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COVID-19 Update

Posted On: Monday, March 16, 2020

A dedicated webpage regarding COVID-19 has been created for the Town of The Blue Mountains. To view the webpage, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority is looking for Conservation Champions! Do you know a person or organization working to improve the local environment?

NVCA seeks 2018 Conservation Champions

Utopia, Ontario (Feb 8, 2018) – Do you know a person or organization working to improve our local environment? Nominate them for a Conservation Champion Award!

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) is seeking nominations for the 2018 Conservation Champion Awards. These awards recognize environmental champions for their contribution to the health of the Nottawasaga Valley watershed.

Conservation Champions can be individuals, community groups, municipalities or businesses who have contributed to an environmental project in the Nottawasaga Valley watershed. The watershed covers a large part of Simcoe County and portions of Dufferin and Grey.

There is also a Young Conservation Champion category open to individuals age 19 or under.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, on-farm stewardship projects; stream and wetland habitat restoration; tree planting; volunteering in support of the environment; outdoor education; land donations and easements; financial contributions in support of environmental projects; and implementing environmental plans and policies.

NVCA will present the awards at the annual Evening of Thanks event on April 17, 2018.

To nominate a Conservation Champion, visit nvca.on.ca or call 705-424-1479. Nominations must be received by Monday, March 19, 2018.

About the NVCA: The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority 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 x254, hkepran@nvca.on.ca

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority
8195 8th Line, Utopia, ON L0M 1T0
T 705-424-1479 ext.254?F 705-424-2115
hkepran@nvca.on.ca

http://www.nvca.on.ca

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.

Do you need funds to help get seniors involved in activities in your community? The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) for community-based projects may have the funding you need!

New Horizons for Seniors Funding Extended to June 22, 2018!

The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) supports projects that are designed by and for seniors. It is designed to help seniors improve the quality of life in their communities by participating in social activities and leading active lives. Eligible applicants may receive up to $25,000 in the form of a grant under the Community-based Projects Component and up to $5,000 in the form of a grant under the Small grants Initiative Pilot.

Projects must address one or more of the Programs Five Objectives:

  • promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
  • engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
  • expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
  • supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and;
  • providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and programs for seniors.

NEW – National Level Priorities

The Department also has introduced the following three national-level priorities inspired by the desire to solicit applications designed by seniors, for seniors:

  1. Projects that would benefit vulnerable seniors populations;
  2. Projects focusing on the diversity of Canada’s seniors; and,
  3. Projects that would use volunteerism to increase an organization’s capacity.

NEW PILOT – Small grants Initiative

This year, NHSP is testing new ways to expand support to seniors organizations that have projects for their vulnerable population including those that have not received funding in the last five years (since 2012-2013 Call for proposals). These organizations can apply for the small grants up to $5,000 per project or for the Community-based funding of up to $25,000 (but not for both). In the context of Small grants Initiative, priority will be given to projects for seniors and meet at least one of the three national priorities.

Under the Small grants Initiative, three sub-streams are proposed:

  1. IT equipment upgrade: to purchase computers or tablets;
  2. Capital assets for current or new activities; and,
  3. Projects that increase volunteerism, mentoring, and social inclusion.

Details about the Program, including the Standard Grant Application for Funding and the NHSP Applicant Guide are available on the Web site: NHSP. For more information, you can also call 1-800-277-9914 and select “0” (TTY: 1-800- 255-4786).

Online course opportunity through the Association of Municipalities Ontario for prospective candidates who wish to run in the 2018 Municipal Election!

The Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) is offering prospective candidates who wish to run in the 2018 Municipal Election an online course navigating various items including:

  • What does it take to run for Council?
  • What should I know before I run?
  • The media and me.
  • What are the powers and influence of municipal government?
  • What rules, regulations and laws govern my actions as an elected official?

The course is offered online, and at an individualized pace, and costs $75.00 including HST.

Interested individuals may register through the Municipal Education Website.

'So You Want to Run for Council' Information Brochure

Golf Course will be closed for maintenance on June 11 and 12, 2018

The Tomahawk Golf Course will be closed for maintenance on June 11 and June 12, 2018 in order for Staff to perform maintenance.  We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the public's patience while the maintenance is being performed.

For more information, please contact BVCC Staff at 519-599-3131 ext.350 or visit our Tomahawk Golf Course page.

May 30, 2018 Town Clerk Now Accepting Applications for Vacant Council Seat

(Town of The Blue Mountains) Applications are now being received for the vacant Council position. Town Clerk, Corrina Giles, will accept applications from any person who, by 4:00 p.m. June 5, 2018, has submitted nomination papers for the 2018 Municipal Election. Those interested in filling the vacant seat through the end of the current Council term (2014 to 2018), must be standing for election as Councillor in the 2018 Municipal Election in The Blue Mountains.

The process chosen at the May 28, 2018 Council Meeting is to select by lot from the interested and qualifying applicants. At the June 18, 2018 Council Meeting, the Town Clerk will choose the successful candidate by draw. All qualifying names will be put into a container, and the Clerk will choose one name from those submitted. The successful candidate will be announced at the June 18th Council Meeting, and sworn in at a subsequent Council Meeting.

For Information About Applying for the Vacant Seat Contact:
Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
1-888-258-6867
townclerk@thebluemountains.ca

For Media Inquiries Contact:
Elizabeth Cornish
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
1-888-258-6867
economicdevelopment@thebluemountains.ca

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.

Please be advised that the Town of The Blue Mountains has launched a new website on Tuesday June 5, 2018. The Town’s website address is the same: www.thebluemountains.ca.

E-Newsletters

The Town will still offer e-newsletters, however, you will need to re-subscribe on the new website.  To re-subscribe, please visit the following link  www.thebluemountains.ca/subscribe-for-updates.cfm.

The new website will offer users an option of eight e-newsletter category options.  Some of the options (like the weekly recap) will send subscribers one email per week.  Other categories (like municipal updates) will send subscribers one email per update when the update is posted. 

When you re-subscribe you will receive an email from the Town that will require you to activate your account.  If you do not activate your account, you will not receive the e-newsletters you have subscribed to.

If you have any issues with subscribing or have questions about the various subscription options, please contact the Website Committee or call 519-599-3131 ext. 254.

Council Meeting Live Stream

The Town’s Council Meeting Live Stream will still be available from the Town’s new website.  To access the Live Stream, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/council-meeting-live-stream.cfm.   

Community Events Calendar

The new website will offer users the ability to post Community Events on the Community Events Calendar.  To add your community event, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/add-community-event.cfm.

Business Directory

The new website offers businesses within The Blue Mountains the ability to post their business listings on the Town’s Business Directory.  To add your business, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/add-your-business.cfm. All businesses currently registered will need to repost their business information to the new website.

Community Groups and Public Services Directory

The new website offers local groups and public services the ability to post their listings on the Town’s Community Groups and Public Services Directory.  To add your listing, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/add-your-community-service.cfm.

For more detailed instructions, please see the attached pdf.

Candidate and Third Party Advertiser Information Session June 21, 2018 at the Flesherton Kinplex

A Candidate and Third Party Advertiser Information Session is being held at the Flesherton Kinplex Thursday, June 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The information session is free and open to anyone considering running in the 2018 Municipal or School Board Election, or registering as a Third Party Advertiser.

To register for the information session go to www.Eventbrite.com and click on "2018 Municipal Election Candidate Information Session".

For more information please review the Event Brochure

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.

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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.  www.hospicegeorgiantriangle.com

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

fairbridgej@hospicegeorgiantriangle.com

705-444-2555 ext. 7521

Request for Letters of Support, Corporate Sponsorship and Members

Dear Community Member 

The Blue Mountains Curling Centre is a not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to bring back and encourage the growth of the great Canadian sport of curling within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

To do this we are seeking to use some of the available ice time within our municipal arena for regular curling and events, spectatorship and general participation. Our intention is to provide an inclusive community environment for all. This includes our local student and youth population, people with special needs, the general public and, from time to time, events that act as an economic driver within our community.

With our Easter event we launched our membership drive, and have already recruited over 80 members who have shown an interest in curling next year.  We are currently putting together our business plan.

We need to make a commitment to go ahead to the Town by June 1st in order to secure the two days of ice we need.

We are asking you for your help to make this happen.

You can help us by:

  1. Sending us a letter of support, which we can use in our presentation to the Town;
  2. Becoming a corporate sponsor (We are only asking for expressions of interest at this time. We will only ask you to confirm your commitment, and level of involvement, once we have secured the ice time from the Town.)
  3. Becoming a founding member (We are only asking for expressions of interest at this time. We will only ask you to confirm your commitment once we have secured the ice time from the Town.)

If you want to help us make this happen, please take the time to respond to this e-mail with a brief reply indicating how you are prepared to help, and indicating your name, and if applicable,  the name of your business and organisation.

Please respond by email to our secretary Julia Atkinson at julia@thornburylearningcentre.com.

In appreciation of your time and support,

- The Blue Mountains Curling Centre  

The Georgian Trail will be sprayed for poison ivy control between June 18 and June 22, 2018.

Joan Gaudet was named Senior of the Year 2018 at the June 4th Committee of the Whole Meeting. Read the Deputy Mayor's speech highlighting Joan's achievements.

Joan Gaudet Named Senior of the Year 2018

Tonight we are here to honour Senior of the Year for 2018, Joan Gaudet. This award is part of a Provincial program that allows 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.

To be considered for the award, the nominee must have made their community a better place to live. Since Joan arrived in Thornbury 12 years ago, more than one person has said, “I don’t know what we would do without her.”

While the award is for the work Joan has done since she arrived in The Blue Mountains, it is hard to talk about that without giving a little background on Joan’s beginnings as a volunteer.

Joan started volunteering at the bright young age of 10 when she began setting up and washing dishes for banquets at the YMCA. Born into a close-knit, hard-working community in Midland, she recalls being the richest child in the area, despite having no plumbing, heat or hydro. However, she was part of a community that valued respect, consideration and had incredible community spirit. Joan has maintained that desire to make a difference in the many communities she has lived in, volunteering in one way or another for over 70 years.

In reading about Joan’s volunteer experiences over the years, the words that consistently come up are “reliable”, “a force”, “commitment”, “energy”, and “enthusiasm.” One person wrote, “I am truly in awe not only of her commitment to the community but of her energy and enthusiasm in everything that she does. She is truly a role model for all of us and a great example of why we all need to get involved.”

Joan is 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 has personally collected. She also collects and crushes thousands of pop cans yearly and holds home BBQ benefit events for needy individuals or groups. 

Joan has a great sense of fun, running about Town on her scooter while putting up posters for causes and events. Anyone who has been to her home can see that a creative and fun loving person must live there. From the immaculate gardens and art to her entryway where signs saying things like, “What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it’s all about” line the walls of her deck. And it’s worth phoning her just to hear the poem that greets those who call when she is not home.

Joan is never one to shy away from anything that is asked of her. She starts each morning at the crack of dawn, cleaning out the drop off bins at the BVO Treasure Shop. The bins fill constantly and we’re told that Joan makes sure to check in throughout the day to empty them, if needed.

Joan has also prepared delicious 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 waters the plants at the library. In other words, she is everywhere.

Another attribute people have mentioned is Joan’s affinity for people of all ages. Her circle of friends ranges from children, to her own peers. She takes a special interest in people who need a friend, an advocate, or a shoulder to lean on. As one of them said, “In all these relationships she is accepting and never judging. The community is definitely a richer place because Joan is an active member.”

One thing you may not know about Joan is that she was born Margaret Joan McClung. She credits her great-great aunt Nellie McClung, the famous Canadian feminist, politician, author and social activist with inspiring her desire to fight for what is right. She believes her life of volunteerism has brought immeasurable rewards, and works to encourage parents and grandparents to get their children and grandchildren involved in volunteering.

Joan’s volunteerism has taken her as far as Mexico, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras, but I think that I speak for all of us when I say we are glad that Joan has chosen to settle down here.

Joan’s friendly smile and willing heart have earned her the gratitude of so many in our community. I would like you all to join with me in recognizing Joan and her countless contributions to the Town of The Blue Mountains.

 

 

Thornbury Area - Alfred Street West and Victoria Street South

Temporary Road Closures - Thornbury Area

Please be advised that there will be temporary road closures in the Thornbury Area affecting residents on Alfred Street West and Victoria Street South.  These service disruptions are scheduled to take place on:

  • Thursday June 14, 2018 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • Saturday June 16, 2018 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 5:00 p.m

Although closures will be in place, access to private properties are available via surrounding streets in the area.  

These road closures will be in place to accommodate The Blue Mountains Gran Fondo cycling event.  For more information about this event, including route information, please visit The Blue Mountains Gran Fondo website.  

https://thebluemountainsgranfondo.com/

The Town of The Blue Mountains is installing new sidewalks from June 14th to July 5th.

Sidewalk Installation - June 14 to July 5

These sidewalks will make it safer and easier to walk to the services you need by connecting you to the existing sidewalk network. 

New sidewalks will be installed on portions of the following streets:
- Alfred Street
- Bruce Street
- Louisa Street
- Harbour Street
- Elgin Street

The map included provides more detail on the installation location. 

If your driveway is going to be affected, you will receive a notice. During this time, should you be unable to use your driveway, on-street parking will be permitted. Our goal is to make this project as low impact to residents as possible, and we appreciate your patience. 

The firm contracted to do the work is: 
Onsite Contracting Inc

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact: 
Cameron Wilson
(519) 599-6714

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

Just a quick reminder that there's still time to sign up for the Annual RTO7 Info Session, being held on Thursday, June 21st at the Golf Club at Lora Bay. We've changed up the format with a guest speaker and a panel of your peers presenting and discussing tourism topics relevant to you. To sign up and for more info, please read below. Hope you're able to be there!

Last Chance to Sign Up and Join Us at Our Annual RTO7 Wrap Up Session June 21

When:             Thursday, June 21, 2018

Time:               1 pm to 4 pm

Where:            The Golf Club at Lora Bay, 109 East Ridge Drive, Thornbury

                        (Large meeting room in lower level)
 
Agenda:
1:00 pm                       Welcome from RTO7 President

1:05 pm to 2:05 pm    The Sharing/Collaborative Economy, Michael Agema

What is it and how has it impacted the tourism industry? What will be the 
next set of “assets” to be shared regionally or globally? There is rapidly growing interest in the nature and impacts of the sharing economy amongst entrepreneurs, innovators, incumbent businesses, policy-makers and researchers alike. This conversation will clarify some definitions and insights into this new economy and what lies ahead in this still unchartered territory.
 
2:05 pm to 3:05 pm    Partnering with RTO7 (Panel format) 
Find out how RTO7’s Programs can work for you.  Hear from your peers to learn how partnerships with RTO7 have helped them to grow tourism.  

Panel members:
Johanna Griggs (Economic Development Officer, Wasaga Beach)

  • Roxane Davidson (General Manager/Festival Coordinator, Georgian Bay Folk Society)
  • Paulette Peirol (Tourism Marketing Coordinator, The City of Owen Sound)
  • Louise Jackson (Marketing & Events Manager, Hardwood Ski and Bike)
  • Candice Moreau (Coordinator, Marketing and Media Relations, Huronia Historic Parks)

3:05 pm to 3:20 pm    Nutrition Break
3:20 pm to 3:50 pm    Wrap up of 2017/18
3:50 pm                       Introduction of the Board of Directors
4:00 pm                       Adjournment
 
Reserve your spot now by visiting RTO7.ca to register.
 

A STOP workshop will be held in Owen Sound on Monday, June 25. For more information, to see if you are eligible to participate, and to register for the workshop call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456 ext. 2231.

STOP Program: Support for Ontario smokers who wish to quit on June 25th in Owen Sound

For many smokers, the cost of nicotine replacement products can be a barrier to quitting. The STOP (Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients) Program workshop offers eligible participants in Grey and Bruce Counties five weeks of cost-free nicotine replacement therapy and smoking cessation information to help them in their quit attempt.

Nicotine replacement therapy has been shown to effectively help people quit smoking by easing withdrawal symptoms. Workshop participants also receive educational material with quit smoking and relapse prevention strategies, along with information to address other unhealthy lifestyle factors that are known to accompany smoking.

A STOP workshop will be held in Owen Sound on Monday, June 25. For more information, to see if you are eligible to participate, and to register for the workshop call the Grey Bruce Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456 ext. 2231. The Grey Bruce Health Unit is partnering with the STOP Program to offer this local workshop. The STOP Program is led by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care as part of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. CAMH is Canada’s leading addiction and mental health teaching hospital. Integrating clinical care, scientific research, education, policy development and health promotion, CAMH transforms the lives of people impacted by mental health and addiction issues.

For More Information:
Beth Karrow
Public Health Nurse
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-345 ext. 2231
b.karrow@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

Marking the Passing of Past Town Employee Albert Townsend

Please be advised that the flags at Town Hall and the Parks Operations Centre are lowered to half mast until Tuesday June 19, 2018 to mark the passing of Albert Townsend, a former Town employee and valued member of our community.

Join us for the Bridge Opening, and then stay to watch the duck release into the Beaver River. Will your duck win?

Join us on June 23rd at 1:30 pm for the Official Opening of the Black Bridge in Clarksburg!

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/

The Tomahawk Golf Course will be Closed on June 30, 2018 in Order for Staff and Contractors to Prepare the Site for the Canada Day Fireworks Show

The Canada Day Eve Party and Fireworks show is taking place on June 30, 2018.  The event begins at the Beaver Valley Community Centre at 4:00 p.m. and the fireworks show will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. at the Tomahawk Golf Course.

For more information about this event, please visit our Canada Day Celebrations page.

Properly preparing the site and setting up the fireworks takes a great deal of time and must be conducted safely.  Please refrain from using the Tomahawk Golf Course on June 30, 2018 so that this work can be completed.

We apologize for the inconvenience this closure causes our many valued golfers and we appreciate your cooperation.    

NEWSFLASH In the meeting Wednesday evening, 100+ Women Who Care South Georgian Triangle selected Events for Life Centre. We expect to raise more than $18,000 as a result.

For those who were unable to attend in person please make your donation online.

There were three excellent presentations given by 3 of our members:  
•    Events for Life Centre - Catherine Butler
•    Habitat for Humanity - Cora O'Connor
•    Eat, Play, Thrive - Hania Krajewski

To learn more about how you can get involved with 100 women who care, visit us at:

https://www.100womensouthgeorgiantriangle.com/

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.

Thornbury Area (Bruce Street South & Hester Street Parking Lot) & Clarksburg Area (Marsh Street)

Please be advised that there will be temporary road closures in the Thornbury and Clarksburg Areas affecting residents on Marsh Street and Bruce Street South. These service disruptions are scheduled to take place on:

  • Sunday July 1, 2018 between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Marsh Street (at the intersection of Clark Street) will be the start location of the Canada Day Parade
  • Bruce Street South (at the intersection of King Street West) will be the end location of the Canada Day Parade
  • Bruce Street South (between Louisa Street and Hwy 26) will remain closed until 4:00 p.m.
  • Hester Street Parking Lot will be closed during the Canada Day Celebrations 

These road closures will be in place to accommodate The Blue Mountains Canada Day Celebrations. For more information about this event, please visit our Canada Day page. 

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:

  • Saturday June 30, 2018 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

This road closure will be in place to accommodate the Canada Day Eve Party at the Beaver Valley Community Centre.

For more information about this event, please visit our Canada Day page. 

A Special Meeting of Council is scheduled June 29, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Town Hall, Council Chambers

Link to the Meeting Agenda

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.

Extreme Weather Forecast Could Lead to Canada Day Celebration Cancellations

Please be advised that if we experience the extreme weather that is currently being forecast in our area on Canada Day, the Canada Day Parade, Beaver Crawl Triathlon and some of the Canada Day Activities will be canceled.  Lightning and/or temperatures of 33oC before applying the humidex will be cause for event cancellation.

A Notice will be posted on the Town's website and send to all newsletter subscribers if a cancellation is issued.   

Grey Bruce Public Health Unit issues Media Release regarding Overdose Alert

Media Release: Overdose Alert, June 29, 2018

June 29 2018

Overdose Alert

The Grey Bruce Health Unit urges people to use caution when using all drugs. People who use drugs can reduce overdose risk by not using alone; not using at the same time as others to ensure someone is available to respond; have naloxone on hand; start with using a small amount and understand that overdose is a medical emergency.

People who use drugs, as well as their friends and family, are encouraged to access Naloxone and opioid overdose training. “Naloxone works to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose caused by drugs such as fentanyl, heroin, oxycodone or morphine” explains Laurie Moore, Registered Practical Nurse at the Grey Bruce Health Unit. “Overdose is a medical emergency, so if someone overdoses it is important to call 911”.

Naloxone can be used to temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Be prepared and pick up a free naloxone kit. Naloxone is available at the Grey Bruce Health Unit, no appointment necessary Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It is also available from some local pharmacies. Find out more at www.ontario.ca/Overdose.

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 1 metre for a portion of the day. 

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:
 
Town Clerk
Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232
1-888-258-6867
 
For Media Inquiries Contact:
 
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

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). 

July 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CAMPERDOWN TEA & HISTORY

Saturday July 28th from 1 to 3pm step back in time at the Craigleith Heritage Depot and discover Camperdown's history, from its farming heritage to its mineral spa and resorts. Have tea and a chat with author Mabel (Reekie) Almond as she shares her deep knowledge of the area. Share your own photos and memories of Camperdown, as museum staff are on hand to preserve your memories for future generations.

Located at the foot of the Niagara Escarpment and reaching out to the bay, Camperdown stretches from Georgian Peaks to Grey Road 2.  The first to settle here were John and Agnes Reekie.  John’s brother George Reekie was the first mail carrier who is credited with naming the area Camperdown. 

Throughout the 19th century Camperdown grew with more families joining to farm along the base of the escarpment.  Hotels and a mineral spa developed here for summer travellers looking to take the waters and enjoy the summer resort setting.  Other small business owners also established themselves in this rural community. The railway came in 1872 bringing tourists seeking a summer holiday and access to new markets for local farmers and businesses.

Maps, books and images of the area will be on display for you to discover the unique history of this beautiful area.  If you ever wanted to know more about the Camperdown area and its families, or have stories and photographs of your own to share, why not drop in this afternoon for a little tea and a lot of history at the Craigleith Heritage Depot.  We are interested in knowing even current information about this interesting community.

Craigleith Heritage Depot
113 Lakeshore Road East, The Blue Mountains                   Phone: 519-599-3681 ext. 3
Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca                                       Website:www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca

News Release contact: The Blue Mountains Public Library            phone: 519-599-3681 ext. 3

Email: depot@thebluemountains.ca       website:www.thebluemountainslibrary.ca

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 agenda for the July 9, 2018 Council Meeting has been revised to include Item I4 - By-law to amend Township of Collingwood Zoning By-law (Parkbridge-Craigleith).

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

Crestview Court & Scandinave Spa Water Service Interruption July 11, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please be aware that the Town of Collingwood will be performing work on the Town’s Water Distribution System in the Crestview Court And Scandinave Spa area.

Your Water Service will be shut off for durations on:

Wednesday, July 11th

From 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

For more information contact the Manager of Water and Wastewater Services at managerwww@thebluemountains.ca.  

 

Media Release: Public Assistance Request re Dog Bite

July 9, 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 Meaford.

On Friday, July 6, 2018, at approximately 12:00 noon, a man was bitten by a large black male dog of unknown mixed breed. The dog was tied to a pole outside the Rexall Pharmacy, 54 North Sykes Street, Meaford. The dog was wearing a collar and leash.

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

Swiss Meadows Notice of Water Service Interruptions July 12, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This is a notification to the residents of Swiss Meadows that the Town of The Blue Mountains Water Section will be performing work on the Town’s Water Distribution System in your area. This work is necessary to repair a water leak.

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

Thursday, July 12, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

In the event additional work is required, you may experience water service interruption on July 17, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. as well.

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

For more information contact:
Thornbury Water Treatment Plant
519-599-5287

Email Water Staff

Grey County Tourism & Blue Mountain Village Foundation Unveil Don Braden Memorial Auction

Grey County Tourism, in association with the Blue Mountain Village Foundation, is proud to launch an online auction in memory of Don Braden, former President of the Blue Mountain Village Association and chair of the Grey County Tourism Advisory Committee, who passed away in 2015.
 
The online auction features a first class journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer valued at $4,900 and includes two ‘GoldLeaf Service’ tickets for the two-day train expedition, spacious seating and personalized service, one night`s accommodation in Kamloops and gourmet breakfast and lunches in the dining car.  Auction bids start today and can be made until August 3 at www.bluemountainvillage.ca/foundation/rocky.

This incredible Rocky Mountaineer package was recently won by Grey County in a membership prize draw through the Tourism Industry Association of Canada  (TIAC).  With support from the Grey County Tourism Advisory Committee, Grey County jumped at the opportunity to donate this prize to the Blue Mountain Village Foundation. Proceeds from the auction will be used to create a bursary or memorial donation to the Georgian Bay Community School in Meaford as a tribute to Don Braden.   

Those of us who knew and worked with Don remember him for his extraordinary passion, commitment and contributions to tourism and the economic development of The Blue Mountains, Grey County and Ontario’s tourism industry. Throughout his career Braden served on the Town of the Blue Mountains Integrated Sustainability Committee and the Transition Team for RTO7, was a dedicated chair of both the Georgian Bay Destination Development Partnership and the Grey County Tourism Advisory Committee, a respected director of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) and esteemed president of the Blue Mountain Foundation.

Auction bids will be accepted via email with starting bids at $1,500 with $50 bid increments.  The online auction closes on August 3rd at midnight and the winner will be notified by email.

Click here to place your bid now!

For more information, contact:

Grey County Tourism

Phone: 519-376-3365 ext. 6106
Toll Free: 1-877-733-4739
 
Blue Mountain Village Foundation
 
Phone: 705-444-7398

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

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is scheduled to undertake maintenance, inspection and repair work throughout the month of July 2018.

During the week of July 16 MNRF will be lowering the head pond to gain access to gate infrastructure. Lowering of the headpond will result in dewatering the fishway. It is anticipated the fishway will be dry for 1-2 days.

MNRF Dams have scheduled routine inspections and maintenance, as well as non-routine work. Should you have any questions, please contact Jason McLay, A/IRM Technical Specialist at 519-371-8466 or Jason.mclay2@ontario.ca.

Swiss Meadows Notice of Water Service Interruptions July 17, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This is a notification to the residents of Swiss Meadows that the Town of The Blue Mountains Water Section will be performing work on the Town’s Water Distribution System in your area. This work is necessary to repair a water leak.

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

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

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

For more information contact:
Thornbury Water Treatment Plant
519-599-5287

Email Water Staff

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

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Going swimming? If you can't see your feet waist deep, Stay Out!

#WaterQuality #YourChoice

Water Safety Information

For more information contact:

519-376-9420

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 

Beaver Valley Outreach, located in Thornbury, is seeking to fill a position for an Assistant in the Before & After School Kids Club

BVO is now accepting resumes for an Assistant in our Kids Club Before and After School Program. The successful applicant will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Assist with a variety of children’s activities including: inside & outside play, art, games, music, etc.
  • Interact with and support children in our program
  • Available for staff meetings, training and workshops
  • Assist in organization of space & activities

Experience:
Previous experience working with children is an asset
Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Enthusiastic, supportive, encouraging, resourceful and creative
  • Good organizational & communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Conditions of Employment:

  • Current Criminal Reference Check
  • First Aid Certificate required (BVO can coordinate)

Hours of Work:
Regular Part time (Monday to Friday – 2:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) throughout the school year, including PA days, with the possibility of working each morning.

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

Please contact Catherine at 519-599-2577 ext.122 if you require further information.

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

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

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 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

The Town of The Blue Mountains / Meaford Townline Road will be closed all day until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from Hwy 26 to the 4th Sideroad (Sideroad 33). 

Road Closure Notice on Tuesday July 24, 2018  - The Blue Mountains / Meaford Townline Road

The Town of The Blue Mountains / Meaford Townline Road will be closed all day until 4:00 pm on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, from Hwy 26 to the 4th Sideroad (Sideroad 33).  The Town of Meaford will be replacing a culvert. 

For more information please contact the Municipality of Meaford. 

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

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

A Special Meeting of Council has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.

For the meeting agenda and materials, please visit the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

For more information, please contact the Clerks' Office.

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

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Never swim alone! Every swimmer should always be supervised.

#SwimSmart 

Red Cross Summer Water Safety Tips

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Don't miss your chance to nominate an outstanding physician in your community for the 2019 Council Award

Monday, October 1, 2018 is the deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2019 Council Award. The Council Award honours outstanding Ontario physicians who have demonstrated excellence and embody society's vision of an "ideal physician".

The criteria for selecting a physician for the Council Award are outlined in the award brochure.

Four awards are presented each year, one in each of the following categories: Academic Specialty, Community Specialty, Academic Family Practice and Community Family Practice.

If you know of a physician who meets the selection criteria, please nominate him or her for the Council Award. The nomination deadline is Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. 

For further information, please contact the Communications Department at 416-967-2600 or 1-800-268-7096 ext. 611 or cpsoaward@cpso.on.ca

Meet one of the 2018 Council Award winners:
Dr. Sarah Reid

Dr. Sarah Reid, an Ottawa expert in pediatric emergency medicine, was presented with the College's Council Award at the June Council meeting in recognition of her work to ensure children across Canada receive evidence-based, high quality pediatric emergency care. 

Dr. Reid is a pediatrician in the emergency department at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). She is also the medical lead for CHEO's Emergency Department Outreach Program, and an assistant professor in pediatrics and emergency medicine at the University of Ottawa. 

It is well known that the majority of ill and injured children in Canada are treated not in tertiary care centres, but in community emergency departments where the physicians and nurses often have fewer resources and less experience and training in treating severely ill children. As the founding medical lead for the Outreach Program, Dr. Reid has been at the forefront of the creation and implementation of a program that provides outreach education to the 20 community hospitals within the Champlain and the South East LHINs to facilitate broad standardization of evidence-based care.

https://www.cpso.on.ca/

Culvert Rehabilitation will be taking place between August 28, 2018 and approximately August 30, 2018, on Grey Road 40 from Grey Road 7 east to Grey Road 13.

Please be advised that culvert rehabilitation will be taking place between August 28, 2018 and approximately August 30, 2018, on Grey Road 40 from Grey Road 7 east to Grey Road 13. Local and emergecny vehicle access will be maintained to the location of the culvert. 

For more information please contact:

Transportation Services Department
County of Grey, Owen Sound, ON
Tel: 519-376-0936, Ext. 1217 

Notification of Temporary Road Closure - Monday August 20, 2018 through Friday, August 31,2018.

Road Closure Notice - Birchview Trail at Arlberg Crescent

Date: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 8:30am through to Friday, August 31, 2018 at 4:00pm
Road: Birchview Trail at Arlberg Crescent. 
Closed For: Culvert Replacement 

For more information, please contact:

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

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.

Public information sessions about the voting process for the upcoming 2018 Municipal & School Board Elections in The Blue Mountains are coming soon

Want to find out more information about the voting process for the upcoming 2018 Municipal & School Board Elections in The Blue Mountains? Internet and Telephone Voting information sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday August 25, 2018 (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) at The Blue Mountains Public Library
  • Tuesday August 28, 2018 (7:00 p.m.) at the Town Hall - Council Chambers
  • Tuesday September 11, 2018 (7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) at The Blue Mountains Public Library

For more information, please contact the Town Clerk at 519-599-3131 ext.232.

https://thebluemountains.ca/election.cfm

Scenic Caves Road between Grey Road 19 and Swiss Meadows Blvd Closed by OPP for Accident Investigation

ROAD CLOSURE STILL IN EFFECT

(The Blue Mountains, ON) Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are currently on scene of a single vehicle crash involving a motorcycle.

The collision took place shortly before 2:00pm today on Scenic Caves Road in The Blue Mountains where a motorcycle went off the roadway and into the ditch. The operator of the motorcycle was taken to an area hospital and later airlifted to a Toronto area hospital with life threatening injuries.

OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI) have now arrived on scene and as a result of the ongoing investigation, Scenic Caves Road will remain closed for several hours between Grey Road 19 and Swiss Meadows Boulevard.

A further media notification will be made when the roadway is reopened.

Contact: PC Martin Hachey

                Media Relations Officer 

Phone: (705) 445-4321

CLOSED ROAD ADVISORY NOTIFICATION

OPP officers are investigating a single vehicle crash on Scenic Caves Road in The Blue Mountains and have closed the road as a result of the continuing investigation. One person was transported to an area hospital with undisclosed injuries.

OPP Media Contact: Constable Martin Hachey

The O.P.P. will distribute details and updates of the road advisory as information becomes available.

Please do not call O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres for road advisory updates or road condition information.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at ontario.ca/511, twitter @511Ontario or call 511 traveller's information such as winter road conditions, construction reports, road closures, traffic reports, traffic cameras and interactive mapping.

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign

Learning water safety and swimming skills saves lives. Consider taking CPR first aid & swimming lessons or Swim to Survive this summer.

Lifesaving Society 'Swim to Survive' Program

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting August 27th.

Notification of Temporary Road Closure - Wednesday, September 5 through Friday, September 7, 2018

Louisa St. E.  will be temporarily closed September 5th through September 7th, between Wickens Way and Elgin St. S. to allow for work being performed on the water and sewer service.

Please note that those residents with lane ways will be able to access their lanes during the closure.
 
For Additional Information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries

519-599-3131 ext. 284

Grey Bruce Health Unit launches water safety media campaign!

Boating Safety - Save $250. Always have the proper safety equipment on your boat. Required personal safety equipment depends on the size and type of boat.

Boat Smart Canada Information

The Town is hosting a voting information session tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Town Hall

Want to find out more information about the voting process for the upcoming 2018 Municipal & School Board Elections? Town of The Blue Mountains is offering an internet and telephone voting information session August 28 at 7:00 p.m., Town Hall - Council Chambers (32 Mill Street, Thornbury ON).

Unable to join us August 28? Additional sessions are being hosted by Township of Georgian Bluffs, Township of Southgate, Municipality of Grey Highlands, City of Owen Sound, Municipality of West Grey, and the Town of Hanover. The document linked below provides additional event details.

2018 Municipal and School Board Elections List of Internet & Telephone Voting Information Sessions

Our New Communications and Economic Development Coordinator

On behalf of Interim CAO, Shawn Everitt we are pleased to announce the hiring of Tim Hendry as our Communications and Economic Development Coordinator.

Tim has held the position of Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Township of Clearview since 2015. In his current role Tim provides active leadership and strategic communications advice to members of Council, senior management and to community partners/stakeholders. In addition, he serves as the key spokesperson and media contact for the municipality.

Prior to his role at Clearview Tim was the Owner and Principal of TRH Marketing, a company which developed digital marketing strategies for non-for-profit organizations and private businesses through social media marketing, branding, website development and online advertising.

Tim is a graduate of the Laurentian University Bachelor of Business Administration program and also the Humber College Marketing Diploma program. In addition, Tim has completed Year One of the Economic Development Certificate through the University of Waterloo.

Tim is passionate about municipal communications, community economic development, and proactive public engagement. Tim will join the Administration team at the Town of The Blue Mountains on October 1, 2018.

Curbside Garbage and Recyclables Collection will occur as usual on Labour Day Monday, September 3, 2018.

Curbside Garbage and Recyclables Collection will occur as usual on Labour Day Monday, September 3, 2018.  The Landfill Site at 788090 Grey Road 13 will be open as usual on Saturday, September 1, 2018. 

For more information visit our website: www.thebluemountains.ca/solid-waste.cfm  or download the App: TBM Waste Resource available for Apple & Android. 

 


 

Notification of Temporary Road Closure. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. through to Friday, September 7, 2018.

Road Closure Notice - Louisa Street East between Wickens Lane and Elgin Street South

Temporary Road Closure

Date:  Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. through to Friday, September 7, 2018.

The following Road will be closed: Louisa St. East between Wickens Lane and Elgin Street South.

Closed For:  Water and Sewer laterals

For more information, please contact:
 Manager of Roads and Drainage 
519-599-3131 x 271 

 

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:

  • Saturday September 8, 2018 between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

This road closure will be in place to accommodate the Beaver Valley Fall Fair at the Beaver Valley Community Centre and Moreau Park and Ball Diamonds.

For more information about this event, please visit the Beaver Valley Fall Fair page. 

Curbside Battery Collection begins the week of September 3 until September 27, 2018

For curbside collection, place batteries in battery bag (or clear sealable bag) and place of top of your blue box on your day of collection, from September 3 to September 27, 2018.

For Condos, place batteries in battery bag (or clear sealable bag) and place inside the designated pail in central waste area, from September 3 to September 28, 2018.

For more information download the App: TBM Waste Resource available for Apple & Android. 

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

A mosquito collected in the Municipality of Meaford tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv). The positive mosquito re-affirms the presence of the virus in mosquito pools in our area. The Grey Bruce Health Unit will continue weekly trapping of mosquitoes and have them identified and tested at a laboratory. If you see a trap, please do not touch it.

Individuals can become infected after being bitten by an infected mosquito. In 2018, there have been no confirmed cases of WNv in humans in Grey and Bruce Counties.

The best way to prevent West Nile virus is to avoid being bitten. Reduce mosquito habitats by preventing standing water, which is where mosquitoes lay eggs. The Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the following when heading outdoors when mosquitoes are most active (e.g., dawn and dusk):

  • Cover exposed skin
  • Wear long pants and loose-fitting shirts with long sleeves
  • Socks and a hat (even put mosquito netting over your hat)
  • Wear light coloured clothing
  • Use bug spray that contains either DEET or Icaridin

Please speak to your health care provider if you are concerned about your health. Most people infected with WNv have no symptoms.

For others, symptoms may occur within 2 to 15 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. Mild symptoms may include fever, headache, body aches, mild rash, or swollen lymph nodes. Recovery can take a week for mild cases. Adults 50 years or older and those with weakened immune symptoms are at risk of developing more severe symptoms such as acute headache, high fever, stiff neck, nausea or vomiting, difficulty swallowing or confusion.

For more information on West Nile virus and tips to reduce your risk:

Government of Canada

Public Health Ontario

For more information:

Stephanie Nickels

Public Health Inspector

1-800-263-3456 or 519-376-9420 ext. 1229

s.nickels@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

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

Home and Community Support Services of Grey Bruce is a team of caring staff and volunteers who provide community based services that support independence and enhance the quality of daily life for seniors, adults and their families.

For program details, and to find out how to volunteer, visit Home and Community Support Services website.

Contact Details:

MAIN OFFICE
Suite 104, 340 10th St. E.
Owen Sound, ON N4K 6P7
519-372-2091

Now Open on Sundays until October 7

The Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO) Treasure Shop will be open on Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. up to and including October 7, 2018.

Come on in and enjoy some leisurely Sunday shopping.

http://www.bvo.ca/

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.

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign!

Before heading out to make a splash, be sure to check the weather – it can change in a flash!

Whether you’re spending the day at the beach or an afternoon at the pool, gather your things and seek shelter during stormy weather or strong winds. #knowbeforeyougo

Government of Canada Weather Information

Gord Canning Drive will be Closed from Carmichael Crescent to Grey Road 19 Roundabout

Please be advised that there will be a temporary road closure in the Craigleith Area affecting residents on Carmichael Crescent and Plater Street.  This service disruption is scheduled to take place on:

  • Saturday September 15, 2018 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Sunday September 16, 2018 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

This road closure will be in place to accommodate the Centurion Cycling Event.

Roads throughout The Blue Mountains will be used on both days for this event. Please give yourself extra time to get to your desired destination and drive with caution. OPP will be onsite throughout the municipality to facilitate traffic control for the protection of all road users. 

Please review the event routes provided by Centurion Cycling. 

For more information about this event, please visit the Centurion Cycling website. 

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

Join us for a Public Information Session about the voting process for the upcoming 2018 Municipal and School Board Elections in The Blue Mountains

Want to find out more information about the voting process for the upcoming 2018 Municipal & School Board Elections in The Blue Mountains?

Tonight's Internet and Telephone Voting Information session details are below.

  • Tuesday September 11, 2018 (7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.) at The Blue Mountains Public Library

For more information, please contact the Town Clerk at 519-599-3131 ext.232.

https://thebluemountains.ca/election.cfm

Our New Director of Planning and Development Services

On behalf of our Interim CAO, Shawn Everitt, it is our pleasure  to announce that we have hired Nathan Westendorp as our Director of Planning and Development Services.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo. He is currently the Manager of Development for the County of Simcoe.

He has previously held progressive roles for the County of Simcoe including Intermediate and Senior Planner. As well, Nathan has worked for Cambium Planning as a Planning Projects Manager. As a past member of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Community Design Working Group and current chair of the Development Directors of Ontario, Nathan has been able to build on his passion for urban design and exemplary planning practices.

Nathan will be joining us on October 17, 2018.

Dates: Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm & Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm. Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers

The meeting will be held to present the preliminary preferred alternative drainage solution to address the existing drainage deficiencies in the Thornbury West Study Area. 

Please visit the project webpage for more information:  https://www.thebluemountains.ca/thornbury-west-master-drainage-plan-ea.cfm

Staff Contact: Construction Coordinator 
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 275

 

 

Little River Park Playground will be Closed September 18 to September 21

Please be advised that the Little River Park Playground (west of the Thornbury Harbour) will be closed from:

September 18 to and including September 21, 2018

This closure is necessary in order to perform maintenance work on the surrounding retaining wall.

We apologize for the inconvenience this closure will cause.

Marking the Passing of Past Town Council Member Frank Lougheed

Please be advised that the flags at Town Hall are lowered to half mast until Friday September 14, 2018 to mark the passing of Frank Lougheed, a former member of Council and Fire Department.

Frank joined the Town's Parks Board in the 1950's as well as the volunteer fire department. In the latter, he served over 30 years having become Deputy Chief and winning a distinguished service medal. In 1973 Frank was elected to Town Council on which he served as a Councillor, Deputy Reeve, then Reeve until he retired from Council in 1999. This included 9 years on Grey County Council.

A Special Meeting of Council has been scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

For meeting materials, please visit the Agendas, Minutes, Reports webpage.

For more information, please contact the Clerks' Office.

Phone Lines at Town Hall are Currently Down - Staff are Working to Resolve the Issue as Quickly as Possible

Notice of Temporary Road Closure Victoria Street South from Napier Street West to Pyatt Avenue, September 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Temporary Road Closure - Victoria Street South from Napier Street West to Pyatt Avenue will be closed on September 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the installation of a storm sewer.

For further information please contact Manager of Roads and Drainage.

 

A Special Committee of the Whole has been scheduled for Monday, September 17, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.

For meeting materials and additional meeting details, please visit the Council Calendar.

For more information, please contact the Clerk's Office.

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.   

The agenda for the September 17, 2018 Special Committee of the Whole Meeting has been revised to include:

  • Item B.4 Deputation: Eric Miles, MHBC Re: New Zoning By-law and Ability to Make Amendments to D Zone Properties within Two Year Moratorium; and,
  • Item B.5 Deputation: David Finbow, Short Term Accommodation Association Re: Staff Report FAF.18.126 and Proposed Changes to Short Term Accommodation Licensing By-law.

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

Grey Bruce Health Unit promotes water safety campaign!

When by the water always carry a phone and call 911 in the case of an emergency.

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

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.

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

 

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

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.

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.

Town Hall, 32 Mill Street, open extended hours Thanksgiving weekend

A Help Centre will be available at Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury for qualifying electors to be added to the Voters' List

  • Friday, October 5 - 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 6 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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.

Blue Mountain Village Fireworks Display Cancelled due to fog.

https://www.appleharvestfestival.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.

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

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

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 

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.

Notice- Temporary Office Closure

The Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall will be temporarily closed on Friday, November 2nd, 2018 between the hours of 8:00am – 10:00am for a staff update meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

Nominations are open for the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship. Established in 1973, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship honours Ontarians who, through exceptional, long-term efforts, have made outstanding contributions to community life across the province.

Recipients will be invested by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at a ceremony to be held at Queen’s Park, in winter 2019. 

To submit a nomination for this award:

  1. Visit ontario.ca/honoursandawards.
  2. Select the Community category.    
  3. Click on Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship.
  4. Download the PDF form.
  5. Review the eligibility criteria and instructions carefully.
  6. Fill out the form and then submit it no later than November 15, 2018. Instructions for submitting your nomination package can be found on the website.

If you have any questions, please call the Ontario Honours and Awards Secretariat at 416-314-7526, toll free 1-877-832-8622, TTY 416-327-2391, or email ontariohonoursandawards@ontario.ca.

As of Friday, October 19th, 2018 at 2:30 pm the voter participation rate is: 19.3%

This rate is calculated by dividing the total number of ballots cast by the total number of registered voters at that time. 

Voter Help Centre

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. For details, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/election.cfm?is=27

For more information, please contact: 

Corrina Giles
Town Clerk
519-599-3131 ext. 232
Election2018@thebluemountains.ca

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a planned water outage has been scheduled for Thursday, October 25th, 2018 between the hours of 8:00 am to 12:00 pm for routine maintenance.

Affected areas include:

  • Crestview Court (Plateau East)
  • Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain
    • Please note that Scandinave Spa will be closed from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm due to the water outage.

For more information, please contact:

Supervisor, Water Division
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to inform voters that the Dominion Voting system is currently facing a high level of demand. As a result, you may experience slow service for both internet and telephone voting.

The Town would like to assure voters that the Dominion Voting software is operational and working properly, despite the slow service.

If you have tried to cast your ballot, and are having difficulties, please be patient.

Votes are recorded when you have successfully received an on-screen confirmation or an audible confirmation that says: “Your vote has been successfully cast”.

If you did not hear or see the above message and are experiencing issues, please end the service and try again.

Updates and additional information will be posted to the Town website when available.

For more information, please contact:

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

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Under the Municipal Elections Act, the Clerk, Corrina Giles, has declared an emergency as circumstances have arisen that are likely to prevent the election being conducted in accordance with the Act at this time. The voting period has been extended to 8:00 pm on October 23rd, 2018. 

Updates and additional information, if applicable, will be posted to the Town website when available.

For more information, please contact:

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

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide an update to residents regarding the provincial-wide technical issues that occurred last night with the Dominion Voting system. As of late last night, all issues have been fixed and the system is working as expected.

Voting Update:
•    The voting period has been extended to 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018; 
•    All successfully submitted votes have been properly recorded within the system. There was no loss of data as a result of the technical issues; 
•    If you have not voted, you may vote using the Voter ID and PIN number that was previously provided;
•    If you attempted to vote but did not receive the confirmation message stating “Your Vote Has Been Successfully Cast”, please re-access the system and cast your vote.
If you did not receive your Voter ID or if you require assistance to vote, please visit the Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall Election Help Centre where staff are ready to provide assistance. 

For more information, please contact:

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

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
 

Unofficial results for The Town of The Blue Mountains 2018 Municipal and School Board Election are posted below. Official results will be posted later this week once they are certified by the Town Clerk.

Click to Open: Unofficial 2018 Election Results

New measures to protect Ontarians from the dangers of smoking

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 replaces the existing Smoke-Free Ontario Act and Electronic Cigarettes Act with one single legislative framework Effective immediately, the new Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA 2017) regulates the sale, supply, display, promotion, and the use of tobacco, cannabis and vapour products (e.g., e-cigarettes). The new SFOA, 2017 will expand those measures currently in place for tobacco, vapour products and cannabis by prohibiting their use in certain public places. The Act prohibits smoking of tobacco or cannabis and the vaping of any substance in the following areas:

  • Within 9 metres of the perimeter of bar and restaurant patios.
  • On recreation facility property and within a 20-metre perimeter of their grounds.
  • On school property and within a 20-metre perimeter of school grounds.

Grey Bruce Public Health Tobacco Enforcement Officers are designated to enforce these regulations within the community. Individuals with questions related to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 can contact Grey Bruce Public Health at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1211.

For more information:

Angela Newman
Public Health Manager
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1252
A.Newman@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

To view the Declaration of Election Candidates, please open the following link: Declaration of Election Candidates

In response to the significant rate of concussion injuries in the region, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is hosting a public forum to look at issue related to concussion injuries. In 2016, there were 503 emergency room (ER) visits due to concussions for every 100,000 Grey Bruce residents. This is the second-highest rate in the province, and twice as high as the provincial rate. Among youth under 20 years of age, the local rate of concussionrelated ER visits is the highest in the province.

On Thursday, October 25, 2018 the Grey Bruce Health Unit is hosting a free Concussion Forum from 6:30 to 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm) 101 17th Street East, Owen Sound. Topics include injury prevention, identifying symptoms, medical assessment, when to return to learn (school) and sport and the new 2018 school board policies.

Speakers include Paul Osadzuk from Bayshore Physiotherapy and Mike Bethune, Superintendent of Education, Bruce Grey Catholic District School Board.

This forum provides an opportunity for Grey Bruce parents, athletes, educators and coaches to come together to network and become more knowledgeable about concussions.

Register by October 19; contact Amy Gaviller at 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1316 or a.gaviller@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.

For More Information:

Tim Duivesteyn
Health Promoter
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1346
t.duivesteyn@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are hosting criminal record checks that will be completed while applicants wait. The event will take place when the detachment office is not normally open to make it easier for people who are at work during normal office hours and open to any resident of The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains OPP detachment (Thornbury) 364 Clark Street in Thornbury
Saturday, November 3, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

If a vulnerable sector check is required, which would include anyone working with children or the elderly, applicants must bring the letter from the organization requesting that check.

Checks for employment purposes will cost $25 in cash (exact amount).

Two pieces of identification must be provided at the time of application (one must be photo identification). Copies of identification will not be accepted.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include Ontario photo ID (issued by the MTO), passports, LCBO Bring Your Identification cards, military employment cards, Canadian citizenship cards, First Nations status cards, permanent resident cards, Canadian National Institute for the Blind cards, firearms possession and acquisition licences, Nexus cards and Fast Pass cards.

Acceptable non-photo identification includes birth certificates, baptismal certificates, hunting licences, outdoors cards, Canadian blood donor cards and immigration papers.

Ontario health cards and social insurance number cards are not permitted to be used as identification due to legislative restrictions.

Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP completed 1,500 criminal record checks in 2017 and 1,137 between January and August of this year.

Anyone who has any questions is asked to call the OPP ahead of time so that the process can run smoothly at the event. The Blue Mountains detachment phone number is 519-599-6644.

Beaver Valley Outreach in Thornbury is currently seeking an EarlyON Educator/Before & After School Age Program Lead Staff.

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

  • Planning and implementing interactive programs for parents/caregivers and their children up to 6 years of age
  • Facilitating a well-rounded Before and After School Age Program at Beaver Valley
  • Community School, indoors and outdoors
  • Role modeling play based learning
  • Provide information and referrals
  • Statistical reporting, newsletter, monthly calendar, Facebook page management
  • To be available for staff meetings, training and workshops

Education:

  • Registered ECE
  • Previous experience working with young children and parents
  • Current Criminal Reference Check
  • Current First Aid Certificate

Required Skills/Knowledge:

  • Enthusiastic, supportive, encouraging, resourceful and creative
  • Organized and efficient
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team

Interested applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume in person to Beaver Valley Outreach or by email to: executivedir@bvo.ca or contact at 519-599-2577 ext. 121 if you require further information. We thank everyone who applies, however, only those selected for
an interview will be contacted.

Dr. Hazel Lynn got hers today and you should get yours. Grey Bruce’s Medical Officer of Health knows the flu shot is the best way to protect herself and her family from getting the flu.

Flu shots are now available for everyone through their healthcare provider and select pharmacies. Get yours now. For the more high-risk, the flu vaccine is especially important.

Those at high risk are more vulnerable to complications from flu. High-risk include:

  • Children aged 6 months to 5 years of age
  • People aged 65 and older
  • Children and adults with chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes, cancer)
  • Residents of long-term care, retirement homes, or other chronic care facilities
  • Pregnant women
  • Indigenous people

The flu shot not only protects yourself, it helps protect those around you! Health careworkers, household contacts of those at high risk and/or those who provide care to those under five are capable of spreading flu to this high-risk population. Immunize yourself and protect them too.

For More Information:

Sarah Ellis
Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext.

The Board of Health for the Grey Bruce Health Unit is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ian Arra as Acting Medical Officer of Health.

The appointment is effective today.

Dr. Arra joined the Grey Bruce Health Unit in 2015 during postgraduate training and more recently working as a Physician Consultant.
As well as his medical degree, Dr. Arra completed postgraduate training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and a Master's in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

He has worked on a variety public health initiatives including - road safety, nuclear Emergency Response Planning, health effects of wind farms, resource prioritization, electronic documentation implementation, climate change mitigation, and the built environment. 
 Dr. Arra strongly believes that knowledge through research empowers both the individual and the community. As a result, he has served on multiple postgraduate committees that are leading and shaping Canadian Public Health research and education.

For More Information:

Dr. Ian Arra
Medical officer of Health (Acting)
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1269
I.Arra@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca
 

There is a planned outage for the Blue Mountain region on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 7 a.m. until noon. Hydro One crews will be replacing and repairing wood poles. The work will take place near the corner of Grey 2 and Grey 40. While work is underway, traffic restrictions may be in effect. 

OUTAGE NOTIFICATION FOR HYDRO ONE CUSTOMERS IN LOCATION(S) DETAILED BELOW
Hydro One Zone: 5 Georgian Bay
Hydro One Operation Center(s): OWEN SOUND
Hydro One Township(s) Affected: THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, EUPHRASIA
Reason for Outage: Replacing Hydro Pole(s)

*** All Hydro One Customers impacted by this planned maintenance outage have been contacted ***

Interruption Date(s) and Time(s):
Sun Nov 04 2018 from 07:00 until 12:00 (5 hrs), 1472 Customers 
ORMS ID: (5458969)

Hydro One reminds all members of the public to always stay clear of downed power lines or equipment. Never assume they are safe to approach. 

For up-to-date power interruption information related to Hydro One's Distribution System, download the Hydro One Mobile App or visit the: Power Outage Viewer

For Customer account information, please contact 1-888-664-9376.
For Media Outlets ONLY, please contact 1-877-506-7584.
This notice is for information purposes only. This is a public service announcement and not to be used for a paid advertisement.

The agenda for the November 5, 2018 Special Meeting of Council is available below.

Agenda - November 5, 2018

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming Committee of the Whole meeting November 5th.

Tomahawk Golf Course will be closing for the season on November 4, 2018

After each municipal election, Council appoints citizens to various boards and committees that make decisions or recommendations on a variety of matters. These appointments give residents an opportunity to volunteer their skills to help their community.

The term of the appointment is four years (concurrent with the term of Council). Most committees meet monthly and each committee determines the schedule of meetings for the new term.

Public Appointments to Town Committees and Boards, 2018-2022

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Board for the 2018-2022 term:

  • The Blue Mountains Police Services Board (1)
  • The Blue Mountains Committee of Adjustment (3)
  • The Blue Mountains Library Board (6)
  • Communications Advisory Committee (4)
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee (8)
  • Abandoned Orchard Committee (3)
  • Fence Viewers (5)
  • Council Compensation Review Committee (2)

All Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday, December 5, 2018 1:00 p.m. to:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Attention: Town Clerk
32 Mill Street
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Email the Town Clerk

Additional information is available in the Appointment Advertisement.

Please note: Questions regarding the Library Board can be directed to Dr. Sabrina Saunders, CEO, The Blue Mountains Public Library at 519-599-3681.

Radon test kits are available free from the Grey Bruce Health Unit as part of November Radon Awareness Month. Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. An estimated 20% of lung cancer deaths in Grey Bruce were due to radon.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that may collect in a home. Radon is colourless and odourless; it can enter a home anywhere there is contact with the ground, such as basements. All homes regardless of age, single or multi-story, slab or with basement can have radon. Testing is the only way to know if it is present. Test kits are left in a home for three months. After three months, the test unit is mailed to the lab for analysis in a pre-paid envelope provided with the kit. Individuals will receive the test results directly.

Free radon test kits are available to residents of Grey and Bruce including First Nations, by mail, while supplies last. Kits include the testing unit, instructions, information on radon and a pre-paid envelope to return the kits to the testing lab. Order yours online at https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Your-Environment/Healthy-Housing/Radon/Radon-Registration or by phoning the Health Unit at 1-800-263-3456.

For More Information:

Jasjeet Bola

Grey Bruce Health Unit

519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1518 

j.bola@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca

The annual Online Meaford Hospital Foundation Auction is about to go live. With over 100 items the foundation is overwhelmed with the response from local businesses. Jen Wright, Executive Director of the foundation stated, “We are very appreciative of the support from our local businesses who have always come forward to donate. This year’s auction will help raise funds that are needed for a vital piece of equipment for our regional needs at the Owen Sound Regional Hospital. The MRI plays a critical role as it’s the only one in Grey Bruce and it saves patients from travelling several hours away for diagnostic imaging. Our current MRI is almost 15 years old, and the technology has changed significantly.”

With the governments lack of funding for capital equipment items such as this it becomes the responsibility of the community. At a cost of $4.7 million the foundation knows it has a lot of fundraising to do to help raise their portion of the goal, but with the online auction and the Christmas campaign they hope to get close.

Up for grabs are golf packages, family experiences and get-a-ways, local food and beverage gift cards, ski and snowboard packages including day trips, caving, snowshoeing, theatre and many local goods and services. “There really is something for everyone, a perfect place to Christmas shop while supporting a local foundation” says Wright.

The online auction starts at 8 a.m. on November 12th and closes on November 23rd at 8 p.m. Bidders can go online to register before the bidding starts at mhfoundation.ca. The auction features proxy bidding which allows the bidder to enter a maximum amount that they are willing to pay and their bid will automatically be increased until they reach the desired amount. The winners will be notified by email when they reach their maximum bid and they can then decide if they wish to carry on.

Good Luck!

Jen Wright
Executive Director
Meaford Hospital Foundation
(519) 538-1311 ext. 4208
jenwright@gbhs.on.ca

The Blue Mountains Sustainability Fund was created with the goal to advance sustainability in the Town. Funds are awarded to improve the Town’s environmental performance, foster sustainability literacy and community engagement, advance climate change adaption and mitigation, and demonstrate the viability of sustainability technologies. Submission Due: November 30, 2018

Support for Local Sustainability Projects

Proposed projects must support the goals and objectives outlined in The Sustainable Path and must be consistent with the major planning documents of the Town including the Strategic Plan. The fund accepts small or large project proposals from charity and non-profit groups from or doing work in the Town. Approximately $5,000.00 will be available for each application intake to be allocated amongst successful proposals, and there will be one intake each year. 

Please visit the Town's website: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/our-sustainable-path.cfm or contact Manager of Solid Waste and Special Projects for more information. 

Submission Due Date: November 30

Applications are now available for the 2019 Grants and Donations Program

The Town of The Blue Mountains Coucil 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.

A Special Meeting of Council has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 7 at 9:30 a.m., Town Hall - Council Chambers.

The agenda will be published Tuesday, November 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Meeting materials, once available, will be posted to the Council Calendar.

The agenda for the November 7 Special Meeting of Council is available below:

Agenda - November 7 Special Meeting of Council

For additional meeting details, please visit the Council Calendar.

On behalf of the Town of The Blue Mountains, Mayor John McKean would like to congratulate Georgian Hills Vineyards for being selected as the official white wine of the Ontario Legislative Assembly for 2019. 

The selected white wine was the Georgian Hills Vineyards 2016 Seyval Blanc. 

“This is great provincial recognition for both Georgian Hills Vineyards and for the entire Georgian Bay wine region” explained Mayor John McKean. “Having the opportunity to showcase and compete against well-known wine regions across the province is a testament to the expertise and quality product that is produced within the Town of The Blue Mountains”.

Quote from Georgian Hill Vineyards

“We are very excited to have our 2016 Seyval Blanc selected as the official white wine of the Legislature for 2019. As a winery in the emerging wine region of Georgian Bay, this is a special honour that showcases our commitment to producing high-quality wines made from 100% Georgian Bay Ontario grown grapes. Thank you to the Grape Growers of Ontario and the Ontario Government for all your support and the opportunity to showcase this wine.”

-    Robert Ketchin & John Ardiel, Partners, Georgian Hills Vineyards.

For more information, please contact:

Mayor John McKean
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

For media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (G&M) is seeking dynamic candidates for positions on the Board of Trustees. The complexity of healthcare is increasing and now - more than ever - strong, strategic, governance leadership is required.
Ultimate accountability for the services provided by the hospital is held by the Board of Trustees. Working in partnership with the senior leadership team of the hospital, the Board provides oversight of operations, foresight in terms of planning for the future and insight to ensure the right questions are being asked.

Board members are expected to be responsible for making decisions in the best interest of the hospital corporation, as well as the broader local healthcare system in the South Georgian Bay region. System transformation and integration of services locally and regionally are key directions that the hospital is taking to better support the healthcare needs of our community. Board members are expected to be active members of the Board and its Committees, as well as have the ability to think strategically and communicate effectively.

The hospital is currently seeking several, Board experienced candidates, with some preference given to individuals from Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township. In addition to previous Board experience, we seek candidates whose experience demonstrates an understanding of the nature, complexity and needs of Ontario’s evolving health system, and the needs of our patients and their families for seamless care within and beyond the hospital.

Interested individuals can submit a resumé by December 15, 2018 to stevensj@cgmh.on.ca.

For further information, contact Jennifer Stevens, Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees at 705-445-2550 ext 8303 or visit our website at www.cgmh.on.ca.

Interested in applying for the Library Board, Museum Advisory Council, or Arts & Culture Council?

Join The Blue Mountains Public LIbrary for an information session when we will present the requirements for members and provide an overview of policy, governance and the focus for the next term.

On Thursday, November 15 at 6:00pm an Information Session for potential Board Members and potential Museum Advisory Council and Arts & Culture Council members will occur.  We encourage all community members considering applying for the 3 bodies to attend.  Those interested in applying for the Board may also wish to attend the final regularly scheduled Board Meeting on November 15th at 2pm in the Library Boardroom, or the Special Board Meeting scheduled for November 29th at 6pm in The Gallery. 

Free Community Awareness Session. Join the Collingwood and Blue Mountains Ontario Provincial Police and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at this free community awareness session to learn more about opioids.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Leisure Time Club
100 Minnesota Street, Collingwood

BVO will celebrate the Grand Opening of our new building by hosting an Open House for the public on Saturday, December 1st.  The ribbon cutting will be at 1:00 pm, with mingling, munchies and small group tours until 4:00 pm. Please come and celebrate this important milestone in the life of BVO. 

Many have been asking about our recent gala event, A Party To Die For.  The evening was enjoyed by all who attended and a net total of $47,000 was raised.  Congratulations to the gala committee on the rewards of their hard work. 

We are happy to share with you a BVO promotional video that was recently created by a collaboration of Sparrow Blue and BFresh.Media.  Click on the link below and get inspired! We hope that you will be excited by both the video and our upcoming Open House. 

https://youtu.be/JlIOO1DUm6c

The Treasure Shop will be opened from 1 - 4 pm during the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration.  In the evening please visit the Make Wave Market at the Beaver Valley Community Centre. Proceeds from the door will go to BVO.

Due to the snow fall and drifting conditions within the last 24 hours, all the snow removal equipment is out at this time and sidewalks are still being cleared. The main roads are in good condition and secondary roads may be slippery.

For more information please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department - 519-599-3131 x 276 

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce the launch of the new Community Guide.

The Community Guide provides important information about Town departments, services, facilities, resources, programs and general business.

Hardcopies of the guide will be available at Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library, Craigleith Heritage Depot and the Beaver Valley Community Centre. Guides have also been distributed to many local businesses and community organizations throughout the Town.

To view the guide online, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/public-engagement.cfm

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communication and Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Due to the snowfall and rain conditions over the last 24 hours, all snow removal equipment is out at this time. The main roads are in good condition and secondary may be slippery.

For more information please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department - 519-599-3131 x 276 

Due to the snowfall and rain within the last 24 hours, all the snow removal equipment is out at this time. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to icy road conditions.

For more information please contact the Infrastructure and Public Works Department - 519-599-3131 x 276 

The agenda for the November 29, 2018 Special Meeting of Council has been revised to include:

  • B.4  Deputation - Richard Lamperstorfer, Resident Re: Objection to Comprehensive Zoning By-law regarding the Thornbury D Zone.

To view the meeting documents visit the Council Calendar 

The Agenda for the December 3, 2018 Inaugural Meeting of Council is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The revised Agenda for the December 4, 2018 Special Meeting of Council is now available.

The Agenda for the December 7, 2010 Special Meeting of Council is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar

Reduced pressure to residents in the area of Huron Street, Harbour Street and Bruce Street.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that there is a Watermain break on Huron Street in the area of Bruce Street and Harbour Street. . Residents in the area may experience pressure issues. The Town has responded and and will be making necessary repairs. 

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Town Office between 8:30AM and 4:30PM

519-599-3131 ext 284

For more information please contact the Water Department 

 

 

 

 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to notify residents that 2019 Dog Licences are now available. The Town of The Blue Mountains requires all dogs to be licenced in accordance with the Dog and Animal Care By-law. The By-law is applicable to both permanent and seasonal residents. Licence(s) must be purchased before March 31st each year.

Application forms are available at Town Hall or on the Town website at: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/animal-control.cfm

For more information, please contact:

By-law Enforcement Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 249
Email Animal Control

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to notify businesses and community organizations that advertising space is available in the arena of the Beaver Valley Community Centre. Advertising within the arena is a great opportunity to reach over 500 people per week!

Rink Boards: $300 per season

Wall Boards: $250 per season

In addition, public skating sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsors will receive on-site recognition and promotion on the Town website and social media accounts.

Public Skating Sponsorship: $113 (Two Hour Session)

To book advertising space or to secure a sponsorship, please contact:

Facility Manager
Beaver Valley Community Centre
(519) 599-3131 ext. 340
Email BVCC Staff

Ash Tree Removals Will Begin Monday December 10, 2018

Please be advised that ash trees along the Georgian Trail (between Grey Road 21 and Old Lakeshore Road) are scheduled to be removed starting on Monday December 10, 2018.  

The trees are being removed because of damage caused by emerald ash borers.

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

Please note the start time of the Special Meeting of Council, December 7, 2018 is now 8:15 a.m.

Closed Session 8:15 a.m.

Open Session 9:00 a.m.

The agenda has been revised to include:

For addditional meeting details, visit the Council calendar.

Due to snowfall within the last 24 hours all the snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Please note the start time fo the Special Meeting of Council, December 10, 2018 is now 12:15 p.m.

The Agenda for the December 10, Special Meeting of Council is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda for the December 10, 2018 Committee of the Whole is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Revised start time of 7:00 p.m.

What is being proposed?

Staff are proposing revisions to the current Property Standards By-law (2002-18, as amended by By-laws 2003-26, 2014-15, & 2014-46).

The current Property Standards By-law applies only to specified areas of the Town. Changes to Provincial legislation require that such By-laws apply to all areas of the municipality, or that MLEOs are authorized to enforce specific provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act in all areas of the municipality. Staff are recommending that the Property Standards By-law be revised to include all areas of the Town.

In addition, Staff are recommending that specific sections of the Property Standards By-law, relating to the operation of Short Term Accommodation properties, be removed or revised. Specifically, it is recommended that references to occupancy restrictions (5.6) be removed and that these occupant limits be assigned through the STA Licensing By-law. FAF.18.151 STA BYLAW REVISION STAFF REPORTStaff will also propose some revised wording regarding specific requirements for the operation of STA and Commercial Resort Unit properties, in order to ensure that these properties comply with Provincial legislation including the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

Staff are recommending that By-law 2002-18, as amended, be repealed and replaced with a new Property Standards By-law, a draft of which will be included with the Staff Report.

The Public Meeting Notice provides additional details.

The Agenda for the December 14, 2018 Special Meeting of Council is now available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar

The Agenda for the Council Meeting of December 17, 2018 is now available.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Water Operations staff are currently repairing a water service leak at the end of Arlberg Crescent. Residents on Arlberg from Birchview to the end of Arlberg will have reduced pressure. Repairs are expected to be complete by the end of the day.

Water Operations staff are currently repairing a water service leak at the end of Arlberg Crescent.  Residents on Arlberg from Birchview to the end of Arlberg will have reduced pressure. Repairs are expected to be complete by the end of the day.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Town Office between 8:30AM and 4:30PM

519-599-3131 ext 284

For more information please contact the Water Department 

Please note that the Public Meeting Notice has been revised to show the correct start time of 7:00 p.m.

What is being proposed?

Staff are proposing revisions to the current Property Standards By-law (2002-18, as amended by By-laws 2003-26, 2014-15, & 2014-46).

The current Property Standards By-law applies only to specified areas of the Town. Changes to Provincial legislation require that such By-laws apply to all areas of the municipality, or that MLEOs are authorized to enforce specific provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act in all areas of the municipality. Staff are recommending that the Property Standards By-law be revised to include all areas of the Town.

In addition, Staff are recommending that specific sections of the Property Standards By-law, relating to the operation of Short Term Accommodation properties, be removed or revised. Specifically, it is recommended that references to occupancy restrictions (5.6) be removed and that these occupant limits be assigned through the STA Licensing By-law. FAF.18.151 STA BYLAW REVISION STAFF REPORT Staff will also propose some revised wording regarding specific requirements for the operation of STA and Commercial Resort Unit properties, in order to ensure that these properties comply with Provincial legislation including the Ontario Building Code, Ontario Fire Code and the Fire Protection and Prevention Act.

Staff are recommending that By-law 2002-18, as amended, be repealed and replaced with a new Property Standards By-law, a draft of which will be included with the Staff Report.

The Public Meeting Notice provides additional details.

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents and businesses with respect to the consumption of Cannabis and whether Cannabis retail stores should be permitted within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

The Province of Ontario has given each Municipality an opportunity to opt-out of or opt-in to allow private recreational Cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries. The Town of The Blue Mountains Council must make a decision by the January 22nd, 2019 deadline, or the default position of “opting-in” will be automatically set.

Public Engagement- Have your Say

    • Paper surveys will be available at Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library and the Beaver Valley Community Centre.
  • Email
    • If you would like to submit additional comments outside of the scope of the survey, email: Cannabis Contact Form
    • Please note: The deadline for email comments is January 8th, 2019 at 12pm (noon).
  • Public Information Session & Public Meeting
    • Public information sessions and a public meeting have been scheduled for the following dates/times:

Meeting

Date & Time

Location

Public Information Session

January 7th, 2019

  • 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon)
  • 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Town Hall Council Chambers- 32 Mill Street, Thornbury

Public Meeting

January 7th, 2019

  • 7:00pm

Town Hall Council Chambers- 32 Mill Street, Thornbury

For more information, please visit the Cannabis Public Engagement page on the Town website at: www.thebluemountains.ca/cannabis.cfm

Councillor Andrea Matrosovs
Email Andrea
519-599-3131 ext. 406

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development
Email Tim
519-599-3131 ext. 282

Happy Holidays from The Town Of The Blue Mountains!

Please note that The Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall will be closed from Friday, December 21st, 2018 at 4:30pm to Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. The Town Hall will reopen on Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019 at 8:30am.

All essential services will continue to operate during this time, including waste collection, road maintenance, water, wastewater, fire and by-law enforcement services.

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 Town of The Blue Mountains would like to provide residents with an update on the current status of flood mitigation due to frazil ice within the Beaver River.

To mitigate the potential of flooding, discussions are ongoing with the respective parties to implement an agreement to lower the water level in the Beaver River. To date, an agreement has not been made.

As a result, the Town has issued a notice directly to property owners adjacent to the Thornbury Mill Pond that may be affected by flooding for their awareness.

In the event of a frazil ice blockage, the Town has contracted for heavy equipment to be in place to remove frazil ice as the Town has done in the past years.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works Department
519-599-3131 ext. 276
 

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development
519-599-3131 ext. 282

Valley Youth Ensemble's Spring 2019 Instrumental Music Program Begins January 7, 2019

The VALLEY YOUTH ENSEMBLE is starting its 2019 Music Program for Brass and Woodwind students on January 7, 2019.

Grade 8-12 students are invited to join the group rehearsing basic concert band arrangements on Mondays 3:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. at St.George’s Church hall in Clarksburg.

The program is designed to encourage students to improve their technical skills and learn orchestral terms and conduct. The repertoire will change with the increasing capability of the ensemble challenging the young musicians to perform at their best.

The program is funded by THORNBURY JAZZWORKS and under the direction of Ken Paterson, a recently retired music educator with 30 years experience.

Registration Fee for the 17 week course is $30.00.

Please direct inquiries to thornburyjazz@gmail.com phone 519-599-2893 or kennethpaterson@gmail.com phone 519-387-1187.

Due to the rainfall Roads Department Staff were called out early this morning to deal with the weather. Main roads are in good shape and secondary gravel roads could be slippery.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Deadline for submissions February 28, 2019

Call for Artists’ Submissions

The Arts & Culture Council (ACC), on behalf of the Municipal Art Program (MAP), annually announces a Call to Artists for submissions for the coming year’s exhibition. Regional visual artists are encouraged to apply for this annual juried art exhibition. All art must be wall mountable. Selected art will be on exhibit at Town Hall for a period of 12 months. In the event of a piece being sold while on exhibit, the committee will co-ordinate with the artist to provide a juried selection to replace the sold piece. The ACC annually produces a full-colour brochure complete with information about each artist. The program provides a venue to showcase and promote the region’s artists at The Blue Mountains – Town Hall for all to enjoy.

The Call for the 2019-2020 MAP is now open.  Deadline for submissions is February 28, 2019.  Artists should submit applications electronically with all requirements by the deadline.

Regular meetings resume on January 15, 2019 with guest speakers every other week

Citizens' Forum is a forum for discussions and information about the Town of The Blue Mountains in Ontario. It is primarily directed at residents and others associated with this municipality, but the meetings are open to all who are interested in participating in respectful and informative exchanges about our municipality.

We meet every Tuesday from 4:00pm - 6:00pm at 15 Harbour Street (former Maiolo's restaurant), with guest speakers every second week.

  • 4:00pm - 4:30pm: Meet and Greet
  • 4:30pm - 5:00pm: Agenda
  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm: Discussion/Speaker

Schedule of Guest Speakers

  • January 15 - Tim Hendry, TBM Communications and Economic Development Coordinator
  • January 29 - Steve Simon, President of The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce
  • February 12 - Nathan Westendorp, TBM Director of Planning and Development Services
  • February 26 - Leslie Lewis, Thornbury Business Improvement Area (BIA)

For more information, please contact Rosemary Gosselin at 519-599-3192, by email at gosselin.rosemary@gmail.com or through the group's facebook page.

Due to the snow fall within the last 24 hours all snow removal equipment is out at this time and sidewalks are being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads are slippery.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Public Notice - Minor Variance #A28-2018 

Committee of Adjustment Public Notice

Public Notice

Water Operations staff are currently responding to a water main break on Lakewood Drive. Residence along Lakewood Drive may experience lower water pressure throughout the day. Lakewood Drive will be closed due to repairs.

Water Operations staff are currently responding to a water main break on Lakewood Drive. Residence along Lakewood Drive may experience lower water pressure throughout the day. Lakewood Drive will be closed due to repairs.  

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Town Office between 8:30AM and 4:30PM

519-599-3131 ext 284

For more information please contact the Water Department 

Due to the rain overnight our gravel roads have gone to ice and are in poor condition. Main Roads are in good condition and Secondary Roads are slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to icy road conditions. Our graders have been out since 4:30 am ice blading all the gravel roads.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Public Appointments to Town Committees and Boards, 2018-2022

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Boards for the 2018-2022 term:

  • Communications Advisory Committee (1 additional member sought - 3 Committee members have been appointed)
  • Agricultural Advisory Committee (3 additional members sought - 5 Committee members have been appointed)
  • Abandoned Orchard Committee (1 additional member sought - 2 Committee members have been appointed)
  • Fence Viewers (1 additional member sought - 4 Committee members have been appointed)

All Applications should be submitted no later than Monday, January 28, 2019 1:00 p.m. to:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Attention: Town Clerk
32 Mill Street
Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

Email the Town Clerk

Additional information is available in the Appointment Advertisement.

Attached are the highlights for the upcoming January 14, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting and the January 16, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole meeting

January 14, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights

January 16, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights

Due to snow and heavy winds within the last 24 hours , all snow removal equipment is out at this time. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy drifting in open areas and limited visibility. We would also like to remind residents not to park on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so the roads can be cleared for snow removal. The wind has slowed down and Staff are cleaning up from the last couple of days of weather.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The agenda documents are now ready for: Joint Special Meeting of Council - January 14, 2019 Committee of the Whole - January 14, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole - January 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council - January 16, 2019

The Agenda for the 10:00 a.m. January 14, 2019 Special Meeting of Council, The Blue Mountains Council and The Blue Mountains Public Library Board is now ready.

The Agenda for the 1:00 p.m. January 14, 2019 Committee of the Whole is now ready.

The Agenda for the 9:00 a.m. January 16, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole is now ready.

The Agenda for the 1:00 p.m. January 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council is now ready.

For additonal meeting details, visit the Council Calendar

 

January 15, 2019 - Town Staff will be repairing a watermain on Hoover Lane between 9:00am and 5:00pm. The road will be closed in front of 113 and 114 Hoover Lane and residents may experience reduced pressure or water shut off during this time.

Notice of Water Service Interruption & Road Closure - January 15, 2019

The Town of the Blue Mountains Water Section will be performing work on the Town's Water Distribution System on January 15, 2019 from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Hoover Lane. The road will be closed in front of 113 and 114 Hoover Lane. Residents water will be shut off or residents may experience reduced water pressure during this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience this temporary interruption may cause.  Hand delivered notices have been provided to impacted residents.

For more information please contact: 

Water Supervisor
519-599-5287

Due to light freezing drizzle overnight all snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and Secondary Roads are slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to icy road conditions.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Special Meeting of Council - January 16, 2019 1:00 p.m. Revised Agenda

The revised Agenda for the January 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council is now available.

For additional meeting details, please visit the Council Calendar.

Due to freezing drizzle and a couple inches of snow which continued last night all snow removal equipment is out at this time and sidewalks are still being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and Secondary roads are slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to icy road conditions.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Please be advised that the January 22, 2019 Special Meeting of Council has been cancelled.

(THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ON) At the Special Council meeting on January 16th 2019, Council voted unanimously to opt-in and allow provincially authorized cannabis retail stores to operate within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Council also provided staff with direction to develop a cannabis policy statement which will guide municipal staff when submitting comments to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario related to proposed cannabis retail store sites. Developed through consultation, the policy will clearly outline standards related to where the community feels that cannabis retail stores should be permitted in keeping with the community interest.

In addition, Council directed staff to assess the financial and resource implications associated with further restricting the usage of cannabis within the Town through consultation with owners of privately owned commercial properties who provide public spaces.

Council also voted to approve that the Town make a formal request to the Province to provide additional funding resources to address implementation issues related to cannabis legalization.

 “The unanimous motion to approve cannabis retail stores is a clear demonstration that the Town of The Blue Mountains is a progressive, open and forward-thinking community,” said Mayor Alar Soever. “The decision was made easier in part due to the Provincial restrictions within the first round of licensing. The restrictions have allowed the Town to opt-in, while also taking the time to craft a careful approach towards conducting further public engagement and research related to cannabis usage.”

Under Ontario Regulation 468/18, only 25 cannabis retails stores will be permitted in Ontario by April 1st, 2019. Due to the minimum population requirement of 50,000, the Town of The Blue Mountains is not currently eligible for a store despite the decision by Council to opt-in.

To learn more about cannabis in the Town of The Blue Mountains, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/cannabis.cfm

For more information, visit:

Alar Soever
Mayor, Town of The Blue Mountains
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400
Click to email the Mayor

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282
Click to email

The Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. is now available.

For additional meeting details, please visit the Council Calendar

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to inform nearby residents that Frazil Ice is forming in the Beaver River due to the recent cold temperatures.

Staff are closely monitoring the river and assessing the risk of flooding. In the event of a blockage, the Town has contracted for long reach heavy equipment to remove frazil ice as the Town has done in the past years.

A notice has been issued directly to property owners adjacent to the Thornbury Mill Pond that may be affected by flooding for their awareness.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website when available.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Due to some light snow overnight all snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and Secondary roads are slippery.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Due to heavy winds , cold temperatures and light snow fall, all the snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to the heavy drifting in open areas and limited visibility. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal equipment. We ask residents to be patient and use extra caution when driving.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to confirm that an agreement has been reached between the respective parties to lower the water level in the Beaver River. The process of lowering the water level has been started.

In addition, Town crews are currently using a long reach excavator to remove frazil ice from the river in an effort to promote water flow. Staff will continue to work and actively monitor the situation.

Residents are strongly encouraged to keep off the ice and stay away from the banks of the Mill Pond and the Beaver River. As a result of the formation of frazil ice, it is difficult to identify stable ground from ice coverage.

The Town would also like to request that residents keep away from the excavator while it is in operation as the area around the excavator is an active worksite.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website when available.

Infrastructure & Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Town would like to advise residents that Water Operations staff will be conducting repairs to the Arthur Street Watermain between Elma Street and Bruce Street on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 from 7:30am until approximately 5:00pm. 

Traffic will be reduced to one lane. Residents are encouraged to use an alternate route to avoid traffic congestion. 

For more information, please contact: 

Water Department
519-599-3131 ext 284

The Beaver Valley Agricultural Society is looking to hire a Secretary and/or Treasurer to provide assistance and support for the Directors and General Membership

Responsibilities include:

  • Recording minutes at Director and General Membership meetings (approximately 20 meetings annually)
  • Bookkeeping including bill payment, banking functions and preparing Financial Statements
  • Assisting with the Annual Audit
  • Running the Office at the Fair including intake of membership fees, exhibitor entry forms and providing general information

Candidates for the position must be able to commit to a 5 year term.

The position is considered volunteer with a nominal honorarium.

More information on the Society can be obtained from www.beavervalleyfallfair.ca

Interested applicants should submit their letters of interest with resume to info@beavervalleyfallfair.ca or by mail; Beaver Valley Agricultural Society, Box 334, Clarksburg, Ontario N0H 1J0

Applications will be received until February 15, 2019.

Due to the winter weather within the last 24 hours all the snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to icy road conditions. 

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to encourage all local business owners to complete the EmployerOne Survey.

If you own/operate a business in the Town of The Blue Mountains, please consider completing the EmployerOne Survey.

The EmployerOne survey collects information on a range of issues including projected vacancies, hiring intentions, recruitment strategies and challenges, as well as your perspective on candidate skills, education and training. After analysis, the data is released to schools, community partners, government agencies and the public so that they may see the characteristics of the local labour market.

To take the survey, please visit: 2019 EmployerOne Survey

For more information, please contact: 

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation has issued a request for Housing Development Consulting Proposal. 

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation intends to partner with the private sector to lead and facilitate the continual building of new, permanent, attainable housing for low income or moderate-income working households and families, with a focus on year-round low-income rental, entry-level home ownership, seasonal rental housing to support the local workforce needs and housing for seniors. An initial focus on various forms and styles of attainable rental housing is anticipated to be a priority.

For more information, please visit: http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/public_docs/documents/Attainable-Housing-Corporation-Request-for-Housing-Development-Consulting-Proposal.pdf

Closes: 2:00 p.m. February 15, 2019

Deadline for Questions: January 31, 2019

http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/public_docs/documents/Attainable-Housing-Corporation-Request-for-Housing-Development-Consulting-Proposal.pdf

Due to winter weather within the last 24 hours all snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and Secondary Roads are slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to icy road conditions. We would also like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal equipment.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Due to snow and heavy winds all snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Main Roads are in good condition and Secondary Roads are slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy snowfall, limited visibility and icy road conditions. We would also like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal equipment. We ask residents to be patient and use extra caution when driving.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The following article was published by CBC News regarding Whistler's Housing Authority Model.

To view the article, Click Here.

 

The following media release has been posted upon request. 

South Georgian Bay Tourism Organization New Look & Website

Collingwood, ON. Formally known as the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, Visit South Georgian Bay, the region’s most experienced tourism organization, is reinventing how it does business to better reflect visitor needs in a booming tourism economy.
Now boldly called South Georgian Bay Tourism, it will be positioned as an industry first, Destination Education Organization (DEO). Its role will be to enhance the visitor experience through seamless connections between visitors and the region’s highly unique products and experiences. The South Georgian Bay DEO will become the regional seal of quality as the destination information authority for visitors.

We are excited to announce that South Georgian Bay Tourism recently launched a NEW website that will focus on highlighting key regional tourism events and festivals, as well as making it easier for visitors to discover the region’s remarkable towns and villages. Every season will bring a fresh look and new stories to the website and social media channels, helping local tourism operators and related businesses highlight their unique offers and experiences.

The new regional tourism website will support local tourism operators in the South Georgian Bay region by assisting both visitors and residents discover events, local gems, towns and villages.

It will provide consumers with specific in-market themed and activity-based itineraries of what to do, best of guides and content curation to encourage extended length of stay and increased spending at members businesses. The website is mobile and user friendly and was redeveloped in order to meet the dramatic shift on what visitors are expecting, researching and participating in during their travels to the region.

The annual Four Season Guide was also just released for 2019, reflecting this new brand look and approach to highlight key regional tourism events and festivals, towns and villages. This guide is the foundation for tourism information in South Georgian Bay, with distribution at over 40 brochure racks, businesses and public spaces.

South Georgian Bay Tourism Board Member and Director of Sales and Marketing at Scandinave Spa states: “Our region has grown and visitor needs have changed, so we seized the opportunity to create a robust organization that can add real value into the regional tourism economy. Our brand promise is simple: To gently nudge and guide visitors within the region to seize their day by discovering unique places, activities, experiences and people.” “We want to become the go-to source for motivational in-destination information” says Henderson.

South Georgian Bay Tourism is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors, with public and private sector representation from the regional tourism industry. It is a membership based organization with additional financial and in-kind support from counties, the regional tourism organization and local municipalities, including Clearview, Meaford, Collingwood and the Town of Blue Mountains.
Make sure to check out the brand-new website for everything there is to do in the South Georgian Bay area. For details go to: http://www.southgeorgianbay.ca

To download the guide, go to:

Summer
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1LgX_tTpy5e_lIOrhxuB9sHtraUpH-NWx

Winter
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lfTZgEHrHi9UcUqfnkoAdh-8x4brd5Y9

For more information or media interviews contact:

Melissa 705-445-7722 ext. melissa@southgeorgianbay.ca

http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca/

Starting this year, Grey Sauble Conservation Authority will be offering stewardship funding to agricultural landowners as part of the “Fertile Fields and Clean Streams” project. This funding has been made possible due to financial support from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The primary environmental issue that “Fertile Fields and Clean Streams” will address is the diversion and

reduction of substances that negatively affect water quality, including: E. coli, sediments, phosphorus and nitrates. This project encourages responsible agricultural practices that will benefit the entire region. Granting options help enable landowners to access resources they need to undertake environmental projects that benefit the health of their soil, water, crops and livestock. This grant can also be combined with other funding options through organizations such as Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) or Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). Types of projects could include: native seedling plantings, livestock exclusion fencing, clean water diversion and cover crops.

Contact Grey Sauble’s Stewardship Technician today! We can arrange a time that works for you to walk your property, discuss your ideas and develop a project budget. There is very little paperwork involved to receive funding.

Do you have a project in mind, but are not sure if it qualifies for this grant? We want to hear from you too! Grey Sauble Conservation Authority is always looking to partner with landowners; rural or urban, large acreage or small. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with your ideas; we would be happy to work with you to make them a reality!

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For more information contact:

Rebecca Ferguson, Stewardship Technician at 519 376-3076 ext. 247 or email r.ferguson@greysauble.on.ca

Due to snow fall within the last 24 hours, all the snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal equipment.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Due to winter weather all snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy snowfall, heavy drifting in open areas and limited visibility. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal equipment.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

For your safety and the safety of your neighbors, it is important to keep hydrants clear and unobstructed so that they can be used by The Blue Mountains’ Fire Department in case of an emergency. 


The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to ask all residents and business owners to be mindful of not blocking or obstructing fire hydrants when clearing snow. If there is a fire hydrant in front of or adjacent to your property, please ensure the hydrant is clearly visible and unobstructed. Please help yourself, your neighbors, and your municipality, by ensuring it is kept free and clear of snow at all times. We appreciate your assistance. 

The February 4, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda is now available. 

To access the Committee of the Whole package, and for additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights document for February 4, 2019 is attached.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Due to extreme winter weather all snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy drifting in open areas, icy road conditions and limited visibility. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal equipment.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

 

All snow removal equipment is out at this time and sidewalks are still being cleared. Town Staff would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal. 

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

1. February 4, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda Revised 2. February 5, 2019 Special Meeting of Council Package Available 3. February 7, 8, 11, 12, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole Agendas Available (2019 DRAFT BUDGET)

1. The Agenda for the February 4, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting has been revised to include:

For full meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

2. The Agenda for the February 5, 2019 Special Meeting of Council is now available. The full Council Package can be accessed through the Council Calendar.

3. The Agendas for the following Special Committee of the Whole meetings to discuss the 2019 Proposed Budget are now available:

2019 Propsed Budget

Agenda - February 7, 2019 (click here to access the Council Calendar)

Agenda - February 8, 2019 (click here to access the Council Calendar)

Agenda - February 11, 2019 (click here to access the Council Calendar)

Agenda - February 12, 2019 (click here to access the Council Calendar)

Road Closure and Reduced Water Pressure to residents in the area of - Lakeshore Drive between Lansdowne Street N. and Bay Street W.

Residents on Lakeshore Drive between Lansdowne St N. and Bay St W. may notice reduced water pressure on February 4th between 8:30AM and 5:00PM. The Town has responded to a watermain break and will be making necessary repairs.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Town office between 8:30AM and 4:30PM

Water Department 

519-599-3131 ext 285

 

 

 

 

 

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to Icy Road Conditions. We ask residents to be patient and use extra caution when driving.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Town Staff are out sanding roads and sidewalks. All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Main roads are in good conditions and secondary roads are slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to icy road conditions. We would also like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal. With the forecasted rain and high winds this afternoon, roads will be slippery and care should be taken when driving.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on February 20, 2019

#A01-2019 (Botden)

Public Notice #A02-2019 (Richpark Homes) is being considered at the February 20, 2019 Committee of Adjustment meeting

#A02-2019 (Richpark Homes)

The Town is considering the stop-up and close of Albert Street between the previous King Street road allowance and the Georgian Trail shown as Part 4, 5, and 6 on Registered Plan 16R-10914

With approximately 4 inches of snowfall last night with no wind, the landscape looks as pretty as a postcard. All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Town Staff would like to remind residents not to park cars on the roadways so roads can be clear for snow removal.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

A rather large winter storm is on its way with an estimated 15 to 25 cm of snow and ice pellets falling with 70 to 80 k winds until Wednesday. We ask residents to be patient and use extra caution when driving. We would also like to remind residents not to park cars on the roadways so the roads can be clear for snow removal.  Staff will be monitoring road conditions and sending crews out as needed today and tomorrow. 

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Roads Update- February 12, 2019 2:25pm

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads may be slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy drifting in open areas and limited visibility. Residents are reminded not to park vehicles on roadways to assist with snow removal operations.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Please be advised the automated door opener on the main doors to Town Hall (East, Mill Street facing) has been repaired.

This notice is to advise that repairs have been made to the automated door opener at Town Hall.

We appreciate your patience while repairs were made.

Although the freezing rain has stopped for today, the wind and snow continue. All the snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads are slippery. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy drifting in open areas and icy road conditions. We ask that residents not park cars on the roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The 2018/2019 winter season has experienced a number of rain events and with the increasing frequency of mixed winter weather, the Town would like to remind residents and visitors to drive according to the road conditions and to be mindful of changing weather conditions. Special attention should be given when travelling on gravel roads as they may be ice covered which results in reduced traction.

To help remove ice from gravel roads, the Town dispatches heavy equipment graders to ‘ice-blade’ the affected gravel roads. The ice-blade carves a grooved pattern onto the road or snow-covered surface which provides significantly better tire traction. However, since the ice is generally caused by rain, the Town typically waits until the rain has finished before ice-blading occurs; otherwise, no progress would be made as the gravel roads would refreeze once the grader has passed.

In addition to ice-blading, the Town spot sands on hills, curves and intersections where required based on the local conditions. However, ice-blading is generally required before the sanding trucks can operate. The sand mixture contains 7% salt which may be applied to both gravel and paved roads. Using straight salt is not recommended as the salt only temporarily thaws the road which creates potholes and leads to further problems.

The Town operates according to the Town’s Winter Maintenance Policy, which is available on the Town website. The Town’s Public Works Department operates on a single shift with operators assigned to a specific route as directed by the Town’s Winter Maintenance Standards and Level of Service Policy.

For more information or to view the policies, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

Take notice that the Town of The Blue Mountains will hold a Development Industry Consultation regarding Development Charges.

Take notice that on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, the Town of The Blue Mountains will hold a Development Industry Consultation session regarding proposed 2019 development charge rates and policies that will be applied throughout the Town.

Development charges are levied against new development, and are a primary source of funding for development-related capital expenditures. The 2019 Development Charges Background Study relates to the provision of all eligible DC Services (i.e., Public Library, Fire Services, Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Parking & By-law, Solid Waste, General Government, Roads & Related, Water and Wastewater Services).

All interested parties are invited to attend the Development Industry Consultation session:

Date:          Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time:          6:00 P.M. (rescheduled from 5:00 P.M.)
Location:    Council Chambers, Town Hall, Town of The Blue Mountains, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
 

Any person may attend the development industry session and make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the by-law. Written submissions are invited and should be directed to Sam Dinsmore, Deputy Treasurer/Manager of Accounting and Budgets at 519-599-3131 x274 or contact Finance and IT Services.

A copy of the 2019 Development Charges Background Study was made available on the Town’s website www.thebluemountains.ca on Thursday, February 7, 2019. In accordance with the requirements of the Development Charges Act, a copy of the 2019 Development Charges By-law is also available on the Town's website.

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Town Staff would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so the roads will be clear for snow removal. 

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

Take notice that the Town of The Blue Mountains will hold a Public Information Centre regarding Development Charges.

Take notice that on Monday, March 11, 2019, the Town of The Blue Mountains will hold a Public Information Centre regarding proposed development charge rates and policies that will be applied throughout the Town.

The purpose of the public information centre is to present findings outlined in the 2019 Development Charges Background Study and provide the public with an opportunity to ask questions. The Statutory Public Meeting, as required by the Development Charges Act, will be held immediately following the public information centre (7:00P.M. in Council Chambers, Town Hall, Town of The Blue Mountains). Any questions or comments raised at the public information centre will be recorded and entered into the public record as part of the statutory public meeting.

Should any person like to make written or verbal representation in support or opposition to the by-law before Council, they may do so at the statutory public meeting immediately following the public information centre.

All interested parties are invited to attend:

Date:          Monday, March 11, 2019
Time:          6:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M.
Location:    Council Chambers, Town Hall, Town of The Blue Mountains, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
 

A copy of the 2019 Development Charges Background Study was made available on the Town’s website www.thebluemountains.ca on Thursday, February 7, 2019. A copy of the 2019 Development Charges By-law is also available on the Town's website.

Take notice that the Town of The Blue Mountains will hold a Public Meeting regarding Development Charges

Take notice that on Monday, March 11, 2019, the Council of the Town of The Blue Mountains will hold a Public Meeting pursuant to The Development Charges Act, 1997, regarding proposed development charge rates and policies that will be applied throughout the Town. It is proposed that enactment of a development charges by-law by Council would occur on a date subsequent to the public meeting.

Development charges are levied against new development, and are a primary source of funding for growth-related capital expenditures. The 2019 Development Charges Background Study relates to the provision of all eligible DC Services (i.e., Public Library, Fire Services, Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Parking & By-law, Solid Waste, General Government, Roads & Related, Water and Wastewater Services).

Council is required under The Development Charges Act, 1997, to hold at least one public meeting to allow the public the opportunity to review and provide comments on the 2019 Development Charges Background Study, related staff reports and the proposed development charges by-law.

All interested parties are invited to attend:

Date:          Monday, March 11, 2019
Time:          7:00 P.M.
Location:    Council Chambers, Town Hall, Town of The Blue Mountains, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
 

Any person may attend the Public Meeting and make written or verbal representation either in support of or in opposition to the by-law. Written submissions are invited and should be directed to Sam Dinsmore, Deputy Treasurer/Manager of Accounting and Budgets at 519-599-3131 x274 or contact Finance and IT Services no later than 4:30 P.M. on Friday, March 8th, 2019.  Written comments received prior to the meeting and submissions made at the public meeting will be considered by Council prior to the enactment of a new development charges by-law.

A copy of the 2019 Development Charges Background Study was made available on the Town’s website www.thebluemountains.ca on Thursday, February 7, 2019. A copy of the 2019 Development Charges By-law is also available on the Town's website.

Take notice that the Town of The Blue Mountains will hold a Public Information Centre and Public Meeting regarding the 2019 Draft Budget and 2019 Draft Water and Wastewater Budget and Rates

The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Information Centre and a Public Meeting to provide information to the public and to allow the public the opportunity to review and comment on the 2019 Draft Budget and supporting Tax Rate Changes as well as the 2019 Draft Water and Wastewater Budget and Rates.

Monday, March 11, 2019
Public Information Centre 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 
Monday, March 18, 2019
Public Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
 
Location: Public Information Centre and Public Meeting
Town Hall, Council Chambers
32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
 

Information and handouts will be available, with Town representatives in attendance to respond to inquiries and to receive comments from the public.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of The Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, intends to adopt the Estimated Revenues and Expenditures for all departments of the Town for the year 2019 and intends to adopt the 2019 Water and Wastewater Budget and Water and Wastewater Rates.

Copies of the 2019 Draft Budget and 2019 Draft Water and Wastewater Rates were posted on the Town’s website on February 21, 2019, www.thebluemountains.ca.

For additional information, please contact Finance and IT Services.

Take notice that the Town of the Blue Mountains will hold a Public Information Centre and Public Meeting regarding amendments to By-law 2018-8 for the Imposition and Collection of Fees and Charges for Certain Municipal Services and Activities, amendments to By-law 2018-9 for Solid Waste Management Fees, and amendments to By-law 2018-10 for Planning Matters and Engineering Services

The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Information Centre and Public Meeting to provide information to the public and to allow the public the opportunity to review and comment on the proposed amendments to the Fees and Charges By-law, Solid Waste Management Fees By-law, and Planning Matters and Engineering Services By-law.

Monday, March 11, 2019
Public Information Centre 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
 
Monday, March 18, 2019
Public Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
 
Location: Public Information Centre and Public Meeting
Town Hall, Council Chambers
32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0
 

It is proposed that Council will consider enactment of these revised By-laws at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Information and handouts will be available, with Town representatives in attendance to respond to inquiries and to receive comments from the public.

Copies of the proposed amendments to the Fees and Charges By-law, Solid Waste Management Fees By-law, and Planning Matters and Engineering Services By-law were posted on the Town’s website on February 21, 2019, www.thebluemountains.ca.

For additional information, please contact Finance and IT Services.

 

All snow removal equipment is out at this time and sidewalks are being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads are slippery. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal. 

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Agenda for the Council Meeting of Wednesday, February 20, 2019 is available.  Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Committee of the Whole & Special Committee of the Whole documents available .

February 25, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda

*Meeting Materials for February 25, 2019 meeting are available through the Council Calendar

February 27, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole Agenda

*Meeting Materials for February 27, 2019 meeting are available through the Council Calendar

 

The Committee of the Whole ("COW") Agenda Highlight documents for the COW meeting February 25, 2019 and the Special COW meeting February 27, 2019 are attached.

For additional meeting details, visit:

Council Calendar - February 25, 2019

Council Calendar - February 27, 2019

With warm temperatures this morning, last nights ice event is melting away nicely. All snow removal equipment is out at this time and sidewalks are being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads are slippery.

For more information please contact:

Town of The Blue Mountains

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
Phone: 519-599-3131 x 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public that a creek realignment and enhancement project is currently underway at the Peel Street and Highway 26 intersection.

The Town has confirmed that the landowner has obtained appropriate permits and approvals for the creek realignment and enhancement project from both the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority (GSCA).

For more information, please contact:

Manager of Development Engineering
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Please note that the Committee of the Whole meeting scheduled for today, February 25th, 2019 has been cancelled due to inclement weather. 

The 5:00pm Public Meeting regarding Windfall phases 4, 5 and 6 will be rescheduled to a later date. 

The staff reports from today's meeting will be included on the Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 Committee of the Whole meeting. A revised meeting agenda with a new meeting start time will be posted tomorrow.

For more information, please contact:

Clerks Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 232

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

 

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are still being cleared. Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy snowfall, heavy drifting in open areas and limited visibility. We ask residents to be patient and use extra caution when driving.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

 

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are being cleared. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal. 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Revised Agenda

The revised agenda for the February 27, 2019 Special Committee of Whole is available.

Please note the start time is 10:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

 

With the ground still covered in snow, planting trees might not be on your mind yet, but with Wiarton Willie’s prediction of an early spring, it’s time to start planning your green investments!

Did you know planting trees can help reduce your home heating and cooling costs and can reduce your property taxes by up to 75%? Trees are also a cost-effective option to create a natural privacy barrier or a beautiful view and are a great way to make use of marginal/open or less productive acreage. Consider planting trees as an investment that increases over time and leaves a legacy for future generations!

Grey Sauble Forestry Service makes it easy for you to invest in trees and get your hands on some green with 3 great options:

  • Get discounted prices using the landscape and seedling order forms, which make it easy to purchase high-quality trees in bulk (minimum 100 seedlings/no minimum for landscape). Order before March 21, 2019!
  • If you are looking to save time and leave planting to the professionals, take advantage of the Spring Tree Planting Program. Grants are available for eligible projects to reduce costs by up to 70%!
  • Visit the popular Annual Arbour Day Tree Sale event on April 27, 2019 (8:00am – 12:00pm) at the Grey Sauble Conservation Administration Centre (237897 Inglis Falls Road, Owen Sound). There will be many species of coniferous, deciduous, and fruit trees! This event is weather pending, so be sure to check the website for updates.

Not only will planting trees provide you with benefits for years to come, but you will be contributing to the health and resiliency of this unique region, which is priceless!

For more information and/or order forms contact:

Mike Fry, Forestry Coordinator at 519-376-3076/m.fry@greysauble.on.ca or visit www.greysauble.on.ca

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Background:

Our vision is a healthy watershed environment in balance with the needs of society.

Our mission, in partnership with the stakeholders of the watershed, is to promote and undertake sustainable management of renewable natural resources and to provide responsible leadership to enhance biodiversity and environmental awareness.                         

http://www.greysauble.on.ca

Watch for the Blue Mountains March 2019 Newsletter included in the Interim Tax Bill. To view the newsletter online, please open the following link: The Blue Mountains Newsletter March 2019

The Blue Mountains Newsletter March 2019

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are being cleared. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so roads will be clear for snow removal. 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise the public a small leak has been detected at the Victoria Street Water Tower in Thornbury.

The Town Water Department is actively monitoring the situation and will be conducting the necessary repairs. There are no structural concerns regarding the integrity of the water tower. The leak is a minor issue and as a result, there is no immediate safety or environmental concern.

Further updates will be posted to the Town website if deemed necessary.

For more information, please contact:

Water Supervisor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 321

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Staff are out cleaning up from the weekend flurries. All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are also being cleared. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so that roads will be clear for snow removal.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting - B01-2019 (Wells)

 

B01-2019 (Wells)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A03-2019 (Posey)

Minor Variance #A03-2019 (Posey)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A04-2019 (Bay Growers Inc)

Minor Variance #A04-2019 (Bay Growers Inc)

This Public Notice is being considered by the Committee of Adjustment on March 20, 2019

Committee of Adjustment Notice of Public Meeting #A05-2019 (Lamperstorfer)

Minor Variance #A05-2019 (Lamperstorfer)

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are also being cleared. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so that roads will be clear for snow removal.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

This Friday, March 8th, 2019 is International Women’s Day. The Town of The Blue Mountains is proud to support International Women’s Day and to celebrate the achievements of women within the South Georgian Bay region and throughout the world.

This year’s theme is #BalanceforBetter, which represents that a gender-balanced world is a better world. As an equal opportunity employer, this theme holds true for the Town of The Blue Mountains. In total, the Town employs 41 full-time female staff of which 20 of those individuals work directly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Local Women’s Day Event

To celebrate local businesswomen for International Women’s Day, a community event is being held at the Marsh Street Centre from 8:30am – 11:00am. Hear passionate and personal business leadership stories from four distinguished local business women!

Speakers Include:

The event is organized and sponsored by Stransky & Associates - IG Private Wealth Management. For event information and tickets, please visit: www.eventbrite.ca/e/women-worth-wellness-for-international-womens-day-tickets-55529256501

About International Women’s Day.: International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

To learn more about International Women’s Day, please visit: www.internationalwomensday.com

For more information or for media inquiries, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The agenda for the Council Meeting of March 11, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For addional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Meeting Cancelled- Please note that the rescheduled public meeting for Windfall Phase 4, 5 & 6 has been cancelled at the request of the developer. The meeting will be rescheduled and posted to the Town website.

The County and Town are seeking input on development applications within 120 metres of your property that propose to enable the planned development of 145 single detached and 262 semi-detached dwelling units in Phase 4, 5 and 6 at the Windfall community.  The proposed development represents an overall increase from the permitted 609 units in the Windfall community to 680 units.  (Increase of 71 additional units).  The proposed increase in total units does not create any additional lots.  The additional units are created by increasing the ratio of semi-detached units to single detached units.
SITE:     Blocks 38, 40, 44, 45, 47, 60 Registered Plan 16M-42, Part of Lot 16, Concession 1, Town of The Blue Mountains
 

Rescheduled Public Meeting Notice - Windfall Phase 4, 5 & 6

Public Meeting Cancellation

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are also being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads are slippery. We would like to remind residents not to park cars on roadways so the roads will be clear for snow removal. 

Have a great day! 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS OF ENBRIDGE GAS INC. (FORMERLY ENBRIDGE GAS DISTRIBUTION INC. AND UNION GAS LIMITED)

Enbridge Gas Inc. has applied to raise its natural gas rates effective April 1, 2019 to recover costs associated with the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.

Learn more. Have your say.

The Ontario Energy Board approved the amalgamation of Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited in August 2018. The companies have amalgamated to form Enbridge Gas Inc. (Enbridge Gas).Enbridge Gas has applied to the Ontario Energy Board for approval to increase rates to recover costs associated with meeting its obligations under the Federal Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Act). The Act establishes a carbon pricing program under which Enbridge Gas is required to pay a carbon charge to the federal government for volumes of natural gas that Enbridge Gas delivers to customers starting April 1, 2019. The Act also imposes other obligations on Enbridge Gas related to emissions from the operation of its natural gas distribution system starting January 1, 2019.If the application is approved as filed, the bill of a typical residential customer within the former Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Union Gas Limited rate zones will increase by the following amounts per year:

Rate Zone Residential Annual Bill Increase
Enbridge Gas $93.93
Union South $86.21
Union North $86.18

Other customers, including small businesses, would also be affected.\

THE ONTARIO ENERGY BOARD IS HOLDING A PUBLIC HEARING
The Ontario Energy Board (OEB) will hold a public hearing to consider Enbridge Gas’ request. We will also hear questions and arguments from individual customers and from groups that represent Enbridge Gas’ customers. At the end of this hearing, the OEB will decide what rate change will be allowed. The OEB is an independent and impartial public agency. We make decisions that serve the public interest. Our goal is to promote a financially viable and efficient energy sector that provides you with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.

BE INFORMED AND HAVE YOUR SAY
You have the right to information regarding this application and to be involved in the process.

• You can review Enbridge Gas’ application on the OEB’s website now.

• You can file a letter with your comments, which will be considered during the hearing.

• You can become an active participant (called an intervenor). Apply by March 13, 2019 or the hearing will go ahead without you and you will not receive any further notice of the proceeding.

• At the end of the process, you can review the OEB’s decision and its reasons on our website.

LEARN MORE
Our file number for this case is EB-2018-0205. To learn more about this hearing, find instructions on how to file letters or become an intervenor, or to access any document related to this case, please enter the file number EB-2018-0205 on the OEB website: www.oeb.ca/notice. You can also phone our Consumer Relations Centre at 1-877-632-2727 with any questions.

ORAL VS. WRITTEN HEARINGS
There are two types of OEB hearings – oral and written. The OEB will determine at a later date whether to proceed by way of a written or oral hearing. If you think an oral hearing is needed, you can write to the OEB to explain why by March 13, 2019.

PRIVACY
If you write a letter of comment, your name and the content of your letter will be put on the public record and the OEB website. However, your personal telephone number, home address and email address will be removed. If you are a business, all your information will remain public. If you apply to become an intervenor, all information will be public. This rate hearing will be held under section 36 of the Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998, S.O. 1998, c.15 (Schedule B).

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the Agricultural Advisory Committee and The Blue Mountains Public Library Board. The committee appointment runs concurrent with the term of Council, being 2018 - 2022:

Call for Supplementary Committee Appointments

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Boards. The committee appointment runs concurrent with the term of Council, being 2018 - 2022:

•          Agricultural Advisory Committee:
            8 member Committee, 7 Committee members have been appointed.
            1 additional member being sought
 
•          The Blue Mountains Public Library Board
            7 member Committee, 6 Committee members have been appointed.
            1 additional member being sought 

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to a particular Committee or Board.  Applicants may apply for more than one Committee and/or Board, and are asked to submit separate applications for each Committee/Board.

NOTE:  Applicants shall be qualified electors within the Town of The Blue Mountains

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, March 29, 2019 1:00 pm to:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Attention:  Town Clerk
32 Mill Street
Thornbury, Ontario N0H 2P0
 

Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights for the March 18, 2019 meeting now available.

The agenda for the Committee of the Whole Meeting on March 18, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The following information has been posted to the Town website upon request from the Species at Risk Program. 

This email is to inform you that the Governor in Council (GiC) is anticipating publishing in Canada Gazette, Part I on March 23, 2019 its intentions regarding whether or not to list a number of aquatic species under the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The Receipt Order referring these species to the GiC for consideration is anticipated to be published in Canada Gazette, Part II on March 20, 2019.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has previously consulted with you on the potential listing of one or more of these species that may be of interest to you.  We wish to take this opportunity to further engage you in the next steps of the process. 

We therefore invite you to review the Regulatory Impact Statement Analysis (RIAS) once published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, which provides additional information and the rationale for the proposed decision whether or not to list for each of these species. Public comments may be made on the proposed listing decisions for 30-days following publication of the proposed decisions using the contact information provided in the RIAS. 

For further information on aquatic species at risk, you may also wish to view Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Aquatic Species at Risk website or the Species at Risk Public Registry.

Aquatic species for which listing decisions are being proposed by the Governor in Council under the Species at Risk Act:

Species

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) Classification

Province

Fish

1. Bull Trout (South Coast British Columbia)

Special Concern

British Columbia

2. Bull Trout (Western Arctic)

Special Concern

Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta

3. Channel Darter (St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

4. Cutlip Minnow

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

5. Giant Threespine Stickleback

Special Concern

British Columbia

6. Lake Sturgeon (Southern Hudson Bay - James Bay)

Special Concern

Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec

7. Northern Sunfish (Great Lakes - St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

8. Silver Lamprey (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario, Quebec

9. Unarmoured Threespine Stickleback

Special Concern

British Columbia

10. Black Redhorse

Threatened

Ontario

11. Bull Trout (Saskatchewan - Nelson Rivers)

Threatened

Alberta

12. Plains Minnow

Threatened

Saskatchewan

13. Pugnose Minnow

Threatened

Ontario

14. Pugnose Shiner

Threatened

Ontario

15. Rainbow Smelt (Lake Utopia Large-Bodied)

Threatened

New Brunswick

16. Salish Sucker

Threatened

British Columbia

17. Silver Shiner

Threatened

Ontario

18. Channel Darter (Lake Erie)

Endangered

Ontario

19. Channel Darter (Lake Ontario)

Endangered

Ontario

20. Rainbow Trout (Athabasca River)

Endangered

Alberta

21. Silver Chub (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Endangered

Ontario

22. Spotted Gar

Endangered

Ontario

23. Striped Bass (St. Lawrence River)

Endangered

Quebec, Atlantic Ocean

Mollusc

 

24. Eastern Pondmussel

Special Concern

Ontario

25. Mapleleaf (Great Lakes - Upper St. Lawrence)

Special Concern

Ontario

26. Rainbow

Special Concern

Ontario

27. Mapleleaf (Saskatchewan - Nelson River)

Threatened

Manitoba

28. Threehorn Wartyback

Threatened

Ontario

29. Fawnsfoot

Endangered

Ontario

30. Hickorynut

Endangered

Ontario, Quebec

31. Lilliput

Endangered

Ontario

32. Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel

Endangered

British Columbia

 

 

 

 

Thornbury Jazzworks Donates 30 Ukuleles to BVCS

The Uke Kids from Thornbury

The music program at Beaver Valley Community School (BVCS) has a new method of introducing students to instrumental music. Now students start playing recorders in grade 4 and students in grade 5 have the opportunity to play the ukulele.

BVCS music teacher Melanie Kearns promoted the idea to start the ukulele program in grade 5. Although the focus is on the grade 5, other age groups are also interested in learning to play the ukulele, which provides students with a greater opportunity to develop an ear for pitch and learn to appreciate harmonies as well.

30 ukuleles needed for the program were donated by THORNBURY JAZZWORKS, including a special contribution from Mr. Larry Gross, a Jazz at the Library supporter. Stay tuned, who knows, some day there could be a full size Ukulele Orchestra making music right here in The Blue Mountains.     

Formally known as the Georgian Triangle Tourist Association, Visit South Georgian Bay, the region’s most experienced tourism organization, is reinventing how it does business to better reflect visitor needs in a booming tourism economy.
In the fall of 2018, it announced a bold re-branding to South Georgian Bay Tourism, based on a new platform and industry first focus, becoming a Destination Education Organization (DEO).
It now announces the next phase of its evolution… the creation of new Visitor Information Centres. Driven by the insight that digital has become the leading source of information for tourists planning to visit any destination, these new Information Centres will provide ‘last mile’ education to tourists about all the great things to do in South Georgian Bay. The new Information Centres will be located in hotels, restaurants, attractions, as well as other businesses and organizations that meet a specific set of criteria. Starting April 1, 2019, there will be locations in each of South Georgian Bay’s participating municipalities which include Town of Meaford, Town of The Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood and Township of Clearview.

The new Visitor Information Centres will also be highlighted on the 2019 Visitor Map and on the website at www.SouthGeorgianBay.ca. The website will include new enhanced portals for each of the participating municipalities’ towns and villages, reinforcing one of the region’s unique attributes as a ‘collection of communities.’
With the tourism organization staff focus shifting to keeping these new Visitor Information Centres educated about all the great things happening in South Georgian Bay every season, the organization will be moving out of the Collingwood Museum which has served as a central office for many years. In exchange for space at the Collingwood Museum, the association provided welcoming services for Museum visitors.
“The information office at the Museum has been a mutually beneficial arrangement but our organization needs to evolve based on our new strategic focus and the emergence of the ‘digital tourist’,” commented Mylisa Henderson, a Board Member for South Georgian Bay Tourism and Co-Owner of Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain.

As of the start of September, the tourism association will vacate the Collingwood Museum.

Dean Collver, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture for the Town of Collingwood oversees the Collingwood Museum, recognizes this as mutually beneficial decision. “Tourism is definitely evolving, and the static Information Centre model is being replaced by new technology and other opportunities. We are grateful for the partnership with the tourism association over the past several years, but we are excited for the progressive direction that South Georgian Bay Tourism is taking with this new model and we are fully supportive of the change.”

About South Georgian Bay Tourism
The Destination Education Organization (DEO) helps enhance the visitor experience through seamless connections between visitors and the region’s highly unique products and experiences, educating both tourists and businesses on South Georgian Bay and why it is Ontario’s Four-Season Playground. It provides visitors with specific in-market themed and activity-based itineraries of what to do, best of guides and content curation to encourage extended length of stay and increased spending at tourism businesses. South Georgian Bay is the regional seal of quality as the destination information authority for visitors. It is governed by an eight-member Board of Directors, with public and private sector representation from the regional tourism industry.

For more information or media interviews contact:

Melissa 705-445-7722 ext. melissa@southgeorgianbay.ca

http://www.visitsouthgeorgianbay.ca/

Online Survey ends Friday, April 12, 2019

Take the Survey: https://greycyclingandtrails.metroquest.ca/

Grey County is developing a long-term, comprehensive Cycling and Trails Master Plan to guide future planning and decision-making to enhance cycling and off-road trail opportunities within the County and its local municipalities. The plan is meant to be used by County staff, decision makers and community partners to support and provide direction for future investments in cycling and active transportation infrastructure network by identifying a network and programs that supports commuter cycling, cycle tourism and non-motorized recreational trail use.

The County has retained WSP Canada Group Limited (WSP) to support the development of the Cycling and Trails Master Plan. The plan will incorporate previous work completed by the County and its partners including on-going projects such as the Recreational Trails Strategy. The plan will be developed using a three-phased process and is expected to be completed by Spring 2019.

For more information, please visit: https://www.grey.ca/programs-initiatives/grey-county-cycling-and-trails-master-plan

Online Cycling and Trails Survey

An interactive survey is available until mid-April as we continue to collect feedback on the strategy.  The tool will help us understand:

  • Key priorities and topics to be addressed in the master plan
  • User experience using cycling routs and trails, and these routes could be improved
  • Ideas for cycling and trail improvements

Take the Survey: https://greycyclingandtrails.metroquest.ca/

 

More ways to get involved...

There are a number of way that you can get involved. The following are some of the ways that you can provide your input over the course of the study

  • Check this page for updates around the study and about cycling and trails in Grey County.
  • Attend public events and provide your input. Check this page regularly for updates on dates and times of events.
  • Email or contact one of the study team representatives – please use their contact information below.
Bryan Plumstead
Manager of Tourism
Grey County
519-376-3365 ext. 6110
bplumstead@visitgrey.ca
Cristina Valente
Senior Project Planner
WSP
647-730-7154
cristina.valente@wsp.com
https://www.grey.ca/programs-initiatives/grey-county-cycling-and-trails-master-plan

Due to the snowfall within the last 24 hours, all the snow removal equipment is out at this time.

Residents can expect delays in what they would consider normal snow clearing due to heavy snowfall, heavy drifting in open areas, limited visibility and icy road conditions.  

The Town of The Blue Mountains will be receiving a one-time payment of $642,347 from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

In a letter to Mayor Soever, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing explained that “While this investment is unconditional, it is intended to help modernize service delivery and reduce future costs through investments in projects such as: service delivery reviews, development of shared services agreements, and capital investments.”

The allocation amount was based on a formula that took into consideration the number of households within the Town of The Blue Mountains and whether the municipality is urban or rural.

 “This is timely in light of the Province of Ontario’s decision to review the governance, decision-making, and service delivery functions of eight regional municipalities including Simcoe County,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Although we are located in Grey County, the Town and its citizens have a number of existing linkages such as health care, policing and transportation with Simcoe County and in particular the Town of Collingwood. This funding will be of great assistance for the Town as we work with Strategy Corp to identify, review and consider new service delivery models which can build on these ties and increase the efficiency and value of services to local residents.”

For more information, please contact:

Mayor Alar Soever
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

As required by the Ontario Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act, The Town of The Blue Mountains has submitted salary information for employees earning over $100,000 to the Ministry of Finance. For the 2018 calendar year, The Town of The Blue Mountains submitted salary information for ten employees.

“To be open and transparent, we are releasing the 2018 Public Salary Disclosure Information for the Town of The Blue Mountains ahead of the scheduled Provincial release,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The Town pays competitive salaries for a municipality of its size. As discussed during the 2019 budget process, the Town will be reviewing its salary structure with a focus on aligning salaries with performance.”

To view the salary information, please refer to the attached document, or click the following link: 2018 Public Salary Disclosure

For more information, please contact:

Mayor Alar Soever
(519) 599-3131 ext. 321

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/document_viewer.cfm?doc=783

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment on April 17, 2019

Public Notice

The agenda is available for the Council Meeting on April 1, 2019.

Please note the start time is 5:00 p.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Staff are out cleaning up from the weekend storm. All the snow removal equipment is out at this time and sidewalks are still being cleared. Main roads are in good conditions but secondary roads are slippery. 

Have a great day! 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

FILM PREMIERE – May 4, 2019, Beaver Valley Community Centre, doors open at 6:00 pm.

REEL HISTORY: Mary Ward Shipwreck, and Pathway to the Village of the Souls

Dive to the Mary Ward shipwreck without getting your feet wet or traverse the edge of the escarpment along the spiritual path to the Village of the SoulsMary Ward and Pathway are the next films in the Craigleith Heritage Depot’s film series REEL HISTORY. Both films can be viewed in virtual reality, providing the viewer a unique experience each time they visit.  On May 4, 2019 our film premiere will feature these new films in addition to the original REEL HISTORY films. Tickets are $25.00 each and funds raised at this event will be used to develop future local history documentaries. 

Join us for a full evening of historical storytelling.  The original three films will be shown first to introduce the history behind The Apple Industry, Indigenous History and the Ski Industry in The Blue Mountains.  These films have been appreciated by audiences worldwide from Europe, North America and throughout our region. 

Marine Curator, Historian and Folklorist Ian Bell will present a musical foray into the history of shipping around Georgian Bay, revealing what it would have been like for ships like the Mary Ward.  Among his many accolades, Ian was nominated for a CFMA award for his album of traditional songs of the Great Lakes: Forget Me Not When Far Away.

Be the first to see behind-the-scenes of the making the virtual reality films Mary Ward and Pathway.  Then immerse yourself through the magic of the big screen, or through your own smart phone device, as a virtual experience. 

Local historical organizations and partners will be on hand with exhibits before the show and during intermission to share their insights into our dynamic natural and cultural history. Come early and put yourself back in time with our green screen experience.  Make sure you have a chance to use our virtual reality headsets to experience the new films.

The museum worked with local film company Mountain Goat Films for production along with the support of the Blue Mountain Village Foundation.  The museum appreciates the support of this night’s event sponsor, Royal Lepage Locations North, for helping us bring the films to our community.

The doors open at 6:00 pm and the program starts at 7:00 pm. Complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments and popcorn are available as well as a cash bar.  Tickets are $25.00 and available at the Craigleith Heritage Depot and LE Shore Memorial Library.

Come out and enjoy a visual journey through time.

 

 

April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall

The Town of The Blue Mountains Council will hold a Public Meeting to receive comments on the proposed changes to the Town Special Event By-law 2013-39. The Special Event By-law sets out the rules that regulate special events taking place within the Town of The Blue Mountains.

Staff Report CSPW.19.011 “Updates to the Town’s Special Event Bylaw 2013-39” provides additional information regarding the proposed changes.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on June 3, 2019, intends to adopt a new Special Event By-law and repeal the previous Special Event By-law 2013-39.

Public Meeting Notice

April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at Town Hall

The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Meeting to allow the public the opportunity to comment on the proposed updates to the Purchasing of Goods and Services Policy, POL.COR.07.05.

A summary of the proposed updates includes the provision of electronic bidding and minor administrative updates. Details of the proposed changes are included in Staff Report FAF.19.040.

Notice is hereby given that the Council of The Corporation of the Town of The Blue Mountains, at its regularly scheduled Council Meeting on June 3, 2019 intends to adopt the proposed Purchasing of Goods and Services Policy and By-law.

Public Meeting Notice

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is seeking public feedback on the Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper, which expands upon commitments in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The paper poses questions that will help guide future decision-making to divert more waste from landfill.

Currently, Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person every year and our overall diversion rate has stalled below 30% over the last 15 years. Ontario needs to reduce the amount of waste we generate and divert more waste from landfill through proven methods like Ontario’s curbside Blue Box Program, existing and emerging municipal green bin programs and other waste recovery options. Existing and emerging technologies are increasingly allowing us to recover and recycle materials back into our economy rather than sending them to landfill. This is helping us to better protect our communities and keep our air, land and water clean and healthy.

The discussion paper sets out goals, actions and performance measures and outlines how we will:

  • decrease the amount of waste going to landfill
  • increase the province’s overall diversion rate.

The discussion paper provides more details on the actions and commitments related to waste that were outlined in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The feedback on the discussion paper will help the province to move forward with a clear, comprehensive and outcome-based approach to reducing litter and waste in our communities while keeping this province clean and beautiful for future generations.

Eight areas for action

The discussion paper outlines eight key areas for action:

  1. prevent and reduce litter in our neighbourhoods and parks
  2. increase opportunities for Ontarians to reduce and divert waste at home, at work and on the go
  3. make producers responsible for the waste generated from their products and packaging
  4. reduce and divert food and organic waste from households and businesses
  5. reduce plastic waste going into landfills and waterways
  6. provide clear rules for compostable products and packaging
  7. recover the value of resources in waste
  8. support competitive and sustainable end-markets for Ontario’s waste

These eight areas of action are the steps we will take to make waste reduction, reuse, and recycling easier for the people of Ontario, not only at home or at work, but throughout our communities.

Purpose of policy

We developed the discussion paper to seek feedback from the public on how we propose to implement waste commitments included in Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. The feedback will be used to inform future waste management policy.

Other public consultation opportunities

We used input we received through the following methods to help us develop the discussion paper:

  • public and stakeholder feedback on the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan (013-4208)
  • one-on one meetings with interested and affected stakeholders

For more information, please visit: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4689

https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/013-4689

Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights are now available.

The agenda is available for the Committee of the Whole Meeting on April 8, 2019.

Please note the start time is 11:00 a.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Notice- Grand Opening Celebration for the Daisy Market & Refillery

On behalf of Council, Mayor Soever would like to extend congratulations and best wishes to Cassidy Holt for the grand opening of her business Daisy Market + Refillery.

Mayor Soever, members of Council, and BIA representatives along with friends and family celebrated the grand opening of the Daisy Market + Refillery with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

“It’s great to see a new and progressive business open within our community” explained Mayor Soever. “The success of small business is extremely important for the Town of The Blue Mountains economy. On behalf of Council, I wish Cassidy the best of success within her business.”

Daisy Market + Refillery features all natural, small batch beauty and eco-friendly lifestyle products. The refillery is a new addition to the store where customers can bring their own jar or container and purchase a variety of products including: lotions, shampoos, conditioners, soap, cleaning liquids, and toothpaste. The goal of the refillery is to reduce the amount of single use plastics within the community.

Daisy Market + Refillery is located at 8 Louisa St E. in downtown Thornbury. To learn more, please visit: www.daisymarket.ca

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

http://www.daisymarket.ca

The Agenda is available for the CAO Hiring Sub-Committee of Council.

Please note the start time of 9:00 a.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Road Closure: Elma Street North, closed for reconstruction.

Date: April 15, 2019 until May 17, 2019
Between: Arthur Street West (HWY 26) and King Street West

A map of the area can be found here: Click to Open

Road Closure

 

Some of the upper elevation gravel roads are showing signs of ice at this hour. Town Staff have a grader out, ice blading. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads are slippery. 

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The Agenda is available for the CAO Hiring Sub-Committee of Council Meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Please note the start time of 7:30 a.m.

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents and business owners that the spring road cleanup is scheduled to start within the coming weeks, depending upon weather conditions.

As daily temperatures being to climb, crews will start to pick up winter sand, clean catch basins, repair road and boulevard damage, fix signs and complete a variety of other spring maintenance tasks.

Please be patient with the cleanup process as the Town has over 500 kilometers of roadsides to maintain. As a result, cleanup efforts will be ongoing until mid-May. Please keep in mind that some activities such as street sweeping are weather dependent. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The Agenda is available for the April 16, 2019 Special Meeting of Council at 8:00 a.m.

For additional details visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda is available for the April 17, 2019 CAO Hiring Sub-Committee of Council Meeting at 9:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation aims to provide more affordable rental, entry-level ownership, and seniors residence opportunities to support local workers, families, and seniors as they live, work, and play in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation (BMAHC) is taking the next steps to create more attainable housing in the Town of The Blue Mountains. Since its creation in 2014, BMAHC has created two programs, a down payment assistance program and a grants program for secondary suites. BMAHC is now taking action to expand its reach to help develop attainable housing stock in the municipality.

BMAHC will look to the successful Whistler Housing Authority example and use various models for the creation of new permanent, attainable housing for working households and seniors. BMAHC will help build a sustainable community in the Town by focusing on year-round and seasonal rental markets, as well as entry-level home ownership to support the needs of families, seniors, and local workers.

“This is an exciting action plan for BMAHC that will get new attainable housing stock built and will lay the foundation for additional attainable rental and ownership stock in our community,” said BMAHC Chair Rob Sampson.

A recent survey funded by the Government of Ontario titled, “Creating Attainable Housing in South Georgian Bay”, found that housing is becoming increasingly out of reach for the local workforce. 60% of respondents indicated they would live in the area permanently if housing were affordable. Local workers, families, and seniors want to live in the area, but are unable to do so due to housing prices.
BMAHC is taking steps to solve these challenges. Through a competitive procurement process, BMAHC has selected StrategyCorp, an Ontario-based strategy firm, to support the corporation in building the in- house capacity to develop more attainable housing and to lead a procurement process for housing developments.

BMAHC will be engaging the public and council as they go through this process to ensure that its plans and developments are guided by local input.

“Council is supportive of the work being undertaken by the Attainable Housing Corporation. Council will work closely with the Housing Corporation’s Board to engage the public in addressing housing needs in our community,” Mayor Alar Soever noted.

Public engagement opportunities will be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation’s website (http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/) and advertised within the local media.

About The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation was established as a not-for-profit in January 2014 to augment the supply of healthy and sustainable ownership housing units that are affordable to a larger portion of the population. Its goal is to support the creation of more affordable housing opportunities for those living in the vibrant, diverse community of The Blue Mountains.

About StrategyCorp
StrategyCorp’s multi-disciplinary team of strategists provides advisory services to private, public, broader public sector, and non-profit clients in complex political, financial, regulatory, and public process environments. What sets StrategyCorp apart from other consultancies is its ability to help clients create conditions for success through the integration of business analytical capabilities with a deep understanding of external public affairs and communications environments.

For more information, contact The Attainable Housing Corporation.

Media Release

Bridges 2 & 3 (6th Sideroad) and Bridge 13 (Heathcote Bridge)

The Town of The Blue Mountains is beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to determine the preferred method of improvement to address structural condition and roadway safety at Bridge 13 – Main Street crossing a tributary of the Beaver River in Heathcote in Town of The Blue Mountains. 

The Town of the Blue Mountains is also beginning an environmental assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act to determine the preferred method of improvement to address structural condition, roadway safety and ability to convey creek flows at Bridges 2 & 3 – 6th Sideroad crossing Mill Creek near the hamlet known as Little Germany in Town of The Blue Mountains.

For more information on these EA's please visit the project webpage:  Bridge 2, 3, and 13 - Environmental Assessments 

If you would like to be added or removed from our project maililng list or if you have a project related question, please contact the Town via the contact form below: 

Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects 
519-599-3131 x 238 


 

 

Public information meeting slated for April 25 in Ravenna

Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) is hosting a public information meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. to discuss water quality and fish habitat enhancements proposed for Black Ash Creek later this year. The meeting is taking place at Ravenna Hall, 628299 Grey Road 119 in the Town of The Blue Mountains.

These improvements will see an earthen dam at Petun Conservation Area removed, and Black Ash Creek returned to a more natural and healthy state.

Black Ash Creek runs from the top of the Niagara Escarpment and through the Town of Collingwood before reaching Georgian Bay.

Historically, the creek was home to native brook trout. Today, while the creek supports a healthy rainbow trout population, only a few wild brook trout remain in the upstream reaches.

Trout need cold water to thrive. Removing the Petun dam and the stagnant head pond it supports will lower water temperatures in the creek. This will enhance habitat for rainbow trout and provide an opportunity to reintroduce native brook trout. It will also improve water quality overall.

NVCA is partnering with the Town of The Blue Mountains, Bruce Power and other groups on this project, which will enhance and protect this important fishery.

About NVCA: 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

The Public Health Agency of Canada has encouraged health units to share with local healthcare providers the following:

At the end of March, influenza continues to circulate in Canada. Although A(H1N1) was the predominant subtype this season overall, an atypical spring wave of influenza A(H3N2) has been observed across the country. Influenza A(H3N2) has been the predominant circulating subtype nationally since mid-February. In contrast, very little influenza B is circulating this season to date compared to previous seasons.

Canadian estimates of vaccine effectiveness against A(H3N2) for the 2018-19 season to date are anticipated shortly. Health care providers should advise patients at high-risk of influenza complications to contact their provider promptly if they have symptoms of influenza. Consider timely administration of antivirals (e.g. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) or Zanamivir) to persons at high-risk for influenza complications presenting with influenza symptoms, regardless of immunization status.

All lab-confirmed influenza cases and institutional respiratory outbreaks are reportable to public health to ensure timely follow-up.

For additional information or to report influenza cases and respiratory outbreaks, please contact the Grey Bruce Health Unit Infectious Diseases Team at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 and dial 6.

Here are some resources that may be of assistance:

PHO Fact Sheet on Antiviral Use
http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/eRepository/Antiviral_Medication_Influenza_Fact_Sheet.pdf 
Flu Algorithm
https://www.ammi.ca/Content/Guidelines/Flu_Algorithm.pdf 
Public Health Ontario’s Ontario Respiratory Pathogen Bulletin:
http://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/ServicesAndTools/SurveillanceServices/Pages/Ontario-Respiratory-Virus-Bulletin.aspx 
Grey Bruce Health Unit Influenza Bulletin (weekly local bulletin)
https://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca/Portals/0/Topics/InfectiousDiseases/HealthCareProfessionals/Influenza_Bulletin.pdf 

Speaker Series event, hosted in partnership by the Town of The Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood, Municipality of Meaford, and the Town of Wasaga Beach, and regional partners, features the topic: Building a Community of the Future by Attracting the Leaders of Tomorrow

Attracting the Leaders of Tomorrow - A Business in Motion Speaker Series

 

Theme includes:

  • How can we rank as a top YouthFullCity community?
  • Creating a Youthful Infrastructure
  • What makes for a word class community with youthful attitudes?

Keynote Speaker: Robert Barnard

  • 25+ years working with youth all around the world
  • Co-Founder of YouthfulCities.com

Local experts and leaders will discuss how we can work together to make our communities more youth-friendly and rank as a top YouthfulCity.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 8:30am - 11:00am 
Location: Marsh Street Centre - 187 Marsh Street, Clarksburg

Tickets are $30 - please note: Limited seating! Tickets will not be available at the door.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit: https://bim2019.eventbrite.ca

Health Survey Opportunity in The Blue Mountains

Statistics Canada, in partnership with the Government of Canada, is performing the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS).  This survey will collect physical measurements from Canadians aged 3 to 79, across the country.  Data from this survey will:

  • Provide Canadians with accurate and comprehensive information on the health of the population
  • Highlight current issues and identify future challenges to health and health care
  • Provide researchers and health professionals an important source of data that is not available elsewhere

The process includes an in-home interview with a Statistics Canada interviewer (approximately 1 hour) and a visit to a mobile clinic.

A mobile clinic has been setup in Town of The Blue Mountains until May 15, 2019 and will be located at the Beaver Valley Community Centre – 58 Alfred Street West in Thornbury.

For more information or to participate in the survey, please contact:

Statistics Canada

Toll-free:1-888-253-1087

Email: statcan.chms-ecms.statcan@canada.ca  

TTY: 1-866-753-7083

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/chms

“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. ” – Ivan Scheier

National Volunteer Week, April 7-13, 2019

 

National Volunteer Week runs April 7-13, 2019. The Town wishes to acknowledge the amazing work done by volunteers throughout the Town, and their lasting impacts. From Public Library and recreational program volunteers, to those who assist in maintaining public spaces, your contributions are appreciated. The Town also wishes to acknowledge local service club volunteers, Committee and Local Board members, and the numerous community organizations who work to make our Town healthy and sustainable.

Together, let’s celebrate and recognize the incredible and meaningful impact of volunteers!

The Agenda is available for the Grey County - The Blue Mountains Task Force Meeting on April 16, 2019.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m. and the location is the Bay Room, Grey County Administration Building, Owen Sound.

For additonal details, visit the Council Calendar.

Town of The Blue Mountains is recognized as a Youth Friendly Community from Play Works

Town of The Blue Mountains Designated as a Silver Youth Friendly Community

The Town of The Blue Mountains is thrilled with its latest achievement of being recognized as a Youth Friendly Community from Play Works.  The Blue Mountains is now a Designated Silver Youth Friendly Community, joining a list of other municipalities committed to serving youth aged 13 to 19.

Play Works, an independent group of organizations committed to encouraging and promoting a greater investment in youth play, established the Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program in 2005. It acknowledges the great work that is being done in communities across Ontario to ensure that youth (ages 13-19) have continuous access to opportunities for leadership and engagement ranging from arts to recreation to civic leadership.

The Youth Friendly Community Recognition Program of Play Works acknowledges communities that have invested in opportunities for youth in recreation, sports, arts, drama, volunteerism and leadership development. Youth Friendly Communities must meet several criteria that demonstrate a strong commitment to engaging youth between the ages of 13 to 19.

A group made up of representatives from local organizations, including Town of The Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains Public Library, and Beaver Valley Outreach, met monthly and worked on the application process.  Thanks to the support of community youth and other local, youth-serving organizations who contributed, the application was successful and helped to achieve the Silver Designation.

The Town was officially presented with the award at the Youth Friendly Community recognition reception, ceremony, and gala banquet at Blue Mountain Resort on March 28th.  Accepting the award was TBM Councillor Andrea Matrosovs, Liz Saunders TBM Community Services, Emma Barker Blue Mountains Public Library, local youth Jaydon Klein, Emma Chapman, Arianna Lachey, and Emily Stewart, Melri Wright BVO, Jason Weppler Grey Bruce Health, and Ryan Gibbons TBM Community Services.

To learn more about Play Works and Youth Friendly Communities, visit  http://www.playworkspartnership.ca/youth-friendly-communities

For more information contact:

Emma Barker, Manager of Public Services
The Blue Mountains Public Library
519-599-3681
Email Library Staff

Notice of Construction - EPCOR Electricity Distribution Ontario Customers

EEDO and its contractors will be initiating pole line construction and tree trimming on Elgin St., Thornbury. This project may require intermittent, short-term outages. EPCOR Utilities Inc. will notify you before each necessary outage.

All outages are required to perform safe work procedures to upgrade the hydro system near your residence/place of business.

The work is taking place from April 15 to May 1, 2019. The attached overview map provides site detail.

If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Ted Burrell @ 705-445-1800 ext. 2286 or Rob Brown @ 705-445-1800 ext. 2259.

All snow removal equipment is out at this time. Sidewalks are also being cleared. Main roads are in good condition and secondary roads are slippery.  

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

This notice is for 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 Mountains

We invite you to participate in this important meeting where we will introduce and explain a new Entrance Permit application process. This is another step along our path of continuous improvement in our customer service.

Date: May 8, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Town Hall Council Chambers
32 Mill Street, Thornbury

To find out more about the Public Information Centre please click here

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Bayview Avenue will be closed between Grey Street and Lakeshore Road

Town of The Blue Mountains Water Department will be making repairs to a Water Service Line on Bayview Avenue on Wednesday April 17th, 2019 between 8AM and 4PM during this time Bayview Avenue will be closed between Grey Street and Lakeshore Road. 

For more information please contact:

Water and Wastewater Inquiries  

519-599-3131 ext 284
Town of The Blue Mountains

 

 

 

Please be advised that Town Hall will be closed Friday, April 19, 2019 and Monday, April 22, 2019 to reopen at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

All essential services will continue to operate during this time, including waste collection, road maintenance, water, wastewater, fire and by-law enforcement services.

The agenda for the Council Meeting on April 24, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Beaver Valley Outreach (BVO) is currently accepting applications for the following positions: 

For more information, please visit: http://www.bvo.ca/employment-opportunities.cfm

The revised agenda for the Town of The Blue Mountains Council Meeting on April 24, 2019 is available.

Please note the revision is related to the Agricultural Advisory Committee at B.ii) and G.2.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar

The agenda for the Town of The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole Meeting on April 29, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights are now available.

This Public Notice on Minor Variance #A07-2019 (Terra Brook Homes) will be heard by the Committee of Adjustment at an upcoming Committee meeting on May 15, 2019.

Public Notice

CAO Hiring Sub-Committee - April 26, 2019 - 8:00 a.m. Code of Conduct Review Committee - April 26, 2019 - 9:30 a.m.

The Agendas for the April 26, 2019 CAO Hiring Sub-Committee and the Code of Conduct Review Committee are available.

Agenda - CAO Hiring Sub-Committee

Agenda - Code of Conduct Review Committee

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The revised agenda for the Town of The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole Meeting on April 29, 2019 is available.

Please note the revision is related to agenda item B.4.1 and Staff Report PDS.19.53..

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar

The agenda is available for the Special Meeting of Council on April 29, 2019.

Please note the start time is 7:00 -.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Call for Appointments - Sustainability Committee and Transportation Committee 2018 – 2022 Term

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Boards. The committee appointment runs concurrent with the term of Council, plus an additional six (6) months, being 2018 – mid 2023:

•          Sustainability Committee:

            9 member Committee, 3 Members of Council have been appointed.
            6 additional public members being sought

The Sustainability Committee shall meet monthly on the second Wednesday of the Month at 2:00 p.m.

•          Transportation Committee:

            5 member Committee, 2 Members of Council have been appointed.
            3 additional public members being sought

The Transportation Committee shall meet monthly on the second Tuesday of the Month at 1:00 p.m.

Meetings may be held in the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury. All meetings are open to the public.

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to a particular Committee or Board.  Applicants may apply for more than one Committee and/or Board, and are asked to submit separate applications for each Committee/Board.

Additional information regarding the Sustainability Committee and the Transportation Committee can be found in the Terms of Reference documents available on the Town’s website:

Sustainability Committee: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/sustainable-path-committee.cfm

Transportation Committee: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/transportation-committee.cfm

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, May 10, 2019 1:00 pm to:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Attention:  Town Clerk
32 Mill Street
Thornbury, Ontario     N0H 2P0

Personal information provided by the applicant is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection.  The Town of The Blue Mountains is an equal opportunity organization.  Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The Revised Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on April 29, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. is available.

The revision includes a Closed Session Matter at  D. on the Agenda.

Please see the Council Calendar for additional details.

The Council of The Corporation of The Town of The Blue Mountains passed Development Charge By-law No. 2019-17 on the 24th day of April 2019.

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of The Corporation of The Town of The Blue Mountains passed Development Charge By-law No. 2019-17 on the 24th day of April 2019, under Section 2 of the Development Charges Act, 1997.

AND TAKE NOTICE that any person or organization may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal under Section 14 of the Act, in respect of the Development Charges By-law, by filing with the Clerk of the Town of The Blue Mountains no later than Monday, June 3rd, 2019, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the By-law and the reasons supporting the objection. A processing fee will be payable to The Blue Mountains Clerk’s Office with the appeal application. The appellant is advised to contact the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal to access required forms and applicable Provincial fees.

The charges in the aforementioned By-law will apply to all new residential and non-residential development, subject to certain terms, conditions and limited exemptions as identified therein. Town-wide development charges are levied against new development to pay for the increased capital costs related to the provision of municipal services such as General Government, Public Library, Fire Services, Police Department, Parks and Recreation, Public Works, Parking and By-law, Solid Waste, Town-wide Roads and Related services. A distinct Roads and Related charge has been calculated for the Castle Glen service area, as the needs attributable to development in this area are unique.

Rates imposed for the Service Areas of Craigleith, Castle Glen, Osler, Thornbury East, Thornbury West, Clarksburg, Lora Bay (SA1, SA2 and SA3), Camperdown and Swiss Meadows are related to the provision of Water and Sanitary Sewer services. Schedules 1 to 4 set out the residential and non-residential development charge rates applicable throughout the Town by service area. Map 1 delineates all applicable Service Areas within the Town in which the area-specific charges are applied.

The development charges imposed under the By-law come into effect on April 24th, 2019. Copies of the complete Development Charge By-law are available for examination during regular business hours (weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) in the offices of the municipality located at 32 Mill Street Thornbury, ON and on the website at www.thebluemountains.ca. For further information, please contact the Clerk’s Office.

Owners of independently owned and operated tourism businesses in BruceGreySimcoe can now access support through the unique T3 Accelerator program.

T3 Accelerator Program Launched

Click to watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-dXaS2bmbA

Owners of established tourism businesses now have support available through a unique program in Bruce, Grey and Simcoe counties.  

TAccelerator, launched by Regional Tourism Organization 7 and the Centre for Business and Economic Development in Collingwood, invites independently owned and operated tourism businesses to apply for coaching assistance to help their business develop and succeed. Once accepted into T3 Accelerator, an extensive assessment of business operations and tourism offerings is undertaken by an experienced team of general business and tourism specialists to identify business development strategies for your business. Owners then receive suitable coaching and resources from the T3 Team and partner organizations. 

For the past several months, seven businesses have been participating in the pilot and the feedback has been very positive.  

“Success is what the program is all about and with the coaching we have tapped into resources we didn’t know were available to us” says Peter Doner and Barbara Barta of Oasis by the Bay Vacation Suites. “T3 made us stop and reevaluate our business. I’ve taken a lot away that has shifted our focus to be more targeted,” Barta adds.

The structure of T3 Accelerator was developed after extensive research and consulting local tourism businesses. T3 Accelerator was built upon a similar program run for almost a decade in Northumberland County. Bill Sullivan, RTO7 CEO, says “I am blown away by the level of commitment that the team members have invested into developing this program. This is a unique support program that will have a significant impact on those tourism businesses involved.”

“Small business represents one of the most important facets of our economy and this exciting coaching program is already proving to be a great tool to those involved.” states Gillian Fairley, General Manager of the Centre for Business and Economic Development.

Central to the program are volunteer coaches. Scott Allison, one of the T3 coaches is sharing his professional knowledge and experience gained during his own career in the hotel and travel industries including 10 years on the board of Destination Canada. Like Mr. Allison, many of the T3 coaches have retired to live in our amenity-rich community.

Mr. Allison explains “tourism’s lifeblood is driven by entrepreneurs and their visions.”  He added “helping local business owners succeed is in itself rewarding, and being part of the T3team has given me great satisfaction.”

Program details can be found on the RTO7.ca website.

For more information:
Sue Ainley
Project Coordinator, T3 Accelerator 
sue@ainleygroup.com

https://rto7.ca/Public/Programs/T3-Accelerator-Program

The Agenda for the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on May 6, 2019 is available.

Please note the meeting start time is 9:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

Special Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights are now available.

Emergency Preparedness Week (May 5-11, 2019)

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a federal-provincial-territorial initiative to promote emergency preparedness across Canada. This year, EP Week runs from May 5-11 and the provincial theme for Ontario is: Are You Ready?

EP Week raises awareness about how to prepare for an emergency and how to keep your family safe in a crisis. It also helps to create safer communities by encouraging you to remember those who may be vulnerable or unable to support themselves during an emergency.

There are four simple steps to help plan for emergencies:

To learn more about how you and your family can be prepared in case of an emergency, please visit: www.ontario.ca/beprepared

Available at the Town Office for $275 per pass!

If you hate carrying cash but you still want to golf at the Tomahawk Golf Course, consider purchasing a season pass for $275 (including HST). 

Passes are available at the Town Office (32 Mill Street in Thornbury) or from staff at the Tomahawk Golf Course.  Each membership includes a blue Tomahawk golf towel that takes the place of a membership card. 

The revised Staff Report at B.8.2 on the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on May 6, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. is available.

For additional information, visit the Council Calendar.

Neighbourhood Meeting Regarding Development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Old Lakeshore Road.

Neighbourhood Meeting  Re. Old Lakeshore Road

Meeting: May 16, 2019
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Location: Beaver Valley Community Centre (Small Hall) 58 Alfred Street W, Thornbury, ON

Meeting Notice

 

 

 

 

The applicants would like to establish a Bed & Breakfast use in their existing house at 111 Marsh Street in Clarksburg. This application for zoning by-law amendment is seeking approval to add the use of “Bed & Breakfast Establishment” to the property’s zone.

Notice of Public Meeting Re. 111 Marsh St B&B

Public Meeting: May 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM
Town Hall, Council Chambers
32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON

Public Notice

The  agenda for the Special Meeting of Council on May 10, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 9:00 a.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Council Meeting on Monday, May 13 is available.

Please note the start time of 6:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Town of The Blue Mountains Water and Waste Water Division is excited to announce that the Town was awarded with first place today at the annual water taste test competition at the Ontario Waterworks Association Conference in Ottawa.

Multiple water samples were entered into a blind taste test competition. The Town of The Blue Mountains water sample was awarded as the best by 950 delegates attending the conference.

“I would like to thank our dedicated water department for their professionalism and excellence within ensuring that the municipal water is safe and the best tasting in the province” explained the Manager of Water and Wastewater Service, Alison Kershaw.

To learn more about Water Services and drinking water quality, please visit:

https://www.thebluemountains.ca/water-services.cfm?is=2

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Revised - Notice of Public Information Centre - Peel Street Preliminary Engineering

Dates: July 11, 2019 (6:30pm to 8:30pm) and July 13, 2019 (10:00am to 12:00pm)
The formal presentation will begin at 7:00pm on July 11 and 10:30am on July 13.
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers

This important meeting will be held to review the proposed options for the reconstruction of Peel Street between Hwy 26 and Georgian Bay, host a question and answer period and receive comments from the public.

A PIC is an informal open house with Town Staff and Consultants. For the purposes of this PIC, Staff and Consultants will be offering information to you about the progress of design options for Peel Street’s reconstruction. Both Staff and Consultants will be pleased to discuss and answer any questions you may have about the options for reconstruction of Peel Street.

For more information please contact: 
Construction Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 275
 

Community of Clarksburg Town of The Blue Mountains Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment The Town of The Blue Mountains is conducting a Master Plan Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to investigate opportunities to improve the water and wastewater services to all properties in the Clarksburg Service Area.

Location:  Town of The Blue Mountains, Town Hall Council Chambers, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury ON.

Session 1: 
Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019 
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm 
Presentation: 7:30pm 

Sesson 2: 
Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm 
Presentation: 10:30am 

For more details please view the Notice of Public Information Centre

If you have any questions, please contact: 
Reg Russwurm, MBA, P. Eng.
519-599-3131 ext. 260
 

The Town of The Blue Mountains is conducting a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) to develop a Town-Wide Water Distribution System Master Plan.

Date: May 29, 2019 
Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm 
Location: Town Hall, Council Chambers 
Address: 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON 

For more information please view the: Notice of  Public Information Centre 

If you have any questions regarding the study please contact:
Reg Russwurm, MBA, P. Eng.
519-599-3131 ext. 260
 

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that between May 15th - June 30th 2019, Union Gas will be conducting maintenance inspections on their infrastructure located within Thornbury.

The maintenance inspections will take place at multiple sites throughout Thornbury. The work at each site is expected to take between 2 -3 hours. Please expect temporary traffic delays during this time.

Click to view a map of infrastructure locations

For more information, please contact: 

Infrastructure & Public Works
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

The Call for Appointments for the Sustainability Committee and the Transportation Committee closes today, May 10, 2019 at 1:00 p.m.

Interested individuals may submit their applications to the Town Clerk via Email or in person (Administration Counter, Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury).

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking applications, in the form of letters of interest, from members of the public for appointment to the following Town Committees and Boards. The committee appointment runs concurrent with the term of Council, plus an additional six (6) months, being 2018 – mid 2023:

•          Sustainability Committee:

            9 member Committee, 3 Members of Council have been appointed.

            6 additional public members being sought

The Sustainability Committee shall meet monthly on the second Wednesday of the Month at 2:00 p.m.

•          Transportation Committee:

            5 member Committee, 2 Members of Council have been appointed.

            3 additional public members being sought

The Transportation Committee shall meet monthly on the second Tuesday of the Month at 1:00 p.m.

Meetings may be held in the Council Chambers at the Town Hall, 32 Mill Street Thornbury. All meetings are open to the public.

Applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related to a particular Committee or Board.  Applicants may apply for more than one Committee and/or Board, and are asked to submit separate applications for each Committee/Board.

Additional information regarding the Sustainability Committee and the Transportation Committee can be found in the Terms of Reference documents available on the Town’s website:

Sustainability Committee: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/sustainable-path-committee.cfm

Transportation Committee: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/transportation-committee.cfm

All Applications should be submitted no later than Friday, May 10, 2019 1:00 pm to:

Town of The Blue Mountains
Attention:  Town Clerk
32 Mill Street
Thornbury, Ontario     N0H 2P0

Personal information provided by the applicant is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection.  The Town of The Blue Mountains is an equal opportunity organization.  Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The agenda package for the May 16th Grey County - The Blue Mountains Task Force Meeting is now available on the County website.

The meeting will be held in the Heritage Room of the Grey County Administration Building, Owen Sound.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m.

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents regarding key areas of service delivery.

Residents are invited to attend a Community Dialogue & Service Delivery Review Workshop on Saturday, June 22nd from 11:30am – 5:00pm at the Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury.

Facilitated by StrategyCorp, residents will be asked to share their opinion and feedback on key areas of service delivery including: Transportation, Planning, Recreation and Culture, Economic Development and more. The purpose of the workshop is to identify key areas of improvement to create efficiency and effectiveness within service delivery.

Date: Saturday, June 22nd, 2019
Time: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Location: Beaver Valley Community Centre in Thornbury

If you would like to attend, please RSVP by June 12th to Karen Hilgendorf at 519-599-3131 ext. 233 or by email. Click to email Karen Hilgendorf.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Meaford Golf Club is Offering Beginner and Women's Golf Programs Starting the week of May 21, 2019

Beginner Program

Learn to golf this summer at the Meaford Golf Club. This season  2,  four week programs will be offered for both men & women that have always wanted to learn the game of golf.  Golf clubs will be provided for all participants and the program will include instruction at our practice range as well as 9 holes of golf on day 4 of the program.

Session #1 (Thursday Evenings 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.)

  • Thursday May 23 - Short Game Clinic
  • Thursday May 30 - Full Swing Clinic –Irons
  • Thursday June 6 - Full Swing Clinic – Woods & Hybrids
  • Thursday June 13 - 9 Holes of Golf - Scramble Format

Session #2 (Thursday Evenings 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.)

  • Thursday June 20 – Short Game
  • Thursday June 27 – Full Swing Clinic – Irons
  • Thursday July 4 – Full Swing Clinic – Woods & Hybrids
  • Thursday July 11 – 9 Holes of Golf –Scramble Format                                                                                                       

Cost: $130 per person (includes 90 minutes of instruction, golf clubs, range balls and taxes)

Women's Clinics

  • Basic Swing Fundamentals - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  May 21   (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Short Game - Putting Clinic - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  May 28   (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Short Game - Chipping & Pitching - Tips & Practice Drills: Tuesday  June 4  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Full Swing Clinic - Irons: Tuesday  June 11  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Full Swing Clinic - Woods & Hybrid Clubs: Tuesday  June 18  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)
  • Special Clinic - Difficult Lies & Problem Shots: Tuesday  June 25  (10 A.M. – 11 A.M.)                           

Cost: $20.00 per clinic or $55.00 for a package of 3 clinics (prices includes one hour of instruction, range balls and taxes)   

To register for either program, call Cameron at 705-441-0865 or email baygolfacademy@bell.net

The Town of The Blue Mountains Town Hall will be temporarily closed on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 between the hours of 8:30am – 9:30am for a staff update meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Agenda for the May 22, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting is available.

For additional meeting details and materials, visit the Council Calendar.

The Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights are now available.

The Agenda for the May 27, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole Meeting is available.

For additional meeting details and materials, visit the Council Calendar.

The Agendas for May 22, 2019 Committee of the Whole & May 27, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole have been revised as follows:

Item B.6.1 Deputation: Blue Mountain Curling Centre (BMCC) Lloyd Luckock, President and John White, Board Member Re: Presentation by BMCC touching on first year just completed, plans for Year 2 plus establishing a working relationship with The Blue Mountains has been removed from the May 22, 2019 Committee of the Whole Agenda and added to the May 27, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole Agenda.

Additional meeting details are available at the links below:

Committee of the Whole - May 22, 2019 Agenda and Council Calendar

Special Committee of the Whole - May 27, 2019 Agenda and Council Calendar

The Special Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights for May 27, 2019 are now available.

The farm cidery business known as “Spy Cider House and Distillery” has proposed the temporary use of a trailer for an office and two storage containers on the subject lands
Property Location: 808108 24th Sideroad (Clarksburg)
Public Meeting: June 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM, Town Hall, Council Chambers, 32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON

Public Meeting Notice 

The Revised Agenda for the Special Committee of the Whole Meeting on May 27, 2019 is available.

Please note the revisions include a revised Agenda, additions at B.1.4, B.6.2, B.10.1, B.11.2, B.11.3 and revision to Agenda item B.1.3.

For additional information, visit the Council Calendar.

Commencing May 22, 2019, weather permitting, and ending July 7, 2019, the County of Grey and the Town of The Blue Mountains intend to control noxious weeds along the county and municipal roadsides under their respective jurisdiction as listed below. We will be using Truvist Herbicide, which contains the active ingredients, Chlorsulfuron and Aminocyclopyrachlor. PCP Registration Number 30920 in combination with Hasten NT Spray Adjuvant, which contains active ingredients Methyl and ethyl oleate (esterified vegetable oil). PCP Registration Number 28277 under the Pest Control Products Act.

County of Grey Roads:
All Rural Roads within the Jurisdiction of Grey County
Contact information:  Graham Wilson, 1-800-567-4739

Town of The Blue Mountains roads:
All Rural Roads within the Jurisdiction of the Town of Blue Mountains
Contact information: Jim McCannell, 1-888-258-6867

For general and product information, call collect:
Steve Ford, Green Stream, 1-905-510-1229

The pesticide application will be conducted by a licensed technician and only applied to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of noxious weeds. The primary purpose of spraying pesticide is to proactively control the spread of Wild Chervil.

What is Wild Chervil?

Wild chervil is a herbaceous biennial or short-lived perennial from the parsley family, introduced to North America from Europe. It was first brought to North America as part of European wildflower seed mix used for plantings along hedgerows and meadows.

This species is short-lived, forming a rosette of only leaves in the first year, then flowering and producing seeds in the second year. As a heavy seed producer, it is easily spread to new locations. Wild chervil has few checks on its population in North America and can quickly take over an area, displacing native species and forming dense stands that are difficult to control.

Source: Ontario’s Invading Species Awareness Program

Opt-out of Pesticide Spraying

To opt-out of pesticide spraying on the roadside portion adjacent to your property, residents are encouraged to employ stewardship and regularly maintain the grass and ditch areas to assist in the control of Wild Chervil. The pesticide is only applied to grass roadside areas that appear to be visually unkept and where there is evidence of noxious weeds. If the area is regularly cut and maintained, the Wild Chervil will not have the opportunity to grow and seed.

For more information, please contact:

Infrastructure and Public Works Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 276

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The following item on the May 27, 2019 Special Committee of the Whole agenda is available:

For additional meeting details, visit the Council Calendar.

Notice- Town Landfill Survey

The Town of The Blue Mountains is seeking input from residents, businesses and stakeholders with respect to the hours of operation and diversion programs for the Town Landfill / Solid Waste Disposal Site.

The purpose of the survey is to gain feedback related to the level of service at the Town Landfill and the scope of recycling diversion programs that the Town offers.

An online survey will be available until June 19th, 2019 at 12pm (noon). All survey responses will be anonymous. To access the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TBMLandfill

Hardcopies of the survey will also be made available at the Landfill, Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library, Craigleith Heritage Depot and the Beaver Valley Community Centre.

For more information, please contact:

Supervisor, Solid Waste & Special Projects
(519) 599-3131 ext. 238

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

Notice- Tourism Matters in The Town of The Blue Mountains

In partnership with Grey County Tourism, local tourism providers, and neighbouring municipalities the Town of The Blue Mountains is proud to be celebrating Canadian Tourism Week. The purpose of the celebration is to highlight the importance of tourism throughout all Grey County communities and across Canada through showcasing world-class tourism attractions, beautiful natural landscapes, and local experiences.

Coordinated by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC), Tourism Week is a national grassroots initiative that brings attention to the economic, social and cultural opportunities available to Canada, Grey County, and the Town of The Blue Mountains through travel and tourism.

“Tourism is an important part of our community and local economy,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “Tourism Week is a great opportunity to reflect and celebrate upon the significant role that tourism plays in contributing to our community”.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to participate and share their own tourism experiences, stories and pictures on social media by using the hashtag #TourismMattersInGrey. Photos and posts can include any tourism-related images such as your favourite tourism friendly businesses, attractions, events, natural sites and hidden gems throughout the community.

“On behalf of Council, I would like to extend my gratitude and appreciation to all tourism providers and tourism-related businesses within the community. I would also like to thank residents and business owners for fostering a welcoming and positive community environment for visitors to experience and enjoy” explained Mayor Soever.

To learn more about Tourism across Grey County, please visit: https://www.visitgrey.ca/

For more information, please contact:

Tim Hendry
Communications & Economic Development Coordinator
(519) 599-3131 ext. 282

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Council Meeting on June 3, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 7:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Agenda for the Special Meeting of Council Meeting on June 3, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 2:00 p.m.

For additional details, visit the Council Calendar

The Town of The Blue Mountains has issued an FAQ document related to Wild Chervil. The information was issued as a follow up to the Noxious Weed Control notice that was posted to the Town website on May 24th, 2019. 

To read the frequently asked questions, please visit: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/roads-drainage.cfm

Help Celebrate Parks and Rec Month and the Longest Day of Play this June!

Get outside, explore our municipal parks, PLAY and have fun this month!!

Parks and Recreation Passport Challenge

Visit at least 5 parks on the passport and write down what you did at each one and you will be entered into a draw to will 4 day passes to the Tomahawk Golf Course!  Printed passports are available for pickup from the Town Office, BVCC, Library and Craigleith Depot.  Completed passports can be dropped off at any of those locations by July 5Digital copies are available too.

Longest Day of Play Colouring Contest

For the kids, there will be a colouring contest and submissions will be featured on our website and entered into a draw to win some awesome outdoor prizes!  Submission are due by June 30.  Printed copies are available for pickup from the Town Office, BVCC, Library and Craigleith Depot.  Completed pictures can be dropped off at any of those locations.  Digital copies are available too.

Longest Day of Play Library Event

The Blue Mountains Library will be celebrating the Longest Day of Play on June 21 at 3:00 p.m. at the L.E. Shore Library.  This event is free and all ages are welcome.

This public notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on June 19, 2019

NOTICE - A08-2019 (Brown) 

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Ajustment Meeting on June 19, 2019. 

NOTICE - B05-2019 (Foster/Hart)

This Public Notice is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment Meeting on June 19, 2019

NOTICE - A09-2019 (Barber / Gardulski) 

This Public Meeting is being considered at the Committee of Adjustment on June 19, 2019. 

NOTICE - B04-2019 Russell & Shaban

The Town of The Blue Mountains recognizes June 3-June 9 as Safe Kids Week!

Parachute Canada, a national charity dedicated to injury prevention, holds Safe Kids Week annually, with the 2019 focus being to prevent harm from children's falls in the home and at play. Safe Kids Week will draw attention to predictable and preventable fall-related injuries in children, and the need to address key hazards for children that cause serious injuries from falls.

For additional information, visit Parachute Canada's website

Grey County's 2019 Rural Guide is now available. The guide includes information regarding the following:

  • Frequently used OMAFRA Contacts
  • Frequently used Government Contacts
  • Rural Organizations in Grey County
  • Women's Institutes
  • Agricultural Societies
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Horticultural Societies
  • Farmers' Markets
  • Municipal Contacts
  • Elected Officials
  • Media Contacts

Grey County 2019 Rural Guide

Call for Directors open now for The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation is seeking applications in the form of letters of interest, and resumes, from members of the public for appointment to The Attainable Housing Corporation Board of Directors.

  • 9 member Board of Directors, 7 Directors have been previously appointed
  • 2 additional Directors being sought

In the letters of interest and resumes, applicants are encouraged to include background information and any special qualifications or interest related attainable housing. The Attainable Housing Corporation is seeking candidates preferably with experience in communications and project management however, all interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants should be prepared to participate in day-time and evening meetings at least once monthly and commit enough time to read meeting materials in advance of the meeting.

For additional information regarding the Attainable Housing Corporation, please visit the Attainable Housing Corporation website.

All Applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm to:

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation
Attention:  Attainable Housing Corporation Chair
32 Mill Street, PO Box 310
Thornbury, Ontario       N0H 2P0

Personal information provided by the applicant is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection.  The Attainable Housing Corporation is an equal opportunity corporation.  Accommodation will be provided in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Public Meeting postponed to the August 1, 2019 Attainable Housing Corporation meeting.

PLEASE NOTE: This Public Meeting will be held at the August 1, 2019 Attainable Housing Corporation meeting. For additional details, visit the Council Calendar.

The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation is considering the adoption of a Purchasing Policy for use by the Corporation which will outline the guiding principles of public procurement and the approach that the BMAHC will take when procuring goods and services “purchasing”. The detailed purchasing procedures, once approved, shall be consulted prior to proceeding with any procurement.

Date of Public Meeting; July 4, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. during the regular Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation Board of Director meeting.

At the regularly scheduled May 21, 2019 Attainable Housing Corporation meeting, the Board of Directors for the Attainable Housing Corporation directed that the draft Attainable Housing Corporation Purchasing Policy be posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation website to receive comments from members of the public and Town staff utilizing the Town’s Public Meeting process.
The draft Purchasing Policy for The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation can be accessed through the Attainable Housing Corporation website.

Regular meeting dates for The Blue Mountains Attainable Housing Corporation are posted to the Attainable Housing Corporation website, along with the links to meeting materials, as applicable.

Attainable Housing Corporation website: http://thebluemountainshousing.ca/.

Public Meeting Notice

Notice of Public Information Centre

Elma and Alice Street Area Reconstruction

July 10, 2019 (6:30pm to 8:30pm) and July 13, 2019 (2:00pm to 4:00pm)

Town Hall Council Chambers

 

This important meeting will be held to review the proposed cross sections for the reconstruction of Elma Street (between Alfred Street and Arthur Street), Alice Street (between Victoria Street and Bruce Street), Louisa Street (100m east of Elma Street), Lorne Street and Park Lane, host a question and answer period and receive comments from the public. The formal presentation will begin at 7:00pm on July 10th and 2:30pm on July 13th.

What is a Public Information Centre (PIC)?

A PIC is an informal open house with Town Staff and Consultants.  For the purposes of this PIC, Staff and Consultants will be offering information to you about the progress of design options for Elma and Alice Street Area Reconstruction.  Both Staff and Consultants will be pleased to discuss and answer any questions you may have about the cross sections presented for the reconstruction of these streets.

What should I expect to learn at this PIC?

Should you attend this important PIC, you should expect to learn more about the following: 

  • Existing conditions
  • Work and public consultation completed to date
  • Recommended solution
  • Project timing

Information presented at the Public Information Centre will be available for viewing on the Town’s website at: https://www.thebluemountains.ca/elma-alice-street-reconstruction.cfm

For more information please contact: 
Construction Coordinator
519-599-3131 ext. 275

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Committee of the Whole Meeting on June 10, 2019 is available.

Please note the start time is 1:30 p.m.

For additional information, please visit the Council Calendar.

TOWN OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS 
CLASS ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT BRIDGES 2 & 3 AND BRIDGE 13 
NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION CENTRE

To address structural deficiencies and safety concerns, Town of The Blue Mountains is considering alternative solutions at two bridge sites: 
BRIDGES 2 & 3 are being planned as a Schedule A+ project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, with the Town completing the phases associated with a Schedule B project to increase public consultation throughout the process.  Alternatives being considered include: 

  • Do nothing;
  • Permanently close and remove the existing bridges;
  •  Repurpose the bridges to non-vehicular traffic;
  •  Rehabilitate the existing bridges;
  •  Replace with single lane bridges; and
  •  Replace with two lane bridges.

BRIDGE 13 is being planned as a Schedule B project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment. Alternatives being considered include: 

  • Do nothing;
  • Rehabilitate the existing bridge;
  • Replace with single lane bridge;   
  • Replace with two lane bridge; and
  • Rehabilitate bridge and download to property owners on the east side of the watercourse.

Information about these projects can be found at https://www.thebluemountains.ca/bridges-2-3-13-environmental-assessments.cfm. A joint Public Information Centre has been arranged to provide further information to the members of the public, approval agencies and interested stakeholders on the various alternatives and to receive further input. All those with an interest in the project are encouraged to attend.

Date: Tuesday July 9, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Town of The Blue Mountains, Council Chamber/Atrium

32 Mill Street, Thornbury ON

Comments and information collected at the Public Information Centre will be maintained on file for use during the Study, and, unless otherwise requested, may be included in the Study documentation which is made available for public review. 
Following the Public Information Centre, further comments are invited for incorporation into the planning and design of this projects, and will be received until July 24, 2019. 

For more information please contact; 
Jeff Fletcher 
Town of The Blue Mountains 
32 Mill Street, P.O. Box 310 
Thornbury, ON   N0H 2P0 
Manager of Solid Waste & Special Projects
managersolidwaste@thebluemountains.ca
(519) 599-3131 x238
 

CONSULTANT 
Tatham Engineering Limited 
115 Sandford Fleming Dr. #200 Collingwood, ON   L9Y 5A6 
Emma Wilkinson, H.B.A., B.E.Sc., P.Eng Project Manager 
ewilkinson@tathameng.com 
(705) 444-2565 x2101

 

The Town of The Blue Mountains is pleased to announce that the current Interim CAO Shawn Everitt has accepted the permanent role of Chief Administrative Officer.

This appointment will officially take effect on June 10, 2019, following the passage of the appointment by-law. The CAO provides strategic leadership for the municipality and acts as the direct liaison between Council and staff.

Mr. Everitt has held the role of Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the Town since December of 2017. Previous to this role, Shawn was a member of the Town’s Senior Management Team holding the role of Director of Community Services since 2005. Shawn began his career with the Town in September of 1993 as the Manager of the Community Centre.

Mr. Everitt states: “I feel privileged to have the opportunity to lead the talented and customer focused group of staff at the Town and live in what I believe to be an extraordinary community. I look forward to working in collaboration with community members, council, staff, and our neighbouring municipalities to continue to provide efficient and valued services and ensure environmental and economic sustainability as well as smart growth in the Town.

Mayor Soever states, “In our first six months in office Council and I have developed a strong working relationship with Shawn and have come to recognize and value Shawn’s experience and knowledge of the Town of The Blue Mountains.  Shawn has a broad vision and understanding of what is important to our citizens in the many unique parts of our “community of communities”.

Shawn’s leadership and the stability he has provided to staff over the past eighteen months in his role as interim CAO make him a natural choice to lead our team going forward. 

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The Agenda for The Blue Mountains Special meeting of Council is available.

Please note the start time is 1:00 p.m.

For additional information, visit the Council Calendar.

Town of The Blue Mountains Planning Staff are undertaking a series of housekeeping amendments to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2018-65. By-law 2018-65 replaced the former Town of Thornbury By-law 10-77 and former Township of Collingwood By-law 83-40. 

Public Meeting: July 3, 2019 at 5:00pm
Location: Town Hall Council Chambers 

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 

Committee of the Whole Agenda Highlights are now available.