Play Challenge is now a Winter event - starts December 21st.

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January 8th, 2020



30-60 challengeIt began just before Christmas and has proven to be popular.

The overwhelming success and response of the summer 30/60 Play Challenge, led the city to  launching the first ever 30/60 Play Challenge Winter Edition.

The exciting and fun activities will inspire and motivate families and friends to get outside and challenge each other to complete the tasks during the winter months.

Teams can qualify for a draw prize by completing at least 30 activities in 60 days. 21 random winners will be chosen from the teams who successfully complete 30 activities and a grand prize of a $100 Recreation Services gift card will go to the person/team with the most points.

Contest closes at midnight on Feb. 18, 2020

Individuals, teams or families can register by downloading the app HERE.

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Examples of activities participants can choose from include:

• Skating
• Tobogganing
• Skiing
• Hiking
• Build a snowman
• Make a snow angel

The Summer 30/60 challenge had 97 teams/individuals participate with the grand prize team completing 153 activities.

Those who participated in the summer challenge had this to say:

“As a new citizen of Burlington, I thought this was a great way to get people to become better acquainted with their city.”

“We have loved the challenges! The kids are going to be in withdrawal tomorrow (“You mean there’s no more after today??”) We have enjoyed strategizing with friends and the thrill of finding new places we have never seen. Thanks so much and hope there will be more Goose Chases!!”

“Congratulations to all the winners! Such a fantastic way to spend part of the summer vacation with the kids. We discovered so many great spots in Burlington.”

For more information or to download the app, CLICK HERE.

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Nelson Quarry to be open EVERY Thursday afternoon for all of 2020.

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January 7th, 2020



They are throwing the doors wide open and inviting the public to tour the existing quarry any Thursday afternoon.

Great way to let people see and get a sense of what the BIG plan is for an industrial site that has not always had a positive public following.

The Nelson Quarry is now opening its doors to the public every Thursday afternoon throughout 2020.

Phase 1 119 acres

A 200 acre parcel of land on the south side of Second Line will be deeded to the city the day the quarry agreement is extended. The shaded area to the left has the potential to become a beach area and a small lake.

“Over the past few months we have seen a lot of interest in our expansion plans and our vision for turning the site into a park over 30 years,” said Nelson President Quinn Moyer. “And there’s no better way to understand what we’re planning than to see it first-hand.”
Visitors can enter the quarry from the second exit off Guelph Line from noon until 3pm. Tours will be arranged at the front desk of the main office building. Parties of more than three are asked to call ahead to book a reservation.

The Mt. Nemo quarry has played an important role as Burlington’s main source of limestone for more than 50 years. Its aggregate forms the foundation of most roads, buildings and infrastructure in Burlington.

A proposal is underway to expand the quarry over the next 30 years, and to donate the rehabilitated land in parcels over that time to form the largest park in Burlington.

The proposed park would be nearly six times larger than Burlington’s City View Park. The size and scale of the park would allow for abundant recreational opportunities, from biking and swimming to rock climbing and soccer.

Beach 1

The evolution of a quarry pit into a place for people is not something one sees very often. Many quarry operators walk when they have taken all they can out of a site. Nelson Aggregates is doing it differently – and doing as much as it can to involve the wider community.

To find out more go to

Address: 2433 No. 2 Sideroad, Burlington
Reservation Number: 905-335-5345

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Every new home built in California now has to have enough solar panel capacity to provide all the electrical needs of the house.

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January 2, 2020



On the stroke of midnight this New Year’s Eve, the American dream will get a makeover. In California, the nation’s most populous state, every newly-built home must now come with enough solar panels to satisfy its electricity needs.


The law in California requires every new home built to have enough solar capacity to meet all the electrical needs. Progress

It’s a quiet revolution tucked into the building codes approved unanimously by the California Energy Commission in 2018. Solar panels are installed on just 20% of new homes in the state. That figure will rise to 100% for every home under four stories tall. The expectation is that this this to add 74,000 new solar installations in 2020.

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A young Burlington hockey player starts the World Hockey Juniors looking very good as the net minder.

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December 28th, 2019



One of Burlington’s finest, a young hockey player who came out of the Eagles, went on to play for Guelph in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)  and is now minding the nets for the World Junior Hockey tournament being played in Czechoslovakia.

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Those pads were made for Daws and this World Junior Hockey Tournament.

In the game against the United States during the preliminary round Nico Daws was brilliant – Canada took that game 6-4. The team plays Russia later today.

Daws H&S

Daws says he is up to the challenge before him.

Burlington-native Nico Daws had never participated in a single Hockey Canada practice before getting the call to this year’s world junior team. After being passed over at the 2019 NHL entry draft, Daws went on to post outstanding numbers (.939 sv% in 20GP) this season for the Guelph Storm in the OHL.

Daws finished his pre-tournament by stopping every shot he faced in 30 minutes of play time against Finland on Monday and may have stolen the starting role for Canada at this year’s tournament.

Daws turned 19 during the pre-tournament practices – his parents are with him in Czechoslovakia.

Daws goalie - in net

Daws didn’t let this one get away from him during a practice game.

The Team Canada coaches have nothing but praise for Daws – who sounds more than up to the challenge he faces.

Team Canada has won the world Juniors 17 times however the game has changed and the Canadians have to change with it.

The stunning sixth place finish last year is something these young Canadians don’t want to see repeated.

We could be looking at another great one, this one minding the nets for Canada in Czechoslovakia.

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The wonder of it all.

Christmas day little girl


Yes, it has become very commercial – the retail economy depends on it, but when we see children awe struck as they look at that decorated tree – there is that good feeling that makes Christmas Day what it is.

Appreciate what we have and never forget that not everyone is as fortunate.  Do something for those people.

Merry Christmas.

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December 24th – Christmas Eve

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?

3 wise men

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Finding the right Path for students entering high school is no small matter. Series of information sessions set up within the Region.

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December 23rd, 2019



The Halton District School Board is hosting several Pathways Information Evenings in January 2020 to allow Grade 7 – 12 students and their families to explore program opportunities offered at high schools in Halton.

The Board offers more than 80 regional Pathways Programs designed to meet individual needs and help students succeed after high school, whether they are pursuing a pathway toward apprenticeship, college, community, university or the workplace. The Information Evenings help students to be better prepared for a rapidly changing world while receiving a relevant and engaging education.

All are welcome to attend and registration is not required.

The meetings will be held at the following locations from 6 – 8 p.m.:

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020: Georgetown District High School, 70 Guelph Street, Georgetown
Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020: Craig Kielburger Secondary School, 1151 Ferguson Drive, Milton
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020: Garth Webb Secondary School, 2820 Westoak Trails, Oakville
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2020: M.M. Robinson High School, 2425 Upper Middle Road, Burlington

Pathways Programs include the Specialist High Skills Major programs, Ontario Youth Apprenticeship programs, Specialty School to Career programs, the Employability Skills Certificate program, Dual Credit college programs, Grade 8 – 9 Transition programs, and more.

Agenda for Pathways Information Evenings:

6 – 6:30 p.m. – Pathways displays and meet the Pathways Program teachers
6:30 – 7 p.m. – Pathways presentation (programs and planning for post-secondary)
7 – 8 p.m. – Teacher displays and elementary transition to high school workshop

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High school show that they have been able to do with robotics. The piece of business was built to be able to , find, pick up and throw a basketball.

The Halton District School Board recently held a Find the Fit event at the Mattamy Velodrome in Milton where more than 1500 students from within the Region spent two hours talking to people from institutions offering different academic programs and getting a sense of what was out there in terms of post high school programs.

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Superintendent of Education Julie Hunt Gibbons

Superintendent of Education Julie Hunt Gibbons is responsible for for Secondary curriculum and school program, Student success and Pathways destinations, Elementary schools: Brookdale, Eastview, Gladys Speers, Oakwood, Pine Grove, WH Morden and TA Blakelock High School.

She said that preparing students for high school is a much different challenge than it was a decade ago.  The world these students are going to work within is a lot more complex and ever changing than anything their parents took part in.

Many of the jobs that exist today will not exist when they graduate from high school – education for them is going to be a lifelong task.

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Holiday happenings city side: pools, parking, ice, transit - the whole nine yards.

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December 17th, 2019



A number of City administrative services will be closed for the holidays on Tuesday, December 24, 2019, reopening Thursday, January 2, 2020.

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City Hall closed Tuesday, December 24, 2019, reopening Thursday, January 2, 2020.

City Hall will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, reopening on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

Parks and Recreation Programs and Facilities

Activities and customer service hours at City pools, arenas and community centres vary over the holidays.

The Rotary Centennial Pond outdoor rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, weather dependent. The rink is closed on Dec. 25, 2019.

Residents can skate for free at various City indoor rinks thanks to Tim Hortons Free Holiday Skates, December 21, 2019 until January 4, 2020.

There are activities on New Year’s Day, including free swimming, skating and open gym time on Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Burlington Transit

On Dec. 25, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020, Burlington Transit will operate a holiday schedule. The downtown Transit Terminal and Specialized Dispatch will be closed on Dec. 25 and 26, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020

The administration offices are closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 and will reopen Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020.

For real-time schedule information, please visit or use Google or Apple maps.

One of the new buses added o the Burlington Transit fleet. There were busses that had more than 15 years on their tires - those old ones certainly rattled down Guelph Line when I was on one of them.

There will be limited bus service on Christmas Day – it wasn’t always this way in Burlington. Date Service schedule/hours


Dec. 24 Weekday schedule ending at approximately 8 p.m.
Dec. 25 Holiday schedule – Route 1 and 10 on 30 minute frequency
Dec. 26 Sunday schedule
Dec. 27 to 30 Regular schedules
Dec. 31 Weekday schedule with the last Route 50, 51 and 52 buses leaving the Burlington GO station at 12:55 a.m.
Jan. 1 Holiday schedule – Route 1 and 10 on 30 minute frequency

Animal Shelter and Control
The Animal Shelter will be closed from Dec. 24 to 26 and 30, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020. On Dec. 31, the shelter will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information or to report an animal control-related emergency, call 905-335-3030 or visit

Roads, Parks and Forestry
The administrative office will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019, reopening on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. Only snow removal and urgent services will be provided.

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Court House is closed 24, 25 and 26, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020.

24, 25 and 26, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020.

Halton Court Services
Halton Provincial Offences Court will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and 26, 2019 and Jan. 1, 2020.

Free parking is available in the downtown core in municipal lots, on-street and the parking garage during the month of December and on Jan. 1, 2020. There is a maximum of three hours for on-street parking spaces.

FreeP December FNL ParkingNOTE: The Waterfront parking lots (east and west) do not provide free parking during December or on statutory holidays.

For parking emergencies or enforcement over the holidays, please call 905-825-4777.

Do you have family and friends visiting for the holidays? A reminder that there is no parking on city streets overnight between 1 and 6 a.m.

Exemptions to allow overnight parking on city streets may be obtained by calling 905-335-7844 or visiting

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Entrepreneurship for women: thinking big and going global

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December 11th, 2019



There is a new women’s accelerator program called Beyond Boundaries that is being run by HalTech

The program will offer:

• Skills development in financial acumen, technology expertise, and scaling up
• Targeted connections through networking events and strategic introductions.
• Mentorship, advisory support and peer learning circles.
• Exploration of new markets and global opportunities.

Boundaries Haltech graphicThe Government of Canada is advancing women’s economic empowerment with the first ever Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES), a $2-billion investment that seeks to double the number of women-owned businesses by 2025. Doubling the number of women owned businesses requires a strong ecosystem of support, expertise and connections.

As part of WES, Haltech Regional Innovation Centre and the Halton Region Global Business Centre are pleased to introduce an accelerator program designed to unleash the power and potential of women entrepreneurs. Created with the unique challenges and opportunities faced by the diversity of women who start and run businesses.

The first cohort of the program will start in early 2020.

CLICK HERE for an application form.

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High school students considering educational options.

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November 28th, 2019



Students were arriving at the Mattamy Velodrome in Milton Friday by the busload from every public high school in the Region.

They were there to look at some of the educational opportunities available to them once they have completed high school.


1500 students from public high schools throughout the Region took part in an opportunity to see what their educational futures might look like.

A total of 1500 students were expected to go through two hour sessions looking at the offerings at community colleges and opportunities in both the public and the private sectors.

The exhibits filled the oval of the velodrome, which from time to time, had cyclists speeding around on the track.

The Halton Pathways: A Future that Fits program is designed to give students as many opportunities as possible to decide what they want to do in the way of work once they have completed their education.


Burlington’s Nelson High School pitching their SHSM program.

Several of the Community Colleges were on hand with representatives who could talk about various programs, at least one university was represented. The Regional Police had equipment on the site.

Part of the Pathways program is the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM).

SHSM programs allow students to specialize their education around their chosen field of interest. Each SHSM program includes a bundle of 8-10 Grade 11 and 12 courses related to that area of interest.

Grade 11 and 12 students choose a major sector area such as:

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Superintendent Julie Hunt Gibbons.

Business, construction, arts and culture, energy, environment, information and communications technology, justice, community safety and emergency services, health and wellness, horticulture and landscaping, social justice, sports, transportation, manufacturing, hospitality and tourism.

The opportunity to specialize will result in notations on their report cards that often leads to a job as soon as they graduate because they have marketable skills.

Julie Hunt Gibbons, Superintendent of Education responsible for Secondary curriculum and school program, Student success and pathways destinations, Elementary schools: Brookdale, Eastview, Gladys Speers, Oakwood, Pine Grove, WH Morden and TA Blakelock High School.

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Museum goes commercial - craft beer and pin ball contests.

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November 28th, 2019



Brant Museum transformed

Transformed at a cost of close to $10 million – the museum is now open to the public.

The Museum does have the name of the first citizen on the outside – but high school level entertainment is the feature currently.

The Joseph Brant Museum made the display of a collection of pin ball machines as the opening event for the expensively transformed museum.

There are two events that focus on the collection of pinball machines at the Museum.

Pin ball and beerBalls & Beer Pinball Night takes place on Friday, December 13th, from 7 pm to 10 pm

Patrons can enjoy local craft beer and test their pinball skills at the Part of the Machine: Rock & Pinball exhibition on for a special night out at Joseph Brant Museum.

This event is licensed, you must be 19 years + to attend. Your ticket includes unlimited pinball play, 2 beer tickets, appetizers, a souvenir beer glass and there will be door prizes! $40/person. Tickets for the event.

Pin bal tournamentOn December 21st, the Museum is hosting an IFPA sanctioned pinball tournament. You are expected to be a pinball wizard – the event is a friendly competition – all skill levels are welcome!

Prizes will be given to the top 3 scorers. Sign up before December 14. Snacks provided. $25/person.

Guest host, Jeff Teolis from Pinball Profile will lead a fun night out at Joseph Brant Museum on – 5 to 9 pm. ALL skill levels are welcome. Players will be randomly assigned opponents and a pinball machine to play a match. This event is sanctioned by the IFPA (International Flipper Pinball Association).

Top scores will be posted on their website. Registration limited to 40 people, sign up before December 14.


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The Nutcracker will be performed three times on two days at the Performing Arts Centre

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November 25th, 2019



The Burlington Performing Arts Centre is doing what they are there to do. Bring world class performances to the city.

The Nutcracker is a must see for every young person who is going to have at least an understanding of the arts. For the truly young it is spectacular; for those in high school and their parents it is great performance.

The Russians do The Nutcracker superbly – the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa’s production of The Nutcracker is in town for three performances from December 6-7, 2019.  (Some of the people of the Ukraine are going through a bit of a war trying to get out from under the thumb of the Putin Russian government.)


Energy and colour – will delight the eyes and hearts of the very young.

The dancers will dazzle Burlington audiences with the timeless holiday classic. Set to Tchaikovsky’s music, including Waltz of the Flowers and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker is a cherished holiday adventure that follows a little girl’s journey through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers, and an army of mice.

Following in the footsteps of Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Ballet, The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa (which happens to originate in Ukraine) will be dancing the same classical choreography with 55 of the Ukraine’s brightest ballet stars. This production of The Nutcracker has fast become a Burlington family tradition for the young and young at heart.

The Odessa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet is the oldest theatre in Odessa, Ukraine.


Classic ballet – the performances show the way it is supposed to be done.

It is not cheap –

Regular: $69.50 (All in)

Member: $64.50 (All in)

Youth: $35.00 (All in)

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa:
Friday, December 6, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, December 7, 2019 @ 2pm and 7:30pm
Main Theatre
440 Locust Street, Burlington, Ontario

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December is Free P month; on Sunday the 1st the Ho Ho man arrives in his sleigh. He will be at the Joseph Brant Hospital earlier in the day.

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November 25th, 2019



It is that time of year again – when the Ho Ho man rides down Guelph Line and along New Street to City hall following almost anyone who can walk as part of the Santa Clause Parade that takes place on Sunday December 1st – which happens to be the start of that month long Free Parking gift from the city.

FreeP December FNL ParkingThere is Free P for you in downtown Burlington parking lots and on-street spaces throughout the month.

Few will remember that it was our Mayor who stick handled this one through city council when she was a mere ward Councillor.

Now in its seventh year, the Free P program allows visitors to park in on-street parking spaces at no cost for up to three hours and, in municipal parking lots or the parking garage at 414 Locust St. with no maximum time limit. Free parking overnight in municipal lots is also permitted.

Motorists with downtown parking permits are reminded to continue to park in their assigned parking lot throughout the month of December to maximize the number of parking spaces available for visitors and holiday shoppers.

The City of Burlington provides 1,500 municipal parking spaces in downtown Burlington. Free parking is year-round in the downtown, Monday to Friday after 6 p.m. and all-day Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Starting at 2:00 pm – the Season parade begins at Guelph Line and Prospect.
Santa parade 2019Road closures:
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Guelph Line from Prospect Street to New Street
New Street from Guelph Line to Martha Street
James Street from Martha Street to Brant Street
Brant Street from Baldwin Street/Victoria Avenue to Elgin Street.

The Joseph Brant hospital is holding a Join the Joy Holiday Open House.  You can leave the hospital event and scoot over to New Street and watch the Santa Claus parade.Join the Joy



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Santa fun at the hospital - then take in the Santa parade.

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November 20th, 2019



The good folks at the Brant Hospital Foundation want to get you into the hospital – but not too far past the front door.

Join the JoyThey are celebrating their third annual Join the Joy Holiday Open House! They would like to see a lot of people show up and take part in a fun program. Event runs from 11:00am – 1:30pm., on Sunday, December 1st.

You can leave the hospital event and scoot over to New Street and watch the Santa Claus parade.

Admission is free and includes:

• Photo with Santa Claus
• Holiday treats (while supplies last)
• Musical Entertainment
And you can purchase Festive Activity Station tickets for additional activities including:
• Teddy Bear Wellness Clinic (please bring own stuffed animal)
• Holiday Photo Booth
• Festive Fish Pond
• Face Painting & Glitter Tattoos
• Cookie Decorating
• Stocking Ornament Decorating
• Finger-Cast Making & Germ Station

Register here to take part – no cost

In addition, you can purchase tickets for the children’s gift draw which includes gift certificates, toys and more and gingerbread Joy cookies from Christy’s Gourmet Gifts.

All proceeds from the event support the renovation of the Labour and Delivery Unit.

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Board of Education hosts Stephen Lewis and Michel Chikwanine as they lead a day long symposium on Human Rights.

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November 20th, 2019



Stephen Lewis and Michel Chikwanine will lead a Human Rights Symposium on December 5th in Burlington,

A full-day of learning is planned at the Symposium with a selection of workshops led by children’s rights advocates and educators including UNICEF, Halton Environmental Network, Special Olympics Ontario, Community Development Halton, Rick Hansen Foundation, and more.

“This year’s Human Rights Symposium provides an opportunity to learn about the important role each of us plays in the lives of youth,” says Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education for the Halton District School Board. “We look forward to once again bringing educators and community partners together to engage in vital conversation on how we can all work together to support the success and well-being of all members of our society.”

Michel Chikwanine

Michel Chikwanine

Keynote speakers Stephen Lewis and Michel Chikwanine will lead education and community partners through an important day of learning and collaborating about children’s rights.

Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis – a full blast speaker who truly soothes the souls of the forgotten. If you’ve never been in the room where he was speaking – attend this event, you will be better for it.

“I spent a large chunk of my life” said Stephen Lewis, “ dealing with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

“When I worked with UNICEF, I was responsible for travelling around the world to persuade governments to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child and take all of its clauses seriously. The Convention provides a tremendous range of rights for children, all of which I hope to be addressing before you.”

“I’m really looking forward to the Human Rights Symposium,” says Michel Chikwanine, motivational speaker, author and human rights activist based in Toronto and originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. “There are so many workshops that have many implications for young people, not just here in Canada but across the world.”

Chikwanine is more than a child advocate.  When he was not much more than a young boy he was kidnapped from the soccer field outside his school in the Democratic Republic of Congo; he and his childhood friends were “recruited” to be rebel soldiers.

The Human Rights Symposium will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre (3063 South Service Rd, Burlington).

Register HERE

For event details or support with the registration process, email


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Port Nelson United Church is Location for Gospel According to St. Nick that slips you into a Gospel Groove .

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November 16, 2019



The Gospel According to St. Nick wants to put you into the Gospel Groove with music from Burlington New Millennium Orchestra (BNMO).

Gospel Groove logoThe BNMO is comprised of highly respected musicians and talented soloists whose performances are comparable to the Canadian Opera Company, Metropolitan Opera and Boston Pops with inspiration from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Specializing in broad-based non-classical performances, BNMO is genre-crossing. Their repertoire features Pops, Broadway, Jazz, Rock, and World Music, and many of the scintillating arrangements are penned by Conductor and Artistic Director Charles Cozens.

Charles Cozens is the driving force of the BNMO. A highly acclaimed arranger, composer and orchestrator, Maestro Cozens is best known for compelling symphony shows, featuring his arrangements for full orchestra, performed by artists that include Sir Elton John, Randy Bachman, The Nylons, Mark Masri and more.


TC3’s proudest fact is that young people who stay with TC3 complete high school and an impressive 90% continue on to higher education.

The Toronto Children’s Concert Choir & Performing Arts Company (TC3) is part of the very full program. They are more more than a choir. Bringing together young people ages 7 to 18 from across the Greater Toronto area, TC3’s mission is to promote, develop and encourage youth through inspirational song, dance and Afro-Caribbean drumming. The focus is always on establishing excellence, holistic development and first-rate performance.

The premier program of The HopeWorks Connection TC3 has performed on television, at corporate events as well as at sold-out performances and on international tours. They have also released an award-winning album. However, TC3’s proudest fact is that young people who stay with TC3 complete high school and an impressive 90% continue on to higher education.

Among that talent that will be featured are:

Join the Burlington New Millennium Orchestra for Gospel Groove - The Gospel According to St. Nick with the Toronto Children's Concert Choir and featured singers Arlene Duncan and Gavin Hope at Port Nelson United Church, 7:00pm Saturday, December 7th, 2019.

Gavin Hope is a natural-born performer with a truly exceptional, emotional voice.

Gavin Hope is a natural-born performer with a truly exceptional, emotional voice whose diverse career includes song, stage, TV and film. This Juno-nominated solo recording artist has performed around the world sharing the stage with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and James Brown.

His theatre highlights include lead roles in the original Canadian companies of RENT, The Lion King (Mirvish), The Tempest (CanStage) and As You Like It (CanStage). Gavin is also known for his work performing as a member of the Canadian a cappella vocal group The Nylons, with whom he has toured the world and recorded six studio albums (two of which were nominated for Juno Awards).


Alexandra Oliver is a Burlington-based poet, who will read a poem written specifically for this BNMO “Gospel Groove” event.

Arlene Duncan is a Canadian singer, songwriter and DORA award-winning actress who has worked extensively in theatre, television, radio and film, but is perhaps best known for her role as Fatima Dinssa on the hit CBC series “Little Mosque on the Prairie”. She was also recognized as Female Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Black Music Awards and received an African Canadian Achievement Excellence in Arts award.

Duncan‘s theatre credits include the Dora Award-winning production of Ain‘t Misbehavin, and the Tony award-winning musical ―Caroline or Change. The multitalented Duncan has appeared in many commercials and sang jingles for McDonald‘s and Pepsi.


Arlene Duncan is a Canadian singer, songwriter and DORA award-winning actress.

Alexandra Oliver is a Burlington-based poet, who will read a poem she has written specifically for our BNMO “Gospel Groove” event.
Alexandra Oliver’s 2013 collection Meeting the Tormentors in Safeway was the recipient of the 2014 Pat Lowther Memorial Award, and her most recent collection, Let the Empire Down, was also shortlisted in 2017. Her libretto for From the Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King, conceived in conjunction with composer Scott Wilson, was performed by Continuum Music in Toronto in 2017.

Oliver is a past co-editor of Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters (2015) and the Toronto-based formalist journal The Rotary Dial. She is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. Oliver’s most recent chapbook, On the Oven Sits a Maiden, is available through Frog Hollow Press.

It all comes together at 7:00 P.M., Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Port Nelson United Church, 3132 South Dr., Burlington, ON L7N 1H7
Tickets: $45 Adult | $25 Youth 18 and under incl. HST Tickets are only available through the BNMO website.

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Eight Decades of Music from the Movies at A Different Drummer Books

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November 16, 2019



They are going to do it again; a Sunday afternoon Matinee when the music will be sublime at A Different Drummer Books.

Performed by Andrea Battista, violin; Philip Corke, guitar and Shiori Kobayashi, clarinet


Andrea Battista, violin; Philip Corke, guitar and Shiori Kobayashi, clarinet

Sunday November 24th, 3pm at A Different Drummer Books, 513 Locust Street Burlington

IIan Eliott said he is delighted to herald the return of his marvellous friends Andrea, Philip and Shiori who will celebrate great cinematic scores in an enthralling concert.

Tickets are $15. Refreshments will be served. Please contact us at (905) 639 0925 or to reserve seats.

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RBG staffer crawls across newly frozen pond to rescue a young deer.

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November 14th, 2019



Deer 2 lake to the left

Hendrie Trail – with pond to the left

Earlier in the week a Gazette reader was hiking along the Hendrie Trail, part of the sprawling Royal Botanical Gardens operation.

At around 9:00 am, staff were working diligently in the frigid weather on the reinforcement of the eroding bank across from the popular boardwalk at the Hendrie trail where many regular trail users are fortunate enough to closely see and photograph an array of birds such as red headed woodpeckers Blue Jays Cardinals and chickadees. It is a hidden gem for many.

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A startled but now on dry land deer pauses before scooting off into the bush. The rescuer, who is not known at this point, watched carefully.

Staff heard the cry of help from the deer that was caught on the frozen pond nearby and jumped on their ATV to come to its rescue.

With bravery one member belly slid across the season’s first ice and helped the deer across to the bank.

Helen Skinner witnessed this act of kindness on National Kindness Day.

Deer 2 bigger

The pond the deer was pulled from is in the background.

It was a moment that none of us will forget as the deer, once on steady ground…paused in our presence before gracefully disappearing into its natural habitat.

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They gave 470 lbs of home grown produce to the community: kudos to the two of them.

News 100 greenBy Staff

November 14th, 2019



This month BurlingtonGreen is celebrating the close of the 2019 Grow to Give program by recognizing two of their amazing program leads, Ross Johnson & Darlene Duncan.

Ross and Darlene“Both volunteers have tirelessly committed their time, energy and knowledge to support the Grow to Give program. They were on site every time a new volunteer required orientation, organized tasks and timelines, and got their hands dirty every week caring for the food donation garden, harvesting produce and more.

“We could not have operated this impactful program without these two wonderful team members and we are THRILLED that they will be leaders for the program again next year!”

This year Ross and Darlene were able to donate over 470 lbs (215 kg) of produce to the community, contributing a whopping total of almost 8,000 lbs (3,535 kg) since 2012.


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Waterdown real estate firm holds an exceptionally successful winter coat drive - truckload was delivered to the Good Shepherd.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

November 13th, 2019



The big national corporations have deep pockets and layers of resources to mount a public drive to show that they care about the communities the operate in. It’s just good business and in this day and age expected.

What do the mid-sized local firms do that can express their concern for their community? Many firms have found a niche that allows them to involve their staff in giving back to their community in their own way.

Woolcott - pile of clothing

The response was more than overwhelming. Woolcott staff had to scramble a bit to find space for everything that was donated. The five tonne truck that was taking the donated goods was more than half full.

Jayne Woolcott, partner at Woolcott Team, said to be the largest real estate brokerage in the Hamilton – to Burlington market (by dollar volume) said the idea for the clothing drive came out of their “mastermind” team. “We operate in a very collegial manner and are open to almost anything from any staff member.”

“We’ve been doing this for five years now – this drive was our biggest ever, partly because of the new location on Dundas east of the Waterdown core. Our signage is much better and having the truck parked in the driveway helped.

“Prior to that we worked out of a supermarket parking lot.”

Woolcott - Staz helping

Trunks were filled with winter coats and other household goods.

The flow of traffic into the Woolcott parking lot on Dundas east of the Waterdown core was consistent during the several hours they were open – the five tonne truck was half full by the time it was ready to head out to the Good Shepherd operation in Hamilton where the coats and other household goods were to be sorted and readied for distribution.

Woolcott - Marty - coat

Everyone who drove into the parking lot was greeted by a Woolcott staff member. Marty Staz was greeting the gentleman on the right and getting ready to take the coat he was holding thinking it was being donated. The gentleman on the right told Marty that it was his own winter coat and the goods he was donating were in the trunk of his car. It was a nice coat.

Woolcott spent more on social media and emails to their extensive email list.

Each year Woolcott Team gets the names from the Good Shepherd of several families that need help during the festive season.

“We provide the funds for the food and buy the gifts that the families are just not able to provide” explained Jayne Woolcoot.

It’s a project that has grown – the Woolcott people can see no reason why it shouldn’t continue.

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