Another sign of summer

Open and welcoming with social distancing protocols firmly in place, Clarington Farmers’ Market resumed on Father’s Day with resounding success. An anticipatory crowd of dedicated fresh food lovers arrived for the ten o’clock a.m. opening, and a steady flow of delighted customers continued throughout the day.

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Clarington unveils plan for a cautious reopening

As we enter Stage 2 of Ontario’s framework to reopening the province, the Municipality of Clarington is taking a cautious approach to reopening its amenities and services to protect staff and public health. Clarington has prepared a list of services and amenities showing what is opening, including our splash pads and summer camps.

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The ‘new normal’ is here for awhile

People wait patiently outside a business in long, spaced out, lineups. Direction arrows show customers where to move next. We have mastered physical distancing. Checkout lines seem longer than usual. Cashiers carefully disinfect their terminals before the next customer arrives. Whether we like it or not, physical distancing, masks and hand sanitizing is our new way of life if we are to stay safe.

As we navigate through Stage 2 – and hopefully before the summer is over enter Stage 3, we need to focus on how schools will reopen in September. Getting our kids back to their ‘new normal’ is paramount. By September Ontario children will have been out of class for six months. Not being in school has a devastating social, emotional and mental health impact on our kids. It is important to have a cautious restart – same as ‘opening’ the province or we will be back where we were in March.

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Fate still up in the air for new townhouse development in Newcastle

No decision was made at the June 15 council meeting regarding the application by Kaleido Corporation (formerly Landmark-Newcastle Limited) to amend Zoning By-law 84-63 to permit a 15-unit townhouse development at the South-East Corner of Mill Street and Robert Street in Newcastle. Iinstead it was referred to the June 29 Planning and Development Committee Meeting to allow further discussions with the developer to consider lowering the height of the homes and to consider fewer units.

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