Bookmark and Share   Sept. 30, 2020   Vol. 12 Week 40 Issue 586

bayfield's terry fox run sees increase in funds raised 

Due to the pandemic, the 40th Anniversary of the Terry Fox Run took on a different look as participants were asked to “unite in spirit not in person”. COVID-19 did little to hamper the fundraising aspect of the Bayfield and area run, hosted by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, as the total raised was up by over $2,000 from the previous year. 

IMG_7632 Bayfield residents Josh Geddis (left) and Bill Holton are pictured after completing a 10 KM Terry Fox Run on Sept. 20. (Submitted photos)

IMG_7637 The “Bayfield Ontario Folk Musicians’ Association Running Club" (BOFMARC) raised over $500 for the Terry Fox Run - Josh Geddis (pictured) and Bill Holton represented the group on Sept. 20 by running 10 KM.


As of Sept. 22, the Bayfield version of the run had raised $5,315.

“This 40th anniversary year was a success thanks to Bayfield and area residents. Our community would make Terry proud. Thank you!” said Colleen Zrini, a co-coordinator of the local event with Heather Hamilton.

Runs were established to take place wherever participants were on Sunday, Sept. 20. Participants could walk, run or ride around their neighborhood, backyard, down the street or around the block because cancer research cannot wait for COVID-19 to be over. 

Since 2009 the local run has raised more than $40,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation.

foster families sought for bayfield's forgotten felines 

IMG_7019Deely-Bobber is the featured Adopt-a-BFF cat of the week. (Submitted photo)  

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

Not everyone is able to adopt one of these kitties in need but people can still help. BFF volunteers are currently looking for good foster homes for some of their cats and kittens. A place where they can learn to trust again, or grow up with space to play and explore. Some of the adult cats are at the shelter for awhile before being adopted, they would love a comfortable place to feel safe.

“Please consider opening your home to a temporary guest. We will match the perfect cat or kittens to your situation and provide supplies and support,” said Mary Pounder, a volunteer with BFF.

Anyone who is interested is asked to please contact Mary Pounder at or call 519 565-2717.

Deely-Bobber  is the “Adopt-a-BFF” featured cat of the week.

When Miss Deely-Bobber came to the rescue she wasn’t alone, unfortunately, her sister did not survive. But this tiny girl has always been one tough kitten. When she first arrived, she stood on her hind legs in the corner of her box, hissing and spitting – warning all not to mess with her.

Despite this high spiritedness she was in pretty rough shape and it is a tribute to her character that she has bounced back and has started to gain weight. Now she loves to be petted and for those who pay her this kindness there are strong purrs and wistful looks from this special kitten with the pronounced brows, big eyes and saucy little face.

Interested in providing Deely-Bobber with her forever family or fostering her? Reach out to Bayfield’s Forgotten Felines at

Anyone who might wish to adopt but circumstances don’t allow for it, can virtually adopt a kitten or cat, receive updates and photos and even choose a name, and know that their generosity helped this creature find a forever home.

The cost of a vet visit is $125 per feline, of course, any financial amount whether it be large or small would be most 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.

new date coming soon for Canadian Author Virtual event


Please note that this event is to be rescheduled.

On Thursday, Oct. 1, The Village Bookshop will be hosting another author event, virtually – the author of “Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson”, Mark Bourrie, will be the featured guest.

Bourrie’s book is a must read for anyone interested in the history of Canada. He explores the life of Radisson, who was, among many things, the co-founder of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

The author describes Radisson as “the Forrest Gump of his time. He’s everywhere. And because he could read and write, he managed to tell us about it.” Radisson’s adventures create a story that is sometimes unbelievable and other times full of remarkable experiences in 17th century Canada.

People are invited to join The Village Bookshop, for this virtual event, in an one-hour conversation with Bourrie on Thursday, Oct. 1 starting at 5 p.m. Those interested are asked to please register for this event in person or call 519 565-5600 and the Zoom link will be emailed. Bourrie’s book is available for purchase at The Village Bookshop.

Pumpkin sales for charity to continue at Thanksgiving 

20200912_110020Nine-year-old twins, Zoe and Zac Small are selling pumpkins for a cause on two upcoming weekends this fall in Bayfield. (Submitted photo)

Nine-year-old twins, Zac and Zoe Small are raising money for charity and learning a thing or two about business with a new pumpkin venture in Bayfield.

The inspiration and “seed funding” for their pumpkin business came from local farmer Brian Van Aaken, and his wife, Shelley, who source their heritage seeds from Prince Edward Island and grow them at Vantage Farms near Varna. Zac and Zoe send him a daily report of their sales and work with him on filling inventory shortages. The twins report that cooking pumpkins are hot this year!

A portion of their sales will go to charities that are close to the twin’s hearts. St. Joseph's Healthcare in Guelph, where their grandmother resides, and P.I.M.E Missionaries in the Philippines, where their missionary uncle is helping the local community deal with food shortages and economic uncertainty due to COVID-19.

Zac and Zoe will be running their curbside pickup business in Bayfield again on Thanksgiving weekend, Oct. 9-12. Look for their set up along Louisa Street. 

All are encouraged to stop by to get their beautiful pumpkins and support some good causes!



 farmers' market 


The Bayfield Farmers' Market will hold their 19th market of the season on Friday, Oct. 2.

The market store is fully stocked with amazing locally grown and produced products. This week, be on the look out for: fresh vegetables from Firmly Rooted and Faro Farms; vegan roasted garlic and potato pierogi from J Bogal Foods; coil sausage, roasts and soup bones from Cedarvilla Angus Farms; Ginger Carrot Soup, stews and other delights from Petojo Food & Catering plus lots more.

Orders can be placed on the market's new online marketplace All orders must be placed by 11 p.m. on Wednesday. Customers of Firmly Rooted Farm are asked to place orders directly on their online store,, by Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Market pick-up hours are 3-5 p.m. every Friday. The pick-up location is the parking area on the north side of Clan Gregor Square.

Customers with a last name beginning with initials A-M are asked to pick up in the first hour (3-4 p.m.) and N-Z in the second hour (4-5 p.m.).

Delivery within 15 KMs of Bayfield is available for a flat fee of $5.

Should anyone have a question about a specific product, please contact the vendor directly. Their contact information can be found on their profile page on the online market store.


On any given day, citizens from every corner of the village, bend and scoop up discarded waste as they enjoy a leisurely stroll. Despite this dedication, corners of the village accumulate debris, particularly at sunset viewing and beach parking locations.

On the Thanksgiving weekend, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) and Blue Bayfield are encouraging citizens to take a special walk to clean up the village. This suggested cleanup replaces the BRVTA’s traditional April clean up, that was cancelled due to the pandemic and Blue Bayfield’s annual beach cleanup again cancelled because there is no beach to speak of.

If the idea of helping clean up the community appeals to people, they are asked to don a pair of gloves and clean in an area within 100 metres of their property and deposit their collection into their fancy new bin.

Both organizations request that people not over extend themselves as this is an informal cleanup of litter that has been deposited over the spring and summer. Participants take part at their own risk.

The BRVTA and Blue Bayfield would like to thank in advance all those that do take part in the clean up and remind everyone to bend at the knees when picking up the litter.

Women’s Hockey

It’s almost time to get back on the ice and one Bayfield team is welcoming new players.

The Women’s Hockey group that meets on Friday nights in the Bayfield Arena invites those interested to join them. COVID-19 safety measures will be in place. Games are held in-house only, no travel required. Play begins at 7 p.m. and the cost is $15 per game.

For more information please contact Dale Evans at 519 440-9417. Text preferred.

Food Bank

Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB) continues to be thankful for the generousity of the community in supporting the organization as the pandemic evolves.

For anyone who wishes to make a donation of non-perishable food items there is a bin on the south porch of the Trinity Anglican Church Parish Hall.

BAFB can be reached for assistance by calling or texting 519 955-7444, or by emailing All enquiries will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.

Knox Church

Knox Presbyterian Church, Bayfield is pleased to invite the community to participate in their Church Services remotely.

Each week Reverend Lisa Dolson shares scripture readings and the week’s message. Hymns and anthems are provided by organist Jean Walker.

Church access can be enjoyed anytime by following this link

guided hikes 

The Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) will offer guided hikes on Oct. 25th and Nov. 17th. Participants will follow outdoor social distancing protocols, and masks will be optional.

The Fall Colors Hike will be held on Sunday, Oct. 25th at 2 p.m. at the Naftels Creek Conservation Area. Hikers will see a mix of conifer plantations, hardwood and wetland areas at the peak beauty of the fall season.

Participants are asked to meet and park at 79152 Hwy 21, 7 km south of Goderich between Union Rd and Kitchigami Rd. A map can be viewed at The hike is 3 KM, moderate difficulty with some steep inclines, rough spots or obstacles, and will last about 90 minutes. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.

For more information, contact hike leader Pam Bowers at 519 565-4605.

National Take a Hike Day is Tuesday, Nov. 17 to celebrate the BRVTA will lead a hike on the Mavis and Taylor trails starting at 2 p.m. National Take a Hike Day is observed each year on this date in Canada and the U.S. There are over 90,000 KMs of non-motorized, managed trails in Canada. The Mavis and Taylor Trails offer relatively easy walking in a beautiful woodland leading down to the Bayfield River.

Hikers are asked to meet and park at the Stanley Complex in Varna, 5 KMs east of Bayfield on the Mill Road. A map can be found at The hike is a relatively easy 3.5 KMs with well-defined trails and gentle inclines; it will last less than two hours. Please wear sturdy shoes, check the weather report, and dress accordingly.

For more information, contact hike leader Gary Mayell at 519 441-0141.  




49909820661_679d13e8e4_kIn 1923, Jack McLaren joined the Toronto Arts and Letters Club and became well acquainted with the members of the Group of Seven. This work by Jack McLaren of the Bayfield Town Hall is owned by Phil and Ilse Gemeinhardt, of Bayfield. This painting and around 100 others are now on display at the Huron County Museum until April 2021. Please call the museum to make an appointment to visit. (Submitted photo)  

The Huron County Museum and the Huron County Historical Society (HCHS) are pleased to announce the opening of the much-anticipated exhibit “Reflections: The Life and Work of J.W. (Jack) McLaren” on Oct. 8. While there won’t be an event scheduled to celebrate the opening as organizers had hoped people are invited to pre-arrange their visit at their convenience to catch the exhibit, which is on until Apr. 30, 2021.

From mirth and mud at Ypres Salient and Vimy Ridge to the vibrancy of landscapes from Huron County and the Maitland Valley, the exhibit explores McLaren's prolific career as an artist, illustrator, and performer. Reflections is presented in partnership with the HCHS and features close to 100 works on loan from the community.

At this time, the Museum is open to the public Thursday to Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. To pre-arrange a visit, please call 519 524-2686 and be sure to review the latest guidelines for visiting the Museum on their website.

Reflections is included with regular admission or free for Museum Members and Huron County Library card holders. Please call the Museum at 519 524-2686 to pre-arrange a visit today.

Appointments required at Stratford Assessment Centre 

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is committed to supporting their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With COVID-19 cases on the rise across the province, the HPHA have seen a sharp increase in demand in recent weeks for COVID-19 testing at their drive through Assessment Centre at Stratford General Hospital. This team is working hard to respond to these requests and book appointments, however, this increase has resulted in longer response times.

The HPHA appreciates everyone’s patience as they respond to this demand. In order to help reduce these wait times they are directing more resources to their Assessment Centre, including, increasing staff to respond to requests and book appointments, along with creating a new online booking form.

Residents of Huron or Perth who are worried that they have COVID-19, or have been exposed to it, are encouraged to continue to use the Virtual Assessment Model that has been created which involves completing the province’s online assessment at and if indicated, calling their family doctor to be assessed and sent for testing. Those without a family doctor, can call Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267. Anyone who is considered a candidate for testing will be referred to an Assessment Centre.

Note that testing is now being prioritized for those who have:
• COVID-19 symptoms
• Been referred by public health due to close contact with a confirmed case
• Been referred by a health care professional or need to meet Ministry guidelines

For anyone who has been referred to the Assessment Centre at Stratford General Hospital, it is highly recommended that they use the new online booking form at With this form, people have the option to choose their appointment date and time. The form asks for some personal information and includes some screening questions. The link to this form will also be available on the HPHA website.

Appointments may also be requested by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2747.

Please remember that appointments are required. Drive ins or walk ups cannot be accommodated.

Anyone who is very ill and in need of immediate care, should go to their nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

For more COVID-19 updates and information, follow the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance on Twitter or Facebook, or visit their website at

HPPH reporting practices for COVID-19 in school settings

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) is advising of its public reporting practices for confirmed cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 in schools and related settings, such as before/after school programs, transportation, and extracurricular settings.

“We are committed to protecting the health of our communities and maintaining transparency,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Miriam Klassen. “When publicly reporting confirmed cases and outbreaks of COVID-19 in school settings, we will balance providing relevant information that people need to protect their health, and an individual’s right to privacy.”

In the event of a positive result, HPPH will carry out contact tracing and follow up. This means:
• HPPH contacts any individuals who test positive for COVID-19
• HPPH works with the school to complete an investigation and identify all contacts that occurred in the school setting during the time period that the case was potentially infectious to others
• HPPH contacts all of the people (including students and staff) who have had close contact with the individual(s) who tested positive during the period of transmissibility
• HPPH provides direction to close contacts and the school to protect students and staff, and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There may be instances where a person sees their positive test result online before they are contacted by public health. “If that happens, an individual’s first step should be to contact Huron Perth Public Health to receive further direction,” explained Dr. Klassen. Parents and guardians should keep their child at home and call HPPH at 1-888-221-2133 Ext. 3267 if they haven’t already received a call from HPPH.

HPPH will provide next steps and guidance, including directions for other household members. If a parent/guardian receives the results after hours or on the weekend, call 1-888-221-2133 and choose the on-call option. HPPH will respond within 24 hours. In the meantime, the child is asked to isolate at home.

“If students, parents and/or staff become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 related to a school but have not been contacted directly by Huron Perth Public Health, they can continue to attend school or work and continue the self monitoring of symptoms that we should all be doing on a daily basis,” added Dr. Klassen.

To protect the privacy of individuals, HPPH will not routinely comment if an individual case is confirmed in a school setting. HPPH will continue to report positive cases, and demographic trends of positive cases such as age, gender and municipality.

School boards and schools are required to post information if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 that involves a student or a staff member here:
• Avon Maitland District School Board:
• Huron Perth Catholic District School Board:
To view confirmed case counts in school settings in Ontario, the province has set up a web page:

HPPH will declare an outbreak in a school if there are two or more cases of COVID-19 in a 14-day period that have some link with each other, and with evidence that transmission occurred at the school.

In the instance of a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak in a school, HPPH will publicly report the outbreak, will identify the affected school, and will describe any closures that have resulted from the outbreak.

“Individual cases and contained outbreaks may not necessarily result in a school closure,” said Dr. Klassen. HPPH will post information online including, for example, the school name and date the outbreak was declared. HPPH will assist the school and families in taking measures to contain and stop the outbreak.

HPPH reminds the public that now, more than ever, we need to emphasize COVID-19 prevention.

“We can all play a part in stopping COVID-19 from spreading in our community and in our schools,” said Dr. Klassen.

Gateway accepts donation to support Farmers mental health 

Trillium Mutual Insurance has a long history of contributing to the development of rural Ontario through the Farm Mutual Re. Mutual Support Initiative. The business is very proud to announce that $10,000 has been donated to Gateway Centre for Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) to expand their “Farmers Mental Health & Resiliency Project” (FMHRP).

Many rural residents, including farmers, are dealing with much more uncertainty and stress in their day to day lives. This has been amplified by COVID-19s disruption to the agricultural industry. The need for mental health support has never been greater. Trillium Mutual believes that through this funding they have an opportunity to support the development and accessibility of these incredible programs. Gateway’s resources and projects are aimed at providing support to recognize and understand the challenges farmers face both on and off the farm. The FMHRP will empower the farming community, by increasing the awareness of available health services, providing support to curb the stigma attached to mental health and resiliency training.

“Trillium Mutual is a community focused organization and we believe in promoting education and sustainability across rural Ontario. We believe that our partnership with Gateway will help many in these communities get the assistance they need”, said President and CEO of Trillium Mutual Insurance, Tracy MacDonald.

Since 2008, Gateway’s focus has been researching ways to improve health care and its delivery to rural communities across Canada. Located in Goderich, Gateway is a not-for-profit organization whose aim is to improve the health and quality of life for rural residents. Trillium Mutual’s donation will be put towards developing the FMHRP. This Project’s main objective is to strengthen and educate the farming community and will directly impact Huron-Perth and Grey-Bruce counties and their over 12,500 farmers.

The project will mainly focus on “Shed Talks” which will bring various farm related speakers and topics to the community, along with health coaching to develop a network of agricultural leaders focused on healthy living. The program will engage and empower the agricultural community to begin asking questions surrounding their mental health and the role it plays in influencing their day to day actions.

“Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health is thrilled with the support from Trillium Mutual Insurance Company for our Farmers Mental Health & Resiliency Program. We are excited to launch our project as soon as possible. With their support we are one step closer to our goal of bringing assistance to our farm leaders. The agriculture industry is the mainstay of our local economy. Protecting the health of our agriculture sector workers will benefit us all,” said President of Gateway, Gwen Devereaux.

Trillium Mutual Insurance Company has a long history of community support in order to grow and build rural communities across Ontario. They develop insurance solutions that give their members peace of mind knowing they are covered.

In May, 2020, Farm Mutual Re provided each of its 48 voting members companies and one wholly-owned subsidiary with $41,000 so they are empowered to support local charitable causes and relief efforts during this challenging time. In total over $2M will be donated back into communities across Canada. The initiative is called Mutual Support. Trillium Mutual will be using these funds to support mental health initiatives as an extension of their Roots Community Fund Signature Donation towards mental health support across Ontario.

help to parents struggling over pandemic screentime use 

A Huron County program to teach parents how to manage kids’ screen time during COVID-19 will be available soon.

Struggling with kids about screen time? Gateway Centre of Excellence in Rural Health (Gateway) will host a must-see documentary screening for parents and grandparents – “Screenagers: Growing up in a digital world” from now to Oct. 1. Zoom panel discussions and Q and A sessions providing tips for parents will be held on Oct. 1 only. 

Gateway’s 2020 Speaker Series continues virtually this September and October, featuring on-line viewings of “Screenagers” and “Next Chapter”, two important documentaries about the impact of excessive screen time on today’s children and teens.

Gateway Board member, Nancy Simpson believes that screen time is an integral part of all kids’ lives especially during COVID-19 times. During the lock down period, there is also a good chance that some bad habits were developed with respect to screen time.

“Finding that balance between living in a digital world and the real world is key. For example, face-to-face interactions within your ‘bubble’ or class cohort to develop good social skills, exercise and positive health choices, as well as enjoyment of nature and the great outdoors,” said Simpson.


There are multiple screenings happening daily of “Screenagers” in communities across the globe. It is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offers parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into an international movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens. The themes include use of screens in school, boys and video games, girls and social media and the risk of addiction.

Physician and filmmaker, Delaney Ruston decided to make “Screenagers” when she found herself constantly struggling with her two kids about screen time. Ruston felt guilty and confused, not sure what limits were best, especially around mobile phones, social media, gaming, and how to monitor on-line homework. Hearing repeatedly how other parents were equally overwhelmed, she realized this is one of the biggest, unexplored parenting issues of our time.

As a director, Ruston turned the camera on her own family and others—revealing stories of messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. We meet Hannah, a 14-year old victim of social media bullying who struggled trying to hide her social media use from her mom. And Andrew, whose love of video games turned into an addiction taking him from earning straight A’s to flunking out of college.

Interwoven into these stories, are cutting edge science and insights from thought leaders as well as leading brain scientists who present evidence on the real changes in the brain when kids are on screens. “Screenagers” goes far beyond exposing the risks of screen time, it reveals multiple approaches on how parents and educators can work with kids to help them achieve a healthy amount of screen time.

Gateway has purchased the licencing rights to “Screenagers” and “Next Chapter” which allows the organization to offer these documentaries to registering participants. Registrants will watch these documentaries on their own time during a two-week period, then opt to participate in a moderated Q and A session on Zoom, led by a facilitator and a panel of local experts coordinated by Gateway.

Screenagers will be available from now to Oct. 1 on demand. The panel discussion and Q and A Zoom session will be offered the evening of Oct. 1 only starting at 7 p.m.

For trailers and more information about this documentary, visit

To register for “Screenagers” go to

And be sure to watch for more details about the second documentary, “Next Chapter” coming soon.

Gateway would like to acknowledge and thank Larry Otten, of Larry Otten Contracting, for sponsoring this upcoming Gateway Virtual Speaker Series event. Gateway also received a Community Grant from the Town of Goderich to support their 2020 Speaker Series fundraising initiative for which they are truly grateful.  

society provides options to keep the brain active while at home 

Anyone looking for ways to keep their brain active while at home? The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is here to help people stay engaged and connected.

The Society is offing three programs this fall: Dementia Education, Memory and Aging Program and a Ukulele Group. All of these programs are available for anyone in the general public to attend – they do not have to be clients of the Alzheimer Society.

Dementia Education covers the topics addressed most frequently: Ten Warning Signs, Brain Changes and Dementia, Types of Dementia, and Communication Changes. These one hour ZOOM sessions are on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Please contact the office to register and confirm specific dates and times.

The Memory and Aging Program was developed for anyone interested in finding out more about age related memory changes, brain health lifestyle choices and to practice new memory strategies. The $25 program fee includes a workbook. Sessions will be held over ZOOM from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on the following Thursdays: Oct. 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5.

The Ukulele Group is for anyone who wants to challenge their musical skills? Ukulele lessons will be hosted on ZOOM on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. with Laurie from the Bayfield Ukulele Society. The lessons are open to those 55 years old and over. The $20 program fee includes ZOOM group lessons - and a ukulele!

Please contact the Alzheimer Society of Huron County office at 519 482-1482 to register for the fall programs. Please register by Oct. 1 to ensure a spot.

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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 please visit:

Basic INcome 

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) Board of Health is joining experts and community groups across Canada calling for a Basic Income.

Research shows that low income has a long-term, negative impact on health. The COVID-19 pandemic has also shown that even a small loss of income has a big impact on people’s ability to meet basic needs. Basic income is payment made directly to people with low income, whether or not they work for pay. It would help people meet their needs, participate in society and live with dignity.

Chair of the HPPH Board of Health, Kathy Vassilakos, says Basic Income isn’t a new idea.

“Studies from around the world, including in Canada, show that providing people with a basic income has a positive impact on important social goals like reducing poverty, boosting local economies, increasing community participation and improving health,” Vassilakos said.

In a letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in June 2020, HPPH Board of Health noted that the federal government already gives money to some people living with low income. People with children receive the Child Tax Benefit (CTB). Seniors receive Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS). Basic Income would cover working age adults living with low incomes.

Perth Huron United Way has also endorsed Basic Income. According to its Living Wage report, half the households in Huron and Perth Counties earn less than the Living Wage of $17.55 an hour. Basic Income would also help people in lower paying, seasonal, part-time or contract work.

Poverty to Prosperity (P2P), Huron’s anti-poverty coalition, has been a strong advocate for Basic Income. P2P Co-chair Pam Hanington said that Basic Income would “significantly reduce poverty in Huron and Perth, especially for people currently relying on inadequate provincial income assistance programs.”

The rollout of the Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB) has shown that the government can deliver Basic Income. Costing models show that it is affordable. Basic Income is supported by economists, health professionals, and businesses. Fifty members of the Canadian Senate have called for the CERB to transition to a permanent Basic Income.

Vassilakos said, “Basic income is an important way we can improve people’s health and social conditions, and support our local economy.”

Agricultural Partnership grants

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson is sharing some “great news” of more than $1.1 million in new grants for local farmers, the agricultural sector, as well as new rural projects.

First, the MPP announced 78 various projects in Huron-Bruce will receive more than $850,000 in funding as part of the provincial government’s almost $8 million in cost-share funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to eligible farmers and other agri-food businesses.

“I am proud to see such great support for local farmers and agriculture,” she said, noting the grants will improve the competitiveness of the agri-food sector and secure it for long-term sustainability. Through the Partnership, these initiatives will support improvements in areas such as enhanced traceability systems, upgraded animal-handling equipment, and strengthened biosecurity measures.

Thompson also applauded Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman for his ongoing dedication to farmers and the agricultural industry.

“It is reassuring to know that rural Ontario has a Minister of Agriculture who has their back, especially during these difficult times,” she said.

Examples of projects supported through this programming include: improving food safety systems on farms to meet or exceed international certification standards; planting over-wintering cover crops to improve soil health and reduce soil erosion losses; actions to help prevent pest damage at greenhouse operations; developing a product that will open new sales markets for a farm business; and upgrades to animal-handling equipment and improved biosecurity measures.

rural economic development 

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson recently announced more than $250,000 in new local funding under the Rural Economic Development Program (RED).

Recipients include:
• Huron-Kinloss Township ($128,750) for a business incubator project.
• The County of Huron (two projects totalling $58,263) for business retention and expansion as well as updating the Western Ontario Warden’s Caucus resource website.
• The County of Bruce ($34,000) for skills training and development.
• The Paddy Walker Heritage Society ($27,677) for remediation and renovation of the Walker House in Kincardine.
• The Huron Manufacturing Association ($5,650) for a youth attraction and retention program.

“The Rural Economic Development Program plays a key role in helping fund important projects that might not get started without the support,” Thompson said. “I am glad to see that the program is so well received and supported in Huron-Bruce.”

The RED intake is directed at not-for-profit organizations with a mandate towards regional economic development and qualified projects would be eligible for up to 70 per cent of total costs to a maximum of $75,000 in provincial funding.

New RED applications will be accepted from now until Oct. 9. All costs must be incurred on or before March 31, 2021. Projects will not be extended beyond that date. Projects need to meet the following criteria: benefit rural Ontario; have tangible outcomes; and reach beyond one county, region, or district.

abca OUtdoor learning programs 

Conservation educators at Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) have developed three new outdoor learning programs to reach preschoolers, remote learners, and homeschoolers. The new programs are among adaptations to conservation education programming this autumn to deliver education in new ways during the current pandemic.

These programs take place at Morrison Dam Conservation Area (MDCA) east of Exeter. The programs include exploration, hands-on activities, experiments, and sensory awareness to help children gain curriculum-based knowledge and develop a deep respect for nature and taking care of soil, water and living things in the watershed.

“We feel these programs will maintain a child’s connection to nature throughout the current school year and in all types of weather,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator. “Those taking part will spend lots of time in direct experience with the outdoors in all conditions.”

The new programs are Oaks and Acorns (preschoolers with caregiver); Science Outdoors (primary, junior, intermediate, half-day program); and Outdoor School (all day; ages nine to 13).

Oaks and Acorns is a program for children ages two to five years accompanied by an adult caregiver. It will start on Oct. 9 and will run on Fridays 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., over eight weeks, until Nov. 27. Outdoor play and inquiry are part of this program. There is a maximum of ten children per session so space is limited.

Science Outdoors is a program for remote learners and homeschoolers looking for outdoor learning beyond the classroom. It takes place on Wednesdays, over eight weeks. It will start on Oct. 7. Junior students attend from 9 a.m. to noon and Primary students attend from 1-4 p.m. Science Outdoors for the Intermediate students will start on Oct. 9 and take place on Fridays from 1-4 p.m. The participants will have ‘hands-on’ exploration and activities to learn grade-specific science concepts from the Ontario Curriculum. There is a maximum of ten students per divisional time slot so space is limited.

The Outdoor School is an inquiry and curriculum based outdoor program for ages nine to 13. The program starts on Oct. 6 and will run, over 30 weeks, on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Outdoor School does not run on Dec. 24 or 31 or on March 18). There is a maximum of 14 students so space is limited.

ABCAs conservation educators will strive to be dynamic, caring and creative natural leaders while facilitating these outdoor learning programs. In addition, educators are following local health unit recommendations and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s COVID-19 guidelines for day camps. Anyone who would like to chat with educators about these programs, should please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or Ext. 262.

To register or to find out more visit the website’s education web page at this link:

Community grants 

The Grand Bend Community Foundation (GBCF) annual community grants program makes funds available to local charities and community groups to support a wide range of activities, from education and recreation, to the environment and the arts. The GBCF serves the municipalities of Lambton Shores, Bluewater and South Huron. Deadline for applications is today (Sept. 30).

This year, the GBCF is encouraging grant applications from groups adapting to the new normal created by the pandemic.

“We know that charities are facing a big challenge right now,” said Grants Committee Chair Jim Jean. “They must continue to offer much-needed services while reimagining their organizations in a totally new context. We believe there’s an opportunity to help them ‘build back better’ in our communities.”

Applicants are encouraged to contact Pat Morden, Executive director of the GBCF, to discuss their plans before starting an application. More information and application forms are available online at

For more information, call Morden at 519 619-8630 or email


COVID-19 has had serious and potentially long-lasting impacts on communities. While the recovery will be long and difficult for everyone, small and rural communities face particular challenges. A partnership between the University of Guelph (U of G), United Way Perth-Huron’s Social Research and Planning Council (SRPC), the County of Huron, the Huron Arts and Heritage Network and the Listowel Salvation Army aims to ensure rural voices are heard.

“Fifteen per cent of Ontarians live in small communities and rural environments and these areas have a unique voice,” said Leith Deacon, assistant professor at the University of Guelph’s School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. “We want to make sure that voice is heard. We’re looking forward to working in Perth and Huron Counties to learn about the concerns and anxieties of local people as communities look for ways to recover from the pandemic.”

The U of G survey aims to determine not only what planning is required to best support ongoing recovery in Perth and Huron but also how to best increase resilience and well-being over the longer term. Researchers aim to identify vulnerable populations, determine priority programs including mental health, income and food security, and education specifically to support those populations during and after COVID-19, explore opportunities for the non-profit sector and identify emergent mental health and economic concerns. The project is funded through Mitacs, a non-profit research organization that, through partnerships with Canadian academia, private industry and government, operates research and training in fields related to social and industrial innovation.

The research team is encouraging all residents over the age of 18 to complete the survey in an effort to capture the most accurate data that reflects the experiences of people from across Huron and Perth Counties. The survey takes roughly half an hour to complete and is now open to people in Huron. Residents can visit to complete the online version of the survey. All households within Huron County will receive a paper copy in the mail, including a prepaid return envelope. 

“We’re looking forward to the results of this important survey,” said SRPC Director of Planning, Susanna Reid. “This research will form the basis of our future research and planning efforts in Perth and Huron Counties. Everyone’s voice is important. What we learn from this research will help shape programs and policies that will be tailored to local needs.”"

The SRPC is operated by United Way Perth-Huron and is comprised of volunteer community representatives dedicated to the collection, analysis and distribution of information relating to local social trends. Research enables United Way to discover and understand the root causes of issues affecting Perth-Huron and in turn mobilize the community.



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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 (open Thursday to Sunday by appointment - call 519 524-2686) . 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.

This week, we take a closer look at a couple of stringed instruments in the museum's collection. 


No dates are provided for this violin that was kept in a black case along with the bow made of wood, ivory and horse hair. What is known is that it was owned by Clarence Perdue, who acquired it from his teacher, Mr. Phelan, in Clinton. Phelan taught Perdue to read music, but he preferred to play by ear, an ability that he is said to have been quite good at.

The violin was purchased by Perdue’s parents from his music teacher when the youth was 14 years old. Perdue started playing for dances and concerts at age 17. He played on Wingham radio, with Ross Mann, for a few years. He also played other instruments such as the mouth organ and guitar. On two occasions, he was a judge at a violin jamboree.

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Clark Irish Harp

This is a Clark Irish Harp patented in 1911 by makers Lyon and Healy. It has been mounted on a four-legged base. The base and frame are made of wood. There is a fancy gold leaf design painted on the back, front and sides of the harp. There are also gold painted pictures on the inside of the harp. This instrument would be played by plucking or strumming the tightly stretched wires. It was made by "Clark Music Co." in Syracuse, N.Y.  

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the saga of "harry" the sailor Continues 

28902755142_685ede72a2_k"Harry" the Main Street Sailor as he looked at his unveiling in August of 2016.  

20200922_163112 "Harry" the Main Street Sailor is having some restoration work done. This project is being spearheaded by the Bayfield Historical Society and they are looking to the community for financial support. (Submitted photo)

20200917_073659Cody Moon has begun scraping mold and filling cracks with “Abatron Wood Restoration”. He will also be repainting the figure. He is the original artist behind Harry’s colorful character having painted him in 2016. (Submitted photo)  

7 Carving completed June 2016 before paintingIn early July 2016, the new Main Street Sailor waited for Cody Moon to add his colorful character. Moon is currently restoring "Harry" to his early grandeur. (Photo by Ralph Laviolette)  

15394655895_b53ea5941e_kThe face of the new Main Street Sailor slowly evolved as the poplar trunk was carved in October 2014.

15208089988_351e90581e_k The Main Street Sailor was moved to DL Creations, Hwy. 21 South, in the late summer of 2014 to serve as a model for the replica that was carved.

15107942235_c050e031ff_kIn this image taken in September 2014, the replica sailor is shown being carved to be at least two feet taller than its predecessor ended up being. When it was first carved in the early 1990s, proper preservation called for lots of linseed oil particularly at his feet and lower legs, but that was not to be. He was given a paint job instead. He later contracted foot rot. Then he lost both his feet and lower limbs and shrunk as a result.  

15095113155_b09d4b3f27_kThe original Main Street Sailor was removed from his Main Street location on the afternoon of Aug. 27, 2014. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

14908589907_43c8ea4dde_kThe Main Street Sailor was prepared for his ride out of town on Aug. 27, 2014. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

Screen Shot 2020-09-28 at 6.29.35 PM Although the sailor himself was found to be rotted beyond repair the Captain's wheel he held was in good enough shape to be reused. In this photo taken in late August of 2014., David Loerchner (left) and Doug Vanderhaar worked to remove the wheel portion of the wood sculpture. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)

Screen Shot 2020-09-28 at 6.28.33 PMDavid Loerchner (left) and Doug Vanderhaar prepared to remove the sailor. who presided over the village's Main Street for over 20 years, at the end of August 2014. (Photo by Dianne Brandon)  




“Harry” the Main Street Sailor is once again in need of community support and the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) is spearheading the campaign.

In August 2016, Harry, the second version of the Main Street Sailor, was given his official name following a community contest and it was hoped at that time that he would preside over the street without difficulty for years to come. Sadly, not everything with Harry is going according to plan.

“Unfortunately, storms have battered him; people have pinned bulletins to him; and we are suspicious that there may have been people hanging on his arms, whether it be for photos or stormy weather is unclear,” said Ruth Gibson, president of the BHS.

As time is of the essence, the BHS have already commenced with restoration work on the sailor but they need to raise approximately $800 to cover the project.

Cody Moon has begun scraping mold and filling cracks with “Abatron Wood Restoration”. Moon is also restructuring his grip on the wheel and rebuilding the wheel which came from the original sailor that graced the street for over 25 years. Moon will also be repainting the figure. He is the original artist behind Harry’s colorful character having painted him in 2016.

The BHS is also pleased to announce that they will be moving the sailor to the south side of the Bayfield Welcome Centre and Archives, just down and across the street from his original location.

In his new home, “he will be well looked after...and on the leeside of storms, sheltered from being battered about,” said Gibson.

The first incarnation of the Main Street Sailor was created as a novelty for Harry’s Pub (where Avalon Women’s Clothing is now.) Harry MacDonald had the sailor carved out of a tree called ‘balm of gilead’. The tree was good for carving because the wood is soft and fine grained. The tree came from a property at Dow and Tuyll Streets, the trunk used for the carving was four feet in diameter and 10 feet long. During the 25 years that the sailor welcomed visitors to Main Street he lost his feet and lower limbs and thus shrunk about two feet.

According to Doug Brown, former BHS president, who wrote an article about the sailor in 2016, “Legend claims he was kidnapped and taken to somewhere down Highway 21 near Snowden Acres and on another occasion temporarily abandoned at the village dump. But he found his way back each time and had become the cherished watchman of Main Street North. He remains one of the most photographed characters in Bayfield. He also represented the village’s fishing past that goes back to the 1860s and the beaching of the schooner Malta in 1882.”

In 2014, Ralph Laviolette, at the time the volunteer archivist with the BHS, took the lead on a project to have the Main Street Sailor refurbished. He rallied the community and on a late August afternoon, the statue sailed past Main Street shops enroute to the parking lot at DL Creations on Hwy. 21 South with the help of Doug Vanderhaar and his tractor. It was there that it was determined that the sailor was beyond repair. A new sailor carved in his likeness would need to be created, this time from a Poplar tree felled on Glass Street.

By the summer of 2016, the project was completed and the new 10-foot, Harry was returned to Main Street. The bust of the original sailor was preserved and is now property of the BHS.

At Harry's unveiling, Doug Brown noted that donations from village residents and support from Melissa Silva (the owner of the property where the sailor resided) made the creation of the new sailor possible using local crafts persons: Colin Brown, of London; David Loerchner, of DL Creations, Cody Moon, of Over the Moon Painting, and Heather Church, of Gestalt, all of Bayfield.

Anyone wishing to donate to Harry's current restoration project can email or mail cheques payable to the Bayfield Historical Society to Bayfield Historical Society and Archives, 20 Main St. N., P.O. Box 161, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0. Tax receipts will be provided for donations of $25 or over.

14921372217_4697242805_k Work began on Harry the new Main Street Sailor in September of 2016. He was carved from a poplar tree felled on Glass Street.

15107593412_0e4e0ea0ca_kA beloved part of the village's history, the bust of the original sailor was preserved and is now property of the Bayfield Historical Society.




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Today you are reading the 586th weekly issue of the Bayfield Breeze. I thank you for scrolling all the way down to the bottom to see what I have to say. We are brought to your email inbox each week because a number of people advertise their service or business throughout the issue. I encourage you to click on their advertisements and tour their websites to see what they are all about. We wouldn’t have been able to create this 586th issue if it weren’t for them.

That’s right, folks, it is that time of year again when our Advertising Representative Mike Dixon is checking in with returning advertisers and hoping to enlist a few new ones too. It takes more than the time and enthusiasm of our merry little band to put out an issue every week. It takes money – albeit we do our best to be frugal. There are costs to send out our weekly emails, costs for domaine services and costs to host the wonderful myriad of pictures that make our publication rather unique, I think. 

Anyone is welcome to support the Bayfield Breeze financially – advertising is just one way – donations to the cause are always gratefully accepted. If you would like to advertise or know someone who should be please send me an email. And thanks so much for reading. - Melody 



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