Dynamic speakers tabbed for Economic Development Symposium

January 27, 2020, Simcoe, ON – A number of dynamic, trailblazing and locally-based entrepreneurs have been chosen to speak at the Norfolk County Economic Development Symposium February 13 in Simcoe.

Local Speakers Symposium 2020Jess Bommarito of Groundswell CoWorking, Anita Buehner of Bonnieheath Estate Lavender & Winery, Cam Carter of the Downtown Simcoe BIA, and Amanda Dooney and Susan Judd of Ride the Bine will share their successes and learning experiences as well as provide advice to new and young entrepreneurs at The Aud.

Norfolk forms new Community Policing Committee

January 27, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk is taking a new, county-wide approach to issues of community policing.

Norfolk’s Police Services Board will replace its five Community Policing Committees with one, 11-member committee, starting this spring. At one time, Norfolk had 11 such committees, but that number had been reduced to five in recent years due to a lack of volunteers.

“The feedback from our committee chairs was that multiple Community Policing Committees, spread across a number of communities, no longer made sense,” says Police Services Board Chair Dennis Travale.

Exhibit focuses on Mexican heritage and culture

January 22, 2020, Simcoe, ON – A new exhibit of photography taken during a cultural exchange in Mexico opens this weekend at the Norfolk Arts Centre.

“Cuento De Dos Jardins” (A Tale of Two Gardens) features photographic works by Patricia Deadman, taken in the area of Merida, capital of the state of Yucatan.

“The work was influenced by language and text created by Canadian and Mexican artists and writers,” Deadman said.

County offering Pop-Up Camp on Tuesday

January 17, 2020, Simcoe, ON – With teacher job action scheduled for local schools on Tuesday, Norfolk County will host a ‘Pop-Up Camp’ throughout the day.

Certified camp leaders will be at the Simcoe Recreation Centre from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to welcome kids from the ages of 4-12 in need of supervision for the day.

Throughout the camp, the group will enjoy crafts, skating, games and time with peers in a safe and inclusive environment.

Reminder to residents: ‘No Parking’ signs should not be removed or altered

January 13, 2020, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County is reminding residents that while “No Parking” signs may seem inconvenient, they serve an important public safety purpose – and should not be removed or altered in any way.

Staff have had to replace several signs in recent weeks, possibly removed by motorists wanting to avoid paying a fine for parking in a prohibited area.

“No Parking” signs are put in place for a variety of reasons, including to give drivers better sightlines and to facilitate snow removal.

Public advised to travel with caution in the event of heavy rain this weekend

January 9, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Residents are being asked to take precautions with heavy rain in this weekend’s forecast.


The Long Point Region Conservation Authority has issued a Flood Outlook with as much as 95mm of rain being predicted to hit the west end of the county while the areas around Simcoe, Waterford and Port Dover are expected to get 50-65mm.


Norfolk County and the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit are reminding residents to avoid the areas around waterways and to take caution travelling in low-lying areas.

Norfolk County appoints interim CAO

January 7, 2020, Simcoe, ON – General Manager of Community Services Bill Cridland was named Norfolk County’s interim CAO at a special meeting of Council Jan. 7.

Cridland has held a number of senior positions with Norfolk County, and has worked in municipalities – including the City of London and the Township of Delhi – for 25 years.

“Bill has a wealth of experience with Norfolk, which makes him an ideal candidate for the interim CAO role,” says Mayor Kristal Chopp.

Norfolk celebrates Crime Stoppers Month

A Crime Stoppers of Haldimand & Norfolk Flag will be flown in Governor Simcoe Square throughout January to celebrate Crime Stoppers Month.
Since its inception in 1988, Crime Stoppers of Haldimand & Norfolk has helped police arrest over 2000 people, keep over $42.5 million in drugs off the streets and recover $5.7 million in stolen property. To submit a tip, call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit helpsolvecrime.com.
Pictured is Norfolk County Clerk Andy Grozelle (right) with members of Norfolk OPP and Haldimand &

Norfolk County staffing update

December 18, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Effective December 31, Norfolk County’s interim CAO has ended his employment contract – which was set to end in March 2020 – to pursue another professional opportunity.

“I would like to thank Council and County staff for their warm welcome and support over the past several months,” says McQueen. “I have had the opportunity to learn and grow from Council and many talented staff who have taken on challenges, brought new thinking and supported positive changes.

Norfolk County staff raise more than $25,000 for charity

December 10, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Norfolk County staff raised more than $25,000 for charity this year as part of a regular giving program that supports a number of important community causes.


The program sees staff take part in “Dress Down Days” on Fridays by contributing two dollars from each week’s pay to charity.


“We’re extremely proud to be able to give back to the community in this way,” says CAO Chris McQueen.

County to host Pop-up Camp Wednesday

December 9, 2019, Simcoe, ON – A ‘Pop-up Camp’ will be offered by Norfolk County Parks and Recreation in the event of teacher job action this week.


Should local schools be closed, Norfolk will provide a day camp Dec. 11 at the Simcoe Recreation Centre from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Participants from 4-13 will enjoy games, time with peers and a chance to burn energy while being led by a group of certified program leaders.

Book of Remembrance now available online

December 2, 2019, Simcoe, ON – Lance Corporal William Atkinson, of Waterford, was 30 years old fighting in World War I when he died Oct. 24, 1918.

Private Thomas H. Clary, of Langton, met the same fate during World War II on July 19, 1944.

They’re two of over 300 residents of Norfolk County who were lost fighting for freedom.

As part of Norfolk County’s Heritage and Culture’s mission to pay homage to the county’s fallen soldiers, an online Book of Remembrance has been created.

g.i.r.l.s. Power Camp returns to Camp Trillium

December 3, 2019, Simcoe, ON – For more than 20 years, Norfolk County, Haldimand & Norfolk Women’s Services, and Haldimand-Norfolk REACH (Resource Education and Counseling Help) have teamed up to offer a unique experience to Grade 8 girls in our community.


Based at Camp Trillium in Waterford – g.i.r.l.s. (growth, independence, respect, leadership) Power Camp is a three-day program that provides fun and interactive learning experiences in a camp setting for over 50 girls from the counties of Haldimand and Norfolk.