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Temporary Patio Applications are now being accepted by the City of Timmins for businesses wishing to extend their existing patio or add a temporary patio structure this summer.

Businesses who sell food or alcohol are eligible to apply. Applications must be filled out yearly and will be processed by the City of Timmins within five (5) business days. Once approved, the business will receive a letter of non-objection from the City Clerk. There is no fee to apply.

All patios that are licensed by the AGCO are required to have a letter of non-objection from the City of Timmins to operate if extending or adding a new patio.  Existing and temporary patios must adhere to all current provincial and local public health guidelines related to COVID-19 pertaining to dining in outdoor areas.

Business owners are responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions, including a letter of non-objection from the City of Timmins. An inspection by the Timmins Fire Prevention Officer may be required prior to opening the temporary patio for use to determine if they see anything that requires their attention.

A Temporary Patio Application can be downloaded from the City of Timmins website at Timmins.ca > Our Services > Enforcement Services, By-Law and Parking > Temporary Patio Extensions. Completed applications can be emailed to [email protected]


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 29, 2021 at 4:19 PM
  
The flags at Timmins City Hall and other municipal buildings will be flying at half-mast on Sunday, May 2 in honour of Ontario Police Memorial Day.

“As Chief of Police, and acting on behalf of all current and former Timmins Police Service officers, I wish to acknowledge that Sunday, May 2nd, is Ontario Police Memorial Day,” says Timmins Police Chief John Gauthier. “This is a solemn occasion where we take the time necessary to recognize those Ontario police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their respective communities.

“I am fully aware of the rigors of modern policing in terms of the challenges that each officer is called upon to confront as part of their duties. The perils of policing have always been daunting and a test of each officer’s skill, knowledge and individual bravery. This is their chosen profession as much as it is mine. Every police officer has an unspoken desire to complete his or her shift and return home to their families safely.

“It is with the memory of lost officers uppermost in my mind that I call upon Timmins Police Service officers to join me in acknowledging fallen officers. Let their memory guide you and keep you safe and alert in service to the residents of Timmins and area. Each year, communities in Ontario suffer a sincere loss that cannot be restored in terms of having one of their police officers die in the line of duty. The bereavement that rightfully follows such tragedies affects every police officer, their families and their communities.

“May the families of the officers taken from us in the course of their duties know how much their sacrifice is appreciated, in regard to genuine community service, particularly on Sunday, as we gather to honor their respective memories.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 29, 2021 at 9:11 AM
  

A collaborative approach to addressing mental health and addiction concerns in our region has led to a request for funding exceeding $19 million. The request, submitted March 29, 2021 to Ontario Health and the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibollo, outlines the need for more specialized support services and treatment care.

Lead by the Mental Health and Addictions Planning and Operations Table, the request follows months of work to address concerns brought to council on December 8, 2020 by Dr. Louisa Marion-Bellemare and Dr. Julie Samson. In an update provided to Mayor George Pirie, the team highlighted changes to current mental health and addictions operations that have had a positive impact, most notably:

  • Enhanced community withdrawal support services at Timmins and District Hospital with an addictions team, including physicians, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and social worker, available to assist patients with treatment.
  • Expansion of Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) services to support people who require withdrawal management care outside a hospital setting.
  • Partnership with Timmins Police Service to locate and support people in crisis needing access to care.

Service Providers have also been working with clients and partners to identify barriers and make changes at the local level. For example, developing a wait list for people requiring access to a withdrawal management bed and interim support in the community while waiting for services. One significant change has been a commitment to open communication between all service providers and agencies.

“We need to continue to work together as organizations with the common goal to improve access to evidence-based treatment for addictions in order to save lives in our community and district,” says Dr. Julie Samson. “We have to continue to question how we are delivering services for people with addictions and strive to come up with solutions that are innovative and new. We need to be leaders in this field and are allowed to try and fail, which is better than not trying at all.”

In addition to improving local access to existing services, the Mental Health and Addictions Planning and Operations Table is looking forward with the hope of adding new services and expanding key addiction services in our region with help from the government.

The request is broken down into four (4) key service streams: community treatment services, residential services, community withdrawal management services, and a Centre of Excellence to centralize planning, support and operations. New walk-in clinics, new day and evening treatment programs, medically supported withdrawal management beds and fully-funded safe beds are part of the vision, with the Centre of Excellence to support full system integration.

“We must be diligent and continue to develop an inclusive system to support people with substance use disorder that includes the full continuum of care,” says Dr. Louisa Marion-Bellemare. “Care that is barrier free and meets people where they are at in their journey and supports the most up to date medical evidence without stigma and discrimination.”

To read the full update provided by the Mental Health and Addictions Planning and Operations Table, visit us online at Timmins.ca > Find or Learn About > Community Safety and Well-Being > Improve Outcome of Mental Health and Addictions.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 28, 2021 at 11:40 AM
  

City Hall will be bathed in blue light this Saturday, May 1, 2021 to commemorate Doctor’s Day as Timmins joins the provincewide “Shine a Light” campaign in honour and appreciation of our doctors.

Now in its 10th year, Doctor’s Day has grown into a movement with thousands of people across Ontario raising a light as an act of thanks. Landmarks across the province like the CN tower turn blue in thank you for the dedication and sacrifice doctors make, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) encourages us to #ShineALightForThem this Saturday night at 9 p.m. by turning on our phone’s flashlight and holding it up to symbolize “finding a way in the dark” – something Ontario’s doctors do as they put themselves at risk to help us stay safe and healthy.

For more information on Doctor’s Day, visit doctorsday.ca.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 28, 2021 at 10:52 AM
  

April 27, 2021

UPDATE 1:20 p.m. - phone lines are working again. Thank you for your patience.

Service Timmins would like to advise the public that we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with telephone services and are working to have them resolved as soon as possible. 

While these issues are being rectified, we encourage anyone attempting to reach Service Timmins to do so by email at [email protected] or through the Citizen Service Centre at service.timmins.ca. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are committed to offering excellent customer service and thank you for your patience.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 27, 2021 at 1:21 PM
  
Living Space recently announced plans to expand operations to a new location at 316 Spruce St. South beginning in May 2021. The move, facilitated by the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board’s (CDSSAB) property acquisition plans, will allow Living Space to better serve the community and those experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

“The Spruce St. location for Living Space is good news for the City of Timmins,” says Mayor George Pirie. “It’s exciting that a collaborative approach to addressing homelessness has led to this opportunity.

“The acquisition did not require re-zoning and was, therefore, not part of any city approval process. In the past, Living Space has effectively housed individuals across several sites in conjunction with partners like the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Cochrane-Timiskaming. This new location offers a solution for a larger, centralized space with an opportunity to enhance current services. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Living Space has confirmed that the Spruce St. South location will allow them to expand their current 30 bed emergency shelter program. There will also be room for additional clinical space for their health services program and an opportunity to create dedicated programming space.

“The success of the programs offered by Living Space is experienced by individuals like Chris R.,” adds Mayor Pirie. “Chris was homeless due to job loss, mental health, and trauma when he first arrived at Living Space in 2018. He was one of the first people to move into Living Space’s transitional housing units and was eventually hired as one of their first “Outreach Workers.” Chris will be helping to launch Living Space’s Peer/Lived Experience Outreach Team this summer. There are good news stories happening and we need to share them, talk about them, and start to change the stigma surrounding homelessness.”

Living Space expects the move to be completed by October 2021. Their Cedar St. North location will be re-purposed and used for single, transitional and supportive housing.

According to Living Space, there are currently over 350 people experiencing chronic homelessness with another 700 people who have experienced homelessness in Timmins since 2011.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 26, 2021 at 3:02 PM
  

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A Special Council Meeting has been called for April 27, 2021 in Council Chambers.

This meeting will be in closed session to discuss advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, regarding Wallingford Road.


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 26, 2021 at 11:43 AM
  

File No. Z-2021-01
5627 020 050 10100

NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION AND PUBLIC MEETING RE: PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. to gather public input regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. P. 13, as amended.

Applicant: 2611431 Ontario Inc. (Praztek Construction)

Location: Plan M72T, North Part of Lot 1, Parcel 7667WT, Tisdale Township, City of Timmins (185 Crawford Street)

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands from Residential Second Density (NA-R2) to Residential Medium Density 2 (NA-RM2) SP6.179 to permit the development of a four-storey, eight (8) unit apartment building.

The applicant is also seeking relief from the City of Timmins Zoning By-law 2011-7100 with regards to special provisions for the following:

  • increase in height from 11.0 metres to 12.89 metres;
  • reduction of both north and south interior side yards from 6.45 metres to 3.05 metres;
  • elimination of entrance and exit driveways; and
  • increase in width of parking area from 7.1 metres to 16.5 metres.

The applicant will also be required to enter into a site plan control agreement with the City of Timmins to facilitate the proposed development, however, no application has been received to date by the municipality.

This public meeting will be held in a virtual forum with electronic participation.

If you wish to provide oral comments at the virtual public meeting, please register in advance by emailing the City Clerk at [email protected] or calling Service Timmins at 705-264-1331 during regular office hours prior to Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 12:00 noon. Once you register, you will be provided information from the Clerk’s Department on how to make your submission at the virtual public meeting with electronic participation.

To participate in the virtual public meeting, you will need to have access to a computer with internet service or a telephone.

If you wish to make a written submission concerning this matter, it should be directed to the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email at [email protected]

ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment, however, advance registration is required.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of Council of the City of Timmins to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Timmins on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to Steph Palmateer, City Clerk, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email at [email protected]

Dated at the City of Timmins this 23rd day of April, 2021.

Location Map - 185 Crawford Street

Proposed Site Plan for 185 Crawford Street

Elevation of Proposed Development at 185 Crawford Street

Posted by David St.Onge  On Apr 23, 2021 at 8:43 AM
  

Effective Saturday, April 17, 2021, Timmins Transit will be moving to a modified Sunday schedule for Saturday with the following changes:

First Run from Transit Terminal  Time  
 901E to South Porcupine  6:30am
 901W to Melrose  7:30am
 7/6 Park Ave/Riverside  9:00am
 902N  9:00am
 902S  9:30am
   
 Last Run from Transit Terminal  Time
 901E to South Porcupine  7:30pm
 901W to Melrose  6:30pm
 7/6 Park Ave/Riverside  6:00pm
 902N  6:00pm
 902S  5:30pm

Regular Sunday Service continues on Sunday and regular Saturday Service is still in effect on weekdays until further notice.

For the safety of you and your fellow passengers, please wear a mask and maintain physical distance when riding with us.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding during this time.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 20, 2021 at 10:16 AM
  
Premier Ford has announced an extension to Ontario’s current Stay-At-Home Order, which closes most outdoor recreational amenities across the province effective immediately. This preventative measure is anticipated to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 as Ontario continues to battle a third wave of the pandemic.

City owned sports fields, basketball courts, multi-use and tennis courts, beaches, skateboard parks, and picnic areas that would have the potential to attract a high density of users are now closed to the public.

The Ontario Government has reversed its decision to close playgrounds. Playground equipment can be used, but the current Stay-at-Home order also restricts outdoor gatherings to members of your immediate household. When exercising outside, maintain social distancing and wear a mask any time physical distancing is not possible.

Measures to ensure public safety will include installed signage and locking gate access to courts and fields to encourage compliance with provincial measures.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 19, 2021 at 11:48 AM
  
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