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leader_name2 =Charlie Angus (NDP)
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Timmins is a city in northeastern Ontario, Canada on the Mattagami River. At the time of the Canada 2006 Census, Timmins' population was 42,455. At 2,961.52 square kilometres (1,143 sq mi), Timmins was Canada's largest municipality in land area until 1995, when the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta was created, although it remained the largest municipality in Ontario until 2001, when it was superseded by the newly amalgamated cities of Kawartha Lakes and Greater Sudbury. It is the 69th largest metropolitan area in Canada.


Archaeological and historical studies indicate that the first people to settle in the Timmins area were nomadic tribes such as Ojibwa and Cree dating back to 7,000 BC.

During the late 1600s, explorers and fur traders established outposts in the north to capitalize on the fur trade. The Hudson's Bay Company and the North West Company later developed several trading posts along major routes in northern Ontario. The rivalry between these two trading companies resulted in the need to get their furs to market as soon as possible and this led to the development of the Porcupine Trail, a trading route that connected the Abitibi River to the Mattagami River and passed directly through present day Timmins.

In reaction to favorable provincial Geological Survey reports, construction of the railway northward, and major silver discoveries in Cobalt, Ontario, in 1907, the region became a popular destination and home to dozens of prospectors eager to explore the areas around Porcupine Lake. After several false starts, in 1909 two prospectors discovered the "Golden Staircase", a rich vein of gold that led to the Dome Mine. Within days the Porcupine Gold Rush began, and a huge mining camp formed at Porcupine Lake, a few kilometers east of modern Timmins. The Porcupine Camp is one of the first localities in the world to have its entire history documented by photography. The renowned Harry Peters photographed the Porcupine Camp from the beginning of its inception, and the Great Fire of 1911 was one of his first achievements. Shortly after the completion of a new spur line on the Temiskaming & Northern Ontario Railway, fire swept through the camp in 1911 causing a vast amount of destruction and some 200+ deaths.

The Town of Timmins was founded by Noah Timmins in 1912 after the Hollinger Gold Mine was discovered. By 1912 the new town had already grown larger than the original mining camps to the east on Porcupine Lake. Four of Noah Timmins' great-grandchildren are notable entertainers: Margo Timmins, Michael Timmins, Peter Timmins formed a band called Cowboy Junkies in 1986, and Cali Timmins rose to fame as an actress on "Ryan's Hope".

On February 10, 1928 smoke began to curl up from the main Hollinger Mine shaft house. At first no one could understand how fire could take place in a hard-rock mine. Hundreds of miners escaped to surface, but news soon spread that others had been trapped underground. In the end, 39 miners succumbed to the smoke and carbon monoxide poisoning. Out of the suffering some good came, an inquiry into the disaster recommended that mine rescue stations be set up in major mining camps. In 1929 the Porcupine Camp received the first mine rescue station in the province of Ontario. Stompin' Tom Connors, the famous Canadian singer composed and recorded a song about the events, entitled "Fire in the Mine".

In 1973, the Province of Ontario amalgamated all the municipal jurisdictions within a 3,200 km² (1,240 square mile) area, including the Town of Timmins, South Porcupine, Schumacher (Tisdale Township), Mountjoy Township, Porcupine (Whitney Township) and the many of the other smaller surrounding communities which created the Corporation of the City of Timmins. The new city was the largest city in Canada landwise for a period.

The mining of gold was the catalyst (The Big Three, Dome, Hollinger and McIntyre), but during the early 1960s, base metals such as silver, zinc, copper, and nickel were discovered (Texas Gulf Sulphur), breathing new life into the Porcupine economy and to this day mining remains the dominant industry in the area. Forestry is also important to the local economy.

Due to the large network of abandoned mining tunnels under the city, Timmins has had problems in recent years with sinkholes. This began to attract international attention in 2004, with a story on the topic airing on the American Fox News Channel. So far, the city has managed to avoid tragedy as nobody has died in a sinkhole incident.


Timmins' economy is based on a boom-and-bust business cycle. The city's economic state is controlled by its major industry, mining. When gold and base-metal prices are high the city's economy explodes, however, when those prices drop the local market historically dips with it.

The city's economy is now booming thanks to high base-metal and gold prices. Timmins' secondary industries include: forestry, tourism, recreation, health care, education, commercial and industrial commerce, culture and telecommunications. The community has been undergoing a moderate boom in gold mining, with several new underground mining operations opening up and a large scale surface mining reclamation project currently underway in the east end and another in a more centralized location in the planning stage by Goldcorp Inc..

The Timmins and District Hospital is a major referral health care centre for northeastern Ontario, particularly the Cochrane District, but like all of Northern Ontario Timmins is still considered medically underserved. The community is serviced by the Victor M. Power Airport . It has scheduled service to numerous southern and northern Ontario locations via Air Canada Jazz, Bearskin Airlines, Thunder Airlines and Air Creebec. Timmins Transit provides regularly scheduled local bus service and Handy-Transit for those with disabilities. The city is also serviced by Ontario Northland Motor Coach Services. A retail boom has struck Timmins and big box stores are being built in the city's west end. This includes a new Home Depot and a new larger Canadian Tire. A new Shoppers Drug Mart has been constructed near downtown. As well, a number of shops will be established in a new plaza being constructed near Highway 655 and Algonquin Blvd East. Futureshop is expected to open a store in 2008 at the intersection of Riverside Drive and Shirley Street. Shoppers Drug Mart opened a second new large format store on Algonquin and highway 655 in January 2008. A&W opened its doors in December 2007. Value Village opened up February 14th. Michaels Arts Centre will open in Summer 2008, Future Shop is set to open fall 2008, Dollarama, opened spring 2008. Boston Pizza has confirmed they will open a store in Timmins in the next year. Wal-mart Canada has applied to the city to convert the local Wal-mart store to a Wal-mart Supercenter. The Timmins Square is also expected to expand, adding some convert|77000|sqft|m2. Recently Rona Canada, opened a new big box store at the Feldman Plaza. Retail development is not slowing down for 2008 and 2009. A new Reitmans, Penningtons and MXM Clothing store will be built near home depot and Canadian Tire. Also a new Holiday Inn Express is rumoured to begin construction later this year and be open for late 2009. Constructions is slated on a new Social Services building in the City's Central.

The city is undergoing a major strategic planning effort, "Building Our Future", and economic development endeavour "Community Improvement Plan (CIP) - Streetscape". This initiative is a community led process that involves a variety of partners including The City of Timmins, The Timmins Economic Development Corporation, The Timmins Chamber of Commerce, The Venture Centre/Le Centre de développement, Le Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de l'Ontario (RDÉE), Association canadienne-française de l'Ontario (ACFO), Ministry of Northern Development & Mines, The National Research Council, FedNor, NorthernTel, Ontera and The Government of Canada. Upon the completion of the CIP - Streetscape project the core downtown areas within the city will undergo major redesign and redevelopment changes which will encompass building upgrades and new pedestrian friendly recreational and retail options.

Timmins is evolving into a regional governmental, transportation, industrial, commercial and recreational centre for much of Northeastern Ontario and the James Bay coast line, Nishnawbe Aski Nation. The city has a regular annual market draw of 120,000+ people, which has been steadily growing in recent years with the discovery of diamonds in the region. The De Beers Victor Project is located near the First Nation James Bay community of Attawapiskat, and is Ontario's first diamond mine. In 2007 The City of Timmins began a new program called the "The Lay Roots Program" The City is attracting Toronto's skilled labor immigrants, to come North to the Community, to date nearly 100 immigrants have landed a job in the City, which is the community developments plan to address the skilled Labour shortage, and fill the booming retail section.

Timmins, generally known for hockey, is also home to a very competitive dance industry. There are six dance schools in the city; The Nancy Delmonte Academy of Dance, in Porcupine, Ontario was founded by Nancy Delmonte, and is home to the only competitive dance team in Timmins and is the only dance school in Timmins with a successful acrobatic program. The Lisa Ciccone School of Ballet, is in the Melrose district of the city, and serves mainly as a ballet school, but offers other styles as well, under the teachings of founder Lisa Ciccone. Mick School of Dance is also in the Melrose area, founded by Mona Mick, it is the oldest dance establishment in the city and has a very successful adult ballroom program. Pat Picard School of Dance, also in the Mountjoy area, was founded by Pat Picard and offers many styles of dancing. The Melissa Kelly Dance Acdemy, is the newest dance establishment in the city, which is based in the downtown area, and was founded by Melissa Kelly. Lastly, Dansons La Ronde is run from the french cultural center by Lucie Miron-Leroux.


The city's mayor is Tom Laughren. He was sworn in on December 8, 2006, succeeding Vic Power, the city's longest-serving mayor.

Eight councillors serve with the mayor to complete the municipal government. Those eight councillors are elected to one of five areas of the city through a ward electoral system. Councillors are elected to a four-year term.

The council currently consists of Gary Scripnick (Ward 1, Mountjoy), Michael Doody, Denis Saudino, Steve Adams and Jack Slattery (Ward 5, downtown Timmins), Billy Gvozdanovic (Ward 3, Schumacher), Pat Bamford (Ward 4, South Porcupine) and John Curley (Ward 2, Porcupine). [ [http://portal.timmins.ca/portal/en/timmins/cityhall/mayorcouncil] ]

Provincially and federally, the city is located in the Timmins—James Bay electoral district. Previously, Timmins had been part of the Timmins Federal Riding (from 1949 to 1979). It was represented by former Timmins Mayor, Karl Eyre from 1949 to 1957, as a Liberal member in the House of Commons. In 1957, Murdo Martin, a Timmins fire fighter was elected under the CCF banner. He was re-elected in 1958, and then as a New Democrat in 1962, 1963 and 1965. Trudeaumania swept through Timmins as well, and Martin was defeated by Timmins businessman, Jean R. Roy who held the Timmins riding from 1968 to 1979. In 1979, the riding was redistributed, adding new areas south to Cartier near Sudbury and west to Lake Superior. The new riding of Timmins-Chapleau was represented by Roy's Liberal successor, Ray Chenier from 1979 to 1984 and then Aurele Gervais, a former Mayor of Iroquois Falls, who was swept in to office as a PC in the Mulroney landslide of September, 1984. Gervais was defeated by the New Democrat's Cid Samson in 1988. Samson lost to Timmins lawyer, Peter Thalheimer, a Liberal in the 1993 federal election. Timmins-James Bay was formed in time for the 1997 federal election. In 2004 and 2006, the NDP Candidate, Charlie Angus won the seat.

Provincially, Timmins had been part of the Cochrane South riding, which existed from 1926 to 1999. Since 1943, the riding has alternated between CCF-NDP and Progressive Conservative representatives. Iroquois Falls lawyer, Bill Grummett held the riding for the CCF from 1943 to 1955, when he was defeated by Timmins Mayor, J. W. "Wilf" Spooner. Spooner went on to serve in the Cabinets of Premier Leslie Frost and John Robarts, as Minister of Lands and Forest and Minister of Municipal Affairs. In October, 1967, Spooner was defeated by Rev. Bill Ferrier, a United Church minister, who ran for the NDP. Ferrier successfully defended his seat against Spooner in 1971 and won again in 1975 against Alan Pope. Pope won the seat in 1977 and held it until 1990. Gilles Bisson won the riding for the NDP in 1990 and served first as MPP for Cochrane South from 1990 to 1999 and then as MPP for Timmins-James Bay, from 1999 to present.

Tourism and culture

Some of the main tourist attractions within the city include: the Shania Twain Centre, Timmins Underground Gold Mine Tour, The Timmins Museum and National Exhibition Centre, Cedar Meadows Wilderness Tours, Kamiskotia Snow Resort, Porcupine Ski Runners Cross-Country Trails and Chalet, Hollinger Golf Club, Spruce Needles Golf Club, the Sandy Falls Golf Club, the McIntyre Community Building and the Timmins Snowmobile Club [ [http://www.timminssnowmobileclub.com] ] . Snowmobiling impacts the Timmins economy as tourists from all over North America travel north to explore area trails.

The city's slogan is "The City with a Heart of Gold".

Hollinger Park is one of the city's main recreational spaces. The park is divided in two sections, the north side being the public park area, with the south side having a regulation sized baseball diamond and two soccer fields for more organized outdoor recreational endeavours. The baseball park has been home to the Standard Tavern Men's Baseball League since 1985. Timmins native Shania Twain played a concert at Hollinger Park on July 1, 1999. An estimated 22,000 people attended the outdoor concert. On the first Sunday in June of each year, Timmins holds a Multicultural Festival at the McIntyre Community Building. It reflects the unique ethnic diversity of the people in Timmins. You can experience the excitement of different cultures, savour the cuisine and the ethnic costumes.

The festival brings together many different cultural groups from within the City. Italian, Croatian, Polish, German, Ukrainian, Scottish, English, French, Irish, Austrian, Finnish, Chinese, Filipino, and Native Cultures as well as others to join together and celebrate the diversity of the community. There are local groups who perform traditional music and dances; a parade displaying the different colourful ethnic costumes; and an abundance of food and ethnic art demonstrations.

There are several ethnic clubs in the area representing the various multicultural groups in Timmins including Le Centre Culturel La Ronde, the Croatian Society, the Polish White Eagle Hall, the Irish Canadian Club, the German Culture Club, the Chinese Club, the Ojibway & Cree Cultural Centre, the Timmins Multicultural Society, Porcupine Dante Club as well as others.

Timmins is also a staging point for many of the wilderness outfitters in the district who offer a number of different northern wilderness experiences, such as hunting and fishing excursions. There's a boat launch located just south of the Mattagami River bridge off Algonquin Blvd which provides both summer and winter access to that main water course.

Kettle Lakes Provincial Park, situated just east of the city centre is dotted with 22 deep, spring-fed kettle lakes which are reachable by trails and roads. Some of the parks activities in summer include swimming, camping (day and overnight), paddling and fishing. In the winter the park offers cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails.

Timmins' sister city is Naoshima, Japan. The McIntyre Mine is convert|1.5|mi|km deep. There are 35 geographic townships and convert|1500|mi|km of underground workings, and approximately 500 lakes in Timmins.


The police force is the Timmins Police Service, established in 1912.



Postsecondary education

The main postsecondary institution in Timmins is Northern College, a College of Applied Arts and Technology. The city also has satellite campuses of Collège Boréal and Laurentian University's Université de Hearst. Collège Boréal is currently constructing a new campus near the city's Airport Road, with completion scheduled for late 2008.

chool boards

Four school boards serve the City of Timmins.

* District School Board Ontario North East
* Northeastern Catholic District School Board
* Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes-Rivières
* Conseil scolaire de district du Nord-Est de l'Ontario

High schools

* O'Gorman High School
* École Publique Renaissance
* École Secondaire catholique Thériault
* Timmins High and Vocational School
* Roland Michener Secondary School


In 1952, broadcast pioneer J. Conrad Lavigne launched CFCL, the first French language radio station in Ontario.

Notable people from Timmins

*Shania Twain is the most internationally famous native of Timmins.
*Lights (born Valerie Poxleitner), vocalist, singer-songwriter
*Charlie Angus, musician and songwriter for the band Grievous Angels, now serving as the New Democratic Party Member of Parliament for Timmins—James Bay
*Paul Bellini, comedy writer and television actor
*Gilles Bisson, Ontario New Democratic Party Member of Provincial Parliament for Timmins—James Bay
*Natalie Brown, actress currently appearing on "Sophie"
*Dave Carroll and Don Carroll, country/pop/folk band Sons of Maxwell
*Stompin' Tom Connors, musician and songwriter was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, but lived and worked in the mines in Timmins long enough to get his big break singing at the Maple Leaf Hotel there in 1965.
*Patrice Desbiens, French poet and percussionist
*Gordon Thiessen, Governor of the Bank of Canada from 1994 to 2001
*Bruce McCaffrey, Progressive Conservative MPP
*Derek Edwards, Award Winning Comedian
*Carlo Cattarello, Award Winning Sports, Order of Canada, Queen's Jubilee Medal recipient
*J. Conrad Lavigne, broadcasting pioneer
*Jamie Lim, current president & CEO of the Ontario Forestry Industries Association; former Timmins mayor
*Bill Denis Brisson, Former Canadian Diplomat
*Derek McGrath actor best known as the cherubic murderer "Andy-Andy" Schroeder on "Cheers", and Dr. Benjamin Marion Jeffcoate on "My Secret Identity"
*Alan Pope, former Progressive Conservative MPP
*Jim Prentice, Conservative Party of Canada Member of Parliament from Calgary, Alberta
*Myron Scholes, Nobel Laureate economist. Prize awarded for discovering a new way to value derivatives.
*Roy Thomson, 1st Baron Thomson of Fleet, newspaper magnate, started his empire in the 1930s with the "Timmins Daily Press"
*Lola Lemire Tostevin, novelist and poet
*Michael Barnes, author
*Bruce Watson, guitarist with Scottish rock band Big Country

"See also": List of mayors of Timmins, Ontario.

Notable athletes from Timmins

*Steve Sullivan, NHL player
*Alex Henry, NHL player
*Frank Mahovlich, NHL hockey player, Canadian Senator
*Gus "Old Hardrock" Mortson, NHL hockey player
*Pete Mahovlich, NHL hockey player
*Allen Stanley, NHL hockey player
*Walter Tkaczuk, NHL hockey player
*Dale Rolfe, NHL hockey player
*Eric "Doc" Prentice, NHL hockey player
*Dean Prentice, NHL hockey player
*Eric Vail, NHL hockey player, 1975 Calder Trophy winner
*Hector Marini, NHL hockey player
*Dave Poulin, NHL hockey player, currently Head Coach of the Notre Dame NCAA hockey team
*Kathy Kreiner, gold medallist, giant slalom, XIIth Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck, Austria, 13 February 1976
*Laurie Kreiner, olympic athlete, XIIth Olympic Winter Games, Innsbruck, Austria
*Jason Gervais, XXVII Summer Olympic Games, discus thrower
*Bob Nevin, NHL hockey player
*Murray Costello, Hockey Hall of Famer, president of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association
*Don Lever, NHL hockey player and coach
*Pete Babando, NHL hockey player
*Shean Donovan, NHL hockey player
*Les Costello, former NHL hockey player with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the golden era. Later became a Roman Catholic priest in Timmins while continuing to play hockey for the "Flying Fathers".
*Art Hodgins, Ice Hockey player, inducted in the British Ice Hockey hall of Fame
*Kathy Kreiner Olympic Gold Medal winning skier
*Bill Barilko, National Hockey League hockey player and Tragically Hip song subject ("Fifty Mission Cap", from 1992's "Fully Completely")
*Jim Mair, National Hockey League hockey player


According to the Canada 2006 Census:
*% Change (2001-2006): -1.6
*Dwellings: 18,642
*Density (persons per km².): 14.5

Some evidence suggests that after several years of decline, the city's population has begun to grow again, with an intercensal population estimate of 44,507 in 2008 and a rapid increase in new retail development projects in the city's west end. [ [http://www.northernontariobusiness.com/regional-news/timmins/07-08-retail.aspx "Retail projects spark space struggles in Timmins’ West End"] , "Northern Ontario Business", July 4, 2008.]


According to the 2006 census, 53% of the population listed English as their first language (Anglophone) and 38% listed French (Francophone), 2% were listed as learning both at the same time and 6% have neither English nor French as their first language (Allophone). [ [http://www12.statcan.ca/english/profil01/CP01/Details/Page.cfm?Lang=E&Geo1=CMA&Code1=586__&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Count&SearchText=Timmins&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=35&B1=All&Custom=] ]

See also: Franco-Ontarian


*68.7% Catholic
*20.2% Protestant
*8.5% No Religion
*1.8% Other Christian
*0.8% Other Religions

Sister cities

*flagicon|Japan Naoshima, Kagawa, Japan


External links

* [http://www.timmins.ca City of Timmins]
* [http://www.timminsedc.com Timmins Economic Development Corporation]
* [http://www.timminschamber.on.ca The Timmins Chamber of Commerce]

Canadian City Geographic Location
North=Cochrane, Unorganized, North Part
West=Cochrane, Unorganized, North Part
East=Black River-Matheson
South=Timiskaming, Unorganized, West Part

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