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Ontario to lift most COVID-19 mask mandates on March 21

COVID-19 mask requirements in Ontario will lift in most indoor settings later this month, the province’s top doctor has confirmed.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kieran Moore made the announcement at Queen’s Park on Wednesday.

“We are now learning to live with and manage COVID-19 for the long term,” Moore said in his last regularly scheduled COVID-19 update. “This necessitates a shift to a more balanced response to the pandemic.”

Starting March 21, masks will no longer be required in schools, restaurants and bars, gyms and movie theatres across the province.

The government said individuals can continue to wear a mask after that date if they choose to do so.

On March 14, mandatory vaccination policies for employees at schools, child-care settings, hospitals and long-term care homes will also come to an end.

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Ontario to invest in telecommunications projects, streamline municipal processes

The Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022 would invest $900 million for more than 180 broadband, cellular and satellite projects across the province. The legislation aims to remove barriers, duplication and delays, making it easier and faster to build high-speed internet infrastructure across the province. Key aspects of the Act include:

  • Set required service standards to ensure municipalities provide timely responses to right-of-way permits for high-speed internet infrastructure deployment.
  • Require information sharing by ensuring municipalities and stakeholders use Broadband One Window.
  • Ensure organizations that own utility infrastructure near a designated high-speed internet project provide timely access to infrastructure data.

The new legislation would also improve Ontario One Call’s processes of determining the location of underground infrastructure like telecommunications lines, water mains and gas pipelines, known as locates. Instead of everyone using their own locate process, they would be able to have the work done by one person in some situations, reducing duplication. This is expected to significantly reduce waiting periods for internet service providers.

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All doses available aboard GO-VAXX bus at Niagara College campuses March 17 and 30

The GO-VAXX mobile vaccine clinic will be at Niagara College campuses this March to administer COVID-19 vaccines to students, employees and the general public.

The fully accessible buses will be providing first, second, third, and booster doses for adults and youth ages 12 and up, as well as the pediatric Pfizer COVID‑19 vaccine for children aged five to 11.

The converted Metrolinx bus will be at Niagara College on the following dates:

  • March 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Daniel J. Patterson Campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake in parking lot
  • March 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Welland Campus in parking lot

Book an appointment via the COVID-19 vaccination portal or provincial hotline at 1-833-943-3900. Walk-ins are also accepted. Maps of campus lots can be found on the NC website. Parking is free for those visiting the GO-VAXX bus.

To learn more about the GO-VAXX bus, visit ontario.ca/page/go-vaxx-bus-schedule.


St John Ambulance, Niagara Region believes that it is everyone’s business to be prepared in the workplace. Especially as the workplace returns to pre-pandemic conditions.

1 in 3 Canadians will experience a Mental Health injury…and during these challenging times that number is rising. Show how much you care and be prepared to assist!

To help, we’ve developed a 1 day, peer-to-peer mental health course – Mental Health & Wellness for the Workplace. (New: ONLINE COURSE) Based on the acceptance and positive feedback of this course we have added classes in March and April.

For information, or to register, contact Ken at 905-685-8964 x203 or at ken.thomson@sja.ca. 

We have a course running the full day on Mar 15th from 9am-5:00pm EST.

Space limited. Register today. Only $95.00 when you register by March 10th!!!

The following additional dates are also offered as a virtual, instructor-led, online course. Only $145.00 for the full day on April 20th……May 25th…….. CALL NOW!

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 ken.thomson@sja.ca for any first aid kit and equipment needs.

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

Mayor Frank Campion’s statement on 

International Women’s Day 2022


International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

It is an honour to spend time today reflecting on the many contributions of women worldwide. To healthcare. To science. To justice. To art. To teaching. To finance. To politics. To everything.

The City of Welland is fortunate to have great leaders, many of whom are women. To put this in perspective, women lead our engineering team, which is a rarity in many municipalities. Our managers in human resources, planning, and assets are women. Our clerk, deputy clerk, and deputy treasurer – all women. And let’s be clear, these women are in leadership positions because they are capable, skilled, intelligent, and inspiring. They are not women leaders. They are leaders. We rely on their minds and expertise for the best advice and guidance to make crucial decisions.

Around our horseshoe, we have women injecting their voices, passions, and beliefs into causes and projects that make this community great. I hope they inspire more women to think of doing the same in future elections, whether at the municipal level or otherwise.

We must be cognizant that the gap in gender equality is closed. It’s not. It may have narrowed, but that’s not good enough. According to the Global Gender Gap Index, Canada ranks 24th overall, including 40th in economic participation and opportunity, 1st in educational attainment, 29th in political empowerment, and 100th in health and survival. Overall, we have much to be proud of as a country, but there will always be room to improve.

To suggest that this is a women’s issue flies in the face of what we’re trying to achieve. This is a human issue. The rise of women does not necessitate the fall of anyone else. It is not a direct cause-and-effect structure.

The City of Welland recently launched a new podcast to update the community about what’s happening and what’s new. This week’s guest is Jennifer Gauthier, executive director from Women’s Place of South Niagara. I strongly encourage you to listen to this episode – available on March 10 – to understand the disadvantages women can face socially, in the workplace, and at home.

If you choose to listen to this episode, consider the stories told in words unsaid. If you pay attention closely, you’ll hear them. I know I did.

While we celebrate today and acknowledge the global significance of women worldwide, we must remember that actions speak louder than words. This is no less true with our work towards creating a world with gender parity and equality for all in opportunities, pay, and advancement.

Last year, the City of Welland was a proud sponsor of the YWCA’s Leadership Summit for Women. In past years and continuing this year, the City has supported our female leaders through Leadership Niagara and NextGen. As we move ahead, I hope we continue these paths, forge new ones, and increase all opportunities.

Thank you to the 126 female employees of the City of Welland. Thank you for your leadership, inspiration, and contributions to our municipality. And thank you to all the women in Welland, as professionals, workers, students, volunteers, caregivers, partners, friends, and everything in between. Without you, we are but a fraction of the rich community we are today.


Frank Campion


City of Welland


For media inquiries, please contact:

Marc MacDonald

Manager, Corporate Communications

905-735-1700 x2337


Best regards,

Alexis Higginbotham
Executive Director
60 East Main Street
Welland, ON
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