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A collaborative approach to addressing mental health and addiction concerns in our region has led to a request for funding exceeding $19 million. The request, submitted March 29, 2021 to Ontario Health and the Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Michael Tibollo, outlines the need for more specialized support services and treatment care.

Lead by the Mental Health and Addictions Planning and Operations Table, the request follows months of work to address concerns brought to council on December 8, 2020 by Dr. Louisa Marion-Bellemare and Dr. Julie Samson. In an update provided to Mayor George Pirie, the team highlighted changes to current mental health and addictions operations that have had a positive impact, most notably:

  • Enhanced community withdrawal support services at Timmins and District Hospital with an addictions team, including physicians, nurse practitioner, registered nurse, and social worker, available to assist patients with treatment.
  • Expansion of Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM) services to support people who require withdrawal management care outside a hospital setting.
  • Partnership with Timmins Police Service to locate and support people in crisis needing access to care.

Service Providers have also been working with clients and partners to identify barriers and make changes at the local level. For example, developing a wait list for people requiring access to a withdrawal management bed and interim support in the community while waiting for services. One significant change has been a commitment to open communication between all service providers and agencies.

“We need to continue to work together as organizations with the common goal to improve access to evidence-based treatment for addictions in order to save lives in our community and district,” says Dr. Julie Samson. “We have to continue to question how we are delivering services for people with addictions and strive to come up with solutions that are innovative and new. We need to be leaders in this field and are allowed to try and fail, which is better than not trying at all.”

In addition to improving local access to existing services, the Mental Health and Addictions Planning and Operations Table is looking forward with the hope of adding new services and expanding key addiction services in our region with help from the government.

The request is broken down into four (4) key service streams: community treatment services, residential services, community withdrawal management services, and a Centre of Excellence to centralize planning, support and operations. New walk-in clinics, new day and evening treatment programs, medically supported withdrawal management beds and fully-funded safe beds are part of the vision, with the Centre of Excellence to support full system integration.

“We must be diligent and continue to develop an inclusive system to support people with substance use disorder that includes the full continuum of care,” says Dr. Louisa Marion-Bellemare. “Care that is barrier free and meets people where they are at in their journey and supports the most up to date medical evidence without stigma and discrimination.”

To read the full update provided by the Mental Health and Addictions Planning and Operations Table, visit us online at Timmins.ca > Find or Learn About > Community Safety and Well-Being > Improve Outcome of Mental Health and Addictions.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 28, 2021 at 11:40 AM
  

City Hall will be bathed in blue light this Saturday, May 1, 2021 to commemorate Doctor’s Day as Timmins joins the provincewide “Shine a Light” campaign in honour and appreciation of our doctors.

Now in its 10th year, Doctor’s Day has grown into a movement with thousands of people across Ontario raising a light as an act of thanks. Landmarks across the province like the CN tower turn blue in thank you for the dedication and sacrifice doctors make, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) encourages us to #ShineALightForThem this Saturday night at 9 p.m. by turning on our phone’s flashlight and holding it up to symbolize “finding a way in the dark” – something Ontario’s doctors do as they put themselves at risk to help us stay safe and healthy.

For more information on Doctor’s Day, visit doctorsday.ca.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 28, 2021 at 10:52 AM
  

April 27, 2021

UPDATE 1:20 p.m. - phone lines are working again. Thank you for your patience.

Service Timmins would like to advise the public that we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with telephone services and are working to have them resolved as soon as possible. 

While these issues are being rectified, we encourage anyone attempting to reach Service Timmins to do so by email at servicetimmins@timmins.ca or through the Citizen Service Centre at service.timmins.ca. 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We are committed to offering excellent customer service and thank you for your patience.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 27, 2021 at 1:21 PM
  
Living Space recently announced plans to expand operations to a new location at 316 Spruce St. South beginning in May 2021. The move, facilitated by the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board’s (CDSSAB) property acquisition plans, will allow Living Space to better serve the community and those experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

“The Spruce St. location for Living Space is good news for the City of Timmins,” says Mayor George Pirie. “It’s exciting that a collaborative approach to addressing homelessness has led to this opportunity.

“The acquisition did not require re-zoning and was, therefore, not part of any city approval process. In the past, Living Space has effectively housed individuals across several sites in conjunction with partners like the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Cochrane-Timiskaming. This new location offers a solution for a larger, centralized space with an opportunity to enhance current services. It’s a step in the right direction.”

Living Space has confirmed that the Spruce St. South location will allow them to expand their current 30 bed emergency shelter program. There will also be room for additional clinical space for their health services program and an opportunity to create dedicated programming space.

“The success of the programs offered by Living Space is experienced by individuals like Chris R.,” adds Mayor Pirie. “Chris was homeless due to job loss, mental health, and trauma when he first arrived at Living Space in 2018. He was one of the first people to move into Living Space’s transitional housing units and was eventually hired as one of their first “Outreach Workers.” Chris will be helping to launch Living Space’s Peer/Lived Experience Outreach Team this summer. There are good news stories happening and we need to share them, talk about them, and start to change the stigma surrounding homelessness.”

Living Space expects the move to be completed by October 2021. Their Cedar St. North location will be re-purposed and used for single, transitional and supportive housing.

According to Living Space, there are currently over 350 people experiencing chronic homelessness with another 700 people who have experienced homelessness in Timmins since 2011.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 26, 2021 at 3:02 PM
  

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A Special Council Meeting has been called for April 27, 2021 in Council Chambers.

This meeting will be in closed session to discuss advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, regarding Wallingford Road.


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 26, 2021 at 11:43 AM
  

Night Time Street Sweeping 12:00 AM to 7:30 AM

From April 26 to April 30, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing night time street sweeping

Monday April 26 starting 12:00 AM:

Connecting Link: Riverside (Joseph to Pavilion)

Tuesday April 27 starting 12:00 AM:

Connecting Link: Algonquin (Highway 655 to Cedar)

Wednesday April 28 starting 12:00 AM:

Connecting Link: Algonquin (Cedar to Mountjoy)

Thursday April 29 starting 12:00 AM:

Connecting Link: Algonquin (Mountjoy to Theriault)

Daytime Street Sweeping 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM

From April 26 to April 30, the Public Works Department wishes to inform the public that crews may be doing day time street sweeping

Monday April 26 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins South: Belanger, Bannerman, Middleton  

South Porcupine: Fern, Huot, Front

Tuesday April 27 starting 7:30 AM

Timmins North: Fogg, Charles, Avenue, Oak, Ann, Gillies, Willow, Poplar

South Porcupine: William, Cecil, Powell 

Wednesday April 28 starting 7:30 AM

Timmins South: Windsor, Kent, Way  

South Porcupine: Broadway, O’Brien, Essa

Thursday April 29 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins South: Wende, Montgomery, Columbus  

Schumacher: Delnite

Friday April 30 starting 7:30 AM:

Timmins South: Southern, Leblanc, Cody, Delmonte, Coronation, Reliable, Wilcox, Sterling  

South Porcupine: Dome, Shamrock  

Note on the Plan:

Sweeping Operations will take several weeks to complete. There is a lot of sand to pick up every year, so we ask residents to remain patient. Weather conditions and mechanical issues play a major role in how quickly Public Works can complete the sweeping operations. Heavy rain and subzero temperatures will halt operations.

Posted No Parking Signs Advising Spring Maintenance:

Public Works would like to remind residents that yellow No Parking Signs will be posted to notify that Spring Maintenance will be taking place for daytime operations. Vehicles not complying with these No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed to allow for Street Sweeping crews to advance.

Priority Sequence for Street Sweeping Operations:

Day Operation:

Street Sweeping is never done in the area where Sanitation is taken place.

High density residential areas (Older Section of City: one-ways, narrow streets);

Low density residential areas

Night Operation:

Highway sections;

High density commercial sections;

Main Arterial Routes

Safety:

A reminder to respect safety signage as the safety of workers is very important.  

We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Public Works Department

Posted by Alana Monette  On Apr 23, 2021 at 2:15 PM
  

Please be advised that construction will begin on the corner of Algonquin Blvd. W. and Mattagami Blvd. S. starting Monday, April 26.

Algonquin Blvd. W will remain one lane in both directions with traffic diverted to the north side of the road. Mattagami Blvd. S. will be closed at the bridge.

Proceed with caution when traveling through any and all construction zones and obey detour signs.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 23, 2021 at 9:02 AM
  

File No. Z-2021-01
5627 020 050 10100

NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION AND PUBLIC MEETING RE: PROPOSED ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a virtual public meeting on Tuesday, May 18, 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 of a four-storey, eight (8) unit apartment building.

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

  • increase in height from 11.0 metres to 12.89 metres;
  • reduction of both north and south interior side yards from 6.45 metres to 3.05 metres;
  • elimination of entrance and exit driveways; and
  • increase in width of parking area from 7.1 metres to 16.5 metres.

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 steph.palmateer@timmins.ca or calling Service Timmins at 705-264-1331 during regular office hours prior to Tuesday, May 18, 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 planning@timmins.ca

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 Local Planning Appeal 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 Local Planning Appeal 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 planning@timmins.ca.

Dated at the City of Timmins this 23rd day of April, 2021.

Location Map - 185 Crawford Street

Proposed Site Plan for 185 Crawford Street

Elevation of Proposed Development at 185 Crawford Street

Posted by David St.Onge  On Apr 23, 2021 at 8:43 AM
  

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

  • Area: 1) City crews will be working in the Schumacher Area including Gold Center and Goldmine Road.

  • Area: 2) All of Mountjoy TWSP- commencing at Mattagami bridge, heading West and North- to Jaguar Road

  • Time of Disruption: April 26 2021 7:30am until May 07 2021 12:00pm

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 Apr 22, 2021 at 8:10 AM
  
With the City of Timmins’ Connecting Link construction underway, residents traveling from the east over the Mattagami Bridge for their vaccine appointment should expect delays.

The first phase of construction has Algonquin reduced to one lane in both directions at Mattagami Blvd. South. As the project proceeds, a full detour down Wilson Avenue will be required.

“We suggest adding an extra 15 to 30 minutes to your travel time,” says Public Works Manager Ken Krcel. “We’ve made every effort to help maintain traffic flow, but there will be delays. If you have a set appointment, it’s a good idea to give yourself more time.”

Vaccine appointments at the Mountjoy Arena are done by appointment only and the time is specific to allow vaccination of as many people as possible, to reduce wait times, and to support public health measures such as physical distancing, cleaning of surfaces and limiting gatherings.

“The vaccine is the critical step forward in fighting this pandemic and protecting the health and safety of all communities. Please arrive on time to prevent delays at the clinic,” says Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU). “If you are late, the staff at the clinic will work with you to get your vaccine.”

Once the full detour onto Wilson Ave. is in place, also add an additional 15 to 30 minutes travel time if you’re taking Timmins Transit.

You can get the latest news on Connecting Link construction straight to your phone. Sign up for the City of Timmins’ Connecting Link alerts at Timmins.ca.

Remember that vaccine clinics are by appointment only. The Porcupine Health Unit is now offering clinics to primary priority groups in Phase 2 of the province’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan. You can book your appointment online at porcupinehu.on.ca or by calling 705-360-4819.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 21, 2021 at 11:16 AM
  
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