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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


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

It is with great excitement and a huge amount of pride that Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) announces their recent accreditation with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO).

Hospice Georgian Triangle in Collingwood achieves HPCO Accreditation

COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO – June 5, 2018 – It is with great excitement and a huge amount of pride that Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT) announces their recent accreditation with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO).

HPCO Accreditation is an independent certification program dedicated to improving the quality of care for palliative individuals, their caregivers and the bereaved. Any hospice organization achieving this accreditation has undergone a detailed assessment, including multi?day on-site audits to ensure their organization has strong governance, operational, service delivery, fundraising and quality improvement processes in place. HPCO Accreditation gives assurance to individuals and families receiving care, partners, donors, funders and volunteers that HGT is in compliance with industry standards and has been accredited based on a rigorous review of operations and performance by industry peers.

Kelly Borg, Executive Director and accreditation lead, explains "this has been a significant undertaking for our organization, more so because we voluntarily undertook accreditation for our residential hospice, Campbell House, and our community program, Lighthouse Integrated Care, simultaneously. We wanted to reinforce the highest quality of care, compassion and innovation that our organization is known for with hard evidence that we work to recognized standards and best practices for hospice palliative care. In this respect, it was important for us to receive professional peer validation. We want our patients and their families to have peace of mind about their care, before they even walk through our doors.”

“It is because of the dedication and sheer hard work of our highly skilled and compassionate staff and volunteers that this achievement has been possible. I would like to thank HGT’s Accreditation Team who worked tirelessly over a two year period to pull together the policies, supporting documentation and descriptions of our processes in order to submit over 300 pieces of evidence for review by the accreditors. I would also like to thank our volunteers who have stayed the course through considerable change, and who have undertaken extensive training to ensure that, like our staff, they fully understand their scope of practice and the legislative and legal requirements that bind us. I am extremely proud of our entire team and I look forward to taking the next steps with them on our continuous quality improvement journey.”

On behalf of HPCO, Annalise Stenekes, Manager of Hospice Services shares “the HPCO accreditation process allows a hospice to be recognized for its compliance to provincial standards governing how the organization should operate.  Hospice Georgian Triangle has been awarded HPCO accreditation in recognition of its high-quality hospice services.  Congratulations on this major accomplishment!”

For more information regarding HGT’s accreditation, please contact Kelly Borg, Executive Director of Hospice Georgian Triangle at 705-444-2555, extension 7520.


About Hospice Georgian Triangle: Hospice Georgian Triangle (HGT), a registered charity, provides trained volunteer and professional care and support to individuals living with life-limiting illness or in their last stages of living, to their families and to the bereaved. The staff and volunteers at Hospice Georgian Triangle provide this exceptional care within the Campbell House residence and in private homes and communities across the South Georgian Bay region through our Lighthouse Integrated Care team.

About HPCO: Hospice Palliative Care Ontario (HPCO) is a provincial association which provides leadership on behalf of its members by informing policy and promoting awareness, education, knowledge transfer and best practices in the pursuit of quality hospice palliative care in Ontario. Our members include nurses, social workers, case managers, palliative care specialists, family physicians, therapists, palliative care educators, hospices, long-term care homes, palliative care programs and hospitals. HPCO envisions a future where every person and family in the province of Ontario can quickly and easily access the finest standard of hospice palliative care when required.

Attached photo: Courtesy of Dave West Photography

Caption for photo: Staff and Volunteers of Hospice Georgian Triangle gather outside of Campbell House in Collingwood to celebrate their successful accreditation with Hospice Palliative Care Ontario.

Media Contact:

Janet Fairbridge

Hospice Georgian Triangle

Donor Relations Coordinator

705-444-2555 ext. 7521

Ms. Gaudet will receive her award from Council on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the regular Committee of the Whole meeting at Town Hall.
On June 4, 2018, Town of The Blue Mountains Council will honour Joan Gaudet as Town of The Blue Mountains, Senior of the Year for 2018. This award is part of a Provincial program that gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one outstanding local senior, who after the age of 65 has enriched the social, cultural or civic life of his or her community.

Ms. Gaudet will receive her award from Council on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the regular Committee of the Whole meeting at Town Hall.

Ms. Gaudet moved to Thornbury, in Town of The Blue Mountains, 12 years ago after a somewhat nomadic life, moving a total of 29 times. Since her arrival in Town, her presence in our community and her commitment to the causes important to her, have earned her this recognition.

Ms. Gaudet is an active volunteer in our community, and an enthusiastic and committed member of any organization she works with. While working with the Lions, she coordinated the collection of thousands of used eyeglasses over the past few years, including over 2,500 pairs she collected personally. She also collects and crushes thousands of pop cans yearly and holds home BBQ benefit events for needy individuals or groups. She is now actively recruiting for members, and selling Lions Duck race tickets!

Ms. Gaudet is also very active with the BVO. Joan starts each morning at the crack of dawn, cleaning out the drop off bins at the Treasure Shop. The bins fill constantly and Joan makes sure to check in through the day to empty them.

Ms. Gaudet has also prepared food for more events than anyone can recall, including food for the schoolchildren during their EQAO exams. She is an active and reliable volunteer for the Marsh St. Centre, and can often be seen around Town posting flyers for the Marsh St. Centre, as well as many other organizations.

Ms. Gaudet also works at the library where she is often seen watering plants and helping out where needed. Ms. Gaudet shares her time with individuals and organizations alike. Her friendly smile and willing heart have earned her the gratitude of many in our community.

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