The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.
“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the percentage of people vaccinated please visit: www.hpph.ca
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on June 20.
- Approved a request by the Bayfield Centre for the Arts for the painting of a mural on the Jane Street side of the Bayfield Arena which will be funded through the Huron County Economic Development grant. The final mural design will be approved by Council.
- Appointed Charlotte Tunikaitis as the new Manager of Finance/Treasurer.
- Approved the revised Development Charges By-law for public consultation and consideration at the July 4th, 2022 public meeting, and directed staff to create a policy for the adoption of development rate freezes or deferrals for certain types of developments, where The Act states that Charges can be deferred for a certain period, with an interest rate included.
- Approved an application made under the Ontario Heritage Act to install a 5-foot tall, stone statue of Admiral Henry Bayfield in the location shown on the site plan dated January 2020 on municipal property known as 20 Main Street North, Bayfield, with endorsement from the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation; in concurrence with advice received from the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee.
- Awarded the RFP for Fire Dispatching Services to Owen Sound Emergency Communications Centre (OSECC) with the initial start-up costs for infrastructure being in the amount of $52,600.00 exclusive of HST; and the prorated fee for dispatching for the remainder of 2022 in the amount of $7,772.42.
HENSALL BALL HOCKEY
The Municipality of Bluewater is offering a youth ball hockey program this summer. Through a grant provided by the Jumpstart Foundation, the municipality will be hosting a six-week program at the Hensall Arena. It is an excellent opportunity for children to learn a new sport or practice their ice hockey skills during the off season!
The program will run from July 19 to Aug. 25.
On Thursday nights, the ‘Learn to Play’ session for children ages four to six will include skills and drills followed by a scrimmage. This one-hour program will begin at 5:30 p.m. After this session, a ‘House League’ program will run for ages seven to 10 for one hour starting at 6:30 p.m. ‘House League’ will be 10 minutes of warm-up with 50 minutes of game time. Coaches will be on the bench and referees will officiate the games.
On Tuesday nights, one-hour sessions of ‘House League’ will be offered in two age groups, 11-13 (6 p.m. start) and 14-16 (7 p.m. start).
Equipment required is helmet, hockey stick, and running shoes. Gloves are optional. The Municipality can provide equipment to loan upon request.
The price per child for the six-week program is $15. A registration night will be held on July 5 from 5-7 p.m. at the Hensall Arena, 157 Oxford Street West.
For more information, contact the Ball Hockey Convenor Shannon O’Reilly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519 262-3206 or visit the recreation programming page on Bluewater’s website here: Recreation Programming. The registration form can also be found online at the same location after today (June 30). Registration deadline is July 12.
CPH Emergency Department
The Emergency Department at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) – Clinton Public Hospital will be closed on the following dates: Saturday, July 2; Sunday, July 3; and Monday, July 4.
The department will reopen on Tuesday, July 5 at 8 a.m.
This temporary closure is due to nursing and physician staffing shortages.
Anyone requiring immediate medical attention should call 9-1-1. Paramedics will get you to the nearest Emergency Department for care.
The closest Emergency Departments to the Clinton Public Hospital are: Seaforth Community Hospital (HPHA); Alexandra Marine & General Hospital, Goderich; South Huron Hospital, Exeter; and Wingham & District Hospital (LWHA)
On June 24, Lisa Thompson, MPP for Huron-Bruce was reappointed by Premier Doug Ford to serve as the Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs.
“I am very honored to be reappointed as the Minister of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs and to be able to continue to serve the people,” said Thompson. “I am committed to continuing our good work to support the province’s agri-food sector and rural Ontario.”
Over the last four years, the Progressive Conservative government has engaged across the province with farmers, processors, suppliers, farm and commodity organizations, transporters, rural municipalities and businesses in the sector.
Thompson will continue that engagement to inform a collective vision for a strong and vibrant agri-food sector. As a farmer, Thompson understands the importance of ensuring that rural Ontario and the agri-food sector has every chance to succeed and is prepared for a changing world.
The success of the agri-food industry and rural Ontario is inextricably linked to growing the agri-food workforce, growing Ontario’s processing capacity, capitalizing on new technologies and innovation, building the right infrastructure in the right place, strengthening the supply chain, supporting local food and reducing red tape while maintaining the highest level of food safety.
“Rural Ontario, and the agri-food sector, has my commitment to work with you in the days, months and years ahead,” said Thompson.
Hospitals across the South West continue to experience human resources shortages, including physicians, and all hospitals are working closely together to minimize potential service impacts and manage wait times. Despite the incredible efforts of all staff and physicians, and after a very challenging two years, it is becoming increasingly difficult to staff all programs and services. In fact, localized nursing shortages have already resulted in overnight Emergency Department closures and temporary suspensions of Labour and Delivery Services.
At the request of Ontario Health West, all hospitals in the South West region have prepared a coordinated summer planning overview that predicts staff availability across programs such as Emergency, Surgery, Labour and Delivery and Laboratory. The goal of the overview is to identify where there are concerns regarding consistent service provision and to ensure that necessary contingency and communication plans are in place.
“Our commitment to providing high quality, safe health care services will be balanced with the availability of resources and respect for the wellness of our teams,” said President & CEO Andrew Williams, of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance. “Where service adjustments become unavoidable, often at the last minute due to either unplanned staff absences or high bed occupancy, our commitment is to make sure that all healthcare partners and communities are aware. This includes knowing plans that are in place to ensure continued service access through adjacent organizations.”
Over the past four years, more than 4,400 staff have retired from the healthcare field with the number of unfilled positions in 2021 increasing 91 per cent from the previous year. As one in five staff are over the age of 50, turnover in the healthcare field is expected to remain high. In a recent Ontario Hospital Association survey, burnout and stress from caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic were the main reasons cited by staff currently leaving their roles.
Hospitals are very aware that all healthcare partners are facing the same staffing challenges. There is a shared responsibility to look to broader system solutions to ensure health care programs and services are provided in a manner that reflects the staffing realities they are collectively facing now and into the future.
In emergency situations, hospitals remind the public to call 9-1-1, as Emergency Medical Services (EMS) are a key part of the Emergency Response Team. These team members will start immediate care when dispatched and will transport patients to the best hospital location for continued care.
If needs are non-urgent, please consider other health system supports, such as a primary care provider’s office or Health Connect Ontario (formerly Telehealth Ontario).
The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) is offering a $1,000 Student Environmental Award scholarship in 2022.
“We are very proud to offer the Student Environmental Award in 2022,” said Dave Frayne, ABCF chair. “This $1,000 student bursary helps a local student in their studies and we encourage local young people to apply.”
The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 30 by 4:30 p.m. local time.
For the application form and flyer poster, and for complete details, please visit the abca.ca website at this web page link: Student Environmental Award.
The successful applicant must be a graduating secondary school student or student currently enrolled in university or college pursuing education in a conservation-related course of study such as biology, ecology, geography, forestry, fish and wildlife, agriculture, or outdoor education.
Interested students are to write a creative two-page essay on their personal involvement with a conservation or environment-based project or organization.
Eligible students must be between the ages of 17 and 25, have a permanent address in a municipality of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) watershed. Municipalities in the ABCA watershed are: Adelaide, Metcalfe, Bluewater, Central Huron, Huron East, Lambton Shores, Lucan Biddulph, Perth South, Middlesex Centre, North Middlesex, South Huron, Warwick and West Perth.
There have been ten local recipients of the award. Past winners are: Ryan Finnie, 2010; Raina Vingerhoeds, 2011; Greg Urquhart, 2012; Ryan Carlow, 2013; Connor Devereaux, 2014; Barb Alber, 2015; Samantha Bycraft, 2016; Marina Lather, 2017; Ethan Quenneville, 2018; and Meghan Glavin, 2019.
LET’S HAVE A PARTY
July 2022 is Huron Hospice – Let’s Have a Party month. “Let’s Have a Party” is an exciting new way to connect with friends and neighbors and an ideal way to have a charitable impact.
Current world circumstances have allowed people to re-evaluate their priorities. The “great reset” helped many people realize that it is possible to do good things, help the community, and have fun at the same time. One example is the Huron Hospice – Let’s Have a Party. Throughout July, people can invite friends to an event with the understanding that the event is a fundraiser for Huron Hospice. It could be a cocktail party, a dinner, a BBQ, a themed event or even a lakeside social.
Donations from the event will help cover a day of operations at Huron Hospice.
“Huron Hospice needs $1,000 a day to cover operations. The government covers half of hospice residence operations annually. We ask the community to fund the other half, $1,000 each day. In July, we are asking 30 people to have a party – a social gathering and raise $1,000. When this happens, Huron Hospice will finance operations for the month,” said Willy Van Klooster, Executive director at Huron Hospice.
He went on to explain further, “When you have a social gathering with 50, you would ask people to contribute $20; 20 people would donate $50. Ten guests at a dinner party would contribute $100. The result is the same; these gifts will cover nursing and other programs and maintenance of the hospice residence for a day. A member of the Hospice board of directors is hosting a Lakeside Social at their cottage. They will invite 50 people to visit for sandwiches, snacks, and summer conversation at the cottage. When they invite people, they will ask everyone to give $20. Collectively the Lakeside Social will contribute $1,000 to Hospice operations.”
People choose to support Huron Hospice for many reasons. It could be the in-home care and respite offered by a trained volunteer. It could be personal experience in the hospice residence or grief recovery support for someone who has experienced a loss.
For anyone who would like to host a Huron Hospice, Let’s Party event, Huron Hospice is available to help. They will provide electronic or printed pamphlets about Hospice, issue tax receipts, and send a thank-you note for donations over $20.
To learn more, contact Van Klooster by calling 519 525-6856 or by email at email@example.com.
The Alzheimer Society Huron Perth (ASHP) is offering a new line up of Summer Education Programs both in-person and online.
In July, join them for ASHP’s inaugural Brain Health Academy – a free four-week online education series focused on specific areas of brain health. The Brain Health Academy will be held over ZOOM on Thursday mornings, July 7-28 for one hour starting at 10 a.m.
The dates and topics are as follows: July 7, Nourish: Feed the body, feed the brain; July 14, Replenish and Restore: Rest and mindfulness as brain health support; July 21, Engage and Connect: Stay social, keep sharp; and July 28, Move: Keeping the body – and the brain – active.
People are invited to join in just one or all four sessions. ASHP may even be sending out diplomas for attending all four sessions of the Brain Health Academy; join in to find out!
To sign up for the Brain Health Academy, and see ASHPs other online courses, visit Education Hour on their website by clicking here.
The ASHP’s second offering for July is the Memory and Aging Program. It will be held in-person at the MacKay Centre in Goderich. This engaging program explains how memory works and addresses age-related memory changes. Participants will learn and practice proven and effective memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook.
The Memory and Aging Program will take place over four Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon on July 6-27. The MacKay Centre is located at 10 Nelson St. East in Goderich. Interested individuals are asked to please register for this program by June 30.
People may register for Memory and Aging, or any other program, by contacting the ASHP office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
GRAND BEND CANADA DAY
Canada Day celebrations in Grand Bend are a go! People can look forward to a day filled with music and an evening filled with fireworks.
The Grand Bend Canada Day Organizing Committee and community would like to thank all the sponsors who stepped up and supported the return of this event with Needham/Southwest Marine and Powersports stepping up as the major sponsor.
Music will be provided by “Upside of Maybe” and “Jane’s Party” at the Rotary Stage on the Main Beach in Grand Bend.
Upside of Maybe is a family friendly, award winning, roots-based pop rock band from Stratford. They will play from 7-8 p.m. Then Jane’s Party will perform from 8- 9 p.m. Jane’s Party‘s onstage prowess has had them touring with Blue Rodeo, Tom Odell and the Arkells.
Mike & Terri’s No Frills, Rotary of Grand Bend, Sunset Community Foundation, and MyFM are band sponsors.
Then starting at 10 p.m. the fireworks are shot off at the main pier and the sky above main beach becomes the stage for a 30-minute fireworks display claimed to be the largest in Southwestern Ontario.
SPEAKING OF DEMOCRACY
The Huron County Museum is pleased to welcome “Speaking of Democracy”, a travelling exhibit from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, on display at the Museum until July 10.
Launched in 2019 as an art exhibit in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite at Queen’s Park, Speaking of Democracy was developed in response to the observation that both at home and abroad, many were starting to express concerns about the fragility of democracy and its foundational institutions.
“Drawing from diverse historical and geographical sources, this exhibition explores the roots of, threats to, and promise within democracy. It aims to provoke the viewer to do two things – one is to think and the other is to act,” said 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell
Speaking of Democracy is designed to engage Ontarians in conversation about these significant and timely issues. The exhibit invites visitors to consider: Are we taking democracy for granted? What is democracy all about? In these rapidly changing times, is it important to maintain and support democracy? Fully bilingual, the exhibit is composed of 28 quotes by historic and contemporary sources and individuals exploring these issues.
“The Museum is pleased to host this important opportunity for our communities and visitors to explore what democracy means in 2022,” said Senior Curator Elizabeth French-Gibson.
The exhibit is open to the public during regular Museum hours fr operation and is included with regular admission to the Museum, free for Museum members, or free/by-donation with a Huron County Library card.
For more information, visit: www.huroncountymuseum.ca.
Now that the community is slowly moving toward group activities the creators of Bayfield Activities Calendar have completed a recent update and refresh on the website. People are once again invited to refer to this website to learn what activities, from Pickleball to Mahjong, are happening and when.