The Cambridge City Hall Report - A Message from Mayor Kathryn McGarry
It's been a steep learning curve over the past few weeks as pandemic restrictions continue to ease. I've been really impressed with our residents and their dedication to maintaining a safe community. With the opening of restaurant patios and expanded social bubbles, not to mention the gorgeous weather, people will be even more eager to get out and about. As I mentioned last week, we must remain vigilant.
Though Waterloo Region Public Health has not made wearing a mask or face covering mandatory for Cambridge, I strongly urge the community to put one on when they know physical distancing will be challenging. The better we are at flattening the curve, the more we can continue forward with fewer restrictions.
I know it can be difficult, and many of us just want it to be over, but the reality is that the better we adhere to safety protocols, the faster that can happen. I encourage everyone to get out this weekend - grab a picnic in the park, treat dad to brunch for Father's Day, or check out a city trail - but do so responsibly. Let's make sure we can keep enjoying our newfound freedom throughout the summer months.
We got this Cambridge!
Take care and stay safe
Congratulations 2020 graduates!
Earlier this month, the Mayor’s Office was approached by the grad committee at St. Benedict’s school to see if there was a way the City could help them acknowledge all the graduating students across Cambridge the week of June 22. And we answered the call!
The CAMBRIDGE sign and pedestrian bridge will be lit up in school board colours, along with the falls at Jacobs Landing as a symbol of celebration. For the first part of the week, the lightings will be maroon and gold for the Waterloo Catholic District School Board colours and the second part of week will shine blue and white for the Waterloo Region District School Board. The committee is also encouraging residents to leave their porch lights on next week to honour the students.
It took the committee three days to paint 2020 on the sports field at St. Benedict's (pictured above) and we'll be lighting it up with flood lights. I was also excited to take part in a social media video for students with messages from school staff and teachers. Stay tuned for that next week!
Congratulations to all our graduates!
Update on our Economic Response Plan
On Tuesday, City staff gave a report to council on the numerous initiatives and activities that have been implemented to support local businesses and residents during the COVID-19 pandemic through the City’s Economic Response Plan.
The health of our local economy depends greatly on the strength of our business community. It continues to be a priority of Cambridge Council to support local businesses and residents to ensure their road to recovery is as smooth as possible.
The Plan’s key goals have been to minimize the loss of local business, jobs and development as businesses transition through re-opening and recovery phases, support local businesses with the information they need for safe operation, offer financial flexibility to residents where possible, and ensure effective recovery and a strong economy as the community emerges from the effects of the pandemic.
The report also provides an overview of many of the local businesses who have stepped up during the pandemic to offer support services in creative ways.
For a list of key initiatives, visit the link below: