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Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Never dive into shallow or unknown waters – always enter feet first! Diving head first may result in serious injury or even death. #protectyourneck

Safe Diving Tips

The Municipalities of Grey County are recruiting experienced professionals for appointment to the Grey County Compliance Audit Committee (GCCAC) for the 2018 Municipal Election.

Purpose of the Joint Compliance Audit Committee:

A compliance audit committee makes decisions on applications for compliance audits of campaign finances for candidates and third party advertisers in a municipal election or by-election.

The committee also considers reports from municipal clerks that identify contributors who appear to have contravened election contribution limits.

Joint Committee for Grey County Municipalities:

Section 88.37 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996 (MEA) requires all municipalities to establish a compliance audit committee of not fewer than three members and not more than seven members. The municipalities of Grey County are establishing a joint committee of members who will serve on retainer and from whom sub-committees (Sitting Committees) will be established to address each application for a compliance audit and each instance of identified over-contribution.

Applicant  Qualifications:

  • GCCAC members should have the ability to understand and apply the election campaign finance provisions of the MEA and must be considered impartial with respect to their ability to fulfill their responsibilities.
  • Preference shall be given to those applicants with experience in accounting, municipal administration and/or law.

Term and Payment:

The GCCAC will be established by October 1, 2018 and continue until 2022. Successful applicants will receive a retainer of $1000 for the four-year term which will include one mandatory training session and any preparation/review required.

If a Sitting Committee needs to convene, a per-meeting remuneration of $150 for meetings under 4 hours and $250 for meetings more than 4 hours (plus mileage) will also be  provided.

For more information, the terms of reference for the GCCAC are available at www.greyvotes.ca.

Application Process:

A copy of the required application form can be found on www.greyvotes.ca or from the Municipal Clerk at City of Owen Sound, Municipality of Grey Highlands, Municipality of Meaford, Municipality of West Grey, Town of Hanover, Town of The Blue Mountains, Township of Chatsworth, Township of Georgian Bluffs and Township of Southgate.

Completed applications can be submitted by September 7, 2018 to:

Heather Morrison, Clerk Grey County
mail: Corporation of the County of Grey 595 9th Ave East
         Owen Sound Ontario N4K 3E3

Temporary Lane Restriction with one lane closed on the 10th Line at Pheasant Run

Temporary Lane Restriction with one lane closed on the 10th Line at Pheasant Run. Traffic Control signage will be in place. Temporary Lane Restrictions for the purpose of: Installing hydro service for Trailwoods Subdivision. 

For more information contact:

Manager of Roads and Drainage
519-599-3131 ext. 271
 

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

If you're not within arm's reach, you've gone too far.  Always supervise children in and around water.

Summer Water Safety Tip Sheet

Curbside waste collection will occur as usual on Monday August 6, 2018

Curbside waste collection will occur as usual on Monday August 6, 2018 and for the entire week.
Please place waste curbside by 7:00 a.m. Commercial Cart collection will occur as usual.
The Landfill Site hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

For More Information visit our webpage: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm or download the App: TBM Waste Resource

Stop the invasion and save the shoreline: Volunteers needed to rid shoreline of invasive Phragmites

UTOPIA, Ontario (August 3, 2018) - Phragmites, an invasive plant, is spreading along Collingwood’s 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. Volunteers are needed to help “Fight the Phrag” on August 18 in Collingwood near Hen and Chicken Island. Now in its fourth year, this annual event brings the community together to stand up against the unwelcome invader.
Two work parties are planned, one starting at 8:00 am and one starting at 1:00 pm. A free BBQ lunch will be provided to all volunteers.

No experience is necessary to volunteer, and training and tools will be provided. Volunteers should expect to spend the day outside and in the water, and should bring sunscreen, a hat, drinking water, clothes that can get wet, and sturdy footwear. This event is eligible for high school volunteer hours.

To register or find out more information, visit fight-the-phrag-2018.eventbrite.com or contact Vicky Boyd, NVCA’s Phragmites Removal Coordinator, 705-424-1479 ext. 246, vboyd@nvca.on.ca.

This event is part of the efforts of NVCA, Georgian Bay Forever, Blue Mountain Watershed Trust Foundation, the Town of Collingwood, local condominium associations, and concerned residents to monitor and control Phragmites. Over the past four years, volunteer cuttings have slowed the spread of Phragmites along the shoreline, helping to protect the rare Great Lakes coastal marshes found in Collingwood.

Funding for this project is provided by the Great Lakes Guardian Community Fund, WWF Loblaw Water Fund, Environment and Climate Change Canada EcoAction program, Georgian Bay Forever, and others.

More information on Phragmites can be found on the NVCA website (www.nvca.on.ca). To report a sighting of Phragmites, contact the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or use your smartphone to report at www.eddmaps.org/ontario/

About 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.

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

 

Several employment opportunities have been posted for the Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO) Preschool, Before and After School Program.

The attached document provides more information and contact details, including How to Apply.

 

Condition Assessment for Sanitary and Storm Sewer Systems - August 13 to September 7, 2018

The Town’s Contractor “The Pipe Spy” will be completing CCTV inspections and condition assessments of the Sanitary and Storm Sewers throughout the Town starting August 13, 2018.  It is anticipated that they will be completed by September 7. 

For more information please contact:
Engineering Design Technologist 
519-599-3131 ext. 277

Temporary Road Closure Birchview Trail at Arlberg Crescent for Culvert Replacement from Monday, August 13 to Friday, August 17, 2018

Notification of Temporary Road Closure

Birchview Trail at Arlberg Crescent will be temporarily closed for culvert replacement from Monday August 13, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. through to Friday, August 17, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact the Manager of Roads and Drainage.

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

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Never swim alone! Every swimmer should always be supervised.

#SwimSmart 

Red Cross Summer Water Safety Tips

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

July 25, 2018

Public Assistance Request Dog Bite

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is seeking assistance from the public in finding the owner of a dog involved in a biting incident that occurred in Thornbury.

On Saturday, July 21, between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, a man was bitten by a medium-sized black dog of unknown breed. The dog was off leash. The incident occurred by the east entrance of the Georgian Trail at the corner of Victoria St. N. and King St. W.

Staff of the Grey Bruce Health Unit need to confirm the dog is not infectious with rabies. By verifying the health of the dog, the victim can avoid receiving the post-exposure rabies treatment. If you have any information related to this incident, please contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 519-376-9420 ext. 1300.

For more information:

Sandy Cao
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1300

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

If your child is not a strong swimmer, or is under the age of 5, they should always be wearing a lifejacket when in or near the water. Make sure the lifejacket is for the appropriate weight, and always do up all buckles and straps.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/injury-topics/item/lifejackets

Marking the Passing of Town Employee Paula Shannon

Please be advised that the flags at Town Hall are lowered to half mast until Thursday July 26, 2018 to mark the passing of our colleague and dear friend, Paula Shannon, who worked with the Town in our Finance Department since 1999.

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

(Town of The Blue Mountains) Although rainfall has reduced the fire hazard rating in our area, open air burning is not recommended by The Town of The Blue Mountains Fire Department.
Barbeques burning charcoal, propane or natural gas may be used for cooking purposes, permitted they are supervised at all times and securely positioned on a noncombustible surface.
Small, contained campfires used for cooking purposes are also permitted, under the following conditions:

  • The fire is contained in a pit
  • The materials to be burned are clean wood only
  • The fire pit does not exceed 1 meter in diameter or 0.75 meters in height
  • The pit is a minimum of 10 meters from any building, overhead wires and combustible vegetation
  • A means of extinguishment is on site
  • The fire is supervised at all times by a competent person
  • The fire is completely extinguished when it is not supervised

In the event the fire department is requested to respond to open air burning complaints where these requirements have not been met or the fire is out of control, the fire will be extinguished and a user fee charged to the owner of the property in accordance with By-law 2017-7, B.31.

If you require further information please contact the Blue Mountains Fire Department during normal business hours at 519-599-5411.

For more Information Contact:
AJ Lake
Deputy Fire Chief – Fire Station 1
Town of The Blue Mountains
Fire Station – 519-599-5411
(519) 599-3131 ext. 104
1-888-258-6867
Email the Deputy Fire Chief - Fire Station 1

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 Interim Chief Administrative Officer

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/open-air-burning.cfm?is=2

Flemming Trail between Arrowhead Road & Nipissing Ridge Trail closed temporarily for repairs

Notice that Flemming Trail between Arrowhead Road to where it connects with the Nipissing Ridge Trail is temporarily closed for repairs.

Staff anticipate the closure will last from Friday, July 6 until Wednesday, July 11.

If you have any questions, please contact Parks & Trails Staff.

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Going boating? A lifejacket will only help keep you safe if you wear it. Make sure all children and adults wear a PFD when on a boat.

Information on Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

For more information visit:

519-376-9420

 

The Meaford Harbour 5k Run/Walk is quickly approaching July 14, 2018

This year’s event has ramped up its pace with some new additions while keeping with traditions. “It is very special to be able to put on an event that combines the love for running, walking and raising funds for our local hospital foundation,” says Jen Johnston a participant for the past 4 years. “Our family has been participating in memory of my parents and we are already registered for this year’s event. It’s a great way to honor their legacy here in Meaford.”

The race has raised over $456,500 over the past 22 years for medical equipment at The Meaford Hospital.

For kids 12 and under that want to give running a try, come down to the harbour for a FREE run starting at 8:30. Thornbury Pools & Spas has donated super cool sunglasses for the first 125 kids registered to participate.

For those who are competitive runners or walkers the race starts at 9am and is a chip timed for those that want to track their times. However, the race is also a chance for those just wishing to enjoy the pleasure of strolling along the lovely shores of Georgian Bay while raising funds for the Meaford Hospital Foundation.  We are a pet friendly event so please feel free to bring your fur babies with you! Don’t forget your doggy poop bags as cleaning up along the route is always appreciated. Water stations will be set up along the route for both run/walkers and your furry friends! Quench Buggy will be onsite at the harbour if you wish to bring your refillable water jug for a refresh during the event as well!

The first 300 participants to register will receive a dry wick t-shirt, while your furry friends will get a Harbour Run bandana from Pet Connection in Meaford.

We have some really neat prizes for the top fundraisers this year so be sure to ask family and friends to support your race! The registration process is simple and can be done either online at www.mhfoundation.ca OR drop into Pharmasave in Thornbury, Runner’s Den in Owen Sound or the Bank of Montreal in Meaford to pick up a registration form or pledge sheet. There will also be registration the morning of the race between 7:45 and 8:45 a.m. as well as advance registration on Friday afternoon, July 13th at the Harbour Pavilion between 4 – 7 p.m.

This year both our top female and male runner will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to Runner’s Den in Owen Sound and our top female walker will receive a “Touch and Toes” package courtesy of The Falls Inn (Walters Falls), while the top male walker receives a $100 Gift Certificate to Knights’ Home Building Centre.

There are pledge based prizes for top fundraisers as well;  a Bose Speaker donated by Bruce Power, an Autographed Owen Sound Attack jersey, Kayak/Sup for 2 certificate donated by Blue Surf, Elsie’s Diner gift cards, Motomaster Emergency Car Starter, Lift passes for 5 people for 2 days to Beaver Valley Ski Club, a Mini Photography Session from Krystal Klear Photography, CAA Travel Bag, Park Admission for 2 to Scenic Caves, Knights of Meaford hockey apparel and tickets and a $100 gift card to Squire Johns.

This year’s race is in support of The Meaford Hospital Foundation and the Harbour Run/Walk goal with a goal of $50,000 which will be designated to Diagnostic Imaging (X-Ray & MRI).

You can find the Meaford Harbour 5k on Facebook if you wish to get up to date race info.

Contact Info:
Jen Wright
Executive Director
Meaford Hospital Foundation

 

Meaford Hospital Foundation
519-538-1311 x 4208

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry will be performing equipment maintenance on the Thornbury Dam on July 4, 2018 which will involve lowering the water lever by 2.5 metres for a portion of the day. 

Continued work is proposed for the week of July 16, 2018.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry at the Owen Sound Offices (519-376-3860). 

Transit service across South Georgian Bay will offer better service hours as of July 1, when a pilot project will see hours extended for the Collingwood/Blue Mountains Link, the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach Transit link, and Colltrans

Starting July 1, 2018, a pilot project will offer service on all three routes from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. The extended hours will see service provided during the current mid-day gap on the Collingwood/Blue Mountains link, as well as an extra hour of service in the evening on the Collingwood/Wasaga Beach link and additional service on weekend evenings for Colltrans.

This enhanced service is expected to greatly assist residents who rely on transit to travel to their employment, and will also make it easier for visitors to the area to use public transit to explore our region.

Please visit www.southgeorgianbaytransit.ca for full details including maps and schedules.

June 29, 2018

Rob Potter Sworn in to Office for Balance of 2014-2018 Term of Council

(Town of The Blue Mountains) At the June 29, 2018 Special Meeting of Council, Mr. Rob Potter was officially sworn in to office for the balance of the 2014 to 2018 Term of Council. Councillor Potter will receive Council training the week of July 3rd and on July 9, 2018 will attend his first Council Meeting as a member of Council.

For more Information:
Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
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

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit issues Media Release regarding Heat Advisory

June 29 2018

Heat Advisory

With predicted extreme temperatures, Public Health advises people to take care against heat related illness.

Heat and humidity heighten the risk of heat related illnesses including heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

People who are experiencing physical distress because of the heat should seek medical attention.

Municipalities across Grey and Bruce are opening public buildings as cooling centres. These centers provide good opportunities to get out of the heat and cool down for a little while. Contact your local municipality to find out about cooling centers in your area.

Here are some tips to help keep you cool:

Drink plenty of fluids. Water is your best choice. Choose drinks that do not contain alcohol or high amounts of sugar as they can cause you to lose body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks as they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay cool indoors. Keep shades drawn over sun-facing windows and use fans to move the air. Close windows during the day and open at night to allow circulation of cool air if nighttime temperatures are cool enough. If you do not have air conditioning at home, spend a few hours at a library, cinema, mall or other building that is kept cool during the day. Take a cool shower or bath. Use your stove and oven less often.

Dress lightly. Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothes, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. Use sunscreen and lip balm with a SPF of 30 or higher.

Limit outdoor activity. Plan your day to limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Try to rest in the shade. If working outside, schedule your heaviest work during the coolest part of the day.

Pace yourself. Rest frequently to allow your body to cool.

Be a friend. At work, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do that for you. Check with family, friends and neighbours, especially elderly neighbours, at least once a day. It is important to have regular contact with people who have difficulty dealing with heat.

Use common sense. Do not leave infants, children or pets in a parked car. Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets and leave the water in a shady area.

For further information, look on our website under Climate Change

For more information:

Jasjeet Bola
Manager, Health Hazard
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1518

On behalf of The Blue Mountains Public Library Board, I congratulate Dr. Sabrina Saunders on her achievement of the Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree (M.L.I.S.).  Sabrina completed the requirements for the degree in April, and yesterday, June 20th, she walked across the stage at the University of Western Ontario Graduation Ceremony to receive her degree.

June 21st, 2018

On behalf of The Blue Mountains Public Library Board, I congratulate Dr. Sabrina Saunders on her achievement of the Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree (M.L.I.S.).  Sabrina completed the requirements for the degree in April, and yesterday, June 20th, she walked across the stage at the University of Western Ontario Graduation Ceremony to receive her degree.

Dr. Saunders adds the M.L.I.S. degree to a Ph.D. in Theory & Policy Studies (University of Toronto), a Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education, a Master of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies, a Master of Science in Student Personnel Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology (Buffalo State University), a certificate in EXCEL: Managing Small Public Libraries (SOLS), a certificate in Advancing Public Library Leadership (SOLS/University of Waterloo) and a number of other certifications.

Dr. Saunders models professional development to all of her staff, and inspires us all in her pursuit of life-long learning.

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting June 25th.

Clarksburg’s Black Bridge Reopens After Preservation and Rehabilitation Efforts (Town of The Blue Mountains, ON) Town of The Blue Mountains announces the grand re-opening of the Black Bridge in Clarksburg on June 23, 2018 at 2:30 pm. The Black Bridge rehabilitation will add 30 years to the life of this historic landmark in the heart of the Clarksburg community. This project was funded through the Provincial Gas Tax allocation and a grant from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF).

The Black Bridge is the key connection between two of Clarksburg’s larger parks as well as the community’s core commercial area. Without this connection, pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers have to go around the area, a 1.5 kilometer trip through residential roads.
The Black Bridge is also an important transportation route for the local agricultural industry allowing them to move equipment and ship produce. Although not used heavily as a truck route, load restrictions have resulted in logistical challenges for the community’s agricultural industry and impacts Town services such as snow removal as well.

The restoration of the 95-year-old Black Bridge will preserve this important community connection and reduce the impact of Clarksburg’s increasing traffic volumes.

Safety was a key concern when planning the bridge’s rehabilitation. The existing concrete guide rails did not meet the current crash test requirements and were not considered strong enough to stop a car from crashing through the rails and entering the river below. The rehabilitative works included the installation of two types of metal guide rails and crash rated guide rails that resemble the current concrete railings. Adjacent to the walkway, a different, non-climbable guide rail section was installed; again, in keeping with the Bridge’s historical characteristics.

The Town of The Blue Mountains invested in Black Bridge to create a sustainable solution for a key, but deteriorating, transportation link. In doing so, the iconic Black Bridge will continue to connect residents and businesses in the community for the next 30 years.

Key Dates:

1923: Built
1991: Dedicated as Heritage structure; refurbished by the Town
2015: Load restrictions were placed on the bridge
2017: The desk and approaches to the bridge are rehabilitated

Quotes:

Jim McCannell, Manager of Roads and Drainage shared that, “The Black Bridge is single lane concrete bowstring, or `rainbow', arch bridge. It’s overall span of 25.3m, tall arches and overhead bracing are not typically seen in this style of bridge; making it unusual and, therefore, of historical and architectural significance. The Town was pleased that we were able to put our Gas Tax funding to this use and preserve this critical infrastructure link in Clarksburg.”

Mayor John McKean, said of the project, “We pride ourselves on being a Town that is ‘built to last’. The Black Bridge is an essential link for the Clarksburg community and an important agricultural route, and we were very pleased to be able to refurbish, rather than have to replace, the Black Bridge.”

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For more information and media inquiries contact:


Communications and Economic Development Coordinator

Town of The Blue Mountains
519-599-3131 ext 282

For technical information about the project contact:

Manager of Roads and Drainage
Town of The Blue Mountains
519-599-3131 ext 271

Georgian Trail is Being Resurfaced from Christie Beach Road to the Lora Bay Area June 19 & 20, 2018

Please be advised that the Georgian Trail is being resurfaced from Christie Beach Road to the Lora Bay Area on June 19 and June 20, 2018. 

Local residents have asked us to post information about where to call to report an animal in distress. We want to remind you that dogs should not be left in cars, even for a few minutes, on a warm day.

Where to Report Dogs Left in Cars During Heat Events

This question is very common at this time of year particularly but is also important to remember during cold temperatures. There is a Provincial Law (Here is the link to the law: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90o36#BK34) in place, and it would be enforced by the Police (local toll-free 1-888-310-1122) or SPCA.

The nearest SPCA is in Barrie (705) 728-7311, but the Georgian Triangle Humane Society may be helpful in these situations (705) 445-5204. Although there is no related specific Town of the Blue Mountains By-law, our By-law officer has responded to calls about Animals in Distress as well. By-law can be reached at (519) 599-3131 ext 256.

Many people ask the question about whether or not they can break a vehicle window to rescue an animal if left in a car.  Here is the answer from the Ontario SPCA https://ontariospca.ca/blog/5-commonly-asked-questions/

We have a growing community experiencing skilled labour shortages and is dependent on the attraction and attention of newcomers. But how do we work together to ensure we’re a welcoming community? This session is intended for employers, service providers and local community members.

Diversity Training - Building Cultural Awareness June 27  - 9 am to noon
June 27, 2018

9:00am to 12:00pm

Town of the Blue Mountains Council Chamber – 32 Mill St. Thornbury, ON

Light refreshments provided RSVP at the link below.

We have a growing community experiencing skilled labour shortages and is dependent on the attraction and attention of newcomers. But how do we work together to ensure we’re a welcoming community?

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the challenges newcomers face when settling in a new environment of a rural community
  • Highlight the benefits of having cultural diversity within the community and workplace
  • Build awareness of basic fundamentals in intercultural competency
  • Enhance community connections

This session is delivered in partnership with the Town of the Blue Mountains and intended for employers, service providers and local community members.

Contact: Jacinda Rudolph
Phone: 519-372-0219 ext. 1270

https://diversitytrainingtownofthebluemountains.eventbrite.ca

Head injuries are a leading cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. Even seemingly minor head injuries may cause permanent brain damage. A properly fitted and correctly worn bike helmet can cut the risk of serious head injury by up to 80 per cent (Parachute Canada)

OPP Supports Helmet/Bike Safety Campaigns in Local Elementary Schools

(Collingwood and The Blue Mountains, ON) The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) partnered recently with the Simcoe/Muskoka District Health Unit, Kamikaze Bikes and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to support the helmet/bike safety campaigns within area elementary schools. 

Youths were instructed on Bicycle Safety Rules, Hand Signals, Helmet Safety and the importance of a properly fitting and safe bicycle. Kamikaze Bikes inspected the bicycles before the youths' were presented with an opportunity to try a skills testing course set-up outside the school. An important component of this school campaign is to also identify children in need of a new properly fitting helmet which were assessed during the school event. 

Head injuries are a leading cause of serious injury and death to kids on bicycles. Even seemingly minor head injuries may cause permanent brain damage. A properly fitted and correctly worn bike helmet can cut the risk of serious head injury by up to 80 per cent (Parachute Canada)

Contact: PC Martin Hachey

Phone: (705) 445-4321

http://www.opp.ca

Hosted at Copper Blues Bar and Grill, co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Village Association All Welcome!  Come to the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce "After Six" event held at and hosted by Copper Blues Bar and Grill next Wedneday, June 20th at 6pm.  The event will be co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Village Association.

Come to the Chamber's "After 6": Wednesday June 20th 

Hosted at Copper Blues Bar and Grill, co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Village Association

All Welcome!  Come to the Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce "After Six" event held at and hosted by Copper Blues Bar and Grill next Wedneday, June 20th at 6pm.  The event will be co-hosted by the Blue Mountain Village Association.


Join us for networking, make new business connections and talk with Chamber leaders about important economic growth issues like infrastructure investment, solving the labour shortage, preparing for this year’s municipal election and more!

RSVP: info@bluemountainschamber.ca
When: Wednesday June 20th
Time:  After 6pm - of course!
Where: Copper Blues Bar and Grill, 156 Jozo Weider Blvd, The Blue Mountains, ON L9Y 0V2

http://www.bluemountainschamber.ca

The Grey Bruce Roots of Empathy program celebrated a dozen one-year-olds for their part in teaching some very important life lessons to nearly 400 students from across Grey Bruce over the past school year.

World's Youngest Teachers Honoured

Participating with their parents in the Roots of Empathy program, these babies, dubbed ‘tiny teachers’, helped children from Kindergarten to Grade 8 in thirteen schools across Grey Bruce learn about expressing feelings, respect, inclusion, infant development and safety and the power of a loving bond between parent and child. A total of seventeen infants and their parents took part in the pilot program.

At the heart of the Roots of Empathy program is a neighbourhood infant and parent, who visit the classroom with a certified instructor nine times over the school year. Using a specialized curriculum, the instructor coaches the students to observe the baby’s development, celebrate milestones, interact with the baby and learn about an infant’s needs and unique temperament. The Roots of Empathy program reduces levels of aggression and bullying among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

Catherine Talbot, International Liaison for Roots of Empathy acknowledged the efforts made by families, instructors and schools to make the program such a success.

The Baby Celebration also recognized the many people who contribute to the local success of Roots of Empathy including Bluewater District, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, and Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Boards as well as community partners Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services and Kids & Us.

 

To learn more about Roots of Empathy, please visit www.rootsofempathy.org

For More Information:

Amanda McManaman

Roots of Empathy, Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1293

A.Mcmanaman@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Stage 1 - Water Use Restrictions are implemented from June 1 to September 1, 2018.

Residents may water between the hours of 7:00am and 9:00am and 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
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 

All residents of the Town of The Blue Mountains who are supplied with Municipal water, please be advised that the annual flushing of fire hydrants and watermains 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
 

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.

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