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Within one day of the State of Emergency, the declaration supported the Porcupine Health Unit’s request for additional allocation of COVID-19 vaccines. As a result, vaccine clinics for all individuals 12 years and older have been added over the long weekend.

“This is exactly the response we hoped for,” says Mayor George Pirie. “Declaring a State of Emergency is not decided lightly. In order to get through this third wave, we need people to follow the public health measures and get vaccinated. We not only needed more vaccines, but more available clinics and appointments. We want to ensure that every eligible individual has access to a vaccine, so we’ve also made sure that free transportation is available for residents that require a reliable way to get to and from their appointment.”

Scheduled and “Pop-Up” Clinics

Residents can line-up on Friday, May 21 at Food Basics between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on Saturday, May 22 at Timmins Native Friendship Centre between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment required. Clinics will also be offered this weekend at the Mountjoy and Whitney Arenas by appointment only. For more information or to book an appointment visit the PHU online (https://www.porcupinehu.on.ca/en/your-health/infectious-diseases/novel-coronavirus/covid-vaccine/).

Transportation

This Friday to Monday, residents can ride Timmins Transit at no charge to their vaccine appointment and back. To make the route even simpler, from Saturday to Monday, Timmins Transit is adding a shuttle from the Transit Terminal direct to each vaccine clinic location. It’s a faster and more direct option to get residents to their appointments. Please note that regular bus service and shuttle service have been added to the holiday Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Vet’s Taxi is also offering complimentary service. Residents can call Vet’s Taxi (705-264-2333) for a ride to and from their vaccination appointment. No between stops are permitted. It’s important to thank Richard and Diane Lafleur for being great corporate citizens and partnering on this initiative with the City of Timmins and Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board (CDSSAB).
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 19, 2021 at 12:57 PM
  
Mayor George Pirie has declared a State of Emergency for the City of Timmins, effective today at, in response to the rapid and un-checked spread of COVID-19 and its variants. Mayor Pirie made the declaration at the request of the Timmins and District Hospital (TADH), the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), and Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

The declaration of emergency is in accordance with Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act and has been put in place to protect the health and safety of all citizens in the municipality.

Currently, the TADH reports that ten (10) COVID positive patients with an average age of 42 have been admitted to the hospital and COVID positive vented patients are being transported from its facility.

EMS reports that its resources are overextended and that its emergency response is threatened.

PHU reports that workplace transmission of COVID-19 is clear and present in our community and remains an ongoing source of exposure. Workplaces need to ensure that proper personal protective equipment (PPE), distancing and screening are followed diligently in every setting at all times, whether open to the public or not. Employees need to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms.

Small businesses are also reporting their fears of business failure if they are unable to reopen should Timmins remain in lockdown once the provincial Stay-at-Home order has been lifted.

“I want to send a very clear and strong message that COVID-19 is a threat to residents in the City of Timmins,” said Mayor George Pirie. “We are seeing a dramatic rise in cases in our region as we continue to battle COVID-19. We know that our regional hospital is currently experiencing a surge in patients requiring medical care and that the cases are affecting a younger population. We have declared a State of Emergency to insure that we can act fast to further protect our residents and local businesses. Our Municipal Emergency Control Group is taking the best course of action at this time and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

The PHU has called upon the Government to recognize Timmins as a provincial “hotspot” to ensure that vaccines and supplies are readily available for the community; to enhance capacity for testing; and, support for a community isolation centre.

PHU reminds residents that it is imperative that people stay home and isolate even with mild symptoms and get tested. Getting tested is critical to stop the spread of COVID-19.

TADH calls upon the residents of the community to get vaccinated as soon as possible to ensure that health care services are not overwhelmed.

“I am asking the residents of Timmins to get vaccinated and follow public health measures to ensure that our businesses and our citizens survive the third wave,” adds Mayor Pirie. “Each community member must stay home immediately if they have any symptoms – even mild – and call to get tested; wear a mask properly, distance from anyone you do not live with, and treat every interaction in the community as a potential exposure. Vaccinations will get us there, but we need time for immunity, so these actions remain critical.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 17, 2021 at 4:44 PM
  
Timmins is ready to virtually host this year’s Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities (FONOM) AGM and annual conference. Held on Tuesday, May 18, FONOM provides an exciting opportunity for the City to promote how Timmins’ is positioned for a future of green energy, resource, and industry.

Timmins formal presentation has been optimistically called, “Timmins: Green, Growing, and Global,” and focuses on projects in the region that will advance Northern Ontario’s position in the electric vehicle supply chain, biomass energy fulfillment, and sustainable infrastructure.

“Timmins is growing and diversifying,” says Mayor George Pirie. “This is an exciting time. We are surrounded by rare earth elements, critical minerals, forests, and arable land. Four of the newly permitted gold and base metal projects are within a 200 kilometer radius of Timmins. Our location is optimal.

“We reached out to five leaders who are pivotal in forestry, green energy, and agriculture and asked them to share why they have chosen to invest in Northern Ontario. Participants will hear from Mark Selby, Chairman and CEO of Canada Nickel. Their Crawford Nickel Cobalt Sulphide Project has the potential to place Northern Ontario front and center in the electric vehicle supply chain, and it will do so while reducing our carbon footprint.”

Timmins’ presentation also includes remarks from Paul Rivet, incoming Board Chair of GreenFirst Forest Products. Their recent acquisition of lumber mills in Cochrane, Hearst, Chapleau and Kapuskasing make a strong case for why Northern Ontario’s future of sustainable forestry is set. Rounding out the presentation are comments from Robert Manseau of Commercial BioEnergy, Pat Chilton of Five Nations Energy Inc., and Ted Griffith with a discussion on the great clay belt and large-scale agricultural farming.

In addition to Timmins’ robust presentation is an opportunity for attendees to tour Timmins’ Virtual Showroom provided courtesy of Utopia VR. Using the latest technology for virtual meetings and events, Timmins’ showroom provides a quick glance at some of Timmins’ popular amenities like Mount Jamieson, Hersey Lake, and local businesses within downtown Timmins.

“We’ve made every opportunity to highlight all that Timmins has to offer,” adds Mayor Pirie. “We know that when Timmins is successful, the region is successful and we’re excited about the future.”
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 17, 2021 at 10:55 AM
  
2021 tax rates and ratios for all classes of taxation have been approved by Timmins Council. Overall, Timmins municipal levy will increase by 1.33 percent. It is important to note that this increase is significantly lower than other northern municipalities, with increases varying between 2.15 percent and 3.9 percent for 2021.

The tax rate for the residential class is increasing by 1.08 percent with an average increase of $34 per residential property.

“When you look at the City’s tax allocation, the residential class makes up 64 percent of taxes collected by the City,” explains Director of Finance Natalie Moore. “This is a decrease of 2 percent from 2019. We are continuing a downward trend to try and alleviate some of the tax burden from residents.”

The commercial class will see a decrease of 1.84 percent with an average savings of $430 per property. This is the 4th year in a row that the commercial class has seen a reduction, which is important in a year where businesses continue to struggle with the impacts of COVID-19.

“This council campaigned on a platform of fiscal responsibility and stability,” says Mayor George Pirie. “These tax rates and our overall budget have delivered on that direction.”

Once tax bills have been received, payment will be due in two installments on June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2021. Payments can be made via online banking, pre-authorized payments, or by mailing in a cheque.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On May 13, 2021 at 8:58 AM
  

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A Special Council Meeting has been called for April 27, 2021 in Council Chambers.

This meeting will be in closed session to discuss advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege, including communications necessary for that purpose, regarding Wallingford Road.


Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 26, 2021 at 11:43 AM
  
April 18 – 24 is National Volunteer Week, a time to celebrate, recognize, and thank our community volunteers. This year’s theme is ‘The Value of One, The Power of Many’ and it truly resonates with where the City of Timmins is now and how we envision our future.

During National Volunteer Week, we are asked to reflect on the acts of kindness by our volunteers and the power of what we can accomplish when we work together for a common goal. Volunteers in our community help many of our social service programs function. Whether it’s advocating for food-security or volunteering for initiatives that engage our youth, volunteers are the passion and the power that make it possible.

“There is no doubt that volunteers in our city work tirelessly, day after day and week after week,” says Mayor George Pirie. “I have had the pleasure of meeting volunteers from organizations like The Lord’s Kitchen, Living Space, and the Canadian Red Cross who are dedicated to this community: To making Timmins a better place to live. I know there are many more organizations who rely on volunteers and I am so very grateful for the time and commitment residents in our city are willing to provide.”

As Timmins moves forward with our first ‘Community Safety and Well-Being Plan’, there will be more opportunity for residents to get involved and give back. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, Timmins.Care can help connect you to a service agency looking for help. Learn more about our ‘Community Safety and Well-Being Plan’ and how you can get involved online at Timmins.ca.

This week, consider thanking a volunteer you know. #VolunteersBringChange.
Posted by Amanda Dyer  On Apr 16, 2021 at 10:40 AM
  
 
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