A New Trail to Discover in Long Point

SIMCOE, SEPTEMBER 18th, 2017 – Members of Norfolk Pathways for People are inviting the public to join them for a walk in Long Point on Sunday, September 24, 2017.

“Every year we celebrate Trail Day in Norfolk on the last Sunday in September,” says Gord Mason, chair of Norfolk Pathways for People. “This year’s destination will highlight the new shared pathway along Erie Blvd. in Long Point.”

Earlier this year, Norfolk County’s Public Works Division completed reconstruction of Erie Blvd.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Emergency Control Group activated to respond to H2S gas leak

Norfolk County, ON – August 26, 2017 – Norfolk County has activated its Emergency Control Group to respond to a gas leak discovered Friday evening in an area between Silver Hill and Langton, Ontario.

To protect the safety of local residents, North Walsingham Concession 10 will be closed between Forestry Farm Road and East Quarterline Road (see map 1 below) effective immediately to Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Through traffic will NOT be allowed. 

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Order To Vacate Issued Due To Potential Health Risk – Sour Natural Gas Well, Near Langton

August 22, 2017 – The Acting Medical Officer of Health for the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit has issued an Order to vacate three households near Langton, Ontario, pursuant to the Health Protection and Promotion Act.

The Order was issued after it was determined that high fluctuating and unpredictable concentrations of Hydrogen Sulfide Gas (H2S) related to a leaking gas well on a rural property located on the 10th Concession Road, Langton, are or may be hazardous to human health to those within 400 meters of the gas well.

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HNHU Advises of Potential Health Risk – Sour Natural Gas Well, Langton

August 18, 2017 – The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is aware of significant levels of hydrogen sulfide ((H 2S) related to a gas well on a rural property located on the 10 Concession Road, Langton.

Health Unit staff are working with the appropriate property owners, County and Ministry officials to provide support towards the goal of having the issue addressed quickly.

As a precaution, Norfolk County Fire and Rescue Services closed 10th Concession road between Forestry Farm Road and East Quarter Line, but after consultation with partnering agencies, the road was reopened.

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Judge Releases Decision in Court Case regarding Norfolk Inn Property

NORFOLK COUNTY ON – On July 17, 2017, The Honourable Mr. Justice R.A. Lococo released his decision regarding the application of 2494044 Ontario Inc. In the Reasons for Judgement Justice Lococo provided several reasons and case law to support his decision, including:

 

Part III, [18]

“Having considered the Applicant’s submissions and based on the evidence before me, I have concluded that the Appellant has not established any basis for interfering with the Treasurer’s decision to cancel the tax sale.

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Student Start Up Program funds 107 young entrepreneurs

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – July 6, 2017 – Norfolk County’s Student Start Up Program (SSUP) approved $28,200 in funds to 94 student businesses representing 107 young entrepreneurs in Grades 6 to 12.

The program has doubled in size since its pilot year in 2016, when 40 student businesses were funded, involving 52 young people. Some of the student businesses are partnerships involving two or three young people.

Funding for the program is provided by 27 sponsors, partners and supporters, including large and small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and local government.

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Norfolk County farmers lead Canada in tech, jobs, growing fruit and vegetables

NORFOLK COUNTY, Ont. – July 5, 2017 – Latest agriculture data from Statistics Canada confirms that Norfolk County is a leading farming region in the nation from several perspectives, including technology use, fruit and vegetable production, and employment.

Norfolk County is located along Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario. Farms around Port Dover, Turkey Point, Simcoe, and Delhi produce fruit and vegetables consumed by the Greater Toronto Area, located just 90 minutes away.

Norfolk County farmers grow the most asparagus, cabbage, tart cherries, ginseng,  peppers, pumpkins, rye, squash and zucchini, strawberries, and other vegetables in Ontario.

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Rival rides cross paths to serve tourists in Norfolk County

Norfolk County, ON – June 12, 2017 – Three locally based tourism transportation services see the value of working together and promoting each other for the benefit of tourism in Norfolk County.

Ride the Bine, Ride Norfolk and Red Apple Rides provide a variety of ways people can move between attractions, wineries, farm markets and restaurants in several towns. Their paths overlap in some cases – and the operators of each service plan to collaborate to better serve their collective customers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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