Bookmark and Share   May 12, 2021   Vol. 12 Week 20 Issue 618

Optimists hoping to host golf tournament  when links reopen

7539088300_a63bdf02ae_kBack in 2012, several enthusiastic golfers took part in the Optimist Club of Bayfield's annual tournament held at the Bluewater Golf Course. Club members hope that restrictions lift soon so that they can hold a COVID-19 safe tournament on June 19. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

In an anticipation of people being able to return to the links in the coming weeks, the Optimist Club of Bayfield is now planning their annual Golf Tournament on June 19.  For 2021 the event will be held at the Bluewater Golf Course in Bayfield.

It will be a scaled down version from previous years due to COVID-19 restrictions. There won’t be a dinner or a prize table but club members are working hard to still make it a fun event with ideas for some games in the works!

Since the pandemic began the Bayfield Optimists have not been able to hold a fundraiser but the need to fund youth programs and activities still exists and they would greatly appreciate golfers taking part in this 18-hole tourney. The cost will be $80 and includes a cart.

To book a foursome please call Jay Fisher at 519 482-5557.

Raffle to raise funds for Bayfield Centre for the Arts

IMG_1366Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is launching their first ever raffle on May 8. First prize is an original 30”x 60” acrylic painting of Lake Huron by much-loved artist Martina Bruggeman. She is well-known for her ability to capture the vast skies and gentle rolling waves of Lake Huron. This prize has been valued at $2,200. (Submitted photo)  

The Bayfield Centre for the Arts (BCA) is preparing to launch their first ever raffle from now until June 4 to help fund classes of all kinds!

There will be three prizes. First prize is an original 30”x 60” acrylic painting of Lake Huron by accomplished artist Martina Bruggeman. She is well-known for her ability to capture the vast skies and gentle rolling waves of Lake Huron. This prize has been valued at $2,200. Second prize is a framed professional photograph of your home or cottage. The property must be within 100 km of Bayfield. The value of this prize is $400. Third prize is a basket of Main Street treats valued at $175.

Only 138 tickets are being sold and tickets are selling for $100 each. The draw will be made at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building on June 5 at 11 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased now by calling Rita at 519 565-2343 after 9 a.m. or by
emailing Cash, cheque or Etransfer will be accepted. The ticket stub can be picked up or mailed.

Bruggeman’s original painting is currently on view in the window of the Main Street Gallery at 4 Main St. in Bayfield.

Visit the BCAs Facebook page or Instagram, @bayfieldart; and their website to learn more. Ticket rules are now posted. (Lottery License #800551)

from oil slick to cuddly cat 

183628495_151169226968960_843471689696360032_nHandsome Chet, whose bowtie matches his nose! (Submitted photo)

Bayfield Forgotten Felines (BFF) has helped hundreds of feral and abandoned cats find their forever homes but many are still waiting.

Chet is the Adopt-A-BFF featured cat of the week.

This handsome fellow is filled with personality. He was found hanging around a workshop and his coat was full of grease and oil which was actually the least of his problems. He had a huge abscess on his head that had burst, likely caused by an altercation with another cat, so off to the vet he went and with medication and cleaning he healed very quickly! Volunteers at the Rescue called him “Oil Can Harry” when he first arrived but now he is referred to as “Prince Charming”!

According to volunteers, all this fuss didn’t dampen his spirits nor his love of all people. He just wants a lap and someone to pet him. Anyone who has a lap that needs filling is encouraged to contact Bayfield Forgotten Felines at as Chet may be the perfect candidate.

The cost of a vet visit is $150 per feline, a lot more for cats with special needs. Donations are always appreciated. E-transfers can be sent to the email above or email to arrange for a drop off or pick up of donations. Cheques can be mailed to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines, P.O. Box 33, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

Rural Precarious Employment and Well-Being focus of lecture 

al-lauzonDr. Al Lauzon (Submitted photo)

“The negative impacts of precarious employment upon people can lead to living a precarious life, a life that is stressful, characterized by physical and mental health challenges, and where the future is uncertain. Not a life many of us would want to live,” said Dr. Al Lauzon.

The doctor presented the fourth lecture in the 2021 Gateway College Lecture series on May 4th. His topic was “Rural Precarious Employment: Implications for Health and Wellbeing”. His discussion highlighted how shifts in the labor force have increased rates of precarious employment and how it has disproportionately affected rural regions.

Dr. Lauzon is the Gateway Research Chair of Rural Change and Development at Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) and a professor and researcher at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. His research focus spans from rural change and development to adult education, community development, and the foundations of capacity development and extension. He has contributed to a significant deal of research conducted at Gateway, including food insecurity in rural seniors, and a project that is currently underway, exploring ways to bolster Huron County’s local food economy.

Despite ample research on this topic in urban areas, Dr. Lauzon’s study aimed to fill the knowledge gap regarding the issues of precarious employment in rural regions. Through statistical data analysis to determine the scope of precarious rural employment and how it compares to urban, followed by interviews with precariously employed rural people, there were many interesting findings.

First, people living in non-metro census divisions are more likely to be precariously employed than those in partially-metro or metro census divisions. As well, forms of precarious employment increased with the 2008 recession, except for contract work which declined. Lastly, gender discrepancies were analyzed, with non-females being more likely to be precariously employed than partial non-metro and metro females and non-metro males. The impacts of precarious employment on rural residents can be very detrimental. It can significantly affect well-being in terms of stress, anxiety and depression, which can be exacerbated by the lack of mental health resources in rural regions. The enduring financial struggles can significantly impact opportunities available for individuals and families, such as planning for the future and participating in community events such as organized sports teams.

The experience of precarious employment is experienced differently, depending on the age of the worker –– older workers tend to be less hopeful. In light of the pandemic, perspectives have shifted from viewing precarious employment as an individual issue to being recognized as a public health matter that affects us all.

Three panelists joined the discussion with Dr. Lauzon, offering a diverse range of perspectives and insights: Executive Director of Four County Labor Market Planning Board, Gemma Mendez-Smith; General Manager of Community Futures Huron, Paul Nichol; and Warden of Huron County, Glen McNeil.

Mendez-Smith, highlighted the role community partners have in creating an all-inclusive and sustainable labor force. She discussed a recent study conducted in the four county regions on the prevalence of precarious employment, with similar results to those of Dr. Lauzon. Mendez-Smith recognized how the COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the significant impact on self-employed individuals, despite never having thought of this to be a marker of precarious employment. She suggests that we must consider how to support the self-employed to re-engage in their business once the pandemic is over to ensure they are sustainable. As well, to take a holistic approach, whereby employers and business owners work together to ensure training meets the needs of the employees.

Nichol commented on the lack of upward mobility and the recurring issues in rural regions, such as lack of transportation and housing affordability, that exacerbates the prevalence of precarious employment. However, he also touched on the positive side to this, recognizing the potential and acceleration of self-employment due to benefits of economic gain and overall increased well-being. Nichol suggested that while transitioning to a new economy, it is important to ensure it is all-inclusive.

McNeil shared his perspective as a municipal leader. He demonstrated the ample opportunity available in the Huron County labor force, such as the recent investment in the broadband connectivity expansion and the high demand in the trade market. McNeil offered the suggestion of a complimentary situation in the workforce, whereby older, more experienced workers guide the younger demographic in the workplace to share the knowledge and be involved with these youth. This highlights the opportunity for intergenerational individuals to work together to the benefit of all, while reinforcing the vast inclusivity within Huron County.

The evident concern for Gateway and Dr. Lauzon, that rural populations face many unique needs in terms of precarious employment, allows this research opportunity to intersect with Gateway’s vision of improving health care and health care delivery through research and the creation of a knowledge economy.

Gateway would like to thank the sponsors of this event: DeJager Town Square IDA Pharmacy, Bruce Power, Larry Otten Contracting, Ian Murray of CIBC Private Wealth Management and the Town of Goderich.

Gateway is looking forward to continuing to connect virtually with communities locally, nationally and internationally to reduce social isolation and promote a knowledge translation strategy in rural communities. The next free, virtual, lunchtime, lecture-webinar will be held on Tuesday June 1st, starting at noon for one-hour. Dr. Alexandrea Peel, Gateway’s Chair of Rural Senior Care, will be the Keynote Speaker, presenting, “How to Build a Huron-Perth Where People Can Age at Home”.

To register for this event Visit Gateway’s website:




Community consultation on Planned Bayfield continues. A video explaining “What We Heard & Early Ideas” has been posted. Once people have watched the video, they are asked to provide feedback in the Second Round Survey.

What is Planned Bayfield? It is the development of a Secondary Plan for Bayfield; a document which will provide more detailed direction for future growth and change in Bayfield.

Public consultation on this project is hosted at Public input is critical to the successful development of the Plan – visit this link and have a say in Bayfield’s future!

Anyone with questions, comments or concerns, is asked to please email Denise Van Amersfoort, Senior planner, at



People may not be aware but the Bayfield Farmers’ Market didn’t close up shop at the end of Thanksgiving – the online store is still operating with bi-weekly pickups or contactless delivery. The next market pick-up day is scheduled for Friday, May 21.

People can place their orders by visiting
from May 16 at 8 a.m. until today May 19 at 8 p.m. Shoppers will be directed to pick up their items up on May 21 sometime between 3-5 p.m. at Shopbike Coffee Roasters on Bayfield’s Main Street. They will receive an email confirmation (Thursday) with the approximate time of delivery on Friday afternoon.

Orders can be paid online with credit card or email transfer. Organizers are pleased to offer delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield for a flat fee of $5. Shoppers can select their preference at checkout.

Anyone who would like to receive a reminder to shop the market when it opens is invited to join the Bayfield Farmers’ Market email list. People can do so by visiting: 



The generosity of the community continues to brighten the lives of the people who look to the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) for support.

The BAFB is currently in need of donations of “healthy breakfast choices” such as: instant oatmeal, unsweetened cereals, low sugar jams, peanut butter and other nut spreads.

Anyone in need of assistance at this time, is asked to please reach out through either an email to or phone/text 519 955-7444. All enquiries are handled with complete confidentiality.

For anyone wanting to drop off a non-perishable food donation or personal care items, the outdoor bin located at Trinity St. James Church on Keith Crescent, can be found at the north entrance of the parish hall. This red bin is sitting next to the recycling container at that doorway facing the parking lot, and is emptied frequently.

knox, bayfield 

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield invites people to join their weekly church services, available anytime, online with YouTube and Facebook. The online links are available on the Knox, Bayfield website:

Rev. Lisa Dolson, will be hosting a Spring Book Study every Tuesday from 2-3 p.m.. The study began on May 11th.

The book being discussed is entitled, "The book of Joy - Happiness in a Changing World" by Douglas Abrams. It captures a seven-day conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu as they discuss, "How do we find and cultivate joy, even in the face of suffering?" The book is available for purchase at The Village Bookshop in Bayfield.

All are welcome to join. Please contact Rev. Dolson for more details on how to participate in this study that will be held virtually over ZOOM.

Walk for dog guides 

The Bayfield Lions’ Club is pleased to announce that they are planning to hold their annual Walk for Dog Guides on Sunday, June 6.

“I am sure you will be as pleased as we are that we are able to continue our support of this cause this year and still meet all COVID-19 protocol,” said Lion Karen Scott, one of the event organizers. “Unfortunately, we will not be able to gather after the walk for our usual refreshments and presentation.”

Participants will need to walk their dog with members of their household only. Registration will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the gazebo in Clan Gregor Square. Masks must be worn while at the registration desk.

Anyone who cannot walk, or cannot get pledges by June 2, are invited to walk on their own time and hand in pledges by June 25. 

Anyone who would like to take part but not walk the day of can pre-register, walk, and then submit their pledges prior to June 6. People who don’t wish to physically participate but would still like to contribute to the cause can do so by pledging and donating. The preferred method of payment is through E-transfer to the Bayfield Lions at

For pledge sheets or further information please call Karen Scott at 226 441-2042.

Ratepayers' Association 

After an extended hiatus the Bayfield Ratepayers Association (BRA) is back. A new Board of Directors was established in 2020 to inform Bayfield residents of the major items of concern for the current growth and future of Bayfield.

The BRA Constitution supports three membership classes: Property Owners, Tenants and Associate Members. There is a limit of two eligible members per household or residence and members must be at least 18 years of age.

Property Owners, may be either absentee, seasonal or a resident in the Ward of Bayfield; and Tenants have their principal place of residence within Bayfield. Associate Members are those who do not own property in Bayfield, and do not reside in the ward, but have a genuine interest in the welfare of Bayfield. Associate Members have to be approved by a majority of the Board of Directors. Associate Members are not entitled to be an officer or director of the Association, or to vote at the Annual General Meeting or general meetings of the BRA.

BRA current membership rates are $20 for two years and $40 for five years. They no longer offer lifetime memberships. As a result of the COVID-19 disruption, the Board has decided to waive membership fees until the next general meeting of the Association, hopefully in the fall of 2021.

All in the community are invited to become a member of the BRA so that their voices will be heard. For more information visit or email




vote for inspiring connections 

Photo #2People are invited to vote for the most inspiring connection made through the "Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile" Call to Action. The winner will to receive this prize pack! (Submitted photo)

Twenty more smiles were recently seeded through Connectedness Coaching’s Call to Action, “Connecting Together, Seeding a Smile”, in the Bayfield and Grand Bend area!

A Huron County community member shared her experience, “Thank you so much for the seeds of Morning Glory. It gives me great pleasure planting them. When Graham and I got married 60 years ago, Morning Glory were the first seeds we planted in our little garden in the UK. I watered them every morning before leaving for work. They were so pretty."

To celebrate the smiles seeded, a multi-community contest is currently underway to determine the most inspirational connection made through this Connected Coaching’s Call to Action. Voting is open to all community members and entries can be viewed on the Facebook page @ConnectingTogetherSeedingaSmile. The winner will receive a garden gift basket which includes gardening tools, seeding pots, an outdoor sunflower ornament, valued at more than $60 and a $25 gift card to Listowel Greenhouses.

Anyone who has received seeds or seeded a smile through this initiative are encouraged to enter this contest as well. They can enter by sharing their connection experience through email at; by phone, 519 292-6862; or on the Facebook page. Additional entries will be accepted up to May 24 and the winner will be announced May 25.

Anyone who knows, or lives in, a community that would benefit from this type of connection is invited to become a Community Sponsor today. To learn how to sponsor a community, check out the Connectedness Coach’s website at

Hike when you like for hospice 
2021 Hike Banner

In 2021, the May 24th weekend will mark the launch of the Hike for Huron Hospice. The “hike where you like, hike when you like" event of the season.

“From Sunday, May 23 to Sunday, May 30 everyone is invited to join the hike and support the Hospice. Traditionally the hike has been held on one weekend and on a Huron County trail. For a second year, COVID-19 makes it impossible to host large gatherings. We want the Hike to be a fun fundraiser, so we created a hike with options,” said Christopher Walker, hike organizer.

“The hike is one of Huron Hospice’s biggest fundraising events. We hope hikers will help us raise $40,000 this year. The funds raised stay in Huron County and are used to fund essential, compassionate end-of-life care for families across the County. Hikers and donors are an important part of our Huron Hospice family. They contribute half our operating revenue each year,” said Executive Director of Huron Hospice, Willy Van Klooster

Participants will pick a nice warm day and get out and exercise. People can pick the day and the location that fits their schedule. Everyone can hike safely and physically distanced on the streets of their hometown or on a trail. If it suits the moment, people can work out at the gym in support of Huron Hospice. Hikers can dedicate their walk or work-out to the memory of a loved one.

“We ask individuals and families or teams, who hike for the hospice to obtain pledges or raise money any way they can. Families could ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or friends to pledge their support by email or over the phone. Teams can have fun and challenge each other. There will be prizes for the team and the individual who raise the most money. And, any person who raises more than $200 will receive a prize,” said Walker.

To register for the hike, go to the Huron Hospice website All anyone needs to do is send the link to their friends and contacts and ask them to pledge. Just follow the link to pledge or create a fundraising team.

COVID-19 is quickly becoming “COVID 21”. Now is the time to make moments and memories matter by taking part in such events as the Hike for Huron Hospice May 23-30.

local meat processing plants receive funding for upgrades   

Three meat processing plants in Huron-Bruce will receive a total of up to $268,403 to improve efficiency and safety measures. The money is part of the provincial and federal governments’ investment of more than $7 million to quickly increase production and efficiency in meat processing plants across the province.

Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, 77 projects are receiving cost-share funding to purchase or upgrade equipment that will improve productions and safety measures in free-standing meat plants and abattoirs in Ontario. The program was focused on measures that could quickly increase processing capacity as the industry dealt with a shortage of processing capacity, partly related to COVID slowdowns.

“This is welcomed news to both these three plants and local beef, pork, and poultry producers,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson. “I have personally heard of back logs at plants across the province and that creates added strain and costs right back to the farmer.”

This funding is part of both governments’ investments to assist Ontario’s agri-food sector in meeting challenges related to COVID-19. Local plants receiving the grants are: Bachert Meats Inc. Walton, up to $43,194; Metzger Meat Products Inc., Hensall, up to $75,209; and Hayter's Turkey Products Inc., Dashwood, up to $150,000.

“COVID made it more difficult for our farmers to find the processing capacity that they needed and these investments are part of our rapid response to help both our farmers and our processing industry to succeed in these challenging times,” said Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman. “This announcement is the latest step our government is taking to support the sector to improve productivity and food safety to help keep Ontario’s food supply system strong.”

Since June 2018, both the federal and provincial governments have committed cost-share support to approximately 4,400 projects through the Partnership to help eligible Ontario farmers, processors, businesses and sector organizations innovate and grow.

Due to high demand, an additional $3.2 million was added to this program from the original $4 million allocation to fund all eligible applications received. The Partnership is a five-year, $3-billion commitment by Canada's federal, provincial and territorial governments that supports Canada's agri-food and agri-products sectors.

There are 480 provincially licensed and 230 federally licensed facilities (abattoirs and free-standing meat plants) in Ontario. The Ontario agri-food sector supports more than 860,000 jobs in Ontario and contributes more than $47.3 billion each year to the province’s economy.

Huron Perth sees spike in active Covid cases over weekend 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) has seen a significant rise in COVID-19 cases in the past few days. As of May 10, there are currently 70 active cases in the region, 45 of which are the more easily transmissible variants of concern (VOCs). Thirty-two new cases were added over the weekend. These cases are the result of workplace outbreaks, of social interactions where public health measures were not followed, and of household spread.

HPPH investigates all confirmed COVID-19 cases and outbreaks. Outbreak investigations include following up with confirmed cases, conducting contact tracing, reviewing public health and workplace safety measures, and assessing infection prevention and control processes. In general, HPPH does not publicly disclose details of workplace outbreaks unless they have determined there is a risk to the public.

“The increase in case numbers is a reminder that COVID-19 is still circulating in Huron Perth,” said HPPH Director and Incident Manager, Donna Taylor. “We cannot let our guard down. Until more people are vaccinated, a large proportion of our population is susceptible to contracting COVID-19.”

The province announced that additional groups will become eligible for vaccine this week.

Tomorrow, individuals with at-risk health conditions such as dementia, diabetes and sickle cell disease, as well as Group Two of people who cannot work from home including grocery store, restaurant and transportation workers will be eligible to book an appointment at a future HPPH clinic to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Visit for the full list of eligible at-risk health conditions and for a complete Group Two list.

HPPH will be adding further groups as per provincial direction. They will have more details shortly and thank everyone for their patience.

For a full list of those currently eligible for vaccine, please see Please remember that once someone is eligible, they are always eligible.

Anyone eligible for a vaccination can make an appointment on the HPPH booking system at or by calling 1-833-753-2098. Online booking is encouraged due to call volume. They are currently booking appointments into June.

Stratford's Covid Assessment Centre reducing hours 

2021-05 Assessment Centre ExteriorWhen attending a booked appointment at the HPHA COVID-19 Assessment Centre enter the Stratford Rotary Complex at the Community Hall Entrance and follow the signs to Hall D where the Assessment Centre is located. (Submitted photo)  

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located at the Stratford Rotary Complex, is reducing its hours of operation to Monday through Friday, from 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. As of May 8, Saturday appointments will no longer be offered. This move reflects lower volumes of individuals seeking tests.

Any resident of Huron or Perth who is worried that they have COVID-19, or have been exposed to it, is encouraged to continue to use the Virtual Assessment Model that has been created which involves completing the province’s online assessment at

If indicated, they should call their family doctor to be assessed and sent for testing. Those without a family doctor can call Huron Perth Public Health at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267. If they are a candidate for testing, they will be referred to an Assessment Centre.

People can also get tested at Assessment Centres if they are not showing symptoms and:
• Their public health unit or the COVID Alert app notifies them that they have been exposed to a confirmed case of the virus.
• They live or work in a setting that has a COVID-19 outbreak, as identified by the local public health unit.
• They belong to a specific group outlined in guidance from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, such as workers or visitors of long term-care homes, farm workers, etc. Please refer to the Ontario Government’s website for the latest groups being targeted.

If referred to HPHA’s Assessment Centre, the following helpful tips are recommended:
• Use the online booking tool to book an appointment. It’s quick and easy to use. This link is also available on HPHA’s website at
• For anyone without access to a smartphone or computer appointments may also be requested by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2747.
• Please don’t duplicate booking efforts. There is no need to call if an online booking has been completed or vice versa. Duplication can slow down assessment centre staff in responding to calls and booking appointments.
• Please remember that appointments are required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
• If plans change, please reschedule or cancel an appointment so that other people can get tested.
• Anyone who is very ill and in need of immediate care, should go to their nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

Things to know when attending a booked appointment at the HPHA COVID-19 Assessment Centre:
• Enter the Stratford Rotary Complex at the Community Hall Entrance and follow the signs to Hall D where the Assessment Centre is located.
• Please follow all precautions including wearing a mask, physical distancing and frequent hand hygiene. Please note, upon entering the Assessment Centre, people will be asked to remove their personal mask and will be provided with and must wear a disposable medical grade mask.
• The time of the appointment is the time a person should arrive at the Assessment Centre. The test should be completed within approximately 15 minutes of a scheduled arrival time.

For more COVID-19 updates and information, follow the HPHA on Twitter or Facebook, or visit their website at


public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated regularly with confirmed case counts received.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties and also the per centage of people vaccinated please visit:


The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) would like to inform everyone that the Woodland Trail is closed through May 31st to allow for turkey hunting. The Wildflower Hike that was scheduled there for May 23rd has been cancelled.

The BRVTA Executive would like everyone to keep safe by staying off the Woodland Trail this month. All other Bayfield trails are open for people to use according to Provincial guidelines.

Please read the Bayfield Breeze for news about upcoming guided hikes scheduled for June or visit

walk for Alzheimer's 

This month, the Alzheimer Society of Huron County is calling on people to lace up their shoes, fundraise, and get ready to walk 1,385 steps each day in May in honor of the 1,385 people living with dementia in Huron County during the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s.

Participants can complete their steps at their own pace—in one day, in one week, or over the whole month! This challenge is for everyone, so make sure to get friends, family, and neighbors involved and hit 1,385 steps by heading out on a long walk, dancing, or by doing chores!

Everyone will be touched by dementia—whether it is a relative, a friend, a community member, or themselves. By participating in and fundraising for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, people will make a positive difference because they’re not only raising funds— they’re also raising hope.

While the pandemic negatively impacted so many services across the country last year, people showed their support by joining this walk, raising crucial funds that allowed the Alzheimer Society of Huron County to shift many of their services online, continuing to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers in Huron County. But more funds are needed to meet the growing demand for life-changing support, including counselling, education, social recreation, in-home recreation programs for people living with dementia and respite for caregivers.

“From May 1 to 29, we’re calling on you to show your support by walking your way,” said Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Executive Director Cathy Ritsema. “Each year, 25,000 more Canadians hear, ‘You have dementia.’ It’s critical that we all get behind this cause and raise as much as possible so the Alzheimer Society can continue to help those affected overcome the challenges of dementias and live to their fullest.”

By joining the Alzheimer Society of Huron County IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s, people can make a positive difference in the lives of people living with dementia and their families. 

To get involved people can sign up individually, with family, or create a team at Choose Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend or Wingham. Open a participant center at and add a photo, share a story, and set a fundraising goal. Then share a customized link to help fundraise and raise awareness.

Participants can also download a paper pledge form from or call or email the Alzheimer Society of Huron County office and one can be sent. Reach out over the phone or through email to friends, family, neighbors and co-workers, and ask them support. Paper pledge forms and money can be mailed into the office or dropped off at the office in Clinton between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Other drop off times may be arranged.

Anyone who is unable to join in walking, or collecting their own pledges, is asked to please consider sponsoring someone else who is walking by following the online process outlined above or contacting a participant to arrange a donation drop off. Or people can donate to the event by clicking donate on any of the Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Grand Bend, or Wingham pages.

Help the Alzheimer Society of Huron County reach their goal of $70,000 and 1,385 donations – one donation for each person living with dementia in Huron County.

Join a live broadcast on the Alzheimer Society of Huron County’s Facebook page on Sunday, May 30 at 4 p.m., where they’ll share stories from walk participants across the country and celebrate together.

For more information contact Alzheimer Society of Huron County, Community Outreach/Events Coordinator, Erin Dale by calling 519 482-1482 or emailing

Summer Company 

Applications are now being accepted for the annual Summer Company program. All students, aged 15-29, that are looking to start their own businesses are eligible to apply. Successful applicants will receive up to $3,000 in start-up funds and business coaching throughout the summer of 2021.

The County of Huron, in partnership with the Province of Ontario, will award up to five students the chance to start their own companies this summer.

Applications for the Summer Company program are open now through May 23. To apply, individuals must determine if they are eligible and submit an online application inquiry. They will be connected with the local program provider, Huron County Economic Development, who will support individuals in submitting an online application, which includes a business plan and cash flow projections. All submitted applications will be reviewed and applicants may be contacted for an interview before being approved for the program.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit

For more information about the Summer Company program, please visit or contact Entrepreneur and Business Coach, Patrick Donnelly at 519 524-8394 Ex. 3307 or by email at

Move for Mentoring

From now until May15th, community members are invited to “Move for Mentoring” by getting active, having fun, and helping to ignite the power and potential of young people in the area in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron (BBBSSH).

BBBSSH provides their services to Ailsa Craig, Bayfield, Brucefield, Centralia, Crediton, Clinton, Dashwood, Exeter, Grand Bend, Hensall, Huron Park, Lucan, Parkhill, Seaforth, Vanastra, Zurich and surrounding areas.

They provide a variety of quality mentoring programs that are supported by professional caseworkers, ensuring their programs meet agency and national standards while ensuring safe, positive and healthy relationships between Big and Little. These programs, the support, and professional case work, are offered at absolutely no charge to young people and their families. The agency relies primarily on funds raised through The Little Shop (their children’s consignment store), grants, fundraisers, sponsorship and individual donations, to provide programming.

Move for Mentoring is a simple and fun way to help support BBBSSH. People are invited to challenge themselves (and each other) to be active while raising pledges to support area young people. During the first two weeks of May participants will commit to a movement of their choice – walking, running, cycling (one, two or five kilometres) or holding a one-hour dance party are but examples, participants are encouraged to get creative on how they can Move for Mentoring. The next step is to let everyone know about the challenge completion by tagging Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron on social media with photo or video evidence of the challenge as it happens or after it happens using the hashtags #BBBSSH #BiggerTogether

People can sign up as an individual or part of a team. To register visit: Register by Apr. 24 to receive a branded BBBSSH bandana to wear while moving, sponsored by Canadian Tire. Participants will also have a chance to win a daily draw prize, sponsored by Tim Horton’s, from May 1st-15th on Facebook: Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Huron.

Participants are asked to collect pledges using their online fundraising page. Paper pledge forms are also available. Donations will be accepted until May 31st.

For more information, or to register, please contact the BBBSSH office at or call 519 235-1780, or visit their web-site at, or reach out on Facebook.

Alzheimer Education Programs 

The Alzheimer Society of Huron County has Spring and Summer Online Education Programs lined up and ready.

The Dementia Basics series covers the topics the Society addresses most frequently - “Ten Warning Signs”, “Brain Changes and Dementia”, “Types of Dementia” and “Communication Changes”. These programs are currently running on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. They will run again on Thursday mornings in June at 10 a.m.

The “Memory and Aging Program” is an engaging series that helps describe age related memory changes, brain health lifestyle choices and practice new memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook. Participants will be meeting on ZOOM from 10 a.m. to noon on the first four Wednesdays in June starting on June 2. People can register for the Memory and Aging program by visiting their website. 

Sign up for any of these courses by clicking “Learn More” on the Education Hour at Individuals can also register by contacting the Society’s office at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012 or email



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rEmember this


The Huron County Museum is home to thousands of artifacts that illustrate the history of both the rural and urban populations of the area. Space dictates what wonderful curiosities the public regularly gets to see when they visit the museum located at 110 North Street in Goderich (temporarily closed). But where there is wifi, there is an opportunity to time-travel with over 3,000 pieces of the museum’s collection now available to view online at

“Remember This” highlights items from the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol. Items that have shaped the fabric of the county and the people who have lived here since before the county became the county in 1835 up until more recent times.

In recognition of National Nursing Week, May 10-16, we take a look at some of the Museum’s nursing artifacts.

Nursing Week takes place each year during  the same week as Florence Nightingale's birthday, May 12. The theme this year is #WeAnswerTheCall. It was developed by the Canadian Nursing Assocation to highlight the numerous roles that nurses play in a patient's health-care journey. In this time of pandemic, we celebrate how truly special those who have chosen the nursing profession are. 

Class of 1927

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This is a blue-tint photograph, on paper, of nine nurses - eight of whom are students who graduated from training at the Owen Sound General and Marine Hospital. Each nurse is wearing her uniform and cap while holding a bouquet of flowers. There are flowers placed on the ground before them. There is one nurse wearing a veil she is possibly the matron. Printed in the bottom border of the picture reads "Class of 1927". Handwritten in blue ink reads "Miss Stirling Matron Owen Sound Gen & Marine Hosp." There is text printed in blue ink on the back of the image.

This photo was from a collection of mentoes from Maud Stirling. A Bayfield resident she was a nursing sister in WWI, stationed at No. 4 University Base Hospital in Salonika, Greece. After the war, she worked in various hospitals in Ontario, one of them being in Owen Sound as Nurse Matron. 


Poem on back of photo 

How pleasant to remember
The years at G. and M.
Where many happy hours were spent
That I’d like to live again.

There we had our joys and sorrows
And work without an end.
And often thought our backs would break
But they didn’t break – just bend.

We had our joys and sorrows
And were often mighty blue
But need to keep it hidden,
And keep on smiling through.

We shared our patient’s worries,
And oft the tears were shed,
When those we nursed so tenderly,
Were numbered with the dead.

I would like to say to nurses
Training at G. and M.
The kindness that you now can show,
Comes back time and again.

Sometimes your road seems dreary,
Sometimes it’s hard to smile.
But after three years are over,
It seems such a little while.

And I can truly tell you
That in the years to come,
You will be remembered for your sympathy
And the kind acts you have done.

Hold high your badge of courage
Let kindness have full sway,
And the bread cast on the water,
Will return ten-fold some day.

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COUNCIl approves burying of hydro lines  



45866586611_0278076d7c_kThis image taken in November 2018 is an excellent example of how difficult it is for trees to flourish on Bayfield's Main Street with the overhead power lines. On May 4th, Bluewater Council voted to bury the hydro underground as part of the upcoming Main Street Revitalization project. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

After four public meetings, and several trips back to the drawing board, the team behind the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization Project made a presentation to the Municipality of Bluewater Council on the evening of May 4. This special meeting was livestreamed over Bluewater’s YouTube channel.

Following the presentation Council was asked to vote on 16 design elements concerning the project, all were passed and only one proved to be contentious – the burying of hydro along the project extents. But after some debate and a recorded vote it too received approval from council.

At the virtual public meeting held on March 3 it became increasingly clear that the majority of people wanted to see the hydro lines buried along Bayfield’s Main Street corridor. In the interval both Bluewater staff and BM Ross worked with Hydro One to get updated pricing on the work to place the overhead wires underground.

According to Dale Erb, engineer with BM Ross, Hydro One has provided a “Class C” budget quote which is plus or minus 50 per cent for burying all hydro lines. The report given to council indicated that the amount would total $606,787.07 with the Municipality’s portion of the total being $413,040 including HST.

It was noted in the report to council that not included as part of Hydro One’s estimate is the installation of items such as duct work, electrical vaults, and restoration. The report indicated that “due to economies of scale, it was felt that it would be more financially prudent to include these components as part of the greater civil works tender. The cost of these components is estimated at $250,000 plus HST.”

“If the emails, and the last three months of feedback, are indicators burying the hydro and establishing a new tree canopy are the first and second items that people want included in this project. Currently, you can’t have a tree canopy because of the hydro wires,” said Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone. “This is the whole point of public engagement. If we don’t bury the hydro lines we won’t get feedback from people in the future.”

Mayor of Bluewater, Paul Klopp responded, “There is a good argument to burying the lines but it’s the costing of it.”

In the report to council it was noted that the total needed to completely fund the project, including the burying of the hydro, was $2,802,400. As part of the 2021 Budget, $2,389,360 had been allocated to the project. Options for funding the additional cost of $413,040 were suggested including applying the 2021 Gas Tax. These funds have in the past been used to bridge projects. The 2021 allocation of $443, 887 could be applied to this expense to fund the project.

George Irvin, ward councilor for Stanley West, stated that he would like to bring a motion forth to take burying the hydro out of the project as he felt it was “a luxury and a special service for one ward.” Irvin also requested a recorded vote and Hay East Ward Councilor John Becker, seconded the motion for discussion.

During the discussion, several members of Council responded that they were not in favor of removing burying the hydro lines from the project as they were all part of one Municipality and that the project benefited not just the residents of the village but the whole of Bluewater.

The motion put forth by Irvin failed and the original motion to have Council direct Staff to include burying hydro on Bayfield’s Main Street within the project extents was carried with the majority in favor.

In a press release issued on May 5th, CAO of Bluewater Laurie Spence Bannerman said, “Council, staff and our consultants all worked very hard to move this project forward. We are very pleased to have had so much public engagement. We look ahead to having shovels in the ground and a beautifully revitalized Bayfield Main Street.”

The release also stated that moving forward, Bluewater Staff will continue to work closely with B.M. Ross and Associates Limited and Ron Koudys Landscape Architects Inc. to complete the final design based on Council’s direction. Timing for construction will be dependent on discussions with Hydro One, contractor availability, and receipt of Provincial approvals.


Kelly Vader, an Environmental planner with BM Ross and a Bayfield resident, who has been involved in the project for the past seven years, provided a summary of feedback provided from the public meetings, emails and letters submitted by citizens regarding the revitalization.

“We tried to reflect on what the general comments and tone was from people who provided feedback,” said Vader at the beginning of the presentation.

A majority who commented supported burying of the hydro wires. There was consensus with regards to the need to resolve the drainage issues on Main Street and that the tree canopy needed to be enhanced and improved.

There was concern over the narrowing of the street width with regards to safety for cyclists and space for delivery vehicles. There was also concern over the loss of parking spaces. And while there was acknowledgement of the need to address water quality concerns that infiltration basins (rain gardens) would provide, many people felt that downsizing them would allow for both a wider street and more parking. The bump-outs suggested in the project also caused concerns with regards to maintenance, loss of parking spaces, and encroachment into street width. There was very little support for designated crosswalks

There was a general acceptance of the compromise presented by the exposed aggregate sidewalks, however, there was concern over the sidewalk welcome mat design and most people felt that these should either be eliminated or minimized.

With regards to Project Extents there were concerns over encroachment into the residential zone at the North-West end of the street as well as concerns about loss of connectivity with sidewalks at Charles Street.

There was general support for the revised lighting plan. The provision of a variety of seating options was also generally supported, with some materials other than steel suggested, but many felt that seating didn’t need to be included in the project tender.

Recommended elements voted on at special council meeting 

The intent of the May 4th meeting of Bluewater Council was to vote on recommendations made on the design elements put forth by the team who has been working on the Main Street Revitalization Project.

Prior to Council’s voting on the design elements, Dave Kester, manager of Public Works with the Municipality of Bluewater, commented that the team was most appreciative of the public feedback that allowed them to create a very refined and appropriate plan for Main Street.

Bayfield Ward Councilor Bill Whetstone added that he would be very vocal during the voting process to ensure that the thoughts of the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee (BHAC), on which he sits, would be kept in mind.

Here is a breakdown of the highlights:


The design team recommended that AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) compliant exposed aggregate sidewalk with an average width of 2.2 m be included.

Whetstone wondered if the sidewalk could still be a meandering pathway to get the design back to something similar to what it currently is. Kester acknowledged that this could be tweaked somewhat in the final design to strike a balance between an AODA compliant pathway and the heritage component. Design Team members Ron Koudys, of Ron Koudys Landscape Architects in London, reminded everyone that they would need enough space to ensure that a curve in the path would make sense but that they would look for opportunities to soften the design.


The design team recommended that an exposed aggregate pathway with visual and textural contrasting cues be included as part of the design at shop frontages.

Koudys noted that the welcome mat concept first introduced at the March pubic meeting was not well received by the public and so that approach was abandoned. Instead, in an effort to align with AODA allowing for cues to store entrances for those with visual impairments, two finishes, exposed aggregate and a smoothed concrete were now being proposed. In an effort to help council decide on a finished look Bluewater staff included three comparisons in their report, one with a strong textural contrast (banding), one reduced, and one without.

Bluewater Mayor Paul Klopp asked Whetstone what the Bluewater Heritage Advisory Committee would like to see. The councilor responded by saying that they were in favor of a more natural look with “no banding whatsoever.” Less cement, and more green space, was the general accord from all on council with Whetstone going as far to say, “From a heritage perspective I would much rather see shabby tramped on grass than cement.”

Taking into consideration the comments of the council the recommendation was revised and a new motion put forth that council could agree upon, that the exposed aggregate pathway all be the same texture. Vader noted that they would do their best to strike a balance with property owners and refine those areas and capture some more green space as part of the final design.

Screen Shot 2021-05-08 at 7.50.09 PMThe design team recommended that an exposed aggregate pathway with visual and textural contrasting cues be included as part of the design at shop frontages, however, council voted for a more natural heritage look without contrasting banding like this rendering displays. (Image courtesy Municipality of Bluewater)


voted on elements continued... 


The design team recommended that the road width for Bayfield Main Street from the Square to Catherine Street be designed to a 9 m width. This should retain adequate space for a new tree canopy to be established and thrive.
According to Dale Erb, an engineer with BM Ross and a member of the design team, the current road width of Main Street is 10 m.

He explained, “In the March presentation we had taken it down to 8 m but after reviewing the comments we are suggesting 9 m, from edge of curb to edge of curb, with gutters it would be 9.9 m.”


The team recommended that tinted concrete curbing be installed within the parking stalls utilizing roll-over curbing on the road side and barrier curbing at the parking stall limits.

According to the report given to council, curbing is proposed as part of the design to allow for proper drainage and to retain and define the gravel parking areas. As the feedback from the public has been opposed to the use of curbs while also emphasizing the drainage improvements be priority; the design teamrecommended the use of curbing to allow for proper engineered drainage. To improve the aesthetic of the concrete curbing a tinted concrete will be utilized to reduce the visual impact. Also, to minimize the effect, rollover curbs have been utilized in the design where possible.


Currently there is only one accessible paved parking space on Main Street in front of the Bayfield Public Library. The recommendation brought to council was that there be three spots in total along the street.

Bayfield’s Main Street does not have clearly marked parking spaces so it is difficult to determine the exact quantity of parking spaces. Utilizing an average parking width requirement of 2.75 m there is currently an estimated 150 - 153 parking spaces of which one is an accessible space. The initial project design had 140 spaces with three being accessible spaces.

According to Erb, public feedback emphasized the importance of maintaining the quantity of parking spaces along Main Street as much as possible and so to achieve this goal the team reduced the number of bump outs in the design. They also reduced the size of the infiltration basins, while still ensuring the water quality that hits the lake.

As a result, the recommendation to council was that the parking space areas be designed to allow for approximately 145 parking spaces with a gravel surface material based on an average parking width of 2.75m.


The team recommended that cross walks not be included as part of the Main Street design as it was determined during the consultation process that the public was overwhelming opposed to them being included.


Council decided to remove street furnishings from the scope of the project.


The design team recommended that a two zoned lighting approach be approved by council. The team had reviewed a number of lighting option to include Dark Sky compliant fixtures.

Whetstone shared that the BHAC would prefer that lighting in a heritage green color, similar to the color that is there now, be used rather than the proposed black. He also noted that a lot of people would like to see the number of lights reduced in the plan to ensure that the ambience that is currently on the street continues.


It was recommended that council direct the design team to maintain a balance between the road width and quantity of parking spaces while incorporating the most space possible to allow for a revived tree canopy on Bayfield Main Street.


It was recommended that council approve the current design for bump outs for both tree protection and pedestrian safety.

As the public determined that parking spaces should be a priority the number of bump outs were reduced from the initial plan. Koudys noted that these bump outs might also now serve as a place to locate hydro transformers due to the decision to bury the hydro lines.


To allow for a wider road width and an increase in parking spaces the design team minimized the size of the infiltration basins but still included smaller rain gardens in an effort to improve storm water quality to the lake. The team recommended that council approve the current design for the infiltration basins.

Deputy Mayor Jim Fergusson stated that he hoped there would be an opportunity to draw attention to these gardens, perhaps with a sign of explanation, to make people aware of the environmentally conscious aspects of them.


According to Vader, comments received from the public indicated that the northern project extent should bring the sidewalk only as far as the Virtual Highschool building and its counterpart across the street currently home to The Pink Flamingo Bakery and Boutique.

Additionally, based on public feedback the design team proposed to define the project extent up to the west leg of the intersection at Charles Street and Main Street but to extend the sidewalks on the east and west sides of Charles Streets through the commercial zone.

In taking into consideration public comments the design team recommended to council that the project extents be defined as Bayfield Main Street North from the Square to Catherine Street. And that project extents include the extension of sidewalks adjacent to the commercially zoned areas of Charles Street.


Through the consultation process with Main Street business owners and the public a major concern was raised about the impacts on construction during the tourist season from June to September. To mitigate the impacts, it is proposed that limited construction will take place during this window.

The design team recommended that council directs staff to note in the tender that limited construction work can take place between June and September in an effort to reduce the impacts to local businesses within the project limit. They also recommended that council direct staff to tender the Bayfield Main Street Revitalization as soon as practical.


Council was presented with a revised timeline from the one proposed at the public meeting on March 3. The new timeline suggests a start date of Fall 2022 with a year to complete.

Construction would begin with the installation of storm sewers, buried hydro and road reconstruction. This work would extend into the fall and, subject to weather, through parts of the winter. Construction of the streetscape, including, concrete work and planting, would start in the Spring of 2023. Work would be stopped from June to September to accommodate a summer tourist season with the plan to finish in the Fall of 2023.

A Consultation Plan would be developed to keep both business owners and residents updated on construction timing.



PIXILATED — image of the week

Surf's (really) Up Bayfield...

Surf's (really and truly) Up Bayfield...By Gary Lloyd-Rees

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. Any images that include minors should have the parent's permission for publication prior to submission. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued







When I was a little girl I loved to draw and paint. No matter what I drew I always included a sun in the corner of my work. When I had a friend over and we spent time making art together we'd often ask my mother to judge our masterpieces. She always knew by the trademark sun in the drawing which effort was mine and therefore was able to craftily complement our guest accordingly. I didn’t realize this until she shared it with me many years later.

Fast forward to secondary school where I met one of the most talented artists I still have the good fortune to call my best girlfriend. However, it was during our blossoming friendship that I stopped drawing and painting and concentrated more on developing my writing and photography skills. I decided to let the more talented among us shine. Today, I remain one of her greatest fans.

But this pandemic has provided opportunities to rekindle a love for something long since abandoned. I have taken part in two virtual paint nights thanks to evenings offered through the Huron County Museum and a wonderful art teacher named Becca Marshall. I just love how she guides you through the process of creating a romantic Winter’s night or a light filled Spring landscape. I just love how everyone who participates ends up with a completely different yet beautiful depiction of the original image. I love how everyone supports and encourages one another.

The really great thing about the whole process? I now unapologetically take pride in my art. It no longer matters to me if my Mom thinks it is the best work ever or if it can compete with talented souls like my girlfriend because time spent painting is time just for me. These paintings make me smile, just like my brightly colored suns used to do in days of old. – Melody


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