Opportunity to speak out for the great lakes today
A team of regional agencies, organizations and local governments are partnering with the International Joint Commission (IJC) to host a panel discussion and community conversation today (Aug. 7) in Goderich.
This will be the IJC’s second meeting on Lake Huron as part of the binational organization’s “Step In and Speak Out for the Great Lakes” tour. The first meeting will be held in Collingwood, ON, Aug. 6. The event provides area residents with an opportunity to learn and converse about Lake Huron and Great Lakes water quality.
Representatives from the Ausable Bayfield and Maitland Valley Conservation Authorities, Huron County, and The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation partnered with the IJC to organize this community conversation.
The meeting will bring together area residents with local experts, professionals and advocates to discuss their priorities for restoring and protecting Lake Huron and the Great Lakes. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will run from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Goderich Columbus Hall, 390 Parsons Court. The meeting is free and all are welcome to attend with registration at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/step-in-and-speak-out-for-the-great-lakes-lake-huron-tickets-61297243706.
The panel presentations and ensuing community conversation are relevant to residents living upland in the Ausable, Bayfield, and Maitland River watersheds, as well as residents living on and near the Lake Huron shoreline. Amberley Gavel co-founder Nigel Bellchamber will moderate the panel discussion that includes presentations from:
• The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation about shoreline threats and opportunities on Lake Huron.
• Headlands Ag-Enviro and the Huron Soil & Crop Improvement Association about the water quality implications of Huronview’s innovative drainage demonstration project.
• Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authorities about the Healthy Lake Huron Collaborative.
Participants also can ask questions and share their views and priorities with the panelists and the IJC’s six new Commissioners.
The IJC is a Canadian-United States treaty organization that seeks to prevent and resolve issues facing the two countries’ boundary waters. By engaging the public on their perspectives of Great Lakes health and completing its own research on issues facing the lakes, the IJC evaluates both countries’ efforts to restore the Great Lakes ecosystem based on the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement’s goals and objectives. For more information, please visit the IJC’s website.
Photo contest to celebrate and protect the Great Lakes
A day to celebrate our Great Lakes, called Love Your Greats, takes place on Saturday, Aug. 10. Love Your Greats is held the second Saturday of every August, and promotes education and local action to protect our Great Lakes. This year, Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) would like to see that action and invites the community to share their actions in the form of a photo contest.
“Throughout the watershed, homeowners, farmers, businesses, community groups and other organizations have been working to protect Lake Huron, and it is important to recognize and celebrate these efforts,” said Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds specialist with ABCA. “The hope is that you will share with us your photos illustrating what you do to protect Lake Huron.”
The photos of what you do to protect Lake Huron might include, but are not limited to, photos showing rain barrels, rain gardens, wetlands, natural areas, trees, permeable pavement, cover crops, minimum or no-till fields, berms, grassed waterways, buffers, exclusion fencing, or beach cleanups.
“If your photo has a story to tell, we encourage you to share that as well,” said Brock. “No matter how large or small, we are interested in seeing all the actions you take to protect Lake Huron.”
Often, when people share what they have done on their own properties, it inspires others to take positive actions as well, she said.
You may submit your photo to the contest simply by posting a photo showing what you or your family does to protect Lake Huron by replying to the Love Your Greats photo contest post on the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Facebook page, or Twitter feed, with the hashtag #LYGLakeHuron. Or, you may send your photo, by email, with #LYGLakeHuron Photo Contest in the subject of the email, to email@example.com. To be eligible for the contest, photos should be posted or received by Monday, Aug. 12 at noon local time. The complete set of contest rules are posted online at abca.ca at this web page: https://www.abca.ca/community/getinvolved/ By using the #LYGLakeHuron hashtag you are agreeing to the rules of the contest. The watershed Twitter feed is at: https://twitter.com/LandWaterNews and the watershed Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/WaterSoilLivingThings/
Three winners of the photo contest will be drawn at random and will receive a Love Your Greats or Great Lakes T-shirt, hat, or similar prize. For more information visit abca.ca or contact Hope Brock, Healthy Watersheds technician, at ABCA, by phone at 519 235-2610, Ext. 246, or toll-free at 1-888-286-2610.
To learn more about the Love Your Greats initiative, visit loveyourgreats.com. Visit lakehuroncommunityaction.ca to see what actions are being taken around the Lake Huron basin.
Committee member retires after serving over a decade
Matt Pearson, chair of the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee,(left) presented a gift of acknowledgement to Don Jones, who is retiring after a dozen years of dedicated service as a member of the local committee devoted to the protection of municipal drinking water sources. (Submitted photo)
Don Jones, a municipal representative on the Ausable Bayfield Maitland Valley Drinking Water Source Protection Committee (ABMVDWSPC) has retired after more than a decade of service.
The ABMVSPC was Ontario’s first such committee when it was formed in 2007. Jones was an original member of that committee. He is a retired teacher and a former councilor for the Municipality of West Perth. He served as a Director of the Perth Stewardship Network. He also served as Chairman of the West Perth Wetlands Subcommittee, Water and Waste Water Committee, and Energy and Environment Committee.
The retiring ABMVDWSPC member attended the committee meeting on July 31 at the White Carnation Banquet Hall in Holmesville. Matt Pearson, chairman of the ABMVSPC, presented a retirement gift to the long-time committee member and thanked him for his contributions. The Chair, who was also a committee member at the ABMVSPC’s inception (before being named Chair upon the retirement of Past Chair Larry Brown), said Jones made many valuable contributions over a dozen years.
“I certainly want to thank you, Don, for your service over 12 years and for your valuable contributions,” Pearson said. He added that, the committee member’s experience as a former educator and former municipal councilor were very beneficial to the work of the ABMVDWSPC.
“It has been a pleasure to serve on a committee of talented people with different ideas who have worked so well together,” Jones said.
He said he’s gratified to see source protection plan policies being implemented to the benefit of protection of public health.
“I am confident the policies developed by the committee will protect drinking water for the citizens of both watersheds in the future,” he said.
He praised the two people who have served as committee chairpersons – Laurence Brown and Matt Pearson – as “two excellent chairmen” and he thanked his fellow committee members.
“Thank you very much,” he said. “It was fun to serve on this committee and it’s a pleasure to see our discussion come to fruition with policies and progress going forward...it’s wonderful.”
He also thanked the staff of the Maitland Valley and Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authorities as well as source protection.
There are five municipal representatives on the 15-member Source Protection Committee (SPC). Retiring committee member Don Jones represented municipalities in the western part of the region. The region’s ‘West’ municipalities are: Bluewater; Central Huron; Perth South; South Huron; and West Perth. Also retiring from the committee is Mark MacKenzie, who represented the ‘East’ municipalities: Howick; Mapleton; Minto; North Perth; Perth East; and Wellington North.
The Chair 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.
Taking over as municipal representative for the West municipalities is Dave Frayne and taking over as municipal representative for the East municipalities is Allan Rothwell.
The original 15 voting SPC members in 2007 were: Don Jones, Mike McElhone, Keith Black, Ian Brebner, Gib Dow, Karen Galbraith, Al Hamilton, Marilyn Miltenburg, Jim Nelemans, Matt Pearson, Bill Rowat, Gerry Rupke, Mert Schneider, Mike Strang, and Rowena Wallace. John Vander Burgt joined the SPC as an agricultural representative in 2008. Bob Bressette represented Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation at the SPC. Non-voting committee liaisons included Bob Worsell, local public health; and Jim Ginn,Source Protection Authorities.
The current members of the SPC are: Matt Pearson, chair; Municipalities: David Blaney, Central (Huron East; Morris-Turnberry; North Huron); Ian Brebner, South (Adelaide-Metcalfe; Lambton Shores; Lucan Biddulph; Middlesex Centre; North Middlesex; Warwick); Dave Frayne, West (Bluewater; Central Huron; Perth South; South Huron; West Perth); Allan Rothwell, East (Howick; Mapleton; Minto; North Perth; Perth East; Wellington North); and Myles Murdock, North (Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh; Goderich; Huron-Kinloss; South Bruce). Economic sectors: Mary Ellen Foran, Keith Black, and Bert Dykstra, Agriculture; Philip Keightley, Commerce; and Bruce Godkin, Industry. Other sectors: Karen Galbraith, Public-at-large, Maitland Valley; Gerry Rupke, Public-at-large, Ausable Bayfield; Kerri Ann O’Rourke, Property Owner and Residents’ Associations; Jennette Walker, Environment; and John Graham, Environment.
The SPC 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, with funding from the Province of Ontario, through the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP). 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 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.
Pro Hockey Heroes staff may call to solicit sponsorships
For one fabulous evening in January 2020, former National Hockey League (NHL) All Stars will take to the ice against the Goderich Firefighters to raise funds for the firefighters’ charity of choice: Huron Residential Hospice.
The Goderich Firefighters will face off against a full line-up of former NHL hockey heroes. This fantastic community event will include lots of skill and lots of laughs and promises to be fun and memorable for all ages.
The game will be played on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Maitland Recreation Centre, 190 Suncoast Dr. East in Goderich. The doors will open at 2:45 p.m. and the puck will drop at 3:30 p.m.
A residential hospice had been in the plans for over a decade by the Huron Hospice Volunteer Service and the Huron Residential Hospice opened it’s doors in May of 2018. This service provides compassionate care, emotional support and practical assistance to individuals and families who are facing a life-limiting illness, extending through to the bereavement process. This is a place to celebrate life and embrace quality-of-life in the final days, with 24/7 expert care, at no cost to families, in an environment that feels like home.
Even though it is still months away volunteers will start preparing for this fundraiser soon. Solicited phone calls for tickets and sponsorships will be occurring. The calls will be made by Pro Hockey Heroes staff and will come from a 905 area code, 1-800, as well as 1-844, numbers.
For tickets or more information please call 1-888-777-9793 or visit WWW.PROHOCKEYHEROES.COM
no donation too small for All In...for your health campaign
Young donors do it again!
The Stainforth sisters served up lemonade to thirsty customers in aid of the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation recently. (Submitted photo)
Last year, Siana and Elaina Stainforth became two of the Alexandra Marine & General Hospital (AMGH) Foundation’s youngest donors. The sisters, aged 11 and nine at the time, sold lemonade on their front lawn to raise funds for the AMGH. Siana had recently visited the Hospital and she was really grateful for the care she received. The lemonade stand was her way of helping to make sure that the Hospital will be there for others who need it too. Their $20 donation made a significant impact by demonstrating that everyone can make a difference when they care and support their community.
“Every gift to the Foundation is meaningful. When people give from their hearts, it makes them feel good, it makes us feel good, and it inspires others,” shared Shannon LaHay, AMGH Foundation Executive director.
Siana and Elaina have done it again. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, they sold cold lemonade from a stand set up on their lawn and raised $105.50 to donate to the AMGH Foundation’s All In…for your health capital campaign!
The Foundation recently announced that they had reached 80 per cent of their goal of raising $3.5 million for the All In…for your health capital campaign, to replace the aging CT Scanner and refurbish the inpatient Mental Health and Addictions Unit at the AMGH.
“When we made our announcement about the progress of the Campaign, we asked the community to help us reach our goal. Siana and Elaina have stepped up to contribute to the success of this campaign and we couldn’t be more grateful.” explained LaHay.
For more information on the All In…for your health capital campaign, please contact the AMGH Foundation at 519 524-8508 or visit the website at www.amghfoundation.ca
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 July 29.
• Approved the Pioneer Park Association’s request for exemption to the Noise By-law from 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4 to 11 pm on Monday, Aug. 5 to allow a fireworks display at the Bayfield pier in celebration of the Civic Holiday.
• Approved the Bayfield Agricultural Society’s request for exemption to the Noise By-law from 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, to 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18 to allow a fireworks display and the amplification of the human voice and music for a live band performance at 16 John Avenue - 1 Fry Street, Bayfield Agricultural Park, in conjunction with the Bayfield Community Fair.
• Adopted By-law 73-2019, appointing Aird & Berlis as Bluewater’s Integrity Commissioner and Closed Meeting Investigator.
Goderich Art Club
Members of the Goderich Art Club will host their Annual Show and Sale at the MacKay Centre in Goderich on Aug. 9-11.
The event is free and refreshments will be served.
The MacKay Centre is at the corner of North and Nelson Streets in Goderich. The show will be held Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) reminds trail users that all motorized vehicles and carts, whether electric powered or gas powered, are prohibited on all properties owned and/or maintained by the ABCA, including MacNaughton-Morrison Trail and the Morrison Dam Conservation Area trail.
This prohibition includes golf carts, e-bikes, quads, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and off-road bikes – which are all forbidden.
“The vast majority of trail users are protecting the safety of other trail users and are following the rules but we have had reports that a few individuals have broken trail rules by using golf carts and e-bikes on the South Huron Trail,” said Kate Monk, manager of Stewardship, Land and Education for ABCA. “We are issuing this public notice to remind people of the rules. It is trespassing to use the trails in ways that are not permitted and people may receive fines and be denied future trail access as a result of these contraventions.”
ABCA patrol officers, and other staff members, have authority, under the Trespass to Property Act (RSO 1990) and the Conservation Authorities Act, in regards to fines and restricting access to the trails when rules are not followed.
The South Huron Trail Mobile is permitted on the trail as are emergency vehicles and ABCA vehicles required for Ausable Bayfield Conservation use to maintain the trails.
To find out about permitted uses on trails and conservation areas visit this web page: https://www.abca.ca/recreation/uses/
Behind the Bars
Due to high demand, the annual Behind the Bars program is returning to the Huron Historic Gaol.
Behind the Bars runs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in August. The program runs from 7-9 p.m., with last entry at 8 p.m.
Behind the Bars allows visitors to interact with inmates and jail staff. Meet Joseph Griffin, the governor of the jail; Nicholas Melady, infamously known as the last publicly hanged person in Canada; Catherine, who was brought into jail due to homelessness, and many more. Please allow at least 45 minutes for a full tour.
Special admission rates apply to Behind the Bars: $10 for adults, $5 for children, $30 for a family, and free for Museum members and children under five. To purchase tickets, please visit the website, www.huroncountymuseum.ca, or people can buy tickets at the door. For more information, please call 519 524-6971.
Located at 181 Victoria Street North in Goderich, the Huron Historic Gaol was an operating jail from 1841 to 1972. The jail housed criminals, the mentally ill, vagrants, and debtors. The attached Governor’s House is a Victorian style home that was added on in 1901.
There are still a number of examination room sponsorships available at the Bluewater Area Family Health Team (BAFHT) clinic in Zurich. Families, local businesses, area corporations, associations and service clubs will be recognized for their donation with a plaque on the wall immediately outside the room. All locations are in high traffic areas.
Call Executive Director, Paula Kroll and arrange to have your name displayed prominently at the clinic. Cost is a one-time charge and ranges from $15,000 to $25,000 depending on location.
BAFHT is on a fundraising mission and is looking for volunteers to help organize and run a variety of events to support the clinic and add to the health care services it offers the community. More money means more health care programs can be introduced to benefit the area.
People should not be afraid to suggest fundraising ideas – several heads are better than one - contact Sandra Shaw of the Fundraising Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maitland El Camino
The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is a charitable organization established in 1975 with the mission of maintaining and developing trails in the Maitland Valley for discovery and appreciation of the natural environment.
The MTA is pleased to announce the 2019 El Camino event. This year’s two-day, 49 KM hike along the Maitland Trail will take place over the weekend of Sept. 28-29. There are also opportunities for participants to complete shorter hikes for those who do not wish to hike the full 49 KM. Each year this challenging, family-friendly event attracts hikers from all across the province.
The hike begins in Auburn and follows the scenic, winding route of the Maitland River, finishing in beautiful Goderich, on the shores of Lake Huron.
Erinn Lawrie from the MTA’s Board of Directors said, “The lower Maitland River is an area of ecological significance, with many unique species that are rare provincially and even globally.”
Hikers on the Maitland Trail traverse wide rambling trails and challenging hills, hiking through towering forests, past farmland, river vistas and autumn meadows. Shuttles are provided to the starting point each day, and along the route there are checkpoints where water and snacks are provided to hikers by enthusiastic volunteers.
A post-hike dinner will be held on the Saturday evening, featuring fresh local food by Sweet Love Eats, Firmly Rooted and Red Cat Bakery.
“The supper is a chance to kick back and refuel after a successful hike, share stories, and meet other hiking enthusiasts from across the province,” said Lawrie.
Registration is now open at www.maitlandtrail.ca and spaces will fill up quickly. The cost for the two-day hike is $30 for adults and $10 for children, which includes shuttles, trail maps, water and snacks, and a souvenir badge upon completion. The Locavore Supper is $30. Registration closes Sept. 14, or when the registration cap is reached.
Visit the MTA’s website or contact email@example.com for more information about this exciting event.
BACK PACKS FOR KIDS
Every child should experience the delight of having a new back pack for school. Volunteers with the Huron County Back Packs for Kids wants to make that happen.
Children in need of a new back pack for the 2019-20 school year must be registered before Aug. 16. At the time of registration, a pick-up location will be determined in one of five locations: Clinton, Exeter, Goderich, Wingham and Zurich. Those who registered will be contacted when a back pack becomes available.
To register for a back pack please call: Goderich, 519 524-2950; Clinton, 519 482-8586 or Wingham, 519 357-1387.
CLEAN WATER PROJECT
The Huron County Clean Water Project (HCCWP) grant review committee has approved the first grants supporting septic system replacements under the new septic system grant category introduced in 2019. The second intake period for applications is open until Aug. 31.
The grant review committee approved, on June 14, those projects that provide immediate benefits to water quality. Eight other septic applications are carried over, by the committee, to be re-evaluated along with new applications at the September meeting. County septic grant funding is limited so decisions are based on funding available and the projects’ impact on protecting water quality.
People living in the countryside and hamlets – including homes and cottages along Lake Huron – have septic systems to treat household waste from kitchens and bathrooms. When functioning properly, septic systems are a cost-effective, efficient method of treating waste, but they have a lifespan and faulty septic systems are a daily source of contamination. With the advent of summer, with more people in the area and more strain on septic systems, there is the potential for more septic systems to fail, according to staff delivering the program.
The HCCWP is allocating a total of $40,000 to the septic system upgrade category in 2019 with a maximum grant of $2,000 per project. Systems that have the potential to contaminate drinking water and those near municipal drinking water wells are the main focus. Residences west of Hwy 21 are also high priority because of their potential impact on swimming beaches.
The grant approval process for septic projects is similar to other HCCWP projects. Staff will visit the site and help landowners complete the application form which is evaluated by the grant review committee. Applicants will need a cost estimate from a licensed contractor in order to apply. When the project is approved, completed and paid for, staff do a final site visit and the grant is issued.
The HCWP has 17 project categories to help people improve and protect water quality. The county program has provided grants to more than 2,800 projects since 2004.
Huron County people interested in applying for septic projects, or other projects of the HCCWP, are invited to call Doug Hocking at the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority at 519 335-3557, Ext. 236 or Nathan Schoelier, at the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority at 519 235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 263.
Wondering where the Pole Walkers are meeting or when The Glee Sisters have their next practice?
A new website, www.bayfieldactivities.info, is the place to visit to view current calendars of events for all of the village activities.
Bayfield resident, Guy Spence, is the volunteer creator behind the website. He has invited village fitness groups and not-for-profit organizations to have a calendar on the site. Each group has assigned a responsible person to keep their own group calendars up-to-date on a regular basis.