Scugog Emergency Operations are in effect to respond to COVID-19


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Township of Scugog Council voted to expand the Delegation of Powers and Duties Policy to provide emergency response powers to Scugog Mayor, Bobbie Drew and Scugog CAO, Paul Allore to initiate and manage legislative changes and operational duties for a coordinated emergency response to combat the community spread of COVID-19.

“By initiating an emergency response and transferring delegation of powers and duties to myself and the CAO, we are responsive and can work swiftly during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Mayor Bobbie Drew. “These measures provide us the ability to make key decisions for the health and safety of the entire community.”

Duties delegated to the Mayor in times of an emergency include legislative authority to authorize, suspend or change By-laws, policies and practices as required to address the emergency. Duties delegated in an emergency to the CAO include operational powers to close facilities and cancel programs and services. As well, he is authorized to make alternate service delivery decisions like moving staff to work from home and authorize emergency measures and purchases. The CAO will provide an update report to council following the emergency to outline actions taken with delegated authority.

Over the last two weeks, the Township has closed a number of their facilities including the municipal office, recreation centres, community halls and public library. As well, Scugog has cancelled programs and events, closed access to playgrounds, skate parks, recreation areas and adjusted service operations as needed.

Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney is the township’s Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC) and is working in a collaborative capacity to manage the emergency. “I, along with the CAO are collaborating daily on the issue,” says Chief Berney. “We are in close contact with Durham Emergency Management Operations staff and Regional colleagues on a daily basis and we will continue to work together, share information and manage the needs of the community during this pandemic.”  

Scugog Fire Chief, Mark Berney was charged with developing the Pandemic/Business Continuity Plan, in consultation with the CAO and the Senior Management Team. “The Senior Management Team is in touch daily on the plan and review, evaluate and put into action health directives and guidance provided by both the Ontario provincial health authorities and Durham Region Public Health,” said Paul Allore. 

In consultation with Senior Management and the CAO, Chief Berney has developed the Pandemic/ Business Continuity Plan to ensure essential services like fire service, roads, by-law and finance are maintained.

Scugog CAO Paul Allore wants the community and Scugog staff to know, “the health and safety of our community and our staff is paramount at this time.” Mr. Allore added, “I thank Council for approving to delegate emergency duties to Mayor Drew and to me as CAO. I commend the work of Chief Berney, the Senior Management Team and all of our frontline staff for their dedication during these ever changing times.”

Scugog’s Pandemic/Business Continuity Plan establishes key objectives and protocols to keep critical services operating. Due to the provincial order closing non-essential work places, the plan is further activated to aid in identifying staff that may work from home and outlines essential services for the community.

The Township of Scugog continues to post updates to its dedicated web page:

Community members concerned about their health are asked to use the Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment tool to determine if they need to seek care or refer to Lakeridge Health’s COVID-19 Assessment Clinic.

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