Thorold council notebook: Petition E-335, new mural

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Endorsing the E-3351 petition, and creating a mural for Thorold man who died last year, here some notes of topics discussed at Thorold’s May 18 council meeting.

ENDORSEMENT OF PETITION E-3351

A recent Morneau Shephard poll showed that 50 per cent of Canadians reported that their mental health has worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic. On May 18, Thorold city council voted in unanimous favour of calling upon the House of Commons to launch a federal study on the merits of declaring a national emergency on mental health and endorsing petition E-3351.

The petition, currently making its way through the Niagara region, is asking the same of the federal government but is open to signatures from around the country.

Per council’s report, currently 11 out of 12 of Niagara's municipalities already supported the request for Niagara Regional Council to declare a state of emergency on mental health, homelessness, and addiction.

MURAL FOR LUKE DOPPELHOFER

Council voted in favour of having a mural painted on the Peter St. Bridge barrier wall, at the request of Colleen Doppelhofer, whose son Luke died last year in a car crash at that location.

With the design having been approved by council, council voted in unanimous favour of the mural, under the conditions of responsibility for any maintenance of the mural or graffiti removal at the city’s request and reconsideration to remove the mural upon council’s discretion or upon the 10-year anniversary.

Councillors Ken Sentance, Carmen DeRose and Jim Handley all expressed interest in having the city expand the mural in the future, if affordable.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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