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August 28, 2020 - The City of Timmins would like to advise of the reopening of the Terry Fox Trail, following a brief closure due to the presence of a bear.

We would like to remind all residents and trail users to be aware of the potential presence of wildlife in all outdoor areas.

For more information on how to stay safe, visit:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Aug 28, 2020 at 4:35 PM
  
August 28, 2020 - The Timmins Victor M. Power Airport is currently receiving some runway repaving, providing operational longevity and a thicker landing surface for heavier aircraft.

While work has been ongoing with minimal disruption, in order to complete the runway, the intersection of both runways will require closure for grinding, asphalt removal regrading and paving.

“This is a complicated areas with the meeting of two runways and a taxiway,” explained Airport Manager Dave Dayment. “We understand this is an inconvenience but the current runway condition indicated near end of life. We will be in fine shape for the next 25 years now.”

Work on the intersection is scheduled for September 8-12, and the airport will be closed for all fixed-wing aircraft during this period. Attempts have been made to reach out to as many customers and tenants as possible with respect to runway rehabilitation work.

Airlines currently offering commercial flights out of Timmins will not be booking travel to or from the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport during those days.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Aug 28, 2020 at 4:33 PM
  
August 27, 2020 - The City of Timmins and the Mushkegowuk Council are happy to announce that following the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding in February of 2020, a good deal of collaborative work is underway and a joint work plan has been developed to guide respective efforts into the future.

The Mushkegowuk-Timmins Relationship Agreement recognizes the need to develop stronger relationships to build more vibrant communities and to foster positive socio-economic outcomes that will benefit all partners. To that end, the work plan focuses on addressing a number of critical issues, including pursuing joint economic development opportunities, building meaningful relationships with the community and businesses, as well as collaborating on a campaign to reduce the flow of illicit drugs into Mushkegowuk communities.

“Throughout every year, in various ways such as regional conferences, gatherings, purchasing, tournaments, etc., the citizens of the Mushkegowuk communities contribute millions of dollars to the Timmins and area economy and it only makes sense for us to find ways to benefit from the wealth also. We are optimistic that this Relationship Agreement with Timmins will produce some good results within the foreseeable future,” says Mushkegowuk Council’s Executive Director Ernest Beck.

“At this point, we have had a number of constructive meetings to identify the key areas of the Relationship Agreement that will lead to joint activity in short term,” said Dave Landers, CAO at the City of Timmins. “The City has invited the Timmins Economic Development Corporation and the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board to participate in the meetings, and they have added greatly to the plan development.”

The Mushkegowuk-Timmins Relationship Agreement Memorandum recognizes and respects that Timmins is situated in Treaty 9 and respects the Spirit and Intent of the Treaty, including the oral agreements between the Crown and First Nations. It also recognizes there is a growing population in Timmins of Mushkegowuk citizens that desire social, economic and cultural growth, while promoting a healthy environment and addressing racism.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Aug 27, 2020 at 3:25 PM
  

Timmins, ON — Please be advised that sections of the Terry Fox trail ( between Dalton Rd. and Middleton Ave.) are closed due to bear activity. It is expected to be closed for approximately two ( 2) weeks.

If you do encounter a bear:

  Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight and wait for it to leave.
  If the bear does not leave, throw objects, wave your arms and make noise with a whistle or air horn.
  Prepare to use bear spray.
  If you are near a building or vehicle get inside as a precaution.
  Drop any food you may be carrying and slowly move away.
  If a bear is in a tree, leave it alone. Leave the area. The bear will come down when it feels safe.
  Call the toll- free Bear Wise reporting line at 1- 866- 514- 2327 (TTY 705- 945-7641 )

 

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For additional information contact:
Glenn Thurston, Manager of Parks & Recreation and Building Maintenance
705-360-2600, ext. 7204


Media Contact: Heather Duhn, Corporate Communications Coordinator
705- 360-2600, ext. 2212 heather.duhn@timmins.ca

Posted by Ashish Puri  On Aug 20, 2020 at 2:46 PM
  
In an effort to ensure the delivery of critical public services during the pandemic, the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the Government of Canada, have announced the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. 

“In total, the Safe Restart will see $3,154,512 flow to Timmins,” said City of Timmins Director of Finance Natalie Moore. “According to the Provincial announcement last week, the City of Timmins will receive a payment, based on a per household basis, of $2,379,000, with an additional $775,512 for transit pressures.” 

As revenues decreased and costs increased due to COVID-19, municipalities are facing significant financial pressures. This investment from the Province is critical for the City of Timmins to continue to provide the important services our communities depend on. The significant funding announcement should cover the City’s projected shortfall created by the pandemic. 

“Given the measures we have already put in place, and this funding, we will be in a solid financial position moving forward this year,” said Mayor George Pirie. “As we turn our focus to restoration and recovery, we thank the Province in partnership with the Federal Government for listening to our fiscal concerns and for their support that will allow us to focus on the City’s priorities of ensuring economic development and diversification, focusing on fiscal accountability to our taxpayers, tackling community safety and well-being, and enhancing our relationships with our Indigenous community.”

Background:

On July 27, 2020, as part of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement, the provincial government announced that it had secured up to $4 billion in emergency assistance to provide Ontario’s 444 municipalities with the support they need to respond to COVID-19.


This investment provides support to municipalities and public transit operators to help them address financial pressures related to COVID-19, maintain critical services and protect vulnerable people as the province safely and gradually open. It includes:
• Up to $2 billion to support municipal operating pressures, and
• Up to $2 billion to support municipal transit systems.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Aug 19, 2020 at 3:46 PM
  
Mayor George Pirie, in discussion with the Municipal Emergency Control Group, has ended the City of Timmins’ State of Emergency declared on April 3, 2020, effective immediately.  

The State of Emergency was declared for the following reasons: 
- To raise public awareness regarding the gravity of the current pandemic situation; 
- To protect volunteers that are called to assist; and, 
- To ensure the Corporation can quickly respond to other unforeseen events should they arise. 

“We’ve been living with this pandemic for half a year in Timmins, and there is no obvious end in the foreseeable future,” said Mayor George Pirie.  “Our citizens know that life has changed.  They know that physical distancing and wearing masks are necessary.  They know that frequent hand washing is a must.  They know that they are responsible to look out for their own health, and the health of their loved ones.”

The lifting of the State of Emergency does not impact any of the orders or guidance issued through the Porcupine Health Unit.  “The City of Timmins stands behind Dr. Catton and thanks her for her unwavering leadership throughout this crisis”, said Mayor Pirie.  “As a community we owe a debt of gratitude to so many front line workers across the City with a Heart of Gold.  We cannot ignore that debt by relaxing our precautions.  As we adjust to living with the pandemic we must remain ever vigilant.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Aug 19, 2020 at 3:03 PM
  
August 18, 2020 - City of Timmins Ward 5 Councillor Kristin Murray is one of 93 elected officials across the country selected to participate in the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ (FCM) Climate Leadership program for elected officials.

A release from the FCM states: “The elected officials selected to participate have already demonstrated local climate leadership and come from communities of all sizes across Canada.”

There is no contesting of the FCM’s choice from Council or Administration at the City, who support Murray’s enthusiasm and collaborations.

“This is an excellent opportunity for additional learning from other climate change leaders across Canada,” said Murray. “As I move through the course, I intend to work with council, administration and our environmental services team in implementing additional climate change strategies and initiatives.”

Since taking her seat at the Council table in October 2018, Murray has championed a phased-in approach to eliminate single-use plastics within the corporation and taken great interest and involvement in the work of environmental services.

“I am confident that Kristin will represent us well with FCM, take in everything the Climate Leadership program has to offer, and share that knowledge with her colleagues here in Timmins,” said Mayor George Pirie. “She will certainly enjoy and benefit from the experience.”
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Aug 18, 2020 at 10:17 AM
  
August 13, 2020 - The City of Timmins is opening its doors to assist in the evacuation of Fort Hope First Nation.

On Tuesday, August 11, Fort Hope First Nation declared an emergency and announced they would start evacuating their most vulnerable people to safety. Last night, one flight with 39 people on board arrived in Timmins, with three additional flights anticipated today, with a total of up to 150 evacuees in Timmins by day’s end.

“Our community is no stranger to welcoming evacuees and we are fortunate to have a team that is always willing to pull together and help those in need,” said Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Laughren. Once again, we will be working with our partners at Gervais Emergency Consulting, and working closely with health systems and community partners.”

The evacuation site is the Ramada Inn, where people will be bussed from the airport and registered. Meals are being catered through Siva’s, and K-9 PADS will be providing security. The expectation is that this may be for seven to 10 days.

As it stands, Timmins has not yet been asked to be a host community for Red Lake.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Aug 13, 2020 at 1:39 PM
  

The City of Timmins would like to take this opportunity to clarify some stories circulating in the public regarding the health of Mayor George Pirie. Several weeks ago, Mayor Pirie suffered a medical issue that required a short stay at the hospital. He was released shortly thereafter and has been recovering at home. There are no long-term effects to his condition and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Beginning as early as next week, Mayor Pirie expects to gradually return to work. Please be advised that he will not be doing any interviews for the time being and they will be deferred to the Deputy Mayor, Andrew Marks. As Deputy Mayor, Councillor Marks has been representing Council and participating on the Municipal Emergency Control Group.

We would like to take this time to thank the community for sending their well wishes.

Posted by Lisa Greer  On Aug 10, 2020 at 1:53 PM
  
The City of Timmins and its local suppliers are thrilled about the recent announcement from IAMGOLD Corporation about the Côté Gold Project located near Gogama, between Timmins and Sudbury. In June 2017, IAMGOLD announced a joint venture project between IAMGOLD Corporation and Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., (“Sumitomo”) of Japan. The joint venture highlights the Côté Gold Project’s economic potential as this is Sumitomo’s first investment in Canada in over 50 years. 
 
Côté is one of Canada’s largest gold projects with an initial capital expenditure close to $1 billion; it will become a state of the art mine.  The mine life is a minimum of 16-years and the project will create 1,000 construction jobs and 450 full-time jobs when Côté enters production.  This type of economic activity has not been seen in the area in a number of years and is very welcomed news said Fred Gibbons, Chairperson of the Timmins Economic Development Corporation.   

Andrew Marks, Timmins’ Deputy Mayor, stated that “the City and the Timmins Economic Development Corporation have been meeting and assisting IAMGOLD since they started this project.  It is so wonderful to see it come to fruition.  This project is very important to our region and will provide excellent job opportunities for our residents.  It will also provide excellent opportunities for our extensive supplier network to showcase their products and skill sets.  We look forward to continue working with them to facilitate the development of their project and welcome them to our region”.

Ross Woodward, President of The Bucket Shop, stated that “congratulations are in order to all the stakeholders at IAMGOLD who were involved in acquiring the necessary approvals to get the Côté Gold Project launched. Your investment will have a significant positive impact on employment opportunities and on the Timmins economy in general. The City of Timmins and the local companies that service the mining sector are well positioned to provide industry leading support to this project. As a proud member of the Timmins mining services sector we wish you every success in the announcement of the Côté Gold Project launch”.

Val Venneri, Chamber President, stated “we’re pleased to see that the Province has given the green light to the IAMGOLD Côté Project. Our mining supply network is very strong and is looking forward to working with the individuals working on the Côté Project. We know that the mining company has long been awaiting the approval process and this long-term investment in near Timmins will do wonders to help restart our economy. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the mining industry stepped up in support of our local SMEs and we are thankful to have them in our region. IAMGOLD will not only bring new job growth for our region but we will see new families and new interests move to our region to support our tax base. We look forward to our ongoing work together as we continue to promote responsible mining in the Province.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Aug 10, 2020 at 1:33 PM
  
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