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COVID-19 Drive Through Assessment Centre Opens in Wasaga Beach Oct. 21

Wasaga Beach, Ontario – October 19, 2020 – As part of ongoing efforts to keep the South Georgian Bay community safe from potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, a new Drive Through COVID-19 Assessment Centre will open in Wasaga Beach on October 21, 2020.

The assessment centre will be located in the parking lot behind the RecPlex Centre, located at 1724 Mosley Street in Wasaga Beach. The site will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. by appointment only and will accommodate drive-through clients.

“The addition of a COVID-19 Assessment Centre in Wasaga Beach will enable improved access for COVID testing for residents of our region, and will allow us to be responsive to increased demand in the event of an outbreak or impact of the second wave,” said Marie LaRose, Executive Director, Georgian Bay Family Health Team. “Creating increased testing capacity and preparedness is a critical component of reducing COVID-19 transmission in our community.”

Appointments for swabbing can be booked via phone at 705-444-5885 Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or by visiting www.gbfht.ca to access the waitlist, available Monday to Friday 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. When residents arrive for their appointment they are to wait in their vehicles until the assessment centre contacts and registers them. At the time of their appointment, they will be contacted to proceed in their vehicles alongside the tent in the RecPlex Parking lot for testing. Assessment and testing will be undertaken while individuals remain in their vehicles.

The Wasaga Beach COVID-19 Assessment Centre is a collaboration of community partners including the Georgian Bay Family Health Team, the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, and the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre working in concert with the town of Wasaga Beach.

Health Unit launches survey to collect information on COVID-19 impact on local residents

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit wants to know more about your experiences, good and bad, during this pandemic and is asking residents to complete an online survey to learn what issues need to be addressed.

““We need to hear from our residents so that we can identify where there are gaps or hardships that need to be addressed. That may mean adapting or improving services the health unit offers or advocating to political decision makers at all levels for changes that address the gaps.”

The survey, linked here, does not collect any identifying information from participants and privacy is   maintained. It is directed to local residents who are 18 years of age and older.

Residents of Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka are encouraged to provide feedback on what they as individuals, families, and parents have had to deal with during the COVID-19 pandemic for the past eight months. Questions will ask about:

Any changes in your income, mental and physical health

The effect of the school closures on your family, children

Any loss of food programs/services

Any changes in behaviours you made while in indoor public spaces

How you feel the health unit has responded to the pandemic

If you avoided going to or experienced delays or cancellations in your healthcare service

Any impacts on your children’s behaviours or mental health

Any impacts on dealing with stress, your sense of belonging, alcohol use, smoking (cigs, vaping, marijuana), or non-medical use of prescription drugs

Impact on your ability to get healthy food, or maintain your living arrangements.

Municipal and community partner and service providers are all being asked to share the link to the survey and encourage their clients to have their say.

The survey results, along with the findings of the Mitigating Harms of Public Health Measures Situational Assessment completed earlier this year will provide valuable information on service improvements needed across the region to support residents.

More information about COVID-19 and a link to the survey can be found at www.smdhu.org

Scanning Pens Are Now Available at Springwater Public Library

Springwater Public Library has added C-Pens Reader pens to their collection. These are scanning pens designed for people with dyslexia or reading challenges. The C-Pens Reader pens scan text, read text aloud in 3 languages (English, French and Spanish), save text to a computer and includes a dictionary.

Springwater Library has three scanning pens available for a three week check-out. Circulation is to adults only, and a waiver must be signed before picking up the device. Scanning pens may be picked up and returned at any of our three branches, Elmvale, Midhurst or Minesing.

“I believe we are the first library in Ontario to make the C-Pen Reader pen available to our patrons to take home and use,” says Jodie Delgado, CEO. “I love the scanning pens because they are portable, have lots of features, and can help those with reading disabilities, especially in higher level school work. The fact that they have multiple languages is a plus. I’m glad the library is making them available so residents can see if they work for their situation.”

Further information on the scanning pens is available at www.scanningpens.ca

Please contact for more information:

Jodie Player Delgado, CEO Springwater Public Library

(705) 728-4784 ext. 2065


GBGH ICU achieves Level 3 Basic designation

October 21, 2020 – Georgian Bay General Hospital’s (GBGH Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has been recently designated as a Level 3 Basic facility based on a recent review by Critical Care Services Ontario (CCSO) of ICUs across the province. This is the second highest designation an ICU can receive in Ontario with the exception of specialty units (i.e. Coronary Care).

“For a community hospital like GBGH to have this designation is quite a testament to our commitment of providing exceptional critical care,” says Gail Hunt, president and CEO, GBGH. “I am very proud of this accomplishment and what it means for our patients. GBGH’s ICU is able to care for some of the most complex and acutely ill patients in our region, providing comprehensive critical care services within our community.”

To be designated a particular level, ICUs must meet specific standards related to respiratory therapy support, ventilator use and intravenous blood pressure monitoring and medication management.

There are five levels for ICU care in Ontario – Level 1, Level 2 Basic, Level 2 Advanced, Level 3 Basic and Level 3 Advanced. Level 3 Advanced is the highest level of ICU care (with Coronary Care Units being an additional specialty designation).

“GBGH has invested in its critical care program over the past three years and the positive progress we’ve made has brought us to this Level 3 basic designation,” says Dr. Khalid Tahir, intensivist and chief of Critical Care, GBGH. “By implementing 24/7 respiratory therapy coverage and continuing to improve the skills of our talented ICU team, we are able to address more serious conditions. There will still be some instances – such as with neurosurgery and cardiovascular care – when we still need to transfer patients to other facilities, but we are well-equipped to care for the majority of our area’s critical care cases here at GBGH.”

In addition to providing a high level of critical care, as a Level 3 Basic ICU, GBGH is more attractive to recruit intensivists and nursing staff who prefer to work in a more acute critical care setting.

There’s a Purpose to our Life!

We were born not to only re-awaken and remember who we are, but to also fulfill our purpose in a way that no one else can. We bring to life talents, gifts, and experiences like no other. Every experience is a key to our purpose. We are born with gifts as well as challenges. Every talent is a tool for our purpose, and every person in our life is a coach to assist us in discovering or re-defining our purpose. Purpose is the creative spirit of life moving through us from the inside out. It is the deep mysterious dimension of each Soul which carries with it a profound intuitive sense of personal identity. 

However, this state of being does not just happen! It is through humility that our 1000 mile journey of self-discovery begins. Humility is the first step towards wisdom, which  connects us to the inner peace, which connects us to our True Essence which is one of Love!  Or we can  refer to this state of  being as the Christ Consciousness, meaning that, at this point in our evolution, we are connected to the I AM Presence~~our  Higher Self which is One with God/the Nameless One!  (Be aware that God has many names depending which branch of understanding one may follow)!

As we re-discover and connect to our Spark of Divinity, we will move towards this perfect state of being by supporting the purposes of life as they are presented to us. Balance and integration however, make it possible for us to recognize the Light in others, making it possible to look beyond the behaviour.  Know that for every unhealthy behaviour, there’s a ‘wounded‘ or emotionally ‘stunted’ child crying out for help. As Light-bearers, this is the ultimate purpose in our life; to bring understanding to all ‘wounded’ children of the world, making it possible for  the ‘blame-game’ to stop! Please know that Light-bearers have been born globally to ensure that all individuals crying out for help will receive the understanding that, indeed, we are all love beings and worthy of all good things!

As we commit to honour our mission, the doors will open and the opportunities will present themselves.  And as we continue to work for the betterment of humankind, our mission will bring us to the highest knowledge of ourselves that is possible. It is in this state of awareness, we are grateful for the experiences that brought us to our knees~~for humility is the first  step towards wisdom.  In this state of being, whereby the personality and Soul become One!

As we serve the purpose of our life, we build character. Then, layer by layer, as our character grows, it gives evidence of the deep invisible potential stored within our being. Character is the summation of our personal history and experiences as it conforms to a central purpose that we could not have seen in the beginning. That purpose however is not visible until it is manifested through service! Purpose refines and directs our contribution to life! For it is not dis-ease that kills us, but the lack of purpose in our life!

Rita Be-Still, Healer of Broken Hearts

Be-Still~~A Place of Higher Spiritual Learning

6 Queen St. W. Elmvale, On 




Ontario Corn Key to Medical-Grade Alcohol for Hand Sanitizer

GUELPH, ON (October 16, 2020) – Grain Farmers of Ontario, the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean, and wheat farmers congratulates Greenfield Global and the Ontario government on today‘s announcement of a $75 million project at Greenfield‘s Johnstown, Ontario facility to produce medical-grade alcohol, with an additional provincial government investment from the Ontario Together Fund of $2.5 million.

Ontario‘s corn farmers play a critical role in supplying the feedstock necessary to produce alcohol-based hand sanitizers and Grain Farmers of Ontario is pleased to see this investment being made. Greenfield Global‘s new Ontario-based project will update the Johnstown distillation process to allow it to produce more than 114 million litres specialty medical-grade alcohol annually.

Ontario grain farmers grow the bulk of our nation‘s corn and we are proud to grow the corn that is used to make hand sanitizer, and to know that farmers are not only here to supply food, but in this small way to help Canadians as they protect themselves from COVID,” said Markus Haerle, Chair, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “The commitment from the distiller industry and our provincial government to find ways to innovate and use Ontario corn to help others is great to see.” •

Catch up immunization clinics now available for current Grade 8 students

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Catch up immunization clinics for current Grade 8 students who missed Grade 7 vaccines due to COVID-19 in the spring, are now being offered by appointment only by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). Clinics are scheduled to begin the week of November 2. Families can call Health Connection to book an appointment.

“It’s important that students complete the immunization series for Hepatitis B (Hep B) and Human Papilloma virus (HPV),” said Dr. Colin Lee, associate medical officer of health for SMDHU. “They need both doses of each vaccine for the best protection against these diseases.”

Clinics will be held in health unit offices across Simcoe Muskoka one to two days a week as needed through to the spring. It’s estimated upwards of 2,200 students will need to be immunized.

School immunization clinics will not be held during the 2020/2021 school year due to COVID-19. Instead they will be offered for both Grade 7 and 8 students in the 2021/22 school year. Normally, SMDHU nurses would visit each elementary school in Simcoe Muskoka offering three vaccines to Grade 7 students. The meningococcal vaccine (one dose) vaccine is usually offered at school clinics during the fall, while first doses of Hep B and HPV immunizations are offered in the fall, followed by the second dose in the spring.

For more information or to book an appointment, call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 ext. 8827, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or see www.smdhu.org.