Surveillance images of bakery holdup now available - suspect smiles for the camera.

Crime 100By Staff

March 31, 2015


Police investigators have now obtained surveillance images of the a lone male suspect armed with a black handgun who entered the East Way Bake Shop located at 4047 New Street in Burlington.

Bakery hold up Image 9

Robbery suspect looks directly into the camera – someone knows him.

The suspect demanded money while pointing the handgun at an employee who then turned over an undisclosed amount of money.

The male suspect fled the store and was last seen running westbound along the plaza.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 30’s, 5’9″ to 5’10” tall, wearing blue jeans, blue plaid shirt, red toque and black sunglasses.

Bakery hold up Image 4

Robbery suspect wanders around the bakery shop.

Anyone with information that will assist investigators identify him are asked to call Det. Phil Vandenbeukel – Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2343 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Police will be out in force over the holiday weekend - enforcing the seat belt law.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 31, 2015


The Easter bunny may do the hip- pity hop thing – that’s not what the Halton Regional police are going to be doing – and they will not be handing out Easter eggs either – although the idea if Chief Tanner handing out coloured eggs does have some public relations appeal.

During the Easter long weekend the Halton Regional Police Service will be participating in the Spring 2015 Provincial Seatbelt Campaign
The campaign will run from Friday, the 3rd of April 2015 to Monday, the 6th of April 2015.

Police cruiser New_look

Expect almost every vehicle in the Halton Regional Police Service fleet to be out on the road over the Easter weekend. If you’re seen without a seat belt – $240 ticket.

Road users should be prepared to experience much higher volumes of traffic over the weekend, making it a particularly important weekend for all drivers, passengers and young children to be properly restrained, regardless of the distance to be traveled or anticipated road time.
“A properly worn seat-belt greatly increases the chances of surviving a motor vehicle collision.”

Front line officers, Community Mobilization Unit and District Response Team members will be engaged in targeted enforcement for this important provincial campaign.

A reminder to drivers should you choose not to buckle up you could face a fine of $240 and 2 demerit points, which will remain on your driving record for two years from the date of the offence.

If you happen to be a little short on points you might get a call from your insurance agent as well.

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We do apologize - an error was made in the Sunshine list numbers that were published Monday.

By Pepper Parr
March 31, 2015
It does happen – mistakes are made.

You fix them, you apologize and you hope it is the last mistake the staff member makes.

Earlier this week we posted the list of who gets paid more than $100,000 provided by the province’

A staff member started early in the day, downloaded the data and began to format it.

She downloaded the 2013 data by mistake.

It was an observant reader who saw the error.

We scrambled and corrected the mistake.

The corrected numbers can be found here.

This was embarrassing.


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The ADI development groups gets to the OMB before the city even gets to vote.

Newsflash 100By Pepper Parr

March 31, 2015


City council last night had to go into a closed session before they could actually get their Standing Committee going.

They had been advised that the ADI Development group had taken the application to build a 28 storey building at the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Martha that had been hotly contested to the Ontario Municipal Board because the city had failed to do anything with their application.

Councilor Paul Sharman, chair of the committee,  told the audience that a summary of a planning report would be read but the city would not be voting on the matter.

Many thought the situation was unbelievable – “was this deliberate”  one woman asked as she was leaving the Council chamber.

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Burlington youth program finds its funding and stays alive for three more years.

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

March 30, 2015


It could not have come at a better time.

A particularly good idea was close being on the ropes. It had its life extended for a short period of time when Councillor Taylor, after begging for ten minutes, got his colleagues to give Community Development Halton (CDH) $10,000 to carry them until a grant they were really hoping to get came through.

The grant did come through and now CDH can move forward with some of the best neighbourhood development work this city has seen in some time


Joey Edwardth, guides and direct Community Development Halton – pulled in a grant that will keep a program alive for three more years.

They call the project that is now funded North BurLINKton Community Group, they create spaces where young people can meet, make new friends, experience a sense of belonging, and gain leadership skills.

High school aged youth in north Burlington will secure and animate these spaces with the support of adult allies

These are people who could be and often are at risk of falling between the cracks. They come from poorer neighbourhoods; few if any of them are members of the Burlington Teen Tour Band or one of the hockey leagues – that kind of money doesn’t float around the kitchen table in these homes.

The province came through with a Youth Opportunities Fund grant of $181,700 over 30 months to create neighbourhood spaces.

This project will address the objectives of the Youth Opportunities Fund that expects youth to form and maintain healthy, close relationships and to engage their communities.

Risha Burke

Risha Burke, the Community Development Halton that is in the field working with community and helping stitch together the pieces that make it all come together.

The program allows CDH to put staff into the community to facilitate, direct guide, advise and support as they develop the social structures that keep them focused and – to be blunt about it – keep them out of trouble.

The North BurLINKton Community is an emerging grass roots group that has shown it can, with some mentoring and guidance create inclusive and friendly neighbourhoods that help people connect and increase their sense of belonging.

This initiative comes at a perfect time, allowing the North BurLINKton Community Group to move forward building on the neighbourhood development work of community members and partners over the past few years. The initiative will be supported by adults but lead by youth, tapping into the potential of extraordinary young people in north Burlington neighbourhoods.

The city supported the program for two years – providing about $85,000 each year but decided this wasn’t the kind of community work they should be doing.

The programs and policies they developed have worked there way into other parts of the city and, with some leadership will be passed along to other municipalities in the Region.

These are dollars spent that return real value to the city. The program now has funding for the next three years – time enough to prove that it works and figure out how to fund it properly.

Community development in Burlington tends to fall between that space at city hall and the space at the Regional office – social issues are seen as the responsibility of the Region but they tend to define social a little differently than more progressive community leaders.

Our Regional Councillors will do almost anything for a photo-op; this time they are showing you the new 2 gallon blue boxes.

Regional Councillors  showing you the new 2 gallon blue boxes.  Region tends to focus on waste, water and roads – people don’t rank very high on their agenda.

Water and sewage pipes. Waste collection and road repair tends to occupy the minds of those at the regional level; what mind space is left gets used on determining what development charges should be.

People get lost at the higher level of local government.

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Aldershot residents get to say their piece to the planners - they want beer store, LCBO and more than one bank No one talks about the significant development that is going to burst upon the community.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 30, 2015


It was a meeting that had the city planners meeting with some of the people in Aldershot to talk about possible changes that might take place along Plains Road between Cooke and Filmandale.

The city is in the process of doing the required five year review of its Official Plan. In Burlington the process is to go out into the community put some ideas up on a screen explain how the Official Plan is reviewed and then listen to questions and ideas from the community.
City planner Bruce Krushelnicki started the meeting by explaining there would be no decisions; no announcements and no surprises. We are here to listen to you.

Aldershot - Filmandale to Cooke study area

This is the part of Plains Road the community gathered to talk about – but it is just a small piece of a much larger puzzle. Citizens will have to figure out where their personal interests fit into the puzzle.

The purpose was to talk about land use changes – to talk about how land use changes should be made or whether there should be any changes in the Official Plan and the zoning.

“People want to get the best possible value for their property when they sell and at the same time protect the character of their community” said Councillor Craven who took an active part in the meeting.

Guidelines for development along Plains Road were set out in 2006 which led to policy changes in the Official Plan. The official plan gets reviewed every five years and looks forward for 20 years.
The province set out an intensification strategy in 2008 and Burlington learned it was going to have to accommodate HOW MANY NEW PEOPLE

Burlington set out what they called intensification corridors to accommodate this growth – both residential and commercial– places where new growth or re-development would take place. Plains Road is on that map.

Burlington intensification area

There will be intensification and here is where is is going to be

However, Plains Road isn’t a single stretch of land – it has been broken into segment for planning purposes. There are surprising differences between the segments.

The south side of the Cooke/Filmandale segment prohibits townhouses. Several in the audience wanted to know why.
The biggest issue for most was that there are no places to shop – there is just one bank.

The reason for the lack of retail choices is that the population isn’t large enough for retailers to come in.

Greg Woodruff, a candidate in the last municipal election said the small retail spaces that do exist are too small – “they don’t have delivery docks; they don’t have any venting if someone wanted to open up a small restaurant and there is no parking”.

The spaces are more suited to professional services and as one person said: People walking to see their tax accountant doesn’t create much in the way of foot traffic – which is what the people in Aldershot appear to want.

There are seniors who want the community to stay just as it has been for the many years they have lived in the community. The problem is that the younger families that will move into the community eventually, would not accept the small bungalows with small bathrooms.  Families want more space.

Redevelopment is a good sign explained planner Krushelniki – the motels are for the most well past their best before date – Plains Road is no longer the road you take to get somewhere; it is the road that leads to a rich diversity of homes.

The homes south of Plains are protected – however when the New Horizon’s had a development proposal for the Plains Road and Falcon area one would have believed the end of the world was upon us – property owners were bellowing that once those four stories went up it wouldn’t be long before that kind of development crept south. That is not going to happen.

The Solid Gold entertainment operation made its way into the conversation – and the planner agreed that there will come a time in the not too distant future when that land will be put to a different use.

The development that is being thought through around the Aldershot GO station – they are calling these mobility hubs even through there is no such thing in the Planning Act or the city’s Official Plan. But they are very real in the minds of the planners and in the minds of those who are responsible for the economic development of the city.

While no one in Aldershot wants to see 30 story high rise buildings along Plains Road there was more than a muttering of approval for that kind of structure in the land adjacent to the 403 and on the west side of Waterdown Road.

Aldershot mobility hub study area

The black dotted box is what the residents of Aldershot were to be talking about at a recent community meeting. The elephant in the room was that large pink area – that is where very significant development will take place; perhaps as many as 2000 new residents and loads of traffic coming south on Waterdown.

And a look at the map shown below one can easily see what the potential is for the part of Plains Road that is under study – it butts up against Waterdown Road and is a very short distance from the 403 and the Aldershot GO station.

Mention was made of a 775 townhouse development on lands between the GO station and Waterdown south of the 403; that may be the rumoured ADI Development Group’s plan for the property is is reported to have purchased from Paletta International.

There won’t be anything much above four floors along the part of Plains Road that is being studied. The planning department is aware of some land assembly that is taking place

Aldershot is a world of its own. It is a quiet community that doesn’t feel it has the amenities it needs – there is no beer store, no liquor store and they would like much more in the way of supermarkets

The planners and the ward Councillor explained that the world has changed and small supermarkets aren’t the way the food delivery system works anymore.

When there was an A&P supermarket in Aldershot it was closed because the market wasn’t big enough for them. “They weren’t pushed out” explained city planner Bruce Krushelnicki – “they came to the planning department and said they were going to close down and wanted to know what could be done with the property the store was on?”

Business makes decisions based on their own self-interests – people in Aldershot like the small town feel of their community – but without growth and a decent sized market – they don’t stay.

You will get a supermarket explained Councillor Craven when there is enough population to support a store with xxx square feet.
He might have added that there will be a beer store and a liquor store when there are enough people in the community to justify such operations.


Council Craven wasn’t quite ready for the energy that emanated from Sandra Pupatllo when she was in town looking for possible candidates to run with her as Liberals when she was going after the leadership of the province. That drive fizzled but we don’t think Councillor Craven has ever been the same.

Councillor Craven pointed out that Aldershot has had the slowest growth in the city – a mere 3-4 % each year.

Plains Road was once the road to Niagara Falls before it was a rural road with large productive farms on both sides.

Today it’s almost a road with a split personality. It is a backbone through the community that is trying to be a road that has a number of destinations.

The residents want the commercial concentration to be made up of places they can walk to with sidewalks that can accommodate patios.

The reality is that both Waterdown and King Road have been widened or are in the process of being widened – wider roads = more traffic that will end up on Plains Road – so much for becoming a quiet, pleasant neighbourhood, community road.

Plains Road - aerial includes Waterdown + GO

The white oval is the part of Plains Road that the community was talking to the planners about – what did they want and what didn’t they want in that stretch of Plains Road. What wasn’t talked about was the development that is going to take place at the Waterdown – 403 intersection and the GO station. Big stuff. And of course – no mention of the Eagle |Heights development.

There are developers with big plans for Aldershot and while it would be untrue to say the ward Councillor is in bed with them – he is certainly on the best of speaking terms

Rick Craven wants development in Aldershot – he realizes that in the not too distant future those quiet, peaceable people who have been his political base will be moving on – perhaps into one of the several retirement homes that have popped up in Aldershot.


Rick Craven is a big booster for Aldershot – he fights for his constituents every chance he gets – there are some he doesn’t get along with and he’s not known for his warm fuzzy personality but he is effective. He is fully aware of the very significant development potential and he works hard to make it happen – he just doesn’t tell his constituents about the very real changes that are going to take place.

What Craven does not appear to be doing is letting his constituents know that change – big changes are coming to town. And their lives will be different. Those people vote and right now he needs those votes.

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Burlington chiropractor Dr. Ashley Worobec named Torchbearer for Pan Am Games Torch Relay

News 100 redBy Staff

Marcvh 30, 2015

The city proudly announces that Dr. Ashley Worobec will be the Burlington community torchbearer for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG.

Ashley Worobec Torch bearer

Dr. AshleyWorobec a Burlington chiropractor at the Burlington Sports and Spine Clinic, is an avid Crossfit practitioner at Crossfit Altitude in Burlington.

The torch relay will visit Burlington on Friday, June 19, 2015 and will feature Dr. Worobec as the community torchbearer.
In December, residents were asked to help choose a local resident to carry the Pan Am flame on behalf of the city and voted on a short list of names selected by the committee.

The Burlington Pan Am Community Engagement Committee accepted applications and nominations until Dec. 14. To be considered, applicants or nominators submitted a photo and a letter of interest explaining the connection to Burlington and what being Burlington’s community torchbearer would mean to him or her. The finalist who received the most votes was Dr. Worobec.

Nominated by Marnie Post, Dr. Worobec is a Chiropractor at the Burlington Sports and Spine Clinic, an avid Crossfit practitioner at Crossfit Altitude in Burlington, and an avid runner, participating in numerous runs in and around the city. A mother of two young children, she is actively engaged in numerous community activities and blogs about her community, her practice, parenting and staying fit and healthy.
“Ashley Worobec will proudly carry the Pan Am flame as Burlington’s community torchbearer,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring. “Burlington is excited to be a part of this historic journey, and we look forward to showcasing our community to the world.”

During the 41-day torch relay, each of the 3,000 torchbearers will complete, on average, a 200-metre relay segment. The torch will be carried by more than 60 modes of transportation and exceed 5,000 kilometres on the road and 15,000 kilometres by air.

“The torch is a unique symbol of the Pan Am Games and carries a powerful energy that will unite Canadians,” said Saäd Rafi, chief executive officer, TO2015. “The torchbearers will proudly carry the flame through more than 130 communities, igniting the Pan Am spirit as they go.”

Featured on the torch are the United We Play! pictograms — colourful depictions of people in motion —symbolizing the assembly of athletes through the celebration of sport and culture. The aluminum torch stands 65 centimetres high and weighs 1.2 kilograms (or roughly the same weight as a baseball bat). With a burn time of 10 to 12 minutes, the flame can withstand winds of up to 70 kilometres per hour and is visible in all kinds of weather conditions.

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Easter holiday schedule for city hall.

News 100 blueBy Staff

March 30, 2015


City Hall - high frontal viewCity Hall will be closed on both Good Friday and Easter Monday, March 30, 2015
Good Friday – April 3 2015
Easter Monday – April 6, 2015


Halton Court Services in Burlington are also closed.

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The 2014 edition of Ontario's Sunshine list - Burlington has just over 100 people on the list; a lot of them are firefighters.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 29, 2015





$100,000 does bring out a smile.

$100,000 does bring out a smile.

The first figure is the salary component, the second is funds paid for something other than salary that was defined as a taxable benefit.

The people shown in red are part of the Fire Department.

Council members don’t appear on the list because a large part of their income comes from the Region and that is a different list.

For some reason, none of the people at the Economic Development Corporation don`t appear on the list nor is the Librarian.  No one from the Performing Arts Centre or the Burlington Art Gallery.

What is clear from this list is that public sector jobs pay very well.

The 2014 list is just a little shorter than the 2013 list.

 ADCOCK ALAN     Firefighter    $102,031.26    $483.84
ALDHAM JUDY     Field Services Supervisor    $111,009.49    $2,185.06
ALLDRIDGE BRIAN     Platoon Chief    $125,971.19    $649.80
ANTONIOW PHIL     Manager of Program Development, Budgets and Contracts    $114,881.79    $636.11
AXIAK ROB    Manager of Recreation Services    $102,451.31    $562.56
BAKOS MICHAEL    Captain     $108,367.48    $570.96
BARANOWSKI DEREK   Captain    $102,812.05    $514.29
BARRY PHILIP    Captain    $108,850.00    $570.96
BATTAGLIA MARY   Manager of Field Services   $106,085.34   $1,248.03
BAVOTA ANTHONY   Fire Chief $165,324.85   $2,974.19
BAYLOR MARK    Captain    $111,922.02   $570.96
BAYNTON STEVE T.    Captain    $111,754.92    $585.12
BAYSAN ERGUL    Senior Traffic Signal Technician    $100,847.25    $491.60
BEDINI CHRIS    District Supervisor    $110,226.37    $703.61
BENNETT RANDY    Manager IT Infrastructure and Operations   $117,482.38   $652.56
BERDAN MICHAEL   Senior Transit Operations Supervisor    $100,193.47    $458.04
BEVINGTON KIM    Captain    $103,733.66    $526.47
BIELSKI BIANCA    Manager of Development Planning    $136,058.28    $736.98
BIRCH CHARLES T.    Captain    $113,196.51    $585.12
BLACK JEFFREY   Manager of Field Services    $107,380.39    $3,169.47
BOYD LAURA    Human Resource Manager    $106,127.55    $595.79
BRILLON SYLVAIN    Firefighter    $100,768.89    $483.84
BURROWS TRACEY    Manager of By Law and Administration    $101,981.11    $11,207.00
CAUGHLIN DEBORAH   Manager of Council Services    $109,094.40    $587.86
CHOLEWKA CHRIS    Captain    $109,661.47    $570.96
CLARK CARY    Manager of Development and Environmental Engineering    $108,338.17    $592.77
COFFEY PETER    Captain    $109,134.34   $566.28
COULSON ANN MARIE    Man Financial Planning & Taxation    $131,771.98    $722.67
CRASS JOHN    Manager of Traffic Services    $106,951.19   $1,553.48
CRAVEN RICK    Councillor $100,722.85    $562.10
DI PIETRO ITALO    Manager of Infrastructure and Data Management   $119,020.45    $655.90
DONATI DERRICK    Firefighter    $101,411.97   $495.00
DOWD TIMOTHY    Captain   $113,714.92    $585.12
DUNCAN JOHN Transit Manager   $121,674.39    $680.72
DYKES RICHARD   Firefighter    $100,542.18    $509.16
EALES MARK Captain   $107,463.41    $562.64
EICHENBAUM TOOMAS    Director of Engineering    $132,494.20    $511.91
EVANS FRANCES      Manager Halton Court Administration    $106,003.66    $580.83
FIELDING JEFF City Manager   $163,343.09    $4,337.84
FORD JOAN    Director of Finance    $152,992.02    $845.42
FRYER E. TODD    Firefighter    $100,329.68    $509.16
GALEA KYLE    Firefighter    $100,919.65    $483.84
GILROY GERALD    Firefighter    $100,314.51    $485.36
GLENN CHRISTOPHER    Director of Parks and Recreation    $142,035.88    $758.76
GLOBE DARREN    Captain    $108,598.54    $570.96
GOLDRING PATRICK    Mayor $170,025.95    $2,927.50
GRANO FRANCES    Manager of Strategic Information Technology Service Delivery    $101,898.44    $568.61
GRISON GREGORY J.    Captain   $111,754.92    $585.12
HAMILTON SCOTT     Manager Design and Construction    $116,702.59    $642.75
HAMMER CHAD     Captain    $105,795.32    $544.74
HAMMOND BILL    Fire Training Supervisor     $111,519.22    $567.96
HAYES DENNIS M.     Platoon Chief    $124,167.54     $649.80
HEBNER PETER B.     Captain    $113,567.52   $585.12
HURLEY BLAKE    Assistant City Solicitor  $133,679.42   $649.80
JAMES MICHAEL     Fire Training Officer     $101,861.64  $570.96
JARVIS DAWN     Manager of Fire Communications & Admin $104,927.27 $575.94
JONES SHEILA City Auditor $129,085.03 $680.64
JONES STEPHEN Captain $106,570.42 $556.92
JURK ROBERT Senior Project Manager $105,669.95 $585.12
KELL DONNA Manager of Communications     $114,981.30    $638.52
KELLOGG GAVIN    Supervisor Golf Course   $108,587.82    $552.16
KELLY JOHN     Captain      $110,066.14    $570.96
KOEVOETS MATT    District Supervisor      $118,371.00    $1,142.13
KRUSHELNICKI BRUCE    Director Planning and Building    $159,392.67     $891.60
KUBOTA ERIKA    Assistant City Solicitor    $134,953.30    $652.56
LANCASTER BLAIR   Councillor $100,722.85   $562.10
LAPORTE N. JASON   Captain    $107,951.53    $570.96
LASELVA JOHN    Supervisor Building Permits    $104,601.68    $582.72
LEGG TRACIE    Manager Business Services    $101,413.14    $564.55
LONG MARK    Captain    $113,601.59    $585.12
MACDONALD GARY F.   Captain    $112,659.31     $585.12
MACKAY MICHAEL J.      Captain     $111,754.92     $585.12
MAGI ALLAN     Executive Director of Corporate Strategic Initiatives    $180,473.51    $982.32
MALE ROY E.    Executive Director of Human Resources  $180,372.37    $1,012.56
MARTIN CHRISTOPHER   Captain    $106,638.03    $556.92
MATHESON JAMIE    Firefighter    $100,887.23     $483.84
MCGUIRE CHRIS    District Supervisor    $108,192.88    $683.50
MEED WARD MARIANNE    Councillor $100,722.85    $562.10
MEEHAN DAVID    Firefighter    $102,019.98    $510.10
MERCANTI CINDY    Manager of Recreation Services    $113,924.30    $473.50
MINAJI ROSALIND    Coordinator Development Review    $101,438.02    $568.14
MONTEITH ROSS A.    Deputy Fire Chief    $145,953.17    $1,372.72
MORGAN ANGELA    City Clerk    $143,711.02    $770.03
MYERS PETER R.    Captain    $111,754.93    $585.12
NICELIU KENNETH    Firefighter    $102,254.95    $509.16
NICHOLSON J. ALAN    Captain    $111,754.92    $585.12
O’REILLY SANDRA    Controller and Manager of Financial Services    $110,567.13    $604.47
PEACHEY ROBERT    Manager Parks and Open Space    $114,401.18    $633.57
PHILLIPS KIMBERLEY General Manager    $185,505.87    $7,599.39
POLIZIANI MATTHEW    Captain    $107,805.24    $556.92
REID DAVID    Fire Prevention Officer    $101,295.09    $556.92
REILLY PETER   Captain    $111,754.91    $585.12
ROBERTSON CATHARINE    Director of Roads and Parks Maintenance    $149,458.02 $1,403.87
ROESCH GORD CHARLES    Fire Training Officer    $101,821.02   $542.88
SCHMIDT-SHOUKRI JASON   Manager of Building Permit Services and Chief Building Official   $133,681.16   $748.20
SHAHZAD ARIF   Senior Environmental Engineer    $102,105.76   $567.67
SHARMAN PAUL   Councillor   $100,722.85   $562.10
SHEA NICOL NANCY   City Solicitor    $172,124.38   $836.38
SHIELDS LISA    Assistant City Solicitor   $136,246.06   $651.90
SLACK CRAIG D.   Platoon Chief   $126,694.90    $649.80
SMITH CLINT     Platoon Chief      $125,523.38     $649.80
SMITH SIMON Firefighter    $100,300.17    $495.00
SPICER MIKE    Director of Transit    $129,920.15    $721.53
STEIGINGA RON    Manager of Realty Services    $112,646.26    $619.76
STEVENS CRAIG    Senior Project Manager    $103,459.71    $568.88
STEWART SCOTT    General Manager    $227,077.25    $9,381.94
SWENOR CHRISTINE   Director Information Technology Services    $156,493.35    $876.68
TAGGART DAVID    Manager Facility Assets    $112,157.40    $462.71
THANDI JAZZ    Manager Procurement Services    $107,953.94    $592.99
VRAKELA STEVE    Field Services Supervisor    $105,436.15    $1,920.30
WEBER JEFF    Deputy Fire Chief    $116,019.23     $7,670.64
WHEATLEY RYAN    Captain    $110,028.42    $570.96
WIGNALL T. MARK    Firefighter     $101,647.73    $509.16
WINTAR JOSEPH    Chief Fire Prevention Officer    $110,961.56    $621.60
WOODS DOUGLAS S.    Captain    $113,128.08    $585.12
ZVANIGA BRUCE    Director of Transportation Services    $153,951.49    $787.56

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Got culture? Burlington wants your input for Culture Days in September.

News 100 blueBy Staff

March 29, 2015


Culture has taken on a deeper commitment from city council, due in large part from a delegation made by Trevor Copp, who asked city council why he had to travel to Toronto to ply his trade.

The Performing Arts Centre had opened and was going through a difficult phase but the public had become used to the place and had begun to understand that the city was going to have to continue to subsidize it forever.

In 2009 the federal government created and funded Culture Days which was to become a national network of cultural connections to provide Canadians with opportunities to participate in, and appreciate, all forms of art and culture.

Noack interview - city culture days 014

Different artists were able to take a tent during Culture Days last September and paint or sculpt of make pottery in Civic Square

Through a three-day national celebration each September, hundreds of thousands of artists and cultural organizations in cities and towns come together and invite Canadians to discover their cultural spirit and passion.

This national initiative aims to raise the awareness, provide accessibility and encourage the participation and engagement of residents in the arts and cultural life of Burlington.

Burlington’s 2014 Culture Days was a resounding success due in large part to their being staff dedicated to managing the event.

The push from the cultural community and the creation of the No Vacancy event put new energy into culture at the street level.

The holding of the first No Vacancy event in 2013 at the Waterfront Hotel was what appears to be the beginning of the community creating its own events. No Vacancy is a private initiative that gets peanuts from the city.

The sixth annual Culture Days weekend will take place from Sept. 25 to 27, 2015.

A workshop will be held on Friday, April 24 at the Burlington Art Gallery for Culture Days event organizers to learn about resources available from the city and Culture Days Ontario. Space is limited and registration is required. RSVP to Adam Belovari, culture coordinator at or 905-335-7600, ext. 7335.

Local creative organizations, venues, professionals and businesses are again invited to host events during the Culture Days to promote free, hands-on and interactive activities. The public is invited to participate in behind-the-scenes activities to see how artists; creators; historians; architects; curators; designers; and other creative people work and contribute to culture in Burlington.

Trevor Copp talks with Angela Pap during the unveiling of the Spiral Stella at the Performing Arts Centre earlier in the week.

Trevor Copp talks with Angela Pap during the unveiling of the Spiral Stella at the Performing Arts Centre earlier in the week.  Paparizo is now the manager of Arts and  Cultural for the city.

Paparizo, manager of arts and culture,

Angela Paparizo, manager of arts and culture expects to repeat the 2014 success in 2015, offering three days featuring different types of events, working closely with Doors Open, the Art Gallery of Burlington, the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington Libraries, Burlington Museums, Tourism Burlington and Burlington artists to make this happen.

This national initiative aims to raise the awareness, provide accessibility and encourage the participation and engagement of residents in the arts and cultural life of Burlington. For more information, or to participate in Culture Days, visit or contact Angela Paparizo, manager of arts and culture, at or 905-335-7600, ext. 7352.

The Sound of Music kicks off the festival season for the city. Rib Fest follows, then the third year of the No Vacancy offering which will take place on Old Lakeshore Road this year and then the three Cultural days in late September.

The city came very close to having an ArtFest on Old Lakeshore Road as well but the “adamant refusal’ by three business owners on the Old Lakeshore Road put the boots to that opportunity. Council wanted the event – the event planner wanted to hold it in Spencer smith Park but they couldn’t get together on a date.

Artfest layout of space

It would have been a major arts event – drawing several thousand people to the city and to a part of town that has significant potential as a location. No one is saying who the tree commercial establishments that said no way to the idea – they felt their business would suffer.

The effort to bring a large art sales event to the city by an experienced and proven promoter started back in October of 2014 – everyone was involved in the effort but three business people apparently would not budge so the planned 100 tents spread out along Old Lakeshore Road housing the wares of different arts won’t happen this year.

Emma’s Back Porch was so keen on the idea that they agreed to turn over their parking lot for the event. They had gone so far as to plan an Artists Feast for the occasion.

Expect this event to come back for another try.

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Differences of opinion on how to resolve the coyote problem that is getting worse

News 100 redBy Staff

March 29, 2015


The Gazette did not have a reporter at the public meeting last Thursday when the matter of coyotes roaming the parks and ravines of the city was the major issue.

A few days after the meeting we got the following from a resident:

I was walking my dog at 11:30 along the paved trail connecting Burloak to Appleby line. A large Coy wolf was walking along the trail on its own. Clearly was not afraid of me and my large black lab which seemed small compared to this animal. Did not expect this at this time of the day and clearly it was not afraid of us.

I warned a lone jogger who turned and decided to jog in the opposite direction. During the winter I came across a number of rabbits that were being fed on as well. There is a danger from these animals. Clearly the city needs to do something about this.


A coyote sensing field mice beneath the snow prepares to pounce.

Glenda Dodd, a Hager Street resident did attend the meeting at Central arena and sent in the following;

“I would like to make comment on the resounding applause I received from people in attendance. It was for my objection to the proposed bylaw and the fact it is a difficult bylaw to enforce. The stand I took was that Improper Garbage Disposal is what should be controlled. The fact I received such overwhelming response to my remarks is the reason for this e-mail and request that you pay heed to what the people said by their applause.

“I know surrounding areas have “no feeding bylaws” but what good are they if in the meeting it was acknowledged that coyotes are a problem everywhere because of urban expansion. Why have a bylaw if it is already proven to be ineffective in our surrounding cities.

“A number in attendance, because of their personal encounters are now fearful of using their back yards, parks or having evening walks with their dogs, they were looking for more response about what is being done to remove coyote population.


Coyote den with pups.

Dodd adds: “Across from my house in the wee hours, I have seen a coyote walk up our street past the apartment building through the parking lot to the Hydro right of way. According to people who walk dogs, there is a coyote den not far from my area (I’m assuming from their description that it could be somewhere around or past Grahams Lane). I have not walked the area to find it.

Because of this proximity I feel as familiar as anyone in the City to speak regarding Coyotes and the proposed by law.  I strongly object to the proposed By-Law regarding feeding of animals.

“That is what they wanted, not a bylaw forbidding feeding. Whether there is a bylaw or not, if anyone suspects coyotes are being fed, a field observation would have to be made in order to apprehend whoever is doing and bylaw or not, if they really wanted to do such a thing would just become more evasive and discreet.

“I truly believe that instead of trying to redefine what a nuisance animal means the bylaw idea should be dropped altogether. Concentrate on something that can be enforced, like garbage and yard waste accumulation that houses mice and rats.

“We do not need a paint brush bylaw…Canada Geese and Seagulls are a specific problem then do what Midland did and enact a bylaw to prohibit the “Feeding of Canada Geese and Seagulls”

“As you admit, (Dodd is referring to either the Bylaw enforcement officer or the Mayor) it would be difficult to enforce such a bylaw, so why have it, to use in a worst case scenario, please. My comment was about not needing what was presented, that is what was approved via the applause I received. What the people wanted to know was what are you doing about the coyotes, they want them removed, not a nuisance feeding bylaw.

Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven, in an email response to Dodd said: “There was no “resounding applause.”
“What I heard was that people want support for the coyote problem. A wildlife feeding bylaw is a reasonable next step.

Councillor Craven may have felt his McMAster jacket would ward off some negative comment.  Don't think it did - every member of Council had their ears bent by the 125 people who showed up at the Mainway Arena SAturday afternoon.

Councillor Craven will often dress for the occasion.  In a previous public meeting he chose to wear his McMaster jacket.

“Yes, it would be difficult to enforce such a bylaw, but it would probably only be done on an exception basis to deal with the worst case scenarios. i.e. the gentleman in Tyandaga who is feeding the Canada geese in Fairchild Park to the point of damaging the park grass and attracting rodents….upsetting his neighbours.”

Unfortunately, the draft bylaw that was proposed does not appear to be on the city’s web site. We will work at digging this out and continue the discussion.

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Take an “Egg-Cellent” Adventure on the City’s Website

Event 100By Staff

March 27, 2015


They want you to figure out how the city web site works and discover the new features and enhancements of the city’s website,

Hunting for easter eggs

Are these citizens of Burlington looking for information on the city’s web site or are they just stocking up on Easter eggs?

Starting with the homepage, adventurers will discover several new features of the redesigned website such as news and alert subscriptions, the events calendar and service requests. Upon completion, residents will be asked to fill out a short survey for a chance to win a chocolate prize pack including a Parks and Recreation gift certificate.

“Residents have told us they prefer to do business with the city online,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “The new web enhancements and features make it easier to make service requests, stay informed and become involved.”

Another reason is – you usually can’t find or get through to who you want by telephone.

Let’s see how this on-line egg hunt works – The Gazette will try it and let you know how we do – you try it and let us know if you win a chocolate prize pack including a Parks and Recreation gift certificate. We wondering what is going to be in that gift certificate

The Egg-cellent adventure closes Thursday, April 9, 2015.

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Police warning Facebook users to screen new friend requests; aren't parents already doing this?

Crime 100By Staff

March 27, 2015


Police are urging Facebook users to be cautious when accepting new friend requests from persons they don’t know.

There have been several recent reports of Facebook users accepting friend requests from persons of the opposite gender. The new friend will then engage in on-line conversation with a goal of moving the conversation to a video chat using Skype.

Once on Skype, the new friend will engage the user in conversation of a sexual nature and ultimately have the user display themselves nude which the new friend records without the users’ knowledge. The recording will then be used to extort money from the Facebook user as the new friend will threaten to post it on all of the users friends’ accounts and on YouTube unless the user pays them a sum of money.

Anyone who has encountered this scenario is encouraged to report it to your local police AND the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by phone at 1-888-495-8501, fax at 1-888-654-9426 or online at

You can protect yourself by carefully screening new friend requests, especially ones from the opposite gender.

If you do accept new friends where the conversation turns to one of a sexual nature and you are asked to do a video chat, you are being set up to be extorted. Should this occur, you are encouraged cease all communication with that user, unfriend them and report the account to Facebook.

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The Greenbelt, the automobile and urban sprawl - we actually made all this happen.

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

March 27, 2015


Urban sprawl – it even sounds like a dirty word. Sprawl has gobbled up more potential farm and natural lands than any other form of development.

Urban sprawl - HUGE

Gas and land were cheap and it was the way people wanted top live. It will take several decades to unwind all this urban sprawl – perhaps Burlington could become a leader in the change.

Because of the distances involved in servicing subdivisions and the inherent low population densities, sprawl is also the most costly form of development. And sprawl is dependent on the automobile as the primary (or sole) means of transportation, resulting in gridlock and the consequent lengthy commute times.

These downsides were recognized soon after this ‘California’ lifestyle became the dominant form of development in the fifties and sixties. But once adopted, going back was a tough call. There is so much more profit for developers in buying up cheap farm land and converting it to houses, than in expanding housing in existing built-up areas.

Back in the day, before immigration swelled our urban envelope, most of us hardly thought twice about the suite of problems associated with these ‘burbs’ popping out all around us. But Ontario’s Premier Bill Davis did. He, no doubt, had observed what had been happening to the US rust-belt cities, as suburban development swallowed up prime farm land and hollowed out the inner city core in the process, until nobody wanted to live downtown anymore.

So as early as the 70’s the Davis government sought to keep Ontario’s canvas painted more green than black. Putting an end to paving paradise and putting up more parking lots, as the folk singer Joni Mitchell had warned, was a timely ambition. So he undertook to create Ontario’s first greenbelt, setting out the Niagara Escarpment Commission to ensure protection from development.

Bill Davis had problems learning how to balance a budget; never really did learn.

Bill Davis made decisions while he was Premier that made possible the protection of the environment that is being done now.

And Davis didn’t stop there, he established the most advanced municipal planning system in North America. To help implement the system, he created new higher-tier regional governments to implement broad scale regional plans, which would permit stable and progressive development over a generation, while protecting farm and natural lands.

But it didn’t really work. The development industry is a powerful lobby and whether through their persistence at council meetings, campaign contributions for municipal candidates or sound arguments, they have been able to sway many development decisions in their favour – decisions that always involve more sprawl development.

And regional plans themselves became a catalyst for accelerated development. Once a land parcel was designated, developers pushed for early approvals in order to get their money out of the projects. And if that didn’t work there was always an appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB).

The OMB is a quasi-judicial institution which is an anomaly in Canada. Composed of political appointees, this unaccountable body acts as both judge and jury, and frequently overrides the authority of our elected representatives, making a mockery of municipal democracy. The Canadian Senate comes to mind, except that the OMB has real power.

In the end Ontario, with its fancy planning system ended up with about as much urban sprawl as did the bordering US jurisdictions with their more basic laissez-faire systems of municipal planning. It turns out politics, not planning, was at the heart of the issue.

Greenbelt Ontario graphic

The Greenbelt – in place as a boundary to protect natural space

My Conservative friends would prefer to remember Dalton McGuinty for the unfortunate billion dollar gas plant fiasco of a few years ago. But history will record the creation of Ontario’s current Greenbelt as one of his greatest achievements. Following the visionary lead of Mr. Davis, three decades before him, this is the single most important instrument the province now has to hold back the forces of urban sprawl.
Of course, even this initiative could not quash those development plans already underway, such as the ones which have transformed Milton into the textbook case of what not to do. The recent orgy of development there has transformed the once quaint town such that it is now unrecognizable. And as anyone driving on the 401 will attest, this development has also made the roadways largely impassable.

Last week I attended a meeting in Milton, sponsored by the Friends of the Greenbelt. The topic was preserving prime agricultural land and the meeting was well attended by urban planners, farmers and other business people, keen on making their thoughts known.. Listed below are links to other sessions in which the public can have their say on the Greenbelt and its future in Ontario.

Whether you are a farmer concerned about city-folk moving next door and then complaining about your hog operation; a nature-lover craving more opportunity for environmental diversity; or a developer wanting to build more houses on a farm you have just purchased, this is your chance to have your say.

Of course I drove to the meeting, but I did take the backroads to avoid sitting on that parking lot we call the 401. And there you have it – this time using the automobile to fight against urban sprawl.

Rivers-direct-into-camera1-173x300Ray Rivers writes weekly on both federal and provincial politics, applying his more than 25 years as a federal bureaucrat to his thinking. Rivers was a candidate for provincial office in Burlington where he ran as a Liberal against Cam Jackson in 1995, the year Mike Harris and the Common Sense Revolution swept the province.

Background links:

Premier Davis

State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference

Provincial Policy Statement


The Greenbelt Review

Greenbelt Events

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Sp'egg'tacular Easter Event at Ireland House - free fun day!

Event 100By Staff

March 27, 2015


The sisters are excited about the upcoming Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event being held at Ireland House to support The Museums of Burlington.

Rocca Sisters & Associates sponsor the event as a thank you to our incredible clients and community for all the support you have shown us throughout the year.

WHEN: Sunday, March 29, 2015
TIME: 11am to 4pm
WHERE: Ireland House at Oakridge Farm – 2168 Guelph Line, Burlington

Enjoy a day full of Easter fun that will include an exciting Easter egg hunt with free goody bags for children of all ages from 11am – 2pm!

Rocca Sisters Fashion Show

Sp’egg’tacular Easter Event is a Rocca Sisters Real Estate sponsored event with the Museums of Burlington taking place at |Ireland House.

Additional activities to enjoy include Princesses Elsa and Anna from Frozen greeting children until 1pm, visits with the Easter Bunny, Easter crafts, carnival style games, face painting, vendors and helium balloons plus a take-away from the Horticultural Society. There is also a fantastic silent auction for adults, a prize bazaar and free raffle for children, live entertainment and more!

Visit the Ireland House Homestead and imagine life as it was over 175 years ago. There will be baking demonstrations and sampling, natural egg dying, costumed historic interpreters, traditional artisan demonstrators, and tours of the house.

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Burlington artist profiled in a collection that celebrates Canadian talent.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 26, 2015


Brick Books, a London Ontario shop is celebrating 40 years of publication with an innovative ‘Celebration of Canadian Poetry’ for the entire year. Burlington artist Margaret Lindsay Holton has been profiled in ‘Week 13’ of the year long program.  Dr. Carol Soucek King of California wrote the profile.

Canadian arts talent tends to get overlooked – our sports talent seldom fails to get star treatment – artists,playwrites, poets and actors seem to get forgotten.  Dr.King, refers to Holton’s book “Bush Cord” as a “really a wonderful collection for ‘wordsmiths’

The book, which went into a second edition is described by King as “the most recent collection of poetry from Canadian artist, Margaret Lindsay Holton, clearly demonstrates Holton’s talents as a wordsmith, an art photographer and a true-blue Canadian spirit.

Holton H&S

Margaret Lindsay Holton – was the picture taken with a pin-hole camera?

“In it, her deeply thoughtful and richly poetic evocations are accompanied by a striking selection of her own pinhole photographs. (Holton has, amongst other activities, exhibited her pinhole and photo-collage photography for over two decades.) The entire book unfolds cover to cover with the spacious airiness of the vast Canadian landscape. It is, thus, my honour to salute this relatively ‘unknown’ Canadian poet during this 40th anniversary year of Brick Books’ publications of new and established voices in Canadian poetry.

“Holton became my long-distance associate and friend two decades ago, when we started communicating between her studio in Southern Ontario and my residence in California. At that time, other outstanding international artists, knowing that I was compiling and writing Furniture: Architects’ and Designers’ Originals said I must see the work of a Toronto-based Canadian furniture designer, Margaret Lindsay Holton. I did not know her work then, but I soon discovered it. I was in absolute awe. A number of her finely crafted pieces – all visual poetry in wood so lustrous and charmingly turned that each one begs to be caressed — became an important focal point within the chapter on international bed design in my final book project.

“From the very beginning of our email exchanges, I soon realized that Holton was as equally creative with words. Then in 2002 her first book of poetry, ‘On Top of Mount Nemo’ was published by Acorn Press Canada of Ontario. A decade later, I read her last poetry collection, Bush Chord. Both are deeply moving, filled with rapture as well as precautionary tales. Both are so ‘her’.
To Holton, the soul of language, as much as photography, is light:

“In my pinhole photography,” explains Holton “light enters a tiny pinhole to create an atmospheric illuminated image on photographic paper. In poetry, a single word bounced between two can pinprick an ‘aha’ moment. Language, well used, is a form of light.”

Poetry and pinhole photography are, for Holton, highly engaging art forms that, she says, “allow me to interact, almost dance, beneath the full and brilliant bounty of sunlight and ‘word-light’. Both disciplines can enlighten, enhance and enlarge our everyday perceptions. We all can see anew.”

From the opening poem through to the last of Holton’s Bush Chord, the reader finds such re-envisioning of our daily life and experiences:

Bush Chord
pine poplar willow and punk wood
spit and spark
while bone hard elm birch apple and oak
hum harmonious
fine hard woods – good wood to burn
these wonder instruments pressure whistle
chattering, cheering, cackling
crackling within a hesitant cyclone of light
flickering flames
of sublime delight, warming slow, they give us life
parse this minor miracle of mega bio-physics
of holy fire drawn down
from primal sun
through leaves to rugged root shoots far flung
look here now
to this instant, brilliant burn
an intense unrehearsed liquid fire –
a sound symphony of sun struck lyres
complete and sacred
a rare but common gift
the honey musk smell of jumbled bush wood
burns deep into primal memory
(remember those crisp sun-filled fall days
of cutting, gathering, splitting, stacking,
carrying, piling, drying, and cursing
those back breaking loads?)
to get to this
this calm clear moment
to these bush chords

Holton has been a fixture in Burlington, a troublesome one in the minds of some. She seldom backs down from a point of view she has formed. In the past Holton has written for the Gazette -we hope she will return at some point.

One of her columns had her going up against an gas station owner who had filled the tank of her pick-up truck when all she had asked for was $20 worth of gas. You know who won that difference of opinion. Holton was quite comfortable with the suggestion the gas station owner made about him having someone suck the extra gas out of the tank.

If you make the mistake of telling Holton how much you liked the new City View Park – do step back – Holton has words for you about the “plastic grass” that has been installed.

Dr. King adds that she had “written some decades ago about the expertly crafted warmth, charm and wit that she brought into her award-winning furniture designs. These qualities are so deeply inherent in her Self that it should be expected that they would be cornerstones for everything else she does, especially those items produced by her writing hand.

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Margaret Lindsay Holton with one of her pin-hole cameras

Other titles, and items, that she has created over a forty year period include: ten books, (with her second novel, The Gilded Beaver by Anonymous, winning the Hamilton Arts Council Best Fiction Award of 1999); a newly released musical CD, “Summer Haze”; her exquisitely drawn “Lindsay” ™ typeface circa 1980; an experimental 54-minute documentary “In the Eye of the Hunter” that she co-produced, co-directed and wrote in 1984-86; the fine furniture that she designed under her MLH Productions banner (now in many notable collections worldwide, including The Royal Ontario Museum) and, last but not least, her signature and eclectic ‘naive-surreal-folk-abstract’ oil paintings.
Holton may be obscure and a relative ‘unknown’ to some in the hip urban art matrix, but her literary and artistic output, to date, is very impressive when seen from this great distance.

It seems to me that her inherent qualities of warmth, charm and wit first manifested in the works she produced when she began her artistic career apprenticing with her father, the late cabinetmaker, Luther Janna Holton of Holton Fine Furniture, Hamilton, Ontario in 1984.

Under his tutelage, she discovered and developed her own unique sense of “form,” and “harmony.” These design disciplines are rooted in time-honoured traditions, yet expressed, in Holton’s unique way, very contemporarily, with a very personal flair. These qualities have served as repeated metaphors in her assorted artworks that she then designed and made through her own studio, MLH Productions.

Holton SugarShackFreelton.mlh

In recent years Margaret Lindsay Holton has turned to painting – she holds an annual sales exhibit of her work

Today, Holton no longer designs or produces award-winning Canadian fine furniture. “In truth, the market was just too small for the calibre of work I was producing.” More’s the pity. Instead, she has shifted her focus to a more public display of her pinhole photographs, her written works and her signature paintings. Holton has exhibited widely in Canada and beyond, and she has won various jury awards and honors in those disciplines as well.

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A Margaret Lindsay Holton piece that was shown at a recent exhibit.

In sum, Holton has a distinct philosophical perspective that, in essence, could only radiate from her location on the planet. Her perspective stems from a deeply felt devotion to the magnificence of Nature “in her own backyard” and to the effervescent wonders of Life in Nature’s sphere. She is often mythical in her outlook, as much as she is literal in her production. How quirky of her to call herself a ‘canajun’ in ‘Canadada’! She is acutely aware of her distinctness that both separates her and joins her deeply to the land of her birth.

There are a lot of miles left on the moccasins Holton wears – might be time for a retrospective on everything Holton has done.  If we Canadians don’t celebrate our own – no one else will.

More information about Margaret Lindsay Holton.

Carol Soucek King, MFA, PhD, is author of twelve books on design. Her thirteenth book is Under the Bridges at Arroyo Del Rey: The Salon on the Spiritually Creative Life Its focus is the positive and uplifting thoughts that can provide substance to one’s own home, material and spiritual, and that are the purpose of the Salon she founded over nineteen years ago. Her website.

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Secondary school strike not likely before end of this school year; fees for use of school space increase by 1.36%

News 100 blueBy Walter Byj

March 26, 2015


Following a passionate speech by delegate Peter Schuler, an aboriginal member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the council unanimously voted to name the newest school in Oakville as Oodenawi Public School.

Oodenawi , the Ojibway translation for community, was chosen as an acknowledgement that the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation were the original inhabitants of the area now known as Halton.

The new Milton school will be called Boyne Public School which reflected the area where the school is located. Both school naming were unanimously approved.

An updated Student Trustee Policy recommendation was passed – more on that later in the week.
The balance of the school board meeting could be referred to as the “Gerry Cullen Show “the Superintendent of Facility Services presented a number of reports to the board.

The school board makes many of its facilities available through a rental permit process to the community. In Halton, as a result of a unique relationship with the board and the municipalities, the four municipalities are the primary tenants of the schools and through the parks and recreational departments they rent out the space. For the upcoming year, the rental rates will rise slightly by 1.36%.

This sparked a number of questions by the trustees. With the expansion of childcare/daycare centres at Halton schools, trustees Harvey Hope (Oakville) and Reynolds (Burlington) asked if usage of gyms as a recreation facility were being usurped by daycare usage. Superintendent Cullen assured the board that this is not a major concern as schools usually work out the problem within the school.

Trustee Gray (Halton Hills) asked if the board has any influence as to how parks and recreation rents out the space and if youth programs get their fair share of usage. Superintendent Cullen assured the board that parks and recreation are concerned with recreational activity feels that they are doing a decent job in renting out space.

Part of the massive gym set up in the Haber Recreation Centre

Part of the massive gym set up in the Haber Recreation Centre – space is rented out by the city of Burlington Parks and Recreation department

David Euale, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board is paid roughly what the Burlington city manager earns.

David Euale, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board is paid roughly what the Burlington city manager earns.  He retires in August

The city of Burlington has in the past had difficulty with all the paperwork involved in reconciling who used what when and where the funds received for use of the space is sent. For some Burlington Parks and Recreation staff – the paperwork was taking up far too much staff time.
Director of Education Eaule, who retires in August, brought the trustees up to date on the potential of a secondary school strike in Halton.

He explained that regulations in place do not allow a local board to negotiate with the Ontario secondary Schools Teachers Federation (OSSTF) until given a date by the ministry of Education. Late in February the Board and OSSTF agreed on nine meeting dates for the months of March, April and May. The dates are as follows;

March 4th 25th
April 1st, April 8th, April 15th, April 22nd,
May 6th, May 12th, May 14th

Those dates suggest there is no likelihood of a strike at the secondary level before school is out for the summer and Director Eaule has moved on to retirement.

The Director made no comment on where the negotiations are going or what the major issues are.
Chair Kelly Amos read a letter from a concerned parent who was objecting to the new health and physical education curriculum that will be introduced in September.

Kelly Amos

Chair Kelly Amos read into the record a letter from a parent opposed to the new new health and physical education curriculum curriculum.

Chair Amos said she was asked by the writer to read the letter to the trustees. The name of the author was not disclosed. Chair Amos swill respond to the writer and explained that the board is mandated to deliver the new curriculum.

Director Eaule added that the board will address parent’s concerns by explaining what options are available if they do not want their children attending these classes.

Other trustees added that they too are receiving negative comments from parents in their wards.

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Stolen Trailer Posted on Kijiji Leads to Arrest

Crime 100By Staff

March 26, 2015

This isn’t a Burlington story – but it is both funny and a glimpse into how the police catch the dumber criminals.

On March 21, 2015, the owner of a 5 x 8 homemade utility trailer noticed it was missing from its parking spot on his property.

A short time later, the utility trailer, stolen from a residence in Halton Hills resurfaced on the Kijiji internet classifieds site listed for sale by someone claiming to be the owner.

The real owner confirmed the trailer listed for sale was in fact his. On March 25, 2015, Police locate the seller who was arrested and charged.
The trailer was recovered and returned to its rightful owner.

Steve Medeiros, 20 years of age, from Milton has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime.

Medeiros needs to brush up his social media creds.

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Local car dealership takes home a diamond for the 14 years in a row; customer satisfaction put the ring on their finger.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 26, 2015


The Discovery Ford and Lincoln dealership is being recognized as a 2014 President’s Award Diamond Club winner by Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited.

The President’s Award, Ford of Canada’s highest dealership honour, is presented annually to those dealerships who demonstrate outstanding achievement in sales and customer satisfaction.

“Earning The President’s Award Diamond Club distinction signifies our entire staff’s dedication to delivering superior customer satisfaction day in and day out,” says Discovery Ford principal, Allan Pearson. “I couldn’t be more proud to receive this recognition, especially since it comes from the people we value most – our customers. They’re the reason we are able to accept this award.”

Ford of Canada introduced The President’s Award in 2000. Dealers become eligible through excellence in dealership operations and exceptional customer feedback through survey responses related to their sales and service satisfaction and overall dealership experience.

Discovery Ford has received the President’s Award from Ford of Canada for fourteen straight years and has earned Diamond Club recognition, reserved for dealers whose customer service experience is at the top of all President’s Award winners, for five consecutive years.

Arnott in van with jacket B

That’s a Discovery Ford with Chilly Half Marathon organizer Kelly Arnott behind the wheel.

Part of the Discovery satisfaction program is the way they have given back to the community. They provide a vehicle for one of the larger public events in the city – Chilly half marathon.

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Identity thieves are still at it - can you spot the error that tells you it is a phony message?

identity-theftBy Staff
March 25, 2015

They never give up – they keep looking for new angles and each time they catch a few people – even one is often enough to have made it worth their while.

The latest Identity theft scam we’ve seen is related to American Express.

Look at what was received below. Can you spot the bit of information that tells you this is an attempt to steal your identification?

AMEX ID theft example

Look carefully at the email address of the sender – see the error? they use – the correct address would be American Express.

If information about any of the financial institutions you deal with gets to you financially – check it and then double check it.
ID theft screen


Electronically is the only way the thieves can get to you.

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