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Time to pause to say thanks

It has been a little over two weeks since the community began to pull together, putting strategies in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.  I am aware of the cooperation taking place to keep everyone in the Village safe as well as the “out of the box” thinking underway to meet these new challenges.   You make the Village safer and me very proud to be your Mayor.

We have seen extraordinary leadership from Tracey, Neil & Martha and Paul.  Early decisions were made by many businesses to prevent the spread of the virus – either by early closures or restricted access.

Essential services are keeping us provisioned and we are thankful to – Les, Paul&Marcia, Guy&Cathy,  Canada Post staff, Morgan, Frank & Steve, John&Cynthia, Steve, Tara&John, Doug&Susan, $store.  The LCBO keeps us stocked. CRCHC takes care of our medical needs and Paul, Anne-Marie, Peter, Jamie and Brandon are keeping the lights on at Town Hall.

I also want to bring to your attention the support of three people that you might not be aware of.  Our Medical Officer of Health, Dr Paula Stewart, has answered each one of my many emails seeking answers to your questions. There are many municipalities in the tri-county area covered by the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark Health Unit. And yet she provides the information we need, often in the evening, telling me she is working long hours.  Thank you Dr Stewart.

Our MP, Michael Barrett reached out to me in early days and offered his support.  I have had to contact Michael several times and his responses have been prompt, accurate and complete.  Great working with you MP Barrett.

Finally, our MPP, Minister Steve Clark has been a workhorse.  With his dual roles – as our MPP AND as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing – Minister Clark and his staff have been incredibly supportive and helpful.  All calls are returned quickly with the information we need to continue our planning in the Village.  And to receive a phone call from Steve in the middle of busy days for both of us – just to check in – well, I think that says it all.  You are doing a great job, MPP Clark.

Despite the hard work to date, everyone needs to continue to keep our safety net around the Village and not drop our guard.  COVID-19 is spreading around us and we need remain vigilant.

On behalf of Jacky, Barry, Rob and Melissa, thank you everyone – for all that you do.

Call anytime – 273-9195




Earlier this week, Fire Chief Scott Granahan declared a fire ban for Westport and Rideau Lakes.  This ban has been put in place as part of the ongoing risk assessment of COVID-19.  There are many large signs placed around and in the Village, however as most of you are staying home, please share this declaration with those who might otherwise not see the signs.

Should you be reading this from an adjoining community, please check the home web page of your municipality for news about a fire ban that might affect you.

Please stay well, stay at home, stay 6′ apart.

Call if you have any questions – 273-9195.

COVID-19 update from BMO in Westport

The branch is currently open and assisting customers in need. We are assisting as many customers as possible over the phone and through alternate banking channels. We are currently open 10-3 Monday-Friday; however the hours of operation will continue to be reviewed and are subject to change. Customers wishing to complete bill payments and facilitate virtual appointments over the phone are encouraged to contact the branch service line at 613-273-6751.

Thank you so much! Stay safe and healthy!

Morgan Shannon  
Branch Manager
Westport, #2426

BMO Bank of Montreal
41 Main St.

P.O. Box 280

Westport, ON



COVID-19 can’t stop spring coming to Westport – street sweepers will be in the Village tomorrow

We expected them Monday, however they are ahead of schedule.  We all remember that it was late in May 2019 before the streets were swept, so public works quickly accepted their offer to come to Westport with short notice.

If you are reading this tonight (Wednesday), please ensure that your vehicles are off the street by 6:00 a.m. tomorrow  If your neighbour still has their vehicle on the road in the morning, could you try calling them and asking that it be moved.

Spring – robins, geese and street sweepers.  Yes!

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS – toll free Business Info line opened by Province

News Release

Stop the Spread Business Information Line Now Open at 1-888-444-3659

March 25, 2020

The province has launched a toll-free line 1-888-444-3659 to provide support to Ontario businesses who have questions about the province’s recent emergency order to close at-risk workplaces following recommendations by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health.

On Monday, the province issued an emergency order to close at-risk workplaces and encourage non-essential businesses to find ways to help their employees work from home. The government also reminded businesses to put in place protocols for physical distancing and regular hand-washing in order to protect the health and safety of employees and the general public.

Businesses who have questions about closures of at-risk workplaces or how emergency measures impact their business or employment can call the Stop the Spread Business Information Line at 1-888-444-3659.

Help is available from Monday to Sunday, from 8:30 a.m.―5:00 p.m.