Cars without people behind the wheel take over Brant Street - more than 80 people test electric cars.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

July 9th, 2016



It was the second downtown car show for Ron Baker – and it turned out to be better than the first held last year.

There were more cars registered – 150 this year. The streets were just as crowded and there appeared to be a lot of entries that weren’t seen last year.

Street scene

The cars took over Brant street – they were there for people to look at and talk about.

At a city council meting sometime ago Councillor Taylor once said that the city would be a more vibrant place is Brant Street were converted to just pedestrians – it was just people walking wherever they wanted Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm – as vibrant as we’ve seen it and the merchants were doing just fine.

Car show - boys looking

The boys liked the look of the inside of this one.

Baker has attached a name to the event: Past, present and future – the future being the electric cars that people could take for a test drive. There wasn’t a final count but they were at the 50 + level when we left for the day.

Burlington Greens Amy Schnarr had hoped to take one of the electric cars for a spin – they drove to city hall on their bikes and realized they didn’t have their driver’s licenses. Amy did say that she had her credit card with her but got that look from her husband – so they weren’t buying.

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A hot rod getting a careful once over from a passer-by.

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An oldy but a goldy – getting a closer look while fond memories take over.

Car show - police car

Burlington once had a police car that looked something like this.

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It was the Ford model T that started it all.

There were no cars for sale – the occasion was to look at what was being offered in the way of electric cars that are referred to as EV’s
The crowds around the electric cars were the kind of thing car dealership sales people die for – and the crowds were certainly in that tire kicking mood.

People were at that stage where they were making decisions and looking at different models.

Car show - cream coloured with trunk

Luxury defined – if you owned one of these you were definitely wealthy.

City councillor John Taylor had the use of a Mercedes Benz electric i3 for a week and he was delighted. He drove out to have dinner with his son in the electric car, the experience John had was not the experience his wife Kathy had during the drive. “She was having range anxiety.” But later in the day Taylor was seen taking a test drive in a different electric car. It will be interesting to see what Taylor does next.

There were 80 test drives done in a variety of electric vehicles (including the Mitsubishi iMiEV and Outlander PHEV, Nissan Leaf, Ford C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi, Focus EV, Chevy Volt and BMW i3).

Not one accident.

There were additional rides offered by Eco-Limo in a Tesla Model S!

The people who are deeply involved in this change of automotive technology we are going through can see and understand how the public is coming around. Dan Guatto at Burlington Hydro has the task of ensuring that Burlington Hydro has the infrastructure that is going to be needed in place so that those electric cards can have their batteries charged.

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Locust Street lined with electric cars.

Some of the automotive people selling internal combustion engines appear to be hanging on to their old business model which is getting less sustainable by the month.

Baker mentioned a number of corporate groups that are now loaning their cars for demonstration drives. “We are not at the tipping point yet” said Baker. Quaddro agreed adding that everyone who is now under 40 will be driving an electric car in the not too distant future.

The range of the electric cars is getting better and better.

Car show - couple in car

She likes it – he wants it.

For those short trips around town – an EV is the best choice one can make added Baker. For those few occasions when a really long drive is being taken – the bigger cars are the answer. How many long drives does the average family take? Not enough to justify that big eight cylinder engine.

Car show - Ron Baker

Ron Baker – organized the event along with the Lions Club.

Baker has plans to grow the Car show – next year he hopes to have a section that will include EV trucks. Seeing the vehicles on the street is a large part of the shift from the internal combustion engine to the close to soundless electric car. What the public needs to know is how they can be assured that there will always be a place where they can charge their car.

Burlington Hydro has a large education project ahead of them. Might we see that next year?

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Bandits get rained out - Hamilton Cardinals take a 14-7 beating at the hands of the Kitchener Panthers.

sportsred 100x100By Staff

July 9th, 2016

Burlington, ON

IBL games rained out.

Rain forced the postponement of two IBL games Friday night. London was hosting Burlington and Guelph was in Brantford. Make-up dates have not been announced. Panthers double Cardinals

It didn’t rain in Hamilton but the bats of the Kitchener Panthers racked up 17 hits in a 14-7 win over the Hamilton Cardinals Friday night.

IBL July 8Justin Interisano had three of those hits, including a home run, and added three RBI and three runs. Sean Reilly hit his 11th home run of the season and 156th of his IBL career. He drove in three and scored four times. David Whiteside went 2-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and two runs. Mike Gordner added three hits, two RBI and a run, while Frank Camilo Morejon drove in a pair of runs.
Terrell Alliman had a single RBI, and Tanner Nivins singled three times and scored twice.

Mitch Clarke (1-0) picked up the win after giving up five runs (four earned) on nine hits over five innings, striking out four without issuing a walk.

Second-place Kitchener improved to 18-6 and trails London by a game for first place.

Liam Wilson went 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs to lead the Cardinals, who fell to 6-21.

Tyler Hardie and Dre Celestijn each had two hits and an RBI, and Chris Beer drove in a run.

Robert Wilson (1-4) lasted an inning and gave up seven runs on seven hits with a pair of walks.

Future games

Saturday, July 9
Barrie at Burlington, 1 p.m.
Toronto at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Kitchener at Brantford, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 10
Guelph at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Hamilton at Barrie, 7 p.m.
London at Kitchener, 7 p.m.

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Detours for transit routes 3 and 5 on Saturday, July 9 - day long car show on Brant Street

notices100x100By Staff

July 6th, 2016


On Saturday July 9, 2016, Brant Street will be closed from Lakeshore Road to Caroline Street from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the Downtown Car Show.

Routes 3 and 5 will not service that portion of Brant Street.

For service in this area passengers should move to north of Caroline Street or to the Downtown/John Street Terminal.

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Brant Street gets turned over the the car – parked cars.

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Saving the Bay - does Burlington have a dragon boat in this race?

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July 4th, 2016


It’s that time of year again!

More than 45 dragon boat teams will paddle competitively to raise funds to further the protection of Hamilton Harbour.

July 9th, dragon boat races will run all day at Bayfront Park starting at 8 a.m.

Harbour huggers BARC

Several of the 45 dragon boats that will compete on Saturday.

BARC’s Harbour Huggers team needs you to cheer us on and pledge our paddlers!

All funds raised in support of the Bay Area Restoration Council and the remediation of Hamilton Harbour.

Does Burlington have a boat in this race?

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Past, Present and Future of the automotive world to be on display downtown Saturday.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

July 4th, 2016


The Second Annual Burlington Downtown Car Show with vehicles on display along Brant Street and Elgin Street takes place on Saturday July 9th.

This year, the theme is Past, Present and Future which brings us from 19th Century steam engines, through muscle cars to the electric car – the future.

Love at first sight - red carsBurlingtonGreen is participating along with others concerned about reducing climate change.

Plug’n Drive will have electric vehicles on display and available for free test drives, providing a great opportunity for some lucky event guests to experience the ride and features of an electric vehicle.

Yellow-Packard-1024x626The Golden Horseshoe Electric Vehicle Association (GHEVA) members will be available to talk about their personal experiences.

If you think batteries don’t last and are expensive, drop by our booth and talk to Jim Feilders about his 11 year old Prius Hybrid. It’s still going strong with no battery issues!

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Murderous crows in the Courtyard at the AGB

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

June 29, 2016


Is this a friendly visit?

Are we looking at three animals getting to know one another?
The dog is perhaps curious but the hunch in the shoulders of those two crows tells a different story.

How does that story end?

The exhibit at the Art Gallery of Burlington in the Dan Lawrie Family Courtyard until September 25th is well worth a visit.

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The approach – who springs up and out first?

You will want to ponder the three pieces and wonder – perhaps the friendly posture of the dog will change the intent of the crows.

Does the artist, Mary Philpott, tip her hand with the title of the exhibit: A Murder of Crows.

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Has the dog figured it out? This isn’t a friendly visit is it?

Mary Philpott, a noted functional potter whose work has been inspired by Neo-Gothic architecture and William Morris’ Arts and Craft movement, has in recent years taken her decorative motifs of animals and birds and transformed them into live-sized three dimensional sculptures, a perfect synthesis of nature and style set in our garden courtyard.

Inspired by the colour, narration and design of medieval illuminated books, tapestries and architecture, Philpott’s work explores the story of flora and fauna in her surrounding landscape. At her studio, Verdant Tile Co., she designs custom pressed tile in porcelain. The animals and birds depicted in her tiles are frequently referenced in her sculptural pieces.

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Wary eyes – the posture the artist has given each animal is filled with suspense.

In addition to receiving a BFA in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Guelph, Philpott is a graduate of the Ceramics and Design program at the School of Craft and Design at Sheridan College. She has also studied Anthropology and Archaeology at McMaster University, and Ceramics Intensives at Alfred University in New York.

She is the 2015 recipient of the Helen Copeland Award from Craft Ontario for an established artist working in her field.

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Traffic along Lakeshore Road where it cuts away from Maple is going to be very hairy - lots of detours.

notices100x100By Staff

June 22nd, 2016


It is going to get a little hairy for people who use Lakeshore Road where it cuts away at Maple Avenue.

The city is raising parts of that road, just outside the Joseph Brant Museum as much as a metre and slopping it down until it gets to the end of the water treatment plant – that will close the road from July 4th to Early August 2016 +/-

Lakshore road clsoures July 2016For those that ride their bikes along the old railway line and want to head for Hamilton – bad news – the pedestrian crossing at the lift bridge will be closed frequently:

Burlington Canal Lift Bridge – Daytime Sidewalk Closures
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) wishes to advise pedestrians and cyclists of restricted access to the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge from July 4 to 29, 2016.

During these dates, the following restrictions will be in place Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.:

• from July 4 to 29, the north and south pedestrian underpasses will be closed;
• from July 4 to 15, access to the east (lakeside) part of the Waterfront Trail will be closed;
• from July 18 to 29, access to the west (bayside) part of the Waterfront Trail will be closed; and
• from July 18 to 29, the west (bayside) bridge sidewalk will be closed.

Burlington_Canal_Lift_BridgeThe bridge will remain open to pedestrian and cyclist traffic on weekends and weekdays after 5 p.m.

This schedule may change due to weather conditions or logistical requirements. PSPC will publish notices regarding any changes in schedule.

getting new - yellowSafety is a top priority for PSPC during this project. The closures are required as part of the project to replace the bridge’s controls, drives and cables. The replacement of key components of the bridge’s lift system will extend its serviceable life, meeting the needs of both marine and vehicular traffic in the area.

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Open House on a possible private tree bylaw - Thursday at Central Park Arena Auditorium.

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

June 22, 2016


BurlingtonGreen advised us this morning that the City is hosting an open house this Thursday, June 23rd between 7:00 and 9:00 pm about a possible private property tree bylaw for the Roseland Community.

Tree stump AThe informal ‘drop in’ open house event will be held at Central Park Arena Auditorium, 519 Drury Lane The Greens are encouraging people to attend and speak up for the rights of the trees.

Burlington Green said they understood the City distributed invitations to the open house to residents of the Roseland Community.

Mayor Rick Goldring has tip-toed around a private tree bylaw – the Greens want him to be more direct. They are advocating for a practical, effective private property tree protection bylaw and supports the implementation of a pilot tree by-law project in Roseland as a key first step to potentially advance a city-wide bylaw, joining 16 other Ontario municipalities that already have private tree by-laws in place.

From producing clean air and adding beauty and property value, to protecting watersheds and mitigating flood damage, trees are an integral part of our community.

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Belvenia on the east side of Burlington.

“A tree is a very modest investment in a community and as it grows it is the only asset in the entire city infrastructure that increases in value as it grows”

The Mayor does face a determined group that feel a tree on their property is their property and they can do whatever they wish with that tree. It takes political courage and a will to lead to overcome this kind of thinking.

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Kool Ride (Vintage cars) will be on display at the RBG next Tuesday - the 28th

eventspink 100x100By Staff

June 22, 2016


Team Bullock and the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG), are excited to present to you, the first annual Cruise Night.

Bullock - Cruising for canned goodsBring your Kool Ride to show off. Or simply show up and have a look at other Kool Rides.

Set up will begin at 4:30pm in the East part of the parking lot at 680 Plains Road West (at Spring Gardens Road).

A BBQ is available for you to purchase a meal and refreshments, in the parking lot. Draws and prizes available (let us know if you have something you’d like to donate, to add to this mix of gifts).

We ask that you bring a canned good to donate to the Burlington Food Bank (their shelves are really low this time of year).

RBG Staff will be on hand to introduce you to all that RBG has to offer.

June 28 is the first evening of the Country and Roots Music Nights in the Hendrie Gardens.

Wednesdays will be Red Hot Jazz and Cool Blues.

Access to the music nights is free with your membership, or your daily admission.

getting new - yellowPlease spread the word. We’ve got some wonderful vintage vehicles lined up to view.

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Burlington - Urban and Rural; Romanticism versus Social Commentary. Bateman makes a strong statement.

opinionandcommentBy Jim Riley

June 22, 2016


The Art Gallery of Burlington is presenting a visual discussion on the duality of the urban and rural aspects of Burlington. Chief Curator Denis Longchamps, along with the Burlington Fine Arts Association, developed the theme to celebrate the BFAA’s fiftieth anniversary.

There was also a Call for Proposals on this theme, broadening it to a multidisciplinary exhibition. Sixty-six art works were selected, with a very wide range of sizes.

This is a more cohesive exhibition than the All Guilds’ group show in 2015, but it still has challenges to overcome. With this curatorial theme, it has improved the unity of presentation. This exhibit presents an uneven quality of artworks.

This theme gave opportunities for the artists to express their opinions about how the urban and rural co-exist in our city. One of the roles of artists is to raise issues within the culture they inhabit. There are few cities that (philosophically and culturally) declare protection of a rural culture, geopolitically combined with an urban culture the way Burlington has – it was actually the province that imposed that requirement on us.. Many artworks spoke of romantic places, with a varying degree of success.

Longchamps hung the Urban Rural exhibit capably, by tying together themes of content, aesthetics and scale.

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Robert Bateman, Progress, 2015, acrylic

Robert Bateman was invited to exhibit. I found it noteworthy that Bateman and Donna Fratesi’s themes dealt with destruction of Burlington’s historic architecture.

2_ Donna Fratelli, they paved paradise , 2015 acrylic

Donna  Fratesi’s they paved paradise , 2015 acrylic


Both are accomplished technical painters. Bateman was clearer in his thesis than Fratesi’s “They Paved Paradise”. Fratesi seems timid about her message, but evokes a warm memory of the intersection of Pine and Pearl streets. It is a romantic reminiscence of downtown Burlington. Although Bateman relies on text, he creates a clear criticism of Burlington’s treatment of its historic buildings. He focuses on the United Empire Loyalist Fisher house being replaced by a parking lot. Both artists explore their connections to the urban downtown environment, but Bateman’s “Progress” is more directly critical of how we handle it.

3_ Lorraine Roy, The Palace, textile, 2015

Lorraine Roy, “The Balance”, textile, 2015

Lorraine Roy’s “The Balance”  is one of the stronger works in this exhibition. Her textile work not only functions well on a compositional level but demonstrates the “pull and push” between urban and rural ecosystems. The wrapped, uprooted tree balances precariously be-tween the two worlds as it searches for a transplant space. Will it survive? Roy’s imagery is strong with rich tones suggesting a Tim Burton-style nightmare quality. It is intriguingly executed, done with textile rather than paint.

4_ Helen Griffiths, After A Day in (the country), oil, 2015

Helen Griffiths, after a day in (the country), oil, 2015

Similarly, Helen Griffiths’ “After a Day in (the country)” uses her well-developed painterly skills, but also teases the viewer to ponder why she is showing a wild skunk sniffing at a beautiful bundle of roses. The artist statement refers to wild animals invading her neighbourhood. Like Griffiths’ reference to wildlife,

5_ Victoria Pearce, Lost Between acrylic 2016

Victoria Pearce, Lost Between acrylic 2016

Victoria Pearce’s “Lost Between” uses images of Monarch butterflies, and the surrealistic imagery of an urban-rural coyote. The coyote is nestled in grasses as it floats over a grid of urban streets. This may be suggesting that a clash between natural and urban worlds is imminent. Certainly, the coyote making itself comfortable in the urban environment is a new reality for Burlington. All three artists successfully combine content and painterly aspects in their art practice.

6_ Vanessa Cres Lokos, Moving Forward, 2016, mixed media

Vanessa Cres Lokos, Moving Forward, 2016, mixed media

7 Dawn-Hackett-Burns & Michelle Lynn, Home Grown

Dawn-Hackett-Burns & Michelle Lynn, “Home Grown”, ceramic.

Vanessa Cres Lokos, “Moving Forward” and Dawn-Hackett-Burns & Michelle Lynn, “Home Grown” were hung one over the other. Cres Lokos’ expresses her viewpoint on rural and urban issues by placing cows marching along the Burlington pier with a forewarning, overcast sky. Hacket-Burns’ and Lynn’s ceramic artwork explores residential homes overwhelming rural buildings and cattle.

The artwork is placed on a low plinth so that the viewer can hover and oversee the battle.

8.1 Rossana Dewey, Jan Kendrik and Grace Afonso

Jan Kendrick, Rossana Dewey, Grace Afonso group image

Jan Kendrick’s, Rossana Dewey’s, and Grace Afonso’s paintings were hung side by side. All three artists are skilled painters. They use a similar colour palette and their paintings are emotive and sensually compatible. Their artist statements refer to issues: mining the escarpment, the Greenbelt Plan, the mid-peninsula highway and the vanishing rural landscape.  Their images speak of a vast rural environment, but do not deal clearly with the issues expressed in their artist statements.

9 Kathy Marlene Bailey, Sanctuary Between, oil, 2016

Kathy Marlene Bailey, Sanctuary Between, oil, 2016

Kathy Marlene Bailey, “Sanctuary Between” uses curving movement in a watery world of reflections that suggests a more rural, natural aspect of the theme. Her artist statement refers to city planners facilitating a residential invasion of natural sanctuaries. There is beauty and mystery in Bailey’s painting. There is a hint of the escarpment and a house, but the focus is on water. The painting’s message is some-what ambiguous, in comparison to her artist statement.

The Lee-Chin Family Gallery is a large space. Area around the art-works, and the scale of the various artworks, present a challenge. Petit artworks in such a large space are difficult to notice, given the works nearby that are ten feet high. Longchamps creates space and separation for the intimate works.

There may be too many works in the exhibition for a viewer to comprehend, beyond surface aesthetics. I think this is a group exhibition in which less would actually be much more. However, there are many artworks not mentioned here that you should view, to decide on your own.

The exhibition runs until September 5, 2016
Lee-Chin Family Gallery at Art Gallery of Burlington
1333 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington.

AGB Hours

Monday 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday – Thursday 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12 noon – 5:00 pm

Jim Riley is a Burlington, ON, based arts writer, independent curator and a visual and media artist. His recent art practice involves public art and gallery video installations. Riley has a BA from Brock Uni-versity. He has exhibited his art for thirty years in Canada and the United States. Some of Riley’s video art is represented by V tape Distributions, Toronto. Website:



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First Movie Under the Stars is July 7th at Nelson Park.

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 20, 2016


Movies Under the Stars is back – first show is July 7th at Nelson Park.

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A family event – Movies Under the Stars

The screens move around the city offering free family movie screenings in local parks every Thursday until Aug. 18.

This annual tradition has become a very popular summer activity for families, it is a safe, free, fun evening in front of the big screen.”

The films featured in the summer movie series were selected by residents who voted in online polls earlier this spring. The winning movies and locations are as follows:

Minions July 7 Nelson Park
Kung Fu Panda 3 July 14 Aldershot Park
Singin’ in the Rain July 21 Central Park Bandshell
Inside Out July 28 Emerson Park
WALL-E Aug. 4 Kilbride Park
Goosebumps Aug. 11 Ireland Park
The Good Dinosaur Aug. 18 Spencer Smith Park

Each movie will begin at 9 p.m. and will be shown on a 25 by 14 foot (7.62 by 4.27 metre) outdoor viewing screen. Starting at 7:30 p.m. each week, Healthy Kids Community Challenge will be leading games and activities for the whole family aimed at improving children’s health and nutrition.

Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Washrooms and limited parking are available at each park. Consider walking or riding a bike to the event.

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Marina to hold an open house June 26th - no mention of the swan problem in the announcement.

eventsred 100x100By Staff

June 20, 2106


Is it part of a public relations offensive?

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LaSalle Park Marina.

The LaSalle Park Marina / Burlington Sailing & Boating Club announced a public open house for Sunday June 26, 2016 – 10am – 5pm at LaSalle Park Pier

The public will be able to tour the City’s Open Public Marina; Boat Club; & Sailing School.

As part of the daylong event the Blue Flag, which is significant in sailing circles, will be presented to the LPMA Environmental Defence Canada.

There will be comments made on different initiatives related to the bay area and sailing.

Trumpeter swan - magnificent creatures that many think need the marina space at LaSalle Park to survive the winters. Nonsense according the Marina Association.

Trumpeter swan – magnificent creatures that many think need the marina space at LaSalle Park to survive the winters. Nonsense according the Marina Association.

The LPMA has been in an ongoing battle with the Trumpeter Swan Coalition that is committed to ensuring that no harm comes to this species that has made Burlington their home. This struggle has been going on for some time.

There will be speakers talking about how the bay and the fish stock are being restored. Kelly Pike of the Bay Area Restoration Council will talk about advances in Remedial Action Plan to clean Up of the Harbour.

Dr. Christine Boston will talk about the Walleye/Pickerel Restoration Program.

The Sea Cadets will be on hand, the Hamilton Beach Rescue Boat – Coast Guard Auxiliary will be there to show the public wat they do.

Halton Regional Police Marine Unit will be cruising about – and – the Burlington Fire Department will have one of their fire trucks on display.

The option the LaSalle PArk MArina Association hopes is chosen through the Environmental Assessment due MArch 2013.

The option the LaSalle Park Marina Association wants this design for the re-configuration of the boat facilities. 

John Birch, title, has pulled out all the stops on this one – the struggle to get all the funding in place for a marina that will allow the boaters to safely tie up there craft.

The Burlington Sailing & Boating Club (BS&BC) was established in 1975; the LaSalle Park Marina (LPMA) was completed in 1981.

Able Sail, a separate charitable organization was established in 2000

BS&BC and LPMA are self-help, volunteer, not-for-profit organizations.

Both organizations are committed to providing family-oriented, quality yet lower cost recreational boating activities, together they form Burlington’s only boating and water-access facility.

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Bandits hand Royals fifth-straight loss; the two teams now tie for last place in the league.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

June 19th, 2016


The Burlington Bandits did to the Guelph Royals what the league has been doing to them almost since the beginning of the season – beating the daylights out of their opponent.

The Bandits have been longer in the basement most of the time but yesterday they served up the Royals their fifth straight loss.
Christian Hauck (2-1) scattered four hits and one run over seven innings to lead the Burlington Bandits to a 10-1 win over the Guelph Royals Saturday afternoon.

Hauck survived seven walks and struck out four.

Justin Gideon tripled, singled and drove in three while scoring twice. He also walked three times. Jim Martin had two hits and two RBI, Carlos Villoria drove in a run on three hits, Kevin Hussey had two hits, an RBI and scored twice. Adam Odd, Canice Ejoh and John Whaley all drove in a run.

Matt Schmidt had the Royals’ lone RBI. Jeff MacLeod singled twice.

Evan DiMichelle (0-4) lasted four outs and gave up four runs on four hits, walking four and striking out two.

The Royals and Bandits are tied for last place with 4-12 records. Guelph has lost five straight games.

The Kitchener Panthers beat the league leading London Royals in battle for first place.

Needing a win to move into first place, Cory Hammond stepped up for the London Majors.

Hammond (2-0) struck out five in a complete-game victory as the Majors beat Kitchener 2-1 Saturday night and moved past the Panthers atop the standings. Hammond scattered 10 hits and didn’t walk a batter.

Keith Kandel drove in both London runs with a bases loaded single in the second inning. He added a double and accounted for two of the Majors’ five hits.

Ian Rendon (3-1) took the loss for Kitchener, allowing two runs on five hits over 7.1 innings, striking out eight and walking four.
Sean Reilly hit a solo home run in the third inning. Terrell Alliman had three of the Panthers’ 10 hits, while Justin Interisano added two singles.

London (13-4) is a half game ahead of Kitchener, which dropped to 12-4.

Third-place Baycats win third straight

Kyle DeGrace and Brandon Dhue each hit their first home runs of the season as the Barrie Baycats beat the Hamilton Cardinals 13-5 Saturday afternoon.

DeGrace added a single and had two RBI and two runs, while Dhue finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs. Ryan Spataro had four hits, two runs and an RBI, Jordan Castaldo, Zach Sardelletti and Jared McCord each had two hits and drove in a run, and Kevin Atkinson had an RBI. Jeremy Walker singled twice and scored twice.

On the mound, Brett Lawson (3-1) got the win after throwing 5.1 innings and allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits, striking out three and walking two.

For Hamilton, Dre Celestijn finished a double short of the cycle, driving in a pair of runs. Geoffrey Seto had an RBI, and Jake Osborne had two singles and scored a run.

Kyle Adoranti (0-4) took the loss, giving up nine runs on 13 hits before he was pulled with one out in the sixth. Adoranti struck out three and walked three.

The third-place Baycats won their third straight and are 11-6. Sixth-place Hamilton fell to 5-13.

Future games
Sunday, June 19
Brantford at London, 1:05 p.m.
Guelph at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Burlington at Hamilton, 2 p.m.
Barrie at Kitchener, 7 p.m.

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Sound of Music program - Saturday June 18th - don't miss the parade.

The Sound of Music Program for Saturday June 18th plus who is doing what at the five pods on Saturday.

And at 11 am the Festival parade which begins  at Central Park; travels along Caroline Street to Pearl Street, west on James Street, then turns north on Brant Street, ending at Central High School.



Daturday 1-645Saturday 7 to 11



Saturday street pods 1-6

Saturday street pods 6-11+

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Bandits manage to get two players on the All Star roster; game to be played in Barrie July 2nd

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

June 17th, 2016


The participants in the Inter County Baseball league who will play in the All star game have been announced

The players were nominated and selected by the field managers of the IBL.

The Barrie Baycats are hosting the 2016 IBL All-Star Game on Saturday, July 2nd at Coates Stadium in Barrie, Ontario and the game will feature the IBL All-Stars against the Canadian National Junior Team with first pitch set for 2:00 p.m.

There are just two players from the Burlington Bandits on the roster.


Justin Gideon and Christian Hauck got the call.


P – Justin Marra, Toronto Maple Leafs
P – Chris Nagorski, Barrie Baycats
P – Jamie Richmond, Brantford Red Sox
P – Nathan Forer, Brantford Red Sox
P – Christian Hauck, Burlington Bandits
P – AJ Mackey, Guelph Royals
P – Phil Owen, Kitchener Panthers
P – Owen Boon, London Majors
P – Elis Jimenez, London Majors
P – Oscar Perez, London Majors
C – Kyle Degrace, Barrie Baycats
IF – Jordan Castaldo, Barrie Baycats
IF – Kevin Atkinson, Barrie Baycats
IF – Conner Morro, Barrie Baycats
C – Ricky Murray, Brantford Red Sox
2B – Ben Bostick, Brantford Red Sox
2B – Brandon Dailey, Brantford Red Sox
C – Tyler Hardie, Hamilton Cardinals
IF – Mike Glinka, Kitchener Panthers
1B – Sean Reilly, Kitchener Panthers
IF – Mike Ambrose, London Majors
1B – Jon Waltenbury, Toronto Maple Leafs IF – Johnathan Solazzo, Toronto Maple Leafs OF – Ryan Spataro, Barrie Baycats OF – Justin Gideon, Burlington Bandits OF – Chandler McLaren, Guelph Royals OF – Dre Celestijn, Hamilton Cardinals OF – Tanner Nivins, Kitchener Panthers OF – Byron Reichstein, London Majors

Bandits last gme 2013 - Dad and the boys

Last game of the season last year for the Bandits was an exciting game – it looked possible in the closing innings.

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Sing your heart out - a call is being put out for singers interested in a one performance only event - with just the one rehearsal.

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June 16, 2106


Are you a soprano? An alto? A tenor maybe? Ah – then a bass?

Wayne Strongman, conductor of the 2016 Lowville Festival choir has put out a call to anyone interested in being part of a choir.

Rehearsal is Wednesday July 20th; 7:00 pm at the Lowville United Church.

Lowville United church

Rehearsals will take place in the Lowville United Church

Concert takes place Friday July 22nd at St. Georges Anglican Church hall

The repertoire will include classical, musical theatre and folk songs

An ability to read music is a definite plus but it not mandatory.

This looks like a fun choir, a one shot deal with just the one practice. It will get you out of the house.

Wayne Strongman, the  Festival Choir conductor Wayne was born in Hamilton and assumed his first position as church organist and choirmaster in the city at the age of 16. From there he went on to found Toronto’s Tapestry Opera, the country’s leading creator and producer of chamber operas, of which he was the Artistic Producer for 35 years.

He was the Artistic Director of Hamilton’s Bach-Elgar Choir from 1984-98.

If you have questions the man you want to talk to is Robert Missen – he is at:  Robert Missen <>

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Sound of Music Program - Friday June 17th - for both Street Fest and the five main stages.

The sound of Music schedule for Friday June 17th. There will be StreetFest events at five different pods.

The sound of Music schedule for Friday June 17th.

StreetFest events at five different pods

Friday street fest

17th 1 - 64517th 7-11

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Transit people set up a shuttle service and curtail several bus routes while he citizens fill the streets. Its Sound of Music time.

News 100 redBy Staff

June 16, 2016


It is that time of year again – great music on the waterfront – a little mayhem with traffic. That’s what happens when tens of thousands of people arrive in town.

During the Sound of Music Festival, beginning Friday, June 17 at 3:30 p.m. to Sunday, June 19 at 6 p.m., Brant Street will be closed between Caroline Street and Lakeshore Road.

Routes 3 and 5
• Please go to the Bus Terminal on John Street or Brant Street north of Caroline.

Saturday, June 18
On Saturday, June 18, the Sound of Music parade will run from 10:30 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. During these times, there will be no transit service on Brant Street between Fairview Street and Lakeshore Road.

Routes 3 and 5
• Please go north on Brant Street past Fairview Street or south on Brant to the Bus Terminal on John Street.
• There will be no bus service on Drury Lane south of Woodward Avenue or on Caroline Street.

Route 4
• Please go north on Drury Lane above Woodward Avenue or south to New Street.
• Please flag or wave the bus driver along New Street.

Delays are to be expected.

Burlington Transit runs a Festival shuttle service will run a continuous loop approximately every 15 minutes from the north side of the Burlington GO station to the Downtown Transit Terminal (430 John St.) as follows:

Saturday, June 11: Noon to midnight
Thursday, June 16: 6 p.m. to midnight
Friday, June 17: 6 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, June 18: noon to midnight
Sunday, June 19: noon to 8 p.m.

Cost for the shuttle: $3 round-trip
Children 5 and under are FREE
Please note: Drivers do NOT make change.

Extended Transit Service

Friday June 17, 2016:
3 North at 10:30 p.m. and LAST BUS at 11 p.m.
3 South to Burlington GO station at 11 p.m. and LAST BUS at 11:30 p.m.
10 East at 11 p.m. and LAST BUS at 11:30 p.m.

Saturday June 18, 2016:
3 North at 10:30 p.m., 11 p.m. and LAST BUS at 11:30 p.m.
3 South to Burlington GO station at 11 p.m. and LAST BUS at 11:30 p.m.
10 East at 11 p.m. and LAST BUS at 11:30 p.m.

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Bandits take another drubbing - this time in Barrie. They did beat the league leader once - hope prevails.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

June 16, 2016



Jordan Castaldo, swinging a bat for the Barrie Baycats doubled twice and had two RBI as that team doubled the Burlington Bandits 8-4 in the only IBL game Wednesday night.

Castaldo’s two-run double with one out in the fifth gave the Baycats a 4-2 lead and helped spark a five-run inning that turned the game around for the home side. Barrie’s first baseman also scored twice.

Steve Lewis had two RBI, Joey Guaragna had two hits and drove in a run, and Kevin Atkinson and Conner Morro each added an RBI. Ryan Spataro singled twice and came around to score both times.

Cole White (2-0) allowed three runs on five hits over 6.1 innings for the win, striking out two and walking three.

Bandits - Adam Odd - batter of week

Adam Odd singled twice and added a solo home run to lead the offence. Odd also scored two of the Bandits’ four runs.

For the  Burlington Bandits, Adam Odd singled twice and added a solo home run to lead the offence. Odd also scored two of the Bandits’ four runs. Nate Pettipiece had two hits.

Ryan Beckett (1-2) went 4.1 innings and gave up seven runs (six earned) on six hits, striking out four and walking one.
Third-place Barrie improved to 9-6, and eighth-place Burlington dropped to 3-11.

Burlington is still in the basement of the league standings.

Future games
Thursday, June 16
Guelph at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.
Brantford at Burlington, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Kitchener, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, June 17
London at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.
Toronto at Brantford, 8 p.m.

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Transit announces a service that lets me get the information I need online - didn't work for me when I tried it.

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

June 16th, 2016


Burlington Transit reports:   We have been having some issues with the software. It started last night and we have our vendor and IT people working on it. When we work out these issues it will work on all devices including phones,tablets and desk tops. 

I have asked staff to update our web site and advise our customers that we are unfortunately experiencing some technical issues and be patient as we work through them. 

Burlington Transit launches new mobile-friendly website with real-time data

Burlington Transit launched an improved, mobile-friendly website, which features real-time data for improved customer service.

It is all at

I wasn’t able to get the information I thought I was going to be able to get – like which busses I had to take to get from my building to a building somewhere else in the city.

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Transit is taking the available technology seriously. Making it really friendly right away would be nice.

The transit people said: “This is a significant customer service milestone. In 2011, only 9.9 percent of our web traffic at was through a mobile device or tablet,” said Mike Spicer, director of Burlington Transit. “In the past year, our statistics show that over 53 per cent of our web visitors are using a mobile device, and we expect that number to grow even higher in the years to come.”

Percentages are always a bit mis-leading – there were no raw numbers given. But let’s give them a good mark for trying.

They key features of the new, mobile friendly website include:

• Trip Planner: Plan your trip online by entering an address, intersection, stop ID or searching by popular locations.
• Schedule Finder: View a route or stop-specific schedule online or print one to take with you.
• Next Bus: Get real-time departure information for any bus stop location online or by calling 905-639-0550 with the stop ID number. Users can also see a live map showing the exact location of their bus.
• Stop Finder: Find the best stop location to suit your needs. View a list of amenities available at each stop so you can plan your trip with comfort.

The next steps of the Smart Transit System project include launching a Burlington Transit Twitter account, an online subscription service and online Handi-Van trip booking.

In the very near future we will meet with the good people at Burlington Transit and get them to take us through the new system – once we understand it – we will explain it to you.

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