Niagara Region launches survey to help improve diversity, equity and inclusion
Individuals from all backgrounds across Niagara are being asked for their input to help make Niagara a more welcoming and inclusive community for everyone.
From now until Dec. 1, Niagara residents can take a short online survey to share experiences of discrimination they have witnessed or experienced in Niagara, and their ideas to eliminate that discrimination. The survey also includes some demographic questions such as ethnicity, education, and gender – data that will help identify differences in experiences between individuals or groups, and ensure we are hearing from Niagara’s diverse populations.
The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete, and is available in both English and French. Survey responses will be kept strictly confidential, and no personal information will be shared.
Visit participating businesses in Niagara’s South Coast to collect “Stamps from the South Coast”. When you fill your explore pass with six stamps, submit it for a chance to win one of several weekly prizes valued at $150! www.niagarasouthcoast.com/mystamps #stampsfromsouthcoast
Ontario pauses lifting of capacity limits for “higher-risk settings”
Although the Government of Ontario had promised yesterday that it would stay on-course with its plans for reopening, it partially paused those plans today and announced that it will not lift capacity limits any further on “higher-risk settings.” Capacity limits in these settings were originally slated to be lifted on November 15, 2021. The government’s media release indicated that it would monitor the situation for the next 28 days to determine when it would be safe to lift restrictions.
“Higher-risk settings” are considered to include:
food or drink establishments with dance facilities such as night clubs and wedding receptions in meeting/event spaces where there is dancing;
strip clubs; and
sex clubs and bathhouses.
The government did not indicate whether other components of the reopening roadmap were also being reassessed.
Niagara offers COVID-19 booster shots to eligible individuals
Given that people who are not yet fully vaccinated are at greatest risk of COVID-19, Public Health intends to prioritize walk-ins seeking first and second doses over those seeking booster doses, especially in coming weeks when clinics are likely to become very busy. Those seeking a booster dose are strongly recommended to book an appointment to avoid waiting in line during bad or cold weather.
Those who are eligible can book their booster dose appointment through the COVID-19 vaccination portal, or by calling the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900.
Just opened and now serving in Downtown Welland,West Main Cafe & Restaurant Niagara(76 West Main St) is the perfect spot to get high quality food, drink some great beverages, and support an ambitious group of young restauranteurs! Read below to hear about one of Welland’s newest businesses!
To learn about West Main Café & Eatery, you need to first learn about one of its founders, Ajay. Upon meeting Ajay you’ll learn two very important things: (1): He lives and breathes for making and innovating food and (2): He is as ambitious and entrepreneurial as they come. Moving from India to study culinary management at George Brown College, Ajay began to set his sights on the restaurant business as his goal in the future. Ajay worked at various different restaurants doing different tasks. Once washing dishes to becoming a manager and a chef, Ajay learned from the bottom to the top the ins and outs of the business.
Ajay quickly began trying to learn how make a large array of different foods. When he had the chance, he would create different foods in the kitchen at his work, or even learn from YouTube and practice when he was at home. Ajay’s experience with food and his passion for creating different dishes caught the eye of the people close to him. Their encouragement pushed Ajay to start his own restaurant, West Main Café and Eatery.
There is a great sense of welcoming at West Main Café and Eatery from Ajay and his coworkers, who happen to be his close friends. Whether you’re in the mood for a fresh coffee or want a great meal at an amazing price, West Main Café and Eatery has it all! You can opt for the specialized sandwiches, pastas, and even milkshakes! So, if you want to support a new business and an ambitious cast of food-loving entrepreneurs, go to West Main Café and Eatery!
Niagara Economic Development in collaboration with our local Economic Development Officials have started work on the Niagara Region 10-year Economic Development Strategy and we are looking forward to hearing from you.
We are launching a broad and comprehensive engagement process directly with Niagara businesses and community stakeholders. From Oct. 13 to Nov. 12, business owners and community stakeholders are encouraged to take a short online survey, with additional details available at [http://%20www.NiagaraCanada.com] www.NiagaraCanada.com.
Take the survey now to provide us with your feedback on Niagara’s greatest economic strengths, weaknesses and opportunities, as well as ideas on economic growth priorities.
In addition to the online survey, we want to consult with businesses and community stakeholders through direct one-on-one interviews and a series of digital workshops. This consultation will result in a dynamic vision for Niagara’s economic prosperity and 10 year economic development strategy. Pre-register for a workshop now.
Health Canada authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine as booster shot
Health Canada received Pfizer’s submission to approve a booster on October 1, 2021. After a thorough, independent review of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the Comirnaty COVID-19 vaccine booster shot meets the Department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements.
The booster is authorized for adults 18 years of age and older, to be used at least six months after an individual has completed their primary vaccine series. The Comirnaty COVID-19 booster is a full dose of the regular vaccine (30 mcg).
Health Canada authorizes Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine as booster
Health Canada has authorized the use of the Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine as a booster shot.
A COVID-19 booster shot is an extra dose of the vaccine given after completion of the primary vaccine series. The booster shot is designed to help people maintain their protection against COVID-19 over time.
Health Canada received Moderna’s submission to approve a booster on October 6, 2021. After a thorough, independent review of the evidence, Health Canada has determined that the Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine booster shot meets the Department’s stringent safety, efficacy and quality requirements.
City reengaging with its community engagement tool; rebrands YourChannel to EngageWelland
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2021
Welland, ON – The City of Welland’s YourChannel page – a community engagement platform – underwent changes to its name, design, and usability, and officially launched as EngageWelland on November 12.
Hosted by the engagement platform Bang the Table, YourChannel was often misunderstood and misrepresented as an engagement tool that could effect change and efficiently contribute to the corporation and Council’s decision-making process.
“It wasn’t the tool that was broken; it was how it was used and presented to the community,” said Marc MacDonald, corporate communications manager. “The name now accurately reflects what we’re trying to get out of the page, and with a simpler design and layout, the page will be easier for uses to navigate and understand.”
The former page was a series of project cards, and though clickable to view a project, there was little else to share with users about the page or how to use it. The redesigned page includes:
A how-to video
Contacts for City staff who monitor the various projects or pages
Current projects on YourChannel will remain on the new page, and a redirect to the new site – www.engagewelland.ca, live November 12 – takes effect with the switch. Future projects will be thoughtfully created, and tools such as forums, places, ideas, stories, questions, surveys, and quick polls will be better utilized.
Bang the Table is an online platform for government bodies and municipalities to build stronger, more trusting communities through meaningful engagement. The site provides the opportunity for residents to get involved and have their say on important and relevant issues.
Through the online discussion forums, surveys, and other feedback tools, it is quick and easy to contribute ideas, opinions, and comments on critical issues and projects.
2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada
Madame Anna Guérin, later christened “The Poppy Lady from France”, inspired by John McCrae’s “In Flanders Fields”, had an idea: to adopt the distribution of the Poppy on Armistice Day as a way to raise money for Veterans’ needs and to remember those who had given their lives during the First World War.
In July of 1921 the Great War Veterans Association (which in 1925 would unify with other Veteran groups to form the Canadian Legion) adopted the Poppy as the flower of Remembrance.
Since then, the Legion and its members have upheld this tradition of Remembrance.
On Remembrance Day, as with years past and years ahead, a service member will play the notes of the Last Post at ceremonies around the world. You may not be aware that’s what the piece of music is titled, but you would recognize it instantly. And at the sound of the lone bugler, exerting his breath on behalf of those who lost theirs, you can feel the weight of the day increase, its importance intensified.
Each year, each day for that matter, we move further away from the great wars that shaped our country, our freedom. We move away from having first-hand accounts of what it was like to make the ultimate sacrifice in a time we will never know or understand. We have an essential job, passed the baton, to tell these stories and make sure they never disappear from the country’s history. We didn’t write stories, so we’ll never recite them with the same raw emotion or connection to a place and time. But we tell them anyway because our kids and grandkids deserve to know who came before them and what they did to give them the life they have today.
There is a City staff member whose grandfather is 101 years old and a second world war veteran. The staff member has kids of his own now, and four generations, remarkably, can gather each Remembrance Day in a way many no longer can. Of course, the great-grandkids don’t understand what their great-grandpa did; they’re too young. But I’m told they know something is special about their great-grandpa. As the staff member tells it, his kids will say, “great-grandpa has a red flower he always wears today” and “look at great grandpa’s medals; he must have won something important”. Kids say the darndest things, but they also say some of the most truthful, even if they don’t realize it.
We often talk about veterans becoming a smaller community each day; as the years pass by, so do service members. And while we give our utmost appreciation for these soldiers, we mustn’t forget those who serve today and those who will raise their hand when asked to serve tomorrow. The glory of war does not exist, despite what we see in television and movies. But I assure you, there is no glory in war. Not in 1914. Not in 1939. Not in 1950. Not in 1960. And certainly not today.
I will leave you with this. If you have the chance to speak with a veteran, especially on Remembrance Day, please take the time to do so. We cannot begin to fathom what they’ve gone through, what they carry with them, and how, likely, they would sign up to do it again.
The honour, patriotism, and commitment to their country are unparalleled, and on November 8 (Indigenous Veteran’s Day) and November 11, we celebrate all the men and women who said: “I will go”.