global day of climate action recognized in Goderich
During the walk held in Goderich on Sept. 24, climate change activists gathered to put politicians on notice to confront the crisis. (Photos by W. Laurie)
The first Global Climate Walk was started by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in the summer of 2019.
A small but intrepid group of climate warriors staged a walk around The Courthouse Square in Goderich on Sept. 24 as part of the Global Day of Climate Action.
They carried appropriate signs and posters to put politicians on notice to confront the climate crisis. They reported they were well received by many of the people walking by or driving around The Square.
The purpose of the Global Day of Climate Action, started by Greta Thunberg, is to unite all climate activists and groups around a common goal – to demand that governments and corporations limit the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C and deliver real and just solutions to the climate crisis.
These 15 residents of Huron-Bruce urge all politicians to work together to meet the needed targets, to incentivize industry, business, construction, agriculture and the general population to reduce their carbon footprints and to adopt new innovative technologies.
They hope citizens of Huron-Bruce will mobilize to express their concerns about climate change and the need for immediate and drastic action to their MP and MPP. Several organizations such as 350.org and Leadnow act.leadnow.ca/Cooperate2021/ also have petitions that are easily accessible online.
telethon raises over eighty thousand for huron hospice
On Thursday, Sept 16, Huron Hospice took over the Faux Pop Studio in Goderich for the second “There’s No Place Like Home” Telethon. In this photo, Alexa Yeo is shown performing for her pre-recorded performance while the crew gets things set up just right. (Submitted photo)
On Thursday, Sept 16, the lights went up and Huron Hospice took over the Faux Pop Studio in Goderich. The second “There’s No Place Like Home” Telethon was a success and Huron Hospice raised $84,162.
The Telethon featured some of the best of Huron County entertainment. There was no question six year-old, Aubrey and 12 year-old, Alexa stole the show. From Bayfield, Goderich, Port Albert, Clinton, Seaforth, Blake and as far away as Hollywood, all the performers had Huron County Roots. Some have had family experience with Huron Hospice. In case anyone missed it, the show is still available on www.huronhospice.ca and www.facebook.com/HuronResidentialHospice.
The organizers were pleased that Blyth Festival’s Gil Garratt and Member of Parliament, Ben Lobb, returned as emcees.
“Both Ben and Gil are great friends of Huron Hospice. We were honored to have such loyal friends join us and help us celebrate when we know they both had hectic schedules. The fact that both Ben and Gil made time for Huron Hospice showed how important the Hospice is for everyone in Huron County,” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker.
He went on to acknowledge and thank the internationally known creative team at Faux Pop Studios in Goderich.
“Faux Pop put together a wonderful show that demonstrates the depth of talent in Huron County,” he said.
Walker added, “While there is a long list of people to thank, we really want to say thank you to our donors. Our donor family made the Telethon as success, we could not provide compassionate end-of-life services, without all of you at our backs.”
Funds raised during the telethon help Huron Hospice support over 300 families in Huron County on the end-of-life journey, each year. There is no cost for the services of Huron Hospice. The community contributes half the revenue Huron Hospice needs annually to provide the services for which it is known.
Vaccine Certificates required for some indoor settings
The provincial requirement to provide proof of vaccination to access certain indoor public settings took effect on Sept. 22, and Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) thanks the community for continuing to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
The new provincial requirement is one of several actions to encourage eligible people to get vaccinated. Increased vaccination rates will provide more protection against the highly transmissible Delta Variant for Ontarians, including protecting healthcare system capacity and keeping schools and businesses open.
“This pandemic has been incredibly challenging for many,” said Public Health Director and Incident Manager, Donna Taylor. “During the pandemic, businesses and public settings in Huron-Perth have worked diligently to operate according to many public health measures in order to protect their staff and patrons against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. We ask that patrons and community members be understanding and supportive of owners and staff at these specified settings as they work to implement this new provincial requirement.”
Effective Sept. 22, Ontarians need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain indoor public settings including:
• Restaurants and bars (excluding outdoor patios, as well as delivery and takeout);
• Nightclubs (including outdoor areas of the establishment);
• Meeting and event spaces, such as banquet halls and conference/convention centres;
• Facilities used for sports and fitness activities and personal fitness training, such as gyms, fitness and recreational facilities with the exception of youth recreational sport;
• Sporting events;
• Casinos, bingo halls and gaming establishments;
• Concerts, music festivals, theatres and cinemas;
• Strip clubs, bathhouses and sex clubs;
• Racing venues (e.g., horse racing).
There are some exemptions to the above requirement, including people who access only certain parts of settings, people with a documented medical exemption to COVID-19 vaccination, and people under 12 years old who are not yet eligible for vaccination. For a full list, and details, of exemptions, please see Proof of Vaccination Guidance (PDF) for Businesses and Organizations under the Reopening Ontario Act
The province has stated that beginning Oct. 22, an enhanced vaccine certificate, as well as a verification app to allow businesses to read the QR code, will be available.
HPPH thanks the public for their patience and understanding as businesses and organizations implement the provincial proof of vaccination requirement in certain indoor settings.
“Permitting only fully vaccinated individuals to enter these settings is another measure to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and help businesses and facilities stay open,” said Medical Officer of Health for Huron Perth, Dr. Miriam Klassen.
As businesses and organizations continue to implement the new requirement, HPPH will continue to work with local law enforcement to address any concerns related to the new proof of vaccination requirements. Police services will respond to complaints or concerns where members of the public are attempting to harass or prevent businesses from implementing the requirement, or where businesses are not asking for proof of vaccination of their patrons. The focus will be on engagement, education and enforcement.
Ontarians can print or download their vaccination receipt from the provincial booking portal at covid19.ontariohealth.ca/
The province is also working on additional supports and services to assist Ontario residents who need help obtaining proof of vaccination, including requesting a copy be sent by mail. Those who need support getting a digital or printed paper copy of their vaccination receipt can call the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900. Public libraries across Huron Perth are also offering to help people print their vaccine receipt.
HPPH continues to offer vaccination clinics in locations across Huron Perth. Clinics are open to anyone turning 12 in 2021, and older. Walk-ins are accepted at all clinics. Please visit www.hpph.ca/walkin for details on upcoming clinics. Appointments can be booked for some clinics either online at www.hpph.ca/vaccinebooking, or by calling 1-833-753-2098.
Anyone not able to attend an HPPH vaccination clinic, may contact their local pharmacy or primary care provider to see if they are offering COVID-19 vaccinations. Go to covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for a list of pharmacy locations.
HPPH continues to see a steady number of COVID-19 cases locally, including in school-aged children and youth.
“This is not unexpected since school-associated cases generally reflect community transmission levels,” said Dr. Klassen. “I remind all school staff and families that they are required to screen for COVID-19 every day before leaving for school.”
The current provincial school screening tool lists fewer symptoms than previous versions. Guidelines for children and adults continue to evolve as we learn more about COVID-19, how it spreads, and how it affects people in different ways.
If a child fails the COVID-19 screening, they cannot attend school. Please follow the instructions given on the screening for further direction.
If a child passes the COVID-19 screening, but is ill with symptoms not on the screening tool (e.g. runny nose, sore throat), they should not attend school. Please seek assessment from a regular health care provider as appropriate and follow their direction. Generally, with these other symptoms, a child can return to school when their symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours and they do not have a fever (without use of medication), and are well enough to participate in school activities.
Staying home when ill will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses in the school setting.
Lonely No More program starting Storytelling Club
“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.” — Brandon Sanderson
The Lonely No More Program is excited to announce the launch of their new monthly Storytelling Club to “Learn & Try” the art of storytelling which is open to all community members.
The first session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. on ZOOM. The sessions will continue on the last Thursday of the month throughout the winter.
The September session will feature local storyteller Mary McCullum Baldasaro, a member of the Baden Storyteller’s Guild and Storytellers Canada, and a regular teller at Stories Aloud in The Story Barn. She has performed in schools, libraries, at the Toronto Storytelling Festival, Latitudes Festival, and Heart & Hand Festival.
The following month, on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. the special guest will be Bob Montgomery, author and reporter with Blackburn News and local radio CKNX. He will share some ghost stories just in time for Halloween!
More future storytellers will be announced soon!
This event will be held on ZOOM (zoom.com.cn/join - Meeting ID: 885 3217 8841). Participants can also phone into the event by dialing 1-855-703-8985 and entering the same Meeting ID described above. The Lonely No More Leadership Team can also dial people into the event if that’s easiest. Give them a call at 519 292-6862 by Sept. 29 and they can set up that option for individuals.
This monthly hour of entertainment and friendship is an opportunity to share community stories through the power of storytelling, to stay connected with our community throughout the fall and winter months and enjoy lively discussion with neighbors.
“To help us find our own voice and be empowered to share our own stories, we will feature live storytelling, prerecorded tales and opportunities to engage with each other. It will be exciting to hear stories we have in common, learn more about our community and chat with our live storytellers,” remarked Sarah Versteeg, Lonely No More coordinator.
Organized by the Lonely No More Leadership Team, this Storytelling Club is modeled after their highly successful Friday Jam Sessions, which are established and lead by engaged Lonely No More participants who share their joy of music by bringing together local talent on Friday’s at 3:30 p.m. for an eclectic hour of music and fun.
The Storytelling Club and Jam Session are just two of the many ways people can work together as a community to empower those experiencing loneliness and social isolation, enhancing their well-being through new networks and community engagement. For more information about the Lonely No More Program and their upcoming events, as well as opportunities to participate and/or volunteer, please visit www.gatewayruralhealth.ca/lonely-no-more.html or call 519 292-6862.
Key issues for county residents focus of speaker series
The Sunset Community Foundation is presenting a three-part speaker series addressing three key issues affecting communities in Lambton and Huron Counties – the climate crisis, affordable housing, and poverty reduction. The series, offered via ZOOM, launches Oct. 14 and is open and free to all.
Dan Driedger (Submitted photo)
The series is a partnership with the Rotary Club of Grand Bend, Lakeshore Eco-Network, and Grand Bend Dental Centre.
“The community meetings we held in Grand Bend and Exeter earlier this year surfaced a number of key issues,” said Deb Gill, chair of the Foundation. “Now we want to delve deeper into three of them, and ultimately, take action to address them.” Gill hopes that the speakers will inform and inspire the people of our region. “This is what Sunset does – we provide leadership and funding to have a real impact in our communities.”
The three speakers are: Cara Pike, Executive director, Climate Access/Principal, Social Capital Strategies; Dan Driedger, Executive director, Mennohomes; and Dr. Tracy Smith-Carrier, Canada Research chair (Tier 2) at Royal Roads University.
Pike will be talking about what people can do locally to fight climate change on Oct. 14. Pike is an environmental and climate communications strategist for non-profits, government, and business.
Dr. Tracy Smith-Carrier
On Oct. 21, Driedger will share how Mennohomes makes a difference as he leads a successful affordable housing non-profit that has created more than 150 affordable rental housing units in the Kitchener-Waterloo region since 2004.
Smith-Carrier, will offer an opportunity to learn more about how to fight poverty on Oct. 28. She is a researcher in the field of social policy, with interests in social welfare, food and income security, and basic income.
To register for the series, go to sunsetcommunityfoundation.ca and follow the links, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.hpph.ca
The Huron Hospice October 50/50 raffle is on now and it is the third opportunity for peole to win and do something great for their community. The raffle runs from Sept. 30 to Oct. 29. According to organizers, the raffle is a win-win as people have the chance to win the pot and help Huron Hospice at the same time.
“The Ontario Government covers half of the cost of Huron Hospice $1.2 million operations and pays for salaries and benefits of nursing staff. Donors cover the other half of our costs, including Hospice community programs, such as grief and bereavement support for adults and children and youth. At the residence, donations help provide meals, heat and hydro and general building upkeep. We are thankful for both the Government support and the assistance of our donors and volunteers. We could not do it without any of them," said Willy Van Klooster, Huron Hospice Executive Director.
“Throughout the COVID pandemic, interest in our raffles has grown. They have become an important part of our revenue during the pandemic. We do understand that playing a raffle is not for everyone,” said Huron Hospice Manager of Fund Development, Christopher Walker. “If the raffle is not for you, there are other ways in which people can support Huron Hospice. They can support our Wings of a Dove Christmas program or make donations in memory of family or friends who have died. Whatever way people choose to give, we know all gifts come from the heart, and all the money raised stays here in Huron County and helps us provide services for families close to home.”
Buying tickets is simple. Just log on to www.huronhospice5050.ca and follow the links. People can purchase 100 tickets for $40, 40 tickets for $20 and five tickets for $10.
Anyone with questions is asked to please get in touch with Christopher Walker, manager, Fund Development, at 519 525-7352 or by email at email@example.com Licence No.: RAF1201150
The Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) is hosting their 1st Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 1 at the White Squirrel Golf Club.
They are looking for foursomes and individuals to come out and support HCFBDC in their efforts to provide food security for all people in Huron County and area. The cost is $150 for 18 holes with cart, this includes a $50.00 tax receipt, light lunch, snacks and dinner to follow.
The tournament will be held at the White Squirrel Golf Club, 72538 Bluewater Hwy., Zurich, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Participants are asked to arrive at 12:30 p.m. for cart and hole assignments.
For more information visit the HCFBDC Event Page at:
To register online go to: app.simplyk.io/en/ticketing/bdb0b758-41fa-
The Alzheimer Society of Huron County is once again hosting a Virtual Fall Dementia Education Night on Thursday, Oct. 7.
The guest speaker this year will be Dr. Elizabeth Finger, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology, Western University. Dr. Finger will be presenting the topic, “Inflammation and the Brain: Implications for Dementia” via ZOOM from 7-8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 and are available online at bit.ly/3nxvCiZ Tickets can also be purchased directly from the Alzheimer Society of Huron County at 519 482-1482 or 1-800-561-5012.
Dr. Finger is also a Neurologist at the Parkwood Institute, and a Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. In addition to many other ongoing research programs, her recent research has focused on empathy in patients with Frontotemporal Dementia. Organizers look forward to hosting Dr. Finger as she discusses the latest research and theories regarding neuroinflammation and its impact on the brain.
Oaks and Acorns
Autumn is almost here and conservation educators are bringing back the Oaks and Acorns program for children ages 2-4 years old with caregiver.
“Fall is such a great time of year to be outside,” said Denise Iszczuk, Conservation educator with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA). “There are new smells, colors and changes in the forest and the weather.”
Oaks and Acorns started in 2020 and ABCA is bringing the program back for its second year.
Oaks and Acorns starts on Oct. 5 and takes place on Tuesdays from 10-11:30 a.m. This program runs for four weeks at a time. Other sessions are offered for the months of November, December and January. People may sign up for all four monthly sessions online.
The program is play and inquiry based. It takes place “in the beautiful woods around Morrison Dam Conservation Area” east of Exeter. Conservation educators say Oaks and Acorns helps parents and guardians to learn how to assess risk and “how to help your child explore and deepen their relationship with nature.”
Participants should “dress for the weather and bring a snack”.
This program is $70 for the sessions over four weeks. Space is limited to 10 families. The October session will run Oct. 5; 12; 19; and 26. Registration closes Monday, Sept. 27.
ABCA’s conservation educators strive to be dynamic, caring and creative natural leaders while facilitating outdoor learning programs like this one. In addition, conservation educators follow local public health recommendations and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Anyone who would like to speak with conservation educators about this or other programs is asked to please call 519 235-2610, or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, Ext. 255 or 262.
To learn more about the Oaks and Acorns program visit the abca.ca website at this web page: www.abca.ca/education/community/#oaks-and-acorns-2
Youth in Action
After a year away, United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH) is re-launching their Youth in Action Grants initiative for 14 to 25-year-olds who have ideas to address youth issues in Perth and/or Huron County. The grants are an opportunity for youth to access up to $1,000 to develop and implement projects addressing important issues in their community and help their peers.
“UWPH is happy to be able to offer Youth Grants again this year,” said UWPH Director of Governance and Community Impact, Megan Partridge. “It’s inspiring to see the projects local youth create to support their peers. We’re looking forward to reading the proposals and seeing the creative ways young people address important local issues.”
Previous Youth in Action Grant recipients have addressed a wide range of issues and challenges including mental health awareness, increased social connection, anti-bullying awareness and peer mentoring. To be eligible for a grant, the project must be planned and implemented by youth aged 14 to 25, clearly engage their peers in Perth and/or Huron Counties and have an adult trustee over the age of 25. Grants up to $1,000 are available. Applications opened Sept. 13. Details regarding criteria and timelines are available at perthhuron.unitedway.ca.
HPHa Covid-19 testing
The team at the Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance’s (HPHA) COVID-19 Assessment Centre, located at the Stratford Rotary Complex, would like to remind everyone that appointments are required for COVID-19 testing and that walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
“We are seeing an increase in the number of individuals, especially school-aged children, that require testing,” said Julie Brown, supervisor COVID-19 Assessment Centre. “Please ensure you are making a booking for each member of your family that requires a test using our online booking form or by giving us a call.”
The team would also like to remind the public that their Assessment Centre is only for COVID-19 tests, not vaccinations. Anyone who requires a COVID-19 vaccination, should please visit Huron Perth Public Health’s (HPPH) website for a list of upcoming vaccination clinics. In addition, the team at the Assessment Centre cannot print vaccine passports.
Anyone who is worried that they have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it, can self-refer for a test.
They 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 their 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 identified.
“It is also important to note that we cannot test for travel,” added Brown. “In order to receive a COVID-19 test for outbound international travel and to receive a valid travel certificate, you must pay for a private COVID-19 test.”
Locations for travel tests are found on the HPPH website.
Here are some helpful tips for booking a COVID test:
• Use the online booking tool to book an appointment. It’s quick, easy to use, and means not having to wait on hold to speak to someone. This link is also available on HPHA’s website at www.hpha.ca
• For those who don’t have access to a smartphone or computer, appointments may also be requested by phone at 519 272-8210 Ext. 2747.
• Testing is available Monday through Friday from 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
• Please don’t duplicate booking efforts. There is no need to call if a booking has been completed online and vice versa. Duplication can slow down assessment centre staff in responding to calls and booking appointments.
• Please remember that appointments are required. They cannot accommodate walk-ins.
• If plans change, please reschedule or cancel the 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, after entering the Assessment Centre, individuals 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 to arrive at the Assessment Centre. The test should be completed within approximately 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time.
• Please be kind.
For more COVID-19 updates and information, follow the HPHA on Twitter or Facebook, or visit their website at www.hpha.ca.
heath Care Heroes
On Saturday, Oct. 16th, CKNX AM920 will be hosting the 20th Annual CKNX Health Care Heroes Radiothon to help raise funds for twelve area hospital
Listen to the broadcast all day on AM920 and cknx.ca, or catch updates on the hour on 101.7
The One and Cool 94.5. Don’t forget to listen for the two Power Hours throughout the day for your chance to win some fabulous prizes from local businesses.
The Clinton Public Hospital (CPH) Foundation aims to raise $54,000 towards the purchase of two Cardiac Monitors, one for the emergency department and one for the inpatient unit at CPH.
Support towards this goal may be made by mail, by telephone, in person or online at
www.cphfoundation.ca. On Oct. 16, you can phone in your pledge during the broadcast by calling toll free 1-877-227-3486, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You may also text to donate $10 by simply texting HERO CLINTON to 45678 throughout the month of October.