St. Clair Township Crest
1155 Emily Street
Mooretown ON
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Phone: (519) 867-2021

Office Hours
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

February, 2021

February, 2021

Early signs of the summer to come are already appearing along the St. Clair River shore. Tug pilot Jerry Peats, stand- ing at the bow of the tug Mary Ellen I, and barge hand Dan Lane were spotted dropping off a construction barge in preparation to put in a new dock north of Courtright. Bonnie Stevenson

Some St. Clair Township Services suspended
St. Clair Township is now observing the province’s latest STAY AT HOME order, which was effective as of Jan. 22, 2021.
Due to this order, some of the Township of St. Clair’s services have been suspended. Those services still being offered can be expected to have a delay.
Several employees are working from home but will have access to their email.
Please email or leave a voicemail and the employee will get back to you as promptly as possible.
The following services have been suspended until further notice:
a) Issuance of Marriage Licenses
b) Issuance of Lottery Licenses
c) Processing of all Planning Act Applications¹ Continued on page 4

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Mayors Briefing
Provincial COVID-19 Strategy

This week marks almost a year since the first deaths from COVID-19 were announced by the main stream media and the ramifications it could have once it ar- rived in North America were discussed. So much has changed since then with impacts on our lives both na- tionally and locally.
The latest initiative in the fight to conquer this pan- demic is Ontario’s #StayHomeON (See page 8) which was launched on Jan. 22. Some of Ontario’s most tal- ented and prominent athletes, artists, musicians, ac- tors, and elected officials have joined forces to en- courage Ontarians to stay home and stay safe. St. Clair Township has agreed to become part of the social me- dia network participating in this initiative.
We need to continue to observe COVID-19 safety protocols to stay safe until vaccines become available in this area. With this in mind, I was recently involved in a conference call with Premier Ford, Minister Clark, Deputy Premier/Minister of Health Elliott, General Hill- ier, and Solicitor General Jones, discussing the vaccine roll out status.
Total roll out plans are to be completed and approved by Feb. 15. Soon, we will have the first two types of vaccines being rolled out in Lambton County, including St. Clair Township. The tentative date of arri- val of the first vaccines, as stated by the provincial government, is Feb. 1.
Lambton Public Health will be in charge of the implementation of the Provincial roll out priority for our residents. We are currently injecting 15,000 people a day in the Province at 196 locations, and within 96 hours, the capacity will be up to 30,000 injections a day.
The Phase 1 group of vaccinations in- cludes over 1.5 million people in Provincial hot spots, including: remote communities;
in long-term care homes; health care workers; the most vulnerable and their care givers. They will be among the first in the Province to be vaccinated. Gen- erally, all LTC homes should start the vaccination pro- cess by Feb. 15. Vaccinations will be given in fixed fa- cilities as well as mobile facilities, each with profes- sional injection teams. The phase 1 group has now re- ceived well over 160,000 first inoculations and 10,000 have received their second injection. The limiting fac- tor in the vaccination process is receiving the Provin- cial allocation from the Federal Government.
Phase 2 is scheduled to be done in April, May, and June. This will include 7 million people consisting of essential and emergency workers, such as doctors, nurses, paramedics and volunteer firefighters, as well as the previously-released first age dependent groups of 80 years of age and older. The Federal Government has pledged at least 15 million vaccinations for this time frame. In order to ramp up quantities of vaccina- tions injected, select pharmacies and family physi- cians, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharma- cists, medical students and interns will be asked to help administer the injections. This should help in- crease the injections to between 750,000 and 1 million

a week.
It is projected that Phase 3 will be started in early August depending on the vaccine availa- bility. By that time there could be four or five more types of vac- cines available.
It was stated that drive-through injection sites are not part of the grouping at this time because of the logistics of having to monitor a person for 15 minutes after the injection. Those that have had COVID-19 al- ready will still be vaccinated. The vaccination interval between injections will not be increased at this time.
For those who are not acting in compliance with the Provincial order, people have been asked to call the OPP and Lambton Public Health in regards to a fa- cility or people not wearing masks if there are more than five people gathering. Under no circumstance are we to call 911 in regards to the Provincial order.
Premier Ford asked us as mayors and councils to do whatever we can to support the rollout of the vac- cine with health unit and encourage all
our residents to receive the vaccination in order to eliminate the threat of the COVID
-19 virus. His final words were for every- one was to stay home, stay safe, save lives!
Be assured that critical supply chain infra- structure such as the water and sewer sys- tems, grocery stores, gas stations, phar- macies and other commercial venues will stay open for business and will be able to supply the needs of our residents during this time. Patience is the key for all of us. Our emergency response personnel- Fire, Police, Paramedics and Public Works – will also continue to provide assistance as they are needed.
The township office and most of our facilities con- tinue to be closed to the public. However, township staff can be accessed by appointment for urgent plan- ning needs.
We continue to conduct St. Clair Township Council, Lambton County Council, and other committees council is responsible for electronically by Zoom. The province has once again enacted a State of Emergency as of Thursday, Jan. 14. I have asked our Clerk to post the legislation on our COVID-19 site.
On behalf of all of us on St. Clair Township Council, thank you to everyone for doing their part to defeat the coronavirus. I also want to publicly thank all of our senior management team for their leadership, and the employees of St. Clair Township for their care and con- cern for the health of those around them. They contin- ue to complete their work diligently and safely in a very concerning and stressful time. They, like everyone else, are balancing many emotions and responsibilities during this time. Please be respectful and patient when you call to discuss issues with them.
I also ask the public to call the MPP’s office in re-
See Provincial COVID-19 Strategy, page 4

Provincial COVID-19 Strategy
From page 2

gards to issues caused by restrictions that are in place or for clarifications of any legislation that is affecting us during the COVID-19 crisis. The provincial govern- ment controls the openings, closings, and all legisla- tion dealing with the response to this pandemic.
I want to once again say thank you to everyone for their patience and willingness to do whatever is nec- essary to bring us out of this situation stronger and more resilient than ever before. I would like to en- courage everyone to exercise patience when you are out and about. Please be kind and be pleasant with each other; we need to support each other and not be critical at this time. I know it has been a long journey

and yet we are now able to see the tide shifting with the arrival and administering of the vaccines.
Please be sure to thank (indirectly of course) all those around you that are serving us so well and so unselfishly.
Take time to wash your hands often and sanitize them in between washes, look out for each other, wear a mask, and above all, stay safe, stay home as much as possible, stay socially distant, and get the vaccine when it becomes available to us in St. Clair Township.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you!
On behalf of all of us in St. Clair Township, I wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Safe 2021. Mayor Steve Arnold

The first shipment (500 doses) of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine was received in Lambton County on Jan. 25. They have been earmarked for residents of long-term care and high-risk retirement homes, and Indige- nous elder care residents. The vaccine is giv- en in two separate doses to each recipient to ensure the body develops an immune re- sponse powerful enough to fight the virus. Demand for the vaccines is very high due to the global need for them, but another deliv-

ery is expected in early February. More vac- cine shipments are expected as they become available.
Other Phase I eligible groups will be vac- cinated as the vaccine becomes available.
Those who are not included on the eli- gible list can find out how they can receive the vaccine when it becomes available by going online to: . The site will be updated frequently as more information becomes available.

From page 1

Some St. Clair Township services suspended
¹ All Planning Applications can be accepted at the Civic Centre

The following Township buildings are closed until further notice:
a) Moore Sports Complex²
b) St. Clair Parkway Golf Course
c) Moore and Sombra Museums
d) St. Clair Township Civic Centre²
e) Emergency Services Building (Fire Department) ²
The Township thanks you for your continued patience through- out these difficult times and it remains our priority to offer profes- sional and courteous service when we’re able.

by appointment, but all public meetings according to the Plan- ning Act are temporarily suspended.
² Employees will continue to occupy these buildings and can be reached their email or by phone at:
• Moore Sports Complex 519-867-2651
• Public Works 519-867-2993
• Finance/Drains/Clerks/Building/Planning 519-867-2021
• Fire Department 519-481-0111

Emergency child care program
can apply

Sarnia, Jan. 26 – The provincial government has added more occupations to the eligibility list for Emergency Child Care Program for school-aged children in support of health care and front line workers during school closures. The eligibility list can be found on the Province of Ontario web-
site. Child care spaces in 12 Lambton County locations are limited and eligible families must apply as follows: Step 1: From the list of agencies, contact the child care provider of your choice to de- termine if a space is available. Step 2: Complete a simplified application for emergency child care by emailing: ,or call the County of Lambton Children’s Ser- vices Department at 519-344-2062, ext. 2201. Step 3: Within 2 business days, staff from the Chil- dren’s Services Department will follow up with you and the child care operator to confirm your eli- gibility. More information is available at: .

COVID-19 Measures in Effect

The St. Clair Township Works Depart- ment will be observing COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing for the well-being of employees and the public.
Residents will still be able to call for assistance or information, but Public Works staff will be suspending

work that requires entry into a premise and will only enter a residence to deal with a water/sanitary related emergency.
Please be patient during this emergency. The health and safety of the community will be the priority for all St. Clair Township staff.

Waste &
Recycling Placement

This is a reminder to all residents to place waste & recycling on the boulevard approximately one metre from the curb, or where no curb exists, one metre from the shoulder of the road.
Waste should not be placed on road or
over any portion of the curb, it should not be placed any further than one metre to ensure it is collected. Waste that is placed on the road or curb can affect pub- lic works operations (street sweeping, snowplows, etc.).



It’s that time of year again! With the winter weather around the corner, your home is at risk of frozen water meters and pipes. This can stop your flow of water and may be costly to repair. Property owners are responsible for protect- ing water pipes and meters from damage. Here are a few tips to help prevent frozen water meters and pipes:
• Eliminate cold drafts near water pipes
• Turn off service to external water taps
• Insulate your pipes that are most prone to freezing
• Make frequent use of your water supply
• Know where your shut off valve is inside, in case a pipe bursts
If you suspect your pipes are frozen check the following:
• Most likely the pipes near an outside wall, or where the water service enters the house through a foundation wall are frozen. Start by opening a faucet near the frozen pipe to avoid a burst line, when water starts flowing.

• NEVER use a blowtorch or open flame to thaw a line.

• Begin by warming the pipes using a blow dryer, heating pad or portable heater (Do not leave electrical devices unattended or place near flammable materials)

• Once water starts flowing, allow a small stream of water to continue until heating is restored

• Eliminate drafts and allow heat to circulate to avoid refreezing
Water Department
Office Hours Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
After Hours Emergency: 1-888-441-4204
Renovation and Home Ownership programs continue to accept applications
The County of Lambton continues to accept applications for the Lambton Renovates and Homeownership Down- Payment Assistance programs. Lambton Renovates is a one-­time financial assistance program for home repairs, and the Homeownership Down-Payment program offers one-time financial assistance in the form of a 20-year forgivable loan for a 10% down payment to be used towards the purchase of a new or resale home.
“Both the Lambton Renovates and Homeownership Down-Payment Assistance programs offer a unique funding opportunity to eligible Lambton County residents,” says Mackenzie Kada, Project Coordinator.
Applications can be downloaded at and Interested applicants can also call the Housing Services Department at 519-344-2062 to request a paper application by mail.
The Lambton Renovates program offers financial assistance to eligible households in one of two ways:
• One-time assistance in the form of a 10-year forgivable loan, secured by registration on title, for home repairs to a maximum of $20,000 per household.
• One-time assistance in the form of a grant, which does not require repayment, for accessibility improvements to a maximum of $5,000 per household.
Eligible repairs under the Lambton Renovates program may include major repairs and rehabilitation required to make your home safe while improving energy efficiency, or modifications to increase accessibility.
The Homeownership Down-Payment Assistance program offers financial assistance to eligible households living in rental accommodations. The program offers one-time assistance in the form of a 20-year forgivable loan, secured by registration on title, for a 10% down payment to be used towards the purchase of an affordable new or resale home.
Applicants for these programs must meet a number of qualifications related to residency, income, asset level and home value, which can be found online at and


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How to Contact Hydro One
In the case of an emergency or power outage you can reach us by calling one of our emergency numbers below.
• Hydro One Power Outage & Emergency Line: 1-800-434-1235
Use this number to report a power outage, fallen tree hazard or emergency (24 hours,
?days a week)

• Hydro One Media Relations:
416-345-6868 or 1-877-506-7584
After-hours, on weekends and holidays: 1-888-254-3992

• Hydro One Community Relations
Hydro One’s Media and Community Relations staff members are available to answer questions and concerns from elected officials (e.g. MPP’s, Mayors, Reeves)

Monday – Friday: 1-877-345-6799

For More Information
In the event of an emergency or power interruption we encourage you to take a moment to visit www.HydroOne .com, follow Hydro One on Twitter or check any one of the links below for more information:

• Power Outages & Safety Information
• Interactive Power Outage Map Outlining Planned & Unplanned Power Outages
• Contact Us

Hydro One transmits and distributes electricity in the province of Ontario however; there are other local distribution companies that may serve your community. Visit the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) website at to find your local utility.

Hydro One’s Emergency Preparedness Team

• Emergency Preparedness
416-603-4308 /1-844-791-1155
Hydro One’s Business Continuity & Emergency Preparedness team plans for and assists with Hydro One’s internal response to any significant disruptions to our electricity system. Please use the communication resources listed above for power outage and restoration information. In the event of an extraordinary situation, contact the team and special arrangements will be made to facilitate appropriate levels of support to you and your community.

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Beat the silent killer: Prevent CO in your home

Carbon Monoxide (CO) is known as ‘The Si- lent Killer’ because you can’t see it, taste it or smell it. It is a leading cause of accidental
deaths and poisonings in Ontario every year – with over 65% of CO incidents occurring in the home. CO is pro- duced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil, or wood are burned incompletely in fuel- burning appliances or devices.
In Ontario, it is the law to have a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if your home has a fuel-burning appliance, a fireplace, or an attached garage. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters, and gener- ators. If you live in a condo or apartment building
with a service room, CO alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In con- do or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.
You can prevent CO in your home by following these tips:
*Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit to find a registered contractor near you.

More Withdrawal Management beds opened
A temporary 12-bed Phase II facility of the residential with- drawal management services program has been opened at Blue- water Health, a welcome addition to the current seven-bed unit. The current seven-bed facility at Bluewater Health houses Phase I clients who are undergoing the immediate withdrawal process, while the new Phase II unit will see them through a stabilization and transitional phase.
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a rise in the num- ber of people turning to drugs and alcohol, and this has resulted in an increase of those who are turning to Bluewater Health for help with their substance abuse.
Those who wish to access Residential Withdrawal Management Services can call 519-464-4487 for more information about these important services.

Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
*Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used out- side, away from all doors, windows, vents, and other building openings. Never use barbeques inside garages, even if the garage doors are open.
*Portable fuel-burning generators should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from windows,
doors, vents, and other building openings.
*Ensure all portable fuel-burning heaters are vented properly, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
*Never use the stove or oven to heat your home.
*Open the flu before using a fireplace for ade- quate ventilation.
*Never run a vehicle or other fueled engine or motor inside a garage, even if the garage doors are open.
*Always remove a vehicle from the garage immediately after starting it.
If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected or a car- bon monoxide alarm sounds, people should leave their home immediately and call 911.
For more information on fire and life safety, please contact St. Clair Fire at 519-481-0111 or on Facebook @stclairfire.

Small business grants now available through Starter Company Plus

The Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) is offer- ing small business grants of up to $5,000 for successful appli- cants to the Starter Company Plus program.
This is the third consecutive year SLEP has offered the program, but new for this year are online educational webi- nars to help entrepreneurs and applicants with business plan- ning.
For the past two years, six local companies have received
$5,000 each and have benefited from the expertise and men- toring available through SLEP and the Starter Company Plus program.
Applicants chosen for the program will receive:
• Funding of up to $5,000 to grow an existing business or start one;
• Mentorship
• Monthly education and networking sessions;
• One-on-one virtual consulting with an experienced busi- ness counsellor;
• Assistance with business planning, goal setting; and as- sessing the progress of your business.

Qualifications to apply:
• 18 years of age or older, Canadian citizen, business in, or to be started in Sarnia or Lambton County;
• Not attending post-secondary school;
• Have at least 25% of the requested grant in equity;
• Have never received a Starter Plus Program grant;
• Owner of private, for-profit business;
• Can submit a three-minute video pitch with application.
Anyone interested in learning more can join an online session on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. Register at:
starter/register .
More information on how to apply can be found at: sarni- or by contacting Chantelle Core at: chan- .
Starter Company Plus is administered by the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Development Partnership’s Business Enterprise Centre and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

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COVID-19 slow to conquer: Province launches #StayHomeON
The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any- thing we have dealt with in our life time; it has been unforgiving of those who disre- gard pandemic safety protocols.
The loss of life and long-term symptoms
associated with this pandemic continue to bring misery and grief to thousands of Ca- nadians.
From Sarnia-Lambton’s low positivity rate of during the warm weather of 2020, positivity rates have increased substantial- ly, a trend that Bob DeRaab, Bluewater Health Director for Rural Health and Pa- tient Medicine, refers to as Wave Two. “For a while, we were actually one of the lower regions in the province in terms of prevalence. Unfortunately, we are now the third highest in terms of incidents per hun- dred thousand people…a lot of people are getting pandemic fatigue and they let their guard down, and we are starting to see those effects now, he said.”
The increase in cases can legitimately

be attributed to holiday celebrations where COVID safety protocols were not observed. DeRaab hopes the public will renew efforts to observe personal safety and bring the positivity rate down again. “We’ve opened what we call our Med-C (COVID) unit, and we feel we are well posi- tioned to respond to the challenge, but we could very easily get into some issues in terms of capacity if we start seeing large numbers of patients having to transition to the hospital.”
Vaccines are slowly becoming available, but even as we wait for them to be delivered and administered, and then become effective, the virus continues to move freely through the population and several concerning mutations have been discovered.
Lambton County received its first shipment of vaccine

on Jan. 25 and another is expected in early February. The first phase of the vaccine distribution plan calls for the inoculation of long-term care residents, staff and essential workers first. After that, at-risk groups to be vaccinated include: health care workers; other congre- gate care settings; First Nations communities; and older adults. After the at-risk population is vaccinated, those who wish to receive the vaccine will be able to register for it (see page 4).
Dr. Sundit Ranade, Medical Officer of Health for Lambton County, says that when the most vulnerable citizens are vaccinated, other groups will be vaccinated in order of vulnerability. “It is our goal to have inoculat- ed everyone who wants to receive the vaccine as soon as we can possibly do so,” he said.

The following sessions are being offered at the Rapids Family Health Team clinic located in the Shell Health Centre, 233 Cameron Street, Corunna. There is no
charge for participation and all classes are open to the public. You must register to participate. Space is lim- ited.
For more information go to or to register call 519-339-8949 and speak to reception.
Heart Healthy cooking series planned
The Rapids Family Health Team will offer a virtual Heart Healthy cooking series beginning Feb. 10, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. via ZOOM. The interactive one-hour classes will run on three consecutive Wednesdays and include cooking demonstrations with a focus on nutrition advice to reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Series classes are being held online via ZOOM to acknowledge

that February is Heart Month. To regis- ter, call 519-339-8949.
Just a reminder that our lab
is open weekdays for all residents
Monday to Friday –
7:30a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Lambton County health care providers unite to fight virus

By Bonnie Stevenson
A combined county-wide health team that has been operat- ing in Sarnia and Lambton County for over 10 months is now one of about 42 teams included in the Ontario Health Team Network. The OHT’s stated purpose is “…to provide a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients in their local communities.”
Cynthia McColeman, Health Promotion and Communica- tions Director for the Rapids Family Health Team in Sarnia, says the team is doing medical care a little bit differently. “It’s the whole community of health care and social services partner- ships in this area. Everybody is working together to use their resources to provide, hopefully, seamless care to the patient,” she said.
Inclusion in the provincial health team network is just the most recent development in a concerted COVID-19 care strate- gy that has been growing since March. Bob DeRaab, Bluewater Health Director for Rural Health and Patient Medicine, ex- plained the testing initiative has expanded to include many groups in Lambton County. “We started with Twin Bridges Nurse Practitioners in March, our partners out in Petrolia came on line in April and after that, the Grand Bend family health team came on line. Concurrently, in April, the ministry asked us to ramp up testing.” To facilitate the provincial request, community paramedics were brought in to create an outreach team that took testing into long-term care homes.
The group went on to incorporate three Indigenous assess- ment centres; Stony Point, Aamjiwnaang and Walpole, and most recently, primary care partners at Rapids Family Health Team, where respiratory assessments are
also being offered.
To illustrate how the team concept is streamlining the testing process in Lamb- ton County, McColeman described how the team provided service all through the holidays. “(For instance) On New Year’s Day, we were able to utilize staff from Bluewater Health and paramedics from local EMS. We also used Rapids Family Health Team staff and our space to pro- vide more testing so that patients were- n’t waiting until after the holidays to receive care.”
Manager of EMS Services Steve Pan- cino says paramedics are not strangers to this testing method. “Some of our para-

when most non-urgent health services are closed. “By having these new partnerships, there’s more opportunity to utilize their resources,” said McColeman. “It’s like a pooling of all these wonderful resources of wonderfully-trained people so we can hit the ground running.”
Pancino makes a point of assuring the public that EMS para- medics are always ready to respond to emergencies; their work with the health team is an extension of their ability to better serve the community. “Any of the assessment centre work, or the work we’ve done with Rapids Health Team or the hospital, is done outside of the regular 911 ambulance system. We’re not impacting service to the community,” he said.
McColeman says the new website, specifically developed by two Sarnia physicians to enable people to book their own COVID-19 testing appointments, has been a great help in speeding up access to testing. The Lambton Public Health website is another good place to get COVID-19 infor- mation and testing centre locations.
“We’ve done our best to try to expand our hours,” said McColeman. “We’re now open Sundays (but) there’s just not enough hours in the testing day to be able to get everybody in that wants a test right now,” she said. “The pharmacies are doing testing as well. As cases rise, people want to make sure they’re not unknowingly carrying it (the virus).”
As COVID-19 continues its assault on Ontario, DeRaab re- minds the public to maintain diligent safety measures when venturing out into public spaces. “This is a tricky virus and I’m in awe of how quickly and easily it is transmitted,” he said. “You really have to keep your guard up.”

medics have been trained and are part of the disciplinary team that supports the COVID assessments and swabbing.”
Testing was offered on Christmas Day

On New Year’s Day, staff from three Sarnia-Lambton area medical groups gather to keep the COVID-19 testing facility open. From left: Lynn Laidler, Executive Director of Rapids Family Health Team; Nadine Neve, Bluewater Health Manager Patient Flow; and Tanisha Evelyn, local EMS paramedic.
Rapids HT photo

Are you ready for them? Don’t wait to find out what you SHOULD have done to get through a catastrophic windstorm, snowstorm, a lengthy power outage, or a man -made incident. Do you have an adequate supply of daily medications, water, flashlights, food, drinking water, pet supplies, baby supplies, etc.? Make sure your emergency kit is prepared and ready for un- expected emergencies. Go online to: and get all the information you need.

February 2021 Page 11

Mask recommendations from Gov’t of Canada –
What works effectively and what doesn’t
It’s gratifying to see the vast majority of Lambton County residents wearing masks. As the coronavirus continues to be a threat, the variety of colours, constructions, and composi- tions of these masks reveals true constructive creativity. But masks that put the emphasis on pretty or funny or clever at the expense of being effective are unlikely to deliver the protection they were meant for.
The Canadian government has published a set of guide- lines to ensure that masks, both commercial and home- made, are effective at preventing the coronavirus from es- caping into the air.
Fabric, structure, and fit are the three things that must be considered. A mask made of two layers of tightly woven fabric, such as cotton or linen, and one middle layer of filter
-type fabric such as a non-woven polypropylene fabric, must be constructed to offer full coverage of the nose, mouth and chin. It must fit so that the mask fits snugly but comfortably around the edges with no gaps or open areas. It must also allow for easy breathing and not require frequent adjust- ments (indicates a poor fit).
Masks with removeable or a non-woven filter layer should be washed daily. Those who have existing risk factors should wear a non-medical mask or face covering that in- cludes a filter fabric or replaceable filter. The commercially available blue disposable masks are acceptable.
Children under age two should not wear masks or face coverings. Between ages two and five, children should be supervised while wearing a mask. Over age five, they should wear a mask in situations/settings where they are recom- mended for the general public.
Neck gaiters (scarf-like neck warmers) are not recom- mended. They are difficult to remove (without contaminat- ing yourself) and they tend to move and slip out of place. Most are only one layer.
For the hearing impaired or those who must interact through lip reading, a clear mask/visor is recommended. It should be stored in a cloth bag or clean paper while not in use. However, face shields DO NOT replace masks or face coverings. They protect the eyes of those who wear them; they do not prevent your exhalations from escaping into the air and may infect others if you are COVID positive.
Masks with exhalation valves do not protect others from COVID or limit the spread of the virus.
Those who cannot wear a mask (illness or disability may make it difficult to put on and take off a mask, the mask may impair their ability to breathe, and it isn’t safe for chil- dren under age two. Note: Please be kind.
Care of Masks
Fabric masks/reusable masks should be laundered or cleaned frequently and handled with care between clean- ings. Deposit disposable masks in proper garbage receptacles or place in a clean plastic bag for future disposal.

Sombra Museum seeks information/photos to document COVID-19

Please help the Sombra Museum preserve memories of this sad time in our history.
So often, when looking through the archives we get very ex- cited to find the shortest photo caption, post card, note, or on rare occasions, a diary recording daily life. Looking for local ac- counts of the 1919 Spanish Flu pandemic and finding very little from the local perspective, we realized that we need our St.
Clair Township residents to help us record and preserve memo- ries of the present time for future generations. What is going on day-to-day in Sombra, Wilkesport, Port Lambton, Mooretown, Lambton County, Canada, and elsewhere in the world?
Information we hope you will share includes:
* Shopping conditions and how they changed over time.
* Adapting to working at home, and any challenges or creative solutions that were needed.
* Financial challenges.
* Feelings caused by the outbreak and thoughts about social distancing.
* Keeping children occupied during self-isolation.
* Keeping adults occupied during self-isolation.
* What new or newly rediscovered hobbies or crafts were taken up .
* Stories from workers on the front lines and staffing essential

* Struggles of family members or friends infected with the virus.
* Stories of everyday heroes, i.e. people helping neighbours during self-isolation or people accepting inconveniences for the greater good.
* How daily life and routines have changed.
* For those who lived through the Great Depression, World War II, etc., are there similarities to those experiences?
* How social media and technology is impacting life in social isolation (using technology for the first time, using it differently).
Photos, videos, drawings, anecdotes, a few jotted thoughts – we want all the family-friendly material you feel comfortable sharing (no explicit material).
Submissions can be sent by email to: with the subject line “COVID-19 History Snapshot”.
Please share this request for community life memories with as many people as possible. We encourage everyone to docu- ment this time, if not to share publicly, then for yourself and your family to look back and reflect on in years to come.
Take care and be well.

Moore Museum seeks information about history of former Moore Twp. schools
Did you attend a school in the former Moore Township prior to 1963?
Moore Museum is developing another virtual exhibit for our website, this one featuring brief histories and photos of the schools in the former Moore Township prior to centralization in 1963. There were 19 school sections in Moore, four of which were union schools – two shared with Sombra Township and two with Sarnia Township. The map, shown above, indicates the location of these schools.
If you have information on the history of any of these schools, or photos (or scans of photos) that you would be willing to share with us, we’d love to hear from you. We would appreciate details about any school in the township, but especially School Sections #6, #13 and #19 Moore, as our research files contain some information for most of the school sections in the township, but we have no information at all for those three. Information can be sent to We look forward to hearing from you!
Connect with Moore Museum
We want to hear from you. Please follow the link on the home page of to our online sur- vey. We very much appreciate input from our community and, as a thanks for your assistance, survey respondents will be entered in a draw (to be held on November 13, 2020) to win a 2021 family membership and $25 gift shop gift certificate. In addition to our website and our Facebook page at, we are now also on Instagram @mooremuseum so you can watch for news from Moore Museum.
~Laurie Mason, curator, Moore Museum

COVID-19 couldn’t stop Corunna woman from achieving goal
Corunna resident Tara Antle has realized a goal she’s had for the past year; she has successfully completed a 1,000 km challenge in one year.
After the birth of her first child, Corunna resi- dent Tara Antle decided to get active and started training by running. Through the years, she was able to complete a five kilometre run, then a ten kilometre run, and she became so good at long dis- tance running that she was determined to com- plete the 2020 St. Clair River Run. Unfortunately, that run was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pan- demic. She was disappointed but, determined to do the run alone, she trained harder. Last year, she joined an online group that was engaged in the 1,000 kilometre Great Canadian Running Challenge which had to be accomplished in one year.
When the time came for Tara to head for Som- bra to do her personal St. Clair River Run, she had racked up 725 kilometres already. Not only did she complete the 21.1 kilometre challenge that day in 2 hours and 46 minutes, but she continued to run to make up the remainder of her 1,000 km. goal.
Today, Tara still runs, but she is also a workout coach for the Beach Body exercise program. Her

goal this time is “…to encourage and challenge others and, hopefully, inspire others.”
With winter in progress, Tara says she’s still run- ning, but while the cold winds blow, her running is done in a more weather-friendly location. “I much prefer the treadmill in the winter. I’m not brave enough to go out in the snow and the cold,” she said. She estimates she has added another 100 kilometres to her total mileage so far this winter.
Physical exercise has been one of the ways Tara copes with the lockdowns that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic. “During the lockdown you’ve got to do some-

Tara Antle with proof of 1,000 km achievement.
S & T Photography
thing or you go a little stir-crazy,” she said.
“It’s an amazing feeling to know I accomplished what I set out to do and know that I didn’t think it was possible when I first signed up for it (the challenge). It was kind of a pipe dream but I went into it thinking we’ll see what happens,” she said. “I had a lot of fun doing it, too.”
Tara attributes her success in large part to her family, who often accompanied her and cheered her on. “Even if they weren’t running with me, they were good support.”

Statistics Canada will be doing a country-wide census collection during the month of May, 2021. The census is carried out to enable govern- ment to make important decisions that directly impact families, neigh- bourhoods, and busi- nesses. Data gathered helps plan, develop and evaluate programs and services such as schools, daycare, family ser- vices, housing, emer- gency services, roads, public transportation, and skills training to
benefit employment.
To accomplish the census collection, about 32,000 people across Canada will be hired. Residents from each municipality should be aware of these job op- portunities.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the census will be conduct- ed using a safe and se- cure approach.

A chat with the new general manager at Shell Manufacturing Centre

Last August, the Shell Manufacturing Centre north of Corunna welcomed a new general manager, Pauline Bui- tink. She brings with her 25 years of experience with Shell in Europe.
In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictive measures it has brought along with it, Buitink has been able to get a positive impression of her new community. “It’s a small town but everything you look for, you can find,” she said. “Everywhere you go, people are willing to help.”
As for her first months at the Shell facility, Buitink is pleased with the operation’s constant effort to build on the work that has been done in the plant to advance the company’s commitment to the environment. “Over the years, we clearly have been working to make sure we have less emissions from the facility,” she said. “There’s a drive to get a cleaner operation mode.”
The Shell facility, refines crude oil for transportation gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, including gasoline contain- ing ethanol and low sulphur diesel fuel to comply with future Federal clean fuel standards. It also has a chemical production facility that is vitally important, especially during the pandemic. One of the chemicals produced there is isopropyl alcohol, a key ingredient in hand sani-

Shell External Relations manag- er, Olwen Gover, noted a concert- ed effort has been made at the facility to keep operations run- ning smoothly and with regard to those who work to make that happen. “Everything
we’re doing here at the plant with regard to the pandemic is about care for our people, the contractors, and the people in the community,” she said. “We know

General Manager Pauline Buitink

tizers, disinfectants, and other medical applications. It is the only isopropyl alcohol-producing facility in Canada and is a key producer for the rest of North America.
One of the challenges Buitink encountered when she became general manager was the need to keep Shell per- sonnel safe while maintaining production. “A lot of work had been done to see who needs to come to the site (to work) …many people work at home,” she said. “We have a minimum amount of people we need to safely operate and maintain the facility. It was quite an effort, but so far, it’s worked well to keep our people safe.” She added a few cases of the coronavirus had occurred at the site but all were recovering well.
Regular shutdowns required for the maintenance of the plant are being analyzed to see how they can best be ac- complished in a way that will protect those who work on them. “We are looking to see how we can manage them and make sure we can do them within the COVID con- straints,” said Buitink.

what we do to keep the province running; supplying fuel to keep the trucks and deliveries going, and keeping the province moving. We take that responsibility very serious- ly, as we do the responsibility to keep our people safe.”
Gover shares Buitink’s enthusiasm for the future of the site and its employees. “It’s been great having Pauline join us at the site and have her lead the team as we see how we can build on our past successes and take the site forward.”
From her reception to the Shell Manufacturing Centre in August to the present, Buitink says she is moved by the kindness and interest shown by the people around her. “From my interactions with Security as I enter the site, through to meetings I have attended, the individuals I have spoken with, and in the community, everyone has been so friendly,” she said.
For more information about the Shell Manufacturing Centre, please visit its website at
ShellSarniaSite or follow them on Facebook.

The Jean Collective presents virtual workshops

The Jean Collective, an initiative developed by lo- cal women, is committed to providing an educational vehicle for local women who wish to know more about politics and possibly get involved in the process.
The group’s latest nine-session program, Run-Win- Lead, offers monthly sessions to provide participants with the foundational skills to claim their place in pol- itics and be a catalyst for change. The next virtual Zoom program, So You Are Thinking of Running For Office, What Now?, is slated for Feb. 17 and is being offered for the nominal registration fee of $10.
For more information on The Jean Collective, go

community/ .
For those who wish to donate to the bursary for students, please go to: https://
chooseSarniaCommunityFoundation; choose the “Jean
Macdougall Fund for women in politics” .
FYI: Women comprise 50.38% of the Canadian population, yet hold only 18% of mayoral positions and 28% of councillor seats. Percentages are lower in Sarnia and Lambton County, with some county municipalities’ councils comprised solely of men.

Note: events, services, and ac- tivities will be dependent on COVID- 19 restrictions
in effect At the time.
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Sacred Heart food bank –
the need continues
The community side effects of the coronavirus have resulted in constant need for supplies at lo- cal food banks. Many people have lost their jobs due to shut downs and closures. Now more than ever, our neighbourhood food banks are called up- on to gather more food. And with the weather get- ting colder, nourishing food and warm clothing are more important than ever. In Ward 2, The Sacred Heart Food Bank recently completed it’s annual food drive, but the efforts of the volunteers col- lecting throughout Ward 2 didn’t yield nearly as many donations as in past years.
St. Andrew’s foodbank remains open
Although St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church is closed for worship services due to the COVID-19 emergency closure, the food bank at St. An- drew’s Church on Colborne Street in Corunna will be open every Wednesday evening from 6
p.m. to 7 p.m. and every Thursday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. It operates in association with the Inn of the Good Shepherd in Sarnia.
The food bank offers a variety of food products to help people eat healthily, including milk, eggs, bread, and meat. The fresh food supplied at the food bank costs approximately $75 per week to purchase. Anyone wishing to make a financial do- nation to the food bank can do so through Food Bank, C/O St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 437 Colborne Drive, Corunna, Ontario, N0N 1G0. Gift cards to Foodland and No Frills are also welcome.
Donations of non-perishable items are always welcome. These include not only food, but house- hold supplies like laundry soap, household clean- ers, and toilet tissue, and personal hygiene items like toothbrushes, soap and shampoo, deodorant, and shaving items.
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Well water safety remains a concern
during high water levels
Lambton Public Health (LPH) is encouraging residents with private water wells to test their water supply about three to four times per year, and also in the event of the well being flooded by excessive rainfall or high water levels. Harmful bacteria may enter the drinking water supply making it unsafe for consumption.
If your well is flooded, it should be disinfected and tested as soon as the water recedes and at one-week intervals for three weeks afterwards to ensure the water is safe for drinking. The test for bacteria (total coliform and E. coli) and water sample kits are free. Water samples must be dropped off within 24 hours of being taken. Local drop-off centres are at Lambton Public Health, 160 Exmouth Street, Point Edward, and at Blue- water Health CEE lab, 450 Blanche Street in Pe-

trolia. (Please note there may have been chang- es to the way samples are received. For a full schedule of access times for these locations, as well as resources on how to take a water sample, visit
During the COVID-19 pandemic, access re- strictions are in place. Please call before visit- ing the office. Learn more about testing options at
St. Joseph-St. Charles Catholic Church Community to participate in
food program
The St. Joseph-St. Charles’ Catholic Communi- ty in Corunna, along with the Catholic churches in Petrolia, Forest, and Watford, has worked collab- oratively with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarnia- Lambton to extend Project Backpack, a food as- sistance program, into Lambton County. The pro- gram provides a bag of nutritious food that can be easily assembled to people ages 14 -24 who are in need of a healthy meal. Each bag also contains hygiene items and helpful information from com- munity partners. People who qualify for this pro- gram can find these bags at the St. Joseph Catho- lic Church Parish office at 346 Beresford Street in Corunna during regular office hours (Monday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday-Thursday from
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Program organizers say the program will continue into the fall and they hope to continue it as long as there is a need for it.

New members welcome –
Lambton County Junior Optimist Club
The Lambton County Junior Optimist Club is always on the lookout for youth who want to make a difference in their community. Club mem- bers ages 10 through 18 volunteer in the commu- nity and fundraise to put on their own programs and to donate to other youth programs. Hours spent volunteering with the club can be used to- ward members’ volunteer hours at school. The club meets the first Monday of every month at 6
p.m. at the Courtright Community Centre (closed during COVID-19 shutdown). For more infor- mation, call Mary Lou at 519 -862-3950.
Down River Junior Optimist Club new members ages 10-18
New members are being sought for the Down River Jr. Optimist Club. Youth between the ages of 10 and 18 are invited to get involved with the community and make a difference for kids. The club meets at the Port Lambton Community Hall on the third Monday of each month. High school students can acquire volunteer hours needed for

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graduation. For more information, call Carla at 226
Local TOPS weight control group meetings
Local TOPS weight control groups can be con- tacted for information as follows: Brigden—519-864
-1865; Corunna-519-381-5584. People of all ages are welcome to attend.
Good listeners wanted –
Family Counselling Centre
Good listeners are needed by the Family Coun- selling Centre to staff the Distress Line, speaking with individuals who need support and need to feel connected. Volunteers are also needed to staff the Tel-Check program line, placing daily calls to sen- iors and persons with disabilities who live alone and are feeling isolated. To register or to find out more about this effort, call Donna at the Family Counselling Centre, 519-336-0120, ext. 251.

MAS event to be rescheduled as restrictions ease
The Moore Agricultural Society is still waiting to host its popular beef dinner, which was cancelled in March, 2020. It is one of the events that may be rescheduled to 2021 if/when the appropriate “gathering restrictions” are approved. Everyone who purchased tickets for the March, 2020 beef dinner is asked to hold their tickets for a future date. When a date is finally set, MAS is looking at refunding the ticket price for those who cannot attend.
For more information as the situation changes, watch the Brigden Fair website at: or the Brigden Fair Facebook page.

Wanted: Motivated youth looking for rewarding challenges
The Royal Canadian “1st Hussars” Army Cadet Corps Petrolia invites boys and girls ages 12-18 to learn new skills, marks- manship, orienteering, hiking, leadership, pipes and drum band, and teamwork, participate in many new challenges, make new friends and attend great summer camps, all at no cost. Cadets are not required to join the military. Join us today! For more in- formation, call 519-332-6555 or visit:

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SCRCA celebrates 60 years of conservation
The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority, which began life as the Sydenham Valley Conservation Authority on Jan. 12, 1961, began in cooperation with the Province of Ontario and local municipalities. On Jan. 12, 2021, it cele- brated its 60th birthday. Through the years, it has implemented watershed management principles to ensure develop- ment occurs in safe and sustainable locations.
The St. Clair Region Conservation Authority has expanded its scope and its staff over the years, but its work contin- ues to benefit the Sydenham River watershed and 13 smaller watersheds that drain into Lake Huron, the St. Clair Riv- er, and Lake St. Clair.
Due to COVID-19, the SCRCA must limit anniversary celebrations according to the safety protocols requested by the province, but celebrations will take place throughout the year as health and safety requirements permit.
In a video message posted on the Authority’s website and on its Youtube channel, SCRCA General Manager Brian McDougall paid trib- ute to those who have supported the Authority’s six decades of envi- ronmental progress. “Our success would not have been possible with- out the support of our watershed communities, our member munici- palities, and our local, provincial, and federal partnerships,” he said. “Our 60th anniversary will look quite a bit different than originally
planned due to the on-going COVIVID-19 pandemic, but it is a milestone anniversary and especially now, we need to celebrate sixty years of achievements.”

Above: The 2017 SCRCA staff gathers in front of the SCRCA administration office in Strathroy for a 60th anni- versary photograph.

Right: A staff photograph taken in the 1980s, same loca- tion, different sign.
St. Clair Region Conservation Authority photos

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Please call in and book your pickup time, as the Legion kitchen capacity limits the number of dinners that can be produced.
Contact the Legion at (519) 862-1240.
Brigden Fair quilt draw tickets on sale
Tickets for the Brigden Fair Quilt Draw are on sale now and are available from any member of the Brigden Fair Homecraft Division or can be purchased through e-transfer. Email to tell us how many tickets you want to purchase, in- cluding names and contact information for the tickets. The cost is $2 per ticket or three for $5, and can also be purchased in larger quantities. This gorgeous, handmade quilt was lovingly created by members of the Homecraft Division.
Draw Date is Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 11, 2021.
West Lambton Community Health programs

Virtual Shibashi, SET 1: Friday, 11 a.m. Tai chi/qigong is a practice of aligning breath and move- ment for exercise and health. Shibashi consists of 18 simple steps. It is easy to learn and perfect for begin- ners. To register call 519-344-301,7 ext. 237, or email: to receive the Zoom link.
Virtual Shibashi, SET 2: Wednesday, 11 a.m. Shibashi Set 2 also consists of 18 more advanced steps. It is perfect for those who are familiar with Shibashi Set 1.
Virtual Yoga: Thursday, Feb. 18 at 10:15 a.m.
Virtual Seated Yoga: Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 11
a.m. To register, call 519-344-3017 ext. 237, or email:
Virtual Meditation: Mondays and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Increase self esteem, improve concentration, lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety, emotional balance. Helps you appreciate life more.
To register call 519-344-3017, ext. 237, or email: to receive the Zoom link.
Virtual Craving Change: A how-to workshop for changing your relationship with food. To register, call 519-786-4545, ext. 307 or email:
Virtual Night Light: Continues Thursdays until March 11 at 2 p.m. Find hope and wellness while managing mental illness. To register, call 519 -344- 3017, ext. 223.

Virtual Chair Exercise: Monday at 1:30 p.m. To register, call 519-344-3017 ext. 237, or email: to receive the Zoom link.

Virtual Kids Cooking
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, the Registered Dietitian has recorded some exciting recipes and uploaded the vid- eos to the North Lambton Community Health Centre YouTube page for everyone to enjoy. The first five families to register will also get free groceries to cook the recipes. To register, call 519-344-3017, ext. 237 or email: .

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