres of the limits of the highway, a ministry building and land use permit may be required.

City Council approved Resolution 21-024 on February 9, 2021 which declared the subject property surplus to the needs of the municipality in accordance with By-law No. 2019-8360 respecting the City of Timmins Land sale procedures.

TENDER SUBMISSION

The City of Timmins is interested in securing tenders from parties who wish to purchase the above described property that is surplus to the needs of the municipality. Interested parties are asked to submit their tender to the City of Timmins bids and tenders website no later than 2:00 p.m. (Timmins time) on Thursday, March 25th, 2021.  If proponents do not have an account, one must be created. Proponents who will be submitting a tender must register as a plan taker for this tender process. If the proponent is not registered as a plan taker for this bid, the submission will not be considered.

As a part of the tender submission, please complete the Real Property bid form and indicate the intended property use.

Tenders must include a copy of a bank draft or certified cheque added to the mandatory upload section payable to the City of Timmins and representing ten (10) percent of the tender amount. The successful bidder will have ten days from official notification to submit the original to the City of Timmins. The awarded bid shall be charged HST at the time of final sale.

Additional information or questions regarding this bid opportunity can be received by a request made through the “Vendor Question” tab on the Bids and Tenders website. Inquiries outside of the provided facilities will not be answered and will be discarded. Please note that questions from proponents will only be accepted prior to 12 p.m. (Timmins Time) on Wednesday, March 17th, 2021.

To provide any comments regarding this proposed public tender, please contact Dave St.Onge, Community Development Planner, by phone: 705-360-2600 ext. 3347 or by e-mail: dave.st.onge@timmins.ca. Public comments shall be submitted not later than Thursday, March 25, 2021, so that they can be presented to Council for its consideration. Tender submissions can only be submitted through the Bids and Tenders website, not to City staff.

Posted by David St.Onge  On Mar 05, 2021 at 1:20 PM
  
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