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Ontario to Require Proof of Vaccination in Select Settings

NEWS RELEASE

Province to launch enhanced vaccine certificate and verification app to stop the spread of COVID-19

September 01, 2021

Office of the Premier 

TORONTO — To further protect Ontarians as the province continues to confront the Delta-driven fourth wave of the COVID-19, the government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021. Requiring proof of vaccination in these settings reduces risk and is an important step to encourage every last eligible Ontarian to get their shot, which is critical to protecting the province’s hospital capacity, while also supporting businesses with the tools they need to keep customers safe, stay open and minimize disruptions.

“As the world continues its fight against the Delta variant, our government will never waver in our commitment to do what’s necessary to keep people safe, protect our hospitals and minimize disruptions to businesses,” said Premier Ford. “Based on the latest evidence and best advice, COVID-19 vaccine certificates give us the best chance to slow the spread of this virus while helping us to avoid further lockdowns. If you haven’t received your first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please do so today.”

As of September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with photo ID to access certain public settings and facilities. This approach focuses on higher-risk indoor public settings where face coverings cannot always be worn and includes:

  • 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).

These mandatory requirements would not apply to outdoor settings where the risk of transmission is lower, including patios, with the exception of outdoor nightclub spaces given the risk associated with the setting. In addition, these requirements will not apply to settings where people receive medical care, food from grocery stores, medical supplies and the like. Aligned with public health measures currently in place, indoor masking policies will continue to remain in place.

“We know vaccines provide the best protection against COVID-19 and the Delta variant,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “To protect the health and well-being of Ontarians, our government will offer one more tool to encourage even more Ontarians to receive the vaccine and provide further protection to fully vaccinated Ontarians as they safely enjoy activities with their loved ones and support their local businesses.”

Individuals who cannot receive the vaccine due to medical exemptions will be permitted entry with a doctor’s note until recognized medical exemptions can be integrated as part of a digital vaccine certificate. Children who are 11 years of age and younger and unable to be vaccinated will also be exempted from these requirements.

For the period between September 22 and October 12, 2021, it is intended that people attending wedding or funeral receptions at meeting or event spaces will be able to provide a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test from no more than 48 hours before the event as an alternative to proof of vaccination. These rapid antigen tests would have to be privately purchased.

Ontario will develop and provide additional tools to improve user experience, efficiency and business supports in the coming weeks, including establishing alternative tools for people with no email, health card or ID. The government will work to support implementation of vaccine certificates for Indigenous communities whether or not they have opted to enter their data into COVaxON, while maintaining Indigenous data governance, control, access and possession principles.

Ontarians currently have access to a paper or PDF vaccine receipt that includes all relevant information to prove that they are fully vaccinated. As of September 22, Ontarians will be required to show their vaccine receipt when entering designated settings along with another piece of photo identification, such as a driver’s licence or health card. This is similar initial implementation approach announced in British Columbia.

Ontario will also introduce an enhanced digital vaccine receipt that features a QR code, which is safe, more secure and with you wherever you go. This digital vaccine receipt can be kept on a phone and easily used to show that you’ve been vaccinated if you need to. In addition, the province will launch a new app to make it easier and more convenient for businesses and organizations to read and verify that a digital vaccine receipt is valid, while protecting your privacy.

As the 2021-22 school year begins, it is critical to keep Ontario schools safe and students learning in-person. The province will work with trusted public health units to use the existing COVaxON system to safely and securely confirm the vaccination status of students. The province is committed to keeping parents informed about how their child’s COVID-19 vaccine information and enrollment data is being used to keep schools safe. This will equip local public health units with the information they need to ensure rapid case and contact management if required to limit disruptions in the event of cases or outbreaks and keep kids in class.

“We are already seeing a rise in the number of cases of COVD-19 as we head into the fall,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “As we enter the last mile push to increase vaccination rates, the introduction of a vaccine certificate is an important step to give people the tools to limit further spread of the virus so that we can ensure the safety of all Ontarians while keeping the province open and operational.”

“Combining the use of a QR code with a trusted, made in Ontario verifier app will help support the province’s health measures,” said Kaleed Rasheed, Associate Minister of Digital Government. “These tools will provide a simpler, faster, and better way to prove vaccination status that is both convenient and secure – while also supporting businesses with an easy validation process.”

Rules for LEADERS in 2016

Gone are the days of the “top-down autocratic” leader.   In 2016, people expect to be included in decisions in the workplace.  This also holds true for volunteer, non-profit and church organizations.

While doing some research on leadership today, I was inspired by this gem for today’s leaders.    Thought I would share …

The modern day CEO develops from a different set of rules:

o When the rule says be out front, allow others to ride the horse. 

o When the rule says be the hero, let the others carry the flag.

o When the rule says retain power, make sure power is shared.

o When the rules say know it all, make sure others learn more.

o When the rule says tell people what they do, teach people how to do it.

o When the rule says put the portrait on the wall, put others up first.

o When the rule says have all the answers, look for the answers from others.

o When the rule says take all the credit, give all the credit away.”

Six Month Update

It has been 6 months since the new Council began its term and I was sworn in as your Mayor. The new Committees of Council were established in February and by March meetings were taking place. Many residents of Westport are members of the committees and I expect amazing things to occur with their valued input and efforts.  The Committee of the Whole is a new monthly meeting of Council, a little less formal than Council meetings and is generally the 4th Tuesday and yes, it is open to the public.

Westport Snowfluent Waste Water Treatment Plant
Westport Snowfluent Waste Water Treatment Plant

In regard to the waste water plant, I am happy to report that we did not need to transport any effluent this year.  Although we had a winter of freezing nozzles and pipe breaks, we processed enough effluent that our lagoon levels were lower this spring than in 2014. We monitored the lagoon levels daily and had a contingency plan in place to transport effluent if the lagoon levels rose beyond predetermined levels during the winter.  We are in the process of getting the summer application equipment set up and will be operating under a Ministry of the Environment Emergency Order again this year to lower the lagoons to where they need to be for next winter.

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Follow me on Twitter or find me on Facebook for real-time updates and announcements of meetings and all things Westport.

The Village is also moving forward in providing a climate-proof, dependable waste water system and one that will allow growth for the Village.  The first step is a process called a Municipal Environment Assessment (MEA).  This is a prescriptive process, which is led by an Engineering firm with the assistance of a technical steering committee, which includes several Village residents.  The Project Coordinator reports to Council on the progress of the MEA at each Council meeting this year.  Please consider joining us at Council meetings to hear what is being proposed.

Council worked with a consultant this winter and spring to develop a Village Strategic Plan, a first for Westport.  Many members of the business community and public were interviewed by the consultant for their input.  A strategic plan helps Council prioritize its goals in line with the budget. The final plan will be shared with Council at the Committee of the Whole meeting on June 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Winter turned into spring slowly this year so our “Pulling Together in Westport” spring clean up was held on Saturday, May 9th.  Over 40 community members volunteered their time, effort and rakes to get the Village ready for the May long week-end and summer.  Thank you to everyone who helped out.  Watch for this to repeat in 2016.

Recently, village residents Bob Scott and Mark Herlehy approached me with a proposal to help the arena. They had done a review of repairs and improvements that need to be done. The “wish list” was well thought out, however as the Village has many other pressures, there is only a small amount of money set aside in the budget for repairs to the community centre.  And this is when Bob and Mark offered their suggestion, which I accepted!

Those now using the facility or who have fond memories of time spent on the ice or in the stands might consider becoming a “Friend of the Arena” by making a donation.  Donations made to the Village of Westport for arena improvements qualify as gifts for income tax purposes and the Village would issue receipts.  All donations will only be used for this purpose. For further information contact Mark Herlehy at mherlehy@rideau.net. or Frank Huth at fhuth@villageofwestport.ca.

I hope you enjoy a long, hot summer and that you spend time with loved ones.  As always, if you have any questions, please contact a Councillor or myself.

 

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Lake 88.1: “In Focus” with Bob Perreault

Lake-88-FMI joined Bob Perreault on Lake 88.1’s In Focus to discuss the 2 million dollar grant Westport received for the snowfluent system, how we are prepared to move waste if needed, and what work is happening now at Town Hall for the spring.

“It sounds to me like for the first time in a little bit, the people of Westport get to look forward during the spring instead of just constantly checking over their shoulder.” — Bob Perreault

Thanks for listening if you caught the interview live! Otherwise, LISTEN HERE for the full 14 minute interview.

Thanks to Lake 88.1, especially Bob and his In Focus team.

 

 

 

The First 100 Days

“Committed to Community, Dedicated to Progress.”

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On March 10, 2015, I will have been your Mayor (Westport) for one hundred days during which the councillors and I have spent many hours at council meetings and committee Meetings.  We are committed to learning about the issues and being strategic while developing workable solutions. When MPP Steve Clark came to our January Council meeting, he noted that our Village “won the prize” on two counts – the most Council meetings since taking office and for having the most constituents in attendance.  Mr Clark also noted that you also were the happiest group of people attending a council meeting!

When MPP Steve Clark came to our January Council meeting, he noted that our Village “won the prize” on two counts – the most Council meetings since taking office and for having the most constituents in attendance.  Mr Clark also noted that you also were the happiest group of people attending a council meeting!  

Some milestones have been reached and we continue to work towards others.  The installation of new pumps at the Glen St station and repairs to the berm at the lagoon were completed by December 31.  Both were important to assist with our production of effluent.  We have supported our operator all winter to process as much snow as possible and he has made good progress, despite pipes breaking and the towers freezing up.  Both of these situations require the plant to be shut down until repairs can be made.  Council is in the process of finalizing mitigation plans for the lagoons this spring.  If the analysis and forecast after the snowmaking season indicate that the lagoons are not low enough to handle the spring thaw and rain, arrangements have already been made with another municipality to move the required effluent to its processing plant.

The winter has been long and we have received as much snow as last year.  I want to recognize the work done to keep the roads and sidewalks ploughed.  I have been stopped by many people, who are pleased that they have been able to get out this winter and in particular, walk around the Village.

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The best news we received occurred in late February when the Village was notified by the government of Ontario that it had been successful in an infrastructure grant application for $2million dollars, of which the government will cover 90%.  This will get us started on the repair and remediation work at the waste water distribution plant.

New Committees of Council were formed in January, community members were invited to apply and in February several Westport residents and business owners met with their Councillors to begin the work of the committees. Parks and Recreation, Economic Development and Tourism and the Harbour Committee are new and add to the strong community involvement of Westport in Bloom, Museum, Library and Heritage Committees.

This month, Council will begin the budgeting process.  There will be a meeting later in March dedicated to discussing and eventually approving the budget.  I will keep you informed of that date.

Thank you very much for your support the past 100 days.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Councillor of your choice or me at my email rjones@villageofwestport.ca or at home at 613-273-9195.