United Way Halton Hamilton raises $10,875,000 in 2018 campaign.

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April 4th, 2019



It was the third Celebration event for the Halton Hamilton United Way since its reorganization.

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It was a full house with congratulations handed out to hundreds of people. Photo by Alecia Korkowski

They announced that they has raised more during the 2018 drive than the new organization had ever raised before: $10,875,000.

The hall at the Burlington Convention Centre was full, and at times really, really noisy with everyone chit chatting at once. Chris Mei, the man from the Weather Network, who served as Master of Ceremonies, showed how to get the noise level down in some very imaginative ways.

200,000 people were helped through the 80 community agencies that the United Way supports and that one in every four people get some form of help from the United Way every year.

The evening was the occasion to recognize the corporate donors and the individuals and organizations that make the United work the way it does.

There was one slightly jarring event – one of those Oh Dear situations.  At different points in the evening, people were asked to stand and be recognized: volunteers were asked to rise from their seats; people who had taken on leadership roles were also asked to rise – much applause.

The MC had mentioned earlier that one in every four people had either been helped by the United Way or were close to someone who had been helped.

When the MC asked those in the audience who had been helped by the United Way in the past to rise; a couple of seconds of silence and then one or two people rose, they looked around and then others began to rise but it wasn’t anywhere near that one in four number.

There were politicians on hand from Milton, Oakville and Halton Hills – not a soul from Burlington.

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Event to celebrate Mothers takes a bit of a twist: performance contains mature language.

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April 18th, 2019



Mother’s Day is taking on a different meaning at the Performing Arts Centre this year.

The first clue is the warning at the end of the media release: This performance contains mature language.

Girls Nite Out is an all funny, all female troupe consisting of some of Canada’s top stand-ups and comedy improvisers. After over ten years together, these comedic superstars are still making people laugh and on Mother’s Day they will be delighting BPAC audiences.

Individually they have won Canadian Comedy Awards, performed on Second City stages around the world, and been featured on TV (NBC, CBC, The Comedy Network) & radio (CBC). But trust us; you’re going to want to see them all together!

Girls nite outGirls Nite Out stars Elvira Kurt, Jennine Profeta, Diana Frances, and Karen Parker. You will remember Elvira Kurt from our 2018/19 season launch, but she is also a Canadian Comedy Award and Cannes Film Festival award-winning stand-up comic and a The Second City veteran. Her credits include: Baroness Von Sketch Show, Iron Chef Canada, The Great Canadian Baking Show (Canadian Screen Award nominee), Master Chef Canada, The Debaters, Degrassi, George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, Cook’d, Popcultured with Elvira Kurt, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Ellen DeGeneres’ HBO special, Just For Laughs, and, of course, Elvira’s unforgettable stint on both of CBC Radio’s hit show, ‘Q’ and, ‘q’.

Jennine Profeta is a performer, writer, corporate workshop facilitator and MC/host. She has performed with The Second City (National Touring Company, Theatricals) across Ontario and aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines in the Mediterranean and Caribbean. As a writer, Jennine has penned scripts for television – Ollie The Boy Who Became What He Ate (CBC), Opie’s Home (TVO), Gemini and Genie Awards, and CBC Radio, and waxed poetic for Chatelaine, Today’s Parent and Best Health magazines.

Diana Frances is an award-winning improviser and comedy writer. Originally from Vancouver, she now calls Toronto home and is a writer on Corner Gas: The Animated Series (Comedy Network,) Still Standing (CBC), and The Beaverton (Comedy Network). Diana has been nominated for 8 Canadian Comedy Awards for ‘Best Female Improviser’ and has entertained our Canadian troops in Bosnia, Egypt, Israel and Afghanistan.

Karen Parker is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winning/Dora nominated actor and an alumna of The Second City Toronto. Selected film and television credits include: Designated Survivor, People of Earth, Baroness Von Sketch Show, Hemlock Grove, Beauty & The Beast, The Firm, Saving Hope, Being Erica, The Jon Dore Show and Instant Star.

Comedic legend Norm Foster calls Girls Night Out “[f]unny, smart and energetic. This show was everything I like in my comedy.” This is a performance you don’t want your mom to miss! Make sure to get your Mother’s Day tickets now as seating is very limited. Show Sponsor Amanda Steene Cosmetics & Cocktails will be on site offering a selection of custom lipsticks for sale, so come early and really treat your mom!

Sunday, May 12, 2019, 7:30pm
Limited tickets remaining.
This performance contains mature language.
The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Community Studio Theatre
440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON, L7S 1T7
$49 Regular
$44 Member
Group pricing available
*All prices include tax and fees.
To Purchase Tickets:
Online: www.burlingtonpac.ca
Over the Phone: 905.681.6000

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Using data to tell your story.

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April 1st, 2019

Burlington, ON


CDH STORY HEdWith information coming at you faster than a mile a second – it is a challenge to keep up – and an even bigger challenge to get the attention you want.


There are all kinds of graphics tools that can help you make a point.

Strong graphic presentations are part of that “a picture is worth a thousand words” phrase. The trick is to know just what kind of graphic to use.

Community Development Halton is running a class on Letting Data Tell Your Story.

In this workshop you will:

• Understand the changing demographics of Halton based on Our Halton 2018 series
• Discuss where to find specific data, how and when to use data
• Learn how to start building a data culture in your organization
• Discover what data to collect and the application of it.

TED HILDEBRANDT, Director of Social Planning at Community Development Halton, oversees the acquisition and analysis of data, including the publications of Halton Social Profiles, Community Lens, and the Our Halton 2018 series. Ted also works with other nonprofit organizations addressing their specific issues such as diversity, poverty, and housing affordability. Ted will be the class presenter.

cdh GRAPHICS - DATERegistration at cdhalton.ca/events ; Limited space available.
$50 CDH Members; $60 Non-members
Contact: office@cdhalton.ca or 1-855-395-8807

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Tale of two cities: Oakville and Burlington and how they face the same problems with some very different results.

eventsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

March 20th, 2019



Engaged Citizens of Burlington (ECoB) has moved into a new phase of its growth.

ECOB logoThey have amped up the energy on the engaged side and will be holding the first of their Inform Series; these will be debates, discussions – events that inform people on critical issued.

These are not intended to be dry, dusty, stuff, boring events. The first will take place on June 13th, in the Community room of the Performing Arts Centre and will feature a discussion between Mayor Rob Burton and Burlington’s Marianne Meed Ward with a Tale of Two Cities story line.

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Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward

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Oakville Mayor Rob Burton

The two cities, in some ways very similar, in other ways very different.

Over the last decade, Burlington, it is fair to say, has seen division over the direction of council, and the implications of intensification for different areas of the city.

Oakville, like Burlington, has to meet provincial targets for intensification. Yet it has not seen the major changes to its downtown that Burlington is seeing. Nor has it seen, so far, the strength of citizen opinion that has arisen in Burlington.

Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with the mayors of Burlington and Oakville, as they consider the contrasting experiences in each city, and what we can learn from the other.

Don’t miss what promises to be a fascinating evening!

Location: Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Studio Theatre
Date: June 13th 2019, 7-8:30pm
Cost: Free (Tickets must be obtained in advance, first come, first serve)

Tickets are limited! Sign up today to make sure you don’t miss out!

Register HERE for tickets.


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Student art to be on display at New Street Education Centre.

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March 19th, 2019



Every year for the past 15 years the Halton District School Board has showcased the artistic talent of Kindergarten to Grade 8 students The presentation fills the Brock Room at the New Street Education Centre on 3250 New St, Burlington.

The popular event will showcase the artistic talent of Kindergarten to Grade 8 students, with various styles of artwork displayed including paintings, sculptures, puppets, paper maché, crayons, pastels, ink, fabric, 2D and 3D pieces.

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From the hands of an elementary school student.

Circuit city

Student took a discarded circuit board and turned it into a statement about where people live.

The exhibit pieces are selected by teachers to highlight art curriculum expectations. The purpose of the Elementary Art Show is to showcase student artwork and hopefully inspire and encourage others to pursue creative endeavours.

More than 1,000 students, teachers, parents/guardians, and community members are expected to visit the Elementary Art Show to tour the works of art over the course of the three-day exhibit. Professional artists from the Art Gallery of Burlington will demonstrate different artistic techniques such as pottery, weaving, spinning, photography, fine art and more. The artists will provide students with hands-on opportunities to show them how art can have a place in their future.

Rebecca MacRae

Rebecca MacRae, Instructional Program Leader – The Arts

“Elements and Expressions displays the self-expression, imagination and artistic mindset of our young Halton artists,” says Rebecca , Instructional Program Leader – The Arts for the Halton District School Board. “The pieces in this exhibit show the range of art disciplines the students explore with their visual arts teachers. Through the creation of art, students explore their ideas and imaginations and connect to their own realities.”

Student artwork will be on display during the following times:

• Tuesday, March 26 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• Wednesday, March 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• Friday, March 29 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

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Glen Eden to close for the season on the 17th.

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March 14th,, 2019



Glen Eden hills

The slopes at Glen Eden.

If Glen Eden has announced the final day of ski and snowboard operations for the 2018-2019 season Spring weather cannot be far behind.

The slopes at Kelso will close Sunday, March 17, 2019. Snow conditions are expected to deteriorate quickly. Lifts will run from 8:30 am to 9:30 pm each day until the 17th.

To help make the most of the remainder of the ski and snowboard season, Glen Eden will be accepting all season passes and offering $25 lift tickets from now until close on Sunday.

Glen Eden usually opens around Christmas and closes near the end of March Break. This year, the Glen Eden season started on Saturday, December 22, 2018.


By the end of the season she was quite a bit better.

Glen Eden is currently offering Early Bird pricing on 2019-2020 season passes and lessons until Sunday, April 7. Early Bird is the best available pricing of the year. At this special rate, the 5 Day x 7 Night Pass pays for itself in four visits and the Weekday Pass pays for itself in just two visits.

For more information visit the Glen Eden website, www.gleneden.on.ca, or call 905-878-5011.

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Best Casino Action In Toronto Area

News 100 redBy Fred Anderson

March 12th, 2019



Toronto is one of the most famous cities in the world and the most populous city in the whole of Canada.

There’s a lot to see and do while in Toronto, with the CN Tower, Casa Loma, Toronto Islands and the Royal Ontario Museum all worth of any person’s time. What’s perhaps lesser known about Toronto is that both residents and visitors have a huge choice when it comes to casinos, whether it may be playing blackjack at PartyCasino or roulette at land based venues. In this instance, we will focus on the land-based casinos which are not only special in their own way, but very popular with both locals and visitors.


Casino Rama

Casino Rama Resort
Casino Rama is more than just a casino, it’s a resort, with events, gaming, fine dining and more all in the one place. It’s gaming where Casino Rama excel though, especially with their superb range of slot games. There are in excess of 2,500 slots on the gaming floor, with these ranging from traditional games right through to progressives, ensuring there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.

As well as slots Casino Rama has a fantastic range of table games for players to enjoy too, but it’s the progressives which are really catching the eye right now. Games such as Blazing Blackjack, 5 Card Hand Bonus and Bad Beat Jackpot, all have jackpots well into their thousands, making them an exciting proposition for players.


Fallsview Casino

Fallsview Casino Resort
Fallsview Casino Resort is believed to be one of the biggest gaming facilities in the whole of Canada, with Elegance at the heart of everything they do. Like Casino Rama, there’s a lot going on at Fallsview, combining great gaming with fantastic shows and music. They’ve also got some amazing dining opportunities for visitors too, with the exotic as well as quick and comfortable food catered for.

When it comes to gaming Fallsview have you covered, regardless of your preferences. There are slot games aplenty with over 3,000 state of the art machines on site. With betting starting from as little as 1 cent, there are slots for everyone to enjoy. And, if slot games aren’t to a player’s taste, they could always check out the various table games and poker.


Casino Niagara

Casino Niagara
Casino Niagara is all about fun and that’s great news for visitors. Unlike the other two venues mentioned in this list, Casino Niagara is simply a gaming and sporting hub, with some brilliant dining opportunities on site too. It’s the ideal place to visit if you’re looking for some entertainment, and if you love sport, even better.

Gaming at Niagara is something that everyone will enjoy, whether they like their slot games, table games or tournaments. There are over 1,700 slot and video poker machines at Casino Niagara which are spread across two gaming floors. The themes of the slots vary from movies and TV right through to celebrity-based slots, so there’s always a game or two for everyone. Casino Niagara also has all the table games a player could ever dream of, with blackjack and poker featuring amongst others. Casino Niagara has it all, and then some.

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Training guide dogs: walking your dog to help make it happen.

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March 10th, 2019



The Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in approximately 300 communities across Canada.

It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities.

Each Walk is organized by local volunteers with support from Lions Foundation of Canada.

To date, the Walk has raised more than $17 million!

The Burlington walk takes place on May 26th.

Click on the link for more information.

Organization: Aldershot Lions Club & Burlington Lions Club
Contact: Brian Hawthorn – Phone: 905-332-4384 – Email – hawthobrian@bell.net
Date:  May 26th

Sign in: 10:00 AM
Walk Start: 11:00 AM
Location: Burlington Lions Club at 471 Pearl St, the corner of James St, Burlington

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Dog heaven – people sharing a passion and helping those who need help.

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Experience an underwater adventure live on stage at the Performing Arts Centre: How will they do that?

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March 7th, 2019



This sounds like a really interesting performance – Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago – and maybe live still today.

Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. Children aren’t generally found at the bottom of the ocean, except at Eth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure.


Eye popping visual experiences; giant puppetry, stilt-walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures all on stage.

Since its beginnings in 1990, Erth has sought to provide audiences with eye popping visual experiences; giant puppetry, stilt-walkers, inflatable environments, aerial and flying creatures. In demand for events and festivals, the Company inspires audiences with their unique and dynamic vision.

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A distinctive visual aesthetic.

Erth have built an international reputation based on their exceptional work and a distinctive visual aesthetic. The main style of puppetry used in Eth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is a style of “Bunraku” puppetry that originated in Japan over 400 years ago, where the puppeteers are visible by the audience instead of being hidden.

Erth is renowned for construction of stunning puppets of all scales, and frequently undertakes bespoke commissions for museums, zoos, theatre producers and festivals around Australia.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 7:00pm
Main Theatre
440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON, L7S 1T7
$39 Regular
$34 Member
$25 Youth
Group pricing available
Online: www.burlingtonpac.ca
Over the Phone: 905.681.6000

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Fibre Arts demonstrations at the AGB this weekend.

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March 7th, 2019



This weekend at the AGB: John Willard Fibre Arts Resident Line Dufour is hosting two exciting demonstrations!

Saturday, March 9 | 11 – 4 PM: Tapestry Weaving Demonstration in the Brock Lobby

Sunday, March 10 | 11 – 4 PM: Felted Wool Balls Session in the Textile Studio

Felt artist Dufour

The John Willard AGB Fibre Arts Resident Line Dufour

The community is invited to make their own felted wool ball.

Participants can bring their own materials, including lopi or feltable yarn, a darning needle, pantyhose, 1 yard of non-feltable yarn (polyester, acrylic, cotton), and scissors.

Participants can also pay $5.00 to be provided with any materials needed!

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Governance training for the not for profit sector being offered by Community Development Halton.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

March 7th, 2019



Governance and the not for profit sector are not always that comfortable with each other.

Vision graphicThere are a number, far too many, organizations that are incorporated as not for profit corporations that has little, if any, understanding of just what the Directors are supposed to do and what they are not supposed to do.

We could use all our fingers to count off the organizations that are a mess when it comes to the quality of the work their Directors do.

Conflicts of interest and the tendency to get into the weeds of the organization.

Policy is the responsibility of the Board of Directors, operations is the responsibility of the Executive Director who is chosen by and reports to the Board.

Community Development Halton (CDH) has put together a half day course that every Director of a not for profit organization should be required to take.

The United Way funds many of the not for profits’ – they should make the receiving of any funding dependent on every Board member having been trained as a Director.

The Regional government should take the same position.

The wider community will be better served if these Directors are trained.

A brief description of what the CDH is offering:

GovernanceThis class will provide an overview of the role, scope of responsibilities, and understanding of key elements shaping the effectiveness of Boards of Directors in the not for profit sector.

Focused particularly on people who are new or considering becoming a Board member, the session will also serve as a “refresher” for those with experience on Boards and senior staff who are charged with providing support to the Board.

Facilitator: JODY ORR, runs the Chrysalis Group and has an extensive background working in and with the not for profit sector. She has a Master’s degree in Sociology and is a founding principal in an organizational and community development consulting firm.

time - dateJody worked for 17 years in the not for profit sector and has, since striking out on her own, supported not for profits, big and small, with a major emphasis on building capacity in a variety of areas, including effective governance. She was the lead staff person in two large voluntary social planning organizations and a Board member and President of a variety of not for profits.

She also is the Coordinator of the Halton Not for profit network.


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It has been 50 years since graduation for the BCHS Class of 69 - party time!

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March 6th, 2019



If you started as a student at Burlington Central High School (BCHS) in 1964 or ended your time as a student in 1969 the Class of 1969 – 50 year Reunion want to hear from you. They are having a party!

It will take place at the Burlington Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 21, 2019

Mix and mingle, and see how many people you can recognize; 6:30 PM Buffet dinner – Cost $50 Contact: bchs69@cogeco.ca for more detail.


The Class of 69 wants to celebrate their 50th graduation anniversary.

Pass this message on to other grads that may not see this message. (We are still looking for email address and or contact information for our fellow students. If you can help please reply to our email address bchs69@cogeco.ca

For those of you planning to attend from out of town, the planning committee has secured a block of rooms at the Waterfront Hotel. Discount code is BCHS69.

It has been 50 years since graduation.

Alumni close to home, from distant parts of the country, and even the world, will gather to reconnect and share the paths their lives have taken.

Protesters PARC

They fought hard to keep their school open and they prevailed.


The tag line never changed.

Over the last several years, BCHS has been fighting for survival. The Halton District School Board voted to consider closing BCHS. Students, Alumni and parents of current students, rallied against this proposal and were able to achieve a stay of execution. Central could be around for another 50 years.

The 50 year event will take place at the Burlington Golf and Country Club, located at 422 North Shore Blvd. E., Burlington.

CHS, the first Burlington high school, celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2022.

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An Active Transportation Plan Workshop for rural Burlington

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February 28th, 2019


The City of Burlington is preparing a Rural Active Transportation Strategy in order to create safe walking and cycling options in rural Burlington for residents. Event will take place on March 7th, at the Conservation Halton office on Britannia Road.

This is what rural Burlington is all about - large fields, small farms and people wanting to maintain a lifestyle.

This is what rural Burlington is all about – large fields, small farms and people wanting to maintain a lifestyle where roads can be walked on.

Having safe and connected active transportation infrastructure allows for residents to access recreational and green space in rural Burlington through walking, cycling, or any other form of non-motorized transportation.

Rural Burlington has a unique set of challenges and opportunities that this strategy plans to address through the following:

• Identifying opportunities to enhance safety. Provide realistic, cost-effective options to enable active transportation.
• Identifying missing links and barriers to active transportation.
• Identifying opportunities to integrate the Bruce Trail into the on-road transportation facilities.
• Improving the safety of trail crossings.

At this time, we would like to invite you to a Rural Active Transportation Workshop. The workshop will be an opportunity to hear about how people are currently using active transportation in rural Burlington, the types of trips being taken and where people are going. We also want to hear about issues and barriers to using active transportation.

The workshop will be interactive, providing opportunity to discuss and visualize active transportation facilities suitable for small town and rural areas. This fun, informative and interactive workshop is available to any persons interested in active transportation in rural Burlington. Very important to all living in rural Burlington!

To register for this free event, please contact: Dan Ozimkovic, C.E.T, Transportation Planning Technologist, Transportation Services
905-335-7671, ext. 7485 – danijel.ozimkovic@burlington.ca

The workshop will be led by:  Kate Whitfield and Ezra Lipton from Alta Planning + Design

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019:  Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Location: Conservation Halton, 2596 Britannia Rd, Burlington, L7P 0G3

Lowville Regulars - Rickli +Walt Rickli, on the left,  is an artist and active member of the Lowville community. Should Lowville secede from the Region of Halton Rickli would be elected Mayor in a landslide

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A Harry Potter Triwizard Trivia Tournament at the Different Drummer.

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February 27th, 2019



For the Harry Potter fans – this is one you don’t want to miss – a Triwizard Trivia Tournament

It will be a Remembrance of Potters Past – The Books – The Movies – Fantastic Beasts


A clip from which film? Better know if you want tto score well at the Triwizard Trivia Tournament.

Are you wild about Harry? How well do you know the Wondrous World of Wizardry?

Take part in the Triwizard Trivia Tournament (in Muggle disguise or Hogwarts robes) and find out.

Prizes will be awarded to winners of individual tournaments; and a Grand Prize given to the highest scorer overall.

Sharpen your quills, mount your Firebolts and apparate over to A Different Drummer Books for an afternoon of fun and revelations.

Potter scarf

The properly dressed Tournament attendee.

Takes place Sunday March 10 – 1pm at
A Different Drummer Books, 513 Locust Street Burlington
Admission Free

Please Register – 905 639 0925 ~ diffdrum@mac.com

Participating wizards should be younger than 139 (or thereabouts) and older than 12 (or thereabouts).

Admission granted with a donation of non-perishable food items for The Compassion Society of Halton.

Let’s fill the cauldron!

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Application has been made for a retail cannabis operation on Fairview, east of Walkers Line.

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February 26th, 2019



An application for a retail cannabis store in Burlington has been received by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Written comments due by March 6

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (ACGO) has received an application for a retail cannabis store in Burlington at 103-4031 Fairview St.

Cannabis location

Proposed location for a retail cannabis operation. On Fairview east of Walkers Line.

Written comments about the proposed location at 103-4031 Fairview St. will be received by the AGCO until March 6, 2019 and may be submitted online at www.agco.ca/iAGCO. The AGCO will accept submissions from:

• A resident of the municipality in which the proposed store is located
• The municipality representing the area in which the proposed store is located and/or its upper-tier municipality.

Comments submitted to the AGCO should relate to the following matters of public interest:

• Protecting public health and safety
• Protecting youth and restricting their access to cannabis
• Preventing illicit activities in relation to cannabis.

After March 6, the AGCO will consider all written comments and available information to decide whether the application for the proposed store location will be approved.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward has been an advocate for retail cannabis operations. During the election campaign she said she was surprised at the resistance to retail locations in the city.

When it came to a vote at city council Councillors Shawna Stolte, Ward 4 and ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentevegna voted to not have retail outlets.


Mayor Meed Ward supports the opening of a retail cannabis site: two of the six Councillors were not n side with her.

The Mayor said: “This is the kind of location where it is appropriate for accommodating retail cannabis stores in our city. It is more than 150 metres from any school or any of the other locations of particular concern, including parks, pools, arenas, libraries or recreation centres. And it is also along transit routes and near the QEW/Hwy. 403.

She added that the city “won’t be submitting comments to the AGCO on this application given its suitability. The public can submit their comments by March 6 to the AGCO’s website. Burlington City Council is in the process of creating a task force to develop a set of standard comments we would provide to the AGCO, when applications come forward, that reflect community perspectives on where these should be located.”

Meed Ward has been appointed as one of four members of a working group at the Large Urban Mayor’s Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO), part of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, that will work to develop similar guidelines for suitable locations. The working group includes mayors of two municipalities that opted in and two that opted out of allowing cannabis retail stores, recognizing that our concerns are similar. The guidelines we create will be shared with the AGCO and our municipalities.

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City staff at Seniors' Centre continue to make life difficult for the membership.

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

February 22nd, 2019



The Gazette keeps hearing about problems at the Seniors’ Centre on New Street. For the most part they are small niggling little issues but when collected together they suggest there is a deeper issue.

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Seniors’ Centre staff showing their concern for the comfort and safety of people who use the facility.

Do the staff really care about the people they are supposed to be serving?

These are seniors; the people who have paid their dues and have the right to quality time and more than just a measure of dignity.

The week was registration week – the Gazette published a news report on some of the problems that were being experienced with the registration process and the impact a change in the way programs are paid for was having on some people.

Earlier today we were sent a photograph of a sign that had been set up outside the entrance door advising: For your comfort and safety please do not line up outdoors.

The doors should be opened as early as possible so that the seniors can be both safe and comfortable.

There is a care taker in the building – he could unlock the doors and people could wait in the auditorium.

People get to the Centre as early as possible so they can obtain a number and be in the registration line based on the number they hold.  These people want to take courses – many of them that are exercise classes.  They want to remain healthy and active – but the staff seem to want them to stand out in the cold.

Burlington is a city that talks about the way it cares for its citizens but refuses to open the doors to a public building so that older people can get inside and stay out of the chilly if not downright cold weather.

What is wrong with these people?

Related news story:

Empathy appears to be in short supply as Seniors’ Centre

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Beethoven, Brahms and Hayden: their music to be performed by the outstanding Gryphon Trio at the Performing Arts Centre.

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February 22nd, 2019



If music played on a piano is something you enjoy – and if that music is classical at its very best – mark March 10th on your calendar and log into the Performing Arts Centre web site to book tickets.

Gryphon Trio

Gryphon Trio: Piano, with Strings Attached

Throughout the 2018/19 season, BPAC is celebrating The Piano, presenting a four-concert series showcasing this magnificent instrument in distinct piano presentations, with some of Canada’s keyboard masters. GRYPHON TRIO: Piano, with Strings Attached is the latest installment in the concert series.

One of the most accomplished piano groups in the country, described as Canada’s foremost Piano Trio will be on stage at BPAC for a 1:00 p.m. and a 7:00 pm performance that will include:

Haydn’s Piano Trio in G Minor, Beethoven’s Piano Trio in E-flat Major, and after intermission, they will be joined by a guest violist to perform Brahms’ Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, one of the quintessential Romantic piano chamber works.

Throughout the 2018/19 season, BPAC is celebrating The Piano, presenting a four-concert series showcasing this magnificent instrument in distinct piano presentations, with some of Canada’s keyboard masters. GRYPHON TRIO: Piano, with Strings Attached is the latest installment in this poignant concert series.

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Gryphon Trio in concert: Roman Borys, Annalee Patipatanakoon, and Jamie Parker.

The multiple JUNO-winning Gryphon Trio returns to Burlington to perform chamber piano masterpieces. This year, the Gryphon Trio celebrated its milestone 25th anniversary. Throughout their history, they have firmly established themselves as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios, garnering acclaim and impressing international audiences with its highly refined, dynamic and memorable performances.

The trio is made up of Roman Borys, Annalee Patipatanakoon, and Jamie Parker. Roman is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society, Annalee and Jamie serve as OCMS’s Artistic Advisors in addition to their responsibilities at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, where Jamie is the Rupert E Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and Annalee is the Associate Professor of Violin and Head of Strings.

GRYPHON TRIO: Piano, with Strings Attached
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 1:00pm & 7:00pm
Main Theatre
440 Locust Street, Burlington, ON, L7S 1T7
$49 Regular
$44 Member
Group pricing available
*All prices include tax and fees.
To Purchase Tickets:
Online: www.burlingtonpac.ca
Over the Phone: 905.681.6000
In Person: Monday – Saturday, 12:00pm -4:00pm, or 1 hour before the show

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Confusion on registering for program at Parks and Recreation; empathy appears to be in short supply.

News 100 redBy Staff

February 21st, 2019



Registration for both 2019 Spring and Summer recreation programs opens February 23, 2019 for Adults 19+ and 55+. People can register for both programs at 9 a.m., doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for early arrivals.

Registration is available online at burlington.ca/play, in-person at Burlington Seniors Centre, Tansley Woods and Brant Hills Community Centres, or City Hall. Non-residents will be able to register on March 1, 2019.

Live and play spring 2016The Spring/Summer Live and Play guide, featuring listings for city recreation, sport and culture programs is available online on the City of Burlington website. Printed copies of the guide are available at City Recreation Facilities, City Hall and the Burlington Public Libraries.

The spring session programs begin April 1 and the summer programs will begin on July 8.

Following registration day, in-person registration is available at any customer service location. A listing of locations and hours is available at burlington.ca/servicehours.

For those choosing to register for both spring and summer programs, the option for a deferred payment for summer registration is available. Customers can access this payment option by registering in-person.

Mayor Rick Goldring has his membership application processed at the Seniors' Centre - filling another of his campaign promises.

Senior citizen former Mayor Rick Goldring signs up as a member at the Senior’s Centre. Today was program registration day.

The City of Burlington would also like to remind residents financial help is available through the Recreational Fee Assistance program for those that qualify.

Recreation Fee Assistance
Recreation Fee Assistance is funding made available to individuals or families who need help to pay for City of Burlington recreational programs.

Fee Assistance can be used for:
• Registered Programs
• Drop-In Programs
• Passes and Memberships

One Gazette reader explained that at a class at the Seniors’ Centre “we were told that the City had decided that moving forward there will be only 2 registration periods. This will start with the February 23rd Registration.

How this will work is as follows: On February 23rd seniors will be registering for programs. Seniors will be able to register for the spring session and/ or the summer session. Some of the classes have very limited space availability and if they don’t register for both in February chances are they won’t get into the class in the summer.

For some residents having to pay for both the spring and summer session could be problematic. We were also told that if the Senior’s membership to the Centre expired before the end of the last class the computer would basically kick them out and they will not be registered in the course. So it would mean that the senior has to pay for both sets of sessions plus the membership fee. Also the City is holding their money for months before completing the session.

We were also told that for those seniors who come into the centre to register, if they could not pay for everything at once arrangements could be made.

What about those seniors that register at home online – they do not have this option of spacing out their payment? More seniors register online, why should this option not be made available to them?

For those seniors who are away ( snowbirds) how will they know that the summer registration starts on February 23rd.

The reader made the point that “once again decisions seem to be made that are not discussed in advance with those who are most affected by these changes.”

Burlington Seniors Centre“Parks and Rec tried to make seniors bring their own equipment for Pilates (like large Pilate balls and bands) starting in the Spring and only when this came to light and reported on did Parks & Rec back down.

There appear to be a number of administrative level issues within Parks and Recreation when it comes to how the Seniors’ programs are managed.  The issue seems to be at the leadership level – staff do not appear to be very empathetic to the issues seniors face.


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Did you take any pictures of the Trumpeter Swans at LaSalle Park on Family Day?

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February 20th, 2019



If you were one of the several hundred people who spent some time on Family Day – Monday at LaSalle Park and you took some pictures you think are pretty good – make a point of entering them in the photo contest.

More details in the attached news story. Deadline for entries is 10:00 pp.m., Friday February 22nd.

Send your entries to


Details on photo contest sponsored by the Gazette in partnership with the Trumpeter Swan Coalition.

Trumpeter swans take center stage at LaSalle Park on Family Day.

There were some very good pictures taken – one of the many is set out below.

wings up

This picture was taken by a Gazette staff photographer.

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If you want to get out with the kids on Monday - think about LaSalle Park where you can see the beautiful Trumpeter Swans.

eventsgreen 100x100By Staff

February 15th, 2019



LaSalle Park in Burlington is home to the largest over-wintering population of Trumpeter Swans in Ontario.

swan wings wideOn Family Day, Monday, February 18 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. members of the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Group and the Trumpeter Swan Coalition will be on hand to introduce you to these magnificent birds that have fought their way back from extinction with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers.

Hear the Trumpeter Swans’ amazing stories and learn more about them from the team of women who band and tag the birds.

Bring your camera and take part on the photo contest. More details HERE

The event is free. All ages welcome.

The event will be held along the shoreline of LaSalle Park 831 LaSalle Park Road. Booths will be set up near the boat launch. Banders and taggers will be working in the beach area.

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