School days - school days - pretty soon. Public school board well prepared

By Pepper Parr

August 19th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Back to School advertising almost assures you that everything is going to work out.

Many parents aren’t all that sure.

The province changes the rules almost daily sewing confusion rather than clarification in the minds of parents.

The Halton District School Board will be holding an on-line Town Hall Meeting on August 26th at 7:00 pm.
Anyone can participate. The Gazette will pass along the coordinates just as soon as we have the details.

HDSB Superintendent Terri Blackwell will handle the setting up of the process that will allow parents to change the mode of teaching they want for their children. In a classroom on on-line virtually.

Board Superintendent Terri Blackwell is stick handling the event that will have the Halton Medial Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani answering questions live.

People will have an opportunity to send in their questions; the event is to be recorded and available the day after for those who are out of town.

The Board of Education Trustees will hold a meeting on September 1st – this will be the first time the public gets to see the newly appointed Director of Education Cedric Ennis who is spending his time meeting with people in the Region and getting the feel of the District and its schools.

Parents will decide how they want their children taught: In a classroom on virtually on-line.

The Board policy and plans this years’ is to give parents an opportunity to change from one mode to another on September 9th.

Parents have until September 16 to decide if they want to change modes.

The actual change will take place on October 12.

The Board has to take the data they receive and re-jig the distribution of teachers and prepare for the change.

“We’ve done this before” said Superintendent Blackwell,” it’s just a matter of moving resources around.”

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Meet Burlington NDP candidate Nick Page

By Ryan O’Dowd: Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

April 18th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington NDP federal candidate, Nick Page, championed universal basic income(UBI) as the most impactful solution to Canada’s wealth gap in his interview with the Gazette. Page’s campaign will focus on a more equitable society for all members, he discussed building back a better Canada post-COVID-19, UBI’s role in combating poverty as well as how it benefits the economy, expanding healthcare, as well as electoral reform and how it may be the path to meaningful climate change action.

NDP candidate Nick Page wants Canadians focusing on re-thinking social security to avoid continued difficult economic times in the face of COVID-19 and whatever else the future holds.

Page began with his vision for a post-pandemic Canada, focusing on re-thinking social security to avoid continued difficult economic times in the face of COVID-19 and whatever else the future holds.

“So the big thing for me, for building back better, is finding a way to make sure that everyone has access to the resources they need to have, food and shelter, without needing to worry about having a job that might go away to the pandemic or automation or to whatever is coming in the future. I am very interested in seeing a universal basic income of some kind implemented so that no matter what happens, everyone at least has the safety net they need to survive no matter what the outcome is,” said Page.

As of today, UBI is not on the NDP official party plan, instead what the party proposes is to “build toward” guaranteed livable income, which is not only less committal but also describes a different system.

A guaranteed liveable income establishes a baseline of earnings deemed “liveable,” if someone is not meeting that baseline their income will be supplemented, this process would essentially expand on existing social safety nets. UBI is much more comprehensive, as Page explains, and aims to cycle the money distributed to all citizens through the economy, theoretically helping not just those below the poverty line but small businesses as well.

“UBI should be just a flat amount of money for everyone regardless of how much money you make. So it’s really simple, you don’t have to worry about jumping through hoops to apply. It’s a really difficult thing to get on social support in this country, and just having it be easy and simple would save a lot of bureaucracy and make people’s lives better.

“So the great thing is when everyone has access to the money to buy food and shelter and to spend a little bit on extras like maybe going to a movie once a year, kind of thing, you’re just spending that money. It’s money that’s going from the government to people, to businesses and it’s circling. It’s taking money that is sometimes just spent sitting in offshore bank accounts from the really rich and the corporation’s and just getting it moving, it lets small businesses benefit because there are more people in the community to spend money on small businesses, instead of having to go through Amazon,” said Page.

Nick Page talking with supporters – social distance and masks.

As for how Canada would afford such measures, Page alluded to taxing the super-rich which the NDP official party platform identifies for their current agenda, without UBI, as a one-per-cent wealth tax applied to all households with assets exceeding $10 million.

Page discussed the importance of expanding our healthcare system to cover such areas as dental, optometric, and pharmaceutical. Tying benefits to employment in the current system “screws” the lower class, said Page.

“Right now you can go to the dentist if you have a good job but if you don’t have a good job you neither have dental coverage or the money to pay the dentist, so you’re screwed. If you don’t have a good job, you don’t have optometry coverage in Ontario. And so by decoupling those from jobs, from having a good job, you help everyone out. You also help the businesses not have to pay for insurance employees like that, which is a big expense for some companies like smaller companies who still need to pay benefits to their employees. That’s a cost they don’t need to have, they only really have it because the government doesn’t come through. And it’s interesting because that came about from wage tax in the US back in World War Two. It was a way to get around wage taxes by giving people more benefits, and then it just kind of became how we do things,” said Page.

One of Justin Trudeau’s most often maligned broken election promises was his vow that the 2015 election would be the last under the first past the post system. Page puts forward a case for a proportional representation system which would lead to federal representation more accurately reflecting the popular vote. Page also alludes to the use of ranked ballots which would theoretically diminish so-called “strategic voting,” particularly in conjunction with proportional representation. You would rank the candidates in order of preference so you don’t need to be dictated by who can win, and your vote would be more meaningfully represented in government.

“You have some of the people who are elected to government assigned to specific districts, and some of the people elected to government are assigned from a party list. And you do the normal voting in a district, probably with ranked voting to figure out who represents that district. And then you use the country-wide proportional ballots. So if, for example, the Green Party gets 8% across the country, it doesn’t all have to be focused on their one riding in Vancouver, or Victoria river is exactly to get a seat, they could have 8% votes across the country, and they’d get 8% of the seats, we would bump them up off their party list, and that way that 8% of people in our country would actually be listened to, they have a voice in government, as opposed to right now, where if after the 2015 election Trudeau only had, votes from like 38% of people, but he got to make all of the decisions because of how first past the post, but he should have had to work with people to make decisions after 2015,” said Page.

Page noted proportional representation may be the best opportunity to implement a government to deal with climate change.

“I don’t think any party with a majority would do what needs to be done to deal with climate change so I think proportional representation or some sort of voting change is what it’s going to take to get the environment under control,” said Page.

Standing in the Gazebo at Spencer Smith Park is photo op at its best.

In the 2019 federal election, the Green Party received 6.6% of the popular vote and scored 3 seats out of 337, based on the methodology outlined in the 2016 report of the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform under a proportional representation system the Green Party would have scored 22 seats from the same percentage of the popular vote.

If we accept more Green Party seats at the table correlates to more climate change action then Page’s correlation between electoral reform and environmental action may have merit.

NDP candidate Nick Page has a Math degree in Computer Science and Combinatorics & Optimization from the University of Waterloo, Nick has worked in data analysis, online content creation on Twitch, and is now doing tech consulting in the board game design industry.

There are no campaign events scheduled as of today for the Burlington NDP candidate but the Gazette will monitor this as it proceeds.

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Martha Street, south of James location for an 11 storey tower

By Staff

August 18th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The thickening of the downtown population continues.

An 11 story structure that will be made up of 130 units with 157 parking spaces and 88 bike racks.

Four levels of underground parking with access of Martha

Location is 407 Martha – well south of where James and New Streets converge.

Mattamy has plans for a large tower just to the north of this proposed development.  The Mattamy development is before the Ontario Land Tribunal.

A required Statutory Public meeting is to take place on September 14th at 6:30 pm.

A Staff report will be available the week of the hearing. Staff are reported to be asking for more time to complete the review of the application.

There are creek issues in the immediate area.

There is also a development application for a tower of about the same height on the opposite side of Martha Street.

Some of the early homes were built along Martha.

The character and location of those homes attracted a number of local artists.

The applications propose the redevelopment of the site into an 11-storey residential building consisting of 130 units, resulting in a density of 407 units per hectare. The development proposes a total of 167 vehicle parking spaces within four levels of underground parking and 88 bicycle parking spaces, and vehicular access to the site is proposed to be from Martha Street. The application proposes indoor and outdoor common amenity area at the ground level and through terracing of the building.

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Biggest drug haul in the history of the Region - valued at $5 million

By Max Bowder: Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

August 18TH, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The biggest drug bust the Regional Police have ever handled resulted in a $5 million dollar haul and 12 arrests.
It all started with a single tip of one individual and grew to involve police from Burlington, Hamilton, Oakville, London, Mississauga , Toronto, Markham, Woodbridge, Caledon and Etobicoke.

Code named Project Icarus, after the sun god from Greek mythology, the investigation took place over a 10-month period starting in October 2020 and resulted in what the Halton police are calling the largest drug seizure in Halton Regional Police history.

The size of the drugs, weapons, and cash haul

“I’m extremely proud of the work done by all officers involved. Our members continue to demonstrate that if you choose to participate in organized crime in our region threatening safety of our community, we will aggressively target you and arrest you,” said Deputy Chief Hill.

Halton regional police service investigators executed warrants at 14 residential locations and 2 business locations all around the GTA on July 21, July 29th and August 12th resulting in 12 arrests and dozens of kilograms of cocaine, ecstasy, other Illicit substances, weapons and vehicles being seized.

A gun with bags of bullets – not toys.

“Though hard work and collaboration our dedicated officers turned a small investigation of a single suspect into a significant project. Project Icarus has removed drugs, guns and criminals from the streets of not just Halton but the entire GTA,” said Halton regional police service Deputy Chief Jeff Hill.

Several drugs, weapons were seized which include:

• 27 kilograms of cocaine.
• 15 kilograms of ecstasy.
• Over 1000 kilograms of cannabis.
• One .40 caliber Glock handgun.
• One 9mm Glock handgun.
• Prohibited magazines.
• One 12-gauge shotgun and 1,100 rounds of ammunition.
• More than $100,000 in currency, jewelry and motor vehicles
• Illicit opioids (0.5 kg fentanyl, oxycodone and morphine)

Police say the amount of drugs seized add up to an estimated street value of over $5 million.

Inspector Dave Constantini

“I think it doesn’t just impact our region I think it impacts GTA wide,” said Inspector Dave Constantini.

The following people have been arrested and charged:

Cash and a counting machine

• James Ferrier (27) of Toronto
• Terrance Hancock (45) of London
• John Byard (40) of Mississauga
• Trevor Harwood (42) of Etobicoke
• Jile Cai (34) of Etobicoke
• Anthony Mason (39) of Hamilton
• Brian Aguiar (32) of Burlington
• Ana Antunes (30) of Burlington
• Crystal Giang (30) of North York
• Thanh Ma (31) of Newmarket

All accused are facing various drug, firearm and cannabis offences.

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Meet Chris Cullis, the Green Party candidate for Burlington.

By Ryan O’Dowd: Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

August 17th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

For Chris Cullis, the Burlington Federal Green Party candidate, climate change is the definitive issue of our time and one requiring immediate attention.

Chris Cullis

In his interview with the Gazette, Cullis was quick to point out the Green Party is not a one-issue party touches on key issues in the early stages of the campaign including the Trudeau administration’s failings, COVID-19, affordable housing, and Indigenous issues.

For many voters, climate change is all too often made difficult to understand, or represented in a way that doesn’t highlight the immediacy of its impact. Cullis, by contrast, simply points out his window and says this is happening now, he saw it in action with a river in his backyard that didn’t freeze all winter.

“Next year is going to be hotter than this year and the year after is going to be hotter than that. This is what climate change looks like. It’s not going to get better unless we get our act together, and even then there’s going to be a delay during which time, food is going to be more expensive, there are going to be climate refugees, flooding.

“We will start to feel the effects of decades of kicking this can down the road,” he said.

Cullis retained his candor speaking of the current Liberal administration’s failings to combat the issue of climate change.

“The day after the International Panel on Climate Change issued a report saying that this is a crisis and code red for humanity the Liberal Minister for the Environment defended the purchase of an oil pipeline. Saying that we need that revenue to pay for climate change initiatives which to me is like finding yourself in a burning building and thinking, well if I throw gasoline everywhere and the building burns down faster I won’t be trapped in a burning building anymore,

“It’s not a matter of not having the money to pay for climate change because clearly, controlling this and getting on top of it is in everyone’s best interest. And if the argument is well there’s no money for it, well, money is an idea of what is worth what and there is nothing more valuable than having a sustainable future,” said Cullis.

When asked what these necessary changes look like practically Cullis suggested an appointment of a chief climate science officer to guide Canada’s policy in the same way disease prevention worked under COVID.

“There’s this one overarching crisis which we are all concerned with. We need to make sure that everything is on the same page and working together. Why are we purchasing oil pipelines when oil is what got us into this mess?” asked Cullis.

On COVID-19 Cullis emphasized the importance of a successful pandemic recovery, and also suggested a post-pandemic world may be an opportunity to reshape society.

Managing a post Covid world is something we are going to have to learn to do.

“COVID-19 is the biggest international event since World War II.  We had a post World War II world, we had a post 911 world, we’re entering a post COVID world. And not to say that we won’t still have masks that there aren’t still precautions and safety measures to take but we have a chance to reorder society.

“It’s not going back to the way things were, there is a real chance to build something better in terms of working from home, society, and gas. Like, there are so many benefits from working from home in a four day workweek. Can we try that now? Like what was the holdup before that, having this moment to pause. We can reevaluate what society we want to live in and make that happen. So let’s,” said Cullis.

Elsewhere, the Green Party is asking Justin Trudeau to declare a national housing affordability and homelessness emergency requesting Parliament adopt a national moratorium on evictions during the pandemic and to create a residential arrears assistance program. Cullis acknowledged that although the pandemic has worsened the situation, the lack of affordable living was already a developing problem.

Affordable housing is a way we have run our economy.

“Affordable housing is more fundamentally a way we have run our economy, they stopped making land, everyone would like, you know the suburban two-car garage, lawn backyard, etc, but there’s only so much space and there are more and more people. How do we, and this is a larger question, how do we want our economy, what do we value and how do we, and how do people get that in a fair and equitable way?” asked Cullis.

On the subject of Indigenous issues, both environmental and those on reconciliation, Cullis stressed the importance of listening to Indigenous communities.

Cultural exchange at the dedication of the construction of an enhanced Brant Museum.

“Reconciliation is a complicated process where largely I think my job is mostly shutting up and listening. The underlying fundamental principle though is these are issues of human rights. And rather than say ‘oh it is merely a, an issue of white and indigenous and finding these divisions between us,’ it’s about getting society to a point where we’re all on the same page, where it is equitable for everyone,

“There are communities without access to clean drinking water, and everyone in Canada, who is a Canadian citizen or not, should have clean water, and whatever barriers have prevented that fundamental necessity being provided to people need to go. Whatever government office is in charge of this needs to stop dragging their feet. Let’s fix it,” said Cullis.

Ending long-standing boil water advisories in Indigenous communities was a 2015 election promise from Trudeau he has failed to keep.

Chris Cullis wants to be a different kind of politician, he doesn’t want to make promises he can’t keep, he wants to be authentic and yes, he’s aware of how inauthentic that sounds.

“There is so much I want people to know about me that you can’t get across on a webcam that in a press release, . I’m a human being. I’m 28 years old. I’m an ex-atheist, my favorite food is Korean fried chicken. I spent a year teaching in Korea. I have a master’s in international relations,

“I want people to know that I’m the real deal,” said Cullis.

In his eagerness in candor, it’s hard not to believe him.

Cullis was elected as the Green Party’s representative in a membership vote last month.

Cullis grew up in Burlington and graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a Masters in International Relations.

You can see Chris Cullis along with Green Party of Ontario leader/MPP for Guelph Mike Schreiner in Burlington at 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 19th,  at the Grow for Change urban farm(corner of Brant St. and Ghent Ave.).

Cullis and Schreiner will be available to chat with attendees at the event.

 

 

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Citizens want to be at the table when Waterfront development gets back on Council agenda

By Pepper Parr

August 17th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Dozens of developments are in the hands of the Planning Department and the Ontario Land Tribunal

Those at the Tribunal are related to the Interim Control Bylaw the city imposed two years ago and the 2018 edition of the Official Plan that has been adopted but is not yet in force.

Waterfront Hotel on the right at the bottom of Brant Street.

A development project that has been in various states of review and considerable public debate is the plans to re-develop the Waterfront Hotel site.

The city planners have known for more than a decade that the hotel would be demolished and something quite a bit larger put in its place.  The early thinking was to look west along the Promenade and use some of the land that was created with landfill that extended the property out into the lake.

Referred to as the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study it began in  March 2017 and was put on hold in June 2018.

The first view the public got of the thinking going on in the Planning was called the Emerging Preferred Concept.   It was not a pretty picture in the minds of a group of downtown people who labelled themselves Plan B.

It was the two emerging concepts that resulted in the creation of Plan B.

could not take place.  Their view was that there had to be a line drawn beyond which development could not take place.  They felt that the public had to have a clear view of the lake from Brant Street.

There was a second Emerging Preferred concept that Plan B didn’t think was all that much better

The thin red line would allow both Brant and John street to funnel into Spencer Smith Park and still leave for plenty of room for a development that would be zoned mixed use which would allow for some street level retail along the south side of Lakeshore Road.

The buildings would have lower height on the south side and not overwhelm the lake. Also – the elevation is considerable lower as you walk into the park – the height suggested would not impact Lakeshore Road.

The last public communication on the status of the study came through Staff Report in May 2020.

“Staff has had preliminary discussions with the representatives for the property owner and are working to create a revised plan to complete the Waterfront Hotel Planning Study in a timely fashion. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic and other project delays have caused the timing of this work to shift farther into 2020. Staff will provide a report with a proposed revised action plan by Q4 2020.”

The city’s communications people reported that “The role (planner) responsible for leading this study is currently vacant. We are in the hiring process now, and the successful candidate will be charged with re-initiating the work as soon as possible.

The lead consulting firm is The Planning Partnership (TPP).

This news has the Plan B people ticked, which puts it mildly.  With no planner on the file – nothing gets done.

When the Plan B people saw the Emerging Preferred Concept they surveyed the community and came forward with a plan they felt would do justice the the waterfront and the view of the lake from Brant Street.

Their “red line” was crucial.

With Covid providing a good cover for no movement within the Planning Department the Plan B people want a seat at the table.

Burlington they feel has grown to the point where citizens should be in the room when the discussions take place and note just the planners, developers and the developers consultants.

There are precedents for this.

The look of the properties adjacent to Spencer Smith Park are too important to be left in the hands of the commercial interests.

Watch for some healthy public discussion that is open and really transparent.

The city hired The Planning Partnership (TPP) to conduct a number of public sessions – there wasn’t a consensus nor was there much in the way of respect for the public participation.  Speakers were shut down, discussion was limited -many felt they were being pushed around by the consultants.

The studies that are being done are paid for by the developer who has input but certainly doesn’t determine the outcome.

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Federal election - just what's at stake?

By Staff

August 16th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Just like that, Canadians are heading into a federal election.

We turn to the The Centre for Policy Alternatives for a viewpoint that doesn’t come from the mouths of the candidates and their political parties who want your vote and will say what they think you want to hear.

The Centre is an evidence-based, non-partisan analysis through a progressive lens—because there is much at stake and important decisions to make.

What’s at stake?

Fire like this are becoming the new normal – brought on by conditions we created. Scientists are describing our behaviour as a “force of nature”

This has been a summer of climate change reckoning. It’s beyond clear that, unless our governments take urgent and meaningful action, Canada will not meet our Paris Agreement commitments.

Governments were caught unprepared for a global pandemic after decades of funding and service cuts. And workers, families and communities paid the price.

And let’s not forget extreme income, racial, and Indigenous inequality, which our research shows is at a historic high with no signs of disappearing on its own.

These are just some of the urgent challenges of our time; challenges that threaten to further polarize us, to worsen inequality, to diminish the chance that our children and grandchildren will have access to a better quality of life.

The Centre is committed to:

Ryan O’Dowd: Gazette federal election reporter

Facts: Deliberate misinformation campaigns can threaten our democratic process and polarize us in elections. CCPA experts bring you #FactCheckFridays, where we sort out fact from fiction for the week’s key issues and give you talking points for those awkward conversations with someone who is unwittingly spreading misinformation.

The Gazette will supplement this with a report on what our election reporter Ryan O’Dowd learns while he in the field following the candidates and interviewing them.

 

 

 

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PES (Pro Evolution Soccer) Franchise replaced with Free-to-Play eFootball

By Dink Delorme

August 17th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Fans religiously waiting for a new iteration of the famed PES franchise will not see a PES 22.

The 26 years of football and competing with the FIFA franchise is over.

Konami shut down the PES and created a new game. The silver lining is that the new game eFootball will replace PES in the fall – it will be free-to-play. What will be free for the fans on start is still unknown, and so are the possible upgrades and items you can buy with in-game purchases.

Major change in the way a brand is being marketed – free to everyone.

Will Konami Just Change the Name of the Game?
Huge Japanese game developer was synonymous with “real” football, while fans of the PES franchise mocked FIFA.

Konami developed a strong brand from the football game and sold a ton of merchandise and millions of PES games. Knowing that Konami produces hundreds of video slots, it’s weird they didn’t make the PES slot game.

The title and monetization are not the only things changed for the new eFootball game. The upcoming football game will be the first for Konami on Unreal Engine 4. So far, they have developed PES on Fox Engine, which they created for the Metal Gear Solid game franchise.

The most significant change in game play will come on a rebuild one-on-one system named Motion Matching, where all players will have unique reactions and some of their signature moves.

What More We Know so Far
The Unreal Engine-powered eFootball will be a free game available for most systems, including PS5, PS4, Xbox Series x, Xbox Series S, Xbox One and PC. In addition, the game will supposedly have cross-platform play, and after the release, there will be eSports tournaments.

In the game trailer, we saw Lionel Messi speaking about his passion for football. After that, Konami brought more big names to the game and used motion capturing on former Barcelona and Spain national team star Andres Iniesta. Gerard Pique is another player showcased in the trailer.

PES had problems with licencing clubs and players throughout its illustrious past, and for eFootball, we know there will be Manchester United, Barcelona, Arsenal, Bayern and Juventus. The Italian club will be exclusively in eFootball and will not appear in Electronic Arts FIFA. Another two Seria A clubs will be solely on eFootball: Napoli and Roma.

There is no information about other clubs and leagues, which leads us to monetization.

What Will Players Get in a Free-to-Play Game?
All biggest licenced clubs will be available at launch to the players. However, some speculate eFootball will come out as a barebone game, and you will have to pay for additional game modes, like career and others.

The game will probably have a battle pass system that offers rewards. For example, match Pass will enable new items or unlocking certain things in-game. In addition, there will be an option to buy the items without finishing challenges.

In the eFootball official reveal trailer, we saw little game play from the match. Still, plenty of close-ups focused on facial expression and natural player movement in various attacking and defending situations.

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Relay and Reprogramming - the thieves appear to have the upper hand - and your vehicle in it

By Staff

August 17th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In 2021, the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) reported a significant increase in both relay and re-programming thefts of high-end vehicles with keyless entry and push-start technology.

Since January 2021, there have been a total of 52 vehicles stolen from Milton and Halton Hills (Oakville and Burlington will get targeted soon enough) that have been attributed to the use of relay or reprogramming technology.

In the majority of these thefts, the vehicles are being stolen from residents’ driveways during the overnight hours, with most thefts typically taking less than one minute.

Stunning just ho much technology the thieves have access to – they get it online, pay a hefty price and see that price as a good investment.

What is a relay theft?
Thieves will use technology called a “relay device” to find a key fob signal from inside a residence. The thieves do not need to enter the residence in order to find the signal.

The signal is then amplified which allows the thieves to unlock, start and steal the vehicle. The vehicle owner discovers their vehicle has been stolen, even though they are in possession of their key fob.

What is a reprogramming theft?
Thieves will first gain entry to the vehicle by mechanical means (breaking in by using a tool). They will then access the vehicle’s diagnostic port and reprogram a blank key fob which allows them to start and steal the vehicle.

The HRPS is applying significant resources to investigate these occurrences. In spite of recent arrests, it is important that the community be aware of this trend and takes preventative steps to ensure their property remains secure from theft.

Special attention should be given by those members of the community who own the specific vehicles described here as they are most commonly being targeted for theft.

These carts once stolen leave the country in days – look for them in the war torn countries of the Middle East. The terrorists love the SUV’s and the pickup trucks.

What types of vehicles are being targeted?
While many different makes and models of high-end vehicles are being targeted, over 55% of these thefts involve Lexus RX350, Toyota SUV and Honda CR-V models.

What can residents do to protect themselves from these types of thefts?
There are measures that residents can take to mitigate the risk of having their vehicle(s) stolen:

• Park your vehicle in a locked and secured garage
• Install an on-board diagnostic blocker
• Install a steering wheel lock device
• Combine the above measures with an aftermarket GPS tracking device
• Place vehicle key fob inside a radio frequency shielding bag when not in use
• Lock your vehicle at all times
• Equip your vehicle with an alarm
• Install home security cameras that capture the exterior of your residence, including the driveway
• Take steps to conceal the Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.)

Additional tips and information, including an educational video, can be found on our website: https://www.haltonpolice.ca/en/staying-safe/vehicle-theft-prevention-tips.aspx

Crime prevention is a shared responsibility. Call 911 if you witness a crime in progress. Call 905-825-4777 if you see suspicious vehicles or persons in your neighbourhood.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca

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Helping those who need help and taking care of ourselves - we can all get through this pandemic

By Staff

August 16th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Got this from people who are in the business of helping people.

Does the feeling expressed represent what most – maybe just many – feel?

There’s this tension everywhere right now – we’re all expecting another covid infestation and another shut-down – our worst fears.

But we’re all LOVING this opportunity to feel free again.

They follow this up with

“… reminding people to enjoy this great weather while it lasts, get out for a walk and enjoy this great City. With the Pandemic still hanging on we all know what we can do to try to protect ourselves and our neighbours – just follow the basic covid protocols we’ve heard so often – keep it up.

You can find a wealth of information about Mental health and COVID-19 at the Halton Region website here – https://www.halton.ca

For-Residents/Public-Health/Mental-Health COVID-19 is affecting our lives in many different ways.

It might sound stupid – maybe even too simple – but when the anxiety builds up and your worried, confused maybe even a little afraid – just take deep deep breathes. Your body and your mind will settle down.

It is normal to feel stress and concern. Remember to take care of your mental health, just as you would take care of your physical health. While physical distancing is important to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we can still find ways to stay connected through technology and practice self-care.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a colleague, friend, loved one or health professional if you need support.

St.Matthews Church on Plains Road is reminding people that there are students who could use some help.

And the good people at the Food Bank remind us: 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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Online registration for fall recreation programs opens August 28 - preview August 20th

By Staff

August 16th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Parks and Recreation will open online registration for fall Adult, Youth and pre-season Aquatic Leadership programs beginning Saturday, Aug. 28.

Adult registration will open at 9 a.m. and Youth and pre-season Aquatic Leadership program registration will open at 11 a.m.
Programs will be viewable online at Burlington.ca/recreation on Aug. 20, 2021.

Swimming lessons and additional Aquatic Leadership programming will be announced in September.

All City programs will continue to follow public health guidance when required, including physical distancing, capacity limits and wearing masks or face coverings. Individuals participating in an in-person program will be required to fill out the mandatory health screening form at Burlington.ca/screening before each session.

Chris Glenn, Director of Recreation, Community and Culture said, hopefully: “Another season, another great set of recreation choices for residents to participate in for fun, exercise, learning or social opportunities. Our catalogue of programs is always changing to add new and interesting options on top of our traditional favourites that you’ll see every season.”

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The Most Popular Casino Payment Methods in Canada

By Norbert Fraught

April 16th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The methods available for making deposits and withdrawals is undoubtedly one of the most integral parts of the iGaming industry. Keep reading to check the most popular payment methods in Canada.

Online gambling is an activity that is becoming more and more popular in the Canadian market over the past few years. One main reason for this is the increased level of convenience and easy access that online casinos and sports betting sites bring players, allowing them to engage in their favorite pastime from just about anywhere at any time.

Deposits and withdrawals methods are an essential aspect of online casinos that often influence players’ choice of where to play.

Of course, to play free slots no download, or just about any casino games for real money from the comfort of your own home, you will have to transfer money into your casino account. This is why deposits and withdrawals methods are an essential aspect of online casinos that often influence players’ choice of where to play. Thankfully, Canadian players have access to a plethora of payment methods that are fast, secure, and readily accessible for making deposits and withdrawals at online casinos.

In this article, we will be looking at some of the most popular payment methods that gambling enthusiasts use to make deposits and withdrawals at online casinos in Canada.

Interac
Commonly referred to as the national debit card for Canada, Interac is one of the most popular, safest, and reliable payment methods that Canadian players use to deposit and withdraw funds at online casinos. It is a Canada-exclusive interbank network that links participating Canadian banks and other financial institutions for the purpose of electronic funds transfer and transactions. Simply put, Interac is a payment service that allows Canadian players to fund their casino account directly from their bank or credit union accounts. In addition, this payment method provides an extra layer of protection for players online since there is no need to share sensitive financial information. Over the years, Interac has launched many branded services, and the two most popular ones you will find in most casinos include:

Interac e-transfer Service
Interac Online
Reasons for its Popularity
As we have mentioned before, the number of online casinos featuring the Interac payment method is on the rise, and it has become the first choice for millions of Canadians. However, this popularity doesn’t come solely because it is a local service but is based on several reasons. Below are some of these reasons:

Interac is available for both deposits and withdrawals. Many popular payment methods are usually only exclusively for deposits, and players would have to find another method when they want to withdraw. The flexibility of Interac makes it a neat and valuable method.

Depositing money with Interac into an online casino is instant. But, on the other hand, withdrawal through Interac is also fast and almost instant.

With Interac, you can use the Canadian dollar and don’t need a currency converter.
Interac is relatively safe and secure, which means that your financial information remains private.

Interac is not expensive. Depending on your bank and casino of choice, it may cost little to nothing to fund your casino account through Interac.

The way you remit and receive funds from your sporting activity is important.

Mastercard
Perhaps the most popular payment method for funding online casinos in Canada and the global market is the credit/debit cards payment method. And when it comes to credit/debit cards, Mastercard is one of the oldest and most reputable ones you will find online. When you go online to gamble, you will find that almost all online casinos accept deposits and withdrawals through Mastercard.

Reasons for its Popularity
Here are some of the reasons why Mastercard remains one of the most popular payment methods for players in Canada:
Mastercard allows high limits transactions, meaning that players can deposit or withdraw huge amounts of money at any time.
Due to its popularity, Mastercard is available at virtually every online casino that caters to Canadian players.

Mastercard provides top-rated safety measures such as fraud detection technology, secure code password protection, and others to keep players safe from intruders.
With Mastercard, deposits occur instantaneously, and though it may take a while depending on online casinos, withdrawals are also fast.

Mastercard ensures that their services are only available at licensed and legit online casinos.

VISA
With roots dating as far back as 1958, Visa is arguably the oldest, largest, and most used payment method in the digital world today. It is considered one of the most reliable and easy-to-use credit/debit card payment methods for making deposits and withdrawals at online casinos in Canada. Like the Mastercard method, almost every online casino worth its salt accepts Visa.

Reasons for its Popularity
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that Visa is only prevalent in the Canadian market because it happens to be one of the oldest forms of online payment method on the market. On the contrary, it is popular because it offers a wide range of benefits to its users.

Some of these benefits include:
Visa gives its users access to credit.
Visa provides deposit and withdrawal transactions with little to no fees from casinos.
Visa provides fast transactions for both deposits and withdrawals. Deposits are instant, while withdrawal may take some extra time.

As one of the most well-known payment methods globally, Visa is security conscious, and its services come with the best security measures, making transactions safe and secure for players.

Ecopayz
Ecopayz is a global payment solutions provider that offers instant, safe, and reliable payment services to Canada and the international market. Established in 2002, Ecopayz is one of the longest established e-wallets in the world. Like most e-wallets, ecoPayz acts as a gateway between your bank account and your online casino account, allowing you to fund your account without providing your financial information effortlessly. With two decades of experience in the financial industry, ecoPayz is an experienced player in the digital payment industry, offering its services to more than 155 countries and supporting more than 50 currencies. So naturally, many casinos in Canada support this payment method, and it is among the most popular options you will find in Canada’s online gambling market.

Reasons for its Popularity
Ecopayz has been providing payment services to casino players in Canada for many years now. Below are some of the reasons why it is very popular:

You can use ecoPayz for both deposits and withdrawal transactions, which is not the case for many banking methods.
Transactions at casinos using ecoPayz are quick and easy, with deposits occurring instantly and withdrawals being instant up to a few hours.

Using Ecopayz adds an extra layer of protection for players as their financial information is never shared when players pay online.

Ecopayz uses the latest security and fraud protection technology.
By using electronic operational and physical security measures, ecoPayz protects players against viruses, spyware, and attacks from hackers.

Paysafecard
Rounding up our list of popular casino payment methods in the Canadian market is the world’s most popular online prepaid payment method, Paysafecard. Paysafecard is a prepaid online payment method that provides shoppers and online casino players with 16-digit PIN code vouchers, which they can use to make payments online. Customers can buy these vouchers from local sales outlets that sell them. They come in these amounts in Canada: 10, 30, 50, 100, 150, 0r 250 CAD. Naturally, the card also works with online casinos, and you will find that tons of online casinos support this method as a means of processing payment transactions.

The best part about the Paysafecard payment method is that it is entirely independent of bank accounts and credit cards and does not require you to provide your personal information. The only downside is that you can only use the Paysafecard for making deposits and cannot use it to make withdrawals.

Reasons for its Popularity
Here are some of the reasons why Paysafecard is popular in the Canadian casino market:

The Paysafecard does not require players to provide any personal, bank, or credit card information.

The prepaid principle of the Paysafecard guarantees absolute security when you are making deposits online.
Depositing with Paysafecard is quick and easy.

Paysafecard does not give the means of overdrawing funds, thereby giving players some form of forced control over their spending.

Other notable mentions include:

MuchBetter
iDebit
Instadebit
Neosurf
American Express

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Two days of Jazz on the Patio SOLD OUT - good crowds - great music

By Pepper Parr

August 16th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

We asked Tammy Fox, Executive Director of the Performing Arts Centre if it was safe to say that the Jazz on the Patio event was a SOLD OUT occasion?

Elise LeGrow letting it fly – check the specs.

Want to hear a Happy Voice response?

Yes every performance sold out. Incredible weather. Couldn’t have asked for a more rewarding return to live music!

Hopefully there will be more in the way of outdoor music. The people of Burlington need something to make them feel good.

Can a da – remember – it was THE theme song that pulled the country together during Expo 67

Maybe Tammy Fox could impersonate the late Bobby Gimby and lead a small band along Brant Street and out to the end of the Pier.

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Gazette reporters and pundits in place to cover federal election

By Pepper Parr

August 15th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

And they are off!

The Prime Minister met with the Governor General this morning and she granted his request that the 43rd session of Parliament be dissolved and a federal election take place on September 20th, this despite voting with in May with nearly all MPs against a pandemic election saying at the time “nobody wants an election before the end of this pandemic.”

The Gazette now has a team that will cover the election in a way we have not been able to do in the past.

Contributing editor Ray Rivers will comment regularly on how the election campaign plays out while Ryan O’Dowd and Max Bowder will be in the field covering candidates from at least four political parties in the three constituencies that make up Burlington.

Prime Minister takes the family to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament. How could she say no to the wife and kids?

The Prime Minister wants a majority – does his political career came to a close if her doesn’t get one? And who would replace him?

Big questions, big issues.

 

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Gazette reporter covering northern part of the city gets a mixed reaction to a possible election call

By Staff

August 14th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

Part 2 of a two part story on what the people of Burlington feel about an election call

With the whiff of an election in the air, the Gazette decided to send a team of reporters out into the streets to hear what the public had to say.

The team, made up of Max Bowder and Ryan O’Dowd, covered all six wards and approached people asking:

Do you think there should be a federal election?

Depending on the answer they followed up with:

Why or why not.

Bowder covered the Northen part of the city – everything north of Fairview.

We asked the team to get as many responses as possible – we wanted some depth to what people thought – thus the length.  Some people didn’t want to give names; some locations were better than others.  Bowder was asked to leave the library where he was interviewing people

The responses Bowder got were:   Good idea to call for an election: 7

Bad idea to call for an election: 28

No opinion: 7

Individually here are his results.

No, I don’t think it is necessary and I won’t vote for him – male

No, we have enough problems – Steve, male

When looking for man/woman on the street interviews you go to where there are people – supermarkets and LCBO outlets.

No, when the election is called, it takes priority away from covid and instead on what’s best for the candidate … with low vaccine rates it is not a good time and we should want to wait until 90% of the country is vaccinated – Samir, male

No, with everything else going on, it’s just the wrong timing – Male

I don’t know if it’s the best time for it because I think there is still two years before they are required call an election, so I guess no – female

I don’t really have an opinion on it – female

No because I think it’s a political maneuver on his part (Justin Trudeau), I just heard on the news how much it will cost for the election, 610 million dollars! I mean, we are in huge debt as it is – female

Absolutely he should – female

That would be nice, politically it’s something I don’t really … I could go on for a long time with this so that why I can’t give you a straight answer for that one to be honest … I just don’t argue about politics with other people – Dave, Male,

No, I’m not really sure – female

No, I think he (Justin Trudeau) thinks he could win; I’m worried he could win again. – female

No, I feel like he (Justin Trudeau) will lose if he does it. – male

No, there’s enough going on right now, we don’t need to go to the polls. – female

No, I think he should do something else, focus on getting people back on track. We’ll see what happens, I wouldn’t be surprised because He’s taking advantage of the opportunity and again why not?  – Gabe, female, ward 5

No definitely not – female

Uh its ok – female

No, too many things going on – Chris, male

I don’t know I guess so? You know what in all honesty I don’t know about that – Christina, female

No, our intent should be trying to get us out of this – female

Sure, not really, I think it’s time for change, I don’t know if he will win – female, Oakville

No, because there is too much going on, there’s too much covid and everything – female

Yes, actually I think he should be governing … but if Hes (Justin Trudeau) trying to win back a majority, I don’t know … my personal feelings, I hope he gets voted out- Julius, male, North Carolina

I don’t know enough to comment. For politicians it is [for liberals] think they will get a majority, that’s what I’m guessing – Ray, male Oakville

Uuuhhhhhh no, I don’t know – male

No, too expensive no question … he (Justin Trudeau) should focus on the economy you know, we gotta get people back to work – Mark, male

Doesn’t matter, I’m indifferent – Donna, female

No, Well I’m a conservative sooo, in the middle of a pandemic it does make a whole lot a sense to the prime minister, it’s a waste of twenty million dollars. – Dave, male

No, sorry I don’t understand – female

No, He’s (Justin Trudeau) only calling an election at this time because you know He’s kinda favored right now and he doesn’t get my vote – Victoria, female

I do, I think that what He’s done in over the pandemic and uh just what he has been doing as a prime minister I think gives him the right to say what he sees happening and I trust his judgement on that, and I think what are people waiting for? I don’t understand that, for things to get better? For things to get smoother? for the pandemic to go away. I don’t believe that’s going to happen I think if the newspapers could stop talking about the fourth pandemic, I think things are going to go into more and more chaos, I think H

He’s really done a great job. He’s made mistakes of course he has but who the hell is going to take over for him (Justin Trudeau)!? –  Margo, female, ward 4

Honestly, he (Justin Trudeau) has to call it sometime so why not tomorrow? – Racheal, female

I don’t know, probably not because of covid it’s not worth it even if he gets a majority – Cindy, Female Oakville

I think so, Hes (Justin Trudeau) in a good position to… if he can do it, he should – Stu, male

Yea it is, he should try to get a majority – male

I wouldn’t think so with all of this happening do you really think people are in the mood to go out and vote? – female

No timing is not the best … well there’s the pandemic and everything’s really confusing – Debbie, female,

Um for him (Justin Trudeau) it’s the right choice – Dick, male

No, there is more pressing issues like the huge amount of debt the government has put on the country’s books, both for your generation and mine, none of the political parties are discussing how to pay back the debt, – Tom, male

Either way probably not, no great concerns, I just don’t know that it is necessary, that’s more than the whole thing. I think things are going as well as they can given the, excuse my language, shit storm. We’re just in survival mode as a country and a civilization. – Steve, male

No, there’s bigger issues going on right now, Steve(different one), male

No, not the time Eyaz, male

No, I think its just poor timing with covid and everything and I’m not the fan of our prime minister, I don’t agree with a lot of what he’s done – Paul, male

I haven’t really thought of it – female

Uh that’s a good question I don’t know, at this point no, probably not. I don’t know why they are doing it well I do know but its up to them I guess. – female

No because I think there is too much going on right now. – Jennifer , female

No, its not the time. – female

We have a follow up report on what Ryan O’Dowd learned in the Southern part of the city.

Max Bowder reporrts: “Most people feel that this is not the best time to have an election while in the middle of COVID and there are other things The Prime Minister can be focusing on such as the economy. Many also believe the Prime Minister is only calling this election, hoping win back a majority government for his handling of the pandemic.”

Max Bowder is a second year journalism student at Sheridan College.  He is part of a team with the Gazette on the Local Journalism Initiative funded by the federal government.  Before enrolling at Sheridan Max volunteered in a community in Argentina  where he worked with young people.  He is a Burlington resident who helps out on the family farm in Milton.

 

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Citizens in southern part of the city speak their minds on a possible election call

By Staff

August 15th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

Part 1 of a two part story on what the people of Burlington feel about an election call

With the whiff of an election in the air, the Gazette decided to send a team of reporters out into the streets to hear what the public had to say.

The team, made up of Max Bowder and Ryan O’Dowd, covered all six wards and approached people asking:

Do you think there should be a federal election?

Depending on the answer they followed up with:

Why or why not.

We asked the team to get as many responses as possible – we wanted some depth to what people thought – thus the length.  Some people didn’t want to give names; some locations were better than others.

If you want to get a cross section of opinion in Burlington Brant and Lakeshore is as good a place as any.

Ryan O’Dowd covered the southern part of the city to learn how the public felt about an expected election call.

In a separate story we published the results of what Max Bowder learned in the area north of Fairview.

Here is what Ryan O’Dowd learned:

I’m fairly ambivalent about it but it’s clear Trudeau is trying to get the election in before the economy tanks.- Roy

I think the tail end of a pandemic is a bad and weird time for a power grab. But it gives me a chance to vote out a Prime Minister I quickly soiree on after initially voting for him.-Alex

This isn’t the time to focus on an election, I worry about what will happen if a fourth wave is handled poorly.-Jira

I get what he’s trying to do, he’s trying to present a united front on COVID and get everyone on the same page. But the countries debt is already an issue before election spending.-Cathy

No, it’s just a power grab.-Bruce

Seems like an election call right now would be a power grab by Trudeau. But we’re all screwed anyway so who cares.-Kevin

Any other politician would do the same, I’m not a Trudeau fan but this is hardly reason why.-Lisa

I support it, it’s a bit soon but people have been revisiting their values during the pandemic, so people may want something else from their government.-Gabriel

No, I don’t trust any of the candidates and were in a pandemic.-Drew

I think it’s wise on his part considering people following his guidelines and being financially supported outweighs people who challenged his direction. Although the dark parts of Canadian history recently brought to light and alot of people aren’t agreeing with his response. I personally wouldn’t vote for Trudeau but if it happens he’s got a good shot.-Taylor

I wouldn’t support an election and I don’t think they will go through with the plans. No one is happy about it and COVID numbers are up.-Mark

There’s a lot of reasons to criticize Trudeau, that he’s calling an election when he thinks he can win is not one.-Michelle

Finding people to interview led reporters to shopping locations – Appleby Mall proved to be very good place to meet people.

There is no good reason for an election, I can’t support a power grab during a pandemic- Kim

No, I don’t like any of the candidates and probably won’t vote- anonymous

I don’t support a federal election call at all because it’s a waste of resources that could be used in a more productive manner.-David

I do, we need to vote Trudeau out to stop more lockdowns and vaccine passports-Jean

If the election takes place during a fourth wave it will blow up in Trudeau’s face- Megan

No, Trudeau is threatening people’s health to win- Mike

It’s irresponsible to have an expensive election given our debt and it will be dangerous- Karen

Opposition to the election is partisan, if conservatives thought they could win they’d be all for it, but they aren’t confident- Raheem

No and I hope all parties lose.- anonymous

Yes. People criticize Trudeau for calling it as a power grab but how Canada does post-COVID is incredibly important. It seems like a good time to reevaluate the countries leadership.-Ed

No, it’s a waste of time, there are much more important things to focus on right now.-Jacqueline

I don’t support the election, people are still scared of COVID, it’s their number one priority. Trudeau is using that as a power grab and it’s not right.-Mina

Why not? Conservatives want to lift mandates, they want the country to be open just not for an election they’ll likely lose. Making this an issue of safety now is convenient. It’s a power grab but that’s nothing new.-Carol

No. I’m worried the election will politicize the pandemic even more. I don’t want people to think being anti-vax or mask is a political stance as opposed to just being anti-science. I’m worried this will come up alot.-anonymous

No. Things are hard enough right now, I don’t have time to pay attention to politics.- Devon

I think it’s a pointless election but I can’t blame Trudeau for capitalizing on weak opposition. That these other parties have poor leadership is something they should worry about rather than complaining about the election.-Austin

No. He’s just trying to get people on CERB to vote to keep it going, and we can’t afford that.-Sam

No, mostly because I don’t like any of the candidates. Trudeau never follows through on anything and the current conservative party is a mess.- Mark H.

 Across Burlington reactions to the election call were mixed. Many were unhappy about the election citing economic issues and safety concerns, but above all people were put off by the optics with what many dubbed an opportunistic power grab. And while many found the calling of the election unnecessary, most recognized it’s importance.

Ryan O’Dowd is a Sheridan College journalism student who is part of a federally funded Local Journalism Initiative that will have him reporting for the Gazette well into 2022.  He is a Burlington native who plays the guitar.

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Politicians handing out dollars and making announcements - election announcement expected Sunday

By Staff

August 15th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On Thursday of last week Milton MP Adam Joseph van Koeverden arrived at the vaccination centre in that community to tell the public Canada now had more than enough in the way of inoculation doses to ensure everyone would be able to get vaccinated twice.

Burlington |Mayor Marianne Meed Ward tells Burlington MP Karina Gould she is grateful for the Grindstone Creek funding.

On Friday MP and Cabinet Minister Karina Gould issued a statement at the Rock Garden in Hamilton announcing that the federal government had come up with $579, 000 from the Great Lakes Action Plan V – Great Lakes Sustainability Fund for the RBG’s Wetland Rehabilitation Program and the City of Burlington’s Grindstone Creek Erosion Control Planning.

RBG will be receiving $425,000 for their program, while the City will be receiving $154,000.

Oakville Burlington North MP Pam Damoff

We had no report on what Oakville Burlington North MP Pam Damoff was up to; many of her supporters were waiting for a decision from the federal government on who was going to appear on the next version of the $5 bill. The hope was that it would be of Terry Fox as he ran his historic run through Burlington 41 years ago.

All the political activity underlined the widely held expectation that there would be a federal election in the fall.

The announcement is expected today.

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That Urban Growth Boundary - what's the big deal - it was a big deal and it looks like the Mayor pulled it off

By Pepper Parr

August 13th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington and development have for the past five years been in one of those awkward relationships.

The city wants development, the developers want to build – the problem has been what kind of development and where.

It became a menage a trois when the province said that we had to grow – big time. More housing for more people with not much in the way of space for the traditional single family house with a nice back yard that made Burlington what it is today.

Those that live in the southern part of the city didn’t want to see dozens of high rise towers taking over.

The developers wanted their buildings to be in the downtown core where the pricey condos were being built.

The argument got intense from about 2015 to the 2018 election when the issue was the boundary for the Urban Growth Centre.

Set out below is the boundary that was in place when the current city council was elected.

The Urban Growth Boundary that is in the Official Plan that is in force now went through a number of changes. The colours define the different precincts the city is divided into. A precinct is an area that has zoning and development rules unique to that area.

Marianne Meed Ward convinced people that she could get hat boundary changed and while the fight isn’t over yet – there are new Urban Growth Centre boundaries in place and once the Official Plan gets completely approved – it is currently in the hands of the Ministry of Housing and Municipal Affairs – where it is expected to be approved – all it has to do is get through the appeals process – there are 40 some odd organizations appealing – it becomes the law of the land.

Meed Ward was adamant from day 1 – the boundary has to be changed.

This is what the Urban Growth Centre boundary is going to look like.

Boundaries for the Urban Growth Centre that are part of the approved but not in force Official Plan.

Now slide back up and look at what was in place before a new city council set out to make a change

A huge difference – and the credit for much of it belongs to the Mayor. She was thee one who pushed and pushed and did her best not to budge an inch.

It was no small feat.

Meed Ward did not do this alone – what she did was lead the five newcomers to council, who for the most part were on her side when they were first elected, and then supported what she was setting out to do.

The Gazette has a number of differences with how this first term Mayor has handled and portrayed herself; Lord Acton had it right when he said:  “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  Time will tell if Marianne Meed Ward can catch herself before she falls. None of this should take away from what she did in getting that Urban Growth Boundary moved north,

Salt with Pepper is the musings, reflections and opinions of the publisher of the Burlington Gazette, an online newspaper that was formed in 2010 and is a member of the National Newsmedia Council.

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Some of the history of the city gets a bit of spit and polish

By Pepper Parr

August 13th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The small details are what often reveal what is underneath the surface.

A community where people pick up after other – when there is a candy wrapper on the ground they pick it up, tuck it into their pocket and throw it away when they come across a waste container.

When crossing a busy street and an older person is spotted they pause and ask if they can walk across with them because the crossing light might be just a little short on the time it gives.

A very attractive fountain has been repaired and refurbished. Some of the cultural history now on display

There is a fountain that now sits in the small park immediately to the north of city hall where the Cenotaph stands and where there are a couple of Vimy Oaks taking in the sun and doing their osmosis thing.

The fountain is older than the city. It was paid for by citizens who wanted to commemorate the life of King Edward VII – the closest he ever got to Burlington was Niagara Falls.

The citizens if the city were God and Country first people proud that they were part of the British Empire.

Looking very imperial, King Edward ruled at the end of the Victorian Age when the British Empire ruled the world.

Some of the official portraits of Edward VII – first son of Queen Victoria )  are resplendent – a true representation of his time.  He wouldn’t get the time of day now – that was then.

The fountain was first located next to the Royal Theatre on Lakeshore Road – tucked in between the theatre and what was then a Royal Bank.

It was later moved to Spencer Smith Park where is was on display for a long period of time – (no one seems to have exact dates) then when natural decay took over it was put in storage.

In 1977 the Optimist Club put up the money to have it refurbished and this time it was placed next to city hall in a space that will be given a new name later in the year.

The fountain which has water troughs at its base that seem a little small for a horse to drink from – some doubt that a horse ever drank from the fountain.

A metal band at the top of the fountain explaining the what and why of the Fountain

All no matter – the King Edward VII fountain is back in place; rust removed, holes patched and a glistening coat of paint making it just as attractive today as it was when it was first unveiled.

Although the fountain hearkens back to the days of colonialism, it is rightly situated near the Cenotaph in Veteran Square where the Remembrance Day ceremonies are held.  Proof positive that Burlington does try to respect and keep its heritage – they are the kind of people who pick up those candy wrappers.

Related news story.

Fountain finally going to get the attention it needs.

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A stupid remark by a person who should perhaps not be working at a hospital

By Pepper Parr

August 13th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Who was the employee at the Joseph Brant Hospital who told a patient waiting in the emergency area to “stop inter fearing” when she was asked if a blanket could be brought out for a women appearing to be in serious pain and shivering in the wheel chair?
Another patient waiting in the Emergency area saw the woman who was reported to be “shivering severely” and asked an attend walking by if she could get a blanket for the woman.

A hospital is a place where caring is all that really counts – everything flows from that.

The attendant paused and appeared to be about to walk on when the person that reported the behaviour to the Gazette said quite loudly “she needs a blanket” at which point the attendant got a blanket, wrapped it around the shivering patent and then said “stop inter fearing”.

The Joseph Brant Hospital is better than that. If the people working there can’t care for people – try finding another job.

The vast majority of the people who work at the hospital are caring people – this was an exception. It is the exceptions that do the damage

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