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."
Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Tracey Pillon-Abbs, Planner
Municipality of Dutton/Dunwich
199 Currie Road,
Dutton, Ontario N0L 1J0
April 22, 2020
An opportunity to increase awareness and appreciation of earth’s natural environment
TORONTO — Today, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks released the following statement on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
"Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the day that we as global citizens come together to increase awareness and appreciation of Earth's natural environment.
It's a chance to reflect on the importance of the environment to our own health and wellbeing, and what we must do to protect it for future generations. As we continue to fight the spread of COVID-19, we are seeing, first hand, how our personal contributions make a difference.
Now, more than ever, true meaningful action begins at home.
I've been so inspired by what I've seen online these past few weeks. I've seen gardeners re-growing their own produce from vegetable stalks and making seed pods using old toilet paper rolls, people sewing masks from used textiles and children creating homemade "thank you" signs to show appreciation to frontline waste collection workers.
I've also been encouraged by all the organizations like the Toronto Zoo and Earth Rangers stepping it up to offer free daily educational activities virtually that help growing minds stay connected with nature and wildlife, while practicing physical distancing.
Our government continues to take action to support a healthy and clean environment through actions committed to in our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan. Through our plan, we will continue to protect our land, air, and water, address litter and reduce waste, and fight climate change.
So today, on Earth Day, I want to thank you all for your incredible contributions and I look forward to engaging with you as we work together to make our communities and our province a cleaner, healthier place to live, work and grow."
Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, let's send our Cheers to our Volunteers! #duttondunwichinittogether, #wevegotthisduttondunwich, #duttondunwichstrong, #duttondunwichcommunityheroes
April 15, 2020
TO: The Residents of Dutton Dunwich
Re: COVID-19 Update
How could this happen in Dutton Dunwich?
As we have discovered along with the rest of the world the simple answer is it can happen quickly and effortlessly. Our local ‘cluster’ has been fully investigated and isolated to a single group. That group, through no fault of their own became infected by a visitor who attended one of their gatherings in early March.
During the time they were infectious, and before they knew they had Covid-19, the group members attended normal events. By the time they became aware of the virus taking hold, a significant number of individuals had passed it around within the group.
The swift action of Southwestern Public Health and all the cooperative group members working in harmony with the Municipality and the Lions’ Management Team, contained this exposure by means of strict quarantine, self isolation and prompt hospital treatment when warranted.
The only transmission outside the original group occurred at the Lions’ Caledonia II Seniors apartment complex. This transmission occurred almost simultaneously, since a single group member was a resident of Caledonia II and participated in a social gathering in an apartment with a small number of other residents.
Again, swift action by Southwestern Public Health, fully supported by the Municipality and the Lions’ Board of Management resulted in a lock-down of both Lions’ apartment buildings plus, we introduced many other specific mitigation measures.
Any Caledonia II tenants exposed to the virus were immediately contacted, monitored closely and receive daily contact from Southwestern Public Health professionals.
Those measures combined with the excellent cooperation of the residents, has resulted in both homes being released from general quarantine or lock-down this week.
Currently, this cluster has been stopped.
This does not mean that any of us can let our guard down or stop staying at home and social distancing as recommended.
This tragic story could happen again to any of us if we are not careful.
The Dutton and District Lions Non-Profit Housing Corp.
The local LIONS, through this separate legal entity maintains and manages two very popular apartment buildings known as Caledonia Gardens and Caledonia II. It is important to take note that this non-profit group operates apartment buildings, not nursing or seniors’ homes.
The LIONS have taken extraordinary steps and have been guided by expert direction from the Southwestern Public Health team to ensure tenants have been properly protected. No known exposure has occurred at Caledonia Gardens and the Caledonia II victims have all been identified and managed properly.
The LIONS’ Management team and their tenants will not let their guard down as they journey back to a more normal life. Currently none of us have a normal life and that will last for a considerable period.
On the surface this may be perceived as progress and good news. However, the truth is that this is a tragic story featuring death, severe illness, and community grief, and it could happen again anywhere.
Please Stay Safe and obey the guidelines issued by our various levels of government and supported by the critical advice from the health professionals who simply want to save lives and navigate us all through this situation.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Bringing a good news story from Dutton!
The amazing employees at Stallergenes Greer Canada Inc., located in Dutton are fundamental in their desire to stay healthy, produce medications and care for patients. They have learned to work from home, navigate multiple on-line platforms and protect each other on site by wearing masks at work, splitting shifts and rearranging their offices to guarantee distancing.
They also combed through their supply cupboard and figured out a way to donate hundreds of masks to St. Joe’s hospital in London to support the front-line workers.
Christina Porter, President of Stallergenes Greer Canada Inc., stated “this is a function of the community spirit they’ve learned living in a community like Dutton Dunwich. What a great place!”
I love the sign on their front door and wanted to give a shout out and acknowledge this amazing group of employees.