Cannabis use explored
Cannabis use has been legal in Canada for several weeks now, and with that in mind, the Norfolk County Public Library’s Simcoe branch held an information forum on Tuesday evening.
The panel discussion included representatives from the HaldimandNorfolk Health Unit, Maricann Canada, and the Norfolk Planning Department as well as Mayor Charlie Luke.
“We are trying to keep up with the times,” said Beverley Slater, NCPL programming and communications manager. “We are also fielding a lot of questions from patrons looking for information on the new cannabis legislation and what it means for their communities and businesses so we felt we had an opportunity to provide an information forum.”
Meanwhile, the Norfolk County Public Library is inviting families to show their pride in residents who have served their county and country.
Recently, the ‘Collage of Courage’ was announced as part of the library’s annual One Novel, One Norfolk program.
One Novel, One Norfolk encourages all county residents to read the same book in that given year, and in 2018 that book is ‘The Last 100 Days’. The book is a compilation of letters sent home by Norfolk soldiers during the last 100 days of the First World War.
“We were looking for a series of events to run to help increase publicity about this book and also to just keep everyone’s mind focused on the fact that 100 years ago there were very significant things happening in our community,” said Slater.
During the program, the NCPL is encouraging families in Norfolk to bring in photos of their relatives who served in any battle from 1867 to the present day. Those men and women could be enlisted in any capacity - marines, armed forces, territorial support groups, nursing corps, etc.
The photos will be displayed at each individual branch before being added into one large collage “to remember everyone who has been fighting for our freedom in any capacity,” Slater said.
The project won’t simply honour those who fought for the freedom we currently enjoy but ensure that all generations remember the sacrifices made by those brave men and women.
“We do need to keep this history alive,” said Slater. “It’s easy as time goes by to focus on more current events rather than the past, but our country as it is wouldn’t exist without the past. Many historians feel the First World War was what defined Canada as a country ... there were many changes that came to our country and our county because of the sacrifices that were made in the First World War. Rather than forget, we want to be a voice that helps remember.”