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Positive Living Niagara StreetWorks Program aims to inform on International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is on August 31st. Positive Living Niagara’s StreetWorks Program aims to open the dialogue about substance use in the Region, and is selling shirts to raise funds for their Community Fund.  In Niagara, there were 150 confirmed opioid-related deaths in 2020, or approximately 13 deaths per month. Preliminary numbers for 2021 indicate that this year may be more fatal than ever. In July 2021, Niagara EMS responded to a record breaking 105 overdoses throughout the Region.

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Hello Members:

You are now able to register for our Fall 2021 Programs!

Check out our program list here: https://wellness.welland.ca/fallPrograms.asp We are offering many more programs this season so be sure to check them out.

To register, use the following link: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/welland/Home . If you need assistance email us at erperngvba@jryynaq.pn and we can send you the steps to help.

Happy Registration Day!

Welland Community Wellness Complex Staff

City of Welland
For Immediate Release
August 23, 2021
City of Welland and Niagara College safely welcoming students back in September
As students of all ages return to the classroom in September, one of the most significant increases in campus activity will occur at Niagara College, where thousands of students will return to in-class learning. 

Understanding that an influx of students from around the province is returning to Welland to live, study, and engage in the community, Niagara College and the City of Welland is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the community by sharing pertinent news and information relating to COVID-19.
On August 16, Niagara College announced that it requires students, employees, visitors, and contractors who are learning or working on campus in September to be vaccinated against COVID-19; this in addition to students living in residence and all student-athletes.

Everyone visiting a Niagara College campus for college business is required to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated or have received the first dose of a Health Canada or World Health Organization-approved vaccine by September 7, and a second dose/full vaccination by October 18.

The policy comes after close monitoring of COVID trends and consultation with public health authorities. With the recent rise in cases, including variants of concern, vaccination rates, and increased access to vaccines, requiring vaccination for on-campus study and work is a significant step in ensuring the safety of the Niagara College community. It also brings the college closer to an eventual full return to campus.
All on-campus activities will comply with public health measures and directives for the fall term. Niagara College plans for physical distancing, health screenings and PPE requirements will remain in place in September.

Since last fall, Niagara College has had students and staff on-campus without incident of transmission. Access controls, comprehensive safety measures, and adherence to public health guidelines have allowed for this successful track record and remain in place as students return to campus in September.

For regular updates on Niagara College operations, please visit www.niagaracollege.ca/covid19.
As a responsible and staunch community partner, the City of Welland looks forward to welcoming Niagara College students back to the community and encourages all students and staff to practice public health-recommended guidelines to limit the transmission of COVID-19.

Welland City Hall is planning to reopen in the fall, and information about the health and safety measures and guidelines will be available in the coming weeks.

U.S. extends travel curbs at Canada and Mexico land borders

The United States extended the closure of its land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel such as tourism through Sept. 21 despite Ottawa’s decision to open its border to vaccinated Americans.

The latest 30-day extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), came after Canada said in July it would start allowing in fully vaccinated U.S. visitors starting Aug. 9 for non-essential travel after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a lengthy ban that many businesses have called crippling. The United States has continued to extend the extraordinary restrictions on Canada and Mexico on a monthly basis since March 2020. For more information, click here.

Pop-up vaccination clinic to be held in downtown St. Catharines this weekend

Residents who need a first or second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine are invited to pop in to an upcoming Niagara Region Public Health clinic at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines. The clinic will run on Aug. 28 from noon to 8:45 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or until supplies run out.

The GNCC encourages all eligible people to get vaccinated as soon as possible to preserve health and life, avoid further economic restrictions, and ease the burden on our healthcare workers.

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A local restaurant is hiring! 
Please **EMAIL** if interested to:

Job Description:

OAGO Survey on Ontario’s COVID-19 Economic Support and Recovery Initiatives for Businesses 
The Office of the Auditor General of Ontario is conducting a value-for-money audit of the Ontario provincial government’s COVID-19 response with respect to economic support for businesses. The survey is asking for your feedback in regards the impact of COVID-19 public health restrictions on your business as well as your experience with provincial supports for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes and the OAGO is asking for the survey to be completed by Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

Please Note: The work of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario and this audit is confidential, including the contents of the survey. Please use discretion when sharing and all individual responses to the survey will be kept in the strictest confidence by the OAGO.

Thank you to all of the BIAs who are sharing this important survey, please send your newsletters showing the distribution to xnl.znggurjf@bovnn.pbz
Please Take the Survey NOW

Ontario Chamber of Commerce releases Proof-of-Vaccination Framework

Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), with guidance from legal experts at McCarthy Tétrault, released Vax-Pass Tenets, a proof-of-vaccination framework to support reopening plans for Ontario private sector businesses. The Framework outlines five guiding principles for private sector businesses to adopt in the development of their independent proof-of-vaccination frameworks in the absence of a domestic system.

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City of Welland
For Immediate Release
August 25, 2021
Welland Transit increasing services as of Sept. 5
Welland, ON – Riders of Welland Transit can expect a return to full services beginning Sunday, September 5. 
Transit, operating under reduced services during the recent steps of the province’s Roadmap to Recovery plan, brought 30-minute service back within the city during peak blocks on August 15. 
“We’re excited to welcome you back to transit,” said Edward Zahra, transit manager. “We’re ramping up services for riders and getting them back to a more regular, frequent schedule which will help them get back to enjoying the city and accessing important services.”
The upcoming service changes provide operations Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Sunday and Holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. These hours also accommodate cooling/warming centre provisions.
Welland Transit continues to offer free rides to individuals travelling for their COVID-19 vaccination appointments. 
If you’re new to transit, you can purchase passes and ride cards at:
  • The Downtown Terminal (160 East Main St., Welland)
  • Seaway Mall (800 Niagara St., Welland)
Welland Transit uses the Transit Mobile app, giving riders access to real-time bus schedules and other helpful information at their fingertips. The user-friendly app uses GPS software to display routes in the user’s immediate area, indicating arrival times and allowing riders to manage their schedules better.
Riders are encouraged to share their transit experiences on social media, using #WelcomeBackWelland or #WellandTransit as services return to full operations and provide residents with an economical and environmentally-friendly option to get to where they live, work, and play.
For a complete list of transit services, routes, times, and more visit welland.ca/transit
For media inquiries, please contact:
Marc MacDonald
Manager, Corporate Communications
905-735-1700 x2337

Canada will be added to United Kingdom’s green travel list at end of month

The United Kingdom will move Canada to its green travel list at 4 a.m. British Summer Time on August 30th. While travellers to and from green list countries still have to take a COVID-19 test before traveling and after arriving, they are not required to quarantine upon arrival unless the test is positive.

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Free rapid COVID-19 testing kits are now available to businesses. Visit gncc.ca/workplace-self-screening-kits to learn more and reserve kits for your organization.

Information on government grants, resources, and programs, policies, forms, and posters for download and use, are available here. The GNCC is here to support you. Contact us with any questions you have.

Best regards,

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
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