Government funding to help protect Severn Sound and the Great Lakes

The Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA) is receiving $50,000 from the Ontario government through the , which has been created to help protect and restore the Great Lakes. The funding was officially announced during a news conference in Tiny Township on Aug. 13. Here are five quotes from the event: 1. “The health of the Great Lakes is closely connected to our province’s health and prosperity — supplying water to our communities, sustaining traditional activities of Indigenous peoples and providing healthy ecosystems for recreation and tourism. This funding allows local organizations and groups to take environmental actions in their own communities — building a better future for clean, green growth.” — David Piccini, environment, conservation and parks minister 2. “Agriculture is a significant part of the landscape of the Severn Sound watershed and, in particular, the rural economy in our member townships. Grants like this one make it possible for farmers and the SSEA to work together to improve soil health and optimize their use of nutrients while protecting ground and surface water.” — Steffen Walma, chair of the SSEA board 3. “This funding allows local organizations like the SSEA to make environmental impacts to protect the group of lakes that makes up Severn Sound. Connecting farming community with soil health experts is essential to improve soil conditions for the future health of Severn Sound.” &m […]

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Gilford resident turns $1 into $100,000 with Encore

Saying yes to Encore paid off for Gary Masters of Gilford.  He matched the last six of seven Encore numbers in exact order in the Jan. 20 Lotto 6/49 draw to win $100,000.  “I play the lottery twice a week and I always play Encore,” said Masters, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. Masters, a 70-year-old farmer, said he checked his ticket using the ticket checker at the store.  “I saw all the zeroes and thought I must have won something. Then I double checked on the OLG Lottery App,” he said. “My son couldn’t believe it. Everyone is happy for me.” The father of four and grandfather of 10 said he plans to celebrate his win over dinner with his family. The winning ticket was purchased at Trotter’s Garage Inc. on Yonge Street in Gilford.

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What you need to know about the new Sept. 30 holiday in Canada

This year, for the first time, Sept. 30 will be observed as a statutory holiday to commemorate the horrific legacy of residential schools in Canada. Here’s what you need to know about the new holiday and the meaning behind it.  What is the name of the holiday? The new stat holiday is called the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. It is meant to be a day for Canadians to spread awareness of and reflect on the tragedies experienced by Indigenous people as a result of the country’s former residential school system.  When was the holiday created? The federal government passed in June, to allow for the creation of this stat holiday. The holiday is in line with one of the 94 calls to action of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which states: “We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.” What is the significance of Sept. 30? Since 2013, Sept. 30 has been observed as Orange Shirt Day across the country — a day, created by residential school survivor , on which Canadians wear orange shirts to commemorate the Indigenous children who were taken from their homes and placed in residential schools. According to the Oran […]

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