Message from the Mayor – August 26, 2021
Summer is nearly over, and as we soak up the last bit of warmer weather, parents are busy, getting ready for the schools to open back up. Although the rest of the province is experiencing some increased case numbers, we are grateful to see that our district count remains quite low. Let’s hope we can continue with this trend and avoid any further disruption to our community, school year and economy.
As most are already aware, the province has halted their plans to get out of Stage 3 of the Reopening Plan, which was intended to be lifted once all health unit districts in Ontario are at least 70% vaccinated with both doses of the vaccine. We ask that you please continue to stay tuned on provincial announcements and restrictions here: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions. For information on vaccination clinics and walk-in options, please visit: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/covid-19-vaccine-appointments.asp#ClinicSchedule
Council has approved a new playground for Centennial Park this month, which we are excited to introduce to the community in Spring 2022. Our noteworthy wooden ship will be removed prior to winter settling in. We are grateful for provincial funding and gas tax funding, which made this project possible. A big thank you to the Honourable Anthony Rota and the Honourable Victor Fedeli for their support. We are also grateful for all of the community input that came from the youth, schools and the Sports, Recreation Festivals and Events Group (Recreation Committee). This was certainly a collaborative effort and I truly think it paid off!
The Community Control Group (CCG) recommended, and Council has agreed, to proceed with organizing this year’s Cranberry Festival. It’s set to occur on September 25, 2021. The event will take place so long as we can remain compliant with provincial guidelines. We are looking forward to hopefully being able to proceed and get back to offering great activities for our residents and neighbouring communities.
Unfortunately, we lost another great member of our community this month; Mr. Don Clysdale. Don was an active volunteer with the Municipality for well over 30 years, who had a passion for history. This led to several projects, including is WWI Veterans project, his recent WWII Veterans project, writing the history of Knox United Church and publishing the book Callander Now and Then, which is a definitive history of the town of Callander. Some of you may remember him leading the Museums Historical Walking Tours in summers’ past. This is a big loss for our community. He will be greatly missed, and our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.
We also want to say thank you and congratulations to our Finance Department, as they were one of the winners of the 2020 Financial Information Return (FIR) Recognition Awards, which recognizes the effort that the Municipality made to file the FIR. We are grateful that we have great staff to count on.
We continue to request that patrons, instead of coming into the office, try to use alternative methods for municipal services as much as possible, to reduce the community exposure and non-essential visits. Some examples are provided by visiting the following link: https://www.mycallander.ca/en/news-alerts/show/municipal-services-update-following-stay-at-home-order- Please also note that the municipal office will be reopening on Friday’s until 4:30 p.m. on an ongoing basis, starting in September.
As always, and I cannot stress this enough, continue to support our local businesses where you can and please continue to follow all safety protocols, as recommended. Stay safe.
Mayor Robb Noon