I hope you were able to enjoy some time outdoors yesterday on Family Day in the fresh air and sunshine, maybe hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing or tobogganing with your loved ones. Or if the cold was too much for you, maybe a good book or puzzle by the fire with a hot chocolate was more your style. My dog Boston absolutely loved playing in the snow this weekend (as you may have seen on instagram) when we went for a walk, and I enjoyed a relaxing dinner with my family.
Even though today’s snow day has the kids back at home, I hope everyone had a safe and healthy first week back to school last week, and parents and caregivers got a bit of a break from the many demands of home-schooling. From what I heard from the many young people in my orbit, it was amazing to see their friends in person again (although I also heard a few missed sleeping in a bit longer and having home-made lunches in their own kitchen courtesy of supermoms and superdads).
In addition to the reopening of schools in Halton, we also heard from the Premier last Friday that we are moving back into the COVID-19 Response Framework today (February 16th), and that means a little more of our businesses and activities can start to safely reopen again. If you missed the specific details, please read my post from last week for more information.
In the week ahead, I started earlier this morning by checking in with my fellow Halton Mayors for our bi-weekly Zoom call, followed later today by Burlington City Council meeting, then we will have Halton Regional Council on Wednesday and a meeting to check-in with our local restaurant industry, then there’s the Conservation Halton Board Meeting (of which I am a board member) on Thursday, and Ontario’s Big City Mayors meeting on Friday.
I’ve got my special toque courtesy of St. Christopher’s Church and am looking forward to cheering on everyone braving the cold on Saturday night for the annual Coldest Night of the Year walk to raise money for homelessness, hurt and hunger (this year in a covid-friendly way), and I’ll be virtually attending the Halton Women’s Place Home Safe Home Gala & Auction on Saturday Night (with a performance by one of my favourite hometown bands – Walk Off the Earth)! Our community never ceases to amaze me in the countless ways we come together to support one another and give to those in need.
You can check out my weekly schedule here: Mayors Weekly Public Update Feb 15-21
Stay healthy and be kind to one another as always.
Mayor Marianne Meed Ward