Local news in and around Aylmer and Elgin County

COVID-19 back in an Elgin municipality

June 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID-19 has returned to an Elgin County municipality, with a single new case confirmed by medical testings in Dutton Dunwich, Southwestern Public Health reported on Tuesday, June 16. St. Thomas continues to have two ongoing confirmed cases. In Oxford County, three ongoing cases are reported in East Zorra-Tavistock, and one in Tillsonburg.

Haldimand-Norfolk to move to Phase 2

June 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Monday, June 13, that Haldimand-Norfolk on Friday, June 19, would move to the second phase of the province’s plan to restart the Ontario economy as progress is made in the fight against COVID-19. Southwestern Public Health, which includes Elgin, St. Thomas and Oxford, moved to Phase 2 as of Friday,…

Reach out and touch…up to nine others

June 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Friday, June 12, that public health guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic were being relaxed to allow everyone to have a “social circle’ of up to 10 persons in total that they could feel free to touch and hug, ignoring physical distancing. He said that would allow families and friends to…

Cases increase in Oxford

June 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Three new cases in East Zorra-Tavistock have brought the number of ongoing incidents of COVID-19 in Oxford County to four. The fourth case is in Tillsonburg. Southwestern Public Health continues to report two ongoing cases in St. Thomas, and none in Elgin County municipalities.

Tornado touch down causes damage

June 11, 2020 | 2 Comments

A tornado touched down east of Belmont on Wednesday night, causing major damage to barns and hydro poles. Environment Canada confirmed that tornado, as well as a second one west of London, as part of a thunderstorm that rolled through the area.

Visits to long-term care and other homes to resume June 18

June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday, June 11, that visits to long-term care homes would be allowed to resume starting Thursday, June 18, but on a “cautious” basis, along with retirement homes and “congregate living” facilities for children, persons with developmental disabilities and those sheltering from gender-based violence. The province restricted such homes to only…

Elgin beaches to open Monday, June 22

June 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Central Elgin Mayor Sally Martyn, right, with some fellow municipal councillors and emergency services representatives, announced Thursday, June 11, that beaches in Port Stanley would re-open to the public on Monday, June 22. The same was true for municipal beaches in Bayham, Malahide and West Elgin, plus Grand Bend in Lambton Shores, she said. The…

Elgin beaches won’t re-open this weekend, possibly longer

June 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Central Elgin Administrator Don Leitch said Monday night, June 8, that Port Stanley beaches wouldn’t be opening this coming weekend, and neither would other municipal beaches in Elgin County. He told Central Elgin councillors that a joint task force involving the four Elgin municipalities that had public Lake Erie beaches, along with Southwestern Public Health…

You can get a haircut starting Friday

June 8, 2020 | 0 Comments

Hair salons,  barbershops and other personal service businesses, except for those providing facial services, will be allowed to re-open this Friday as most of Ontario moves to “Phase 2” of its plan to get the provincial economy moving again. Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced Monday, June 8, the government was taking a regional approach to…

Down to just three area cases of COVID-19

June 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting just three ongoing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Thomas and Oxford County on Saturday, June 6. Two are in St. Thomas, and are related to the recent institutional outbreak at Ontario Plants Propagation in Southwold. One remains in Tillsonburg. No cases are reported in Elgin County municipalities. Most infected…

Six ongoing COVID-19 cases in Southwestern area

June 4, 2020 | 0 Comments

Southwestern Public Health was reporting six ongoing cases of COVID-19 in St. Thomas and Oxford on Thursday morning, June 4. Elgin County municipalities currently have no ongoing cases, and St. Thomas two. Tillsonburg has two, Ingersoll one and Woodstock one in Oxford County. So far, 65 residents in the Southwestern area have recovered from COVID-19,…

More money for rural high-speed Internet

June 3, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ontario Premier Doug Ford on Wednesday, June 3, announced an additional $150-million in funding to encourage private providers to bring high-speed Internet access to rural parts of the province and the North. That’s on top of $315-million in similar funding announced last year, he said. “Reliable high-speed Internet is no longer a luxury.” Twelve percent…