The good ship Burlington Tory Blue is leaking like a sieve - not a word from McKenna the former MPP who won the nomination by 41 votes

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

December 10th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

More on that Progressive Conservative nomination scandal

“Despite the party announcing on October 3rd the nomination meeting in Burlington would be before Dec 31st, they tweeted out on Oct 17th that McKenna would be acclaimed.

“Despite multiple attempts for an interview, the party did not agree to interview Jane Michael until Nov 22nd (4 days before the scheduled nomination meeting), and didn’t actually approve her until Nov 25th at 6pm- 16 hours before voting started. She sold 900 memberships which meant she only had 16 hours (including sleeping hours) to call all her members.

Cam Jackson: Election night 2010

Would this nomination scandal have taken place on Cam Jackson’s watch?

Jane McKenna did not need to have an interview, she was a former MPP. Many of Jane Michael’s supporters called her complaining they received a call from Jane McKenna indicating that she received access to the membership list after November 11 (the membership sales cut-off date for the nomination). Michael’s did not receive a copy of the membership list.

We learn that before the nomination election was called the Burlington Progressive Conservative Association has just 200 members on its list but that they have very close to $20,000 in the bank.

For an association that once owned the Burlington constituency there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of a local organization. Nothing lean or healthy about it.

The request that the nomination race be re-done is embarrassing and leaves mud on the shoes of the organization no matter what the party decision.

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Patrick Brown will be working the telephones next week – got a mess to clean up in Burlington.

It is going to take some time to clean up that mess, fortunately or the Tory’s the Liberal government has got its hands full with some sticky issues. Time for the Blues to quietly re-build and then bring Patrick Brown into town and showcase the man.

But clean up the mess first.  The video that came out of the nomination meeting was all too telling.  It came from a card carrying member of the association – there are people who want to clean it up.

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Police want to fill cruisers - with gifts.

Event 100By Staff

December 9, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

As we enter the holiday season, our focus becomes the hustle and bustle of shopping, dinner parties and family gatherings. As joyous as this season is, there are many families in the Region of Halton who struggle to provide their children with that special gift on Christmas morning.

In 2015, the Toys for Tots program helped over 4,200 families in the Region of Halton. The police want to make the 2016 campaign just as successful.

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Regional police “detective” McGruff will be at the Canadian Tire stores this Saturday

Halton Regional Police is holding two Cram-A-Cruiser events on Saturday, December 10, 2016 as part of the annual Toys for Tots toy drive.

Where:

1. Canadian Tire Store located at 5070 Appleby Line, Burlington
2. Canadian Tire Store located at 777 Guelph Line, Burlington

When:

11:00am to 3:00pm at both locations

Police officers and volunteers will be accepting new unwrapped toys, gift cards (great for teens), cash or Canadian Tire money for the Toys for Tots program. Please bring the children to come and meet our officers, tour a police cruiser and meet McGruff! Help us fill as many cruisers as possible!

The Halton Police mascot, McGruff will be at the Appleby Line store.

All donations remain in the Region of Halton.

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Ice rinks, tobogganing and a place to donate gently used skates.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

December 8th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Chris Glenn

Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation

The City of Burlington is ready for winter fun with the launch of its Neighbourhood Rink program, the opening of Rotary Centennial Pond at the waterfront in downtown Burlington and dedicated locations for tobogganing.
Chris Glenn, the city’s director of Parks and Recreation tells us that: “Skating and tobogganing in the winter time are great Canadian traditions that bring friends, neighbours and communities together to be active and enjoy the winter weather.” Can we expect to see Mr. Glenn on a toboggan in the near future?

Neighbourhood Rinks
Back for a second year, the Neighbourhood Rink program encourages neighbours to come together to maintain a natural outdoor ice rink in their local park.

This month, city staff will install boards for 13 ice pads in various parks throughout Burlington that will be maintained by neighbourhood volunteer groups. The rinks are open to the public and free to use.

The following locations will host a Neighbourhood Rink for the upcoming season:

• Brant Hills Park
• Ireland Park
• Orchard Park
• Sherwood Park
• Tansley Woods Park
• Central Park
• Optimist Park
• Palladium Park
• Pineland Park
• Rusholme Crescent Corridor
• Sheraton Park
• Skyway Park
• Wellington Park

Rotary Centennial Pond

If you didn't get to strap on the blades this winter - you're out of luck. Rink closes at 10:00 pm this evening.

Centennial Pond will be open from 10 am to 10 pm – closed on Christmas Day.

The outdoor ice at Rotary Centennial Pond is scheduled to open on Dec. 10, ice conditions permitting. Located at the waterfront in downtown Burlington, the pond hosts nearly 9,000 skaters each year. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends and school holidays and from 5 to 10 p.m. on weekday evenings. The pond is closed on Christmas Day.

New this year, the city is asking residents to donate gently used skates they no longer need. These skate donations will be used for a skate lending program at Rotary Centennial Pond.

“The skate lending program has been created to help eliminate barriers for people who may want to give recreational skating a try,” said Glenn. “We hope the skate lending program will encourage residents and visitors to try a new sport, learn some new skills and get outside and play this winter.”

Skate donations can be dropped off at city pools, arenas and community centres.

Tobogganing

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This is what tobogganing is all about.

The city has designated six areas in the city that are safe for tobogganing. They include:

• LaSalle Park, east of the parking lot
• Tyandaga Park at hole number four on the west slope
• Central Park on the hill northwest of the community garden
• Brant Hills Park, southwest of the tennis courts
• Nelson Park on the east side of park, north of the Centennial bike path
• Lowville Park on the hill at the southwest end of park.

With snow flurries in the air the city might be about to begin a real winter.getting new - yellow

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Horse drawn wagon ride, feed the chickadees, enjoy S’mores and warm up at a fire.

Event 100By Staff

December 8th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Celebrate Winter on the Trails at Hilton Falls Conservation Area on Saturday, December 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors who bring one non-perishable food item will receive a free hot chocolate.

At Winter on the Trails you can enjoy a free horse-drawn wagon ride (please note: wagon rides are first come first served and limited space is available), feed the Chickadees and participate in crafts.

Visitors can enjoy S’mores at the falls and warm up to a fire.

Be sure to check out the work of Scott Rowe from the Country Saw as he carves an artistic creation with his chainsaw.

sleigh-horse-pulledAll of these activities are included with regular park admission; Halton Parks Annual Members only need to show their membership for admission to Winter on the Trails.

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McKenna nomination win as provincial PC candidate November 26th is being challenged by some progressive members.

Newsflash 100By Pepper Parr

December 8th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There is trouble in paradise.

Jane McKenna who is reported to have won the Progressive Conservative nomination as the candidate for Burlington in the next provincial election, scheduled to be held on or before June 7, 2018.  is having that nomination challenged,

A group led by Colin C.G. Pye has asked that:

Pursuant to Article 27.1 of the Constitution of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario (“Constitution”) and Rule 21 of the Rules Governing Candidate Nominations (“Rules”), the undersigned Residents of the Electoral District of Burlington who support the Principles and Objects of the Party hereby protest and appeal the nomination of Jane McKenna as candidate for the Electoral District of Burlington on November 26, 2016.

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Jane McKenna’s nomination win as the PC candidate for the provincial seat is being challenged.

There is all kinds of schedules attached to the request – which we willwork through and pass along as much as we can.

McKenna is reported to have won over Jane Michael by 41 votes. What has not been made public is the number of ballots cast. This is clearly a developing story.

In the request for a review the applicants state that:

As the nomination process and election has been tainted by numerous breaches of tl1e Nomination Rules and the Party Constitution, thus bringing the Party into disrepute, the Appellants request that

a. a hearing be held before tl1e Provincial Nomination Committee pursuant to Rule 21.7;

b. a new Nomination Process be held under supervision of the Board of Appeal pursuant to Rule 21.9., and;

c. pending the resolution of the hearing under Rule 21.7, Jane McKenna be enjoined from holding herself out as the duly nominated candidate for Burlington, and be further enjoined from conducting any campaigning or fundraising activity as the nominated candidate for Burlington.

The meeting got a little rowdy – check out the video below.

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Imagine - just imagine - no more check out lines at the supermarket! Wow.

News 100 redBy Staff

December 6th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Wow!

Cannot wait for this one to come to my local supermarket.

Amazon GO has opened their first supermarket in Seattle.  They seem to be into everything but listen to what they have added as a service – convenience feature.

When you take something off a shelf and put it in the cart – the cost of that item is automatically deducted from your Amazon account.

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Imagine – no more standing in a checkout line at a supermarket.

Amazon GO lets customers walk in, grab food from the shelves and walk out again, without ever having to stand in a checkout line.

Customers tap their cellphones on a turnstile as they walk into the store, which logs them into the store’s network and connects to their Amazon account through an app.

The service is called Amazon Go. It uses machine learning, sensors and artificial intelligence to track items customers pick up. These are then added to the virtual cart on their app. If they pick up an item they later decide they don’t want, putting it back on the shelf removes it from their cart.

Do you know what that means?

No more standing in a checkout line.

No more standing behind someone who fishes through their change purse for the exact amount of change.

This is close to Nirvana.getting new - yellow

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Ray's Variety celebrates twenty years of serving the downtown community.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

December 6th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Faris and Sam are their names

In the corporate world there is usually a group that handles the promotion of the corporate image.

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From the left: Omar, Faris and Sam. Faris will always remind you that he is from Palestine – The Holy Land!

When you are a small retailer that has been serving a community for years what do you do to celebrate and thank your customers?

You hold a day long thank you event serving soft drinks and desserts to the hundreds of people who come through your door each day.

And that is what the crew at Ray’s Variety did last week – it was their celebration of serving their customers for the past twenty years.

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Mayor gives what Councillor Meed Ward calls a political responsibility to the city manager.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

December 2, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Halton District school Board Director of Education Stuart Miller delegated to city council a while ago and explained why his organization was recommending that two high schools in the city be closed.

It was a polite delegation – none of the council members asked much in the way of questions. He had made his point and that was that.

Miller did explain the process that is used when a school is going to be closed. At the time he didn’t mention that the city is asked to provide a representative on the PAR committee.

Once the PARC was formed the city was then asked to select a representative.

A PARC is a committee to Program Accommodation Review.

In a report to council earlier this week the Mayor recommended that city manager James Ridge be appointed as the representative to participate on the PARC, in an advisory role, to be a conduit of information, and to provide meaningful input and feedback concerning the proposed solutions.

The Board of Education initial preferred option includes closing both Burlington Central and Lester B. Pearson secondary schools.

The Mayor said that James Ridge has been consulted and is supportive of fulfilling the appointment to the Halton District School Board PARC.  The fact is that Ridge volunteered for the task.

In a report that was submitted under Mayor Goldring’s signature it said:

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Mayor Goldring speaking to media wearing his Chain of Office which identifies him as Mayor – a political role.

“There is obviously a great deal of concern in our community, especially with teachers, parents and students and within the areas located in close proximity to both Central and Pearson. It is only natural that many residents would want Burlington City Council to get involved in this issue.

“Recognizing that it is the Halton District School Board that makes the final decision, it would be inappropriate for council to take any sort of official position on this issue. I do understand, however, the interest in members of council wanting to get involved simply as residents.

“I am of the opinion that James Ridges will be an excellent representative of the City as a community partner on the Halton District School Board PARC. In this advisory role, I am confident that he will effectively communicate a clear and objective perspective concerning the proposed solutions that will be part of the PARC discussions.

During the council meeting the Mayor said he had received a note from a citizen saying they thought the Mayor should represent the city because he was unbiased, fair, thoughtful and objective.  The Mayor then said that those words applied to city manager James Ridge but that in his case these words were squared, a mathematical term, and that Ridge had the “big picture” as well.

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City manager James Ridge will represent the city on the Board of Education Program Accommodation Review Committee – a group that many see as very political in that it speaks to the interests of parents who want to keep their school open.

Apparently the Mayor was having some difficulty deciding what to do and Ridge volunteered to sit on the PARC.

It is doubtful that the city manager has ever been in one of the city’s high schools – if he has – it was part of a tour.  He would not know the character of the different high schools – what makes Nelson the school that it is and what makes M. M. Robinson the high school that it is.  Ridge has been in Burlington for about 18 months and while he may see himself as a quick study understanding a city and and its character takes years.

Rick Goldring attended both elementary and high school in Burlington  – he is a product of Nelson and know the rivalries that exist between the high schools and having raised children in this city he understands fully what the high schools in this city mean to the parents.

Ridge has children that he and his wife saw through high school – but those schools were not in this city.   What Ridge will bring to the PARC is the view of a bureaucrat not a citizen with a deep understanding of the city and its needs.

Meed Ward responded to the Mayor’s decision with the comment that she had approached the Mayor privately and asked that he represent the city and that she was disappointed in his decision to recommend Ridge.

Meed Ward believes the closing of a high school is a political issue. She pointed out that one of the pillars of the Strategic Plan focuses on healthy communities and the walk-ability of the community centres was important.

The Mayor doesn’t appear to share that view – but he didn’t explicitly say so. He did say “we are all very interested observers of the process” and he felt the city manager could do the job that was to be done.

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The body language tells it all – Councilors Meed ward and Craven sit beside each other at Council meetings because they represent wards 2 and 1 respectively and council members are seated in numerical order with the Mayor in the chair. The two don’t like each other and share very few viewpoints.

Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven had no such hesitation in saying what he thought. He said he totally disagrees with Meed Ward and the position she has taken. “We need to stay out of the work the school board trustees have to do. I am quite uncomfortable with this”… “but it is not something I have control over.”

Meed Ward explained that she has a son who attends Central high school and a daughter who attends Aldershot high school and it is her belief that what happens to a high school impacts the community and that is the business of a city council.

Of note is that there is not a structure for the Board of Education and the city to meet to discuss shared concerns.

The Chief of police has in the past delegated to city council to discuss public safety matters; the hospital boat will send their president to city hall to provide updates. The Dean at the McMaster DeGroote School of Business attends council to delegate.

Politics is doing the business of the people and the school board close to the largest employer and the recipient of a very large slice of the tax revenue pie. They need to work together on issues of shared concern – and if this city council doesn’t understand or appreciate that the closing of a high school is not a major political concern we are indeed in serious trouble with the city council we have.

The Gazette hears the phrase “this is a dysfunctional council” from far too many people who are admired, respected and the recipients of Burlington’s Best awards.

For a Mayor to avoid sitting on a committee that will prepare a report that goes to the Director of Education which he uses to prepare his report to the trustees who will make the eventual decision, this is almost a dereliction of duty, which is defined as “the shameful failure to fulfill one’s obligations.”  That pretty well sums it up – doesn’t it?

central-strongThe parents committee at Central are delighted that Meed Ward accepted the request that she sit on the PARC. Dania Thurman, spokesperson for the parents group said: “Marianne was the right choice for our School’s council representative because she has a son at Central AND a daughter at Aldershot.

“This gives her a unique perspective that most of us do not have. She also has extensive experience sitting on different committees and is used to working with others to find solutions to complicated issues.

“As a group we wanted to choose the person who was best qualified and could work well under the pressure of being on a committee like this. Marianne is very well spoken and more than capable of sharing our concerns clearly and thoughtfully. As a parent of a student at our school she qualifies to be a member on the PAR just like any other Central parent.

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Politicians kick off the holiday Season.

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

December 1st, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It’s kick off time for the holiday season!

indoora-skating-partyExpect politicians of every stripe to invite you to share the Season with them. First out of the gate is Indira Naidoo-Harris who has asked her constituents to join her for an afternoon of fun and excitement at her third Annual Holiday Skating Party on Saturday, December 10th.

The party starts at 12:30pm and runs until 2:20pm, at Milton Memorial Arena (77 Thompson Road South, Milton ON). Those who live in the northern part of the city get represented provincially by the Member for the Milton riding; they are sort of a political orphan.

While not related to the holiday season – it is interesting to note that both the Milton and the Burlington members of the provincial legislature are both members of the provincial cabinet.

No word yet on what the other federal and provincial politicians have planned for us.

Burlington will hold its holiday event starting at Civic Square where the Christmas tree will be lit – hopefully the Hydro crew will be able to make it work this year – something went wrong with the switch last year.

The Downtown Business Association used to support this effort financially - they had to cut back - Burlington Hydro took up the slack. So what is is that BDBA does for their members?

The holiday season decorations in Spence Smith Park are close to a must – Hydro does a superb job and seem to come up with new features every year.

Burgers galore from The Works will be handed out – hot chocolate and then the traditional tour through the city with participants will singing Carols.

We got a light sprinkle of rain last year – might have the same thing this year – but the event is a good way to spend an evening. A delightful number of people show up for the event

You won’t want to miss this great event!

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A light drizzle of rain last year didn’t deter several hundred people showing up for the lighting of the Christmas tree at Civic Square and the Carol stroll through the streets of the city.

The Carol Stroll Friday night is followed by the Santa Claus parade on Sunday.

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Performing Arts Centre holding a Black Friday sale - 25% off!

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By Staff
November 22, 2016
BURLINGTON, ON

Is this a wickedly smart promotional tactic or are seat sales down so badly that something had to be done to boost sales.

Whichever, – it sounds like a good deal – you might want to take them up on it.

This Friday use promo code 25on25 to
receive 25% OFF regular tickets
for the following performances:

Quinn Sullivan – November 30
The Nutcracker – December 7 & 8
Maceo Parker – December 10
A Christmas Carol – December 22 & 23
Form Contemporary Dance – January 14
Lee Ann Womack – January 14
Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera – January 19-21
Fernando Varela – January 28
Rant Maggie Rant – February 2
Stewart Goodyear – February 3
Western Swing Authority- February 4
Receiver of Wreck – February 9-11
Robert Dubac’s The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? – February 11
African Guitar Summit – February 16
Sarah MacDougall – February 17
Diana Panton – February 18
Whitehorse – February 21
Infinity – February 23-25
Balé Folclórico Da Bahia – March 2
Eliana Cuevas – March 4
Larry Carlton – March 9
Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble – March 10
Stephen Fearing – March 22
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre – March 27
Shaolin Warriors – April 10
Morgan James – April 13
Johannes Linstead – April 26
Confessions of a Red Headed Coffeeshop Girl – May 4-6
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal – May 4

Offer valid on regular price tickets only on November 25, 2016. This offer does not apply to Youth or Child pricing. Cannot be combined with any other promotion or be applied to previous purchases. Offer only applies to performances listed above. No refunds or exchanges.graphic04

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The True Cost - an eye opener of a film.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

November 23, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Thursday evening, November 24th, BurlingtonGreen, in partnership with Burlington Central Library and Halton Green Screens, will present the fifth acclaimed film of their 2016 Eco-Film Festival series, The True Cost.

This documentary tells the story of the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the clothing industry has on our world. The links between declining clothing prices and increasing human and environmental impact are forged as the audience gets a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. The True Cost is a revealing film that compels us to ask, “who really pays the price for our clothing?”

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If the price is right – what is the true cost?

All areas of the industry are explored and exposed, from production of raw materials, to manufact-uring, to international shipping and retail networks, to the ultimate disposal of massive quantities of clothes. In particular, the film examines the damaging effects of “fast fashion”.

Similar to many other environmental realities facing our planet, the clothing industry follows the pattern of exploitation of people and the environment in the developing world, in order to feed the insatiable appetites of those in the developed world. This film project was initiated by people within the clothing and fashion industry itself, who have witnessed the grim reality of the situation firsthand.

In attendance during this film screening will be Kale Black of BurlingtonGreen, who will briefly share with the audience how he makes a positive difference through the informed purchasing choices he makes.
For those who make the time to see the film – it will be an eye opener. Unfortunately, the people who need to see the film are probably not going to be there.

The film trailer.

When: Thursday, November 24, 2016. Doors open at 6:30 pm with film beginning at 7 pm.
Where: Centennial Hall, Burlington Central Library, 2331 New Street.
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Transit routes 3 and 5 detours Saturday Nov. 26, 2016

notices100x100By Staff

November 23, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

santa_400x300The Santa 5k Race will be taking place in downtown Burlington on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 requiring some street closures from 7 to 11 a.m.

Routes 3 and 5 will be temporarily detoured in the area.

For real-time transit information and to plan your trip please use Trip Planner or call 905-639-0550.

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Short film to get commercial showing at Cine Starz - Holton gets a bit if a break.

News 100 redBy Staff

November 22, 2106

BURLINGTON, ON

 

She has made it to the big screen!

Well – in a manner of speaking.

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Margaret Lindsay Holton

Margaret Lindsay Holton took her latest film to the public last September and got a more than polite response.

It was a short film with all the production problems that every film bumps into – they are just tougher to manage when the budget is shorter than the film.

But it was produced and then what? The best that happens to most of thy get sown at small film festivals where everyone says something polite and he artist goes looking for money for the next production.

Holton however is persistent if nothing else. She convinced the people at CineStarz to show her film in a commercial setting. People are going to have to pay to see the film just the way they would pay to see any other film.

This is a limited engagement – the CineStarz people may have required Holton to guarantee a limited number of ticket sales.

Frozen Goose coverIt’s an interesting film, poignant, funny in a Canadian way at times. Hopefully Holton will get the word out to every high school student studying film to attend – it is worth seeing as a nice piece of works that touches on a significant issue.

Holton refer to the event as a “Very Special ‘ONE-TIME’ Canadian THEATRICAL RELEASE at :

Cinestarz, 460 Brant Street, (Downtown Burlington) on December 18th, at 3 o’clock.

The Frozen Goose is based on a short story of the same title written by M.L.Holton, published by Seraphim Books.

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Pam's buying! MP for Oakville North Burlington is going to pony up for the coffee.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

November 21, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Pam’s buying!

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Pam Damoff, MP for Oakville Burlington North with her coffee crowd. Damoff is the person on the left offering a small smile.

 

The Member of Parliament for Oakville North-Burlington has invited residents to drop by for a chat at the Tim Hortons on the Northeast corner of Dundas and Appleby in Burlington on Friday, November 25 from 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

She wants to meet her constituents and hear about what issues or concerns are on their minds. Grab a coffee and join the conversation!

She will also be giving you some tips on how to influence what the Minister of Finance puts into the 2017 Budget.

Damoff wants you “to join the conversation about how we can make the economy work for you and your family. As we build on our momentum to grow the middle class and position Canada for the global economy of tomorrow, it is your insights which will shape our vision for Budget 2017.”

You can provide feedback to the Minister of Finance for the 2017 Budget by the end of November though his online consultations.

Here’s the online link to the budget consultations:  https://budget-lebudget.ca/

All ideas are welcome which is comforting to hear.

Personally we think the free coffee is the better idea. You will actually get something.

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On-line question and answer session about high school closings this evening at 7 pm.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

November 21, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton District School Board will be holding their public Question and Answer session Monday night on-line at 7 pm.

The protocol is set out on the Board’s web site. It isn’t easy to find – the Gazette will endeavour to get the exact url to log in.

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Director of Education Stuart Miller addressing parents at Central high school.

HDSB Director of Education Stuart Miller made a presentation at every high school – some were very poorly attended. He is now holding an on-line Question and Answer session to answer questions.

The staff recommendation is to close both Central and Pearson high schools.– that is just a recommendation
The provincial government rules for closing a school require that the Board produce a report which they did.

They were not required to provide a recommendation, however they did.

The decision as to what is eventually done is made by the school board trustees.

Going forward the Board will take questions regarding this Program and Accommodation Review; send them via email to: BurlSSPAR@hdsb.ca.

The process to close a school is long and involved. Here are the steps that will be taken. Remember – it is the school board trustees that will make the final decision.

Formation and orientation of Program and Accommodation Review Committee (PARC)
December 1, 2016 –m This will be a closed meeting

Public Meeting #1
December 8, 2016

PARC Working Meeting #1
January 26, 2017

PARC Working Meeting #2
February 2, 2017

PARC Working Meeting #3
February 9, 2017

Public Meeting #2
March 2, 2017

PARC Working Meeting #4
March 23, 2017

Director’s Report to Committee of the Whole
March 29, 2017

Public Delegation Night
April 18, 2017
J.W. Singleton Education Centre
2050 Guelph Line

Presentation of Report to Board of Trustees for Decision
May 17, 2017

What many people do not realize is that every high school in Burlington anywhere near that 65 utilization number at risk. Hayden high school is not at risk – the place has only be operational for three years.
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The parents at Central High School have been working diligently at doing everything they can to ensure their school is not closed.

The community based team is now leading the effort to Save Central. The group has a leadership and strategy team and a data team as well. They have a web site and a twitter account.

#centralstrong
https://centralstrong.ca

t-shirts-central-strongT-shirts and lawn signs are part of the campaign. Central has been down this road before.  Their spokesperson said they have an excellent process and structure in place.

And they have a long list of questions they want to ask the Director of Education. Here are some of those questions:

At the meetings where the Director spoke he assured the public that expenses would not drive the decision it would be equitable opportunity for all students , can the board outline what goes into determination of equitable , is it course offerings, student success, or other things, what exactly is considered ?

What is the point in having a PAR Committee that can’t hear opinions from the relevant schools, doesn’t hear from the Trustees of the relevant schools and won’t allow the Committee to make recommendations at the end?
Why did you not consider alternate options prior to engaging in the PAR? There is nothing in the Report to indicate this was done, as required by the Ministry guidelines.

Why are teachers not allowed to talk about this or have opinions? This does a disservice to both them and their students who naturally want to talk to them about it

Why did the board spend nothing on maintaining older schools for years, and remove students from Pearson only to put them at Hayden which caused the overcrowding? It appears this was all done so that Pearson and Central could be targeted for closure

central-save-street-signWhy do you keep saying 1200 is an optimal number of students in a high school? This is only optimal based on dollars and cents. It is widely recognized in multiple studies that optimal numbers are actually in the 600-900 range. Where is your data to support this number?

The report does not state why Option 19 was recommended in comparison to other options and alternatives. Simply saying “we think this is the best option at this time” means nothing. Why was it the best option at the time?

Why in Option #4 would you say you could move the IB program from Pearson to Nelson which would then have Nelson’s utilization at 113%? Why would you not move it to Central or Pearson?

front-page-web-siteIt should be an interesting hour and a half of community engagement.

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RBG hosting a Fest of Ales December 8th - from 6:00 pm until they are done. Sounds ominous.

Event 100By Staff

November 20, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

Not sure an evening enjoying craft beers is the “best way possible” to help kick off the holiday season – there is something else we are celebrating.

Nevertheless, the RBG’s Fest-of-Ales returns for its second craft beer event- Thursday, December 8 from 6 until they are done!

rbg-fest-of-alesThis year includes DJs, breweries, food stations, a cash bar for those wanting libations other than beer, and a mocktail station for our important DDs!

The vendors include Collective Arts Brewing, The Hamilton Brewery, Big Rock Brewery Inc, Muskoka Brewery, Shawn & Ed Brewing Co, Nickel Brook Brewery, Four Fathers Brewing Co., Clifford Brewing Co, Silversmith Brewing Company & the infamous Beaus Brewery! + more to come

Food Stations will be offering Poppers! Sliders! Dips! Snacks! Enough for the meat and veg lovers alike!

Prices: Advance tickets: $35 – includes Fest-of-Ales mug and 5 craft beer tokens. Tickets are $40 the night-of.
Designated driver ticket: $10 (no alcohol can be consumed with this ticket and you must be age 19+)

Thursday, December 8 from 6 until they are done. Sounds ominous.

Tickets available on line

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BTTB going to the Rose Bowl parade in 2018 - 5th time they have earned this honour.

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November 17, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Teen Tour Band has been selected to take part in the January 1st, 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade!! There is no better way to end of the band’s 70th Anniversary year then to be selected as a Rose Bowl Band!

BTTB - O canadaThis is a biggie – an accomplishment that very few bands are ever given the opportunity to participant in. This will be the 5th time the BTTB has been given this honour so even in our own history a very small number of band members have been a part of an achievement of this magnitude!

It may seem like a far way off…it is not! The Band has a lot to accomplish between now and the

They need to recruit at least 40 more members. The band has to be a minimum of 200 members.

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The stadium where the American football classic is played.

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A part of the Rose Bowl parade – one of the best in the United States.

Expect a knock on the door – they will be out fund raising, Dedication and commitment on the part of the band members – to attend all performances and rehearsals as they prepare for this 5.5 mile parade.

The Rose Bowl – an American football classic takes place in Pasadena California.

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Fill the streets with the Ho Ho Ho people! Saturday the 26th.

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November 17, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They are going to do it again – they do it every year.

santa_400x300More Ho Ho Ho guys and gals that you would expect to see anywhere.

Burlington apparently puts more of the Ho Ho Ho’s on the street than any other Santa 5K run

This year the event is on Saturday November 26.

The route being run and details are set out below.

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Director of Education to hold a live Q&A on-line Monday the 21st.

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

November 17th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The closing of a high school is significant and disruptive.

The Director of Education wants to give the public every opportunity to be informed and ask questions.
Burlington has seven high schools where there are 1800+ empty seats – and that isn’t, as Director of Education Stuart Miller points out is not sustainable.

To add to the situation – Burlington has a high school that is at 115% of capacity and has had to add portables – for a school that was opened three years ago.

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Director of Education Stuart Miller preparing to talk to Central high school parents.

The high school capacity in Burlington is south of the QEW – the population is north of that line.
Something had to be done to fix this imbalance. The Board of Education staff put forward a recommendation – one of 19 different possible recommendations to close Central and Pearson high schools.

While not required to get out into the community and explain the full story – some school boards pass the task along to the trustees and let them deal with the mess – Miller decided to hold at meeting at every high school and pass along to them the information he has.

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One of the five people in the picture is the high school principal. Parent participation was dismal.

Some of those meetings were very well attended – others, sparse would be being polite. The parents just didn’t show up at Bateman high school which is a school that is very much at risk. That it wasn’t the staff recommendation doesn’t save Bateman. It is the trustees that will make the decision and there were 19 recommendations – and Bateman has a low and falling registration.

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Amy Collard, school board trustee for the ward Bateman high school is in attended the sparsely attended meeting.

With Nelson high school just a couple of km away – Bateman parents want to listen up – carefully.

Miller has decided to go one step further and hold an on line Q&A on Monday, November 21st between 7:00 and 8:30 pm

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Lettuce Love a Pure Love Smoothie - and at 50% off - why not?

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November 17th, 2016

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Does Social Media work?

Donald Trump certainly believes it does – look where it got him.

The good folks at Lettuce Love Café are using social media to announce their Pure Love Smoothie Bar and the 50% off all day on November 25th when they hold their Grand Opening.

lettuce-love-smoothies-posterSocial media is one of the ways commercial operations avoid having to pay for advertising. The Gazette, and every other on line media gets hundreds of pitches a week from public relations people asking us to give them a mention. Some of them are important enough from a public interest point of view to get coverage.

Others are just great examples of how interesting graphics and an innovative idea get attention. Here is what the Lettuce Love Café people put together in the way of graphics.

It caught our attention.lettuce-love-yoga

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