COVID-19 restrictions in Eastern Ontario will be relaxed Friday.
Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2.
Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.
Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:
Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
Camping at private campgrounds;
Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.
South Glengarry has launched the Emily Project, a Farm 911 Civic Addressing initiative to help first responders answer rural emergencies.
Civic address signs will be erected at fields and other rural locations. An added benefit to the agricultural community is that the signage can be used as a field identifier for suppliers and custom operators.
“The Township of South Glengarry is proud to implement the Farm 911 addressing project in the name of Emily Trudeau, with an aim to improve life safety within our municipality,” stated South Glengarry Fire Chief, Dave Robertson. “Time is everything in the event of an emergency. Having a civic address at the entrance to a farm field will help us to improve emergency services in our community.”
Residents interested in purchasing a sign for their property can contact the Township of South Glengarry office at 613-347-1166. South Glengarry notes that financial support has been received from the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to subsidize a portion of the first 166 signs purchased.
The Royal Canadian Legion is demanding better and humane treatment for veterans and seniors in all long-term care centres in Canada, joining the outcry following a damning report about conditions in some southern Ontario centres, as observed by the military’s Joint Task Force.
"Many of our veterans are in long-term care, and to know that some of them are being mistreated and ignored is shameful,” says Thomas D. Irvine, Dominion President. “The fact that our governments have known for a long time that some of our most vulnerable citizens are living in deplorable conditions during their final years of life, is disgraceful. We need a systemic overhaul – and now.”
"Previous governments have failed to address this ongoing issue adequately and Canada now finds itself in a deadly quagmire," the legion declares. It took a pandemic to truly expose this multi-faceted crisis, says the legion, which expressed its outrage in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“We have been shouting from the rooftops for many years,” says Dave Gordon, Chair, Veterans Services and Seniors Committee at Ontario Command. “In most cases if not all, many staff members at long-term care facilities are underpaid for the work they do.”
In an effort to help, the Legion’s Ontario Command itself has made millions of dollars in financial donations to Ontario long-term care homes over many years. Other Legion Commands and Branches have made contributions in many parts of the country as well.
“The time to act and end this intolerable situation, is now,” says Mr. Irvine. “After what they have done to help build the foundation of the society we enjoy, our Veterans and our Seniors deserve much better in their later years.”
The Township of South Glengarry has cancelled all summer camps, sports leagues, programs and facility bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic until September 1, 2020. The decision means the cancellation of all summer day camps, soccer programs, T-ball/softball, and volleyball leagues. To date, there were almost 1,000 registrants for spring/summer programs.
The municipality will begin issuing refunds for all those who registered and paid for the spring/summer offerings within the next three weeks. Participants who registered for a program using a credit card, will automatically receive a refund on the card. Cash or cheque registrants can expect to receive a cheque in the mail.
The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters.
Meanwhile, in the region served by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit the number of confirmed cases has levelled off at 144.
The number of deaths, all at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet, remains at 11.
To date, 7,831 tests have been conducted.
"We are extending these emergency orders to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families as we begin to gradually and safely reopen our province," said Premier Doug Ford. "To build on the progress we have made to contain COVID-19, people should continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when it is a challenge to physical distance, and wash their hands regularly. If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus, go to an assessment centre and get tested. Please stay safe."
Eager anglers and boaters from across South Nation Conservation’s jurisdiction can (safely) rejoice.
Just in time for the weekend, the following Conservation Areas and municipal partner sites for river access and boat launching are all open:
High Falls and Doran Park Conservation Areas (Casselman)
St. Albert Conservation Area
Crysler Park Boat Launch
Embrun Boat Launch
Cass Bridge Conservation Area (Winchester)
Jessup's Falls Conservation Area (Plantagenet)
McIntosh Park Conservation Area (Berwick)
Findlay Creek Conservation Area (Ottawa)
Alfred Bog Walk
Chesterville Waterfront Docks and Boat Launch (Chesterville)
The following Conservation Areas continue to remain open and maintained:
· Two Creek Forest Conservation Area (Morrisburg)
· Oschmann Forest Conservation Area (Ormond)
· Robert Graham Conservation Area (Glen Stewart)
· Warwick Forest Conservation Area (Berwick)
· J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area (Russell)
· W. E. Burton Conservation Area (Russell)
· Reveler Conservation Area (Crysler)
· Nokomis Park (Limoges)
The following Conservation Areas will remain temporarily closed:
· Camp Sheldrick Conservation Area (Winchester)
· Oak Valley Pioneer Park Conservation Area (Winchester Springs)
Play structures and washrooms will remain closed for now; picnic tables will return to gazebos and picnic areas beginning next week.
SNC reminds users that distancing directives must continue to be followed: please keep your pets on leash, do not litter, and do not congregate on trails, fishing areas, parking lots or docks. Please be respectful and courteous to other visitors.
As the Ontario government gradually reopens the province, those taking public transit, returning to work or going out shopping are being urged to continue to adhere to public health advice as the best line of defence against COVID-19.
To assist the public, the Ministry of Health today released specific recommendations on how to choose, wear and care for appropriate face coverings used in public where physical distancing is not possible.
Officials are now recommending that individuals wear a face covering where physical distancing is not possible, such as on public transit or in a small grocery store or pharmacy.
Wear your face covering safely and snugly to cover your nose and mouth, without any gaps. Ensure your face covering is made of at least two layers of tightly woven material and can be cleaned multiple times without losing its shape;
Medical masks, such as surgical and N95 masks, should be reserved for use by health care workers, those providing direct care, first responders and individuals who are ill and must leave their home for essential reasons such as seeking medical care, picking up medication or groceries.
Face coverings should not be placed on or used by children under the age of two, anyone who has trouble breathing and anyone who is unable to remove it without assistance.
Workers and employers may also consider using face coverings as an additional public health measure in addition to mandatory occupational health and safety measures.
Stressing the need to guarantee the safety of students during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government has confirmed that schools will remain closed for the rest of this school year.
At the same time, the government is planning for the reopening of schools for the 2020-21 school year, the gradual reopening of child care, and the opening of summer day camps subject to the continuing progress in trends of key public health indicators.
All students who were on track to graduate from secondary school before the initial school closure order was made in March will be able to graduate, and all students will receive report cards.
Later this summer, the government will announce a plan to strengthen learning and safety protocols to enable students and staff to return to in-class instruction for the 2020-21 school year. That plan will be bolstered by an enhanced province-wide virtual learning program that will allow all students to learn, regardless of the challenges that may transpire in the coming months.
The province's cancellation of the Nation Rise Wind Farm in North Stormont has been quashed by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) has announced.
At the same time, the court has reinstated the Renewable Energy Approval (REA) for the 29-wind turbine, 100-megawatt wind energy project.
In its reasons, the Court stated that “this is a case where the Minister’s decision is not reasonable and does not deserve deference. The decision does not meet requirements of transparency, justification, and intelligibility, as the Minister has failed to adequately explain his decision.” The Court concluded, “This is a rare case in which the Minister’s decision should be quashed and the decision of the ERT should be reinstated.”
Given the Court’s decision, EDPR is eager to recommence construction of the Nation Rise Wind Farm.
This delay has resulted in unnecessary expenditures to-date, at a time when governments and businesses should be focused on reducing costs and restarting the economy, the company says.
“EDP Renewables stands behind the benefits of the project and its commitments to the local community,” said Miguel Prado, EDP Renewables North America CEO. “We look forward to the Nation Rise Wind Farm stimulating the local economy in the Township of North Stormont, United Counties of SD&G and the Ottawa region.”