Town of Mono's COVID-19 Message Centre

The Second Wave

This message from the Town of Mono was posted on 
October 5, 2020

The school year is underway, businesses are trying to stay open and survive, many of us are stressed and struggling AND the second wave has arrived in Canada. More, the flu season is fast approaching, while bubbles are on their way out, red zones are in, and President Trump has contracted COVID-19.

Canadian MDs are concerned about the potential for outbreaks in seniors’ homes, the strain of influenza season on the health care system and the population not adhering to public health recommendations. Nevertheless, they believe our health care system is better prepared to cope with COVID-19 resurgences compared with the first wave.  

In Dufferin County the current numbers of new cases of COVID-19 are too few to establish a clear trend but they have increased from the low numbers of July and August.

We have now had six long COVID months.  Weary of the restrictions, we are apt to slack off and lower our guard, even listen to conspiracy theories.  

To beat this, we need the same old prescription — social distancing, wearing a mask when indoors in public places, hand cleaning and not meeting in groups. These practices are our best strategy to prevent the wave from coming to Dufferin. While bracing for worse, our mood is to hang in there, support our families, our friends and the disadvantaged — and work at strengthening our emotional health.

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Let's Go Walking

In the Town of Mono, walking is easy.  We have 200 km of country roads and seven parks.

Stressed?  Anxious?  Feeling cooped up?  You are not alone.  

Physical activity is a great solution and is a real “energy maker.”  

All of our municipal parks have been purposely kept open. "Respect your neighbour rules" are simple – except for family who are living together, keep two or more meters away from others and have no groups of more than five.

Walking in Mono is a special experience - great vistas, lots of open spaces and often a breeze blowing through your hair…and walking  is simple…no special equipment needed!  

The psychological toll of confinement can be remarkably significant. Green space is an unparalleled cure for emotional distress during crises.

Walking outdoors, particularly in our parks is not only a great pleasure but a tonic for our mental health.  

While Provincial Parks, County Forests and Conservation Areas have been closed, Mono has chosen to keep its parks and five forests open.  And to date the public response has been good and there has been no dangerous crowding.  Playground equipment, however, remains off limits.

Outdoor walking can be a part of our personal COVID-19 strategy of accepting, adjusting and finding a silver lining.  In the weeks and months ahead, continued access to our green spaces will be critical for our mental and physical wellness.

Waterway Signing Survey

Please view the pictures & map below and use the intersections, roads, etc. for geographical context. There is a spot to fill in any alternative current, historical, or colloquial names of the rivers/streams/creeks/etc.

Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for the purposes of collecting alternative names for waterways for potential inclusion in signage. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Clerk’s Office: ClerksOffice@townofmono.com, 347209 Mono Centre Road, Mono ON L9W 6S3, 519.941.3599.

Please fill out your contact your preferences: phone and/or email

Reference Map for All Waterways

29 Road Crossings Selected for Signage

Please provide a list of name corrections or alternatives in the fields. Please separate each name with a comma (,).

10 Other Road Crossings Not Selected

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Are there any of the above "10 Other Road Crossings Not Selected", that you feel should be selected for signage. Please reference the stream number from the previous section. Provide one waterway per line and include the reason why you feel the additional waterways should be signed.

From what resources did you obtain the information? Please let us know if there would be an opportunity for the Town to examine the resources. If you are listing multiple resources, please list one resource per line.

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An Informational Guide to Town of Mono's New Plastic Bag Bylaw

Please select whether you are a Resident / Member of the General Public or a Business

Information for Residents

On January 1, 2021, you should no longer receive plastic checkout bags from stores in Mono. You may only receive a bag if:

  • You are first asked whether you need a bag and you respond that you require one
  • The bag you receive is a paper bag that can be recycled
  • You must pay for the bag

Businesses must allow you to use any reusable bag that you may already have, including bags from competitors.

Woman receiving purchased products in reusable bag

Are There Any Exceptions? 

You may still receive bags in situations when the bag is being used to do any of the following:

  • Package loose bulk items, such as fruit / vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy;
  • Package loose small hardware items such as nails and bolts;
  • Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish;
  • Wrap flowers or potted plants;
  • Protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not already packaged;
  • Contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy;
  • Transport live fish;
  • Protect linens, bedding, or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Protect newspapers or other printed material that may be left outside;
  • Protect clothes after laundering or dry cleaning;
  • Protect tires that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Collect and dispose of animal waste

You may also receive small paper bags at no charge for smaller purchases.

For more information, view the Plastic Bag Bylaw.

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Information for Businesses

On January 1, 2021, you should no longer provide bags to customers. You may only supply a bag if:

  • You first ask customers whether they need a bag and they respond that they require one
  • The bag you provide to customers is a paper bag that can be recycled
  • Customers must pay for the bag. Businesses can set whatever price they feel is appropriate for these bags.

Customers should be allowed to use any reusable bag that they may already have, including bags from competitors.

Customer receiving purchases in a reusable bag

Are There Any Exceptions? 

You may still provide bags in the following situations if the bags do any of the following:

  • Package loose bulk items, such as fruit / vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy;
  • Package loose small hardware items such as nails and bolts;
  • Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish;
  • Wrap flowers or potted plants;
  • Protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not already packaged;
  • Contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy;
  • Transport live fish;
  • Protect linens, bedding, or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Protect newspapers or other printed material that may be left outside;
  • Protect clothes after laundering or dry cleaning;
  • Protect tires that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Collect and dispose of animal waste

You may also provide a small paper bag at no charge for small purchases.

Penalties

Contravening the new Plastic Bag Bylaw will result in a fine of $150. Any person who is charged with multiple or repeat offences under this Bylaw is liable to the following fines if found guilty under Part 3 of the Provincial Offences Act:

  • $500 for each day or part day that the offence continues, limited to $10,000
  • $500 for each offence in a case of multiple offences and the total of all fines for each included offence is limited to $10,000

For more information, view the Plastic Bag Bylaw.

We're Listening

We are interested to hear about what the switch away from plastic will mean for you at checkouts. What changes will you as a customer or a business need to take? What supports may be helpful? Let us know in the comments. We are ready for your feedback and we are listening.


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