cow paddies and goose dirt were an "abominable nuisance"
BY DAVE GILLIANS, AUTHOR OF "FOR THE LOVE OF BAYFIELD"
The Methodist Church - perhaps more familiar to people as the village Catholic Church on Louisa Street is today a residence. This image was taken sometime between the Catholic Church's closure and its rejuvenation as a residence. (Photo by Jack Pal)
“An appeal has been made to have cows and geese shut up at night,” according to the July 27, 1894 edition of the Clinton News-Record. “Take for example, Ann Street on which the Methodist Church is situated. It would disgrace a cattle yard. It is the worst street we know of in the village. What have the citizens who have to endure the stench, done to purify it? What have the members of the Methodist Church who have to pass through this barnyard of filth done to remove the abominable nuisance. It is simply scandalous for Bayfield to have such a street as Ann and that just because herds of cows and flocks of geese are allowed to vilify our streets at night.”
It wasn’t just Ann Street that had this problem. Colina Street was nicknamed “Goose alley” because it was a favorite nighttime resting place for Canada geese.
Sometime when you are walking around the older area of the village, notice some of the small two cow barns that look like old garages but aren’t attached to any building. Before Bayfield had milk delivery, most properties had small barns for a couple of cows and chicken coops in their yards. Just about every home had a picket fence because at night the cows would be allowed to roam. The benefit was that they kept the grass cut. The disadvantage was that cow paddy slalom, especially during the dark nights, became a village sport.
This problem was particularly vexing before the village got electricity.
Arthur Ford wrote about this problem in the London Free Press, “Before the days of hydro, even with the aid of flashlights, it was risky at night. Not only was there the possibility of stumbling over a sleeping bossy, but the constant fear of walking shoe deep into a fragrant and glutinous reminder of some cow’s carelessness. Many a wandering love couple met with disaster on the streets of Bayfield, which brought romance to an unhappy end.”
The idea of not allowing cows to wander and graze at night was contentious.
According to Ford, “It was felt that the city summer visitors in their opposition to the roaming cows were interfering with the sacred rights and privileges of the villagers.”
Front page of a Methodist Church booklet produced in 1906.
In September 1895, the Bayfield village councillors came up with a solution for the Methodist Church parishioners.
According to the Clinton New Era, “By reason of the very quietness of this street, cattle etc., congregate there largely with the result that it is hardly possible to find a clean passage through it on Sunday, and at night many persons have been deterred from attending the Church services. It is to remedy this difficulty that the council, at the request of the pastor of the church has ordered the sidewalk and it deserves the thanks of the Methodist community for thus promptly recognizing their need and by an almost unanimous vote granting their request.”
The Methodists were blessed with Bayfield’s first plank sidewalk but this only aggravated sectarian animosity. It didn’t solve the Clan Gregor Square problem and the Anglicans were agitated because they believed that they were also entitled to a sidewalk.
This article was written with the support and encouragement of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).
Home4Good shares shopping protocols during pandemic
Volunteers from Bayfield’s Home4Good are available to shop for those unable to shop for themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic. Home4Good continues to review online resources, and recommends practices for safe shopping.
During the pandemic Home4Good shopping buddy volunteers will not take their buddies shopping with them and will only shop for others while they do their own shopping, and will only shop once weekly. Shopping volunteers will not enter people’s homes as they do their part to keep everyone safe.
To apply to shop for the vulnerable or self-isolating, or to apply for help, visit Home4Good’s website at www.home4goodbayfield.ca or phone Leslie Bella at 519 955-1531.
Tips for Safe Grocery Shopping:
1. Plan ahead.
2. Write a list (or lists) on paper, in the order of the grocery departments to be visited, this will minimize the time in the store.
3. Practice good hygiene and physical distancing.
4. Stock up, don’t hoard.
5. Commit to what you touch.
6. Be considerate and gracious.
7. Clean items upon returning home. Home4Good suggests all items (cans, jars) be wiped down with a solution of one-part bleach and nine parts water; cardboard be discarded because inner packaging will be clean. While some advise washing produce in soap and water, other reputable sources suggest a good wash in water, and scrubbing hard surfaced produce (eg. apples) is sufficient.
Home4Good also recommends contactless payment:
1. Avoid handling cash. Sign up for Applepay.
2. If both shopping parties do online banking, have them transfer payment by email transfer.
3. Alternatively take a cheque from the person being shopped for and use it to purchase a grocery card that can be used to purchases the groceries.
4. Take a personal cheque for the amount of the grocery bill, and deposit it through online banking.
5. Remember to wash hands after handling the cheque or grocery card.
What to know before you go (as of Apr. 4):.
Bayfield Foodland: Shoppers are guided to carts which have been disinfected, and when finished they can put them in a specific place ready to be disinfected again. No gloves allowed. Only one person per household allowed.
Zehrs Country Market: This market south of Bayfield is offering to delivery grocery orders phoned in and prepaid by seniors in the Bayfield area.
Zehrs Goderich: Zehrs has labeled the aisles (foot prints and arrows on the floor) as one way up and next aisle down. Cashiers area is cordoned off from passing traffic. People can no longer take in their own bags. They supply plastic bags for free. (Bags can be saved for Dining for Seniors program if not used at home.) A staff person retrieves grocery carts and sanitizes them before taking into the store. They have hand washing stations with soap outside and inside the store. They have only one cashier who will handle cash as well as cards. The rest handle cards only. There is no express check out.
Food Basics Goderich: An attendant is thoroughly cleaning down the carts which are kept separately in the hallway. Personal shopping bags are still allowed.
Walmart Goderich: Greeter was cleaning carts and the cashier cleaned the debit pad after each customer.
United Way teams up with Food Bank Distribution Centre
The strength of a community working together brings people through tough times. In the new COVID-19 reality, bringing food to food banks isn’t easy, so the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre’s (HCFBDC) and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) are teaming up through UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund from Apr. 3-13 to raise funds for bulk purchases to supply food banks across Perth and Huron.
“Individuals and families are under a great deal of stress,” said HCFBDC Executive Director Mary Ellen Zielman. “We have already seen an increase in the number of requests for food from food banks in both counties. We spent 25 per cent more than usual on food purchases last month and it’s expected to continue increasing. By giving money to the HCFBDC through UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, donors can help inject added resources into the system and ensure food banks and the people that need them get through this.”
Community is equally important for the HCFBDC itself. Working to provide food security for all people, the Centre is a major hub and supplier of nutritious food for food banks across Perth and Huron. HCFBDC’s collective work allows them to buy larger quantities than individual food banks are able to. This buying power allows the organization to stretch donations further and help more people. The ability to help more local people struggling to put food on the table is especially important now as the pandemic puts pressure on employers and more workers are laid off.
“There is so much uncertainty in the world right now as we come to grips with the pandemic,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “To the best of our ability, we want to make sure people get the support they need; that’s why we’re proud to raise funds for the HCFBDC. Individuals and families who suddenly find themselves struggling need to know there is a safety net to catch them, to make sure their health and the health of the people they care about is the priority, not worrying where their next meal is coming from.”
The COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund assists organizations helping individuals and families in need. Organizations like the HCFBDC apply to UWPH and a volunteer committee ensures each application is reviewed quickly to ensure funds are distributed as soon as possible. Applications opened on Apr. 3. To support the HCFBDC through UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, visit give.unitedway.ca/donate/WSTRAT-UWPH.
The HCFBDC’s purpose is to support existing food banks with nutritious foods including milk, eggs, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables as well as dry goods. They channel large food donations in a free-flowing fashion to local community food banks. HCFBDC also acts as a clearing house for donations of food from farmers and food producers, dividing donations into usable portions, then distributing to food banks with a need for products. A supported partner of UWPH, HCFBDC’s hard-working staff of 40 dedicated volunteers ensures the organization operates efficiently and effectively while fulfilling its mission to provide food security for all people in the region.
UWPH is a 100 per cent local organization working to address #UNIGNORABLE issues like poverty, homelessness and mental health in our communities. Thanks to United Way and people across the region, over 39,000 of the most vulnerable in Perth and Huron Counties have a brighter future. To show your #LocalLove by donating or volunteering, call 519 271-7730 or 1-877-818-8867, mail to 32 Erie Street, Stratford, ON N5A 2M4 or visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca
HURON WAVES MUSIC FESTIVAL MOVES TO DECEMBER
The COVID-19 scourge has been affecting us all, and that includes plans for the first season of the Huron Waves Music Festival (HWMF).
With over two months to go before organizers had to suspend sales and still a sales figure approaching 400 tickets for The Kingdom Choir’s concerts, they believe there is a healthy appetite for music in South-western Ontario so they are determined to reschedule the dates and artists of the festival for Dec. 1-11, 2020.
In fact, they’re going to base the name of their revised plans on one of the Choir’s own songs - they famously sang “Stand By Me” at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - and call the new plans for HWMF, “Stand By Us!”
“It’s good news for us to tell you that along with Canadian musicians, The Kingdom Choir is also reorganising its North American tour and adding seasonal music to its repertoire. The Choir will be with us in Huron County during our new dates!” said Paul Ciufo, HWMF Board president.
As this year moves along and especially in the autumn, closer to these dates, HWMF will keep in touch with more precise details about the program.
“We all need good news to help us get through the challenges of these days of isolation and anxiety. I hope you will feel, as we do, that Huron Waves’ plans to mount a festival of outstanding music that includes The Kingdom Choir can be, at least for now, the kind of positive, long-range thinking we all need to hear about,” said HWMF Artistic Director, John Miller.
Coping through COVID-19
Bayfield resident, Eugene Dufour is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. He presently works as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team.
Dufour received his Bachelors and Masters degree from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. He has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years. He is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.
In 2002 Dufour was presented with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIs Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in hospice palliative care.
Dufour was approached by several organizations to provide them with “Reflections” to offer coping techniques through the COVID-19 crisis. He was kind enough to submit these to the Bayfield Breeze and we hope to share them here as space allows.
This week we include two, the first is addressed to people in the healthcare field, first responders and essential workers, however, anyone feeling stress in these times may find the suggestions helpful. The second reflection provides tips on how to help children cope during COVID.
The S S – V V – P P Model for Working with Ongoing Trauma**
To Healthcare Workers, First Responders and Essential Workers:
I started using this model of dealing with trauma when I was doing debriefings for survivors of the 9/11 attacks. It is a simple three step process called S S – V V – P P. That is all you must remember.
Step One: S S stands for Safe and Secure. Find someone that you feel safe and secure with.
Step Two: V V stands for Ventilate and Validate. Tell your support person how you are feeling and what you are thinking…ventilate. Your support person just listens and says that they hear you…validate.
Step 3: P P stands for Plan and Prepare. You and your support person come up with a simple plan to prepare for the next day of working during COVID-19. The most important step is to, daily, ventilate your thoughts, feelings and fears and have someone validate that you have a right to feel this way.
The C.H.I.L.D. Model for Dealing with Fears, Grief and Trauma
Children can handle the known…it is the unknown that terrifies them. It is
important for children to have many opportunities to talk about their concerns and fears. Remember this wise statement: what the mind supresses - the body expresses. The C.H.I.L.D. model is a helpful and easy to remember guide when talking to children about their fears.
C - Consider: The age, home situation, wellbeing and the life history of the child.
H – Honesty: Be as honest and practical as possible. Use language the child
will understand. Be aware of our need to protect and shelter children. Find a
balance between protect and inform. Give information about this crisis in small pieces.
I - Involve the child: get them talking about their fears and also their solutions. Ask the child how they think Grandma or Grandpa would handle this or how their favorite Superhero would deal with this situation.
L - Listen: Let them ventilate their feelings and then validate those feelings. "I hear what you are saying...That must have been so scary. You have a right to feel this way". Feelings are never right or wrong...always neutral. Have uninterrupted time. Get in touch with the wisdom of your
D - Do: it over and over and over. Children need constant reassurance. In order to get through this crisis, we need to focus on making our children, family members and our community feel loved and secure.
We can do this!
**Source – NOVA Training.
Huron perth public health
For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit: www.hpph.ca/en/health-matters/covid-19-in-huron-and-perth.aspx
Global learning technology leader D2L announced on March 23 that it is partnering with Bayfield Design to offer an online course on COVID-19 at no cost.
The unique, complimentary course was built by educators and is based on the science behind COVID-19. The course helps learners and educators understand the global pandemic, its risks, and how to effectively manage it. D2L and Bayfield Design are key players in the online education sector and strongly believe they have a duty to help the 850 million students who are out of school worldwide.
“As educators, we believe that knowledge is essential to dealing with a crisis in a steady and effective way. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive review of all that we know to date about COVID-19, and made it available to everyone, at no cost,” said President and CEO of D2L, John Baker.
“With years of experience developing online courses Bayfield Design was well-equipped to partner with D2L on this initiative. In times like this, knowledge and education are powerful tools that can help us navigate challenging situations. Our goal is to provide a resource that promotes interaction and learning from scientific, social, and economic perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can work together to respond to this crisis,” said Senior Director of Operations at Bayfield Design, Kim Loebach.
The medical community continues to learn about both the virus and the disease as new research and information becomes available. The course gives people the most up-to-date, reliable, scientifically accurate information to limit the spread of misinformation. It also gives strategies for dealing with the pandemic, knowledge about symptoms, tips on proper hygiene, and definitions and proper terminology around the COVID-19 pandemic. Users can test their understanding of the content and bridge any gaps in their own knowledge about COVID-19.
Click on the following link to access this course: opencoursesstore.d2l.com
With the uncertainty of the impact of COVID-19 on local, rural health care services over the coming weeks, we are reaching out on behalf of all health care providers to partner with local accommodation providers to offer a “home away from home" for those who are working tirelessly to keep everyone safe. They are looking to develop a list of interested organizations and/or individuals who can offer overnight accommodation for staff and physicians.
“If we end up with a high number of COVID-19 patients in our hospitals, long term care homes, retirement homes and across the broader Huron Perth community, the health care providers caring for these individuals may prefer not to go home after their shifts,” said President and CEO of the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance, Andrew Williams. “The opportunity to stay locally would be very well received and would further strengthen our abilities to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation in a safe and responsible manner.”
Businesses and individuals interested in supporting this initiative are asked to contact Laurie Roberts, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519 272-8210 Ext. 2426. A full list of participating organizations will then be shared with all health care providers across the region.
May 1st is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund (HHF). Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.
Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the HHF since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for the Reuben Sallows Gallery, Bayfield Historical Society, printing of the book, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz”, and upgrades to Elimville Community Park.
“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.
Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.
More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at www.huroncountymuseum.ca/huron-heritage-fund/.
The annual family-friendly Trout Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Exeter Lions Club and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCA) , is cancelled for the year 2020. There will be no stocking of rainbow trout in Morrison Reservoir (Morrison Lake) this year either, according to derby organizers.
The event had been scheduled for May 2. It would have been the 36th annual derby. Organizers say cancelling this year’s event is the right thing to do during the current COVID-19 pandemic as a way to do their part in protecting public health.
“We have been proud to host this wonderful family event for 35 years. This year we are cancelling the derby as a way we can help in the Canada-wide effort to protect the health of everyone in our community,” said President of Exeter Lions Club, Craig Glavin. “It is disappointing we cannot hold the event this year but we are confident this is the right thing to help do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19.”
Chair of Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, David Frayne said, “The Conservation Foundation has been a proud partner in the fishing derby for many years and it has been a wonderful way for young people to be active outdoors and to enjoy nature. This year, however, it is the right thing to do to cancel the event. Groups throughout our great country are doing what they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and the Exeter Lions Club and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation are joining in this public health response.”
Canadian public health authorities have advised people to stay home, practise social distancing, and avoid group events. The fishing derby is a well-attended event so, to eliminate the potential risk of participants being in close proximity and potentially passing on a virus, organizers are cancelling the event this year.
The organizations will evaluate the event next year to discuss whether the derby will return in 2021.
canadian Emergency Benefits & subsidies
The Government of Canada’s recently-announced Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) opened for applications on Apr. 6.
The Canada Emergency Response Benefit will be available to workers who:
• Reside in Canada and are at least 15 years-old
• Have stopped working because of COVID-19
• Had an income of at least $5,000 in 2019, or in the 12 months prior to their date of application; and
• Are or expect to be without employment or self-employment income for at least 14 consecutive days in the initial four-week period. For subsequent benefit periods, they expect to have no employment income.
The benefit is also available to workers who, after March 15, are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits. The CERB will be paid monthly in the amount of $2,000. If an individual continues to receive no employment income, they can re-apply for a payment for a subsequent 4-week period, to a maximum of 16 weeks.
The $5,000 income requirement can come from any combination of the following sources: employment, self-employment, or maternity and parental benefits under the EI program.
Canadians can expect to receive their payments within three to five business days by direct deposit, or within ten business days by cheque.
Go to Canada.ca/coronavirus to access the application.
Applicants will be asked simple questions that help direct them to one of two service options:
• Canadians who would generally be eligible for EI benefits will be directed to apply for the CERB through Service Canada through Appliweb.
• Canadians who are not eligible for EI benefits will be directed to apply for the CERB through the CRA’s MyAccount or CRA’s automated toll-free line at 1-800-959-2019. This is a dedicated line for CERB applications.
The benefit is only available to individuals who stopped work as a result of COVID-19-related reasons. The benefit is available from March 15 to Oct. 3. People can apply no later than Dec. 2. Individuals receiving the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy cannot apply for the CERB.
Canadians can apply for the CERB by signing up for “My Account” through the Canada Revenue Agency, or from a “My Service Canada” account. Confirm direct deposit and mailing information is up to date with the CRA here: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/e-services-individuals/account-individuals.html
New Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) details have also been announced:
• Businesses must show a 30 per cent decline in revenue compared to the same month last year.
• 75 per cent of the first $58,700 of income and a maximum of $847 per week per employee would be provided to businesses.
• Businesses would need to re-apply each month to receive the benefit. Employers will also need to attest that they are making a reasonable effort to pay the remaining 25 per cent of their employees’ wages.
• The benefit would apply to all eligible non-profits, charities and businesses including those in the hospitality sector. Crown Corporations and municipalities are ineligible for CEWS. More information is forthcoming from the federal government regarding specific eligibility for non-profits and charities.
• If approved, eligible employers would be able to access the CEWS by applying to the Canada Revenue Agency online portal found here: www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/e-services/cra-login-services.html
• Those organizations that do not qualify for the CEWS may continue to qualify for the previously announced 10 per cent wage subsidy.
• The government promised funds would be available in approximately six weeks.
(Press release dated Apr. 3.)
One Care is launching a new Grocery Delivery service for seniors and people with health challenges and the agency is partnering with Foodland locations in Clinton, Exeter, Wingham and Stratford. Shown here are: John Matthews, driver with One Care Home & Community Support Services and Cheryl McWilliam, owner of the Stratford Foodland. To register for the Grocery Delivery program or to ask about other services call Community Support Services Central Intake at 1-844-482-7800. For more information about One Care services visit www.onecaresupport.ca. (Submitted photo)