I hope everyone has enjoyed these extended warm sunny days that finally allowed our rainbow crosswalk to be installed at the corner of Trowbridge and Sykes St. This colourful statement represents a welcome to all, and the acceptance of differences that we celebrate in this community. In addition, Council will now begin each meeting with a land acknowledgement in keeping with our commitment to promoting Truth and Reconciliation. 

The excitement of the children in your life for candy, pumpkin carving and costumes has very likely reminded you that Halloween is quickly approaching. The province has given the green light to trick-or-treating with the caution to continue the health unit’s protocols to protect everyone from COVID-19. The Municipality of Meaford is taking part in Treat Accessibly, an initiative aimed at making trick-or-treating more accessible and fun for everyone. Visit www.treataccessibly.com for more information on how to get involved and make sure to follow us on social media for updates. Let’s all have a safe, barrier free and fun Halloween this year.   

Requiring proof of double vaccinations for entry to public spaces has allowed more restrictions to be lifted. The Province has just introduced enhanced vaccine certificates with QR codes, which can be downloaded to your smartphone or scanned if you prefer a paper copy. The QR code system will be easier for businesses to monitor, and more secure for the public as it will reveal less personal information than the current receipts. These enhanced certificates are not mandatory and current vaccine receipts are still valid if you wish. The Meaford Public Library continues to offer free printing services for vaccine certificates. More information on vaccine passports, Halloween safety tips, clinic schedules can be found on the Province’s website: covid-19.ontario.ca  

On Saturday October 16th we celebrated the hard work and commitment that contributed to the brand new, fully accessible Meaford Public Library. It was an honour, as Mayor, to be a part of such a momentous occasion. It is such a wonderful facility, one that has earned admiration from our residents, neighbours and visitors. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the sponsors of individual rooms and donors at all levels for their generous gifts and support that made this long anticipated project a reality. Since opening in November of 2020, the library staff have welcomed 23,000 visitors. They have circulated 73,000 items including fishing poles and nets, and issued 787 new memberships.  I encourage you to visit the library and discover all of the exciting programs and services it has to offer.  

Stay well, everyone and have a happy, safe, Halloween.  

Mayor Barb Clumpus