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Elgin County Official Plan Review - Discussion Paper #3 Now Available!

Discussion Paper #3 Now Available!

As part of the County’s Official Plan Review process, we have developed Discussion Paper #3 - Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Study, Source Water Protection, and Environmental Policy Amendments. As per Council’s direction, the public will have an opportunity to review the draft Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Strategy (2019) and provide their feedback and input on the recommendations from this report. Policies on Source Water Protection will also be addressed as part of this discussion.

Links to the draft Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Strategy, and the Source Water Protection Implementation Plan are available at: https://engageelgin.ca/officialplanreview

The County of Elgin is hosting several in-person and one virtual Community Information Meeting(s) on the Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Study, and Source Water Protection. These meetings will include a staff presentation on the draft Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Study, and draft Source Water Protection policies. Your participation is valuable and we welcome your comments!

Please see the attached notice and pre-register to attend.

Thank you for being a part of the County’s future.

 

PRESS RELEASE - Proof of Vaccination to Soon be Required for all those over Age 12 to Enter Sports and Recreational Facilities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2021
London, ON – Huron Perth Public Health, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health announced additional proof of vaccination requirements today for recreational facilities used for organized sports. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will now be required for anyone over the age of 12 who enters an indoor area of a sports or recreational fitness facility to participate in, coach, officiate, or watch organized sport. The requirement will come into effect on October 31st.

The decision to extend the proof of vaccination requirement to all those aged 12 and older attending these facilities and to a younger age group involved in organized sport was made due to the nature of sport and fitness activities, which can create opportunities for COVID-19 to spread more easily. These factors include close contact between participants, forceful exhalation and increased respiratory rate, prolonged exposure, crowded indoor spaces and the removal of masks/face coverings during physical activity. It was also made in part because everyone 12 years of age and older is currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

“Indoor sports increase the risk of spreading COVID-19,” says Dr. Chris Mackie, Medical Officer of Health with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. “We have seen outbreaks in these settings across Ontario, and immunization is the solution if we want sports to continue.”

“The goal of this instruction is to reduce the risk of serious illness transmitted between players, coaches, and their families cheering them on from the stands. Organized sports are community events – we need to balance protecting our community, while finding ways to safely enjoy the activities we are passionate about,” says Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health at Southwestern Public Health.

“These additional protective measures will make it safer for everyone entering a facility for organized sports, whether to play, practice, coach, volunteer, or watch,” says Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health, Huron Perth Public Health.

The three health units will issue Letters of Instruction shortly to the owners and operators of facilities in the communities they serve, where organized sports are played or practised. The letters were created by the Medical Officers of Health under their authority outlined in the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c.17 and extend the provisions of O.Reg 364/20, which requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination and identification for all those 18 years of age and older who actively participate in organized sports or recreational fitness programs. In addition to players, the provisions of the Letters of Instruction apply to coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators aged 12 and over.

In addition to the added risks of virus spread associated with sport, the three health units continue to see new COVID-19 infections, particularly among people who are unvaccinated, including those under the age of 12, who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. The provisions contained within the Letters of Instruction come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, October 31st, 2021.

Media Contacts:

  • Dan Flaherty, Communications Manager, Middlesex-London Health Unit, 519-617-0570
  • Megan Cornwell, Manager of Communications, Southwestern Public Health, 519-320-0819
  • Rita Marshall, Communications Manager, Huron Perth Public Health, communications@hpph.ca

Spokespeople:

  • Dr. Chris Mackie, Medical Officer of Health, Middlesex-London Health Unit
  • Dr. Joyce Lock, Medical Officer of Health, Southwestern Public Health
  • Dr. Miriam Klassen, Medical Officer of Health, Huron Perth Public Health

PRESS RELEASE University of Guelph Study Looks at Life in Elgin County and St. Thomas after COVID-19

September 27 , 2021
For Immediate Release
University of Guelph Study Looks at Life in Elgin County and St Thomas after COVID-19

Central Elgin, ON – The University of Guelph is working with the County of Elgin, the City of St. Thomas and Southwestern Public Health to study how the pandemic has changed life for residents, including their health, well-being, social life, finances and day-to-day living.

This information will be collected through a 20-minute Elgin St. Thomas Response to COVID-19 Survey, which is available online now until October 29, 2021 at   Paper copies with prepaid return postage will be  mailed to Elgin County and St. Thomas households this week.

The study is part of a University of Guelph research project on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted rural and small urban communities across Ontario. Elgin County and St. Thomas municipal and community partners will receive study results and data for use in program planning and COVID-19  recovery initiatives, particularly those that relate to housing, mental health and addictions  support, and income and food security.

The Aylmer-Elgin-St. Thomas Community Safety and Well-Being Plan was finalized in June 2021. The  purpose of the Plan is to ensure our communities are safer and more inclusive places where all  residents thrive. The Plan identifies five (5) priority areas of focus including Education and Skills Development, Housing Security, Mental Health and Well-Being, Public Safety, and Substance Use and Addiction. The data collected through this survey will be invaluable to the implementation of this Plan.

The lead researcher for the Elgin St. Thomas Response to COVID-19 study is Leith Deacon, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development, University of Guelph, 519-824-4120 ext. 52521, Leith.Deacon@uoguelph.ca. Financial support for this project is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and  Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). It is also supported by the County of Elgin, the City of St. Thomas and  Southwestern Public Health.

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For additional information, please contact:
Warden Tom Marks
tmarks@elgin.ca

 

Get Loud! and “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”

October 1, 2021

A/Fire Chief Colin Shewell is challenging everyone in the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and “Get Loud!” as part of Fire Prevention Week 2021

Dutton Dunwich, October 1, 2021 - Fire Prevention Week runs from October 3-9 and the Dutton Dunwich Fire Department is urging everyone in the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich to Get Loud! and “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety™”.

By law, every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm on every storey and outside all sleeping areas however, too often fatal fires in Ontario occur in homes where there were no working smoke alarms.

Do you know what your smoke alarm is telling you with those beeps? A/Fire Chief Colin Shewell is challenging you to “Get Loud!” and push the test button on smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every month to learn the sound alarms make.

Testing alarms produces a beep, the sound of alarms in an emergency. Replace the batteries if the alarms do not sound when the test button is pushed. If the alarms still don’t sound, replace the alarms.

Testing your alarms is the only way to ensure they are working and that you and your family can be alerted in the event of a fire.

Quotes

“Knowing the different sounds your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms make can save you, your loved ones, and your home. Get Loud! by testing your alarms every month to learn the sound they make and to ensure the batteries work.”

“Take immediate action if your smoke or carbon monoxide alarms sound. If the alarms beep in an emergency get everyone out of the home. If your alarms chirp, replace the batteries or alarms immediately.”

— Fire Chief Colin Shewell

Learn more

Dutton Dunwich Fire Department is organizing a variety of events in the public school during Fire Prevention Week including .
Dutton Dunwich Fire Department
A/Fire Chief Colin Shewell
519-521-7850

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY MATERNITY LEAVE – Commencing November 1, 2021

REGISTERED PRACTICAL NURSE/MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT - Maternity Leave 

The Corporation of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is seeking applications for a friendly, positive, motivated individual for the position of Registered Practical Nurse/Medical Office Assistant with nursing responsibilities.  This position is required to for a 14-month Maternity Leave.Reporting to the Office Supervisor, the individual in this position will assist with the duties required for the daily operations in a busy family practice at the Dutton Medical Centre.

The preferred applicant must have:

  • Registered practical Nurse Certification is an asset
  • Experience with PSS EMR software is an asset.
  • Ability to prioritize, multitask and problem solve.
  • Exceptional customer service and commitment to patient care.
  • Excellent computer skills, specifically Word and Excel.
  • Excellent work and attendance record
  • Successful completion of a Criminal Records Background Check with Vulnerable Sector

Hours of work are 8:30am to 5pm from Monday to Thursday.

Please submit your cover letter and detailed resume outlining your qualifications and experience to:

Katie Morreau, Human Resources, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, 199 Currie Road, Dutton ON N0L 1J0.  Email: kmorreau@duttondunwich.on.ca

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS:  Tuesday October 12, 2021, by 4:30 pm

Personal information for this position is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, as amended. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Municipality is committed to creating an inclusive environment that accommodates all individuals, including those with disabilities. We support the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Acts (AODA) and have established policies, procedures and practices which adhere to the accessibility standards set out in the AODA. Should you require any accommodation throughout the recruitment process please do not hesitate to contact the Human Resources Department. 

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - WINTER ROADS PATROLLERS (3)

The Corporation of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is currently accepting applications for the position of Winter Roads Patroller. Reporting to the Manager of Roads and Facilities, the primary duties will be to patrol the roads during the winter season, keep records and provide back-up for winter drivers as needed. These positions will be required for a minimum of 4 months for the period of mid-November to mid-March.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum Grade 12 Diploma
  • Knowledge, ability and physical condition to perform duties required.
  • Knowledge of the “Winter Minimum Maintenance Standards.”
  • Excellent work and attendance record.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team, as required
  • Proven communication and customer service skills
  • Knowledge and training under the Occupational Health & Safety Act
  • Proof of valid Driver’s license and a satisfactory Driver’s Abstract
  • Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

The following would be considered an asset:

  • Road Patrol Computer Software.
  • First-aid/CPR Certification. 

Please submit your cover letter and resume to:

Katie Morreau, Human Resources, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, 199 Currie Road, Dutton ON  N0L 1J0 - email: kmorreau@duttondunwich.on.ca

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS:  Friday, October 8, 2021 before 4:30pm

All applicants are thanked but only those selected for an interview will receive further notice.

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs. Accommodation may be provided in all parts of the hiring process.

In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information gathered is collected pursuant to the Municipal Act and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection only.

 

 

Notice of Service Disruption – Phones Down

September 21, 20211
Our phone service provider is currently down and is working hard to get the phone system back up and running. This includes Municipal phones, Service Ontario and the Medical Centre.
At this time we ask that for inquiries please contact us by email at info@duttondunwich.on.ca or visit us in person at the Municipal Office. Hours of operation are 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday. Only one person will be allowed in the office at a time due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  • For Public Works after hours please call:
  • Murray Wickerson, Manager of Roads and Facilities: 519-860-1543
  • Ryan McLeod, Working Foreman: 519-852-5279
We thank you for your patience and co-operation.

Digital Main Street - Help Grow Your Business Resource

Digital Main Street

Digital Main Street (DMS) is a digital "how to" guide and program to help you grow your business. The program is now supported as a part of a partnership between the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario. Digital Main Street has two streams:

·  Digital Transformation Grant - provides qualifying brick-and-mortar small business with a digital assessment, online training and a one-time $2500 grant to implement their digital transformation plan.

·  Digital ServiceSquad Grant - provides one-on-one assistance to businesses in Ontario. Includes training, advisory support, and a grant to support the Digital Service Squads.

DMS also offer's a ShopHERE program that creates online stores for small businesses and artisan at no cost.

For more information visit Digital Main Street

Water Discolouration - Dutton Water Distribution Centre

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is aware of discoloured municipal water being detected by some residents around the Iona area.
 
This discoloured water is being caused by elevated concentrations of manganese and iron in Lake Erie. Manganese and iron are naturally occurring minerals present in source water, and weather conditions can impact the concentration of these minerals in the Lake.
 
During the past few days these water issues have been occurring all along this stretch of the lake Erie shore lines and as the the Municipality draws the majority of our water from Southwold we were anticipating this situation. We have received updates from OCWA West Elgin who have indicated the lake has improved considerably and we expect the discolouration to dissipate within the next day or two. As the conditions improve, the distribution systems will be flushed of the discoloured water and a return to normal colour.
 
Please note, that although unpleasant, the discolouration is an aesthetic issue only. The water is regularly tested by our drinking water operators and meets the provincial drinking water regulations set out by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks (MECP). Operational changes have now been made to help alleviate the effects, and weather conditions have improved and continued to be monitored.

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