Spring/Summer Live and Play program registration opens February 22 - online and in person

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February 19th, 2020



Burlington adults,  aged 19+ and 55+,  will be able to register for Spring/Summer Live and Play programs on Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.

Synchronized swimming

There are a lot of competitive events as well as lap swimming and swimming lessons.

Registrations are accepted online at wwwliveandplay.burlington.ca or in-person on Saturday at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre, City Hall, Brant Hills Community Centre and Tansley Woods Community Centre.

Following Saturday’s launch, in-person registration can be done at any City facility during regular customer service hours. burlington.ca/servicehours.

Lawn Bowling Club is right beside the Seniors Centre. In good weather plenty of opportunity to get out and get some exercise and fresh air. The Library is a very short walk away. Much of wjhat Senirs need in the way of civic services are in the immediate area.

It’s going to be a couple of months before these lawns are used – but you can register now.

The City of Burlington’s Spring/Summer 2020 Live and Play Guide, featuring listings for recreation, sport and culture programs, was originally distributed in January and can now be found in City facilities including recreation centres, Burlington Public Library branches and City Hall, as well as online at burlington.ca/play.

Non-residents aged 19+ and 55+ can register for Spring/Summer Live and Play programs on Friday, Feb. 28 at 9 a.m.

• To receive future copies of the online guide by email, subscribe to the Live and Play e-newsletter at www.burlington.ca/enews.

• For details on how to register for fall/winter programs and events, see page three of the guide or visit www.burlington.ca/play.

The Parks and Recreation department announced earlier this month that the Guide would no longer be published in print form going forward.

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PROSPECTS brings together dancers and choreographers to present creative interpretations of several forms of dance

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February 14th, 2020



Aeris Kőrper Contemporary Dance is hosting an evening of dance and discussion. PROSPECTS brings together dancers and choreographers to present creative interpretations of ballroom dance, disability dance, Bengali folk dance as well as works charged with powerful content. Each performance will be followed by a discussion with the choreographer, giving the audience a unique opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and explore themes.


Mushtari Afroz trained in the North Indian Classical Dance form.

“Having produced six successful editions of PROSPECTS, we are excited and motivated by the enthusiasm and positive feedback we received from participants and community members,” said Lisa Emmons, Artistic Director for Aeris Körper.  “We believe our approach to dance is unique and that all movement is expressive and powerful. Our show is created with the intent of presenting multicultural and diverse dance in an informal, warm environment in order to create connections within our community.”

Faith from Faith Dance fuses together belly and Bollywood-style dance with K-Pop music. Her performance, Obscurity, explores an artist’s journey through a mental health crisis, examining how the loss of energy, focus, cognitive processing and lack of desire for being physically present with others can obscure the artist’s creative process and arrest inspiration.

Mushtari Afroz trained in the North Indian Classical Dance form ‘Kathak’. In 2016, the dancer and choreographer established Kathak Bandi Dance Collective which celebrates universal human stories and experience.

Me is a window into Afraz’s private time inside the studio. In those personal moments, Afraz is tempted to break rules to explore new possibilities within her art form. While her body relates to the space and time, her mind challenges the way the audience connects with a performance by exposing the artificiality of the stage.


Project Oswald

Project Oswald is the fresh, ethnographic dance company founded by Rufi Oswaldo. The company produces heart-felt and humorous dance-theatre works whose themes most often emerge from liminal social and cultural spaces in Canada.

Oswald’s performance embodies the uncomfortable comparison of love to bullfighting, Gentle(hu)man sheds light on the messiness of human vulnerability complicated by societal expectations of masculinity, while offering a silver lining through gentle courage.


Original contemporary disability dance

The Cyborg Circus Project, created by Shay Erlich and Jenna Roy, specializes in original contemporary disability dance that reflects the reality and everyday experiences of disabled people for the enjoyment of audiences with divergent abilities.

Safe Words explores what it means to have no choice but to appear hyper-competent in everything we do. The work questions the limits these expectations place on bodies and minds, and how in utilizing trust, risk taking, vulnerability, and community, these expectations can be subverted.

Thea Sachade, a professional dancer from Burlington (Ontario) is currently a freelance artist showcasing her talent throughout Canada and the US.


Thea Sachade,

Sachade’s performance, 20+, embodies a collection of moments of personal healing and growth through the exploration of self-compassion and the discovery of a healthy self-concept.

Aeris Kőrper is a contemporary-based dance company that produces live performances, hosts community platforms, and leads accessible movement workshops in Burlington, Hamilton, and across the Greater Toronto Area.

Web sites for the performers.
The Cyborg Circus Project
Kathak Bandi Dance Collective
Faith Dance
Project Oswald
Thea Sachade

Saturday, February 22, 2020

7:00 PM to 11:30 PM (Doors open at 6:30 PM)

Burlington Student Theatre

2131 Prospect Street, Burlington, ON, L7R 1Z2

The event is wheelchair accessible, please contact info@aeriskorper.com for details.

To purchase tickets click here.

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Another survey - this one is on a values issue: think in terms of opium dens

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February 14th, 2020



The City of Burlington is asking residents to share their thoughts about whether cafes and lounges serving and allowing the consumption of cannabis should be allowed to operate in the city.

This survey will help inform the discussion at Burlington City Council on February 24th, to respond to the Ontario Government’s online consultation for potential cannabis business opportunity additions.

The City’s survey will also ask residents their feedback on potential extension of Special Occasion Permits (SOPs) identified in the Ontario Government’s online consultation. SOPs would allow cannabis to be served and consumed at festivals and events in public places and spaces.

To help gather the community’s input, the City has also launched an online survey at www.getinvolvedburlington.ca open to Burlington residents until Sunday, Feb. 23.

To complete the brief survey, residents must first register or be a member of Get Involved Burlington.

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Your opinion on lounges where cannabis flavored products can be sold.

The city of Burlington city council voted to permit the sale of cannabis in locations that were not close to schools.  It was a split vote with Councillors Stolte and Bentivegna opposed and Mayor Meed Ward, Councillors Galbraith, Kearns, Nisan, Sharman voting to approve.

There are currently at least five retail cannabis locations operating in Burlington.

The Ontario Government’s public consultation was announced on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 and the province will accept feedback until Tuesday, March 10, 2020.

Visit www.getinvolvedburlington.ca/cannabissurvey to register and take the survey about cannabis lounges and at events in Burlington. CLICK HERE to start.

The registration process is a little tricky – pay attention; the city will be using the Get Involved site as its primary way of gathering information.

Quick Facts
• On Oct. 17, 2018, recreational cannabis was legalized by the federal government of Canada.

• On Jan. 14, 2019, Burlington City Council voted to allow the operation of retail cannabis stores in Burlington

• On Apr. 1, 2019, the first round of brick and mortar, privately-operated retail cannabis stores opened across the province

• The AGCO is licensing and enforcing regulations related to retail cannabis stores in Ontario

• On June 26, 2019, Health Canada published regulations for the production and sale of three new classes of cannabis products:

o cannabis edibles – cannabis products that can be consumed in the same manner as food (e.g. food or beverage)

o cannabis extracts – cannabis products that are produced using extraction processing methods or by synthesizing phytocannabinoids (e.g., oils, capsules, hash, wax)

o cannabis topicals – cannabis products that can be used on a body surface (e.g. lotion)

• These new federal regulations came into force on Oct. 17, 2019 and the new classes of cannabis products became available for sale in Ontario on Jan. 6, 2020.

• The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) and the regulations under that Act prohibit the smoking of cannabis and the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to vape any substance (including cannabis) in enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places, as well as other prescribed places (e.g., restaurant and bar patios or within nine metres of these patios).

Links and Resources
• Provincial online consultation – comments due March 10

• For more information about legal cannabis and the City of Burlington, visit www.burlington.ca/cannabis.

• Visit Halton Region for more information about Smoke Free Ontario

• For more information about legal cannabis in Ontario, visit Ontario.ca/cannabis

• For more information, on an open market for retail cannabis sales in Ontario please visit https://news.ontario.ca/mag/en/2019/12/ontario-opening-cannabis-retail-market.html

• Visit, Health Canada for their rules for edibles, extracts and topicals

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City wants your help in naming three new trails.

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February 13th, 2020



Time to take part and be engaged in the way your city works.

There are three distinct trails in Burlington that need a name. Below, you will see the three areas where the trails are located. The actual trail is shown by the red line.

You might want to consider the history of the area, location of the trail, important people in the city past or present. Use your imagination and suggest your three best ideas.

Trails - first

This trail is along the Hydro corridor north of the QEW, between the North Service Road at Roly Bird Park and Berwick Drive.

Trails Maple - Fairview

This trail is part of the downtown hydro corridor, east of Maple Avenue, between Ontario Street and Graham’s Lane.

Trail Upper and Mainway

This trail is east of Centennial Drive, between Upper Middle Road and Heathfield Drive (extending in the future to Mainway.)

Click here to get to the survey.

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Art work for the new pavilion at City View Park

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February 10th, 2020



The City of Burlington is inviting residents to provide feedback on three design concepts for a sculpture for City View Park.

Pre game training City view Park

Pre-game warm up field is just one part of the facilities at City View Park a location in the western part of the city on Dundas.

City View Park has been going through lots of changes and has three artificial turf fields, creative playground, parking, pond/wetland, trails, natural restoration and a park maintenance facility. In the next phase, the City will add a pavilion in 2020. The sculpture will complement the park building.

The artwork concepts can be seen Feb. 10 to 23 at Brant Hills Community Centre and at Burlington Public Library – Central Branch. The concepts will also be available online at www.getinvolvedburlington.ca .

Residents are invited to take a look at the three proposed designs and share their thoughts. These comments, along with the technical and design proposals will help with the jury’s final selection.

City View Park pavillion

The art work will be kept at the pavilion.

Artwork Location
The artwork will be in front of the pavilion. This area will be a connection point in City View, linking pathways from the future parking lot to the entrance of the pavilion and central roadway. You will also be able to see the artwork from inside the pavilion’s main lobby glass walls.

Artist Selection
Last fall, the City asked for artists to let us know if they were interested in creating a sculpture to go with the new pavilion. Over 50 artists responded and the community jury made up of residents, local artists and project stakeholders reviewed these submissions and selected three finalists to develop preliminary artwork concepts.

The jury will consider public feedback when they select the winning proposal.
The selected artists are:

Ludovic Boney
Edwin and Veronica Dam de Nogales
Hooman Mehdizadehjafari
Ludovic Boney – Fragment

Fragment is a sculpture made of assembled aluminum plates which form layers over its entire height. Its roughness and irregular composition are reminiscent of the layers of stratified stone. The irregular angles and triangular shapes that make up Fragment are inspired by the angular architecture of the pavilion and the landscaping around it

Edwin and Veronica Dam de Nogales – Un(HERD)
Un(HERD) is meant to be a reminder of Burlington´s natural beauty and its relationship with nature, as an important necessity for “healthy living.” With nine heads raised and nine pairs of ears piqued and alert, the team of the females of the species Un(HERD) finds a natural home here. This piece is meant to echo Burlington´s commitment to nature, preservation, and coexistence.

Hooman Mehdizadehjafari – Soar
Inspired by the oldest living creature in Eastern North America, the public art design Soar inherited its form from the Eastern White Cedar. The 17-foot-tall metal sculpture reflects the rich natural heritage of the region, in particular the Niagara Escarpment. The diversity of materials used creates a play of colours that can often be seen in nature and alludes to the diverse and united community of Burlington.

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Live & Play to go out of print: digital from this point forward.

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February 11th, 2020


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Adult Registration

Spring/Summer Registration for Adults begins Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m.

The online Live & Play Guide allows you to view and share program information as well as register directly from any computer or mobile device. View the Spring/Summer Online Live & Play Guide.

L&P IvanThe current edition of  Live & Ply is the last that will be seen in print.  From this point forward there will be just the digital edition.  It will all be at: www.burlington.ca/play

When registering for a program do ask us about:

• Deferred payment for summer programs
• Recreation Fee Assistance

Summer Camp Registration
L&P campRegister today for Summer Camps. Choose from:
• Summer Neighbourhood Activity Camps (SNAP)
• Theatre Camp
• Music Camp
• Camps for children with disabilities
Learn more: burlington.ca/camps

Winter Play at Tyandaga
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Come to Tyandaga Golf Course between 2 and 4 p.m. on Feb. 16 to enjoy a variety of activities for the whole family, including winter walks, outdoor games and crafts. Then, head inside and cozy up with warm drinks and food. Register and reserve your spot ($3/person. Children under one are free).

“(F)Empower – a panel on women in politics”
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With three strong women on city council this will be an event to take in.

The Burlington Youth Student Council is hosting a free, special event on Feb. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Central Arena with Mayor Marianne Meed Ward and other inspiring female elected officials to who will share their personal experiences, journey, inspiration and how they navigate the political environment as women.

Learn more:www. burlington.ca/communityconnections

Hockey Hair, Don’t Care
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Calling all Women Hockey players in Burlington. Come and join us at Appleby Ice Centre, Rink 3. Open to women ages 16 and over.
• Monday 8 to 9:30 p.m.
• Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 a.m. to noon
Learn more: www.burlington.ca/skating

Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund
L&P funding

Do you have an idea for a small project that will bring your neighbourhood together and make Burlington a better place to live and play? Need funding to help you? Check out the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund. Up to $10,000 per project is available. Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Learn more: www.burlington.ca/matchingfund

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Accessibility and Heritage Advisory Committees looking for new members..

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February 10th, 2020



The City of Burlington is currently recruiting volunteers to be members of the Heritage Burlington Advisory Committee and the Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Heritage locations

The blue markers indicate heritage properties – a citizen’s committee makes recommendation to city council on what happens to them as developments take place.

These two advisory committees are legislated and report to Burlington City Council to provide advice and promote issues related to the conservation of Burlington’s built and cultural heritage, and to identify, remove and prevent barriers to people with disabilities in the municipality’s bylaws, policies, programs and services.

Applications can be submitted online or are available at City facilities. The deadline to apply is Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

Is this house a Heritage property? The owners don't think so and they made a very compelling case to have it removed from the list. Not as simple as it seems

Is this house a Heritage property? The owners don’t think so and they made a very compelling case to have it removed from the list.

These are important committees that need people with a genuine interest in the welfare of people in Burlington and the preservation of its heritage.

Be prepared to learn, work hard and speak truth to power when you report to city council.

• In May 2019, the City of Burlington sought online and in-person feedback from current citizen committee members and members of the public to explore how citizen committees might provide advice to Council and staff.

• A working team of residents are writing a report of their findings from these engagements that will be presented at a Council Workshop on Feb. 25, 2020.

• The Heritage Burlington and Burlington Accessibility committees are legislated and are the only two committees currently recruiting.

• To learn more about the review of Burlington City Council appointed advisory committees, visit getinvolvedburlington.ca

• To apply to become a member of the Heritage Burlington Advisory Committee or the Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee, visit burlington.ca/committees

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Japanese garden, designed to highlight the city's twinning with Itabashi Japan, wins significant award.

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February 7th, 2020



The Itabashi Garden at the Tansley Community Centre has won the Parks and Recreation Ontario 2020 Award of Excellence for Recreational Facility or (non-aquatic) Park Design.

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The stone pagoda and the quiet little, what we would call a gazebo, give visitors a place to sit and just enjoy it all. Photo by Richard-Mandelkorn

Itabashi Stone pagoda

A Stone Pagoda is part of the garden setting.

The Japanese garden, designed by Virginia Burt Designs, opened on Canada Day 2019 with the official delegation from Itabashi, Japan, members of Burlington City Council, and the Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, Takako Ito.

Burlington and Itabashi, Japan have been twin cities for 30 years.

The Japanese garden’s design was inspired by gardens of the Itabashi area and the local Burlington landscape, including the escarpment and local plants.

Allan Magi, Executive Director, Environment, Infrastructure and Community Services, whose team handled the oversight of the garden ‘construction’ said: “We are very excited about this Award of Excellence. The success of the Itabashi Garden is a result of the collaborative efforts of City staff with Burlington Mundialization Sub-Committee members, Landscape Architect Virginia Burt and the quality construction of the garden by Environmental Design Group.

Itabashi rocks

The garden is Japanese in design and purpose that chose to use rocks from the Escarpment to give it a Canadian flavour. Here rocks are being put in place.

The Burlington team worked closely with the team in Itabashi, Japan which shows in the authenticity of the new Japanese garden. I encourage everyone to go see it for themselves. It truly is a beautiful garden.”

Winter isn’t the best time to appreciate what has been done with the space. When the weather is better we will do a full photo feature of a garden that is tucked away and perhaps not as appreciated as it should be.

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Free fishing in February? Province wants Family Day to be an occasion to go fishing

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

February 7th, 2020



Family Day is a relatively new event for the people of Ontario.

Everyone seems to want to exploit the day by offering the public something.

The province has jumped on that bandwagon and is letting people fish for free – by that they mean you don’t need a license.

We didn’t know you needed a license to put a hook at the end of a piece of string and put a worm on the hook, drop it into the water and see if a fish bites.

Apparently you need a license.

Family Day is February 17th – given the weather today there is every reason to believe that it will be just as cold on the 17th.

So if you are fishing – it will be out of a little hut on a frozen lake.

There are hundreds of people who bundle up, head out onto the ice, cut a hole in the ice and drop a fishing line down.

ice huts

These people seem to know where the fish are.

Most drive out onto the ice in a snowmobile – every year we read of someone who waited a little too long when Spring came around and their snowmobile sunk through what ice was left.

Usually these people have a little hut, sometime with a heating device or something in a bottle that makes you feel warm inside. Ontarians do some strange things to occupy their time.

The provincial government see this as an occasion when they can make spending time with family more affordable and invites families to fish for free on Family Day weekend.

ice hut with TV dish

This is about as Canadian as you can get – especially if they can watch a hockey game while they wait for a fish to bite.

From February 15 to 17, Canadian residents of all ages can enjoy fishing in Ontario without having to purchase a licence or carry an Outdoors Card.

“Our government is making it easier for families to spend quality time together while enjoying Ontario’s world-class lakes, rivers and streams,” said John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry. “We have made life more affordable by doubling the number of free fishing events to also include the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekends.”

Now the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekends are not a bad idea – but fishing in February?

Veterans and active Canadian Armed Forces members residing in Ontario can enjoy year-round recreational fishing without having to purchase a fishing licence.

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Dr. Wally Pieczonka donates the largest ever legacy gift to the Burlington Foundation to improve access to the arts.

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February 7th, 2020



The Burlington Foundation last month announced the largest donation in its 20-year history through a legacy gift of $2.7-million by Dr. Wally Pieczonka.

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Dr. Wally Pieczonka.

Burl Foundation logoEstablishing the Pieczonka Family Foundation Fund through this remarkable act of generosity, Dr. Pieczonka and family will partner with Burlington Foundation to continue to realize the family’s vision to forever change lives through cultivating a thriving performing and visual arts community in Burlington and surrounding community.

Whether to expand accessibility to the arts for our most vulnerable individuals in the community; fuel innovative arts programming; or to boost sustainability for many beloved arts organizations in need, the establishment of this endowment fund will have the power to transform our arts community for generations.

After many years of supporting his philanthropic work through a private family foundation, with this announcement, Dr. Pieczonka is deepening his long-standing relationship with Burlington Foundation by transferring the stewardship of his life’s giving to the Foundation.

With this new donor-advised fund, the Foundation will partner with the Pieczonka family to ensure its wishes have the greatest impact on community through the arts for generations to come.

“My family and I believe the arts act as a unifying force that brings people together and we have been so proud to be able to raise up community-based arts which have sadly been critically and chronically underfunded,” says Dr. Pieczonka. “By choosing to entrust Burlington Foundation to guide and implement my family’s lifetime of giving through this foundation fund, I know our passion to strengthen the sustainability of the arts will continue to be honoured and importantly, have the greatest impact, well beyond the world of my children and grandchildren.”

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The Performing Arts Centre has been a beneficiary of Pieczonka philanthropy.

In 2012, Dr. Pieczonka established his first endowment fund with Burlington Foundation in loving memory of his late wife, Mavis Pieczonka. A founding member of the Burlington Foundation board, the retired Burlington business leader and founder of Gennum Corporation, was honoured by the Foundation in 2017 as Burlington’s Distinguished Philanthropist of the Year for his long-standing impact in our community. He also received an INCITE Award for the Arts in that same year.

Numerous organizations have been beneficiaries of Wally’s giving including The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Burlington Symphony Orchestra, Southern Ontario Lyric Opera, the Art Gallery of Burlington, Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, and his alma maters, McMaster University and the University of Saskatchewan.

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Listen in on the ancient and very human art story telling at the Drummer

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February 7th, 20020


The Different Drummer Books is going to celebrate Valentine’s Day and the genius of The Burlington Storytellers Guild, which is an association of storytellers in and around Burlington, dedicated to the growth, development and expansion of oral tradition storytelling as an art form.

Guild logoThe Guild was formed in 1994 “For the furtherance and enjoyment of Storytelling.”  Originally, folks met in St. Philip’s Anglican Church in  Burlington and over the years there have been many wonderful Storytelling Circles, Festivals, Concerts, Courses and Workshops. Today, the Guild continues to provide a dynamic Storytelling presence in the Burlington area.

With great humour and verve, these marvellous yarn-spinners offer varied tales of love’s misadventures and glories in a captivating program.

Admission is $15. To reserve seats, please contact us at 905 639 0925 or diffdrum@mac.com.

A Different Drummer Books
513 Locust Street Burlington
Sunday February 16 2pm
Admission $15



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Museum sets up a 'Strike Camp' for parents who need day care space on Thursday

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February 5th, 2020



This is a little like selling umbrellas when it’s raining.

Strike camp MuseumMuseums Burlington, operators of the Joseph Brant Museum and Ireland House have announced a Day camp for tomorrow, Thursday, February 6 (for kids ages 5-12) is open for registration.

It’s a Fairy Tales & Fables themed day at Joseph Brant Museum (1240 North Shore Boulevard E., Burlington), complete with a visit to the Mythic Creatures exhibition visiting from the American Museum of Natural History.

The cost is $40/child and the hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.


An added bonus for kids who spend time at the Strike Camp.

Kudo’s to the Museum people for this entrepreneurial streak and taking advantage of an opportunity to serve a public need and showing parents how they can come out $20 ahead.

The Day Camp fee is $40 and the government was offering $60 for the trouble parents were being put to in finding day care service.

This is one of those win-win-win situations – isn’t it?

CLICK here for registration

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Rise and struggle, a ONE BURLINGTON event to take place at Port Nelson United Church February 7th

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January 31st, 2020


ONE BURLINGTON, Burlington’s annual celebration of faith and culture, is pleased to announce that it will be presenting its first Outreach event on Friday, February 7th.

RISE AND STRUGGLE is a family-friendly multi-media presentation commemorating the history of AfroCanadians from their slave beginnings through to the present time, with special acknowledgement of the legendary Underground Railroad story.

One Burlington

Siona Neale-Majewska,

It will feature singer Siona Neale-Majewska, well known throughout the GTA as both a soloist and member of the Halton Jazz Singers, and OneAccord, a Toronto-based gospel vocal group. Together they will relate Canada’s Black history through story, song and visual projections. Members of the Steel Pan Drummers of the Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton will also be performing.

Rise and Struggle will take place in Roseland Hall at  Port Nelson United Church, located  at the corner of South Drive and Spruce Avenue in the Roseland neighbourhood.

It will run from 7 to 9 pm on the evening of Friday, February 7th. In addition to the entertainment, tasty Caribbean finger foods will be served. The event is entirely free and open to everyone, including children.

There is ample parking in the Church lot.

Attendees are requested to bring a can, package or carton of food to support the Burlington Food Bank. These are difficult times in our city for the poor and homeless.

The event is supported by the City of Burlington through its Arts and Culture Fund and the Heritage Ministry of the Government of Canada.

They are presented in the context of the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week February 1-7, 2020, which exists to promote harmony between people of all faiths.

In August ONE BURLINGTON, which will celebrate its fourth annual summer event at Central Park in downtown Burlington on August 3rd, the Monday of the Civic Holiday Weekend, comprises over thirty faith groups from throughout Burlington. This summer the theme is Building Bridges, which makes this commitment to Black History Month for our first Outreach event entirely appropriate. These Outreach events, which we are planning to present three times a year outside of the summertime, and which will be entirely free to the public, will permit us to spread our message of inclusivity and diversity to different neighbourhoods throughout the City.

For more information contact Robert Missen at 905-632-6047 or rmissen@sympatico.ca

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Black History Month will feature noted Much Music host who will talk about growing up Black in America.

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January 29th, 2020



In recognition of Black History Month in February, schools in the Halton District School Board have planned events and initiatives to celebrate and honour the contributions of Black Canadians, past and present.

“Black History Month is a tremendous learning opportunity for our students to gain greater understanding of the significant contributions Black Canadians have made to the very fabric of our country,” says Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board.

”This month of recognition provides students and staff in our Board opportunities for deeper learning about the extensive role Black Canadians have played in the settlement, growth and development of Canada. In addition to embedding this learning into classroom instruction throughout the year, Black History Month elevates the ongoing experiences, contributions and achievements of Black Canadians.”

Much Music VJ Michael

Michael Williams

The events taking place at Burlington’s Robert Bateman High School include former Much Music VJ Michael Williams on February 7 for a speaking engagement with students. He will show clips from a short film he and former journalist Jojo Chintoh directed and produced called, Black in Canada: The Obama Effect.

The talk will also include Williams’ experiences as a child growing up amidst the civil rights movement in America and his work in the entertainment industry, with a focus on overcoming adversity and discrimination.

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Bateman High School

Celebrating Black History Month aligns with the Equity and Well-being goals contained in the Halton District School Board’s Multi-Year Plan. The goal is to ensure every student learns in a respectful culture of high expectations that values diversity, and that students will see themselves reflected in their learning.

The event may well be one of the last large major student events held at Bateman.  The school is scheduled to close with Bateman students moving to Nelson High School.

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Did the Mayor just announce that there will be another trip out of the country?

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

January 29, 2020


The dialogue on the matter of lowering the city flag in front of city hall has gone on long enough.

A citizen made a request, got a very insensitive response from the office of the Mayor. Later that day the Mayor asked her Council members to join her in a minute of silence to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of the death camps in Auschwitz.

Gordon 2It was a dignified statement made more poignant when the Mayor presented the Key to the city to Gordon Schottlander, a 95 year old veteran of the D-Day landings on the Beaches of Normandy in France.

Victoria AlSamadi, Mayor’s Chief of Communications & Strategic Advisor wrote the citizen who made the original request saying:

I wanted to reach out on behalf of the Mayor, and team, regarding yesterday’s International Holocaust Day and your request to see the flags at City Hall lowered.

Please know that the Mayor and team consider it an important day of remembrance and pause – to ensure we never forget what happened and so that this never happens again.

We take every opportunity to oppose discrimination on any ground. It’s a significant date for the world, for humanity, and also personally for the Mayor, as we acknowledge the murder of six million Jews for no other reason than being Jewish as well as millions more. The crimes against humanity committed by the Nazis touch people of every background, religion, race, sexual orientation and disability, as well as our veteran community who found a way to help end the war so we can live in peace and acceptance of all people.

The Mayor has recently been invited to participate in a trip to Auschwitz to learn more and honour the victims of this heinous act of evil and she is working toward booking that in the near future.

In planning for this event, we decided to recognize this important day via social media posts as we have come to see over the past year that this is the most effective way to reach the largest audience and spread important messages in a timely and impactful manner for the Mayor. As you may know, there was also a minute of silence at council last night.

We also had planned (and will) lower the flags on April 21st, for Yom HaShoah, the day of Remembrance for Holocaust victims marked by many Canadians. Going forward, as a result of the additional request to lower the flags for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we will do that next year and in the future.

We realize how important adding a flag lowering to this occasion is to the community and are committed to doing this going forward to ensure our community sees every manner at our disposal being used to mark this day.

I assure you that we welcome all residents to partner with us and request the flag to be lowered ahead of all dates of importance to our community. If you or any other citizens have occasions you would like to see the flag lowered in the future, please do reach out to us at mayor@burlington.ca and we will make it happen.

The communications advisor should have quit when she was ahead.

Did the Mayor just announce that there will be another trip out of the country?

Related news stories:

The request

The response


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Two BPAC choices for the day hearts throb.

Hearts - red and black

By Staff

January 27th, 2020



The Burlington Performing Arts Centre has put together a neat package for those who want to go beyond the dozen roses for Valentine’s Day.

Two events are scheduled for the day that hearts get a nice rub down.

In the Main theatre the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa will perform Romeo and Juliet.

Jazz Affair: Wishes will take place in the Community theatre.

Odessa +Romeo

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa.

The internationally acclaimed National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, Ukraine, returns to BPAC with this full-scale production, set to the music of Sergey Prokofiev and based on the William Shakespeare classic. Romeo & Juliet is brought to life through astonishingly beautiful choreography featuring 55 of Europe’s brightest ballet starts.

“…full of enchantment with lovely scenery and graceful costumes…” – The New York Times

Jazz Affair

Jazz Affair

The Jazz Affair is an evening of 100% a cappella sound from a professional vocal jazz group which unites six unique voices into a colourful and dynamic whole. Their repertoire includes jazz standards from the 40s and 50s by artists like Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, and Charlie Parker, as well as popular songs from different eras.

“…this a cappella sextet revisits the great standards of jazz with charm and intelligence.” – Le Journal de Montréal

It all takes place at The Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 8pm Main Theatre for Romeo and Juliet and 7:30 pm for the Jazz Affair

Romeo and Juliet

Tickets can be purchased by telephone, online or in person:
905-681-6000, https://burlingtonpac.ca/events/romeo-and-juliet/

Tickets: Regular $69.50 (All-in) / Youth $35.00 (All-in) / Members $64.50 (All-in)

Jazz Affair: Wishes
Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 7:30pm
905-681-6000, https://burlingtonpac.ca/events/jazz-affair/
Tickets: Regular $49.00 (All-in) / Members: $44.00 (All-in)

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is a spectacular LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) GOLD certified facility. BPAC is inclusive and respectful, combining accessibility with imaginative design and creativity, incorporating accessibility features wherever possible.

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There are some 'tin ears' in the Office of the Mayor; bit of a problem with values as well.

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January 27th, 2020



Penny Hersh, a citizen, wrote the Mayor’s office asking if the city’s flag could be lowered today to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the German death camp where a reported million Jews were put to death.

The request was denied. “We can unfortunately not lower the flags every year in remembrance as there are just too many international remembrance days.”

man bones auschwitz

Despite the cruelty some managed to survive – but antisemitism is still rampant in this world

The liberation of Auschwitz is not just another Remembrance Day.

Hersh pointed out to the Mayors office that the flag was lowered for the citizens of New Zealand who died when there was a mass shooting on the Muslim Community.

There appear to be some “tin ears” in the office of the Mayor who reported that there would be a mention in the Mayor’s social media.

It’s not quite the same.

There is however, an opportunity to do the right thing at this evening’s council meeting: A moment of silence for the six million that are no longer with us because they were Jews.

Children at Auschwitz

They were children whose playmates were ushered into a gas chamber to die of Zyklon B poisoning.


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Performing Arts Centre putting on three great workshops - register early.

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January 26th, 2020



It might be cold outside but there will be more than just the normal heat inside the Performing Arts Centre during the month.

The Centre has announced a series of Public Education and Outreach Workshops for people 16+ throughout the month of February aimed at developing artistic practice for local artists and providing enhanced arts experiences for audiences.

Workshops and panels happening next month include a Navigating the Music Industry panel, a Memoir Writing Workshop, and a Triple Threat Workshop.

On February 8, the Navigating the Music Industry panel will discuss what is involved in being an Agent, Manager, or Presenter in today’s music industry by going behind the scenes to discuss the music business. The panel will feature Artist Manager at SRO Management, Cynthia Barry; Senior Vice President of The Feldman Agency, Tom Kemp; Director of Programming, Marketing & Business Development at The Corporation of Roy Thompson and Massey Hall, Jesse Kumagai; and Artist Manager at ZED Music, Steve Zsirai.

Navigating the Music Industry,

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 4pm
Tickets: Regular $20 (All-in)  Ages 16+

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Alison Wearing

Alison Wearing

On February 22, the Memoir-Writing Workshop with Alison Wearing will focus on elevating personal writing. Participants will learn about the different tools and tactics needed to find their voice and put their own personal stories on paper.


Memoir Writing Workshop,

Saturday, February 22, 2020 @ 2pm
Tickets: Regular $30 (All-in)  Ages 16+

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Amanda Nuttall

Amanda Nuttall

On February 23, the Triple Threat Workshop will give everyone a chance to audition, receive personal advice and then get an all-important second chance to knock it out of the park. The workshop will be led by director, writer, and performer Richard Ouzounian, who will give advice on everything from what to wear and what to sing and choreographer Amanda Nuttall will give advice on how to present oneself at a dance call even with two left feet.

Triple Threat Workshop,

Sunday, February 23, 2020 @ 10am
Tickets: Regular $40 (All-in)  Ages 16+

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Each one of these workshops /panels is being led by Canada’s ‘best in show’.  These people are working professionals who are leaders in their fields.

You have to register, and there is a nominal cost.


Register on the Performing Arts web site CLICK here to get there.

The Performing Arts Centre aims to develop comprehensive, impactful and accessible learning experiences for all ages, and are committed to fostering artistic appreciation, development and participation through this Public Education & Outreach Series.


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Citizens advising the city - you could be out almost every night of the week.

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January 28th, 2020



How do people in Burlington, who want to be involved in the way the city is run, get to take part?

The city has a number of Citizen Advisory Committees that have in the past played an important role in bringing a detailed viewpoint to city council.

Is this house a Heritage property? The owners don't think so and they made a very compelling case to have it removed from the list. Not as simple as it seems

Is this house a Heritage property? The owners didn’t think so and took a very compelling argument to the Heritage Committee.

There was a time when the Heritage Advisory Committee basically took over a large part of the Heritage issue in the city and has continued to serve the city well.

There are others that don’t do a very good job – usually because of the committee leadership or committee members who were poor choices because they didn’t know how to behave and respect the views of other people.

Each committee has a Council member attached to it.  In the past there have been council members who tended to direct and at times bully the committee.  There is at least one from the current council who has yet to learn what his role on an Advisory Committee is.

Each committee has a Clerk.  Burlington is fortunate in having Clerks who are very good at their jobs.  A smart committee chair will stay close to the Clerk – they always bail the chair out when things get confusing.

If there was ever an occasion for Mayor Goldring to seek the opinions of others on the Beachway PArk - now is the time to do it and on Wednesday he will have an opportunity to listen to one of the best minds there is on waterfront development. Former Toronto Mayor met with MAyor Gildring at a Waterfronty Advisory meeting a number of years ago. Time for another chat.

Former Mayor Rick Goldring and former Toronto Mayor David Crombie at the Waterfront Advisory Committee. The committee was sunset – it suffered from poor leadership.

The committees have a small budget to cover some of the costs.

Members of Advisory committees are not paid.

With every term of Council, the Clerk’s Department undertakes an Advisory Committee Review.  This process began last year with Citizen Action Labs being held in the Spring and then a request for interest was sent out to those who attended the Action Labs to be a part of a “working group” to review the data received from the engagement process and prepare a report with recommendations regarding the Advisory Committees.

The criteria for how people are selected for advisory committees is based on each committee’s Terms of Reference under the heading “Committee Composition”.  The Clerk’s office is holding off on recruiting new members to advisory committees until the review is complete.

Home oweners at a Heritage Workshop had plenty to say - now the planners have to answer the questions. Within two weeks?

Home owners at a Heritage Workshop had plenty to say – the planners were given two weeks to come up with answers.  An example of an Advisory Committee at work.

The one thing the city has not done is publicly recognize the committees as a group.  Several of those committees provide very valuable advice.  The Mayor is currently re-thinking what the Burlington BEST awards could be in the future.  Formal recognition of the Advisory Committee members has merit.

A significant number of people who serve on Advisory Committees go on to run for political office.  Being able to say the you served on an Advisory Committee and then also being able to refer to a report you were part of is an important first step to developing a public profile; much needed if you want to serve the public.


Marianne Meed Ward and the Save our Waterfront committee; a foundation piece for a political career.

THE case study on how to do that is the current Mayor; she made saving the water front her issue and took control of a committee (not a city hall committee) and turned it into a campaign organization.

Set out below are the current Advisory committees and when they plan to meet in February.  The meetings are public – walk in, introduce yourself to the Clerk who will introduce you to the chair and the rest of the committee.

Adv sched Feb 2020 1FEB Adv sched 2Feb adv sched 3


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Giants, Dragons & Unicorns at the Brant Museum starting February 1st.

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January 20, 2020



Stories of mythical beings have been with us for thousands of years passed down through generations. These legends, which were sometimes inspired by fossils or living animals, continue to inspire us today.

UnicornsGiants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures traces the natural and cultural roots of some of the world’s most iconic mythic creatures and is the theme of the most recent event to take place at the transformed Brant Museum.

This is the second event put on by the Museum – the first was a display of pin ball machines that proved to be very popular.


Unicorns have taken many different shapes – they all seem terribly fierce.

Exhibition Highlights:

Lifesize model of a European unicorn
A replica“Feejee” mermaid, made famous by P.T Barnum
A model of a kraken
Interactive stations include a chance to build your own dragon and watch it come alive!

Giants, Dragons & Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York

Museum Hours are:

  • Mon / Closed
  • Tues / 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Wed / 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Thurs / 10:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri / 10:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat / 12:00pm-4:00pm
  • Sun / 12:00pm-4:00pm


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