Rural Development examined at Partners in Conservation event
Abigail Gutteridge, Healthy Watersheds technician with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) (far left), and Doug Cook, Vice-chair of the ABCA Board of Directors (far right), present the Conservationist of the Year Award to Koos and Nathalie Vermue, of the Bayfield area, at the Partner Appreciation Evening held on March 21 at Ironwood Golf Club. (Submitted photos)
Partners in conservation in the Ausable Bayfield watersheds were honored on March 21 at an evening held at the Ironwood Golf Club. More than 70 people attended and these guests heard keynote speaker Trevor Dickinson, Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph, share his thoughts on a very relevant topic: “Climate Change and Development in Rural Areas: Impacts on Streamflow and Floods in Southern Ontario”.
The presenter referred to data collected over the years in two watersheds – one urban and one rural. The rural watershed was Moira River at Foxboro, ON, north of Belleville. The urban watershed was Don River at Todmorden, in Toronto, ON. Data for the rural watershed found an increase in winter streamflow over the years, a decrease in spring streamflow and summer streamflow that wasn’t changing much over the past 100 years. The story was different for the “highly urbanized watershed” along the Don River where winter flows have increased, spring flows have decreased and summer flows have greatly increased in volume.
“As soon as you start urbanizing, as soon as you start putting in roads and start putting in ditches – you start to make it easier for the water to run off (and) the number of (runoff) events generated goes up,” said Dickinson.
Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager at Ausable Bayfield Conservation, presented a thank you gift to Trevor Dickinson, Professor Emeritus at the University of Guelph, after his presentation to more than 70 people at the March 21 Partner Appreciation Evening. The keynote speaker talked about impacts on streamflow and flooding and how weather patterns are changing in rural and urban areas.
According to Dickinson, there are about 15 times more runoff events in the urban watershed than the rural watershed during the growing season. The percentage of rainfall that runs off the ground is about 10 times greater in the urban watershed than a rural watershed, he said.
Southern Ontario is getting warmer, Dickinson said, but one of the biggest changes in temperature is in the winter at night.
“Temperatures have gone up, there’s no question, in Southern Ontario as in the rest of the world, temperatures have increased and the mean annual temperatures have been going up about the global average of a degree in the last 100 years...but in southern Ontario we found the winter temperatures have gone up considerably more,” he said. “Nighttime winter temperatures have increased the most.”
With winter nighttime temperatures rising, the number of frost-free days is going up as well, the latter increasing even more dramatically. Total winter precipitation hasn’t really changed very much, the speaker said, but the portion of winter precipitation that falls as rain is going up.
Our understanding of climate change can explain some of the changes in weather patterns in Southern Ontario but climate change alone does not explain the increased summer runoff in urban areas. Climate change has impacted temperatures and weather patterns but when it comes to storms during the summertime it is the combination of climate change and urban development that has “opened the floodgates” to runoff in urban areas during the summer months, according to the presenter. Localized and downstream flooding have become more likely in summer months in a highly urbanized watershed and streambank and streambed erosion have become much more widespread and severe, according to the speaker.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation honored members of the Board of Directors and staff members for their years of service at a conservation awards evening on March 21 at Ironwood Golf Club, east of Exeter. From l-r: Dale Cable, Rock Glen Conservation Area Superintendent, 20 Years of Service; Judith Parker, Corporate Services Coordinator, 30 Years of Service; Dave Frayne, Director, for South Huron and Perth South, 12 Years of Service; Bob Harvey, Director, for Adelaide Metcalfe and Middlesex Centre, Three Years of Service; Brian Horner, General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer, Ten Years of Service; and presenting to and congratulating the winners, at far right Doug Cook, Vice-chair, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority Board of Directors.
The researcher’s data so far does not indicate that the number of summer rain events has increased but it does show that the number of summer runoff events in urban areas has “greatly increased”. The Ontario data so far doesn’t indicate an increase in the number or severity of summer rainfall events but it does show the volume and rate of summer runoff and streamflow in the urban area have “greatly increased”.
Dickinson said, “While the number of rain events has not increased, the number of summer runoff events in our urban areas has changed phenomenally. Whereas the amount and severity of the summer rainfall events has not really changed the volume and rate of that (runoff) coming off has again changed phenomenally.”
In light of the findings in the presentation, the speaker said there is a need for flood forecasting and flood warning systems; to consider how much of Southern Ontario should be paved (or not); how to incorporate sufficient green space into future development; to continue to monitor and be aware of changes in weather and climate (both changes that have already been documented in data to date and projected changes predicted by climate models); and to “explore possible impacts on water quality and other environmental conditions”.
Water Source Protection Committee has new members
Two new municipal representatives have joined the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC). The new committee members are Dave Frayne and Allan Rothwell.
Frayne represents the West group of municipalities which consists of Bluewater; Central Huron, Perth South, South Huron and West Perth. Rothwell represents the East group of municipalities which consists of Howick, Mapleton, Minto, North Perth, Perth East and Wellington North. The new members replace two municipal members who have retired from the committee, Don Jones (West) and Mark MacKenzie (East).
Rothwell is the Councilor for Elma Ward on the council of the Municipality of North Perth. An active volunteer in his community, he recently retired from a 32-year career in public service, 27 of those years with the County of Perth, as a professional land use planner. He is a member of a number of committees including the: Elma Logan Arena and Park Committee; Recreation Advisory Committee; Elma Memorial Community Centre Rejuvenation Committee; and the Affordable Housing Task Force; as well as a Director for the Bluewater Recycling Association. He and his wife, Nancy, have four grown children and live on their farm near Listowel. Rothwell has been actively involved in coaching in the community assisting with hockey and soccer teams, as well as working with other members of the community and local schools and churches. He was on the original municipal working group which provided input into the creation of the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Source Protection Plans. Rothwell is interested in reducing risk to municipal drinking water sources and supports the ongoing implementation of the source protection plans.
Dave Frayne (Submitted photos)
Frayne is an agricultural producer from the Exeter area. He is a former South Huron Deputy Mayor and prior to that a two-term Councilor, who is active in his community. Frayne and his wife, Cathy, live east of Exeter. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1972 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Geography. He worked in retail sales for many years, including The Beer Store (until 1985); working with his parents at their store (Stan Frayne General Store in Exeter, until 2005); and with LCBO, part-time, until 2016. Frayne has had a long-time interest in water and soil conservation and in protection of municipal drinking water sources. He was a member of the Municipal Subcommittee which provided input to the ABMVDWSPC. He has a long-time interest in agriculture as his parents and uncle owned farms. He moved to the home farm in 2006 and he has planted many trees at the farm. He has worked with the Strang family in a share-crop operation that implements new crop production methods such as no-till, strip-tilling, and cover crops. Frayne serves as a Director on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, is Chair of the Friends of the South Huron Trail, and the Chair of the Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail Community Working Group.
There are five municipal representatives on the ABMVDWSPC. The two new municipal reps attended their first committee meeting on March 22.
At the March 28 meeting of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) a new Chair and Vice Chair were elected to the Board of Directors. From l-r: Vice Chair Charles Miner and new Chair Dave Frayne, accepted the gavel from Past Chair Bob Radtke, who has served in the Chair’s role since 2013. (Submitted photo)
“This committee will benefit greatly from the experience Allan and Dave bring,” said Matt Pearson, chairman of the ABMVDWSPC. “They will be an asset in ensuring source protection planning policies are implemented in a practical and effective way, and in considering future policy changes, as they bring the municipal voice to the committee table.”
Pearson also thanked the two members who are retiring from the committee.
“I would like to thank Don and Mark for their years of service to the committee and their work which has helped to keep our municipal drinking water safe and clean,” he said.
The ABMVDWSPC is a 15-member committee in addition to the Chair. It is shaped by the source protection committee regulation (Ontario Regulation 288/07) and by a local process that took place to decide how to best include diverse voices at the committee table. One third of the committee is from municipalities. One third (five members) comes from economic sectors. Locally, three of those five economic member seats are from agriculture and the other two are from industry and commerce. The other third of the committee represents Other – Environmental; Property owner association representation; and public representatives from each of the two source protection areas.
“The diverse voices on the source protection committee help to ensure our local municipal drinking water stays safe and clean by adding the first barrier of prevention through protection of our water at the source,” said Pearson. “Locally-based input has been critical to the success of source protection.”
The committee was Ontario’s first. The members have worked with the public since 2007 to create local terms of reference, assessment reports and source protection plans, which have been implemented since April of 2015. This work is made possible by the Ontario Clean Water Act, 2006. Source protection planning policies help to reduce risk from 22 activities such as, fuel or chemical storage, that can pose a significant threat to municipal drinking water sources in certain circumstances, for example, in certain quantities and in the most vulnerable locations such as municipal wellhead protection areas.
Plan policies focus on reducing risk from 22 activities that could pose a significant threat to drinking water in municipal wellhead protection areas A, B, and C. Policies in those relatively small areas reduce risk with tools including education and outreach, risk management plans, restrictions on land uses, or the prohibition of some activities in some cases. To find out about wellhead protection areas, and source protection plans, visit the local source protection region website at sourcewaterinfo.on.ca.
conservation foundation has new chair and vice chair
At the March 28 meeting of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation (ABCF) a new Chair and Vice Chair were elected to the Board of Directors.
Vice Chair Charles Miner and new Chair Dave Frayne, will replace Past Chair Bob Radtke, who has served in the Chair’s role since 2013.
Since 1974, the ABCF has worked together with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) in its mission to foster financial partnerships supporting healthy watersheds and its vision of active community partnerships sustaining healthy watersheds. The ABCF raises funds for conservation projects in the community at events including the Conservation Dinner and the South Huron Trail Fundraiser Golf Tournament.
Foundation activities include support for conservation education programs, the Junior Conservationist program, the Student Environmental Award bursary, Commemorative Woods, a family-friendly fishing derby with the Exeter Lions Club, accessible trails, and the current Jones Bridge Project for a new Pedestrian Bridge on the South Huron Trail, and much more.
“I would like to thank Bob for his leadership during the past six years and to express my thanks to the board members and staff,” said Frayne. “I hope to continue the Conservation Foundation’s legacy with their support.”
To find out more visit: https://www.abca.ca/foundation/
ABCA offers ways to celebrate the Earth all year long
April is here. That means local residents, and people around the world, will celebrate Earth Day on Monday, April 22, 2019. The theme of Earth Day 2019 is to “protect our species.” Fitting this theme, people may enjoy local conservation areas; plant a native species of plant at home or work; and mark their calendars to take part in volunteer events taking place soon to remove invasive plants.
“One of the most important things you can do to protect local species is to protect their habitat,” said Mari Veliz, Healthy Watersheds manager with the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “You can do that by helping to maintain existing forest and wetlands and, where possible, to expand them.”
Earth Day this year is on Easter Monday. That makes this Earth Day a great time for many local families to enjoy family time while visiting conservation areas.
“We encourage people to be in nature,” said Veliz.
Earth Day is a chance to take part in an action to protect water, soil, and species, she said, but taking positive action doesn’t have to end on Earth Day – it can be the beginning of something too.
“Challenge yourself until next Earth Day to tackle an issue – whether it’s planting a native plant species or enhancing natural areas on your property and in your community,” she said.
People can learn about native species, and how to protect them, by looking at the new Ausable River Action Plan (Proposed). A link to the document is on the Links page at https://www.abca.ca/links.
Other suggested actions individuals can take are in the new Ausable Bayfield Watershed Report Card at https://www.abca.ca/watershedreportcard
“You can learn about what animals and plants are in the watershed and what they need to survive and thrive,” said Veliz.
To find out more about planting native species, download the Native Vegetation Guide for Landowners. The native vegetation guide is a 2 MB PDF file at this link:
There are nationally-significant aquatic species in Ausable Bayfield watersheds. Habitat for these species can be limited due to excess nutrients and sediment in local rivers. This Earth Day, people can consider ways to manage water running off of land and reduce sediment and nutrients from reaching creeks and Lake Huron.
“The first step is to cover the ground with vegetation,” said Veliz. “For some people that might mean planting a native plant. Others might increase year-round vegetative cover on their lands. If they don’t have places to plant native species they can donate to tree planting or volunteer or create a rain garden or buy a rain barrel.”
The theme of protecting our species fits well with the community’s Conservation Strategy goal to protect water, soil, and living things, according to ABCA.
Protecting water, soil, and native species doesn’t end when April is over. People can help to “make every day Earth Day” by taking part in actions in April and in the months that follow.
ABCA invites residents to connect with neighbors and help to remove invasive plant species at two Invasive Species Removal events on Saturday, May 25. People are invited to join other volunteers at either Clinton Conservation Area (77690 London Road, Clinton), from 10 a.m. to noon, or at the MacNaughton Park Pavilion (56 Hill Street, Exeter) from 2-4 p.m.
Equipment purchased through CPH Auxiliary Fundraising
On Apr. 1, members of the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Auxiliary donated $18,000 for the purchase of hospital equipment selected by the Auxiliary to the CPH Foundation. Accepting the cheque on behalf of the CPH Foundation were (l-r) Director Jane Groves and Coordinator, Darlene McCowan. They accepted the donation from (l-r): Kathleen Siertsema, CPH Auxiliary treasurer; Helen Roorda, Gift Shop treasurer; and Marsha Taylor, CPH Auxiliary president. (Photo by Pat Taylor)
On Monday, Apr. 1st, the Auxiliary to the Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) presented the CPH Foundation with a cheque in the amount of $18,000 for the purchase of equipment for the hospital.
The equipment to be purchased with these funds includes a Triple Channel IV Pump, a Tablet Table and two Chairs for the in-patient unit, and a Laryngoscope.
The CPH Auxiliary hosts several fundraising events throughout the year to purchase equipment for the hospital. In 2019, these events include:
· Irish Stew Luncheon (March 15)
· Card Cavalcade (Apr. 12)
· Tag Day (May 3)
· Hot Dog Days (May 31-June 1)
· Annual Penny Sale (Sept. 16-28)
· Gift of Light Celebration (Nov. 29)
· 50/50 Raffle (Tickets available until draw date – Nov. 29)
· Hospital Gift Shop
The CPH Auxiliary and the CPH Foundation would like to extend their sincere appreciation to those who support these fundraising events.
“We are lucky to live in such a generous community. When you support any of these events, you are supporting a future purchase of equipment for our hospital. Thank you!” said Darlene McCowan, CPH Foundation coordinator.
John Haak will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Clinton Horticultural Society (CHS), tonight (Apr. 17). His topic will be, "Wetlands, Grasses and Wildlife Habitat".
The meeting will be held at the Clinton OMAFRA office, 100 Don Street in Clinton, please use rear entrance. Light refreshments will be served and everyone is most welcome to attend.
Also CHS members are reminded that their plant sale is set for May 15.
livery Film Series
The final film in The Livery Film Series is a Scottish delight titled, “Wild Rose” and it will be shown on Thursday, Apr. 25 at the Park Theatre in Goderich.
“Fresh as a Scottish summer evening”, this film is sure to have audience members humming as they leave the theatre. The movie begins at 7 p.m.
Jessie Buckley is an Irish actress in her late 20's who plays a young, Scottish single mom who has been singing at the Grand Ole Opry in Glasgow since she was 15. In the opening scene, she is being released from prison, sentenced to wear an ankle monitor - pretty much ending her singing on stage.
Julie Walters plays the mom who catches the casualties of her daughter's dream to be a Nashville star – including her two young kids. Walters may be known to the audience from her work in “Mamma Mia” (2018), “Harry Potter” (2001) and “Educating Rita” (1983). She is a versatile and award-winning British actress. The actor the audience may not know, Sophie Okonedo, is someone to watch. Okonedo has an acclaimed career in professional theatre and one Oscar nomination for “Hotel Rwanda”.
The Livery Film Series is organized by a small group of volunteers working as a sub-committee of The Livery Theatre in Goderich. The group subscribes to the regional extension program (Film Circuit) of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to offer one film per month on a not-for-profit basis.
Huron Harp School
“Song of Strings” will be presented by the members of the Huron Harp School on Apr. 26.
This evening of lively Celtic music, lyrical song, dance, pipes, fiddles and a plethora of harps will be held at Lakeshore United Church starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $15 with admission at the door. Refreshments will be served following the performance.
Plant Sale and Walk
The John Hindmarsh Environmental Trust Fund and the Maitland Trail Association will benefit from and host a Plant Sale and Spring Walk on May 5.
The Plant Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plants for all gardens will be available: perennials, sun loving varieties as well as shade-tolerant, native species and herbs. There is also a limited amount of bagged compost available, be advised this often sells out early. The sale will be held in the Columbus Hall parking lot.
In addition to the Plant Sale a free, guided “Jane’s Walk” will be held in the Maitland Woods at 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. leaving from the Columbus Hall parking lot. The walk is open to all ages and participants should dress for the weather.
Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free, citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs held on the first weekend of May every year.
The office of the Municipality of Bluewater Council has submitted the following to the Bayfield Breeze as highlights of their regular meeting of council held on Apr. 1.
• Approved an appeal process regarding the Lakeshore Collection and Sewage Plan billings. Fifty-one properties meeting identified criteria will receive notification that they are eligible to appeal. A notice will also be placed on the website identifying the eligibility criteria for an appeal, so that other residents may submit a written appeal if they feel their property qualifies
• Requested that staff bring forward a report on how to proceed with conducting a waste management review and master strategy for household waste
• Approved the Ministry of Transportation’s request for exemption to Noise By-law 21-2005 for the 2020 and 2021 construction seasons to permit a total of eight non-consecutive nights of 24-hour continuous construction operations on the Bayfield Bridge on Hwy 21
• Awarded the roadside grass cutting tender for 2019 and 2020 seasons to Diamond’s Edge Custom Brush Service in the amount of $65,811 plus HST
• Awarded the tender to supply, apply and stockpile Granular M to Jennison Construction Ltd. in the amount of $327,500 plus HST
• Awarded the tender for Dust Control to Holland Transport in the amount of $62,031 plus HST
Connected rural communities
The Connected Rural Communities Collaborative (CRCC) is seeking input from the public about their experiences with social isolation. The CRCC received a $75,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant to work on reducing social isolation and strengthen social inclusion, one of the determinants of health.
The Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams stated in his recent annual report to the Ontario government, “Being socially connected to family, friends and our communities — having a sense of belonging — is important to our wellbeing. People who are connected are happier. They enjoy better health and use fewer health services. They are more resilient in the face of adversity and they live longer.”
The CRCC has developed a survey to learn about people’s sense of belonging and social inclusion, connection to their community, the programs and services they need and want, and the barriers that prevent them from feeling included. The survey can be taken online at www.gbachc.ca/connected-rural-communities. The CRCC is hoping to collect 500 surveys from respondents in the municipalities of Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex.
In-person interviews will also help to find out more about people’s stories and how to improve connections and inclusion in this area. People experiencing social isolation are encouraged to contact Matthew Maynard, Community developer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 519 262-3459 Ext. 213 to schedule an interview. Each person interviewed will receive a $25 grocery gift card for their time.
A comprehensive list of existing programs, services and activities is being collected and mapped to the area. This asset list will help to determine if there are gaps in opportunities for people to feel included in their community. The CRCC would like to hear from everyone who offers a program, service or activity to the public. Go to www.gbachc.ca/connected-rural-communites and click on the “Add My Service to the Community Asset Map” button.
In the fall of 2019, Matthew Maynard, will facilitate community gatherings to present the findings of the surveys, interviews and asset mapping work. Together with the community, decisions can then be made about what is needed to reduce social isolation, strengthen social inclusion and improve the health outcomes for people living in the area.
The CRCC) is a group of people and organisations working together in the municipalities of Lambton Shores, South Huron, Bluewater and North Middlesex. The collaborative includes municipalities, churches, health services, environmental organizations and social services, all working together to build better communities.
Blyth Veterinary Services, in partnership with the Huron County Health Unit, is hosting low-cost rabies vaccination clinics at two different locations this spring.
Clinics will take place at Blyth Veterinary Services’ 234 Queen St. location on Friday, Apr. 26 from 1-4 p.m. and Saturday, Apr. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Another clinic will be held at St. Helen’s Community Hall on Friday, May 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
No appointment is needed for any of the clinics.
The cost to vaccinate your dog or cat against rabies is $30, cash only. Please bring dogs on leashes and cats in carriers.
Rabies is a disease caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system of animals. Rabies spreads from infected animals to people or other animals by saliva. Cats, dogs and people may become infected with rabies when bitten by a rabid animal or when a rabid animal’s saliva comes into contact with broken skin or moist tissues of the mouth, nose or eyes.
Once symptoms appear, rabies is almost always fatal in animals and humans. The best way to protect your pet and your family is to have your pet vaccinated.
Make sure that all dogs and cats, including those in the barn, are vaccinated against rabies. Pet owners are required by law (Regulation 567/90) to have all cats and dogs three months of age or over immunized against rabies. Failure to provide proof of vaccination to a Public Health Inspector investigating a biting incident may result in a charge being laid and a fine of up to $5,000 for the pet owner.
Dogs and cats often get into fights with wild animals. If you witness a fight, or if your dog or cat comes home with injuries from a fight and you believe it may have been bitten or scratched by a rabid animal:
• Don't handle your pet as there may be fresh saliva from a rabid animal on its coat.
• Isolate your pet.
• Contact your local veterinarian.
If you or someone in your family makes direct contact with an animal that may have rabies, contact your family doctor.
For more information, contact the Huron County Health Unit at 519 482-3416 or 1-877-837-6143.
Whether you’re extremely passionate, a sometimes dabbler, or mildly curious about arts, culture and heritage in Huron County the people responsible for creating a new Huron County Cultural Plan would like to hear from you at a special event to be held in Blyth on May 15.
Those who wish to attend a public consultation session to launch the development of a new plan are asked to RSVP to Rick Sickinger at email@example.com or by calling 519 482-5457 Ext. 2730.
“We’ll be looking for input on where we are currently and where we would like to go as a sector and community over the next few years,” said Sickinger.
The session will run from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Blyth Memorial Community Hall, 431 Queen Street, Blyth.
May 1st is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund. 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 Huron Heritage Fund since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for Ashfield historians with their book “East Ashfield, 1842-2017”, upgrades to Elimville Community Park, renovations to Hensall Heritage Hall and recording oral histories of Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy donors.
“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 https://www.huroncountymuseum.ca/huron-heritage-fund/.
Several surrounding counties have recently reported an increase in opioid overdoses.
There is currently no information to suggest a similar increase in Huron County, but the Huron County Substance Misuse Working Group would like to stress the following:
If you are using any substance, carry naloxone. It is possible for any street drug to be contaminated with an opioid. Naloxone is available at most Huron County pharmacies, as well as at the Health Unit.
If you have administered naloxone to someone, do not leave them alone. Naloxone can be life-saving, but is only temporary. After 30 to 60 minutes, the overdose can return. Call 911 in every overdose situation.
Canada’s Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act can protect you from charges. Under Canada’s Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act, a person will not be charged for simple possession if they are calling 911 to report an overdose that they are experiencing or witnessing.
The Huron County Substance Misuse Working Group is made up of many partners, including the Huron County Health Unit, OPP, first responders, hospitals, physicians, frontline mental health and addiction services, education and local community groups.
For more information on local services, visit huronhealthunit.ca. For more information on opioids, overdose and naloxone, visit Ontario.ca/opioids.
Non-profits face similar challenges to for-profit companies, but they also face their own specific set of challenges. However, time and cost can be a barrier to training and that’s where United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) has stepped in with the support of Libro Credit Union.
“UWPH is committed to helping strengthen the quality and impact of available programs and services,” commented UWPH’s Susan Faber. “We know how costly training can be, especially once you add in travel. We’re proud to bring workshops to our local area that focus on our industry and help staff, management and volunteers alike.”
Upcoming workshops include: “Data Driven Storytelling” in Stratford, on Apr. 18; “Microsoft Publisher Marketing Creation” in Listowel, on May 2; “Change Management” in St. Marys, on May 7; and “Leadership Development” in Clinton, on May 14. Workshops are $35 each for three hours of learning. For board members and staff that work with boards, there is a governance workshop in Stratford on Apr. 27. The full day is $170 and will be led by a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
“Many board members aren’t completely aware of their role and fiduciary duties and may not be sure how to monitor the organization’s performance or assess risk. These are just some of the topics of this workshop,” explained Faber.
Visit perthhuron.unitedway.ca for a comprehensive description of all workshops along with facilitator bios, cost and location. Participants can register by email at KEYs@perthhuron.unitedway.ca or call 519271-2978.