NOTICE ABOUT PREAUTHORIZED TAX PAYMENTS
Residents who participate in the monthly preauthorized payment plan are advised that the service provider for Cassie Populaire in St. Charles experienced system difficulties on September 1 & 2, 2016, which resulted in payments for the first of every month to be withdrawn twice for some residents.
The Municipality of St. Charles was informed of this and payments have been redeposited into the affected accounts on September 5, 2016.
If you were one of these individuals and have not received your redeposit payment, please contact Andrew Somers in the treasury department at 705-867-2032.
The Municipality of St. Charles apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.
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Please be advised that municipal buildings and the landfill site will be closed on Monday October 10th for the Thanks Giving holiday.
Public Skating - St.-Charles Arena
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The Municipality of St.-Charles has retained MMM Group Limited, a WSP company, to assist the Municipality with the preparation of an Age-Friendly Community Action Plan. This Action Plan will be used to help the Municipality improve its age-friendliness and ensure all residents can remain active members of the community at every stage of life.
Age-friendly action plans generally focus on the following eight dimensions of community living, identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement in each one:
- Outdoor spaces and buildings
- Social Participation
- Respect and Social Inclusion
- Civic Participation and Employment
- Communication and Information
- Community Support and Health Services
This project is funded by the Government of Ontario.
Q. What is an age-friendly municipality?
A. The concept of an age-friendly municipality was identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), in response to data indicating that the proportion of the global population aged 60 or older is expected to double from 11% in 2006 to 22% by 2050. As people age and their needs change, communities must also change in order to remain desirable places to live.
The WHO has published a document entitled Global Age-friendly Cities: A Guide (WHO, 2007), which presents barriers and opportunities in daily living identified by older adult focus groups across 33 cities in 22 countries. In addition to the guide, the WHO has created a Checklist of Essential Features of Age-friendly Cities. The checklist is meant to be used by municipalities to evaluate their age-friendliness across the eight domains of daily life listed above, and to use the results to create improvement plans.
The WHO defines an age-friendly municipality as one that encourages active aging by optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security, in order to enhance quality of life as people age (WHO, 2007). What that means is that all older people, regardless of ability, need or capacity, should not only be included in all aspects of community life, but be recognized for the valuable contribution they make.
Q. Who will benefit from this Action Plan?
A. The opportunities for improvement listed throughout the final Action Plan are meant to be used by municipal officials and community partners alike. Stakeholders and decision-makers within municipal administration and within various departments may use the Action Plan to help inform their decisions. Additionally, community agencies, businesses and groups may use it to make age-friendly improvements to their work. Non-for-profit groups may use it as support for grant applications. Members of the general public may use it to engage in age-friendly grassroots endeavours.
Q. What will the Age-Friendly Action Plan look like?
A. The plan will include an introduction to the eight dimensions of age-friendly cities; a review of St.-Charles’s changing demographics and existing municipal policies, an assessment of the Municipality’s age-friendly strengths and opportunities for improvement, and recommendations for action.
The plan will also include an implementation matrix that will identify:
Responsibility (e.g. municipal department)
Implementation Indicator (i.e. monitoring mechanism)
Q. What is the planning process?
The plan will be developed in two phases based on the 4 steps of the Ontario Seniors Secretariat’s Age-Friendly Communities (AFC) process:
1. Define Principles
3. Develop Action Plan
2. Assess Needs
4. Implement & Evaluate
The project started in July 2016 and is taking a bottom-up approach to developing the plan. An Age-Friendly Committee was established shortly afterwards to guide and review the project as it progresses. The Age-Friendly Committee includes representatives from Council, municipal staff, health and social services organizations, local seniors’ groups, and the community at large. A Visioning Workshop with the Age-Friendly Committee, facilitated by MMM Group, will take place on September 27, 2016, and will result in a Draft Vision Statement and Draft Goals. The Committee will also provide input into the Community Dimensions and identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. An extensive community audit will also be conducted with municipal staff.
Q. I’m interested! How do I get involved and participate?
We want to hear from you! There will be numerous opportunities for public engagement, including:
- To learn more about age-friendly needs within the St.-Charles community, a community-wide survey will be launched in October 2016, which will be accessible online and in paper format at key public buildings and locations;
- A Seniors’ Expo in November 2016;
- An opportunity for public review of the draft plan in January 2017; and
- A presentation to Council for adoption in March 2017.
To learn about these opportunities, watch for notices on this website, posters and other notices in the community, or contact Jonathon Condratto at the information provided below.
Q. Who can I contact if I have questions?
Please contact Jonathon Condratto, Economic Development Officer, Municipality of St.-Charles, at 705-867-2032 ext. 201 or stcharlesontario%23ca|jcondratto.
This project is funded by the Government of Ontario.
Mayor and Council were joined by local MP Marc Serré to Announce Funding through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program in Support of the Municipal Arena
A local resident was injured during a fire on September 1st
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St.-Charles Curling Club
The St.-Charles Curling Club is looking for curlers for the 2016-2017Season.
Contact Colette Roy at:
Ontario Provincial Police
Police provinciale de l'Ontario
Ontario has some of the stiffest penalties in Canada for drivers who choose to use their hand-held cell phones, other electronic communications / entertainment devices or engage in other activity that distracts them while driving. Multi-tasking has no place behind the wheel There are many forms of distracted driving that are illegal, dangerous and account for preventable deaths on Ontario roads every year. Talking on a cell phone, texting, reading a device screen, watching videos or movies, eating/drinking, personal grooming, adjusting the GPS/radio/CD player, playing extremely loud music and tending to kids in the back seat all qualify as distracted driving.
Even talking to passengers and driving while fatigued (mentally and/or physically) are considered forms of distracted driving.
Consequences of a distracted driving conviction include:
- A fine of $400, plus a victim surcharge and court fee, for a total of
$490 if settled out of court
- A fine of up to $1,000 if you receive a summons or fight your ticket
- Three demerit points on your driving record
You can also be charged with careless driving if you endanger others by being distracted behind the wheel, which includes using both hand-held and hands-free devices. If convicted, you will automatically receive:
- Six demerit points
- Fines up to $2,000 and/or
- A jail term of six months
- Up to two-year licence suspension
You can even be charged with dangerous driving (a criminal offence), with jail terms of up to five years.
Penalties for novice drivers if convicted of distracted driving, a novice driver (subject to the Graduated Licensing program) will be subject to escalating sanctions:
- The first occurrence will result in a 30-day licence suspension
- The second occurrence will result in 90-day licence suspension
- A licence cancellation and removal from the Graduated Licensing System for a third occurrence.
If you see a distracted driver who is endangering the lives of other road users, call 911 and report them to police.
For more information check out this interesting video on distracted driving on our YouTube<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O_PWgMugzE> channel.
For more information about Distracted Driving, visit the Ministry of Transportation Ontario website Distracted Driving in Ontario<http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/distracted-driving.shtml>.
Constable André Bisson
Ontario Provincial Police
Marine and Traffic Management
Blue Sky Net, along with other similar organizations throughout Northern Ontario have teamed up to create a broadband information portal called Connectednorth.ca. One important function of the site is to collect information about service levels from Northern Ontarians directly. This information is used to set priorities for service improvements and to provide funding agencies with real-time data.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! In an ongoing effort to demonstrate the need for improved internet access we need to hear from those affected… That’s you!
Filling out our Internet Access Survey and conducting a Speed Test at Connectednorth.ca provides Blue Sky Net with valuable data to be used to show the demand for improved services in your area!
While you’re there please browse the site and all its valuable internet related information!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PROGRAMS OFFERED BY THE SUDBURY EAST COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SCHEDULE
Committee of the whole meeting Wednesday October 5th at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.
Regular meeting of Council Wednesday October 19th at 7:00pm in Council Chambers.
To view current schedules, agendas and minutes please visit the civicweb portal by clicking HERE
Internet Service Questions?
We can answer them at www.connectednorth.ca
Many residents throughout rural Canada have limited access to affordable high speed internet. This is mainly because the investment needed to install and operate state of the art internet services is expensive, and there is uncertainty in rural markets’ ability to return that investment.
Over the past 3 years, Blue Sky Net in partnership with FedNor and area Internet Service Providers have created a visual database of all of Northern Ontario including the areas that lack sufficient High Speed access.
“Every ISP that operates in Northern Ontario has contributed coverage information to our BAIMAP Project” says Susan Church, Executive Director of Blue Sky Net of their ongoing Broadband mapping project. “It’s quite clear that there is a divide between the more urban communities and those that are more dispersed when it comes to access to higher capacity internet services. What we want to do now is determine the demand for service improvements.”
Blue Sky Net based in North Bay along with similar organizations in the Muskokas, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay have created an online broadband information portal called Connectednorth.ca. One of the many features of the portal includes a high speed service availability checker where visitors can search their street address to see what ISP delivers connectivity to their cottage, home or office.
“We’ve been working in broadband development for over a decade now and we recognize that there is a constant trend to demand higher capacities and speeds and we have no reason to believe that this demand will stop. The ISPs we work with realize this but are challenged by the costs to bring these services to market. A real focal point of Connectednorth.ca is to not only provide visitors with useful service-related information, but we also need visitors to participate in building a better internet for Northerners.”
Connectednorth.ca hosts an internet speed test to measure how visitor’s internet service is performing, in real time. Test results (not personal information) will be captured and shared with those who can make a difference – Internet Service Providers.
Also, visitors are encouraged to take a short Internet Access Survey. The responses to this will be linked to speed test results to get a more complete picture of a visitor’s internet usage and their desire to obtain a better connection.
“It is a bit of an experiment” says Church. “We’ve taken a cue from other campaigns that use crowd-sourced information to affect change. This is an opportunity for local residents to speak directly to the ISPs who can make investments based on these priorities.
For more, visit www.connectednorth.ca
COMMUNITY POLICING ADVISORY COMMITTEE (CPAC)
OFFICIAL LAUNCH - NEWS
(FRENCH RIVER-MARKSTAY WARREN-KILLARNEY-ST-CHARLES, ON)
Left to Right:Mayor Paul Schoppmann, St. CharlesMayor Claude Bouffard, French RiverProvincial Constable André Bisson, OPPMayor Ginny Rook, KillarneyActing Staff Sgt Donald Lawson, OPPCouncillor Ned Whynott, Markstay-Warren
Back Road Map Books and Topographic Maps Now Available at the Municipal Office.
Maps also show crown land boundaries.
Contact the Municipal Office for more information or to place an order.
Also visit the Ontario Provincial Police section of our website by Clicking Here
TAKE A HIKE
IN YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD
MASHKINONJE PROVINCIAL PARK ON HIGHWAY 64 BETWEEN MONETVILLE & LAVIGNE
SUPERB TRAILS – FROM EASY TO DIFFICULT ARE PROVIDED BY COMMUNITY PARTNERS
BARRIER-FREE TRAIL AT THE LOUDON TRAILHEAD
VISIT THE LOUDON TRAIL LOOKOUT TOWER
ROAD AND WATER ACCESS (WEST ARM)
For trail map information please contact: The French River Visitors Centre at
(705) 857-1630 or
the Friends of Killarney Park website.
Visit us at www.mashkinonje.com
Please see attached flyer
st.-charles fitness centre
Come check out the amazing individual, family, and senior specials
Only $30.00 for a 1-month membership !!