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The City of Timmins is holding its inaugural meeting of council on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. The inauguration will see Mayor Michelle Boileau and Members of Council take their oaths of office for the 2022-2026 term.

The event will be held in Council Chambers and members of the public can view the ceremony online at: https://www.timmins.ca/our_services/city_hall/mayor_and_council/council_webcasts

The inauguration ceremony will include:

  • Pipe Major—Tom Luke
  • Singing of O Canada
  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Declaration of Office and Oath of Allegiance - Mayor Michelle Boileau
  • Declaration of Office and Oath of Allegiance - Members of Council
  • Inauguration Address by Mayor Michelle Boileau

Please note that attendance at Council Chambers is by invitation only. The public can view the ceremony online at the link provided above.

 

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Nov 14, 2022 at 12:01 PM
  

Mayor Kristin Murray has proclaimed November 6 – 12, 2022 as “Treaties Recognition Week” in the City of Timmins. Timmins is situated in Treaty 9 territory, the traditional lands of many First Nations, Metis and Inuit People.

A treaty in Canada is an agreement between the government, Indigenous groups, and/or provinces and territories to define the rights and obligations of each party. The purpose is to honour the importance of treaties and educate residents about treaty rights and relationships.

“Part of the journey of reconciliation involves acknowledging how Canada’s early treaties failed to protect Indigenous Peoples and their communities,” says Mayor Kristin Murray. “We encourage an open discussion about the impact of the residential school system, the creation of remote First Nations reserves, and the resulting lack of access to infrastructure. Through honest dialogue comes understanding and support for relationships that foster healthy communities and people.”

Today, the Government of Canada is focused on rebuilding existing relationships with Indigenous partners. Treaties Recognition Week is an opportunity to learn more about our collective role in upholding treaty rights.

More information is available at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/treaties-recognition-week.

Ontario First Nations Maps: https://www.ontario.ca/page/ontario-first-nations-maps.


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Nov 03, 2022 at 10:29 AM
  
Timmins City Clerk Steph Palmateer has declared the official results for Timmins’ municipal election. Election results have been certified and there are no changes from the preliminary results announced on Monday, October 24, 2022.

Mayor

Michelle Boileau elected

City Councillors

Rock Whissell acclaimed
Lorne Feldman elected
Bill Gvozdanovic elected
John Curley elected
Kristin Murray elected
Steve Black elected
Andrew Marks elected
Cory Robin elected

English Language Public School Board Trustees

Stephen Meunier elected
Crystal Hewey elected
Bob Brush elected

English Language Separate School Board Trustees

Glenn Sheculski elected
Colleen Landers elected
Fred Salvador elected
Paula Del Guidice elected

French Language Public School Board Trustees

Nicole Arcand acclaimed
Liliane Francis acclaimed

French Language Separate School Board Trustees

Michelle Mailloux elected
Denis Belanger elected
Norm Bolduc elected

This year 12,140 – or 42.23% percent of eligible electors voted in the municipal election. In Timmins, 8,757 people voted online, representing approximately 72% of the total vote.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Oct 25, 2022 at 2:13 PM
  

A Special Council Meeting has been called for October 21, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss the following items:

  • Personal matter about an identifiable individual, including municipal or local board employees.

For more information, contact the Clerks Department:
220 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, Ontario
P4N 1B3
[email protected]

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Oct 20, 2022 at 5:03 PM
  

Small businesses are critical to Timmins’ local economy. When we support a small business by shopping local, we are contributing to the success of our local neighborhoods, school districts, and other small business owners. There’s a reason why the Timmins Chamber’s popular “Find it in Timmins” campaign asks you to, “put your money where your house is.” When we support small business, we are helping our shared community thrive.

A big part of our city’s identity is fostered by small business. Small businesses can connect us to our history, but also illustrate how a city is changing and becoming more diverse.

This is Small Business Week. We want to take this opportunity to thank our local business entrepreneurs, employees, and customers for supporting our economy and helping Timmins grow and prosper.

Mayor Kristin Murray
City of Timmins

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Oct 17, 2022 at 8:55 AM
  

The City of Timmins is looking for interested applicants to volunteer on a number of important boards and committees for the next term of Council.

Council establishes committees and boards as a way for residents to provide input and make recommendations on matters that impact our community. When you bring your unique background and expertise to a board or committee, you're helping the City of Timmins learn, listen, and be more engaged with our residents.

Are you interested in Timmins history and heritage? Are you interested in our parklands and green space? Are you interested in helping create a more accessible community? There is a board or committee that you would be great on!

The term is four years from November 2022 to 2026.

Opportunity is available on the:

- Timmins Committee of Adjustment
- Timmins Public Library Board
- Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee
- Timmins Museum: National Exhibition Centre
- Timmins Police Services Board
- Mattagami Region Conservation Authority (MRCA)
- Municipal Accommodation Tax Advisory Committee (MAT Tax)
- Heritage Committee

Please forward resumes on or before November 4, 2022.

You can submit your resume by dropping it off at Service Timmins, e-mailing [email protected] or by mail to:

Steph Palmateer
City Clerk
220 Algonquin Blvd. E.
Timmins, ON P4N 1B3

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Oct 14, 2022 at 1:13 PM
  
September 26, 2022
By Email: pa[email protected]

Paula Puddy, Commission Secretary
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario
PO Box 37018 Southdale
London, Ontario
N6E 3T3

Dear Ms. Puddy,

RE: Impacts of boundary redistribution in Northern Ontario

On behalf of the City of Timmins, I am writing with concerns about the proposed boundary changes and recommended redistribution of federal electoral districts. Any reduction of Northern Ontario’s federal ridings would result in the underrepresentation of our northern communities.

I understand that adjustments are being considered to ensure citizens are adequately represented by Parliament. While the proposed changes may address population growth in Ontario’s southern centres, it would leave Ontario’s remote and rural regions struggling to be heard at the federal level.

This proposal will have the effect of diminishing Northern Ontario’s voice in Government and see MPs have to serve northern regions the size of countries in Europe. The Commission must take into consideration that our geographical size, not our population, already produces significant constraints on accessibility, immigration, and the conducting of business when access to supplies is hampered by long distance. Expanding the current boundaries would pose important challenges to maintain a level of engagement and representation from Parliament.

Further, the City of Timmins has established a Relationship Agreement with the Mushkegowuk Council to examine issues of joint interest. In the spirit of Reconciliation, I have reached out to the Mushkegowuk and the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation leadership and was surprised to learn that there was no federal consultation with the northern Indigenous communities. There is a vital link between the James Bay coastal communities and the City of Timmins for health care, transportation, education and economic development. This proposed redistribution does not take these important ties that bind our communities together into account. I cannot support any boundary redistribution plan that marginalizes our partners and does not respect the important right of our First Nations communities to be consulted.

In conclusion, I am asking that the Commission maintain the current number of electoral districts in Northern Ontario. We rely on our Member of Parliament as a liaison between our citizens and the federal government and strongly encourage the proposed boundary changes be reconsidered.

Sincerely,

Mayor Kristin Murray, City of Timmins


CC: MP Charlie Angus – Timmins-James Bay ([email protected])
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Sep 27, 2022 at 2:22 PM
  

We know that residents are concerned about people living along Algonquin Blvd. E. at the underpass and want to assure you that we are also concerned.

We have worked with Timmins Police Service on clean-up and waste collection and will continue to provide support from both our Public Works and By-law Departments. Please understand that this is both a short-term and temporary solution that solves the immediate problem. The City is also committed to helping find a long-term solution so that our most vulnerable are supported, while the area is kept accessible and safe for residents.

We continue to work with public service agencies who are providing consistent outreach, often every day, to help address the human element. Ultimately, we are talking about people who are experiencing homelessness with possible mental health and addiction concerns. A level of sensitivity is required to any proposed solution.

We will continue to listen to your feedback and provide updates as they are available.

Sincerely,

Mayor Kristin Murray
City of Timmins


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Sep 22, 2022 at 11:05 AM
  
City Council has appointed Deputy Mayor Kristin Murray as Mayor ahead of the next municipal election on October 24, 2022. The appointment was of historic significance as Murray is notably the City’s first person of colour to serve on council and now as Mayor.

Murray is of Jamaican and Cree ancestry and is a registered member of Chapleau Cree First Nation. She was first elected as Councillor for Ward 5 in 2018. As a new councillor, Murray’s representation of the city’s diverse population brought invaluable lived experience to council.

“I am thrilled to have the support of my fellow councillors as I carry out the term as Mayor,” says Mayor Kristin Murray. “From the COVID-19 pandemic to the election of George Pirie as our local Member of Provincial Parliament, this term has been both challenging and exciting.

“On a personal level, I am humbled to be part of history as I become the city’s first person of colour to serve as Mayor. Let it be known that I don’t want to be known only as the first person of colour to hold this position. I am so much more than that. I am a community member who genuinely cares and wants the best for our region. We have some complex issues to address and I hope to contribute some innovative approaches to meeting our community’s needs. We also have some amazing projects underway and I am excited to help encourage the growth and development of Timmins and area.”

Murray will now serve as Timmins’ mayor until the city elects a new mayor and council later this fall. The resulting vacancy created by Murray’s appointment is within 90 days before voting day of the next regular election and does not need to be filled as per Ontario’s Municipal Act, 2001. City council will appoint a new deputy mayor at the next regular council meeting.

For more information on the 2022 municipal election, visit our Elections Page. 
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Aug 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM
  

A Special Council Meeting has been called for July 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss the following items:

Report: 
• Additional payload integration hall at the Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base - D. Dayment 

Motions of Council: 
• Wedding at 2030 Kraftcreek Road re: Noise exemption
• 2022-8734-Agreement with CGV Builders Inc. re: Additional Payload Integration Hall at the Timmins Stratospheric Balloon Base 

For more information, contact the Clerks Department:
220 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, Ontario
P4N 1B3
[email protected]

Posted by Ashish Puri  On Jul 22, 2022 at 11:15 AM
  
Now that Timmins’ outgoing Mayor, George Pirie, is MPP-elect for Timmins, City Council has 60 days to decide how the resulting vacancy on council will be addressed. Deputy Mayor Kristin Murray has currently taken over responsibilities of the position.

Council’s responsibility is to confirm the position of interim mayor and assign a new member to council by appointment within 60 days.

The next municipal election is scheduled for October 24, 2022.

See more information on Timmins’ 2022 municipal election.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 06, 2022 at 2:51 PM
  
Following the results of the Ontario General Election, Deputy Mayor Kristin Murray offered congratulations to Timmins’ newly elected Member of Provincial Parliament.

“On behalf of myself and City Council, I want to congratulate our new MPP-elect George Pirie on his successful campaign. It has been a privilege serving with you on council. As Timmins’ Mayor, you have been steadfast in your commitment to achieving a future for our community that is progressive, prosperous and ready for change. I look forward to working with you in your new role.

I also want to offer thanks to Gilles Bisson for serving as our Member of Provincial Parliament for the last 32 years. Thank you for your leadership and dedication to Timmins and thank you to the team at the Constituency Office who have worked tirelessly for our residents.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jun 03, 2022 at 11:52 AM
  

A Special Council Meeting has been called for May 20, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. in Council Chambers to discuss the following items:

Special Meeting:

Connecting Link Construction: Traffic Management Plans

In-Camera Meeting to follow:

The security of the property of the Municipality or Local Board.

For more information, contact the Clerks Department:
220 Algonquin Blvd. East
Timmins, Ontario
P4N 1B3
[email protected]

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 18, 2022 at 2:57 PM
  
Mayor George Pirie will take an unpaid leave of absence from his role as Timmins’ Mayor beginning May 4, 2022 ahead of the June 2 provincial election.

Deputy Mayor Michelle Boileau will fill in as acting Mayor until May 31, 2022. Councillor Kristin Murray will step in as Deputy Mayor starting June 1, 2022.

Members of Council, the Clerk’s Office, and the office of the Chief Administration Officer (CAO) will continue to address the needs of residents during this nine-week period.

Following results of the June 2 provincial election, the position of Mayor will either resume or council will have 60 days to fill the resulting vacancy on council. The next municipal election is scheduled for October 24, 2022.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 04, 2022 at 11:57 AM
  

Timmins, ON – While I was disheartened to learn of our MPP Gilles Bisson’s recent by-pass surgery, I am happy that he is doing well and surrounded by family and loved ones. On behalf of Mayor, Council and the City of Timmins, I wish him a speedy recovery.

Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 12, 2022 at 11:55 AM
  
This Friday, December 3, Mushkegowuk Chiefs will sit down with Ontario’s Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Greg Rickford and Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks David Piccini in an historic meeting to discuss the future of development and sustainability in the James Bay and Hudson Bay coastal regions. The meeting is being facilitated by Mayor George Pirie as an extension of the City’s commitments outlined in the Mushkegowuk Timmins Relationship Agreement.

Mushkegowuk Chiefs from Missanabie Cree, Chapleau Cree, Taykwa Tagamou, Moose Cree, Kasechewan, Fort Albany, and Attawapiskat First Nations will join Mushkegowuk Executive Director Ernest Beck, Deputy Grand Chief Rebeca Friday, Mushkegowuk Marine Region Manager Lawrence Martin, and Mushkegowuk Director of Lands and Resources Vern Cheechoo, for the purpose of establishing a treaty round table and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Ontario government and Mushkegowuk in regards to responsible resource development.

The City of Timmins agreement with Mushkegowuk outlines the need to foster positive economic outcomes from resource development activities that benefit both Timmins and Mushkegowuk communities. It is in this spirit that Mayor Pirie will lead a discussion that will include an update on conservation projects, including the National Marine Conservation Area Feasibility Study.

“I am thrilled to be hosting this meeting,” says Mayor Pirie. “It affords an opportunity for collaborative discussion and problem-solving. We know that there is a rich and diverse landscape of natural resources in the coastal region and we have a shared responsibility to not only protect the environment, but assist the Mushkegowuk Council in fostering a relationship with the Ontario Government that is mutually beneficial. It is an honour to bring this distinguished panel of guests together and lead what I hope is a robust conversation.”

Following the meeting on December 3, the City of Timmins will provide an update on the discussion and meeting outcomes.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Dec 01, 2021 at 11:22 AM
  
Please be advised that Council will be holding a closed meeting on Tuesday October 12 at 5:00 p.m. to discuss an item that is subject to Solicitor client Privilege regarding the pump station # 4 project.
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Oct 08, 2021 at 1:43 PM
  
Timmins, ON - On October 4, 2021, Mayor Pirie confirmed his candidacy for the PCC Provincial party with plans to run in the next election scheduled for June 2022. 

“I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm my commitment as the Mayor of the City of Timmins. I was voted in by the residents of the city to represent them and I will continue to do this job as my first priority,” said Mayor George Pirie.  “Running in the next Provincial election is my next step to better the City of Timmins and surrounding communities. I truly believe in the possibilities of Northern Ontario and I will continue to pursue these endeavors at a higher level should I be successful in my candidacy.”
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Oct 06, 2021 at 2:45 PM
  
On August 4, 2021, Northern Ontario Large Urban Mayors (NOLUM) sat down with Minister Michael Tibollo, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, to discuss the opioid crisis that is plaguing northern Ontario communities. 

Attending the meeting in-person or virtually, the group raised their concerns with respect to the services and funding needed in their communities to help battle the opioid addiction crisis their residents are facing. The opioid addiction issue is not unique to one community and the NOLUM group is working together with one voice to bring attention to the Provincial and Federal governments. 

“The message was clear to Minister Tibollo that we need help and we need it now.  It is an urgent crisis and waiting any longer will only progress the issues we are facing”, said Mayor George Pirie. “We are hopeful to hear of the funding available to upgrade current infrastructure and expand services.”

Minister Tibollo advised the group that there are currently 240 recovery beds in Ontario and he’s is hopeful to bring that number to 1,000 beds.  Roughly $14 million more of annual operating dollars will be directed by the province to support the costs of additional beds and expanded addiction treatment programs. 

Mayor Christian Provenzano addressed an issue facing the City of Sault Ste. Marie.  He said that violent crime is increasing with respect to supply and drug dealers.  While the issue of adding recovery beds is urgent, police budgets are facing an all-time high and at this rate, without bringing forth any change, will continue to rise.  

“I believe that the Minister understands the acute and immediate need to address the addictions and mental health challenges being felt across Northern Ontario," said Mayor Brian Bigger of Greater Sudbury. "I am encouraged, knowing that Minister Tibollo is responding to our call to action.”


“All the northern Mayors are facing the same issues in their communities,” added Mayor Pirie. “Being able to sit down as a group with the Minister, we were able to present a unified voice.  We are hopeful that the help we need is coming and we can continue to battle this crisis in our communities.” 
Posted by Lisa Greer  On Aug 11, 2021 at 10:02 AM
  
The Government of Ontario reaffirmed its commitment to Timmins and Northern Ontario earlier this week with a series of visits and funding announcements. It gave Mayor George Pirie the opportunity to meet with Minister Caroline Mulroney and Minister Greg Rickford with the goal of advancing Timmins’ future planning of infrastructure and economic development.

In his Monday meeting with Minister Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs, the discussion included future upgrades to the Connecting Link and roads previously uploaded to the City. Talk also turned to the province’s proposed passenger rail service and the importance of designating Timmins as the system’s hub; as well as, the necessary construction of 60 miles of rail between Timmins and Foleyet, a project that would connect Timmins directly to the Ring of Fire.

“We had fruitful conversations on every aspect of the portfolios Minister Mulroney holds,” said Mayor Pirie. “The Ontario Government has supported the necessary repairs to our Connecting Link, but there is more work to do. I spoke of the need for a large vehicle bypass, which is necessary to avoid constant maintenance on our roads, particularly the Algonquin Blvd. corridor.

“We also spoke about cultivating zones of economic cooperation between northeastern Ontario and northwestern Quebec. Regional partnerships are necessary in the development of a port or trade though the James Bay coast, which would further solidify Timmins as a global hub of industry.”

In his meeting with Mayor Pire on Wednesday, Minister Rickford, Minister of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources, and Forestry, restated the Province’s commitment to develop fully the potential of Northern Ontario.

“We have an economic opportunity because of our region’s resources,” adds Mayor Pirie. “We have the raw materials needed for the production of everything from catalytic converters to electric vehicles. Currently, many of our resources are shipped globally as part of the production process to countries like Germany and China. Minister Rickford understands that the final goods can and should be produced right here in Timmins and Northern Ontario.”

Minister Rickford, who also serves as Ontario’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs, made a point of visiting with evacuees from Pikangikum and connected with the team behind the recently funded Fire Keeper Patrol Program. Earlier this year, the Ontario Government contributed $1.3 million to support the service coordinated by Mushkegowuk Council in partnership with the City of Timmins, Wabun Tribal Council, Porcupine Health Unit, and more. The Fire Keeper Program will provide 24/7 service to homeless people suffering from addiction.

“Minister Rickford is fully engaged in the success of the program and understands the significance and importance of it being Indigenous led,” said Mayor Pirie. “This is an exciting initiative for Timmins and I’m thrilled that it has been acknowledged through funding by the Province of Ontario and personally by Minister Rickford.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Jul 22, 2021 at 1:28 PM
  
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