stay home - if you were out of the country - self-isolate!
A note from the Editor:
One of the biggest concerns people are writing to me about this week are people not taking this crisis seriously – they are worried that people coming home from vacations or stays in other countries, like the US, are not going straight home and self-isolating for the required 14 days. We are Canadians it shouldn’t be that hard for us to self-distance and self-isolate. Think of this as an extended snowstorm with freezing temperatures and zero visibility. It is not safe to go out – doing so would put you and others at risk. Check in, virtually, with each other and reach out to those in need if you are able to help without compromising your own health or those closest to you.
Last week I asked for the community’s help in providing content for future issues and I am very grateful that people have responded and I hope they continue to do so. Stories and photos of how people are passing the time are welcomed. Also, stories of how we are helping and looking out for each other during this crisis would be appreciated.
Again, putting Issue 559 together has been a challenge as I want to both help inform our community as well as maintain our positive approach to news as has been our mandate for the last decade. The news continues to evolve and may very well be out-of-date by the time it is published this morning (March 25) and for that I sincerely apologize. Again, I have been in touch with residents of Bayfield and area, who have been travelling, or are currently in other countries for them to share their stories with us here. A couple more appear this week and I hope you find them enlightening.
For those who have recently returned to our community from other parts of the world – welcome home – please remember to do your part - only together we can slow the curve for the benefit of our health care providers and our community. Take care – Melody
A letter from lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain
Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Soller, Mallorca one of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown. This is their terrace view. The lockdown was recently lengthened to Apr. 15. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)
Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Soller, Mallorca one of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown, from where they sent this update earlier this week.
Today, Monday, March 23, is our ninth day of lockdown that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary & Balearic Islands on March 15th. The initial 15-day lockdown period has now been extended for a further 15 days taking it to the middle of April.
There is much discussion about curfews, lockdowns, self-isolating and social distancing across the globe. To clarify, the Spanish lockdown means that freedom of movement is severely restricted with only a few specific justifications for leaving home. “Social distancing” is irrelevant - there is no physical socializing other than a “Bon Dia” if you pass someone on the street when out on a necessary shopping trip (all trips must be one person only - walking or driving)
At 8 p.m. each evening, Kate and Gary Lloyd-Reese go out on our terrace for the town’s “balcony clap”. This involves playing music, clapping and shining mobile phone torches - all to show the town’s appreciation for all the workers - emergency services, police, health workers, farmers, shop staff, garbage collectors, street cleaners and the many more people who continue to work to provide necessary services and keep them safe.
So…what does our current “new normal” day look like?
7.50’ish: Make tea and coffee and go back to bed.
8.00 – 8.30: Read overnight emails and check daily online news (quality sources for Spain, Mallorca, Soller, UK, US and Canada). On Wednesday morning check www.bayfieldbreeze.com for an early viewing of the Bayfield Breeze.
8.30 - 9.30: Get up, shower and breakfast.
Daytime: A mix of mental and physical activity – reading paperbacks and e-readers, doing various online stuff (including face-timing family and friends, virtual dance parties, and a virtual Eurovision Song Contest (more on that to come), labouring over fiendish jigsaws, playing “Quirkle” and walking round and round and round the garden. It takes 42 steps to circle the garden – that is a lot of laps to get anywhere near 10,000 steps…
Our only reason to leave the house is to go to the Grocers or Pharmacy. We do that only when strictly necessary, the aim of the lockdown is to minimize our exposure to others and vice-versa.
19.30 – 20.00: Watch “TV” via a connected laptop and VPN. We have got through a lot of UK TV series from this past year.
20.00: Go out on our terrace for the town’s “balcony clap”. This involves playing music, clapping and shining mobile phone torches - all to show the town’s appreciation for all the workers - emergency services, police, health workers, farmers, shop staff, garbage collectors, street cleaners and the many more people who continue to work to provide necessary services and keep us safe.
20.10 – 22.00’ish: More TV and then bed.
Other interesting things of note:
• We never see or hear children - as you can only go out alone the children stay at home. All schooling is taking place online, some music students are entertaining residents by playing from their rooftops.
• Internet access is precious. Speeds are a bit slower with everybody online – Netflix have actually reduced their maximum quality across Europe.
• The local police forces (Soller has its own force) are exceptional in their communications and dealings with the community - they are greatly respected and appreciated.
We continue to feel well and safe, especially now the whole island is effectively in quarantine from the outside world. In particular, the continuation of food supplies to the island have been guaranteed by the Government. We are registered with the Canadian Embassy in Madrid and are getting regular communiques and are well informed to make the decision as to when and how we make our way home to Bayfield and self-isolation.
We also continue to be grateful to our friends back home in Bayfield for your best wishes and your words of support. See you back in Bayfield. Stay well everybody.
CHEF'S LOG ANCHORED OFF THE COAST OF HORTA, AZORES, SPAIN
A Note from the Editor: Peter Keightley and Erika Smith were married on Aug. 24, 2019 in Bayfield. In early September, they embarked on a working honeymoon travelling the world aboard Super Yachts, as chef and stewardess respectively. Peter, will be familiar to Bayfield residents as the founder of both Drift the restaurant on the village’s Main Street and Drift the lobster boat used as a charter in the summer months out of Bayfield Harbour. While on this adventure Peter has been keeping a journal and the Bayfield Breeze invited him to share some of this log with our readers during this time of uncertainty in the world…
It’s another beautiful day (March 23) in the Azores Islands on our sailing honeymoon. It’s been a wild and fun adventure since leaving Bayfield seven months ago. Erika and I have sailed to over eighteen countries in the Mediterranean (Med), across the Atlantic and into the Caribbean. We had flights booked home in time for Easter, leaving Apr. 8 from Antigua to Toronto. We decided to accept a last-minute job aboard a sailboat anchored in Antigua that needed a Chef and Stewardess. With some trepidation, we accepted the job, being reassured that the charter, from Antigua to St. Maarten, would be ten days, and that the delivery to Greece would be only another twenty days. Our flights from Athens back to Antigua were to be on March 31, and when we joined on Feb. 18, we anticipated having ample time. Little did we know a global pandemic was to erupt while we were sailing across the Ocean.
March 18: Peter wrote: After more than ten days at sea and 2,000 miles from Antigua, with favourable winds...Erika and I have pulled into the island of Horta in the Azores! The beautiful land looks and smells lush and green, however, due to the Corona pandemic we won’t get to go ashore this time. Thankful to be at anchor and the boat flat - time to do some cleaning and repairs, recharge our batteries and then onto sailing with the amazing crew another 2,000 miles to our next port of call in the Mediterranean.
We are now anchored just a couple hundred metres off the coast of Horta, which is an island in the Archipelago of Atlantic islands known as the Azores, located less than 1,000 miles West of Portugal. Since pulling in here, out of necessity, as we were running out of fuel and supplies, we found ourselves in a state of limbo. At first the Portuguese authorities were hesitant to allow our vessel to come into port, as a state of emergency had been declared and no foreign vessels permitted. After two days of sitting at anchor, we were permitted to bunker fuel and take on supplies. I emailed a provisions’ list to a purchasing agent who gathered up whatever he could (thankfully toilet paper is still available here).
When we came onto the section of dock in what was dubbed “the quarantine zone” none of the crew of thirteen, myself included, were allowed to have any local human contact or step foot on land. The fuel line was attached to a rope and passed to the engineer at the stern to begin bunkering 40,000 litres of diesel. The provisions purchased by the agent were waiting in a large pile on plastic sheeting on the dock. We formed a supply chain, hands gloved, washing station ready for the produce, and passed all the supplies to the interior of the boat. Being that close to land but having no contact with anybody was very eerie.
Looking out on the port it was a sorry sight; I have sailed the Atlantic seven times, and been to this port three times before - and remembered it as a bustling fun place, home to the famous sailor bar “Peter Café Sport” and pit-stop to all walks of land-sick, drunk and salty sailors venturing East from the Caribbean back to the Med. It now looked like a ghost town; no large sailboats moored in the marina, no cars, no pedestrians, no signs of life whatsoever. As a crew, we felt relieved to at least have taken on necessary fuel and provisions to survive another few weeks. As a couple, however, Erika and I are growing concerned that once we reach Greece, we will not be able to exit Europe. Already a Quarantine has been issued in Greece for all incoming vessels. This means that in two weeks, when we should arrive in Athens, we will not be permitted to exit the vessel for an additional two weeks quarantine period while we have the yellow quarantine flag hoisted at anchor.
Two months is a long time to spend indoors with the same people in a confined space with no access to the outdoors; flowers, trees, animals… or as I write this and hope to send it away… dependable internet.
Conversely, I couldn’t think of anyone else I would want to spend this quarantine period with other than Erika. We have it really good onboard as the only crew members together in marriage as well as being best friends…it would seem that the two of us have less stress than others who are apart from their partners, their prospective lovers and closest friends. We are also extremely thankful that as a boat isolated from land and self-sufficient with water making systems etc., that should things take a turn for the worse, we are in a safe place and a good situation. Lastly, and ironically, we are still gainfully employed and have a daily purpose.
Every day we wake up early, have our coffee together, I bake a 10 a.m. snack such as muffins or a cake (today it’s banana bread) or cut up some fresh fruit. Lunchtime is at noon, dinnertime at 5 p.m. Erika busies herself with all the usual upkeep, organizing and cleaning of a very large house. The engineers, deckhands, and chief officers carry out repairs and maintenance. Life goes on. We are thankful every day to be healthy and happy and still travelling amidst a world in crisis.
Tomorrow (March 24) we raise anchor, and in three days will sail past the rock of Gibraltar and enter the Mediterranean Sea…
March 20: Coming into port, at Horta, Azores, Spain, for a quick fuel up and to take on some provisions. Peter wrote, "This port holds a lot of fantastic memories for me and I’m happy that however brief the docking, I now get to share this special place with my darling wife, Erika, beside me."
March 20: Peter wrote, "On land it looks as though it is totally on lock down here as well with no traffic on the streets or any pedestrians visible. Strange times but grateful to be aboard a stellar sailboat with my amazing wife and an awesome crew!"
COTTAGER INVOLVED IN ONE OF CANADA'S GREATEST MYSTERIES
BY DAVE GILLIANS, AUTHOR OF "FOR THE LOVE OF BAYFIELD"
Frank Glass (Photo courtesy Wikipedia)
Frank Glass and his wife Josephine, owned a cottage on Bayfield Terrace, which had a magnificent view of the lake and harbor. As Member of Parliament for Middlesex East, the cottage which they purchased in 1906, must have been a refuge for Frank from the grinding pressures of politics.
During the winter of 1916, before the Battles of the Somme and just after the disaster of Gallipolli, these pressures ramped up. Not only was Robert Borden’s government directing the wartime affairs of the nation but rumours of German saboteurs in and around Ottawa were rampant.
In late January and early February, some small paper fires were discovered in the House of Commons Reading Room in the Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings. They were attributed to careless smoking but because there wasn’t just one isolated incident there was a suspicion that the enemy had penetrated security. The Reading Room was a wooden panelled room with shelves stacked with reading material for the legislators. In the event of a fire, it was a tinder box.
Shortly before 9 p.m. on Feb. 3, Frank Glass was standing at a reading table when he felt heat and smelled the smoke of burning paper. No one else was around to help him. He tried to extinguish the blaze but it was too far advanced. He ran out of the room to summon help but it was too late!
Canada’s magnificent Parliament buildings were destroyed on that frigid February night and seven people lost their lives in the blaze. In its final report, the Royal Commission that investigated the fire said that it had a “strong suspicion” the fire was an act of German sabotage, but it had no conclusive evidence. The mystery has never been solved.
Frank died in 1925 but Josephine kept the cottage until 1931. For twenty-five years, Bayfield was the Glass family’s sanctuary.
Bayfield's Home4Good’s Shopping Buddy program may be of help during the COVID-19 crisis, whether someone needs help getting groceries or wants to volunteer to help others. Applications to help, or to get help, can be submitted online through Home4Good’s website at http://home4goodbayfield.ca.
COVID-19 CONTACT TRACING
Waterloo Region Public Health has made Huron Perth Public Health aware of a confirmed COVID-19 case in one of their residents who attended an event at the Seaforth Agricultural Hall on the evening of Saturday, March 14. As part of contact tracing, Waterloo public health staff will directly contact known close contacts of the case, including close contacts that may have attended at that event.
Anyone who attended the event is asked to self-monitor for symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing). If you develop symptoms, you are asked to self-isolate and take the online assessment tool (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment) for further direction.
Dr. Klassen adds that as more cases are confirmed, we may learn of public places those cases visited while they had symptoms. There will be cases where HPPH believes there might be an exposure risk to others and we will need to alert our community.
However, HPPH will not violate patient privacy and not comment about any specifics around an individual case of COVID-19. We encourage others to not pursue this information unless an individual issues their own statement to this effect. HPPH will contact residents directly if you are a close contact.
(FROM PRESS RELEASE DATED MARCH 24.)
On March 18, a pared down group of core volunteers from the Bayfield Area Food Bank met for the monthly food distribution day at Trinity St. James Anglican Church. (Photo by Elise Feltrin)
Amid cancellations and closing volunteers with the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) keep calm and carry on.
On March 18, a pared down group of core volunteers from the BAFB met for the monthly food distribution day. With lots of hand sanitizer, gloves and masks available, and carefully keeping their distance from one another, they packed fresh fruit and vegetables, frozen meat, milk, cheese and packaged dry goods for the monthly clients.
With the anticipated economic impact of COVID-19, the needs of those relying on food banks will likely increase over the next few months.
People already struggling with poverty and unemployment will bear the brunt of the downturn. Families who have children at home for three weeks will not have the support of breakfast and lunch programs offered at school. Weekly grocery buying is already a challenge for these people, and they do not have the means to stockpile their pantries as so many others currently have the luxury of doing.
Volunteers ask for the community’s continued support of the BAFB during these particularly challenging times. While non-perishable food, toiletry and household goods are always appreciated, financial contributions to the food bank go much farther. Organizers thank the community for their continued support!
Law Society Medal
Heather Joy Ross
Members of Ontario's legal professions will be recognized for their outstanding career achievements and contributions to their communities at the annual Law Society Awards ceremony on May 27** at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. Heather Joy Ross, LLB, a former Bayfield resident, and founding partner of The Ross Firm in Goderich will be one of this year’s recipients.
“Through the Law Society awards, we recognize important contributions and important leadership,” said Law Society Treasurer Malcolm Mercer. “Each award recipient is deserving of recognition. Each recipient provides a worthy example of professional service. We look forward to honoring them at our annual awards ceremony with the Law Society’s highest awards of recognition."
Ross will be receiving The Law Society Medal. The award is given for outstanding service within the profession, whether in the area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other professional capacity where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession. It may be awarded for devotion to professional duties over a long term or for a single outstanding act of service.
Law Society Medal (Submitted photos)
Ross was called to the Bar in 1986. She is being recognized for her exceptional leadership and contribution to the legal profession and her community. She played a critical role in the establishment of the Huron Women’s Shelter in Goderich and she is a founder and active member of the South West Region Women’s Law Association. She served four consecutive terms as an elected Law Society of Ontario Bencher, starting in 1995, and then served as a life Bencher until 2019.
**Please note: event may be rescheduled subject to advice of public health authorities.
Livery Film Series
The final film for the winter season of the Livery Film Series has been cancelled. The film,
“Marianne & Leonard, Words of Love”, was scheduled to be shown on Apr. 9 at the Park Theatre in Goderich.
“This film is well worth a look, should you see it return to a theatre near you or on a streaming service: rich in documentary concert footage and memorable songs,” said Susan Cole, with the Livery Film Series committee. “Thank you to our dedicated film fans this season – especially the 47 who made it through the worst blizzard in February to attend the screening of Official Secrets!”
She went on to thank the dedicated members of their small committee of volunteers, five at last count, who work with the tiff film circuit to bring these films to the community.
“We also appreciate the support of the Goderich Little Theatre Board members, to whom this committee reports. The success of culturally interesting, non-commercial films can be a tricky business!
“Finally, thanks to the management of the Park Theatre in Goderich who always seem to find
dates to accommodate our limited “windows”. We are fortunate to have such a well-equipped
and comfortable venue for those of us who prefer to be “awake in the dark” (Roger Ebert),” concluded Cole.
Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The annual event encourages individuals, businesses, and communities to turn off non-essential electric lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm on the last Saturday of March, as a symbol of commitment to the planet.
Earth Hour started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia, in 2007. Since then, it has grown to one of the world's largest grassroots movements for the environment, engaging millions of people in more than 190 countries to raise awareness of energy consumption and effects on the environment.
This year, you can have a positive impact on the environment by planting a tree in memory of a loved one at the Memorial Forest, located behind the Huron Hospice and surrounded by the Tranquility Trail. This tree will be a living memorial that will grow and flourish for years, attracting wildlife while reducing carbon. The tree will also remove 21.8kg of carbon from our atmosphere each year.
Community members have the opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint by donating to the memorial forest in memory of a loved one. Those who donate a tree may also participate in an annual dedication service in the forest. Huron Hospice recognizes the donor or the memorialized person on a commemorative sign at the forest entrance. Ten different native tree species have been selected by an arborist to create a mixed forest suitable for the area.
Trees are ordered through the Huron Hospice website and are professionally planted by Verbeek’s Farm and Garden Centre. A donation of $345 would cover the cost of one tree. This allows Hospice to cover the cost of the tree, a five-year warranty, planting, and installing the name of your loved one on the memorial plaque at the entrance to the forest. Tax receipts will be issued for the donation. For more information and to order, visit huronhospice.ca or email email@example.com.
This Saturday at 8:30 pm, consider turning the lights off for an hour; reflect on loving memories; and order a living memorial tree to celebrate our earth and our loved ones.
gift cards for kintail on the road
Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield Fundraiser with Huron Ridge Greenhouses is now underway.
“This is our once a year event in support of the ‘Camp Kintail on the Road’ program run every summer at our Church,” said Grasby. “In 2019 the once weekly day camp was attended by over 100 children who enjoyed the leadership of counsellors from Camp Kintail.”
As of 2020 the Huron Ridge Spring Fundraising Program is exclusively for Gift Cards with no expiry date which can be redeemed at the Greenhouse for plants or any product they sell.
Denominations are now available in $10, $25, $50 or $100 values. All but the $10 cards can be used in partial amounts. This new declining balance means people can spread the value over multiple purchases and dates. The $10 cards have been popular to be given as hostess and thank you gifts.
“We think the new format will appeal to all of us who enjoy browsing and picking out our plants and flowers while having helpful staff on hand to answer questions and offer suggestions. Win-Win!” said Grasby.
Please call Deb Grasby at 519 524-0224 or any member of the Knox Congregation to order cards.
RAINBOWS LIFT SPIRITS
Bridget and Weylin Shanahan kept busy doing some arts and crafts during their time self-isolating at home. What are other Bayfield area families doing to pass the time with their children? Send the Bayfield Breeze a picture and we may share it here! (Photo by Jenny Shanahan)