SOLO will be on stage in Burlington December 7th at the Performing Arts Centre doing Seasonal numbers with a 50 member chorus.

By Staff

December 5th, 2022



A big big sound.

On stage at the Performing Arts Centre on December 7th

The Southern Ontario Lyric Opera company will be featuring Seasonal music along with two short classic operettas by Measha Brueggergosman-Lee

Seldom does Burlington get an opportunity to exceptional voices supported by a very large orchestra.  For those who want to nibble at opera – this is an event worth the time.


In May La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) an opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave will be presented.

It is based on La dame aux Camélias (1852), a play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.



Tickets at the Box Office

The event is produced by the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera



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The Big Swing Sound at St Matthew's

By Staff

November 2nd, 2022



There was a time when the sound from big big bands floated across the lake from the Brant Inn.

Big name stars would arrive by train, spend a day, sometimes a full weekend in town.

At the time the community was dry – no alcohol was sold.

The Gazette once heard from a reader who put himself through university selling liquor from the trunk of his car.

It was certainly a different town then.

The big band sound will return for a day later in November


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Water Festival returned to Kelso for the grade 5 students - it was a virtual event for grades two students.

By Staff

October 3, 2022



While the new normal has a few iffy spots to it – the closing of two sections of the Joseph Brant Hospital where Covid19 outbreaks were declared – the Region is slowly finding its way to whatever normal is going to be as we head into that time of year where we spend more time indoors.

Conservation Halton decided it was possible for the Halton Children’s Water Festival to return to Kelso Conservation Area and welcome back over 800 students this year for an in-person program focused on protecting water in our community.

This is the fifteenth year for the festival which has educated over 50,000 elementary school students with the support of over 6,000 high school students over the years.

The objective was to step though each of the tires and keep whatever was in the bucket – in the bucket.

“Today, I’ve learned about water and the correct bins the garbage goes in,” said James, a Grade 5 student from St. Anne Elementary School, Burlington. “Right now, we’re playing a game and it’s really fun!”

The festival offered the Grade 5 students curriculum-linked environmental education programming, over three days, that gave students the opportunity to learn about water and society, water conservation and protection, water health and safety and water science and technology. Fun, themed learning activity centres such as Waterfront Quest, Garbage Juice, What’s That?, the Great pH Challenge and Beneficial Bugs allowed for hands-on learning outdoors where students could enjoy the views of Kelso Reservoir on one side and the Niagara Escarpment on the other.

“The water festival gives our students the opportunity to be stewards of the earth by investigating and participating in real-life, hands-on activities that are designed and lead with the Ontario Science and Technology expectations,” said Clare Slaven, Grade 5 teacher, St. Timothy’s Catholic Elementary School, Burlington. “It is a wonderful fun-filled day where we can  show what we value and celebrate in Halton and the environment.”

The grade 5 students were kept busy – learning how their environment works and the role water plays in everything they do.

A virtual Water Festival Program will continue again this year. Since launching in April 2022  more than 1,600 students have participated in the online field trips.

The Halton Children’s Water Festival is presented by Conservation Halton and Halton Region in partnership with Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board and Conservation Halton Foundation, with the support of the Town of Oakville, Geo Morphix, City of Burlington and the Town of Halton Hills.

Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science-based programs and services. Learn more at


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National Reconciliation event will include a ceremonial - reflective walk from the Pier to the Canal

By Katelyn Goodwin

September 29th, 2022



Friday afternoon, from 4-7 PM, residents, indigenous or otherwise, will be gathering in  Spencer Smith Park to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). She comes from mixed Secwepemc and Irish/French heritage and was born in Dog Creek but now lives in Williams Lake, British Columbia.

Also recognized as Orange Shirt Day, Truth and Reconciliation Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative event inspired by the story of residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad who travels the country raising awareness about the impacts of Canada’s residential school system while talking about her experiences when she was  at a residential school.

Both local Indigenous people and support groups will have public displays set up, interactive events, information booths, and a ceremonial gathering will take place in the park.

People are encouraged to come to the park to learn and participate in these events and displays. Participants wishing to join are encouraged to wear orange shirts.

The path leading to the canal and the lighthouse was once a rail bed that had two tracks that brought steam engines into Burlington where they were loaded with produce that was shipped around the world. The canal is also the border between Burlington and Hamilton.

An event of significance will be a reflective walk which will start at the pier at 4 p.m. and end at the Lift Bridge lighthouse where a ceremony will take place before attendees’ head back to Spencer Smith Park.

City of Burlington administration buildings will be closed. .

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The Regional Children's Water Festival is back on - on-site for the grade 5 students - virtual for grade 2

By Staff

September 26th, 2022



The 16th annual Halton Children’s Water Festival takes place at Kelso Conversation Area in Milton from Tuesday, September 27 to Thursday, September 29.

The festival is fully booked, after a two-year hiatus from the in-person events due to the pandemic. This year, the event offers a scaled down festival for grade five students with virtual offerings available to grade two students.

The Beach is just one part of the Kelso operation.

When: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

• 10 a.m. Remarks from Hassan Basit, CAO, Conservation Halton and Kiyoshi Oka, Director of Water and Wastewater Systems Services, Halton Region
• 11 a.m. Guided tour of the Halton Children’s Water Festival

Where: Kelso Conservation Area, by Boat Rentals 5234 Kelso Road, Milton, ON L9T 2X7

Parking is located at the Boat Rental Lot. Assistance is available to get up the hill from the parking lot to the event area.

What: The annual Halton Children’s Water Festival was first held in 2006 and has educated more than 50,000 students between grades two and five about the importance of water through fun, outdoor educational activities.

The festival is co-hosted by Conservation Halton and Halton Region, in partnership with the Halton District School Board, the Halton Catholic District School Board, the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Oakville.



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Community Living will be out on the Pier with the annual Walk & Role event on Saturday

By Staff

September 23rd, 2022



If you have been holding an event for 42 years and people continue to show up – you must be doing something right.

Community Living, the organization that exists to enrich the quality of life and to promote full and meaningful inclusion in our community of people who have a developmental disability will hold the Walk & Role event on Saturday.

Community Living operates a number of programs including a residential, Employment and Virtual.  They serve those people who need the help – this is an opportunity to help them.

Their Life Share program, also known as host family, is so much more than providing a room in your home. Being a home provider means you’re giving someone with a developmental disability “a place in your heart, a place in your home”.

People who have a developmental disability are active participants in their communities. They are athletes, artists, students, employees, advocates, community volunteers, neighbours and friends. They’re an important part of the community and contribute to the strength of our province.

They don’t draw a crowd but they do create an opportunity for their supporters to meet and enjoy a day with the people they serve.

The event takes place on Saturday – Itinerary:

9:30am – Registration opens
10:30am – Opening remarks and performances
11:00am – 1KM & 2KM walks begin around Spencer Smith Pier
11:30am – BBQ and live entertainment

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Ward 2 Ratepayers Group Holding an Election Event

By Pepper Parr

September 12th,  2022



The Lakeshore Public School Ratepayers Association is hosting a neighbourhood information meeting, and you are invited!

What is the purpose of the meeting?

The purpose of the meeting is to meet the Ward 2 candidates for the upcoming municipal election held on Monday October 24, 2022 AND to discuss issues that are important to you, your family and your neighbourhood.

Jane Kelly Cook – energy behind the community meet and greet,

When is the meeting?
Sunday September 18, 2022 from 3:30-5:30pm.

Where is the meeting?
This OUTDOOR, RAIN OR SHINE community event will be held on the grassy area adjacent to the Centennial Multi use path, between Smith Avenue and Seneca Avenue. Depending on numbers the location may be moved to Lakeshore Public School.

What are some of the issues?
You tell us, submit a question…pedestrian safety on the roads and multi-use bike paths, personal safety, in light of the recent coyote attacks, development…???

Please forward your questions by Sunday September 11 at midnight.

We will do our best to have all submitted questions, (time dependent) answered by the candidates.

Questions will be given to the candidates prior to the meeting.

There will be no time allotted for debate.

There will be time for an informal meet and greet, where more questions can be asked of the candidates one on one.

How can I learn more about the issues that impact my family, my community and my city?

There will be music, light snacks and refreshments offered. Donations can be made to the Jam Packed with Love XoXo Spread the J🍓y Foundation. Globally, supporting people living with Movement Disorders.

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Catamaran Championship races in Burlington - September 19 - 23, 2022, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

By Staff

September 12th, 2022



The BBCC (Burlington Beach Catamaran Club) is hosting the 2022 North American A-Cat Catamaran Championships, Sept. 19 to 23, 2022, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the support of the City of Burlington and the Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority.

Burlingtonians may not see this kind of action – but what they do see will be exciting and daring.

This is a major event for the BBCC as it represents the first time in 40 years that the North American Championships are held outside of the USA. The A-Cat is one of the fastest single handed dinghy catamarans in the world often exceeding speeds of 55 kilometres per hour (or 30 knots).

These fast light weight (75 kg) sailboats use new foiling technology that raises almost the entire boat right out of the water except for the foiling boards and rudders.

All racing to be visible from Burlington’s Spencer Smith Park and the Burlington Pier. Spectators will be encouraged to experience the event by walking along Burlington Beach Park, meeting the racers and checking out these modern high-tech fast catamarans.

We are expecting 50 to 70 sailors from across North America and Europe. The attached background document provides additional information about A-Cats and the event.

About the Burlington Beach Catamaran Club (

The Burlington Beach Catamaran Club (BBCC) is an enthusiastic Not-For-Profit sailing club that has been representing Burlington in sailing regattas across North America for over 40 years. The Club is located on the sandy shores of Burlington Beach and provides a colourful backdrop to the residents of Burlington when visiting the Lake. Club Members launch their boats off the beach for pleasure sailing throughout the sailing season and for Club Racing on Wednesday nights and Sunday afternoons. We are proud members of Ontario Sailing and represent one of the largest catamaran fleets in the Province of Ontario.


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Foxcroft remembers his time with Queen Elizabeth II - mourns the loss

By Staff

September 8th, 2022



Flags were at half staff throughout the world when news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II was announced today

He is one of the few people in Burlington who met her, had a conversation with her and remembers her fondly.

Ron Foxcroft was at the time the Honorary Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada,  When Nathan Cirillo was killed while on duty at the Cenotaph in Ottawa it fell to Ron to preside at the parade held in Hamilton to commentate and honour the young man.

As a result of that event, Foxcroft was presented to Queen Elizabeth II, usually for formal stiff occasion. Ron’s time with the Queen not was stiff or formal.

At one point the Queen, who was the Colonel of the Regiment,  made mention of what the Canadian Geese were doing to her garden and pulled back the drapes in the room and pointed to the garden which was the size of a couple of football fields.

There was a small John Deere mower on the property and the Queen told Foxcroft that she used to to shoo away the geese.

Queen Elizabeth II, in her capacity as Colonel-in-Chief of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, receives Colonel Ronald Foxcroft (Honorary Colonel) at Buckingham Palace in London.

That’s when Foxcroft did what no one is ever permitted to do: h e reached into his pocket and pulled out a Fox40 whistle and told the Queen one blow on the whistle and the geese would be gone.

This afternoon, during a short conversation with Foxcroft who was in Calgary, he commented on the woman he had met who had passed away earlier in the day.

“She was one of the most remarkable women this world has seen, She loved Canada, she loved the military – she was probably the greatest monarch the world has experienced in some time.

“She will be missed – I will miss her.”

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Port Nelson United Church to host an event sponsored by five Burlington churches - a three-part oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard,

By Staff

September 8th, 2022



At a time when hate crimes are on the rise in Halton Region, five local churches are cooperating to host Considering Matthew Shepard – a performance based on the life and diaries of a young gay man who suffered and was killed in a hate crime.

This moving event will contribute to the ongoing awareness around issues and concerns facing LGBTQ+ youth. It will provide an opportunity for healing and reconciliation between and among marginalized groups and the wider community.

Port Nelson United Church

This event is being offered to the public free of charge by the combined sponsorship of five welcoming, affirming and inclusive local churches who believe in an open community of faith, that welcome everyone. Together, these congregations strive to make Halton a community that embraces diversity – differences of age, mental and physical health and ability, religious background, marital status, family structure, sexual orientation, gender and its expression, racial and cultural identity, educational and socioeconomic status, and more. All are always welcome at Port Nelson United Church, Burlington Baptist Church, St. Christopher’s Anglican, Grace United Church and St. Paul’s United Church!

About Considering Matthew Shepard
Craig Hella Johnson’s three-part oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard, will be performed in Burlington by the renowned Elora Singers, one of the finest chamber choirs in Canada. It is a fusion of musical styles, of poetry and prose, drawing from the events, the rural Wyoming setting, and from Matthew’s own notebooks.

• DATE: Friday September 23rd, 2022
• PLACE: Port Nelson United Church, 3132 South Drive, Burlington, ON
• TIME: 7:30 p.m.
• COST: Free admission. If you are able, donations are accepted in advance or at the event in support of the Pflag Canada.

“…strung on a fence outside of town in Laramie, Wyoming,”

About Matthew Shepard
On a cold night, October 6, 1998, in a hateful homophobic act, 21-year-old gay university student Matthew Shepard was kidnapped, beaten, and strung on a fence outside of town in Laramie, Wyoming, a place he had lived and loved. He was found by a cyclist the next morning and died of his injuries several days later. The public outpouring of grief for the tragic end to Matthew’s life was scarred by the sickening protests of hate group, Westboro Baptist Church. Years later, Matthew’s name would be associated with changes to U.S. laws concerning hate crimes associated with homophobia.

Some 20 years after the event, Matthew’s life, death, and the questions of humanity they evoke inspired composer Craig Hella Johnson to compose a three-part oratorio, Considering Matthew Shepard. It is a fusion of musical styles, of poetry and prose, drawing from the events, the rural Wyoming setting, and from Matthew’s own notebooks.  It merges the personal with the universal, life with death, ugliness with beauty, and seeks hope from what was a tragedy without redemptive purpose.


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Regional Chair shows up at Rib Fest - only politician we saw looking for a good meal

By Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2022



The crowds were there.

We didn’t see a single Burlington member of Council in the crowd.

Regional Chair Gary Carr working his cell phone while at the Rib Fest on Friday

We did see Regional Chair Gary Carr working is cell phone.

He was on his way to the VIP tent to meet up with former Mayor Rick Goldring, an opportunity to swap election war stories.

Carr was looking good.  During the short conversation he kept breaking away to shake hands with the police officers on duty.  He knew several by name and spoke proudly of the new recruits who were sworn in recently.


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The promised report to the public didn't arrive - it was an ambitious schedule that didn't get met. Maybe on Tuesday

By Pepper Parr

September 3rd, 2022



Well Friday came and went.  Stephen White was logging into his email on the quarter hour to see if the city had managed to meet the commitment it had made to get a report out to the public on how they were going to manage the coyote problem by the end of Friday.

Signs and whistles are the tools the city is using at this point – citizens were waiting for a report that was scheduled to be released on Friday.

Many thought it was a target that would not be met.  The two meetings on the Thursday: one at 10:30 and the other at 1:00 pm didn’t leave enough time for the communications people to put together a solid review of what they had discussed  – things just don’t work that quickly at city hall – especially if you want to get it right the first time.

On the Thursday evening I was with a group that was singing as a choir that wasn’t competing, wasn’t preparing for an event – just singing and enjoying themselves.

When it was over I was heading back to my car and Jane Kelly Cook, the organizer of the event – it was held in her back yard which borders on the Centennial Trail, said she would show me the way – as we approached Seneca Street she paused and said: “It was right here, on this spot that someone was bitten by a coyote – it wasn’t a serious bite – but more than enough to scare the daylights out of the person.

Many think that city hall and some of the Council members are just not really in touch with their constituents – and if they are they aren’t saying very much.

There doesn’t appear to be much in the way of leadership from the Office of the Mayor or the city manager.  And none of the members of Council have chosen to be a voice the public can pay attention.

What the public was getting was statements that appear to have been written by the communications department.

One Gazette reader, who isn’t always that reliable but he did seem to have information that wasn’t made up, told of a program the city of Thunder Bay has in place.

Alfred Facenda, at times known as Albert Facenda, a small developer who has made Burlington the market he works in, sent the following comment to the Gazette:

Let me give you an example of what leadership looks like.

In Thunder Bay the citizens were experiencing an incredibly high motor vehicle collision rate. In the  urban part of  Thunder Bay  the  amount of deer vehicle collisions numbered 800 per year. Clearly the thought of a 250 pound deer slamming through your windshield at 60 kmh began to concern citizens.

Taking everything into consideration the City council decided to reduce the number of deer in the city.  They then did the unthinkable. They allowed the citizens to hunt deer within City limits. Now remember this is a City of 175 thousand people, about the size of Burlington. The stipulations were archery only, shooting from stands or platforms 10 feet or higher. Resulting in shooting at close distances into the ground for safety reasons and you had to be a licensed hunter having completed all the safety courses.

The deer vehicle collisions dropped by 700 and citizens are much safer. To date no archery accidents This program has been in place since 2012. The “Citiots” of Burlington might learn something from people who hunt and fish and routinely see bears, moose, deer and other incredible species and understand what has to be done to manage animal numbers.

Not to mention knowing what a great venison roast tastes like.

. 2% of the population should not be telling the 98% what to do.

City Manager Tim Commisso

Editor’s note: The irony of this is too much to keep to myself. On Thursday when Stephen White was on a Zoom call with City Manager Tim Commisso, he told the Gazette that Tim was in Thunder Bay, his home town and where he has family. He also served Thunder Bay as city manager for a period of time.  He retired from that job, worked in the private sector for a period of time – until Marianne Meed Ward invited him for a cup of coffee.  And we know where that led.


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Rib Fest had a great first day - citizens talked about coyote problem - visitors loved the event

By Katelyn Goodwin

September 3rd, 2022



While covering the Rotary Rib Fest at Spencer Smith Park on Friday I talked to some of the people about the recent coyote attacks reported in south central Burlington.

Signs and whistles were the tools the city was using to combat the coyote problem.

While many folks come from outside the city simply to enjoy the Rib Fest, there are those residing within Burlington and on the outskirts who are aware of these attacks and were aware of what the city is doing to manage the problem.

Those from outside Burlington are aware of the attacks, though unaware of how the city is handling them.

For the most part residents believe the city is doing all they can and should educate people on the issue; some think the city cannot do a whole lot more than they already are – others claim they are providing minimal info and should be providing more.

Other people noted the distribution of whistles for the use of ‘hazing’ wild animals they may encounter, saying it was a decent solution for the time being.

Two women had many thoughts to share on the subject. One believed a reason for the sudden aggressive behaviour in coyotes stemmed from the issue of some people feeding wild animals, causing them to become more territorial. She also believed the elimination of the coyote suspected to have been the one that bit and scratched the leg of an eighteen-year-old girl south of Lakeshore Road as well as attack a two and a half-year-old toddler was ‘unfortunate, but necessary’.

While she stated she did not enjoy hearing about the elimination of any animal, she did not want any other residents or children injured by them, or any small pets attacked and killed.

It was the new normal everyone wanted. Few masks in sight.

The other woman said she felt sorry for the coyotes, believing us to have taken more of their habitat/territory away, though acknowledged what had to be done under city orders to take safety precautions. She was particularly concerned about the uncharacteristic aggression in the animals suddenly, calling it ‘worrying behaviour’.

As noted, there are differing thoughts from both Burlington residents and residents outside the city about these unprovoked coyote attacks and what the city is doing to manage the problem even during an enjoyable event such as the Rib Fest, with people coming to their own conclusions on what is being done/needs to be done to resolve the problem.

The interesting thing about asking people questions at a large public event is the answers you get. One woman from New York city was in town visiting and decided to take in the Rib Fest to see what it was like.

This is what brings them back to Burlington’s Rotary Rib Fest!

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My Pop - sings popular music in two- and three-part harmony.

By Staff

August 30th, 2022



Do you love to sing popular music,

like Elvis’ “Love Me Tender“ or “That’ll Be The Day”

Come “join” our choir!

No tryout required!!

These are the people you gotta talk to:

Alex Fiddles

Jane Cooper-Kelly 905-802-8487

My Pop Choir (MPC) sings popular music in two- and three-part harmony.

We are holding summer rehearsals by candlelight, in a beautiful garden setting, backing on to the Centennial Multi-use Path in the Lakeshore School Community.

MPC is a community-based choir, with one qualification for membership:

“You gotta love to sing” 🎶 No tryout required. 😊


Wednesday August 31. 2022

Final rehearsed songs to be sung at 8:30pm

Between Martha Street and Seneca Avenue


Hop on your bike or take an evening stroll…

Look for the twinkling candlelight…

Listen for the magical voices of…

This sounds like a fun event – wish we had heard about it earlier so more of you could take part.

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McDonald to talk about the Halton County Courthouse and Jail - the place where Milton Town Councillors now meet

By Pepper Parr

August 31st, 2022



Good speakers are always a delight to listen to – you learn a lot and you find the time was well spent.

The Burlington Historical Society will feature John McDonald at their September 12th meeting that will take place at 7:00 pm in the Centennial Hall at the Central Library

John McDonald – to talk about the former Halton County Jail – now the Milton Town Hall and what Prohibition was like in the Region.

McDonald was born in Milton, Ontario and is a lifelong resident of Halton. He graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute and has served as a Member of Council with both Halton Hills and the Region of Halton.

John has conducted extensive research throughout the Halton area since the early 1970s including numerous presentations and walking tours. This work has resulted in the publication of three books: Halton Sketches, Halton Sketches Revisited and Halton’s Heritage. He is a founding member of the Esquesing Historical Society.

Once the Court House and Jail – now Town of Milton offices

John was awarded the Ontario Heritage Community Recognition Program “Certificate of Achievement” and recognized for his community efforts and historical research when presented with the “Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal”.

Join John for a fascinating look at the history of the Halton County Courthouse and Jail as well as the impact of the Temperance Movement and Prohibition in Burlington

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Sharman to hold meeting to explain hazing coyotes to the public

By Staff

August 27th, 2022



Councillor Paul Sharman of Ward 5 is reported to be running a public education session on hazing techniques on Sunday, August 28

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at Pineland School on Meadowhill Road; Burlington
Animal Control staff will also be in attendance.

Councillor Sharman commented that “The city is committed to eliminate animals that attack people and draw blood. My best wishes to the people who were bitten for a speedy recovery.”

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Details on the Circus - eight performances over four days

By Pepper Parr

August 24th, 2022



More on that Circus.

The Gazette called their always reliable General Manager Heidi McGaw to get more back ground on the event.

Circus workers are putting up the tents

She wasn’t available – word is that Heidi has run away and joined the circus.

Circuses have that effect on people

The schedule is as follow:

First show Thursday night 7 pm.  You can get in half an hour before hand.

Friday: a show at 4 pm and a show at 7 30 pm

Saturday three shows


4 pm

7:30 pm

Sunday two shows: 1:0 pm and 5 pm.

You can get into the big tent half an hour before the show starts but you have to have your tickets first

They have a number of different ticketing programs.

General admission is $40 got two people.  Candy floss is not included.

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The circus is in town - runs from Thursday through to Sunday - Burlington Central parking lot.

By Pepper Parr

August 24th, 2022



The Big Top is in town

It runs from Thursday through to Sunday.

The BIG tent can hold 3000 people.

Two big tents – circus is in town – runs from Thursday to Sunday.

No animals but there will be clowns, trapeze artists, acrobats and people running all over the place; don’t know if it is a three ring circus – they are the most exciting.

The event is to take place in the Burlington Central parking lot – you can’t miss it.

Nothing yet on ticket process.

There will be line ups at the ticket station.


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Canadian Iain Valliere to Compete at 2022 Mr Olympia

By Mildred Austria

August 23rd, 2022



Mr Olympia is the big event for body builders and body building fans across Canada. Iain Valliere will represent them.

Mr Olympia is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of bodybuilding, and Canadian Iain Valliere secured his third appearance by winning the 2022 Vancouver Pro in July. In his previous two Mr Olympia competitions, Valliere had a back-to-back seventh place. Although it is not a bad result, cracking the top five would be a lifetime achievement for every pro bodybuilder.

Five career wins

Iain Valliere started with bodybuilding in the 2000s and immediately succeeded at amateur tournaments with several junior 1st places. Along with the rigorous workout plan, Valliere started his influencer career with an Instagram account. He has more than 366k followers on social media, where he posts inspirational workouts and competition photos.

A classic body building pose

Valliere, who turned pro in 2015, got his first major win at New York Pro in 2018. He qualified for the 2020 Mr Olympia with that win. The Canadian bodybuilder finished seventh in 2020. For Vallerie, 2021 was arguably the best pro year. He started with a blast, winning the 2021 Tampa Pro ahead of notable runners-up Phil Clahar and Charles Griffen.

He continued with the excellent results with another tournament win at the 2021 Texas Pro only a week later. Next, Valliere participated in the 2021 Arnold Classic, where he was second behind Nick Walker and ahead of Steve Kuclo.

Claiming his 2021 Olympia spot early, Valliere hoped for a better result at the pinnacle tournament, but he again was seventh. Mamdouh Elssbiay won the 2021 Olympia. He and the other six athletes that got more points than Valliere, Brandon Curry, Hadi Choopan, Hunter Labrada, Nick Walker and William Bonac, also qualified for the December event of the 2022 Mr Olymipa in Las Vegas.

Ian Valliere, taking a bit of a break during an exercise session

Qualifying for Mr Olympia

Ian Valliere secured his Mr Olympia roster spot with his fifth career tournament win at the 2022 Vancouver Pro. Although the competition wasn’t as fierce as expected, with only seven participants in the Men’s Open, he still had to overcome Antoine Vaillant and his impressive physique.

The differentiating factor in Vancouver were back poses where Valliere’s muscle thickness and conditioning shone the most. However, the Canadian bodybuilding star is still working on improving his posture, muscles and physique for the most important tournament of the year.

Building muscles and conditioning

The weight room in a gym is a bodybuilder’s focal point. Along with strength training, athletes also have muscle-building routines. Training cycles are now sophisticated to avoid plateauing and continue gaining volume and conditioning. Athletes use high-quality supplements like proteins, drinks and steroids Canada suppliers so their body is fueled and maintained in the right way to maximise their performance. Working out with precise training cycles and adding high-class supplements are essential for tournament preparations.

What to expect from 2022 Mr Olympia

Ian Valliere

Las Vegas will host world-class bodybuilders in another Mr Olympia tournament. The top contenders from previous years qualified for this year’s competition. Most of them are now in the preparation cycle to display top physique and conditioning at the right moment. Timing is crucial, and Ian Valliere, who has one tournament win this year, will try to be better than the seventh place from the previous two Mr Olympia.

But just participating in a prestigious sporting event such as Mr Olympia is a success for pro bodybuilders.

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Applefest Fall Fair at Ireland House Museum - October 1st - Limited Registration

By Staff

August 23rd, 2022



Applefest Fall Fair at Ireland House Museum
When: Saturday, October 1, 2022, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Ireland House Museum
Cost: $10/adult, $8/child (3 – 12 years), under 2 are free

Celebrate the changing of the seasons at Ireland House Museum’s Applefest Fall Fair. The day will feature main stage entertainment, vendors, Museum tours, farm animals, historic demonstrations and a mini local food market. Treat yourself to a serving of our signature house-baked apple crisp!

Capacity is limited, please pre-register for the event and note your selected arrival time. Reservations are available on the hour. Walk-in guests will be accommodated space permitting.
New this year! Treat yourself to a serving of our signature house-baked apple crisp.

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