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County Launches Annual Haldimand Wish Book, to encourage residents to shop local

Haldimand County’s Economic Development and Tourism division has released the annual Haldimand Wish Book – a one-stop guide for local gift ideas, and unique experiences. This is the third year the wish book has provided residents with ways to ‘shop local’ for the holidays.

The Holiday Wish Book celebrates local, hand-made products and features over 36 local businesses in the print version. Copies are being distributed to all households in Haldimand by mail and will also be available for pickup at Haldimand Libraries. An online, downloadable version of the Holiday Wish Book is available at https://tourismhaldimand.ca/wish-book/.

“The Holiday Wish Book is a great opportunity for residents to find great gift ideas for everyone on their list while supporting local business,” said Manager of Economic Development & Tourism at Haldimand County, Lidy Romanuk.

Through the online directory, also located at https://tourismhaldimand.ca/wish-book/, shoppers can also find an additional number of local businesses, holiday events, experiences and gift inspiration.

For more information on the Haldimand Holiday Wish Book and support local this holiday season, visit tourismhaldimand.ca/wish-book. A social media campaign is currently in market that highlights participating businesses, so be sure to like and share your favourites. Find Tourism Haldimand on Facebook and Instagram.

For any questions, or businesses who want to be added to our online directory, contact the Economic Development and Tourism division at opportunity@haldimandcounty.on.ca

Flood Watch issued for Lake Erie shoreline, Port Maitland, areas downstream of Dunnville Dam

A Flood Watch has been issued for residents in Zone 1 along the Lake Erie shoreline, Port Maitland & areas downstream of the Dunnville Dam.

The current Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) surge model forecast for the eastern end of Lake Erie is indicating a rise in lake levels of 1.85 metres (6.1 feet) with the possibility of waves increasing the lake levels to a critical level of 2 metres (6.6 feet) above chart datum of 173.5 m.

Peak level is forecast to occur around midnight into the early hours of Sunday. Uncertainty remains in the height of the Lake Erie surge based on current forecast models.

Members of the public are urged to use caution and stay away from Lake Erie shoreline areas experiencing strong wave action and elevated water levels. Parents are reminded to keep children and pets away from these areas. Keeping a close watch on local weather conditions is recommended.

Residents can look up their property using the Flood Zone Mapping Tool at www.haldimandcounty.ca/floods to see if they may be affected.

Information related to lakeshore flooding hazards and preparedness – as well as 72-hour emergency kit preparation – is also available on the county website.

Haldimand County Emergency Services will be actively monitoring conditions and prepared to respond as necessary. Residents should pay close attention to changing weather conditions and watch for updated flood messages.

Updates will be shared as they become available at www.haldimandcounty.ca and via the county’s Facebook and Twitter.

This message is in effect until Sunday, November 20 at 8 a.m. 

Haldimand County one of dozens of Ontario paramedic services impacted by potential third party cyber incident; 911 services not affected

Haldimand County Paramedic Services has been informed that the third-party platform it uses to record patient data has been taken offline in response to a potential cybersecurity incident. This situation is currently impacting many paramedic services across Ontario.

This service interruption does not affect the paramedics services ability to respond to 9-1-1 emergency calls. There is also no evidence thus far that any confidential information, including personal health information of patients under the care of Haldimand County Paramedic Services, has been compromised.

The third-party platform is operated by ESO, which moved immediately to take the system offline at the first sign of unauthorized access.

ESO is working with appropriate authorities and cybersecurity experts to resolve the matter.

Updates will be shared as they become available.

 

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Haldimand County welcomes 2022-2026 Council at Inaugural Meeting of new term

On November 15, 2022, Haldimand hosted its Inaugural Meeting for the new term of Council. The meeting began with a brief ceremony that included the Declarations of Office for the Mayor and each individual Councillor.

As part of the ceremony, Mayor Shelley Ann Bentley delivered an inaugural speech thanking the community for its support, congratulating newly-elected members of Council and reiterating her commitment to collaboration, inclusivity, transparency and accountability.

“As Mayor I am eager to be a strong advocate for our municipality by working with Council, our community, provincial and federal counterparts and our indigenous communities. By listening, communicating and welcoming your ideas, we can all make Haldimand County an even better place to live, work and play,” Bentley noted.

“The people of Haldimand have spoken that they seek change. As your Mayor, I promise to work for a better future – one that makes sense for the community as a whole,” added Bentley.

Bentley emphasized the need to take a closer look at municipal infrastructure needs, look for new ways to communicate and find ways to plan and provide space for future business development, health care institutions, schools, farmland and parkland.

Mayor Bentley’s speech is available in full on the county website.

Following the inaugural meeting and leading into the new year, members of Council will participate in a comprehensive orientation process followed by priority-setting sessions to define Council’s key goals and objectives for the term.

The first Council in Committee meeting of the new term will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, followed by Council on Monday, December 12, 2022, which will be the last meeting of the calendar year.

2022-2026 Term of Council

Mayor
Shelley Ann Bentley

Ward 1
Stewart Patterson

Ward 2
John Metcalfe

Ward 3
Dan Lawrence

Ward 4
Natalie Stam

Ward 5
Rob Shirton

Ward 6
Patrick O’Neill

Government of Canada Supports Haldimand County through the Tourism Relief Fund

Haldimand County is pleased to announce the receipt of a non-repayable contribution of $94,105 from Ontario’s Southwest Regional Tourism Organization to create a new tourism experience development program, “From Great to Grand: Growing Tourism Experiences in Haldimand County.”  The program aims to bring multiple businesses through the experience development process, promoting the launch of new market-ready experiences by early 2023.

This funding is part of the Government of Canada’s Tourism Relief Fund, delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario). Ontario’s Southwest Regional Tourism Organization received nearly $11 million from FedDev Ontario to help local tourism organizations and businesses safely welcome back visitors, recover from the impacts of the pandemic and prepare for future growth.

The “From Great to Grand: Growing Tourism Experiences”  program will focus on creating four new experiential tourism products as travel motivators that engage visitors in a series of memorable travel activities, revealed over time, that are inherently personal, engage the senses and make connections on an emotional, physical, spiritual or intellectual level. The program will encourage operators to respond to a traveller’s desire to venture beyond the beaten tourist paths and dive deeper into authentic local culture.

There has been a great local response to the program, and Tourism Haldimand will be working with the following four businesses as experience partners to carry out the goals and priorities of this program:

  • Forest Fit – nature’s gym without walls
  • Potting Shed – Experience a new era of gardening
  • Rabi’s Grand Kitchen – social enterprise hub and food incubator
  • Cottonwood Mansion – preserving local history

In addition to Haldimand County’s successful application to the Tourism Relief Fund, five other Haldimand County organizations also received funding. Congratulations to the successful applicants:

  • Caledonia Business Improvement Area
  • Ruthven Park National Historic Site Inc.
  • Toronto Motorsports Park
  • Twisted Lemon Restaurant
  • Windecker Woods Flower Farm

Quotes

“The Government of Canada’s $78-million investment through the Tourism Relief Fund is helping communities across southern Ontario. With this funding, southern Ontario’s Regional Tourism Organizations and Indigenous Tourism Ontario are providing hundreds of local businesses and organizations with the support they need to create jobs, attract more visitors and grow local economies, now and into the future.”

  • The Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister responsible for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario

“Tourism development enables a range of benefits to all stakeholders involved. It increases income and jobs from tourist spending, helps preserve cultural and natural heritage for tourists, and increases understanding of other cultures.  Community-led projects such as the ‘Great to Grand: Growing Tourism Experiences’ program and small-scale business supports at the local level provide significant contributions toward community improvement, and we’re thrilled to be able to deliver this program with support from the Ontario Southwest Tourism Relief Fund.”

  • Lidy Romanuk, Manager, Economic Development and Tourism.

“Tourism innovators from across the region have demonstrated the abundance of creativity and opportunity for continued tourism growth within Ontario’s Southwest. Through the Tourism Relief Fund, we’re seeing infrastructure improvements, new experience development and destination management projects. These projects will extend more travel into the shoulder seasons, prioritize environmental sustainability and inclusivity, and are innovative and bold. We’re pleased to be working with FedDev Ontario to administer the Tourism Relief Fund in Ontario’s Southwest.”

  • Joanne Wolnik, Executive Director, Ontario’s Southwest Regional Tourism Organization

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Haldimand County Fire Department shares important reminders ahead of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week – November 1-7

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1-7, and Haldimand County Fire Department is reminding residents of steps they can take to keep their families safe and prevent a carbon monoxide-related tragedy.

“In Ontario, more than 65% of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Haldimand County Fire Chief Jason Gallagher. “We want to make sure everyone is safe from CO, and one of the actions you can take is getting fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a registered contractor.”

Every household should having a working CO alarm adjacent to each sleeping area of the home if the home has a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage. For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

What is CO?

  • CO is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
  • CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, gas or wood fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators and vehicles.

How to prevent CO in your home:

  • Ensure fuel-burning appliances, chimneys and vents are cleaned and inspected annually. Visit COSafety.ca to find a registered contractor near you.
  • Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
  • Gas and charcoal barbeques should only be used outside, 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 flue before using a fireplace for adequate 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.

Know the symptoms of CO:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or if the alarm has reached its “end-of-life” before calling 9-1-1.

Know the sound of your CO alarm:

  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Don’t be confused by the sound of your CO alarm’s low-battery warning. Follow your CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions so you know the difference between the low-battery warning, the “end-of-life” warning, and the alarm alerting you to the presence of CO in your home.

For more CO safety tips, visit the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management’s website and COsafety.ca.

Haldimand County-Niagara College partnership brings post-secondary Personal Support Worker college program to Dunnville

Haldimand County and Niagara College Canada have once again partnered to offer the Personal Support Worker (PSW) college certificate program at Grandview Lodge in Dunnville starting in January 2023.

A drop-in information session will be held on November 16, 2022 from 5 to 8 p.m in the Grandview Lodge Auditorium (657 Lock St. W) for those interested in learning more about the program and whether it may be a good fit.

Individuals who enroll will participate in 8 months of hands-on PSW training at Grandview Lodge, gain their Ontario College certificate and enter the job market with an established portfolio of PSW work experience.

Financial assistance is available for qualifying individuals, and anyone experiencing economic barriers is encouraged to contact Grandview Lodge staff at 905-774-7547 to learn more about tuition supports offered.

Graduates of the program will not only earn their college certificate, but have the unique opportunity to:

  • Foster relationships with PSW colleagues and establish professional networks for future employment references
  • Develop marketable skills necessary for success in the workplace
  • Access job opportunities in Dunnville upon successful completion of the program

“We’re thrilled to partner with Niagara College Canada to offer this innovative program in our community,” said Jennifer Jacob, Grandview Lodge administrator. “This exciting partnership allows students to be immersed in a long-term care environment while completing their practicum, which gives graduates the advantage of real-life experience when entering the job market,” Jacob noted.

“We are excited to work with Grandview Lodge again to help meet the education needs of prospective students and the healthcare needs of the community,” said Angela Butt, Niagara College Interim Dean, Health Sciences.  “Our partnership with Grandview Lodge really facilitates Niagara College in living its vision of enriching lives and fulfilling dreams through applied learning and real-life experience!”

Individuals who are interested in the PSW profession or have an interest in pursuing a career within the healthcare sector are strongly encouraged to attend the November 16 information session to learn more.

More information about the Personal Support Worker certificate program is available on the Niagara College website. Anyone interested may also contact Grandview Lodge (905-775-7547 or grandview@haldimandcounty.on.ca) or Niagara College (myfutureNC@niagaracollege.ca for further details.

 

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Haldimand County declares official 2022 Municipal Election results

Haldimand County Clerk, Evelyn Eichenbaum, has released the official results for the 2022 Municipal and School Board election.

The official count declares that during the municipal election held on Monday, October 24, 2022, for the offices listed, the certified candidates received the votes recorded.

The final count and official results can be found at www.haldimandcounty.ca/election.

The new term of Council begins with an inaugural meeting on November 15, followed by Council in Committee on December 6 and Council on December 12. As the term gets underway, both new and returning members participate in a comprehensive orientation followed by a Council Priority Setting Session to establish key goals for the term.

 

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The Heritage Centre announces November program lineup

This November, the  Heritage Centre in Cayuga is hosting six events and an exhibition commemorating Haldimand’s significant military history and wartime contributions.

The cost for each presentation is $10 per person and the cost for afternoon tea is $15 per person. Pre-registration is required for all programs. Register online or in person at the Haldimand County Administration Building, 53 Thorburn Street South, Cayuga.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 (6:30 p.m.) – Presentation: Fly Boys
This presentation will highlight the impact of the British Commonwealth Service Flying Training schools during WWII in Haldimand and the surrounding area.

Wednesday, Nov. 9 (1 p.m.) – Presentation: Haldimand at War
The Heritage Centre’s curator will be giving a talk highlighting military conflicts in which Haldimand County was involved including the War of 1812, the Boer War, WWI and WWII.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 (6 p.m.) – Presentation: Royals at War
Continuing with the Royal Family series, this presentation explores the roles the family members played during various wars.

Wednesday, Nov. 16 (1 p.m.) – Tea and Presentation: Women at War
Join us for afternoon tea featuring homemade scones and other sweet treats followed by a talk detailing the roles women played during the War of 1812, WWI and WWII.

Wednesday, Nov. 23 (1 p.m.) – Workshop: Searching the War Records
Utilizing the archives and online resources, this hands-on workshop will help users find military service records and other information they may be looking for.

Saturday, Nov. 26 (12:30 p.m.) – Workshop: Creating a Historic Christmas
This hands-on workshop will help participants recreate a historical Christmas. The session features home decoration, table settings and homemade gifts from bygone days.

All programs take place at the Cayuga Library + Heritage Centre, located at 19 Talbot Street West. For more information, contact the Heritage Centre at (905) 318-5932, ext. 6613 or email museums@haldimandcounty.on.ca.

Unofficial voting results from 2022 Municipal Election

The 2022 Municipal and School Board Election wrapped up this evening with polls officially closing at 8 p.m. Haldimand County saw an increase in voter turnout this election with 36.50% of eligible voters casting a ballot in total, up from 35.57% in 2018. Advance voting turnout more than tripled from 2018; 18.27% of votes were cast in advance prior to election day, with 6,074 voters casting a ballot online and 1,394 voting in advance in person.

Below is a breakdown of the unofficial results.

Office of the Mayor

Shelly Ann Bentley4760
Jennifer Gilmour334
Ken Hewitt3700
Dick Passmore1444
Jake Vandendool4594

Ward 1

Stewart PattersonAcclaimed

Ward 2

Paul Beauvais716
John Metcalfe1502

Ward 3

Ray Kitchen221
Dan Lawrence1731
Mark McEachern539
Julie Richardson1035

Ward 4

Tony Dalimonte997
Natalie Stam1899

Ward 5

James Kaspersetz288
Rob Shirton925
Sheldon Simpson532

Ward 6

Julie Marchese243
Patrick O’Neill1003
Lisa Taylor909

English Public School Trustee

Bernie Corbett5170
Brian Doyle6228
Lisa Passmore6267

English Separate School Trustee

Mark WatsonAcclaimed

French Public School Trustee

David ParadisAcclaimed

French Separate School Trustee

Dorothée Petit-Pas20
Gilles Roy7
Éric Sanderson5