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    • Vacant commercial and industrial lands and properties

      Vacant commercial and industrial lands and properties

      The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) is seeking the public’s feedback related to the property tax treatment of vacant commercial and industrial lands and properties.

      Since 2017, the Province of Ontario has provided municipalities with broad flexibility to tailor the treatment of unimproved and/or underutilized commercial and industrial properties. Property owners are therefore invited to provide their feedback on the potential implications of these changes, to better inform the final decision-making process.

      A survey is available online at until March 6, 2020.

      Vacant Unit Rebate

      The tax rate reduction system for vacant land and the rebate program for vacant units were introduced in 1998 and 2001 respectively as means of more closely mimicking the effects of the Business Occupancy Tax system that was repealed at the end of 1997.

      The Vacant Unit Rebate program allows owners of commercial and industrial buildings to apply for a partial rebate of property taxes if all or part of the property was vacant for at least 90 consecutive days and various other criteria are met. 

      The rebate program has been marked by some critical weaknesses since its inception and has become increasingly problematic over time. Conceived to address temporary and sporadic conditions, many properties remain eligible for years at a time or indefinitely, thereby receiving ongoing vacancy rebates, while also realizing assessment-based reductions to reflect persistently low occupancy rates. 

      The Counties, like many municipalities across the province, have found the program to be increasingly difficult to manage, budget for, and administer. The application and enforcement of eligibility criteria have become particularly difficult due to loosely defined rules and limited compliance provisions.

      Vacant and Excess Commercial and Industrial Land

      Vacant commercial and industrial class land is currently subject to discounted property tax rates compared to similarly classified property on which there are buildings. This is administered by way of property sub-classes assigned by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) based on regulated criteria. 

      Reductions are currently applied to unimproved commercial and industrial property, or portions of property that qualify to be included in one of the following property sub-classes:

      The Vacant Land sub-classes capture properties included in one of the commercial or industrial classes, but which have no assessable improvements (buildings) on them whatsoever. The Excess Land sub-classes apply to portions of improved property that is not improved and is in excess of the amount of land required to support the existing buildings under municipal planning rules.

      Unimproved land in all property classes is subject to lower overall taxation than comparable lands with buildings because the property values (Current Value Assessment) tend to be lower. These sub-classes currently convey an additional reduction for unimproved commercial and industrial land through discounted property tax rates.

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    • Upcoming Quarantine at Nav Centre Not a Risk to the Public


      The federal government announced Saturday that a special facility at the Nav Centre campus in Cornwall will soon become the site of a precautionary quarantine for Canadian passengers aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently docked in Japan. The government will be chartering a flight out of Japan to bring back Canadians who have already been under quarantine for nearly two weeks in the wake of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in China.

      “We are all concerned with what we are seeing on the news. It is understandable that people might be worried about the potential of the virus being introduced in this community but measures are in place to protect the health and safety of Cornwall and area residents and Canadians who are returning,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). He adds that all quarantined individuals will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before boarding the plane in Japan. Passengers who have fever or respiratory symptoms will remain in Japan for medical care. Only those who have no signs of fever or respiratory symptoms will be allowed to board the chartered flight back to Canada.

      Upon their return to Canada, flight passengers will be triaged and screened again at CFB Trenton. Those who have no symptoms during this screening will then be transported to the Nav Centre campus in Cornwall, where they will be screened again. Individuals who do not have symptoms will then spend another 2 weeks in a final precautionary quarantine at a special, isolated facility at the Nav Centre. They will be assessed daily for symptoms throughout the quarantine period.

      FAQ document

      Here all the necessary links to obtain the most recent updates about the Coronavirus Covid-19:

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    • Family Day

      Please take note that the Town Hall is closed on Monday, February 17 It’s Family Day, come and have fun at the Sports Complex!

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    • What you should know about the Coronavirus

      What can I do to protect myself?

      Wash your hands frequently

      Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.

      Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands. 

      Practice respiratory hygiene

      When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.

      Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.

      Maintain social distancing

      Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.

      Why? When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

      Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

      Why? Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself. 

      If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

      Tell your health care provider if you have traveled in an area in China where 2019-nCoV has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has traveled from China and has respiratory symptoms.

      Why? Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing it’s important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them.

      If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China

      If you have mild respiratory symptoms and no travel history to or within China, carefully practice basic respiratory and hand hygiene and stay home until you are recovered, if possible.

      As a general precaution, practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets

      Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; and avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats). Avoid contact with potentially contaminated animal waste or fluids on the soil or structures of shops and market facilities.

      Avoid consumption of raw or undercooked animal products

      Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.

      Q&A on coronaviruses

      You will also find the latest update from the medical officer of health on Covid-19 (novel coronavirus) – sdg & p-r (February 13, 2020)


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    • 211 Day

      One of the most common reasons Canadians call 211 is for help accessing non-emergency medical services. That includes things like accessing medical equipment, caregiver respite or finding a family doctor. Did you know that more than 8 million Canadians provide informal care to a family member or friend? 211 can help provide information on support services for caregivers. #MaketheRightCall #211Day

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  • As part of its emergency plan and eager to offer an effective tool of good quality to its citizens, the Town of Hawkesbury has acquired an alert and communication system service WITH NO USER FEE FOR ITS CITIZENS.

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  • The Town of Hawkesbury needs you! Send us your most beautiful pictures of Hawkesbury and you could win a prize and be published on Hawkesbury's official publications. Good luck!

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