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Ontario Increases Support for Transit Across the Province

Ontario Increases Support for Transit Across the Province

NORTHERN ONTARIO  ~~~~~~  March 1, 2021  (LSN)  The Ontario government is providing $150 million in additional funding to help municipal transit systems address the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding is in addition to the $2 billion previously committed by Ontario and the federal government through the Safe Restart Agreement to help municipalities continue to deliver critical transit services. During the peak of the pandemic, ridership dropped up to 90% of normal levels for some of Ontario's transit systems, which resulted in significant financial impacts for municipalities.

"We heard from municipalities and we are responding to their need for more support as COVID-19 continues to result in lost revenue and additional costs for transit systems," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "Transit operators have done an incredible job keeping transit operating during this challenging time, and this support will help ensure there is reliable transportation for people to get to work or pick up essential items." 

The additional $150 million in provincial funding means that there is a total of $650 million in funding still available to municipalities up to December 31, 2021, with extensions to December 2022 granted on a case-by-case basis. In addition, Ontario is calling on the federal government to match the additional funding announced today to help ensure municipal financial needs continue to be met.

As part of the Safe Restart Agreement funding, municipalities need to work with the province to explore options to ensure local transit is safe, sustainable, affordable and integrated, both during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

To support this work, Ontario is allowing municipalities to use Safe Restart Agreement funding towards new initiatives to make it easier and more affordable to travel between different transit systems, like adding capacity for on-demand microtransit and increasing fare and service integration across the region.

"We are committed to supporting our municipal partners in their mission to build back transit ridership when we come out of this pandemic," said Associate Minister of Transportation (GTA) Kinga Surma. "We recognize there's an opportunity now to work with our partners to ensure transit is safe, sustainable and affordable, both during COVID-19 and as we begin to recover."

"Access to transit is essential to help frontline workers get where they need to go. We thank the province for its continued support as transit systems face challenges due to COVID-19 over the past year and into 2021," said Kelly Paleczny, chair of the Ontario Public Transit Association. "This ongoing funding from the province will help keep transit a reliable option now and in the future."

"Workers, seniors, students, and people living with disabilities rely on public transit every day. It's critical it remains a safe and sustainable option for travel both during and after COVID-19," said Marco D'Angelo, president of the Canadian Urban Transit Association. "With this support from the province, municipalities can continue to operate transit today while also looking towards the future of transit and how we can work together to make it more convenient and sustainable."

Quick Facts

  • The federal-provincial Safe Restart Agreement is providing up to a total $4 billion in emergency funding to help Ontario’s municipalities deliver critical services.
  • The first phase of Safe Restart funding for transit flowed $700 million to municipalities in 2020 and to date $1.5 billion funding has been allocated.

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Chippewa County Health Department vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships

Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~  April 9, 2021  (LSN)  This past week Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) was approached by the Lake Carriers’ Association and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to collaborate on vaccinating crew members on the Great Lakes’ area ships. Since that proposal which was presented on Monday, CCHD staff will have vaccinated approximately 50 crew members on five ships with additional crew members to be vaccinated next week. The crews are receiving Johnson & Johnson vaccine and second dose Moderna vaccine.

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War Memorial Hospital Installs Stop the Bleed Kits

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN  ~~~~~~   April 7, 2021  (LSN)  The War Memorial has installed bleeding control kits throughout the hospital and at offsite clinic locations. Each kit contains resources to stop or control bleeding such as tourniquets, trauma bandages, gauze, shears, an emergency blanket, and personal protective equipment.

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COVID-19 V SARS-CoV-2 Variant B.1.1.7 Identified in Chippewa County

14- day quarantine versus the 10-day quarantine.

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~  April 6, 2021 (LSN)   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) notified Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) that the MDHHS Bureau of Laboratories identified the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in two Chippewa County residents.

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2021 Spring Turkey Season Opener April 21

Bonus Harvest Authorizations Still Available For Several Periods And Zones

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NORTHERN, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~  April 6, 2021  (LSN)  The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is reminding Wisconsinites to get ready for the upcoming 2021 spring turkey hunt happening April 21 - June 1.

The 2021 spring turkey hunt includes six, seven-day periods running Wednesday through the following Tuesday. Each of the DNR’s seven turkey management zones will be open for hunting.

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Governor Signs Emergency Order Elevated Fire Risk Across Wisconsin

Wisconsin DNR fire crews fighting a wildfire in Menomonee Falls Friday

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MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~~~~  April 5, 2021  (LSN)  Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #110 declaring a State of Emergency in response to elevated wildfire conditions throughout Wisconsin.

Today, all of Wisconsin is at very high fire danger. The combination of dry vegetation, unseasonably warm temperatures, low relative humidity and increasing south or southeast winds will lead to continued elevated fire weather conditions. 

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10-digit dialing will soon be required for all calls in Michigan’s 616, 810, 906 and 989 area codes

Starting April 24, 2021

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NORTHERN, MICHIGAN ~~~~~~  April 1, 2021  (LSN)  Telephone users in four Michigan area codes will soon be required to include an area code in every phone call — known as 10-digit dialing — as part of the rollout of a new way to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

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DNR Launches Lake Protection Network

To Prevent Spread Of Aquatic Invasive Species

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MADISON, WISCONSIN ~~~~~~  March 31, 2021  (LSN)   The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced the department recently awarded over $509,000 in funding for the new Lake Monitoring & Protection Network (LMPN) subprogram. This statewide network of natural resources professionals will help local communities prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and protect their local waters' health.

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Nearly 40,000 Acres Of Private Land Will Open To Turkey Hunters

Made Possible Through DNR & USDA Partnership

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MADISON, WISCONSIN  ~~~~~~~      March 31, 2021  (LSN)   The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced that nearly 38,000 acres of private land will be open for public access to hunters this turkey season thanks to a partnership between the department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS).

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CN and Watco Reach Agreement on Sale of Rail Lines

Northern Ontario, Wisconsin, and Michigan

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SAULT STE MARIE, ONTARIO   ~~~~~~~~  March 30, 2021  (LSN)  GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CN (TSX: CNR) (NYSE: CNI) and Watco are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement for the sale of non-core lines and assets on the Soo subdivision (approximately 250 miles of track) that runs from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to Oba, Ontario and approximately 650 miles of branch lines of Wisconsin Central Ltd. in Wisconsin and Michigan. This marks the successful conclusion of the sale process that CN announced and launched in July of 2020.

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War Memorial Hospital Supports Great Lakes Recovery Centers

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SAULT STE MARIE, MICHIGAN   ~~~~~~   March 30, 2021  (LSN)  War Memorial Hospital has committed to supporting Great Lakes Recovery Center (GLRC) with a $25,000 donation. The funds are in support of GLRC’s expanded recovery services and relocation of the Men’s New Hope House in Sault Ste. Marie.

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