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 This Month In Lambton 


This Month In Lambton

 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The number of electric vehicle charging stations in Lambton County is set to quadruple thanks to a grant from the provincial Ministry of Transportation.  The $103,000 grant will cover approximately 80 per cent of the installation cost for 14 charging stations at the following County facilities across the community:

*County Administration Building, Wyoming - 2 stations
* Lambton Meadowview Villa, Petrolia - 2 stations
* North Lambton Lodge, Forest - 2 stations
* Marshall Gowland Manor, Sarnia - 1 station
* Lambton Public Health, Point Edward - 2 stations
* Oil Museum of Canada, Oil Springs - 1 station
* Lambton Heritage Museum - 1 station
* Petrolia Public Works Depot, Petrolia - 1 station
* Oil City Public Works Depot, Oil City - 1 station

vehicle receiving an electric recharging

The project was awarded to Montreal-based FLO, which has installed more than 3,500 charging stations across the country. Users "fueling" at the charge stations will be billed by credit or FLO cards.

It is hoped the charge stations will be operational by later this year.

 Blackout Anniversary

August 14 marks the 15th anniversary of the 2003 Blackout that affected much of Ontario and eight U.S. states.  Even after power was restored, impacts were felt for several days as system operators worked to bring power plants back on line and restore the electrical grid.

power outage

Power outages can be disruptive at any time of year, but outages in the summer can result in specific challenges such as dealing with the heat and food safety.  Therefore it is recommended every household should have flashlights, a battery-powered radio and ready-to-eat food for emergencies.  Also, if you own a smartphone or tablet, consider purchasing an external battery pack to extend the use of your device.  More and more people rely on smart devices for communications and information gathering, which can be particularly challenging during a power outage.

To learn what to do during power outages and other types of emergencies, visit EmergenciesLambton.ca.

 Mayors' Council on Nature and Communities

At the recent Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative annual conference in Ajax, civic leaders announced the creation of the Mayors’ Council on Nature and Communities.  The Mayors' Council is an exciting new venture to create natural spaces in urbanized areas and contribute to national efforts to reach the UN Convention on Biodiversity 17% natural spaces target by 2020. The initiative will begin in Ontario as a regional pilot.

The first meeting of the Mayors' Council on Nature and Cities was held at the annual gathering of mayors and other advocates for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.  At the meeting, member mayors agreed to identify existing protected spaces, create new ones, and determine how to connect them to better protect habitat and migratory pathways in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region.

St. Clair River, Mooretown

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a coalition of more than 130 U.S. and Canadian cities and mayors representing over 17 million people committed to the long term protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence.

 Economic Partnership & Tourism

At its regular meeting, Wednesday, July 4, Lambton County Council heard a joint presentation from representatives of the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership (SLEP) and Tourism Sarnia-Lambton (TSL) regarding ongoing discussion on the potential merger or amalgamation of the organizations.  After a detailed presentation of the opportunities and challenges, County Council passed a resolution directing SLEP and TSL to continue operating as two separate organizations while exploring opportunities to work together on specific initiatives.

Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership offices
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership offices at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park

Also this month, TSL's Board of Directors accepted the resignation of Karen Richards as President and thanked her for her years of service and commitment to the Tourism Industry. Mary Jean O’Donnell was elected as the new President, with Beverley Hand the Vice-President and Kevin Williams Treasurer.

 Leading Practices in Eldercare and Culture Change

Leadership from the County's Long-Term Care Division together with Resident and Family Councils, Union Leadership, Auxiliaries along with a variety of community partners and leaders from other County Divisions met to explore Leading Practices in Eldercare and Culture Change. Warden Bill Weber, Councillor and Committee P.M. Chair Bev Hand and CAO Ron Van Horne also joined the group for the day. Julie Bessant Pelech, Gerontologist/Consultant provided information on innovative practices occurring provincially, nationally and in many other jurisdictions across the world and led participants in looking at new and better ways elders can be supported to live life in Long-Term Care.

thought leaders exchange

The gathering was the first step in work the Long-Term Care Division has undertaken to plan for the coming years and identify the resources needed to meet the needs of aging people in Lambton County.

 Local School Gains Gold Status

When it comes to creating a healthy school environment, students, staff and parents at Ecole Les Rapides elementary school deserve a gold star.

Late last month, Ecole Les Rapides celebrated its OPHEA (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association) Healthy Schools Certification by unveiling its Gold Status banner.

OPHEA's healthy schools certification is based on the 6-Step Healthy Schools Process.  The annual certification process guides a school through the steps needed to plan and implement a range of activities and strategies that promote well-being in the school community.

track and field meet

The certification process includes activities and strategies that focus on a selected priority health topic that are important to the school and identified by looking at existing assets and current needs. A point-based system used during the school year allows schools to plan the process steps online and apply to be certified as a bronze, silver, or gold school in April.

If your school would like more information on healthy schools or OPHEA's Healthy Schools Certification program, please email healthyschools@county-lambton.on.ca or call Lambton Public Health at 519-344-2057 or toll-free 1-800-387-2882.

 Horse-Drawn Wagon Tours Return

Family friendly horse-drawn wagon tours from the Oil Museum of Canada have returned this summer, held every Sunday afternoon at 1, 2, and 3 o'clock.

The 45-minute guided tour winds its way through historic Fairbank Oil Fields, a preserved pocket where history happened and the authentic oil technology of the 1860s is still operating. Fairbank Oil Fields and the Oil Museum of Canada share a National Heritage Site designation for the first oil field in Canada.

horse drawn wagon ride

Patrons can also participate in driving or walking tours.

For more information, visit www.lambtonmuseums.ca/oil/ and www.fairbankoil.com.

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 Looking Ahead

Warden Bill Weber
Warden Bill Weber
County of Lambton

9:30 a.m., Aug 1 (at call of Warden) - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Aug 15 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Sep 5 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Sep 19 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.
9:30 a.m., Oct 3 - Lambton County Council
9 a.m. & 1 p.m., Oct 17 - Committee A.M. & Committee P.M.

Agendas for past and present Committee and Council meetings is available here.  Open Sessions of Lambton County Council are streamed live and are also available for archival viewing for a period of one year by clicking on the "Streamed Council Meetings" tab on the County's home page.

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