MoonGlade was an outstanding success - 17 installations that saw more than 3500 visitors during a four hour show event.

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 19, 2016


It went well, it went very well.

The MoonGlade event put on by No Vacancy in partnership with the Art Gallery of Burlington was a huge improvement over the event last year. Shows what a curated event can be.

When Denis Longchamps, Chief Curator, added his skill set to No Vacancy’s organizational talents the city ended up with an event that can only grow. We are all winners with this one.


The tunnel portion of Kune Hua’s installation

It is an event Burlingtonians are going to have to grow into. Among the 17 “installations” pieces the one put on by Kune Hua was by far the most popular. While it wasn’t “art” per se, it certainly attracted a lot of people.

There was a line up outside the installation even though most people didn’t know what it was until they got inside and had a conversation with Kune who talked to everyone who passed through.


Part of the Kune Hua installation consisted of a number of tents set up – people went in and just talked to the person inside. About what? We didn’t ask – hundreds lined up.

It was described by one arts professional as something that was more philosophical than installation art – but it appealed to people.

Kune was on a high when the event came to a close; he sent a thank you out to all those involved and said:  “What an incredible night! 🌸🌝 Feeling so much love 💗 and the light ✨ was certainly bright tonight. The LOVE garden was in full bloom and hundreds of people picked up the fragrance. Thank you so so much to everyone who helped make this happen from creating it, supporting it and experiencing it! It truly was a magical night.”

Jim Riley was given the space he needed for his visual installation.

One person who attended said the Art Gallery had probably never seen this many people in the place at one time before.

An added bonus for the people who went to take part in MoonGlade was the “stitched art” exhibit that was on at the same time. Unfortunately many, if not most people didn’t realize that the work was unique and one of the best shows of stitching, which is an offshoot of quilting, that will be seen in this province.

Kelly Bruton of Newfoundland had an excellent installation that called for some interaction to be fully appreciated.


Shevon Madden’s installation.

Shevnon Madden’s installation of a wire sculpture of a horse head with all the musculature of the neck clearly delineated was quite stunning. Her visual and vocal commentary made a telling point on how we train animals.

Longchamps wanted a much more hands on approach and art that was both interactive and made a social comment. For the most part he got much of what he wanted.

What was missing was public interaction.


The Deconstruction table – created by Kelly Bruton

Kelly Bruton had difficulty getting people to spend any time at either her destruct or reconstruct tables. The object was cut up T-shirts into strips of cloth and use the strips to make rugs.


The reconstruction table.

What we noticed was that people flitted from one installation to another and didn’t quite know what to do when they got there.

The exception was the Kune Hua installation. No one was able to say quit why it worked – just that it did. And that can be said for everything about MoonGlade.


It was mediation and music – which is what many wanted.

The Beer Garden went well; the Food Trucks met the need and the music was just fine.

Look for this event to be repeated next year. Kune Hua hasn’t a clue as to what he will do for a repeat. He has a full year to think that through.

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Reuse Centre closes after 25 years of service to the community. Everything on th premises is now free - yours for the taking.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 15, 2106



After nearly 25 years in business, the Reuse Centre is closing its doors for good. As the final day approaches, the Reuse Centre urges the public to visit their one-stop shop and take away whatever they can carry – free!

For the past eight weeks, the community has done their part by taking home a significant amount of inventory.

Now, the Reuse Centre invites anyone and everyone from the surrounding area to help clear out the final stock.

reuse-closing-signAny and all remaining items at the Centre are FREE. Shoppers are encouraged to come and take whatever they can carry – Reuse Centre volunteers are also happy to lend a hand or two! There are still plenty of household goods available as well as some Christmas merchandise.

If you’re a bargain hunter, do-it-yourself home renovator, shabby chic enthusiast, crafting connoisseur, repurposed furniture maker, fashion designer, or collector of unique antiquities, do not miss your chance to score FREE supplies for your projects and collections before the Reuse Centre closes on Friday, September 30, 2016.

Business owners and developers are also urged to take advantage of the remaining fixtures, which include a cash register and store shelving.

The Reuse Centre and its many dedicated volunteers would also like to take this opportunity to thank the community for their continued support and enthusiasm for waste reduction.

The Reuse Centre is open Wednesday through Friday, from noon until 4pm, Saturdays 10am until 5pm and Sundays noon to 4pm.

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Freeman, Freeman, Freeman: They need your help; September 10th. 17th or 24th - all three if you can.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 5th, 2016


There is an event in this city that takes place once we are into the fall season – we show off – or rather we show our stuff.

This year, the general public will have an opportunity to see what a group of very dedicated volunteers have done with a railway station that is an important part of the city’s history – a structure that sat on cribbing and was about to be demolished and sold for kindling.

A hearty band of volunteers fought city council’s shameful inertia and found a home for the station and began the process of renovating and refurbishing the structure.

Freeman - west side inside wall

Allan Harrington with a paint brush – an upgrade form his profession as a “bean counter” on th left. The station Master’s office and the ticket wicket on the right.

October 1st is Open House for a number of locations in the city. For Freeman Station it is the first time the public is going to be able to walk through the place and see what a local train station looked like in the very early 1900’s

They are doing a superb job – but it isn’t completed. They face two challenges – 1: to be ready for their Open House and 2: to begin to close the structure in before the cold weather sets in – all the signs are that we are going to have a beaut of a winter.

Sitting on some "cribbing" with a sign badl in need of several coats of paint, the Freeman Station gets ready for its big move.

Sitting on some “cribbing” with a sign badly in need of several coats of paint, the Freeman Station days before it was moved to its new home.

Can you help out?
They need help to clean up the baggage room and portico, to install wood siding on the back outside walls, painting both outside and inside, as well as many other jobs to get the station ready for winter and Doors Open on October 1st. Everyone at the Freeman station is a volunteer and we really could use your help.

Volunteer Work Days, September 10th, 17th and 24th

We need your help even if you are only available for a few hours with only one month before Doors Open and we want to put our best foot forward. Come on out and help us get ready, work on the station, our artifacts, and a myriad of smaller tasks to get ready for Doors Open Burlington on October 1st. Bring work gloves and wear old clothes.

Freeman - view from the south - volunteers needed

Looks a lot better today than it day 18 months ago – but it isn’t ready yet for public viewing – help out of out can.

To alert us to your skills, please email to let us know that you are coming.

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Electoral reform is complex - but it is vital if we are to make the will of the people the law of the land. It is your government; you pay for it - be part of the process of getting it right.

Burlington’s Member of Parliament,  Karina Gould, will be leading a public consultation on Electoral Reform at the Mainway Recreation centre in the auditorium on Saturday September 10th at 12:30.

She wants to hear what her community has to say about the changes Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to deliver in the way of electoral reform. During the election campaign Trudeau said that election was the last that would be run under the First Past the Post (FPTP) process Canada has been using since Confederation. What we choose to use as an election process is now a question the public needs to answer.

backgrounder 100By Jay Fallis

September 1, 2016


This is the 3rd of a 3 part series on electoral reform.

I have explained the First Past the Post (FPTP) system of electing the members of the House of Commons that we use today.

I explained Mixed Member Proportional system, or MMP.


In this system, MMP,  each voter receives two ballots. One is used to select the local candidate of their choice, while the other is used to select the party of their choice. The ballots selecting the local candidate are tallied up in each riding, and the candidate with the most votes wins. This is the same in our current system, except that constituencies would be bigger.

With MMP, once the candidate for the constituency is decided, the ballots, which indicate party preference, are tallied and the popular support of each party is determined.

The MMP process  distributes a percentage of the seats to each political party based on the percentage of the vote they got; the problem for many people is who, which person, would sit in that seat?  Would the political party give the seat to one of its members?

In this article I am going to cover two other possible electoral systems. The first is called Alternative Vote (AV); the second is called the ABC approach to electing people to our House of Commons.

Under Alternate Vote, a voter continues to vote for their local candidates. However, instead of selecting a single candidate with an X, voters order each of the candidates 1-2-3 etc., from their most preferred selection to their least preferred.

When first place selections are counted, a candidate with more than 50% of the popular vote wins. If however no candidate receives more than 50%, then the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated. The ballots that selected the last place candidate are redistributed using the second selections. This process continues until one candidate receives more than 50% support.

Voters going in door

Voter turnout has often been low for the past decade; many people feel the current method of electing members to the House of Commons results in an un-representative form of government.

Although this system maintains regional representation as it exists under our current system and allows voters to cast a more accurate ballot, this system has its problems. There is a significant chance it would be advantageous for the Liberal party, as voters on each side of the ideological spectrum have a tendency to select Liberal as their second choice. This could allow Liberal candidates to win in tight ridings more often than not.

Furthermore the method for counting is complex. It would either require days to count by hand or require electronic counting systems. Either method ensures a high probability for error and would be expensive.

Finally, this system would be detrimental for independent candidates and smaller parties. Currently, it is difficult for these candidates and parties to win seats. However, introducing this system would make their advancement even more difficult. This seems unfair when considering that there can be strong independent candidates and viable small parties.

There is another approach – it is referred to as ABC – Alternative Borda Count; developed by French mathematician Charles de Borda.

It is described as easy as ABC (Alternative Borda Count). In this system voters are able to make up to 3 selections: a first, second, and third choice. If voters wish, they can choose to select only a first and second choice, or only a first choice. Each first choice selection is worth 4 points, each second choice selection worth 2 points, and each third choice selection worth 1 point. When the points are tallied and the local candidate with the most points wins.

Flag at house of commons

Members of the House of Commons have been determined by First Past the Post elections since confederation. The current government has determined it is time for a change.

Although this system does not guarantee perfect representation of votes to seats in the legislature it does represent an obvious improvement from Alternative Vote.

The first advantage is that this system is simple when compared to Alternative Vote. The calculation method and ballot can easily be explained to voters. Additionally, counting can be done relatively efficiently by hand and results could be posted on election night without the use of electronic counting.

This system maintains our country’s current regional representation. All ridings would remain as they are. However, in order to win ridings, candidates would require support from approximately 70 to 80% of the riding’s population. This is much higher than Alternative Vote which would often produce winners with just over 50% of support.

As for independent candidates and smaller parties, this system encourages their advancement. If a candidate or party receives few first place selections, but many 2nd and 3rd place selections they still have some opportunity to win. This will not mean the advancement of many, but it would mean that more independents and small party candidates have the opportunity to win.

Finally, this is a system that has the capability to be popular amongst Canadians. Although it has yet to attract the attention of reform advocates, a preliminary study has shown very high support for the system amongst the voting public. The study I refer to is a paper I did while earning my Master’s degree at the University of Toronto.

Not only does it attract those who support reform, it also attracts many who don’t, because it is simple and offers them the ability to vote as they do under the current system (by choosing to make only a first selection).

ABC is a system that meets many different needs and has the potential to bring about positive change to Canada’s political system when compared to Alternative Vote. To learn more about the ABC system or sign the petition you can go to:

I have given readers a quick overview of the different systems that are being considered.  The government is now asking Canadians which system they would like to see.  It’s an important decision – make a point of getting out to the public meetings and do some research.


CBC ran a very interesting piece – worth reading.

First of the 3 part series

Second of the 3 part series

Jay Fallis Bio PicJay Fallis is a graduate of the University of Toronto where he earned a Master’s Degree that focused on electoral reform.

He writes a column for a daily newspaper in Ontario, the Orillia Packet and Times,


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Barrie takes lead over Toronto in the IBL best out of seven championship series.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

August 31, 2016


The Barrie Baycats gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a taste of their own medicine to start the Intercounty Baseball League final.

Barrie scored three runs in the top of the eighth to beat Toronto 4-3 Tuesday night. The Baycats lead the best-of-seven series 1-0.

Baseball - player at bat with lights

The biggest part of the IBL championship games in the evenings will be under the lights – the crack of the bat will still sound the same.

It looked like Toronto was going to steal the opener on the road, but the Leafs, who made a habit of comebacks against London in their seven-game semi-final victory, couldn’t hold on against the defending Dominico Trophy winners.

Barrie’s Jordan Castaldo hit a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth for the decisive blow. Castaldo also singled and scored on Kevin Atkinson’s double in the fourth, which gave the Baycats a 1-0 lead.
Kyle DeGrace singled twice and scored once.

Jaspreet Shergill (1-0) earned the win, throwing a scoreless inning of one-hit ball without striking out or walking a batter. Adam Hawes picked up his first save of the playoffs, stranding runners on first and second with a strikeout and flyout to end the game.

Barrie starter Emilis Guerrero went seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, striking out six and walking one.
For Toronto, Justin Marra’s two-run home run highlighted the Leafs’ three-run sixth inning. Jon Waltenbury added a single and RBI, while Dan Marra and Brendan Keys each had two hits.

Brett van Pelt (2-2) took the loss, giving up three runs on two hits in an inning of relief, striking out one and walking one. Toronto starter Marek Deska allowed a run on six hits in seven innings with three strikeouts and a walk.

2016 IBL playoffs
Barrie Baycats vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

Barrie leads series 1-0

Game 1: Barrie 4, Toronto 3
Game 2: Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Toronto; 7:30 pm
Game 3: Saturday, Sept. 3 at Barrie; 7 pm
Game 4: Sunday, Sept. 4 at Toronto; 2 pm
Game 5: Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Barrie; 7:30 pm
* Game 6: Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Toronto; 7:30 pm
* Game 7: Thursday, Sept. 8 at Barrie; 7:30 pm*
* — If necessary


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Conservation Halton is going through a Metamorphosis and wants to hear from you - if you live north of Dundas - this will matter to you.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

August 31st, 2015



The Conservation Authority is going through a change – they are calling it a metamorphosis which they define as a “biological process of transformation, differentiation and growth that many species go through as they transition from one life stage to the next.

Metamorphosis of the European Swallowtail (Papilio machaon), showing 3 instars: caterpillar, chrysalis and adult.

Metamorphosis – it is a concept that CAO Hassaan Basit takes seriously – he was responsible for communications and when the CAO job became available Hassaan Basit really wanted it – now that the desk is his – he is determined to make it work much differently. Time will tell how well he does.

That is a mouthful.

With a new CAO in place, Conservation Halton, now wants to hear from the public – they want feedback on their strategic plan which includes their Promise, Purpose, Ambition, Guiding Principles and Themes, that frame their priorities and commitment to the environment, communities and customers.

Tucked into that plan are the Key Objectives, Key Enablers and Key Service Targets. These are the changes that Conservation Halton wants to make as an organization and the goals that we will work toward.

They won’t get much in the way of disagreement on any of the above – what they are getting however is a wry look from a public that feels it was not  listened to during the reign of the previous CAO.

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.

Haasaam Basit Conservation Halton

Hassaan Basit, Chief Administrative Officer of Conservation Halton.

Hassaan Basit wants to transform Conservation Halton. Vice chair John Vice sees it becoming “a modern organization known in the community for innovation, collaboration, efficiency and service delivery.” They want to position Conservation Halton to deliver effective natural resource management, ultimately leading to improved well-being of our communities.”

“A crucial part of this Metamorphosis is for us to listen to people we serve in the community and find out ideas and thoughts they may have on how we can achieve this transformation. This is why we have embarked on a multi-faceted public engagement between now and the end of September where we hope to connect with people in different ways,” John Vice continues.

The planned public engagement give significant depth to the phrase “multi-faceted public engagement”; there is hardly a base they don’t cover.

Creeks map

What happens to the watershed in Burlington is job #1 for the Conservation Authority. There are 16 creeks that the Authority keeps a constant eye on – daily.

“Owing to our unique position and technical expertise in local watershed science, conservation authorities play a critical role in helping achieve a number of provincial and municipal goals and objectives related to natural resource management, preserving natural and cultural assets, green infrastructure, sustainability and climate change,” says Hassaan Basit, Chief Administrative Officer of Conservation Halton. “As we mark our 60th anniversary later this year and look back at the role conservation authorities have played in the province, it is a reminder of the need to constantly evolve.”

“Conservation authorities respond to natural resource management needs and challenges, even when they change, evolve and intensify, as they have since the Conservation Authorities Act was created. We anticipate that these needs and challenges will continue to change over time, so we must have the strategic agility to continue to adapt,” Hassaan Basit continues.

There are five ways for people to engage with Conservation Halton on Metamorphosis.

1. Attend a Public Open House

The Conservation Authority will be hosting two open houses, where members of the community will have the opportunity to learn more about our strategic directions, comment on our strategic priorities and share ideas for initiatives. Community members interested in attending one or both of the public open houses are asked to register here.

Tuesday September 13
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Conservation Halton Office
2596 Britannia Road, Burlington

Saturday, September 17
10:00 – 12:00 PM
Crawford Lake Longhouse
3115 Conservation Road, Milton

2. Have Your Say in a Survey

We have also created a series of short surveys, which we hope will help us understand the issues that are most important to our community and collect ideas for initiatives regarding these issues. The four survey areas are Sustainable Communities, Environmental Conservation, Climate Change and Outdoor Recreation. Each survey should only take a couple of minutes and responses will be used to shape many of our priorities and efforts. The surveys can be found here.

3. #chlistens on Facebook and Twitter

There will also be many opportunities to engage with us on social media. We will be hosting three open thread discussions on Facebook on September 9, 16 and 23 at 2:00 PM and two live chats on Twitter on September 21 and 28 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Look out for the #chlistens hashtag and tune in to chat with us about conservation, climate change and sustainability.

4. Share Your Lunch and #tableyourthoughts

Keep an eye out in the parks for our bright, painted picnic tables! Each picnic table has two chalkboards with the phrase “Conservation to me is…” written on them and park visitors are encouraged to complete the sentence, take a photo of their response and share it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #tableyourthoughts. It is our hope that this campaign will inspire real conversations around environmental conservation, climate change, sustainable communities and outdoor recreation.

5. Email Us

Comments can also be sent to with “Metamorphosis” as the subject line.

Conservation Halton sign - angle

Tucked away in a building that needs some serious upgrades – the staff work at monitoring the watersheds – all 16 of them – and running an extensive educational program and at the same time working at developing the tourism potential of some of the their properties.

Conservation Halton staff will also be meeting with key community stakeholders, including our municipal partners, environmental organizations, recreational groups, builders, developers and other members of the business community, in the coming weeks.
For those who live north of Dundas and tried to get permits to do some work on their property all this is close to exciting. The proof of course is in the pudding – but it does look pretty enticing.

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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InterCounty Baseall League championship games will be between Toronto Maple Leafs and the Barrie Baycats

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

August 30th, 2016



The Intercounty Baseball League today announced the schedule for the 2016 championship final series between the defending champion Barrie Baycats and Toronto Maple Leafs. Barrie finished the regular season in third place while Toronto finished fifth.

Barrie won the season series between the two teams, 5-1.

Baycats player sportsIBL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES FOR THE DOMINICO TROPHY (Best of Seven Series)

GAME 1 – Tuesday August 30 at Barrie 7:30 pm
GAME 2 – Wednesday August 31 at Toronto 7:30 pm
GAME 3 – Saturday September 3 at Barrie 7 pm
GAME 4 – Sunday September 4 at Toronto 2 pm
GAME 5 – Tuesday September 6 at Barrie 7:30 pm
* GAME 6 – Wednesday September 7 at Toronto 7:30 pm
* GAME 7 – Thursday September 8 at Barrie 7:30 pm*
* If necessary

Don’t expect the Barrie Baycats to take the championship for the third consecutive year – they are up against the Toronto Maple Leafs – THE scrappiest team in the league this year. They do not go down easily.

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City hall closed - parking is free and and you can end the weekend at Rib Fest; it will be the Labour Day weekend.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 30th, 2016



By gosh and by golly there is another paid holiday coming up for all of us – and that includes those tireless workers at city hall.

A number of the city’s administrative services will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 for the Civic Holiday.

City hall - older pic

There might be a couple of very conscientious bureaucrats putting in a couple of hours during the holiday weekend – there are more of them you think.

City Hall: Will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, reopening on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

Parks and Recreation Programs and Facilities: Activities and customer service hours at city pools, arenas and community centres vary over the holiday weekend. Please visit for a complete listing of weekend drop-in program times and for hours at customer service locations.

Burlington Transit and Handi-Van: On Monday, Sept. 5, Burlington Transit will operate a holiday service and the downtown Transit Terminal will be closed. Regular service resumes Tuesday, Sept. 6. The administration offices are closed on Monday, Sept. 5 and will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 6. Call 905-639-0550 or visit for schedule information.

Roads and Parks Maintenance: The administrative office will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, and will reopen on Monday, Sept. 6. Only emergency service will be provided.

Halton Court Services: Provincial Offences Courts in Milton and Burlington will be closed Monday, Sept. 5.

Parking: Free parking is available in the downtown core, on the street, municipal lots and the parking garage on weekends and holidays.

NOTE: The Waterfront parking lots (east and west) do not provide free parking on statutory holidays.


On the left – that is the Premier of our province flipping those Fearman’s ribs at a recent Rib Fest, she told a Gazette reporter that she also knows how to make an apple pie.

Rib Fest takes place get dates – make some time to chomp of those ribs and enjoy the day with friends.

getting new - yellow

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Burlington MP Karina Gould to hold a public meeting on how the government might change the way we vote.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

August 29, 2106



“We will make every vote count.” That was one of the election promises made when the country decided it had had enough of Stephen Harper and elected Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister.

“We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system”, he said

Trudeau Justin at the ballot box

Then Liberal leader Justin Trudeau drops his vote in the ballot box as his daughter Ella-Grace and son Xavier look on.

And added that: “We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting.”

“This committee will deliver its recommendations to Parliament. Within 18 months of forming government, we will introduce legislation to enact electoral reform.”

Gould - electoral reformAnd that is what is behind a community meeting Burlington Member of Parliament Karina Gould is holding on Saturday September 10th at the Mainway Recreation Centre in the auditorium beginning at 12:30 and running until 3:00 pm
The government created an all-party committee on electoral reform.

The Government’s main objective is to replace first-past-the-post with a system that will deliver better governments for all Canadians and asks the committee to focus on five key principles to get this done:

The link between voter intention and election results;

How to foster civility in politics and increase voter participation;

Steps to strengthen inclusiveness and accessibility;

Ways to safeguard the integrity of our voting system; and,

Taking into account local representation.

That is what the town hall meetings, which are being held across the country by at least all the Liberal Members of Parliament,  are going to be about.

This is complex stuff; rife with the potential for “unintended consequences”.

Elections are about power and the right to govern want gets done with the public purse.

Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, the Gazette will publish a three part series on what the issues are; what the opportunities are as a background to understanding of what the issues are.

What are the options?  In a series of articles Jay Fallis, a University of Toronto student who recently completed a Master’s degree in political science sets out some of the possible options.  His three part series will begin tomorrow.


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Mayor and Burlington Foundation partner to bring the next Mental Health talk to the community.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

August 24, 2016



In his first term of office as Mayor Rick Goldring came up with a number of very good ideas – his Inspire Burlington series was one of them.

On October 5th, the Mayor is partnering with the Burlington Foundation to present #SickNotWeak: Michael Landsberg Talks Mental Health at 7:30 p.m. at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Landsberg - mental healthMichael Landsberg is a Canadian media personality known for his work on TSN’s Off the Record and Naylor & Landsberg. His experience with depression led to the creation of #SickNotWeak, a not-for-profit organization that provides mental health education and support.

“We know from reports like Burlington Foundation’s Vital Signs and feedback from residents that mental health is an important issue in our community,” said Mayor Goldring. “Michael is someone living with depression who has an inspiring story to share. I invite residents of all ages to come to this evening of discussion, awareness and support.”

Burlington Foundation launched the Mental Wellness Alliance in 2014 with a focus on a Speaker Spotlight Series that aims to keep the conversation going about mental health and wellness, breaking down misperceptions and promoting healthy communities.

“As part of Burlington Foundation’s mental wellness leadership work, we know that reducing mental health stigma is a critical need in our community,” said Colleen Mulholland, President and CEO of Burlington Foundation. “We are thrilled to bring Michael to Burlington to draw even more attention to this important issue. Events like this one go a long way in encouraging people to have conversations around mental wellness.”

Landsberg’s presentation will be followed by an opportunity for questions from members of the audience.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Reserve a seat online at or, or call the Office of the Mayor at 905-335-7607.

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IBL - London begins their semi final series against Toronto while Barrie is beating Kitchener.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

August 18, 2016



The IBL semifinal between the first-place London Majors and fifth-place Toronto Maple Leafs is scheduled to begin Friday, Aug. 19 at Labatt Park in London.

IBL_Horizontal_LogoThe Majors haven’t played since sweeping Guelph on Aug. 9, while the Leafs are coming off a Game 7 win over Brantford in 10 innings on Wednesday night.

The semifinal schedule is as follows:

(1) London Majors vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs

Game 1: Friday, Aug. 19 at London; 7:35 p.m.
Game 2: Sunday, Aug. 21 at Toronto: 2 p.m.
Game 3: Tuesday, Aug 23 at London; 7:35 p.m.
Game 4: Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Toronto; 7:30 p.m.
Game 5: Friday, Aug. 26 at London; 7:35 p.m.
Game 6 and 7: TBD

The Barrie Baycats are playing against the Kitchener Panthers where the Baycats are up to games.

Prediction:  It will be London Majors against the Barrie Baycats with Barrie taking the prize.  We have been wrong before.

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Public getting noisy over planned lane re-configuration for New Street between Guelph and Walkers Line

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

August 18, 2016


A little less anxiety over the announcement that New Street traffic lanes are going to be re-configured from the two lanes each way to one lane each way, a centre turning lane and two buffered bike lanes on each side of the road would seem to be in order.

Road marking removal will take place starting August 22 to prepare the roads for lane-painting, which will begin on August 26. The road is expected to be ready on August 27.

Bike lanes - New street

Existing configuration on the left – planned configuration on the right.

Gazette commentators are getting themselves all wound up with some rather silly comments. Those rocket scientists have concluded the pilot project is going to be a traffic disaster.

New Street bike lanes - long pic

Extensive maps showing the possible options for bike lanes on New Street were on display at a public meeting in May at Bateman High school.

No one really knows how this pilot project is going to work. It will run for a year and the evidence will tell the transportation department if what they tried worked or didn’t work.

All these comment, some of them downright silly, add little to the discussion – wait for the results.

You can bet that the transportation people will be monitoring this very closely and reporting regularly to the city manager. The city manager will certainly keep council advised; maybe he will find a way to share the data the city collects with the taxpayers.
No one knows if the pilot will work – can we not wait for the evidence before jumping to conclusions?

One hopes that the members of council don’t fold on this one and pull the plug before there is a decent chance to see if it works.

Here is a sampling of the comments that have come in – and it isn’t over.

“Utterly incredible and unbelievable! At a time when this City faces major problems with transportation gridlock a major east-west thoroughfare gets cut to one lane in each direction. Get behind a school or city bus and your commute will be extended significantly.”

“Shame on this Council for their lack of perspective, and shame on our Mayor for lacking the leadership and the guts to stand up to the bicycle lobby at City Hall who are intent on pursuing their agenda despite widespread community opposition. Kudos to Councillor Sharman for being the sole voice of reason, logic and common sense on this pathetic Council.”

“Wonderful- no more bikes in the car lanes! Now the bikes have more options finally- Burlington bike paths, Burlington sidewalks and the new bike lanes! Looking forward to improved snow removal and synchronized lights for bike safety. Next- running lanes? Shake your heads! Check out where the bike lanes are in Amsterdam”

“What on earth are they thinking????? The congestion at rush hour will be crazy. We already can’t move in Burlington, they keep building and building. Would like to see the study plan for this. Lakeshore does not work either by the way. Lived in Burlington my whole life, time to move.”

“It is finally now official, this is a City being run by incompetent Councillors and staff. They should all hang there head in shame.”

“Unbelievable! A main corridor being reduced. I understand Burlington’s obsessiveness but to take a full lane divide in 2, well it is an attraction for cyclists to run 5 or 6 abreast. Afterall, they run 2 and 3+ currently.”

Related article:In May

New Street to be narrowed.


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Leafs rally to win Game 7 over Red Sox; move on to play London Majors in the IBL semi-finals

sportsred 100x100By Staff

August 17th, 2016



After several rain game cancellations the Toronto Leafs rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning and scored twice in the top of the 10th to beat the Brantford Red Sox 4-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 of their best-of-seven quarter-final at Arnold Anderson Stadium.

IBL_Horizontal_LogoThey had to grind to win the series – but that they did and they now go on to play the London Majors.

Toronto also scored both of its runs in extra innings with two out, as Sean Mattson singled home Jon Waltenbury, and Marra scored on a passed ball.

Mike Wagner picked up his second win of the series, going four scoreless innings in relief and scattering two hits with a pair of walks and three strikeouts. Marek Deska started and went four innings, allowing two hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

For Brantford, Nic Burdett and Josh McCurdy hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the Red Sox’s two-run sixth inning. Ricky Murray added a single and double.

Jonathan Joseph (1-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on two hits in an inning, with a walk and two strikeouts. Starter Nathan Forer went 6.1 innings, allowing two hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

In the other semi final playoff game the Barrie Baycats blew the Kitchener right out of the water with their 2-0 win.
Adam Rowe threw a complete-game shutout to lead the Baycats to a win in game 2 of the best of seven series.

Rowe (2-0) threw a 114 pitches and scattered seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts.

Kyle DeGrace had the lone RBI as the Baycats mustered just five singles against Panthers starter Noelvis Entenza.
Entenza (1-1) went 6.1 innings and allowed two unearned runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

Frank Camilo Morejon had two of the Panthers’ seven hits, while Mike Andrulis and Ryan Douse each doubled.

2016 IBL playoffs
(2) Kitchener Panthers vs. (3) Barrie Baycats
Barrie leads series 2-0
Game 1: Barrie 8, Kitchener 1
Game 2: Barrie 2, Kitchener 0
Game 3: Thursday, Aug. 18 at Kitchener; 7:30 p.m.
Game 4: Saturday, Aug. 20 at Barrie; 7 p.m.
* Game 5: Sunday, Aug. 21 at Kitchener; 7 p.m.
* Game 6: Tuesday, Aug. 23 at Barrie; 7:30 p.m.
* Game 7: Thursday, Aug. 25 at Kitchener; 7:30 p.m.

Is it too early to suggest where this series is going?

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Hip concert at Spencer Smith on Saturday will be preceded by an hour of Olympics coverage. GO shuttle will be operting

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

August 17, 2016



It is going to be a “twofer” that is two things for the price of one.

And when the one is free – this is an occasion you don’t want to miss.


The Tragically Hip have spent a lot of time on the road in a bus – they will play in Kingston on Saturday and be simulcast across the country.

The final event of the current cross country tour is being done by the tragically Hip from their home base in Kingston, Ontario and is being simultaneously broadcast to a number of cities across the country.

Burlington is one of them.

With the Olympics eating up a lot of television time – the CBC has decided to start the broadcast an hour early – it was originally to begin at 8:30 pm

It will now start at 7:30 pm with the first hour devoted to Olympic events.

This just might mean that the comments local politicians will want to make might get skipped – that would be nice.

The evening is an opportunity to pay homage to a band that as a significant part of the lives of a major demographic – it is also an opportunity to pony up with some of your cash and support the cancer research that may someday come up with a way to treat the cancer that for Gord Downie is terminal – the cancer research people have made tremendous strides – let Downie you know you are going to do your part.

It is going to be an emotional evening.

Gord Downie - sitting

Gord Downie

Bring your lawn chair/blanket, water bottle & cash/credit for donations to our local charities for brain cancer research and treatment.

Volunteers will be circulating to collect cash; credit card donations will be processed at two booths at the event.

People can also donate in advance.

Joseph Brant Hospital cancer clinic

Canadian Cancer Society – Halton Branch

The city is making it easy to get to the event – they suggest you leave the car at home – finding a parking spot will be a challenge – and take the GO train and use the shuttle bus that will run from the Burlington GO to Spencer Smith Park until 1 am – which gives you loads of time to grab a brew and a bite at one of the local hospitality establishments in the city.

“Tragically Hip Shuttle” is available from Burlington GO station, north side, from 6 pm to 1 am.

This is an alcohol-free, family friendly event that will proceed rain or shine.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream begins the second week of a two week run at the Rock Garden.

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 17, 2016


“What a week” said Trevor Copp as he prepared for the second week of a two week run of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream playing at the Rock Garden of the RBG on York Blvd.

Midsummer - on the lawn

A scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed on a lawn at the Rock Garden section of the Royal Botanical Gardens

Copp tells people that while he listened to the Mayor who was commenting on the event at its opening night he wondered if he wanted to warn the crowd how the energy and attendance tends to drop down after opening. “So glad I didn’t. We’ve had a full week of huge crowds playing to an ever stronger show. It couldn’t have gone better.”

Copp may have stretched what really happened – they had to delay the show one night while it rained – but the audience was loyal and they waited out the rain

He had to cancel one show – weather just wasn’t co-operating.

Copp’s troubles were environmental – everything else was typical Trevor Copp: exciting, different and surprising. You aren’t likely to see another production of the play done with that much energy.

Rock Garden sign

If you’re on the right Road you can’t miss the place.

Copp closes with: “Love to have you as a part of our second (and final) week of this inaugural run.”

Where is this place? It’s at the newly opened Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) ROCK GARDEN (1185 York Blvd), which is a couple kms along the same road (towards Hamilton) from the RBG Main Entrance. There is a huge sign and plenty of free parking right across the street

When? 7pm this Wednesday to Sunday; August 17-21. The Gardens open exclusively to ticket holders (your tix include admission to the Rock Gardens) at 5pm, so get there early and enjoy the newly re-opened Gardens.

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Trevor Copp pulls it off at the Rock Garden with his production of Shakespeare's a Midsummer Night's Dream

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 15, 2016



It was a production that was years in getting to the point where a cast of nine appeared on a stretch of grass that had a magnificent fir tree used as a back drop and put on a busy, almost rollicking version of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Director Trevor Copp is a dancer – so movement was a given – and the cast didn’t disappoint the director or the audience.

Opening night last Wednesday went well. The setting was close to superb. The audience was better than decent and the weather held. Cool breezes wafted over the “stage”.

Misummer - cast members

Michael Hannigan, centre, was everywhere. He proved to be a solid casting choice.

The cast was made up of experienced actors, with Michael Hannigan putting on a very good performance. Sean McClelland was a delight throughout.

Copp made the decision early in the development of the production that he would offer positions for emerging artists – current students fresh out of school

The two Sean’s came from Brock University; Claudia Spadafora is student at McMaster. John Walmsley and Alma Sarai come out of the joint Sheridan College and University of Toronto Mississauga.

Midsummer - Copp + RBG director

Trevor Copp listening toRBG CEO Mark Runciman during opening night.

Mark Runciman, CEO of the RBG  made the comment during his opening remarks that the RBG has been looking for ways to expand its program and while the talks with Copp took a number of years to get to this opening night point they have plans to have an ongoing dramatic program.

Shakespeare is text – his language is defining. When a director with “movement” as one of his defining features, it gets really interesting to see what Copp does with Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Midsummer Alma and xxx

Alma Sarai and John Wamslaey trying to work out a difference during the opening night of a Midsummer Night’s Dream at the RBG Rock Garden.

It is a busy play – everyone is always moving; the characters make use of some interesting costume set ups. Hannigan excels, Sean McClelland comes through again and again.

This reviewer is not a Shakespearian expert; Stratford every couple of years and the ThinkSpot productions in Lowville for the past three years just about does it.

But one doesn’t have to have a degree in English at the 300 level to know they are being well entertained.
It is a robust play during which you never got the impression that you were watching a bunch of about to graduate students learning the ropes.

Cast - 9 members

Front row- Michael Hannigan, Sean McClelland, Sean Rintoul, John Wamsley, Alma Sarai. Back row- Zach Parsons, Trevor Copp, Caitlin Popek, (on the floor) Claudia Spadafora, Jesse Horvath.

The second performance was delayed for rain but it cleared up and went on! “It was excellently received but it was terribly hot and humid” commented one cast member. “The audience was receptive and loyal because they stuck it out through the rain as well.”
Friday was fine but Saturday got cancelled – weather.

Crowded and noisy Midsummer

Parts of the cast work things out while the audience literally sit in those front row seats. The working things out had to do with just which lover was with which lover.

The production runs from Wednesday to the 21st. It is well worth the time to take in the event. We noticed that on opening night one of the retirement homes brought in a mall busload of people. This is quality work – don’t miss it.

Copp has argued for some time that local artists need to be given the opportunity to work where they live – they are working now at the Royal Botanical Garden.

Rock Garden sign

The play is no to be missed – the Rock Gardens are an added bonus.

The Rock Garden is something you will want to tour while you are there.

It would have been nice to see the Café opened for a stretch after the play; perhaps that will happen when they get their license.

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Burlington resident made a Knight of th French Legion of Honour at ceremony aboard HMCS Haida.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

August 7th, 2016



It was a small, dignified ceremony on a lovely sunny summer afternoon at HMCS Star aboard the retired Tribal Class destroyer HMCS Haida.

There Colonel Roger Vandomm, of the French Consulate pinned a medal on the chest of Bill McConnell. The media release had Bill down as William (Bill) Basil McConnell RN (retd)


HMS Ramillies firing all four 16 inch guns

While aboard the British Battleship HMS Ramillies, Bill, as what we would call an electrician today, climbed up into the Aloft Directory of the ship to fix an electrical fitting when the four 16 inch guns of the battleship roared.

Bill was not able to put his hands over his ears because, as he put it, “you can’t cover both ears, hold the ladder and your tool kit at the same time”. He was instantly deafened, completely in on ear and seriously in the other.

Battleships were huge ships and carried four 16 inch guns that sometimes were fired so often that the paint burned off the barrels. We rattle off that phrase “16 inch guns” quickly when we are talking about a big bullet that measures more than a foot wide.

The roar of the shell coming out of a barrel, four of them at the same time, pushes that battle ship sideways.

The guns had huge range and required a crew of gunners, fitters and electrical types to maintain it. Bill was one of the electrical type, known then as an electrical artificers,

Bill joined the navy at the age of 11. He was at the Royal Hospital School, which was part of the British Navy at the time. It was basically a boarding school where the students wore uniforms. The students got seven weeks of vacation each year.  Bill’s father was a Gunnery Chief Petty Officer, these were tough men.

Bill served on a number of ships – the one that he served on the longest was HMS Ramillies, a First World War battleship that was deemed to be good enough to put to sea.

The electrical types were seen as better educated than other ratings – thus when it was clear there was going to be a war in 1938, Bill found himself doing paperwork related to reserve naval types being called up. It was a situation where 15 year old boys were doing the paper work that brought men, some 60 years of age, back into the service.

Battle map D day

HMS Ramillies was part of the naval support on DDay. She was tasked with taking out German guns at Benneville shown on the far right. They needed just 80 minutes to destroy most of the German guns

Ramillies was part of the D Day landing in June of 1944. She was to use her big guns to take out a German battery with six 6” guns at Beneville, France to the east end of Sword Beach. The Ramillies took out four of those gun batteries in 80 minutes. The British shells coming in meant the Germans had to do their best to return fire and were not able to train their guns on the troops landing on the beaches.

It was during this battle that Bill had to go aloft to the Aloft Director to repair some electrical equipment. The Aloft Director is the station high up on the ship that was used for observation.

The Allied landings on the Beaches of Normandy France were ferocious battles; thousands of men were lost. It was however the battle that turned the tide and the beginning of the Liberation of France.


Legion d’Honneur awarded by the President of the republic of France.

On the 70th Anniversary of the war ending the French government decided to make anyone who was involved in the landings a member of the Legion d’Honneur – the Legion of Honour.

During the ceremony on Sunday Colonel Vandomm read a document that said: “By order of the President of the Republic of France, you have been awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.

McConnell + Vandomm

Chief Petty Officer William Basil McConnell being awarded the French Legion of Honour by Colonel Roger Vandomm. The smile of appreciation on the Colonel’s face told the story.

“This distinction, the highest national order of France, illustrates the profound gratitude France would like to express to you in recognition of your personal involvement of the liberation of our country during World War II.”

Bill kept his eyes closed for much of the presentation – no doubt recalling the roar of those guns and the huge risk he was under.

While the guns were blazing three torpedoes sped past the battleship – two on one side, one on the other.
Bill stayed in the Navy after the war and left in 1953 after fifteen years of service.

His skills were quickly put to use as he worked for the next sixteen years in the development, installation and acceptance testing of guns and missile controls.

While on a vacation to Canada he found a job working on the “Sea Sparrow” missile control systems for the Canadian DDH280 destroyers.

Bill moved from working on ships to becoming part of the team that established sites, did equipment installation, commissioning and acceptance trials for the Anik geostationary satellite TV receive and telephone transreceiver stations in the far north and the Maritimes.

In 1977Bill joined the Canadian Department of Communications doing sub contract work for the Hermes satellite operations group,

In 1986 he was part of the Canadian Astronautics organization that designed and assembled high gain extendable array antennas.

After overseeing the construction of three satellite receiving stations in Goose Bay, Labrador, Churchill and Edmonton Bill returned to retirement.

He spent several years travelling and then spent eight years in a French Canadian farming village.

He moved to Burlington in 2008 to be nearer his only Canadian relative.

McConn aborad Haida

Bill McConnell, speaking to an audience after being made a Knight of the French Legion of Honour. He was aboard HMCS Haida in Hamilton. Burlington MP Karina Gould and Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring took part in th ceremony.

As a 93 year old Royal Navy retired Chief Petty Officer, William Basil McConnell climbed the steps of the gangway to board HMCS Haida where he was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

A long way from his experience as an 11 years old Electrical Artificer.

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IBL quarter finals not likely to go beyond four games; Tuesday will tell the tale.

sportsgold 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 7, 2016



They are going down like ten pins at a bowling alley.

The bottom three teams in the Inter County Baseball League may not win as much as a single game in the quarter finals the way the games are going so far.

IBL August 7The Barrie Baycats inched closer to the second round of playoffs with a 14-4 win over the Burlington Bandits at home Sunday night.
Barrie leads the best-of-seven quarter-final 3-0.

Jeff Cowan had four of the Baycats’ 17 hits and also drove in a run and scored four times. Glenn Jackson had three hits, four RBI and two runs, Branfy Infante singled, doubled and drove in two while scoring twice, Ryan Spataro singled and tripled and had four RBI, Jordan Castaldo had two hits and two runs, Kyle DeGrace had an RBI, and Conner Morro had a single, RBI and run.

Adam Rowe (1-0) threw six shutout innings and scattered five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.

For Burlington, Matt McCue had two RBI, and Robert Tavone drove in a run. Justin Gideon singled three times and scored once, and Nolan Pettipiece had two hits and a run.

Christian Hauck (0-1) went five innings and allowed eight runs (three earned) on 10 hits with two walks and no strikeouts.

In London the Majors moved one win from the semifinal after an 8-5 victory over the Guelph Royals Sunday afternoon.

London leads the best-of-seven quarter-final 3-0 and can wrap up the series on the road Tuesday.

Byron Reichstein had three of the Majors’ nine hits and drove in three runs while scoring once. Cleveland Brownlee had two RBI, Carloa Arteaga drove in a run and scored once, and Keith Kandel and Humberto Ruiz each had a hit and two runs.

Owen Boon (1-0) went five innings for the win, giving up two runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking two.

Ben Runyon picked up the last seven outs for the save, giving up two runs on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.

Matt Schmidt and Keegan Marsden each had two run home runs for the Royals. Marsden added an RBI single. Chandler McLaren singled four times and scored once, and Aaron Loder picked up a pair of hits.

Daniel Marquez (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits over 5.2 innings, walking six and striking out one.

In Toronto, Brandon Dailey hit three home runs and drove in four to lead the Brantford Red Sox past the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday afternoon.

Dailey homered to lead off the third inning and added a solo home run in the seventh and a two-run shot in the eighth as the Red Sox won 16-6 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven quarter-final.

Ricky Murray singled, homered and drove in three, while Benjamin Bostick doubled, tripled and had four RBI and two runs. Chris Dennis drove in a pair of runs, Jeff Hunt added three hits, two RBI and two runs, Tyler Patzalek singled twice and had an RBI and run, Josh McCurdy had two hits and one run, and Nic Burdett singled, doubled and scored three times.

Jonathan Joseph went five innings for the win, allowing five runs on eight hits. Joseph struck out eight without issuing a walk.

Jonathan Solazzo had a two-run home run to pace the Leafs’ offence. Jon Waltenbury picked up three hits, two RBI and a run, Justin Marra singled, doubled and drove in two, Sean Mattson had three hits and a run, and Brendan Keys singled, doubled and scored once.

Marek Deska (0-1) lasted 3.2 innings and gave up six runs on eight hits with a strikeout.

While in Kitchener the Panthers beat the Hamilton Cardinals as Tanner Nivins continued his torrid start to the playoffs, hitting two home runs to lead the Kitchener Panthers to a 17-7 win over the Hamilton Cardinals Sunday night.

Kitchener leads the best-of-seven quarter-final 3-0.

Both of Nivins’ home runs were solo shots, and he now has four in three games. The Panthers leadoff hitter added a single to bump his average to .615 and also scored four runs. Mike Gordner had four singles, five RBI and a run, David Whiteside singled, doubled, scored three times and drove in two, Terrell Alliman had three hits, an RBI and run, Frank Camilo Morejon went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs, and Luke Baker had an RBI and scored once.

Matt McGovern (1-0) went five innings for the win, giving up six runs on five hits, striking out three and walking two.

For Hamilton, Liam Wilson, TJ Baker and Callum Murphy all homered. Wilson finished with three hits, two RBI and two runs, Baker’s blast was a three-run shot, and Murphy’s home run was solo. Dre Celestijn had two hits and two runs.

Rhys Tapper (0-1) took the loss, allowing eight runs on seven hits over 3.2 innings. Tapper walked six and didn’t record a strikeout.

Baseball IBL league colours2016 IBL quarter-finals

Series A
(1) London Majors vs (8) Guelph Royals
London leads series 3-0
Game 1: London 9, Guelph 4
Game 2: London 10, Guelph 0
Game 3: London 8, Guelph 5
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Guelph; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5: Thursday, Aug. 11 at London; 7:35 p.m.
*Game 6: Friday, Aug. 12 at Guelph; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: Saturday, Aug. 13 at London; 7:35 p.m.

Series B
(2) Kitchener Panthers vs. (7)
Hamilton Cardinals Kitchener leads series 3-0
Game 1: Kitchener 12, Hamilton 6
Game 2: Kitchener 6, Hamilton 2
Game 3: Kitchener 17, Hamilton 7
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5: Thursday, Aug. 11 at Kitchener; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 6: Friday, Aug. 12 at Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: Saturday, Aug. 13 at Kitchener; 7 p.m.

Series C
(3) Barrie Baycats vs. (6)
Burlington Bandits Barrie leads series 3-0
Game 1: Barrie 6, Burlington 1
Game 2: Barrie 7, Burlington 3
Game 3: Barrie 14, Burlington 4
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Burlington; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5: Thursday, Aug. 11 at Barrie; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 6: Friday, Aug. 12 at Burlington; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: Saturday, Aug. 13 at Barrie; 7:30 p.m.

Series D
(4) Brantford Red Sox vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs
Brantford leads series 2-1
Game 1: Brantford 9, Toronto 8 (10 innings)
Game 2: Toronto 6, Hamilton 5
Game 3: Brantford 16, Toronto 6
Game 4: Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Brantford; 8 p.m.
*Game 5: Friday, Aug. 12 at Brantford; 8 p.m.
*Game 6: Saturday, Aug. 13 at Toronto; TBD
*Game 7: Sunday, Aug. 14 at Brantford; 8 p.m.

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London beats Guelph in their first game of the IBL quarter finals - Bandits play Barrie again on Saturday

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

August 5th, 2016


The bats of the Burlington Bandits were quiet Friday night

In London the Majors took the Guelph Royals in a 9-4 win.

Elis Jimenez struck out nine in seven innings to lead the first-place London Majors to a 9-4 win over the Guelph Royals in Game 1 of their best-of-seven quarter-final Friday night.

Jimenez (1-0) allowed three runs on seven hits and walked one.

At the plate, Chris McQueen had two hits, two RBI and three runs. RJ Fuhr singled, doubled and had an RBI and run, Byron Reichstein singled twice and drove in two, Michael Ambrose drilled a solo home run, Carlos Arteaga and Cleveland Brownlee each had an RBI, while LeJon Baker and Keith Kandel had two hits and a run apiece.

Eight of nine batters had at least one hit.

For eighth-place Guelph, Santino Silvestri, Matt Schmidt and Trevor Nyp all had a single and RBI. Patrick Coughlin drove in a run, and Aaron Loder added two hits and a run.

Alberto Rodriguez (0-1) took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 4.2 innings, walking three and striking out three.

2016 IBL quarter-finals
Series A
(1) London Majors vs (8) Guelph Royals
London leads series 1-0
Game 1: London 9, Guelph 4
Game 2: Saturday, Aug. 6 at Guelph; 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 7 at London; 1:05 p.m.
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Guelph; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5: Thursday, Aug. 11 at London; 7:35 p.m.
*Game 6: Friday, Aug. 12 at Guelph; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: Saturday, Aug. 13 at London; 7:35 p.m.

Series B
(2) Kitchener Panthers vs. (7) Hamilton Cardinals

Kitchener leads series 1-0

Game 1: Kitchener 12, Hamilton 6
Game 2: Saturday, Aug. 6 at Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 7 at Kitchener; 7 p.m.
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5: Thursday, Aug. 11 at Kitchener; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 6: Friday, Aug. 12 at Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: Saturday, Aug. 13 at Kitchener; 7 p.m.

Series C
(3) Barrie Baycats vs. (6)Burlington Bandits

Barrie leads series 1-0

Game 1: Barrie 6, Burlington 1
Game 2: Saturday, Aug. 6 at Burlington; 7:05 p.m.
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 7 at Barrie; 7 p.m.
Game 4: Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Burlington; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 5: Thursday, Aug. 11 at Barrie; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 6: Friday, Aug. 12 at Burlington; 7:30 p.m.
*Game 7: Saturday, Aug. 13 at Barrie; 7:30 p.m.

Series D
(4) Brantford Red Sox vs. (5)
Toronto Maple Leafs Series tied 1-1

Game 1: Brantford 9, Toronto 8 (10 innings)
Game 2: Toronto 6, Hamilton 5
Game 3: Sunday, Aug. 7 at Toronto; 2 p.m.
Game 4: Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Brantford; 8 p.m.
*Game 5: Friday, Aug. 12 at Brantford; 8 p.m.
*Game 6: Saturday, Aug. 13 at Toronto; TBD *Game 7: Sunday, Aug. 14 at Brantford; 8 p.m.

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The Children's Festival began 25 years ago - big birthday celebration on the 21st.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

August 5, 2016


Might be a little early to make solid plans – but you could pencil this one in as a possible – the city is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Children’s Festival on Sunday, August 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Spencer Smith Park.

As they get a little older - they are ready for bigger challenges. This group works there way through a children's obstacle course.

As they get a little older – they are ready for bigger challenges. This group works there way through a children’s obstacle course.

“We are hosting a huge birthday party for children of all ages to help mark this special occasion,” said Chris Glenn, the city’s director of parks and recreation. “This festival is consistently named as one of the Top 100 festivals and events in Ontario and is the perfect opportunity for families to get out, be active and enjoy some time together at Burlington’s beautiful waterfront.”

Presented by Rocca Sisters and Associates, the theme of this year’s festival is a birthday party. Children at the event can enjoy a number of activities and shows on the main stage, presented by Family Jr.:

Kids + water = fun and noise - all part of the Halton Children's Water Festival. A full day of fun at a cost of $5 per student.

Kids + water = fun and noise – all part of a day in the park.

• Main stage shows with Interactive DJ, Isabella Hoops, Mega Magic and Mystic Drumz
• Meet the characters from Paw Patrol and Star Wars from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m
• Roaming entertainment with Jungle Jack, Nick’s Juggling Family, CLaroL the CLown and stilt walkers
• Face painting and balloon animals
• Crafts
• Inflatables
• Kids’ marketplace
• Play zones

Admission to this accessible event is free. Consider walking or riding a bike to the festival.

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