A Big Thank You
A shout out and thank you to all our frontline workers who are hard at work keeping us all safe and healthy. Our Doctors, Nurses and Health Care Administrators, our First Responders at the OPP Detachment and Fire Department and the Grocery Store workers, Transit workers and all other critical workers who are busy keeping us healthy and safe. The residents of Collingwood and Council Salute and thank each of you for all you do to keep our community, our County and our Province running during this COVID-19 Crisis.
The work of Collingwood Council continues during “the new normal.”
While it is not business as usual at Town Hall, I want to assure the residents of Collingwood that it is all business at Town Hall. These are exceptional times and your Council and Town Staff are working tirelessly to safeguard the best interests of our community during the COVID-19 threat and continuing to deliver Town Services.
The Town’s critical and essential services, including fire services, drinking water & wastewater treatment, snow clearing, enforcement of priority bylaws, and essential front counter customer services are continuing uninterrupted (online and over the phone).
The Town has isolated critical Staff so to ensure the continuation of essential services.
— Mayor Brian Saunderson
Additional Cases Reported at G&M Hospital
March 24, 2020: CGMH has been notified by Public Health of two more confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.
Second Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Collingwood
Collingwood General & Marine Hospital has been notified by Public Health of its second confirmed positive case of COVID-19.
First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Collingwood
Norah Holder, President and CEO of Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, today confirmed the hospital’s first case of COVID-19.
Holder made the announcement at a 1:30 p.m. carried by electronic media.
The infected man is in his 50’s and had recently returned to Canada following out of country travel. He was tested on Friday March 13th and the hospital received confirmation of COVID-19 on Wednesday March 18th.
The man was not hospitalized and is self-isolating at home. Health officials are contacting people the man may have interacted with upon his return from travelling.
Emergency Sitting of Ontario Legislature on Thursday March 19th sees two critical pieces of legislation receive unanimous consent by only 26 MPPs.
The number of members participating in this extraordinary session was intentionally kept small in order to practice social distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. A first in Ontario history.
The legislation gives municipalities the ability to fully conduct Council, local board and committee meetings electronically when faced with local and province-wide emergencies, empowering the government’s municipal partners to respond quickly when in-person meetings cannot be held.
Midhurst/March 18, 2020
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 3 p.m., County of Simcoe Warden George Cornell has declared an emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic developments in our region.
General & Marine Hospital Updates
Ford Declares State of Emergency
Ontario Premier Doug Ford has declared a state of emergency in the ongoing effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Ford spoke to the people of Ontario at an 8:30 a.m. press conference on Tuesday March 17th.
“We’re facing an unprecedented time in our history. This is a decision that was not made lightly” Ford stated.
In making his announcement, Ford said the province will now mandate the closure of restaurants and bars and will now prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people.
Restaurants that can offer takeout and delivery will be allowed to continue to offer that service.
In addition, the province has ordered the immediate closure of all indoor recreation facilities, public libraries, theatres, cinemas, concert venues, private schools, and licensed childcare centres.
Grocery stores and pharmacies will be allowed to stay open.
Ford said he needs all municipalities across the province to work together to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
I will continue to update you on local developments.
Mayor Brian Saunderson – Message to the residents of Collingwood
Contract Extension for CAO Fareed Amin during COVID-19 Outbreak
Collingwood council has voted to extend the contract of outgoing CAO Fareed Amin.
Mayor Brian Saunderson says the Town needs continuity as it takes ongoing actions to protect its citizens from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Saunderson cites Amin’s strong connection with the General & Marine Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Norah Holder and health care officials as key reasons why council voted to extend his contract throughout April.
“We are taking all necessary steps to protect the citizens of Collingwood.”
The Amin extension delays the previously approved council appointment of Sonya Skinner to the position of interim CAO.
Before joining the Town of Collingwood as Executive Director of Customer and Corporate Services, Skinner was chief administrative officer for the Grey-Sauble Conservation Authority.
TOWN OF COLLINGWOOD TAKES PROACTIVE PRECAUTIONS WITH FACILITY CLOSURES & IN-PERSON CUSTOMER SERVICE DESK CLOSURES
Please exercise Social Distancing & Self-Isolation.
Town Hall Facility & in-person Customer Service Desks are closed until further notice. The Town will continue to offer services online and over the phone (705-445-1030).
Mayor Brian Saunderson talks about steps the Town of Collingwood has taken to address the COVID-19 situation
The Town of Collingwood has taken proactive measures in an effort to protect residents and prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections.
We have closed the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena, Central Park Arena, Collingwood Museum, Centennial Aquatic Centre, Simcoe Street Theatre and Collingwood Public Library.
The Town’s critical and essential services, including fire services, drinking water & wastewater treatment, snow clearing, enforcement of priority bylaws, and essential front counter customer services will continue.
The Town will isolate critical Staff so to ensure the continuation of essential services.
This temporary closure is part of the Town of Collingwood’s proactive efforts to help get ahead of COVID-19 and to protect residents and staff.
Please exercise social distancing and self-isolation.
We are happy to assist you online and over the phone.
Drop Payments, Forms, or any questions off at the Town Hall Drop Box located at the front door. Please include your Contact Information.
General & Marine Hospital Updates
Mayor Brian Saunderson attended a meeting in Toronto with the Honourable Jeff Yurek (Elgin—Middlesex—London) Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, on Thursday January 9th.
Saunderson attended as the Mayor of Collingwood and Board Member of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.
“We met with Minister Yurek to investigate ways of having the province help us implement the Great Lakes Action Plan 2030 produced by a collaborative group. There were 5 partners, one of which was the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative.
Mayor’s New Years Levee
At the 2020 Mayor’s New Year’s Levee we had the honour of celebrating the accomplishments of the Order of Collingwood and Companion of the Order of Collingwood recipients.
ORDER OF COLLINGWOOD
Larry Hogarth, Ron MacRae, Sashi and Eswar Prasad, David Saunders and Barbara Sharp.
COMPANION OF THE ORDER
Brian Saunderson talked to his supporters and media following the announcement of his victory. Video report taken from CollingwoodLiving.com