UPDATE: Minto Fire from 3 stations responded to an apartment fire on John Street in Harriston late this afternoon. (4:35pm) Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke showing from the apartment involved. Fire officials say that a quick knock down by crews contained the fire to the one apartment on the first floor. Minto fire says that all residents evacuated from the building however one person was taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation and later released from hospital. The damage estimated is to be $50,000 still being worked on and Minto Fire says the cause of the fire has been deemed accidental.

Minto Fire from 3 stations responded to an apartment fire on John Street in Harriston late this afternoon. (4:35pm)

Upon arrival, firefighters found smoke showing from the apartment involved.

Fire officials say that a quick knock down by crews contained the fire to the one apartment on the first floor.

Minto fire says that all residents evacuated from the building however 2 people were taken to the hospital with smoke inhalation. 3 cats were also saved from the apartment and are now in the care of a local vet.

Damage estimate is still being worked on Minto fire says the Office of the Fire Marshal has been notified.



Ontario is reporting 95 new cases of COVID-19 today.  That’s up from yesterday, but still under 100.  9 out of the last 10 days have been below 100.  The total number for the province now to 40,289.

The province is reporting new death and 134 more cases have recovered. 

That’s 90% recovered.  The number of active cases in the province is DOWN by 40 to 912.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is reporting new case today.  It’s in Guelph, Guelph has active cases. 

Wellington County has active, and Dufferin County has active.

Public Health Grey Bruce is reporting 1 new case in the last 24 hours.  Grey Bruce has active cases.

West Grey Public Library Offers Back-to-School Programming, Events as it Re-Opens to the Public

The West Grey Public Library wants to help you get your primary-aged children off to a good start this September. 

While the Durham Branch opens for pick up and computer access only by appointment starting August 25th (Wed to Fri 10-2, Tue 4-8), our Zoom In! series, which interviews different experts and offers participants a chance to ask questions online, begins with Get/Back to School!, on August 20th for parents of primary-age students, about starting or returning to school, with hints for preparing their young students for class life. 

The session features teacher Lise Gunby, faculty member at Edge Hill Country School, an independent school just outside Durham in West Grey.  Lise holds her Ontario Teaching Certificate as well as Waldorf teaching certification and is qualified in primary, junior, intermediate, and senior divisions.

Participants don’t have to be a library cardholder.  Register by emailing by August 19th to get a message with a Zoom link.

Details and updates will be posted outside the branch, online through the Library’s Facebook account, and on the West Grey Library website

Ontario Releases 2020-21 First Quarter Finances

Ontario Finance Minister, Rod Phillips, has released the province’s first quarter finances for 2020-21. 

The government is now projecting a deficit of $38.5 billion in 2020-21, which incorporates the most up to date economic information and additional supports for the pandemic recovery period and the safe restart framework. Private-sector forecasts, on average, project that Ontario’s real GDP will decline by 6.6 per cent in 2020, down significantly from when the March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update was finalized. Total revenue is projected to be $150.6 billion in 2020-21, $5.7 billion lower and program expenses are projected to be $13.1 billion higher than forecast in the March 2020 Economic and Fiscal Update.

The province says, while no economic downturn is the same as the last, it took between 24 and 88 months to return to pre-recession peak employment across the last three recessions. However, as Ontario gradually reopens, following the plan outlined in A Framework to Reopen Our Province, there have been recent signs of economic recovery. In June and July, Ontario’s unemployment rate decreased to 11.3 per cent.

RCL grants $8500 to Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation

The Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation has received $8500, which will support funding for vital equipment.

Earlier this month, the Royal Canadian Legion (RCL) presented two donations to the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation (LMHF). These combined gifts – a $6500 grant from the RCL Ontario Command Branches and Auxiliary Ladies Community Foundation and a $2000 grant from the RCL Branch 134 from their Poppy Fund – fully cover the cost of a cardiac ultrasound probe for Louise Marshall Hospital. This cheque presentation was a long-time in the making as both grants were approved earlier in the year but given the COVID-19 pandemic, the Legion and LMHF representatives were unable to meet due to restrictions on gathering.

In a media release, the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundations says they are tremendously grateful for the continued generosity of the Royal Canadian Legion. In times like these, it has been a tough go for charities of all stripes, and the support of our community groups goes a long way towards helping the Louise Marshall Hospital Foundation fulfill its mandate to provide funding for capital equipment at our local hospital.  


Police have identified the 55 year old woman from Caledon, who was killed Monday near Palmerston.

Around 6:00 p.m. Monday, Perth County OPP responded to a vehicle collision at the intersection of Perth Road 140 and Perth Line 91 in the Township of Wallace. It was reported that a tractor trailer and an S.U.V. had collided at the intersection and that three occupants in the S.U.V. were seriously injured.

55 year old Girga PERSAUD of Caledon was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two other occupants of the S.U.V. were transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the tractor trailer did not require medical treatment.

The cause of the collision is currently being investigated.


The Ontario Government has announced it is providing families in the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) with services to support their child’s ongoing learning and development.

Foundational family services such as family and peer mentoring, caregiver workshops and coaching will be tailored to the unique regional and cultural needs in different communities.

The province says the services will build on existing virtual and remote options introduced during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first phase of foundational family services is part of the ongoing implementation of the new needs-based, sustainable and family-centred OAP.

Fall Programming Cancelled Due To COVID-19

Drayton Entertainment has cancelled all remaining productions in its 2020 Season due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19. The final cancellations include We’ll Meet AgainReturn To GraceEvitaThe Sound of Music and Wizard of Oz: The Panto. The Youth Education Program production of Disney’s High School Musical, which was to be the inaugural production in an annual project, is also cancelled, along with special events and rentals throughout the remainder of the year.

A statement from Drayton Entertainment says that although the province has moved into Stage Three of Ontario’s reopening plan, physical distancing and audience capacity restrictions render it unfeasible to present the remaining shows in the season as originally scheduled. The wellness of patrons, staff, artists, volunteers, and the community continues to be of paramount importance in making this decision. 

The complete list of cancelled productions is available below and online at


1 person is dead and another has been left with serious injuries, after a weekend crash in Chatsworth.

Around 10:30 Saturday morning, Grey Bruce OPP were dispatched to a two vehicle fatal motor vehicle collision on Grey Road 16 at Concession Road 6 in Chatsworth. 

A (black) motorcycle, travelling westbound on Grey Road 16, collided with a (white) truck, travelling southbound on Concession Road 6. The driver and passenger on the motorcycle were both transported by ambulance to a hospital. The passenger was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 68 year old driver received serious injuries. The 32 year old driver of the truck was transported to hospital with minor injuries.

68 year old Brenda McKay from Chatsworth is the passenger who was killed.

The investigation continues


Township of Mapleton Mayor, Gregg Davidson, issued an update yesterday following the province’s announcement about Stage 3.  In it, the Mayor says we are pleased to announce, starting Friday, Mapleton Playgrounds will re-open for public use. Please ensure you are following social distancing protocols. ALL Township facilities will reopen on Monday.  This includes the Township administration office, PMD Arena, Moorefield Community Centre, Alma Community Centre, and the Moorefield Optimist Hall. The Township will begin taking bookings for ball diamonds, soccer fields, the Moorefield Community Centre and the PMD hall at this time. For rentals at the Alma Community Centre or Moorefield Optimist Hall please contact them directly. Any events or gatherings held are subject to provincial guidelines. For the time being the Township Administration Office hours will remain on the reduced hours of 10am-4pm.