Food for Thought raises $67,000 at their celebration event.

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May 8th, 2018



They hosted their 9th Annual Spring Breakfast Gala, in support of Halton Food for Thought Student Nutrition Programs – it took place on Friday May 4th at the Oakville Conference Centre.

Halton Food for Thought dollars raised in 2018

Halton Food for Thought dollars raised in 2018

Breakfast was done as  marketplace highlighting the importance of a nutritious meal at the start of a day for students.

Where did the $67,000 come from?

CIBC Wood Gundy $10,000
Prime Contact Group $5,000
EarthFresh Farms $5,000
L3 WESCAM $2,500
Global Citrus Group Inc. $2,500
Fidelity Investments $2,500
Cogeco $1,000 (plus $4,500 in-kind)
TerraPure Environmental $1,000
Mercedes-Benz Oakville $1,000
Boehringer Ingelheim Canada $1,000
Sylvite $1,000


Cropped Abbey Lane

Abbey Lane welcoming the guests.

Add to that the 500 tickets they sold to the event, a silent auction and a raffle. They covered every fund raising base there is.

73% of Halton students have access to a Student Nutrition Program; It costs just $1 to feed 2 students breakfast each day.

3.4 million meals were served to 27,700 meals in the 2016-17 school year.

2100 volunteers including  930 students get the job done.

Politicians were popping out of every corner. You wouldn’t be wrong if you arrived at the conclusion that there are elections taking place.

The Halton Food for Thought program is made up of representatives from 14 Lead Agencies who administer provincial grant funds. These funds help to develop and implement healthy breakfasts, snack and at times, lunch programs across the province.

The 14 Lead Agencies in turn, represent regions in the province and work with over 39 Community Partnerships across the province. These community partnerships engage school boards, public health units, communities and parents to support school programs at the local level.

As part of Central West Region (CWR), Halton Food for Thought’s Lead Agency is Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA. The other members making up CWR are Peel, Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph.

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Burlington gets to see the Herd on Saturday the 12th at Nelson Park

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May 7th, 2018



IBL statsThe Barrie Baycats’ quest for a fifth straight Intercounty Baseball League title started with a 3-1 win over the visiting Kitchener Panthers Sunday afternoon.

Baycats winning team

The Barrie Baycats were the top team in 2017 – got off to a good 2018 start by winning their home opener.

Kyle DeGrace and Kevin Atkinson each had solo home runs in the decisive seventh inning as Barrie increased its lead to 3-0. Brandon Dhue singled home Branfy Infante in the sixth.

Emilis Guerrero (1-0) went seven scoreless innings for the win, scattering two hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

Chris Nagorski picked up the save after giving up a run on three hits with two strikeouts in the ninth.

Mike Gordner drove in the Panthers’ run, while Colin Gordner had two of Kitchener’s six hits.

Adrian Yuen (0-1) took the loss after giving up a run on two hits in an inning.

Panthers starter Christian Hauck went three scoreless innings, walking four and striking out five while allowing one hit.

The Toronto Maple Leafs opened the 100th Intercounty Baseball League season and 50 years of ownership under Jack Dominico with a 10-6 win over the London Majors at Christie Pits Sunday afternoon.

Toronto led 7-0 after the first inning and held off a late London surge for its first win of 2018.
Jonathan Solazzo went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs, while teammate Julian Johnson hit a three-run blast in the Leafs’ seven-run first.

Mike Reeves had two hits, two RBI and scored three times, Dan Marra had three singles and scored a run, and Adam Odd went 2-for-4 with a run.

Leafs starter Zac Sloan (1-0) benefitted from the offence, going five scoreless innings and allowing one hit with four walks and four strikeouts.

Petro De Los Santos picked up the last five outs for the save, allowing a run on no hits with two walks and a strikeout.

Edward Salcedo led London’s attack with two hits, including a home run, while driving in three and stealing a base. RJ Fuhr singled twice and scored three times, and Chris McQueen singled once and scored twice. Byron Reichstein had the other RBI.

Joan Montero (0-1) took the loss, allowing seven unearned runs on five hits in two innings as the Majors committed three errors. Montero struck out one and walked one.

Herd T-shirtThe Burlington Herd were taken out of contention in the quarter finals; winning just the game. Their 2018 Home opener takes place on Saturday May 12th at Nelson Park – 1:05 pm. The Herd plays the Barrie Baycats on Sunday.

Future games
Friday, May 11
Toronto at London, 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, May 12
Brantford at Guelph, 1 p.m.
Kitchener at Burlington, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday, May 13
Burlington at Barrie, 2 p.m.
London at Kitchener, 2 p.m.
Guelph at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Hamilton at Brantford, 2 p.m.

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Shredding sensitive documents - May 27th in Burlington - MMR parking lot.

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May 6th, 2018



Crime Stoppers of Halton, in partnership with FileBank Canada, is hosting two Shred Events this May to help combat Identity Theft and other fraud.

The Burlington event will be held Saturday, May 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot at M.M. Robinson High School on Upper Middle Road. The Shred Event in Oakville will take place on Sunday, May 27, from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the parking lots (A, B, C) of Halton Regional Centre on 1151 Bronte Road.

Shred event Beast

Shreds sensitive documents.

For a cash donation to Halton’s Crime Stoppers program, residents and business owners can feed FileBank’s “Beast” – a state-of-the-art mobile shredding vehicle – to ensure destruction of personal and sensitive documents so they are not used by scam artists to defraud victims.

Identity Theft remains one of the largest means of fraud with losses running into the billions of dollars
Detective Constable Jodi Richmond, police coordinator of Halton Crime Stoppers, said it’s important for people to protect themselves from becoming victims by ensuring any documents with personal information are destroyed properly.

Shred event - constant flow

The flow of people wanting to have sensitive financial documents shredded is usually consistent all day.

She also warned that anyone can become a victim of Identity Theft, but seniors are particularly vulnerable because of the amount of paper work they amass through the years from financial institutions and other sources.

“Items such as cancelled cheques, financial records, old letterhead, invoices, copies of job applications or anything containing personal information can easily be used by criminals to obtain credit cards; steal money from bank accounts; procure passports or other identification and even get a mortgage on your home without you even knowing,” Richmond said. “Destroying confidential and business documents is the best way to protect yourself from becoming a victim of fraud.”

Halton Crime Stoppers is committed to helping people protect themselves from this crime with conveniently located community shred campaigns across the region throughout the year.

Jodi Thomson Crime Stoppers

Detective Constable Richmond

Detective Constable Richmond also pointed out that FileBank’s process is eco-friendly since all sensitive documents pulverized through the mobile shredding equipment is recycled into new paper products.

In addition, those bringing old financial records and other documents to the shredding site in Burlington will receive a 500-sheet package of recycled paper courtesy of Domtar, one of Canada’s leading paper producers.

“Shred events hosted by Crime Stoppers of Halton are a win-win situation for everyone,” Richmond said.

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500 native trees will get planted - while 9000 trees just across the road are at serious risk.

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May 5th, 2018



If the weather holds Conservation Halton could get the 100 community volunteers it needs to help plant 500 native trees and shrubs at Bayview Park on King Road; a part of the city where the Jefferson Salamander crosses the road to mate in the spring.

Bayview looking over the Bay

The view of th Bay and the Skyway bridge from Bayview Park.

The park is in between two of the cell quarries where shale is mined for the manufacturing of brick. It has astounding views of the Bay and the Skyway bridge. It is home to a rifle club; the space where model airplane enthusiasts send the models climbing into the sky and an enclosed dog run.

Full TEC site

At the bottom of the photograph is the location of the now closed city dump. To the right of that is the western cell of the quarry with the brick manufacturing plant below. Then Bayview Park where there is a rifle range, a Dog Run and space for the model airplane people. On the eastern side of King Road there is the Centre cell of the quarry. To the left of the red marker is a forested area where the brick manufacturer wants to begin mining for shale in the eastern cell – that’s where the 900 tress are going o have to be cut down.

Registration and check-in for the tree planters will begin at 9 am. Light refreshments will be available – coffee, juice, water and a continental breakfast. Volunteers are reminded to dress according to the weather, wear waterproof boots and bring a shovel.

The Tyandaga people, who live two quarry cells to the east of Bayview Park are delighted to learn that more trees are going to be planted – what they fear is that the 9000 trees around the most easterly quarry will get cut down. In a letter to the Mayor the Tyandaga Coalition people said:

“We are pleased to read that the City of Burlington is partnering with Conservation Halton and CootesToEscarpment in a “Trees for Watershed” Health” tree planting event that is, ironically, just across the road from where Meridian Brick intends to destroy 9,000 trees of the diminishing Carolinian forest.

Excavation equipment 1

Excavation equipment like this will operate yards away from the homes on West Haven Drive once the eastern cell of the three cell quarry begins to be mined for shale.

“Why is that we yet again need to request our City’s participation in coming to a resolution on this matter? A request the Tyandaga Environmental Coalition ( has repeatedly brought to your attention since September 2015. We have constantly and consistently asked you and the City to be part of a solution that is to the benefit of ALL but once again you prefer to take the political photo- op rather than make the hard decision to stand by your own statement – “more than ever, sustainability and green initiatives need to be our priorities,”. Your inaction on the Meridian Brick quarry development matter is very concerning.

“What proactive and sustainable measures will you take beyond telling us that this is not a City matter. Surely the fact that, to our knowledge, there have been no official Air Quality measurements by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) and the Ministery of Natural Resources and Forestry ( MNRF) is of concern to you and the City, especially when you consider the numerous ‘heavy’ industries that surround the tax- paying residents of the Tyandaga and Aldershot areas, and beyond.

“Without this Air Quality information what guarantee can you assure the residents with respect to their health and well-being?

Now is the time to show us that you will help all who “live, work and play” in our City and live up to your many talks of a greener and healthier Burlington when you said: – “we want to create a sustainable and healthy Burlington for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren”.

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Traditional Mother's Day Champagne Tea takes place on May 12 at Ireland House

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May 4th, 2018



The Museums of Burlington is quite a bit more than the two locations they manage.

Their events program is popular and often full of surprises.

MothersDayThe traditional Mother’s Day Champagne Tea takes place on May 12!

Guests will receive glass of champagne upon arrival and all moms will receive a flower and sample tea gift.

Once seated at your private table, you can look forward to a selection of premium custom tea blends.

Each table will receive a tray packed with savoury and sweet treats, made-from-scratch scones and homemade jam!

Tickets include free parking and a museum tour.

Select from one of three seating times….stop by the Ireland House Museum, call us at 905.332.9888 or reserve online.


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Art scholarship announced - 5th time the Art in Action people have done this.

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May 3rd, 2018


Updated on May 4th, 2018

Art in Action – that opportunity people have to tour close to a dozen studios around the city each fall has announced that they are once again offering a graduating Burlington High School student a scholarship in 2018. This year’s scholarship is in memory of one of our long-standing artists that passed away this year.

Edward Robin Hoyer was a true artistic spirit that welcomed life with his arms wide open. He will be truly missed on this year’s tour.

The applying student must be graduating from a Burlington High School in the school year 2018, and is intending to pursue a future career in the Arts, studying at the post secondary level in an arts focused program. The jurors are looking for originality, creativity, concept and execution.

The scholarship has a minimum value of $1000.00 to be awarded to the most deserving student and is to be awarded at the school’s commencement ceremonies. The student is invited to participate in the gallery exhibit, the Burlington Studio Tour and will receive media attention.

Tom Sara Art in Action winner 2014

Sarah Tom Art in Action winner 2014

Emma - Art in Action scholarship winner

Emma Roberts, Art in Action -2016 winner

In 2012, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Art in Action we initiated an annual scholarship to encourage young artists in Burlington pursuing a post secondary education in the fine arts. We were able to offer 2 scholarships of $1000.00 each to two Burlington students. From 2013 – 2017 we presented one Scholarship of $1 – 1,500.00 to a talented student.

The  2012 scholarship winner was both Olivia Hashka and Jessica Gneth; in 2013 was Michelle Nguyen was the scholarship winner and Annie Mason won in 2015

Art in Action is an organization that assists artists towards becoming entrepreneurs, by encouraging a social community for artists within Burlington. As well, Art in Action provides exposure for the artists within the Burlington community. Art in Action organizes and promotes a weekend Burlington Studio Tour on the first weekend of November, where juried participants showcase their work to the public in their own studio locations.

This self-guided tour is free for the public to come and enjoy. Other events include a gallery exhibit with work from all the artists in early fall. For more information check out our community sponsors and our artists at

For more information about this scholarship contact your high school’s guidance counselor or contact, Darlene Throop, scholarship coordinator, for Art in Action at All applications must be post marked by May 15th, 2018. All students, their Principals and Heads of Guidance will be notified by June 30th, 2018.

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Week-long celebration of inclusivity and student achievement.

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May 1st, 2018



Education Week from May 7-11, 2018

School Boards are the largest employers in the Region – they have a budget of xxx and we rely upon their product to solve our social, economic and environmental problems.

What happens in the schools reverberates around the kitchen table of every household in the city. There is a lot to pay attention to and a lot of questions to be asked.

The province has set the theme for the 2018 “celebration”: Equity in Action.

equity and inclusionSchools are encouraged to share their equity successes and learn from one another. In Halton, the annual week-long recognition includes a wide variety of activities that demonstrate education in action, celebrate inclusivity and student achievement.

The Board is holding its annual Celebration of Student Excellence event at M.M. Robinson High School Thursday, May 10 starting at 7:30 p.m.

One student per school is selected for this honour by their excellence in academics, vocational, athletic, self-improvement, community work, citizenship or student leadership.

Family math night

Family math night.

Many schools have organized events that focus on student success and highlight the theme of Education Week. They include:

Brant Hills Public School is hosting a Family Math Night on May 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Parents/guardians will learn about Manipulatives, Number Talks, Dreambox learning software and other mathematics resources.

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Interventions - what are they? Mayor's Millennial Advisory committee is heading up this idea.

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May 1st, 2018



100IN1DAY – looks like a type – actually is it an event being mobilized by the Mayors Millenniums Advisory Committee.

100in1day2018-600x578On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 100In1Day is coming to Burlington! The idea is to have 100 interventions take place in the city on June 2nd.

What is an intervention – it can be whatever you want it to be – the idea is to do something that will make the city a better place.

The Millennials are holding a number of meetings where people can toss around some ideas and xxx with other people.

A number of meetings have already taken place – we just got wind of this.

Those meeting dates and locations are:

Tue, May 8 6:00 PM
100in1Day Burlington Workshop #8
Centennial Pool, Burlington

Sun, May 13 10:00 AM
100in1Day Burlington Workshop #9
Brant Hills Community Centre, Burlington

You can participate in a series of community workshops designed to inspire new urban intervention leaders through active, inclusive, and engaging dialogue and activity. People of all ages, backgrounds and locations across the city are invited to attend workshops to develop their 100In1Day interventions – from idea to execution.

Imagine the possibilities for our city if hundreds of people united to participate in small initiatives to spark change. 100in1Day Burlington is part of a growing global movement that is changing how people interact with their cities.

100in1 transsformInterventions are simple, often low-cost community projects or actions that are free, open to anyone, and designed to create positive change, like pop-up parking space parties, plant swaps and seed giveaways, alleyway concerts, community art creation and neighbourhood potlucks. Interventions like these take place all on one day, in a series of city-wide 100in1Day celebrations that demonstrate the collective power of small actions.



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Sarah Harmer to share top billing at the Lowville Festival with tenor Ben Heppner

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April 24th, 2018



She is coming home, just for a few days, but she will be on the stage at St. George Anglican Church where the Lowville Festival will put on its fourth event.

Sarah Harmer smile

Sarah Harmer

Sarah Harmer, Burlington’s own singer-songwriter, with five albums to her credit, a couple of which have been nominated for multiple Juno Awards, and a new one in the offing.

Sarah, the home own girl who never gets invited to perform in the city will perform on Friday June 8th.

The Lowville Festival is raising the bar for its fourth annual season in north Burlington’s majestic Escarpment country. This year they are presenting a couple of stellar headline attractions, Sarah Harmer and the world renowned Wagnerian tenor Ben Heppner, as well as the premiere of a new theatrical workshop/presentation by Burlington director/story weaver June Cupido.

The Lowville Festival defines itself as “a festival of all the arts for the artist in all of us”. The ultimate aim is not only to feature all of the performing, visual and literary arts, but also to provide opportunities for attendees to participate in the creative process. To that end, local singers are again being invited to join the Lowville Festival Choir, which will perform in concert with Ben Heppner.

St. George Anglican church

St. George Anglican church

For their fourth season, they are using two presentation locations on Lowville’s central and historic St. George’s Anglican Church just north of Derry Road, and the Lowville United Church just south of Britannia Road. Lowville is almost equidistant from downtown Milton and Downtown Burlington, and with its magnificent and extensive Lowville Park and location on the Niagara Escarpment, is fast becoming an easy-to-get-to oasis for both Burlingtonians and Miltonians.

Ben Heppner 1

Ben Heppner


Ben Heppner, Canada’s leading dramatic tenor who has appeared with all of the world’s major opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden and the Wiener Staatsoper. He is currently host of the CBC Radio Two’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera. For this concert he will be joined by the Lowville festival Choir, which has been a highly lauded component of the Festival since its inception in 2015. This year we introduce the choir’s new director Janice Schuyler Ketchen

Truth and Illusion: Two forces present in every moment is a theatrical monologue presentation that examines how our lives can be guided by two separate forces: what lies in our hearts and souls (the truth) and … what we project to the outside world (the illusion).

This story gathering and weaving process will take you on a thought–provoking journey as we explore the stories we tell each other and how they connect us. The members of the creative team come from our surrounding communities, all with diverse backgrounds, yet each with a story that speaks to society as a whole. This will be presented on Sunday evening June 10th at Lowville United Church.

The Lowville Festival is the vision of its two Founding Co-Artistic Directors: Lorretta Bailey, a Lowville resident, has performed in musical theatre productions across Canada, including the original Toronto production of Les Miserables; and Robert Missen, proprietor of the Bobolink Agency.


JUNE 8-10, 2018

Sarah Harmer in Concert
Friday June 8th, 2019
7:30 pm
St. George’s Hall
7051 Guelph Line (north of Derry Road)

Tickets $50 advance/ $60 from June 1st

Ben Heppner in Concert
with the Lowville Festival Choir
Saturday June 9th, 2018
7:30 pm
St. George’s Hall
7051 Guelph Line (north of Derry Road)

Tickets $50 in advance/$60 from June 1st.

Truth and Illusion: Two Forces present in every moment.
Sunday June 10th, 2018
7:00 pm
Lowville United Church
5800 Guelph Line (at Britannia Road)

Tickets $30 in advance/$35 from June 1st.

Tickets will go on sale May 1st on the Festival Website

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“No Voice No Representation” Rally at City Hall on Monday April 23rd at 6pm till 6:30pm.

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April 19th, 2018



The Alton Village Resident’s Association is holding a “No Voice No Representation” Rally at City Hall on Monday April 23rd at 6pm till 6:30pm.

Does the city expand on the space it has on Brant Street by adding to the back of the building or putting office space on Civic Square? Or is there a new city hall in the cards for us?

Will the “No Voice No Representation” Rally be real? Will people show up?

They are inviting anyone who plans to run for a city council seat to attend and take part.

Ken White, who has said he will be filing nomination papers at city hall for the ward 6 seat, is involved with the resident association in creating an opportunity for “council candidates to speak their mind and air their concerns about Burlington. This is an all Wards invitation.”

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If the nice weather actually arrives it will be a great day to plant saplings. No BBQ this year.

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April 17th, 2018



The City of Burlington’s annual community tree planting event has been tied to the annual Burlington Green Clean Up Green Up event that takes place on Saturday April 21st.

The tree planting will take place at Tuck Park, 3405 Spruce Avenue on Saturday, April 21, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Residents are invited to be a part of adding to the urban forest by planting a total of 500 saplings.

GreenUp 2017 tree plant

The Green Up part of the 2017 program. Tuck Park this year.

Each event will feature:

• Planting 500 saplings
• Question and answer with city arborists
• Stewardship and education about our urban forests

Pre-registration is not required but attendees are asked to register in advance by going to Burlington Green’s website, or upon arrival at the event. Here are some details:

• Saplings are in one-gallon pots that can be easily carried to planting spots.
• No experience is needed. City arborists and planting experts will show attendees what to do.
• Participants are advised to use alternative transportation such as Burlington Transit, ride sharing, cycling or other forms of active participation as parking will be very limited.

What to wear/bring:

• Check the weather and dress for the conditions. We will be outside and will plant rain or shine.
• Wear sturdy footwear – no sandals or flip-flops, please.
• Bring your own work/gardening gloves.
• Bring your own snacks and beverages and plenty of water, especially if it’s hot.
• Bring your own shovel, if possible.
• Consider going green to the planting; walk, bike, carpool or use public transit.
• Bring your volunteer hour form if you’re a high school student looking for volunteer hours.

Burlington is one of Canada’s best and most livable cities, a place where people, nature and business thrive but it does not have a private tree bylaw.

For details on the CleanUp part of the day go to:

BurlingtonGreen has announced that there will not be an EcoFair this year nor will there be a BBQ

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Dance students will use spoken word poetry and reimagine the messages into dance movements.

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April 16th, 2018



April 26th, 270 Grade 6-8 students from the Halton District School Board will gather to perform and celebrate International Dance Day.

It is the 13th annual celebration and will be held at the New Street Education Centre (3250 New Street, Burlington), from 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m.

Different silhouettes of various dance poses

Different silhouettes of various dance poses

Students will use excerpts of spoken word poetry as source material and will reimagine the messages as movement to a shared piece of music.

The day will be divided into two sections. In the morning, students will participate in workshops led by professional dancers from across southern Ontario. Workshops include bhangra/bollywood, Caribbean jazz, contemporary, flamenco, hip-hop, musical theatre, tap and urban.

Dance hip hop

Hip hop dance

In the afternoon, Halton District School Board teachers will lead students in creative movement workshops based on the curriculum expectations and the creative process.

This year’s creative workshop theme is ‘resilience’. The students will meet at the end of the day to showcase their creations in an ensemble presentation.

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Meed Ward sets out what she will campaign on - will fill the leadership vacuum at city hall.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

April 11th, 2018



She is now in full campaign mode. At a dead end street in Aldershot she told a gathering of about 40 people – maybe 50, that her name was Marianne Meed Ward.

“I currently represent Ward 2 on city and regional council and I am running for Mayor.

“I’m here today to talk about the future of our city, and the upcoming municipal election on October 22 because there is a vacuum in leadership in this city.”

“Our Burlington, the city we all love, is at a crossroads.

“Our community has a choice to make about the kind of city we want, now and for the future.

And we have a choice to make about the kind of leadership we want to get us there.

Show whuch ward

Supporters at the Meed WArd campaign launch showing which ward they live in.

Our family chose to move to Burlington to raise our family. We came here for the parks and trails, our unparalleled waterfront, farming on our doorstep, active community centres, and small town charm and friendliness. The first day we moved into this area, our neighbours welcomed us with homemade banana bread.

These are some of the same reasons many of you have chosen Burlington as your home.

For life long residents, this is why you chose to stay here to live, work, play, raise a family, or retire.

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Mead Ward telling her supporters what she was going to do for them.

I love Burlington; I love the people of Burlington, so many of whom are gathered with us here today.

We have all benefited from the legacy of the people who came before us. When they imagined a future for us, they gave us parks, trees, beautiful neighbourhoods, heritage character, protected farmland and so much more.

They also had to fight to save these things along the way. Did you know:

Residents protected the north end of Central Park from development?

Saved Freeman Station not once, but twice?

Built Spencer Smith waterfront park from a break wall?

Protected the rural area from a quarry expansion and a highway going through it?

Saved massive trees along Lakeshore Road from a planned road expansion, and delivered the city’s first (and so far only) female mayor, Mary Munro, in 1977)?

This is an amazing community, a strong community, where residents have made their voices heard, shaped our own future together working with our elected representatives. We can do it again.

What kind of city are we creating for future generations, and for the people who live, work and play here today?

Our Burlington needs us to step up again.

Because Burlington is about to change dramatically, and not for the better.

We are facing over-development; our roads, community centres, seniors centre, and parks aren’t keeping up, the public feels shut out of decisions; our transit is inefficient and ineffective; our businesses are forced out replaced by shiny towers or mid-rise with token retail; our farmers are struggling under red tape and regulation and wonder if they can make a living; we are losing some of our young farmers; with rising house costs, young people wonder if they can even buy a house or stay here.

At the root of this is a leadership vacuum.

We will not change the direction we are headed without a change of leadership on council.

You might be wondering why I chose to make this announcement, here in in Aldershot. It’s because it’s an example of the negative change that’s happening in our city, and not the only.

Identifyng their ward Team sweater

Will we see hundreds of people wearing T-shirts with this message? The October municipal election will be critical – voters are being given very clear choices.

This community is also where I first ran for office in 2006, and our slogan at the time was “end sprawl, build community”. That could describe our situation today with a slight modification: “end vertical sprawl, build community.”

I’d like everyone to take a minute and look around. What do you see?

Single family homes, front lawns, greenspace, trees, businesses nearby.

I was out speaking with some of the residents on this street yesterday, and there’s a deep history of our Burlington here. This area was given to veterans returning from the War. Some of the children and families of those veterans still live here.

Dottie Mair, who lives down the street, is 95 years old, she still describes herself as a “war bride” She moved here a year after she was married.

Dottie told me the street was called “Clearview” because when it was first settled, you had a clear view to Burlington Bay.

This community is about to change dramatically.

This area is part of the Aldershot Mobility Hub in the city’s proposed new Official Plan.

On one side of this street there is a proposed 20+ storey buildings here in the area we are standing; 12-19 storey buildings across the street, and 7-11 storey buildings lining both sides of Clearview from Queen Mary to Plains Road, and along Queen Mary to St. Matthews. The homes facing St. Matthews will have up to 11 storey buildings abutting their back yards.

The character of this community is about to be obliterated.

Residents have been told that the new Official Plan will direct intensification, especially high rises, away from established neighbourhoods like this one.

Over development in our community isn’t just proposed in the new OP, it’s already here.

And it’s coming to neighbourhoods across our city:

MMW soeaking - full length Ap 11

Meed Ward – delivering the message at her candidate announcement meeting.

In Ward 1: Residents here in Aldershot have seen retail plazas become apartments and townhouse complexes, with token retail; a 12 storey proposal has just been submitted for the end of this street. The area has seen some of the highest growth of the city, but you still haven’t gotten a grocery store in the west end.

In Ward 6: Residents in Alton fought overdevelopment of two towers in their area. Traffic is already choked, and where is the park for these kids to play?

In Ward 5: Residents in South East Burlington have fought the proposed mid-rise on Pinedale at the Fortinos plaza and are closely watching what proposals will come to Lakeside Plaza.

Business is also at risk. In Ward 5: Proposed high-rise development at Appleby and Upper Middle requires conversion of employment lands, and could put existing employment uses at Sofina Foods at risk – which employs 1000 people and wants to add another shift of 1000 people

In Wards 1 & 3: The Havendale and Brant Hills neighbourhoods on both sides of Brant St have spoken out against the overdevelopment proposed at 2100 Brant St

MMW crib notes

Marianne Meed Ward is a very relaxed speaker. She usually has a set of notes which she ignores most of the time. We never quite understood how she kept on track when delivering long speeches – she writes crib notes on her hand.

And in Ward 2, which I represent, Ward 2: There are potentially 26 towers proposed for downtown under the new OP of 17 storeys or more. Taller ones are already here:

– 23 storeys approved last November at Brant & James, across from City Hall, which I did not support.
– There’s now a 24 storey proposal across the street from that, and an 18 storey application further down the street at James & Martha St
– 26 storey at Martha & Lakeshore approved by the Ontario Municipal Board

This is just a snapshot of what’s already here, and what’s coming down the line in Burlington.

Canada’s best mid-size city deserves a better plan. The people of Burlington deserve a better plan, for today, and for tomorrow.

I’ve now been on council for 8 years, talking to residents, advocating for businesses as a member of the Burlington Downtown Business Association, standing up for you on important issues, learning the ins and outs of governing so I can serve you better. Many of the people here today and been with me on that journey. Though we haven’t gotten everything we worked for (yet!) we’ve had many successes along the way that have made our city better.

Right now, at this critical time in the life of our city, serving our community is where I’m meant to be.

I’m running for three reasons: Here’s what’s at stake:

1. We have a leadership vacuum at City Hall, and that vacuum is being filled by private interests setting the agenda, not citizens.

2. Burlington is Everyone’s City, but recent decisions, and upcoming proposals have left people wondering: Who’s City Is It?” A Spectator columnist said she hasn’t seen this much citizen unrest in 45 years of participating in civic matters.

3. Residents want to see your aspirations reflected in our decisions at City Hall, and especially our spending, you want your priorities to be our priorities. But many people have told me you don’t see yourself in what we do. Instead of a participant in creating a great city, you feel like a “hapless spectator.” I’ve heard residents say they are considering moving out. We are poised to lose our best assets: our people!

But together we can do something about it! Changing times call for a strong voice for our community as mayor, who will put Residents First.

Here are three things we will do together:

SaveOurWaterfront- Meed ward

The waterfront was her issue in the 2010 election.

As your mayor On Leadership: I will open City Hall and invite the community in, rebuild the relationship between city hall and residents, and restore trust.

You know my track record as someone who tells you what’s happening in advance (not after the fact), gives you the straight goods (going beyond press releases and platitudes) gives you My Take, so you can hold me accountable. I do more than listen – your input shapes decisions.

I stand up for you – sometimes against significant odds, instead of staying safely on the sidelines and avoiding the hot potato issues. I’m not afraid to put motions on the floor – even if they lose, the discussion moves the matter a little further down the field, and one step closer to success. And though the 6-1 get the headlines, more of my motions pass than fail.

I model respectful debate and civility – in council chambers among staff, residents and council – leading the way forward

I will put development in its place. The right project, the right scale, the right location. Residents are not anti-development. Residents don’t want to stop development. Residents don’t want to react to development. You just want to shape it.

We need to stop the over-intensification that’s adding congestion and eliminating greenspace, stop downplaying the impact by saying only 5% will change. Stop blaming the province for making us grow – we are meeting or exceeding our targets.

As your mayor On Your Priorities: I will focus on quality of life, not just quantity of people, and focus spending on your priorities, not internal entitlements.

That means investing in transit, so it gets people where they need to go quickly

That means protecting and adding trees and greenspace; unlike neighbouring municipalities we don’t have a tree canopy target.

That means adding community amenities; we lag behind area municipalities on community centres, parks, seniors’ centres

That means taking steps towards affordable housing for young people, families and seniors

That means eliminating red tape and unnecessary delays for businesses

That means doing far more than passively protecting our rural land (which the province did in 2006): we need to look out for our farmers, and eliminate barriers to viable agricultural industry. We have to stop pitting our urban area and rural area against each other, and bring our community together.

As your mayor I promise you that and more.

Big on providing services. Political enough to be on the winning side?

Big on providing services. She has been known to go out and pick up garbage that was on a street.

I promise that I will stand up for you, stand with you, and implement your vision for our community, to get us back on track as the best city to live, play, work, retire and raise a family.

And you can count on that promise, because it’s what we’ve already been doing for the last eight years.

We don’t have to wait to October to bring change; we can get started today.

Our city’s proposed Official Plan is coming to the Planning & Development Committee April 24 for adoption. I’m the only one on council who voted to press pause on this process and get this right.


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If Spring is a little late do the frogs put their mating practices on hold? Answers at the Frogwatcher’s Hikes.

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April 9th, 2018



The Conservation Authority is convinced Spring is close at hand and have announced programs that tie into the change in seasons.

There are others that are not as certain that the Conservation Authority has it right.

Frog mating“Spring fever is in the air right now”, announced the Conservation people “as male frogs are getting ready to sing in full chorus to attract mates. This annual nature phenomenon can be witnessed in the forests and wetlands of Mountsberg Conservation Area where you can join in our interesting and informative Frogwatcher’s Hikes.”

This year the hikes take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21.

The songs or mating calls are so distinctive that various frog species can be identified without actually seeing them. There are several species which are active at this time. Again this year Mountsberg will have the ‘Native Species Encounter’ with some of Ontario’s species of snakes.

‘Herptiles’ is the term which refers to reptiles and amphibians and this is an excellent opportunity to search for some of these creatures, like salamanders, who are just emerging from their dormant winter.

There is a puppet shoe, visits to the pond and even a ‘Swamp Tromp’ at a Frogwatcher’s Hike. We will learn about the difference between reptiles and amphibians, between frogs and toads, and the amazing lives of salamanders.

Admission for either Frogwatcher’s Hike is by advance registration only online.

Call Mountsberg at (905) 854-2276 for more information on the program. The fees are Adults $18 (plus HST), Seniors (ages 65 and older) and Children ages 5 to 14 years are $13 (plus HST), while those four years and under are free.

About Mountsberg Conservation Area
Mountsberg Conservation Area is located on Milburough Line, five km west of Campbellville, ON, between Highway 6 South and Guelph Line. This 472 hectare park includes extensive wetlands, forests, fields, and a reservoir. Mountsberg hosts many family friendly events which are sure to become family traditions for many in the community. For more information please call Mountsberg at (905) 854-2276 or e-mail

The Mountsberg Raptor Centre is currently home to 16 different species of native birds of prey. Many of the resident birds of prey have permanent injuries that have left them incapable of surviving on their own in the wild. In many cases, these injuries were caused by human activity. With the help of these feathered ambassadors, the Mountsberg Raptor Centre teaches the community about the native birds of prey that share our environment and how to reduce the negative impact we can have on them.

Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

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Gazette readership survey closes - results to be published in segments during the week ahead.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

April 7th, 2018


This story was revised to correct the impression that a news story on the Mayor impacted the results of the survey.  We don’t know yet if that ride had an impact on those who chose the Rick Goldring – what we do know is that story resulted in a surge in responses

The Gazette readership survey and the choices made by those who completed the 17 questions is now closed.

survey hraphic


Now the task of analyzing the data and putting it in context.

We will tell you something about our readers and what they think of significant issues.

The questions related to the height of buildings in various parts of the city produced some interesting responses. Was it just the people in ward 2 who have responded or were there responses from wards 3 and 6 as well; and if there was a response – how significant was it.


The gender of our readers skews to the male side. When we have completed the analysis we will tell you where our readers live – by ward.

Did gender play a role in the responses?

Which of the three mayoralty race candidates led the responses and where did those people come from? And what was it that made people respond?

The Gazette published a short video done by James Burchill who interviewed the Mayor while driving around in his Smart Car.

The day after we ran that feature the responses shot up – way up? We now need to determine who those responders chose and where those responders lived.

We will be publishing the data in sections – one each day as we work our way into next week.

We are also looking for someone who can serve as an independent auditor who will look at the data and verify that the analysis was fair. This will all take time.

Mayor in Smart car with burchill

The Mayors Confidential Coffee drive with James Burchill may prove to be a critical point in his election campaign.

What we can say at this point is that the numbers, for the most part held, throughout the 17 days the survey was open – with the exception of the huge surge in responses we got the day after the Mayor went for that Coffee Confidential drive with James Burchill.

We know nothing about the people who responded other than where they live, their age approximations and the view the expressed with the answers they gave.

Those responders are completely anonymous to us.  So far we have not detected any gaming of the survey – a more detailed analysis is needed to determine if this has been a fair reflection of what people in Burlington think.

Related news story:

That ride the Mayor took with James Burchill.

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‘Should We Unplug Our Kids?' - Statements on Screen Time for Children

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April 6th, 2018



How much time should your children spend before a screen?

And how do you get them away from that screen when they have been in front of one for far too long?


The problem –

The Community & Parent Partners for Kids (C.A.P.P. for KIDS) is presenting the event that begns at 7:00 pm and runs to 8:30 p.m. at the New Street Education Centre (3250 New St., Burlington). There will be community displays from 6:45-7 p.m.

Parents are invited to attend the free evening presentation on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 aimed at addressing the appropriate amount of screen time for young people in a society increasingly dominated by technology.

Called ‘Should We Unplug Our Kids? Reflections on the revised Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement on Screen Time for Children’, the presentation will highlight the current trends, research and recommendations related to screen time.

screen time asleep

How much screen time is appropriate – and how does a parent come up with rules that work?

Child experts Maria Ramos and Linda Bell will lead the presentation. Both are experienced Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists with advanced skills in facilitating the development of language and emergent literacy in preschool children. Their role includes coaching parents and service providers as well as offering community presentations on a variety of related topics.

C.A.P.P. for KIDS is a partnership between Halton Region, Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board, Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK), Our Kids Network, Halton Regional Police Service, Ontario Early Years, Burlington Public Library, City of Burlington, and the Halton Multicultural Council.

For more information about this event, email

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A different look at Board Games - all at the Seaton Gallery

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April 5th, 2018



Judy Anderson’s work are hung and looking good.

Judy AndersonIt is a series of work references the graphic elements of traditional board games. She uses the design of the games to explore the relationship of shapes and patterns while keeping her palette to one of primary colours.

Images of old photographs are collaged into the works transporting the viewer to more nostalgic times when games were the entertainment for kids and families with cousins and grandparents.


Survey closes April 6th – takes two minutes to complete

Reception April 8, 2018 2-4pm
Exhibition continues until May 27th

Teresa Seaton Studio & Gallery
652 Spring Gardens Road, Burlington ON L7T 1J2
Gallery Open Thurs – Sun 11am – 5pm

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30 get nominated as Burlington's BEST - eight will be named on May 9th at Performing Arts Centre

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April 4th, 2018



This year, the Burlington’s Best Committee received 30 nominations in eight categories, besting the total number of nominees from last year.

BEST logoNominations were accepted Jan. 2, 2018 through Mar. 7, 2018.

Burlington’s Best Awards is an awards program that honours Burlington’s most outstanding citizens. The winners in all categories will be revealed at a gala celebration on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets to this event are $35 per person. A dessert reception will follow the awards ceremony. Tickets can be purchased at the Service Burlington counter at City Hall, 426 Brant St., or by contacting Wanda Tolone at 905-335-7600, ext. 7458 or

One winner will be selected in each of the eight award categories. This year’s nominees are:

Citizen of the Year
• Osob Adus
• Jason Stajan

Junior Person of the Year
• Kathleen Burgess
• Carter Creechan
• Chloe DeMers
• Aleksandra Srbovska
• Addison Wood

Senior Person of the Year
• Jennifer Earle
• Frank Miele
• Mae Redford
• Paul Tomlinson

Environmental Award
• Gloria Reid

Arts Person of the Year Award
• Teresa Seaton
• Jonathan Smith

Community Service Award
• Carol Baldwin
• Elizabeth Barrowcliffe
• Laura Clark
• Julie Cordasco
• Yanet DeLeon
• Louise Donnelly
• Knights of Columbus
• Kim Moss
• Rory Nisan
• Tracey Oborne King
• Belinda Roberts
• Jill Stickney

BEST awardHeritage Award
• Louise Cooke
• Friends of Freeman Station

Accessibility Award
• John Krasevec
• Bill Murray

For more information, visit




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Former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change will address Burlingtonians at Mayor Goldring's next Inspire event.

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March 28th, 2018



Mayor Goldring is holding another of his Inspire Burlington series late in April.

Goldring has invited Glen Murray, Executive Director of the Pembina Institute, and former Minister of the Environment and Climate Change for Ontario to speak on transit-supportive development that works to create multi-modal, and sustainable cities.

Mayor Inspire - Murray speakingThe talk will take place at the Royal Botanical Gardens April 25th at 7:30 p.m in the main auditorium; admission is FREE and all are welcome.

The talk takes place a couple of days after the Bfast 4th annual Forum of transit – might be some interesting questions that can come out of the Form for Mr. Murray

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Hilda's Yard - the kids come back - 0n at Theatre Burlington in April

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March 25, 2017



It is being billed as another “crowd pleaser”: A comedic look into the realities of family life. The play, written by Norm Foster, will be directed by Maureen Dwyer and produced by Penny Oliver.

Theatre Burlington poster March 2018Foster portrays a couple in their golden age, living in the late 50’s, enjoying life after their children have left home. Their idyllic future plans are cut short as a chain of events brings each one of the children ‘hopping the fence’ into Hilda’s yard and are suddenly back home for unexpected and extended stays.

When Gary suddenly appears he is on the run from a couple of thugs for ‘stiffing’ their boss.

Then “Janey” shows up too after leaving her husband. The generation gap between the parents and the children is large and what seems far out to the parents seem quite reasonable to the newer generation and the freedoms that came with this new era.

As is often the case, the mother is the glue that holds it all together, as a housewife she learned to think out of the box and though father believes he knows best, she is the one that ties it all together bridging the generations.

Foster’s incredible wit and insight make dealing with uncomfortable subjects, something that can still be laughed at. Shows like this help us realize that we need to take life a little less seriously.

Running April 13-14; 20-21; and 26-27-28.

Curtain 8:00 PM

Tickets: Adult: $25; Students: $15; Seniors $22 at the Box office 905-639-7700 or visit

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