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  • Media Releases
    the Province of Ontario is being put to good use to remove financial and physical barriers to being active and healthy says Dianne Polden Manager of Espanola Leisure Services In addition to offering free community classes and programs specific for youth the 55 market we received funding to purchase a new mobile aquatic chair to augment the accessibility of our salt water pool Read more Volunteers Deck the Boughs Wednesday November 16 2011 A volunteer contingent from the Espanola Horticulture Society decked the boughs with balls and bows as part of the annual winter hanging basket initiative Twelve volunteers laboured for a collective contribution of approximately 60 hours of volunteer work Cynthia Townsend CAO for The Town of Espanola recognizes the beautification value of the hanging basket initiative Without such diligent and caring volunteers small municipalities such as ours would not necessarily have the resources to make such projects possible Though volunteer generosity and commitment is not easily measured it s useful to assign a monetary value to those contributions The hours of work to prepare the baskets could be costed out at well over a thousand dollars Read more Province Funds Espanola Community In Motion Initiatives Tuesday August 29 2011 Province Funds Espanola Community In Motion Initiatives The Town of Espanola received 82 000 00 from the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport to support a two year strategy to deliver health promotion initiatives that address two of the six Ministry s health priorities physical activity healthy eating The funding released through the Healthy Communities Fund HCF provides funding to community partnerships to plan and deliver integrated programs to improve the health of Ontarians Read more Grand Opening of Arena Grill August 1 2011 GRAND OPENING OF ARENA GRILL PAYS TRIBUTE TO HERITAGE The Arena Grill was named in

    Original URL path: http://www.espanola.ca/media-a-communications?start=60 (2016-02-13)
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  • Espanola Police Receive Grant
    to purchase specific items not allotted for in the service s regular annual budget These funds have been made possible by a grant from the Attorney General of Ontario from funds forfeited to the Crown under the Civil Remedies Act The following is the acknowledgement statement from the Attorney General The Civil Remedies Grant Program is helping law enforcement agencies across Ontario buy state of the art equipment and establish

    Original URL path: http://www.espanola.ca/mediareleases/item/563-espanola-police-receive-grant (2016-02-13)
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  • Message from the Mayor - March 19
    the re assessment Discretionary services include items such as travel training advertising community donations and supplies As part of this review process Council will set the priorities for service retention and modification in setting these priorities Council will consider the social political and economic impact to the community at large We must recognize that compromises will be made and we must accept changes in our levels of service in order

    Original URL path: http://www.espanola.ca/mediareleases/item/562-message-from-the-mayor-march-19 (2016-02-13)
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  • Message from the Mayor
    and community fracturing is counter productive We need to protect our image of being a community of choice in order to attract and retain families physicians and new investors We need to work together as a team because we are all equally invested in the pursuit of finding long term sustainable solutions We have the creativity resilience and resourcefulness to move forward protect and build on our reputation of being

    Original URL path: http://www.espanola.ca/mediareleases/item/560-message-from-the-mayor (2016-02-13)
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  • Council Continues to Seek Solutions to the Appeal Process
    the assessment interviews with regional and national media and ongoing lobbying We continue to get our story out and draw attention to our current situation said Mayor Lehoux Deputy Mayor Jill Beer has contacted AMO Association of Municipalities of Ontario to ensure that they are lobbying the government on our behalf We have met with MPAC representatives taken the opportunity to learn more about the assessment process and we re diligently researching and planning for our next steps We will continue to apply pressure on the appropriate Ministers and contacts until our concerns are addressed and the process has been fixed MPP Mike Mantha addressed the issue in the legislature asking the Minister of Finance what actions will be taken to fix the MPAC reassessment process and called for a commitment to conduct a review of the assessment formula The Minister of Finance has replied with the following The province does understand some of the implications that you speak of It s critical that we do review these things going forward We understand the impact it has and we understand also the necessity for those municipalities to be well served There s only one taxpayer in this system We know that the assessment has been put forward and we have made a commitment to have it reviewed We have sat down with some of the stakeholders on some of the initiatives already and we ll continue to do so I do appreciate you bringing it forward and we ll make every effort to move forward on that issue It is gratifying to know that the Minister of Finance recognizes the importance of reviewing this process says Mayor Lehoux I thank staff for reviewing our service delivery options and finding efficiencies and I thank the residents of Espanola for their support

    Original URL path: http://www.espanola.ca/mediareleases/item/555-council-continues-to-seek-solutions-to-the-appeal-process (2016-02-13)
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  • NOJHL Hockey is Good Business
    need to embrace this as an economic opportunity 24 additional haircuts a month think of the impact 24 hockey players will have on grocery sales alone The impact to restaurants gas stations and hotels is significant we need to grow our community one business at a time and this is a great way to start The goal is set for Espanola to sell 400 season seats to score an NOJHL team Espanola has the ideal facility for us says franchise holder Tim Clayden what we don t know is if there is enough community support to back our investment and make this a sustainable venture Season tickets are the backbone of NOJHL hockey We need to know we have an economic base of support to complete this move A community meeting will be held to outline the program philosophy of the team and explain how it will impact the local business and volunteer sectors Anyone interested in growing Espanola s economy establishing a thriving hockey presence in the community is urged to attend Monday March 18th 7 00pm at the Recreation Complex For season ticket information visit our NOJHL page or www espanolajuniorhockey com For information contact Dianne Polden Manager

    Original URL path: http://www.espanola.ca/mediareleases/item/551-nojhl-hockey-is-good-business (2016-02-13)
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  • Assessment Review Board Decision
    of approximately 4 9 million of which approximately 940 000 is the education portion which will be recovered from the Ministry of Education reconciliation The Town was prepared for a reduction in assessment to the previously determined level of 19 000 000 however the assessed value is approximately 50 less than what was anticipated This news is devastating the municipality relies on MPAC s valuations and for the decision to be almost one third of this figure is unacceptable We cannot expect our taxpayers to be held responsible for this financial burden which is unduly handed to them This situation identifies critical errors in the methodology used for calculating these values and in funding formulas which do not provide for reconciliations of prior years when such adjustments are made retroactively said Ms Townsend Clerk Treasurer Administrator Residents simply cannot afford a 50 tax increase for 2013 which is what would be required to fund this liability I am very disappointed with this result said Mayor Lehoux This would have been the third consecutive year our council would have been able to provide stability to our ratepayers He noted the tax rate decreases for the previous two years the expected decrease

    Original URL path: http://www.espanola.ca/mediareleases/item/544-assessment-review-board-decision (2016-02-13)
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  • Community Goal: NOJHL Team
    It s Junior A hockey but it s also a new business moving to our town and bringing with it huge spin offs for our restaurants hotels businesses and Complex Moving an NOJHL hockey team here is a huge investment for the franchise Governor s the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League they both need to know they have the community backing to bring an NOJHL Hockey Team to Espanola to begin play as early as next season Season ticket sales will kick off at the Espanola Community Carnival Game opener between the North Bay Trappers and the Blind River Beavers on Friday February 8th at 7 30pm The community has an opportunity to demonstrate their support for an NOJHL Franchise move to Espanola by making a 40 refundable deposit to be held in trust by the Town on 2013 14 Season Tickets The North Bay Trappers Blind River Beavers and the NOJHL are very proud and deeply honoured to be opening the 2013 Espanola Winter Carnival says NOJHL Commissioner Robert Mazzuca The NOJHL is very excited to bring Junior A Hockey back to Espanola and we all hope the return will be full time and permanent as early as next

    Original URL path: http://www.espanola.ca/mediareleases/item/543-nojhl-team (2016-02-13)
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