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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
  
The Government of Ontario has announced that the City of Timmins will receive $596,622.00 in additional funding through the 2021 COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities program.  The funds are designed to assist with COVID-19 operating costs required to address the continuing pandemic into 2021.  

“This funding is imperative to help ensure delivery of critical services as we continue to address COVID-19 concerns.  It will also be used to keep capital projects that are a priority on track and lessen the impact of the pandemic on City operations.  I would like to thank Minister Clark of Municipal Affairs and Housing on behalf of the Government of Ontario for listening to our concerns at the local level and responding to our needs,” said Mayor George Pirie.

The amount is part of the provincial government’s overall commitment of another $500 million to help the province’s 444 municipalities.  The amount allocated for the City of Timmins was based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the Porcupine Health Unit between January 1, 2021 and February 18, 2021. Funds will be received in two equal instalments beginning as early as May 1, 2021.

“This funding is critical in allowing municipalities to continue to provide the same level of service pre-pandemic and continue to move forward with our capital plan with no additional impact to the taxpayer,” said Director of Finance Natalie Moore.  “Any current or future financial impacts that municipalities are facing is offset with this funding, which is why we are so appreciative that the Government of Ontario has come through.  This ensures that we don’t have to look at cuts or draw down our reserves to cover possible deficits.” 

The additional funding builds on provincial government support under the 2020 Safe Restart Agreement and Social Services Relief Fund and is a key step in ensuring Ontario’s economic recovery.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Mar 04, 2021 at 2:40 PM
  
Ongoing concerns with Life Labs has come to the attention of the Mayor.  After being contacted by several residents regarding their concerns, the Mayor has reached out to Life Labs directly.  After speaking with the Manager of Northeastern Ontario, we would like to address the following steps that Life Labs has agreed to undertake: 

Appointments will be scheduled for up to 2 people every 5 minutes
Staffing will be increased from 6 staff to 8
A new manager has been hired
Hours of operation will be extended from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Hours of operation will now be from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm by mid-March
Staff have been added to address at-home services
There will be staff on-site who can schedule appointments for those that do not have internet access

“Hearing of the recent concerns with Life Labs did not sit well with me and I knew we had to engage in conversation with Life Labs,” said Mayor Pirie.  “Waiting upwards of three weeks for an appointment could be a matter of life and death and that is not good enough for the residents of Timmins.  After speaking with the Northeastern Ontario Manager, I feel confident that our concerns were heard and proactive steps will be taken to better improve their services.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Mar 03, 2021 at 3:56 PM
  
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