August 21, 2018

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula and the Wiarton Skateboard Park Committee is pleased to announce the long awaited Grand Opening of the Joanne Lancaster Skateboard Park in Bluewater Park, Wiarton on Monday September 3, 2018 at 11am. 

Please join us for the opening dedication and ribbon cutting at 11am followed by Joanne "Granny" Lancaster's debut on a skateboard. 

In celebration of the opening of the park, The Wiarton Optimists who were central to the fundraising campaign, will generously host a free family BBQ immediately following the opening ceremony. 

Please join us on Labour Day Monday at 11am for festivities and fun for the whole family. 

Janice Jackson
Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula

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July 14, 2018 

Burning Ban Has Been Lifted – Fire Restrictions Remain in Effect 

Please be advised that the ban on all open air fires within South Bruce Peninsula has been lifted to allow for small recreational camp fires. Recreational Fires must be contained within a non-combustible burning device with a burn area of no larger than 2 feet X 2 feet X 2 feet. Fires must be supervised at all times and please ensure the fire is completely extinguished when finished. For additional information on Recreational Open Air Burning please visit our website at www.southbrucepeninsula.com 

Please also be advised, fireworks are strictly prohibited.  

We would like to thank the residents and visitors to our area for their cooperation over the last few weeks and ask that you remain diligent in your summer time activities. 

We will continue to monitor the effects of the weather and issue updates as necessary. 

Thank-you for your continued co-operation. 

For more information please contact Chief Robinson at 519-534-1400 extension 142.

Daniel Robinson
Manager of Emergency Services
Town of South Bruce Peninsula 

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018 

For Immediate Release 

The Town Cautions Residents Regarding Door-to-Door Water Testing Salesmen and/or the Sale of Water Filter Systems 

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is warning residents of a private company going door-to-door attempting to provide water testing and/or sell water filter systems. 

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is dedicated to providing clean, safe, reliable, and cost-effective municipal drinking water.  The Town, through its service provider, provides residents with high quality water that meets or exceeds provincial standards.  The water is tested routinely as required by all public water providers and results are submitted to the province as required by legislation.  The quality of the water supplied to residents is of the utmost importance to the Town and all requirements are stringently met or exceeded. 

The Town does not test individual water systems without first making an appointment with the resident.  In the case of testing, the only authorized agent of the Town is the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA).  Door-to-door visits are not a regular occurrence; if you have any doubt about the identification of a person requesting to gain entry into your residence to obtain a water sample, call the Town Hall at 519-534-1400. 

Door-to-door visits or sales regarding water products are not in any way endorsed by the Town.  Earlier this year, the Province of Ontario officially banned door-to-door sales in an attempt to protect consumers at home; for more information on the ban of door-to-door sales, see the Province’s website: https://news.ontario.ca/mgs/en/2018/02/ontario-ban-on-door-to-door-sales-in-effect-as-of-march-1st.html 

If you need to enquire about the safety of your drinking water please contact: 

Town of South Bruce Peninsula
315 George St, PO Box 310
Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-1400

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Issued May 18, 2018

Town Implementing Organization Changes

On May 1, 2018 the Town of South Bruce Peninsula Council supported the recommendations of an Organizational Review undertaken by Chief Administrative Officer, Brad McRoberts. The objective of the organizational review was to address ongoing operational challenges and to provide for necessary resource capacity for future growth in service needs throughout the Town.

Mayor Jackson stated, "The Town had never undertaken a formal organization review since amalgamation. Several internal role changes were implemented over time but not with a strategic focus on service delivery and growth."

Mayor Jackson stated "Council had concerns with the operation of the Town and strategically tasked CAO McRoberts to review the situation and recommend solutions. We are confident that based upon the recommendations presented, and supported by Council, that the Town will now be better equipped to serve the community more effectively."

The recommendations include some internal realignment of roles and the creation of a new Community Services Department which will include by-law enforcement, building services, parks, and recreation. To establish the new Community Services Department new positions will be created including a Director of Community Services, Economic Development Officer, and a Planning/Administrative Assistant.

CAO McRoberts will be implementing the new organization structure over the next few months.

Janice Jackson, Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
PO Box 310,
315 George Street
Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
519-534-1400
mayorjanicejackson@gmail.com

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Issued May 1, 2018

Paramedic Services Week – May 27-June 2, 2018 

The Town of South Bruce Peninsula is proud to announce that May 27-June 2, 2018 has been declared “Paramedic Services Week” in the Town of South Bruce Peninsula. 

Council passed a resolution on May 1, 2018 making the proclamation in keeping with the Town’s Proclamation Policy CO.3.1. 

In honor of Paramedic Services Week, Bruce County Paramedics will be holding a Blood Pressure Clinic and Food Drive on June 1, 2018 at the Wiarton Foodland location.  

Join the Bruce County Paramedics at their event and thank them for the care that they provide to our community. 

Janice Jackson
Mayor
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
315 George St, PO Box 310
Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-1400
Toll Free: 1-877-534-1400
Fax: 519-534-4862
May 1, 2018

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Issued: April 3, 2018

Town Standing by its Plover Plan

On March 22, 2018 the Town of South Bruce Peninsula was issued a Summons under Section 24 of the Provincial Offences Act by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry related to beach maintenance work undertaken on or about April 13, 2017. On March 28, 2018 the MNRF issued a Stop Order to the Town preventing it from doing any maintenance on the beach until further notice.

The Town was surprised and disappointed in the Summons and the Stop Order. The Town has been in consultations with another branch of the Ministry on an annual beach maintenance plan. Spring maintenance and habitat protection for the endangered piping plover are important parts of that plan. Our draft plan includes elements to enhance and preserve the dune eco-system and provide protection to the piping plover and its habitat.

The Town is interested in working with the Ministry to develop practical and successful approaches to support recovery of the piping plover, maintain appropriate habitat and balance human activity on an 11 km beach that draws more than 800,000 visitors every year.

In the meantime, the Town will continue attempts to engage the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff in overdue discussions about the management of our local beaches and wildlife.

Janice Jackson, Mayor

Town of South Bruce Peninsula PO Box 310, 315 George Street Wiarton ON N0H 2T0 519-534-1400

mayorjanicejackson@gmail.com

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Issued:  March 28, 2018

Dry Spring – High Fire Risk 

With a dryer than normal spring, the Town of South Bruce Peninsula’s Fire Chief is asking residents and visitors to be vigilant if you intend to have a camp fire or burn brush. There is a common misconception that the spring time is the best time in which home owners should burn their lawn clippings, leaves and brush when in fact spring is at the highest risk of wildfires. Taking your eyes off the fire for just a moment could lead to devastation. Floating embers can easily ignite debris meters away. 

Please refrain from burning your yard waste. Leaves and grass clippings are accepted free of charge at the Town of South Bruce Peninsula landfill located at 1249 Sauble Falls Parkway. 

For more information please contact the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, Daniel Robinson, Manager of Emergency Services at 519-534-1400, ext. 142

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Issued:  January 20, 2018

2018 South Bruce Peninsula Heritage Award 

South Bruce Peninsula is a municipality rich in culture and proud of its heritage.  

The South Bruce Peninsula Heritage Award was established in 2014.  The Award gives Council and the Municipal Heritage Committee the opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge heritage contributions in our community. 

Town policy CO.14.2 outlines the criteria for the South Bruce Peninsula Heritage Award.  The policy is available on the Town website or by contacting Town Hall. 

Individuals, organizations, businesses and religious affiliations who have made a heritage contribution in the Town are eligible for nomination.  Past award recipients are the Wiarton Propeller Club, the Mar Women's Institute, Arthur Haley, the Hepworth Anglers Club, Jim MacDougall and the McLaren Pipe and Drum Band.  

Nominations for the 2018 award must be received on or before February 8, 2018 at noon.  Nomination forms are available at Town Hall or on the Town website.  

To learn more about the Municipal Heritage Committee and history in South Bruce Peninsula, please visit the Town website

Angie Cathrae, Manager of Legislative Services/Clerk
Town of South Bruce Peninsula
315 George St, PO Box 310
Wiarton ON N0H 2T0
Telephone: 519-534-1400
Toll Free: 1-877-534-1400
Fax: 519-534-4862

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January 5, 2018

Help us to Help You 

The winter season always adds additional challenges to Emergency Responders in the delivery of their services. In an effort to assist us in getting to you quickly, please ensure you keep your civic address clear and legible for us to see. Just clearing the snow from the blade on your post could mean the difference of several minutes in response time. 

For more information please contact the Town of South Bruce Peninsula, Daniel Robinson, Manager of Emergency Services at 519-534-1400, ext 142 

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