Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital gradual resumption of scheduled surgeries and procedures as of June 22

The Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital (PSFDH) is embarking on a carefully thought out and measured approach to gradually increase the number of scheduled surgeries and procedures. Safety and Quality of Care are the cornerstones of this plan. On March 19th , the Government of Ontario put on hold all elective and non-essential surgeries […]

Town of Perth announces limited re-opening of Town Hall, Fire Hall, Museum/Tourism Office and Indoor Pool

As part of the Province of Ontario’s plan to gradually begin offering services to the public, the Town of Perth will be re-opening the Town Hall, Fire Hall, Museum/Tourism Office and the Indoor Pool during the week of June 22nd , 2020.  Protocols to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic will be in place and some services […]

Perth Inside Out: VE-Day celebrated in Perth after surrender of Germany

On May 8, known as VE-Day (Victory in Europe), we again remembered the fallen, the wounded, and all those who fought in World War II. The negotiations leading up to the surrender of Germany to the Allies on May 8, 1945, were led by Canadian Lieutenant-General Charles Foulkes, who would be a visitor to Perth […]

Perth Inside Out: Perth Girls’ Softball Club prevailed in the 1960s

An era which was best known for the counterculture and Vietnam war, also saw the birth of organized women’s softball in Canada in the 1960s, and Perth was in step with the evolution of the game. Playing in the St. Lawrence Ladies’ Softball League, the Perth Girls’ Softball (fastpitch) Club won the trophy in 1968, […]

Health Unit finds an increase in overdoses in Perth

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, through the overdose early warning and surveillance system, has seen an increase in overdoses in the Perth area including 3 suspected fatalities since the beginning of May. The recent overdoses appear to be related to a toxic batch of “purple fentanyl” powder. The stress, uncertainty and anxiety […]

Affordable housing may be coming to Harris Street in Perth

The town of Perth will be looking into the feasibility of providing more affordable housing for the community. Town council voted 4-3 in favour of directing staff to prepare a report on the possible development of six affordable housing units on Harris Street, at the teleconference council meeting Tuesday, May 26.  Regan Lee presented a […]

Ontario starts to re-open for business

On May 14, The Ontario Government announced some re-opening strategies for businesses and a plan to start Stage 1 on Tuesday May 18. The list of businesses opening this weekend can be found on the Ontario website. The Health Unit has recently published a fact sheet with some guidelines that will help to get your business thinking about […]

Outbreak declared in Lanark Lodge in Perth

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit and Lanark Lodge are working together to manage a COVID-19 outbreak. One staff had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus from swab obtained May 9, 2020. This result was received on May 12, 2020. At the direction of the Health Unit, this staff person was retested on […]

Health Unit and Farmers’ Markets are working together to safely bring local food to the community

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark strongly supports local Farmers’ Markets. They encourage people to buy healthy local food, and are a way for farmers to sell their produce.  They have also been a social gathering place which supports individual and community well-being.  Unfortunately at this time, with COVID-19, where social gatherings used to be a […]

We are “Community Strong”

I believe as we go through this pandemic, self-care is very important. One thing I do is go for a walk. Even before the pandemic, walking every day has been as important to me as oxygen.  When we began this pandemic, restrictions and directives were put in place to keep us safe. If we follow […]