If you feed them - will they come? Some did.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

September 16th, 2019



It was a bold venture.

It was something different and based on what we saw it appeared to work.

The city is trying very hard to hear what residents think about what city hall is doing. The came up with an idea – why don’t we feed people and listen to what they have to say?

Food trucks

With a ticket in your hand you got to eat – but you had to talk first.

The called the event Food for Feedback – and added a small twist: you don’t get the food until the city has your thoughts.

Food ticket

The rules were simple enough – tell us what you think and we will feed you.

Take action siign

City hall is reaching out – asking – close to begging people to say what they think. People were so used to not being listened to that they stopped talking. This city council wants to change that and has directed staff to do things differently.

What they did was give each of the tables set out a small box of cards – about the size of a business card. Once you had your chit chat with the people at either the Integrated Mobility table or the Cycling table or the budget table they gave you a card that could be redeemed at one of the four food trucks that were lined up at the curb of Central Park beside the band shell.

There was a table with fire department people, a table for those who wanted to talk about Leash free areas in the city and a table for those interested in where cannabis retail operations were to be located.

Michelle Dwyer

Staff did all the heavy lifting.


Ward 4 residents George and Norah talking to ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns – and doing a little bit of business while they were downtown.

Tables were set out for some of the members of council – not all took part. The Mayor was expected to do a walk about.   There weren’t great “crowds” but there was a healthy turnout and some of the discussions at some of the tables was “animated”. It will be interesting to hear what staff report on the event.

Councillor tables

Tables were set out for three of the six council members.

The bureaucrats are trying everything they can think of to get people out and listen to what they have to say.

Burlington has some very significant decisions to make in the year ahead.

While city council is approaching their first anniversary – they have needed some time to get used to the idea of being public figures and begin to understand the complexities of municipal government.

Five of the seven members of council had never held public office. Some are doing very well; others may find that they were not cut out for the job they now have.

Moment she became Mayor

Marianne Meed Ward taking the Oath of Office.

Too early to be definitive. What is very evident is that there is a Mayor with an agenda and a mandate and she is going to do whatever it takes to deliver. She has taken an approach to leading that Burlington has not seen in more than 12 years; she is proactive and doesn’t have any problems stepping over jurisdictional lines.

Burlington crest - with city reference

City crest.

Nothing shy about this woman. Mayor Marianne Meed Ward has wanted to be mayor for more than a decade – her route to getting the Chain of Office placed around her neck never wavered. Now the people that elected her get to see just what a committed, driven, passionate politician can do.

There are two words on the city crest: Stand By. Mark them well.

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Terry Fox Run had great participation and excellent donation levels: Next year will be the 40th anniversary.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 16th, 2019



Craig Gardner reports that despite iiffy weather the 39th Annual Terry Fox run brought out more participants this year than last and raised more in the way of funds for cancer research.

Craig Gardner Terry Fox

Craig Gardner delegating before city council – asked for a waiver of a municipal fee.

There were 1139 participants (944 last year). The donation total so far is $111,470 ($81,000 last year).

Fox monument with Brant Inn

A monument done in granite that marks the spot where Terry Fox was in 1980 when he made an historic run across most of Canada.

$111,470 is the second highest amount raised; in 2005, the 25 anniversary they raised just under $127k

Participant-wise the Run has had three years where the number was over 1200. Gardner reports that “this is our fourth best participation number and second best donation total.”

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Public art for the proposed pavilion at City View Park.

artsblue 100x100By Staff

September 13th, 2019


Request for Expressions of Interest
For public art proposals at City View Park.
Deadline: Friday October 11, 2019
Budget: Budget: $120,000 CAD

The City of Burlington invites professional artists to submit Expressions of Interest to create an exterior public art installation for a new pavilion being constructed at City View Park (2500 Kerns Road, Burlington). This competition is open to all Canadian and International professional artists and/or artist-led teams.

City view park pavillion

Proposed pavilion got City View Park.

A professional artist is an individual who has specialized skills and/or training in his/her artistic discipline (not necessarily in academic institutions), has a history of public presentation and is critically recognized as an artist.

The artwork will be located in a large naturalized area in front of the pavilion. This area serves as an entrance point to the pavilion, linking together pathways from the (future) parking to the front entrance and a central roadway. This location will also allow for excellent views of the artwork from inside the pavilion’s main lobby as there are large glass walls looking out onto this area.

An artwork proposal is not requested at this time. This is a two-phase process: in Phase One, applicants will be reviewed on the basis of artistic merit of past work, professional qualifications and experience. In Phase Two, short-listed artists will be required to submit a preliminary artwork concept proposal that will be displayed for public comment and jury review. Artists selected for the short-list will be provided with a full Request for Proposals outlining detailed artwork specifications prior to developing their proposals. Short-listed artists will be paid an artist fee of $1500 to develop their proposals.

To learn more and apply visit:   burlingtonpublicart.com

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They need some help - have you got four hours to spare?

eventsblue 100x100By Staff

September 13th, 2019




Freeman station - old GTR picture

It cleaned up pretty good. The station was the start of trips to other places. And it was where you got off when you were coming home. Troops left for war from the station. They would march up Brant Street and onto the railway property. Keeping it and turning it into a small local museum has taken a lot of work with many obstacles to overcome. Now the station has to be prepared for the winter weather.

Freeman - tracks in place

They need some help.

They are a great bunch to work with and this will get you out of the house.

The Friends of Freeman Station note that it has been a great first summer season at Freeman. Now we need help tidying up, getting the Station ready for the winter. Hopefully you will be able to spare some time on one or more of the following days to help out.

Freeman station Sept 18-17

Evening settles on the station.

September 14,     Saturday 9am to Noon            Scrape & Paint Outside Trim
September 16,     Monday 9am to Noon           Winterizing the Station
September 18,     Wednesday 9am to Noon     Moving the compound
September 21,     Saturday 9am to Noon          Scrape & Paint Outside Trim
September 23,     Monday 9am to Noon          Winterizing the Station
September 25,     Wednesday 9am to Noon     Winterizing the Station
September 30,    Monday 9am to Noon           Winterizing the Station
October 2,           Wednesday 9am to Noon      Winterizing the Station

Just come on down to the Station in your working clothes and we will set you onto to the tasks required.

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Last year there were 941 registered runners - can we make it 1000 this year?

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 10th, 2019



This will be the 39th Annual Terry Fox run. What a record!  The Terry Fox Run for Cancer has raised over $2 million in the 38 years during which 23,00 people have participated.

The event has raised more than $81,000 in Burlington last year – tens of thousands of people have taken part; great research has been done with the funds raised.

Last year there were 941 runners registered, 115 volunteers and they raised $75,000.

Terry Fox run map

The Run location start and finish is east of the pier on grassy area south of Waterfront Hotel

The route is 2.5 km along waterfront and promenade so 5 km round trip

Registration at 8 am runners leave at 9 and walkers strollers dogs leave at 10 am

Fox monument with Brant Inn

Monument marking the 3582nd kilometer of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Run that took place 35 years ago. The plaque noting that the historical Brant Inn used to be located a dozen yards or so to the south sits to the left of the monument.

Terry Fox 2019 shirt

The 2019 T-shirt

We will have usual suspects politically to kick it off Sunni Gennesco of Klite fm is MC

We have two live bands on the route including the ukulele busker band doing an all Canadian set in honour of Terry

Burlington Gymnastics Club will be working with kids on various equipment in a tent. Free food, massages, balloon animals, henna tattoos and face painting

No entry fee no minimum donation – this is a Family event – dogs welcome

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Election debate: Burlington Green working with NuvoOne to host a debate between the federal candidates.

2019 graphic federal electionBy Staff

September 10, 2019



Burlington Green has joined forces with Nuvo One to sponsor a debate between the candidates for the Burlington seat in the House of Commons.

Candidates at this point are Karina Gould, Liberal incumbent; Lenaee Dupuis,  New Democratic candidate; Gareth Williams, Green Party candidate; and Elizabeth Jane Michael, Conservative candidate.

Election debate

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The Art Gallery was swamped Friday night with many people who had not been in the place before - all part of a Gender Conspiracy.people

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 9th, 2019



It was an event that is difficult to describe.

That it packed, really packed the Art Gallery Friday evening is what struck most people.

It was certainly one of the most diverse crowds this city has seen in one place with the LGBT crowd out in force.

The event was part of a Gender Conspiracy that is the prime project from Senior Art Gallery Curator Stephanie Carte who was appointed to the position last November.

Gender conspiracy -clowns

A Family Read Along – was part of a mixed bag of events with a consistent theme – inclusivity.

Events that had actors, performers on a runway were standing room only – there were no chairs,

Was it an art show – there were pictures on the walls. Was there an overall theme – that was difficult to tell.

Is there more – apparently.

There wasn’t much in the way of a printed program. No one stood and made announcements.

donutsYou mingled – early in the evening there was wine tasting, finger foods and a huge offering of donuts.

Then there was a Read Along for Families that reminded one of a Sharon, Lois and Bram, followed by a Night of Cabaret with Drag Queens on the runway.

If it has taken you a bit to get used to LGBT – get used to the fuller term LGBTQI2s

Earlier in the week, free-lancer Doreen Nicoll did a piece on what Stephanie Carte had in mind.

According to Carte, “Burlington looks like how I want my programming to look. Black, brown, Indigenous, queer, immigrant, and intersectional.” She hopes more young families and people see themselves reflected in the exhibitions. And she is accomplishing that, one show at a time.

There will be more.

Related news story.

A Gender Conspiracy being formed at the AGB.

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It used to be 'A penny for your thoughts' - now it's can I hear what you think if I feed you?

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 4th, 2019



City of Burlington launches new Food for Feedback event, a community engagement barbeque where residents can connect with City staff and Council to provide feedback on municipal projects and initiatives. Attendees will receive a free lunch from participating food trucks in exchange for feedback at this September 14th event.

It is a free, drop-in opportunity open to residents of all ages. Younger children are welcome to attend and enjoy the Imagination Playground on-site.

Food for thought graphic.The input citizens provide at Food for Feedback will help the City to continue to improve City services and initiatives.

Date and Location: Saturday, Sept. 14, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Central Park Bandshell, 2311 New St.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held indoors at the Seniors’ Centre Auditorium, 2285 New St.

City booths at the event will include initiatives such as:

• Adopted Official Plan – Taking a Closer Look at the Downtown
• 2020 Budget
• Leash Free Parks
• Integrated Mobility Plan
• Climate Action Plan

Visit GetInvolvedBurlington.ca to learn more about the Food for Feedback engagement barbeque and other engagement opportunities available to residents to contribute their ideas and feedback on municipal issues and projects.

It appears that city hall has to spoon feed people to learn what their opinions are. For a city with a voter turnout of around 35% perhaps this is the best we can do,


Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said: “The City of Burlington belongs to all of our residents, so it’s important when opportunities arise that our community shares their ideas, thoughts, feelings, feedback and questions with us.

“Thank you to all those who regularly share their input and engage with the City of Burlington, your Council and me through online surveys, our websites, newsletters, email and social media channels — we truly appreciate you taking the time out of your busy days and schedules to contribute to important local initiatives.”

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Seniors invited to breakfast at the Seniors' Centre - September 14th.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2019



A “hearty” breakfast “among friends” at the Seniors’ Centre

A change in tone here.

The Bistro, the heart of the Seniors'entre and the focal point for many of the administrative problems. The new agreement with the city didn't resolve this problem but they have agreed to give it a year to come up with a solution that works for everyone.

The Bistro, the heart of the Seniors’ centre

There was a time when the seniors and the city administration were at loggerheads – the people representing the seniors were asked to vacate the office they had and the city took over.

Now there is an invitation to a “hearty” breakfast “among friends” at the Seniors’ Centre to celebrate community partners and their upcoming programming.

On Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Breakfast @ the Bistro program will launch another exciting fall, winter and spring season where the monthly breakfast programs welcome the community to gather for a breakfast buffet followed by social time and entertainment. Community supporters who help to make this program possible will also be acknowledged.

Generous donations of time and funds offered by community partners including the Lions Club of Burlington, Revera Retirement Living, ComforCare and Bayshore Home Health will be recognized at the breakfast. The support provided by these sponsors helps to reduce the financial barriers that might otherwise prevent participation in Burlington Seniors’ Centre programming for some in our community.

The contribution of both financial support and volunteer time also allows the Burlington Seniors’ Centre to offer lively entertainment throughout the seasons such as Dixieland Plus, Silver Swing Band, Golden Horseshoe Women’s/Men’s Chorus along with Adult program choirs.

A good positive step – keep it up.

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Is Burlington a migration friendly city? Port Nelson United Church and the Roseland Community Organization are sponsoring a speakers series on the subject.

eventsred 100x100By Staff

September 3rd, 2019



Most churches have an Outreach program. Some work with under-served groups in the city. Others focus on advocacy of some form.

Port Nelson United Church

Port Nelson United Church – location of a speakers series on migration.

The Port Nelson United Church and the Roseland Community Organization have come together to present their Compassionate Justice Speaker Series, MIGRATION: FROM GLOBAL TO LOCAL. This is obviously a topic of great interest and a conversation that is both relevant and necessary.

Included in the speakers list is the Mayor along with some highly qualified people.  The first event is on the 26th – 7:00 pm.

Details on the events are set out below.

Port Nelson speakers

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EPIC Tour Cycling Event on Sunday the 7th - some road closures.

sportsred 100x100By Staff

September 3rd, 2019



Motorists are reminded that thousands of cyclists will be out on Sunday September 8, 2019 from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm in north-west Milton and north Burlington areas. The cyclists will be part of the Epic Tour, which partners with Lighthouse for Grieving Children.

Britannia Road will be closed to all westbound traffic from Tremaine Road to Cedar Springs Road from approximately 7:00 am until just after 11:00 am. Eastbound will remain entirely open and north/southbound will only be allowed access when directed by an officer and when safe and clear.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area during the busy period along Britannia Road from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.

Epic tour

Daunting – but there are rest stop along the way and a rescue service if you just can’t finish.

What is the EPIC Tour?
A one-day granfondo road cycling event, held in Milton, Ontario on the beautiful fall roads of the Niagara escarpment.

The event starts and finishes at Kelso Conservation Area.

Epic Tour offers a variety of different routes, ranging from 50k to 180k in order to cater to cyclists of all abilities.

Whether you are a newbie just getting into road biking, an avid enthusiast looking to challenge yourself, or even a triathlete looking for a training ride, we’re the event for you!

Since 2013, we have always put the needs of our cyclists first, offering an extremely well-supported endurance event on terrific roads close to the GTA. Neither a pledge ride nor a race, Epic Tour is unique in that it’s a lifestyle event that promises a great day on the bike as well as a great post-ride off-the-bike experience!

Kelso sign

It all starts and finishes at the Kelso Conservation area.

From start to finish, the EPIC people pride themselves in the top-notch support provided on event day. The day starts with a breakfast bar in the morning with coffee, bagels, and yogurt. Mechanics are available on site all morning for any last-minute tune-ups. While on the route, they have multiple rest stops – loaded with snacks, hydration, washrooms, mechanics and nurses – available for you if you need a break.

As well, if you have a mechanical issue or need to be picked up along the way,  just give them a call and they will come to your rescue!

Upon return to Kelso Conservation Area, we have an awesome finish-line-festival that features live music, 40+ exhibitors, complimentary rider food, free massages and a free beer!

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Yes We Do at the Performing Ats Centre - a delight you won't want to miss - September 21st

eventsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 30th, 2019



We saw the talent from Community Living when they were part of the Performing Arts Centre season launch event last May.

They were good, really good – they were fun, better at times than some of the other “professional” people on the stage.

Community LivingThey are working with the Performing Arts Centre on what will be a fantastic show – one day only September 21st.

One of the reasons this show will be what it is going to be is the direction they will get from Rainer Noack, a man who has the ability to draw a performance out of almost anyone.

Rainer has been working at the Student Theatre for years where he has spotted talent and nurtured it to the point where it is ready for the stage.


Rainer Noack

He works mostly with young people – they love him. The performances he directs are filled with energy, sound, joy – and everyone has fun – including those watching the event.

Community Living is in place to enrich the quality of life and to promote full and meaningful inclusion in our community of people who have a developmental disability.

On the 21st of September they are going to enrich your life with a fine performance of wonderful talents.

These people have songs in their hearts and taps in the soles of their shoes – and they have both wit and humour that will make the evening well worth the cost of a ticket.

Performing Arts Centre, September 21st.

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What does it cost a candidate to get elected: for at least one it didn't cost him as much as a dime. One candidate put up $25,000 - and lost.

council 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 20th, 2019



How much of their own money did 2018 election candidates put up?

Some surprises.

Candidate contributions C
Candidate contributions B
Candidate contributions A


Paul Sharman taking part in a ward 5 election debate. Got a free ride financially.

Sharman contributed $0 to his own campaign! The $250 shown was the value of old election signs he used in his 2014 election campaign.


Running in ward 6 where she held the seat in 2010 ans 2014 Lancaster chose not to spend any of her own money – and lost by 41 votes.

Lancaster also contributed $0 to her own campaign! The $180 shown was the value of old election signs she used in her 2014 election campaign.

Mike Wallace took the gamble of his life and put up $25,000 of his own money.

The following people reported 0 campaign donations:

Garry Milne, Andrew Jordan, Jason Boelhouwer, Gerard Shkuda and Michael Jones.

The following candidates failed to file election spending reports. They will not be permitted to run in the next municipal election. Walter Wiebe, Peter Rusin and Darcy Hutzel.

The data used was taken from the election finance returns filed by the candidates.  Any errors or commissions will be corrected.  Some of the forms were hand-written and very difficult to read.

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An astonishing record of public service.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

August 19th, 2019



A picture is said to be worth 1,000 words – How about $84,000?

Gift of Giving Back 2019

Food and funds – The Gift of Giving Back is both a lesson in civility and an opportunity to help others for Burlington students.

That’s the amount raised by the Gift of Giving Back, a program that has been part of Burlington since 2005 and is now the largest such program in the country.

The total along with the presentation cheque and the obligatory photo op was sent out by the Mayor today.

Kudos to the people that make the program work.

Gift giving back by year

An astonishing record of community service on the part of the young athletes who do all the grunt work.

Originally launched by the Burlington Eagles, the campaign has grown to include more than 85 male and female youth hockey teams from: The Burlington Girls Hockey Club (Barracudas), Burlington Eagles, as well as the Burlington Gymnastics Club.

Teams will be out in neighbourhoods across Burlington in the fall dropping off their iconic blue bags. If you receive one, please give generously as the food goes right to people in our community in need. Athletes are also tagging at various grocery store locations and can be identified with the Gift of Giving Back signs.

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An 'exceptional donut' from an exceptional donut maker.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

August 16th, 2019



Donut - exceptional sunshineThe Sunshine Doughnut Company has created a delicious, limited edition, doughnut to promote the upcoming Exhibition Opening for The Gender Conspiracy on September 6!

Drop by Sunshine and pick up the “Express Yourself” doughnut along with your free tickets to the Night of Cabaret! Shunshine will be featuring this tasty masterpiece until the end of August, with limited quantities daily!

Night of Cabaret

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 | 7 TO 10 PM | Art Gallery of Burlington

Join us for the epic opening of The Gender Conspiracy with a night of performances and storytelling. The stage lights up with drag, spoken-word, burlesque dancing, and music by Manghoe Lassi, Ryan Persadie, Johleen, Zain Bandali, and DJ Zehra.

Bring the kids!

Drag stars Fay Slift + Fluffy Soufflé lead a read-along for families focusing on books, songs and lots of laughs to show that Reading is FUN-damental! The duo support families with LGBTQI2S parent(s) and gender variant children, and read culturally diverse books, by providing a supportive and inclusive environment focused on fun! Everyone is welcome!

Tickets at:



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Retiring head of the Brant Museum takes a final big smoke

News 100 blueBy Staff

August 15th, 2019



Brant musem donour event - Barb smudging

Elder Garry Sault of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation shares a traditional smudging ceremony with Museums of Burlington Executive Director, Barb Teatero.

A traditional Smudging Ceremony, led by Elder Garry Sault of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation took place yesterday as three levels of government, project funders and donors were given a preview of the transformed Joseph Brant Museum.

The museum will officially open to the public on Sunday, September 15, with a community celebration from noon to 4 p.m. at 1240 North Shore Blvd. E.

The celebration will feature tours, interactive exhibits, activities and an official ribbon cutting with Burlington Mayor Meed Ward.

The public will get to see newly appointed Director Kimberly Anne Watson, who was named to the position effective September 9th

The Joseph Brant Museum, that sat by itself on the land that was granted to Joseph Brant for his service to the British who he served as a Captain, was a 1937 replica of the house Brant, Thayendanegea, built on a 1798 Crown land grant.

The addition to the museum has been built into the grassy area under the previous museum which adds more than 12,000 square feet of space to the museum.

The hope is that the expansion will make the Museum a cultural destination and a place to host national exhibitions and the collection of artifacts.

The first travelling exhibit has been announced – it is a display of classic pinball machines from a museum in Cleveland which gives a whole new meaning to a cultural destination.

The transformed museum has been expanded to provide barrier-free space, including an elevator to the second-floor roof garden and the Brant home that will serve as administrative space. The expansion includes more room for gallery displays, interactive programming, the storage of collections and community outreach.

• Total square footage of expanded site: 17,000 square feet

• The total project amount is approved at about $11 million, which includes a contingency fund and allows for cost increases due to a winter construction period. Funding includes:

$2.9 million from the City of Burlington
$4.5 million from the Government of Canada
$1.5 million from the Province of Ontario
$2.5 million from the Joseph Brant Museum Foundation

The museum has 25,000 artifacts and receives about 18,000 visitors a year.


The engraved gorget, the most impressive item in the museum collection.

Joseph Brant, Thayendanegea, lived from 1742 to 1807. In 1798, the Mohawk and British captain was granted 3,450 acres at the head-of-the-lake (Burlington Bay) by King George III, who gave Brant an engraved gorget, the most impressive item in the museum collection.

The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions and MP for Burlington explains that: “Knowing our history helps us create a brighter future. I am proud to have been able to support the redevelopment of the Joseph Brant Museum which will provide Burlingtonians, and Canadians access to our community’s cultural heritage and improved access to our rich local history. I look forward to joining Burlingtonians to celebrate our culture at the Joseph Brant Museum for many years to come.”

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said: “The Joseph Brant Museum transformation helps us to celebrate the important history of our First Nations’ people and culture, including Burlington founder Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea). I look forward to celebrating the opening of the museum with residents and visitors, and know they will enjoy it as our new major exhibition and heritage centre. It is a wonderful addition to Burlington’s vibrant waterfront.”

Meed Ward wasn’t always this positive about the decision to spend so much on the Museum – she was taken aback when she learned that the Brant home replica would be closed off to the public.

Brant museum -donour reception

Three levels of government, project funders and donors were given a preview of the transformed Joseph Brant Museum. Back row, L – R: Larry Waldron, Chair Joseph Brant Museum Board; Burlington MPP Jane McKenna; Museums of Burlington Executive Director, Barb Teatero; John Doyle, Chair of the Burlington Museums Foundation; The Honourable Karina Gould, MP for Burlington and Minister of Democratic Institutions; City of Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward. Front row: Elder Garry Sault of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation


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ADI developments will be front and center at the AGB as they tell the public how they are going to construct a 26 storey building few people want.

eventsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 14th, 2019



There was nothing unusual about the meeting that was called for people to hear what the ADI Group wanted to say about their next step on the controversial development to be located on the south west corner of Martha and Lakeshore Road.


The Nautique – the ADI Group flagship development.

Approval to build the 26 storey tower was given by the Ontario Municipal Board over the objections of the city. That approval was seen as the beginning of a process that has approved two other high rise towers and looks as if there could be as many as three others in the downtown core.

Eight months ago the ADI crew was drilling on the site to learn just where the water table was. Further down than many thought which has brought about a request for an additional level of underground parking.

One area resident told the Gazette that “It has come to our attention that ADI is requesting 7 levels of underground parking. The public was led to believe that it would be 6 levels. We questioned the wisdom of allowing 6 levels of underground parking so close to the Lake and now 7 levels are being asked for. It is difficult to believe that this will not cause any problems. The OMB appeal that the city lost, as far as I am aware did not grant 7 levels of underground parking so why is the city even considering this?

Adi on NAutique at AGB“We were also told that those living on Martha Street should drive along Pine Street and then access Lakeshore by using Pearl Street. This is a disaster waiting to happen. Presently it is often difficult to exit our condo garage with traffic coming along Pearl Street. The Pearl and Pine Retirement Residence often has large delivery trucks parked in front, or their 14 passenger van, as well as ambulances and medical transport vehicles. That area is used to pick up and drop off residents daily.

“ Pine Street and Pearl Street are very narrow with on street parking and “sharrows”. Perhaps this is not the route that should be suggested, or at the very least remove the on street parking which will cause owners of businesses in the” live and work units” to become angry, and rightly so.

Nautique public meeting

Many wondered why the announcement was a joint venture from the ward Councillor, the city and the developer. The public has not seen public announcements like this previously.

“It has been determined by staff that the “staging” cannot be on Martha Street, and this will happen on Lakeshore Road. Presently the eastbound lane on Lakeshore has been narrowed to accommodate the construction of The Bridgewater which is years behind in completion, now the westbound lane in the same area will be narrowed? Trucks waiting for fill will line up on Old Lakeshore Road, I have to question if the owners of the businesses on that street have been informed?

“Where will the construction workers park? In the public lots that are already filled to capacity? Perhaps ADI needs to contract space for their employees at the Burlington Centre with a shuttle to take them back and forth.”

Comments like that suggest that it is going to be a noisy meeting.

Then we learned that the meeting is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Art Gallery. These meetings are usually scheduled for at least two hours. Why the short time frame?

The ward 2 Councillor seems to have gotten herself quite excited about the development. In her Construction is Happening announcement makes it sound like a major social event.

She is scheduled to appear on Cogeco TV’s news broadcast Tuesday evening.

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Voices from across the city needed to help refine the policies in Burlington's adopted Official Plan

News 100 blueBy Staff

August 13th, 2019



They want your point of view and they are prepared to go to considerable lengths to hear what you have to say.

Earlier this year, Burlington City Council directed City staff to re-examine the downtown policies in Burlington’s adopted Official Plan, including the height and density of buildings. A vote to endorse any changes to the policies that will guide development in the downtown until 2031 will be made by City Council by March 2020.

Closer look graphic

Taking a closer look at the downtown: Voices from across the city needed to help refine the policies in Burlington’s adopted Official Plan that will guide development in the downtown

To include as many voices as possible in this important conversation about the future of the downtown, the City will host a series of public engagement opportunities designed to give the community the chance to provide meaningful input, both online and in person.

How to Participate
Residents and others interested in the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan are encouraged to:

1. Visit www.getinvolvedburlington.ca to:
• Learn more about the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan
• Read the engagement and communications plan supporting this project
• Sign up to receive project updates.

2. Lend Your Voice
To help identify what matters most about downtown Burlington, the City will host two Citizen Action Labs on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. At these in-person, public sessions, participants will work in small groups to discuss and identify what is most important to them about downtown Burlington. The feedback gathered will be used to inform the creation of two concepts of what the downtown could look like in the future. These concepts will be shared with the public in October for further review and input.

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Citizens taking part in a workshop that was looking for ways to better engage people.

Citizen Action Labs: Taking a Closer Look at the Downtown
Thursday, Aug. 22
1 to 3 p.m.
7 to 9 p.m.
Art Gallery of Burlington, 1333 Lakeshore Rd.

3. Participate online
An online survey will be available until Aug. 30 at www.getinvolvedburlington.ca to share input about what matters most about downtown Burlington.

4. Drop by a pop-up event
Throughout the month of August, City staff will be visiting a variety of locations and events in the community to talk with residents and identify what is most important to them about downtown Burlington. A full list of locations and times will be available on www.getinvolvedburlington.ca

A copy of the engagement and communications plan that will be used to guide the community conversation about the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan will be available to the public at www.getinvolvedburlington.ca.

Blair Smith talking to planner Heaher MacDonald

Chief Planner Heather MacDonald talking to citizens advocate Blair Smith at a developer presentation.

Heather MacDonald, Director and Chief Planner, Department of City Building emphasizes that:  “The City is committed to engaging people on issues that affect their lives and their city, and this commitment is reflected in publicly releasing the engagement and communication plan that will guide the conversation about the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan.

“We know the planning structure is complex when it comes to long-term planning for the downtown. The engagement plan is designed to not only provide a roadmap of the engagement activities that will take place over the next few months but also highlight and clearly define which aspects of the downtown policies the City and public can influence, so that we can have productive dialogue and provide meaningful input about changes to the downtown policies.

“The downtown is the core of our city and we would really like to hear from as many different voices as possible, from right across the city, to help us identify what matters most about downtown Burlington.”

Quick Facts
• An Official Plan (OP) is a statutory document that describes the city’s long-term land use and infrastructure strategy, dealing with issues such as the form and location of new housing, industries, offices, shops and elements of complete communities like parks and open space.

In April 2018, City Council adopted a new Official Plan for Burlington.

• On Feb. 7, 2019, Burlington City Council voted to re-examine the policies in Burlington’s Official Plan, adopted in April 2018.

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It is a council that certainly knows what a photo op is.

• On Monday, March 18, 2019, City staff and members of Burlington City Council discussed the scope of the work for further study at a Committee of the Whole workshop. Through the discussion, it was identified that while Council supports many of the policies in the adopted Official Plan, an area that requires targeted reconsideration is the Downtown Precinct Plan.

• On May 27, 2019 Council approved the work plan report and the terms of reference for the scoped re-examination of the adopted Official Plan.

• On June 11, 2019, A Committee of the Whole workshop was held to assist in the creation of a community engagement plan for the re-examination of the adopted Official Plan.

Links and Resources
Follow www.getinvolvedburlington.ca for updates and information about how to participate in the re-examination of the downtown policies in the adopted Official Plan


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It was close to a perfect weekend - with two wonderful events - both free.

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 12th, 2019



How did the weekend go?

It was a honey of a weekend – the weather worked and there were two events that were great – tough if you missed them.

Neither would have cost you a dime.


Business was brisk and the choices were varied. Well curated.

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Stephanie Finn

On Saturday Stephanie Finn held her summer Burlington Made Pop UP event in the Village Square. The 35+ participants had a very healthy crowd hovering over the tables that were spread through the Village.

It was a curated event which meant that Finn interviewed every one of the participants. “I ended up turning away 80% of those that applied to take part” she said.

There is one more Summer Pop Up and a number of other events on schedule for the rest of the year.

Sunday, the second day of the Performing Arts Centre Jazz on the Patio program. Steven Taetz sang along with his quintet – you had to be there to appreciate it.

Kudos to Performing Arts for holding the event and a Tip of the Top Hat to the Downtown Business Association for sponsoring.

One bothersome item. There were far too many chairs that were not occupied. People were saving chairs for others who didn’t arrive or didn’t want to share their table. That left people standing who could have been seated.

The ushers could have taken people to those tables.

And – some umbrellas to shade listeners from the blazing sun.

The music however made it all worthwhile.

Listen to Steve – he performed this piece Sunday afternoon.


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Jazz on the Plaza in August - Best entertainment offering in the city in August

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 5th, 2019



It is close to the best entertainment offering during the summer – the Performing Arts Centre Downtown Jazz Festival outdoor on the plaza August 10th and 11th – rain or shine.

When it does rain – and it has in the past – they just move everything inside to the grand Family Room.

Amanda Martinez @ BPAC Plaza, Burlington Downtown Jazz Festival

Jazz on thee Performing Arts Centre Plaza.

The free event will feature an exciting line-up of Canadian jazz performers, as well as local talent, BBQ by Wendel Clark’s, and a beer tent by Shawn & Ed Brewing Company.

The weekend features free afternoon and early evening performances by the Shirantha Beddage Quartet, Thomas Carbou, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, Steven Taetz, and Heather Bambrick & Jodi Proznick: East Meets West.

On Saturday, August 10th at 2pm Burlington’s own two-time JUNO nominee, baritone saxophonist Shirantha Beddage brings his brand of high-octane jazz back to BPAC. His original music combines hard bop and modern jazz to create a sound that is both accessible and sophisticated.

Les imposteurs Christine

les Imposteures

One of Montreal’s best jazz guitarists, Thomas Carbou is scheduled to perform at 4pm. A renowned guitarist, composer, arranger, improviser, percussionist and sampler, he describes his unique style as electro-jazz. Christine Tassan et les Imposteures bring their special blend of Gypsy jazz and revisited cover songs to the Plaza at 6pm.

These four exquisitely talented musicians bring together some of the best works by Django Reinhardt, Félix Leclerc and American swing composers.

On Sunday, August 11th Steven Taetz, a Toronto-based vintage pop, swing, jazz singer and composer, will perform at 4pm. Steven has worked all around the world, from NYC’s Carnegie Hall to The Rogers Centre in Toronto and House of Jazz in Montreal.


Heather Bambrick

Heather Bambrick & Jodi Proznick: ‘East Meets West’ takes the stage at 6pm. Not only are Heather and Jodi considered two of Canada’s finest musicians, they are also JUNO nominees, full of brilliant music, and full-on entertainment. Heather Bambrick is a BPAC crowd favourite and audiences will be delighted by her most recent collaboration.

Beat the summer heat with a weekend of cool jazz entertainment at the 2019 Burlington Downtown Jazz Festival! There will be a beer tent on the Cogeco Garden Terrace operated by Shawn & Ed Brewing Company and barbeque offerings for sale by Wendel Clark’s Classic Grill and Bar. In addition to the headliners noted above, local musicians Tim Park and Karen Thornton will entertain audiences in between the scheduled performances.

The Burlington Downtown Jazz Festival happens rain or shine! In the event of inclement weather, the festival will move indoors to the BPAC Family Lobby. This is a truly inclusive event, as all entertainment is presented to the community free of charge. Some tables and chairs will be provided, but due to expected capacity crowds, it is recommended that participants bring their own seating.


Shirantha Beddage

The Burlington Downtown Jazz Festival
August 10 & 11, 2019

Shirantha Beddage Quartet, August 10, 2:00pm
Thomas Carbou, August 10, 4:00pm
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures, August 10, 6:00pm

Steven Taetz, August 11, 4:00pm
Heather Bambrick & Jodi Proznick: East Meets West, August 11, 6:00pm


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