Media Advisory – Media Kit for Harm Reduction May 2017

Harm Reduction

  • Harm reduction strategies focus on reducing the harmful consequences of drug use and other risky behaviours that effect a person’s health.
  • Harm reduction strategies recognize the difficulties associated with drug addiction and that avoiding drugs may not be realistic for everyone.
  • These strategies are community-based, user-driven, non-judgmental, and address the way individuals may be isolated or marginalized.
  • Needle syringe programs are helpful in modifying many risk related practices of injection drug use (for example reusing and sharing needles).


The HNHU Offers Tips for Keeping Cool this Summer

SIMCOE, MAY 19th, 2017 – With the arrival of spring and summer comes an increase in outdoor temperatures and Humidex values. The Haldimand-Norfolk Heath Unit (HNHU) would like to remind the public of tips on how to beat the heat and stay cool, as well as to check in on family and friends who may be more vulnerable to the heat.

“There are members of the community that are at greater risk for preventable heat-related illness.


Women on Paper exhibition presents work from the Norfolk Arts Centre permanent collection

Simcoe, ON – May 18, 2017 – The Norfolk Arts Centre permanent collection is rich in works on paper. Women on Paper: Selections from the Permanent Collection presents a series of prints and drawings by Canadian women artists of local, regional and national renown. The focus is on representational work that spans diverse subjects from crushed cars to the senses. The exhibition will be on display at the Norfolk Arts Centre until July 29th.


The HNHU Launches Drinking Water Hauler Inspection Program

May 8th, 2017 – Simcoe, ON The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is pleased to announce the launch of the HNHU Drinking Water Hauler Inspection Program.

Over the past two years, the HNHU has been working with local drinking water haulage operators in Haldimand and Norfolk providing both education and inspections to ensure compliance with guidelines developed under the Ontario Drinking Water Protocol, 2014 and the Ontario Public Health Standards.


Business start-up funding available for Grade 6-12 students

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – May 2, 2017 – Norfolk County is Ontario’s Garden, taking the lead in growing young entrepreneurs in partnership with established businesses and organizations.

Norfolk County students in Grades 6 to 12 with a summer business idea may receive up to $300 to start up their operations, if they apply to the Student Start Up Program (SSUP). Deadline to apply is Friday, June 23, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. The process is simple: students complete an online or paper form, adding supporting documents, if they wish.


The HNHU Reminds Pet Owners to Vaccinate their Pets Against Rabies

May 2nd, 2017

Simcoe, ON May is Rabies Awareness Month and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) would like to remind animal owners to protect their pets and family by vaccinating their animals (including their farm animals) against rabies.

“Vaccination is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of rabies,” said Stephanie Pongracz, manager of Environmental Health at the HNHU. “Pets are the link between a rabid animal and us.


Norfolk County is Canada’s Asparagus Capital

NORFOLK COUNTY, April 27, 2017 – Welcome to Canada’s leading grower of asparagus.

Farmers in Norfolk County grow about 1,500 acres of the green spears, the first in several waves of local produce that pass across dinner plates in spring, summer and fall in Ontario.

“Make a habit of buying local produce this year by starting with asparagus,” said Clark Hoskin, spokesperson for Norfolk County’s tourism and economic development office.


Health Unit Helping Local Families find their Smiles

SIMCOE, April 26th, 2017 – The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) helps families access free preventive, routine and emergency dental care through the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program. The HSO program helps cover dental costs for eligible children 17 years and younger.

Many families report cost as a barrier to accessing dental care for their children. Simcoe resident and mother of seven Susanne Zietsma finds it hard to pay for dental care but didn’t want to neglect her children’s oral health.


Housing Study — Official Plan Review – Notice of Public Open House and Public Meeting

Simcoe, ON – April 6, 2017

Public Open House

Date:  Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time:  4:00 to 6:00 pm

Location:  Board Room, Health & Social Services Building, 12 Gilbertson Drive, Simcoe

File:  OPNPL2016230

The County has released a Draft Proposed Official Plan Amendment to the Norfolk County Official Plan, which outlines proposed policy changes recommended as part of the 2016 Norfolk County Housing Study, completed as part of the overall Five-Year Official Plan Review process.


When it Comes to Lyme Disease, Checking for Ticks is Key

SIMCOE, MARCH 31, 2017– The weather is warming up, which means tick season is quickly approaching. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) is reminding the public to take precautions when visiting areas where ticks may live. These areas include woodlands, trails, roadsides and possibly even some parts of your backyard such as wood piles and gardens.

Both deer ticks and dog ticks are present in the region. Deer ticks are particularly concerning as they can carry germs that cause Lyme disease.


Port Dover artist Elizabeth Barrett-Milner explores environmental loss in new paintings

Simcoe, ON – March 14, 2017 – “A disappointing sadness led to a small sketch entitled, “A passenger pigeon once paused to eat a berry on Christmas Day.” A simple drawing of a living bird. And so I began the paintings with stories of the rare, endangered and extinct.” Elizabeth (Liz) Barrett-Milner’s new series of oil paintings reflect on the stories, people and places that have been lovingly cast in the lyrical images in rare, on exhibition at the Norfolk Arts Centre until May 27.


Fall Leaf Collection Extended

DELHI, ON – NOVEMBER 18, 2016 – Norfolk County Council agreed to extend the curbside collection of leaf and yard waste for one additional week this month.

The urban collection will now continue, on your regular collection day, until the last week of November. The current collection was scheduled to finish the week of November 25 but Council agreed to extend the collection for the week starting November 28.

Leaf and yard waste is collected at the curbside in eleven designate areas.


Issues and Options for Official Plan Policy Change

SIMCOE, ON – NOVEMBER 10, 2016 – Norfolk County is undertaking the next phase of community engagement on the Official Plan Five Year Review. The Issues and Options Report is available at County offices, libraries and on the County website at

What makes Norfolk a great place to live, work and visit?  How can we grow Norfolk by supporting agriculture, revitalizing downtown areas and encouraging tourism? How can we improve the quality of life and condition of our communities for all residents? 


Delhi Library to Break Ground

DELHI, ON –  November 4, 2016 – A ground breaking ceremony is planned to take place at the Delhi Branch, Norfolk County Public Library on Saturday November 12 at 2 p.m.  This ceremony will be held outdoors at the current location of the Delhi Branch, 192 Main Street, Delhi.  All are welcome to attend.  Norfolk County Council has approved a budget of $1.7 million for this expansion and renovation project.

When the project is completed the expanded library will include an addition of 3,000 square feet;


Heat Alert Declared Over for Haldimand and Norfolk Counties

Simcoe, July 15, 2016

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Malcolm Lock, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health, has ended the Heat Alert for Norfolk and Haldimand, which was issued July 12th.
One of two weather conditions are not expected for the Haldimand and Norfolk area:

  • Humidex is expected to reach 40ºC or higher.
  • Humidex is expected reach 36ºC or higher with a Smog Alert.


Heat Alert Declared for Haldimand and Norfolk Counties

Simcoe, July 12th, 2016 Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Malcolm Locke, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued a Heat Alert for Norfolk and Haldimand. The Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice.

According to Environment Canada, heat and humidity will arrive today with high temperatures reaching near 31 or 32 °C, with a humidex nearing 40 °C.

Members of the public are advised to take these precautions:

  • Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.


Health Precautions for Heat Waves

Simcoe JUNE 20, 2016 – As recent weather brings hot and humid conditions into the area, the HNHU is reminding the public to take precautions during extreme heat events.

Members of the public are advised to take these precautions:

  • Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
  • Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls, local libraries or community centres.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.


Sharing the road one metre at a time

SIMCOE, JUNE 17 2016 – Cycling for recreation and tourism is on the rise in both Haldimand and Norfolk counties. As more and more riders take to the road, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit reminds all users to share the road.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and the rules of the road apply to cyclists and drivers,” says Michele Crowley, Health Promoter with the Health Unit. “

Recent legislation changes require that drivers give cyclists the space they need – a minimum of one metre – when passing a cyclist on the road.


Home Ownership Program – Now Accepting Applications

SIMCOE, ON – MAY 27, 2016 – Available to residents of Haldimand and Norfolk Counties, the Home Ownership program provides down payment assistance to qualified low-to-moderate income households wishing to purchase a home. Funding is provided in the form of a 20-year interest free loan registered on title and up to 10% of the purchase price of the home.

To qualify for the program, applicants must be renting, be at least 18 years old, with a combined gross household income of $81,300.00 or less (maximum income level is updated annually).


Site Remediation – West of Frederick Hobson VC Drive

SIMCOE, ON – May 18, 2016 – Lee Robinson, P.Eng., the General Manager of Public Works and Environmental Services for Norfolk County, announces the continuing steps that are underway to remediate the lands adjacent to the Norfolk County Garage located at 568 Queensway West in Simcoe.

In 2008 the County initially identified certain contamination at the garage property, being excess levels of petroleum hydrocarbons and volatile organic compounds. The property has historically been used as a garage facility for a long period of time, by Norfolk County and by predecessor municipalities.


The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Releases New Strategic Plan for 2016-2020

SIMCOE, March 2016 – The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) today released a new strategic plan for 2016-2020: Building Healthy, Vibrant, Caring Communities for All. This plan will ensure the HNHU remains well positioned to continue its work in supporting its vision of healthy vibrant and caring communities for everyone. Developed after hearing from staff, senior management and outside consultants, the plan will help direct the HNHU in offering quality, equitable programs and services that optimize the public’s health.


County clears up confusion about Norfolk Inn property

SIMCOE, ON – March 16, 2016 – Early Wednesday afternoon Mayor Charlie Luke stated, “Norfolk County has followed the law applicable to the sale of properties for tax arrears”. Norfolk County Treasurer, John Ford, also clarified that “The law provides that a party that has a valid legal interest in the property, registered on title (referred to in law as an interested party) may redeem the property from the tax sale process by paying the entire balance of outstanding taxes, interest, penalties and charges”.


Best Suggestion Awards

Simcoe, ON – March 8, 2016 – Norfolk County has an employee suggestion program under its Staff Recognition Policy (HR-18). The purpose of this program is to support innovative, creative ideas, problem solving and to publicly promote the manner in which Norfolk County works to implement and encourage new ideas and values to their employees.

Over the course of 2015, a total of 20 suggestions were received through one of three means:


Kick off March Break with a free screening of the smoke-free movie Zootopia

SIMCOE March 8th, 2016 Children copy what they see on and off-screen, but a group of local youth from Haldimand and Norfolk are taking action to ensure that movies aren’t subliminally encouraging children to smoke.

Members of the Health Education and Advocacy Team (H.E.A.T), a volunteer youth group, will be hosting a free movie screening of Disney’s Zootopia at the Simcoe Strand Theatre on March 12th. The event is intended to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco use in movies rated G, PG and 14A.


Norfolk County advises residents about door-to-door water treatment sales

Norfolk County, January 12, 2016 – Norfolk County is advising residents about the door-to-door sales of home based water treatment systems.  Norfolk County would like to reassure our municipal drinking water customers that the water produced by our treatment facilities meets or exceeds strict provincial standards and is safe to drink and you do NOT require an additional home water treatment system. Norfolk County has become aware of residents, both in our urban areas and rural property owners, being approached by door-to-door water treatment system sales people.