TERRACE BAY NEWS

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2014 NEWS STORIES & UPDATES
* Click here for the Festival and Events for Terrace Bay
* Flu Clinic, October 28, Michael King Hall, 6pm-8pm
 
2014 Municipal and School Election Info
(All events held at Michael King Hall)
   Candidates Night (Hosted by Chamber) October 16, 7pm-9pm
   Advance Polls - October 18, 12pm-8pm
   Municipal Election - October 27, 10am-8pm
 
October 22 - Seniors Snow Removal Program Open
The Senior Snow Removal Program offered by the Township of Terrace Bay to Seniors 65 years of age and older is now open for registration.  Download program information here
 
Applications will be accepted as follows:
  • Wednesday, October 29 between the hours of 10am and 5pm
  • Thursday, October 30 between the hours of 10am and 12 Noon
  • If you are not able to attend the Municipal Office on the above dates to complete the form, please contact the Municipal Office at 825-3315, ext. 229 during regular business hours to make alternate arrangements
All Candidates Night to be Held on Thursday October 16
The Aguasabon Chamber of Commerce has organized an All Candidates Night for the public to learn more about those people running in the October 27th Municipal Election.  For more information on the event, visit the events calendar at www.terracebay.ca/events.  It will be held on Thursday October 16 from 7pm-9pm at the Michael King Hall on 13 Selkirk Avenue. 
 
October 16 - Surplus Goods for Sale
The Township of Terrace Bay has declared surplus for the purpose of sale the old garbage truck and shelving units from the property at 25 Simcoe Plaza.  For more information, download the ad.
 
October 8 - Annual Maintenance Shutdown Nearing End
AV Terrace Bay Inc is almost complete its annual maintenance shutdown.  a few times a year the mill  shuts down to carry out preventative maintenance and install upgrades or new equipment.  Traditionally, the largest of these is done in the Fall.  This years shutdown was one of the largest in recent memory and shows the investment by the company in their operation. 
 
AV Terrace Bay Annual Maintenance Shutdown in the Fall
Annual Maintenance Shutdown in the Fall
 
October 8 - Fall Colours in Terrace Bay
Whenever September rolls around, residents and visitors can always look forward to the beautiful colours of the leave in Terrace Bay.  This year was no different with an incredible array of bright colours on the leaves.
 
Hydro Bay in Terrace Bay 
Hydro Bay in Terrace Bay
 
Terrace Bay Lighthouse in Fall
Terrace Bay Lighthouse in the Fall
 
View from the Terrace Bay Lighthouse
View from the Terrace Bay Lighthouse
 
September 22 - OPG warning regarding spill at Hays Lake Dam
Notice to Residents: Ontario Power Generation will be increasing the spill at Hays Lake dam this afternoon. Present spill is 28cms and will be increasing to a total spill of 51.5cms at the present headwater elevation. Please use caution around the Aguasabon River system.
 
 
September 18 - OPG Performing Log Operation Today
Notice to Residents: Ontario Power Generation will be performing a log operation today to increase spill at Hays Lake dam. The increase will be from 0 cms to 15 cms and can occur at any time during the day. Please use caution around the Aguasabon River system.
 
September 15 - Economic Update Newsletter Released
Township Staff prepare an economic update newsletter every 6 months that highlights some of the good news stories in our economy and community.  Click here to download the September Edition
 
September 9 - Fall/Winter Program & Information Guide
The Fall/Winter Program & Info Guide is now available at the Recreation Office.  This guide provides upcoming information on programs, events and general & contact information.  Download your copy Fall/Winter Guide
 
September 25 - Franco Ontarian Day
The Township of Terrace Bay will be raising the Franco Ontario Flag on September 25, 2014 in recognition of Franco-Ontarian Day.   The Terrace Bay Council has approved an Official Proclamation for the Provincial Franco-Ontarian Day as per Resolution #CR218-2014.
 
September 8 to 15 - Bilingual Exhibit - Pride in the Northwest: 400 yrs of French Presence in Ontario
The Terrace Bay Public Library will be featuring the bilingual exhibit "Pride in the Northwest:  400 yrs of French Presence in Ontario" from September 8 to 15.  Admission is Free.  For more information - download poster
 
August 23 - Lighthouse Street Festival a Success
Once again the Lighthouse Street Festival was a great way to spend a Friday night.  The Street festival began at 12pm with sidewalk sales and food specials and then the activities started at different times. Some of the activities included Eric the Juggler, Dottie the Clown, bingo, a street dance and beer gardens, giant inflatables, music and more.  Special thanks to all the volunteers, vendors and staff that assist with putting on this important event!
 
August 19 - Hays Lake Dam Important Message from Ontario Power Generation.
Over the next week (August 18-23) there will be an increase of water being released from Hays Lake Dam. This will result in higher than normal water flows along the Aguasabon River. The public is advised to exercise extreme caution from the Aguasabon Gorge to the Terrace Bay Marina.

Please use extreme caution. Stay clear, Stay safe
 
August 14 - Purchase Price for Property Revealed
The Township of Terrace Bay was recently announced as the accepted bidder on approximately 1,085 acres of property in the community. As part of the Companies Creditor’s Arrangement Act proceedings, the Court ordered that the price paid for the lands being sold to various parties, including the Township was not to be disclosed without further Order of the Court. The Court issued such further Order on August 7, 2014 which cancelled the confidentiality requirement. Therefore, the Municipality can now disclose that the purchase price of the lands was $285,001.00. This amount was budgeted for in the 2014 Municipal budget to be taken from reserves due to the long-term value to the Community of owning this property which includes the local golf course, numerous white sand beaches, and the Terrace Bay Airport.  Mr. Jon Hall, Chief Administrative Officer for the Township of Terrace Bay says "It has been a goal of our Council to acquire land for private and public sector development for the past four years in our strategic plan. We are very pleased that our bid was accepted. These lands are incredibly important to our current way of life as well as to the future of the Township. We planned for this purchase to come out of our reserves in the current budget year. We look forward to working with private sector developers to achieve growth in our Community." Official Press Release 
 
See the posting below on July 15, 2014 for a map of the property acquired.
 
August 4 - Dragfest Has another Great Year and Breaks a Speed Record
The annual Terrace Bay Dragfest returned for the 16th time during the August long weekend and had another great year. Approximately 220 vehicles of all types took part in the races and an estimated 8,000-9,000 people passed through the gates. The Mid-West Wild Bunch returned to the event and made Dragfest a points event on its circuit. A new track record was set by Cliff Bakx with his alcohol dragster with a speed of 217 mph, smashing the previous record of 212 mph. Many thanks as always go out to the racers and the visitors as well as the volunteers who are so vital to running the event which sees the proceeds go back to the communities.
 
July 20 - Lake Superior Day Continues to Grow
Chilly conditions couldn't keep the visitors away as Terrace Bay received an excellent turnout for its annual Lake Superior Day celebration! The Township partnered with Parks Canada and EcoSuperior to hold a volunteer beach cleanup and offer free boat charters, kayaking, kids activities and meal deals for visitors. The weather was cooler than usual but everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and liked getting out on the water. This is the fifth time the Township has held the event which this year included showing off the new waterfront property the Municipality recently purchased.
 
Lake Superior Day in Terrace Bay
 
July 15 - Significant Property Purchase by Terrace Bay
Mayor and Council of the Township of Terrace Bay are proud to announce the purchase of a substantial amount of land in our community by the Municipality. We have secured approximately 1,085 acres of property formerly owned by Terrace Bay Pulp Inc. that includes the Aguasabon Golf Course, Terrace Bay Airport, as well as a portion of vacant land that includes a significant amount of waterfront.
 
Click here to download the official Press Release.
 
Terrace Bay Property Purchase
 
July 8 - New Garbage Collection System and Recycling Begins
Residents are reminded that the changes to the garbage collection system will begin on July 8th.  The recycling depot located at the Terrace Bay Landfill will also be open to the public at the same time.  For more information visit the Waste Diversion webpage.
 
June 27 - Fitness Room 24/7 Access
 
The Township of Terrace Bay is pleased to announce that the New 24/7 Swipe Card Access to the Terrace Bay Fitness Centre is now active and ready to go! All current gym members can come in and get their swipe cards at the Recreation Office.
 
If you haven't purchased your membership stop by the Recreation Office for more information and prices.
807-825-3315 ext.225
 
 
 
June 25 - Holiday Garbage Collection
Residents are advised that Garbage Day regularly scheduled for Tuesday, July 1st has been rescheduled to Wednesday, July 2, 2014 due to the Statutory Holiday.
 
June 17 - Terrace Bay Talks Recycling
The Township of Terrace Bay held a public forum on June 17th to discuss changes to its garbage collection as well as the introduction of a recycling program. Approximately 80 people were in attendance to listen and ask questions of Municipal staff and Council.  A new $2 garbage tag will be charged for every container of garbage placed at the curb to promote the use of the free recycling system at the landfill. Other changes will include weight limits on containers, size limits on containers, and an increased fine for littering. Township staff has already introduced the recycling program in the schools and Seniors Centre which in addition to the public forum means they have personally reached over 300 people in a town of 1,600.  For the full details on the event, click here for the Press Release.  For more details on the changes to garbage collection and recycling, visit the Waste Diversion webpage.
  
June 10 - Recycling Education in the Schools & Seniors Club
The Township has begun educating different groups on the new recycling program which will be launched on July 8, 2014.  Municipal staff and members of Council have gone into the schools to discuss the program with the youth and go other what and how materials will be accepted.  Staff have also done the same with the Superior Seniors Club which has also included information on the changes to the garbage collection system.  A public forum will be held on Tuesday June 17th at the Recreation Centre at 6:30pm to further discuss the program.
 
June 10 - Precautionary Boil Water Advisory - LIFTED
A precautionary boil water advisory has been issued due to a loss of water pressure for the residents on Elizabeth Ave, Fort Garry Rd, Princess Ave, Superior Ave, Strathcona Ave, and Lakeview Dr.  For more information download the town notice.
 
Update - the Precautionary Boil Water Advisory has been lifted.
 
June 5 - Municipal Budget Passed for 2014
Terrace Bay Council passed their annual budget for 2014 on Monday June 2.  It was a very challenging budget and we have developed a newsletter to explain our efforts in preparing this year's budget.  Click here to download the 2014 Budget Newsletter.  
 
Budget Background  
LED Streetlights was a huge cost saving and the public forum for the Moving Forward Plan explained some of the upcoming changes for this year's budget.
 
June 2 - Asset Management Plan Completed
Please click here to download the Asset Management Plan for the Township of Terrace Bay. This is the document that assists us with the long-term planning for the replacement of infrastructure (roads, water, sewer, etc) as well as Municipal buildings.
 
May 31 - Hazardous Waste Day 
Great turnout at our Hazardous Waste Recycling Day. We estimate over 5.5 tonnes of waste was collected for safe end of life disposal or recycling if possible. Many thanks to Potter Environmental and our awesome volunteers!
 
Hazardous Waste Day 2014
 
May 27 - Ontario Renovates Program is Open
Thunder Bay DSSAB recently announced the Ontario Renovates program. It is a program designed to assist low to moderate income homeowners repair their homes to bring them to acceptable standards while improving energy efficiency of the unit. It also increases accessibility of the unit through modifications and adaptations. Assistance is provided in the form of a forgivable loan to the homeowner based on the cost of approved work items. The average amount of funding available for the District of Thunder Bay must not exceed $25,000 per unit. Funding for accessibility repairs made to a unit is available up to a maximum of $3,500 and is in the form of a grant and does not require repayment.  For more info, download the info package.  A meeting will be held for Seniors on June 12, 2014 - contact the Seniors Centre for more information at 825-3315, x244.
 
For further information and details on how you can apply visit The BDSSAB website at www.tbdssab.ca or call the office at (807) 766-2111, ext 4070 or toll-free at 1-877-281-2958
 
The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board
231 May Street South,
Thunder Bay, ON P7E 1B5
 
The Ontario Renovates Program, is a component of the Investment in Affordable Housing for Ontario Program and is made available through The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administrative Board.
 
 
May 21 - Artisan Centre Gathering
There will be an Artisan Centre Gathering on May 21, 2014 at Superior North CFDC, 7 Mill Road, Terrace Bay, ON from 7pm to 9pm.  The purpose is to pursue the possibility of establishing a permanent regional artisan centre where members can display and sell their works to the general public.   The gathering is open to all local and regional artists and artisans on the North Shore from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie, as well as local business owners and interested citizens.
 
May 20 - Terrace Bay Nature Reserve Plans
The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists are buying a property on Lake Superior's shoreline in Terrace Bay. It includes a large block on the mainland between Hydro Bay and the mouth of the Aguasabon River, plus 15 small islands just offshore. The total frontage on Lake Superior is 10.5 km! A segment of the famous Casque Isles Hiking Trail runs though the property, and the islands and coves are popular with kayakers.  Download the Press Release and consider Making a Donation

 
The purchase is expected to close on July 15, 2014. The club is actively fundraising for this exciting acquisition and donations are needed to help. TBFN is a registered Canadian charity and all donors will receive a charitable receipt. Please make your cheque payable to Thunder Bay Field Naturalists. Note on the cheque that your donation is for the Terrace Bay Reserve. Mail to: Thunder Bay Field Naturalists Box 10037 Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 6T6.
 
To donate on-line, please visit their donation page. Donations of stocks are also welcome. For information on this option please contact the Chair of the Nature Reserves Committee, Susan Bryan, at bryan@tbaytel.net or (807) 345-6446.
 
May 15 - Summer Student  - Kidz Zone and Library Assistant Positions available
The Township of Terrace Bay is now accepting applications for the following student summer positions:  Kidz Zone Instructors and Library Assistant.  If interested please check out www.terracebay.ca/municipal for more information.  Deadline to apply is Friday, May 30, 2014 at 5:00pm
 
May 10 - Green Tradeshow Returns
The Green Tradeshow returned from a one year hiatus to have another successful year.  Approximately 500 people attended the event which had a wide range of exhibitors with green products, services, and ideas.  For more information visit www.greentradeshow.ca.
 
2014 Green Tradeshow
Our Awesome Volunteer Committee
 
 
April 30 - Spring Clean-Up Week May 24 to June 1
The Township of Terrace has designated May 24 to June 1 inclusive as Spring Clean-up week.  Use of the landfill site will be free of charge from May 24 to June 1, 2014 inclusive for residents of the Township of Terrace Bay.   Landfill site will be opened Monday, May 26th to Friday, May 30th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.   Regular hours will resume on Monday, June 2, 2014.   Public Works will do townsite pick-up from residential properties Monday, May 26 to Thursday, May 29, 2014 inclusive.   Pick-up applies to residential properties only, commercial and business properties are not included.  Download information sheet

*** Relay for Life - Looking for Volunteers! ***
The Canadian Cancer Society would like to host Relay for Life in Terrace Bay this year ... but they need your help!  In 2007, Terrace Bay last hosted this incredibly important event and raised over $50,000.  This year's event is to held on Friday June 20, 2014 with a Fundraising Goal of $30,000 and 200 participants.  The event needs a volunteer committee to host the event ideally over 10 members.  Click here to download the Event Flyer and the Volunteer Committee Member Description.  The initial meeting will be held on Wednesday April 16 at 2pm at the Multi-Purpose Room in the Recreation Centre.  
 
April 16 - Business Awards Gala Draws a Crowd
The 1st Annual Business Awards Gala was held Wednesday April 16th recognizing business excellence in the Terrace Bay, Schreiber, Rossport and Jackfish region. The Aguasabon Chamber of Commerce hosted the event on behalf of the region with approximately 160 people in attendance. The event involved an update on the progress of AV Terrace Bay Inc., the annual General Meeting for the Chamber, a presentation by networking expert Curt Skene, and the awards ceremony. Award winners included:
- Business Improvement Award – Coconut Island Hair & Spa,
- Spirit of the Aguasabon – Community Impact Award – Beno Insurance,
- Customer Service Excellence Award – Cebrario's Hardware,
- Marketing Excellence Award – Hollywood Filane Sportswear & Embroidery,
- Tourism Impact Award – Discovery Charters,
- Woman in Business Award – Billie Jo Keating, B&B on the Beach,
- Owner/Manager of the Year – Tony Commisso, Costa's Food Market,
- Business of the Year Award – Drifters Restaurant & Motel.
 
Outgoing Chamber President Jason Nesbitt said "It was an incredible, energetic night that was really embraced by our business community. Our chamber has been reborn and this event should get even bigger next year. Many thanks to our funding partner Superior North CFDC, as funded by FedNor, for assisting with the costs of the event." For more information, visit www.facebook.com/aguasabonchamber.
 
March 26 - Summer Student Positions 2014
The Township of Terrace Bay is now accepting applications for the 2014 Summer Student positions.  Deadline for applications is Friday, April 25, 2014.  For more information and job descriptions visit www.terracebay.ca/municipal.
 
March 25 - Community Centre Hours of Operation Change
The Community Centre will be Closed on Sundays, effective Sunday, April 5, 2014.  Hours of Operation will be Monday to Friday:  10:00am to 9:30pm and Saturdays:  10:00am to 4:00pm.
 
UPCOMING - March 24 Waterfront Study Presentation
The draft final report for the Terrace Bay Waterfront Study is complete. Everyone is invited to a presentation summarizing the process, the components of the waterfront plan, phasing and the business case for development. Your input will ensure the final report reflects the needs and desires of Terrace Bay residents.  Please join us on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 6:30 at the Michael King Hall for the presentation. For further information or questions, please contact Dean Main, CommunityDevelopment Supervisor, at 1-807-825-3315 x230 or cds@terracebay.ca.
 
March 17 - Public Forum on the Moving Forward Plan
The Township of Terrace Bay held a public forum to discuss the "Moving Forward Plan" by Council to address the recent decrease in tax assessment in the Municipality. The public forum was well attended with over 60 people in attendance and an active question and answer period about the ideas presented and the work by Council and Administration.  For more information on the public forum, please download the press release.
 
Terrace Bay Public Forum
 
March 13 - AV Terrace Bay Inc. Takes Part in Innovative Project
The Centre for Research and Innovation into the Bio-Economy (CRIBE) is partnering with GreenField Specialty Alcohols to test and develop a technology that, if successful, will lead to significant economic and operational gains for pulp mills by providing new revenue streams as well as a more efficient way to perform current processes. The practical application of this technology is to take GreenField’s patent pending equipment - a modified twin screw extruder used to extract and recover clean sugars - and apply it in a pulp and paper mill demonstration project at two mills including AV Terrace Bay Inc. GreenField’s technology may be beneficial as the Terrace Bay mill moves towards converting the facility from conventional NMSK pulp to a dissolved pulp process. CRIBE is providing up to $1.3 Million in funding to this project to leverage a total project cost of almost $2.7 Million.  View the Press Release here.
   
March 5 - Pre-Engineered Housing Open House Receives Good Interest
Approximately 40 people turned out for the Open House hosted by the Township of Terrace Bay to answer questions on the pre-engineered housing process. Terrace Bay invited experienced company Northern Superior Structural Solutions (NSSS) to come and educate residents. NSSS showed a variety of options with one of their priced out 3 bedroom models going for $160,000 to start with a 2-3 month turnaround time from order to delivery on a lot in Terrace Bay. Visitors to the Open House seemed impressed by the number of options available and open to the idea of having a new, energy efficient home delivered fully finished. Interest was also shown in some of the 4-plex and 8-plex options the company was displaying. Terrace Bay CAO Jon Hall said "We were pleased with the turn out for the event and thankful of NSSS for coming to visit. We know the demand for housing is incredible in Terrace Bay right now and wanted to show a possible option for someone looking to own a home." Terrace Bay has serviced building lots available on Terrace Heights, East Grove and Parkway with more information available through Realtor Gordon Moorey . For more information on Northern Superior Structural Solutions, visit www.nsss.ca . If someone was unable to attend the Open House and looking for information, they can also contact Sean Irwin, the Special Projects Co-ordinator of Terrace Bay at 825-3315, x231 or spc@terracebay.ca .
  
 
March 3 - March Break Brochure Available for Download
The March Break Brochure is featured at www.terracebay.ca/recreation. Check out some of the great programming ideas for our region.
 
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