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Communities in the east end will be able to cut down on the commute and the cost of grocery essentials later this year. Construction on a new Food Basics is scheduled to begin this August at the Porcupine Mall. The budget-friendly brand plans on being opened by late fall just in time for the busy holiday season.

The announcement comes just over a year after a delegation of east end residents presented a petition to mayor and council asking for assistance in securing a grocery store for the Porcupine Mall.

“This is great news for the community,” says Mayor George Pirie. “We know that having access to a full-service grocery store is a necessity for residents in our east end and I couldn’t be happier with this outcome. The new location and $3 million-dollar investment verifies Food Basics’ belief in the long-term future of that area. This helps reinforce that our economy is strong and will continue to recover and grow. I want to thank Metro Ontario Inc. for listening to the needs of the community.”

Food Basics has further announced that they will be donating $2,500 to the South Porcupine Food Bank and will continue to work directly with the non-profit to assist following a recent fire that forced the closure of the food bank.

“We are excited that we can share this news with the community of South Porcupine,” says Paul Bravi, senior vice president, Food Basics. “We heard the feedback from the people of South Porcupine – and while plans were delayed due to the pandemic – we are thrilled to let you know Food Basics is opening in Porcupine Mall in late 2021.”

Since 1995, Food Basics has been helping customers save money on their grocery needs by providing Always More for Less. Food Basics is the discount banner of Metro Ontario Inc. and currently operates more than 139 stores across Ontario. To learn more about Food Basics, visit

About METRO Inc.

With annual sales of $18 billion, METRO Inc. is a food and pharmacy leader in Québec and Ontario. As a retailer, franchisor, distributor, and manufacturer, the company operates or services a network of some 950 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as some 650 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Food Basics Pharmacy banners, providing employment to almost 90,000 people. For more details, visit
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 30, 2021 at 9:22 AM
The possibility of a composting program for the City of Timmins moves forward with funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The City of Timmins will receive $86,500 through FCM’s Green Municipal Fund to run a source separated organics co-digestion and beneficial use of biogas feasibility study in conjunction with the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA).

The announcement comes after a recent public information session that outlined findings from a feasibility study on organic waste management. Offering a composting program in Timmins is a service that would be in line with the City’s commitment to sustainability.

There are numerous benefits to a municipal composting program. The City can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, transition to a low carbon circular economy, reduce waste and extend the life of the landfill, meet provincial targets, and add to job creation. The initial feasibility study looked at the collection, processing, stabilization, and end product operations that would be required. This next feasibility study will look specifically at the processing of organic waste collected through co-digestion. Co-digestion is the preparation and use of organic waste through a wastewater treatment digestion process that produces biogas, which can be used for electricity generation.

“Approximately 43% of household waste is made up of organic material that we could divert by putting a composting program in place,” says Scott Tam, Manager of Public Utilities and Environmental Services. “In this next feasibility study, we will be looking at how we can transform our current wastewater pollution control plant into a net-zero resource recovery facility used for the processing of organic waste. The benefit would optimize infrastructure and improve efficiencies. We would have a circular economy from start to finish aimed at eliminating waste and the circular or continual use of resources. This would be a big step towards providing sustainable services for our community.”

“Any time we can talk about upgrading our current programs and services to a sustainable operation, it is positive news for the City,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Add to that the possibility of adding a composting program, and we’ll have a system in place that will greatly lower the City’s carbon footprint. I want to thank Minister O’Regan, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources and Joanne Vanderheyden, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), for helping us further explore this opportunity.

“Local green solutions create jobs, lower emissions and build a more prosperous and sustainable economy for all. This is how we get to net zero by 2050,” says the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources

“Municipalities own sixty percent of the country’s infrastructure. That is why local action is critical. And it is happening,” says FCM President Joanne Vanderheyden. “The City of Timmins is moving towards sustainable solutions. Empowering this local expertise is vital to meeting Canada’s climate goals. Supported by our strong federal-municipal partnership, FCM’s Green Municipal Fund helps municipalities do what they do best: deliver solutions that work.”

The Green Municipal Fund is a $1.65 billion program delivered by FCM and funded by the Government of Canada.

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View the City of Timmins’ Composting Feasibility Study at:
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 29, 2021 at 1:34 PM

The Porcupine Health Unit has announced that the region will move into Step Two of the provincial reopening framework on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen allows for more outdoor activities and the resumption of limited indoor services with small numbers of people with PPE other restrictions in place. This includes:

• Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people;
• Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 5 people;
• Essential and other select retail permitted at 50% capacity;
• Non-essential retail permitted at 25% capacity;
• Personal care services at 25% capacity with PPE and other restrictions;
• Outdoor dining with up to 6 people per table;
• Indoor wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 25% capacity in a one-room venue;
• Outdoor fitness classes limited to the number of people who can maintain 3 metres of physical distance;
• Outdoor sports without contact or modified to avoid contact, with no specified limit on number of people or teams participating, with restrictions;
• Overnight camps for children operating in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;
• Outdoor sport facilities with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;
• Outdoor concert venues, theatres, and cinemas, with spectators permitted at 25 per cent capacity;

Find the full list of activities permitted under Step Two here: 

Business owners and operators must ensure strict adherence with all Step Two rules and instructions.

For more information:

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 28, 2021 at 3:20 PM
Timmins’ City Hall is ready to welcome back residents tomorrow morning as the City and region moves into Step 1 of Ontario’s re-opening framework.

Beginning Friday, residents can once again pay their municipal property taxes, water and sewer bills, parking tickets and permits in person weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Service Timmins. Fire permits can also be purchased in person using cash or debit. Provincial Offenses and City Building and Planning services will also be available.

In order to comply with social gathering and distancing requirements, capacity will be reduced within the City Hall lobby. The doors of City Hall will remain locked at all times and staff will monitor access to the building. Entry will be limited to three (3) people at a time, with one (1) person at each front counter representing Service Timmins, Building and Planning, and Provincial Offenses. As you enter, you will be handed a colour-coded card to indicate which service you are accessing.

It is mandatory that all visitors wear a mask and hand sanitize upon entering. The City of Timmins advises that the additional safety precautions (proper PPE, sanitizing, social distancing) may cause service delays.

Meetings with City staff will continue to be conducted virtually such as telephone, teleconferencing or video-conferencing.

Service Timmins can also assist residents online at or by phone at 705-264-1331.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 24, 2021 at 10:01 AM

The City of Timmins is getting ready to join the Province in reopening some of our businesses and/or enhancing previous lock down measures. Our By-law Department would like to help local businesses prepare for the pending reopening by providing information on what the By-law Department looks for when inspecting a business.

If business owners have any questions, By-law would be happy to answer them or meet with business owners and managers to go over the set up. To request a meeting, contact Service Timmins  by email: [email protected] or by phone at 705-264-1331.

Below are a few sections from the Reopening of Ontario (Flexible response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, that are mandatory for all businesses that are opened to the public.

These sections falls under O.Reg.82/20 of the act;

1. Screening

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with any advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health or another public health official on screening individuals by, among other things,
(a) posting signs at all entrances to the premises of the business or organization, in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises; and
(b) Actively screening every person who works at the business or organization before they enter the premises of the business or organization.

2. Face Coverings

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person in the indoor area of the premises of the business or organization, or in a vehicle that is operating as part of the business or organization, wears a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period when they are in the indoor area unless the person in the indoor area.

The person responsible for a business or organization shall ensure that every person who performs work for the business or organization and whose mask or face covering is temporarily removed to consume food or drink under sub clause (5) (i) (iii) is separated from every other person by,
(a) Plexiglas or some other impermeable barrier.
(b) Workers who are within 2 meters of an unmasked individual to wear PPE that consists of a mask and eye protection.

3. Capacity limits for businesses or facilities open to the public

Subject to any additional restrictions set out in this Order, the person responsible for a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall limit the number of persons in the place of business or facility so that,
(a) The members of the public are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business or facility;

The person responsible for a place of business or facility that engages in retail sales to the public must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under.

4. Physical Distancing and masks in lines, etc.

The person responsible for a business or place that is open must not permit patrons to line up inside the business or place unless they are,
(a) Maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groups of persons; and
(b) Wearing a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (5)

5. Safety plan

The person responsible for a business that is open shall prepare and make available a safety plan in accordance with this section or ensure that one is prepared and made available.
(2) The safety plan shall describe the measures and procedures which have been implemented or will be implemented in the business to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19.
(3) Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), the safety plan shall describe how the requirements of this Order will be implemented in the location including by screening, physical distancing, masks or face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects, and the wearing of personal protective equipment.
(4) The safety plan shall be in writing and shall be made available to any person for review on request.
(5) The person responsible for the business shall ensure that a copy of the safety plan is posted in a conspicuous place where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the business.

6. Cleaning requirements

The person responsible for a business or place that is open shall ensure that,
(a) any washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers or similar amenities made available to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition; and
(b) Any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of members of the public must be cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.
(2) For greater certainty, clause (1) (b) applies to computers, electronics and other machines or devices that members of the public are permitted to operate.

For all documentation regarding these requirements, information on regulations or posters for your business please follow this link.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 23, 2021 at 3:58 PM
Mayor George Pirie has ended the State of Emergency for the City of Timmins effective immediately. The decision was made after discussion with the Municipal Emergency Control Group ahead of the City and region moving into Step 1 of the province’s “Roadmap to Reopen” this Friday.

The State of Emergency, enacted on May 17, 2021, was declared for the following reasons:
- To mobilize additional resources for Timmins and the region;
- To increase access to vaccines and supplies;
- To enhance capacity for COVID-19 testing; and,
- To help aid support for a community isolation centre.

“Through the combined efforts of our community partners, we were able to quickly access additional vaccines and drop-in clinics to protect our residents and add additional community testing to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor George Pirie. “The work of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB) has been exemplary. It is due to their diligence that we can now lift the State of Emergency and prepare to reopen safely.”

The lifting of the State of Emergency does not remove any of the public health measures issued by the PHU. Residents are still required to maintain social distancing; follow indoor and outdoor gathering limits; wear a mask properly; and, continue to stay at home, isolate, and make arrangements to get tested if they experience symptoms.

“As always, the City of Timmins is committed to protecting the health and safety of our citizens,” adds Mayor Pirie. “We need to continue to follow the public health measures that are in place and get vaccinated so that we don’t repeat this cycle of reopening and lockdown. Being able to reopen our region is great news for Timmins and particularly for the local businesses who have been closed for an extended period of time. We can now do what we do best as a community, support each other by supporting local.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 23, 2021 at 3:01 PM


As I sit here and look out over the vast Mattagami River Valley, I want to first acknowledge that the City of Timmins is situated in Treaty 9 territory that is steeped in rich Indigenous history and that the lands on which we operate are the traditional territory of many First Nations, Metis and Inuit People today. We also acknowledge Mattagami First Nation, from whose traditional land I speak. I make this Acknowledgement as a first step in recognizing First Peoples’ large history and the living culture that continues today. With respect I acknowledge the Spirit and Intent of the Treaty, as well as the elders, past and present.

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day, our 25th year celebrating the heritage, diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. The date is significant, it is the summer solstice, and for generations Indigenous communities have celebrated their culture and heritage near this day because it is the longest day of light in the year.

Just last month, Canada was reminded about one of the darkest chapters of our history when the remains of 215 children were discovered buried in un-marked graves near a former residential school in British Columbia. For the first time in my life, I questioned what it means to be Canadian. How could this have happened? But we often choose to forget that our past includes the operation of more than 150 institutions that forcibly separated children from their families to assimilate them into Canadian society. With that discovery, we can no longer claim ignorance. With that discovery, we must make a commitment to learn about our past history, as dark as it may be, to unlearn behaviours that do nothing to promote inclusion and diversity.

We know that our past treaties with Indigenous Peoples formed the foundation for systemic racism that still exists in Canada today. Economic disparity was ensured between the white community and Indigenous population by making sure there was no perceived economic value of the land they were provided. We need to recognize that this has led to isolation, poverty and inequity. We must now ask ourselves what our role will be in stopping systemic racism. We have an obligation and opportunity to shape our future together and create vibrant communities and healthy economies that are inclusive and diverse.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada states that “together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practice reconciliation in our everyday lives – within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools and workplaces.”

It is with that spirit of reconciliation, of education, and acknowledgment that we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day as a community. We will stand together to learn and understand our past histories with the purpose of shaping a new future. I believe that future is possible … to walk together and speak with one voice.


Mayor George Pirie

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 21, 2021 at 9:01 AM

This Friday and Saturday, provincial offences officers from the Multi-Ministry Education and Enforcement Team will be accompanied by City of Timmins by-law enforcement officers to conduct a COVID-19 education and enforcement campaign for local businesses.

The inspection blitz is intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public and staff by providing business owners with guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. The campaign helps reinforce the efforts made by police, municipal by-law officers, public health inspectors, and multiple Ministry agencies.

In a statement provided by the PHU, the most common areas of non-compliance were identified as improper mask use, lack of employee screening, and improper sanitization. The inspection blitz reinforces the PHU and City of Timmins’ commitment to working with local business to support them in the implementation of public health measures.

Inspection teams will be visiting area grocery stores, restaurants, and convenience stores on June 18 and 19, 2021.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 1:19 PM
Please be advised that the downtown laneway between Wyatt Imaging and Lacroix Plumbing and Heating exiting onto Birch St. South will be blocked off this Friday, June 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This is to assist the Timmins Academic Family Health Team while they conduct their closed COVID-19 clinic.

Patients attending the clinic will not be charged for parking in the downtown core.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 1:09 PM
Three years after the initial request for funding, the $9.5 million rehabilitation and resurfacing project at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport is complete. Both runways and two taxiways have been upgraded, a distance equivalent to 40 kilometres of roadway.

The work was completed by Miller Paving and the runways now boast 125 millimetres of asphalt thickness, which not only extends the runway life cycle, but offers greater load-bearing strength. That means the possibility of landing larger and heavier aircraft at our local airport.

“We began this project back in 2018 when we applied to Transport Canada's Airside Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for funding,” says Airport Manager Dave Dayment. “It’s great to finally see the work finished. The airport is important to our region’s economy. Our next step will be to develop a 20-year strategic plan for the airport that will outline opportunities and priorities that are needed to move forward. Right now, with the completion of this project and with on-going mining and industry development, our airport is ready to meet immediate demand.”

As a regional hub and without COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport serves approximately 180,000 passengers per year. Services include scheduled passenger flights, cargo, evacuations, air ambulance and forest-fire fighting.

“This was a major project for the airport and City,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Improvements to our infrastructure allows us to encourage growth and seek out opportunity. Now that we can land larger and heavier planes, we can explore partnerships with travel and tourism companies. We are positioning Timmins as a regional leader with the services and amenities to attract business, industry and a diverse population.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 11:32 AM
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