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Westport’s Senior of the Year 2020

Congratulations to Betty McInnis.  Betty learned that she had been selected as Council’s 2020 Senior of the Year live on our Canada Day Zoom call.  MPP Steve Clark praised Betty for all she does in support of others in the Village.  MP Michael Barrett congratulated Betty for her service to others.  When the Lieutenant Governor learned that we had recognized Betty as Senior of the Year just before she joined us, she also praised Betty and her efforts.

Miss Betty – Congratulations to Westport’s 2020 Senior of the Year.  Well deserved.


Join us as we ZOOM to celebrate Canada Day at 9:30 a.m. on July 1st.  We will kick things off with announcing (and hopefully surprising!) the 2020 Westport Senior of the Year.  MPP Clark and MP Barrett will bring greetings from the provincial and federal governments and answer any questions that might be on your mind.

The Lieutenant-Governor will be joining us at 10:00.  Her Honour will bring Canada Day greetings from the Queen and entertain your questions.

Please register your email with Patti Mueller – pmueller@villageofwestport.ca – so you can be included on the call.  We may be in COVID-19 pandemic, but as Canadians, we know how to show our pride in our country.  Please join us on July 1st!



Canada Day 2020 in Westport

Join Westport Mayor and Council for a ZOOM get together between 9:30 and 10:30 on July 1st.  Westport’s Canada Day ZOOM call will include the announcement of this year’s SENIOR OF THE YEAR.  Always a surprise!  

MPP Steve Clark will be joining the call to bring Canada Day greetings from the Ontario government and answer your questions.  He will be joined by Michael Barrett, the federal representative for the riding, who will bring greetings from the Canadian government and also answer your questions.

Another amazing guest will be sharing Canada Day with Westport.  Who do you think it is?  No.  Nope.  Not even close!  Another surprise! The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will be ZOOMING in to join Westport’s Canada Day Celebration.  She will bring greetings from the Queen and wants to hear from you – your questions, concerns, family traditions for Canada Day and whatever else you want to share.

Here is what you can do to help prepare for the July 1st celebration:  

Step 1: If you are interested in joining Westport’s Canada Day ZOOM call, you need to register.  As you likely know, Zoom calls can be “bombed” by “trolls”.  The way to avoid this is to register by sending your request to Patti Mueller – pmueller@villageofwestport.ca.  You will receive your invitation for the call closer to July 1st.  If your email or cell phone number is not registered, you will not be given access to the Canada Day ZOOM call on July 1 st.

Step 2: Both MPP Clark and MP Barrett will answer your questions during the first half hour of the call.  To help you prepare for the Lieutenant Governor’s visit, is there a question you would like to ask her?  Your children might want to ask how she fulfills her role as the Queen’s representative for Ontario.  You might want to share with her and get her response to “If I was Lieutenant Governor for one day, I would…”  Your family might want to tell her what you enjoy the most about living in Westport or Ontario or Canada.  Let’s put Westport on Her Honour’s list of the most patriotic communities!

Step 3:  The Mayor will be hosting the call and will try to get all your questions answered.  It would help if you cold limit your question to under 1 minute.  Let Patti know before the ZOOM call that you want to be called upon to ask your question and she will provide Mayor Jones with your name.

Step 4:  Decorate your home or business in red and white.  Raise the Canadian flag and show your pride to be a Canadian.

We can’t congregate on July 1st, but we can CELEBRATE CANADA DAY!

Ontario Government – one page web portal for information on benefits during COVID-19 for people, businesses, workers, students/parents

Once again, I would like to give MPP Steve Clark credit for making this one stop web portal  a reality.  I spoke to him about it just 10 days ago and it is now available.  Great work MPP Clark.

If you have questions about the funding announcements from the provincial government or other questions about COVID-19, pls go the link below.


call if you have any questions.  273-9195


UPDATE FROM MINISTER S CLARK Seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds are not essential businesses and are required to be closed as of 11:59 p.m. April 4, 2020

April 4, 2020
Dear Head of Council:


Subject: Operation of Seasonal Trailer Parks and Recreational Campgrounds – Amended Essential Business Order as of April 3, 2020

Nothing is more important than protecting the health and well-being of Ontarians. Since first learning of COVID-19, Ontario has taken decisive action to contain the spread of this new virus.

Based on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the province has declared an emergency so that we can take immediate action to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the public. On Tuesday, March 24th, the province ordered the mandatory closure of all non-essential workplaces pursuant to Ontario Regulation 82/20 under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. On April 3, 2020 the province released an amended list of essential workplaces and ordered all businesses not covered by the amended emergency order to close their physical locations effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Seasonal trailer parks and recreational campgrounds are not listed as essential businesses and, as such, are required to be closed as of 11:59 p.m. today.

We recognize Ontario “snowbirds” are returning to Canada earlier than they normally would. In some instances, seasonal trailer parks and campgrounds may have been opened earlier than usual to permit individuals to take up temporary accommodation in their mobile homes, recreational vehicles or trailers. For Ontarians whose only Canadian residence is at one of these seasonal trailer parks or campgrounds, they are permitted to continue their occupancy and complete their mandatory self-isolation as required by the mandatory isolation order made by the federal government under the Quarantine Act which took effect on March 25, 2020.

Everyone has a role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and we are asking that our enforcement partners assist in this effort. We encourage you to assist in enforcement efforts to ensure that seasonal trailer parks and/or campgrounds are not being used for recreational purposes. We encourage you to work with park operators and local public health officials in this regard, including to take into consideration the continued need for accommodation of those individuals outlined above.

Officers are encouraged to undertake a graduated approach to enforcement of the emergency orders, which may include educational messaging to businesses around the emergency order, specific warnings, the issuance of a ticket under Part I of the Provincial Offences Act (POA) or a summons under Part III of the POA. Officers are also encouraged to review the applicable provincial and federal emergency orders, and to continue to monitor ontario.ca/alert for any updates or changes to provincial orders.

By staying home and avoiding contact with others we can stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your continued cooperation on this matter.


Steve Clark                                          Sylvia Jones

Minister of Municipal Affairs       Solicitor General