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Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

Physicians urge everyone to stay at least six feet apart

March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Rob Perry of The Aylmer Express All current and some retired primary care physicians and nurse-practitioners in Elgin and St. Thomas issued a joint letter on Friday, March 27, imploring local residents to stay at least two metres or six feet away from anyone not in their own household in order to check the…

COVID-19: Five cases in region, three in hospital

March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

As of Friday, March 27, there had been 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region, with four of those being from Elgin. Southwestern Public Health oversees testing and confirmation of cases it’s region: Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford. The most recent two cases, both Elgin males in their 70s, are listed as being hospitalized.…

Transitioning to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit – MP Vecchio’s Office

March 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Press Release: From the Office of Karen Vecchio, MP, Elgin-Middlesex-London Transitioning to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit March 25, 2020 ST. THOMAS, ON –The Government of Canada has announced a new benefit, called the Canada Emergency Response Benefit that will focus on delivering immediate financial support to Canadians impacted by COVID-19. The portal for accessing…

Second Elgin COVID-19 case cofirmed, another in Oxford

March 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

by Rob Perry of The Aylmer Express Southwestern Public Health announced on Wednesday, March 25, that the first case of COVID-19 in Oxford County had been confirmed. That same day a third case was confirmed, this time a second person from Elgin (not announced through news release, but found on the SPH’s Confirmed Cases Dashboard:…

OPP offer security tips for businesses closing due to pandemic

March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

With non-essential businesses being ordered shut for at least two weeks by the provincial government, the Ontario Provincial Police are suggesting these tips to make a property less attractive to thieves: Remove all valuables from storefront displays Remove all cash from tills and leave open with the cash tray out and visibly empty Ensure alarm…

Ontario announces electricity rates relief

March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

On Tuesday, March 24, the Ontario’s Office of the Premier announced suspending Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity rates, instead billing at a fixed off-peak (lowest) rate for a 45-day period. The announcement was made in an effort to relieve some government-controlled financial pressures on households during a time when many are staying home to try and stop…

“Non-essential” businesses ordered closed two weeks starting March 25

March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

On Monday, March 23, the Ontario’s Office of the Premier ordered a mandatory closure of “non-essential” business for two weeks in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The order is to take effect at 11:59 p.m. the following day (Tuesday, March 24). A list of “Essential Workplaces” was released that evening,…

First case of COVID-19 in Elgin

March 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

**Updated March 24** On Tuesday, March 24, it was revealed the man was admitted to St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital intensive care unit Monday night, arriving by ambulance. “Having a confirmed case in our hospital is not unexpected given the transmission of this virus globally,” said Robert Biron, STEGH president and CEO. There were no…

Send us your pictures, stories

March 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Given current events, with most if not all public events being cancelled, The Aylmer Express is turning to our readers to help tell the story about how East Elgin is coping with COVID-19 precautions and restrictions. If you’re playing board games with your children, telecommuting from home, devising ways to help out neighbours and especially…

COVID-19 community closures, cancellations and service level changes (ongoing updates)

March 18, 2020 | 1 Comment

As the cases of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) climb in Ontario, organizations in Elgin county and beyond are taking measures to slow the spread. The following is a list of cancellations, postponements, or changes in service delivery for businesses in the Aylmer and East Elgin area. For updates to be added related to your business or…

Sunny weather suits Springwater syrup festival

March 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Cheery visitors to the annual Springwater Maple Syrup Festival returned after a tractor-drawn wagon ride through the woods on Saturday, March 7. Conservation Areas Supervisor Dusty Underhill credited clear, sunny weather for helping the festival get off to a busy start. It continues on full weekends through March, and the week of March Break. (AE/Rob…

Big crowd out for Polar Bear Dip in Port Stanley

March 7, 2020 | 0 Comments

Young members of London FC (Football Club) sprinted into the chilly waters of Lake Erie during the annual Polar Bear Dip to benefit Childcan, a London-based charity serving children with cancer and their families. The event involved 38 teams and 266 participants, and raised nearly $100,00, double the goal. The team which raised the most…