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Special Council - MAH Council Training Session

Please be advised that Council will hold a special Council meeting for the purposes of receiving Council Training from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing staff at 1 pm on April 20, 2015 in the Council Chambers.
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 1:00pm

Turn the Lights Off for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is Saturday March 28, 2014 at 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  Show your commitment by turning off any lights in your home and enjoy a candle lit hour with your family and friends.
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 9:00am

Social Media Engagement Confirms That Distracted Driving Is Seen As Serious Safety Threat on Roads

From: Highway Safety Division                                          Date: March 25, 2015

Social Media Engagement Confirms That Distracted Driving Is Seen As Serious Safety Threat on Roads

OPP wraps ups Distracted Driving Campaign (March 14-20, 2015)

(Orillia, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wrapped up its Distracted Driving campaign with strong support from the public, the media and other valued road safety partners who, throughout the campaign, remained heavily engaged in the OPP’s continuous flow of messaging about distracted driving.  

As OPP officers kept busy conducting targeted enforcement of distracted driving laws on roads and highways across the province, the OPP’s social media highway was equally busy with followers, including children who viewed, shared and chimed in on this important road safety topic. 

Over and above enforcement, public education is an important component of the OPP’s Provincial Traffic Safety Program and the traffic safety campaigns it supports.

“Whether you were a follower who showed support through social media, a driver who set a good example behind the wheel, or a passenger who spoke up to a distracted driver in the vehicle, thank you and please keep working towards making distracted driving a socially unacceptable behaviour on our roads,” said Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

Locally, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) charged 39 motorists with distracted driving during the Distracted Driving Campaign.

(For high-resolution photos, please email: kerry.schmidt@opp.ca)

Contacts by Region:
Highway Safety Division:     Sergeant Kerry Schmidt                  Phone: (416) 460-4701
Central Region:                    A/Sergeant Kelly Daniels                 Phone: (705) 330-3738
East Region:                          Sergeant Kristine Rae                      Phone: (613) 285-2750
Northwest Region:                Sergeant Shelley Garr                      Phone: (807) 473-2734
North East Region:               Sergeant Carolle Dionne                  Phone: (705) 845-2738
West Region:                         Sergeant Dave Rektor                      Phone: (519) 652-4156
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 9:15am

Employment Opportunity - Lifeguard/Instructor

Seasonal Employment Opportunities
Dundalk Swimming Pool For 2015 Season
Applications will be received for the following student positions for the 2015 summer season at Township of Southgate Facilities:
  • Instructor/Lifeguard (1 position at Dundalk Pool)
  • Lifeguard (possibly 2 positions at Dundalk Pool)
  • Casual Lifeguard (1 position at various Parks & Pool)
Students must be returning to an educational institution in the fall of 2015 and be between the ages of 15-30 to qualify for grant programs.
Please visit the Employment Opportunities section of our website for complete job descriptions which list the skills required. This information is also available by calling our Administration office.
Resumes and/or applications marked “Student Job Application” may be submitted by mail or email by 12:00 noon on Friday, April 17, 2015 to the attention of Kevin Green, Facilities Manager  kgreen@southgate.ca
 
Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection. We thank all those that apply but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 11:00am

World Autism Awareness Day

Proclamation
I, Mayor Anna-Marie Fosbrooke, Head of Council of the Township of Southgate, do hereby proclaim April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day.
Whereas: World Autism Awareness Day will be recognized on April 2, 2015, in Canada thanks to Liberal Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S-206, An Act Respecting World Autism Awareness Day; and
Whereas: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 100,000 Ontarians. Autism Spectrum Disorder is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 94 children, as well as their friends, family and community; and
Whereas: ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means it not only manifests itself differently in every individual in whom it appears, but its characteristics will change over the life of each individual as well. A child with ASD will become an adult with ASD; and
Whereas: Autism Ontario (formerly Autism Society Ontario) is the leading source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Since 1973, Autism Ontario has been providing support, information and opportunities for thousands of families across the province; and
Whereas: Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for programs and services for the autism community; and
Therefore: I, Mayor Anna-Marie Fosbrooke, do hereby declare April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day.
Dated this 4 day of March, 2015

The Township of Southgate will raise the Autism Ontario Flag in front of the Municipal Office on April 2, 2015 in recognition of this day. 
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:00pm

Collisions Involving Wildlife

Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [GREY COUNTY] COLLISIONS INVOLVING WILDLIFE 2015-03-20
FROM/DE:    Grey County OPP                                          DATE:  March 20, 2015
Collisions Involving Wildlife
(Chatsworth, ON) -  Between Friday, March 13th and this morning, Friday, March 20th, 2015, Grey County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigated 22 motor vehicle collisions throughout their jurisdiction; ten of which involved wildlife, specifically, seven (7) deer, a wild turkey, a racoon, and a coyote.  No injuries were reported, however, in each case there was damage to the vehicle. 
Grey County OPP wish to remind motorists to drive carefully and consider these tips to minimize the chances of being in collision with a wild animal:
  • Scan the road ahead from shoulder to shoulder.  If there is wildlife beside the road, sound your horn to scare the animal away.   Continue slowly and cautiously – don’t assume the animal will move in a predictable manner.  They may leave the roadway and turn right back into your path.
  • Watch for the posted yellow wildlife signs indicating that there is an increased population of wildlife.  Slow down in these areas.
  • Use high beams at night where possible and watch for glowing eyes of animals.
  • Stop as safely as possible if a wild animal is crossing the road.  Remember, if there is one – there’s usually another following.
  • Never swerve or brake suddenly. This could cause your vehicle to go out of control and result in a more serious collision.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
Should you be involved in a collision with a deer, or any other animal, which results in personal injury to you or your passenger(s) and/or where the vehicle damage apparently exceeds $1,000, you must report the collision to police. 
Contact:       Alina Grelik
                      alina.grelik@opp.ca
                      519-794-7827  
                                                        www.opp.ca
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 3:45pm

Council Highlights March 18, 2015

Township of Southgate Council Highlights March 18, 2015
  • Roger Cook from Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit (SMART) attended to present the 2014 ridership information and the projected costs for this service in 2015. Southgate residents had taken over 560 rides with SMART transit in 2015.
  • Concerned residents may get an answer to whether the Beatty Saugeen River is a significant valleyland as staff have been directed to send a letter to Grey County, SVCA and MNR requesting that it is evaluated.
  • The 2014 Community Action Plan (CAP) report is available.... Continue Reading 
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 11:45am

Local Traffic Only Southgate Road 10 Between Southgate Sideroads 47 and 41

The Public Works Department would like Southgate residents to be aware of a Local Traffic only on Southgate Road 10 between Southgate Sideroads 47 and 41.  Staff are currently brushing to prepare for construction.
If you have any questions please contact Phil Wilson at pwilson@southgate.ca.
Thank you
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:30am

Southgate Tenders

The township would like to advise residents and businesses about the following tenders:
 
Department Tender Due Date
Recreation Macintyre Building Landscape Project April 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Grass Contract April 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm
Public Works S20 Bridge Consulting  March 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm
By-law Enforcement Canine Control Contract March 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Please click "Tenders & RFPs" for more information on each tender.
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:15am

Police Remind Citizens Not to Fall Victim to the ‘Emergency’ Scam


From: OPP News Portal [mailto:webmaster@opp.ca]
Sent: 19-Mar-15 9:45 AM
To: Guilfoyle, Michael (JUS)
Subject: [GREY COUNTY] POLICE REMIND CITIZENS NOT TO FALL VICTIM TO THE ‘EMERGENCY’ SCAM
 
Ontario Provincial Police News Portal [Grey County] Police Remind Citizens Not To Fall Victim To The ‘Emergency’ Scam 2015-03-19
 

FROM/DE:                                                                           Criminal Investigation Services                                                                     DATE: March 19, 2015 Anti-Rackets Branch

 
Police Remind Citizens Not to Fall Victim to the ‘Emergency’ Scam
 
Be wary of, “Grandma, it’s me...I need help...please don’t tell anyone”
 
(Orillia, ON) -The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding citizens that emergency scams target vulnerable persons and seniors by playing upon their emotions and rob them of their money.
 
Each year, emergency scam artists contact thousands of citizens and many people get scammed in their rush to help. Many victims are hesitant to say ‘no’ or to hang up on someone on the phone, which makes them easy targets for criminals to access substantial sums of money.
 
In 2014, five (5) per cent of all complaints received by the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre were victims of the “Emergency Scam” -- sometimes referred to as the “Grandparent Scam”. Of those 1,977 complaints, 737 people were identified as victims who reported a total loss of more than $2.4 million.
 
In the typical emergency scam, the victim will receive a frantic phone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or loved one. The caller will explain that they are involved in some sort of mishap or are having trouble returning from a foreign country and need money right away.
Scammers know how to gather your personal information for criminal means. They use phony social media accounts to find real names, real interests, real phone numbers and when you are going to be home or away.  They’ll even call in the middle of the night to take advantage of the confusion caused by awaking suddenly with the expectation its bad news at that hour.
Most of all, they rely upon the victim’s desire to help their loved ones, whatever the cost. Be aware of some warning signs:
  • Urgency-- The scammer always makes the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story.
 
  • Fear-- The scammer plays on the victim’s emotions by generating a sense of fear. For instance they may say, “I am scared and I need help from you.”
 
  • Secrecy-- The scammer pleads with the victim not to tell anyone about the situation, such as, “Please don’t tell Dad, he would be so mad.”
 
  • Request for Money Transfer-- Money is usually requested to be sent by a money transfer company such as Money Gram, Western Union or even through your own bank institution.
 
To avoid becoming a victim, police advise you to first check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information BEFORE sending money or providing credit card information by phone or e-mail. It is vitally important that the incident be reported every time it occurs, to allow police to investigate and prevent others from becoming victims.
 
If you or someone you know may have been the victim of an ‘emergency’ scam, contact your local police service or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).
 
Fraud…Recognize itReport it…Stop it.
 

Quotes

 “All consumers, regardless of age and gender, can take basic steps to protect themselves from becoming victims of fraud, such as never giving out personal information over the phone, the internet or social media.  Remember, if it is too good to be true...it probably is.”
 
Deputy Commissioner Scott TOD, OPP Investigations and Organized Crime Command.
 
“Knowledge is power.  The key to prevent becoming a victim of fraud is to know the warning signs and share your knowledge with the people you care about. We encourage you to join the conversation on social media using #stopfraud #fraudprevention and #dontbeavictim .”
 
Detective Inspector Mike BICKERTON, OPP Anti-Rackets Branch.
  
Learn More
 
OPP March is Fraud Prevention Month
 
OPP YouTube Emergency Scam video (English)

OPP YouTube Emergency Scam video (French)

 
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre The Emergency or Grandparent Scam
 

Contact:         Detective Constable Ted Schendera OPP Anti-Rackets Branch

705-329-6437
 
Contact:        Constable Alina Grelik
Grey County OPP 519-794-7827
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 9:45am

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