Back to School January 25

“On the advice from the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the government is allowing seven public health units and over 100,000 students to return to class on Monday, January 25,” said MPP Piccini. 

To ensure schools remain safe, the government is introducing additional measures including province-wide targeted asymptomatic testing, enhanced screening, mandatory masking for students in Grades 1-3 and outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

Background 

Based on the most recent data and the advice of the Chief Medical Officer of Health, elementary and secondary schools in the Peterborough Public Health Unit and Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit catchment area will be permitted to resume in-person learning on January 25, 2021. 

This means that most schools in the following schools boards will resume in-person learning on January 25: 

 Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board 

 Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic DSB 

 Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir 

 Conseil scolaire de district catholique du Centre-Est de l’Ontario 

“We have consistently heard from parents in Northumberland – Peterborough South that they were anxious to have their school-aged children return to school. Parents wanted the certainty of the school structure during this time of uncertainty. The positive mental health aspects for these children to be able to see their friends in a safe learning environment cannot be understated. Mental health is part of your overall health. We believe that the diligence that our community has shown in the fight against COVID-19 will continue once school resumes and we will continue to observe the Stay at Home order before and after school.” David Piccini, Member of Provincial Parliament, Northumberland – Peterborough South 

Money for local transit

 Ontario is providing $462,443 in funding to local municipalities through Ontario’s Gas Tax program. This year, the province is providing a total of $375 million in gas tax funding for 109 municipalities that deliver public transit to 144 communities across Ontario. The province will flow the funding as soon as possible in 2021. 

Through Ontario’s Gas Tax Program, the following communities received funding: Municipality of Port Hope 

$168,161 

Town of Cobourg 

$203,868 

Township of Cramahe 

$52,274 

Municipality of Trent Hills 

$38,140 

Protecting local species at risk

The Ontario government is investing up to $4.5 million to help protect and recover plants and animals that are in danger of disappearing in the province, including up to $195,000 for two projects in Northumberland County over the next three years. 

The funding will be provided to non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities and other groups through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program for on-the-ground projects that help preserve species at risk and their habitats. Below is a high-level overview of the two local projects being funded this year among the over 80 projects across Ontario: 

Protecting At-Risk Butterfly Species: Innovative and collaborative activities in support of Butterfly Species at Risk Recovery in Roseneath. The project will support the conservation & restoration work, research, and monitoring of butterfly species. 

Restoring Tallgrass Prairies & Oak Savannah Habitats: Restoration and management of tallgrass prairie and oak savannah habitats in the Rice Lake Plains for the benefit of species at risk and other wildlife. The project will implement management techniques to maintain the long-term viability, health, and diversity of habitat in the Rice Lake Plains with a focus on prescribed burns, planting native species, controlling invasive and encroaching species, and working with Mottled Duskywing recovery teams. 

“Our community partners play an important role in environmental stewardship,” said MPP David Piccini. “This on-the-ground work is extremely important to preserving the biodiversity of our province for future generations, and I am proud our government is stepping up to fund these important local initiatives.” 

Applications for funding for the 2021-2022 Species at Risk Stewardship Program are now open. Individuals, communities and organizations have until 3:00 p.m. February 9, 2021 to apply 

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