No time to be complacent, says Brockton mayor

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BROCKTON – “There’s no magic bubble that surrounds Grey-Bruce,” said Mayor Chris Peabody.

He’s urging people not to be complacent about COVID-19. While Grey-Bruce remains in the green zone of the province’s COVID-19 framework, other municipalities are suffering the impact of the feared third wave.

“Sarnia is in complete lockdown,” he said. “It’s not that far.”

And the three areas in Eastern Ontario that entered the green zone a week before Grey-Bruce are now yellow.

He also pointed out the experience of Thunder Bay, which avoided the first wave and is now among the 10 worst-hit communities in Canada.

While he said it’s “amazing” Grey-Bruce has stayed green, it’s due only to the hard work of public health and members of the community. Now is not the time to ease off on precautions such as distancing, wearing masks and hand washing.

COVID-19 isn’t the only matter on the minds of people in Grey-Bruce. Brockton residents have been watching what amounts to the end of an era, with the demolition of the Bogdon and Gross furniture factory. The building has stood empty since 2017, harkening back to a time when furniture was king and Brockton’s factories created some of the best. Now the building has been demolished to make way for a major subdivision – good news for the entire area.

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