2017 Norfolk County Heritage & Culture Dogwood Awards

Norfolk County, ON – February 16, 2017 – Named after Norfolk County’s official flower, these awards have been created to honour individuals and groups for their outstanding achievements and contributions to heritage and culture within Norfolk County. Examples include:

  • Heritage – built, natural, multicultural, or social history;
  • Culture – visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, crafts, music, and media arts.

Four awards will be presented.

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Pathways for People Announces Family Day Trail Walk in Backus Woods

SIMCOE, FEBRUARY 15, 2017 – Are you looking for some free family fun on the long weekend in February? Pathways for People volunteers are heading to Backus to check out some of the woodlot trails on Sunday, February 19th at 2pm. You should come too.

“Each time we organize one of these walks, we find there’s no shortage of places to choose in Norfolk County. And every trail offers a different experience,” said Gordon Mason, chair of Norfolk Pathways for People.

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Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program wins award

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – February 14, 2017 – Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program (SSUP) is the winner of this year’s Private Public Partnership Award from the Economic Development Council of Ontario (EDCO).

Norfolk County also received an honourable mention for the Lieutenant Governor’s Award, which is a best-in-show category for the EDCO Awards, for the SSUP Program. About 60 communities made submissions for 110 projects commencing last year across the province.

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Changing prenatal landscape leads to changes at Health Unit

SIMCOE, FEBRUARY 9, 2017– The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit will no longer be offering prenatal and postnatal care nurse practitioner services as of April 2nd.

Introduced in 2002, the nurse practitioner’s role in public health was created in response to a gap in healthcare in rural communities. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit employed one nurse practitioner to address this gap in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties.

The nurse practitioner’s role included providing care for the first part of the woman’s pregnancy, and then transitioning them to primary care physicians and midwives for the latter part of the pregnancy.

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Another Rabid Stray Cat Found Near Caledonia

SIMCOE, ONTARIO February 7th , 2017 – The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) was notified by Hamilton Public Health Services of another stray cat that has tested positive for rabies. Similar to the incident last August, the cat was found in an area of Hamilton very close to Caledonia in Haldimand County. Further investigation is now underway to determine if any other individuals were exposed to the rabid animal.

Since the December 2015 start of this most recent outbreak, 187 raccoons and 85 skunks have tested positive for the raccoon strain of rabies.

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Record $110 million in Norfolk construction activity

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – January 27, 2017 – Norfolk County’s development community contributed to a record investment in new construction in 2016, with total project values reaching almost $110 million. Significant increases in construction occurred in the institutional, agricultural, industrial and residential sectors.

Residential construction was the major contributor to the total, with more than $68 million in single-family dwellings, up 11% from the year before.

Agriculture construction activity was also very strong.

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Norfolk County announces winners of Awards

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – January 18, 2017 – Nick Kokkoros of The Barrel Restaurant was named the Norfolk County Entrepreneur of the Year by Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development.

Sarah Judd, owner of Meadow Lynn Market Garden, was named the Norfolk County Youth Entrepreneur of the Year by Venture Norfolk.

Petula and Tony Fera of Let’s Discover ON were named Norfolk County Travel Writers of the Year by Norfolk County Tourism and Economic Development.

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Health Unit Commemorates National Non-Smoking Week

January 17th, 2017 CALEDONIA, ON  – January 15th to 21st, 2017 is National Non-Smoking Week. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) is commemorating National Non-Smoking Week by encouraging local smokers to quit.

The HNHU offers support and resources to help smokers in their quit attempts. These include:

  • STOP Smoking Workshop: Adults (18+) can register for a STOP smoking workshop and receive 5 weeks of nicotine patches for free. Call the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit to book an appointment at 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623 ext.

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Menu Labelling Bill in Effect January 1st, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 5th, 2017

 

SIMCOE, ONTARIO– You might have noticed calories popping up on restaurant menus over the past few months. The New Year officially brings the implementation of the Healthy Menu Choices Act, 2015 (Bill 45). This act requires all large chain food premises with 20 or more locations in Ontario to display calorie information on menus and menu boards. This includes restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and convenience stores.

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Norfolk County Canada 150 Launch & Mayor’s Levee

SIMCOE, ON – January 3, 2017

2017 is here and throughout the year, Canada will be celebrating its 150th birthday better known as Canada 150.

The members of the Norfolk County Canada 150 Committee have spent the last year going out into the community to encourage our residents to get involved in the celebrations. They have created a brand, attended town hall meetings, marched in parades, and introduced a Canada 150 ambassador.

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Chopp Capital Corp. applies for Norfolk County incentive

Norfolk County has received an application from Chopp Capital Corporation for the Architectural and Design Grant of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).  Approval of this application is pending, subject to Council budget approval.  Chopp Capital Corporation intends to submit an application for additional incentives in the Community Improvement Plan towards the extensive renovations that are planned for the property.

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The Gathering Food Centre applies for Norfolk County incentive

Norfolk County has received an application from The Gathering Food Centre for the Architectural and Design Grant of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).  Approval of this application is pending, subject to Council budget approval.  The Gathering Food Centre intends to submit an application for additional incentives in the Community Improvement Plan towards the extensive renovations that are planned for their property.

The Gathering Food Centre will receive a grant of up to $1,500 towards the preparation of drawings for improvements to their building located at 83 Sydenham Street in Simcoe.  … Continued

Rethink Your Drinking: HNHU Launches New Alcohol Awareness Campaign

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December 15th, 2016

Rethink Your Drinking: HNHU Launches New Alcohol Awareness Campaign

Simcoe, ON — Over 50 per cent of people in Haldimand and Norfolk drink alcohol above recommended limits. Drinking too much, too often can lead to many unwanted consequences. Even low levels of alcohol can have a significant impact on health.

To help people better understand the connection between alcohol consumption and health, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) is spreading an important message- Rethink Your Drinking.

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Delhi District German Home Limited approved for Norfolk County incentive

DELHI, ON – December 7, 2016 – Norfolk County has approved Delhi District German Home Limited for a project under the Landscaping, Signage and Property Improvement Program of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

Delhi District German Home Limited will receive a grant of up to $2,000 to make parking area improvements, including asphalt and crack sealing their property located at 433 James Street in Delhi.

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

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Open House to Discuss Official Plan Policy Changes

SIMCOE, ON – NOVEMBER 28, 2016 –

An informal drop-in open house is set for Wednesday, November 30th from 4 to 7 pm at the Polish Hall (234 Main Street Delhi). You won’t want to miss this event. Feel free to visit information stations to share your ideas on issues related to supporting agriculture, strengthening Norfolk’s downtowns, enhancing the design of neighbourhoods and commercial areas, promoting walking, cycling and wheeling, protecting our waterfront and natural heritage and tourism and job creation.

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HNHU is Seeking Community Input for Upcoming Alcohol Report

SIMCOE, ON – November 24, 2016 The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) is in a process of preparing a community report on alcohol and is inviting area residents to share their stories and thoughts about how alcohol may be affecting our community.

“Alcohol is commonly used but it’s not harmless and we want to start the conversation on this important social issue,” said Lina Hassen, a health promoter with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit. “With recent increased alcohol availability throughout Haldimand and Norfolk, as part of a wider provincial rollout, we want to give residents a chance to share their thoughts on the subject of alcohol through our survey.”

The survey is completely anonymous and information gathered may be featured in an upcoming Health Unit’s community report on alcohol, scheduled for completion by the end of the year.

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HNHU releases results from 2013-2014 audit

SIMCOE, NOVEMBER 23, 2016 – The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit released the results of an audit of the Public Health Organizational Standards and Accountability Agreement for the years 2013 and 2014 today at the Board of Health meeting.

“The recommendations from the auditors provide an excellent opportunity for quality improvement to some of our health unit and corporate processes,” said Marlene Miranda, General Manager of the Haldimand-Norfolk Health and Social Services Department. “Many of the findings were areas that management staff had already identified and improvements had been made.”

The audit team worked with the Health Unit staff from October 2015 to the spring of 2016.

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Increased Fentanyl-based Drug Overdoses

Simcoe, Ontario – November 22, 2016

Over the past week, Norfolk County Emergency Medical Services has noted a troubling increase in patients being transported to hospital with life-threatening symptoms due to drug overdoses. Patient condition and response to treatment lead paramedics to believe that opioid analgesics are the likely suspect at this point. While Cocaine and Heroin overdoses are historically infrequent within Norfolk County, the emergence of new formulations of these drugs laced with Fentanyl or Carfentanil are causing life threatening symptoms which could be fatal.

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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.

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The Influenza Season has arrived in Haldimand and Norfolk

SIMCOE, November 14, 2016 – The health unit’s Infection Control Practitioner Stacey Guthrie states “our first lab confirmed case of influenza A has been reported for this flu season”.

If people have not been vaccinated for influenza, now is the time. Individuals seeking protection should contact their family doctor, visit a local pharmacy or call the Health Unit at 519-426-6170 or 905-318-5367 to arrange a free flu shot.

“It takes two weeks before you get maximum protection from the flu shot, so the sooner you get vaccinated the better,” Guthrie pointed out.

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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 www.norfolkcounty.ca/opr

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? 

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Kathleen Noble and Robert Kennaley approved for Norfolk County incentive

SIMCOE, ON – November 7, 2016 – Norfolk County has approved Kathleen Noble and Robert Kennaley for a project under the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

58 Peel St SimcoeKathleen Noble and Robert Kennaley will receive grants of up to $9,500 for architectural and design, building permit fees and structural improvements at the property located at 58 Peel Street in Simcoe.  Improvements are required to re-institute proper support of the second floor to meet Ontario Building Code requirements.

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AJH Truck Brokers Inc. approved for Norfolk County incentive

PORT DOVER, Ont. – November 2, 2016 – Norfolk County has approved A.J.H. Truck Brokers Inc. for a project under the Residential Conversion and Rehabilitation Grant Programs of the Community Improvement Plan (CIP).

230 Main St Port DoverA.J.H. Truck Brokers Inc. will use a grant of up to $4,000 to convert an existing storage space into an apartment at the property located at 230 Main Street in Port Dover.

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

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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;

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