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Timmins is expected to receive 373 evacuees from Kashechewan

Evacuees arrive between Sunday April 29 and Monday April 30

April 27, 2018 – The Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC) has reported that Timmins is expected to receive 373 evacuees from Kashechewan between Sunday, April 29 and Monday, April 30, 2018.

The First Nations community is being evacuated due to flood concerns; a plight they have been facing for years.

The Senator Hotel has entered into an agreement with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to host the evacuees, providing shelter and meals to those who have been displaced from their homes. Partnerships with community agencies have also been formalized to provide education, health, social and recreational supports.

Evacuees stay at the Senator
The City of Timmins will be receiving 326 evacuees from Kashechewan and most will be housed at the Senator Hotel. Frank Giorno for the ONE

“Council and the residents of the City of Timmins welcome our neighbours from Kashechewan into our community under these difficult circumstances,” said Mayor Steve Black. “This is a reoccurring challenge for the people of this remote community, and we can only imagine how difficult it would be to experience this displacement year after year. It is our sincere hope that these residents feel comfortable in our community throughout their stay, and we are confident the team at the Senator Hotel and various community partners leading the process will provide the evacuees with excellent service and care during their stay.”

Timmins residents and Kashechewan evacuees will continue to be updated through Mayor Black and our local media partners.

Media Contact: Heather Duhn, Corporate Communications Coordinator

705-360-2600, ext. 2212

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Frank Giorno

Frank Giorno Frank Giorno lives in Timmins, Ontario. He is a graduate of York University (Honors B.A Political Science) and Ryerson School of Journalism (B.A. Journalism). Frank has worked as a city hall reporter for the Brandon Sun; freelanced for the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star. He is the past editor of and the newsletter of the Association of Italian Canadian Writers. Frank has also worked as Research Director for the Canadian Environmental Law Association; Senior Communications Advisor on Water Quality Issues for the Ministry of the Environment; Public Affairs Associate for Region of Peel Public Works; and Media Relations Officer for Toronto Public Health. In Timmins, he served as the Communications Manager for Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre/Five Nations Energy Project on Energy Conservation. He freelanced for Frank is a published author of essays on the internment of Italian-Canadians during World War 2, “Internee 328: Camp Petawawa” co-written with James McCreath appears in “Beyond Barbed Wire” (Guernica Editions 2012). He has published four books of poetry, My Nation is a Train...Wreck (2017, Northern Voices Publications), MoPoPoMo (2016, Northern Voices Publications), “Elvis in America,” and “Arrivederci! Plastic Covered Couch ( 2006, 2008 Lyricalmyrical Press)”.

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