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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 servicetimmins@timmins.ca.


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
  

Please be advised that a temporary speed limit reduction has been approved by Council effective April 28, 2021 along Airport Rd. from Laforest Rd. approximately 1.25 kilometres south. The speed limit will be reduced to 50 km/h.

Following completion of Connecting Link construction, the speed limit will return to 70 km/h. Signs will be in place advising motorists of the speed reduction.

Thank you for your co-operation. 

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 28, 2021 at 1:01 PM
  

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 servicetimmins@timmins.ca 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
  

Night Time Street Sweeping 12:00 AM to 7:30 AM

From April 26 to April 30, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing night time street sweeping

Monday April 26 starting 12:00 AM:

Connecting Link: Riverside (Joseph to Pavilion)

Tuesday April 27 starting 12:00 AM:

Connecting Link: Algonquin (Highway 655 to Cedar)

Wednesday April 28 starting 12:00 AM:

Connecting Link: Algonquin (Cedar to Mountjoy)

Thursday April 29 starting 12:00 AM:

Connecting Link: Algonquin (Mountjoy to Theriault)

Daytime Street Sweeping 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

From April 26 to April 30, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing day time street sweeping

Monday April 26 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins South: Belanger, Bannerman, Middleton  

South Porcupine: Fern, Huot, Front

Tuesday April 27 starting 7:30 AM

Timmins North: Fogg, Charles, Avenue, Oak, Ann, Gillies, Willow, Poplar

South Porcupine: William, Cecil, Powell 

Wednesday April 28 starting 7:30 AM

Timmins South: Windsor, Kent, Way  

South Porcupine: Broadway, O’Brien, Essa

Thursday April 29 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins South: Wende, Montgomery, Columbus  

Schumacher: Delnite

Friday April 30 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins South: Southern, Leblanc, Cody, Delmonte, Coronation, Reliable, Wilcox, Sterling  

South Porcupine: Dome, Shamrock  

Note on the Plan:

Sweeping Operations will take several weeks to complete. There is a lot of sand to pick up every year, so we ask residents to remain patient. Weather conditions and mechanical issues play a major role in how quickly Public Works can complete the sweeping operations. Heavy rain and subzero temperatures will halt operations.

Posted No Parking Signs Advising Spring Maintenance:

Public Works would like to remind residents that yellow No Parking Signs will be posted to notify that Spring Maintenance will be taking place for daytime operations. Vehicles not complying with these No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed to allow for Street Sweeping crews to advance.

Priority Sequence for Street Sweeping Operations:

Day Operation:

Street Sweeping is never done in the area where Sanitation 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 Apr 23, 2021 at 2:15 PM
  

Please be advised that construction will begin on the corner of Algonquin Blvd. W. and Mattagami Blvd. S. starting Monday, April 26.

Algonquin Blvd. W will remain one lane in both directions with traffic diverted to the north side of the road. Mattagami Blvd. S. will be closed at the bridge.

Proceed with caution when traveling through any and all construction zones and obey detour signs.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 23, 2021 at 9:02 AM
  
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