News & Announcements
The County of Dufferin is in the process of developing a strategy to provide a road map on how to best focus its efforts in Economic Development. This process will result in a contemporary and relevant economic development strategy with a 10-year outlook, and an implementing action plan with a 3-5 year timeframe.
The Global Investment Attraction Group (GIAG) consulting firm has been contracted to assist the County in developing the strategy. A key component of this process is an inclusive stakeholder engagement process including a survey.
Your views and opinions are important. We would appreciate your input through completion of this survey questionnaire. It should only take about five (5) minutes of your time. All answers will be kept confidential.
» Take the survey.
In addition to the survey, the County is also holding three stakeholder consultation sessions to gather input from all of our economic sectors from agriculture to manufacturing to tourism.
- April 4th 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dufferin Oaks Auditorium, Shelburne
- April 5th 2017 at 2 p.m. at Monora Park Pavillion, Mono
- April 5th at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Valley Community Centre, Grand Valley
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority reminds everyone to stay well back from waterways, ditches, ponds and lakes this time of year.
With spring-like temperatures arriving in February, unsafe ice and slippery banks already exist. The onset of spring has brought rain and melting snow, causing the breakup of ice along watercourses and lakes and high stream flows. These hazardous conditions can cause life-threatening injury if a person falls into the extremely cold water.
Conservation Authorities across the region remind residents to keep family and pets away from the edge of streams, rivers, ponds and lakes at this time of year. Especially during March Break, it is important to supervise children and help them understand the dangers of playing near creeks and streams. Anglers, canoeists, hikers, hunters and other recreational users need to be aware of the dangerous conditions that could pose a risk to personal safety.
Please exercise caution around any waterbody over the next few weeks and help make this a safe and enjoyable spring.
The next Town Hall Meeting will be held on March 25th, 2017 from 9:30 am - 12 pm
Mono Community Centre
754483 Mono Centre Road
Following these two presentations will be an open forum for residents to ask questions. As well as taking questions from the floor, residents are encouraged to submit questions in advance using our online form.
Get behind a “sweet” cause
The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) is looking for volunteers interested in learning the ins-and-outs of maple syrup production.
Each year, NVCA’s maple syrup program sees hundreds of students and families visiting the Tiffin Centre for Conservation in Utopia to learn how sap from sugar maples becomes an iconic Canadian food.
Maple syrup volunteers help collect sap, boil it down to syrup and bottle the finished product. While each season is a little different, volunteers are needed daily during the sap run, usually from March to mid-April. No experience is necessary, but volunteers should be prepared to spend some time outdoors. A commitment for the season is preferred.
If you are interested, contact Kyra Howes, NVCA’s Manager of Lands and Operations, at 705-424-1497 ext. 259 or [email protected].
The Tiffin Centre's maple bush is the star of the show at the annual Spring Tonic Maple Syrup Festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Barrie and NVCA. This year’s festival runs April 8 and 9, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily. Details are available at www.nvca.on.ca.
The Tiffin Centre is located at 8195 8th Line (Essa), just 10 minutes west of Barrie. It is a four-season recreation destination with more than 300 acres of forest, meadow and wetlands.
Reduced load restrictions are in effect as of Wednesday March 1st, 2017 until further notice.
The reduced load restriction period typically occurs between March 1st and May 15th, depending on weather and road conditions.
Bylaw 2006-09, that permits a reduced load limit of 5 tonnes per axle, shall apply to all Town roads. These restrictions may be removed if road conditions improve.
The Monarch Manifesto, a personal pledge to protect the monarch butterfly by growing milkweed, reporting butterfly sightings, avoiding the use of herbicides and pesticides in yards and gardens, and encouraging others such as schools and garden centers to do their part is currently being promoted by the David Suzuki Foundation.
In keeping with the Town’s previous initiatives to protect pollinators such as bees and butterflies through the establishment of a pollinator preserve on Town property and discontinuing the use of neonicotinoids on all municipally owned properties, it is in line for the Town to support this initiative, and further, encourage residents to sign the pledge.
The Town of Mono will be advising the David Suzuki Foundation of our support of the Monarch Manifesto and of the Town's actions to support and enhance the natural habitat and populations of pollinators in the community. Mono encourages residents to also pledge their support to the Monarch Manifesto by visiting the David Suzuki Foundation's website and sign the manifesto.
A new website called My DUFFERIN (www.mydufferin.ca) was launched on December 1. It is a redesign of the Dufferin Family Directory website, a directory of services in Dufferin County developed and maintained by Dufferin Coalition for Kids.
The My DUFFERIN website is more modern and user friendly, and includes search functionality and other new features to improve the ability to find services in Dufferin County. It is a great resource for the residents of Dufferin County. My DUFFERIN focuses on non-profit, municipal/government and other community services that support the well-being of families.