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Monday, March 8 is International Women’s Day.  A global event celebrating women’s achievements and advocating for women’s equality.  In the City of Timmins, it is a time to celebrate the collective efforts of all women in our community who are encouraging growth, diversity and positive change.

Mayor George Pirie would like to recognize Councillor Michelle Boileau and Councillor Kristin Murray for their contributions to the city.  Councillor Boileau was instrumental in organizing and is now chair of the Francophone Liaison Committee with the goal of ensuring francophone representation at all city events.  Councillor Murray was the force behind the Timmins’ Youth Mural Project, an art initiative infusing colour and indigenous tradition across the city.  Both councillors also serve on the Timmins Police Service Board.

“The wealth of experience, knowledge and passion that both Councillor Boileau and Councillor Murray bring to City Council is evident in the projects they have supported and the changes they have encouraged at the municipal level,” says Mayor Pirie.

International Women’s Day gatherings have taken place for over a century and continue to grow.  This year’s theme of “Choose to Challenge” inspires change through action.  Local events celebrating the day will be hosted by Timmins and Area Women in Crisis (TAWC), Ellevive, and the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.  
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Mar 05, 2021 at 3:10 PM
  
The Government of Ontario has announced that the City of Timmins will receive $596,622.00 in additional funding through the 2021 COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities program.  The funds are designed to assist with COVID-19 operating costs required to address the continuing pandemic into 2021.  

“This funding is imperative to help ensure delivery of critical services as we continue to address COVID-19 concerns.  It will also be used to keep capital projects that are a priority on track and lessen the impact of the pandemic on City operations.  I would like to thank Minister Clark of Municipal Affairs and Housing on behalf of the Government of Ontario for listening to our concerns at the local level and responding to our needs,” said Mayor George Pirie.

The amount is part of the provincial government’s overall commitment of another $500 million to help the province’s 444 municipalities.  The amount allocated for the City of Timmins was based on the number of COVID-19 cases in the Porcupine Health Unit between January 1, 2021 and February 18, 2021. Funds will be received in two equal instalments beginning as early as May 1, 2021.

“This funding is critical in allowing municipalities to continue to provide the same level of service pre-pandemic and continue to move forward with our capital plan with no additional impact to the taxpayer,” said Director of Finance Natalie Moore.  “Any current or future financial impacts that municipalities are facing is offset with this funding, which is why we are so appreciative that the Government of Ontario has come through.  This ensures that we don’t have to look at cuts or draw down our reserves to cover possible deficits.” 

The additional funding builds on provincial government support under the 2020 Safe Restart Agreement and Social Services Relief Fund and is a key step in ensuring Ontario’s economic recovery.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Mar 04, 2021 at 2:40 PM
  
Ongoing concerns with Life Labs has come to the attention of the Mayor.  After being contacted by several residents regarding their concerns, the Mayor has reached out to Life Labs directly.  After speaking with the Manager of Northeastern Ontario, we would like to address the following steps that Life Labs has agreed to undertake: 

Appointments will be scheduled for up to 2 people every 5 minutes
Staffing will be increased from 6 staff to 8
A new manager has been hired
Hours of operation will be extended from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Hours of operation will now be from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm by mid-March
Staff have been added to address at-home services
There will be staff on-site who can schedule appointments for those that do not have internet access

“Hearing of the recent concerns with Life Labs did not sit well with me and I knew we had to engage in conversation with Life Labs,” said Mayor Pirie.  “Waiting upwards of three weeks for an appointment could be a matter of life and death and that is not good enough for the residents of Timmins.  After speaking with the Northeastern Ontario Manager, I feel confident that our concerns were heard and proactive steps will be taken to better improve their services.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Mar 03, 2021 at 3:56 PM
  
The City of Timmins would like to advise that Municipal Parking Lot Set Fines have increased, effective March 3, 2021.  

According to City Clerk Steph Palmateer, the by-law has not been updated in almost a decade.  “On December 8, 2020, City Council approved the by-law to increase the set parking fines.  The voluntary payment within five days has increased from $8 to $16.  After the five days, the fine is now $20, up from $12.  Previously, Timmins had some of the lowest rates in Northern Ontario and we wanted to be more on par with other municipalities.  The rates also had not been updated since 2014 and we felt that it was time to revisit those fees.”

A reminder that paying for parking tickets can be done in-person at Service Timmins or online at https://timmins.ezpayca.com/
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Mar 03, 2021 at 12:29 PM
  
The Timmins Fire Department will be transferring the sale of Fire Permits to Service Timmins effective March 1, 2021.
 
Residents will now be directed to Service Timmins, located at City Hall, to purchase their annual Burn Permits.  All permits will be issued directly by the agents at Service Timmins.  Residents and business owners will be able to obtain one, two or three year chimenea, bush pile, industrial and campground permits at one location with the added convenience to by debit. Permits will no longer be available for purchase at the Fire Department.
 
In order to continue providing the best in Fire Prevention Services, brush pile (windrow), industrial and campground permits will require an inspection and approval by the Fire Department prior to a purchased permit being valid.    
 
Tenants wanting to obtain a permit will require a signed Landlord Permission to Burn Statement.  Residents will be required to follow the guidelines noted within the permit.  Guidelines for burning and Landlord Permission Statements will be posted on the Timmins Fire Departments municipal website in the upcoming days.
 
Service Timmins agents are looking forward to taking on this new task and providing residents with a one stop shop! 

Permits will be available for purchase Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm.  For more information contact Service Timmins 705-264-1331.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Feb 24, 2021 at 2:50 PM
  
Mayor Pirie would like to remind residents of the City of Timmins about mask wearing.  Whereas the majority of residents continue to follow the rules, there are those that are not.  

With the recent COVID-19 outbreaks in apartment complexes in both North Bay and Thunder Bay, we would like to provide a reminder that masks should be worn in common areas, including elevators, stairways, hallways and entrances.  Please be extra vigilant.  

“Individuals in apartment complexes that are not wearing their masks put everyone else that lives there at risk.  Protect yourself and your neighbours by wearing your mask.  We can beat this if we work together,” said Mayor Pirie.   
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Feb 23, 2021 at 3:05 PM
  
There is a tragedy unfolding in the Town of Kapuskasing and Mayor George Pirie would like to express his support to Mayor Dave Ploudre, Council as well as the residents of Kapuskasing.  

“This has been a difficult start to the year for Kapuskasing.  With sixteen deaths at the Extendicare facility, the City of Timmins would like to offer our condolences to the loved ones and friends of those who have passed.  This battle isn’t over and we will continue to assist in whatever capacity we can”, said Mayor Pirie. 

“I would also like to acknowledge the help provided to Extendicare from the staff at the Timmins and District Hospital.  This assistance was welcomed, as evidenced by the attached letter of thanks from Mayor Dave Plourde.  Kapuskasing is a sister community in our region and this goes to show that we can work together during these difficult times.”

According to Extendicare, “We are working with the team from Timmins and District Hospital to bolster our existing infection control practices, including ongoing education and training of our environmental / cleaning staff and deep cleaning of resident rooms. We remain thankful the Timmins and District Hospital team is onsite, lending their direct expertise in this regard. We continue with audits on all shifts, and with screening of everyone coming into our home at our front entrance.”

“These are unprecedented times that call for drastic measures”, said Mayor Pirie.  “I am pleased to hear the City of Timmins and the Timmins and District Hospital have offered a helping hand to our neighboring community.  We all have one goal and that is to keep our communities safe and healthy”, said Mayor Pirie.  “By working together, we can achieve that goal.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Feb 16, 2021 at 4:03 PM
  
The Province of Ontario has now announced that the Porcupine Health Unit area will re-open under the Orange Zone starting February 16, 2021. The Service Timmins office at City Hall will be open to the public, with mandatory public health measures being in effect for visitors.

Information in relation to the reopening of other facilities, including the arenas, the pool, and the museum will follow.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Feb 12, 2021 at 3:36 PM
  
The City of Timmins would like to advise that an extreme cold weather alert has been issued for February 10 to February 15, 2021, with temperatures reaching -25 Celsius (inclusive of windchill). 

Living Space will continue to operate 24/7, accommodating 25 people in the existing emergency shelter. 

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 to the most appropriate support. Living Space Outreach Workers will conduct street-level outreach with the goal of connecting people who are sleeping outside with shelter and/or support.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Feb 10, 2021 at 11:15 AM
  
Two long-term care facilities in the City of Timmins have recently received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccinations.    

The Golden Manor has vaccinated 152 residents, which makes up 94% of their occupancy.  Extendicare has vaccinated 164 residents, which makes up 95% of their occupancy. Extendicare was also able to vaccinate four high-risk staff members with the remaining vaccines.  

“This is great news for the City of Timmins and our most vulnerable population”, said Mayor Pirie.  “We have to continue to protect our loved ones in these facilities.  I’d like to thank the staff at these facilities and the Porcupine Health Unit for their continued work and dedication to their residents.  I know this hasn’t been an easy year for the residents and the families of long-term care facilities and the staff and management have gone above and beyond to protect their residents.”

Both the Golden Manor and Extendicare expect their second dose of the vaccine to be available within the next 28 days.  
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Feb 09, 2021 at 11:38 AM
  
With the recent announcement by Living Space to launch a primary care clinic for people experiencing homelessness, the City of Timmins would like to congratulate Living Space as well as thank the partners for this collaboration. 

“This is great news for Living Space and the people in our community experiencing difficult times”, said Mayor George Pirie.  “We have exceptional people in our City willing to put in the work and help those less fortunate.  These clinics will help provide basic necessities of life.  By doing so, we can help these people back on their feet and ideally away from homelessness. By aligning the services needed, we are one step closer to ending homelessness.”

The addition of new services from the Timmins Academic Family Health Team, which includes Dr. Marion-Bellemare, Dr. Samson, Dr. Armstrong as well as Dr. Clark, will include general and physical assessments, sexual health, immunizations, diabetic care and referrals as required.

Service providers already assisting Living Space including Rainville Foot Health, Canadian Mental Health Association, Pearly Whites Plus, CAST Clinical Services, and Porcupine Health Unit.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Feb 02, 2021 at 9:26 AM
  
Bell Let’s Talk Day is Thursday, January 28 and the City of Timmins is joining in to help drive progress in mental health.

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives, including our mental health. According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 38% of Canadians say their mental health has declined due to COVID-19, and people already struggling with their mental health were 2 times more likely to say their mental health has declined due to the pandemic.

“Now, more than ever, we need to take care of ourselves and each other”, said Mayor Pirie.  “Mental health is a big challenge in the City of Timmins.  We need to extend our support to those living with mental illness.  We also need to show our support for those in the field, day in and day out, helping the individuals.  This is something that affects us all as a community.”

This year’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign shines a light on the actions that we can all take, because mental health matters. Whether we are staying virtually connected with a family member, working directly with patients in recovery, investing in access to care or even just taking care of your own mental health, everyone can play a part in their communities, workplaces, schools and at home.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Jan 25, 2021 at 9:24 AM
  
The City of Timmins and the Downtown Timmins BIA are excited to announce the purchase of the former Tweed & Hickory and Bucovetsky’s location at 227 Third Avenue, to Things Engraved and Bloomex.

Mona Beckman, COO, Things Engraved and Bloomex Retail Division, said are they pleased to expand their business into Timmins.  Bloomex is an international leader in the floral business with locations in North America, Australia and has expansion plans to several other countries in the near future.  Things Engraved was recently acquired and added to their business portfolio and they specialize in personalized gift giving.  Ms. Beckmann advised that they “believe that amalgamating these two companies will make them the Pioneer in Gift Giving and Wedding Category”. 

Their vision is to create a multi-retail shopping experience influenced by the European Market concept, all under one roof: home décor, personalized apparel, wedding boutique, floral, Garden Centre and more.

Plans are being finalized to commence renovations in late 2021 and are expected to take a year.  The goal is to bring the historic building back to its former glory.  It is expected that approximately 20 people will be hired to ensure the successful operation of this new business.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Jan 21, 2021 at 12:52 PM
  

As a result of the provincial State of Emergency, City facilities will be closed to the public until the lockdown has been lifted. This includes arenas, Timmins Public Library, Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre, and City Hall. 

Should you require assistance, please contact Service Timmins.  They can be reached at 705-264-1331 or by visiting www.timmins.ca

Posted by Lisa Greer  On Jan 19, 2021 at 4:27 PM
  
The City of Timmins would like to advise that an extreme cold weather alert has been issued for January 16 to January 22, 2021, with temperatures reaching -25 Celsius (inclusive of windchill). 

Living Space will continue to operate 24/7, accommodating 25 people in the existing emergency shelter. 

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 to the most appropriate support. Living Space Outreach Workers will conduct street-level outreach with the goal of connecting people who are sleeping outside with shelter and/or support.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Jan 15, 2021 at 3:41 PM
  

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the City of Timmins will hold a public meeting on Monday, February 8, 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: Chris Clark Medical Professional Corporation

Location: Plan M15C, Lot 93, Parcel 3977WT, Tisdale Township, City of Timmins (247 Toke Street)

THE PURPOSE AND EFFECT of the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment is to rezone the subject lands currently zoned Residential Third Density (NA-R3) to Residential Third Density (NA-R3) SP6.178 to permit all uses in the Residential Third Density (NA-R3) zone and to allow a clinic to operate within the first floor of the existing two storey structure. A residential dwelling unit is proposed for the second storey.

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, February 8, 2021, at 12:00 noon. Once you register, you will be provided information from the Clerk’s Department on how to make your submission at the virtual public meeting with electronic participation.

To participate in the virtual public meeting, you will need to have access to a computer with internet service or a telephone.

If you wish to make a written submission concerning this matter, it should be directed to the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email at planning@timmins.ca

ANY PERSON may attend the public meeting and/or make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the proposed Zoning By-law Amendment, however, advance registration is required.

If a person or public body would otherwise have an ability to appeal the decision of Council of the City of Timmins to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal but the person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision.

If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the City of Timmins before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal unless, in the opinion of the Tribunal, there are reasonable grounds to do so.

If you wish to be notified of the decision of the City of Timmins on the proposed zoning by-law amendment, you must make a written request to Steph Palmateer, City Clerk, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3.

For more information about this matter, including information about appeal rights, contact the Planning Division, City of Timmins, 220 Algonquin Boulevard East, Timmins, Ontario, P4N 1B3, telephone number 705-360-2624 or via email at planning@timmins.ca.

Dated at the City of Timmins this 15th day of January, 2021.

Map Showing 247 Toke Street

Posted by David St.Onge  On Jan 15, 2021 at 8:37 AM
  
In an effort to provide relief for low income earners for water and wastewater utility bills, a “Low Income Utility Assistance Credit” has been approved by Council at its regular meeting on January 5, 2021. 

“I applaud Council for taking this progressive step to support homeowners with low income deal with water and sewer rates,” said Mayor Pirie.  “We know the city has an infrastructure deficit.  This will necessitate higher rates on an ongoing basis as we build our reserves to prepare for major construction programs.

“Timmins has the lowest water and sewer rates when compared to the other major centres in the north.  Despite this, Council is acting proactively to help those who are economically challenged.  This program will help balance the necessity to invest in our critical infrastructure with the individual circumstances faced by our residents.”

This is an application based program that is being offered to low income earners to help offset future increases on water and wastewater utility bills. 

The criteria set out in the by-law states the following:
1. An application is required to be filled out by December 31st of the year the rebate is being applied for;
2. The application is required to be filled out every year;
3. Applicant or spouse must be the registered homeowner on title of the residential property;
4. Applicant or spouse must be in receipt of the Guaranteed Income Supplement, Ontario Disability Support Program or Ontario Works; and
5. Property must be assessed under the Residential tax classification.

If the application is approved, the homeowner will be eligible for an annual $50 credit on the water and wastewater utility account. 

This rebate will also be retroactive to January 1, 2020. If you wish to apply for 2020 and 2021, please ensure to complete a separate application for each year.

Application forms will be available online, by selecting the following link: Low Income Utility Assistance Credit, or at the Service Timmins counter at City Hall on February 11, assuming the lockdown has been lifted.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Jan 13, 2021 at 9:48 AM
  

The City of Timmins is interested in securing detailed proposals from interested parties who wish to purchase all, or a portion of, a property that is surplus to the needs of the municipality. The property in question is the northern portion of the Park Avenue Subdivision. The subject land includes an estimated area of 4.73 hectares (11.70 acres) and approximately 52 draft plan approved single detached residential lots and 4 semi-detached residential lots. Final approval will be subject to a number of negotiated conditions that must be met by the developer.

For additional information and a detailed copy of the Request for Proposal concerning this opportunity, please visit the City of Timmins bids and tenders website. If proponents do not have an account, one must be created. Proponents who will be submitting a proposal must register as a plan taker for this RFP.
If the proponent is not registered as a plan taker for this bid, the submission will not be considered.

Interested parties are asked to submit their proposal to the City of Timmins bids and tenders website no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on February 5, 2021.

Park Avenue RFP Map

Posted by David St.Onge  On Jan 07, 2021 at 3:56 PM
  

The City of Timmins is interested in securing detailed proposals from interested parties who wish to purchase all, or a portion of, a property that is surplus to the needs of the municipality. The property in question is the northern portion of the Melrose Heights Subdivision. The subject land includes an estimated area of 6.5 hectares (16.0 acres) and approximately 77 draft plan approved single detached residential lots and a commercial block. Final approval will be subject to a number of negotiated conditions that must be met by the developer.

For additional information and a detailed copy of the Request for Proposal concerning this opportunity, please visit the City of Timmins bids and tenders website. If proponents do not have an account, one must be created. Proponents who will be submitting a proposal must register as a plan taker for this RFP.
If the proponent is not registered as a plan taker for this bid, the submission will not be considered.

Interested parties are asked to submit their proposal to the City of Timmins bids and tenders website no later than 4:00 p.m. EST on February 5, 2021.

Melrose Heights RFP Map

Posted by David St.Onge  On Jan 07, 2021 at 3:55 PM
  

Outdoor restrictions for funerals are up to a maximum of 100 people with funeral director in charge for green zones, yellow and orange zones are 100 people with funeral director in charge and 1 staff per 10 guests. Red zones are a maximum of 50 people with funeral director in charge and 1 staff per 10 guests. However, cemeteries can limit these numbers based on staff availability.

The City of Timmins Cemetery Department has no graveside services during the winter months; therefore no large gatherings are permitted on cemetery grounds and a maximum of 10 attendees are allowed for indoors funeral services.

Cemeteries are private property and rules must be followed.

For further information, please contact the cemetery department at 705-360-2615 or email cemetery@timmins.ca.

This post has been updated on December 24, 2020 from it's original release.

Posted by Andy Yu  On Dec 24, 2020 at 10:32 AM
  
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