Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

If you are thinking about installing a solar photovoltaic system, the Windfall Ecology Centre, located in Aurora near Sheppard’s Bush Conservation Area, can help.
You can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a copy of a guide to understanding solar power.
You can also take Repower Ontario, a training program that orients, trains, and connects participants with employment and self-employment opportunities in the new Green Economy.
Be sure to attend the 10th Annual Windfall Ecology Festival, June 11 and 12, at Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket.

Do you have a family member or know any students 15 to 29 years of age who require financial and mentoring assistance to start a summer business? 
Summer Company provides hands-on business training, mentoring and financial support in the amount of up to $1,500 to put toward start-up costs, and up to $1,500 upon successful completion of the program.
The application deadline is May 9, 2011 or earlier if the program reaches capacity.
For more information go to
Summer Company is put on by the Ontario ministry of economic development and trade.
Lice Squad Canada is a company founded to help families deal with treating head lice.  Our approach is unique in that our mission is to end the stigma associated with head lice and to stop the overuse and abuse of pesticides on children and our planet.  Every year, millions of dollars worth of pesticide are sold to treat children for lice. These pesticides may be absorbed into the blood stream, and what is left on the head is washed down the drain after use. This residual eventually makes its way into our water — one of the most vital parts of sustaining a good quality of  life. 
In trying to provide a natural remedy and a kinder method for removing lice, the use of enzymes has become a part of Lice Squad’s offerings.  They are used in a variety of lice products, cleaning products and insect solutions. The Sierra Club of Canada website explains the many benefits and uses of enzymes in our modern day society and promotes them as alternatives to pesticides and other chemicals. 
Along with providing on-site head lice removal service and pesticide free head lice products, Lice Squad Canada also carries a line of enzyme cleaners called Kleen Green. Sold as a multi-purpose cleaner, Kleen Green is a unique organic blend of enzymes specifically designed to assist in removing and eliminating dirt, germs and odors naturally. They have shown to break down the exoskeleton of certain insects causing them to molt and shed their outer layer. Bed bugs and mites in particular react quite quickly when exposed to the enzyme.
Enzymes are superior for both general cleaning and laundry. Pre-formed enzymes have been used widely in restaurant and institutional settings for the past 10 years, due to their low toxicity and superior cleaning properties.  Using enzymes means that you do not have to evacuate your home, and they are classified by the FDA as GRASS — generally regarded as safe. They are also ideal and safe for gardens, plants, ponds and around children and pets. The use of enzymes put an end to the risky and unnecessary exposure to poisonous chemicals.
Enzymes also wash off completely in water, without leaving streaks or bead stains. Once rinsed, the product leaves a non-magnetic, non-static finish inhibiting accumulation of dust or grime.
Starting and running a business in the Town of Bradford has become easier with the introduction of BizPaL, an online business permit and licence service that saves time spent on paperwork and helps entrepreneurs start up faster.
BizPaL is an innovative service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information on the permits and licences they need to establish and run their businesses. This unique partnership among federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments is designed to cut through the paperwork burden and red tape that small business owners encounter.
The BizPaL service in Bradford was developed by the town of Bradford, the province of Ontario and the Canadian government.
Area business owners and entrepreneurs can access the service by visiting the Bradford BizPal website at
Visit for additional information and access to the websites of participating partners. BizPal will be expanded to other areas of Ontario in the next year.
South Simcoe municipalities are joining forces under a new tourism initiative to give people a reason to visit and make it the best possible experience.
The initiative brings together New Tecumseth, Essa, Adjala-Tosorontio, Innisfil and Bradford. New Tecumseth economic development officer Andrea Roylance says the tourism group has been working for more than a year with the area chambers of commerce and tourist attractions such as Earl Rowe Provincial Park, Georgian Downs, the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and the South Simcoe Steam Train.
"We're finding everyone is doing their own thing. Working together is better," said Roylance.
The group's aims to work under the banner of the South Simcoe Economic Alliance (SSEA). This year participating municipalities have been asked for a total of $44,000, with each contributing differing amounts based on population. The goal is to have a full tourism project ready for the 2012 tourist season (in the spring and summer).
Making local residents aware of what is available in the area is part of the plan.
That means when tourists visit South Simcoe, frontline workers and volunteers at chambers of commerce and tourist attractions will be on the same page about all that's available in the region. With the training, it will be easy to direct tourists to other attractions and help with arrangements for the trip.
The target market for the group is to draw people from the Greater Toronto Area who take day trips to South Simcoe. Another target is to create an identity for South Simcoe tourism.
Other groups are working on tourism initiatives that impact South Simcoe. There is a Simcoe County group and a regional tourism initiative underway for Simcoe, Grey and Bruce counties. By having a South Simcoe entity however, the group hopes to have a greater voice at the regional tourism table.

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