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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.
Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce joins Canada United to support local businesses and accelerate small business recovery
Created by RBC in collaboration with the national network of Chambers of Commerce and over 50 corporate partners Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce to support local businesses as part of the nationwide movement
July 22, 2020 (BOBCAYGEON) – Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce announced today it is joining Canada United, a national movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the movement, RBC has brought together more than 50 of Canada’s leading brands, Business Associations and the national Chamber network to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local.
“The Bobcaygeon Chamber is pleased to support the Canada United movement and help bolster businesses in and around our community. Small businesses are the backbones of our local economies and key to thriving communities,” says Chamber President, Donna Wood.“The COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for businesses in the Kawartha Lakesand across the province. We need to continue to support SMEs who create jobs, drive innovation, and generate wealth for communities across Ontario – they will play an integral role in helping the province bounce back.”
Canadians are invited to join the Canada United movement by buying and dining local, including celebrating and supporting local businesses during the Canada United Weekend from August 28 to 30, 2020.
Canadians are also encouraged to watch the Canada United videos online at GoCanadaUnited.ca, like posts from @GoCanadaUnited on social media and use #CanadaUnited to demonstrate their support. For each of these actions until August 31, 2020, RBC will contribute 5 cents up to a maximum contribution amount of $2 million to the new Canada United Small Business Relief Fund, while working with government and corporate partners to source additional contributions to the fund during the courseof the campaign. The Fund will provide small businesses with grants of up to $5,000 to cover expenses related to personal protective equipment (PPE) renovations to accommodate re-opening guidelines and developing or improving e-commercecapabilities.
Small Canadian businesses across the country will be able to apply for up to $5,000 in grant funding. The program intends to support small Canadian businesses of all kinds from across the country. The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund will be administered by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the national Chamber network. Small business owners who are interested in the program can visit GoCanadaUnited.ca to learn more about grant application details, including eligibility criteria, and to apply.
“We are excited to welcome the Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerceto Canada United to help local businesses and Canada’s economy come back strong,” said Neil McLaughlin, Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking, Royal Bank of Canada. “Canada United was created to kick-start an economic rebound by rallying consumers to give local businesses the support they need to re-open during these uncertain times. By bringing together government, business associations and corporate Canada, we are looking to start a movement to get Canadians to buy local and support businesses across the country. We are genuinely excited by the energy all of our partners are bringing to this effort.”
“If there has been one silver lining in all the tragedy and sacrifices of the current crisis, it has been the spirit of collaboration and unity of purpose that has been evident between levels of government, across provinces and across sectors,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
“We are calling on that same unity of purpose with Canada United. Small, local businesses are the heart of our communities, our Main Streets and our economy. Together, it is time to show local some love.”
About Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce
The Bobcaygeon Chamber is the busiest service provider in our community with responsibilities that involve business advocacy and support, service Ontario licensing and tourism information all three main functions operate from one central location beside Port 32.
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Originally published in full July 13th at: https://bit.ly/2OtPVeg
The Ontario government announced nearly all businesses and public spaces will reopen in Stage 3 of the province's reopening framework with public health and workplace safety measures and restrictions in place. As Ontario continues down the path to economic recovery, decisions on which regions will enter Stage 3 and when will be made in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts and based on trends of key public health indicators.
As part of the Stage 3 reopening, Ontario will be increasing gathering limits for those regions entering the next stage to the following:
Public gathering limits apply to indoor and outdoor events, such as community events or gatherings, concerts, live shows, festivals, conferences, sports and recreational fitness activities, fundraisers, fairs, festivals or open houses. A two metre distance must still be maintained at such events.
The Chief Medical Officer of Health, public health experts and other officials have advised the following, high-risk places and activities are not yet safe to open, even if a region has entered Stage 3, due to the likelihood of large crowds congregating, difficulties with physical distancing, or challenges maintaining the proper cleaning and sanitation required to prevent the spread of COVID‑19:
For more information on the restrictions that will remain in place during Stage 3, as well as the public health guidance necessary to keep the people of Ontario safe, visit Ontario.ca/reopen.
Kawartha Lakes – On July 9, Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries joined Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure and MPP for Haliburton—Kawartha Lakes—Brock, in Bobcaygeon to announce over $1.4 million in tourism recovery supports across the Kawartha Lakes region.
“As our government moves forward with reopening the province, we are proud to invest over $1.4 million to support initiatives in the Kawartha Lakes region that promote our communities and put our tourism industry on a path to recovery,” said Minister MacLeod.
A $1.25 million investment in to Kawartha’s regional tourism organization will deliver locally driven marketing programs designed to encourage all Ontarians to explore their communities, through a joint funding partnership between Destination Ontario and Destination Canada. The remaining $150,000 will provide support to local festivals through the 2020 Celebrate Ontario program.
“As one of the most beautiful parts of Ontario, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes Brock is usually a magnet for visitors from other parts of our province and beyond,” said Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.
Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, Councillor, commented, “Our MPP, Laurie Scott, has always been a champion for the area. Today’s announcement to support hyper-local tourism speaks to how much our community relies on tourism, not just for the visitors, but the fact that many visitors become residents. If we didn't have our summer tourism, we wouldn't exist as the vibrant Kawartha Lakes we know today.”
“Tourism is a key economic driver in Kawartha Lakes that brings economic, social and cultural benefits to our region. This tourism investment will go a long way in assisting the recovery of our tourism industry while helping us continue to develop a thriving and diversified visitor economy,” said Laurie McCarthy, Tourism Development Officer for Kawartha Lakes.
Media Release from Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit:
"Under instructions issued by the local Medical Officer of Health, area businesses will have to have a policy in place that requires people to wear a non-medical mask or face covering before entering their commercial establishment.
Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit today issued instructions to the owners and operators of commercial establishments currently open during Stage 2 of the province’s reopening. The instructions have been issued under the authority of Ontario Regulation 263/20 under the provincial Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA).
“Although we have seen a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in our area, we want to be sure we continue to see a decrease as we move towards the reopening of more businesses within the province,” says Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health for the HKPR District Health Unit. “We need to do everything we can to avoid the chance of a resurgence in activity that we have seen in some other places.”
The requirement for non-medical mask or face covering use within local businesses will come into effect at 12:01 am July 13, 2020. The use of masks will be required while the provincial Emergency Order remains in force or until such time that the MOH lifts the requirement.
Under the Health Unit’s instructions, commercial establishments are premises that are openly accessible to members of the public and used for the purposes of offering goods or services for sale. An establishment would include a mall or other structure containing commercial premises, including: retail stores, convenience stores, restaurants, personal services settings, grocery stores and bakeries, gas stations, indoor farmers’ markets, areas of mechanics’ shops/garages/repair shops which are open to the public.
Wearing a mask is about protecting other people, Dr. Noseworthy says, and reduces the likelihood that someone could unknowingly spread the virus to another person.
“Provincially, we have seen a number of asymptomatic cases,” she says. “This is just another step in doing what we can to protect our family, friends and neighbours in our communities.”
The policy of the commercial establishment should be enacted and enforced in ‘good faith’ and should be used as an opportunity to educate about the use of non-medical masks or face coverings in indoor commercial establishments. Additional education and enforcement will be conducted by Health Unit staff, as well as local municipal bylaw and police officers.
There are exemptions to the policy and a person will be exempt from wearing a non-medical mask or face covering in the premises if:
• The person is a child under the age of two years; or a child under the age of 5 years either chronologically or developmentally and he or she refuses to wear a face covering and cannot be persuaded to do so by their caregiver;
• The person is incapacitated and unable to remove their mask without assistance;
• For any other medical reason, the person cannot safely wear a non-medical mask or face covering such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information.
• For any religious reason, the person cannot wear a non-medical mask or face covering or cannot cover the face in a manner that would properly control the source.
In issuing the instructions to commercial establishments, HKPR District Health Unit is joining a growing list of health units across the province that is requiring non-medical mask or face covering use in public spaces.
For more information about the instructions requiring non-medical mask use or face coverings, visit the Health Unit’s website at www.hkpr.on.ca or call toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5020."
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