Brockton pays its respects

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BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody said Tuesday that Brockton is joining other municipalities in paying its respects regarding the discovery of 215 bodies of Indigenous children at the residential school in Kamloops.

The flag will be flown at half-mast for 215 hours.

Peabody made note of the memorial set up on the library steps by Brandy Patterson, who works at the library, describing it as a “positive initiative.” Pairs of small shoes are lined up on the steps as a touching memorial to the little ones whose bodies were found in the mass grave at the school.

Regarding the province’s plan for a gradual reopening, Peabody commented that he’d still like to see students back in their classrooms for a few weeks before the end of the school term. It would provide the opportunity for some intensive work upgrading math and writing skills and would be “very beneficial.” He went on to say “the epidemiology completely justifies it,” making note of the low number of new COVID-19 cases in the area and the high percentage of people who have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Peabody said that would take a return to a regional approach to reopening, which does not seem to be on the province’s agenda at present.

What happens with the local business community as the stated time (June 12) for a partial reopening approaches, remains to be seen. Peabody said he isn’t making any predictions.

He is looking forward to what he hopes is good news for Brockton – the announcement of the decision on natural gas to rural areas.

“We’ll see if we won,” he said.

The announcement has been temporarily delayed because of the COVID-19 situation.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times

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