Message from the Mayor – June 4, 2021 (Click to view PDF)
Finally the Stay-at-Home Order has officially been lifted, although several other restrictions remain, such as those placed on in-person retail and other businesses and a limit of 5-person for outdoor gatherings. Last week, the province established a Re-Opening Plan, and we are very excited that we can see the light at the end of this very dark tunnel. Premier Ford is expected to make an announcement imminently regarding moving up Phase 1 of the Plan. Please continue to stay tuned on provincial announcements and restrictions here:
For those who haven’t taken a walk along Centennial Park this past week, we are excited to announce that the splash pad is now open. We continue to experience great summer weather so early in the season, and are so grateful that staff was able to accommodate an early opening, so our children can have another opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. We ask that you continue to abide by the social gathering restrictions imposed by the province and local health unit, and to respect others while passing by.
At the last Council meeting, Council passed a resolution that allows local businesses to partake in a sidewalk program, where businesses will have the ability to set up displays in front of their establishments. Callander wants to ensure that the local businesses know we are doing what we can to support them during this time. For those who missed it, outdoor patio opportunities will also be available for all of our local restaurants, as soon at the province allows. We encourage businesses and restaurants to contact the municipal building at 705-752-1410 if they have questions regarding the programs.
Staff have also finalized arrangements for swimming lessons and our residents will begin to see the promotion of this summer programming in the coming days. Unfortunately, the program will not be hosted at Centennial this year, but residents will have the opportunity to choose between lessons at Camp Tillicum or at Lake Nosbonsing. The program will be hosted by the YMCA this year and will need to follow provincial and health unit guidelines. For those who have registered for soccer, the program is still set to run this summer, pending the government lifting bans on recreation and sport activities as per their re-opening plan.
At the last Council meeting, Council has declared June 10th as Rotary Day, and will do an official flag raising to bring awareness to the Radiothon that will be hosted on 100.5 KISS FM. The Radiothon is put on to raise donations for local and area families of children with special needs to assist with buying rehabilitative devices, sponsoring kids for therapeutic camps and working with professionals who identify individual needs for families with no where else to turn. It’s a great organization and we encourage you to listen in and donate, if you have the means, on Saturday, June 10th.
As a reminder, the municipal building remains open, library is open via curbside pick-up/drop-off only and the Museum remains closed for the duration of the shutdown. We 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:
Vaccines continue to be distributed in our area, and appointments can be made online. We are currently at a 66% vaccination rate (1st dose only). The following link details where we are at with the vaccine rollout: https://www.myhealthunit.ca/en/health-topics/covid-19-vaccine.asp#Rollout.
Please continue to take part in the Sports, Recreation and Festivals and Events Committee’s weekly activity challenges for families to take part in. We are enjoying seeing the photos of our Callander families taking part in this initiative. More information can be found on the Municipality’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MunicipalityOfCallander/
As always, please continue to support our local businesses where you can and please continue to follow all safety protocols, as recommended. Stay safe.
Mayor Robb Noon