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Surprises greet Timmins councillors, including funding for new Golden Manor

A couple of surprises greeted Timmins city councillors Tuesday night, just ahead of their regular meeting.

Mayor George Pirie announced that late in the afternoon, he received an email from Ontario’s long-term care minister, Paul Calandra, saying that capital funding is approved for a new Golden Manor with 192 beds instead of the current 177.

“This is great news,” the mayor enthused.” It’s great news that we’ve got the funding.”

He then presented Councillor John Curley with a certificate from municipal affairs minister Steve Clark, recognizing Curley’s quarter century on council. It’s actually been 27 years.

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“On behalf of the government of Ontario, thank you for your outstanding work in helping to build strong communities in Ontario,” Pirie read from the certificate.

The meeting also featured prize presentations related to the BIA’s Santa Claus Parade this past November.

Mark Rogers (centre), president of the Timmins Community Park Association, accepts the BIA Santa Claus Parade Award for best large entry, a joint effort with Discover Fitness/Discover Performance. On left is Mayor George Pirie and right is BIA president Jamie Roach.
Also among the parade awards is one to the Warriors Kanata Hard Rock Motorcycle Club for most original. Accepting the award is Warriors president J.C. Murray (centre).
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