Sign up to attend free COVID-19 webinar June 18 with Muskoka mayors

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To keep residents informed during the constantly changing COVID-19 situation, the Muskoka Lakes Association is holding a free webinar.

“A Muskoka COVID Summer — a Conversation with your Mayors” will take place Thursday, June 18 at 6 p.m. Panellists include John Klinck, chair of the District Municipality of Muskoka; Mayor Phil Harding of Muskoka Lakes; Mayor Paul Kelly of Gravenhurst; Mayor Graydon Smith of Bracebridg; and Ann MacDiarmid, mayor of the Township of Seguin.

The webinar will take an open discussion format with questions for each panellist and opportunities for responses from other participants, moderated by Deborah Martin-Downs, vice-president of MLA.

The goal of the webinar is to shift the conversation from an “us versus them” narrative that was becoming apparent as a result of the coronavirus, said Lawton Osler, MLA president. “I think there is a certain amount of fear involved,” he told this newspaper. “COVID-19 brought everything to the fore.”

Questions for panellists will be provided in advance of the event to ensure each has time to consider a response. This isn’t a debate, Osler said, but a respectful conversation that addresses the concerns of MLA members as well as year-round and seasonal Muskoka residents.

To attend the webinar, viewers must register at:

Kristyn Anthony reports for through the Local Journalism Initiative, a program funded by the Canadian government.

Kristyn Anthony, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,