Here we are, three-quarters of a year into the COVID-19 pandemic. Who thought, when the kids had their ‘two-week March Break,’ we’d be entering the holiday season with uncertainty around family gatherings for the holidays?

In the past nine months, parents, caregivers, teachers and school boards in Grey/Bruce have successfully executed the stressful return-to-school, with just a few minor bumps in the road.

Municipalities have created ways for kids (and adults) to take part in sports, even though they don’t quite look like the real thing, while community groups and museums have mastered online meetings and fun get-togethers.

Everyone in Grey/Bruce has battled pandemic fatigue, a wavering belief in what’s truly necessary, and what’s expected of us from day-to-day, and now the light at the end of the tunnel is growing slightly brighter as we approach the release of the COVID-19 vaccine. We’re so close, yet there are days it feels so far away.

Yes, our cases are rising slightly as we experience the first real threat of it grabbing a foothold in our region. So far we’ve been the envy of the province, even being celebrated by provincial media. We managed to keep it at bay during tourist season, and we can stop it in its tracks now as we enter the winter season by continuing to social distance, keeping our bubbles small, wearing masks, and washing our hands.

In this issue, you’ll see a great breakdown of the outdoor activities available across Grey and Bruce counties, and there’s no better time to exercise our hearts and minds by exploring our own backyard. With our youth spending more time on their devices than ever before, now is also the perfect time to talk about the dangers of social media, sexting and sharing photos. It’s also an excellent time to sit down with your family and begin a ‘legacy project,’ which will be a treasured family heirloom for generations. We also have information on home insurance, which is key with so many home offices.

We don’t know where this winter will take us, but these could be long, difficult months for you, or your family, friends and neighbours. Check in on each other. Be patient with each other. Love each other.

Our communities are strong. Our people are hearty. We’re going to get through this.

Stay safe and be well.



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