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We Want to Hear From You!
The County of Elgin is hosting two (2) more Community Feedback Meetings to discuss the Draft Natural Heritage Systems Study and Source Water Protection Plan. Learn more about these documents and how they will shape policies that might affect your property. Your feedback is very important to us!
November 3, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
Community Feedback Meeting – Western Elgin
WEDS Theatre – 199 Currie Road, Dutton
November 4, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.
Community Feedback Meeting – Central Elgin
Masonic Centre, 42703 Fruit Ridge Line, St. Thomas
This meeting has the option to join virtually – please contact email@example.com to receive the link.
*Proof of vaccination and face-coverings will be required for in-person attendance.
Please note that if you are unable to attend either public meeting we will be accepting written comments regarding the Draft Natural Heritage Systems Study and Source Water Protection plan on Engage Elgin and by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) until November 19, 2021.
Natural Heritage Systems Study
- A Natural Heritage Systems Study is a network of interconnected natural features and areas such as woodlands, meadows and wetlands etc.
- The purpose of a Natural Heritage Systems Study is to identify natural heritage features, recognize local linkages and wildlife corridors, improve existing environmental policies to better protect environmentally significant areas, protect and enhance regional biodiversity, help mitigate the effects of climate change, and conserve natural legacy for future generations.
- The Province of Ontario requires municipalities to identify Natural Heritage Systems and preserve the diversity and connectivity of these features.
- The requirement to identify Natural Heritage Systems is translated into Official Plan policies that inform development, environmental studies and conservation efforts.
Source Water Protection Plan
- Source Water Protection Plans contain policies that either recommend or require actions be taken to address activities identified as threats to drinking water sources.
- The Clean Water Act, 2006 was approved by the province as a result of the contaminated water tragedy in Walkerton Ontario in 2000.
- The recommendations of the Source Water Protection Plan include policies that will be added to the County and Local Official Plans to safe guard against uses that may pose a threat to drinking water.
Click here for more detailed information on the draft Natural Heritage Systems Study and to read the associated discussion paper.
We hope to see you out at one of our community meetings!
Nancy Pasato, Elgin County Manager of Planning
November 01, 2021
TORONTO — Today, Greg Rickford, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, issued the following statement on Treaties Recognition Week:
"This week, Ontario is marking the sixth annual Treaties Recognition Week by encouraging students and the public to learn about treaties from diverse Indigenous perspectives and supporting greater understanding of the importance of treaties in Ontario.
Our government is working together with Indigenous and education partners across Ontario to host virtual events and share treaty education resources to increase understanding around treaty rights, treaty relationships and their relevance today.
Treaties are legally binding agreements that set out the rights, responsibilities and relationships of First Nations and the Crown. They form the basis of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Building understanding of these agreements through Treaties Recognition Week is an important part of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to increase treaty awareness.
Our government is committed to strengthening equitable and respectful relationships with Indigenous partners and communities to enable a better future for all Ontarians.
I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to learn more about the important role treaties play in our province’s history and heritage, and why they continue to be relevant today as we move forward together on the path to reconciliation.”
Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Study, Source Water Protection
As part of the adoption of the 2013 Official Plan for the County of Elgin, a commitment was made to completing a Natural Heritage Systems Study at the time of the next Official Plan Review. The Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Study (ENHSS) was commissioned in 2016, and is a terrestrial science-based study that provides a landscape level assessment of existing natural heritage features and functions. The draft 2019 study provides analysis and maps showing the existing vegetation patches that meet criteria for ecological importance.
The Clean Water Act, 2006 was approved by the province as a result of the contaminated water tragedy in Walk-erton Ontario in 2000. Source Protection Plans were developed across the province and include policies to pro-tect municipal drinking water supplies from land uses that may be a risk to them. A firm was retained to assist the County in the implementation of Source Protection Plan (SPP) policies through the preparation of new policy text that would form the basis of future amendments to the County Official Plan and to the Official Plans and Zoning By-laws of local municipalities that have municipal drinking water systems that are regulated by a Source Protection Plan.
As per Council’s direction, the public will have an opportunity to review the draft Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Strategy (2019), and the Source Water Protection Implementation Plan (2017), and provide their feedback and input on the recommendations from these reports.
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. This meeting 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!
As part of the County’s Official Plan Review process, we have developed Discussion Paper #3 - Elgin Natural Her-itage Systems Study, Source Water Protection, and Environmental Policy Amendments and links to the draft Elgin Natural Heritage Systems Strategy, and the Source Water Protection Implementation Plan are available at https://engageelgin.ca/officialplanreview
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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.
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.
- 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, email@example.com
- 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
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.
For additional information, please contact:
Warden Tom Marks
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.
“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
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