Introducing Norfolk County’s Cultural Ambassador

Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County Heritage & Culture is very excited to announce our new #SCENENORFOLK collaboration with Nikki Campbell Schram. Nikki’s demonstrated passion for the Norfolk cultural scene caught our attention months ago and we are happy that she has agreed to act as our official Cultural Ambassador.  We are confident she will make an excellent representative as she travels throughout Norfolk County promoting cultural events and activities via social media.

Nikki who originally hails from Hamilton, Ontario moved to Norfolk County when she was just 20 years old.

Gas wells pose no imminent health threat

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – December 21, 2017 – Two gas wells within Norfolk County’s borders are being monitored for the presence of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) with readings indicating no imminent health threat.

The Norfolk County Fire Department staff, in conjunction with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC), have been taking readings near 1925 Forestry Farm Road, at a gas well which is believed to be abandoned.

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Wants Public to be Aware of Signs of Opioid Overdose.

Simcoe, Ontario- December 19th, 2017. With the report over the weekend that the Norfolk detachment of the OPP has found carfentanil in drugs seized locally, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit would like to remind the public about the dangers of opioids and how to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose.

Carfentanil is an opioid that is particularly dangerous for human consumption as it was developed to tranquilize large animals such as elephants.  Carfentanil is 100 times as potent as a unit of fentanyl, 4,000 times as potent as a unit of heroin and 10,000 times as potent as a unit of morphine.

Economic Development Symposium highlights how ‘We Grow Our Own’

VITTORIA, Ont. – December 18, 2017 – Business and community leaders attending the annual Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium (#NCSym18) on January 31, 2018, can expect to learn, meet new contacts, and get motivated to aim for success.

The Symposium is now in its twelfth year. The day starts at 7:30am in the Vittoria Community Centre with the “Morning Mingle” – a fun way to meet others in the business community. General registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

Winter Weather Reminder from the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Simcoe, ON. December 13, 2017

With winter weather hitting the area, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is reminding the public to protect themselves from colder temperatures.

In temperatures of -15°C or colder, unprotected skin can freeze in less than 30 minutes and the risk of developing hypothermia is high.  However, while everyone is at risk to cold weather, some groups are more vulnerable to the frigid temperatures.  They include:

  • The elderly,
  • Infants and children,
  • People taking certain prescription medications,
  • People with pre-existing health conditions,
  • The homeless,
  • Outdoor workers,
  • People living in homes that poorly insulated or lack sufficient heating
  • Outdoor recreation enthusiasts

“Because the elderly and young children are particularly vulnerable to cold weather, it’s wise to limit their time outside under these types of conditions,” said Kris Lutzi, senior public health inspector and emergency planner for the HNHU.

Redefining The Cantelon Trail: Robert Achtemichuk, Gary Blundell, Sally Gable, Jim Jackson and Victoria Ward

Simcoe, On – November 8, 2017 The Cantelon Trail is a joint project between the Norfolk Arts Centre (NAC) and the Norfolk Historical Society (NHS) bringing together history and art, a sense of place and community. William Edgar Cantelon (1866-1950) devoted a great part of his life to painting the historical buildings, personalities, landscapes, and scenes of Norfolk County. Over 400 of Cantelon’s artworks are in the collection of the Eva Brook Donly Museum &

“SSUP Norfolk” – Norfolk County’s Student Startup Program wins National Award

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – October 17, 2017 – At the 2017 Canada Marketing Awards held by the Economic Development Association of Canada (EDAC), Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program “SSUP Norfolk” took top honours as the Best Promotion Event for 2017.

Norfolk County Sponsors, Council and Staff have and continue to spur on the entrepreneurs in grades 6 to 12 resulting in national attention in entrepreneurship, education, and leadership of students, while building on Norfolk County pride. 

Norfolk County Responds to New Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) Gas Leak

Norfolk County, ON – September 29, 2017

Upon receipt of a Citizen concern to Norfolk County, staff from the Health Unit and Norfolk Fire and Rescue attended a County-owned woodlot located at 1925 Forestry Farm Road, northwest of the intersection of McDowall Road. It was determined that a former gas well (F006207) located within the forested area, was leaking small amounts of Hydrogen Sulphide gas (H2S).

Subsequent investigation and methodical air sampling was conducted. 

The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit Launches New Online Immunization Reporting System

Simcoe, ON September 27th, 2017 The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is excited to announce the launch of Immunization Connect Ontario (ICON), a new secure online system for reporting and keeping track of immunization records.

This new, province-wide system enables individuals to:

  1. Look up an immunization record for themselves or their child.
  2. To submit immunization records to the Haldimand-Norfolk Health, and to update every time a new vaccine is given.

Norfolk County’s household income growth highest in southwestern Ontario

Norfolk County, Ont. – September 22, 2017 – Median household total income of Norfolk County households in 2015 was $67,338, up 6.5% since 2005, according to Statistics Canada.

Between 2005 and 2015, Norfolk County experienced the highest rate of growth in median household total income in southwestern Ontario, followed by Hamilton (5.3%), Ingersoll (4.2%), Woodstock (3.3%) and Brantford (2.6%).

At 8.6% growth during the period of 2005 to 2015, Norfolk County also experienced the highest rate of growth in after-tax median household total income in southwestern Ontario, followed by Hamilton (7.6%), Ingersoll (7.1%), Brantford (5.5%) and Guelph (5.2%).

Evacuation order lifted

Norfolk County, ON – September 14, 2017 – The second gas well leaking hydrogen sulphide (H2S) has been brought into compliance.

The well is now officially abandoned under the mandate of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

The remaining three residences have been notified that the evacuation order has been lifted by the Medical Officer of Health. Those families can return to their homes.

An exclusion zone in the area has also been lifted, as the threats to public health have been remedied.

Work commencing on second gas well

Norfolk County, ON – September 7, 2017 – Work has commenced today on well T009949. Officials are monitoring the area closely.

This well is one of two affected by leaks of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) on 10th Concession Road west of Silver Hill.

The other well was brought into compliance earlier this week.

Citizens are reminded that the exclusion zone in the area, which prohibits anyone from entering on foot or by vehicle or vessel, remains in place until the well is remedied.

Hydrogen sulphide update

Norfolk County, ON – September 5, 2017 – Over Labour Day weekend, officials in Norfolk County continued to monitor and respond to the area affected by the leaks of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) on 10th Concession Road west of Silver Hill.

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) communicated on September 3, 2017, that well T0008275 has been brought into compliance. Officials monitored readings near the well for 48 hours after compliance.

Expanded Hydrogen Sulphide alert area may affect more residents

Norfolk County, ON – August 31, 2017 – Emergency officials in Norfolk County have expanded the alert area around the zone affected by the leaks of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) between Silver Hill and Langton.

Officials have ongoing communications with households under evacuation orders. Communications will begin today with 16 additional addresses in a wider alert area approximately 800 meters in diameter from the wells.

Capping of one of the gas wells is expected to commence before the weekend.

Update on H2S Gas Leak Situation

Norfolk County, ON – August 28, 2017 – The Norfolk County Taskforce continues to
meet and respond to the situation surrounding the leak of Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S)
from natural gas wells in an area between Silver Hill and Langton.

At high concentrations, humans lose the ability to smell Hydrogen Sulphide, which is
lethal and flammable, so the lack of a “rotten egg smell” in an area does not mean the
gas is not present.