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Year in Review – Part 7 – July

Ontario moves to Step Three DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The provincial government is moving Ontario into Step Three of their reopening framework this week. On Friday, July 9th, the province announced, Ontario would make the move to this third phase on Friday, July 16th, earlier than originally planned by health officials. In Step Three, outdoor gatherings with up to 100 people and indoor gatherings of up to 25 people are allowed. Indoor religious services, weddings or funerals will be allowed, as long as they conform to physical distancing. Indoor dining can also take place in this step. Museums, galleries, zoos, casinos, amusement parks, fairs and festivals can operate at 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent capacity outdoors. Theatres and cinemas can operate at 50 percent capacity indoors “or a maximum limit of 1,000 people for seated events.

Mississaugas celebrate Governor General appointment SCUGOG: The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) are celebrating the appointment of the first Indigenous person to hold the role of Canada’s Governor General. On Tuesday, July 6th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the appointment of Mary Simon as the Queen’s representative in the country. In a press release, sent out on Wednesday, July 7th, the MSIFN stated this appointment is “an important step for all Indigenous people in Canada.”

PJHL announces start date NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: While the COVID-19 pandemic claimed their entire 2020/2021 season, the Provincial Junior Hockey League (PJHL) plans to begin to play this fall. In a recent statement from Commissioner Terry Whiteside, released on Twitter, the league announced, October 1st had been chosen as the start date for the 2021/2022 season.

Vince Dunn joins the Kraken KAWARTHA LAKES: Lindsay native and NHL defenceman Vince Dunn has been chosen to join the National Hockey League’s (NHL) newest team, the Seattle Kraken. Dunn, who had been playing for the St. Louis Blues, was drafted by Kraken general manager Ron Francis in the expansion draft, held on Wednesday, July 21st.

Beaverton crime concerns BROCK: Township of Brock council is concerned about recent criminal activity happening in Beaverton. In a press release sent out on Friday, July 16th, the township stated they’d heard concerns “regarding potential[ly] illegal act-ivities, property trespass issues, [and] disorder in public spaces.”

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