Latest Jewel 99.3 Local News Headlines and Sports, March 26th

Mayor Barb Clumpus has declared a State of Emergency in the Municipality of Meaford in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to declare an emergency was made after lengthy discussion with the Municipality’s Emergency Control Group members, who came to a unanimous decision. Declaring an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act allows the Municipality to put in place additional measures to protect the community, and facilitate access to supplies and services.The Municipality has closed all public facilities, and cancelled public meetings and events to contain the spread. Essential services including water/wastewater, fire services, roads services, and waste management are continuing to operate.For up-to-date information on the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, visit www.meaford.ca/COVID19.(Source: Municipality of Meaford; Image: Meaford Independent)

The Town of The Blue Mountains would like to advise residents that to help alleviate financial pressures related to COVID-19, Town staff are proposing the option to waive penalties and interest on unpaid property tax and utility (water and sewer) bills for the three month period from April 1, 2020 to June 30, 2020. If approved by Council at the March 30, 2020 meeting, this will effectively extend the due dates for these bills until June 30, 2020. It is important to note that tax and utility account pre-authorized payment plans (PAP) will be processed as normal unless written instructions to suspend the payment are received two (2) days prior to the due date. To suspend your pre-authorized payment plan, please contact the Finance department at finance@thebluemountains.ca or call 519-599-3131 ext. 221. Mayor Soever will also be reaching out to Grey County and the Bluewater District School Board for an extension to the dates on which the Town must remit the County and School Board share of the property taxes to these entities. An extension from these entities would have the Town avoid paying interest on monies it has deferred collecting from its taxpayers but is obligated to remit to them. In addition, through regional partnerships, the Town is actively engaging various Provincial ministries and agencies regarding the need for financial assistance and support for businesses within the community and greater region. For information regarding municipal business related to COVID-19, visit the Town website, or the dedicated COVID-19 webpage: www.thebluemountains.ca/covid-19.cfm
(Source: Town of the Blue Mountains)

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has confirmed a fifth case of COVID-19 in Grey-Bruce in its situation report released late Wednesday afternoon that it had one new confirmed case in the past 24 hours, a man in his 50’s. The case is travel related. The health unit also confirmed there have been 14 negative test results received in the past 24 hours, resulting in a total of 167 negative test results to date. As of Wednesday afternoon, Ontario had reported 100 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, and another death, its ninth. The number of confirmed cases in the province stood at 688.Those who can’t cope at home are advised to goa to one of the COVID-19 assessment centres or the nearest emergency room if it is an emergency.
(Source: Owen Sound Sun Times)

Lab-confirmed cases jumped provincially and regionally Wednesday with seven new positive results in Simcoe Muskoka and 100 in Ontario. There are now 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Simcoe Muskoka. (Source: Collingwood Today)

Sports:

In the NHL, the league announced on Wednesday that it was temporarily halting its scouting combine, awards ceremony and draft that were scheduled for June amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It did not provide new dates for the events.Meanwhile, the NHL’s chief medical officer said Wednesday he expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better in North America and differences across 31 markets are likely to affect when players might get back on the ice.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday night on ESPN that the league’s investigation into the cheating allegations against the Boston Red Sox is complete and he will render a decision before the start of Major League Baseball’s regular season, whenever that may be.

(Source: TSN)

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