Licensed Cannabis Retail Stores approved by Westport Council

The issue of whether Council will permit licensed cannabis retail stores was decided on January 8, 2019.  After much consultation, including a letter placed in every Westport post office mail box encouraging residents & business owners to share their opinions with members of Council, Councillors were unanimous in approving licensed cannabis retail stores in the Village subject to complying with all AGCO requirements and proper zoning.

Councillors, during the debate on licensed cannabis retail stores on January 8th, shared that they were surprised at the lack of concerns reported by residents and business owners on the subject – particularly in response to the letter.  Many people raised their lack of support for the federal government’s decision for legalization of cannabis.  However in light of that decision, the majority of people felt there was no reason to deny someone from setting up a legal licensed cannabis retail store.

If you have read the news this week, you will know that due to a lack of supply of legal cannabis the Ontario government has stated that it will only authorize 25 licensed cannabis retail stores to open on April 1.   Who knows if and when a licensed cannabis retail store will open in Westport, however I wanted you to know that all Councillors took great pains to be informed and to learn what the constituents of the village wanted to see in Westport.

If you have concerns or questions, call any time.  @9195


What you missed if you weren’t at Committee of the Whole on Tuesday…

A few highlights of the meeting include:

Committee of the Whole supported the recommendation from Staff to put a heavy truck restriction on Bedford St from Concession to Main St in an effort to reduce the load on the street.  Council will make its final decision at Council on August 6.

Due to many complaints this past year of motor vehicles, including 4 wheelers driving through Lockwood Park, Committee of the Whole has supported a new by-law prohibiting any motor vehicles in the park with the exception of service vehicles.

Committee of the Whole directed Staff to publish Requests for Proposal for winter maintenance (snow removal) 2019-22.

End of summer pot luck is being planned by Town Hall for Sunday, September 1 on Church St from Bedford to Spring.  It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and everyone is invited – locals, visitors, cottagers.  We want to wrap up summer as a community.

Staff will be providing information about the changes to the Waste and Recycling program, which go into effect on September 1.  Hydro meter reading will soon be done electronically for all smart meters.


Council next meets on Tuesday, August 6 @ 6:00 p.m.






Quilts #5Hat’s off to the Westport Arts Council for organizing the “Fabric of our Lives”,  a tribute and celebration of all things “quilted”.  There are six locations for you to be inspired by hundreds of quilts!  Stop at the museum first to register, beginning at 9:30.  Show runs until 3:00 p.m. today.

The Arts Council has asked everyone to get involved … so please remember to put your quilts out today – on your front porch, in the garden, in your front window!

St Paul’s summer service & pot luck in Lockwood park

St Paul’s Anglican Church held its Sunday service in the park today (July 7).  The parishioners loved being outdoors and improvised skit in lieu of the formal sermon under the direction of Dr Ward, their priest. A pot luck followed the service and then onto the entertainment including another skit and “name that tune” game.

If you are interested in having your family, church or community organization picnic or gathering in the park, please contact Patti Mueller – to book the stage area.

Review of Canada Day 2019

What a day!  Breakfast, bicycle parade, fun at the beach and music & fireworks in the evening.  And lots to eat and fun at each event!

We also announced the name chosen from the community wide submissions to name the “big red dog”, donated to Lockwood Memorial Park.  Dr. A.L. (Ambrose Lorne) Lockwood was born March 30th, 1888 in Westport, Ontario. He attended Westport Public School, Athens High School and went on to McGill University for medical training.  In 1914 he enlisted on the front lines of the surgical medical unit and was a pioneer in thoracic surgery. He received the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross for his service in WW1. He has been recognized for his international reputation for contributions to surgical technique and published literature.

In 1987, Dr. A.L. Lockwood’s nephew Hiram “Buster” Lockwood, Director of Lockwood Foundation, approached the village to revitalize the park in 1987.  The baseball diamond was created at the time and funded by the Foundation.  This is the same foundation that gave a $100,000 grant to the Village in 2015 to add many of the new features including the basketball court and walking path.  When several of the submissions to name the “red dog” were “Buster”, the panel felt this was another way of recognizing the commitment that the Lockwood family has made to the Village of Westport.  So, say hello to “Buster” when you pass him in the park.

Thank you to all of the groups of volunteers who worked together to provide a Canada Day where everyone could show their pride.  Enjoy the summer!


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Canada Day events include announcing “red dog’s” name


Monday, July 1st begins early with breakfast being served from 8:00 – 10:30 on Spring St by the Information Centre.  $5 meal deal and proceeds go to supporting community events.  Next we move to Lockwood Park, where we kick off the official part of the celebration.  The Colour Party of Branch 542 – Royal Canadian Legion will join us at the Cenotaph for the National Anthem and the raising of the Canadian flag.   Before we form up for the Canada Day parade, the winning name from the “Name the Red Dog” contest will be named.  Can you guess what it is???

Everyone is invited to join in the parade – grands, moms, dads, kids of all ages, dogs – well you get it!  Let’s walk together with Canadian Pride!

The parade route this year is down George St to Bedford, right on Bedford to Church St, right on Spring St to the community centre/fire hall.  The members of the Legion and the Westport fire fighters will meet the boys and girls after the parade.

The afternoon at the Lion’s Club Beach will be fun for the whole family with lots planned.  And then this great national holiday ends at Rideau Vista Public School for fireworks.

Thank you to every volunteer who has been part of planning our July 1st celebration.  It is exciting to see what can be done when we work together.

One of Canada’s most memorable advertising campaigns, the Molson Beer TV  I Am Canadian Rant by an “average Joe” spawned an outward expression of Canadian pride. The commercial poked fun at inaccurate Canadian stereotypes while assertively representing the Canadian pride that many Canadians humbly carry.

So here, on this Canada Day week-end of 2019, let’s be reminded about our ability to poke fun at ourselves while at the same time knowing we live in the greatest country on earth.

Happy Canada Day everyone!


Hey, I’m not a lumberjack, or a fur trader….
I don’t live in an igloo or eat blubber, or own a dogsled….
and I don’t know Jimmy, Sally or Suzy from Canada,
although I’m certain they’re really really nice.

I have a Prime Minister, not a president.
I speak English and French, not American.
And I pronounce it ‘about’, not ‘a boot’.

I can proudly sew my country’s flag on my backpack.
I believe in peace keeping, not policing,
diversity, not assimilation,
and that the beaver is a truly proud and noble animal.
A toque is a hat, a chesterfield is a couch,
and it is pronounced ‘zed’ not ‘zee’, ‘zed’ !!!!

Canada is the second largest landmass!
The first nation of hockey!
and the best part of North America

My name is Joe!!
And I am Canadian!!!


Committed to community. Dedicated to progress.