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July 23, 2020 - As Stage 3 reopening in the City of Timmins began last Friday, citizens are reminded to take extra precautions to keep themselves and others safe, while following public health guidelines.

The City is pleased to announce that all playgrounds and parklands cared for by the municipality (48 of which include play structures), have all been reopened.

With the approval of the Porcupine Health Unit, the City was able to announce the opening of the Water Parks/Splash Pads at both White Water and Hollinger Parks on June 17, during Stage 2 of reopenings. Also located at the Hollinger Park and open for business is The Miniputt and Batting Cages, operated by D&M Recreation.

The skateboard parks are open and being well-used. Boat launches are also open, and Gillies Lake beach is open for public use, but not being monitored by a lifeguard.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 23, 2020 at 3:29 PM
  
July 22, 2020 - As per recent direction from the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), effective tomorrow, Thursday, July 23, face coverings or masks will be required to be worn in all indoor public spaces.

The PHU order stipulates, among other details that:
“All members of the public and employees who enter or remain in an enclosed public space of the business or organization are required to wear a mask or face covering that covers their mouth, nose and chin without gaping. Enclosed public spaces means indoor spaces of business and organizations which are accessed by the public.”

Members of the public wishing to enter any City building that is open to the public will be required to wear a mask or face covering. Should a member of the public be unwilling or unable to wear a mask or face covering, they will be directed to access services via Service Timmins’ telephone or web-based options. Members of the public will not be permitted to enter these buildings without a mask or face covering, and are expected to provide their own supply. The City will continue to remain closed for in-person meetings and all necessary meetings with the public will be performed virtually.

Staff who are dealing with members of the public are not required to wear masks or face coverings provided they continue to serve the public from behind installed safety barriers (plexi-glass) and continue to practice proper hygiene. All staff who are unable to maintain physical distancing of two metres from each other or from members of the public are required to wear a mask.

Face coverings and masks will also be required to be worn by customers who wish to access the Timmins Transit terminal, buses and shelters. It is noted, again, that face coverings or masks will not be provided, and customers are expected to provide their own supply. Service will not be denied to customers who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons.

“Implementing such measures will help to minimize the potential for our customers to contract or spread COVID-19 and will also help to increase ridership capacity on our buses,” explained Manager of Transit Services Fred Gerrior. “As such, previously cordoned-off seating to promote physical distancing will now be available for public use.”

The current Saturday service level remains in effect until further notice, however, it is anticipated that Transit Services will gradually return to regular hours in the coming weeks.

We would like to thank all citizens who have been successfully reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and remind everyone to continue being kind to one another through these challenging and uncertain times.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 22, 2020 at 4:34 PM
  
July 22, 2020 - During their last regular meeting, Timmins City Council approved a new Community Improvement Plan to replace the original, which was created in 2007.

Over the past year, Community Development Planner David St. Onge has been part of a Council Committee reviewing the plan and working on ways to improve it.

“The new plan has a real focus on improving the downtown appearance, and items that are beneficial to everyone as a whole,” explained St. Onge. “Two new features we’re really excited about are the Façade Improvement Grants, and Tax Increment Rebate Grants. These will really help in beautifying our downtown cores and help businesses grow.”

Other grants will also come into effect through the plan at later times, such as the Public Art Grant and Sidewalk Patio Grant.

All information regarding the new plan and grants available can be found HERE.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 22, 2020 at 10:17 AM
  
July 21, 2020 - Please be advised of a special meeting of Council being held this Thursday, July 23 at noon.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss asphalt to the runway at the Timmins Victor M Power Airport.

Due to some technical difficulties being worked out, this meeting will not be broadcast to Eastlink Community TV, but will be available for live viewing through the Council Webcast feature HERE 
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 21, 2020 at 10:34 AM
  
July 15, 2019 - The textile diversion program, run in partnership with Recycling Rewards, is returning to Timmins after a successful run in September 2019. The pilot program includes a curbside collection service for items such as used clothing, fabric and linens, as well as damaged or ripped textiles.

The program aims to benefit everyone by diverting textiles that end up in the landfill, and by contributing to the Children’s Wish Foundation, at zero cost to and with no labour involvement from the City and its taxpayers.

This year’s collection will take place from Monday, July 27 to Friday, July 31, 2020. Due to the timing of the event and in an effort to reduce waste, pamphlets and bags will not be sent out to individual homes. If you wish to participate in the curbside textile collection program, place your items in a large, clear bad and place the bag(s) at the curb no later than 7am on your textile collection day.

For more information regarding the collection days, routes, eligibility, and program details, we encourage residents to contact Recycling Rewards at 1-866-927-3873 or visit their website https://www.recyclingrewards.com/timmins

Click on each day below to view the list of eligible streets.
Monday, July 27
Tuesday, July 28
Wednesday, July 29
Thursday, July 30
Friday, July 31

The City of Timmins continues to encourage the use of the Timmins Recyclepedia app which allows residents to sign up for pick up reminders. The app also notifies residents when there is a delay or change in the curbside collection schedule and offers helpful tips on how to responsibly dispose of waste. Textile program notifications are also integrated into the app, as the textile collection dates differ from regular curbside collection.

Background

During the city’s 2017-2018 curbside collection audit, just over three per cent of textile material was found in either the recycling or waste carts in curbside collection alone. This equates to over 200 tonnes of material that could have potentially been diverted from the annual waste stream and landfill.

“In order to reduce waste sent to landfill, the city is continuously looking to expand all diversion programs,” said Mayor George Pirie. “This partnership is wonderful for everyone involved, directly and indirectly. Not only is it great for our community, it is great for our planet.”
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 15, 2020 at 2:46 PM
  
July 15, 2020 - The health and well-being of Canadians are the top priorities of the governments of Canada and Ontario. But the COVID-19 pandemic has affected more than Canadians’ personal health. It is having a profound effect on the economy.

That is why governments have been taking decisive action to support families, businesses and communities, and continue to look ahead to see what more can be done.

Strategic investments in modern public transit infrastructure support a healthy environment and play a key role in ensuring Ontarians can get to work and essential services on time, then safely back home at the end of the day.

Today, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Dave Smith, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and his Worship George Pirie, Mayor of Timmins, announced funding for three public transit projects in Timmins.

The purchase of a new conventional bus and the replacement of standard buses with two paratransit vehicles will improve the transit system’s accessibility, upgrade the system’s capacity, and enhance the overall quality for public transit riders.

In addition, renovations to Timmins’ terminal transit station will modernize the facility and will include fully accessible washrooms. These upgrades will ensure a reliable, barrier-free space for all public transit users.

By upgrading and expanding public transit systems in the city and connecting residents to the essential services they require, residents can get around their communities safely while also protecting the environment.

The Government of Canada is investing over $960,000 in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $806,000 to the projects, while the municipality is contributing more than $645,000.

Quotes

“Investing in integrated and accessible public transit systems is vital for building more inclusive communities. The projects announced today will improve public transit services for all Timmins residents, allowing them to get where they need to go safely and with ease. We are committed to working with our partners to build stronger, more sustainable infrastructure that will serve communities now and far into the future.” - Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“I am incredibly proud to represent Minister Scott and Minister Rickford today to acknowledge the Province’s collaboration with our federal and municipal partners to announce this important investment in public transit. Today’s announcement will significantly improve the public transit experience in Timmins by providing safe, reliable, and most importantly, accessible transportation.” - Dave Smith, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines and Member of Provincial Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha on behalf of the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure

“We are extremely pleased with, and grateful for this funding announcement. While the total contribution of $968,000 is allocated to three distinct projects, the common link is creating greater accessibility to those utilizing Timmins Transit. The new buses we’ll be able to add to our fleet will provide greater accessibility for all riders, and the terminal renovations will also improve the quality and accessibility of the transit system.” - His Worship George Pirie, Mayor of Timmins

Quick facts

• Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
• Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $2.5 billion in infrastructure under the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
• $28.7 billion of this funding is supporting public transit projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
• Across the province, Ontario is investing more than $7.3 billion in public transit infrastructure over 10 years through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
• Ontario is investing $10.2 billion under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community infrastructure.

Associated links

Government of Canada Resources - Coronavirus disease (COVID 19): www.canada.ca/coronavirus

Government of Ontario Resources – COVID-19: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/on-eng.html

Investing in Canada: Canada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Ontario Builds Project Map:  https://www.ontario.ca/page/building-ontario

Backgrounder

Joint federal, provincial, and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support three public transit projects in Timmins. These investments will support better connected and more sustainable communities.

The Government of Canada is investing over $960,000 in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS). The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $806,000, while the municipality is contributing more than $645,000. 


*The federal and provincial governments are each contributing the maximum share of eligible costs for these projects, which are 40% and 33.33% respectively (for new projects and 50% and 33.33% respectively for rehabilitation projects) per the requirements of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Bilateral Agreement. Contributions from municipalities may include both eligible and ineligible costs. Ineligible costs are expenditures that municipalities have chosen not to request reimbursement for or that cannot be reimbursed (e.g., property purchases, overhead costs).


Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 15, 2020 at 1:32 PM
  
July 9, 2020 - On Monday, July 13, the Timmins Fire Department will begin its home inspection program.

Firefighters will be going home to home asking residents to ensure their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work, and that they have an evacuation plan in case of a fire.

An emergency or evacuation plan should contain personal and emergency contact numbers, a primary and secondary safe meeting place, safe exits and evacuation routes, directions to turn off utilities, important documents (such as copies of identification documents, insurance, wills, etc.), and planning for any potential special needs.

The crews will be maintaining physical distancing when in contact with residents.

For more information visit CLICK HERE
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 09, 2020 at 3:04 PM
  
July 8, 2020 - The City of Timmins has conducted all the required water samples in the past 48 hours. The results are deemed satisfactory by the City of Timmins and the Porcupine Health Unit, and all the necessary requirements have been met to lift the Boil Water Advisory issued on Monday.

Background
“What happened was that we had a chemical process upset that occurred yesterday (Sunday),” explained Manager of Environmental Services & Public Utilities Scott Tam. “As Timmins Water Filtration Plant staff were getting the process back online, we were utilizing the water storages in our reservoirs. During water production and the use of the reservoirs, water pressure was reduced, and therefore, it was decided to implement a Boil Water Advisory as a precaution to limit the potential risk to the drinking water system.”

Tam said the Schumacher area was the most impacted in terms of pressure, but the advisory was extended to Porcupine and South Porcupine as an additional precaution.

Water production and pressures were restored earlier this week, but the Boil Water Advisory remained in effect until the City obtained drinking water results in two consecutive sets of samples taken 24 to 48 hours apart, or as otherwise directed by the medical officer of health.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 08, 2020 at 4:24 PM
  
July 6, 2020 - Effective yesterday, July 5, the Deloro Landfill Site has returned to regular summer hours.

For the remainder of the summer months, the Deloro Lanfill will be open Monday to Friday from 8am to 5:45pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 3:45pm.

Those using the landfill are reminded to practice all public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

For easy-to-access information on how to properly dispose of various items, download the Timmins Recyclepedia app. You will also receive service alerts, disruptions and more directly to your phone.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 06, 2020 at 3:17 PM
  
July 6, 2020 - Further to the advisory issued by the Public Health Unit this morning, the City of Timmins is reminding residents of a Boil Water Advisory currently in effect.

The advisory affects residents of Schumacher, those in the area east of Highway 655 along Algonquin Boulevard, Vipond Road, and Gold Mine Road. Residents affected are required to bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute prior to use or use bottles water.

“What happened was that we had a chemical process upset that occurred yesterday,” explained Manager of Environmental Services & Public Utilities Scott Tam. “As Timmins Water Filtration Plant staff were getting the process back online, we were utilizing the water storages in our reservoirs. During water production and the use of the reservoirs, water pressure was reduced, and therefore, it was decided to implement a Boil Water Advisory as a precaution to limit the potential risk to the drinking water system.”

Tam said the Schumacher area was the most impacted in terms of pressure, but the advisory was extended to Porcupine and South Porcupine as an additional precaution.

Water production and pressures have been restored, but the Boil Water Advisory will remain in effect until the City obtains drinking water results in two consecutive sets of samples taken 24 to 48 hours apart or as otherwise directed by the medical officer of health.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

For more information regarding Boil Water Advisories, visit:
www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-community/safe-water/boil-water-advisories
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Jul 06, 2020 at 2:16 PM
  
 
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