Three year olds being recruited to sign on for kindergarten - the start of a 12 year journey

By Staff

November 16th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It has come to this.

Three year olds getting their first look at what kindergarten has to offer them in a virtual Zoom setting.
Is this the best that creative minds can do?

Appears not.

In a media release the Halton District School Board said:

Starting school is a big step for children and parents/guardians, and the Halton District School Board wants to make that transition as smooth as possible. This fall, the HDSB is welcoming future students and their families to a virtual Kindergarten experience at kindergarten.hdsb.ca to learn more about making the first school experience a happy one.

Clip from a video introducing three year olds to kindergarten. Where is the grass? This is a muddy yard.

Is the correct answer to every question: Why?

Due to current public health restrictions, traditional in-person Kindergarten Open Houses are not possible this year. Instead, we have created a virtual experience for three-year olds and their families.

At kindergarten.hdsb.ca, three-year olds can explore a Kindergarten classroom to see what their future classroom might look like next September. There are videos to watch, pictures to view and fun activities for kids.

Parents/guardians can learn about the Kindergarten program at the HDSB, play-based learning, community resources in Halton and before-and-after school care. Families can also sign-up to receive a welcome package from the HDSB including a free children’s book.

Registration for Kindergarten begins in January 2022 and will be by appointment only (in-person and/or virtual) through the school your child will attend.

Further information will be shared in the new year.

To begin Kindergarten in September 2022, children must be four years old by Dec. 31, 2022 for Year 1 Kindergarten and must be five years old by Dec. 31, 2022 for Year 2 Kindergarten.

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When it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation - climate activist will engage you in a conversation on the other parts

By Pepper Parr

November 15th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If Climate Change still matters to you after what we have learned from the COP26 conference in Scotland – then you want to listen to Katharine Hayhoe.

She is being brought to Halton by the Halton Environment Network via Zoom on November 18th at 8 PM for a Virtual Discussion with United Nations Champion of the Earth, Climate Activist and Author Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, as she joins our community to discuss her new book “Saving Us”.

In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. Dr. Hayhoe’s book is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology to give you the tools you need to start talking about climate.

Get your copy in person or online at your local library, or at your local bookstore and learn from one of the top climate scientists in the world on how to talk about climate with your friends, co-workers, and family.

Join the discussion by registering here: bit.ly/LetsListen2021

For more information: https://climatecollective.ca/hccreads/

Follow #HCCReads & @haltonclimate on twitter to follow the conversation.

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Sean Cullen back on stage: Patsy Cline and Frank Sinatra follow at the Performing Arts Centre

 

By Staff

November 15th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is going to show us the way to live a normal life.

They have pulled back the curtain and are delighted to safely welcome back their eager audiences, volunteers and artists to LIVE entertainment.

Sean Cullen – an “Evening of Sophisticated Silliness” that is not to be missed by anyone who wants a good laugh.

Returning to our Community Studio Theatre on Wednesday, November 17 for his first of three upcoming events, is BPAC friend and favourite Seán Cullen (The Ellen Show / Workin’ Moms / Last Comic Standing / Just For Laughs / The Debaters).

Having traveled the world for over three decades as a master of improvisation and an accomplished impressionist who delights in the absurd, THE SEÁN CULLEN COCKTAIL HOUR (& a half!) will be an “Evening of Sophisticated Silliness” that is not to be missed by anyone who wants a good laugh.

Liven up your spirits with a hilarious evening of comedy and music with the award-winning master of silliness alongside special guests: Allie Pearse (Letterkenny / JFL Standup & Pitch / ‘I Heart Jokes Award’ Winner for 2020 Breakout Comic), Chris Locke (Just For Laughs / Baroness Von Sketch / Mr. D / Canadian Comedy Award for 2014 Best Male Standup), Richard Crouse (host of Pop Life, In Short and Reel to Real / film critic for Bravo, CTV News and CP24) and musical guest Joan Smith (Serena Ryder / Little Foot Long Foot / Joan Smith & the Jane Does).

Next week, BPAC also presents two renowned shows that celebrate a pair of the all-time greats, Frank Sinatra and Patsy Cline.

When you hear Leisa Way singing “I Fall to Pieces” your heart will swell – you are in for a really good time.

(Way-To-Go Productions) stars in the celebrated SWEET DREAMS: THE MUSIC OF PATSY CLINE featuring The Wayward Wind Band for two evening and two matinee performances from Thursday, November 18 until Sunday, November 21.

Experience the fascinating story of the legendary country singer Patsy Cline’s life and the incredible music that she left behind including “I Fall To Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Walking After Midnight,” and her biggest hit, “Crazy.”

Backed by a superb four-piece band, Canadian stage star, Leisa Way, a powerhouse singer and entertainer herself, celebrates not only the music of this legendary singer, but tells stories about Patsy Cline’s life that have never been heard before. This concert has been playing to sold out crowds across North America and Europe.

After 50 years of live performances and recordings, Jimmy Stahl has taken his legendary big band project to another level. The Jimmy Stahl Big Band does Sinatra’s greatest hits like you’ve never heard them before, featuring the rising star and crooner Michael Vanhevel in this new tribute to Frank Sinatra and the American Songbook.

There will never be another “Old Blue Eyes” but Michael does come very close. Takes you back.

Jazz aficionados can also expect to be impressed by Grammy–winning charts, scorching horns and fresh interpretations of jazz, blues and swing music spanning multiple decades by the incredible 20 plus musicians on stage.

Experience the power and magic of a big band as The Jimmy Stahl Big Band performs SOUNDS OF SINATRA live on Saturday, November 20 in BPAC’s Main Theatre with fresh arrangements of big brassy blues, swing and jazz standards.

Patrons who want to experience the energy of the live concert environment can purchase tickets through the BPAC Box Office, secure in the knowledge that the BPAC’s health and safety protocols are in place to keep performers and patrons safe. All patrons must show proof of COVID-19 double vaccination to be permitted entry into the facility and wear a mask. ALL-IN PRICING INCLUDES ALL TAXES AND FEES! Livestream ticket options are also available for most shows.

Tickets can be purchased online or by telephone:
905-681-6000  |  www.burlingtonpac.ca

 

 

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Naval veteran at Memorial event: 'you will never understand what your attendance means to us'

By Ryan O’Dowd: Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

November 11th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A naval officer said “you will never understand what your attendance means to us,” in the first of Burlington’s two Remembrance Day ceremonies this morning. That lack of understanding seems mutual, as so many in the audience will never understand the magnitude of the service and sacrifice of those honored today, try though we may.

The Colour Guard at Veteran Square

Old and young naval veterans gathered by the Naval Monument at Spencer Smith Park many wore flawless blue dress and white berets. Waves crashed and sprayed across the promenade. Planes soared through the grey morning sky where the faded white ghost of the sun began to reveal itself, the sun rose lazily while soldiers stood in uniform and at attention by the monument.

In the afternoon an Avro Lancaster, World War Two’s biggest British Bomber plane, part of Hamilton’s Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s collection, was set to fly over the region.  A crowd gathered in long winter coats on a cold morning in remembrance.

The member of the Teen Tour Band may have been the age of the veteran when he went to war. Today he plays the pipes at the City Hall ceremony earlier today.

“It’s like an old summer day on the Atlantic,” said the naval officer. The audience laughed but it was another thing they couldn’t truly understand.

Wreaths were laid by the foot of the Naval Monument behind which stands a tablet bearing the names of the fallen. The monument is dedicated to the 2024 naval personnel and the 31 warships of the Royal Canadian Navy and the 1466 merchant seamen and 75 ships of the Canadian Merchant Marine who were lost during World War Two. The numbers are almost too big to comprehend, the names of the fallen too many to fathom as individuals, they become abstract.

Burlington MP Karina Gould taking a tot of rum to remember the war experiences of veterans at the Naval Monument on the Naval Promenade.

After the ceremony, the naval veterans gathered for a shot of rum, where they toasted absent friends. They were joined in their drink by a game Minister Karina Gould and Mayor Marianne Meed-Ward.

In the discussions that followed among the navy men some teased and joked with each other, others spoke more somberly. An elderly navy man talked about his family as a military family, his father buried alive in the trenches in northern France, some hundred years ago during the war. The naval veterans plotted to head off to the Halton Naval Veterans Association. Amongst each other they oozed a familial kind of familiarity, maybe it comes from the shared secret, that shared harrowing experience they lived the rest of us can’t understand.

The 11 am ceremony took place at the Cenotaph by City Hall, in the recently unveiled Veteran’s Square. The event was advertised as a virtual one but the city was unable to keep the people away as Brant Street was thronged by crowds listening quietly.

The drone of the bagpipes sounded and the colour guard marched in. The colour guard bore the flags, wore monochromatic blue plaid kilts and dark coats, some adorned with service medals. The sun shone brightly by the late morning and the bronze soldier at attention atop the monument cast a long shadow across Veteran’s Square.

The veteran who led the ceremony became another to try and bridge the gap of understanding. Breaking down the word “remember” into “re” and “member” and asking us to consider it serving to reintroduce the fallen into our membership. Maybe that makes it easier to remember the fallen as an individual, he spoke then of the popularity of wartime poems to the same end, to understanding.

And so he read:

The picture was taken in France by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward when she was representing Burlington at an event.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

    That mark our place; and in the sky

    The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

    The torch; be yours to hold it high.

    If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

        In Flanders fields.”

-John McCrae

 

The veteran leading the 11 am ceremonies came from a military family as well, his grandfather had to be sent home from World War One after lying about his age to join the military, he was 16. So few veterans remain from the World Wars to tell their stories.

Members of the Royal Canadian Navy standing before the Naval Memorial on the Waterfront

Many of us have relatives who served though it grows more distant generation by generation, fewer storytellers, faded memories, the sacrifices abstract and difficult to comprehend, the individuals become statistics or a name among many on a memorial tablet. And so we gather on November 11th, and in the moment of silence when everything else from our noisy lives full of self-importance and mixed up priorities shuts down, even for a moment, maybe we can get close to understanding.

Thank you to all veterans for your service and sacrifice.

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Steven Page - on stage Saturday at the Performing Arts Centre

By Staff

November 11th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Steven Page’s distinctive and powerful voice will reach out to the audience at the Performing arts Centre on Saturday the 13th.

Steven Page: among the most instantly recognizable voices in popular music.

That voice is among the most instantly recognizable in popular music. He is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame with former bandmates, Barenaked Ladies, the award-winning band he co-founded.

As one of the principal songwriters and lead singer, Steven spent twenty years with the group, touring the world and selling millions of albums.

Steven’s fifth solo album, DISCIPLINE: HEAL THYSELF, PT. II, was released in 2018, followed by tours of the UK, Ireland and the U.S. with bandmates Craig Northey (Odds) and Kevin Fox. In 2019, Steven toured Canada from coast to coast starting in the east with a successful run alongside Symphony New Brunswick. The Discipline Tour concluded in autumn 2019, with an extensive tour of the U.S. Northwest, Southeast, Northeast and Texas. The Steven Page Trio – Live in Concert DVD was filmed during this tour and has been airing on American Public Television stations across the U.S.

Since becoming a solo artist, Page has carved out a diversified niche for himself that extends beyond recording and performing through an extensive array of projects in music, film, theatre and television. He has composed six Stratford Festival scores, has collaborated and toured North America with Toronto’s innovative Art of Time Ensemble and performs with his rock star pals as a member of the Trans-Canada Highwaymen.

Steven journeyed across Canada and the U.S. as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater, became a Chopped Canada Champion and appeared as a judge on Iron Chef Canada in their 2019/20 season.

Show Length: Approx. 90 min. Intermission.
Ticket Prices:
Regular: $69.50 (All-in)
Member: $64.50 (All-in)
Livestream: $15 (All-in, per household)
Member Livestream: $10 (All-in, per household)

Ontario pandemic guidelines: all patrons must show proof of COVID-19 double vaccination to be permitted entry into the facility.

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The Soup is on - time to fill those bowls you bought at the Art Gallery

By Staff

November 9th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Individually hand crafted bowls done by artisans from across the province.

You looked at the bowls

You bought the one you really liked

You picked it up at the Art Gallery.

Now you get to enjoy your soup.

For those who have taken part in the AGB annual Soup Bowl event – It’s time to fill your bowls – Soup Bowl To Go voucher redemption began yesterday.

It’s time to fill your bowls – Soup Bowl To Go voucher redemption began on Monday!

Visit the AGB website to find a list of this year’s participating restaurants along with redemption details and restaurant contact info.

Click here to get started

Don’t have a voucher? There’s still time to grab a soup bowl!

Once you’ve bought your bowls, select your favourite restaurant from the list.  Contact your restaurant of choice to arrange your voucher redemption. Arrive at the restaurant for your arranged take-out or dine-in time and enjoy!

 

 

 

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Looking to book passenger road tests (class G2/G) ? You can at Burlington GO

By Staff

November 3rd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

To help reduce the backlog of road testing due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Ontario government is using several GO station parking lots as temporary road test centres to help fill demand as pandemic limitations ease – including parking lots in your coverage area.

Those looking to book their passenger road tests (class G2/G) can now do so at Burlington GO, Mount Joy GO, East Gwillimbury GO, and Oshawa GO, which offer convenient locations – and ample space – to put their driving skills to the literal test.

Signs will be set up at each GO Station.

 

The testing in Burlington is taking place in the NORTH parking lot.

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Burlington Native has found the gym - hopefully the library as well

By Staff

November 2nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Jenna Morais, second-year forward at Carleton University.

Burlington native Jenna Morais led the Carleton University Ravens to their first 2-0 start since 2010-11. The second-year forward had a goal and an assist in the Ravens’ home opener on Friday before scoring the game-winning goal on Sunday afternoon versus the University of Ottawa.

Jeremy Whalen, Assistant Manager, Digital Marketing and Communication at Carleton University in the Department of Recreation and Athletics popped us a note to tell us that Burlington native Jenna Morais led the Ravens to their first 2-0 start since 2010-11.

The second-year forward had a goal and an assist in the Ravens’ home opener on Friday before scoring the game-winning goal on Sunday afternoon versus the University of Ottawa.

Jenna Morais is a women’s hockey player.

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Remembrance Day Ceremony will be Virtual

By Staff

November 2nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The 2021 Remembrance Day ceremony will again be virtual and will be live-streamed at burlingtonlegion.com, beginning at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11. Please do not go to the Burlington Cenotaph.

The Royal Canadian Legion and veterans are asking residents to stay home and stream the ceremony online. Only those directly involved in delivering the ceremony will be at the Cenotaph.

To view the live streaming, go to burlingtonlegion.com at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The ceremony will also be available for viewing afterward.

The 35-minute ceremony will include a colour guard, two minutes of silence, music performed by some members of the Burlington Teen Tour Band and a reading of In Flanders Fields.

The 9 a.m. ceremony at the Naval Monument in Spencer Smith Park is open to the public.

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Did the GO train screw ups impact you? Here's what happened

 

By Staff

November 2nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Did the GO train schedule screw up impact you this past weekend – Oct. 30 and 31?

Metrolinx explains what happened.

There is never a good time to shutdown the busiest commuter rail line in the country.

This past Saturday (Oct. 30) was particularly rough with the combination of Halloween festivities, sporting events, and concerts all drawing people to downtown Toronto.

So, what happened? During a routine track inspection, GO Transit crews discovered a section of the tracks between Port Credit and Clarkson GO stations was unstable, so much so that trains could no longer pass through the area safely.

The transit agency made the difficult decision to shut down that section of track.

This huge hunk of equipment was brought in to smooth and stabilize the tracks which then had to be tested to ensure the tracks were stable. It could have been worse and happened during rush hours.

Making the fix

Behind the scenes, transit experts at Metrolinx drew up a plan to keep people moving and got started immediately on the repairs. Extra GO buses were called in to shuttle people between Port Credit and Clarkson, and Lakeshore West train service was reduced to hourly to avoid further delays.

The team initially estimated it could take up to 24 hours to complete the repairs but crews worked through the night – during the rain – on Saturday to get the repairs done as quickly as possible, in hopes of reducing the impact to people on Sunday.

Once the initial repairs were made, a large machine known as a DynaCAT was brought in to smooth and stabilize the tracks. Finally, GO had to run a test train over the repaired section at slow speeds to make sure everything was good to go.

In the end, the teams got the job done in time for regular GO train service to resume on Sunday morning.

 

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New Guild at the AGB - focused on the digital arts

By Staff

November 1, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Meet the DAGB (Digital Arts Guild of Burlington): an emerging community guild of young adults with an interest in digital art forms.

It is a new group formed as a guild at the Art Gallery of Burlington.

The guild is interested in encouraging and supporting underrepresented youth groups in their journey with digital arts. They’ll be opening to the public in the coming months, providing a place for knowledge exchange, skill and equipment sharing, informal educational programs, and a safe space for self-expression.

Technology and artistic creativity

They have put together a n upcoming digital demo series.

Technology and artistic creativity are expected collide with a budding youth digital guild at the AGB.

Youth artists, makers, and creators will soon have a new home where they can gather to create and explore the boundless world of digital arts.

It is an emerging community guild of teens and young adults with an interest in digital art forms. Located in the Creative Hub, the DAGB is interested in encouraging and supporting underrepresented youth groups in their journey with digital arts.

The DAGB is excited to open to the public in the coming months, providing a place for knowledge exchange, skill and equipment sharing, informal educational programs, and a safe space for self-expression.

Image courtesy of Bryan Depuy.

Bringing an interest in the latest tools in digital arts, founding DAGB members are currently acquiring equipment for a functioning studio space. In the late Winter, the DAGB are hosting a series of digital demos on the AGB’s Instagram Live, as part of their soft launch. From 3D printing, to Sound Art, E-textiles, and even DIY video games, the DAGB is showcasing the practices of young digital artists throughout the month of November to highlight the diverse ways folks can express themselves with digital art forms.

The DAGB is aiming to build engagement and membership in the new year. These youth hope to host more educational initiatives and develop their inventory of equipment throughout their partnership with the AGB.

Everyone is welcome to stop by the studio space for a peek at their work, or to join one of their upcoming demos to learn something new.

This is al in the near future.  The AGB hasn’t provided a contact point yet – we will chase that down for you.

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Cogeco's Pumpkin Patrol took to the streets to assist with public safety throughout Burlington on Halloween

By Ryan O’Dowd: Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

October 31st, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

Cogeco employees set up in seven different Burlington locations across the city last night to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters and lend another pair of eyes for public safety. If a Cogeco employee saw something they would notify police.

Staff from the cable company were on the streets from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. The technicians interested in participating were sent out to their stations with their work trucks decorated for Halloween.

Across Burlington signs of normalcy were abundant this Halloween with pandemic restrictions loosening. Kids took to the streets at dusk as ghouls and princesses while orange bled out from the setting sun across a purpling sky on a chilly autumn evening.

Cogeco gave back to the Burlington community tonight affording a watchful eye and spreading some Halloween joy.

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United Nations Climate leader will talk to Halton people live on the 18th

By Staff

October 30th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Environmental Network is inviting people to join them on November the 18th at 8 PM for a Virtual Discussion with United Nations Champion of the Earth, Climate Activist and Author Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, as she joins our community to discuss her new book “Saving Us”.

In Saving Us, Hayhoe argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. Dr. Hayhoe’s book is a multilayered look at science, faith, and human psychology to give you the tools you need to start talking about climate.

Join the discussion on November 18th at 8pm by registering here:

For more information: https://climatecollective.ca/hccreads/

Register for Let’s Listen Live with Dr.Katharine Hayhoe

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Do you have fixed opinions on draft dodgers ? Our political columnist has written a play that will be staged in November

By Pepper Parr

October 29th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Ray Rivers: pundit and playwright

Some of our readers know that Ray Rivers, our leading columnist, is also an actor and a playwright.

There is a production coming up in November that covers a subject our generation knew about and experienced.

Draft dodging is a tricky subject for people in Quebec and Ontario.

In 1942, Mackenzie King, the Prime Minister at the time, had to work his way through a very tough issue.  The country was at war and things were not going that well.

Men from Ontario were signing up; men from Quebec were heading for the bush, and the government was at risk.

King came up with a statement that covered both bases when he said ”not necessarily conscription, but conscription if necessary.”

Ray takes the issue of war and how people react and respond.  Should be worth looking into.

 

 

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A year after a 50 foot fall into a Mt Nemo crevasse survivor Anita Ceh returns to thank the firefighters.

By Ryan O’Dowd: Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

November 5th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

One year ago Anita Ceh had a life-changing hike at Mount Nemo.

Anita and her friend, Jennifer, met in the parking lot last October to walk a Mount Nemo trail. Anita has always been active but doesn’t consider herself much of a hiker, favouring more leisurely walks – what followed was anything but. Mount Nemo’s cliffside trail looms large on the escarpment skyline and looks out over rural parts of the city adorned with autumn foliage of golds and reds. Anita doesn’t remember how long they walked before the fall.

Anita jumped across a small gap in the trail and she immediately knew something was wrong. The earth gave way and Anita lost her footing, she grabbed hold of a tree on the other side of the clearing but too much ground had given way, soil and stone gobbled up by the jagged mouth of a deep crevasse. Her grip couldn’t hold. The tree slipped out of her grasp and Anita’s friend tells her she grabbed at the edge of the ground, but the cliff face crumbled too.

After losing purchase on the cliff face Anita curled into the fetal position to protect her head and neck. She doesn’t remember the fall.

Anita fell fifty feet into the gaping crevasse. She remembers coming to, here and there, as emergency responders fastened ropes to a stretcher for a vertical elevation because the crevasse was too narrow for any other kind of evacuation. Although Anita’s recollection of her time caught in the crevasse is spotty, Jennifer Massel , who found a passerby to call 911, tells her they communicated the whole time. Jennifer never thought Anita was going to die, Anita says the firefighters thought differently.

Meeting with fire fighters a year after a 50 foot fall into a crevasse on Mount Nemo.  Anita Ceh is in the leather jacket, and friend Jennifer

“They thought they’d be bringing a body up,” said Anita. “And so I don’t know how I survived, I guess determination, divine intervention. I’m not a religious person, but I have to believe that there is somebody watching over me.”

Anita spent seven weeks in the hospital, much of it she described as lost time in a brain fog. Anita worked as an x-ray technician, she remembered seeing the terrible x-rays of badly injured patients during her career and never imagined she’d be one of them. The brain fog was mostly lifted by the last two weeks of her hospital stay and Anita, grateful to have survived, grew restless and frustrated with her hospital stay, eager to return to her life.

Now she has.

“Amazingly, I’m feeling really good,” said Anita.

Following her long hospital stay, Anita walked around with a cane for two weeks due to a fracture in her spine. She attributes ditching the cane to her stubbornness and is back to being active now. She left the crevasse with a “fair bit of hardware” in her shoulder and wrist. Anita has started riding her bike again, one of her favourite ways to stay active, but she’s more cautious than before.

Despite how foggy the incident at Mount Nemo has become it weighs heavy on Anita’s mind.

Mt Nemo has dozens of hidden crevasses – wiser to walk along the well marked trails.

“I kind of was concerned about going back to Mount Nemo because of post-traumatic stress, which I know I’m suffering from now. But I want to go back and see, and have a look at the crevasse.”

One year after the event Anita had the opportunity to meet the firefighters who saved her life. Anita said she got the idea to meet the first responders again from a friend who told her they’re always appreciative of the gratitude. Anita was emotional speaking about the firefighter’s heroism.

Acting Platoon Chief Jason Laporte standing with Anita Ceh, (on the right) and her friend Jennifer

“I have such respect for them, I always have, but when you actually have to be saved from such a dangerous situation you realize they risk their lives to save our lives.”

Acting Platoon Chief Jason Laporte mentioned it is a rare opportunity to reconnect with someone they helped during an emergency but says when it happens it’s “one of the most rewarding parts of the job.”

The Burlington Fire Department is using a mobile application called what3words to help emergency responders find callers in remote areas without a known or specific address. Residents are encouraged to download the free app to mobile devices so public safety telecommunicators can quickly identify your location, down to a 3-meter square area, during an emergency.

When the passerby called 9-1-1 for Anita they were unsure how to describe the location, but eventually were able to coordinate with first responders. Burlington Fire Chief Karen Roche pointed out what3words will help responders and citizens in emergency situations.

“We’re thankful the 9-1-1 caller was able to help us locate her. Every second we spend trying to search for a caller could mean their chances of a positive outcome is reduced. The faster we can get to the person, the better the outcome. Downloading the what3words application on your mobile device helps us help you,” said Roche.

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Well, this was a tough one to write.

By Stephanie

October 27th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Friends, I have cherished every moment of serving you, our maker community and craft lovers. As some of you may know, my husband, toddler and I came to Canada nine years ago and we intended to stay, well—forever. But, bittersweet as it is, we’ll be moving back to the States next month, with an extra Canadian kid and a whole lot of memories, to follow a new calling.

Mind if I wax poetic for a sec? Burlington MADE started as a little dream, by a little Etsy maker, who thought there could be an experience SO much better than rummaging through an anonymous, thrown-together gymnasium craft show. Four years later, we’ve had shoppers and visiting artists from all over southern Ontario, worked with hundreds of inspiring makers, and won 22 (oh my goodness!) awards thanks to incredible supporters like you.

Let’s keep this torch going.

Not just because of all the work that got Burlington MADE off the ground, but because the mission matters and it’s so much bigger than any one person. I believe that Burlington is a better place for connecting with makers and celebrating the best in craft. And as COVID restrictions are being lifted, there is SO much potential for growth and rebirth.

Once the idea caught on there were always crowds.

I will be selling the business because it is WORTH IT, but the dollar amount doesn’t matter as much to me as finding the right person. If you have a passion for creativity, a love of entertaining, and a knack for keeping a thousand ducks in a row, let’s talk.

Shoot me an email by Monday and tell me why you’d be perfect for the job. If you seem like the right fit, I’ll reach out to set up a Zoom.

Thanks for listening.

Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for jumping in and embracing our mission to spread appreciation for fine craftsmanship and more mindful shopping.

GET IN TOUCH  Shoot me an email by Monday at Stephanie @ burlingtonmade.com and tell me why you’d be perfect for the job. If you seem like the right fit, I’ll reach out to set up a Zoom.

STAY BEAUTIFUL, FRIENDS.

 

 

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Is the growth of the online casino market a danger for the land-based casinos in Canada?

By Joseph Peters

October 28th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

 

Canada features a diverse landscape in land-based casinos, ranging from small gambling halls in the midst of endless plains to skyline-defining complexes such as the Niagara Fallsview casino or the Montréal Casino.

Over the last few years, this diversity has grown with the rise of online casinos. These casinos offer players an unrivaled number of games, ease of access, and welcome bonuses. This has given rise to an explosive growth, that could lead to a combined 5-billion-dollar market by 2030. But does this growth rival the classical brick-and-mortar casinos or is the growth in gambling more than a zero-sum game?

The growth

Since the introduction of online casinos, Canada has seen a steady growth in its online casinos. The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory near Montréal was one of the first licenses for online casinos and is still a respected party among different licenses. Online casinos aren’t allowed to offer their services from Canada, but Canadians are free to play at offshore casinos.

Mohawk Territory Casino just outside Montreal

These offshore casinos have seen tremendous growth over the last few years. The COVID-19 virus undoubtedly helped, because as land-based casinos were struggling, profits for game developers such as Evolution rose by about 90% – a trend that slowed down, but still shows an impressive 51% growth over the first half of 2021.

Other reports foresee a similar growth. The Canadian sports betting industry is estimated at around 2.2 billion dollars for 2030, with the iGaming (online casinos) industry growing even more, with a projected total revenue of $2.4 billion. This means the average adult Canadian will spend $60 a year on sports betting and $75 a year on online gambling.

The benefits of online casinos mentioned above combined with the availability and the coronavirus means that more and more Canadian players are also visiting online casinos. These new players are often overwhelmed with the different options, welcome bonuses, and online-only games. A good gambling guide can help these new casino players capitalize on all the benefits of online casinos.

The threats and opportunities for local casinos

Although this growth of online gaming poses a threat to land-based casinos, it also provides opportunities. When brick-and-mortar casinos are open for business as usual, they can also incorporate online casinos to diversify their business. Nevertheless, local casinos need to step up their game to match the online casinos’ benefits.

First of all, online casinos are open and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even to someone living right above a brick-and-mortar casino that never closes, pulling out a smartphone to play live roulette is more convenient. To combat this, land-based casinos need to focus on offering an unforgettable experience that players can never get on screen.

Offer an unmatched in-person experience when a player visits a casino.

A second benefit for online casinos is scalability. Online casinos can ‘effortlessly’ offer thousands of games without ever running out of physical space. Although brick-and-mortar casinos don’t have that advantage, they can (and have started to) implement some of the same one-to-many games. Offering blackjack where players share the same cards and make decisions on a console gives physical casinos a similar offering. These consoles could even offer an online version of the casino – merging the brand and reliability of the brick-and-mortar casino with the flexibility of an online casino.

Finally, online casinos are able to operate on better margins for players. Online slots, for example, often have a house edge under 5% – compared to around 12% for physical slots. Although shrinking the house edge may be an obvious solution, online casinos will always have the advantage here. The solution here is to offer an unmatched in-person experience when a player visits a casino.

Bonuses for new and existing players

One of the trickiest advantages of online casinos is the welcome bonus and other bonuses for existing players. These bonuses can sometimes double a player’s first deposit, giving them twice the money to play with. Although casinos have always offered comps, they can’t match the bonuses online casinos give out.

Especially players looking for a new online casino can really get a head start using these welcome bonuses. These bonuses can consist of free spins and/or bonus money that can be used to play the games. Similar bonuses exist for existing players, too.

Playing from home

Another advantage of online casinos is a logistic one. Players can play anywhere and at any time. Using a mobile website, players can use small breaks in the day (toilet breaks, waiting for the bus) to play their favorite games. In contrast, a physical casino requires a trip to the casino, parking, going around, and going back home.

Physical casinos will always be at a disadvantage. It can only serve those players that live close enough to the casino to make the trip worthwhile. Other players will flock to their online counterparts by default.

More game options

Even when land-based casinos use online casinos as an inspiration to broaden their offering of games, it will be impossible to truly compete with online casinos. These online casinos often partner with twenty or more game developers. Not only does it give players the chance to pick their favorite roulette version, it also allows for more competition, creating bigger and better games.

One example is the introduction of roulette games with huge multipliers. A usual roulette game offers the largest win of 36x a player’s bet. Online roulette versions can skyrocket this multiplier to 500x or even higher multipliers. Although the technology may be copied, it takes the scalability of hundreds of players to truly make this work.

 

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The Holiday Market planned for December of this year appears to be relying on sponsorships: Is there that much loose cash in the city?

By Pepper Parr

October 22nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

This is about an event proposal that literally slipped through council with very little public input.

At the time the organizers of the event were looking for a five year permit – Ward Councillor Lisa Kearns whittled that down to two years.

The urgency on the part of the organizers was to give sponsors the assurance that they were putting their money into something that was going to be around for awhile.

TD bank was mentioned as people ready to sign the cheque.

The organizers explained that The Burlington Holiday Market was established to celebrate the holiday spirit in the heart of the city, downtown Burlington. 2021 will mark the first year of this annual event. Building on a tradition of bringing the community together, the Market welcomes residents, families and visitors from around the Halton and Hamilton region to come and experience a celebration of the season.

In partnership with the Sound of Music, the Burlington Holiday Market took inspiration from European Christmas markets and infused a flair of Canadiana to deliver a unique and imaginative immersive experience. The Burlington Holiday Market will offer several features including concerts and choirs, a HERO’s lounge, interactive community art features and advent-style community displays.*

After a tumultuous 18-months, the Burlington Holiday Market is ready to bring everyone back together and revitalize the downtown just in time for the holiday season. From December 9th to 12th we will transform downtown Burlington into a holiday wonderland with something to excite all the senses and fun for all ages.

They pointed to the history of large events in Burlington with Sound of Music festival brings 200,000 people into the downtown and RibFest, which has been around since 1996 attracting approximately 175,000 people.

Sponsorships were clearly a big part of the revenue side.

Available for your consideration we are offering limited sponsorship at the following levels:

$40,000

PRESENTing Sponsorships

1 Available

$25,000

Gold Sponsorships

4 Available

$17,500

Silver Sponsorships

7 Available

$10,000

Bronze Sponsorships

10 Available

And the following unlimited sponsorships:

$3,000 Cheer Sponsorships

$1,000 Snowflake Sponsorships

*All sponsorships may be subject to change at the discretion of the Burlington Holiday Market

The PRESENTing Sponsor ($40,000) will enjoy the ultimate in visibility around the region, in the media and during the market. This is an opportunity to leverage an active and engaged audience and offer a high-profile display in the largest activation space available within the Market.

Naming:
● Market Naming
● Lounge Naming

Activation:
● 20’x20′ Activation space for the duration of the show for four days – Dec 9, 10, 11, 12

Recognition:
● Verbal recognition from stage hosts
● Prize draw participation

Social Media
● 10 x Mentions and/or tags* on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels
● 10 x Shares and/or reposts* of approved sponsor content on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels

eCommerce
● Logo included on postcard inside delivered parcel
● Opportunity for product inclusion

Thank you
● Inclusion in post-event Thank You video that will be

Visibility:
● Naming recognition on all advertising (website, print

● Logo on print advertising
● Logo on outdoor advertising

Rights

distributed on social

and digital)
● Named in all press releases
● Logo on website (linkable)
● Logo on general signage

● Logo on digital advertising
● Logo on printed poster
● Logo on print banner
● Radio advertising mention

● First right of refusal for 2022

*All sponsorships may be subject to change at the discretion of the Burlington Holiday Market

GOLD SPONSORSHIP – $25,000
Gold Sponsors will benefit from high visibility and numerous touch points throughout the Market, mentions in the media and a presence on all marketing materials leading up to and after the event. Gold sponsorship activation spaces will be centrally located to maximize traffic and audience opportunity

Activation
● 10′ x l0′ Activation space for the duration of the show for four days – Dec 9, 10, 11, 12

Recognition
● Verbal recognition from stage hosts
● Prize draw participation

Visibility
● Named in all press releases
● Logo on website (linkable)
● Logo on general signage
● Logo on print advertising
● Logo on outdoor advertising
● Logo on digital advertising
● Logo on printed poster

Social Media
● 6 x Mentions and/or tags* on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels
● 6 x Shares and/or reposts* of approved sponsor content on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels

Thank you
● Inclusion in post-event Thank You video that will be distributed on social

ECommerce
● Logo included on postcard inside delivered parcel
● Opportunity for product inclusion

Rights
● First right of refusal for 2022

● Logo on print banner
● Radio advertising mention

*All sponsorships may be subject to change at the discretion of the Burlington Holiday Market

SILVER SPONSORSHIP – $17,500
Silver Sponsors will gain access to high traffic activation sites and logo inclusion on a wide range of promotional materials. This is an excellent opportunity to re-engage with the community and drive brand recognition, leads, sales or showcase products and services just in time for the gift giving season.

Activation
● 6’x6′ Activation space for the duration of the show for four days – Dec 9, 10, 11, 12

Recognition
● Verbal recognition from stage hosts
● Prize draw participation

Visibility
● Named in all press releases
● Logo on website (linkable)
● Logo on general signage
● Logo on print advertising
● Logo on outdoor advertising
● Logo on digital advertising
● Logo on printed poster
● Logo on printed banner

Social Media
● 3 x Mentions and/or tags* on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels
● 3 x Shares and/or reposts* of approved sponsor content on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels

eCommerce
● Logo included on postcard inside delivered parcel

Thank you
● Inclusion in post-event Thank You video that will be distributed on social

Rights
● First right of refusal for 2022

*All sponsorships may be subject to change at the discretion of the Burlington Holiday Market

BRONZE SPONSORSHIP – $10,000
Bronze Sponsors will have the opportunity to present their brand, product and services to a large, engaged audience. Branding will be included on a wide range of promotional materials distributed throughout Halton region and online leading up to and during the Burlington Holiday Market. Reach a large, concentrated audience from sunrise to sunset!

Activation
● 6’x6′ Activation space for the duration of the show for one day – Dec 9 or 10 or 11 or 12

Recognition
● Prize draw participation

Visibility
● Logo on website (linkable)
● Logo on general signage
● Logo on print advertising
● Logo on outdoor advertising
● Logo on digital advertising
● Logo on printed poster

Social Media
● 2 x Mentions and/or tags* on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels
● 2 x Shares and/or reposts* of approved sponsor content on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels

eCommerce
● Logo included on postcard inside delivered parcel

*All sponsorships may be subject to change at the discretion of the Burlington Holiday Market

CHEER SPONSORSHIP – $3,000
Cheer Sponsors are big supporters of the community and will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to drive traffic to their website and social media platforms, promote their participation in the Burlington Holiday Market and their support for the artists, vendors, performers and food and beverage providers of Burlington and Halton.

Visibility
● Logo on website (linkable)

Social Media
● 1 x Mentions and / or tags* on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels
● 1 x Shares and/or reposts* of approved sponsor content on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels

SNOWFLAKE SPONSORSHIP – $1,000
Building a snow sculpture isn’t possible without many snowflakes. Each contributing to building something bigger to be enjoyed by everyone, much like the Burlington Holiday Market. Make your contribution to supporting the community and the downtown core with a Snowflake sponsorship and share your contribution with your friends and followers – we will do the same!

Social Media
● 1 x Mentions and / or tags* on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels
● 1 x Shares and / or reposts* of approved sponsor content on Burlington Holiday Market social media channels

*All sponsorships may be subject to change at the discretion of the Burlington Holiday Market.

The person you want to meet with is:

Meagan Madill
T: 905.995.4343
E: meagan@curatedbym.com

Bring your cheque book.

There is a lot more behind this situation – Stay Tuned and Stand By!

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Spooktacular event runs between 10 am and 5 pm Saturday at Burlington Central

By Ryan O’Dowd: Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

October 21st, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington Centre transforms this Saturday for their Spooktacular Finds and Drive-In Movie events.

The Mom’s Market Collective hosts the Spooktacular Finds that will be set up throughout the Centre with over 25 vendors selling unique merchandise and products.

Customers are encouraged to bring their kids along for trick or treating.

What do you think he is looking at? Sounds like a great event – the movie tickets were gone in a flash.

After the market shuts down the Drive-In Movie Spooktacular kicks off at 6:30 pm. The sold-out film event has seen 100 available parking spaces fill up for both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets were free and guests are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will go to the Gift of Giving Back.

The Mom Market Collective is a Canada wide Collective that believes in supporting local and giving a platform for the small shops in the community. On Saturday October 23rd The Mom Market Halton is hosting their Spooktacular Finds Market at Burlington Centre from 10-5.

The small businesses you can shop from are: 30 Something Co, Li Creations, Simple Bath, Lucy Nixon Norwex, SweetLegs Hamilton With Heather, Honey Harbour Designs, Lottastic, Sweet Peas Baby Company, Ella rose little bows, Barely There Skincare, The Maison Noor, Atelieh, Jai & Miah Boutique, Heather’s Essentials, Wicker Blues, rresintable, Chakra Jewels Accessories, Chewie & Co., Reiki and Rock Craft Wellness and A Plus Teacher

For those who secured tickets for the drive-in portion, restaurants will be open for takeout and snacks are available.

Blaze Pizza is providing a special menu for the event. Spots are first come, first served. Full details can be found on the Burlington Centre website.

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Public School Board hosting Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for Parents/Guardians this Fall

By Staff

October 20th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton District School Board is hosting Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions for parents/guardians this Fall.
Covering specific topics based on feedback from parents/guardians, each session will be led by a mental health expert in that area who will share their knowledge and provide helpful information and resources.

Sessions include:
• Building Executive Function Skills in Teenagers: How Can Parents Help? – Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• Diving Deeper into Anxiety – Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• Stress, Coping and Resilience – Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Registration is required for these sessions as limited spots are available. Parents/guardians can register by completing the Mental Health & Well-Being Information Sessions Registration Form. Sessions will be held on Google Meet and registrants will be emailed a link to access the session. Sessions will not be recorded.

Register HERE

Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to submit questions when completing the registration form or during the session.

The Board’s Mental Health & Well-Being webpage has information for parents/guardians and students on mental health, ways to support positive mental health and well-being, and how to get additional support at school and in the broader community.

 

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