Emo council has decided to not revisit a resolution presented by Borderland Pride.
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Last week, our region was left reeling. After weeks of relative calm, and community pride in keeping our case load of COVID-19 low, four new cases emerged. And not just typical cases - it’s now clear there are people out there who don’t know they’re sick. People who may well be out in our shared communities. Touching shared surfaces. Breathing shared air.
The weather was beautiful and the grass was green for the official opening week at Heron Landing Golf Course, on Couchiching First Nation. Following provincial guidelines, the course opened its doors and fairways to the public, in time for May Long Weekend. The rules are a little different than previous years.
A resolution to support a proclamation from Borderland Pride was defeated 3-2 in last night's Emo town council meeting.
The resolution would have adopted a pre-worded resolution, provided by Borderland Pride, which would have proclaimed June “Pride Month” and called for a rainbow flag to be displayed for a week of the Township's choosing.
Several weeks of closure have forced local restaurants to get creative, to survive. Most have experimented with delivery and curbside pickup for the first time, while others have been forced to reinvent themselves entirely.
The Northern Ontario tourism sector is facing an uncertain future, with few signs of hope or help from the government.
“It feels like tourism has been left out in the cold, that we've been a bit forgotten,” said Brenda Ferris-Hyatt, of Hyatt's Manion Lake Camp.
The Emo and Barwick derailments have been cited in a recommendation to the Department of Transport, to investigate whether key train speeds and regulations are in need of an overhaul.
With so many people out of work and businesses suffering, Thunder Bay-Rainy River MP Marcus Powlowski's office has been kept busy with constituents looking for help. The federal government has been trying to accommodate, rolling out a number of programs aimed at mitigating the financial impact of COVID-19.
“The programs have been well received,” said Powlowski.
With Ontario's top doctors announcing that the province's curve has crested, speculation has begun about whether restrictions can ease, and what that may look like. But local officials feel caution is still the best path.
As news headlines speculate about food shortages and disrupted supply chains, one local business is ramping up to keep Canadian tables full.