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Notice of Withdrawal of Heritage Designation


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Council of the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich intends to withdraw the intention to designate a property municipality known as 32272 Talbot Line as a property of cultural heritage value or interest in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, R.S.O. 1990.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – The specific reasons for withdrawal of the designation of this property are available for public inspection at the Clerk’s Office in the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich Office, 199 Currie Road, Dutton, ON, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

DATED at the Municipality of Dutton Dunwich this 11th day of March 2020.

Clerk, Municipality of Dutton Dunwich, 199 Currie Road, Dutton, Ontario, N0L 1J0 - (519) 762-2204 - planning@duttondunwich.on.ca


Draft Transportation Plan for Southwestern Ontario

Message from Caroline Mulroney - Minister of Transportation 

"We know that a safe, efficient and connected transportation network is the foundation for a healthy and prosperous Ontario. That is why our government is committed to addressing the transportation needs of every region across the province.

Starting with southwestern Ontario, we are delivering on our promise to develop regional plans that will help build a better transportation system that will better serve individuals, families and workers.

People in southwestern Ontario need transportation that works for them –a safe and reliable system that connects smaller communities to largercentres; improves access to jobs and critical services; and supports anopen and competitive business environment.

Our plan for southwestern Ontario will do just that – it includes more than 40 improvements and strategies across different modes of travel that will connect people to places; further build a strong and competitive economy; keep our highways safe and reliable; make life more convenient for travellers; and prepare us for the future. Our plan is a living document that will require continuing input, updates and improvements to stay relevant as the needs of people and businesses evolve over time and as technology advances.

This is a plan that will get people and goods moving. It includes a commitment to look at practical options for improvements to existing rail corridors and explores private-sector partnerships to optimize passenger and freight rail. It also includes improvements to the highway network and intercommunity bus services, as well as undertaking an airport activity and infrastructure survey to assess the role of airports in the region.

We know our vision for southwestern Ontario will not be complete without the valuable input of local municipalities, businesses, Indigenous communities and the general public. That is why we are inviting everyone to participate in this process by sharing their feedback with us. We are also establishing a task force with southwestern Ontario mayors and Indigenous chiefs to work together on ways to better connect bus, rail, transit services and ferries across the region.

I look forward to working together on a unified vision for southwestern Ontario’s transportation network."

MEDIA RELEASE - Renaming of the West Elgin Community Centre

The Municipalities of West Elgin and Dutton Dunwich jointly operate the West Elgin Community Centre located in West Lorne, Ontario. The Municipalities have chosen to rename the facility Bo Horvat Community Centre, to honour Bo’s commitment to his community and dedication to minor hockey. A joint committee is planning a family-friendly event that celebrates this local celebrity.   

The celebration is being held between 11 am and 4 pm on Saturday July 11, 2020 at Miller Park, West Lorne.  This celebration will include family friendly activities, games, entertainment, meet and greet with Bo, food vendors as well as the official renaming ceremony, hosted by radio personality Mike Stubbs. 

Ontario Combatting Bullying in Schools

News Release

Ontario Combatting Bullying in Schools through Student Survey

New initiative aimed at improving student safety and wellbeing

February 26, 2020 9:30 A.M.

Ministry of Education

 TORONTO — Today, on Pink Shirt Day, Education Minister Stephen Lecce announced the launch of an online survey to hear from students, parents and guardians and school staff about their experiences with bullying in Ontario schools. 

According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 21% of Ontario students in Grades 7-12 have reported being bullied at school. This new survey seeks to gain a better understanding of the issue, ideas on how to better prevent and report bullying and new ways to make schools safer.

"Bullying is far too common in our playgrounds, schools and communities across Ontario," said Minister Lecce. "That is why our government is taking decisive action to ensure every person regardless of their faith, heritage, orientation, race or income, is protected and respected. Every child deserves to learn in a safe and inclusive school, that is why we are empowering students to have a voice."

"In order to prevent bullying in our schools, we need to be aware of what's happening at the classroom level," said MPP Christina Mitas. "The online survey will help us better understand the ways in which bullying manifests in classroom settings. This will assist us in framing the problem and designing more effective programs - ones that will keep our children safe."

Students, parents and guardians and school staff are encouraged to participate in the survey, which is posted at https://www.ontario.ca/page/consultation-bullying-ontario-schools and Information for Parents/Guardians about Ontario's Survey on Bullying is also available online

Quick Facts

  • In November 2019, the government announced five new initiatives to combat bullying in schools, including the student survey, as well as:
    • The assignment of Christina Mitas, MPP for Scarborough Centre and former teacher, to advise the Minister on education matters with a focus on bullying prevention;
    • Training for educators in anti-bullying and de-escalation techniques;
    • A review of school reporting practices on bullying; and
    • A review of the definition of bullying in ministry policies to ensure it reflects the realities of today.
  • The government has updated the Health and Physical Education curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 to now include mandatory learning about online safety in all grades, including learning about cyberbullying, cyber security and privacy. Students also learn how to build and support healthy relationships, and develop skills to identify, prevent, and resolve issues that may lead to bullying. Implementation of the updated curriculum began in September 2019.
  • The government has invested $3.18 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year towards various programs, partnerships and services that help to promote a positive school climate, support healthy relationships, build empathy and address bullying and cyberbullying.
  • In October, Ontario announced an investment of nearly $40 million in the 2019-20 fiscal year to advance student mental health in partnership with education groups. It also committed to permanently fund approximately 180 frontline mental health workers in secondary schools.
  • Ontario is investing $3.8 billion over 10 years to create new mental health and addictions services and expand existing programs.

Additional Resources

Dutton Dunwich Community Survey

The Municipality of Dutton Dunwich is in the process of developing a Community Development Tool Kit to support and enhance the Municipality’s communities.

As part of this initiative, Elgin County is working with the Municipality and the Dutton Dunwich Economic Development Committee to undertake a Resident’s Survey to gauge people’s opinions and perceptions of the community and in particular the local retail environment. The survey is one tool being used to accomplish this task.

We encourage you to participate in this questionnaire and share your perspectives, insights and ideas. Your input matters!

The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential and results will be presented in an aggregated format only.

Residents will also be receiving a copy of the survey in the mail in the next couple of weeks.

We encourage all business owners to complete the business directory form included with the survey which to assist the Municipality in compiling a business directory.

Thank you!

Dutton Dunwich ReLEAF Program and the LTVCA Tree Planting Program

Help us achieve our goal to plant 4000 trees in 2020!

That’s only 1 tree per person!

Native tree species will be available for purchase for $1.25 each at the Sons of Scotland Park Pavillion in the Spring of 2020.
Plant your trees either on your own private property or choose from one of our preselected public land sites.

The aim of this program is to expand our healthy tree canopy and productive ecosystem while providing many vital benefits to residents

  • Prevents soil erosion and storm water runoff
  • Cleans the air and helps you breathe
  • Provides shade in the hot summer and shelter from cold winter winds, saving you money on heating and cooling costs
  • Helps decrease noise pollution
  • Increases the value of your home
  • Attracts birds and wildlife
  • Good for your mental & physical health, trees are proven to reduce stress and anxiety
  • They feed us, many trees produce nuts and berries that are edible
  • It’s an investment in our community for future generations to enjoy!

Keep Dutton Dunwich Beautiful, Love Where You Live!

The Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority Tree Planting Program

If you have unused or unproductive land over 1 acre there may be funding opportunities available to you!

Block plantations or windbreaks with a minimum area of 1 acre/600 trees may be eligible for funding for trees and planting services. The average cost per tree is $1.36.  Minimum order of 10 seedlings/species with limited availability for certain species. Deadline to order trees is March 15, 2020.

Program Process:

August - March
Initial Site Vist - To discuss potential species options, area where tree seedlings will be planted and potential funding incentives if applicable.
March - April
Site Preparation - is key for planting sites for survival and success rates. Mowing, Spraying,Tilling.
May - June
Planting of Trees - machine and hand planting of tree seedlings by LTVCA staff or landowner.
Summer Months
Site Tending - mowing/spraying around trees to help promote growth and eliminate competition.
Other Programs Available through LTVCA:
Wetland Restoration requires a 1:3 ratio of surface water to upland habitat. This means a 1 acre pond, would need 3 acres of upland habitat to create a suitable ecological system that will function properly. Landowners who qualify may be eligible for funding. Not all sites are suitable. 
Prairie Grass funding is available for stream buffers, bank stabilization, pollinator habitat and warm season pastures.

More Information on LTVCA programs  or contact 519-354-7310 Environmental Project Coordinator - Greg Van Every x. 229 or Stewardship Outreach Specialist - Amanda Blain x. 234


Summer Employment Opportunities Program.

The Summer Employment Opportunities (SEO) program provides up to 5,000 students with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through supervised summer employment in the Ontario Public Service.

These positions enable students across the province to gain valuable work experience and develop skills which are transferable to the labour market. Positions for summer 2020 will be posted on February 10, 2020 with six different closing dates between February 28 and April 3More Information 


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