VISIT THE SPRING AND WATCH THE MAGIC OF THE POLLINATOR GARDEN

This spring, Westport in Bloom members shared their gardening knowledge and landscaping gifts at the spring. They redesigned the gardens including building a new pollinator garden and covered the full cost of the project. If you are not certain of the “what” and “why” regarding pollinator gardens, here is a link to David Suzuki for more info. https://davidsuzuki.org/queen-of-green/create-pollinator-friendly-garden-birds-bees-butterflies/ I spent some time at the spring this morning and was thrilled to see all of the “pollinators” busy in the garden. Many different types of moths, butterflies and humming birds were busy taking care of business and I managed to be quick enough (only once!)

Ontario Government's Approach to Re-Opening Schools for the 2020/21

I have spoken to many anxious mom and dads, and grands the past few weeks. who have lots of questions about their family members returning to school in September. The government has put out the attached page that should answer a lot of your questions. I have copied the first few paragraphs for you as it covers one of the most frequently asked question of whether you are compelled to have your children return to school. If you have concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to call me and together we can find the right people to answer them. Robin – 613-273-9195 Introduction: The health, safety and well-being of students and staff is a top priority as the government plans to reopen school

UPDATE – BEDFORD ST. CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

I want to provide you with an update on the tendering for the Bedford St reconstruction. The tenders were opened on July 8th. On the advice of our legal counsel, Council decided not to award the contract for Bedford St. The project is grant eligible until 2026 and will be re-tendered. The work will not be proceeding in 2020. Council is aware that some of you will be glad that the construction is put off to another year. Others were hoping to get the job done this summer. I cannot provide any further details on the “why” that you might be asking. I can assure you that when faced with challenges, your Council asks itself – “What is in the best interests of the Village”? Our decision n

Ontario's AffordAbility Fund ends July 31, 2020 - Qualified Applicants Should Apply Now

This fund is in place to assist those who pay electricity bills in Ontario with the cost of energy-saving upgrades. St. Lawrence is working to get this message out to its customers before July 31, 2020, when the program stops receiving applications. This program is designed to help improve your home’s energy efficiency with free energy-saving upgrades, which can lower your home’s energy use and your electricity bill. You may qualify for free upgrades, including: ENERGY STAR® certified LEDs ENERGY STAR® certified appliances For more information, please visit: https://www.affordabilityfund.org/#overview

Lockwood Park Baseball Field

As we are now in Stage 3 of Covid recovery and the size of outdoor groups numbers have increased, Lockwood Baseball Field can now be booked for use. Groups that wish to book the baseball field are required to email their request to pmuelller@villageofwestport.ca indicating the date and time your group wishes to use the field. Your request will be confirmed by return e-mail. You may also call Town Hall at 613-273-2191 to make your request. The current provisions to using the Lockwood Baseball Field are that the Ontario Amateur Softball Association's Return to Play Guidelines be followed. These guidelines can be found here: OASA's Return to Play Guidelines

Nearly All Businesses and Public Spaces to Reopen in Stage 3

News Release July 13, 2020 Public Gatherings Will Increase in Size as the Province Continues its Path to Economic Recovery TORONTO — The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province’s reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators. Details on the Stage 3 reopening framework were provided by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott,

Council Passes By-Law Establishing Guidelines to Address Racism, Discrimination and Harassment

At the July 7 meeting, Council took the very strong step to pass a bylaw that states our commitment to upholding the human rights of individuals, empowering vulnerable communities and fostering a civil society that is committed to the elimination of racism, discrimination, marginalization, and poverty and also in empowering individuals to stand up against intolerance wherever it occurs. The passing of this public policy bylaw is the first step, the laying of a cornerstone. There is much to do for staff and council to implement the strategies and I look forward to the involvement of the public as we move forward. I encourage you to contact me or any member of Council to share your thoughts a

Masks Mandatory Inside Enclosed Public Spaces and as of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 12:01a.m.

Today Medical Officers of Health from Eastern Ontario Health Unit; Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit; Renfrew County and District Health and Ottawa Public Health announced a regional approach to the use of face coverings/masks in enclosed public places within their respective jurisdictions. Each public health unit will be issuing an Instruction under the province’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act Stage 2 which states that the person responsible for a business or organization that is open shall operate the business or organization in compliance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of public health officials, including any advice, recommendations or in

Westport's Senior of the Year 2020

Congratulations to Betty McInnis. Betty learned that she had been selected as Council’s 2020 Senior of the Year live on our Canada Day Zoom call. MPP Steve Clark praised Betty for all she does in support of others in the Village. MP Michael Barrett congratulated Betty for her service to others. When the Lieutenant Governor learned that we had recognized Betty as Senior of the Year just before she joined us, she also praised Betty and her efforts. Miss Betty – Congratulations to Westport’s 2020 Senior of the Year. Well deserved.

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