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LEAMINGTON - The Ontario government is committing nearly $1 million in cost-share funding to help rural communities diversify their economies, retain skilled workers and create jobs.
Today, details about the funding were released by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, which is being provided through a new targeted intake of the Rural Economic Development program (RED).
"This funding will focus on diversifying regional economies and improving the competitiveness of rural businesses across the province," said Minister Hardeman. "Due to the COVID-19 crisis many people are struggling, and this funding will support job creation and investment to help lift up individuals, families and businesses."
The intake is directed at not-for-profit organizations with a mandate towards regional economic development and eligible projects would be eligible for up to 70 per cent of total costs to a maximum of $75,000 in provincial funding. Minister Hardeman also announced more than $3 million in funding cost-shared with applicants to be invested in 65 projects through a previous RED intake.
This funding will support economic development efforts such as:
· Capital improvements to enhance an uptown arts and cultural hub to increase tourism;
· Implementing new and accessible streetscaping to develop a more inviting downtown;
· Waterfront development to expand and revitalize local trails.
"I am very pleased to see our government stepping up to the plate, now more than ever, to help rural Ontario," said Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington. "Assisting in the revitalization of downtown Leamington and supporting not-for-profit organizations are key to helping the region on its road to economic recovery."
"The John Street Centennial Park and Shotton Parkette upgrades are just two projects in a series of initiatives we are undertaking to reinvent public spaces and attract renewed interest and investment into Leamington's uptown core," said Leamington Mayor Hilda MacDonald. "We are very thankful to the Province of Ontario for support through the Rural Economic Development program to help complete these key infrastructure projects."
Projects need to meet the following criteria:
Serving on the Bobcaygeon Chamber Board of Directors is a rewarding experience and an opportunity for professional growth. The Board is seeking new Directors for 2020 and will be accepting applications until October 16th. Directors will be confirmed at the Annual General Meeting on November 25th.
Chamber members in good standing are eligible to submit an application. If you are interested in representing your organization, please complete the application form which can be downloaded at the link below. A list of the Director responsibilities is included with the application.
The Board wishes to have representation from a broad cross section of the Chamber’s membership so do not hesitate to confirm your interest.
The application form can be downloaded here.
A Live, Improvised Comedy Soap Opera Opens at Globus Theatre
Bobcaygeon-ation Street of Our Lives
Bobcaygeon, September 2020 - Three Canadian comedians, Chris Gibbs, Kerry Griffin, and Dave Pearce come together with Globus Theatre to bring a live, improvised soap opera to Bobcaygeon! Bobcaygeon-ation Street of Our Lives will run on September 24th, 25th, and 26th at the Lakeview Arts Barn for an audience of 50 people each night. With the direction of Sarah Quick, the comedic trio will create a world of drama, gossip, intrigue and shenanigans that will also be livestreamed as a nightly episode to homes across the Kawarthas...and beyond!
All three performers are Canadian Comedy Award Winners! Chris Gibbs has performed at Just For Laughs in Montreal and played "Gizzardgulper", one of the evil giants in the Disney feature The BFG, directed by Steven Spielberg. Audiences may recognize Kerry Griffin from numerous tv shows such as Schitt’s Creek (CBC), The Expanse (Prime), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Designated Survivor (ABC) and Baroness Von Sketch Show (CBC). Dave Pearce spent two seasons as a senior writer on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, was a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s The Irrelevant Show and now writes for The Beaverton.
Audiences will get to enjoy some cameo performances from some of our awesome youth performers as well!
Artistic Director, Sarah Quick says, “I wanted to create something using the resources that we have - in this case a wonderfully versatile theatre space and a company of some truly awesome performers. I don't think that traditional plays translate to online programming particularly effectively but I thought that creating a soap opera, with an ongoing storyline, that could be broadcast each night while being enjoyed by a 'live studio audience' would be something worth investigating!! The idea is that the two audiences become symbiotic - creating a connection by enjoying an evening of live entertainment in the environment that they feel most comfortable. Lots of our patrons have been enjoying the opportunity to 'get out' and enjoy dinner and a show surrounded by like-minded people. Safety has been a major priority - we want people to feel fully comfortable so that they come back again and again...they are doing just that, so we must be doing it right! Equally this will give a great opportunity for people that want to stay home, to see something happening right now, about our town (albeit a fictitious version!!) and designed to be relevant to them. It can become a wonderful family experience to 'tune in' and see what events are about to unfurl...we guarantee a cliffhanger each night!
As an added bonus and to make it even more hyper-local we encouraged the kids from our summer theatre camps to devise, create and film small 2-minute scenes that will make up part of each episode - and believe me they are super creative! I'm hoping they will enjoy the experience of sitting down to watch the show with their family and encouraging their friends to watch too.
At a time when it is super important for the theatre not to lose money by attempting something on such a grand scale we are truly thankful to our Season Within Reason sponsor Wilcox Architects, and to funding received from Celebrate Ontario and the RTO8 for making this possible. We feel like the Arts will play a huge part in the community's recovery from the pandemic both as a safe way to allow people to interact socially and by offering some mental health positivity in the form of laughter, creativity and hope.”
Please call the box office to book your (in-person) Dinner & Theatre tickets so that we can ensure adequate spacing when selecting your seats.
Dinner & Theatre Tickets $75.00 (plus HST + $2.00 per ticket fee)
Livestream admission is free and will be available on Facebook before each performance.
COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business: Applications Begin August 31
The Government of Ontario is making $8 million available to support small business and registered charities who are struggling to pay their energy bills as a result of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Energy Assistance Program for Small Business (CEAP-SB) provides a one time, on-bill credit to eligible small business and registered charity customers to help them catch up on their energy bills and resume regular payments.
To apply for CEAP funding, customers should contact their energy provider. Electricity and natural gas utilities andunit sub-meter providers (USMPs)will begin accepting applications for CEAP-SBonAugust 31, 2020, delivering the program in accordance with rules laid out by the OEB. CEAP-SB funding is limited, with utilities and USMPs expected to process applications in the order in which they are received. Please note, submitting an application does not guarantee funding.
For more information, including eligibility requirements and on-bill credit amounts, visit oeb.ca/ceap.
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Bobcaygeon Fair Goes “Virtual”
The 162nd Bobcaygeon Fall Fair will have a different look this year. The Board of Directors of the Bobcaygeon Agricultural Society have been working diligently over the past several months to determine how we can celebrate the Daddy of Em’ All while prioritizing the safety of our volunteers and guests. We will be recreating some of our competitions virtually and look forward to introducing some new and exciting events through the coming months! Here’s a sneak peek of some of the fun to come:
For our crafty exhibitors, the Homecraft division has brainstormed a new list of categories to virtually showcase a variety of artistic projects, from garden bouquets to sourdough bread baking. Participants will share photographs of their projects via social media or email! We haven’t forgotten about our youngest crafters - we will also be running some junior homecraft classes! We are looking forward to seeing and celebrating the creativity of our local makers.
For our local equestrians, the fair will be hosting an open virtual Horse Show with adult, youth and children classes. Classes will be posted online by mid-August.
After a successful first Craft Beer Tasting at the 2019 Bobcaygeon Fall Fair, we are reimagining this event so you can socially distance while sipping on local brews and taking in local musical talent. On September 20th, we will host a live event on Instagram and Facebook featuring entertainment and a guided tasting of featured beer from Bobcaygeon Brewery, Boshkung Brewery, Fenelon Falls Brewery and Old Dog Brewing Co. Cheers to that!
Shine up your trucks, tractors or cars! We’ll be hosting a virtual Show n’ Shine to show off a photo of your favourite farm or road worthy wheels.
New this September is an old-timey Scavenger Hunt taking participants on a tour of landmarks, farms and agricultural displays in the Bobcaygeon area! The Scavenger Hunt will include a “scarecrow trail” of scarecrows created by local residents, businesses, or organizations to show their appreciation for our frontline workers.
Lastly, will be doing a reverse parade on Saturday October 3rd between 11am-4pm. Instead of our much loved parade making its way through town to the fairgrounds, residents will tour the town/country side in their own vehicles to take in the floats and displays. Anyone interested in creating a display or decorating their homes or storefronts can register through our online form.
For more details, visit our website www.bobcaygeonfair.com and follow us on Facebook or Instagram (@bobcaygeonfallfair). If you have questions, contact us through the website, social media, or at email@example.com. The 2020 “Virtual” Fall Fair promises to be fun and entertaining for the whole family!
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The Awesome Music Project (AMP) is a not for profit group whose focus was/is on music as a therapy for people with mental health issues, of all kinds. With the impact of Covid-19 in Long Term Care homes, the AMP group created AMP4Life to help communities most affected by Covid-19. The AMP4Life program will see sustainable music therapy programs installed at long term care and assisted living homes across Canada. The AMP4Life team approached the Bobcaygeon & Area Covid Relief Fund, through COKL Councillor Kathleen Seymour Fagan, looking for assistance to bring the program to Bobcaygeon.
Local volunteers, now working with the AMP4Life team, are excited to announce that Bobcaygeon’s Pinecrest has been chosen as the first long term care facility to benefit from the program in Canada. The hope is to expand the program into Case Manor and The Kawartha Lakes Retirement Residence. A dedicated music therapist will work with the local residences to tailor programs specific to the needs of each home. Both one on one and group digital and face to face sessions will be available to ensure flexibility in the program and to allow for changing health safety protocols in place during the pandemic.
To kick off the launch of the program in Bobcaygeon, special music performances took place on August 20th. The Spoons, Tara Shannon, Erin Cooper Gay and Rob Carli entertained residents with performances at Pinecrest and Case Manor. Pontoon boats provided an over water portion of the performances along Big Bob channel and at Beach Park, providing an added bonus of entertaining the community including boaters and those on shore. Although social distancing protocols prevented advertising of the performances in order to keep large crowds from gathering, an estimated 1000 people were safely able to stop and enjoy the music over the course of the 3 hour long travelling waterway performances.
Music therapy will play a key role in aiding in the recovery from the negative mental health effects of Covid-19 for both residents and staff in our seniors’ communities. Through AMP4Life, the Bobcaygeon Relief Fund has been able provide the first three months of music therapy but your help is needed to sustain and expand the program. To find out more about the program, please go here.
To donate to the Bobcaygeon program, please click this link and select
“AMP4Life - Bobcaygeon” from the drop down menu.
Please help us provide the positive power of music as a healing focus for the residents and staff of our local senior’s residences.
Submitted by local AMP4Life volunteer, Ann Adare, who can be contacted at 905-315-0557
The Canada United weekend is fast approaching, and together we can make this this biggest weekend for local business. While this will only take place over three days, those three days could mean such a difference to the small businesses with in the area. In order to help make this weekend long event a success a number of contests surrounding it have been announced. There are 25 prizes of $10,000 from RBC, and an additional $250,000 shopping sweepstakes; which can be won by downloading the LiVE by CF app by August 30th for a chance to win one of 50 $5,000 shopping sprees.
It’s easy to participate. Simply use the Canada United Small Business Toolkit (gocanadaunited.ca/smallbusinesskit) to do any of the following:
• Add Canada United stickers and GIFs to your social media posts
• Create custom banners and logos to share online
• Get decals for your storefront which you can pick up at a nearby RBC Royal Bank branch
• Download posters and more which you can print out on your own
Mark your calendar for August 31st if you are interested in applying for a Canada United Small Business Relief grant of up to $5,000 to offset costs related to Covid-19 for your business.
You can’t afford to miss out on this opportunity. Join the movement and be the local business that gets the love.
Find out more at GoCanadaUnited.ca.
News release from ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
LINDSAY — The Ontario government is expanding eligibilty for agriculture societies to apply for funding to help offset the financial losses due to the cancellation of fall fairs, exhibitions and activities during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. For this year only, nearly $1 million will be made available to all qualifying agricultural and horticultural societies to help ensure operations. In previous years, organizations could only qualify for provincial funding if they operated fall fairs.
The announcement was made today by Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
"Our agricultural and horticultural organizations are part of the backbone of rural Ontario. We know that the decision to cancel their fairs and events was a difficult but important one in order to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19," said Minister Hardeman. "We are providing this funding to help continue operations and relieve some of the burden they are experiencing during this difficult time."
"Our horticultural and agricultural societies have educated and entertained us on the importance of agriculture for more than a century," said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. "This funding will help support this important sector of Ontario's economy as the province recovers from the impacts of COVID-19."
The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OASS) has reported that over 175 fall fairs and events have been cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
"The Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies (OAAS) is grateful for the Ontario government's support," said Vince Brennan, OAAS Manager. "This investment shows the confidence and appreciation that the Ontario government has for our over 200 Ontario Agricultural Societies, their members and volunteers and the significant contribution they make to their communities and rural life in Ontario."
"Thanks to the Ontario government for all of the support and assistance they have shown to all of the Societies/Clubs affiliated with the Ontario Horticultural Association (OHA)," said Charles Freeman, Vice President of the Ontario Horticultural Association. "Ontario's continuing support of the 27,000 plus membership across the province is appreciated by everyone involved with the OHA."
The province provides some funding to individual agricultural societies through grant payments enabled through the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act. Under the Act, Regulation 16 sets out that in the year an agricultural society is paid a grant they must hold an agricultural exhibition, such as a fall fair. The COVID-19 restrictions have prevented the events that would help to meet this criteria in 2020, with some societies at risk of closing their organizations without this support.
July 30 2020 – Significant rehabilitation work is scheduled to begin this September on three swing bridges along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site. Boat navigation will not be affected by this work.
Bobcaygeon Swing Bridge
The rehabilitation of the Bobcaygeon Swing Bridge on Main St. at Canal St. may begin before the navigation season ends in mid-October, and will include a bridge closure for vehicular traffic at this time. Pedestrians can cross the canal at the lower lock gates; an accessible temporary pedestrian bridge will be installed across this area following the navigation season. Work is expected to be completed in spring 2021.
Warsaw Road Swing Bridge (Parkhill Road East, Peterborough)
Contractors are expected to mobilize in September 2020 to complete a full replacement of the steel swing bridge. It is expected that the bridge will close to vehicular traffic in October 2020, with construction scheduled to conclude in spring 2021. The new bridge will have a full highway load rating, and a sidewalk for pedestrian use. Large portions of the bridge will be constructed off site and assembled in place to reduce the length of the closure.
Boundary Swing Bridge (near Bolsover)
The Boundary Road Swing Bridge on Simcoe Street near Bolsover was constructed in 1902 and requires a full replacement of the steel swing bridge. The new structure will maintain the historic look of the original. It is expected that the bridge will close to vehicular traffic in October 2020, with construction scheduled to conclude in spring 2021.
Further updates regarding specific timing for closures will be provided as they become available.
Parks Canada is leading this important infrastructure work to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas, including along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site.
To ask questions or register to receive updates about any Trent-Severn Waterway construction project, please contact us at Ont.TrentSevern@pc.gc.ca and include the project name in the subject heading.
For news about this or other infrastructure projects in your area, please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/tswInfrastructure.
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