Municipality of Lambton Shores
COVID-19 Update, November 5, 2020
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,

Traditionally, November is a month of reflection. In less than one week, we will honour our veterans and reflect on the sacrifices that these men and women made for our great country. As we lead up to Remembrance Day, our local Legions need your support. Poppy campaigns look different this year, and formal cenotaph services will be limited. Please visit our events calendar to determine what is happening near you.

I encourage everyone to find a way to reflect, thank and honour our veterans on November 11.

COVID-19 is still here, but the cases in Lambton remain low with no active cases currently in our area. We all have a personal responsibility in helping to control the COVID-19 pandemic. We must continue to follow the guidance of public health experts. Practice physical distancing, wear a mask when indoors, limit gathering sizes and practice proper hygiene. Proper hygiene includes mask hygiene. Lambton Public Health has some great tips for the care and use of masks.

With so much out of our control, we can control our own actions. Choose to be kind.

Stay healthy, safe and positive.

Mayor Bill
Council Composition and Ward Boundary Review
Early in their term, Council adopted their 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities. One of their planned action items was a review of the current ward structure and size of Council.

To accomplish this goal, Council has engaged the services of Andrew Sancton Consulting to complete the review. By undertaking this review, Council has recognized the vital role they play in the electoral process in the establishment of the size and composition of municipal council, determining the method of selecting members of municipal council (i.e. at large elections versus the ward system) and by establishing the wards from which municipal councillors are elected.

The consultant team of Drs. Andrew Sancton and Tim Cobban have completed their preliminary analysis and presented their interim report to Council.

They are now in the consultation phase of the project and are looking for your input.
In addition to the online survey, the consultants have provided 2 separate opportunities to meet with their team (registration required). Please visit our Council Composition and Ward Boundary Review webpage for registration details.
Neighbour2Neighbour Food Drive
Neighbour2Neighbour is a Lambton County-wide food drive for local food banks. Any food donated in the Forest area will be donated to Contact House which is our local food bank. 

It's easy to participate! There will be a door-to-door collection taking place in Forest and in Southcott Pines in Grand Bend, so have your items on your door step or at the curb by noon so they can be picked up.  

Another option is to take your items to one of the following drop off locations that will accept donations from 10am to 2pm. 
  • Grand Bend Ambulance Base - 6 Municipal Drive, Grand Bend
  • Arkona Fire Hall - 7355 Arkona Road, Arkona
  • Forest Ambulance Station - 110 King Street E, Forest
  • Kimball Hall - 6276 Townsend Line, Forest 
  • Thedford Fire Hall - 109 Pearl Street, Thedford
  • MacPherson's or Grog's Restaurants in Northville. 

If you would like to donate earlier than November 7th please contact Scott Ferguson at 519-786-4688 or Sferguson1@eastlink.ca to make pickup arrangements. 

For more information on the food drive.
A reminder that parking vehicles on municipal roads is prohibited between 2am and 6am. Tickets will be issued to offenders. To ensure safe snow removal operations, please remove your basketball and hockey nets from edge of the road and out of the way of snow plows.
Advisory Committees
Lambton Shores is accepting applications from person interested in serving on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee or the Accessibility Advisory Committee. The application deadline is 4:30pm on November 10, 2020.
It is that time of year again …Council and staff are beginning the budget process and are currently considering the financial impacts for 2021. DO YOU WANT A SAY...
Health & Wellness
Flu Shots
To keep Lambton strong, Lambton Public Health is asking residents to get their free influenza (flu) vaccine. Flu vaccines are available from various locations across the County, including your local pharmacy, health care provider and community clinics.

The community clinics in Lambton Shores will take place at Kimball Hall located at 6276 Townsend Line in Forest on November 5 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will need to call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 or toll free 1-800-667-1839 or use the online service to book an appointment. 

The following pharmacies in Lambton Shores will also offer flu shot clinics. You are advised to contact the pharmacy directly for more details.
  • Forest
  • Forest Pharmasave – 519-786-5161
  • Grand Bend
  • Shoppers Drug Mart – 519-238-8540
  • Grand Bend Pharmasave – 519-238-6506

Fall Leaf Pickup Program
The weather forecast for the next few days looks to be the perfect opportunity to get outside and have some fun raking leaves.
We will pick up your bagged leaves at the curb until November 13, 2020 as time and quantity dictates. The fall program began October 19 and will run until November 13, 2020. Any leaves left at the curb after November 13, 2020 will not be picked up.

Pick-up requirements:
  • All leaves must be in brown, paper bags. We do not accept plastic bags.
  • Only leaves will be picked up, no garbage, brush or other yard waste.
  • All bags must be placed at the curb for pick-up.

Please do not rake leaves onto the streets or in ditches. This poses a danger to pedestrians, bicycles and motorists and can cause drainage problems.

Lambton Shores residents will be able to continue to take their leaves to the Compost Site until the end of November (weather permitting). The Compost is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
Supporting Local Businesses
More than ever, local businesses need your support. While preparing for holiday shopping, please consider exploring local options first. Consider gift certificates for local restaurants and services, or find a unique and affordable gift that you won't find anywhere else. Check out the following links for up-to-date business listings:
  

Many restaurants are still open! If dine-in isn't your thing, consider take-out.
Shoreline ToGo has been keeping listings up to date throughout the pandemic. You might find your new favourite restaurant right here at home!
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