Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, February 11, 2021
Please continue to watch for updates on our website, Facebook and Twitter accounts to keep you informed of what is happening in Lambton Shores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The best place to access reliable, up-to-date health information on COVID-19 in Lambton County is the Lambton Public Health Page.
Message from the Mayor

Hello everyone,

This week, the provincial government announced that some restrictions in our area may be lifted beginning February 16. While this is very welcome news, we must continue to remain vigilant in our day to day actions by following public health guidance. 
 
This weekend, we will celebrate Family Day while under provincial lockdown. I know that so many of us are missing in person gatherings with our loved ones. These are trying times. Please be creative in celebrating to ensure you are protecting each other. I will be celebrating virtually with my family, and I encourage you to do the same.
 
Even though we are in the middle of a pandemic, Bluewater Health has indicated that they are seeing too many people who are waiting too long to get the lifesaving care they need. Please know that Ontario hospitals are using every precaution necessary to keep their patients safe. If you need care, do not wait. Call Telehealth Ontario to ask for advice, and don’t hesitate to go to the emergency room for the care you need.
 
For COVID-19 updates, including local updates on the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit the Lambton Public Health website. We all have a personal responsibility to help protect those most vulnerable in our community. 
 
With so much out of our control, we can control our own actions. Choose to be kind.

Stay healthy, safe and positive. 

Mayor Bill
Gypsy Moths
If your property was affected by gypsy moths last year and you are considering an aerial spray, the deadline to submit your contract to Zimmer Air is quickly approaching (March 31, 2021).

For those owners not planning on spray, there is a waiver that the contractor requires regarding overspray.

Thank you to those that have already done so! This helps the Municipality plan the areas that we will spray as part of our commitment to controlling the gypsy moth.

For more information on gypsy moths and ways to protect your property, visit our gypsy moth webpage.  
Today is 211 Day and for the first time, it is being celebrated throughout all of Canada since the 211 service recently expanded nation-wide! The purpose of 211 Day is to let people know what 211 is and how the service can support people looking for help.
211 is a free, confidential helpline for information and referral to community, social, health and government services. It is available 24/7 in 150+ languages! In South West Ontario, the 211 service is available by phone and online via www.211southwest.ca.
Motorists are reminded that school buses are back on the roads this week. It is important for everyone to know how to keep children safe when they are on and around school buses. More information.

Community partners throughout Lambton County are teaming up to bring awareness to domestic violence.

For more information, please read the media release from Bluewater Health.
Family Day is Monday, February 15.

Please plan to celebrate virtually during the provincial lockdown and stay safe!
Returning to the COVID-19 response framework

When the temporary provincewide shutdown was announced in January, the provincial government committed to safely and gradually return to the framework. All regions in the province will gradually transition back between February 10 and February 22, subject to review of the trends in public health indicators.

Our area returns to the framework on February 16. Until then, the shutdown and stay-at-home orders still apply.
 
Municipal facilities including all offices will remain closed to the public.

  • Municipal staff are working during this time, and may be reached by phone and email.
  • Services such as building permits and licencing continue to be offered by appointment.
  • Arenas and community centres are closed, however parks and trails are open but please follow guidelines from Lambton Public Health.
 
Municipal services such as road maintenance, water and wastewater operations, waste collection and fire/emergency response remain unaffected.
Please, Park in your Driveway 
Please do not leave your vehicle on the road overnight. During this snow season, our operators have had to deal with a significant number of vehicles parked on the roadway while clearing snow. The municipality is committed to keeping roadways properly cleared and vehicles parked on the roadway prevents us from getting it done. In some instances, our equipment has been unable to get by an illegally parked vehicle. We need you to help us clear your roads of snow. We will be doing nighttime patrols and issuing tickets.
Support for Business during COVID-19
The province has recently opened applications for the Ontario Small Business Support Grant. The grant is intended to help small businesses in Ontario that are required to close or significantly restrict services under Ontario’s provincewide shutdown.
The Government of Canada is also providing various supports to assist businesses facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores is seeking a highly motivated individuals to fill several vacant positions of seasonal summer staff.

Lambton Shores Council met electronically on February 9. You can find a list of meeting highlights below.
Supporting Local Businesses
Many local businesses are still offering curbside pickup. Please continue to shop local! Check out the following links for up-to-date busi
  

Shoreline ToGo has been keeping listings up to date throughout the pandemic. You might find your new favourite restaurant right here at home!
Shelf Ice
Winter has arrived and the cold temperatures are setting in. As a result of the chilly temperatures, we are beginning to see the formation of shelf ice.  Shelf ice is the result of winds and waves pushing ice floats to shore creating hills and mounds of ice. The shelf ice is not like the ice on a pond; there is moving water underneath that creates holes and weak spots from below. The ice may appear to be stable and frozen enough to walk on but it is not. There are many pockets that can shift and move or aren’t frozen at all. Play it safe and enjoy the natural formation from solid ground.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores Emergency Management Team would like to remind you that winter storms are more hazardous to Canadians than tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning, floods and hurricanes combined. The following hazard information is shared with you educationally as we enter the heart of winter; Heavy snowfall and ice can make the roads treacherous and interrupt the power supply.

You can check local weather and forecasts online.

Interactive maps, road conditions and driving information is available through Traveller Information Services.

Some important safety tips if there is a power outage.

Other Important Safety Tips:
  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Wear layers of lightweight clothing, mittens and a hat (preferably one that covers your ears)
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to keep from slipping on ice and snow
  • Regularly check for frostbite — numbness or white areas on your face and body (ears, nose, cheeks, hands and feet in particular)
  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow by taking frequent breaks
  • Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
Things To Do
Although physical distancing and gathering restrictions remain in place, there are still ways to participate in community activities! Visit the links below or visit the Lambton Shores events calendar as additional virtual (and non-virtual) activities are added.
Staying in Touch
While offices may be closed to the public, municipal staff are still available by telephone or email. To reach us, visit our Staff Directory.
The Municipality of Lambton Shores
7883 Amtelecom Parkway,
Forest, ON, N0N 1J0
519-243-1400 | 866-943-1400