Message from Mayor Barb Clumpus

Posted On Friday October 08, 2021

Welcome October when the colours on the hills are vibrant and changing daily. The days are gradually getting shorter, casting longer shadows and frost is creeping in to remind us that colder weather is on its way. It’s sweater weather, but there’s still time to enjoy as much outdoor fun as we can. It is so invigorating to hike – or bike – the Georgian or Bruce Trails, captivated by brilliant fall colours and inhaling that refreshing, crisp Georgian Bay air.  You could visit the newly opened Still Fields Brewery at the base of Third Line and Highway 26 to enjoy a pint with friends, or round up the kids for a visit to a pumpkin patch and apple orchard.  Municipal and public facilities are welcoming back curling and indoor pickle ball, public skating, youth co-ed hockey, and the Knights of Meaford’s junior hockey season all return to the Meaford St. Vincent Community Centre and arena this month. Enjoy all the wonderful fall activities Meaford has to offer, and please do so responsibly.  

Thanksgiving weekend is on our doorstep and we are so thankful for your continued efforts to get vaccinated and the way you consistently follow the health guidelines to keep our community safe.  It has been a long journey, but the steady increase in vaccination rates means a decrease in case counts in Ontario and that’s such good news for everyone.  A reminder, though, to have your proof of vaccination receipt with you when visiting certain public settings, and please be kind with this process as we work together to comply with this provincial protocol.  Visit the Province’s website: www.covid-19.ontario.ca for more information on proof of vaccination requirements, clinic schedules and other important information. 

We are also grateful to the Blue Water District School Board, the Ministry of Education, and all those involved in building the brand new Georgian Bay Community School which held its opening ceremony this past week.  I joined MPP Bill Walker, MP Alex Ruff, Jane Thomson, Chair of the BWDSB and senior staff to bring greetings and congratulations to all, noting the exciting opportunities ahead in this fabulous space for students from J.K. to 12 and soon to include the EarlyOn Centre as well. This was broadcast to students, family and friends who would have attended in pre-pandemic times but the enthusiasm and happy chatter of the students and staff we did see contributed to a very moving event that was held on the first national day of Truth and Reconciliation. Many were wearing orange to symbolize how important it is to listen to the stories, to understand the devastating impact the residential schools had on our indigenous communities, and through this understanding to grow together in harmony and reconciliation.

Be well everyone, stay safe, be kind to one another and have a very happy Thanksgiving holiday.

 

Mayor Barb Clumpus

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