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The City of Timmins has implemented a workplace vaccination policy that requires mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for all municipal employees, students, contractors within City facilities, and volunteers. The City has a responsibility to take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety and protection of its workers, their loved ones, the community, and our healthcare system.

Unless medically exempt, the workplace vaccination policy requires proof of full vaccination by end of business day on Friday, October 1, 2021. Employees who have received one vaccine dose as of the above date will need to complete Rapid Antigen Testing twice per week as they move towards full vaccination.

The policy was crafted following guidance and mandates recently set by the province regarding vaccine passports. The City of Timmins is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Sep 21, 2021 at 11:40 AM
  
Please be advised that the City of Timmins is issuing a boil water advisory for the Pine Ridge Trailer Park effective immediately.

The City of Timmins is requiring you to take the following steps:
• Users of the water supply should bring their water to a rolling boil for one minute prior to consumption.
• Any dishes used for cooking/food preparation must be sanitized with a 100ppm chlorine solution for a minimum of two minutes.
• All water taps must be posted, indicating that the water is not safe to drink.

The BWA will remain in effect until the sample results confirm the water is fit for human consumption. Sampling must consist of two consecutive sets of samples taken at least 24 hours apart.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Sep 15, 2021 at 4:28 PM
  
The City of Timmins wishes to remind residents that it is not necessary to contact City Hall or Service Timmins to register for the upcoming federal election.

For the September 20 federal election, you can register online at elections.ca or in person at the local Elections Canada Office located at 120-38 Pine St. North.

You must register to vote in the federal election by September 14 at 6:00 p.m. To register and vote in a federal election, you must be a Canadian citizen who is at least 18 years old on election day.

For more information and to verify that your address is registered, visit elections.ca.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Sep 09, 2021 at 2:19 PM
  
The flags at Timmins City Hall will be lowered for the remainder of the week in honour of Daniel “Dan” Kelly following his passing on August 21, 2021.

Dan Kelly was an Alderman for 20 years with the Town of Timmins and later the City of Timmins and a member of the inaugural council of the City of Timmins in 1973. A dedicated community supporter, he was known for not only his contributions to various organizations and causes, but also his commitment to the people of Timmins.

Dan Kelly was also known as the “Voice of the North.” As a popular radio personality with CKGB, he hosted a number of local programs and shows that celebrated life in Timmins. He was considered a broadcasting pioneer in a career that spanned 30+ years.

Daniel “Dan” Kelly will be remembered as a true leader of the community and for his devotion to his hometown. Please join the City of Timmins as we extend our condolences to his many family and friends.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 24, 2021 at 12:59 PM
  
Now is the perfect time to appreciate our pollinators. With the sun shining and gardens flourishing, pollinators like bees, butterflies, dragonflies, and hummingbirds have been taking flight. Bee City Timmins’ Pollinator Photo Contest and Pollinator Scavenger Hunt encouraged residents to capture the activity this summer.

Congratulations to Melissa Kim Rese, winner of Bee City Timmins’ Pollinator Photo Contest. Melissa’s picture of a honeybee feeding on a dandelion was the crowd favourite from the Bee City Pollinator Team panel. Melissa’s picture was one of 47 submitted during the contest. Congratulations to Claudette Kristolaitis and Nicole McLean who tied for second place.

Congratulations to Lucie Berube and Carrie Millions, Bee City Timmins’ Pollinator Scavenger Hunt winners. Both winners spent the summer recording which pollinator species they encountered while outside enjoying the season.

There are still more prizes to be won and more pollinators to champion. Bee City Timmins’ Start the Buzz garden challenge is on until September 30. Send Environmental Services a picture of your garden for the chance to win a pollinator-themed prize valued at $200. Three categories: children’s garden (under 18), adult garden (18 and over), and business or organization garden. One prize for each category.

Thank you to our generous sponsors, Glencore, Pan American Silver, Newmont and Wintergreen Fund for Conservation, for making these contests possible.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 18, 2021 at 11:26 AM
  

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a virtual public meeting on Thursday, September 9, 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 two apartment buildings on the subject lands. Each apartment building will contain six (6) residential dwelling units and will be three stories in height.

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

  • reduction of both north and south interior side yards from 4.97 metres to 3.0 metres; and
  • reduction in the minimum width for a two-way entrance or exit from 7.0 metres to 6.29 metres.

NOTE: This is a resubmission of File No. Z-2021-01. The revised application proposes two new buildings on the subject lands. The site plan and elevation drawings are attached.

The applicant previously applied for a zoning by-law amendment, to rezone the subject lands to allow for the development of a four-storey, eight (8) unit apartment building. The applicant asked for that application to be deferred while a new proposal for the subject lands was developed.

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 Thursday, September 9, 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 Ontario Land 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 Ontario Land 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 17th day of August, 2021.

185 Crawford Street Location Plan

185 Crawford Street Site Plan

185 Crawford Street Elevation

Posted by David St.Onge  On Aug 17, 2021 at 3:21 PM
  
The last 47 Pikangikum First Nation evacuees left Timmins today after almost four weeks sheltering from devastating wild fires in northwestern Ontario.

As a result, Timmins is ending the State of Emergency declared on July 14, which allowed the City to access additional resources and provincial aid.

Timmins’ ability to respond quickly and effectively to help aid evacuees is due, in part, to the cooperation of community partners and service agencies including the Independent First Nation Alliance (IFNA), Canadian Rangers, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB), and local first responders.

“We’re happy to see our Pikangikum guests returning home,” says Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator Tom Laughren. “It’s been a long few weeks for community members who were worried and missing family and friends, but the team we had in place did an outstanding job of supporting the evacuees. Our ability to act fast depends on working together quickly to provide a coordinated response. Thank you to each organization and agency that stepped up to assist.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 10, 2021 at 4:38 PM
  

The new splash pad at White Water Park in South Porcupine will open on Wednesday, August 11 just in time for soaring temperatures and hot, humid weather.

The new splash pad has a northern mining theme and is designed for all ages and abilities to encourage both interactive and individual play. The new anti-slip rubberized surface will be completed in September due to a shortage of material required to complete the installation.

Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. There are 2 activator posts to turn the water on. Please stay off the sod surrounding the splash pad in order to allow it to root properly. When the sod is ready to walk on, the caution tape will be removed and benches and picnic tables will be set in place.

Users are asked to maintain 2 meter distancing while using the splash pad.  Reminder that the Splash Pad is not supervised by the City of Timmins. Children should be under the supervision of a parent/guardian.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 10, 2021 at 4:27 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 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
  
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
  
Timmins’ City Hall is ready to welcome back residents tomorrow morning as the City and region moves into Step 1 of Ontario’s re-opening framework.

Beginning Friday, residents can once again pay their municipal property taxes, water and sewer bills, parking tickets and permits in person weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Service Timmins. Fire permits can also be purchased in person using cash or debit. Provincial Offenses and City Building and Planning services will also be available.

In order to comply with social gathering and distancing requirements, capacity will be reduced within the City Hall lobby. The doors of City Hall will remain locked at all times and staff will monitor access to the building. Entry will be limited to three (3) people at a time, with one (1) person at each front counter representing Service Timmins, Building and Planning, and Provincial Offenses. As you enter, you will be handed a colour-coded card to indicate which service you are accessing.

It is mandatory that all visitors wear a mask and hand sanitize upon entering. The City of Timmins advises that the additional safety precautions (proper PPE, sanitizing, social distancing) may cause service delays.

Meetings with City staff will continue to be conducted virtually such as telephone, teleconferencing or video-conferencing.

Service Timmins can also assist residents online at service.timmins.ca or by phone at 705-264-1331.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 24, 2021 at 10:01 AM
  

The City of Timmins is getting ready to join the Province in reopening some of our businesses and/or enhancing previous lock down measures. Our By-law Department would like to help local businesses prepare for the pending reopening by providing information on what the By-law Department looks for when inspecting a business.

If business owners have any questions, By-law would be happy to answer them or meet with business owners and managers to go over the set up. To request a meeting, contact Service Timmins  by email: servicetimmins@timmins.ca or by phone at 705-264-1331.

Below are a few sections from the Reopening of Ontario (Flexible response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, that are mandatory for all businesses that are opened to the public.


These sections falls under O.Reg.82/20 of the act;

1. Screening

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with any advice, recommendations and instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health or another public health official on screening individuals by, among other things,
(a) posting signs at all entrances to the premises of the business or organization, in a conspicuous location visible to the public, that inform individuals on how to screen themselves for COVID-19 prior to entering the premises; and
(b) Actively screening every person who works at the business or organization before they enter the premises of the business or organization.

2. Face Coverings

The person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall ensure that any person in the indoor area of the premises of the business or organization, or in a vehicle that is operating as part of the business or organization, wears a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin during any period when they are in the indoor area unless the person in the indoor area.


The person responsible for a business or organization shall ensure that every person who performs work for the business or organization and whose mask or face covering is temporarily removed to consume food or drink under sub clause (5) (i) (iii) is separated from every other person by,
(a) Plexiglas or some other impermeable barrier.
(b) Workers who are within 2 meters of an unmasked individual to wear PPE that consists of a mask and eye protection.


3. Capacity limits for businesses or facilities open to the public

Subject to any additional restrictions set out in this Order, the person responsible for a place of business or facility that is open to the public shall limit the number of persons in the place of business or facility so that,
(a) The members of the public are able to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the business or facility;

The person responsible for a place of business or facility that engages in retail sales to the public must post a sign in a conspicuous location visible to the public that states the maximum capacity they are permitted to operate under.

4. Physical Distancing and masks in lines, etc.

The person responsible for a business or place that is open must not permit patrons to line up inside the business or place unless they are,
(a) Maintaining a physical distance of at least two metres from other groups of persons; and
(b) Wearing a mask or face covering in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin, unless they are entitled to any of the exceptions set out in subsection 2 (5)

5. Safety plan

The person responsible for a business that is open shall prepare and make available a safety plan in accordance with this section or ensure that one is prepared and made available.
(2) The safety plan shall describe the measures and procedures which have been implemented or will be implemented in the business to reduce the transmission risk of COVID-19.
(3) Without limiting the generality of subsection (2), the safety plan shall describe how the requirements of this Order will be implemented in the location including by screening, physical distancing, masks or face coverings, cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces and objects, and the wearing of personal protective equipment.
(4) The safety plan shall be in writing and shall be made available to any person for review on request.
(5) The person responsible for the business shall ensure that a copy of the safety plan is posted in a conspicuous place where it is most likely to come to the attention of individuals working in or attending the business.

6. Cleaning requirements

The person responsible for a business or place that is open shall ensure that,
(a) any washrooms, locker rooms, change rooms, showers or similar amenities made available to the public are cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition; and
(b) Any equipment that is rented to, provided to or provided for the use of members of the public must be cleaned and disinfected as frequently as is necessary to maintain a sanitary condition.
(2) For greater certainty, clause (1) (b) applies to computers, electronics and other machines or devices that members of the public are permitted to operate.


For all documentation regarding these requirements, information on regulations or posters for your business please follow this link.

https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/covid-business-and-workplace/workplace-resources/


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 23, 2021 at 3:58 PM
  
Mayor George Pirie has ended the State of Emergency for the City of Timmins effective immediately. The decision was made after discussion with the Municipal Emergency Control Group ahead of the City and region moving into Step 1 of the province’s “Roadmap to Reopen” this Friday.

The State of Emergency, enacted on May 17, 2021, was declared for the following reasons:
- To mobilize additional resources for Timmins and the region;
- To increase access to vaccines and supplies;
- To enhance capacity for COVID-19 testing; and,
- To help aid support for a community isolation centre.

“Through the combined efforts of our community partners, we were able to quickly access additional vaccines and drop-in clinics to protect our residents and add additional community testing to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” says Mayor George Pirie. “The work of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB) has been exemplary. It is due to their diligence that we can now lift the State of Emergency and prepare to reopen safely.”

The lifting of the State of Emergency does not remove any of the public health measures issued by the PHU. Residents are still required to maintain social distancing; follow indoor and outdoor gathering limits; wear a mask properly; and, continue to stay at home, isolate, and make arrangements to get tested if they experience symptoms.

“As always, the City of Timmins is committed to protecting the health and safety of our citizens,” adds Mayor Pirie. “We need to continue to follow the public health measures that are in place and get vaccinated so that we don’t repeat this cycle of reopening and lockdown. Being able to reopen our region is great news for Timmins and particularly for the local businesses who have been closed for an extended period of time. We can now do what we do best as a community, support each other by supporting local.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 23, 2021 at 3:01 PM
  

This Friday and Saturday, provincial offences officers from the Multi-Ministry Education and Enforcement Team will be accompanied by City of Timmins by-law enforcement officers to conduct a COVID-19 education and enforcement campaign for local businesses.

The inspection blitz is intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public and staff by providing business owners with guidance on how to operate safely during the pandemic and comply with public health requirements under the Reopening Ontario Act. The campaign helps reinforce the efforts made by police, municipal by-law officers, public health inspectors, and multiple Ministry agencies.

In a statement provided by the PHU, the most common areas of non-compliance were identified as improper mask use, lack of employee screening, and improper sanitization. The inspection blitz reinforces the PHU and City of Timmins’ commitment to working with local business to support them in the implementation of public health measures.

Inspection teams will be visiting area grocery stores, restaurants, and convenience stores on June 18 and 19, 2021.


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 1:19 PM
  
Three years after the initial request for funding, the $9.5 million rehabilitation and resurfacing project at the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport is complete. Both runways and two taxiways have been upgraded, a distance equivalent to 40 kilometres of roadway.

The work was completed by Miller Paving and the runways now boast 125 millimetres of asphalt thickness, which not only extends the runway life cycle, but offers greater load-bearing strength. That means the possibility of landing larger and heavier aircraft at our local airport.

“We began this project back in 2018 when we applied to Transport Canada's Airside Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) for funding,” says Airport Manager Dave Dayment. “It’s great to finally see the work finished. The airport is important to our region’s economy. Our next step will be to develop a 20-year strategic plan for the airport that will outline opportunities and priorities that are needed to move forward. Right now, with the completion of this project and with on-going mining and industry development, our airport is ready to meet immediate demand.”

As a regional hub and without COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Timmins Victor M. Power Airport serves approximately 180,000 passengers per year. Services include scheduled passenger flights, cargo, evacuations, air ambulance and forest-fire fighting.

“This was a major project for the airport and City,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Improvements to our infrastructure allows us to encourage growth and seek out opportunity. Now that we can land larger and heavier planes, we can explore partnerships with travel and tourism companies. We are positioning Timmins as a regional leader with the services and amenities to attract business, industry and a diverse population.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 11:32 AM
  
For the second year in a row, Timmins will celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, St-Jean Baptiste Day, Multicultural Day, and Canada Day … virtually. The week-long event promises to be a celebration of culture and heritage using the latest technology and augmented reality experiences to make you feel part of the festivities.

This year, Tourism Timmins and the Timmins Celebrates committee will be using an app called Snapd to connect you to our community. It’s free to download and will include a number of online events from local performers and groups that you can enjoy throughout the week.

What can you expect? Performances by Stef Paquette, Reney Ray, Qw4rtz, and DJ Unpier from Centre Culturel La Ronde; performances from Timmins Native Friendship Centre; greetings from Canadian Olympian Silken Laumann, local dignitaries, and a special message from Lieutenant Governor The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell; and, to get the Canadian party started on July 1, a custom concert from The Trews! We may be “tired of waiting” for when we can finally party together, but Snapd promises to make your home or backyard rock. Don’t forget the fireworks! On Canada Day, you can flip the camera view on your smart phone or device around to see your current location and a virtual fireworks display will light up.

“This year we wanted to make sure that Timmins also got to celebrate National Indigenous Day, Multicultural Day, and St-Jean Baptiste Day along with Canada Day,” says Marnie Lapierre, Coordinator of Festivals, Events & Special Projects for Tourism Timmins. “We’ve planned a week of unique performances and programming that shows off the diversity and inclusion of Timmins.

“We’re excited to partner with Snapd this year to provide a seamless way to celebrate. Content is on demand. You can access it wherever you have data. You can choose to celebrate at the time and date that works best for you while we all stay apart and observe the current COVID-19 regulations. This really is the next best thing to a big festival, although we can’t wait to celebrate with everyone again in person.”

Watch for the full itinerary on the Timmins Celebrates Facebook page. Find them @TimminsCelebrates. This year’s celebrations run June 27 to July 4. To get ready, download the Snapd app now, available for iOS or android devices.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 17, 2021 at 11:26 AM
  
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