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Explore the Highlands East Art Tour this weekend

Posted to Events on Aug 14, 2019
Painting by Chuck Lewis

Discover the Artists of Highlands East with a quality studio tour of fine arts and crafts amidst the breathtaking scenery. Come out this weekend (August 17 and 18) from 10AM to 5PM and see fine artists and artisans on site at 7 locations throughout Highlands East - 9 located at site "E" located at 1524 Ursa Road, Highlands East. More artists, less travel! 

See oil, watercolour, acrylic paintings, ink drawings, mixed media including needle arts, unique artistic pieces, wood, wire and metal hand painted accents, barnboard creations, metal embossing, original encaustic, stained glass, flora and fauna paintings in ink on wood, printing, silk screen, etchings, portraits, dream catchers, medicine shields, hand drums and much more.

In order to make your visit more enjoyable, visit the official website at www.highlandseastartour.com and plan your tour.

Position Available: Part-time By-Law Enforcement Officer

Posted to News & Notices on Aug 12, 2019

The Municipality of Highlands East is seeking a part-time By-Law Enforcement Officer (Up to 30 hours/week, varied days of the week) paying $25.44/hour. 

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, this position is responsible for enforcement of municipal by-laws, investigating complaints regarding by-law breaches both during regular work hours and after hours as requested. Preference will be given to candidates who have:

Qualifications

  • Completion of secondary education plus up to two (2) years of Community College in the field of law enforcement or equivalent
  • Minimum two (2) years of Municipal Law Enforcement work experience
  • Proficient computer and record management skills
  • Strong oral and written communications skills
  • Good understanding of Municipal By-Laws, the Provincial Offences Act and other related legislation
  • Valid Ontario Driver's License

Experience

  • Two (2) years progressive experience in a related field or in a municipal Law Enforcement.
  • Experience in report and letter writing.

Responsibilities (Include but not limited to):

  • Investigate complaints and compliant areas and complete file from start to end
  • Research of by-laws, zoning issues and other information as required
  • Prepare correspondence, Orders to Comply and court materials
  • Research and prepare reports on investigation matters and proposed by-laws
  • Attend court proceedings in relation to by-laws
  • Maintain file and reporting system
  • Compile of Statistical Information in relation to by-laws
  • Enforce all by-laws at the direction of CAO, CBO or Council
  • Provide assistance as required by other Municipal Departments where by-law issues arise
  • Prepare monthly report on by-law enforcement duties for Council
  • Prepare letters to ratepayers in relation to enforcement and interpretation of Municipal By-Laws
  • Acts as liaison with various municipal and provincial agencies
  • May perform other duties as assigned

Applications clearly marked “Application – By-Law Enforcement” may be submitted on or before 12:00 p.m. on August 30th, 2019 via mail, in person, fax or email. Interested applicants may submit their resume, including references, in confidence to:

Shannon Hunter, CAO/Treasurer Municipality of Highlands East
P.O. Box 295, 2249 Loop Road
Wilberforce, ON, K0L 3C0
Fax: 705-448-2532
E-Mail: shunter [at] highlandseast [dot] ca

We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Municipality of Highlands East is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants requiring accommodation are asked to contact the CAO/Treasurer. Applicant information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used to determine qualifications for employment with the Municipality of Highlands East. Questions about this collection should be directed to Shannon Hunter, C.A.O.

Doors Open comes to Highlands East on September 14th and 15th

Posted to Events on Jul 31, 2019

Come and celebrate the heritage of Cardiff, Highland Grove, Wilberforce, Tory Hill and Gooderham at Doors Open Highlands East taking place September 14th and 15th 2019. Take a tour inside some buildings otherwise closed to the public, find out how high tech ice is made at Hyland Ice in Wilberforce and discover the history of our communities.

For a complete list of sites open to the public please visit: doorsopenontario.on.ca/en/highlands-east

Hike Highlands East during the 2019 Hike Haliburton Festival

Posted to Activities, Events on Jul 31, 2019

The Hike Haliburton Festival takes place September 18 through the 22 and sees over 2,000 people participating in over 100 hikes throughout the beautiful Haliburton Highlands. 

Register early at hikehaliburton.com for hikes throughout Highlands East and Haliburton County. They fill up fast!

 

Waste Management Cottage Kits Available For Seasonal Residents

Posted to Administrative, Environmental, Services on Jul 21, 2019

Cottage Kits are available for residents to purchase for a small fee.

The kit provides the necessary information & tools needed for a cottage renter to dispose of their garbage and recycling at the end of the week and includes:

  • a landfill pass, good for one-time use, allowing them into the landfill sites.
  • a welcome letter that provides a quick overview of Highlands East waste management program and the rules that would be relevant to the cottage renter.
  • a clear bag for household garbage
  • clear blue recycling bags
  • large paper grocery bag for fibres
  • recycling guide, landfill hours of operation, map showing the landfill site locations, disposal fees, household hazardous waste event dates and an MNR Bear Wise Fact Sheet.

If you are interested in purchasing The Cottage Kit, you can do so by picking them up at the Municipal Office in Wilberforce, 2249 Loop Road, the Information Centre at 2786 Essonville Line, Wilberforce, or contact us to make arrangements to have a kit(s) mailed to you.

info [at] highlandseast [dot] ca or 705-448-2981 $3.00/kit or 10 kits for $25.00

Cemetery Decoration Days

Posted to News & Notices on Jul 3, 2019

Cemetery Decoration Days are being held at the following locations:

  • South Wilberforce Cemetery Sunday, July 28, 2019
  • Gooderham Cemetery Sunday, August 18, 2019
  • Essonville Cemetery Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 2PM

19 Things You Can Do To Improve The Environment

Posted to Environmental, Services on Jul 2, 2019

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Step 1: Turn it off
Energy conservation is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint. Leaving your electrics on standby needlessly uses up energy – hit the off switch and you could see huge improvements, most noticeably in your energy bills!

Step 2: Invest in eco-friendly technology
Want to go further than simply turning it off? Make sure that the technology or appliances you have are is as energy-efficient as possible. This way, you’re using much less energy for the time that the product is on, saving money, and reducing your energy output.

Step 3: Switch to renewables
Installing solar panels or changing your energy supplier to one that’s 100% renewable is a great eco-friendly tip for any home.

Step 4: Eat less meat
Being careful with what you’re consuming is at the heart of being more eco-friendly, and cutting down on the amount of meat you eat can have a huge impact on reducing your carbon footprint. For more information, read “The Ecological Hoofprint” by Tony Weiss

Step 5: Don’t waste food
More than half of all food produced in Canada is lost or wasted, report says. A whopping 58 per cent of all food produced in Canada – 35.5 million tonnes – is lost or wasted, according to a new report, and about a third of that wasted food could be “rescued” and sent to communities in need across the country.

Step 6: Compost
If you have let your food go that little bit too far past its ‘best by’ then you need to be sure to compost it rather than putting it in the garbage. Not only will this help create a natural fertilizer and keep your garden green, it’ll also reduce the amount of waste going to landfill - and as it won’t break down anaerobically, there will not be a build-up of methane gas.

Step 7: Recycle everything
Although our recycling markets are declining, continue to recycle in case new markets develop. The main thing is to recycle products that are truly recyclable and make sure it’s clean.

Step 8: Try to cut out plastic
Plastic seems to have found its way into every single aspect of our lives. However, giving it up isn’t as difficult as you might think – bring a canvas bag with you when you go shopping, buy your fruit and vegetables loose and don’t buy bottled water.

Step 9: Use LED light bulbs
Not only do LED light bulbs last longer than conventional bulbs, they’re far more efficient too! This means that you’ll be using less power and having to replace your light bulbs less frequently – everyone’s a winner. What's more, they're available in a range of brightness and designs so you can really tailor the lighting to your needs or to suit the room.

Step 10: Insulate your home
Homes that aren’t well insulated are much harder to keep warm when it's cold, and cool when the weather is hot. Insulating your home is one of the best, ecofriendly things you can do for your home. However, spray foam produces a lot of GHGs during installation so best to use other types of insulation. See https://www.buildinggreen.com/news-article/avoiding-global-warming-impact-insulation to learn more.

Step 11: Fix it, don’t throw it
Repairing or fixing something is more environmentally friendly than simply throwing things away, although the latter may seem easier and cheaper sometimes. The internet gives you access to the tools and information you need to fix practically anything, and if you still can’t fix it then why not try and turn it into something else? Sign up to participate in a REPAIR CAFÉ.

Step 12: Use eco-friendly cleaning products
A lot of cleaning products have a lot of harmful chemicals in them that aren’t environmentally friendly to create or dispose of. In fact, repeated exposure to these cleaning products can affect your health as well as the environment. Green cleaning products use more natural and organic methods of cleaning which are far less harmful.

Step 13: Drive Less
If you can make the journey by foot, bike or public transport, then do it. Driving isn’t very eco-friendly and can really add to your carbon footprint. When you do have to drive, make sure that you get the most out of your vehicle by keeping the speed down, ensuring tires are properly inflated and that the engine is running smoothly.

Step 14: Use your microwave
Honestly, you’d be surprised by how much more energy efficient microwaves are compared to conventional ovens. While you’re already surprised, you may as well continue to be shocked with some of the awesome things you can cook in a microwave (hint: it’s not just ready meals).

Step 15: Buy local
From clothes to food, the closer to home these products are made and bought, the less carbon is created with their transportation. Not only that, but you’ll be supporting the local economy which means that in time you’ll likely have even more local items to choose from.

Step 16: Don't fly
Flying is one of the most environmentally damaging things you can do. Why not stay a bit closer to home and explore some beautiful local nature? Camping, hiking and cycling are all great things to do and are extremely low carbon.

Step 17: Grow your own
Growing your own vegetables isn’t just a good way to save money, it’s also a great way to cut down your carbon footprint and be eco-friendly. Don’t have any outside space? Windowsill boxes are a great way to brighten up your view, filter the air coming into your home and offer plenty of space for herbs and small vegetable patches.

Step 18: Plant some trees
Ecological sustainability is very important when it comes to eco-friendly living. Without a stable ecosystem, things start to fall apart. Making sure that we’re planting more native trees to replace those that have been felled to make room for developments is something that more people and businesses need to do to protect the environment and improve air quality.

Step 19: Choose your personal care wisely
When it comes to personal hygiene there are some things you ca do for a truly eco-friendly lifestyle. Avoid chemicals and opt for natural cleaning products. You can also buy personal care products that have less packaging.

This article has been modified from The Ultimate 20 Step Guide to Eco-friendly Living 

Notice regarding Hydroseeding & Watering in Cardiff Town Site

Posted to By-Law, News & Notices, Services on Jun 28, 2019

Property owners interested in watering the newly applied hydroseed are recommended to water lightly or with a sprinkler.

Please ensure if you choose to water the hydroseed that you are doing so within the limits of Municipal By-Law #2013-39 being a By-Law to Establish, Maintain and to Regulate Municipal Water Services.

During peak periods of usage (June 1-September 1), no consumer shall use water from the municipal water supply through a hose or other attachment, for street, lawn or garden sprinkling, any fountain or jet, washing of vehicles or other non-household purpose, except as follows:

a) All occupants of houses with odd numbers may use water for all purposes between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on odd days of the month;

b) All occupants of houses with even numbers may use water for all purposes between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on even days of the month. 

We thank you for your co-operation.

Animal License Application Form

Posted to Administrative, By-Law, Downloads, Services on Jun 27, 2019

Municipal Facility Rental Agreement Form

Posted to Administrative, Downloads, Services on Jun 27, 2019