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The flags at Timmins City Hall will be lowered for the remainder of the week in honour of Daniel “Dan” Kelly following his passing on August 21, 2021.

Dan Kelly was an Alderman for 20 years with the Town of Timmins and later the City of Timmins and a member of the inaugural council of the City of Timmins in 1973. A dedicated community supporter, he was known for not only his contributions to various organizations and causes, but also his commitment to the people of Timmins.

Dan Kelly was also known as the “Voice of the North.” As a popular radio personality with CKGB, he hosted a number of local programs and shows that celebrated life in Timmins. He was considered a broadcasting pioneer in a career that spanned 30+ years.

Daniel “Dan” Kelly will be remembered as a true leader of the community and for his devotion to his hometown. Please join the City of Timmins as we extend our condolences to his many family and friends.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 24, 2021 at 12:59 PM
Now is the perfect time to appreciate our pollinators. With the sun shining and gardens flourishing, pollinators like bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds have been taking flight. Bee City Timmins’ Pollinator Photo Contest and Pollinator Scavenger Hunt encouraged residents to capture the activity this summer.

Congratulations to Melissa Kim Rese, winner of Bee City Timmins’ Pollinator Photo Contest. Melissa’s picture of a honeybee feeding on a dandelion was the crowd favourite from the Bee City Pollinator Team panel. Melissa’s picture was one of 47 submitted during the contest. Congratulations to Claudette Kristolaitis and Nicole McLean who tied for second place.

Congratulations to Lucie Berube and Carrie Millions, Bee City Timmins’ Pollinator Scavenger Hunt winners. Both winners spent the summer recording which pollinator species they encountered while outside enjoying the season.

There are still more prizes to be won and more pollinators to champion. Bee City Timmins’ Start the Buzz garden challenge is on until September 30. Send Environmental Services a picture of your garden for the chance to win a pollinator-themed prize valued at $200. Three categories: children’s garden (under 18), adult garden (18 and over), and business or organization garden. One prize for each category.

Thank you to our generous sponsors, Glencore, Pan American Silver, Newmont and Wintergreen Fund for Conservation, for making these contests possible.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 18, 2021 at 11:26 AM

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. to gather public input regarding a proposed Zoning By-law Amendment under Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. P. 13, as amended.

Applicant: 2611431 Ontario Inc. (Praztek Construction)

Location: Plan M72T, North Part of Lot 1, Parcel 7667WT, Tisdale Township, City of Timmins (185 Crawford Street)

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands from Residential Second Density (NA-R2) to Residential Medium Density 2 (NA-RM2) SP6.179 to permit the development two apartment buildings on the subject lands. Each apartment building will contain six (6) residential dwelling units and will be three stories in height.

The applicant is also seeking relief from the City of Timmins Zoning By-law 2011-7100 with regards to special provisions for the following:

  • reduction of both north and south interior side yards from 4.97 metres to 3.0 metres; and
  • reduction in the minimum width for a two-way entrance or exit from 7.0 metres to 6.29 metres.

NOTE: This is a resubmission of File No. Z-2021-01. The revised application proposes two new buildings on the subject lands. The site plan and elevation drawings are attached.

The applicant previously applied for a zoning by-law amendment, to rezone the subject lands to allow for the development of a four-storey, eight (8) unit apartment building. The applicant asked for that application to be deferred while a new proposal for the subject lands was developed.

The applicant will also be required to enter into a site plan control agreement with the City of Timmins to facilitate the proposed development, however, no application has been received to date by the municipality.

This public meeting will be held in a virtual forum with electronic participation.

If you wish to provide oral comments at the virtual public meeting, please register in advance by emailing the City Clerk at [email protected] or calling Service Timmins at 705-264-1331 during regular office hours prior to Thursday, September 9, 2021, at 12:00 noon. Once you register, you will be provided information from the Clerk’s Department on how to make your submission at the virtual public meeting with electronic participation.

To participate in the virtual public meeting, you will need to have access to a computer with internet service or a telephone.

If you wish to make a written submission concerning this matter, it should be directed to the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email at [email protected]

ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment, however, advance registration is required.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of Council of the City of Timmins to the Ontario Land Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Land Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Timmins on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to Steph Palmateer, City Clerk, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email at [email protected]

Dated at the City of Timmins this 17th day of August, 2021.

185 Crawford Street Location Plan

185 Crawford Street Site Plan

185 Crawford Street Elevation

Posted by David St.Onge  On Aug 17, 2021 at 3:21 PM

The City of Timmins Environmental Services Department wishes to advise the Public of a Traffic disruption on Tisdale St in South Porcupine.

  • Tisdale St will be closed for all traffic from Station Rd to Dunn Ave to facilitate emergency infrastructure repairs. The closure will be in effect immediately extending until approximately August 17 2021

City staff would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation during this work.

Posted by Vickie Boudreau  On Aug 12, 2021 at 9:59 AM
On August 4, 2021, Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors (NOLUM) sat down with Minister Michael Tibollo, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, to discuss the opioid crisis that is plaguing northern Ontario communities. 

Attending the meeting in-person or virtually, the group raised their concerns with respect to the services and funding needed in their communities to help battle the opioid addiction crisis their residents are facing. The opioid addiction issue is not unique to one community and the NOLUM group is working together with one voice to bring attention to the Provincial and Federal governments. 

“The message was clear to Minister Tibollo that we need help and we need it now.  It is an urgent crisis and waiting any longer will only progress the issues we are facing”, said Mayor George Pirie. “We are hopeful to hear of the funding available to upgrade current infrastructure and expand services.”

Minister Tibollo advised the group that there are currently 240 recovery beds in Ontario and he’s is hopeful to bring that number to 1,000 beds.  Roughly $14 million more of annual operating dollars will be directed by the province to support the costs of additional beds and expanded addiction treatment programs. 

Mayor Christian Provenzano addressed an issue facing the City of Sault Ste. Marie.  He said that violent crime is increasing with respect to supply and drug dealers.  While the issue of adding recovery beds is urgent, police budgets are facing an all-time high and at this rate, without bringing forth any change, will continue to rise.  

“I believe that the Minister understands the acute and immediate need to address the addictions and mental health challenges being felt across Northern Ontario," said Mayor Brian Bigger of Greater Sudbury. "I am encouraged, knowing that Minister Tibollo is responding to our call to action.”

“All the northern Mayors are facing the same issues in their communities,” added Mayor Pirie. “Being able to sit down as a group with the Minister, we were able to present a unified voice.  We are hopeful that the help we need is coming and we can continue to battle this crisis in our communities.” 
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Aug 11, 2021 at 10:02 AM
The last 47 Pikangikum First Nation evacuees left Timmins today after almost four weeks sheltering from devastating wild fires in northwestern Ontario.

As a result, Timmins is ending the State of Emergency declared on July 14, which allowed the City to access additional resources and provincial aid.

Timmins’ ability to respond quickly and effectively to help aid evacuees is due, in part, to the cooperation of community partners and service agencies including the Independent First Nation Alliance (IFNA), Canadian Rangers, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB), and local first responders.

“We’re happy to see our Pikangikum guests returning home,” says Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Laughren. “It’s been a long few weeks for community members who were worried and missing family and friends, but the team we had in place did an outstanding job of supporting the evacuees. Our ability to act fast depends on working together quickly to provide a coordinated response. Thank you to each organization and agency that stepped up to assist.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 10, 2021 at 4:38 PM

The new splash pad at White Water Park in South Porcupine will open on Wednesday, August 11 just in time for soaring temperatures and hot, humid weather.

The new splash pad has a northern mining theme and is designed for all ages and abilities to encourage both interactive and individual play. The new anti-slip rubberized surface will be completed in September due to a shortage of material required to complete the installation.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. There are 2 activator posts to turn the water on. Please stay off the sod surrounding the splash pad in order to allow it to root properly. When the sod is ready to walk on, the caution tape will be removed and benches and picnic tables will be set in place.

Users are asked to maintain 2 meter distancing while using the splash pad.  Reminder that the Splash Pad is not supervised by the City of Timmins. Children should be under the supervision of a parent/guardian.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 10, 2021 at 4:27 PM
Please be advised that Haileybury Cres. between Lover’s Lane and Goldrush St. will be closed with no through traffic starting Friday, August 6 at 12 p.m. until Sunday, August 8 at 11:59 p.m.

The closure will be conducted by Belanger Construction to allow for the replacement of the culvert at Bob’s Creek. Access to the Whitney Cemetery will be via Goldrush St.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 05, 2021 at 2:28 PM
Ontario’s Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addiction made an impromptu visit to Timmins this week to discuss the current opioid crisis with community leaders and organizations.

On Tuesday, Minister Michael Tibollo met with Mayor George Pirie, Harry Jones, executive director of the Jubilee Centre, Tom Laughren, chair of the Jubilee Centre Board of Directors, and Centre staff to discuss the need for increased funding and capacity. The discussion turned to possible issues behind Timmins’ ongoing opioid crisis, namely access to service, after care, and limited funds and how the provincial government can help.

“We are fortunate that Minister Tibollo has a history of working with and for agencies that deal with mental health and addiction,” said Mayor George Pirie. “He brings a wealth of experience to the table and understands the frustrations we are facing waiting for sufficient funding and support from the government. Right now, our community-based agencies, like the Jubilee Centre, are doing yeoman’s work to tackle the crisis with limited assistance. We need more beds. We need consistent access to service. We need a model of care that gives our citizens the best possible options and outcome.”

Tuesday afternoon, Minister Tibollo also met with representatives of the new Fire Keeper’s Patrol program lead by Mushkegowuk Council. The meeting included Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Jonathan Solomon and Deputy Grand Chief Rebecca Friday, who spoke eloquently about the needs of the Indigenous community for culturally sensitive care that included ceremony and land-based healing. Mushkegowuk Council’s Director of Health Sylvina Rickard led the discussion, which highlighted the need for tradition and how intergenerational trauma, precipitated by the treatment of Indigenous peoples, particularly in the former residential school system, has led to mental health crises and substance abuse.

“A solution for the Indigenous community is tied to Canada’s on-going challenge of reconciliation,” adds Mayor Pirie. “It will need to be addressed by programs like the Fire Keeper’s Patrol that honour spiritual, emotional and physical healing backed by ceremony and tradition. The program has so far been fully funded by both the federal and provincial governments, but the work is just beginning.”

On Wednesday morning Minister Tibollo met with a panel of community leaders representing agencies directly working to address the opioid crisis. Representatives of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB), Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Timmins Police Service (TPS), along with Mayor George Pirie and the City’s Chief Administration Officer Dave Landers, as well as Dr. Samson and Dr. Marion-Bellemare discussed the current model of care being used locally to address mental health and addictions.

“What our physicians and community partners have made abundantly clear is the need for 24/7 - 365 day services for intervention, stabilization and treatment of opioid addictions that has hit our community so hard,” said Mayor Pirie. “In particular, the discussion centered around the need for increasing the number of medical supported withdrawal management beds at the Timmins & District Hospital, and the need for medically supervised consumption to save lives.”

Minister Tibollo recognized the innovative treatment and intervention approaches that he has learned of in the community and committed to working with the community agencies and physicians to source out potential funding for a number of projects and service enhancements.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 04, 2021 at 2:47 PM
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