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As we head towards warmer weather, the City of Timmins is reminding residents of our external water usage by-laws that help us manage, maintain, and regulate the waterworks supply system for the City of Timmins.

Please be aware and follow By-law #1974-253 and amended By-law #2013-7419, which state:

During the months of May, June, July and August, the external use of water is permitted:

o On even calendar dates at only those municipal addresses ending with the numbers 0,2,4,6, and 8;
o On odd calendar dates at only those municipal addresses ending with the numbers 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

External use of water for recreational purposes only (i.e. small pools or children’s water sprinklers) is permitted for all municipal addresses on all calendar dates. Recreational use requires the presence of children, teenagers or adults, otherwise penalties as set out in Clause 40 of By-law #1974-253 will apply.

During an emergency period when it appears likely that the demand for the consumption of water will reduce the water pressure below what is required for safety or supply of water, the Mayor or Acting Mayor of The Corporation of the City of Timmins can issue a temporary proclamation regulating the use of the water. Any external use of water during an emergency period will require a permit from the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Timmins.

Residents who require external water usage outside of their allowable schedule (i.e. for newly installed sod or seed), will require a permit available through Service Timmins.

For questions, please call Service Timmins at 705-264-1331.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 03, 2021 at 11:28 AM
  
Statistic Canada’s 2021 Census is now underway! Every five years, Canadians get the opportunity to help define our diverse population and the communities we live in.

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, the Census Program has been adapted to make sure you can participate in the safest and most secure way possible. You can fill out your census questionnaire online today without pre-registration or lengthy downloads.

Why is completing the census important? Information collected is used by the City of Timmins in a variety of ways. It informs public policy and the planning of schools, hospitals, child care centres, and family services. Municipal programs like public transportation, sustainable development, and environmental goals are influenced by census data. Your answers help reflect how Timmins is changing.

Timmins Economic Development Corporation (TEDC) uses the census to track socioeconomic trends in order to help local business and our economy grow.

“The TEDC uses Census information to attract businesses to our community, to help local firms with market research and assist us when completing government funding applications. All these purposes are beneficial for Timmins and therefore we encourage everyone to complete the Census forms when they come out,” says Fred Gibbons, Chair of Timmins Economic Development Corporation.

You can complete the questionnaire today online at https://census.gc.ca/index-eng.htm. For more information, call the Census Help Line toll-free at: 1-855-340-2021.

You are included in the census if you are a Canadian citizen by birth or naturalization, a landed immigrant, or a non-permanent resident (a person with a work or student visa, or who has claimed refugee status).

Make sure you’re counted! Fill out your census questionnaire today.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 03, 2021 at 9:47 AM
  

Temporary Patio Applications are now being accepted by the City of Timmins for businesses wishing to extend their existing patio or add a temporary patio structure this summer.

Businesses who sell food or alcohol are eligible to apply. Applications must be filled out yearly and will be processed by the City of Timmins within five (5) business days. Once approved, the business will receive a letter of non-objection from the City Clerk. There is no fee to apply.

All patios that are licensed by the AGCO are required to have a letter of non-objection from the City of Timmins to operate if extending or adding a new patio.  Existing and temporary patios must adhere to all current provincial and local public health guidelines related to COVID-19 pertaining to dining in outdoor areas.

Business owners are responsible for obtaining all relevant permissions, including a letter of non-objection from the City of Timmins. An inspection by the Timmins Fire Prevention Officer may be required prior to opening the temporary patio for use to determine if they see anything that requires their attention.

A Temporary Patio Application can be downloaded from the City of Timmins website at Timmins.ca > Our Services > Enforcement Services, By-Law and Parking > Temporary Patio Extensions. Completed applications can be emailed to servicetimmins@timmins.ca.


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 29, 2021 at 4:19 PM
  
The flags at Timmins City Hall and other municipal buildings will be flying at half-mast on Sunday, May 2 in honour of Ontario Police Memorial Day.

“As Chief of Police, and acting on behalf of all current and former Timmins Police Service officers, I wish to acknowledge that Sunday, May 2nd, is Ontario Police Memorial Day,” says Timmins Police Chief John Gauthier. “This is a solemn occasion where we take the time necessary to recognize those Ontario police officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their respective communities.

“I am fully aware of the rigors of modern policing in terms of the challenges that each officer is called upon to confront as part of their duties. The perils of policing have always been daunting and a test of each officer’s skill, knowledge and individual bravery. This is their chosen profession as much as it is mine. Every police officer has an unspoken desire to complete his or her shift and return home to their families safely.

“It is with the memory of lost officers uppermost in my mind that I call upon Timmins Police Service officers to join me in acknowledging fallen officers. Let their memory guide you and keep you safe and alert in service to the residents of Timmins and area. Each year, communities in Ontario suffer a sincere loss that cannot be restored in terms of having one of their police officers die in the line of duty. The bereavement that rightfully follows such tragedies affects every police officer, their families and their communities.

“May the families of the officers taken from us in the course of their duties know how much their sacrifice is appreciated, in regard to genuine community service, particularly on Sunday, as we gather to honor their respective memories.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 29, 2021 at 9:11 AM
  

Please be advised that a temporary speed limit reduction has been approved by Council effective April 28, 2021 along Airport Rd. from Laforest Rd. approximately 1.25 kilometres south. The speed limit will be reduced to 50 km/h.

Following completion of Connecting Link construction, the speed limit will return to 70 km/h. Signs will be in place advising motorists of the speed reduction.

Thank you for your co-operation. 

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 28, 2021 at 1:01 PM
  

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
  
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