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Supporting GBHS Hospital Foundations through Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation

The Ace of Spades Lives On!
As Week 12 proceeds, the jackpot increases!

With weekly prizes of between $400 and $760 and winners like Chris Plante from Holland Centre who won $414 in the Week 11 draw, Catch the Ace GBHS is steadily growing.  The progressive jackpot is now sitting at an estimated $9,000 and is expected to grow over $10,000 in the upcoming weeks, as tickets are sold!  Funds raised will support the purchase of an MRI system at Owen Sound Regional Hospital.

In the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation office, there are now 41 playing cards individually sealed in manila envelopes on display.  These envelopes are numbered from 1 through 52, with the exception of the envelopes already opened by our weekly winners.  Nobody knows which envelope contains the Ace of Spades – until one lucky weekly winner catches it!

The MRI in the Owen Sound Regional Hospital is used over 11,000 times per year on patients from across Grey and Bruce to diagnose a range of medical conditions. Tests done with the next generation of MRI technology will be faster, quieter and more comfortable for patients, and will provide physicians with higher quality images to aid in more accurate diagnoses.

Catch the Ace tickets can be purchased in many places throughout Grey and Bruce Counties.  For more information or to find where tickets are available near you, please contact your local hospital foundation offices: Owen Sound, Meaford, Wiarton, Southampton, and Markdale, visit www.gbhsmri.ca or follow @CatchTheAceGBHS on Facebook.  Don’t forget to watch each weekly draw on our Facebook live stream or watch the video recordings posted to our Facebook page when you have a spare minute! 

Ticket purchasers must be 18 or over to participate. For more information visit www.gbhsmri.ca or contact your local hospital foundation:

  • Bruce Peninsula Health Services Foundation (519) 534-5856
  • Centre Grey Hospital Foundation (519) 986-3040
  • Meaford Hospital Foundation (519) 538-1311 ext. 4208
  • Owen Sound Hospital Foundation (519) 372-3925
  • Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation (519) 797-3230 ext. 3230

A.G.C.O. Licence #9997 has been issued to Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation.

For more information contact:

Amy McKinnon, Executive Director

Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation

519-372-3925

amckinnon@oshfoundation.ca

Victoria Street South Between Alfred Street West and the Entrance to the Beaver Valley Community Centre

Please be advised that there will be a temporary road closure in the Thornbury Area affecting residents in the Victoria Street South area between Alfred Street West and the entrance to the Beaver Valley Community Centre.  This service disruption is scheduled to take place on:

  • Sunday October 14, 2018 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

This road closure will be in place to accommodate the Run Blue Mountains Marathon sponsored by the Thornbury Clarksburg Rotary.

For more information about this event, please visit the Run Blue Mountains website. 

http://www.runbluemountains.ca/

Electors please note: if you are voting by internet, you must enter the website address (as found in your Voter Information Letter) in the upper left address bar; see attached example.

Use of the search bar in the middle of the screen will not direct you to the Dominion Internet Voting Site.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk's Office.

Listed below are the Help Center Hours of Operation at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury.

DATE

TIME

Saturday, October 13

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, open extended hours during voting period

A Help Centre will be available at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury during the following dates and times:

Normal Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

DATE

TIME

Saturday, October 13

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 15

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 17

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 18

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Monday, October 22

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Help Centre is available for electors who:

  • Need to be added to the Voters' List;
  • Have election-related questions; and/or,
  • Require assistance to vote.

If you are not on the Voters' List, you will be required to fill out an EL15 - Application to Amend Voters' List form and provide identification linking you to the qualifying address in The Blue Mountains.

You qualify to vote if:

  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • You are a Canadian Citizen;
  • You or your spouse lives, rents or owns property in the municipality; and,
  • You are not otherwise prohibited from voting.

Contact the Clerk's Office if you require any additional information.

100 Women Who Care

Launched in September 2017 100 Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle are celebrating the beginning of their 2nd year.  With over 190 members, 4 charities have benefited to a total amount of over $60,000.  

The charities we have supported in the past year are:

  • Barbara Weider House, Home Horizons
  • Salvation Army
  • Victim Services
  • Events for Life

At our September 26th meeting we celebrated our success with music, cake, wine and camaraderie. 

Events for Life was the recipient of our June meeting and Kathy Dewling, a board member from Events for Life talked about the program where our donations are making an impact on a new program being launched for respite and living options.  They accepted a cheque for $17,100. 

We heard excellent presentations from Theatre Collingwood, and Beaver Valley Outreach and ultimately selected Society of St Vincent de Paul, where our donation will support those in need for another year.  

Our next meeting will be November 28th at the Legion, 490 Ontario St, Collingwood.  The Legion generously donates the use of their space for our meetings. 

To find out more or join us visit our website  www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com 

Program Begins October 15, 2018 at St. George's Church in Clarksburg

The MUSIC AFTER SCHOOL Instrumental program had a flying start at the Introductory Session on October 1, 2018 at St.George’s Anglican Church in Clarksburg. A group of enthusiastic music students from Beaver Valley Community School and Georgian Bay Community School, many having attended the Southampton Summer Music Camp, showed a solid background in band and ensemble playing. Band Director Ken Paterson, recently retired music educator with 30 years experience, was delighted with the musical knowledge and sound of the group.

The concert band instruction starts on Monday October 15, 2018 from 4-6 pm with sessions every following Monday and ending on Monday December 17, 2018.

Clarinet and flute players are particularly welcome, but most brass, woodwind and percussion instruments will still find a place to be heard.

Registration fee is $30.00 for the whole program and Registration Forms are available at Thornbury Pharmasave, by e-mail abauer9@rogers.com, phone 519-599-2893 or, last resort, bring your instrument to St.George’s Church on Monday October 15, 2018 at 4 pm.

Find out how much fun music can be when played well.

The Town prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2018 to April 1st, 2019 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Snow Plowing Restrictions

Please be advised that Town By-law No. 2014-65 indicates that no person shall deposit snow or ice on a roadway, including those portions of the highway commonly referred to as the shoulder, sidewalk, walkway, pathway, boulevard or ditch, without written permission from the Director of Infrastructure and Public Works.

Parking Restrictions

Please be advised that the Highway Traffic Act, R.S.O. 1990 Chap. H-8 Section 170(12) indicates that no person shall park or stand a vehicle on a roadway in such a manner as to interfere with the removal or clearing of snow from the roadway.  It should also be noted that Town By-law No. 2003-11 prohibits overnight parking on Town streets from November 1st, 2018 to April 1st, 2019 from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.

Let’s work together to make this a safe and enjoyable winter.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

One hundred fifty people took advantage of the offer of free Attack tickets in exchange for the return of expired or unused medication.

Now in its second year, the Campaign to “Attack” Medication Misuse offered participants a free voucher to an Owen Sound Attack hockey game in exchange for the return of unused medication dropped off at the Rexall Pharma Plus in downtown Owen Sound between September 24 and 30.

The campaign supports the proper disposal and storage of medication and reduces the amount of unused and expired medication, especially opioid pain relievers, in our community.

A significant amount of opioids and controlled substances with a potential for abuse, including hydromorphone, oxycodone and codeine, were among the 236 expired and unused medications returned. The campaign also prevented these drugs from ending up in landfills or flushed down the toilet and ultimately in our water system. Unused medication should always be returned to a pharmacy for proper disposal.

Thanks to all who participated in this event as well as the Owen Sound Attack and Rexall Pharmacy for their support!

For More Information:

Monica Blair

Registered Practical Nurse,

Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1243

m.blair@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

The agenda for the October 9, 2018 Council Meeting has been revised to include:

Meeting materials and event details can be reviewed on the Council Calendar.

The agenda for the October 10, 2018 Special Committee of the Whole Meeting has been revised to include:

  • Item B.1.1 Deputation: Terry Kellar, Blue Mountain Ratepayers Association Short Term Accommodation Committee Re: Short Term Accommodation Reports PDS.18.116, PDS.18.117, and FAF.18.137
  • Item B.1.2 Deputation: Betty Wallace Re: Proposed Changes to the Short Term Accommodation Licensing Program

Meeting materials and event details can be reviewed on the Council Calendar.

BVO is currently seeking Registered Early Childhood Educators and Supply Staff

Early Childhood Educators

The successful applicant will be responsible for, but not limited to:

• Planning and implementing a well-rounded school age program indoors and outdoors
• Supervising children and promoting fair play and citizenship characteristics
• Work independently and as part of a team
• Exhibit strong communication, observation and organizational skills
• To be available for staff meetings, training and workshops

Required Skill/Knowledge:

• Previous experience working with children
• Enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging

Employment Requirements:

• Registered E.C.E. (member in good standing with the College of E.C.E.)
• Current Criminal Reference Check
• Current First Aid and CPR

Supply Staff

Beaver Valley Outreach in Thornbury is currently seeking Supply Staff

The successful applicant will be responsible for, but not limited:

• Supervising children and promoting their development in all areas
• Working as part of a team
• Serving meals/snacks
• Supporting children to participate in all aspects of our preschool program

Required Skill/Knowledge:

• Previous experience working with children
• Enthusiastic, supportive and encouraging

Employment Requirements:

• Current Criminal Reference Check
• Current First Aid and CPR

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in person to BVO or by email to: preschool@bvo.ca

Please contact Jenn at 519-599-2190 if you require further information.

We thank everyone who applies, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Update from the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Festival at Fort Willow

On Saturday, September 29, from 10 am to 4 pm, Historic Fort Willow comes alive with the Festival at Fort Willow.  Historical re-enactors bring to life the day-to-day activities of British soldiers, camp followers and First Nations people living in Simcoe County in 1812. Muster-up and march in the King's army, learn about blacksmithing, carpentry and candle making, or listen to the cannons roar - there is something for everyone!  Admission to the festival is free. There is no parking on-site, but a free shuttle bus runs to-and-from the Grenfel Community Hall (1989 Sunnidale Rd.) throughout the day.  Festival at Fort Willow is pleased to be part of Doors Open - Simcoe County. Stop by the Festival then head out to explore other fascinating cultural sites in our region!  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Fort Willow, NVCA, the Township of Springwater and the Rotary Club of Barrie.

Volunteers step up to remove Phragmites along the Georgian Bay Shoreline

A big thanks to the 139 volunteers that came together this summer to take on Phragmites, an invasive plant that is spreading along the Collingwood-Wasaga Beach shoreline. With its tall, dense stands, Phragmites is destroying wildlife habitat, ruining scenic views of the bay, and limiting opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating.  In total, volunteers contributed over 450 hours to cutting and removing Phragmites. Thanks to their efforts, 3.36 tonnes of Phragmites was removed from an area of 7,953 square metres (about 2 acres).  Over the past four years, volunteer cuttings have slowed the spread of Phragmites along the shoreline, particularly helping to protect the rare Great Lakes coastal marshes found in Collingwood.  NVCA, Georgian Bay Forever, Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, the Town of Collingwood and local condominium associations have lead this work.  Funding for this year's Phragmites work was provided by the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, WWF’s Loblaw Water Fund, Environment and Climate Change Canada EcoAction program, Georgian Bay Forever, and others.

Funding for Stewardship in Dufferin - Rural Water Quality Program Extended

Dufferin County has extended funding available for the Rural Water Quality Program?.  The program makes grants available for on-the-ground projects to improve water quality and restore aquatic and wildlife habitat. Landowners and farmers are encouraged to apply. Grants range from 50-100% to a maximum of $5,000 depending on project type. Eligible water quality projects include: 

  • livestock exclusion fencing from streams and wetlands
  • tree planting
  • decommissioning unused wells
  • erosion control structures (land and in-water)
  • nutrient management planning
  • cover crops
  • wetland creation to improve water quality
  • clean water diversion from livestock yards

An Environmental Farm Plan or completed Rural Landowner Stewardship Guide is required to apply, as is a short application form. To learn more about applying for a grant, visit www.nvca.on.ca or contact Shannon Stephens, NVCA's Healthy Waters Program coordinator, at 705-424-1479 x239 or sstephens@nvca.on.ca.

Planting Trees for Healthier Streams - Volunteers needed

We're looking for a few more volunteers for our third and final TD Tree Days planting event this fall!  Join us on Sept. 29 from 9 am to 12 noon as we plant 500 trees and shrubs along the Mad River through the Minesing Wetlands.  Planting along stream banks improves water quality and fish habitat. Streamside trees help stop pollutants before they flow into the water; the leaves and woody material provide food and habitat for the fish and bugs living in the water; the roots reduce erosion; and the canopy cover keeps stream water cool.  To learn more and to register, visit www.tdtreedays.com

Family Nature Days - Home-school & PA Day Program kicks-off October 22

NVCA's Family Nature Days give kids (and their parents) a chance to explore and experience the great outdoors!  Our experienced environmental educators guide families through programs ranging from pond study, to maple syrup making, t?o outdoor survival skills. The programs are perfect for families that home-school or those wanting to spend PA Days outside The first Family Nature Day takes place Oct. 22 with a guided hike along the Niagara Escarpment at the Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area. To learn more about the program or to register, visit www.nvca.on.ca.

The Thornbury Pier is Closed for the Season

Please be advised that the Thornbury Pier has been closed for the season.  The pier will reopen on May 17, 2019.

The agenda for the October 1, 2018 Committee of The Whole Meeting has been revised to include:

  • Item B.6.1 Deputation: Victor Vandergust Re: Final Lower Whitby Formation ANSI Parks Management Post Summer Follow-up, CSPW.18.078
  • Item B.6.2 Deputation: James Leone Re: Final Lower Whitby Formation ANSI Parks Management Post Summer Follow-up, CSPW.18.078
  • Item B.6.3 Deputation: Tom Talbot Re: Final Lower Whitby Formation ANSI Parks Management Post Summer Follow-up, CSPW.18.078
  • Item B.6.4 Deputation: John Ferraro Re: Final Lower Whitby Formation ANSI Parks Management Post Summer Follow-up, CSPW.18.078
  • Item B.6.5 Deputation: Marc Anthony Venere Re: Delphi Parks Management Plan
  • Item B.6.6 Deputation: Michael Magonet, Magonet Law Re: Delphi Point Parks Management 
  • Item B.11.1 Deputation: Rod McPhail, President of Appleridge Condominium Association Re: Staff Report B.13.5 “Zoning By-law Amendment, Towns of Thornbury, PDS.18.86”
  • Item B.11.2 Deputation: Roman Tsap, KF Architects & Planners Inc. Re: Staff Report B.13.5 “Zoning By-law Amendment, Towns of Thornbury, PDS.18.86”  
  • Item B.11.3 Deputation: Shawn McBurney Re: Lora Bay Sidewalks & Cart Path

Meeting materials and event details can be reviewed on the Council Calendar.

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting October 1st.

Highway 26 from Wards Road to Hidden Lake Road Notice of Water Service Interruption

NOTICE OF WATER SERVICE INTERRUPTION

This is notification to the residents on Highway 26 between Wards Road and Hidden Lake Road, that the Town of The Blue Mountains Water Section will be performing work on the Town’s Water Distribution System in your area. The affected addresses are 209283 to 209338 Highway 26.

Your Water Service will be shut off or you may experience reduced pressure for durations on:

Thursday, September 27, 2018

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this temporary interruption may cause you. 

 

For more information contact:

Water & Wastewater Inquiries

519-599-3131 x 284

 

An Instrumental Music program for Middle and High School students is being launched by Thornbury Jazzworks beginning Monday October 1, 2018

The 12 week course is for brass, woodwind and percussion players with basic band or ensemble playing experience. The program is designed for a group of young musicians to establish a VALLEY YOUTH BAND a soon as desired instrument balance is achieved.

Course Director is Ken Paterson, a recently retired music educator with over 30 years experience in teaching instrumental and vocal music both in York Region and Blue Water District School Boards.

Registration Fee is $30.00. Registration forms are available at the Beaver Valley Community School or at the front desk at Thornbury Pharmasave.

Enquiries can be directed by e-mail to thornburyjazz@gmail.com or by telephone to 519-599-2893.

The Judicial Review brought against the Town of the Blue Mountains by former Council member Michael Seguin has concluded today

On August 13, 2018 Mr. Seguin filed a motion to abandon the Judicial Review he filed. Micheal Seguin and the Town attended at Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 7755 Hurontario Street, in Brampton for Court File No. DC-17-59.

The Judge has ruled in this matter and the Town was awarded $20,000, inclusive of HST, payable by Mr. Seguin to the Town within 180 days. The ruling by Justice LeMay concludes the Judicial Review.

Contact Information

John McKean, Mayor

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 400

1-888-258-6867

Email the Mayor

For Media Inquiries Contact:

Shawn Everitt, Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 234

1-888-258-6867

Email the CAO

The Judicial Review brought against the Town of the Blue Mountains by former Council member Michael Seguin has concluded today

On August 13, 2018 Mr. Seguin filed a motion to abandon the Judicial Review he filed. Micheal Seguin and the Town attended at Ontario Superior Court of Justice, 7755 Hurontario Street, in Brampton for Court File No. DC-17-59.

The Judge has ruled in this matter and the Town was awarded $20,000, inclusive of HST, payable by Mr. Seguin to the Town within 180 days. The ruling by Justice LeMay concludes the Judicial Review.

Contact Information

John McKean, Mayor

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 400

1-888-258-6867

Email the Mayor

For Media Inquiries Contact:

Shawn Everitt, Interim Chief Administrative Officer

Town of The Blue Mountains

519-599-3131 ext. 234

1-888-258-6867

Email the CAO

The agenda for the September 24, 2018 Council Meeting has been revised to include:

  • Item C.4 Deputation: Mark Venere Re: Delphi Point Parks Management Plan,
  • Item C.5 Deputation: Tom Talbot Re: Delphi Point Parks Management Plan; and,
  • Item C.6 Deputation: Ron Duke Re: Delphi Point Parks Management Plan.

Meeting materials and event details can be reviewed on the Council Calendar.

Drop off Your Old or Unused Prescription Medications and Receive a Voucher for a Free Ticket to an Owen Sound Attack Regular Season Game!

The community is invited to clean out their medicine cabinets and drop off old or unused prescription and over-the-counter medication at the Rexall Pharma Plus in downtown Owen Sound from September 24 - 30. Everyone who drops off medication will receive a voucher for a free ticket, while supplies last, for any Wednesday evening Owen Sound Attack regular season game. 

This Medication Misuse campaign promotes the proper disposal and storage of medication and aims to reduce the amount of circulating unused/expired medication (especially opioid pain relievers). Unused medication should always be returned to a pharmacy for proper disposal. This campaign to prevent Medication Misuse is supported by Rexall Pharma Plus, the Owen Sound Attack and the Grey Bruce Health Unit. 

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey (2017) shows: 

  • 1 in 10 students (Grade 7-12) have used a prescription opioid pain reliever (e.g. Percocet, Percodan, Tylenol 3, Demerol and codeine) without a prescription in the past year
  • 55% of teens who indicated they had misused prescription opioids report obtaining the drugs from a parent or sibling
  • Non-medicinal use of over-the-counter cough and cold medicine by students in grades 7-12 has increased from 6.4% in 2015 to 9.2% currently

Medication Drop Off

Date: September 24 - 30, 2018 
Location: Rexall Pharma Plus, 963 2nd Ave. E., Owen Sound, ON 
(Medications cannot be returned in vials or blister packs. Meds must be emptied into the paper bags provided when returned) 

For More Information:  
Monica Blair, Registered Practical Nurse, 
Grey Bruce Health Unit 
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1243
m.blair@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Fort Willow Conservation Area - 2714 Grenfel Road Springwater Township

Springwater Township, Ontario, September 17, 2018 – Take a journey back in time at the Festival at Fort Willow on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Willow Conservation Area at 2714 Grenfel Rd. in Springwater Township. 

Historical re-enactors will bring to life the daily activities of British soldiers, camp followers and indigenous people living in Simcoe County in the early 19th century. Visitors can muster-up and march in the King’s army, learn about traditional blacksmithing, carpentry and candle making, and listen to the cannons roar. The Simcoe County Museum, Barrie Art Club, wandering minstrels and cavalry will add to the festivities. 

The Friends of Historic Fort Willow, Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, Township of Springwater and Rotary Club of Barrie are proud to host this event, which celebrates the significance of Fort Willow in the history of our nation. 

Admission is free. Artisan crafts will be available for sale (cash only).

Visitors are reminded that there is no parking at Fort Willow. Free parking and shuttle bus to-and-from the site are available at the Grenfel Community Hall at 1989 Sunnidale Road.  

For more information on the Festival at Fort Willow, visit http://fortwillow.nvca.on.ca. 

This year, the festival is pleased to be part of Doors Open Simcoe County. Each year, communities across Ontario take part in the Doors Open program, which provides free access to cultural and heritage locations. On September 29, more than 50 sites across Simcoe County, including Fort Willow and the festival, will be open, showcasing the best of the area's history.  

Fort Willow is recognized as both a national and provincial historic site. Established at the half-way point between Kempenfelt Bay and the Nottawasaga River, the Fort enabled a continuous trade and transportation route from Lake Ontario through to Georgian Bay. During the War of 1812, the British military used the fort as a strategic supply depot along the Nine Mile Portage route at a time when the lower lakes were occupied by the Americans. 

History comes alive at the Festival at Fort Willow, held Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fort Willow Conservation Area in Springwater.

About the NVCA:  The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is a public agency dedicated to the preservation of a healthy environment through specialized programs to protect, conserve and enhance our water, wetlands, forests and lands. www.nvca.on.ca 

About the Friends of Historic Fort Willow: The Friends of Historic Fort Willow are volunteers working to preserve the original site and its reconstructed features and promote the historical, educational and recreational activities happening at the fort.  fortwillow.nvca.on.ca 

About the Township of Springwater: Springwater is a municipality of approximately 19,000 residents located in the heart of Simcoe County. Springwater Township is home to the second largest concentration of County Forests and is a popular destination for outdoor activities in all four seasons.  www.springwater.ca 

About the Rotary Club: The Rotary Club of Barrie has been an enthusiastic supporter of the NVCA. Rotary’s participation in the Festival at Fort Willow stared with the first festival, and they are pleased to continue their involvement. Proceeds from the sale of food and beverages at the event are donated to the Friends of Fort Willow to assist with their restoration efforts. To date more than 
$15,000 has been raised. 

Media contact: Heather Kepran, Communications Coordinator 
705-424-1479 ext. 254, hkepran@nvca.on.ca

http://fortwillow.nvca.on.ca

Northwinds Beach Washrooms and Launch Ramp will be Closed from September 15 to November 16, 2018

Please be advised that Northwinds Launch Ramp and Washrooms will be closed from September 15 to November 16, 2018.

The purpose of the closure is to accommodate upgrading the Craigleith Ski Club snowmaking system.  Construction is anticipated to start September 15th and continue until November 16th with no access, other than for emergency vehicles, to the Northwinds Beach boat launch and washrooms.  

We apologize for the inconvenience and are providing portable toilets at Northwinds Beach as well as free access to the boat launch ramp at the Thornbury Harbour during the closure.   

Applications are now available for the 2019 Grants and Donations Program

The Town of The Blue Mountains Council is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2019 Grants and Donations Program.  We welcome not-for-profit organizations and Business Associations servicing The Blue Mountains to request funding or subsidization of Town-owned facility space through this process.  The deadline for applications is Friday, January 11, 2019.  Applications will be considered by the Town’s Committee of the Whole in early 2019.

For further information, please email the Administrative Assistant for Finance and IT Services or call 519-599-3131 extension 227.

The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Meeting to receive comments on the proposed changes to the Procedural By-law. The Procedural By-law sets out the rules and regulations for the proceedings of Council, Committees and Local Boards. 

The Public Meeting will be held at in Council Chambers, 32 Mill Street Thornbury, at 5:00 p.m.

Public Meeting Notice

Do you need to check if you're on the Voters' List?

The Town of The Blue Mountains will be using internet and telephone voting for the 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections.

Elections Staff will be available at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, during normal hours of operation, in addition to extended hours to assist individuals who need to confirm if they are on the Voters' List. During the voting period, the Help Centre is also available for any voters who require assistance.

Additional details are available in the Extended Help Centre Hours & Online Voter Services document attached.

To check if you're on the Voters' List, visit the Town's Election page.

Questions? Contact the Clerks' Office.

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting September 10th.

Residents who are supplied with Municipal water, please be advised that the annual flushing of fire hydrants and water mains is currently underway.

This is a routine maintenance procedure carried out in the Spring and Fall to ensure proper fire hydrant operation and water quality throughout the water distribution system. Lower water pressure due to hydrant flushing may be experienced in some areas. 

Minor water discolouration may occur periodically and can be rectified by letting faucets run until clear.

For more information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries  
Town of The Blue Moutnains

Information for Voters

For more information about who may vote, what school board you would vote for, Voter's List Information, Methods of Voting and Internet and Telephone Voting Information Sessions, please see the attachments.

EXCITING NEWS! “Honourable senators, there is a groundswell of goodwill happening in the South Georgian Triangle I would like to share with you …” So began a speech to the Canadian Senate delivered by Senator Gwen Boniface on the formation of the 100+ Women in our area. Senator Boniface has been following our progress since last August when we came into being in August of 2017. Included below are her words.

THE SENATE on Thursday, June 14, 2018 re 100 WOMEN WHO CARE

Hon. Gwen Boniface:

“Last summer, I met the leader of a group of caring women from my home region who were in the process of creating a local chapter of the growing 100 Who Care Alliance in support of local charities.

The 100+ Women Who Care concept was originally the idea of Karen Dunigan of Michigan in 2009, after she was approached to help fill a need for cribs, mattresses and bedding for single mothers. She decided to invite 100 women to a meeting and asked each to pledge $100, and the trend began. Now there are more than 550 chapters worldwide and 73 in Canada. And, while women have initiated this movement, other chapters including men, children and teens, and virtual chapters, have been created.

The 100+ Who Care concept is a powerful, winning formula because it requires a minimal amount of time and financial commitment for maximum effect, which complements the hectic lives that people lead today. The movement builds bridges between those in need and the people in their communities who have the means and the interest. It demonstrates that by working together, people can have a tremendous impact on communities.

The first recipient of their donations was Home Horizon’s Barbara Weider House, a not-for-profit charity providing traditional housing to homeless women, children and youth in Collingwood. Most recently, the Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth group was the chosen charity to receive a financial boost.

Fellow senators, it is these types of grassroots efforts in small communities …”

For the full speech link onto - https://www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com/news or audio link:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/1v0tcbs1p81vyx8/2018-06-14%20Sen_Boniface.wav?dl=0

Next meeting is set for Wednesday Septmeber 26th, 2018, 7pm @ Collingwood Legion, 490 Ontario Street  - Registration at 6:30

We are currently at about 190 women, and continue to add members.  At a single meeting we are now raising about $19,000 for a local charity, meeting four times a year.

Go to our website www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com

Find us on Facebook – 100 Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle

To receive info go to: 100wwcsgt@gmail.com

Check out the Dominion Voting system the Town will be using in the 2018 Municipal and School Board Election

Check out this video produced by Dominion Voting, the system the Town will be using in the 2018 Municipal Election.

It takes you through the internet voting process screen by screen, showing you the steps and giving you tips, to ensure you feel confident voting in the upcoming election.

Link to Video - Internet Voting Guide

July 26, 2018

(Town of The Blue Mountains) The Town completed a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment in July 2017 for the management of leachate generated at the Town’s Solid Waste Disposal Site. The preferred solution is to pipe the leachate to the Thornbury Wastewater Treatment Plant. Leachate is liquid collected within the landfill cell. Until the pipe is constructed, the leachate is trucked to a receiving station in Craigleith. The Town was successful in receiving a $2.3 million grant under the Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund, a program aimed at reducing climate change related emissions.

The Town received correspondence from the province July 10, 2018 that the program has been cancelled and that the grant monies are now withdrawn however, some wind-down funding may be available. The Town project is only part way through the design phase. Construction was planned to commence in early 2019.

Town Council will consider a Staff Report regarding next steps at a Special Meeting of Council July 31, 2018.

For more Information Contact:
Jeff Fletcher
Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 238
1-888-258-6867
 
For Media Inquiries Contact:
Shawn Everitt
Interim Chief Administrative Officer
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234
1-888-258-6867

Food Premises Owners & Operators - Contact Public Health Before You Open a Business

Under the law you are required to notify the health unit of your intention to operate a food premises. You must include your name, contact information and the location of the food premises in the notice [Health Protection and Promotion Act, S. 16 (2) and Ontario Regulation 493/17, Food Premises, S.5].

Follow these steps:

Contact Grey Bruce Public Health at 519-376-9420 or toll free at 1-800-263-3456 or email publichealth@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

Ask to speak with your Public Health Inspector to:

  • Review applicable regulations and relevant standards
  • Receive information, advice and support
  • Review floor plans and equipment needs
  • Schedule an opening inspection before you officially open

Food Premises include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants, cafeterias, and take-outs
  • Daycare, long-term care, retirement homes, homes for special care
  • Mobile premises
  • Catering companies
  • Retail butcher shops
  • Convenience stores
  • Recreational camps
  • Special events and some farmers' markets

The Grey Bruce Health Unit offers food handler training throughout the year. Check our website for course details at https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Environment/Food- Safety/Food-Safety-Certification-Courses

Grey Bruce Health Unit issues Lyme Disease update

July 18, 2018

Lyme Disease Update

A blacklegged tick collected in Northern Bruce Peninsula has tested positive for the bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of blacklegged ticks carrying B. burgdorferi. Blacklegged ticks are most often found in forests, wooded areas, shrubs, tall grass and leaf piles. The risk of Lyme disease increases the longer the tick has been attached (e.g., more than 24 hours). There have been no confirmed cases of Lyme disease in humans in Grey and Bruce Counties in 2018.

The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to avoid being bitten by a tick. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the following tips when heading outside to areas where ticks can be found:

  • Use bug spray with DEET or Icaridin (always follow directions).
  • Wear closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants.
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants, and your pants into your socks.
  • Walk on paths.
  • Do a daily full body tick check on yourself, your children, your pets, and your gear.
  •  Shower or bathe within two hours of being outdoors.
  • Put your clothes in a dryer on high heat for at least 10 minutes.

If you find a tick on yourself or a family member, immediately remove it with a pair of fine-tip tweezers. Ticks can be submitted to health care providers or the Grey Bruce Health Unit for identification. Ticks identified as blacklegged will be tested for B. burgdorferi.

Please speak to your health care provider if a tick has bitten you and are concerned about your health. Early detection of Lyme disease is very important. If caught early, Lyme disease can be treated effectively with antibiotics. Symptoms may occur 3 to 30 days after you have been bitten, including: rash (sometimes shaped like a bull’s eye), fever, chills, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain. If untreated, in weeks or months after a bite, more severe symptoms could develop, including severe headaches, facial paralysis, joint paint, and nervous system disorders (e.g., dizziness, mental confusion, nerve pain, etc.).

If you find a tick on your dog or cat and are concerned, please consult with your veterinarian. Regular tick checks and prompt removal are also important for pets.

More information on Lyme disease and tips to reduce your risk is available at:

Government of Canada

Public Health Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada

For more information:

Stephanie Nickels
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1229

Reminder - Stage 1 Water Use Restrictions Currently in Effect Until September 1, 2018

Residents may water between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Properties with odd numbered addresses can water on odd numbered calendar days.
Properties with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered calendar days. 

For more information please contact:
Water and Wastewater Inquiries
Town of The Blue Mountains 

A Special Meeting of Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

The meeting agenda is attached.

For more information please contact the Clerks' Office.

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/council-calendar.cfm?is=27

Notice of Public Open House and Notice of Public Meeting to consider a New Comprehensive Zoning By-law

The Town has received an Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendment applications. The Town has deemed the applications to be complete however no public meeting has been scheduled to-date.

The purpose of these applications is to consider a development proposal for a proposed waterski wakeboard cable park and associated buildings and structures.

Notice of Complete Application - Wakeboard Park

For more information contact Planning Services.

Public Notices

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