Now that you know you are going to have the kids at home for at least two weeks - maybe more - what do you do with them?

graphic coping redBy Pepper Parr

March 20, 2020 – 6:06am



One of the people we turn to for advice and comment on the work we do each day commented that all the articles on COVID-19 are making the Gazette look like wallpaper – it’s all the same.

And it does look that way today.

History will tell us that this virus, like 9/11, will have changed the world as we have known it. The outcome of what is really a war against a disease is one we have to win and one we can win if we use the brains and skills we have and the discipline we must develop.

graphic coping greenWe will get through this by helping each other.

The Gazette is developing a series Coping with COVID-19 & the kids.

A couple of times each week we will publish articles on what parents are doing to continue raising their children under very trying circumstances.

A number of parents are working with us to talk about ideas they will be using to care for their children for what is probably going to be longer than they realize.

Ashley with bib number

Ashley Worobec with her New York Marathon bib number.

Ashley Worobec, the chiropractor who runs and completes marathons is the mother of two; an 11 year old son and an 8 year old daughter. .

Amber Rohol, the brains behind the Active Parents website and the mother of two 11 year old girls will be joined by Nicki Rivers, a teacher at a private school and the mother of two children.

The objective is to have these three women along with members of the Gazette Advisory group prime the pump as it were – sending ideas out and receiving ideas from other parents.

This is ideally a two way flow with parents building on the ideas that come in.

Where should we start? Baking – get the kids into the kitchen and make cookies or bread. When I was raising my daughter I had to make a cake for a Girl Guide meeting. I used a cake mix but something didn’t work out all that well – the middle was mushy.

Active p logoI didn’t panic – I just got creative – scooped out the mushy middle and filled the center with jelly beans. My daughter was delighted – she wouldn’t be embarrassed – one parent asked me for the recipe.

graphic coping blueWe expect to have the editorial feature up and running in a day or two.

The team behind this will not be meeting – it will be viral – with lots of telephone calls and emails. Be part of what we are setting out to do.

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Significant changes in the way the community celebrates and entertains itself on the way.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 18th, 2020



Decisions are being made in the community that give us some sense as to what we might be in for as we struggle to deal with COVID19.

Ribfest south lake side

Most of the “ribbers” may decide to just give up on this season due to COVID19

The chief medical officer of health for Ontario has recommending the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings due to COVID-19.

The Oakville Family Ribfest was not scheduled until the end of June 2020 – more than 90 days away.

Sound-of-Music-Festival-2017 large crowd

A crowd like this isn’t going to be permitted this summer. No word yet from the Sound of Music on what their plans are.

The Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, announced today that the event will be postponed until June of 2021

The health and safety of all the families in our community are our top priority. Strong measures are required to manage the transmission of this virus and the timeline required to eliminate the risk of COVID-19 in Ontario will be prolonged so we believe it is prudent to take this preventative action.

There is much that we do not know about this virus – the biggest over-riding concern may well be how much we have to adapt to cope.

No word on the Burlington Ribfest or the Sound of Music.

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Art Gallery joins the list of locations that will be closed to the public.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 14th, 2020



The Art Gallery of Burlington has joined with other community organizations in an effort, led by the City of Burlington, to protect the health of our community by suspending all of our programs and services and closing our facility beginning Saturday, March 14, for a minimum of three weeks.

Prepaid Nash AGB

The seven day a week operation ends during the shutdown of everything in the city.

Although we know this will be an inconvenience to many and a burden to some, we are proud and determined to do everything we possibly can in response to the challenge of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Please rest assured that we will happily provide full refunds for all of the camps, courses, tours, venue rentals, and other paid services that will be impacted by this closure, although we request your patience due to the large number of clients involved.

We will be posting all updates on our website, and a staff member will be available by telephone from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday, until the gallery reopens.

Guilds 2018 levee

Guilds will not be able to meet at the Gallery

To our colleagues in the Guilds of Arts Burlington and to our many volunteers, we regret that we will not be able to offer any use of the facility during this closure, and we also regret that all of the work we have planned together with you must be postponed throughout this time, but we ask you to please be in touch with us if you require our assistance.

At this time we are working to review and revise our plans for our programs and services, and we look forward to welcoming the whole community back into the Gallery as soon as we are able.

We are very grateful to our friends at the City of Burlington for their leadership under extraordinary circumstances, and we harbour no doubt whatsoever that together we are doing the right thing for this community.

With Hope and Confidence,

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Performing Arts Centre closes Main Theatre - Community Theatre will remain open.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 13th, 2020



After first deciding to keep the doors open the Burlington Performing Arts Centre will be following the guidelines recommended by our provincial, municipal, and cultural partners to suspend all Main Theatre events and regular box office hours of operation until Monday, April 6th.

Some new light being brought to the Performing Arts csntre with the appointment of Brian McCuerdy as the new Executive Director.

Main Theater closed – Community Theater will be open.

Ontario’s chief medical officer of health is recommending the immediate suspension of all large events and public gatherings of over 250 people due to COVID-19. The Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA) is encouraging venues to temporarily suspend ‘final ticket sale’ policies and asking patrons who may be feeling ill to stay home. Our partners at the City of Burlington have elected to close facilities and cancel services for a 3-week period.

In an effort to contain the spread of the virus, BPAC will be suspending all events in the Main Theatre for the remainder of our 19/20 Presents season, and all rental events in the Main Theatre, as well as regular box office operations, until Monday, April 6th. The box office will continue to operate through phone and email communication.

The following upcoming events have been cancelled:
• Bay City Rollers – TUE MAR 17
• May The Force Be With You – THU APR 2
• The Dreamboats – FRI APR 3
• Burlington Teen Tour Band – SUN APR 5
• Cirque Eloize: Hotel – FRI APR 10 & SAT APR 11

Tickets purchased online for these events will receive automatic refunds online. Tickets purchased by visiting the BPAC Box Office in person or over the phone will be refunded by Box Office staff.

Performances in our 160-seat Community Studio Theatre will go ahead as scheduled as we continue to assess the situation on a daily basis. The Box Office and Lobby will be open 1-hour prior to the following events:
• Old Man Flanagan’s Ghost – TUE MAR 17, 7:30pm
• Kevin Fox: Songs for Cello & Voice – SAT MAR 21, 7:30pm
• Elise LeGrow – SUN MAR 22, 7pm

If you have recently traveled or if you feel any symptoms of a cold or flu, we ask that you do not attend. Please stay at home and contact the Box Office for a full refund.

The safety and comfort of our patrons, volunteers, artists, and staff are of utmost importance. We are making sure that our staff and volunteers are well aware of hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, we are installing hand sanitizing stations at our entrances, and focusing on keeping our venue clean and sanitary. Even so, we assure all patrons that nobody will be expected to attend these events if you are not comfortable to do so, and a full refund will be issued to you.

Box Office Information

Phone: 905.681.6000
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
440 Locust Street,
Burlington, ON, L7S 1T7

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Conservation Halton closes almost all sites; administration offices closed to the public

News 100 redBy Staff

March 13th, 2020



Conservation Halton has made the difficult but necessary decision to close a number of their park operations.

Conservation Halton Administration’s Office will be closed to the public but will continue to operate through phone and email communications. We will also continue to receive deliveries and accept well water samples.

Mountsberg will be closed and Maple Town, as a result, will also be closed for the remainder of the season.

Crawford lake with wooden trail

The walkway will be closed at Crawford lake.

Crawford Lake will be open, with trail access, but the Longhouse Village will be closed for the immediate future and Sweet Water Season will be closed for the remainder of the season.

Mt Nemo entrance

You will be able to walk the trail

Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Mount Nemo and Robert Edmondson will remain open, with trail access, but facilities, such as visitor centres, indoor washrooms, gift shops and food services, will be closed for the immediate future, so visitors are encouraged to plan ahead.

Glen Eden will be closed for the remainder of the season.

“We understand the importance of access to nature for community health and wellness, so we have worked to keep as many of the trails as possible open for public access,” said Hassaan Basit, Chief Administrative Officer. “With so many of our industry partners closing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we feel it is our responsibility to support these efforts.”

“Conservation Halton will look to reassess park operations on April 6.”

You can find more information and updates on park closures at


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Tap a Maple Tree event cancelled.

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March 13th, 2020



Conservation Halton announced this morning that the Tap a Tree event that was scheduled for today, March 13, at the Mountsberg Conservation Area has been cancelled.

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Contemporary Dance company is looking for four choreographers

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March 13th, 2020



The Aeris Körper Contemporary Dance company is looking for four choreographers to participate in their spring edition of ‘PROSPECTS: an evening of dance and discussion.

Dance 1The theme for the night is Social Justice with dance and movement performers focusing on equality, privilege, society and human rights.

Applications are being accepted for two works from Burlington-based artists and an additional two from artists outside of the city. Artists of colour, those living with disabilities, new Canadians, and new generation artists 18 to 30 years of age are encouraged to apply.

As a works-in-progress platform, ‘PROSPECTIVES’ provides artists, with a variety of performance experience, an opportunity to refine their 15-minute productions and receive post-performance input from the audience.

Performances can be inside or outside with artists being encouraged to create unique seating arrangements for audience members.

Applications due by April 9, 2020 will be judged by a jury composed of choreographers who previously performed at ‘PROSPECTS’ events. Applicants requiring help completing their submissions can contact Mikaela Demers at or 647-876-7159.

dance logoSuccessful choreographers will present their pieces the evening of Saturday June 20, 2020 at The Burlington Student Theatre and receive an honorarium.

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

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City announces recreation facilities and program registration refunds policy during COVID19

News 100 redBy Staff

March 12th, 2029


With the COVID-19 situation, the City of Burlington will be offering full refunds for Recreation facilities and program registrations (including March Break programs) without any administration charge.

Councillor Sharman has held two public sessions with Senior's as part of his effort to understand their needs and develop policy that Council can put in place to serve this vital community. At most of the sessions Sharman holds his Dad is often in the audience.

Some planned events might be cancelled.

For facility rentals: organizations and residents with upcoming rentals may cancel or rebook at a future date (pending availability) with no penalty. Please contact

For registrations, including March Break programs: to withdraw from an upcoming course without penalty, or to withdraw from a course in progress to receive a prorated refund, please email or visit us during customer service hours.

If you have more questions about cancellations, please reach us at or or 905-335-7738.

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Schools to be closed for two weeks after Spring break - Performing Arts Centre to remain open.

News 100 redBy Staff

March 12th, 2020



The Minister of Education has issued a Ministerial Order to close all publicly funded schools in Ontario for two weeks following March break, in response to the emergence in Ontario of COVID-19.

This order was approved by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

This means that Ontario schools have been ordered to remain closed from March 14 through to April 5, 2020.

classroom empty

Classroom to remain empty for two weeks after Spring Break

The Cineplex movie theatre chain and the Burlington Performing Arts Centre have said they will continue to operate.

The National Hockey League has shut down for the balance of the season.

There are mixed message here which is the last thing we need.

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Shakespeare at the Rock on the move - Dundurn Castle is their new home.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 5th, 2020



In the summer the Tottering Biped Theatre (TBT) creates contemporary, highly physical interpretations of Shakespeare. Since 2016, TBT has presented original takes on Shakespeare at the beautiful Rock Gardens of the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Shakespeare at Rock 1

The cool of a summer evening at the RBG Rock Garden watching a Shakespeare production.

The team descends on the Gardens each August to present the contemporary issues they care about with flair to the words of the immortal Bard, marrying the traditional with the issues of today to inspire reflection, new perspectives, and change.

Founded in 2009 as a social justice inspired Theatre Company, they devise contemporary pieces through a workshop process spanning several years to create highly physical works of artistic excellence during the Fall/Winter.

They define their mandate as promoting conscious evolution through Theatre, emphasizing themes of social justice; their works have addressed poverty, Israeli-Palestinian relations, same sex marriage, violence against women, and mental health.

Unfortunately, the RBG has decided not to present the TBT work again after four years of collaboration and despite having the largest audience yet in 2019, so TBT found  a new home it will be Shakespeare at the Castle – Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, Ontario.

“There are some things about this change that are incredibly exciting”, said Trevor Copp, Director of TBT. “This shift will radically improve our accessibility. We have always wanted to offer ‘pay what you can’ tickets, but the RBG dictated ticket prices, making this impossible.

Dundurn Castle

Dundurn Castle will be the new home for the Shakespeare program – more space is one of the advantages.

With Shakespeare at the Castle, we will finally be able to make all tickets ‘pay what you can’ so that more people can get in and get their Shakespeare on!

“We will also now be much closer to downtown Hamilton at a location that is much more accessible by public transportation, again allowing more people to enjoy our shows and receive the benefits of the arts.

“We will also now have more artistic control over the work and be able to fully embrace our own Hamilton aesthetic while pursuing our goal of getting living wages into the hands of emerging professional artists in our area.”

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Trevor Copp watching a rehearsal.

Trevor Copp has put a brave face on a terribly disappointing decision on the part of RBG. They are going to need some help to make this work.

For those who love Shakespeare and delight in the spin that TBT gives some of the memorable productions; you will see them again – this time with a Hamilton-centric spin, no doubt.

Copps set out the situation is crystal clear language: What We Need & What You Get.

“If we can raise the money to pay our artists this year, we can save the money we raise in ticket sales and put that towards next year’s budget. So, if we can get this money together one time, we will be able to sustainably carry on this project in subsequent seasons.”

“You can help make the transformation possible – Contribute here!

“Our goal is to make this a legacy series for Hamilton and the surrounding region, and this is the make or break year that will decide if that happens.

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Rehearsals for the Merchant of Venice

“No amount is too small. Please consider contributing to this fantastic project!

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Michael Harrigan in Merchant of Venice – rehearsal

This isn’t just about money. TBT’s take on Mid-summer Night’s Dream was something you will never see again.

Their production of Romeo and Juliet was different yet superb. They did Macbeth and Twelfth Night as well. Nothing shabby about any of them. This was theatre worth watching.

Keep an eye on how they are doing financially – and get on the band wagon.


Got Your Back $10-$99):
A social media shout out for the love! You logged in, filled it all out, and did what you could! It makes such a difference to us!

Patron Sponsor ($100-$499):
Recognition by name on our website and in our Shakespeare at the Castle programs.
Bronze Sponsor ($500-$999):
Above benefits + A poster signed by the cast and a full cast/crew “Thank You” photo
Silver Sponsor ($1K -$2.4K):
Above benefits + Pair of tickets for our dress rehearsal and Q&A talkback and photo op with the cast and director of Shakespeare at the Castle.
Gold Sponsor ($2.5K-$4.9K):
All above benefits +
– If you want to be the slick silent partner type, you get a coffee with one of our cast members before the show to learn about their experience and ask any questions you want!

– If you want to shout it out, a 3-foot sign with your name or company name/logo will be displayed at the Dundurn Castle performances throughout the run + a quarter-page ad or your personal message/dedication in our program.
Platinum Sponsor ($5K-$9.9K):

How do you tell these actors that you want them to be on the stage next summer and for years after? Do something now.Contribute


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Income tax clinics for those who need help completing their tax return

News 100 redBy Staff

March 3, 2020



Taxes is one of those inevitables.

Tax clinic graphicEven if you don’t owe any money to the government – you have to file a tax return in order to get the benefits that are available to low income people.

The tax forms do not get any easier.

There is help available.

Burlington MP Karina Gould, who is also the Minister of International Development, has arranged for tax experts to meet with anyone who needs help with completing and filing their income tax return.

Tax clinic locations

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Spring? Might be - Leslie Bullock saw flowers in her garden

News 100 greenBy Staff

March 2, 2020



Signs of spring in our garden announced Leslie Bullock earlier today.

She wouldn’t stretch the truth.

Could it be?

Maybe no more drifting snow?

Spring flowers Bullock

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Bfast sets a date for its sixth annual meeting - it will be a Hallelujah event

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 2, 2020



The tone of things related to transit has certainly changed in Burlington.

bfast-logo-w-type-rgb-400x133Bfast, Burlington’s for Accessible, Sustainable Transit,  an organization that struggled for years to get something, anything, in the way of traction at city hall on transit.

Elections are amazing things; Burlington now has a transit friendly council and a Director of Transit who has turned that organization into one that actually wants to see more buses on the streets.

While the event is several months away Bfast has announced the sixth annual Forum on Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 9:15-11:45am at the Burlington Seniors’ Centre.

It should be a celebration of what has been achieved in a short period of time and then take a hard look at the direction the city will go in.

Bfast 2018 forum

A typical Bfast meeting.

Electric is front and centre in the minds of Bfast and city council. The issue is when and where is the money going to come from. Electric buses are expensive and the critical charging stations come in at a Million dollars each – and just one isn’t going to cut it.

Council recently held a workshop on transit and learned about what the future of electric is going to look like. Exciting times ahead for sure.

Doug Brown, Chair, BFAST Steering Committee might well levitate when he calls the meeting to order. Note the date: May 9th.

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First annual InMemoriam Day to take place March 26th.

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March 2, 2020



It’s a different approach to creating a sense of community – and it could work.

InMemoriam Ceremonies are usually held by churches; given the number of people who don’t attend church regularly, this might serve a purpose.


Mayor Marianne Meed Ward announced today that the city now has a “ population of almost 200,000 people, Burlington loses over 1200 of our residents each year. Each person plays a part in our city’s well-being and their loss impacts many others.

Burlington’s Annual “In Memoriam” Ceremony was created to help recognize members of the community who have passed away in the previous year. All residents who have lost a family member, friend, or loved one are invited to gather in Civic Square along with Mayor Meed Ward to reflect together, as a community, on those we lost.

Mayor Meed Ward will say a few words of support for those in attendance. The flags at City Hall will be lowered on this day in their honour.

Going forward, the annual In Memoriam Ceremony will continue to be held on the last Thursday of March.

The media release from the Mayor’s office didn’t provide much more in the way of detail.  Do people just show up or does one register somewhere?  Follow up at:

Burlington’s 1st Annual In Memoriam Ceremony
Civic Square, 12-12:30pm on March 26th, 2020

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It is going to be chilly for the Marathon on Sunday - route, transit changes + everything else you need to know about the event

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February 27th, 2020



Starts in front of City Hall on Brant Street at 10:05 am and travels

Chilly runners 2

Waiting at the finish line.

north to Baldwin,

west on Baldwin,

south on Hurd,

east on Blenheim,

south on Locust,

east on Elgin,

south on Brant,

They come by the thousands.

They come by the thousands; numbered bibs show the count.

west on Lakeshore,

turnaround at Maple,

east on Lakeshore to Burloak,

north on Burloak,

turnaround at Spruce,

west on Lakeshore,

North on Brant to Finish.

Coolsaet crossing the Half Chilly Marathon December 2014

Crossing the finish line.

Bus route detours in effect

Burlington Transit  Routes 2, 3, 4, and 10

HSR 11 downtown 

Oakville 14A along Burloak Drive


Road Closures

6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • Brant Street from Maria Street to Elgin Street
  • Ontario Street from Brant Street to Locust Street, and James Street from John Street to Brant Street.

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Lakeshore Road from Brant Street to Maple Avenue.

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Brant Street, Lakeshore Road to Elgin Street – access to Bunton’s Wharf via Locust Street.

9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Lakeshore Road from Brant Street to Burloak Drive. Burloak Drive from Lakeshore Road to Spruce Avenue for turnaround – access to Old Lakeshore Road from the west maintained with delays.

9:55 to 10:45 a.m.

  • The streets along the route west of Brant Street will experience intermittent road closures.

Resident Access
Residents on Lakeshore Road or on side streets impacted by the road closure have the following options:

  • Residents on the north side of Lakeshore Road are able to use the westbound lane, but expect delays.
  • Residents on the south side of Lakeshore Road will have restricted access and are encouraged to make alternate arrangements.
  • If your residence is within the road closure and you have to access your vehicle during the race, please park on side streets north of Lakeshore Road.
  • In case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.

Police will be at major intersections and traffic islands. Event marshals will be available at minor intersections and major multi-resident driveways to inform
drivers of event details and road closures. Race notices were delivered to all residents, religious centres and businesses along the race route.

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Bullying - explaining it to younger children

eventspink 100x100By Staff

February 26th, 2020



Bullying in the school yard and the hallways of an elementary school has an impact that is life defining for some children.

How do parents handle the problem? What is the approach that will put a stop to the behaviour? What if your child is the bully?

Bunny - BullyLana Button, an award-winning creator of delightful stories to help young people learn, will be at The Different Drummer to introduce her new picture book, the playful, poignant and pointed story of a troubled student who overcomes her aggressions with the help of her concerned classmates.

Lana will present What If Bunny’s Not a Bully? with crafts, treats, and her inimitable storytelling in a fun-filled event this Sunday, March 1 at 11am.

Admission is free. Everyone is welcome. Please join us!

What If Bunny’s Not a Bully?
Sunday March 1, 11am
A Different Drummer Books
513 Locust Street Burlington

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A small number of families took part in the 30-60 Winter Challenge - enough to build upon.

eventsred 100x100By Pepper Parr

February 24th 2020



The weather certainly co-operated.

30-60 challenge

There was some really good snow which helped make the December, January and February, 30/60 Winter Play Challenge the success the city believes it was

Residents were challenged to participate in the 30/60 Winter Play Challenge where individuals, families or groups had to complete 30 activities in 60 days. The team that completed the most activities and had the most points won a grand prize.

The challenge encouraged the community to get outside and play.

Winter fun 1

That is an impressive snow fort – word on who the family is or what part of the city they are located in. Kudos to them for participating.

There were 101 activities that teams could complete. Activities included things like building a snowman, hiking, making an indoor fort and making a meal together. One team completed all 101 activities. In total 34, teams of 2-6 members participated.

One of the activities was “write City Hall”. One family took them up on it.

“Firstly, we would love to thank you for the opportunity to enjoy such a fun game. We are truly blessed to live in such a great city.”

“I love the variety of things that I’ve done during this challenge that never would have occurred to me to do! I also really love that it kept me thinking “what can I do today” every day which really helps to stay active in the winter months.”

Winter fun 2

That looks like a conga line – before the heavy snow hit the ground.

“You have also inspired us to explore further! We got a map of Burlington which shares all the parks and our goal for 2020 is to visit and explore each one at least once!”

Terry Milewski, Supervisor of Marketing and Sponsorship said: “This was our first year running this program in the winter and we are overwhelmed with the success of it. We even had to add more activities because the participants loved it so much, they breezed through all 30 original activities. We’re so happy people found this such a worthwhile and fun event. We are looking forward to starting up another challenge this summer.”

Overwhelmed with just 34 teams is a bit of a stretch but it is a good start and certainly worth building upon.

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Community Development Halton taking a closer look at Human Rights for those in the not for profit sector.

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February 20th, 2020



Community Development Halton is holding an introductory workshop to basic human rights principles as it relates to volunteers in the Nonprofit Voluntary Sector.

CDH right collageKey learnings:

1) Introduction to basic human rights principles
2) Human rights as it relates to volunteers in the workplace
3) Harassment/ Sexual Harassment – avoiding the pitfalls
4) Duty to Accommodation and Duty to Investigate

CDH Wayne PWade Poziomka, Partner at Ross & McBride LLP is a Partner at Ross & McBride LLP, representing both employees and employers in human rights matters. Wade currently sits as one of three Applicant-side representatives to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario’s Practice Advisory Committee, is the Vice-Chair of ARCH Disability Centre’s Board of Directors and is the Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Section Executive.

Wade’s law degrees are from the University of Toronto (J.D.) and Cornell University Law School (LL.M.). Wade speaks regularly at major conferences on human rights and has been recognized for his commitment to human rights, having been recognized by Best Lawyers Canada in 2020 for Employment and Labour Law and been awarded the Top 40 Under 40 Achievement Award.
Fee: $75 Community Associate (CDH member)
$95 Non Community Associate (non-member)
Contact for more information: 1-855-395-8807 or Rose Marie at
March 24, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Check-in starts at 8:30 am
Community Development Halton 3350 South Service Road
Burlington, ON

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What Burlington offers that our New York neighbours do not

News 100 greenBy Thomas Blake

February 20th, 2020



Burlington is a fabulous city to spend time in, as any who lives there will know. Found in the Canadian province of Ontario, it is a vibrant place with much to recommend it. What those who are not familiar with this Canadian city might not know, however, is just how close it is to New York City in North America! Only a few hundred miles sit between these two cities and they both have a proud heritage to speak of. Rather than heading to NYC like everyone else does, for your next trip away why not give Burlington a try instead?

The day before the Sound of Music kick off - possible to longe about the edge of the Lake.

Relaxing at the edge of the lake – Burlington – an easy going life style.

The great thing about this Canadian destination is that it as easy to get to as NYC but has a number of unique features that its American neighbour does not. This means you will get a totally different experience to bring home and something much more interesting than another Empire State Building photo to show friends! But what specific features make Burlington stand out when compared to its neighbours in New York?

Opportunity to play fun casino games online

One major difference is how playing casino games online is treated between the two. The state gambling laws in New York are complex to say the least, despite recent changes to federal law around sports betting and online gambling in the US. It is fair to say that NY laws fall on the restrictive side in general and New York as a state has not yet legalized online gambling officially within its borders. Burlington, on the other hand, benefits from a more relaxed approach to online casino play, which makes the city more attractive for many to visit.

As long as you use an online casino that is not registered within Canadian borders, you will be free to play slots, roulette, poker or any other online game, at your leisure. Canadian Casino sites like are the ideal place to find the best online operator to try out when in Burlington.

More relaxed way of life

There is no doubt that New York is a frantic place, with around 8 million citizens squeezed into its borders. This can make it an overwhelming place for many to visit, with crowds of people rushing about everywhere and plenty of noise. Burlington is not like this at all and benefits from a much more relaxed feel.

Sound of music - from stage

Sound of Music – one of the largest free concerts in the country.

With around 200,000 residents, it has a more laid-back atmosphere and feels much calmer to spend time in. This is perfect for any holiday as you can fully unwind without the frantic pace of life that a busier place like New York maintains. You will also find the locals friendlier in Burlington – while New Yorkers are usually too busy to say hello, you will find Burlington residents only too happy to chat.

Low crime rates

While New York has seen a drop in crime rates relative to its population in recent years, many fear the figure is starting to climb once more. This could make finding a safer alternative to NYC a good choice. Burlington is known for having historically low crime rates and this has actually seen it voted as one of the best cities to live in, across Canada, in the past. As noted above, this is a friendly city that offers visitors a safe environment. This is certainly true when you compare it against New York and the rising crime rate there.

Stunning outdoor action

Escarpment in the summer - green green

Mt Nemo and access to the Bruce Trail are all parts of Burlington

Although New York City has Central Park, it simply cannot compare with Burlington in terms of outdoor trails, spaces or activities. The wide-open appeal of Burlington and its surrounding landscape gives it a unique edge over its American cousin. The Niagara Escarpment is the main draw here and is classed as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve site.

You can only access the wonderful Bruce Trail, which stretches for almost 900 kilometres through awesome scenery, in Burlington. Burlington also has the Mount Nemo Conservation Area, which New York does not – this is a great pace to hike or try out rock climbing. If you add in the world-famous Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, it is easy to see what it has to offer to stand out as different.

Burlington has so much to offer

Chow down time - this was finger 'lickin' food.

Chow down time – this was finger ‘lickin’ food at the Rib Fest

When you also consider the many cultural events that are unique to Burlington, such as the Ribfest or Burlington’s Sound of Music festival, then it gets even clearer why more people are travelling there. While NYC does have its own charm, a trip to this Canadian city offers an experience that you simply cannot get in New York.

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Chilly Half Marathon March 1st - Road Closures!

eventsred 100x100By Staff

February 19, 2020



The true believer running crowd will be out on the roads March 1st for the Chilly Half Marathon, March 1, 2020 The event is supporting cancer care at Joseph Brant Hospital.

Coolsaet crossing the Half Chilly Marathon December 2014


Road Closures
6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Brant Street from Maria Street to Elgin Street
• Ontario Street from Brant Street to Locust Street
• James Street from John Street to Brant Street

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

• Lakeshore Road from Brant Street to Maple Avenue

9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Brant Street, Lakeshore Road to Elgin Street (access to Bunton’s Wharf via Locust Street)

9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Lakeshore Road from Brant Street to Burloak Drive
• Burloak Drive from Lakeshore Road to Spruce Avenue for turnaround (Access to Old Lakeshore Road from the west maintained with delays)

9:55 to 10:45 a.m.

• The streets along the route west of Brant Street will experience intermittent road closures

Resident Access Residents on Lakeshore Road or on side streets impacted by the road closure have the following options:

• Residents on the north side of Lakeshore Road are able to use the westbound lane, but expect delays

• Residents on the south side of Lakeshore Road will have restricted access and are encouraged to make alternate arrangements

• If your residence is within the road closure and you have to access your vehicle during the race, please park on side streets north of Lakeshore Road

Supervision Police will be at major intersections and traffic islands. Event marshals will be available at minor intersections and major multi-resident driveways to inform drivers of event details and road closures. Race notices were delivered to all residents, religious centres and businesses along the race route.


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