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2020 was a year of changes and challenges for Mount Sinai Cemetery.
Here is just a small list of what we are doing to improve the grounds over the upcoming next 2 years:
From about 2015 on, we began to receive a large number of complaints regarding the condition and presentation of the flowers. The Board had also noticed that the quality of the planting had deteriorated and began discussions with the supplier, who indicated that 2020 would be his last year in business. At this point, we realized that we would need to source a new supplier and in 2020, we began the transition to our new supplier who also services at other Jewish cemeteries in the GTA.
Benefits of the new system:
FLOWERS IN 2021:
In 2020 we decided to order flowers on a solid colour basis (red or deep pink or white), which is the same flowers that you would see at Pardes Shalom and Pardes Chaim. We received the following feedback:
So, for 2021, as an experiment, we are ordering “mixed” flowers, rather than solid colours. Then for 2022, based on the aggregate of feedback, we will decide if we will continue with mixed, or go back to solid colours. We will of course, always provide white flowers for the graves of infants and children.
INTERMENTS AND GROUNDS:
The Province has approved the use of weed killer in cemeteries beginning the spring of 2021. We will begin a weed control program this spring and ask for your patience as we work over the next 2 years to get the weeds under control around the grounds. All interments that were sufficiently settled as of the week of October 12th have been seeded with an application of topsoil. We will continue in 2021 to build up around the flower receptacles including seeded topsoil, to encourage grass growth to camouflage the receptacles. Again, this will take time, but we expect great improvement by the fall of 2021. We will begin leveling uneven grounds in the sections, on a planned basis, over the next 2 years as well. The most uneven sections will receive attention first.
We want to close in thanking you in advance for your understanding as we continue to rehabilitate and beautify Mount Sinai Cemetery.