Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mayors' Day 2013


Olympian to be Guest Speaker at 2013 Mayors’ Day

For immediate release

The recent cold snap, followed by freezing rain, has made our streets resemble a bobsleigh run.  One of the world’s fastest women of the ice track will be the guest speaker at the 5th annual Mayors’ Day Fundraiser for family physician recruitment on Friday, May 3, 2013.

Shelley-Ann Brown, of Pickering, Ontario represented Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games where she thrilled the hearts of Canadians when pushing her teammate Helen Upperton to a Silver Medal win!

Staged by the Southern Georgian Bay Family Physician Recruitment Program, the Mayors’ Day event will be held at the Brooklea Golf and Country Club with a breakfast presentation at 7:00am and a lunch presentation at 12 noon.  Money raised supports the recruitment program which attracts new family physicians to the Southern Georgian Bay region.

“Our volunteer organizing committee sources interesting speakers from different sectors each year,” explained Physician Recruitment Officer David Gravelle. “This year, sport is our focus, and we are fortunate to have Shelley-Ann Brown as our keynote speaker, with a message that will inspire and motivate.”

So how did a young person, born to  Jamaican parents who migrated to Canada decide to race down narrow, twisting, banked, iced tracks in a gravity-powered sled at speeds over 70 miles per hour?

According to her biography, Brown had been a high-level competitor in track and field for many years prior to pursuing bobsleigh. As passionate about education as she is about sports, Shelley-Ann completed a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and English in 2004 and a Masters in Educational Psychology in May 2006. This was accomplished while she attended the University of Nebraska on a Track and Field scholarship. The former sprinter/hurdler also gained All-American honors during her time at Nebraska.

Shelley-Ann was recruited to bobsleigh for the 2007 season and has been on the Canadian
World Cup Team ever since.


Mayors’ Day – May 3, 2013

Even though she competes in a winter sport, she actually hates the cold and is convinced that one day she will move to a place where below zero temperatures, shoveling snow and scraping your windshield in the morning do not exist!

Shelley-Ann is firm believer in giving back and as a result is a very active member in her community.  In 2005, she founded and directed Camp E.D.I.F.Y in Scarborough, Ontario.
E.D.I.F.Y stands for Education and Direction for Intelligent and Fit Youth. It reflects her belief that children should be whole and healthy in every aspect of their being - whole in heart, whole in mind, whole in body and whole in spirit.

The Southern Georgian Bay Family Physician Recruitment Program is a community led initiative to recruit new family doctors to the Midland/Penetanguishene area. The committee is comprised of representatives from local sponsoring municipalities, Georgian Bay General Hospital, physicians and volunteers representing all sectors of the community.

“We anticipate a number of new retirements and slow downs from our roster of senior physicians this year and next,” said David Gravelle, Physician Recruitment and Retention Officer. “We have a recruitment plan in place and a strong pipeline of candidates to meet our community’s needs.  The funds from the Mayors’ Day and other events, such as the Glenn Howard Charity Golf Classic, assist us in meeting our objective of ensuring every resident has timeline access to primary care.”

Previous keynote speakers have included legendary Canadian broadcaster Valerie Pringle, noted lawyer and activist James Lockyer, author and playwright Dan Needles, and OPP Commissioner Chris D. Lewis.

The 2013 Mayors’ Day takes place Friday, May 3, 2013 at Brooklea Golf & Country Club in Midland. Tickets are $100 and are available for the 7 a.m. breakfast or the 12 noon luncheon. A tax receipt for the charitable portion will be issued by the Huronia Community Foundation. To order tickets, contact Susan Robillard at 705-533-2757


Media Contact:

David Gravelle
Physician Recruitment and Retention Officer
Southern Georgian Bay Family Physician Recruitment Program
(705) 526-1300 ext. 5466

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces added to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)

Ministry of Community
and Social Services

Accessibility Directorate
of Ontario
6th Floor, Suite 601a
777 Bay Street
Toronto ON M7A 2J4
Ministère des Services
sociaux et communautaires

Direction générale de l'accessibilité
pour l'Ontario
6e étage, bureau 601a
777, rue Bay
Toronto (Ontario) M7A 2J4

New Accessibility Standards for the Design of Public Spaces added to the Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (IASR)

On January 1, 2013, the Government of Ontario achieved another milestone in implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA). The Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation (Ontario Regulation 191/11) was amended to include accessibility requirements for the Design of Public Spaces (Accessibility Standards for the Built Environment).
Beginning in 2015, public and private sector organizations will have to meet accessibility requirements when constructing and maintaining new or redeveloped elements of public spaces including:
  • Recreational trails and beach access routes
  • Outdoor eating areas for public use
  • Outdoor play spaces (such as playgrounds)
  • Exterior paths of travel (such as walkways across parks or between buildings)
  • Accessible on- and off-street parking
  • Service counters and waiting areas
Organizations are not required to make changes to their public spaces. The standard only applies when organizations build new or make major changes to existing elements of public spaces.
The new requirements can be accessed on e-laws by following this link:

For further information on the Accessibility Standard for the Design of Public Spaces, please visit ontario.ca/AccessON.

Accessibility Enhancements to the Ontario’s Building Code

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) is developing potential enhancements to current accessibility requirements in buildings. Public consultation on potential updates to accessibility requirements in the Ontario’s Building Code is now underway. A consultation paper and details of the potential technical changes are available online. Stakeholders and the public have until March 1, 2013 to submit comments to MMAH.

To review the public consultation document for the Ontario’s Building Code visit:

For further information on the Ontario’s Building Code, contact the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing:
Phone: 416-585-6666
Fax: 416-585-7532


Friday, January 4, 2013

Southern Georgian Bay Visitor Guide Book 2013

Southern Georgian Bay Visitor Guide Book 2013 ----  News Release

Thank you to the continued support of our Members and advertisers for making the 2013 edition of the Southern Georgian Bay Visitor Guide Book a success again this year!!  This Visitor Guide Book is a highly visible full-color KEY Tourism Publication in Southern Georgian Bay area, offering affordable advertising rates.
THIS GUIDEhighlights and promotes Southern Georgian Bay tourism businesses and events in the Towns of Midland and Penetanguishene, and the Townships of Tay and Tiny:  Attractions, Accommodations, Restaurants, Marinas, Recreational Activities, Services...and more!!
THIS GUIDE strengthens Georgian Bay’s brand recognition and awareness as a tourism destination. Cross promotion of print and online marketing provides the opportunity for businesses to maximize their exposure through the use of direct website and email links.
THIS GUIDEwas recognized by branding slogan specialists of “I Love NY” and “Virginia is for Lovers”... They portrayed how the artwork symbolized all that they found important and strategic in creating a “lure” publication that looked “inviting” to the vacationers’ eye. They were impressed with the publication and could not say enough about its professional appearance.
THIS GUIDEwill be distributed across Ontario to Chambers of Commerce, Ontario Travel Centres, Visitor Information Centres, trade shows, local businesses, at community events and conferences, and direct mailing requests.  A total of 37,000 copies will be circulated.
THIS GUIDEis available for downloading in both English and French from the www.southerngeorgianbay.on.ca website.  The Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce website is an information portal designed to inform and assist visitors with their travel plans.
THIS GUIDEwill be available to the public as of January 1, 2013. 
Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce
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