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The Government of Ontario reaffirmed its commitment to Timmins and Northern Ontario earlier this week with a series of visits and funding announcements. It gave Mayor George Pirie the opportunity to meet with Minister Caroline Mulroney and Minister Greg Rickford with the goal of advancing Timmins’ future planning of infrastructure and economic development.

In his Monday meeting with Minister Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs, the discussion included future upgrades to the Connecting Link and roads previously uploaded to the City. Talk also turned to the province’s proposed passenger rail service and the importance of designating Timmins as the system’s hub; as well as, the necessary construction of 60 miles of rail between Timmins and Foleyet, a project that would connect Timmins directly to the Ring of Fire.

“We had fruitful conversations on every aspect of the portfolios Minister Mulroney holds,” said Mayor Pirie. “The Ontario Government has supported the necessary repairs to our Connecting Link, but there is more work to do. I spoke of the need for a large vehicle bypass, which is necessary to avoid constant maintenance on our roads, particularly the Algonquin Blvd. corridor.

“We also spoke about cultivating zones of economic cooperation between northeastern Ontario and northwestern Quebec. Regional partnerships are necessary in the development of a port or trade though the James Bay coast, which would further solidify Timmins as a global hub of industry.”

In his meeting with Mayor Pire on Wednesday, Minister Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry, restated the Province’s commitment to develop fully the potential of Northern Ontario.

“We have an economic opportunity because of our region’s resources,” adds Mayor Pirie. “We have the raw materials needed for the production of everything from catalytic converters to electric vehicles. Currently, many of our resources are shipped globally as part of the production process to countries like Germany and China. Minister Rickford understands that the final goods can and should be produced right here in Timmins and Northern Ontario.”

Minister Rickford, who also serves as Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs, made a point of visiting with evacuees from Pikangikum and connected with the team behind the recently funded Fire Keeper Patrol Program. Earlier this year, the Ontario Government contributed $1.3 million to support the service coordinated by Mushkegowuk Council in partnership with the City of Timmins, Wabun Tribal Council, Porcupine Health Unit, and more. The Fire Keeper Program will provide 24/7 service to homeless people suffering from addiction.

“Minister Rickford is fully engaged in the success of the program and understands the significance and importance of it being Indigenous led,” said Mayor Pirie. “This is an exciting initiative for Timmins and I’m thrilled that it has been acknowledged through funding by the Province of Ontario and personally by Minister Rickford.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jul 22, 2021 at 1:28 PM
  
The Archie Dillon Sportsplex Pool is closed until further notice for maintenance. All afternoon swims and scheduled programming have been canceled.

Further update will be provided as we receive more details.

Our apologies for the inconvenience. 
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jul 20, 2021 at 11:56 AM
  

City of Timmins

A Special Council Meeting has been called for July 22, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. by virtual conferencing to discuss the following items:

McIntyre Ammonia Exhaust Compliance
Timmins Transit ECO-60-In Ground Bus Lift Replacement

For more information, contact the Clerks Department:
STEPH PALMATEER, AMCT
City Clerk
220 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, Ontario
P4N 1B3
[email protected]

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jul 19, 2021 at 3:56 PM
  
The City of Timmins will shelter 150 evacuees from Pikangikum First Nation after forest fires have forced the community to evacuate. As a result, the City of Timmins is declaring a State of Emergency to access additional resources and provincial aid.

The 150 are stage one primary evacuees that make up the community’s vulnerable population including individuals with small children and the elderly. The Municipal Emergency Control Group has made arrangements to host the evacuation site at the Ramada Inn, where people will be bussed from the airport and registered.

“Our local team has acted fast to help,” said Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Laughren. “A State of Emergency will help us provide a coordinated and immediate emergency response to support evacuees. We know that we can host all 150 individuals safely and will continue to closely monitor the situation along with our local health unit and community partners.”

According to Suzanne Lajoie, Manager of Environmental Health for the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), the health unit is working with community partners to ensure that all COVID-19 precautions will be in place to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposures.

While evacuations typically run two to three weeks, due to the number of fires in northwestern Ontario, the proximity to the communities and limited rain in the forecast, the timeline is difficult to predict. Timmins may see additional evacuees as the situation develops.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jul 14, 2021 at 1:07 PM
  
 
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