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Espresso Live: COVID Workplace Safety Plan, July 29, 10:00am

Did you know it is mandatory to develop a COVID-19 Workplace Safety Plan under the Reopening Ontario Act legislation? Join us to get guidance on developing your plan and get information on how to properly screen your patrons, manage your capacity limits, and more.

U.S. extends travel curbs at Canada, Mexico land borders through Aug. 21

The U.S. government on Wednesday extended the closure of land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travel such as tourism through Aug. 21 even as officials debate whether to require visitors to have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

The latest 30-day extension by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) came after Canada announced on Monday it will start allowing in fully vaccinated U.S. visitors on Aug. 9 for non-essential travel after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a 16-month ban that many businesses have called crippling.

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City of Welland
For Immediate Release
JULY 20, 2021
Welland, ON – To all the SCUBA Divers who visit Welland, The City of Welland is happy to offer a SCUBA Park free of charge to Divers from within our community and beyond. The site has grown over the years to include many features and submerged items to explore. The Welland SCUBA Park offers a fun and enjoyable dive for the beginner to the advanced diver. It is enjoyed by many groups and Dive Clubs.
The City asks all Divers to follow all recommended safety practices and to have a Dive Flag on the surface of the water. This is an important signalling device for people who are enjoying the surface of the water with boats and swimming as well as Firefighters who may be required to respond to an emergency on the waterway with the Rescue Boat.
Please share this safety message and encourage all Divers and Groups of Divers to have at least one flag on the surface, indicating that there is a person below. We hope that every visitor to our waterway has a safe and enjoyable experience.
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Adam Eckhart MPS, BPSA, ECFO
Fire Chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator
Welland Fire and Emergency Service

St John Ambulance, Niagara Region believes that it is everyone’s business to care in the workplace.

1 in 3 Canadians will experience a Mental Health injury….be prepared to assist!

To help, we’ve developed a 1 day, peer-to-peer mental health course – Mental Health & Wellness for the Workplace.

For information, or to register, contact Ken at 905-685-8964 x203 or at xra.gubzfba@fwn.pn

We have a course running full days on Aug 25th, Sept 29th & Oct 27th from 9am-5:00pm EST.

These dates will be offered as a virtual, instructor-led, online course. Only $145.00

Space limited. Register today. Only $120.00 when you register in July!!!

St. John Ambulance (SJA) is available to assist clients with any needs they have surrounding first aid kits and related supplies as well as Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs.) In Niagara, please reach out to Ken Thomson at xra.gubzfba@fwn.pn for any first aid kit and equipment needs.

The volunteers at St John Ambulance Niagara Region THANK YOU for your support!!

Canadian borders to re-open for fully-vaccinated travelers

On September 7, 2021, provided that the domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable, the Government intends to open Canada’s borders to any fully vaccinated travellers who have completed the full course of vaccination with a Government of Canada-accepted vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Canada and who meet specific entry requirements.

As a first step, starting August 9, 2021, Canada plans to begin allowing entry to American citizens and permanent residents, who are currently residing in the United States, and have been fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to entering Canada for non-essential travel.

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City of Welland
For Immediate Release
JULY 19, 2021
Welland, ON – Environment Canada issued several alerts over the past weekend warning Niagara Region residents of thunderstorms and severe rainfall that was anticipated. The amount of rain that fell throughout the city varies; with Ward 6 being hit the hardest, a total of 108.7mm of rain was recorded.

Once the rain subsided, the roadside ditches had a chance to drain as flooding was due to the sheer volume of runoff. However, both Niagara Region and City of Welland staff were prepared at pumping stations and on stand-by for any needed assistance with warnings issued. Without both team’s proactive preparedness, flooding could have been worse and devastating to more areas.

Those affected by the flooding resulting in damage are encouraged to visit https://www.welland.ca/clerks/InsuranceClaim.asp and/or the Niagara Region https://www.niagararegion.ca/government/departments/corp-services/procedure.aspx  

The following are some of the projects scheduled or underway to assist in the mitigation of both surface and basement flooding:
  • Dain City storm Channel Improvements;
  • Dain City Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Remedial Works;
  • Southworth Street Infrastructure Renewals (Marc Blvd – Gordon St);
  • Broadway Area – Trunk Sanitary Sewer (Riverside Dr. – St George St);
  • Commercial Street Area Master Servicing Plan;
  • Design of Ontario Street Trunk Sewer (Pump Station – Empress Ave);
  • David Street Area Master Servicing Plan (includes ditch outlet review and design);
  • Storm Sewer Network Model;
  • Broadway Area I/I Reduction Investigation; and
  • Lincoln/Coventry Area I/I Reduction Investigation.
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Steve Zorbas,
(905)735-1700 Ext. 2120  
WDBIA Feature with Master Nam from Welland Taekwondo
Some might think that joining a taekwondo studio means you will learn how to hit hard, kick high and be a strong fighter. This is all true, but there is so much more to this Korean martial art, especially if your instructor is Master Nam.
Master Nam owns and operates Welland Taekwondo on Division Street in Downtown Welland. There is no one who loves what he does, in the city that he does it, more than him. Before learning about what Master Nam teaches at his studio, let’s get to know his story.
Before Master Nam was “Master Nam”, he lived in Korea with his family and studied taekwondo like most children his age. He says taekwondo in Korea in comparable to hockey in Canada! There is a sort of unwritten rule that you must be trained in taekwondo and many parents expect their kids to at least earn a black belt! While Master Nam’s passion for taekwondo grew stronger, his interest in the country with the maple leaf flag grew as well.
One day, he pointed to a Canadian flag and asked his uncle, “What flag is that?”, so his uncle explained a little bit about Canada to him. He learned the basics of course, it’s the country above the United States, and we’re all very nice . He had always thought fondly of Canada and then in his early 20’s, he finally decided that Canada needed another taekwondo master and another nurse (aka his wife).
How did they end up in Welland? Master Nam grew up in a large city, comparable to Toronto, so he knew he wanted to live somewhere a little quieter, and that smaller city ended up being Welland! As soon as Master Nam and his wife arrived in Canada, they got to work. Despite some financial struggles at first, he was able to open up his very own taekwondo studio, which had always been a dream from him. That’s Welland Taekwondo that we know and love today!
Master Nam says he was overwhelmed with support from his new Canadian neighbours, and instantly realized that he made the right decision.
What makes Master Nam’s taekwondo studio so special? Master Nam explains that learning taekwondo brings out many useful traits in a person like social skills, manners, confidence, quick thinking, self-respect, and respect for others. Taekwondo is a great accompaniment to a child/teen’s day-to-day school routine. It teaches things that aren’t taught in school and provides the opportunity to alleviate stress and build self-esteem!
One of Master Nam’s favourite things about his job is seeing growth in his students. In a short amount of time, students gain confidence in themselves and this confidence transfers over to their personal lives. Master Nam says his job is not just to teach martial arts, but to bring out what is special in each of his students. He says you should never compare yourself to others because everyone has something special, and he help you realize your full potential.
If you are looking for a way to enhance your life mentally and physically, consider joining Welland Taekwondo on 119 Division Street. Thank you Master Nam for being such a genuine, caring leader in our community!

Employment Insurance consultations to be launched later this summer

The Government of Canada will consult with Canadian workers, employers and other stakeholders, recognizing that both employees and employers are partners in the program and have an important stake in how it evolves.

Employers and self-employed businesspeople are encouraged to participate.

Click here for more information.

Ontario will offer digital reminders for important document renewal

Eligible Ontarians now have the option to receive digital reminders for their licence plate sticker, driver’s licence and health card, including email, SMS/text or voicemail reminders 30 and 60 days in advance of their renewal date.

Customers who are currently enrolled in the old email reminder system will be automatically migrated to the new digital reminders platform and will be notified by email.

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Government of Ontario to invest $10 million in Digital Main Street program

The Ontario government is investing $10 million towards the Digital Main Street program for 2021-22 to help over 13,000 small businesses expand their digital presence and market their services online. As businesses enter Step 3 of the Roadmap to Reopen, the renewed program will provide small businesses with $2,500 grants, technical training, and digital resources to help them reach more customers in person and online, positioning them for a stronger recovery.

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Niagara Health expands COVID-19 protocols for emergency and urgent care

Niagara Health will now allow anyone coming to the Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre to bring one Support Person with them. This was previously available in exceptional circumstances only.

There are a number of infection prevention and control measures in place for everyone’s safety. Support Persons entering the hospital, including those who have been vaccinated, must pass COVID-19 screening, wear a mask at all times, practice physical distancing and hand hygiene while on site.

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Niagara COVID vaccination tracker

Last updated: July 22, 2021

Niagara’s most up-to-date vaccination numbers are presented below, along with comparison data from Ontario, Canada, and G7 countries.

Total doses administered in Niagara: 596,236

Total doses administered in Niagara since yesterday: 3,660

Ontario is currently in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen.


Percentage of population with one dose

Percentage of population fully vaccinated




Ontario (all)



Ontario (adults)






United States



United Kingdom















Data are drawn from Niagara Region, the Government of Ontario, and Oxford University’s Our World in Data project. 

Best regards,

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
L3B 3X4
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