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* UPDATED* Business & New Business of the Year Awards

Each year, Council and the Economic Development & Tourism Committee hosts a breakfast to celebrate the accomplishments of Augusta businesses.

The Business of the Year award is given to a business who has shown longevity, community involvement and innovation.

The New Business of the Year award is given to an entrepreneur who has launched a business in the last 1 to 5 years and who has shown community involvement, innovation and sustainability.

Watch for more information regarding the celebratory breakfast in next few weeks!  The event will be held on November 6, 2020.

Nominations are being accepted until October 16, 2019 at 4pm.

2020 Business of the Year Award Nomination Form

2020 New Business of the Year Award Nomination Form

Posted September 15, 2020
Updated September 22, 2020


** UPDATE** Recreation Hall Reopening with New Protocols 

WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE, BUT THE REOPENING OF THE REC HALLS IS ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

We are happy to announce that Augusta recreation centres (Maitland, Maynard, North Augusta & Roebuck) are now open again for bookings on a case-by-case basis pending approval from the Township.

Anyone wanting to book one of the halls must complete a COVID 19 Augusta Hall Rental Approval Form and submit it to the Community Development & Planning Coordinator, Nicole Walker (nwalker@augusta.ca) for approval before booking the hall.

Please note that we are currently not allowing alcohol on site, there are new capacity limits for each hall and events must follow proper COVID-19 protocols.

If you have questions or for more information, please contact Nicole Walker at nwalker@augusta.ca or call 613-925-4231 ext. 110.

Updated September 17, 2020
Posted September 11, 2020

 


Bear Sightings – Grenville OPP News Releaseblack bear standing up in a field

The Grenville Detachment of the OPP have issued a News Release outlining for residents what to do if they see a bear in their area.

There are different protocols depending on what it may be doing – if it’s posing an immediate threat or just wondering through.

Note: The Township has already received a couple of phone calls about bear sightings in the area recently.

Grenville OPP News Release – Bear Hotline

Posted September 9, 2020


Amnesty Day

Amnesty Day will be held on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 at both the Maynard and North Augusta Transfer Stations. At this time, they will be accepting the following items for FREE:

– (1) sofa/loveseat per household
– (1) chair per household
– (1) mattress per household
– (1) boxspring per household

Please note that this event may be cancelled on short notice due to COVID-19 and we ask that everyone please monitor this page/Facebook page for updates.

Posted August 31, 2020


Community Improvement Plan 

Below is a link to the new Community Improvement Plan for public review.  If you have any questions or concerns you would like addressed, please contact Myron Belej, Township Planner at mbelej@augusta.ca by September 2, 2020.

Augusta’s Community Improvement Plan – August, 2020

 

 

Posted August 21, 2020


Public Meeting Notification

There will be an electronic Public Meeting held on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm to discuss a Zoning By-Law Amendment Application.

To view the Notice of Public Meeting document, please click on the link below:

Notice of Public Meeting re: Rural Destination Aqua World Resort

Zoning By-Law Amendment Application – Aquaworld (AQW) Zone to Rural Destination-Holding (RD-h) Zone

The public meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Although the restrictions on public gatherings associated with COVID-19 are continually evolving, it is anticipated that a limited number of in-person attendees may also be accommodated at the Township Office in Maynard.

Any person wishing to attend the public meetings, whether virtually or in-person, to make written or verbal representation, or to obtain additional information relating to the proposed Zoning By-Law amendment is required to contact the Township Planner, Myron Belej, at 613-925-4231 ext. 101, or mbelej@augusta.ca.

 

Posted August 18, 2020


Enbridge Gas Outage 

Press Release 3- August 10, 2020 – Enbridge Gas 3-08-10-2020

Press Release 2- August 9, 2020 – Enbridge Gas 2-08-09-2020

Press Release 1- August 8, 2020 – Enbridge Gas 1-08-08-2020

Posted on August 8, 2020.


Public Meeting Notification

There will be two (2) electronic Public Meetings held on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

The first will start at 6:00 pm and will be discussing a Zoning By-Law Amendment Application.

The 2nd will start at 6:30 pm and will discuss the Community Improvement Project Area and the Community Improvement Plan.

To view the Notice of Public Meeting documents, please click on the links below:

Notice of Public Meeting – Zoning By-Law Amendment Application re: Townhouse Development

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Notice of Public Meeting – Community Improvement Project Area and the Community Improvement Plan

The public meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Although the restrictions on public gatherings associated with COVID-19 are continually evolving, it is anticipated that a limited number of in-person attendees may also be accommodated at the Township Office in Maynard.

Any person wishing to attend the public meetings, whether virtually or in-person, to make written or verbal representation, or to obtain additional information relating to the proposed Community Improvement Project Area and the Community Improvement Plan, is required to contact the Township Planner, Myron Belej, at 613-925-4231 ext. 101, or mbelej@augusta.ca.

Posted July 31, 2020


Free Advertising Opportunity

Augusta Township is providing a FREE advertising opportunity to support Augusta businesses. The ads will appear in the Recorder and Times and the Brockville and Prescott This Week (which are free to every household), plus 20,000 digital ads.

If you are a business in Augusta and would like to have a business card size ad in the Brockville Recorder and Times, please submit your information to asimonian@augusta.ca.

This opportunity is only being offered for 3 weeks.  The final deadline for submissions is August 18th at 9 am.

THINK LOCAL, SHOP LOCAL, BUY LOCAL

Posted July 31, 2020


Committee Members Needed

          

Augusta Township Council is looking for volunteers to join the 2 new township committees – the Community Development Committee and the Agricultural and Rural Affairs Committee.

Applications will be accepted until August 17, 2020 and can be submitted to the Township Clerk, Annette Simonian either by mail, by dropping the application form in the drop box in the front lobby of the Township office or by emailing it to asimonian@augusta.ca.

Learn more about these new committees in the Mayor’s Augusta Matters article from July 29, 2020.

Community Development Committee Terms of Reference

Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee Terms of Reference

Committee Appointment Application Form

Posted July 29, 2020


County Household Hazardous Waste Days Announced* 

The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville (UCLG) have announced their planned Household Hazardous Waste Days for this year.

*Please note that these dates are “tentative”, based on Covid-19 regulations, and that there could be last minute cancellations so be sure to monitor the Counties’ website for changes.

UPDATE 09/02/2020: The County has changed the location of one of the September 19th events from Kemptville to Lansdowne.  Please see the new poster for details.

UPDATE 08/04/2020: The August 15, 2020 date has been CANCELLED at both the Frankville & Lansdowne locations.

CLICK ON THE POSTER TO ENLARGE

 

Posted July 8, 2020
Updated 08/04/2020
Updated 09/02/2020

 


Health Unit Warns to Take Precautions During High Heat and Humidity 

July 2, 2020

Due to high temperatures and humidex levels Environment Canada has issued a heat warning. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death.

Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, is advising the public to monitor the forecast over the next few days and to take the following precautions:

  • Do not leave children, adults or pets in parked cars or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects of your medications.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty. Remember to take sips often and not to guzzle your drink. Learn more about hydration at unlockfood.ca.
  • Eat foods that have high water content such as watermelon, grapes and oranges.
  • Limit caffeinated beverages such as coffee and cola.
  • Avoid going out in the blazing sun or heat. If you must go outside, stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Whenever possible go to an air-conditioned room or building.
  • Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
  • If you are heading out to a store where you may have to stand in line outside, bring your mask and put it on when you are inside the store or at the front of the line so you are not wearing it in the heat for a long time.
  • Keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home.
  • Keep electric lights off or turned down low.
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels.
  • If you can, eat a variety of foods that can be prepared safely without using the oven.
  • Don’t skip meals, instead eat smaller amounts more often. Use Canada’s New Food Guide. Check out the snacks on this page.
  • Use fans to draw cool air at night, but do not rely on a fan as a main cooling device during long periods of high heat and humidity.
  • Reduce the use of personal vehicles, stop unnecessary idling; avoid using oil-based paints and glues, pesticides and gas-powered small engines.

Everyone is at risk; however the following are in greater danger of being affected:

  • elderly
  • people with chronic illness or who take certain medications
  • infants and preschool children
  • people who participate in physical activity or are involved in strenuous outdoor work for prolonged period

During a Heat Warning, the public is strongly encouraged to check on a neighbour or a friend who may have a greater risk of suffering negative health consequences from the heat and humidity.

Even short periods of exposure to high temperatures can cause health problems. If you experience the following symptoms after exposure to extreme heat seek medical attention immediately:

  • Nausea, dizziness, blurred vision
  • Difficulty or rapid breathing
  • Severe headache or confusion
  • Convulsion
  • Fever

For more information on how to protect your health during extreme heat, visit our Exposure to Hot/Cold Temperatures page. For specific health heat-related questions call 1-800-660-5853 or 613-345-5685. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @LGLHealthUnit for important public health updates.

Posted July 2, 2020


TOWNSHIP ROAD CONSTRUCTION/WORK    *UPDATED 07/28/2020

Beginning June 1st, road work will begin on roads within the Township.

  • South Branch Road and Kyle Road will receive new gravel. This should be completed by the end of June. – COMPLETED
  • Cedar Grove Road will be paved.  The work is expected to take 3-4 weeks. – COMPLETED
  • McCully Road and Hillbrook Road (from Maple Ave. to the 4th Concession) will be receiving hard top surfacing (tar and chip). The work is expected to take 3-4 weeks. This section of Hillbrook Road will be closed on Thursday, June 11, 2020 to allow for cross-road culverts to be replaced as well. – COMPLETED
  • Roadside mowing of Township roads will begin June 8th, second round of mowing should be completed by the end of July.
  • Bisseltown Road will receive new asphalt starting June 15. – COMPLETED
  • CN Rail has informed us they will be doing work on the Merwin Lane rail crossing from June 23-25.  Details will be in effect at this time.  More information will be posted once available. – COMPLETED
  • Line painting on all township roads will begin late June/early July and should be finished by the end of July.
  • The Maynard Transfer Station will be paved during the week of July 6-11, 2020.During this time, the North Augusta Transfer Station will be extending their hours to be as follows:
    MONDAY – FRIDAY: 9 am – 5 pm
    SATURDAY: 8 am – 4 pm

    *NOTE: The North Augusta site will still NOT be accepting aerosols, batteries, fluorescent bulbs, paint, paint thinner, propane tanks & motor oil. Please hold on to these items until the Maynard site is open again. – COMPLETED

  • Main Street is slated for reconstruction mid-summer.  More details will be posted once available.

Please expect lane closures, delays and plan your routes accordingly.  Slow down when directed to do so by traffic signs or by a worker. The number one cause of work zone crashes is excessive speed. Observe all warning signs and drive the posted speed limit.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to improve Augusta’s roads.

Posted June 1, 2020

Updated June 11, 2020

Updated June 30, 2020

Updated July 28, 2020


Health Unit Warns to Take Precautions During High Heat and Humidity

June 18, 2020

Due to high temperatures and humidex levels Environment Canada has issued a heat warning. A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death.

Dr. Paula Stewart, Medical Officer of Health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, is advising the public to monitor the forecast over the next few days and to take the following precautions:

  • Do not leave children, adults or pets in parked cars or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects of your medications.
  • Drink plenty of water and 100% fruit juices throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty. Remember to take sips often and not to guzzle your drink.
  • Eat foods that have high water content such as watermelon, grapes and oranges.
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
  • Avoid going out in the blazing sun or heat. If you must go outside, stay in the shade as much as possible.
  • Whenever possible go to an air-conditioned room or building.
  • Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
  • If you are heading out to a store where you may have to stand in line outside, bring your mask and put it on when you are inside the store or at the front of the line so you are not wearing it in the heat for a long time.
  • Keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home.
  • Keep electric lights off or turned down low.
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels.
  • Avoid eating heavy meals and using your oven.
  • Use fans to draw cool air at night, but do not rely on a fan as a main cooling device during long periods of high heat and humidity.
  • Reduce the use of personal vehicles, stop unnecessary idling; avoid using oil-based paints and glues, pesticides and gas-powered small engines.

Everyone is at risk; however the following are in greater danger of being affected:

  • elderly
  • people with chronic illness or who take certain medications
  • infants and preschool children
  • people who participate in physical activity or are involved in strenuous outdoor work for prolonged period

During a Heat Warning, the public is strongly encouraged to check on a neighbour or a friend who may have a greater risk of suffering negative health consequences from the heat and humidity.

Even short periods of exposure to high temperatures can cause health problems. If you experience the following symptoms after exposure to extreme heat seek medical attention immediately:

  • Nausea, dizziness, blurred vision
  • Difficulty or rapid breathing
  • Severe headache or confusion
  • Convulsion
  • Fever

For more information on how to protect your health during extreme heat, visit our Exposure to Hot/Cold Temperatures page. For specific health heat-related questions call 1-800-660-5853 or 613-345-5685. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Twitter @LGLHealthUnit for important public health updates.

Posted June 19, 2020


HELP US CELEBRATE OUR GRADUATES 

** THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SENT IN THEIR CHILDREN’S INFORMATION.

As the 2019-2020 school year was cut short due to COVID-19, Augusta Township would like to celebrate those hitting educational milestones this year (kindergarten, grade 6, grade 8, high school, college/university/trade).

If you have an Augusta graduate who you would like to see receive a little extra recognition for their efforts, we’d love to hear from you.

Please email officeclerk@augusta.ca the following information by MONDAY, JUNE 22:

– Full name of graduate (middle name is optional)
– School they are graduating from (and program if in college/university/trade)
– What village/hamlet of Augusta the graduate is from
– Parents/Guardians names
– Siblings (if applicable)
– Grandparents names (if applicable)
– Great Grandparents names (if applicable)
– All previous schools they’ve attended
– Mailing address
– Nice and relatively current photo of the graduate (graduation picture preferred if possible/available)

Then have your graduate check our website on June 25th.

Posted June 8, 2020


NOXIOUS WEED SPRAYING – STARTING IN JUNE

Every spring, the Township contracts the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville to spray our ditches for noxious weeds – particularly wild parsnip.
We have received notification from the County (see photo below) that they will begin spraying starting the 2nd week in June. Township roads in the rotation for spraying this year (as not all roads are done every year) are also noted below.

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As listed in the notice, for more information on roadside spraying, please contact the County’s Noxious & Nuisance Weed Control Office at 613-342-3840 ext. 2413.

There is also more information on noxious weeds, including wild parsnip, on our Public Works page and you can visit the County website for additional information.

Posted May 20, 2020


Ticks & Lyme Disease Prevention

Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are having an increasing effect on the lives of Ontarian residents.

As a rural community, Augusta Township residents are more likely to encounter ticks in their day to day activities, whether working or enjoying the outdoors.  Affected individuals experience persistent symptoms and long-term complications that affect their physical, emotional, mental and financial well-being.

The following information is provided to help you and your loved ones avoid this debilitating disease.  An excellent video by Dr. Andrew Peregrine on Lyme disease can also be found HERE.

                  

Posted May 8, 2020


1/2 Load Restrictions LIFTED

1/2 load restrictions were lifted EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020 on all Township roads.

 

 

Posted May 7, 2020


Over-the-Phone Free Tax Services for Low Income South Grenville Residents

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Posted April 21, 2020


Emergency Council Meeting Today – March 16, 2020 re: COVID-19

There will be an emergency Council Meeting today at 4:00 pm to discuss Augusta Township’s COVID-19 response.

Posted March 16, 2020


1/2 Load Restrictions NOW IN EFFECT

Half load restrictions are now in effect on ALL Township of Augusta roads until further notice.

Posted March 4, 2020


CANCELLED – Soccer & Ball Registration

Updated April 21, 2020
Updated March 10, 2020
Posted February 25, 2020


Safey Snowplow – Snow Plow & Winter Safety Flyer

Our Public Works department came across an excellent teaching tool regarding snow plow and winter safety that was created by the City of Mount Pearl.  They encourage residents to read it over and share the information with their kids to ensure they stay safe during winter play time.

Snow Plow and Winter Safety Parent Brochure

 

Posted February 18, 2020


Ministry of Children, Community & Social Services Survey

There will be a survey available online for residents to take to help inform the development of Ontario’s next Poverty Reduction Strategy.  Please read the attached letter for more information:

Poverty Reduction Strategy Survey Letter

You can fill out the survey HERE.  The survey will be available until March 30, 2020.


Library Board Members Needed – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Updated: February 14, 2020

Posted February 3, 2020


Mayor’s Breakfast Event

This year’s event will take place on Friday, March 6th, 2020 at the Grenville Snowmobile Club.  Register HERE.

Posted January 22, 2020


Health Unit Presentation: Vaping & Youth

The attached document was presented at the November 21, 2019 Board of Health meeting attended by Mayor Malanka.

Posted December 18, 2019


Township Holiday Hours

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Posted December 9, 2019


Notice of Passing – Zoning By-Law Amendment (Aquaworld)

Click on the image below to enlarge:

You can read By-Law 3449-2019 HERE

Posted December 6, 2019


Ken Miller Excavating Named Augusta’s Business of the Yearowners of Bayanihan Honey Bee Company & Ken Miller excavating holding their awards

Congratulations to Ken Miller Excavating, the 2019 recipient of the Augusta Business of the Year award.  Congratulations also to Bayanihan Honey Bee Company – this year’s recipient of the Augusta Trailblazer of the Year award.

The awards were given out at a breakfast held November 4th at the Grenville Snowmobile Club.

Special thanks to the event sponsors: Burnbrae Farms, Egg Farmers of Ontario and Leeds & Grenville Small Business Enterprises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted November 8, 2019


Business & Trailblazer of the Year Award Breakfast Rescheduled

 

 

Due to the extreme wind this morning, the power went out at the Grenville Snowmobile Club.  As such, the breakfast has been rescheduled to MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4th at 7:30 am.  It will again be held at the Grenville Snowmobile Club.

Come and celebrate this year’s nominees!  The cost is $10 each, tickets can be purchased at the door.

Posted November 1, 2019


November is Radon Action Month

The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit is encouraging residents of the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville to test their homes for radon.

As of November 1, 2019, test kits can be purchased from reception at the Health Unit offices in Brockville (458 Laurier Blvd, Brockville) and Smiths Falls (25 Johnston St, Smiths Fall) for $20.00 each.  These kits have been purchased in bulk and are being sold to residents at a discounted price.

Please visit the Health Unit’s website for more information about radon, it’s health effects and how to reduce the radon in your home.

Posted October 31, 2019


Nominations are in!

This year’s nominees for Augusta’s Business of the Year are:

This year’s nominees for Trailblazer of the Year are:

Come and celebrate this year’s nominees at the Awards Breakfast on Friday, November 1 from 7:30-9:30 am at the Grenville Snowmobile Club. The cost is $10 each, tickets can be purchased at the door.

Register to attend through this Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre link.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE NOMINEES!

Posted October 16, 2019


Plaque Unveiling

On Saturday, October 5th, the Grenville County Historical Society unveiled a new plaque that was erected in front of the municipal office in Maynard.  This plaque honours the history of the Township’s municipal buildings, including Glenmore Hall where meetings were held for over a hundred years.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE:

brochure from the eventthe mayor and a resident lifting the black cloth cover off the plaque

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a close up of the plaque the mayor and 2 gentlemen standing at the plaque6 people standing around the plaqueresidents posing with the plaque

the plaque alone taken further away showing the plants around it

 

Photo Credit: Councillor Tanya Henry
Posted October 10, 2019


Aquaworld Zoning By-Law Amendment Public Meeting Presentation (September 21, 2019)

Below you will find a video of the Public Meeting that took place on September 21, 2019 to discuss the Aquaworld Zoning By-Law Amendment.  There is also a link to Aquaworld’s PowerPoint Presentation used during the meeting.

Aquaworld’s PowerPoint Presentation

Posted October 1, 2019


North Augusta’s Annual Labour Day Festival 2019

Once again, this year’s Labour Day Festival was a resounding success, despite a little rain.  Congratulations to all the organizers and volunteers for another great event.

North Augusta resident Catherine McMullen shared these amazing photos taken during the festivities:

a group of adults dressed as superheros at the ball diamond         

Posted: September 10, 2019


Notice of Public Meeting – Aquaworld Zoning By-Law Amendment

TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Augusta has received an application to rezone lands for an indoor and outdoor water park resort. The application is deemed to be complete for the purposes of Section 34 (10.4) of the Planning Act. The Council of the Corporation of the Township of Augusta will be holding a public meeting under Section 34 of the Planning Act to consider an amendment to By-law 2965 (2012), the comprehensive Zoning By-Law of the Township of Augusta, to rezone lands for the water park.

The meeting will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 10:00 am at the Maitland Education Recreation Centre (MERC), 120 East McLean Boulevard, Maitland, Ontario, K5V 5T1.

Click here to read the full NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING – Revised 08/21/2019

Posted August 20, 2019
Updated August 21, 2019


Greg Kenny & Tracey Young (Irving H. Miller Insurance Brokers), Mayor Doug Malanka, Deputy Mayor Jeff Shaver and Debra Murphy (Frank Cowan Company) at the cheque presentation.

Augusta Receives Grant Money

At the Council meeting on July 15th, the Frank Cowan Company presented the Township with a cheque for $5000 and Irving H. Miller Insurance Brokers presented us with a cheque for $500.

This grant money will be used by Augusta Fire Rescue to purchase a fire extinguishing tutor – an amazing tool that will be used to help teach residents how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Thank you Frank Cowan Company & Irving H. Miller Insurance Brokers for helping to keep Augusta residents safe!

Posted July 19, 2019


Council Requests Public Input on By-Laws

The following By-Law drafts have recently been presented to Council and are now being posted for public comment.

By sending your comments – whether you are in favour or whether you have concerns – it will provide guidance for Council in making their decision.

Please direct your comments/questions to the Township Clerk, Annette Simonian in WRITING ONLY at the township office or by EMAIL at asimonian@augusta.ca.

Thank you.

Maintenance and Care of Land DRAFT By-Law

Establish and Regulate Fees for the Fire Service DRAFT By-Law – By-Law passed by Council July 15, 2019

Updated July 17, 2019
|Posted June 25, 2019


St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership has 2 exciting initiatives for municipal residents

The St. Lawrence – Rideau Immigration Partnership leads two annual initiatives that are aimed at recognizing and celebrating diversity in our Leeds and Grenville communities. 

The first is ‘We Are Neighbours’ which is a story sharing campaign to help make others aware of the variety of people and stories that exist locally.  Born Canadians and immigrants with backgrounds in farming, education, not-for-profit management, teaching, entrepreneurship, community service and more have participated over the past 2 years, including folks from 24 different countries that include Brazil, China, Zimbabwe, Iran, and Costa Rica!  You can read their stories like the one below on the We Are Neighbours website.

             

 

 

 

 

This year’s theme is *food*, and they are seeking recipes and stories from people living in Leeds and Grenville.

The 2nd initiative is the Annual Leeds Grenville Immigrant Entrepreneur Award.  In its fifth year, the award enables members of the public and businesses themselves, to recognize the special contributions that immigrant entrepreneurs are making to local economies and communities.  It is easy to nominate someone – just submit the name of the business and business owner to the Immigration Partnership.  Further details can be found on the poster that is attached.

The award is presented in October during Small Business Week, in partnership with the Leeds Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre.  Since the award was launched in 2015, they have had nominations from Prescott, Brockville, Westport, Gananoque, and Merrickville.

Posted June 14, 2019


Noxious Week Spraying Begins May 30, 2019

Every spring, the Township contracts the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville to spray our ditches for noxious weeds – particularly wild parsnip.
We have received this notification from the Counties regarding this year’s spraying:

The following is a list of the Township roads in the rotation for spraying this year:

Through our contract with the County, all Township roads are on a 2 year rotation for spraying, that began back in 2015. 2019, marks the end of the current roadside spraying contract and we will be re-evaluating the need on Township roads following consultation from the UCLG weed inspector at the end of this spraying season.

The 6th Concession, Blue Church, Skakum and Lords Mills Roads, for example, were all part of the 2018 roadside spraying program so they are not scheduled to be sprayed this year. The County has their own rotation schedule for County Roads within the Township (County Roads 2, 6, 15, 18, 21, 26 & 31).

As listed in the notice, for more information on roadside spraying, contact the Counties Noxious & Nuisance Weed Control Office at 613-342-3840 ext. 2413.

We also have more information on noxious weeds including wild parsnip on our Public Works page and you can visit the County website for additional information.

Posted May 21, 2019, Updated May 22, 2019


401 CONSTRUCTION FOR 2019  

We have received the following letter from the Ministry of Transportation informing us of their planned construction for 2019:

Dear Resident/Partner,

Construction season is here! As always, the Ministry of Transportation wants to ensure your commutes and trips on Highway 401 remain safe and efficient while road and bridge work is underway.

Approximately 20 separate projects between Port Hope and the Quebec border, which will require lane reductions and reduced speeds for extended periods are planned for this construction season.

These construction zones are identified in the attached map. Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed and observe all posted signs in construction zones for their safety and the safety of construction workers.

Drivers can expect traffic delays at peak times and are encouraged to plan accordingly.  Those travelling east on Friday afternoons and west on Sunday afternoons can expect to encounter heavy traffic congestion with the potential of significant delays on Highway 401.

Drivers should be on the look-out for Bluetooth Delay Messaging signs. These signs detect Bluetooth signals from passing vehicles and use the information to calculate and display real time travel delay messages on Portable Variable Messaging Signs located along Highway 401. If there is an incident that causes a delay (i.e. construction lane closure, vehicle collision, congestion) the system detects the delay and automatically generates a corresponding delay message(s) upstream from the incident. Please watch for these signs when approaching construction zones and be prepared to stop when the signs indicate a queue is developing.

Before heading out on the road, please check www.511on.ca  to find out the timing of the closures and lane reductions and plan your route based on that information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted May 14, 2019


Ticks & Lyme Disease Prevention

Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are having an increasing effect on the lives of Ontarian residents.

As a rural community, Augusta Township residents are more likely to encounter ticks in their day to day activities, whether working or enjoying the outdoors.  Affected individuals experience persistent symptoms and long-term complications that affect their physical, emotional, mental and financial well-being.

The following information is provided to help you and your loved ones avoid this debilitating disease.  An excellent video by Dr. Andrew Peregrine on Lyme disease can also be found HERE.

flyer explaining ticks and lyme disease

flyer with lyme disease signs and symptoms and treatment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reposted May 6, 2019


Extreme Cold Reminders

Extreme Cold and Snow Impacts Your Health

Extreme cold puts everyone at risk however, the risks are greater for young children, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Adverse health effects can occur as a direct result of exposure to excessive cold such as hypothermia and frostbite.

Signs/Symptoms:

Hypothermia

Frostbite

Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling/uncoordinated movements, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness. White/grayish skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, or numbness.

Consult a healthcare provider or call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000 or TTY at 1-877-797-0007) if you experience any of the above symptoms.

Protective measures and best practices:

  • If you must go outside, cover up and dress warmly with several layers. The outer layer should be wind resistant. Frostbite can develop within minutes to exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow and take several breaks.
  • Check on older family, friends and neighbors.
  • Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Impacts to Critical Infrastructure

Accumulating snow and/or extreme cold can damage/disrupt critical infrastructure which could result in power outages, road closures, delay or cancellation of air or other travel means, major traffic accidents, burst pipes, etc. Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Accumulating snow may cause surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots to become difficult to navigate. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times due to heavy or blowing snow.

Protective measures and best practices:

  • Carrying an emergency car kit and a mobile phone, as well as keep others informed of travel schedules and destinations.
  • Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit in the event that there is a power outage or other impacts to critical infrastructure, as well as consider and prepare alternative means for heat that are safe indoors.
  • Continue to monitor local forecasts for public weather alerts and exercise appropriate caution if you must travel.

Posted January 28, 2019
Sources: Provincial HIRA, MOHLTC, Environment Canada


OMAFRA Barn Fire Prevention Information

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs released a series of new videos on ways to prevent barn fires. The videos are part of an ongoing effort with farmers and industry to develop different ways to reduce the potential loss of human and animal lives, injury and property damage from barn fires.

Click HERE to learn more about preventing barn fires and to view other resources.

Posted January 10, 2019