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PRESS RELEASE - Municipality Supports the Reopening of Local Businesses

MUNICIPALITY OF DUTTON DUNWICH – SUPPORTS THE REOPENING OF LOCAL BUSINESSES.

For immediate release:  Thursday May 21, 2020

The Ontario government recently allowed retailers, seasonal businesses and health and community service providers to reopen or expand their services on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., provided that the general trend on health indicators continues to improve as part of the first stage of the government's reopening framework.

The Municipality is supporting this measured approach which will ensure businesses and workplaces are safe for staff, customers and the general public.

To ensure that these first actions to reopen local businesses is a success the Municipality is encouraging all safety precautions suitable to individual business locations/properties be implemented and clearly posted for customers to follow.

The cooperation of the public is sincerely requested.  Customers must abide by all safety procedures and protocols of individual local businesses and residents must also continue to adhere to public health measures, including practicing physical distancing or wearing a face covering when physical distancing is difficult or not possible, as well as regular handwashing or hand sanitizing and staying home when ill.

#staysafe
#duttonstrong

For further information contact:
Heather Bouw, Clerk - hbouw@duttondunwich.on.ca.  Telephone, 519-762-2204

 

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Ontario Marks the First Provincial Day of Action on Litter

Statement

Ontario Marks the First Provincial Day of Action on Litter

May 12, 2020

A Reminder that Everyone Can Play a Role in Maintaining a Cleaner, Healthier Ontario

Toronto - Today Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and Andrea Khanjin, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks released the following statement:

“Today is the first Provincial Day of Action on Litter in Ontario, a day when all Ontarians can raise awareness and take action to reduce litter and waste at home and in our communities.

During the COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen people across the province doing their part to combat the health crisis from home, or as essential service workers on the frontlines. These are extraordinary times with our focus entirely on staying safe and stopping the spread, but we must never forget the importance of preserving our environment.

When the time is right, our government will work with communities and our partners to organize litter clean-up days across the province. We know that Ontarians are eager to return outdoors, and this will be a great opportunity to reconnect with nature.

There are actions all of us can still take to put litter in its proper place while staying at home and physically distancing. Today, and every day individuals and families can reduce, prevent or divert waste, in the following ways:

  • Choosing products with less packaging and replace single-use food wraps with reusable storage containers.
  • Becoming experts in what goes in the green bin and blue box.
  • For anything that does belong in the trash, such as disposable gloves and masks, making sure garbage bags are properly tied or sealed, to keep our neighbourhoods clean and safe.

Our government is working hard to meet our Made in Ontario Environment Plan commitment to keep our neighbourhoods, parks and waterways clean and free of litter and waste. We’re expanding green bin or similar collection systems, developing a proposal to ban food waste from landfills, and supporting safe food donation. We’ve also started the process of making producers responsible for the waste they create by managing the blue box program.

Businesses across the province are also stepping up to the challenge by opening package-free shops, developing eco-friendly products such as sustainable textiles, and reducing food waste by connecting surplus food to those in need.  

The Provincial Day of Action on Litter is a reminder of the importance of our greenspaces and the role we all play in maintaining a cleaner, healthier Ontario for our communities and loved ones now and for future generations.”

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

  • Learn more about the impacts of litter and waste on the environment and how to prevent, reduce and divert waste at home at ontario.ca/actonlitter
  • Participate in the Day of Action on Litter by sharing your actions using the hashtag #ActONLitter
  • Read the Waste Discussion Paper
  • Ontario is transitioning the Blue Box Program to a producer responsibility model to improve recycling and address the serious problem of plastic pollution and litter

CONTACTS

Andrew Buttigieg
Minister’s Office
437-224-4599
Andrew.Buttigieg@ontario.ca

Gary Wheeler
Communications Branch
416-314-6666
Gary.S.Wheeler@ontario.ca

Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
http://www.ontario.ca/mecp

PRESS RELEASE - Ontario Ready to Respond to Spring Flooding Season

News Release

Ontario Ready to Respond to Spring Flooding Season

May 2, 2020

Province and Partners Develop Further Preparedness Measures for Communities at Risk

TORONTO — The Ontario government has been actively working with federal and municipal governments, First Nations partners, and non-governmental organizations to prepare and respond to any flooding situation across the province during the COVID-19 outbreak.

As part of Ontario's flood preparedness planning, the province has been working with the federal government, municipalities and First Nations partners to develop evacuation plans. Recognizing the impact of COVID-19 on municipalities this year, Ontario is taking the lead on identifying suitable locations to host evacuees and to minimize the reliance on municipal resources for various supports, including health care and social services.

As a result, the province has taken steps to ensure that provincial, federal and non-governmental resources, such as the Canadian Red Cross, can be deployed to minimize the burden on local communities as much as possible.

The flooding update was provided today by Premier Doug Ford, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General, and Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

"During these unprecedented times, our government is prepared for any scenario, and that includes the spring flooding season," said Premier Ford. "By working together with our federal, municipal, and First Nations partners and putting our provincial flooding strategy into action, we have taken the critical steps needed to help keep people and communities safe."

Ontario has also been engaging with the federal government to support First Nations communities staying on their lands as long as it is safe to do so, including where First Nations community members would be temporarily relocated to higher and safer grounds within their own communities. Relocating community members from reserve to traditional hunt camps or other remote sites also addresses concerns around the potential spread of COVID-19 to these vulnerable communities.

"Our staff are closely monitoring ongoing flooding risks across the province and working with partners and communities on any areas of concern," said Minister Yakabuski. "We are ready to respond to any requests for sandbags during this very challenging time. We also continue to work with our partners to advance the important long-term initiatives outlined in Ontario's Flooding Strategy, which will help us become more resilient to flooding events in the years to come."

Current provincial projections show a moderate-to-high risk of flooding for northern Ontario and the James and Hudson Bay coasts, where staff are closely monitoring all major tributaries in anticipation of ice breakup, expected to begin in early May. As of April 30, 2020, surveillance flights have begun across the Far North to monitor these ice breakups, with operations based out of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry's Moosonee Field Office.

There is also a risk of shoreline flooding from snow melt in southern Ontario along the Great Lakes. The province's Surface Water Monitoring Centre in Peterborough continues to monitor water levels in other areas at risk throughout the province, including communities in the Ottawa Valley and along the Great Lakes.

"Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of our emergency management personnel and partners, we will be able to safely evacuate Northern communities and provide for their needs until they can safely return home," said Solicitor General Jones. "We continue to monitor flood risks and we are assessing all necessary actions to maintain the safety and wellbeing of communities. We will be ready to proceed with evacuations should the need arise."

"Our government will continue to work with First Nations leadership and the federal government to ensure the safety of remote Indigenous community members during the flood season," said Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs. "If or when an evacuation occurs, it will be conducted in the safest way possible, providing additional support to evacuees and northern host communities. Indigenous leaders across the province have taken critical steps to protect their communities from the spread of COVID-19 and we will continue to support those efforts through out the flooding season."

In March, the government released Protecting People and Property: Ontario's Flooding Strategy, which outlines the steps the province is taking to reduce flood risks and help Ontarians better prepare for flooding events. Actions outlined in the strategy include increasing access to current and timely information, using improved future rainfall prediction data and establishing a flood mapping technical team.

 

Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives on the Job

Statement

Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives on the Job

April 28, 2020

TORONTO — The Honourable Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement regarding the National Day of Mourning:

"Today, we observe the National Day of Mourning to honour those who have died, been injured or become ill in the course of their work. As Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, I'm asking everyone in Ontario to take a few moments to remember those who are no longer with us, and think about those who are still living with the consequences of a workplace tragedy.

The National Day of Mourning was established in 1984 to commemorate workers and their families affected by workplace accidents. It provides all of us with an opportunity to reflect on these unsung heroes who carried out their duties in circumstances they never could have imagined.

This is an extraordinary year, as it brings with it the never-before seen risk of COVID-19. Clearly, this deadly virus puts us all in harm's way, especially our essential workers who have been on the front lines protecting us, caring for us and serving us since the outbreak began several weeks ago.  

I am deeply saddened when I think of all of those who have lost their life due to COVID-19, including our workers and our seniors. Their lives will be celebrated, their contributions will be honoured, and their absence will be mourned.

Our government is doing everything it can to make sure that workplaces are safe and workers can return home to your loved ones at the end of the day. I am committed to preventing and eliminating workplace accidents, by ensuring training and safety information is widely available, hiring more workplace inspectors and ensuring employees know they have the right to refuse to work in an unsafe environment. If a worker ever has any concerns about their safety at work, they can file a complaint with the Ministry's Health and Safety Contact Centre by calling 1-877-202-0008.  

Today we're remembering those who have been killed, injured or become ill while on the job. Our ministry is continuing to develop Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Strategy to prevent further workplace deaths, injuries and illness, and working with partners across our government to keep Ontario workers safe today, tomorrow and into the future."

CONTACTS

Bradley Metlin
Minister’s Office
Bradley.Metlin@ontario.ca

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
http://www.ontario.ca/labour

PRESS RELEASE - Municipality is Seeking Public Input on its Draft Official Plan

For Immediate Release:

Municipality of Dutton Dunwich looking for Public Input on its Draft Official Plan

April 22, 2020 – Dutton Dunwich, ON

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is currently reviewing its Official Plan (OP) to ensure it is consistent with Provincial Policy, the County of Elgin Official Plan, and other various planning legislation and strategies that have been completed by the Municipality since the current OP was approved.

The OP is a statement of goals, objectives and policies intended to guide future land use, physical development, and growth within the boundaries of the Municipality. The policies of the OP are designed to promote the public interest in the future development of the Municipality.  

In response to the rapidly changing situation regarding COVID-19, no public open house or meeting will be scheduled at this time. However, members of the public are encouraged to provide written comments on the draft OP and identify additional planning matters that should be considered.

“The proposed amendments to our draft OP will help us to manage growth and development so that we can make sound planning decisions about where we live, work and play," said Mayor Bob Purcell. He further stated that “in order for the draft OP to be successful, it must reflect the needs and desires of the community. Residents are encouraged to comment at their convenience and offer input into the consideration of the draft policies and mapping.”

Copies of the draft OP policies are available for review on the Municipality’s website at www.duttondunwich.on.ca.

Written comments can be submitted by email to: planning@duttondunwich.on.ca, by mail to the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, 199 Currie Road, Dutton, ON, N0L 1J0, by fax to 519-762-2278 or in the drop box located at the Municipal Building by Friday, May 29, 2020.

Media Contact:
Tracey Pillon-Abbs, Planner
Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich
199 Currie Road,
Dutton, Ontario N0L 1J0
(519) 762-2204
planning@duttondunwich.on.ca

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