More than 15,000 visitors across Ontario head out to a sugarbush during Maple Weekend, to celebrate the coming of spring and the maple syrup season. Photo submitted.

An open letter to the community from your healthcare workers

Dear friends and neighbours across Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Our communities are facing a very concerning increase of COVID-19 cases. The Omicron variant is here, and it is increasing the pressures on our already fragile health system. Every person carrying the Omicron variant is infecting more than four other people. By comparison, anyone with the […]

Am I the Only One: Homelessness

The US reached a stark milestone this month of 100,000 people dying of drug overdoses in one year. That is 275 overdose deaths every day.  In Canada, 20 people die every day from overdose. It is considered immoral in some circles to demand anything from an addict; this helps neither the addict or the city. […]

A plan to safely reopen ontario

Beginning October 25th, 2021, Ontario will be removing capacity limits where proof of vaccination is required. This will include settings like restaurants, bars, sports facilities, casinos, and indoor meeting and event spaces, which will be able to operate at 100% capacity as of October 25. The physical distancing requirement between patrons and the 2m distancing requirement between tables at restaurants and event spaces will also be […]

R.O.P.E. Squad seeking public assistance in locating federal offender

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of Statutory Release.  Anavah LA’ADRI’EL is described as a Caucasian male, 52 years of age, 6′ (185cm), 187 lbs (85kgs) with brown hair (balding) and blue eyes. […]

Menstrual product dispensers installed in all UCDSB schools

To continue with its ongoing efforts to bring equitable opportunities to each student, the Upper Canada District School Board has made menstrual products free and accessible in every school across the district and dispensers are now installed in all relevant washrooms.  Last spring, former UCDSB student trustee Tain Hughes brought forward a motion to the Board of Trustees, requesting the […]

UCDSB schools honour indigenous history and future partnerships on September 30

On September 30, flags will be at half-mast throughout the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) and staff and students will be dressed in orange, to recognize and share in learning for the 8th annual Orange Shirt Day and the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.  These two special recognition days go hand-in-hand to recognize the tragic […]

UCDSB further invests in ventilation and other school safety measures

From improving air quality to installing hundreds of water bottle re-filling stations, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) continues with its commitment to ensuring schools remain a safe and healthy place for staff and students this school year.   After receiving more than $10 million through the province’s COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Fund, the UCDSB has purchased 445 electric power door operators with touchless sensors, replaced over 400 drinking fountains with water […]

Health Unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

It’s hot out there! The Health Unit would like to remind everyone to take care during times of high temperatures and high humidity. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a heat warning for our Health Unit area. Temperatures today and Tuesday will soar to the low thirties. Warm temperatures are expected both tonight and […]

Health unit warns to take precautions during high heat and humidity

It’s hot out there! The Health Unit would like to remind everyone to take care during times of high heat and humidity. Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a heat warning for much of our Health Unit area for June 7th and 8th.  Heat warnings are issues when: Daytime temperature of 31oC or higher and […]

Majority must be vaccinated to restore normal life, says medical officer of health

Late in 1942 after a series of Allied victories, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had this to say: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Churchill proved to be correct. Although the tide of victory had begun to […]