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Calling all ghouls and goblins!  Decorate your front yard and submit a photo to Tourism Timmins to be entered in a draw for some great family-oriented prizes!  This contest is open to residents of the Timmins area.  You have until October 29th at 12:00 p.m. to submit your registration in full.  Please visit www.tourismtimmins.com to download the entry form.

Draw will be made on October 30th at 1:00 p.m.  Winners will be notified that day.

Photos will be on display at the Tourism Timmins Facebook page - www.facebook.com/tourismtimmins

For more information contact Marnie Lapierre, Coordinator Festivals, Events & Special Projects, Tourism Department – (705) 360-2600 ext 3785 or via email at marnie.lapierre@timmins.ca
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Oct 13, 2020 at 11:43 AM
  

File Nos. OPA-2020-01 and Z-2020-04
5627-010-111-19900

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

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a public meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. to gather public input regarding a proposed Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment under Sections 17, 22 and 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O 1990, c. P. 13, as amended.

Applicant: R.D.R. Enterprises Inc.

Location: 210 Royale Street, Part 1, Plan 6R-9199, Mountjoy Township, City of Timmins

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Official Plan Amendment is to redesignate the subject property from the “Neighbourhood Area” to “Employment Area” to allow for commercial uses.

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands currently zoned Institutional (NA-IN) to Highway Commercial (EA-CH) to permit all uses in the Highway Commercial zone.

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 Monday, October 26, 2020, 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 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 Official Plan Amendment and Zoning By-law Amendment, however, advance registration is required.

Notice for the Official Plan Amendment
If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed Official Plan Amendment, or of the refusal of a request to amend the Official Plan, you must make a written request to Steph Palmateer, City Clerk, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3.

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 Official Plan Amendment is adopted, 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 Official Plan Amendment is adopted, 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.

Notice for the Zoning By-Law Amendment

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 30th day of September, 2020.

210 Royale Street

Posted by David St.Onge  On Sep 30, 2020 at 5:47 PM
  

File No. Z-2020-05
5627-020-030-02500

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 public meeting on Monday, October 26, 2020, 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: James Peters

Location: 90 Bruce Avenue, Plan M-14-S, Part Lot 74, Parcel 10425 WT, Tisdale Township, City of Timmins

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands currently zoned General Commercial (EA-CG) to General Commercial (EA-CG) SP6.177 to permit all uses in the General Commercial zone and to allow a two-storey single detached dwelling within the existing building.

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 Monday, October 26, 2020, 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 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 30th day of September, 2020.

90 Bruce Avenue Location


Posted by David St.Onge  On Sep 30, 2020 at 5:40 PM
  
The City of Timmins is very proud to announce that it will add its first fully Accessible Swing to its list of recreational amenities.  The new unit is installed in Lonergan Park and is expected to be operational early this week. 

This historic project was made possible through a partnership between the City of Timmins, the Timmins Centennial Public School, Newmont and the City’s Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee.  A total of $24,000 was raised through this partnership effort with the City of Timmins agreeing to prepare the site to accept the new infrastructure.  This included the installation of a small parking lot and accessible pathways leading to the pre-prepared site for the new swing.  

Tanya Vincze, Principal of Timmins Centennial Public School expressed her pride in being part of the event.  “What an honour for our school to be involved in this very important initiative.  I was touched by our grade 6 students’ sense of empathy, their kindness and their hard work ethic.  Our students discovered a need, came up with a plan, and with the support of the City of Timmins, The Timmins Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee and Newmont Corporation, the plan came to fruition.  It is encouraging to see youth who are already committed to making a great change in this world.”

Along with Timmins Centennial Public School and the Municipal Advisory Committee, Newmont heard of the project and wanted to be involved as well. “Inclusion is one of Newmont’s core values so when we heard about how this initiative led by students, we did not hesitate to contribute. Timmins’ first fully accessible swing is an example of how we can cultivate environments that value differences within our community and we are pleased to support initiatives that advance inclusion and diversity in our city,” said Bryan Neeley of Newmont.  

Mayor George Pirie is thankful for everyone involved in the project.  “It has been encouraging to see the youth take on this initiative.  They truly led the way for everyone else to come on board. I’d like to thank all the kids, City staff and Newmont that made this project possible.  It is great for our community.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Sep 29, 2020 at 11:32 AM
  
Increasing concerns about the number of sharps being found in the community has once again prompted the City of Timmins and the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU) to work together to acquire additional sharps disposal units and determine the most suitable locations for their installation.

Since 2016, the two organizations have been working together along with other partners in tracking the number of sharps being found, and the primary locations of concern within the city. With a rising number of sharps not being disposed of properly, the PHU installed the first sharps disposal unit in front of their building in July 2018. Two additional disposal kiosks were added in the parking lots on Cedar and Algonquin and Spruce and Algonquin (next to the overpass) last summer.

This week, three additional kiosks will be installed, including one kiosk near the library and transit buildings, one kiosk in Schumacher (corner of Father Costello Drive and Vipond Road) and one kiosk by the transit stop in South Porcupine. The kiosk originally installed in the Spruce parking lot will be moved to an area more suitable in the downtown core. 

“We want to encourage all individuals who use needles for drugs or medication administration to dispose of them in a safe way,” said Public Health Nurse and Sexual Health/Harm Reduction Program Coordinator Mary France Caron-Bruneau. “There are many ways to do this. Pharmacies have a program that provides sharps containers and accepts returns of these containers. The Health Unit also provides sharps containers and accepts returns through our Harm Reduction Program. If needles are found in the community, individuals can safely dispose of them through our Harm Reduction Program, in the disposal bins after hours and on weekends or they can call us to get a community clean-up kit which includes instructions on how to safely handle needles, a sharps container and a pair of tongs.”

The bin locations were carefully considered by the two organizations, but have the potential of being moved if necessary.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Sep 28, 2020 at 1:54 PM
  
The flags at Timmins City Hall and other municipal buildings will be flying at half-mast in honour of Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day on Sunday, September 27.

According to the Mayor Pirie, “We will be honouring the many unsung heroes who have died in the line of duty, and their surviving families.”  Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day has been recognized on the last Sunday in September every year, since being officially proclaimed by the Government of Canada in 1998.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Sep 25, 2020 at 10:59 AM
  
Bigger. Better. Craftier. Culture Days is now a 4-week interactive, immersive arts and culture experience happening September 25 to October 25, 2020, across Canada. Creators of every kind have composed an opus, a hub of thousands of virtual and in-person concerts, live shows and exhibits, demonstrations, classes, workshops and more. Hailing from Nova Scotia to Vancouver Island, everything is free, with something to enjoy, learn, or discover for everyone of any age. This year’s event is a re-imagined rendering of Culture Days Weekend to suit the times; it is the first time the festival will roll out both online and in-person. This 4-week feast will guide Canadians through a choose-your-own-adventure of creativity and expression. 

As we navigate a world that now looks very different from it once did, we’ve seen inspiring displays of solidarity and unabashed expressions of the pain, joy, frustration, hope and the resilience of humanity. 

Culture Days extends this global experience as only we can. This year’s events have meant the loss of many opportunities for the arts and culture community to showcase their work and left most scrambling to adapt. Since 2010, Culture Days works all year to support the work, value, and growth of the sector by providing workshops, webinars, and resources to help creators develop efficacy. Over the last decade, Culture Days Weekend has presented over 30,000 events, each a chance for local artists to showcase themselves, their work and engage the local community. Culture Days is a way to celebrate the creativity we consume and enjoy daily, while also bolstering support for the future of what it means to create in Canada.

A collective of arts sector organizations, including Culture Days, has partnered with ArtsPond, CAPACOA, and Hill Strategies in Canada to support “I Lost My Gig,” a COVID-19 impact survey. This survey collects much-needed data and personal stories related to the loss of wages, assistance and spaces to inform an actionable plan of support. In the UK, kin arts and culture organization, Get Creative, has also quickly pivoted to serve its community virtually. Both organizations will convene over the summer to share learnings and celebrate. 


Registration is open. If you are a creator, the world wants to see what you can do, and Culture Days is your stage. Visit CultureDays.ca to register today. From September 25 to October 25, 2020, prepare to dive in and show our unique brand of Canadian creativity to the world.

Create with us! #CultureDays and @culturedays on Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Blog | Media & Gallery | Research | Learn More


About Culture Days 
Culture Days has become the largest cultural event in Canada, attracting an estimated 2.5 million annual attendees to thousands of free activities and performances hosted by artists, cultural organizations and municipalities in hundreds of communities across Canada. The range of events is as vast and diverse as Canada itself. From the Yukon to New Brunswick, British Columbia to Hudson’s Bay – and all points in between – Culture Days highlights and amplifies the diverse arts and cultural life of our communities. As a leading national voice for an active and engaged cultural life, Culture Days provides a range of tools and skill development resources that lead to greater cultural engagement. The Culture Days annual national awareness campaign typically culminates in a three-day celebration of the arts starting on the last Friday of September. Culture Days is a registered charity, visit culturedays.ca for more information and to donate. 

Financial support for Culture Days is provided by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. Culture Days is also made possible through the support of Pattison (National Out-of-home Media Partner), Cineplex Media (National Media Partner), CBC (National Broadcast Partner), and BT/A (National Creative Partner).
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Sep 21, 2020 at 10:08 AM
  
In April of 2020, Timmins Council temporarily suspended interest, penalties and charges on property taxes and water & sewer fees that was in effect until September as COVID-19 financial relief measure.  With the revocation of that program, all overdue accounts, as of October 30th, will be charged interest, penalties and charges on November 1st, 2020.

In an effort to continue to provide relief to those individuals and organizations that have been financially impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, Council has now approved an Interest Free Payment Deferral Program.

This application based program will be for those Property Tax and Water & Sewer rate payers who meet the following criteria:
Must be in good standing with the tax and water account as of March 1, 2020;
Only the balance on account will be allowed to be amortized;
The amortization period will extend to December 31, 2022 however the rate payer can choose a reduced period;
Applications are required to be filled out;
Applications are due by December 1, 2020.

Application forms will be available on September 14 on our City website at https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/finance/c_o_v_i_d-19_relief_programs
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Sep 14, 2020 at 2:57 PM
  
At the September 8 meeting, City Council members approved a payment deferral program for City of Timmins lessees who have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizations that are currently entered into a lease agreement with the City of Timmins may apply and qualify for the program, and must meet the following criteria:
Must show a 50% drop in revenue during the months of April to July 2020 versus April to July 2019;
Must be in good standing with the lease payments as of March 1, 2020;
Must provide official financial statements that are produced by an accounting software or are tracked in a manual ledger;
Must pay no more than $15,000 in monthly gross rent per location;
Must fully complete an application; and
Must submit the applications by December 1, 2020.

There are two categories of this deferral program that an applicant may qualify for:

Category 1
If the lessee’s revenue dropped between 50-74% for the months of April to July compared to the same prior year period, the program details would be as follows:
The City of Timmins would waive 25% of the rent for the months of April to July of 2020;
The lessee would pay 25% of the rent for the months of April to July by the end of 2020; and
The remaining 50% of rent from April to June would be amortized over the remaining term of the lease.

Category 2 
If the lessee’s revenue dropped between 75-100% for the months of April to July compared to the same prior year period, the program details would be as follows:
City of Timmins would waive the full rent for the months of April to July of 2020.

Application forms will be available on September 14 on our City website at https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/finance/c_o_v_i_d-19_relief_programs
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Sep 14, 2020 at 2:56 PM
  
The flags at all municipally-owned facilities will be flying at half-mast on Sunday, September 13 in recognition and support of the Firefighters’ National Memorial Day.

Established by the Government of Canada in 2017, the second Sunday of September each year serves as tribute to public safety officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

“It’s important to recognize that we are not only honouring those who have lost their lives, but those who continue to dedicate themselves to this noble career,” said Mayor George Pirie. “Our community is extremely fortunate to have a large numbers of highly skilled, dedicated and brave professionals and volunteers committed to keeping us safe.”

According to the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation (CFFF), more than 1,600 firefighters have died on duty since 1848. 
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Sep 11, 2020 at 4:08 PM
  

In response to a number of concerning issues in our City, the Timmins Police Service, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Living Space are all focusing their efforts on street outreach programs as part of their risk response.

“Our community is dealing with a number of troubling issues that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis, namely that growing segments of the population are dealing with personal trauma by turning to homelessness, criminal activity, and addictions,” said Mayor Pirie. “We have been hearing the concerns of our residents who are either afraid of what they are seeing in our community or are frustrated with the situation. A boots on the ground approach is desperately needed in our city.”

Chief Gauthier of the Timmins Police Service stated, “The Timmins Police Service continues to conduct foot patrol and will be moving forward with a more aggressive and proactive approach to dealing with street crime and the distribution and possession of opioids.” Additionally, he reports that discussions are underway to develop new partnerships with various stakeholders within the community in an effort to ensure people in crisis have access to mental health and addictions expertise during a call for service.
Living Space staff can also be seen in the downtown core with their recognizable red vests. “Our outreach workers are doing a wide variety of tasks,” said Executive Director Jason Sereda. “We are responding to and completing safety checks on people in crisis, as well as safely picking up needles and assisting formerly homeless individuals maintain stable housing.”

The Cochrane-Timiskaming Canadian Mental Health Association has also started deploying staff into the downtown core to do street outreach services. Executive Director Paul Jalbert explained that, “The CMHA is refocusing our services on supporting those who are homeless through a housing first approach to ensure housing stability, connection to primary care and food security. As well, we are working on expanding access to psychiatric care.”

Planning for risk intervention involves multiple sectors working together to address situations where there is an elevated risk of harm - stopping something bad from happening, right before it is about to happen. Risk intervention is intended to be immediate and prevent an incident, whether it is a crime, victimization or harm, from occurring, while reducing the need for, and systemic reliance on, incident response and will be a key component in the City of Timmins’ Community Safety and Well-being plan. Collaboration and information sharing between agencies on things such as street outreach are typical risk response strategies and are expected to result in reduced levels of crime and crisis response incidents.

Posted by Lisa Greer  On Sep 09, 2020 at 2:13 PM
  

File No. Z-2020-03
5627-020-030-02200

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 public meeting on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 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: Michael Bonato (Agent: Bob Yu)

Location: 80 Bruce Avenue, Plan M-14-S, Part Lot 77, Parcel 12677 WAT, Tisdale Township, City of Timmins

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands currently zoned General Commercial (EA-CG) to General Commercial (EA-CG) SP6.176 to permit all uses in the General Commercial zone and to allow a total of three residential units in the building, with two units located on the main floor and one unit on the second floor, and to reduce the required number of parking spaces for the three residential units from four to zero.

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, September 29, 2020, 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 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 4th day of September, 2020.

Map of subject land - 80 Bruce Avenue

Posted by David St.Onge  On Sep 04, 2020 at 8:20 AM
  
September 3, 2020 - The Great Canadian Kayak Challenge & Festival will be hosting a second fundraiser for the next kayak challenge. Beavertails will be in town on Labour Day weekend to bring a little flavor to our community.

This will be a “pick-up and go” event at the Timmins Museum parking lot, on September 4, 5 and 6. The hours of operation are as follows:
Friday, September 4 – 11am to 8pm
Saturday, September 5 – 11am to 8pm
Sunday, September 6 – 11am to 6pm


The event will observe the social distancing and mask regulations set in place by the Porcupine Health Unit to keep our residents and visitors safe. Your compliance with this is appreciated.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Sep 03, 2020 at 11:31 AM
  
September 3, 2020 - Effective this coming Sunday, September 6, 2020, Timmins Transit will be transitioning from the current Saturday Service Schedule to regular Sunday Schedule, and will continue providing Saturday Services on all other days of the week until further notice.

On Sunday morning, the first 901-W and 901-E will leave from Timmins Transit Terminal at 8:30am; and the last 901-W departs from the terminal at 5:30pm towards Timmins Square, and the 901-E at 6:30pm towards South Porcupine.

For the safety of you and your fellow passengers, please wear a mask if possible, and maintain physical distance when riding with us.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding during this time.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Sep 03, 2020 at 11:11 AM
  
August 28, 2020 - The City of Timmins would like to advise of the reopening of the Terry Fox Trail, following a brief closure due to the presence of a bear.

We would like to remind all residents and trail users to be aware of the potential presence of wildlife in all outdoor areas.

For more information on how to stay safe, visit:
https://www.ontario.ca/page/prevent-bear-encounters-bear-wise
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Aug 28, 2020 at 4:35 PM
  
August 28, 2020 - The Timmins Victor M. Power Airport is currently receiving some runway repaving, providing operational longevity and a thicker landing surface for heavier aircraft.

While work has been ongoing with minimal disruption, in order to complete the runway, the intersection of both runways will require closure for grinding, asphalt removal regrading and paving.

“This is a complicated areas with the meeting of two runways and a taxiway,” explained Airport Manager Dave Dayment. “We understand this is an inconvenience but the current runway condition indicated near end of life. We will be in fine shape for the next 25 years now.”

Work on the intersection is scheduled for September 8-12, and the airport will be closed for all fixed-wing aircraft during this period. Attempts have been made to reach out to as many customers and tenants as possible with respect to runway rehabilitation work.

Airlines currently offering commercial flights out of Timmins will not be booking travel to or from the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport during those days.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Aug 28, 2020 at 4:33 PM
  
August 27, 2020 - The City of Timmins and the Mushkegowuk Council are happy to announce that following the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding in February of 2020, a good deal of collaborative work is underway and a joint work plan has been developed to guide respective efforts into the future.

The Mushkegowuk-Timmins Relationship Agreement recognizes the need to develop stronger relationships to build more vibrant communities and to foster positive socio-economic outcomes that will benefit all partners. To that end, the work plan focuses on addressing a number of critical issues, including pursuing joint economic development opportunities, building meaningful relationships with the community and businesses, as well as collaborating on a campaign to reduce the flow of illicit drugs into Mushkegowuk communities.

“Throughout every year, in various ways such as regional conferences, gatherings, purchasing, tournaments, etc., the citizens of the Mushkegowuk communities contribute millions of dollars to the Timmins and area economy and it only makes sense for us to find ways to benefit from the wealth also. We are optimistic that this Relationship Agreement with Timmins will produce some good results within the foreseeable future,” says Mushkegowuk Council’s Executive Director Ernest Beck.

“At this point, we have had a number of constructive meetings to identify the key areas of the Relationship Agreement that will lead to joint activity in short term,” said Dave Landers, CAO at the City of Timmins. “The City has invited the Timmins Economic Development Corporation and the Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board to participate in the meetings, and they have added greatly to the plan development.”

The Mushkegowuk-Timmins Relationship Agreement Memorandum recognizes and respects that Timmins is situated in Treaty 9 and respects the Spirit and Intent of the Treaty, including the oral agreements between the Crown and First Nations. It also recognizes there is a growing population in Timmins of Mushkegowuk citizens that desire social, economic and cultural growth, while promoting a healthy environment and addressing racism.
Posted by Heather Duhn  On Aug 27, 2020 at 3:25 PM
  

Timmins, ON — Please be advised that sections of the Terry Fox trail ( between Dalton Rd. and Middleton Ave.) are closed due to bear activity. It is expected to be closed for approximately two ( 2) weeks.

If you do encounter a bear:

  Slowly back away while keeping the bear in sight and wait for it to leave.
  If the bear does not leave, throw objects, wave your arms and make noise with a whistle or air horn.
  Prepare to use bear spray.
  If you are near a building or vehicle get inside as a precaution.
  Drop any food you may be carrying and slowly move away.
  If a bear is in a tree, leave it alone. Leave the area. The bear will come down when it feels safe.
  Call the toll- free Bear Wise reporting line at 1- 866- 514- 2327 (TTY 705- 945-7641 )

 

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For additional information contact:
Glenn Thurston, Manager of Parks & Recreation and Building Maintenance
705-360-2600, ext. 7204


Media Contact: Heather Duhn, Corporate Communications Coordinator
705- 360-2600, ext. 2212 heather.duhn@timmins.ca

Posted by Ashish Puri  On Aug 20, 2020 at 2:46 PM
  
In an effort to ensure the delivery of critical public services during the pandemic, the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the Government of Canada, have announced the first round of emergency funding under the Safe Restart Agreement. 

“In total, the Safe Restart will see $3,154,512 flow to Timmins,” said City of Timmins Director of Finance Natalie Moore. “According to the Provincial announcement last week, the City of Timmins will receive a payment, based on a per household basis, of $2,379,000, with an additional $775,512 for transit pressures.” 

As revenues decreased and costs increased due to COVID-19, municipalities are facing significant financial pressures. This investment from the Province is critical for the City of Timmins to continue to provide the important services our communities depend on. The significant funding announcement should cover the City’s projected shortfall created by the pandemic. 

“Given the measures we have already put in place, and this funding, we will be in a solid financial position moving forward this year,” said Mayor George Pirie. “As we turn our focus to restoration and recovery, we thank the Province in partnership with the Federal Government for listening to our fiscal concerns and for their support that will allow us to focus on the City’s priorities of ensuring economic development and diversification, focusing on fiscal accountability to our taxpayers, tackling community safety and well-being, and enhancing our relationships with our Indigenous community.”

Background:

On July 27, 2020, as part of the federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement, the provincial government announced that it had secured up to $4 billion in emergency assistance to provide Ontario’s 444 municipalities with the support they need to respond to COVID-19.


This investment provides support to municipalities and public transit operators to help them address financial pressures related to COVID-19, maintain critical services and protect vulnerable people as the province safely and gradually open. It includes:
• Up to $2 billion to support municipal operating pressures, and
• Up to $2 billion to support municipal transit systems.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Aug 19, 2020 at 3:46 PM
  
Mayor George Pirie, in discussion with the Municipal Emergency Control Group, has ended the City of Timmins’ State of Emergency declared on April 3, 2020, effective immediately.  

The State of Emergency was declared for the following reasons: 
- To raise public awareness regarding the gravity of the current pandemic situation; 
- To protect volunteers that are called to assist; and, 
- To ensure the Corporation can quickly respond to other unforeseen events should they arise. 

“We’ve been living with this pandemic for half a year in Timmins, and there is no obvious end in the foreseeable future,” said Mayor George Pirie.  “Our citizens know that life has changed.  They know that physical distancing and wearing masks are necessary.  They know that frequent hand washing is a must.  They know that they are responsible to look out for their own health, and the health of their loved ones.”

The lifting of the State of Emergency does not impact any of the orders or guidance issued through the Porcupine Health Unit.  “The City of Timmins stands behind Dr. Catton and thanks her for her unwavering leadership throughout this crisis”, said Mayor Pirie.  “As a community we owe a debt of gratitude to so many front line workers across the City with a Heart of Gold.  We cannot ignore that debt by relaxing our precautions.  As we adjust to living with the pandemic we must remain ever vigilant.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Aug 19, 2020 at 3:03 PM
  
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