A Message from Mayor George Pirie about Timmins.CARE

Community Safety and Well Being Plan

 “To achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, access to services and where individuals can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression”


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December 8/2020 – Melanie Verreault of Trimeda Consulting Presents the latest Community Safety and Well Being Plan for the City of Timmins to council and administration.

December 8/2020 – Doctors Samson and Bellemare update city council on community efforts to address  the opioid crisis.

Living Space launches primary care clinic for people experiencing homelessness


Living Space is excited to announce the addition of new community supports for people experiencing homelessness through the launch of a primary care clinic out of Living Space’s community hub, located at 27 Cedar St. North. The service is made possible through a collaborative partnership between Living Space and a group of passionate local doctors. These doctors including Dr. Louisa Marion-Bellemare, Dr. Julie Samson, Dr. Karen Armstrong, and Dr. Chris Clark will provide primary care each Wednesday afternoon starting February 3rd, 2021. Examples of support provided through the clinic includes: 

  • • General & physical assessments 
  • • Sexual health, including PAP tests, access to birth control. 
  • • Immunizations. 
  • • Wound & Diabetic care 
  • • Referrals to treatment and support. 


The clinic is supported by a Registered Nurse/Living Space’s Manager of Health Services; Ashley Mathew, who has developed and implemented the Health Services program at Living Space in collaboration with community stakeholders. In addition to the new clinic, the Health Services program at Living Space includes free access to: 

  • • Foot care via Rainville Foot Health 
  • • Psychiatric assessment via CMHA 
  • • Dental care via Pearly Whites Plus 
  • • Trauma informed counselling via CAST Clinical Services 
  • • Testing via the Porcupine Health Unit 


“The primary care clinic is an important demonstration of the type of systems integration and collaboration required to end homelessness in our community. The Living Space community hub creates equitable access to supports, and the addition of the primary care clinic will help to ensure that people experiencing homelessness are able to rapidly access treatment and medical care; leading to improved outcomes in finding permanent housing and exiting homelessness.” stated Jason Sereda, Executive Director of Living Space. 

Dr. Julie Samson added, “It is well known that shelter care which integrates health care in a homeless shelter environment makes a significant difference in helping individuals experiencing homelessness not only get the care they need but also help them get out of homelessness. This is a service much needed in our community and our team of physicians are very excited to be involved with the development of this project with Living Space. This Primary Care Clinic will be working closely with other agencies to help patients navigate the system depending on their needs and improve health outcomes.” 

The addition of a Primary Care Clinic helps Living Space achieve its goals for the community, as Living Space is both a strategic partnership as well as a physical space. The aim of the partnership is to end chronic homelessness through the re-alignment and coordination of services. These services are made available to the community through the physical location of Living Space. Ending homelessness in Timmins means working collaboratively across sectors to respond to local priorities and address barriers that inhibit the prevention and elimination of homelessness. 

“Ending homelessness can only be achieved through the hard work of dedicated people. The commitment from our health care partners to help people where they are will serve not only their immediate physical needs, but also foster trust and understanding.” Stated Brian Marks, chair of the Living Space Board of Directors. 

Living Space expresses thanks to the many community partners who have made this initiative possible; specifically, the Timmins Academic Family Health Team, which has helped to facilitate discussions and opportunities for partnership. “Access to primary care services is critical to improving the health status of all residents in Timmins. The Timmins Academic Family Health Team (TAFHT) is pleased to assist with supporting the logistics required to launch and sustain the Living Space Primary Care Clinic and will work with community groups to end homelessness in our community.” Stated Jennifer McLeod, Executive Director of the TAFHT. 

If your business or organization is interested in providing support to people experiencing homelessness, or for more information about the Health Services Program at Living Space please contact Ashley Mathew @ ashleyloran@livingspacehub.org or 705-531-7233. Ext. 104 


The Economics of Homelessness

In this comprehensive and compelling presentation to the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board CAO Brian Marks outlines a powerful argument for a “Housing First” strategy to solving homelessness.  

Walking Together

Timmins and the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council renew joint commitment to historic Memorandum of Understanding

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Established in 2011 – Re-committed in 2020

A Commitment to Reconciliation

Ontario’s Ministry of Long-Term Care is investing up to $5 million to launch the Community Paramedicine for Long-Term Care programs in five communities across the province, including the Cochrane District.

This fully provincially funded program will help eligible seniors on the long-term care waitlists stay safely in the comfort of their own homes and communities for longer and will be operated in partnership with the five municipalities.  These communities will build upon the success of their existing community paramedicine programs.

As part of this program Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services will provide:
Access to Remote Patient Monitoring services 24-7;
In-home care and remote monitoring methods;
Online or virtual supports;
Home visits and in-home testing procedures;
Ongoing monitoring of changing or escalating conditions to prevent or reduce paramedic response and reduce Emergency Department visits; and
Connect participants and their families to home care and community supports.

“The Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services has been a leader in the deployment of community paramedicine for the needs of our residents,” said Mayor Pirie. “This innovative community-focused approach will provide support for the families who have a loved one waiting for long-term care through ongoing 24/7, non-emergency support, which will include home visits and remote monitoring that is responsive to changes or escalation of health conditions.”

“This innovative partnership between the Ministry of Long-Term Care and Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services will immediately enhance and protect the lives of our most vulnerable citizens,” said EMS Chief Jean Carriere. “Through our highly trained and dedicated team of paramedics, we will ensure our seniors get the care they need at the right time and in the right place.”

The Cochrane District Emergency Medical Services has helped reduce the number of 911 calls and emergency room visits through a community paramedicine approach.  Paramedics have been involved in remote patient monitoring, completing medical referrals and leading community clinics.  Recently, they have been supporting the health system through completing home visits for COVID-19 testing at the direction of the COVID Assessment Centre.

Physicians who redefine CARE.

Timmins is fortunate to be a district-wide medical provider. This includes incredibly dedicated physicians, surgeons, and specialists. Physicians like Dr. Louisa Marion-Bellmare and Dr Julie Samson, are among many who have taken a special interest in the city’s less fortunate. In this riveting presentation to Timmins City Council in late October, 2020 – Doctors Samson and Marion-Bellmare laid out a compelling and comprehensive overview of the current state of services in the community.

Messages from those who CARE.

Mayor and council, I would like to personally thank you for the work you are doing in our community in regards to the drug and mental health epidemic in our community. I thank all those involved in trying to make our community a safer and better place to live in and raise our families. My prayer is that, we, as the citizens of this city would fully support this issue. I know that the struggle will not be an easy one, but for the sake of our children and the well-being of our community it is worth every drop of sweat.
Dale Miner (Source: open email to mayor and council)

Messages from those who CARE.

He was homeless. He was struggling with life. He was hurting inside, tears were coming down the side of his cheeks as we spoke. He had been to Ste Anne’s residential school. He said he never went back home. He chose to live on the streets. As he was smoking the cigarette he had asked for, he spoke about his time at the school. The look in his face, and the trembling of his fingers as he continued to smoke told a story. As he was nearing the end of his smoke, he turned to me and said “thank you”. “Thank you for doing the work you do to bring awareness about the schools”. He said “you are speaking for me, you are helping me”. “keep up the work he said. That was over 30 years ago when I met him. I ran into him again in Toronto recently. We recognized each other as we crossed paths. Again, he shared his life story, this time over a coffee. The hurt and pain was still with him. It was an emotional moment for both of us. This is not an easy topic, it is emotional, it will cause you to tear up. I want to thank everyone who continue to educate the young ones about this chapter of Canada’s history. Just prepare yourselves, prepare your students, have someone available for support. This is what I thought about when I read this poster.
Thank you to everyone who continues to fight and advocate for all the survivors. Your work is appreciated. Let’s do it for our brothers and sisters who walk and live on the urban streets.
Wacheeyea misiway.
Mike Metatawabin – Timmins
(Source: Facebook)