A resident has reported seeing a black bear on Bedford Street near the beer store/restaurant area in the Village.If you see a roaming bear, please report the sighting to the MNR at 1-866-514-2327. In an emergency situation it is reported to OPP by 911 or the local police number.An example of an emergency situation:· enters a school yard when school is in session· enters or tries to enter a residence· wanders into a public gathering· kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site· stalks people and lingers at the siteStay safe!
Dear Ontario Waterways Partner,
The start of the 2015 navigation season for Ontario’s historic canals has
been a banner one marked by unprecedented investment by the Government of
Canada and an increase in boating numbers.
In keeping with this positive trend, I am very pleased to advise you that,
for the first time, canal boaters can take advantage of FREE LOCKAGE on
Wednesday July 1, 2015 in celebration of Canada Day throughout the Rideau
Canal and the Trent-Severn Waterway! In addition, just as a reminder,
boaters can continue to take advantage of the 2 for 1 lockage coupon until
June 30, 2015.
For the month of May, on the Trent-Severn Waterway the number of vessels
travelling through the system has increased 34% and the number of vessels
mooring has increased 51% from 2014. On the Rideau Canal, the number of
vessels travelling through the system has increased 32% and the number of
vessels mooring has increased 20% from 2014.
This increased use of canals supports economic benefits for local
communities and businesses and is due in part to investment in increased
service levels and active promotions. Visitors travelling by land can also
take advantage of new services offered on both the Trent-Severn Waterway
and Rideau Canal this season including; oTENTiks, Red Chairs, and Voyageur
Canoe tours at Ottawa Locks and at the Peterborough Lift Lock. Visitors
will also find new showers, canoe docks, firewood and ice sales at select
This month, the Government announced new infrastructure investments
totalling more than $39 million for the Rideau Canal and more than $285
million for the Trent-Severn Waterway. This record investment will ensure
the care and preservation of these treasured National Historic Sites and
UNESCO World Heritage Site for use and enjoyment of future generations.
Parks Canada is committed to working in partnership with communities to
further the recent positive trends and to raise the economic benefits of
the waterways to new heightened levels through bold and concrete steps. To
that end we are offering free lockage on Canada Day in hopes of exposing
new boaters and visitors to the many opportunities available on the
Historic Canals and in your communities. We invite you, our valued partner
to join us in our effort to communicate this exciting opportunity and to
further engage us in how together we can all realize the full potential of
Ontario’s Historic Canals.
Director Ontario Waterways
I 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.
“Committed to Community, Dedicated to Progress.”
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.
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.