HPPH is changing how it displays local COVID-19 information for Huron-Perth. Up until this point, they have been updating their own dashboards on COVID-19 testing, cases and vaccination; now, similar weekly information for Huron Perth region is also available through Public Health Ontario’s: COVID-19 and Influenza Activity dashboard.
While HPPH prepares a new way to display local information on respiratory illness that will be the most helpful to residents, the previous Tableau dashboards will not be updated.
Public Health Ontario’s dashboard includes a wide range of COVID-19 data about Huron Perth, including case counts by hospitalizations and deaths, vaccine uptake by age, sex and public health unit, outbreaks, and more.
The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC) met on Nov. 30 and SPC Chair Matt Pearson, on behalf of the committee, thanked retiring members Ian Brebner (left) and Myles Murdock (right) for their years of dedicated service. (Submitted photo)
The Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (SPC) honored two retiring members, at its Nov. 30 meeting, for their years of dedicated service to protect local sources of municipal drinking water, Ian Brebner and Myles Murdock.
Brebner served on the committee since it was first formed in 2007, first as a representative of the region’s southern municipalities and later as a property owner representative. He worked with other original SPC members meeting monthly for day-long sessions to review technical material and to negotiate policies that formed the first source protection plans in the region which took legal effect in 2015.
Murdock joined the SPC in 2015 as a North municipal representative having earlier participated in regional source protection working groups which started in 2008.
The SPC develops and updates local source protection plans to protect municipal drinking water sources from contamination and overuse. The committee is currently proposing draft amendments to the plans.
Public consultation, on these policy changes, will begin in January 2023. For more information on the proposed amendments, or to apply for the vacant SPC position, please go to the source protection website: www.sourcewaterinfo.on.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 Dec. 5.
- Declared the 1992 Chevy rescue truck and the 1998 International rescue truck surplus to the needs of the Municipality and directed staff to dispose of them through the public disposal process.
- Authorized an agreement with His Majesty the King in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities for Active Transportation Fund (ATF) – Capital for Sidewalk Replacement and Extension in the Villages of Bayfield and Zurich.
- Amended the Speed Limit By-law to instate a 60km/h speed limit zone 585m north of Dashwood Road.
- Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to execute a lease termination agreement with the Hensall Heritage Hall Society.
- Adopted a Best Management Practice for Infection Prevention and Control policy.
Huron Hospice is excited to announce that Compass Minerals, Goderich has joined Merner Contracting and an anonymous donor and will match all “Wings of a Dove” gifts up to $19,000.
Wings of a Dove is a fundraiser to help pay for Loss and Grief Support at Huron Hospice. This essential Hospice program helps youth and adults learn to manage their grief.
According to Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive director, “Everyone experiences loss. It’s only natural. When we do, we grieve. For some people grief becomes a difficult challenge. This kind of grief can affect the family, or school work or work on the job. When this happens, it is okay to say, ‘I need help’.”
In November Compass Minerals, Goderich presented Huron Hospice with a cheque for $10,000. Huron Hospice is pleased to announce that Compass Minerals, Goderich has now joined two other donors in matching all funds raised for their “Wings of a Dove” campaign up to $19,000. Pictured from l-r are: Craig Mainz, Compass Minerals Goderich Mine manager; Amy Boyce, Compass Minerals Mine employee; Lisa Svavich, Compass Minerals Goderich Plant employee; Manager Fund Development Huron Hospice, Christopher Walker; and Chandra Medavarapu, Compass Minerals Plant manager, Goderich Plant. (Submitted photo)
This Christmas, Huron Hospice is asking people to join them and help fund the Loss and Grief Support Program so it can be offered at no cost to the participants. The last thing a family should have to think about at a challenging time is the cost of services. It’s all about making sure that support is in place for a family member who needs help.
According to Christopher Walker, manager of Fund Development. “When Compass Minerals found out about the Wings of a Dove gift match, they asked if they could help and were pleased to join Merner Contracting. The match means gifts are doubled up to $19,000! A gift of $100 becomes $200 and $200 grows to $400. Helping young people and adults learn to manage their grief is an essential service for many families.”
Walker also commented, “Merner Contracting and Compass Minerals have invited other businesses to join them in the match. Giving feels good. It feels even better when you know your gift is doubled.”
Wings of a Dove is an important part of Compass Minerals annual contribution to Huron Hospice. They are also sponsoring the annual “No Place Like Home” telethon in the fall and the year-round “Make Every Day Matter” fundraiser.
People can join the Wings of a Dove fundraising effort by logging in to www.huronhospice.ca or calling 519 525-7352.
It is important to remember if anyone feels like they are having a difficult time managing their grief, they should not hesitate to call Huron Hospice.They are available to help. Please call Sally at 519 525-6331.
HuronSong Chorus will be performing two Christmas Concerts in support of the Huron Women’s Shelter via a freewill donation.
“We Come A-Caroling” will feature special guests: Mary Paige St. Onge, soloist; Jan Searle, flutist; and Capucine Onn, violinist.
The concerts will be held on Monday, Dec.19 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Goderich and Tuesday, Dec. 20 at Northside United Church, Seaforth. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Now more than ever, charities and nonprofits are playing a key role in addressing persistent and complex social problems faced by all Canadians. The Community Services Recovery Fund is a $400 million investment from the Government of Canada to support charities and nonprofits as they build resilience by making investments in their people, organizations and program innovation.
“The Government supports a more inclusive model of economic growth that creates opportunities for everyone in Canada as the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues,” said Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Karina Gould. “The Community Services Recovery Fund will strengthen the ability of charities and non-profits to deliver services and resources where they will have the most impact. Because of the National Funders’ strong connections with local organizations, they will ensure funding is distributed efficiently to organizations that provide services to communities in need across Canada.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity for local charities and nonprofits to access funding to help them build back from the pandemic,” added UWPH Director Governance & Community Impact Megan Partridge. “We encourage potential applicants to visit communityservicesrecoveryfund.ca and learn more about eligibility requirements, how to apply, explore resources and sign up for webinars in advance of the application period which runs January 6 to February 21, 2023.”
United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is proud to be taking part in the Community Services Recovery Fund, a collaboration between United Way Centraide Canada, Canadian Red Cross, and Community Foundations of Canada to provide funding to Community Service Organizations, including nonprofit organizations, Indigenous Governing Bodies and Registered Charities located across Canada. The Community Services Recovery Fund responds to what charities and nonprofits need right now and supports organizations as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pro Hockey Heroes in support of Huron Hospice will present a benefit hockey game where Former NHL All-Stars face off against the Goderich Firefighters at Maitland Recreation Centre on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023.
This exciting game starts at 2 p.m. and will feature members of the Goderich Fire Fighters facing off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes. This fantastic community event promises lots of skills and lots of laughs, and is guaranteed to be fun and memorable for all ages!
Recent Pro Hockey Hero lineups have included: Wendel Clark, Gary Leeman, Bernie Nicholls, Steve Thomas, Dave McLlwain, Craig Muni, Dave Hutchison, Daryll Shannon and more!
This game is in support of the Goderich Firefighters’ charity of choice: Huron Hospice.
For more than 29 years, families have turned to Huron Hospice for support at the end-of-life providing both community-based palliative care and residence-based hospice care for people as well as loss and grief support for adults and youth.
Since opening in 2018, Huron Hospice has made moments matter for more than 100 families at Bender House and for 280 families in the community. There are no costs for any of their services.
Tickets for the game start at $30 (plus HST) with additional discounts available by calling 1-888-777-9793.
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.