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MAYOR’S STATEMENT

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

MARCH 26, 2020

I wanted to take a few moments to provide the community with an update on our actions to prevent the spread of COVID 19:

  1. Under the leadership of our Fire Chief we have been conducting daily EOC meetings.  This has allowed us to coordinate our efforts with various agencies such as the PHU, OPP, Hospital, Mental Health professions etc.  These have been very helpful in identifying the various issues in the community and how the various agencies are responding.  Chief Valle has done an outstanding job keeping us all organized on that front!
  2. Our Public Works department remains fully operational.  All precautions are in place to protect essential staff in order to protect our water supply and other essential services. Garbage and recycling pickup remain unchanged along with all other key functions.
  3. Daycare/Recreation Staff:  We are unclear about the provincial announcement about reopening daycare for essential services but will wait for the province to give direction on how they are going to proceed. We are ready to provide essential support to front line workers who need childcare if called upon to do so.
  4. Corporate Services remain open to help the public with any needs they may have. Any member of the public that has questions regarding municipal services please call Town Hall and we will be happy to assist.
  5. Our economic development staff continue to support local business. The Town has put together a resource package for small business which can be accessed on the Town’s web site.
  6. CTS/Wires are completely operational and have taken all required precautions when dealing with service calls and interaction with the public.
  7. PBH: The bears are healthy and well cared for, although the facility remains closed to the public until further notice.

I would like to thank all our dedicated public servants for their work and going above and beyond to keep our town running.

To all our residents we know that these are troubling and anxious times for you and your families. We ask you to continue to play your part in keep our community safe by staying home and practicing social distancing. Parents, please keep you children home including our teens. Avoid playdates, birthday parties and just hanging out even if it is only a small group, wash your hands regularly and stay vigilant in preventing the spread of this virus.

Council and I remain committed to your safety and wellbeing. We are also concerned about our economy and the impacts this event is having on the pocketbook of our residents. Therefore my colleagues and I have convened this special meeting to consider some small actions to help you through these difficult times.

We are a strong and united community and we must remain optimistic for the future and this too shall pass. In the meantime, keep your self and your family safe, don’t panic and reach out for help if you need it.

DÉCLARATION DU MAIRE

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

26 MARS 2020

Je voulais prendre quelques instants pour fournir à la communauté une mise à jour sur nos actions pour empêcher la propagation de la COVID-19:

  1. Sous la direction de notre chef pompier, nous avons organisé des réunions quotidiennes du centre d’opération d’urgence (COU). Cela nous a permis de coordonner nos efforts avec divers organismes tels que le Bureau de santé Porcupine, la Police provincial de l’Ontario (PPO), l’hôpital, les professions de la santé mentale, etc. Ceux-ci ont été très utiles pour identifier les divers problèmes dans la communauté et comment les divers organismes réagissent. Le chef Vallée a fait un travail remarquable en nous gardant tous organisés sur ce front!
  2. Notre département des travaux publics reste pleinement opérationnel. Toutes les précautions sont en place pour protéger le personnel essentiel afin de maintenir notre approvisionnement en eau et d’autres services essentiels. Le ramassage des ordures et du recyclage reste inchangé, de même que toutes les autres fonctions clés.
  3. Personnel des garderies et du département des loisirs: L’annonce provinciale de la réouverture des garderies pour les services essentiels demeure incertaine, et nous attendrons que la province donne des directives sur la façon de procéder. Nous sommes prêts à fournir un soutien essentiel aux travailleurs de première ligne qui ont besoin de services de garde s’ils sont appelés à le faire.
  4. Les services corporatifs de la Ville demeurent ouverts pour aider le public à répondre à tous leurs besoins. Tout membre du public qui a des questions concernant les services municipaux est prié d’appeler l’hôtel de ville et nous serons heureux de vous aider.
  5. Notre personnel du développement économique continue de soutenir les entreprises locales. La Ville a mis sur pied une trousse de ressources pour les petites entreprises, accessible sur le site Web de la Ville.
  6. Cochrane Telecom Services (CTS) / Northern Ontario Wires sont complètement opérationnels et ont pris toutes les précautions nécessaires lors des appels de service et lors des interactions avec le public.
  7. Habitat canadien de l’ours polaire: Les ours sont en bonne santé et bien soignés, bien que l’établissement reste fermé au public jusqu’à nouvel ordre.

Je tiens à remercier tous nos fonctionnaires dévoués pour leur travail et pour avoir été au-delà de toutes attentes pour faire fonctionner notre ville.

À tous nos résidents, nous savons que ce sont des moments troublants et anxieux pour vous et vos familles. Nous vous demandons de continuer à jouer votre rôle pour assurer la sécurité de notre communauté en restant à la maison et en pratiquant la distanciation sociale. Parents, veuillez garder vos enfants à la maison, y compris nos adolescents. Évitez les dates de jeu, les fêtes d’anniversaire et les sorties, même s’il ne s’agit que d’un petit groupe. Lavez-vous les mains régulièrement et restez vigilants pour empêcher la propagation de ce virus.

Le Conseil et moi demeurons dédié à assurer votre sécurité et à votre bien-être. Nous sommes également préoccupés par notre économie et les impacts de cet événement sur le portefeuille de nos résidents. Par conséquent, mes collègues et moi avons convoqué cette réunion spéciale pour envisager quelques petites actions pour vous aider à traverser ces moments difficiles.

Nous sommes une communauté forte et unie et nous devons rester optimistes pour l’avenir et cela aussi passera. En attendant, protégez-vous et protégez votre famille, restez vigilants et demandez de l’aide si vous en avez besoin.

Press Release – Town of Cochrane Financial Relief

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

The Town is taking a pro-active approach to minimize the spread of COVID-19 throughout the community

COVID 19_Town Financial Relief Plan_2020-03-26

COCHRANE, ONTARIO, March 26, 2020 — The Town of Cochrane is taking steps to help local ratepayers with their utility and tax bills as well as re-examining operating budgets.

To provide a small amount of financial relief for our residents the Town of Cochrane will be implementing the following measures effective immediately:

  1. Council amended their procedural by-law to allow for electronic participation by Council members for meetings.
  2. Council has waived all interest and penalties for tax payments for a period of 60 days at which time it will be re-evaluated.
  3. Council has waived interest and penalties for monthly water and sewage payments for a period of 60 days at which time it will be re-evaluated.
  4. Previously approved user fee increases scheduled to take effect April 1. 2020 will be deferred for 60 days at which time it will be re-evaluated.
  5. Council has directed staff to present an amended 0% increase tax-based budget for consideration April 28, 2020.
  6. Council has directed staff to defer the implementation of the approved 2020 water/sewage budget and to report back with an amended 0% increase budget for consideration on April 28, 2020.

Mayor Denis Clement reiterated the Towns commitment to working with the community to provide a small measure of relief for our community in these uncertain times. “Council and I know these are small measures, but they are actions within our control that we hope will help ease financial anxiety.  I would encourage any member of our community who needs assistance with municipal services to call Town Hall and speak to a member of staff.”

We thank the public for their patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty.

For further information please contact:

Mayor Denis Clement, Town of Cochrane
Denis.clement@cochraneontario.com
705-272-4361 (p)
or
Darren Ottaway, Chief Administrative Officer
Darren.ottaway@cochraneontario.com
705-272-4361 (p)

COVID-19 – Federal & Provincial Government Information for Businesses and Employees

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

The Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, released the following information for residents and businesses on March 23, 2020 @ 4:30PM.

For more information please call 1 (888) 444-3659 or visit the Government of Canada's website at https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html

The following PDF outlines federal and provincial support programs for businesses and employees:

Sixth Case of COVID-19 in the Porcupine Health Unit Area

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

For Immediate Release — Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Cochrane, Ontario —Today, Dr. Lianne Catton, Medical Officer of Health of the Porcupine Health Unit (PHU), is reporting that a female in her 50’s the sixth positive case of COVID-19 in the PHU area and first
outside of Timmins. Dr. Catton said, “We believe the case is linked to both international travel and contact with other another case we were investigating. The COVID-19 Operations Team at the PHU is continuing
to follow-up.”

The female presented herself to the Emergency Department at Lady Minto, on Saturday, March 21, where she was assessed and tested. Lady Minto Hospital medical staff took all appropriate precautions, according to Dr. Catton. The case has followed public health guidance and remained in self-isolation. She is currently admitted and in hospital in stable condition.

Paul Chatelain, CEO of Lady Minto Hospital, said that the hospital was ready for their first case. “We expected that COVID-19 would be circulating in the area, and that it was likely we would have a case,” he said. “All staff were thoroughly prepared and ready to respond as per all Ministry guidelines and protocols.” This case further emphasizes the need to ensure only those acutely unwell presents to the emergency department. It is important to preserve acute care capacity.

The PHU conducts case and contact management with all cases to help identify anyone who may be a close contact. If you are considered a close contact of any COVID-19 case, Dr. Catton says you will be called by PHU staff and provided with follow-up and direction. The health unit will also share information with the public if there is potential exposure of community members that requires any follow-up, as appropriate. However, confidentiality and privacy remain a priority.

At this time, Dr. Catton says, the most important action the public can take is to continue physical distancing. “Keeping 2 metres, that’s 6 feet, between yourself and others can help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in all our communities.” Travellers have to take extra precautions, she emphasizes, “If you’re coming back from an international destination, we want to say, ‘Welcome home and stay home.’ Do not stop at grocery stores or the pharmacy. Get home quickly, self-isolate at home for 14 days and limit your contact with others.” She adds, “We can expect to see more cases. That’s why need we need everyone to stay home as much as possible and plan any outings to minimize the contact you have with other people. That’s the best way to control the spread of COVID-19.”

The Porcupine Health Unit is located in Northeastern Ontario, serving the entire Cochrane District and Hornepayne, in Algoma District. The main office is located in Timmins, Ontario, with branch offices in Cochrane, Hearst, Hornepayne, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Matheson, Moosonee and Smooth Rock Falls.

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

The Porcupine Health Unit COVID-19 Information Line
• If you are experiencing fever, dry cough and/or shortness of breath, call the PHU COVID-19 Info Line at 1-800-461-1818 extension 2919.
• Available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
• Callers can leave messages and PHU staff will call back within 24 hours.
• At times, call volumes are high, and your patience is appreciated.

COVID-19 Assessment Centre: Intrepid Place in Timmins
• Further assessment and testing.
• Referrals by health care providers required.
• By appointment only. Walk-ins will not be seen.
• Not everyone who attends the clinic will be tested.

Prevention Measures
Take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and others to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
• Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer often
• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
• Cough into your sleeve or tissue
• Stay home if you are sick
• Practice physical distancing – stay home as much as possible, limit visitors to your home.
• Do your best to keep at least two metres away from others

Symptoms of COVID-19
• Fever, cough and difficulty breathing
• Complications can include serious conditions, like pneumonia or kidney failure, and in some
cases, death.

IMPORTANT: If you suspect you have symptoms of COVID-19
• If you think you may have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has it, first self-isolate and then use Ontario’s Self-Assessment Tool to see if you need to seek further care. If you need further assistance, call TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or your health care provider. You can also call the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or toll-free 1-800-461-1818.
• Be sure to mention your symptoms and your travel history, including the countries you visited.
• If you are ill and must visit a health care professional, call ahead and tell them if you have a respiratory illness.
• If you need immediate medical attention, call 911 and mention your travel history and symptoms.

For further information, please contact:
Gary Schelling
Communications Specialist
Porcupine Health Unit
705- 267-1181 ext. 2413
gary.schelling@porcupinehu.on.ca

NOTICE TO PUBLIC REGARDING PROVINCIAL OFFENCES ACT MATTERS

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

March 23, 2020

All Provincial Offences Act matters (e.g., traffic tickets and offences under
provincial legislation) scheduled until May 29, 2020 will be rescheduled. Do
not attend court.

All Provincial Offences Act matters scheduled from Monday, March 16, 2020 through to
and including Friday, May 29, 2020 will be adjourned and rescheduled to a later date. If
you have a matter scheduled during this time, you do not need to attend court. This
applies to all POA courts in Ontario.

A notice of your new court date will be sent to you by mail to the address on file with the
court. For more information, please contact your local Provincial Offences court.

Contact information for all municipal courts is available here: https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/Court_Addresses/poa/

The following timelines have been extended:

Sections 5(6), 5.1(2)(b), 5.1(12), 9(1)(a), 11(1), 11(4), 17.1(6.1), 18(1), 18.1(5),
18.2(1), 18.3(1), 19, 66(1), 69(1), 116(2)(a), 116(3) and 135(2) of the Provincial
Offences Act, and sections 5(2) and 5(3) of the Rules of the Ontario Court (General
Division) and the Ontario Court (Provincial Division) in Appeals Under Section 116
of the Provincial Offences Act, O. Reg. 723/94.

A copy of the order is available on the Ontario Court of Justice website. It will also be
available at all POA court offices as soon as practicable.

Please also be advised that the Government of Ontario made an order pursuant to s. s.
7.1 of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMPCA), suspending any
limitation periods in statutes and regulations for the duration of the State of Emergency.
This will impact timelines under the Provincial Offences Act and related proceedings. A
copy of the order is available online at: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200073

AVIS AU PUBLIC CONCERNANT LES AFFAIRES RELEVANT DE LA LOI SUR LES INFRACTIONS PROVINCIALES

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

Le 23 mars 2020

Une nouvelle date d’audience sera fixée pour toutes les affaires relevant de la Loi sur les infractions provinciales (p. ex. les contraventions et les infractions relevant de lois provinciales) qui devaient être entendues d’ici le 29 mai 2020. Ne vous présentez pas au palais de justice.

Toutes les affaires relevant de la Loi sur les infractions provinciales devant être entendues du lundi 16 mars 2020 au vendredi 29 mai 2020 inclusivement seront reportées à une date ultérieure. Si vous avez une affaire devant être entendue pendant cette période, vous n’avez pas besoin de vous présenter en cour. Cela s’applique à toutes les cours des infractions provinciales en Ontario.

Votre nouvelle date de comparution vous sera envoyée par la poste à l’adresse figurant au dossier du greffe. Pour des précisions, veuillez contacter la cour des infractions provinciales de votre localité.

Vous trouverez les coordonnées des cours municipales à https://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/french/courts/Court_Addresses/poa/.

Les délais fixés dans les dispositions suivantes ont été prorogés :

Dispositions 5 (6), 5.1 (2) (b), 5.1 (12), 9 (1) a), 11 (1), 11 (4), 17.1 (6.1), 18 (1), 18.1 (5), 18.2 (1), 18.3 (1), 19, 66 (1), 69 (1), 116 (2) (a), 116 3) et 135 (2) de la Loi sur les infractions provinciales et paragraphes 5 (2) et 5 (3) des Règles de la cour de l’Ontario (Division générale) et de la Cour de l’Ontario (Division provinciale) relatives aux appels interjetés en vertu de l’article 116 de la Loi sur les infractions provinciales, Règl. de l’Ont. 723/94.

L’ordonnance a été publiée sur le site Web de la Cour de justice de l’Ontario et sera également affichée dès que possible dans les greffes des cours des infractions provinciales.

Veuillez également prendre note que le gouvernement de l’Ontario a rendu une ordonnance en vertu de l’art. 7.1 de la Loi sur la protection civile et la gestion des situations d’urgence (LPCGSU) qui suspend les délais de prescription prévus dans les lois et règlements tant que la situation d’urgence est en vigueur. Cela aura une incidence sur les délais de prescription qui s’appliquent aux instances relevant de la Loi sur les infractions provinciales. Vous pouvez consulter l’ordonnance en ligne au : https://www.ontario.ca/fr/lois/reglement/200073

Town of Cochrane COVID-19 Response Plan

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

Town of Cochrane COVID-19 Response Plan

The Town is taking a pro-active approach to minimize the spread of Covid19 throughout the community.

COCHRANE, ONTARIO, March 13, 2020 — The Town of Cochrane is taking steps to prevent the transmission of the Covid19 virus. While the risk to Cochrane residents is low, we are not immune as a community. The Town recognizes the significant impact this will have on our families, students, seniors and the broader community, but these actions are necessary to keep our people safe.
To slow the spread of Covid 19 and protect our residents the Town of Cochrane will be taking the following actions:

1) Effective March 14 – April 5, 2020 the Tim Horton Events Centre will be closed to the public. Full time staff will be required to report to work and the Town will be taking the time to conduct maintenance activities.

2) Spring break camps for ages 4 -12 at the Cochrane Daycare Centre will be cancelled. Parents who have registered their children will receive a full refund.

3) The Cochrane Daycare Centre (both locations) will be closed to the public effective March 16 – April 5, 2020. This is a provincial directive the Town received this morning.

4) The OSOR oval race that is scheduled to take place March 14 will continue as scheduled, however, the Town will not be opening the pavilion and are discouraging participation in social events.

5) The PBH will be closed to the public until March 14 – April 5, 2020. Full time staff will be reporting to work and the bears health and safety remains a priority.

6) The Town will be restricting public access into municipal office areas, “behind the counter” unless necessary.

7) Business continuity plans for essential municipal employees are in place and key staff will be able to work from home or in socially isolated workspaces. Water systems, emergency response staff continuity plans are in place.

8) Town staff to conduct business using technology such as Go To Meeting or Skype wherever possible.

9) Cochrane Public Library will be closed to the public effective March 14, – April 5, 2020. Residents are encouraged to visit the CPL website for updates on remote services and programs.

Mayor Denis Clement reiterated the Towns commitment to keeping people safe “We understand that closing public facilities is not ideal and will have an impact on peoples lives but these precautions are necessary to keep our residents, especially our most vulnerable people, safe.”

The Town will be using its website and Facebook page to keep residents informed of closures and cancellations.

We thank the public for their patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty.

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For further information please contact:

Mayor Denis Clement, Town of Cochrane Denis.clement@cochraneontario.com 705-272-4361 (p)

Or

Darren Ottaway, Chief Administrative Officer Darren.ottaway@cochraneontario.com 705-272-4361 (p)

Ski and Snowshoe Rental Now Available at the Tim Horton Events Centre

THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

FREE SKI AND SNOWSHOE RENTAL NOW AVAILABLE AT TIM HORTON EVENTS CENTER

The Town of Cochrane has moved the free cross-country ski and snowshoe rental program to the Tim Horton Events Centre, which was previously offered at the Cochrane Public Library.  The Tim Hortons Events Centre will now be offering rentals for skis, boots, poles and snowshoes. Equipment can be rented daily or for a period up to one week. The equipment is available in both junior and adult sizes. Rentals can be made during the operation hours of the Tim Horton Events Centre.

As a reminder, those who choose to use the Cochrane Cross Country Ski Club’s trails will need to either purchase a yearly membership for $90 or a day pass for $10.

This ski and snowshoe rental program was made possible by the Town of Cochrane Doable Neighbourhood Program and was funded by the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund in 2018.

For further information please contact,

Tim Horton Events Centre

recreation@cochraneontario.com

(705) 272-5084

Recycling Notice

The Town of Cochrane is experiencing significant amounts of contamination in the recycling. Please take note of recyclable and non-recyclable items. Finding a red tag on your bin will act as a notice of contamination or improperly placed bins.

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