Bandits make it to the field - fail to post a win on the scoreboard yet.

sportsred 100x100By Staff

May 20th, 2016


This does not look good for the Burlington Bandits – two games played; two games lost and two games rained out.

Bandits logo - small smallThe Brantford Red Sox plastered the Bandits 6-0 Thursday night.

Brantford used five pitchers to scatter five hits with two walks and 11 strikeouts. Matt Martinow pitched the first three innings, giving up one hit while walking a pair and striking out three.

Tanner Guindon (1-0) picked up the win, striking out three without walking a batter over two innings. He allowed one hit.

Brantford improves to 1-0, while Burlington drops to 0-2.

Upcoming games:
Friday, May 20
Hamilton at London, 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, May 21
Kitchener at Burlington, 1 p.m.

Toronto at Guelph, 1 p.m.
Hamilton at Brantford, 2 p.m.

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McDonalds lets the publisher create his own burger and then names it after him.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

May 19th, 2106


Introducing new technology into a retail operation with a very strong brand has to be managed very very carefully. There can be no glitches.

McDonalds took a bold step and put in large screens at which people could place their food orders – the device covers all the bases and accommodates just about every need you can imagine.

McDonalds - Aldershot just signs

Some people prefer the smile that comes with the service from a person behind the counter.

But at some locations – the devices don’t get used. “There are people who would rather talk to the person behind the counter” explained Ryan Sgro who has the ability to hold a conversation and at the same time constantly scan the service counters.

“Each McDonalds has its own environment – some get more traffic at the drive through – others have line ups that lead out the door” added Sgro.

The McDonalds on Plains Road and King Road intersection in Aldershot is one of those place people drop into – quite often a group of people getting together to have a cup of coffee. The windows on the western side draw those who want to read a newspaper in the sunshine.

For those who decide to use the screens – they are actually fun.

You sort of talk to the screen by just touching it.

McDonalds - starting out

Eating in or taking it home?

McDonalds - Build your burger

I wanted an Angus burger and the options available to me were right in front of me – all I had to do was touch the screen.

McDonalds - Turning up the taste

I could tune up the taste as well – give it a little zip.

McDonalds - eaating the food

The result of the Angus Burger I created can be seen by the smile on my face. My friend was just as pleased with her salad

The Sgro family operate six franchises in Burlington and one in Waterdown. Ralph, who started out with the McDonalds corporation a long time ago as an employee where he once worked at the Guelph Line location, drops by and remind son Ryan of a task and then nods to a customer who has been coming to the Plains Road location for years.

There are a lot of young people in Burlington who got their first job at McDonalds, said Ralph. “I’m pretty certain that we trained a lot of the people who now work at Canadian Tire because when I go in there to make a purchase I see a lot of my former staff working there” he added.

Ralph talks about the value of community for his locations. “There was once a serious fire at Walkers Line and Upper Middle Road – we made up meals for the firemen (and women) who had to battle that blaze – we ended up feeding some of the people who had to flee their homes.” Ralph explains: “We had a kitchen and food – they were hungry – we fed them.”

Ryan comments on the view some people have that the technology is taking jobs away from people.

“Nothing could be further from the truth” explains Ryan. The technology allows us to handle food orders faster which means more volume which means needing more people in the kitchen.”

Also, people can take their time in front of the screen and they usually aren’t holding anyone up – there are two of the large screens in each location. Once you get the hang of the things they are pretty easy to handle.

McDonalds - pepper order

The burger I created was so good – they named it after me. But the Sgro family nixed that idea – they did let me have the picture.

McDonalds calls the technology – “Create your taste”.

It worked for me.



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City taking a research approach to developing culture - looking for an artist to help define cultural nodes.

News 100 blueBy Staff

May 18th, 2016


The City of Burlington public art program is inviting professional artists and artist teams to submit expressions of interest for an Artist-in-Residence program.
Working with the city’s Arts and Culture staff, the selected artist(s) will conduct a 6-month residency to research the existence of ‘cultural nodes’ in Burlington.

In addition to attending planning meetings and consulting with key stakeholders, the selected artist will create temporary public art interventions to engage and interact with the community.

This is a non-live-in residency however the selected artist is expected to visit Burlington frequently and must live within easy travel distance.

The city’s public art program, funded for the most part from Planning Act Section 37 funds (these are monies developers give the city for additional height and density among other things). The city puts $50,000 of its own money into the public art plan.

The opportunity is made up of a $10,800 artist fee and up to $10,000 materials

Culture - Mapping-cultural-hotspots

Early in the creation of the Cultural Action Plan people were asked to indicate where they saw culture taking place in th city. The next step is to build on the knowledge gathered.

The city has a Cultural Action Plan as well as a Culture manager and of course there is the robust arts collective that leans on city council every opportunity it gets.

Burlington hired Hamilton resident Jeremy Freiburger to craft the Cultural Action Plan. The work leading up to that document included asking people to map out where they “do” culture and how they define culture. Links below on those new stories as well.

The focus appears to be looking for ways to better define cultural nods. We are not sure that research actually makes that kind of thing happen – when people find a place they want to be they gather at that place and it just becomes a node. The approach this call is using sounds and feels a little like “social engineering” – and we know where that kind of effort gets us.

The project goals include:

The integration of an artist’s perspective into planning cultural nodes
Create opportunities for street-level cultural engagement through unique public engagement activities and temporary public art installations
Make recommendations on ways to link identified cultural nodes
Make recommendations on future permanent public art installation(s) related to cultural nodes

The deadline for this opportunity is Monday, June 20, 4:00 p.m. Artists wishing to learn more about this project are invited to an optional information session on Wednesday, June 1 (7:00 to 8:00 p.m.). The presentation will be followed by an open Q&A session with the public art manager.


From the left – three people heavily involved in the cultural community: Deb Tymstra, Teresa Seaton and Donna Grandin.

Artists interested in learning more about this project are invited to an optional information session at the Halton Hive, 901 Guelph Line, Burlington. Loads of parking. The Hive is just south of Harvester Road . A brief presentation will be followed by an open Q&A with the public art manager.

Those wishing to attend must RSVP by Monday May 30th at

For more information contact:
Kim Selman, the Public Art Manager over at Cobalt Connexts is the lead on this. You can reach her at or at 905-548-0111



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Tansley Woods Pool Closed Until 6:00 a.m. Friday May 20, 2016

notices100x100By Staff

May 19th, 2016

Tansley Woods pool is closed for the remainder of the day due to an unforseen maintenance issue. The pool is expected to reopen at 6:00 a.m. on Friday May 20, 2016

The following programs are cancelled:

• Combo Lap Swim 10:30am-noon
• Lap Swim Noon – 1:30 p.m.
• Water Running 1:30-2:30 p.m.
• Swimming lessons 5 to 8:30 p.m. Information on make up options will be distributed at next week’s lesson.
• Aqua Boot Camp at 7:35 p.m.
• Leisure Swim 7:30-9:00 p.m.
• Swim Training 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Aldershot pool closing announcement used the same wording – they were close for several days.

They rarely say what they mean by an unforeseen maintenance issue.

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Bandits anxious to get onto a baseball diamond - weather has kept them off the field.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff and Pat Shields

May 19th, 2016


The Burlington Bandits (0-1) will have their fingers crossed for clear skies when the Brantford Red Sox (0-0) come to town on Thursday night.

The Bandits have played only one game in the Intercounty Baseball League (IBL) regular season thus far, thanks to inclement weather on the weekend. The Red Sox are in a similar position as both of their opening games last weekend were postponed.

Although the Bandits showed signs of rust in their home opener against the London Majors (1-0), simply getting back on the field and seeing live pitching should help their cause significantly.

Bandits Team-pumped

Bandits would like to get out of the dugout and onto the field – 0-1 so far this year.

Burlington will have their hands full with the perennial powerhouse Red Sox, who have won 15 IBL championships since joining the league in 1934.
Brantford finished 3rd in the IBL last season with a solid 22-13 record. Their playoff run ended early though, as they fell in Game 5 of their first round matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Bandits fared well against the Red Sox last year posting a 2-3 record in five closely matched meetings, including taking the final two contests.

To notch their first win of the 2016 season, the Bandits will need to get to Brantford pitcher Nathan Forer. The 4-year veteran finished 2nd in the IBL last season with a 2.51 ERA, to go alongside a 6-2 record.

Burlington and Brantford will begin play at 7:30pm at Nelson Park on Thursday. The Bandits will be back in action on Saturday, May 21 when they clash with the league-leading Kitchener Panthers (2-0).

Elsewhere in the league:
The Barrie Baycats and the Toronto Maple Leafs game saw the Baycats record an 8-5 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night.
Barrie and Toronto are both 1-1.

Upcoming games:
Thursday, May 19
Brantford at Burlington, 7: 30 p.m.

Friday, May 20
Hamilton at London, 7:35 p.m.

Saturday, May 21
Kitchener at Burlington, 1 p.m.

Toronto at Guelph, 1 p.m.
Hamilton at Brantford, 2 p.m.

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School board to hand out Eddies at the Performing Arts Centre May 31st.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 19th, 2016


Have you herd of the Eddies?

The 15th annual Eddies Gala Awards evening – a popular festival celebrating student filmmaking – will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

The theatre doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the awards celebration begins at 7 p.m., followed by screenings of this year’s winners. This event is open to the public, no tickets are required and admission is free.

Eddie clip HDSB

A clip from an Eddie winning entry.

The Eddies, the Halton Student Film Festival, celebrates student success in filmmaking by recognizing technical and creative achievements and is open to all elementary and secondary students. Previous Eddies award winners have gone on to achieve success in the film and television industry, with some capturing prestigious awards for their work.

This year the event is highlighted by an impressive list of professionals who will judge the submissions. They include:

• Mandy Holyoke – Production Coordinator for Little Charmers, a popular Nickelodeon animated series.
• Kyla Springall – Assistant Production Manager at Cineflix, has been Production Coordinator on Property Virgins for 84 episodes and is now coordinating a Property Virgins spin-off series.
• Vaishni Majoomdar – experience includes casting on Good Witch, Reign and Schitt’s Creek.
• Omar Salama – Creative Director at Block 94.
• Jeff Bowman – retired Multimedia Administrator and co-founder of The Eddies.
• Ana Yavari – Editor on The Tudors, The Borgias and the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.

“Approximately 500 students participated this year from various subject areas making this a true display of how technology can be integrated in all academic and technical subjects,” says Dale Andrews, teacher at White Oaks Secondary School and co-organizer of The Eddies.

For a look at one of the entries that won last year CLICK here


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Performing Arts Centre reveals its 5th season program - looks pretty good.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 18th, 2016


The question was – what will she have to show us when the Performance Arts Centre reveal takes place? Will it compare favourably with the superb program Brian McCurdy delivered before he took leave of running the Centre?

And would there be room for the local talent – and not just shows that were travelling and could spend an evening in Burlington?

And is the lineup for 2026/2017 a good line up?

Haines at reveal 2016

Performing Arts Centre president Suzanne Haines chatting with a patron after the presentation.

Suzanne Haines delivered.

It’s a more than decent line up – and if the VIP members who lined up to buy tickets are any indication – the year will keep city council happy, meaning that BPAC won’t be back asking for more money – they already get close to a million dollars as it is.

A VIP member is a patron who has purchased 4 or more shows in the previous season and the capital donors and supporters.

There are a couple of boffo stand outs to comment on. The Shanghai Acrobats from China are astounding – a cultural circus if you will.

BPAC reveal - Ladies with program

Two Performing Arts Centre patrons flipping through the program book.

The Aga Boom – three clowns that will delight both parents and the children they bring with them. The pricing on this one is great $15 if you bought a series.

Series pricing is $5 off the regular price if you buy tickets to four or more events. If this show doesn’t sell out – turn the Performing Arts centre into a day care centre.

A lot more jazz than one might have expected – most of it top rank

A solid family program for the Christmas season.

Some greats – Les Grand Ballet out of Montreal, the Nylons Farewell tour, Piaff! The Show (expect this to be a stunner)  The popular Gerry Dee and

There wasn’t as much local talent given an chance to grow on the stage.  There are going to be what are commercially called Added Value events – which will be performers in the Family Room entertaining theatre goers before and after different shows.  That’s a start.

Last summer the Performing Arts Centre put on free Jazz on the Plaza concerts that were a huge hit. They have expanded the program to include a Tuesday night live, a Friday Jazz on the Plaza and Sunday Family Fun.

The presentation of the 2016-17program however was weak – it lacked any pizzazz.

BPAC reveal - ticket buyers lined up

Patrons lined up to get their tickets booked.

Performing Arts Centre president Suzanne Haines stood on one side of the stage and Director of Programming Costin Manu stood on the other side and read from telepromters. One would speak and then the other – as they passed the job back and forth.

There was an opportunity for the two of them to ham it up a bit and become part of the entertainment. At one point Costin was dancing away in small circles on his side of the stage – while Suzanne tapped her toes on the other. They could have danced towards each other and made their presentation much livelier.

Costin Manu can be very funny – he should have been given a writer to provide him with a bit of a script. It is after all show business.

BPAC reveal - Ilene chair with patron

Ilene Elkaim, chair of the Theatre Board listens to a patron

The “reveal” as many people chose to call the event closed with a nice touch. Haines announced that Royal Wood would return to the stage on October 1st – the 5th anniversary of the opening of the venue.

The Gazette was there that evening, which was described as a soft opening. The house wasn’t packed but the attendance was more than acceptable.

As Wood was taking his final bow two of what I describe as the “blue rinse” set strode up the aisle muttering about the lousy performance. They proved to be completely wrong – the place works – now to keep the costs in line and the content current, popular and just a little edgy at times.

Tymstra + friend

Deb Tymstra who reports on culture for Cogeco took in the evening and chats up a friend.

The real test is to see the box office numbers – sales Tuesday night won’t be known until next week – they don’t appear to have adding machine over there.

getting new - yellowThe Gazette will comment and report on the evening later in the week. It was a fun night, the finger food offering was plentiful – the wine offerings at the bar could do with some expansion. The program book patrons took away with them is a keeper – everything you want to know about the new season is within a well designed book.

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Friends of Freeman take their story - the history of rail in the city - when it was a town - to the Tansley Woods Community Centre.

eventsred 100x100By Pepper Parr

May 16, 2016


The Friends of Freeman station have to be nominated next year for one of the Burlington’s Best awards. This is without a doubt one of the best community organizations in the city. They fought hard to overcome serious inertia on the part of city hall and city council to save the Freeman Station.

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 gets ready for its big move.

The city at one point had a very significant federal government grant to move and refurbish the station but couldn’t agree on where it should be located.

At one point the city ran an advertisement asking if anyone wanted the thing – to the best of our knowledge no one responded.

The late Jane Irwin fought hard to find a way to keep the structure that was in very sad shape sitting on cribbings beside the fire station on Fairview.

A city engineer actually told a Standing Committee that it couldn’t be save. That didn’t deter a group of die-hards who were not prepared to let the station get reduced to kindling.

They had every reason to be smiling. Councillors Meed Ward and Lancaster pose with five members of the Friends of Freeman Station after the Council meeting that approved the entering into of a Joint Venture that would have the Friends moving the station and taking on the task of renovating the building.

They had every reason to be smiling. Councillors Meed Ward and Lancaster pose with five members of the Friends of Freeman Station after the Council meeting that approved the entering into of a Joint Venture that would have the Friends moving the station and taking on the task of renovating the building.

Councillors Marianne Meed Ward and Blair Lancaster who don’t agree on very much most of the time did come together and champion the Friends of Freeman Station. Now whenever there is a photo op the rest of council can’t line up fast enough to get their picture taken. Wait until the day the Station is officially opened – they will all be there with their best smiles painted on their faces.

But I digress – the Friends are going to be at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way, on Wednesday, June 1st – 9:30 – 4:00 to tell anyone who wants to listen about the station.

“Nostalgia… and fun!
— will be the order of the day when the Friends of Freeman Station travelling model railway exhibit is displayed at the Tansley Woods Community Centre in conjunction with the City of Burlington’s Parks and Recreation Department kickoff of Seniors’ Month — Wednesday, June 1st from 9:30 AM to 4 PM.

Nostalgia… “I remember travelling by train from the Burlington Junction Station…” Young-at-heart Burlington seniors recall fondly their experiences, as we re-create the era of steam power. You’ll see a model steam locomotive and passenger train, arriving and departing from a model of the the Burlington Junction Station just as it happened in the early Twentieth century. A beautifully crafted 1/24 scale model of the Station will be part of the display.

Fun! “Look, Grandma! It’s Thomas the Tank Engine!” Bring your grandchildren to see a rare demonstration of Thomas and friends Percy, Annie, Clarabell, Troublesome Truck #1, and Troublesome Truck #2 running on our scale model railway.

Bob Chambers points to a detail of the Freeman Station model he built in his kitchen in a short 41/2 months. The model got its first public viewing at the Burlington Mall on Sunday.

Bob Chambers points to a detail of the Freeman Station model he built in his kitchen in a short 41/2 months. The model will be on display at the Tansley  Woods Community Centre.

Tansley Woods Community Centre

We’ll be there… to share the amazing story of the relocation and restoration of Burlington’s 1906 Grand Trunk Railway Station, slated for completion in 2017. There, on the Lower Level, we’ll be constructing a historic model railway diorama depicting early Twentieth-century life in the hamlet of Freeman, now a part of Burlington.

This is one of the organizations that deserve whatever you can manage in the way of donations. Every dollar they get does into the refurbishing that are a a 100% volunteer organization –no one is paid – they rely entirely on private and corporate donations to fund the costs of restoring the Burlington Junction Station under an agreement with the City of Burlington.

They are superb at scrounging as well

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Terry Fox monument unveiled in Spencer Smith Park - tourists will come to the city to see this monument - kudos to the people who made it happen.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 15th, 2016


There were few gifts in the weather this weekend.

Our Member of Parliament Karina Gould was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial pitch at a Burlington Bandits game – cancelled due to rain.

Hayley Marie Remple gave her Masters Class to flute players and then left town to begin her tour of western Canada. They are in for a treat.

Fox monument with Brant Inn

Monument marking the 3582nd kilometer of the Terry Fox Marathon of Hope Run that took place 35 years ago. The plaque noting that the historical Brant Inn used to be located a dozen yards or so to the south sits to the left of the monument.

There was an event that took place on a knoll on the north side of spencer smith Park where some history got cemented into place – not something Burlington has been all that good at doing.

A group of citizens thought it would be fitting for there to be a monument commemorating the day Terry Fox passed through Burlington on his Marathon of Hope 35 years ago.

The group that made this happen has chosen to be quiet – their concern was that the creation of the monument not take anything away from the annual Terry Fox run.

Fox monument with Brant Inn plaque - wide view

The Brant Inn was located close to the edge of the lake – immediately south o the plaque – the Terry Fox monument sits on a bit of a knoll just west of the pond where small model motor boats will soon be scooting around.

The monument is a very handsome structure.

It was originally going to be located closer to the intersection of  |Lakeshore Road and Maple – some one came up with the idea of a more prominent location – right up beside the plaque that notes the existence of the Brant Inn – once a hot spot for American musicians who came to Burlington by train where they could play, sleep and eat in the same location.

Brant Inn plaque

The plaque tells the story. It was the place to be in those days. Nothing like it in the city today. Pity

The Brant Inn plaque is 15 to 20 yards from the site of the famous Inn. With the Fox monument steps away from the plaque – Burlington now has a spot where some significant history is commemorated. The Joseph Brant Museum is but a football field length to the west.

It will be interesting to see how the Tourism people feature the existence of the Fox monument in their literature and web site.

getting new - yellowMake a point of getting out to see it – it is both handsome and significant.

Good things can happen in Burlington.

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Scouts plant 250 trees on regional property - 150 participate

News 100 greenBy Staff

May 11, 2012


Save the news feedOn Saturday, April 30, Halton Region hosted its 16th Annual Scout Tree Planting event at the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) in Milton.
Hosted in partnership with Conservation Halton and local scouts from across Halton, over 150 scouts and volunteers participated in the event and planted 250 trees in celebration of Earth Day and Arbour Day.

“Protecting and enhancing the natural environment is a priority for Halton Region,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “We are committed to working with our community partners to reduce our carbon footprint. Events like the Annual Scout Tree Planting contribute to the long-term sustainability of our community and give young Halton residents a chance to make a difference in Halton’s future.”

Carr + Vice + scout

From left to right: Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr, Scout Deputy Area Commissioner, Bob Collison and Conservation Halton Board Chair, John Vice.

Chair Carr was joined by Conservation Halton Board Chair, John Vice and General Manager Hassaan Basit. Town of Milton and Regional Councillor and Conservation Halton Chair, Colin Best, along with Scout Deputy Area Commissioner, Bob Collison, were also on hand to show their support. The short opening ceremony recognized Conservation Halton’s dedication to protecting and restoring the local environment and the hard work and community spirit demonstrated by Halton’s local Scouts. After planting the trees, participants enjoyed a celebratory barbeque lunch.

Scouts - tree planting

From left to right: Halton Beavers – Cameron Reid, age 8 and Jacob Reid, age 6.

“The Annual Scout Tree Planting is a great example of what Conservation Halton values, three organizations coming together in partnership to do good work which will benefit the community now and for years to come,” said Conservation Halton Chair John Vice. “We get particularly excited when young people get a hands-on outdoor experience like planting a tree. Thank you to the scouts and their parents for planting trees at the Halton Waste Management Site.”


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Where is our Member of Parliament?

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

May 11, 2106


We know where she sits in the House of Commons and we know she is there – as long as one subscribes to Tweets –

We know she speaks in the House of Commons because we can follow her speeches – but we are pressed to know what she is doing in the community because we seldom hear from her office

For the record – here is Liberal MP’s tweet traffic for the past few days along with comments she made on International trade.

Goldring and Gould

Karina Gould being congratulated by Mayor Goldring on the eve of he election win. Goldring had spent the evening in Conservative Mike Wallace’s campaign office until he had to go to the Gould victory party and congratulate her.

Gould May 11-16Karina Gould Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development
Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for her question.
Canada’s economic growth as a trading nation is directly linked to international trade. The government strongly supports free trade as a way to open markets to Canadian goods and services, grow Canadian businesses, and create good-paying middle-class jobs.

The scope of the trans-Pacific partnership (TPP) is significant. To re-state the oft-quoted figures, the TPP encompasses 800 million people in 12 countries with a combined GDP of $28 trillion U.S., covering nearly 40% of the world’s economy. It is also an agreement that was negotiated by the previous government.

Our pledge to Canadians is to ensure they are fully consulted on the outcomes of the TPP. Our job is to carefully review the text and continue to consult with Canadians. The government wants to ensure that Canadians can have a good look at the TPP and that they can ask questions and express their views on whether the agreement is in the best interests of Canadians.”

Can’t wait to learn when Gould is going to meet with Burlington business people on just what the TPP trade agreement will mean to Canada and how it might impact local business people that deal in international trade.

Gould proved to be a very strong campaigner – she was unrelenting during the election and used more than a year to build inroads into the community and took the seat from Mike Wallace. Many said that Gould didn’t win because she was the better candidate – they attributed her win to the close to total collapse of the NDP vote.

It is clear now that the public bought into what Justin Trudeau was saying and that they had has enough of Stephen Harper. Gould had convinced enough people that she was worth more than a chance.

The task now for Gould is to consolidate the win and build strong relationships with the community. We’ve not seen all that much of her since the New Years levee.

She was seen at the photo op when the Art Gallery of Burlington took possession of a van for their Road Show initiatives.

Gould will be the focus for a Chamber of Commerce BBQ event in July  where members can rub shoulders with MP who is also the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development.



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Bridgewater photo feature for the sidewalk superintendents - the project will change the face of the city.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 10th, 2016


The changing face of the city.

Brant hospital - under construction

This will become the face of the Joseph Brant hospital when it opens in 2017.

The Joseph Brant Hospital is beginning to look real – the ground has been broken for the Bridgwater development on Lakeshore Road where trucks are in and out in a matter of minutes as the excavation work gets done.

Parad 2nd flr forms Apr-16

The five tower Paradigm on Fairview street is on time – units will be occupied in towers A, B and C 2018.

The Paradigm project on Fairview next to the GO station is quickly rising. It won’t be much longer until the public can see the slabs being poured as they get to the 5th and 6th floor levels.

It will be a different city come 2018

The public can get a better sense of what the Bridgewater is going to look like as the caissons are put in place and the excavation work progresses – the foot print and the structures relationship to the street is becoming clearer.

For the sidewalk superintendent – here is how things are coming along:

Bridgewater - street edge May 2016

One can get s sense as to how the Bridgewater is going to relate to the street. The concrete barrier to the right is where the sidewalk will be – the pylons are where the edge of the building will rise out of the ground.

Bridgewater - eastern edge BEST May 2016

The eastern edge of the Bridgewater project – where the 22 storey condominium will be located – can be seen where the construction worker in the background is standing. Old Lakeshore Road is to the left.

Bridgewater Excavating May 2016 4+ trucks

Excavation involves a fleet of trucks taking earth out of the site.

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Casey Cosgrove to help unveil the Terry Fox marker in Spencer Smith park

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 9, 2016


“I am still a stage 4 lung cancer patient” explains Casey Cosgrove, “but the trials I was on at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto have come to an end”

He now returns to the Juravinski hospital in Hamilton where his treatments will continue.

A really special team - Casey Cosgrove and his supporters.

A really special team – Casey Cosgrove and his supporters. That tattoo on his right leg has been there s long it has to be refreshed – the colours are fading.

“I am not cured – but the cancer has been stopped and the cancer researchers now know a lot more about my cancer and the way it works in my body.  The cancer was stopped but it is now growing, that’s why I have to start a new trial.”

“The immune drugs they have used sort of trick the cancer and send it in a different direction. It’s a little like a shell game that the drugs and the cancer play inside my body.”

Casey Cosgrove has been involved in a number of cancer treatment trial programs. Some have succeed in extending the life of a patient; in other situations the cancer has outsmarted the drug.

Casey is now sharing his story to raise awareness about lung cancer and new treatment options that offers the potential for a longer and higher quality of life.

Terry Fox - Team Casey 3

Community support at its most precious. That team is more like an army.

Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer worldwide, claiming more lives every year than breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined?

In 2015, it was estimated that 26,600 Canadians would be diagnosed with this disease. Despite these staggering statistics, advances in the treatment of lung cancer have progressed slowly.

Casey was diagnosed in 2010, – he lives his life day by day. He serves as a vice president of  Lung Cancer Canada, is almost a feature in the annual Burlington Terry Fox run where his team – a large number of people who do the run to support Casey Cosgrove.

The boys won the bet - the daughter got a kiiss and a pink mustache of her own.

It’s a tight family that live life to the fullest – every day. Dad and daughter

His children understand the story of their Dad’s health but there is nothing morbid about the life the Cosgrove family lives. They have dogs – three of them. Casey teaches leadership at the University of Guelph, his wife  Bryna works as a professor at Seneca College. Both sons plays excellent hockey; his daughter is currently doing some modelling. A normal family with network that is there for him every day of the year.

Casey can remember the day he saw Terry Fox on his run 35 years ago.

Sometime later Casey had a Terry Fox tattoo put on his lower right leg. That tattoo has been there so long explained Casey that I have to go in and get it refreshed – it has begun to fade.

Casey will tell you that there is hardly a kid in this city involved in sports that I haven’ at some time coached. Call him and he says yes to every request for help. But Casey is reluctant to take on any long term commitments – he has a hankering to get into public life – if he ran in his ward he would win by a very large margin. Being able to complete a long term task is an ongoing concern – so he works on smaller projects and enjoys life with his family.

Terry Fox rendering with size

The monument will be unveiled Sunday forenoon.

The day of our conversation at the end of the pier Casey mentioned he had had that end of life conversation with his oncologist; that was a number of years ago.

Some refer to Casey at the lung cancer poster boy. Casey will look you in the eye and tell you that he is a stage four lung cancer patient who has been treated for the past six years –and he leaves it at that.

Next Sunday afternoon he will be part of a group that unveils a monument – a marker of the spot that Terry Fox passed when he was doing his Marathon of Hope run 35 years ago.

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Aldershot Arena closed for electrical work until week of May 31

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May 5th, 2016



What started out as “unforeseen maintenance” issue has grown into a full blown electrical upgrade that is going to shutter the Aldershot Arena until the week of May 31 as the city replaces the electrical system on site following a transformer issue.

The power was shut off on April 22 in response to a problem with a transformer that supplies Aldershot Arena. The replacement of that hydro transformer means the city needed to upgrade its electrical service to meet Burlington Hydro’s current standard.

Parks and Recreation has temporarily moved its programs, including ball hockey, lacrosse and the No Socks for Ivan program, to other sites until the arena reopens.
“We are doing our best to make sure that all activities, including lacrosse, ball hockey and the No Socks for Ivan youth drop-in, have space in other arenas or buildings,” said Chris Glenn, Director of Parks and Recreation.

“We are informing people who need to know, and we want to thank everyone for their patience as we manage this temporary closure.”

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Spending the day with one of the most important people in your life.

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May 4, 2016


Tea, tea, tea and Mummy.

There are a number of organizations offering a Mother’s Day Tea on the weekend.

For many – the parents live in Burlington and their adult children live elsewhere.

Mother with child - kissing

Doesn’t get much better than this does it?

With the warmer weather coming (it feels as if it is here) there are opportunities to get out.

The restaurants will be packed that weekend and besides – you get out to restaurants often enough.

Here are the events we have been told about.

Ireland House
May 8 2016, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Mother’s Day Tea Party – Au Chocolat
This year, we will be celebrating Mother’s Day with a chocolate themed tea party at Ireland House at Oakridge Farm. The day will feature presentations by local chocolatier Bernhard Mueller and a guided tour of the Museum.
The Mother’s Day Tea will serve premium tea from 3Teas and traditional tea refreshments such as sandwiches, scones, sweets and chocolate specialties. Tea times will run at 1 hour and 15 minute intervals, at 11am,
12:45pm, 2:30pm and 4:15pm.
The cost is $40 per person and must be purchased in advance, as seating is limited – Call 905-332-9888. Please request group seating if needed, at time of booking. Not recommended for children under the age of 10.
For more information visit or call: 905 332- 9888.

Adult daughter hugging mother with flower bouquet

Making the time for them -they made the time for you.

Save tall yellowGallery 2 in the west end of the city is also offering a tea.
Cheryl Golding and her colleagues at the Gallery 2 on Spring Garden Road are hosting a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea on Saturday, May 7, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
They will be serving: tea/coffee, scones with cream, and a variety of sweet treats.
Cost: $30.00 per person.

St Stephens Mothers Day tea is a ticketed event, tickets will not be sold at the door. Give Linda Draddy a call at 289-337-4403 or email her at:

M is for the many things she gave me, O is that …

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Annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day - May 14th between 10 and 3pm

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May 4, 2016


Keep you and your loved ones safe and dispose of old prescription medication.

HRPS crestThe Halton Regional Police Service would like to remind everyone that the annual Prescription Drug Drop-Off Day will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016, between 10 am and 3 pm.

Members of the public are encourage to drop-off their old and unused prescription medication safely and confidentially at one of several locations throughout the Region of Halton.

HRPS Headquarters: 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
Acton: HRPS 10 Division, 315 Queen Street Halton Hills:
Halton Hills Town Hall, 1 Halton Hills Drive Milton:
Milton Sports Centre (rear lot), 605 Santa Maria Drive Oakville:
Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road Burlington:
City of Burlington Operations Centre, 3330 Harvester Road

The Halton Regional Police Service also has Prescription Drug Drop-Off Box located at every police station in the Region of Halton providing the public an opportunity to safely disposed medication prior to them falling in the wrong hands.

Thanks to the drop-off boxes, the Halton Regional Police Service has collected an incredible amount of prescription drugs.  The following is a list of the most common prescription drugs collected between June 2015 to April 2016: –

2500 Oxycodone pills –
750 Morphine pills – 40 ml Morphine –
2350 Lorazempam pills –
260 Hydromorphone pills –
15 ml Hydromorphone –
390 Codeine pills –
140 ml Codeine –
115 Fentanyl used patches* *Used Fentanyl patches are strongly sought after in the illicit drug market.

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Art Gallery volunteers being treated to a PRIVATE performance - Haley to entertain 300 plus their guests.

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May 2nd, 2016


Burlington has thousands of people who volunteer – and it could use an additional thousand tomorrow – there is no reason to be at home doing nothing in this city. Volunteers make the place work.

The Art Gallery of Burlington has 300 + volunteers and they wanted to find a way to thank them in a very special way.

They found a way – they are sponsoring a PRIVATE performance of the Hayley Marie Remple concert at the Performing Arts Centre.

Volunteers only –

The performance – named “An Evening in Paris” is a combination of superb flute playing by Hayley Marie interspersed by short gossipy videos of the men who composed the music she will be playing.

Remple has certainly done her research – she tells all kinds of little known facts about some of the greatest composers the world has ever heard.

While Beethoven is not one of the composers she will be playing – the video on him is a delight– Remple calls them Two minute Talks.

Try this one – it is a hoot.


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School board's join forces to promote wellbeing and practical mental health coping strategies.

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May 2, 2016


The Halton District School Board will be recognizing Children’s Mental Health Week, May 2-8, 2016 with a range of activities offered at schools throughout Halton. These events will focus on mental health promotion and promote an awareness and understanding of the importance of wellbeing and practical mental health coping strategies.

Activities include:

• Munn’s Public School in Oakville will focus on the positive effects of being physically active. The school will host a Yoga day on May 3 and a Jump Rope for Heart event on May 6.

• Burlington Central School will host ‘Compliment Days’ and hand out apples to students as they enter the school in the morning to encourage healthy eating.

• Bruce Trail Public School in Milton students will post positive sticky notes or ‘thought bubbles’ throughout the school to encourage each other.

• Forest Trail Public School in Oakville will be hosting a ‘We Care Wednesday Appreciation Day’ in which students and staff members will express appreciation to one another.

• Stewarttown Public School in Acton will be incorporating a ‘May the Force Be with You’ theme including ‘Yoda Yoga’ and a ‘Jolly Jabba Walk’.

Clara Hughes - Lets talk - mental health

Clara Hughes – Olympic medal winner and spokesperson for mental health.

The week will culminate with the 3rd annual Halton Run for Youth Mental Health on May 7. It’s a collaborative effort between Halton District School Board, Halton Catholic District School Board and CameronHelps. More than 400 people have registered to participate. The event aims to unite students, families and staff to show their support for youth mental health and break the stigma.

“We are pleased to recognize Children’s Mental Health Week as part of our continued commitment to promoting the positive mental health and well-being of our students,” said Mark Zonneveld, Board Superintendent of Education (Student Services). “This is an important initiative as schools have a significant role to play in building skills and sharing knowledge to help promote wellness.”

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Someone is going to win a trip to Paris - after they have heard the Hayley Marie Remple performance.

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May 2nd, 2016


There is an opportunity for you to travel to Paris – basically free.

Yes there is a catch – you have to attend the one night only Hayley Marie Remple performance at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre and buy at least one of the $2 raffle tickets.

Eiffel tower

The Eiffel Tower

Should your ticket be drawn – and you must be in the theatre when it is drawn at the end of the performance – you will have won a trip to Paris put together by DH Tours.

On bench - white dress - flute

Hayley Marie Remple will be at the Performing Arts Centre May 12th

The idea came out of one of those late in the day conversations – Mary Mazur, Executive Assistant to the AGB CEO Robert Steven were going over details of the Evening in Paris event that is scheduled for mid May when Robert asked: “Wouldn’t it be great if we could raffle off a trip to Paris the night of the concert.”

DH tour with TICOThey approached DH Tour who said they would be happy to support the AGB with a trip. And what a trip it is going to be.

Return flights from Toronto to Paris
Return transfers from Charles de Gaulle airport to/from hotel
6 nights, central, 3 star hotel in Paris with daily continental breakfasts
Hop-on/Hop-off city sightseeing tour, 48 hour pass
3 day Metro Pass
2 day Musee Pass
All hotel taxes and service charges
All Air taxes
Paris maps and information package.

The concert is part of a month long five province tour Hayley Marie is doing. She has performed in southern California, Germany and France

Hayley Marie Remple scheduled at Performing Arts Centre.

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Sound of Music has put out a call for volunteers - Saturday at the HiVE

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April 18, 2016


It is probably the biggest event that takes place in the city. Its pumps millions into the local economy and it’s been around for years.

It has a culture all of its own – and happens because hundreds of people volunteer to do all the hard work.

Sound of music - from stageIf you want to be part of an organization that makes a difference – the Sound of Music Volunteer Open House takes place on April 23 at the Halton HiVE from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

The HiVE is located at 901 Guelph Line, which is on the south east corner of the Guelph Line Harvester Road intersection – acres of parking.

You should be able to slip up to the volunteer event after chowing down a couple of those Turtle Jack burgers at the Clean Up event that takes place at Centennial Park right in front of the band shell

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