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COVID-19 Update

Posted On: Monday, March 16, 2020

A dedicated webpage regarding COVID-19 has been created for the Town of The Blue Mountains. To view the webpage, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm

Media & News Release

Over the next year, The Town of The Blue Mountains invites residents to share their ideas to help plan a bright and prosperous future for the community. Entitled “The Blue Mountains Future Story,” the project will support the creation of a Community Sustainability Plan that will guide decision-making in the Town for the next 50 years.

“The plan will define how we might build upon the unique attributes of the Town of The Blue Mountains while creating a shared path towards a future of increased livability, vibrancy and health of all living systems in our community,” says Councillor and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Advisory Committee, Andrea Matrosovs. “Building on the last plan, “The Sustainable Path” that was completed ten years ago, the project vision will build a holistic understanding of the community and will chart a clear, actionable path towards a future that is increasingly livable and healthy for all ages and stages of life.”

The Blue Mountains Future Story project will be active for the next year, with the final plan scheduled to be received by Council in January 2022. The project will be organized into three phases, with each phase focused on various public engagement opportunities, including public surveys, focus groups, and phone questionnaires. To communicate the development of the plan, a detailed project webpage has been created to serve as the primary source of information. Public engagement opportunities will be advertised in the local media, on the Town’s social media accounts and through posted community signage.

“The development of the Community Sustainability Plan will provide an active and forward-looking framework to guide the Town and community forward for the future generations to enjoy and prosper,” explained Mayor Alar Soever. “The work of the community through the development of the Sustainable Path document, seeded the initial vision for our community, and this plan aims to build upon that momentum through the development of innovative recommendations that will be developed through robust and extensive community and stakeholder consultation.”

Phase 1 will focus on an assessment of the community’s current state, while Phase 2 will develop a vision for the future. The final phase will include the development of actions with the plan focusing on four key elements:

  • Social issues (how we can all live our best lives)
  • Environmental concerns (how we protect our natural resources and manage climate changes)
  • Economic considerations (how the community can remain vibrant and successful for decades to come)
  • Cultural factors (how our human and natural heritage can be preserved and enhanced)

To kick-off the first phase of the project, the Town has launched a survey and invites residents to share their initial thoughts and feedback on what a sustainable future in the community looks like. To learn more about the Community Sustainability Plan and complete the survey, please visit:  www.tbmfuturestory.ca.

This project will complement the other planning processes currently being undertaken by the Town, including the Official Plan Update, Master Transportation Plan, Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, Economic Development Strategy, and the Community Improvement Plan.

For more information, please contact:

Councillor & Committee Co-Chair
(519) 599-3131 ext. 406
 
Manager of Sustainability and Solid Waste
(519) 599-3131 ext. 238

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/MeI-srcLdj8

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/OiszENQwliU

The Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to announce the grand prize draw results for the Give the Gift of Blue Shop Local Holiday Contest.

The grand prize draw was filmed on January 7, 2021, with the selected winner contacted shortly following the conclusion of the draw. To watch the full video of the Grand Prize Draw, please visit: www.exploreblue.ca/shop-local

List of Contest Winners

  • Nean (Kimberly, ON) – Week One Prize Package
  • Bonnie (Thornbury, ON) – Week Two Prize Package
  • Anita (Burlington, ON) – Week Three Prize Package
  • Amelia (Thornbury, ON) – Week Four Prize Package
  • Hallyne (Ajax, ON) – Week Five Prize Package
  • Terry (Toronto, ON) – Grand Prize Package

About the Shop Local Contest

To encourage community support for local businesses, the Town launched a Shop Local Holiday Contest, entitled Give the Gift of Blue from November 30, 2020 to January 3, 2021, with the contest including five (5) weekly prizes, as well as the chance to win The Blue Mountains Ultimate Grand Prize Package.

The contest period saw over 1,000 total entries, with the majority of entries submitted by local residents. The campaign generated an approximate economic benefit between $49,000 to $117,000, contributing real dollars directly back into the community and supporting the local businesses throughout the Town. 

“On behalf of Council, I would like thank everyone who shopped local throughout the contest period, and to congratulate all five of the weekly prize package winners,” said Mayor Alar Soever. “I can’t emphasize enough the importance of shopping local and supporting our small business owners. The survival of these small business has a direct impact on the quality of life of our residents. Thank you again to everyone who chose to shop local in the Town this holiday season!”

For more information, please contact:

Alar Soever
Mayor
(519) 599-3131 ext. 400

The video message linked below was provided by Mayor Alar Soever as an update related to COVID-19.

Direct video link: https://youtu.be/sSNszeim4RE

The Town of the Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that following the direction of the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, a COVID-19 outbreak has been declared as three Town employees have tested positive for COVID-19. 

The Grey Bruce Health Unit and the Town would like to emphasize that the three positive cases are isolated to one Town department and are from employees that do not regularly interact with members of the public. Through extensive contact tracing efforts, all individuals that were in direct or close contact have been contacted and have been instructed to self-isolate.

“Working together, the Town of The Blue Mountains and Health Unit staff carefully evaluated the situation and implemented immediate measures to mitigate the risk of transmission,” said Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer of the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit, Doctor Ian Arra. “The collaboration between the Health Unit and the Town, along with rapid and accurate communication of vital information allowed for a timely, robust, and effective contact tracing process to take place. We thank the Town leadership and staff for their dedication and commitment to health”.

Following Public Health direction, the three individuals are at home in self-isolation. As a further safety precaution, additional employees within the department that were identified as close contacts are also at home in self-isolation. To ensure privacy and confidentiality, the identity of the individuals will not be disclosed. No additional information will be provided by the Town in respect to the processes and measures that are led by the Health Unit.

“I would like to thank the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit for their leadership and management of this situation. Through an excellent working relationship, and through detailed record-keeping, contact tracing was conducted immediately, and all individuals found to have had close contact to these cases have been contacted,” explained Chief Administrative Officer Shawn Everitt. “On behalf of the Town and community, I would like to extend my best wishes for the health, safety and recovery of the impacted individuals”.

As is the case in all outbreaks and case management, Public Health is the lead and will contact individuals if they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, based on a thorough risk assessment completed by Public Health. Determining who is a close contact is a decision that can only be made by Public Health. Anyone identified as a contact to these cases has been contacted by a Public Health case manager directly. Anyone that has not been contacted by Public Health is not considered at risk and does not need to take any additional steps, including asymptomatic testing.

“I join CAO Everitt in thanking the Grey Bruce Public Health Unit for helping us manage this situation,” stated Mayor Alar Soever. “COVID-19 is here in our community, and it is inevitable that some cases will arise. It is important that we all follow Public Health advice and keep our close contacts to an absolute minimum so that when cases do arise, contact tracing and containment can be effective in preventing further spread.”

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Everitt
Chief Administrative Officer
(519) 599-3131 ext. 234

The Town of The Blue Mountains is excited to announce that the new groomed trails on the Georgian Trail and at the Tomahawk Recreational Facility are now ready for public use.

New for the winter season, the Town has expanded winter recreation opportunities to help encourage residents to explore and experience nature and the natural beauty of The Blue Mountains. Details regarding the new groomed trails have been included below:

Georgian Trail

The Town will be grooming the Georgian Trail throughout the winter season. The Georgian Trail is a multi-use trail for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, fat biking, and other eco-friendly activities. There will not be set tracks for cross county skiing on the Georgian Trail due to the limited space. 

Tomahawk Recreational Facility

The Town will be grooming a hard-packed loop trail at the Tomahawk Recreational Facility throughout the winter season. Weather permitting, set tracks for cross country skiing will be added along the groomed trail.

Before You Go

The Town would like to emphasize that motorized and gas-powered machines are not permitted on the Georgian Trail or at the Tomahawk Recreational Facility. In addition, all dogs must be leashed, and please remember to pick up after your pets. Please also respect the natural areas and take all garbage with you.

As a reminder, when enjoying a public space please remember to practice 2-metre physical distancing, wash your hands regularly and stay at home if you are sick. In addition, the Town would like to emphasize that common touchpoints within public outdoor spaces are not sanitized or cleaned after each use.

For details, visit: www.exploreblue.ca/recreation

For more information, please contact:

Community Services Department
(519) 599-3131 ext. 281

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