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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
  
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
clerks@timmins.ca

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jul 19, 2021 at 3:56 PM
  

The City of Timmins Environmental Services Department wishes to advise the public of hydrant flushing and watermain cleaning activities in the following areas.

  • Area: South Porcupine and Porcupine

  • Time of Disruption: July 15 2021 7:30am until June 16 2021 4:00pm

Homeowners and businesses may experience short-term loss in water pressure or experience brown or rust-coloured water following the testing. It is recommended not to drink or wash laundry with the discoloured water. While it is not harmful to your health, it can stain laundry. Should this occur, it is advised to turn off your tap for 10-20 minutes in order to allow the crew to complete the test. Once the test is complete and the work crew has left the area, turn on the COLD water tap closest to the source (usually your laundry tub tap) and let it run for approximately 15-20 minutes or until the water colour has returned to normal.

City staff would like to thank residents for their patience and cooperation during this necessary process, and advise that if there are any questions, concerns or requests for additional information, they may contact the Service Timmins at (705) 264-1331. After-hours emergencies should be directed to 705-264-1201.

Posted by Vickie Boudreau  On Jul 15, 2021 at 8:05 AM
  
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
  
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 foodbasics.ca.

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 corpo.metro.ca.
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.

Related Links

View the City of Timmins’ Composting Feasibility Study at: https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/waste_recycling_services/recycling_and_composting
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: https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario 

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

For more information:  https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 28, 2021 at 3:20 PM
  
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