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Interim Cannabis Control Regulation Statement and Document Posted on October 17, 2018

INTERIM CANNABIS CONTROL REGULATIONS


Blue-Green Algae Posted on September 10, 2018

Background, potential impacts to human health and safety of drinking water

Information for drinking water system owners and operators


Mohawk Family Services Staffing changes Posted on September 05, 2018

Attention: Community Members, Colleagues, Collaterals, and the General Public.

Re: Mohawk Family Services staffing changes.

To all of you: Thank you for your continued support and for allowing us to work with you in every capacity, over the years. Mohawk Family Services has been in operation for 29 years and as we move into our 30th year of servicing the public, we have decided to make some changes to the composition of our team and to the services that we offer the Community. We have made these decisions based on need, and while change can be scary at times, growth is imperative in providing effective support going forward.

As of July 23rd 2018, we have had the following people join our team. Kurstyn Brant is the second Intake and Family Resource Worker, and she was hired on a one year term to help serve the Community. Lyndsay Scero has joined the team for one year as the Child and Youth Worker that will work directly with the youth in our client families who need direct support. Gail Maracle is placed under the balance of a contract as a Family Support Prevention Worker, as is Sherry Loft, who has joined our team for one year to help families. The Family Support Prevention Workers will be helping families how they need it most, in their homes and in the Community. If you are interested in knowing more about the duties of these workers, please contact our office at 613-967-0122.

Mohawk Family Services has recently completed interviews to add one full time Family Service Coordinator, who will be replacing our former employee, Johanna Goodfellow. Johanna left the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte in January 2018 to pursue a career at Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services. There were also three more Family Service Coordinator positions considered during the interview process, to backfill some learning opportunities within the team. Those offers have not been solidified.

As of August 13th 2018, Megan Hill will be leaving Mohawk Family Services on a one year secondment to Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services to be trained as an authorized Child Protection Worker and serve Indigenous families between the catchment area of Picton to Bancroft  to Kawartha Lakes, and all the areas in between. You may see Megan in the Community often, as she continues to work closely with families in this area.

As of August 8th 2018, Lacey King will be leaving Mohawk Family Services on a one year secondment to Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services to be trained as an authorized Child Protection Worker and be trained in the role of Supervisor of Family Services. Lacey will be stationed locally in the East Region and will supervise a team of Child Protection Workers.

As of August 13th 2018, Brandi Hildebrand will be leaving Mohawk Family Services on a one year secondment to Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services under the role of Senior Regional Manager- East Region. Brandi will be working locally but will service the entire East region of the agency and will travel between Picton and Markham to serve the public. In her absence, Brandy N. Maracle will be appointed as Acting Manager for Mohawk Family Services.

Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services is a new agency in the process of becoming mandated to serve Indigenous families between… (AMBER to complete).

The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte have agreed to the secondments in the spirit of increasing staff knowledge, skills, attitudes and values in order to move forward with the changes to Indigenous Child Welfare in Ontario. Supporting the best interest and wellbeing of our children is and always has been the focus of Mohawk Family Services, and at this time, we feel the need to learn, train and grow to be able to move with the changing needs of both families and the legislation. Services to Community Members should not change during this time of transition. You should expect the same support and help that Mohawk Family Services has provided over the years. We will continue to respect our culture, language, history, children and families, while we help ensure that children in Tyendinaga grow up in a safe and loving Community.

During the secondment period, members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte will continue to be serviced by Mohawk Family Services for all support needs, and when there is a requirement of a duty to report, Mohawk Family Services will work closely with Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services to ensure the safety of children in this area, after Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services has been mandated. Until that time, the Community will continue to be serviced by Highland Shores Children’s Aid, in partnership with Mohawk Family Services under the current Memorandum of Understanding.

We look forward to having discussions about these changes in the near future as we see our clients and collaterals in the Community or in the field. We thank you for your support as we learn how to serve our own People, better.

 

Nia:wen,

 

Brandi Hildebrand, MSW, RSW.               Susan Barberstock, BSW, RSW.                        Amber Crowe, BA Hons., JD, MSW
Mohawk Family Services                        Director of Community Wellbeing                     Executive Director
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte                Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte                         Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child and Family Services
 


Skyway Bridge work to begin Soon Posted on July 27, 2018

HIGHWAY 49 BAY OF QUINTE SKYWAY BRIDGE GETTING STARTED SOON
The Ministry of Transportation’s contractor, Aecon Construction, will be starting work at the Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge within the next month. The purpose of this project is to rehabilitate the Bay of Quinte Skyway.
 
Here is what you will need to know:
 
Project Snapshot:
The Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge is an 850 m long, high-level bridge carrying two lanes of Highway 49 traffic over the Bay of Quinte.
The bridge was constructed circa 1967 and is in need of major repairs. The work will include the complete replacement of the steel girders and deck, rehabilitation of the piers, and reconstruction of the abutments. The bridge deck will be widened slightly and will include 1.5 m shoulders on each side.
 
The work will be staged over several years. The first year, 2018, will be for preparation, mobilization and advance work. A single segment of the bridge will be replaced in each of the subsequent five (5) years. Within each segment, the bridge will be replaced on a half and half basis with single-lane traffic controlled by temporary traffic signals.
To complete the work over water, it is anticipated that the contractor will use cranes on barges to remove the existing structural steel girders and erect new ones. As a result, this will necessitate some changes to the navigation channels under the bridge. Please follow the advisory signage and markers.
 
Time of Completion:
It is anticipated that construction will start in the summer of 2018 and will be completed in the summer of 2024.
The work in 2024 will include the installation of expansion joints, final paving and the restoration of the site.
Traffic Impact:
Highway 49 traffic on the Bay of Quinte Skyway will be reduced to a single-lane for each year of construction. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals at either end of the work zone in each year. Both traffic lanes will be available during seasonal shutdown.
 
Several night-time closures on Highway 49 will be required each year to safely accommodate lifting steel girders and placing concrete in the new bridge deck. Advanced notification signs will be installed two (2) weeks prior to closure.
 
The project team is committed to ensuring that the public and businesses are aware of the status of construction and the anticipated traffic impacts. Please look for regular updates.
 
If you have any questions or concerns at any time throughout the project, please contact Andy Wallace, Contract Administrator, at 2017-4047@mcintoshperry.com . We appreciate your patience throughout construction. For your safety, please follow signs and slow down leading up to the lane closure.


Message to the Community Regarding Indian Act Elections, Custom Election Code and First Nation Elections Act (FNEA) Posted on March 09, 2018

The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council (TMC) would like to take this opportunity to inform the members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte that since 2016, the TMC and the MBQ Administration, have been gathering information regarding the First Nations Elections Act (FNEA).  The purpose behind gathering this information over the last few years is to evaluate the differences between Band Elections under the Indian Act (IA) versus Band Elections under the FNEA, and what benefits there would be to either remaining under the Indian Act, moving to a community election system (custom election code), or potentially opting in to the FNEA.  
 
The most recent discussion regarding the FNEA occurred on December 4, 2017 and the following motion was made:  Motion #20 “to approve to adopt the First Nations Election Act regulations for the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in 2019.”  The discussion and intent surrounding this motion was to ensure that the conversation regarding moving to a custom election code, or opting into the FNEA, would continue after the December 2017 Election once the newly elected council was sworn in.  In order to ensure that the appropriate community consultation takes place, there was only a motion of council and no Mohawk Council Resolution to opt in. 
 
We would like to assure the members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte that the Tyendinaga Mohawk Council has not moved to a custom election code or opted into the FNEA but look forward to engaging our membership through community information sessions, and other means to hear the views of our members.
 
If you would like any further information regarding elections under the Indian Act, moving to a custom election code, or the First Nations Election Act (FNEA) please see the following link.
 
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1323195944486/1323196005595


Update regarding the operation of Marijuana Dispensaries Posted on February 14, 2018

The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council has received a number of enquiries from members regarding the legalization of cannabis for recreational use and the operation of marijuana dispensaries on the Territory and Council’s plan to engage the community.  

Talks between First Nations and the Federal and Provincial Governments are taking place at the regional and national level and, we are currently awaiting more information regarding the outcome of the discussions between the Chiefs of Ontario, and the AFN with the federal and provincial governments.  Once we have been provided with up to date information regarding the outcome of those discussions, we will be able to begin engaging the community on this highly sensitive issue.  At that time, we will be able to provide the most current information we have received to all members, and we are hoping this will take place in next few months.

Moving forward, MBQ will share any information that we receive from the Chief’s of Ontario, A.I.A.I., the AFN, and Federal and Provincial governments regarding the Legalization of Cannabis for recreational use and the operation of dispensaries on reserve, via MBQ’s website and Social Media.


Statement regarding the Marijuana Dispensary survey Posted on January 31, 2018


Flooding, Sandbags Posted on September 11, 2017

NOTICE

Please be advised that Environment Canada has issued alerts regarding significant rainfall and the potential for flooding this week and weekend. The Bay of Quinte is significantly higher than normal and is projected to rise an additional 20 cm by June. Properties along the Bay are the most vulnerable for erosion and damage from storm surge.

We are monitoring the potential for flooding and have sand bags available for distribution if required. Please contact Todd Kring in Community Infrastructure (613)396-3424 ext. 134 after hours 613-961-9478 if you require sand bags. Note: we will make arrangements for the delivery of sand however homeowners are responsible for filling the bags and placement on the property.


Don't miss the start of Ontario's low-income energy rebate program Posted on December 14, 2015

Roughly 500,000 homes eligible for new electricity credit, only 34,000 applications submitted

CBC News Posted: Dec 09, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Dec 09, 2015 7:02 AM ET

Only about seven per cent of those eligible for Ontario's incoming electricity rebate for low-income households have applied for the program, which replaces a blanket provincewide credit on Jan. 1. (Philippe Morin/CBC)Only about seven per cent of those eligible for Ontario's incoming electricity rebate for low-income households have applied for the program, which replaces a blanket provincewide credit on Jan. 1.
Only about seven per cent of those eligible for Ontario's incoming electricity rebate for low-income households have applied for the program, which replaces a blanket provincewide credit on Jan. 1. (Philippe Morin/CBC)
 

The lights go out on Ontario's provincewide energy rebate Dec. 31 — and fewer than seven per cent of the eligible low-income households have applied for the discount program intended to replace it, CBC News has learned.

About 500,000 homes qualify for the incoming Ontario Electricity Support Program, all of which could see a monthly credit of between $30 and $75 depending on the size of the family and the household income, according to figures from the Ministry of Energy.

Homes that rely on electric heat or where someone uses power for a medical device would also see a larger rebate.

Families of seven, for example, making between $48,000 to $52,000 a year could qualify for a $540 annual credit if they use electric heat. A family in the same situation making less than $28,000, would get back $900 under the program.

The cost of a customer's previous electricity bills is not part of the qualifying criteria, an Energy Ministry spokeswoman said.

Expect 6 to 8 weeks for processing

The province started accepting applications for the new rebate in early November. But as of Dec. 1 only about 34,000 forms have come in, Jordan Owens said in an email.

It takes roughly six to eight weeks to process an application, Owens said. That means that those who have waited to apply could miss out on the first month — or more — of the rebate.

For those relying on electric heat, January and February are among the most expensive months of the year.

The benefit will not be retroactive, Owens told CBC News

"Most people receive their January bills in February, and the OEB will be making their best efforts to ensure that as many eligible people as possible receive the benefit in a timely fashion," she said.

Most homes to see higher bills

The province has enlisted social service groups and constituency offices to help those wanting to file applications. Owens said the board has also advertised the rebate on public transit and other billboards.

Meanwhile, energy customers with an annual household income of more than $52,000 will see their power bills rise following Jan. 1.

The outgoing clean energy benefit saved households an average of $17 a month, the Canadian Press reported in March. It knocked off 10 per cent of every residential power bill.

The silver lining? The cost of paying off the old nuclear programs will no longer be added to power bills, saving consumers about $5.60 a month, according to the Canadian Press.


Gas Tax-Exemption Cards Posted on January 14, 2014

We have been notified that there is some concern regarding the Gas Tax Exemption cards issued through the Ministry of Finance.

Do not worry, these are ONLY those cards that do NOT have the newer 14 digit number on them (and expiry date). The cards that have been issued since approximately 2006 are fine, as they are the most recent version of the cards with the 14 digit number as opposed to the former 12 digits and expiry dates on them (please check your card). The following is information from the Ministry of Finance website, including the two latest bulletins and the fillable form to apply.

Did you know that as a First Nations individual you may not have to pay tax on gasoline?

In Ontario, there is a tax of 14.7 cents per litre on gasoline. First Nations individuals do not have to pay this tax if they buy gasoline:

  • for their own use,
  • from a ministry authorized gasoline retailer on a reserve and
  • use their gas card.

Who can apply for the exemption?

  • First Nations individuals who have a Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) card (status card) issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). 
  • First Nations bands are also eligible.

How do I apply?

To obtain a gas card, you will need to complete an Application for Certificate of Exemption for First Nations Individuals [PDF - 314 KB] form. Alternatively, you may also mail or fax a written request to the address below, along with:

  1. Make a clear photocopy of your INAC status card.
    (Photocopy the front and the back of your card.)
  2. Print your name, full mailing address and telephone number on the photocopy.
  3. Give a reason why you are applying for a gas card. For example:
    • first time applying,
    • card was damaged,
    • card was lost, or
    • your name was changed on the band list.
  4. Sign your name at the bottom of the photocopy.
  5. When applying on behalf of a First Nations Band, please include the following information:
    • Band Name
    • List of eligible First Nations drivers
    • List of Band owned vehicles by make, model and license plate number

Mail your information to the address below:

Ministry of Finance
Motor Fuels and Tobacco Tax
33 King Street West
PO Box 625
Oshawa ON  L1H 8H9

 

Or fax your information to 905 433-5680.

The following are the two most recent change bulletins on the cards and the form to complete if you should need.

Bulletin GT 2 - 2001

Bulletin GT 3 - 2011

Gas Tax Exempt Card application form


Final Report from Intrinsik on correlation of Environment on ALL Posted on November 20, 2013

Report Summary
Full Report


Via Rail Passenger Service Voucher Program Posted on August 23, 2013

Link to Documents, Reports and Forms


Contractors Pre-Qualified to bid on Construction of new Administration Building Posted on April 10, 2013


Secure Certificate Status Card applications online Posted on March 04, 2013

If you have a BLACK AND WHITE secure card, you can now mail your application for renewal. Please follow the link provided to print your application.

Secure Certificate of Indian Status Application forms


**NEW** Community Board!! Posted on July 25, 2012

Do you have an event that you would like on the Community Calendar?

Great!! Just go to the "Our Community" tab at the top of the main page and click on Community Board.

Complete the form and send it! We will get your event on the Calendar, simple as that!

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Bev Hill LaRue at Nation Building, info@mbq-tmt.org or 613-967-3616.


Bill 186: An Act to Amend the Tobacco Tax Act Posted on May 24, 2011

Bill 186: An Act to Amend the Tobacco Tax Act passed first reading in the Ontario legislature on April 21, 2011.  Bill 186 is also known as the Supporting Smoke-Free Ontario by Reducing Contraband Tobacco Act, 2011. The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is considering the Bill and are due to report to the House by May 31, 2011.

For information on Bill 186, Click Here.

For the Tobacco Tax Act of Ontario, Click Here.


Bill C-3 Gender Equity Act information Posted on May 16, 2011

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) faxed out a letter to all First Nations Communities.  The letter provides some information about Bill C-3 and the registration process.  Click Here to read the letter.

Click here to see some quick facts about Bill C-3 Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act.

For more information about the Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act, please visit the INAC website.