Round tables will inform Norfolk County’s economic development strategy

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – October 19, 2018 – A series of evening round tables are scheduled across Norfolk County to gather more feedback about the future of the local economy for the municipality’s Economic Development Strategy Review.

Round tables held already in Delhi, Port Rowan and Waterford have been productive. Results from this summer’s community surveys, which received more than 1,500 responses, are being shared at the two-hour-long interactive meetings.

  • October 23 – Young Professionals / Youth Round Table
  • October 25 – Agriculture / Agribusiness Round Table
  • October 29 – Tourism Industry Round Table
  • October 30 – Simcoe Community Round Table
  • November 7 – Manufacturing / Food Processing Round Table
  • November 13 – Port Dover Community Round Table
  • November 21 – Emerging Economies Round Table

“This is an opportunity for citizens to provide direct input into the framework that will form the basis of the new economic development strategy,” said Clark Hoskin, Director of Tourism and Economic Development for Norfolk County.

What the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit wants you to know about cannabis legalization

SIMCOE, ON October 17th, 2018. The federal government has legalized recreational cannabis. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) wants to ensure the public knows what this means locally.

While recreational cannabis is now legal for adults, it is still illegal in Ontario for anyone under 19 to purchase, possess or use recreational cannabis.

“Legal doesn’t mean harmless. No drug is without risk,” said Michelle Lyne, program manager of Community Health at the HNHU.

Positive Changes Coming to Haldimand and Norfolk EarlyON Child and Family Centres

Simcoe, ON. October 16th, 2018- Haldimand and Norfolk Health and Social Services (HNHSS) will be partnering with Haldimand-Norfolk REACH and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation to deliver EarlyON Child and Family Centre programs and services across Haldimand and Norfolk counties. H-N REACH will be responsible for delivering EarlyON Child and Family Centre programming across both counties, while the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will be responsible for delivering culturally responsive programming at the EarlyON Child and Family Centre located in Hagersville.

Pathways for People celebrations continue with trail walk in Waterford

SIMCOE, OCTOBER 15, 2018 – The festivities to celebrate ten years of Norfolk Pathways for People will include a trail walk in Waterford and a visit to the Waterford Heritage and Agricultural Museum. The walk will start at the west end of Nichol Street, beside the old silos, and will end at the museum for some refreshments and a tour of their latest exhibits.

James Christison, curator of the museum, was quick to get on board with the celebrations.

2018 Municipal Council and School Board Election Results Display

Simcoe, ON – October 15, 2018 – Come out and cast your vote on Election Day, Monday, October 22, 2018 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. If you are unsure of your assigned voting place please contact the Norfolk County Council Services Department or go to the Norfolk County website and use the interactive voting place lookup map.

The 2018 municipal and school board election results will be displayed at the Simcoe Recreation Centre upper level located at 182 South Drive, Simcoe, ON N3Y 2G5. This location will be open to the public on Election Day, Monday, October 22, 2018 starting at 8:00 p.m.

For further information contact:

Stephanie Godby,
Deputy County Clerk
519-426-5870 Ext. 1237

Council Services Department
519-426-5870 Ext. 0

Homeless Prevention Services Now Centralized

SIMCOE, ON – SEPTEMBER 28th, 2018 – The Haldimand-Norfolk Social Services & Housing Department would like to announce that, as of October 1st, Homeless Prevention Services including the Emergency Housing and Housing Stability Bank programs will be delivered by the Department. This change is being done in an effort to coordinate and centralize housing and homeless support services for both Haldimand and Norfolk. Those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless are asked to call the intake line at 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623 Ext.

Lyme Disease Activity in Haldimand and Norfolk

Simcoe, ON – September 27th 2018. With notification of the first human case of Lyme disease in Norfolk County in 2018, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) is reminding the public to take precautions to protect themselves from ticks.

To date, the HNHU has collected 72 deer ticks from areas in Haldimand and Norfolk counties through its active tick surveillance program. Of these 72 deer ticks, 24 tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Identifies Six Human Cases of West Nile Virus

Simcoe, ON Sept. 26th, 2018 The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) has identified six human cases of West Nile virus within the region. There was one death reported as a result of the virus in the area. In 2017, there was one confirmed West Nile virus human case in the Haldimand and Norfolk area.

Most recent data from the HNHU West Nile Virus Surveillance program, which focuses on mosquito trapping and testing, indicate five mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile – two in Cayuga and one in each of Simcoe, Dunnville and Caledonia.

Haldimand-Norfolk Social Services Prepares for Possible Canada Post Work Stoppage

SIMCOE, ON – September 21, 2018 – Haldimand-Norfolk Social Services, including Ontario Works, Children’s Services and Housing Services, is preparing for the possibility of a disruption in service due to work stoppage by Canada Post.

Due to the possibility of a postal strike, the monthly social assistance payments for October 2018 will be available for pick up on September 27th and 28th at the following locations from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

 

Funds Still Available for Home Ownership Program

SIMCOE, ON – SEPTEMBER 17th, 2018 – Haldimand-Norfolk Housing Services would like to remind the community that the Home Ownership Program remains open with funds available for qualified applicants.

Available to residents of Haldimand and Norfolk, 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.

Downtown Simcoe business approved for Norfolk County incentive

Simcoe, Ont. – September 13, 2018 – Norfolk County has approved 2535621 Ontario Limited (Les Anderson) for a project under the Landscaping, Signage and Property Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

Les Anderson will receive a grant of up to $2000 for signage on property located at 22 Norfolk Street South, Simcoe.

Incentives are available from Norfolk County for architectural design, environmental site assessment, structural improvements, building facades, agricultural building and facilities, residential conversions and rehabilitation, landscaping, signage and property improvement.

Citizens urged to take Norfolk County’s economic survey

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – August 23, 2018 – Citizens, business owners, farmers and workers across Norfolk County are encouraged to provide their feedback about the future of the local economy.

Online surveys are open until September 4 to gather opinions on the municipality’s Economic Development Strategy Review.

One survey asks citizens to outline strengths, weaknesses and opportunities within the Norfolk County economy. Another survey asks for feedback on the community’s readiness to respond to opportunity.

Two Haldimand Horses Test Positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis

SIMCOE- August 15, 2018- Two horses in the Dunnville area have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis virus earlier this month after showing neurological symptoms. Reports indicate that both horses were not vaccinated against the virus.  Although the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has not had a report of a horse positive for the virus since 2009, this serves as notice that the virus continues to circulate in the area.

Eastern equine encephalitis virus (sometimes called “Triple E” or sleeping sickness) is a virus that effects mostly horses and birds and is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. 

HNHU: West Nile Positive Mosquitoes for the First Time in Five Years

August 1st, 2018 Simcoe, ON The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) has recorded its first batch of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in five years. These positive mosquitoes came from one of the HNHU’s mosquito traps located in Simcoe.

Mosquito trapping is done as part of the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s West Nile Program to monitor and report local activity and to mitigate the risk of people contracting West Nile virus. The HNHU is committed to the ongoing surveillance program throughout the active mosquito season to determine risk of West Nile virus transmission to our community.

39 student businesses funded by Norfolk County and sponsors

Norfolk County’s Tourism and Economic Development Department, in partnership with local sponsors, has funded 39 student businesses through the municipality’s Student Start Up Program (SSUP).

Student Start Up Program Norfolk County SSUPStudents in Grades 6 to 12 applied to the program in mid June. This year, 97 student businesses applied to the program. There was enough funding for 39 recipients.

This year’s sponsors are: Norfolk County, Venture Norfolk, Rassaun Services, Titan Trailers, EZ Grow Farms, Owl Ops, South Coast BBQ Fire Pits, G.