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Seniors' Month - 2021 Senior of the Year Award - Nominations Being Accepted.

Our seniors have worked hard to help to build this great province that all Ontarians enjoy today. This award gives each municipality in Ontario the opportunity to honour one of their outstanding local seniors and the contributions they’ve made to enrich the social, cultural, or civic life of their community. This year, the nomination deadline has been extended to May 31, 2021.

For more information and to download the nomination form, please visit the Senior of the Year webpage. Once you submit a nomination, a personalized certificate with your nominee’s name will be sent to you. I encourage you to present it to your nominee in June in conjunction with Seniors’ Month.

Seniors have generously offered their time, knowledge and expertise to make this province a great place to live, and it is important we recognize those valuable contributions.

Volunteer Recognition Nomination Forms

Mark Your Calendar - #DoctorsDay2021 coming May 1st

The Ontario Medical Association’s highly-anticipated Doctors Day 2021 is coming up on May 1st and the OMA is asking all communities across the province to participate. 

This year’s day of celebration for our doctors obviously has special meaning, after more than a year of our physicians fighting COVID-19 on the front lines!  



Vaccination Clinic Coming Soon to Dutton Dunwich

Hello Community Volunteers and Service Club Members 

We are working closely with Southwestern Public Health and the West Elgin Community Health Centre​; to bring a COVID-19 vaccination clinic to ​the Municipalities of Dutton Dunwich and West Elgin.   

The working plan would see WECHC take the lead​; in providing the service​, with the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich providing ​the Community Centre in Duttonand ​logistic support.  

Presently, we ​cannot confirm ​a date for the clinics​; since we need to stabilize and obtain a proper supply of vaccines. 

Volunteer help will be required to make this vaccination site a reality!  

Community volunteers in Dutton Dunwich and West Elgin have consistently stepped up to assist; in the past and we hope you can help​,again.  

Please, send your replies​, direct to​adrouillard@duttondunwich.on.ca 

Simply confirm you wish to help and provide your: Name; address; telephone number and e-mail; in the reply. 

​After you are added to our volunteer list; we will contact you, direct, once some actual dates; times; duties and other details are confirmed.  

Together we will beat Covid19! 

Thank you  


Kind regards

Amarilis Drouillard 

(D.D. Council,  Vaccine Committee Representative)

Restrictions on Outdoor Recreational Amenities in Elgin County Elgin County, Ontario

April 22, 2021

For Immediate Release Restrictions on Outdoor Recreational Amenities in Elgin County Elgin County, Ontario –

On April 16, 2021 the Province of Ontario announced further measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 amidst record numbers of new COVID-19 cases in Ontario. Residents must stay home except for essential reasons, which include outdoor exercise, getting groceries, work that cannot be done remotely, and accessing health-care services (including vaccinations).

New measures involve the extension of the Stay at Home order for a total of six (6) weeks until May 20, 2021 and the closure of outdoor recreational amenities. New restrictions prohibit the use of golf courses, soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and skate parks. Parking lots and washrooms are closed at all Elgin County municipally-owned beaches and residents are discouraged from travelling outside of their own regions – this includes visiting cottages or seasonal residences. “As cases increase at an alarming rate across the province and in our own region, we need to stay at home as much as possible,” said Warden Tom Marks. “While it is tempting to want to wait out this pandemic at the beach or at the cottage, it is important to limit the spread of COVID-19 by limiting inter-regional travel.”

Park trails and playgrounds are open in Elgin County; however, those visiting playgrounds are strongly encouraged to maintain a two (2) metre distance from anyone outside their household and wear a mask when utilizing equipment. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of walking and cycling trails as long as they are doing so with members of their own households. “As the weather warms up it is natural that we all want to spend more time outside, especially after so much time spent at home over the past several months,” said Warden Tom Marks. “Spending time in nature and playing outdoors is crucial to our mental health and well-being and I encourage residents to do so in ways that are safe and adhere to provincial restrictions.”

For more information about public health protocols, provincial restrictions, vaccinations, and local COVID-19 numbers visit https://www.swpublichealth.ca/en/index.aspx For more information, please contact:

Warden Tom Marks
tmarks@elgin.ca www.elgincounty.ca

OPP Update - Stay at Home Order

The OPP will not be performing random checks or traffic stops to enforce the Stay-at-Home Order. Under the updated orders, where a police officer or other provincial offences officer has reason to suspect that an individual may be participating in a gathering that is prohibited (by O. Reg.82/20 - Rules for Areas in Stage 1 - made under ROA,) and believes that it would be in the public interest to determine whether the individual is in compliance, the officer may require the individual to provide information required for the purpose of determining whether they are in compliance.

The OPP and its enforcement partners urge everyone to comply with all restrictions. Although voluntary compliance is always preferred, under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), Re-Opening Ontario Act (ROA) and the federal Quarantine Act, there are consequences for individuals who choose to defy the emergency orders that are in force.

Public Notice - Municipal Enforcement Unit Update - Stay at Home Order

NOTICE - Amended Provincial “Stay at Home “ Order
Recently the Provincial government announced new restrictions for Ontarians and increased police powers under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA), stating that police, special constables, by-law and other law enforcement agencies withhold the right to stop individuals and motorists who are not at home.
As an operation, Municipal Enforcement Unit officers will continue to take a measured approach to enforcement, applying the order equitably and legally to ensure we continue to support public health unit guidelines while maintaining public trust.
Our officers will not be engaging be conducting random vehicle stops and WILL NOT be stopping individuals arbitrarily.
Enforcement will continue to be complaint-driven and proactive, with the goal of gaining compliance. Our actions will focus on those individuals who overtly put others in danger and citizens who refuse to comply will be charged appropriately.
Our enforcement efforts will continue as they have since the beginning of the pandemic, with a focus in engagement, education, and enforcement with a commitment to INTEGRITY in EDUCATION of the COMMUNITY.
We understand the frustration and stress that these events are causing for the public and we ask, kindly, for your patience as we navigate through this lockdown together.
Complaints may be directed to MEU via email or telephone.
All emergencies should continue to bedirected to 9-1-1.

PUBLIC NOTICE - Residents and Property Owners - 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, Section 3, 13, 16, 18 and 23, that unless noxious weeds growing on their lands within the municipalities listed below are destroyed by June 14th, 2021 and throughout the season, the municipality may then 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 Section 3, 16 and 23 that you are requested to destroy all noxious weeds on your property.

In Urban Areas

Section 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 Township of Southwold, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich and Municipality of West Elgin are hereby requested to be in compliance with the Weed Control Act, R.S.O. 1990 by the 14th day of June 2021 and throughout the growing season.


For a list of the weeds or for further information, please contact Jeff Lawrence, Weed Inspector at (519) 631-1270.

  • Lisa Higgs, CAO/Clerk, Township of Southwold
  • Heather Bouw, CAO/Clerk, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich
  • Jana Nethercott, Clerk, Municipality of West Elgin


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