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By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter “We’re not as bad as the United States.” I’ve heard that from some Canadians over the last two weeks as they condemn America. Some of us are sleeping easily because we’re not as bad as the U.S. If that’s why you’re sleeping easily, you should still be awake.…

Ontario’s Eye Care Crisis: Visible for All to See

By Drs. Shannon Glitz and Carol Venn Optometrists are the front-line workers of the vision care system, and their services are at the heart of screening and diagnostic services in Ontario. We are passionate and proud to deliver high quality, accessible eye care in urban centres and rural communities across the province. The pandemic has…

Patriotic fun for all ages this Canada Day

Online and offline, many ways to celebrate our nation Canada turns 153 this year, and despite social distancing, St. Marys is celebrating in grand style. The fun has already begun, as entries have started to come in for the “Virtually Delicious” red-and-white baking contest. The deadline is extended to end-of-day on Sunday, June 21 to…

Thames Centre records seven-figure surplus for 2019

$1,308,356 to be transferred to reserves By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Director of Financial Services / Treasurer Kim Grogan reported to Thames Centre Council during the June 10 meeting that, following adjustments coming out of the annual audit, the total surplus for the municipality in 2019 was $1,308,356. It was recommended by staff,…

COVID-19 Updates from Huron Perth Public Health

As the province continues to ease restrictions in Stage 2, some businesses, services and public spaces in Huron and Perth are re-opening. Huron Perth Public Health asks residents to be patient and courteous as these re-openings take place. Stage 2 means that the province is allowing businesses, services and public spaces to re-open, it does…

Revised plans for 665 James Street North development supported by PAC

By Spencer Seymour, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Roughly four months after receiving significant constructive feedback from members of the Planning Advisory Committee and members of the public on a proposed five-storey apartment building for 665 James Street North, amended plans were presented to the Committee that addressed several of the initial concerns. The property, known…

Town opening select outdoor recreational amenities

All other indoor and outdoor municipal recreational facilities to remain closed On June 8, the provincial government announced that many regions in Ontario, including Huron-Perth, could move into Stage 2 of its COVID-19 recovery plan. This second stage expands the number and type of facilities that municipalities can re-open to the public. In response, the…