Message from the Mayor - May 17, 2021 (click to view PDF)
Although disappointed to see Ontario extend the Stay-at-Home Order for another couple of weeks, it has been great to see the children out playing, our trails being actively used and some residents even starting to take a dip in Callander Bay! The long weekend of May is quickly approaching, and we are hopeful that our residents will be able to get out and about, while respecting social gathering regulations, to enjoy this beautiful weather we are experiencing. We have been getting some inquiries regarding the Splash Park, and we want our residents to know that, pending regulations in place by the province and local health unit, the municipality is set to open the Park in early June.
As I mentioned in the last Mayor’s Message, Council decided to cancel our annual FunFest and Sirens in the Park for the 2021 year. This stems from the unknown status of our District in the coming months, and the significant amount of planning that goes into each event. Although we are disappointed to not be able to host these events for a second consecutive year, the safety of our residents is of utmost importance to us. We are hopeful that if gathering limits are increased, we may still be able to organize the fireworks later in the summer or early fall.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Community Safety and Well Being Survey and the Neighbourhood Watch Survey, and those who provided feedback on some of the policy development that is occurring at the staff level. Your feedback helps us ensure we are guiding the municipality forward, in a path that is consistent with our residents. There will be more opportunities in the future to voice your concerns and ask questions and we encourage you to take part.
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:
For more information on the “Stay-at-Home Order”, including what is open and closed during this time, please click the following link: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/zones-and-restrictions.
Vaccines continue to be distributed in our area, and appointments can be made online. The following link details where we are at with the vaccine 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:
On a final note, our Community Control Group continues to meet weekly to go over provincial and federal directives and their affect on the municipality. We will continue to keep you posted as more information is provided by our local Health Unit and/or the Province.
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