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As per recent direction from the Government of Ontario our City will enter into a lockdown effective 12:01 am, Saturday, December 26, 2020. To that end here are some of the services which will be affected during this lockdown period.     

City Hall will be closed to the public however will continue to offer its regular services through our centralized system at Service Timmins. 

All indoor cultural and recreational facilities including our arenas, the museum, the Sportsplex pool, community centers, etc. will be closed to the public but outdoor activities such as our outdoor ice rinks and skating path will still be available for use by the public subject to maintaining two (2) meter physical distancing.  

Please be advised that all other services provided by the City (ie: Public Works and Public Utilities, snow plowing/snow removal, waste management including access to the Deloro landfill site, Timmins Police Service, Timmins Fire Department and Timmins Transit) will continue to operate during the lockdown period. The Timmins Public Library will also continue to operate offering curb-side and contactless services and on-line services.  

For inquiries about what this means to your City services please contact Service Timmins at 705-264-1331.

We would like to thank all citizens who have been working hard to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community, and remind everyone to continue being kind to one another through these challenging and uncertain times. Together we will get through this.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 22, 2020 at 9:57 AM
  
The City of Timmins commends Canada Nickel for its recently announced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wabun Tribal Council and Tagamou Nation. 

“These MOUs are great news for the region,” said Mayor Pirie.  “These mutually beneficial business arrangements will help move the Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide project closer to permitting, and promises to create direct mining jobs and to sustain jobs in our mining supply industry.

“These MOUs are excellent examples of First Nation-Industry partnerships that respect Traditional Territory,” continued Mayor Pirie.  “These are excellent agreements which are examples of Indigenous ownership which we have been advocating for.  They fit with the City’s Indigenous philosophy and of course our diversification goals.”

Canada Nickel’s Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide project will deliver Net Zero nickel and cobalt products, located in our Porcupine Mining Camp. 
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 21, 2020 at 9:01 AM
  
The Timmins Victor M. Power Airport has started using advanced technology to make a healthier airport.

Their latest piece of in-terminal innovation is a UV-C light sanitization device that is proven to eliminate 99.999% of the Coronavirus on Smartphones in just 20 seconds without the use of any chemicals.  The CleanSlate UV sanitizer works on phones, tablets and other small electronics. The hospital-grade technology has established a reputation as reliable and effective for cleaning touchscreen devices and other small items such as keys, watches, badges and glasses.  UV light won’t harm touchscreens, cameras or IR sensors.  

The CleanSlate UV device is located in the terminal departure area and is available for use at no cost.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 18, 2020 at 11:11 AM
  
The City of Timmins would like to advise that an extreme cold weather alert has been issued for December 14-15, 2020, with temperatures expected to reach -25 Celsius (inclusive of wind-chill). 

People in need of emergency shelter are asked to attend the Living Space location (27 Cedar St. N.), at which time staff will assess and refer the individual as appropriate. Living Space Outreach Workers conduct street-level outreach with the goal of connecting people who are sleeping outside with shelter and/or support.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 14, 2020 at 3:24 PM
  
As a segment of the Community Safety and Well-Being Plan the Cycling Committee would like to engage residents in a survey with respect to cycling in the City of Timmins. 

The focus of the survey is to receive input with a goal to become a Bicycle Friendly Community. Areas of interest include Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation and Planning. 

The committee launched the public survey this morning.  It is available in both English and French at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZTQVGV until January 31, 2021.

The 4 minute survey can also be found on the City of Timmins’ homepage at: www.timmins.ca and will be made available at The Timmins Public Library. 

If you’re a cyclist, don’t miss this opportunity to provide your input!
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Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 14, 2020 at 1:58 PM
  
At the regular meeting of Timmins City Council, a number of significant development activities were approved.  Council declared a significant land parcel in the Melrose Heights subdivision surplus to municipal needs, thus clearing the way for new residential development.  Council also approved the sale of land in its Industrial Park to Acces Industrial Minier Inc. to service the mining industry in and around Timmins. Additionally, the City’s Official Plan has been renewed and will be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for review.

“These announcements speak to the confidence the investor community has in the future of the City of Timmins,” stated Mayor Pirie.  “This confidence is bolstered by the positive announcements regarding the commencement of the Côté Lake Gold project, the initiation of the production of Gowest Gold and Kirkland Lake Gold setting up an administrative center in Timmins.  We are attracting new employees to the City and the real estate market is thriving.  

“We have an exciting new huge nickel project just to the north of Timmins in Canada Nickel, which would potentially change the dynamics of the city’s economy.  Our exploration section is booming with very promising projects with Galleon Gold and Gatling Resources, which is a joint venture with Kirkland Lake Gold and GFG Resources.  

“Our forestry section has been unable to keep up with demand.  Our industrial metal section, led by Imerys Talc, has been purchased by one of Canada’s premier businessmen, Aaron Regent, and this industry will flourish under his leadership.   It is a testament to the City and its partners that the City is able to grow this year when the majority of cities in Canada have experienced severe difficulties.”

Director of Community and Development Services, Mark Jensen stated that, “It is refreshing to see the interest growing in both the residential and non-residential sectors.”  To further support this trend, Planning staff will be releasing a couple of Request for Proposal (RFP) documents to promote continued residential development in the popular Park Avenue and Melrose Heights Subdivisions.  This will be complemented with the promotion of public sale opportunities for residential infill lot development throughout the community over the coming months.  Jensen added that, “The City is also very focused on continuing its work to promote and expand its Industrial Park in light of the recent surge in interest for both commercial and industrial properties.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 11, 2020 at 11:05 AM
  
Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board Chairman, George Pirie, is pleased to announce the official launch of the community’s most ambitious website ever. Timmins.CARE is a one-of-a-kind website, for a one-of-a-kind city. 

“There are more than 30 local groups and organizations who work tirelessly, day and night, to help those in need throughout our community,” states Pirie. “Their hard work and dedication is often over-shadowed by online conversations that, at times are either mis-informed or under-informed.”

Through this initiative, dozens of local groups are coming together in an effort to shine a much-needed spotlight on the extraordinary efforts underway to help those less fortunate in the most challenging year that Canadians have faced in more than a century. It is also a place where those who want to help can offer their gifts and talents.

“We know we are confronted with myriad issues, including homelessness, substance use, rising mental health challenges, poverty, and other challenges. As a community, we can’t and we shouldn’t allow those pressing issues to dominate public discourse,” states Pirie. “As mayor, I would encourage every resident of Timmins to visit Timmins.CARE and help us shine a light on the many success stories that deserve our praise.”

While the site launches today, it is by no means complete. In fact, there will be many more groups added in the coming days and weeks. Readers will recognize that several prominent groups are not included on the site just yet. Many are working on their content contributions, while others are planning to contribute after the upcoming holiday season so they can focus on the work they do to help the less fortunate among us. 

“Let’s make Timmins.CARE the city’s busiest website,” states Mayor Pirie. “Let’s show the rest of the world that Timmins is indeed, the City with a Heart of Gold.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 09, 2020 at 10:34 AM
  
The flags at all municipally-owned facilities will be flying at half-mast on Sunday, December 6 in recognition of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

According to the Government of Canada: 

It has been over 30 years since the murder of 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal (December 6, 1989). This act of violent misogyny shook our country and led Parliament to designate December 6 as The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.  

As we mourn their loss and honour their memory, we reaffirm our commitment to fight the hatred that led to this tragedy, and the misogyny that still exists today. In Canada and around the world, women, girls, LGBTQ2 (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two spirit) and gender diverse individuals face unacceptable violence and discrimination. Gender-based violence in Canada has been magnified and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been reports from police services, shelters and local organizations of an increase in calls related to gender-based violence across Canada during the pandemic.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is about remembering those who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it; it is also a time to take action. Working together we can help prevent and address gender-based violence by remembering and learning from our past, listening to survivors, and speaking up against harmful behaviour.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 04, 2020 at 9:56 AM
  
The Main Street Revitalization Initiative was established by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) in spring 2018. Timmins was a recipient municipality of a $66,556.28 grant and formed a committee of stakeholders to brainstorm the best use of the funds for a beautification project. 

After several consultations, the committee agreed that installing two illuminated three-dimensional “Timmins” signs would be great attractors for tourists and symbols of community pride. The signs were installed in late 2019 and encourage interactive engagement. Most notably, visitors at the Timmins Museum sign can pose within the letters for group photos and selfies. The sign at the Timmins Transit Terminal is a beacon at the east end of Third Avenue. 

“I’d like to congratulate the City of Timmins on their commitment to improving the community through the Main Street Revitalization Initiative,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “Vibrant main streets help attract visitors, create jobs and help support the many small businesses that are the backbone of our communities.”  

Main Street Revitalization funding is transferred from OMAFRA to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) and flowed directly to eligible municipalities. Municipalities can use the funding to implement community improvement plans, signage, façade improvements and more. 


About the Main Street Revitalization Committee
The Main Street Revitalization Committee formed in 2018 by stakeholders in the community including the City of Timmins, Downtown Timmins BIA, Timmins Economic Development Corporation and the Porcupine Health Unit.

 
About AMO
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 04, 2020 at 9:24 AM
  
That’s a wrap on the Create the Mayor’s Christmas Card campaign.  With 299 Contest winnersentries received, the selection committee had the difficult task of choosing the cards to be featured.  Although the original post stated that there would be three cards chosen, the committee was not able to choose only three.  Five cards were selected to be the Mayor’s annual Christmas card. 
“The amount of cards received was overwhelming.  There was so much thought and love poured into these cards.  We have wonderfully talented young artist in the City of Timmins.  I imagine that it was difficult to narrow it down to five cards as they were all so beautiful,” said Mayor Pirie.  “With the success of this year’s cards, it is clear that this is something that we would like to continue annually.  Being able to share the artist’s work, both through Facebook and at the Timmins Museum, is a great way to showcase all the talent we have.  Thank you to everyone that took the time to create a card.”

Every day on Facebook, the City of Timmins will be showcasing a series of cards that were submitted, as a Mayor’s Advent Calendar.  All 299 cards are also on display at the Timmins Museum and will remain there for the month of December.  We encourage you to stop by and see the cards in person for some holiday cheer.  
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Dec 03, 2020 at 9:12 AM
  
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