RoundTables held by MP should be more transparent

graphic community 3By Pepper Parr

May 31st, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

OPINION

Earlier today Karina Gould, Burlington MP and member of the Trudeau Cabinet where she serves as Minister of International Development, sent out her May Newsletter in which she said:

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MP Karina Gould talking to a citizen after one of the last public debates that took place during the last federal election.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us, it has highlighted barriers that many individuals and sectors face disproportionately.

“This month, I hosted roundtables to discuss issues facing seniors and individuals living with disabilities.

“I heard from service providers and community advocates on how to continue building a community that is inclusive by design and that enables an environment of belonging for all Canadians. It was important to hear their perspectives as we work with the provinces and territories on improving supports for Canadians living with disabilities, create dignified employment opportunities, and support accessible spaces here in Burlington and across the country.’

First let us applaud the Member of Parliament for holding the RoundTables. These are important – the elected need to hear from the electors.

There is however a larger audience that hasn’t a clue what the various advocates think is important and how the MP responds to them.

These RoundTables, as important as they are, should be open to media. Not to participate but to observe and report and then to follow up with the voice of different community groups and the MP as well.

It’s known as transparency – a word used by the elected when it suits their purpose.

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Keeping it simple: a guide to simple blackjack strategies

sportsgold 100x100By Eugene Katrell

May 29th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Despite all the economic chaos of the last year, there are certain industries that are enjoying more success than ever.

This is particularly true of the online casino sector, which has posted industry records for the last year, including increases in revenue and the number of new users signing up to online gambling platforms.

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The preferences for online casino gamers seems to be the more fast-paced games.

Online casinos have become particularly popular as many of us wait for society to open up again in the summer months.

As more and more individuals sign up to online casino platforms for the first time, a new generation of online casino goers is discovering the enjoyment of playing classic games in an online format.

What is interesting about the preferences of online casino gamers, however, is that it seems to be the more fast-paced games that are proving to be the games of choice for these new players.

Of the many games enthralling this new wave of online casino goers, blackjack is proving to be particularly popular. This is certainly true of SuperSeven Casino, where new players have been flocking to the many blackjack variations they have on offer.

Although one of the oldest casino games around – with roots stretching all the way back to the French casinos of the 1700s – blackjack has proved to be consistently popular among casino fans. Part of this popularity is to do with the pace of the gameplay. With shorter rounds and a higher rate of turnover between games, it is a popular choice for those players looking to hop in and out of a game.

But what really helps to make blackjack a popular choice among players is the fact that it has one of the lowest house edges out of all the most popular casino games. In most standard blackjack game types, players will benefit from a house edge of just 1%, which gives you a decent possibility of seeing a return on your stake over time.

With this in mind, what are the best strategies for players looking to increase their chances? Are there any concrete steps you can take or is it truly all in the hands of Lady Luck?

To answer this question, we first need to acknowledge the fact that there are not necessarily any strategies you can follow or adopt that will assure you of victory. Just like many other casino games, as a game of chance – where you have no control over what cards you or your tablemates get dealt – there is not a lot you can do to sway the odds in your favour.

Nevertheless, there are some tips, strategies and approaches you can take that might help nudge the odds in your favour over time. While not guaranteeing a victory, they might help you to see a return on your stake over the course of a few rounds.

Know the basic blackjack strategy

One of the most popular strategies is what is known as basic blackjack strategy. Adopting this approach allows you to chip away at the house edge and to reduce it to as low as 0.5%.

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Knowing the value of each card is vital – if you haven’t got these memorized – perhaps you shouldn’t be playing the game.

It entails sticking to a few basic rules:

• Stand when your hand is 12 to 16 or the dealer has a 2 to 6.
• Take a hit when your hand is 12 to 16 and the dealer has a 7 to Ace.
• Always ask to split Aces and 8s.
• Go double on 11 when the dealer has a 2 to 10.
• Ask for a hit or double on Aces to 6.

Pay attention to the dealer’s up card

Although it seems obvious, newer players tend to be too focused on their own hand and forget what the dealer is working with. Always pay attention to the dealer’s up card and try to gauge what sort of hand they might have. Bad hands for the dealer will generally fall between 2 and 6, while a decent hand will be a 7 card through to an Ace.

Ignore your tablemates

When you’re playing at a crowded table, you need to remember that the only two hands that matter are your own hand and that of the dealer. Anything else is superfluous.

Don’t get caught up worrying whether the person beside you has a more competitive hand – focus on what your hand is and what you think the dealer might have to work with.

Avoid progressive betting strategies

Unlike games like roulette where there is a decent statistical chance of them paying off in the long run, progressive betting strategies don’t tend to work in a blackjack setting.

Rather than ramping up your bets in response to a win or a loss, focus on intelligent bankroll management. Blackjack is a game that rewards over the long run, so try and stay at the table for as long as possible to increase the chances of a return on your stake.

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LaSalle Park Community Marina opening June 1 with paid parking for boat trailers

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May 29th, 2031

BURLINGTON, ON

The LaSalle Park Marina Association (LPMA) and the Burlington Sailing and Boating Club, the LaSalle Park Community Marina will be ready to open the public boat launch on June 1.

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Marina at sunset

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The new normal – parking fees

New Parking Fees
Anyone parking their boat trailer at the LaSalle Park Community Marina or in the upper parking lot will now be required to pay a trailer parking fee. Trailer parking payments are required seven days a week, including holidays. It is a daily flat rate of $20 for trailer parking; there is no fee to use the public boat launch.

The parking lot has often had traffic flow problems caused by too many trailers and/or improper parking. The new paid parking requirements are intended to create more order in the lots, improve traffic flow and reduce frustrations.
Residents and visitors can use the HonkMobile app or scan the QR code found on signage at the marina to search, pay for, and top-up parking payments directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer

Users can scan the QR Code found on signage at the marina or download the HonkMobile app.

Dashboard tickets are not required as every payment is linked with a trailer licence plate number.

For more information about parking at LaSalle Park Community Marina or elsewhere, visit burlington.ca/parking.

About the LaSalle Park Community Marina
The Marina is a beautiful location for residents and tourists to launch their boats and enjoy the crisp waters of Lake Ontario and Burlington’s breathtaking lakefront views. The Marina has 219 docking spaces and is protected by a floating wave break. The Burlington Sailing and Boating Club (BS&BC) and the Able Sail program offer sailing programs at the Marina. In addition, the City has a public boat launch at the Marina that is protected by the floating wave break.

For more information about the marina, visit burlington.ca/marina.

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Final gypsy moth pesticide spraying to take place June 1st and 2nd

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May 29th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Forestry department will be overseeing the application of the second and final application of  a bio-pesticide on Tuesday, June 1 and Wednesday, June 2

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Public risk is very very limited.

Low-flying helicopters will be used  to apply the pesticide over four wooded areas to control gypsy moth (lymantria dispar dispar, LDD) populations.

Gypsy moth caterpillars eat the leaves of trees, causing significant defoliation and potential long-term impact to the City’s urban forest.

The first application was successfully completed on May 25.
The final application of the pesticide will be completed between 5 and 9 a.m. and is expected to take 5-10 minutes for each park.

The areas identified for spraying include:
• City View Park
• Kilbride Park
• LaSalle Park
• Zimmerman Park

City staff will be temporarily preventing vehicles from using roads nearest the spray areas as the helicopter passes. The stoppage will take less than 15 minutes.

An interactive map is available on burlington.ca/gypsymoth that allows residents to enter an address so they can see where the address is in relation to the spray areas.

 

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Food Bank works at several levels - accepting donations and delivering food

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May 28, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Five days a week the volunteers show up. And the donations arrive – sometimes with nothing in the way of notice.

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The first time they showed up there was just the three of them. Next time they arrived there were four of them. That’s what makes the Food Bank the community success it is.

The Food Bank is very thankful for donations of any kind however please make sure that any food donations are dropped off during normal business hours which are

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 11:45 am
Thursday evenings 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

Donations can also be dropped off at any local fire hall and/or local grocery store – our drivers make sure to pick up regularly.

With warmer weather approaching they don’t want any donation to go to waste or get damaged, as might be the case in wet weather.

They want to do their best to ensure donations remain safe. People needing food support need to know that anything we send them is in date, well protected and healthy/fresh as can be. Thanks everyone!

If you are in need or know of someone who could use their help, PLEASE have them email info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273 to make arrangements to have food dropped at their door or make arrangements to pick it up through the curb-side pickup option. “If you are a resident in Burlington, we are all here to help. Don’t struggle – give us a call.”

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House sells for $420,000 over the asking - longer term impact of what is now a very unstable market is concerning.

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May 27th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Real Estate agent sends in a news tip along with a photo of a house he sold for $420,000 over asking.

 

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Agent reports that the property sold for $420,000 over asking.

That’s not really news in Burlington. What is going to be news is the impact these sky high property prices are going to do to the makeup of the city in the long-term.

Great for the people who sold. The people who bought might feel that they got in before prices got even higher.

Real estate prices can’t keep rising at this rate. It is no longer a stable market and at some point someone will intervene:  Federal government; CMHC, or  the banks, and when the contraction takes place it will be painful.

Everyone will be hurt.

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Sweating the little stuff and keeping people accountable.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 27th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Yesterday’s news.

Vill Square grass

This was yesterday.

Today’s feature photograph.

Tree & grass May 27

This was today. Much nicer.

The observant resident and Gazette reader who brought the messy grass situation in Village Square to our attention added this morning that:  “That did the trick.”

Local news works.

The bureaucrats don’t like it.

The vested interests don’t like it and sue to get their way.

Poorly tended property is small potatoes – but small potatoes grow into big potatoes. Local news does work  – believe in it and support it.

NNC landingThe Gazette is a member of the National Newsmedia Council. An organization that stands for responsible journalism and responsible readership.

Related new stories:

Mayor forgets to support local news

Air Park settle after years of litigation

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June is the Month of Play - Get Outside and Play.

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May 27th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

June is the Month of Play – Get Outside and Play.

That is the message coming out of city hall.

Heard in households across the city are the words: “ Can we go outside and play”

The terribly mixed messages coming from the province are being ignored. In Burlington most of the rules are being followed – some more responsibly than others.

Vaccination rates are climbing creating the sense that we are almost out of this aren’t we?

To kick off June, Mayor Meed Ward has proclaimed June as the Month of Play and the City of Burlington is encouraging residents to get outside, play, have fun, stay safe and be active with a variety of options.

First piece of summer cake at LaSalle Park

First piece of summer cake at LaSalle Park

Straight from the desk of the Mayor: “June is the time of year where the City’s parks, trails, outdoor pools, splash pads and events come to life. Being active is a powerful way for residents to maintain or improve mental and physical health. As we celebrate June as the Month of Play, we encouraged residents to get active indoors or outdoors and enjoy options the City offers, safely.”

Get Outside and Play Challenge
The Get Outside and Play Challenge begins on June 1 and continues until June 30. The Challenge is a fun way to learn more about Burlington while completing the activities.
• Download the app from burlington.ca/playoutside
• Search for the Get Outside and Play Challenge (Game code ZDB8GE)
• Create login as a family or a group

Let’s Fly a Kite – Presented by the Rocca Sisters Team
Let’s fly a kite on Father’s Day, June 20.
Together, let’s celebrate play and fill the sky with colour starting Father’s Day, June 20. This June, the City will be offering a limited supply of FREE Kite Kits to Burlington residents. Registration is required and will open on June 7, 2021. Learn more at burlington.ca/kitefestival.

family picnic

Picnics – with the weather we are having – great idea.

Recreation and Parks Month
June is also Recreation and Parks Month, so Parks and Recreation Ontario has provided a list of fun activities for everyone.
Splash Pads and City Outdoor Pools

The City has 9 splash pads, including a new splash pad location, Brant Hills Park Splash Pad 2300 Duncaster Dr. All splash pads are now open. For a list of locations, visit burlington.ca/outdoorplay.

LaSalle Splash Park and the outdoor pools, Mountainside Outdoor Pool and Splash Park and Nelson Pool and Splash Park are expected to open June 14, also pending Provincial regulations and public health restrictions.

Learn more at burlington.ca/waterplay.

Tim Hortons Free Summer Swimming

No snow? There are always swimming pools. Check out the available programs and register for a spot.

There are always swimming pools. Check out the available programs and register for a spot.

Tim Hortons Free Swims will be offered from June 19 to Sept. 5, 2021, pending Provincial regulations and public health restrictions. Registration will be required. Learn more at Burlington.ca/timsfreeswims.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture might be beginning to think that he is close to being able to operate a normal recreation program and comes close to bursting when he says: “June is the month of play is a big kick-off to the summer. Everyone is eager to get outside and play, to explore our city and we’ve got so many great opportunities for families, individuals and people of all abilities.”

Links and Resources
burlington.ca/timsfreeswims
burlington.ca/waterplay
burlington.ca/playoutside
burlington.ca/kitefestival

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Monte Campbell Dennis: An Appreciation

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By Pepper Parr

May 26th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

He was a quiet, intense man.  He didn’t roar but when he began to speak – you listened.

When an issue caught his attention he was quick to react – and just didn’t know how to give up.

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Monte Campbell Dennis 1941-2021

I don’t remember when I first met him, probably at a meeting in his Walkers Line home.  I could never remember the address but always recognized the railway marker at the bottom of his driveway.

He was one of three who were named in a libel suit Vince Rossi served us with.  Rossi was the owner of the Burlington Executive Air Park, where he dumped tonnes of landfill on the property that Monte could see from his house.   The rural community took exception to what they believed was an illegal site alteration with fill that was polluted.

They Gazette broke the story and reported at length on the many community meetings and the several court cases.  When the city lost an appeal they decided to throw in the towel.  Rossi didn’t withdraw the libel claims – at least not right away.  Several years later in a Brampton Court House meeting room, with a supernumerary judge urging the parties to find a solution. An “arrangement” was put forward by Rossi’s  legal counsel that had almost everyone walk out of the court house happy with the solution.

The solution included a gag order that we were not supposed to talk about.  No one got costs and there were no financial damage awards . It was over and that was what Monte wanted.  His health was failing and he wanted it brought to an end.

Monte left Burlington in 2018; moved to Amherstview to be closer to family. His health no longer allowed him to drive his motorcycle but it didn’t stop him from getting involved with his new community. .

It didn’t take him long to become a member of the local railroad hobby club where he gave a presentation. Railway paraphernalia could be found in every room of the house.

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Monte Dennis on the far right – at a city council meeting when the Air Park was on the agenda. Ian Blue Counsel for the city is at the far left. The city manager is briefing the delegation.

Monte tinkered. An engineer by profession there was also a lot of the draftsman in him.  He would get an idea and then create a plan that included a full set of drawings  to ensure that it would work.  It usually did but not everyone saw it the way he did.

The lower level of his home was a fully equipped workshop.  You could find him bent over a lathe or cutting a length of hard wood against the grain if that is what was needed.

Monte was the kind of guy who just naturally went against the grain.  He used a Dean Alfange quote to define himself. ““I do not choose to be a common man. It is my right to be uncommon…if I can.” He could and he was.

He once had an idea that he was certain would solve some of the Brant street traffic problems in Burlington.  He built a model and convinced Rick Goldring to come out to his house to look at.  Goldring was polite by nature – but the idea didn’t leave the house with the former Mayor.

The battle over the Air Park expansion in Burlington was not Monte’s first run in with people who wanted to convert good farm land into air strips.

The attempt to build an airport in Pickering resulted in the expropriation of hundreds of homes that are nothing more than farm land today.  The homes that were there are gone.  One of those was home to Monte and his family.

Monte Campbell DENNIS passed away on Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Kingston: he was 80 years young.  He spent his last evening with his son and daughter-in-law.

Formerly of many great places across southern Ontario including Burlington (Mount Nemo), Waterloo Region, and Queensborough. He also spent some time in Minnesota, New York State, and Alabama.

Monte was a Queen’s Scout; you would have guessed that if you had met him. He surrounded himself with passionate people and loved to host parties with lots of good food, and laughter. He seemed to come up with a solution to any problem that involved fixing something.

When he was getting ready to move he donated all kinds of railroad stuff to the Freeman Station.

A proud Alumni of the University of Waterloo (1967) and Professional Engineer, Monte worked for IBM in the early part of his career in research and development, including the Apollo missions. He retired from teaching Technology at Conestoga College where he encouraged and challenged many students.

Monte felt honored to volunteer for two sessions in Ghana, Africa teaching locals the skills they needed to repair and maintain medical equipment.

Monte took every chance he could get to tour any kind of facility, manufacturing plant, natural wonder, or historic site, to see how things worked and the people or reason behind it.

Monte was the go-to person for anything technical and instilled confidence in his kids that we can build or repair anything, and that hard work is actually fun. They, along with many others, will remember him for his garden railway, and the stone horses in the yard. Monte always had multiple interesting projects on the go and shared his progress and talents everyone.

When there was a serious matter, one of a personal nature, Monte would reach out to the impressive bar he had and pull out a bottle of Scotch, two glasses and invite you out to the gazebo for a conversation.

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Completing the book was one of the last things Monte did. He was proud of that cover.

Monte had an unusual obsession for sauerkraut. This involved a family business fermenting sauerkraut in St. Jacobs and Milverton plus the annual sauerkraut making parties in Burlington, and years of subjecting family and friends to strange and unusual concoctions made with kraut! With help from family in his final months he was able to finally publish an all-inclusive sauerkraut cookbook.

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He had an eye for an opportunity. People across the province bought his product.

There are deli’s across the province that carried Monte’s sauerkraut.  There is an event in Picton in August that will feature the official launch of his book. Jean, his partner, will send you one if you are interested.

Monte had a sense of humor about the realities of life; the latest political shenanigans were something he would go on about at some length.

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Monte Dennis delegating before Burlington city council.

He believed in individual accountability and was quick to hold elected officials to account, using the power of community to make a difference. He advocated for responsible land use throughout his life.  He was never afraid to stand up or speak out. Monte never stopped caring and lending his voice or expertise to do what he felt was right.

He made a contribution, he made a difference; he will be missed but not forgotten.

Monte is survived by his partner Jean Stuart; his children Scott (wife Melanie); Kara (husband Dean); brother Edward (wife Judy); grandchildren Brooke (husband Nick), Ila and Emerson; great-grandchildren Charlie and Thatcher; and a host of blended family, and friends.

Predeceased by his second wife Lillian Ruminsky (2004) and brother Robert Dennis (2014).

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Where was the ward 2 councillor - she needs to check out Village Square - tacky looking

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May 26th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Ah – those ever observant Gazette readers.

One was walking through Village Square, was less than impressed with the upkeep.

Grass needs tending.

The ward Councillor doesn’t appear to be doing her regular walk abouts.

Vill Sq patchy grass

Patchy bit of grass – does it not get watered? With one of the best watering holes across the street – The Poacher might be able to help out. Hmm – they’re closed aren’t they?

Vill Square grass

This grass did get watered – But it didn’t get a trim

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Halton Public Secondary school students invited to take part in focus groups on racism.

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May 26th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Halton District School Board Secondary students area invited to participate in focus groups to gather insight into HDSB’s response to racism.

The Halton District School Board will be conducting virtual focus groups with secondary students (Grade 9-12) during the month of June to gather student insight into the Board’s current response to racism in schools.

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Thousands of students marched to city hall and took part in a peaceful demonstration in June of 2020

Gathering this information supports the Board’s ongoing accountability to its equity goals, as outlined in the 2020-2024 Multi-Year Plan and the Human Rights Equity Action & Accountability Plan: The Way Forward. The focus groups will be hosted virtually across each of the four municipalities in Halton.

Halton students have been active participants in the movement to remove racism from the community.  While the Black Lives Matter march on Burlington city hall was very successful – there have nevertheless been racial incidents that the larger community will not tolerate.

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Curtis Ennis, newly appointed Director of Education for the Halton District School Board

The newly appointed Director of Education for the Halton District School Board is a man of colour with a strong record of working with communities to end racism. Curtis Ennis will join the Board soon and be in place for the start of the new school year in September. He leaves the Toronto District School Board as the interim Associate Director, Equity, Well-Being and School Improvement.

Interested secondary students must complete the ‘Student Insight Conversations on HDSB’s Response to Racism’ Registration Form by Monday, May 31 at 4 p.m. Participation is voluntary. Registration form is HERE

“As a Board we are invested in learning more about how well students feel we have responded to incidents of racism in our schools,” says Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education with responsibility for Equity. “The information and insights received will be reviewed over the summer and a report will be developed with recommendations to guide and inform a plan of action and enhanced accountability beginning in the fall.”

The virtual focus groups will take place between 1 – 3 p.m. or 4 – 6 p.m. on the following dates:
• Oakville: Wednesday, June 2
• Halton Hills: Monday, June 7
• Milton: Wednesday, June 9
• Burlington: Thursday, June 10

The focus groups will be facilitated by HDSB staff in the Equity and Research departments.

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Have you ever wondered how organizations manage to get corporate sponsorship for their events?

News 100 blueBy Staff

May 25th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Have you ever wondered how organizations manage to get corporate sponsorship for their events?

Festivals Ontario is holding a virtual event that will feature Judy Haber, a woman considered best in class in the Sponsorship industry. Judy has been selling Corporate Sponsorship and Naming Rights for the past 25 years.

Judy Haber sponsorshipJudy was instrumental in packaging and selling events that included The Shoppers Drug Mart Toronto Marathon, The Bay Street Rat Race, and over the last 10 years has spearheaded the B&O Yorkville Run for Charities. Since inception, the B&O Yorkville Run for Charities has raised millions of dollars for local not for profit groups, with sponsorship support from companies that included New Balance, Lexus, Equinox, Camrost Felcorp, Hill Street Beverages, Whole Foods, and other like brands.

The events have consistently covered their operating expense with Corporate Sponsorship.

Join Judy on Thursday, May 27 at 1:00pm for an hour of insight on the current landscape of Sponsors, how to package and sell community events, and answers to your specific question.

sponsorship link graphiicSend these to debbie@festivalsandeventsontario.ca by tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12 noon.

Click on the link below to register for free, reserve your space, and get the ZOOM link.

 

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Food Bank learns that a former associate is now in the ICU unit struggling to stay alive.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 25th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Day in day out with time off for the weekends and holidays the staff and volunteers at the Burlington Food Bank are there for those who need help.

There was some good news from Feed Ontario – the province’s largest collective of hunger-relief organizations of which the Burlington Food Bank is a very active member.

As positive as that news is, and we will tell you a bit more about it – we first need to share some very painful news.

A former associate of the Food Bank is currently in the ICU, fully sedated and on a machine working their lungs, fighting covid19.

They are very sad and hoping for any sign of improvement. They ask you to join them in their prayers

It is difficult to stay focused and continue helping others when you learn that one of your own is suffering.

Stolte at Food Bank

Food arrives throughout the day – five days of every week. Volunteers unpack, quarantine the food and then pack it up for delivery.

Together with food banks, industry partners, and local communities, the Burlington Food Bank works together to end hunger and poverty by delivering fresh and healthy food, developing innovative programming, and driving change through research and advocacy.

Feed Ontario provides the Burlington Food Bank with an allotment of MILK twice each month from the Dairy Farmers of Ontario. Since we are partners with the Salvation Army, we are able to share some of this with them.

Robin Food Bank with milk

Dairy Farmers of Ontario allotment milk to the Food Bank twice every month. Robin Bailey the Food Bank Executive Director is handing it out.

Robin Bailey, Executive Director of the Food Bank said he “hoped everyone had a great long weekend and that everyone still understands the need to be diligent with safety protocols everywhere. “We all need a little good news right now so if we do our best to keep others safe maybe the numbers will start looking better.”

If you are in need or know of someone who could use our help, PLEASE have them email us at info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273 to make arrangements to have food dropped at their door or make arrangements to pick it up through our curb-side pickup option. If you are a resident in Burlington, we are all here to help. Don’t struggle – give us a call.

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Thordon Bearings appoints Galoni as CEO: first female to take the helm of the 110 year old corporation

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May 25th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Anna Galoni has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of bearing and seal specialist Thordon Bearings Inc., a Thomson-Gordon Group company.

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Anna Galoni on the Thordon shop floor

Galoni, the first female CEO in the Burlington-headquartered company’s 100+ year history, says that while it is encouraging that more women are being selected for senior executive roles, the boardrooms of the country’s maritime and industrial manufacturing businesses remain “male-dominated industries”.

“While there are now more women in senior roles in Canada’s top 100 companies than before, there are still a lot of industries that could be more egalitarian. The maritime and industrial manufacturing industries are certainly still male-dominated,” she said. “A woman brings a different viewpoint to the boardroom.”

Galoni, who joined the seals and bearings manufacturer in 2007, after graduating from Queens University with a Masters’ Degree in epidemiology, recalls her dismay when she learned there were no female applicants for a senior role the company was recruiting for.

“Maybe they might be more open to applying for jobs in the manufacturing and engineering sectors when there is a female at the helm, I don’t know. What I do know is that these industries need to be made more attractive to women. There needs to be more diversity in the boardroom; they need to be open to different concepts, different perspectives, different ideas.”

Breathing new life into the family-owned Thomson-Gordon Group, Galoni has now finalized a company-wide restructure and is set to implement a strategic plan that will see the Group expand and diversify its product portfolio into other markets.

“Our philosophy, then and now, is to innovate and make systems and technologies that last a lifetime and add value for our customers. This will continue to be at the heart of everything we do.”

“There’s a lot of things happening,” she said. “People here are excited. I am excited. Innovation is a huge part of our 110-year-history and this will continue. We want to grow the business and have big plans to take us to the next level.”

Prior to Anna’s appointment in April, she held a number of senior roles in various departments including Human Resources Director, and New Product Development Director. In addition to her CEO role, Anna is also the Chair of Thomson-Gordon Group companies Thordon Bearings and Marsh Brothers Aviation.

Her appointment follows the retirement of Terry McGowan, who stepped down after almost 14 years in the CEO role.

Thordon Bearings’ technologies are used across the marine, clean power generation, pump and industrial sectors. The company’s bearing and seal products have achieved worldwide renown as grease- and maintenance-free, environmentally safe alternatives to traditional bronze bearings.

Related news story:

Sandy Thomson takes Thordon into its second century

Major federal contract goes to Burlington company

 

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What do we have in Burlington that relates to Queen Victoria whose birthday we celebrate this weekend?

News 100 blueBy Alan Harrington

May 24th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of people who don’t fully understand what the holiday we are celebrating this weekend is all about.  Alan Harrington tells you why it matters

Victoria Day is the time when we remember the birthday of a Queen who ruled the most powerful country in the world about 200 years ago. Is there anything in town that relates to her?

There is actually: an old green fountain at the City Hall on the corner of Brant and Ontario Streets honours her son, who went on to succeed her as King Edward VII.

Edward VII became King when his mother Queen Victoria died in 1901, and King Edward VII ruled from 1901 to 1910.

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The fountain was manufactured in Hamilton and originally had a horse trough. And the glass ball on top was larger than the one today.

The fountain, likely the oldest piece of public art in the city is highlighted in the Burlington Historical Society digital collection and is an important stop on the annual Downtown Heritage Walks conducted during Burlington Heritage Month in February.

The King Edward VII fountain was dedicated 108 years ago, on 2 May 1912 by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Sir John Gibson.

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In the left background is the south elevation of the Trader’s Bank, Brant Street. The carriage on the left conveyed his honour Lieut.-Governor Sir John Gibson, who unveiled the fountain, and Reeve M. C. Smith. The Sons of England float, on the right, carried, clockwise from the centre front: John Bull (represented by Sam Oakes); British soldier (Alf Matthews); Canadian soldier (Charles Rump); Britannia (Jennie Dearing); Miss Canada (Ida Ladle); and Sons of England representative (W. Metcalfe).

The parade and dedication ceremony drew people from far and wide.

Those parades were major events in those days.

The fountain was originally located at the foot of Brant Street and Water Street (now Lakeshore) next to what today is the Lakeshore Coffee House.

The Hamilton Spectator reported 4,000 people witnessing the unveiling on the 2nd anniversary of Edward VII’s death.

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The fountain was tucked in between what was then a Royal Bank and the Roxy movie Theatre where there were often long line ups to watch a movie.

The fountain was later moved to Spencer Smith park.

The fountain, manufactured in Hamilton, originally had a water trough for horses. The glass ball on top was larger than the one today.

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The fountain after its first restoration with the water troughs in place.

The fountain spent a considerable amount of time in storage until it was restored by the Optimist Club of Burlington and relocated to City Hall for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977

Time once again eroded the features of the fountain. After some encouragement from local concerned citizens, the city agreed the fountain needed work.

relocation plaqueAnd so, it has been carefully removed and taken to the repair shop.

The four Lion Heads at each corner (for the corners of the earth) match the four lion heads under the City Hall clock. Great Britain was once the most powerful country on earth – it stretched to the four corners of the earth.

As for the man the fountain was created to honour: Edward (Prince Albert) known as Bertie, was in the Golden Horseshoe in 1860 when he visited Toronto and Niagara Falls. He never did get to Burlington.

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Taken away to be restored.

The fountain may be small but it stands its ground. It is the oldest public object still on display in the City of Burlington and has been there as our small town has grown to a great city.

But time and weather are hard on such treasures.

 

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More than one candidate expected to seek the Provincial Liberal nomination

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

May 23rd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

So – it isn’t going to be a slam dunk.

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First term ward 2 Councillor Kearns has announced that she will seek the Liberal nomination for the next provincial election.

Reliable  sources said today that Lisa Kearns would be seeking the nomination for the Burlington Provincial Liberal party when the nomination event is held and that a date has not yet been set.

The source added that “there is another candidate for this position”.

The source was not authorized to speak on behalf of the Provincial Liberal Association.

Kearns has been quite active in talking about her personal political plans – she has a virtual ward meeting later in the month – perhaps we will learn even more that that event.

McKenna + Drummond

Andrew Drummond, NDP candidate in the last provincial election, in conversation with Jane McKenna who won that election.

Andrew Drummond will be the candidate for the New Democrats.  Jane McKenna is the Progressive Conservative sitting member.

Premier Doug Ford has been hammered heavily for the way his government has handled the pandemic and managed the response.  Many prefer to use the word “mismanaged” when referring to the provincial vaccination program.

Early reports from Kearns-based sources had her being asked to run for the provincial seat rather than Mayor Meed Ward who was thought to have leadership aspirations at the provincial level.

In the event that Kearns is nominated and wins the election that would block a political growth path for Meed Ward.

Kearns is also reported to have chosen a colleague to groom for the ward 2 council seat.

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Hug coupons: Come in three sizes - mini, itsy-bitsy and teensy-weensy

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 23rd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Years and years ago, in another life, I was a book publisher. I wasn’t particularly successful but I did publish a couple of significant books.

A book on the early political history of New Brunswick – Front Benches and Back Rooms.   Another – The Power to Make it Happen –a book on how communities can take hold of the power they have and bring about change.

stren couponOne of the favouites was “Bo, the Constrictor who Couldn’t” by Patti Stren, an author who lives in New York now – we still keep in touch.  The book is no longer in print.

Patti has gone electronic – she sent me her most recent graphic effort. Click on the link – and share what she is giving to every one you know.

You have some choices; there is the mini, then the itsy-bitsy and the teensy-weensy.

Given the status of the pandemic you might want to print pages of coupons and hand them out to everyone you see.

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People were out on the sports fields, tennis courts, golf links and the skate board park

sportsgold 100x100By Denis Gibbons

May 23rd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A sprinkle of rain failed to prevent Burlingtonians from accessing outdoor sports facilities on Saturday, the first day the provincial government opened them up following the most recent lockdown.

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Batter can see the ball – did he hit it?

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Watching the angle carefully.

The surprising thing is that the artificial turf football field and soccer field at Norton Park on Dundas Street was padlocked, forcing teen soccer players to hop over the fence to practice.

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A light warn up – before a game?

The splash pad at LaSalle Park also was not operating for some reason.

The starter at Millcroft Golf Club reported he had 300 tee times available and 248 of them were booked.

Recreational tennis and lessons took place at the Burlington Tennis Club on Drury Lane and there is still space available in summer camps.

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The tennis courts were kept busy -opening up the sports facilities was a smart move.

President John Kemp said the club took advantage of the lockdown to install new lights on three of its courts and erect a new practice wall with a new ground surface.

The club’s first pickleball court should be ready by July 1 and all tennis courts are due to be resurfaced either in the fall or spring.

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Golf courses were busy as well

At the elite Burlington Golf and Country Club, the Gazette’s roving photographer was asked to avoid taking a shot of a golfer teeing off because of a dress code violation.

It was not that the golfer was wearing shorts, rather his golf shirt was not tucked in.

What makes warm weather work for those who aren’t playing a sport?  The ice cream truck.

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When the music plays every child knows what’s coming.

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You now pay for parking in the Beachway on weekends. Tow trucks will be on hand to tow those who do not pay.

News 100 blueBy Staff

May 22nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There isn’t an elected official at city hall who hasn’t had to deal with parking issues. That situation isn’t about to change this weekend when the city makes it mandatory to pay for parking in the Beachway.

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Earlier in the year, before paid parking was required, people would park right in front of the No parking sign.

The city needed a way to get some control over parking in the Beachway. People were leaving their vehicles wherever they could find a space: chaos reigned.

Pay for parking sign croppedEffective now you have to pay to park in the Beachway – and finding a space is not guaranteed. When you do find a space you follow the signs.

There are two ways to pay.

Use the Honk app or use you cell phone camera and take a picture of the QR code and you will be on your way.

The city will have Park Ambassadors roaming around the parking lot – they are there to help.  Be polite to them.

There will be free parking passes for Halton Region residents on the weekends.

Exemptions are not required on holidays as parking is free on holidays. Visitors must have a valid parking exemption or pay for parking on Saturdays and Sundays only from May 22 to Sept. 25

When Halton Region residents arrive at Beachway parking lot, they can find a City of Burlington ambassador to receive a paper permit and display it on their dashboard. The online form will be available in July. The exemption form link will be added to www.burlington.ca/paypark when it is available.

It is going to be messy – Burlingtonians have not had to share their beach all that much. The pandemic brought thousands to the waterfront – the space has to be shared.

Parking is free after 6 p.m. and on weekends and holidays in all downtown municipal parking lots, including the Locust Street Garage.

You can park free on the street.

There is parking space at the hospital parking structure. Parking in the city is free on the weekends and you can catch a bus at the John Street terminal and use Burlington Transit’s Routes 4, 10 and HSR’s Route 11 to get to the east end of Beachway Park.

Parking is free after 6 p.m. and on weekends and holidays in all downtown municipal parking lots, including the Locust Street Garage.

 

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Outdoor Recreational Amenities can Reopen

News 100 yellowBy Staff

May 22nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Province has announced that outdoor recreational amenities can reopen as long as COVID measures are in place, beginning Saturday, May 22 at 12:01 a.m.

Now the city has to figure out which Parks and Recreation department programs can be made operational – again. This is perhaps the fourth pivot that department has had to make.

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You can kick the soccer ball around but can’t actually play a game – yet.

The things you will be able to do starting today include, but are not limited to, golf courses and driving ranges, soccer and other sports fields, tennis and basketball courts, and skate parks.

Outdoor limits for social gatherings and organized public events will be expanded to five people, which will allow these amenities to be used for up to five people, including with members of different households. All other public health and workplace safety measures under the province wide emergency brake remain in effect.

Changes to City services and programs:  Recreation Services, Parks, Amenities and Facilities
Outdoor Courts
Outdoor courts such as pickleball, basketball and tennis courts will be open Saturday, May 22. If there are people waiting to use the court, please keep your time to a maximum of 30-minutes. Masks are to be worn while waiting for your turn. For locations of outdoor courts, visit burlington.ca/outdoorplay.

Sport Fields
Grass sport fields will open for casual use such as throwing a ball, self-directed yoga, kicking a ball or flying a kite. Organized sports and recreational classes are not permitted. Groups of up to five people are allowed. Please make sure you stay 6 feet from anyone not in your household.

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The skate boarders will be out in droves this weekend.

Skate Parks
Skate parks will be open on Saturday, May 22. Please make sure you stay 6 feet from anyone not in your household. Wearing a mask is highly recommended.

City Park Washrooms
Most City park washrooms will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

LaSalle Community Park Marina
In partnership with the LaSalle Community Park Marina Association, the public boat launch is not ready to open yet and will remain closed until further notice. It will reopen once boats have been cleared from the lower parking lot.

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Open – but try getting a T time

Tyandaga Golf Course
Tyandaga Golf Course will open for play on Saturday, May 22 at 7 a.m. Book online at tyandagagolf.com or call 905-336-0006 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. starting today.

For a list of the Pickle Ball court locations CLICK HERE

Roads, Parks and Forestry
Services provided by the Roads, Parks and Forestry Department will continue as needed. Residents with questions or concerns can email RPF@burlington.ca or call 905-333-6166.

As the province wide vaccination rate and key public health and health care indicators improve, and City staff receives and reviews updated orders from the Province of Ontario and more details under its Roadmap to Reopen, the Parks people will continue to comply and keep you informed on available City services and what can open while keeping City of Burlington staff and residents safe.

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The Mayor wants to see everyone out and about – but following the guidelines.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward adds: “This is welcome news and something my fellow Mayors from all across Ontario have been advocating for throughout this present lockdown. We know healthcare and science experts have repeatedly stated that the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in these activities is low, and the mental and physical benefits are high.

“With warmer weather upon us, I know Burlington residents will be thrilled with this announcement. I encourage our amazing community to enjoy these activities safely, as intended, with thoughtfulness and care so that we do not risk undoing the great progress we have made in the past month in both reducing new cases and steadily increasing vaccinations. Please avoid crowding over five people at a time, and be patient to wait your turn when other groups are using amenities. When using outdoor amenities, please also be courteous and thoughtful to those who are waiting so everyone can have a turn.”

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