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Ontario Parks 30x30 Challenge Begins Today

Ontario Parks 30x30 Challenge Begins Today

Annual challenge encourages Ontarians to spend 30 minutes a day in nature for the month of August

TORONTO —The Ontario Government is encouraging people all across the province to join the Ontario Parks 30x30 Challenge and spend 30 minutes outside in nature every day for the month of August to improve their health and well-being, as part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People movement.

"Spending time in nature has a significant positive impact on our health and happiness," said Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks. "The 30x30 Challenge is an excellent way to kickstart a habit that supports a healthy lifestyle. From taking a walk to going on a bike ride with your family, there are lots of outdoor activities you can take part in this August. I encourage everyone to join me to participate in the challenge and enjoy exploring our many provincial parks and green spaces across Ontario."

Researchers at Trent University surveyed participants in last year's 30x30 Challenge to find out more about the health benefits of spending time in nature. After completing the challenge, they reported significantly improved health benefits, including an overall boost in their mood.

Ontario is working to provide people with more opportunities to enjoy provincial parks and increase recreational opportunities while protecting the natural environment, as committed to in the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan.

Quick Facts

  • The 30x30 Challenge is part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People movement to inspire individuals to reconnect with nature while improving their health and mental well-being.
  • Spending time in nature can lower the risk of heart attack by 50 per cent, reduce the risk of mental health challenges and help combat chronic disease.
  • The Ontario Parks Blog and YouTube channel have lots of ideas of what you can do for your 30x30 Challenge.
  • You can share how you’re taking part in the challenge on social media using #HPHP and #30x30challenge.

Additional Resources

Notice of the Passing of an Interim Control By-law #2019-62

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich passed Interim Control By-law No. 2019-62 on the 24th day of July, 2019, pursuant to Section 38 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended.

AND TAKE NOTICE THAT INTERIM CONTROL BY-LAW 2019-62 will be in effect for a period of one year from the date of passing, lapsing on July 24th, 2020, unless extended by Council for one additional year in accordance with Section 38 of the Planning Act, or repealed by Council at an earlier date.  

PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF INTERIM CONTROL BY-LAW is to prohibit the establishment of any new large scale renewable energy facilities for a period of twelve months in order to allow for the appropriate completion of further research and consultation.

The complete By-law is available for inspection daily, from Monday to Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. at the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich Municipal Office.

DATED at the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, this 25th day of July, 2019.


Clerk, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich

199 Currie Road

Dutton, Ontario, N0L 1J0

(519) 762-2204


Splash Pad Donations Received

Big "thank yous" for your generous donations from:

  • Breezy's family - Pauline and Peter Donaldson and Shirley E. Campbell - $3,000 donation, and
  • Russ Brokenshire from Titan Group Construction presents Jenn Babcock, Recreation Committee member with a cheque of $5000 in kind donation.

Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Event

For Residents of Dutton Dunwich and West Elgin

Saturday August 17, 2019 - 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

West Elgin Public Works Garage, 22413 Hoskins Line, Rodney ON

Acceptable  Items

  • Paint/pigments/coating residues: including stain, marine coatings, automotive paint, driveway sealer, urethane, epoxy paint, pruning paint, roof coating
  • Aerosols:  including spray paint, cleaners, polishes, Raid, 1 lb propane cylinders (camping)
  • Miscellaneous waste inorganic chemicals: pool chemicals, bleach, TSP, photochemicals
  • Miscellaneous waste organic chemicals:  including transmission fluid, car wax, car polishes, windshield antifreeze, kerosene, glues, varsol, mineral spirits, thinners, drywall compound, caulking, degreaser, wood preservative, resins, epoxies
  • Pesticides & herbicides:  including round up, black-leaf 40, 2-4D
  • Waste oils & lubricants
  • Fluorescent tubes/bulbs
  • Batteries
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Used tires (on or off rims)
  • Electronics

Items Not Accepted:

  • Commercial waste, farm chemicals, large containers, explosives, asbestos and radioactive material.
  • Large containers will not be accepted.  Containers must be able to be placed inside a 45 gallon drum.
  • Used oil containers must be sealed and must be able to be handled by one person.

Please have your driver’s license available for proof of residency in West Elgin or Dutton Dunwich.  For further information contact the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich at (519) 762-2204; or the Municipality of West Elgin at (519) 785-0560.

News Release Ontario Takes Next Step to Improve Animal Protection

Province Launches Public Survey; Acts to Ensure No Animal Falls Through the Cracks

May 17, 2019 9:30 A.M.

Ministry of the Solicitor General

Ontario's Government is working to improve the animal welfare system to make sure it is more robust, transparent and accountable. As this work proceeds, the government wants to hear from the people of Ontario.

public survey has been posted online to ensure everyone has the opportunity to share their thoughts to help improve animal welfare. This feedback will directly inform Ontario's new model.

In the 2019 Ontario Budget, Protecting What Matters Most, the government promised to review existing legislation to ensure appropriate measures are in place to provide animals with the protections they deserve and Ontarians expect.

"Protecting animals is important to the people of Ontario, and it's important to me," said Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General. "Our government has always maintained that the system can be made more robust, transparent, and accountable. While work is already underway to introduce a better system, I'm counting on the people of Ontario to share their ideas, feedback, and concern as part of our public survey."

In addition to the public survey, the government today posted a regulation intended to help ensure no animals fall through the cracks during the transition to the new enforcement model.

This regulation will provide options to ensure effective enforcement until the new model is implemented. The regulation enables affiliates of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), such as local humane societies, to continue enforcement should they wish to do so.

"A number of OSPCA affiliates stepped forward to offer their continued assistance as we work towards a new, permanent enforcement model," said Jones. "Our government wants to empower these affiliates to continue protecting animals as we develop a new model. This work cannot be rushed, and animal protection is too important not to get right. This is a temporary solution to fill in the gaps while we transition to a new model."

To report an animal in distress or suspected animal abuse, you can:


Quick Facts

  • The OSPCA has provided animal welfare protection services in Ontario for over 100 years. On March 4, 2019, they provided the province notice that they intend to discontinue those services.
  • An agreement was reached between Ontario and the OSPCA to extend animal welfare law enforcement services until June 28, 2019. The OSPCA has refused to extend that agreement until the end of 2019, when a new system will be in place.
  • Police services continue to have the authority to enforce the laws that protect animals in Ontario.

Notice to Residents and Property Owners Regarding Noxious Weeds

NOTICE is hereby given to all persons in possession of any land or a lot in a registered plan of subdivision or on any lot not exceeding ten acres, in accordance with the Weed Control Act, Statutes of Ontario, 1990, Chapter W.5, Sections 3, 13, 16, 18 and 23, that unless noxious weeds growing on their lands within the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich and the Municipality of West Elgin are destroyed by June 15, 2019 and throughout the season, the municipality may enter upon the said lands and have the weeds destroyed, charging the costs against the land as set out in the Act.

The main purpose of the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, is to reduce the impact of noxious weeds on the industries of agriculture and horticulture.  Primarily this act applies to agricultural and horticultural lands that generate income or other benefits to agriculture; this excludes lawns, gardens and private areas for personal enjoyment and leisure.

Under the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter W.5 Sections 3, 16 and 23 that you are requested to destroy all noxious weeds on your property.

If you think you have Giant hogweed on your property or if you see it in your community please call the Invading Species Hotline at 1-800-563-7711 or report your sighting online at http://www.invadingspecies.com You will be asked to send in photos for identification. Do not collect parts of the plant for identification.

In Urban Areas

Sections 3, 13, 16 and 18 do not apply to noxious weeds or weed seeds that are far enough away from any land used for agricultural or horticultural purposes, as they do not interfere with that use.

All properties within the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich are hereby requested to be in compliance with the Weed Control Act by the 15th day of June 2019 and throughout the growing season.


Municipal Clerk, Heather Bouw

Jeff Lawrence, Weed Inspector
Forest & Soils Conservation Supervisor
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority
Elgin County Tree Commissioner/Weed Inspector
Tel: (519) 631-1270 ext.231
Fax: (519) 631-5026

Schedule of Noxious Weeds

Barberry, common
Bedstraw, smooth
Chervil, wild
Crupina, common
Cupgrass, woolly
Dodder spp.
Dog-strangling vine
Dog-strangling vine - black
Goatgrass, jointed
Hogweed, giant
Knapweed spp.
Parsnip, wild
Ragweed spp.|
Ragwort, tansy
Sow-thistle spp.
Spurge, cypress
Spurge, leafy
Thistle, bull
Thistle, Canada
Tussock, serrated

NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATION - Proposed 37m Self Support Telecommunications Tower


Type: A 37 m tall steel self support telecommunications tower.
Location: Pierce Street, Wallacetown, ON.
Facility: The facility will include mounted climb shields and a secured equipment cabinet around the base of the tower.
Safety Code 6: All carriers placing their equipment on the tower must adhere to Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 regarding radiofrequencies and maximum power input.
Site: The site will provide improved wireless voice and data services for residents and businesses in the surrounding area.


Further information may also be obtained through the following contact:
TekSavvy Solutions Inc.
C/O: Tower Consultations
800 Richmond Street
Chatham, ON N7M 5J5


Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC) is the governing body for installations of this type or telecommunication installation and can be contacted at: ISEDC, Western and Central Ontario District Office, 4475 North Service Road, Suite 100, Burlington ON, L7L 4X7, 855-465-6307, ic.spectrumcwod-spectredcoo.ic@canada.ca .


Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, Tracey Pillon-Abbs, Planner, 199 Currie Road, ON, N0L 1J0, 519-762-2204, planning@duttondunwich.on.ca


ANY PERSON may make a written submission to the individual listed as Applicant Contact by close of day June 10, 2019 with respect to this matter. Please reference site "Wallacetown" in correspondence.


Highway 401 Closure

(ELGIN COUNTY, ON) - The Elgin County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to make the motoring public aware of a planned closure to Highway 401

This will occur on Saturday April 27, 2019 at 9:00 p.m. to Sunday April 28, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.


The closure will happen to both east and west bound lanes between Col Talbot Road to Iona Road. During this time traffic will be routed through Highway 3. The motoring public traveling west bound will go south to Highway 3 on Col Talbot Road. The motoring public traveling east bound will go south to Highway Three on Iona Road.


Elgin County OPP will be actively patrolling the detour route along with other members of the OPP to ensure the safe travel of community members and motorist during this time.



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