The first 'LIVE' entertainment - educational based event announced

artsorange 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 12th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

They have been offering programs for young people and putting on theatrical performances at the Performing Arts Centre that has been some of the best seen on those stages.

The only thing missing was a larger audience.

KooGle cast

Koogle has put on some of the best summer theatre fare the city has ever seen.

The Putnam County Spelling Bee, staged in 2015, was one of the smartest summer entertainment events this critic has seen at the Performing Arts Centre.

Like everyone else, Koogle is edging out of the lockdown offering a virtual program for July and a live program for August.

Hopefully the move in the 3rd stage that starts on Friday will hold and we get to the point where a normal normal begins to be real.

Details on their July virtual program can be found below

Koogle July program

The August program is going to be live – location not determined yet – details below.

Koogle August events

Register HERE for the July virtual program

Register HERE for the August LIVE program

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City beginning to plan for events - sign that the restrictions might be easing up soon

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 9th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On April 10th of next year the people of Burlington will gather at the Cenotaph just north of city hall and celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the Cenotaph. The creation of the monument was the result of a large community driven initiative to honour the resident veterans that fought in World War 1.

The initiative brought together service organizations, churches and residents to raise the funds and commission the works, a true community effort.

Keenleyside with partial monument

Ed Keenleyside knows more about the Cenotaph and how it came into being. So much that he convinced the city to print copies of the book and make it available to the public.

Last year the city entered into an agreement to print copies of a book written by Ed Keenleyside on the history of the cenotaph and how it came into being.

There was discussion at a Standing Committee earlier this week about using the anniversary of the community spirit that brought about the Cenotaph and tying it to the same community spirit that is getting the city through the pandemic.

The Standing Committee decided the Cenotaph celebration should be a stand-alone event.

The area around the Cenotaph is to be identified in future as Veteran Square; (Not Veteran”s”)

April 9 is Vimy Ridge Day in Canada.

The Battle of Vimy Ridge is Canada’s most celebrated military victory. An often mythologized symbol of the birth of Canadian national pride and awareness.

There are two oak trees that were grown from seeds taken from trees in France at the Vimy Memorial; a piece of land that the French government deeded to Canada.

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Jazz on the BPAC Patio in August - plans are in the works.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

July 2nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel we are in.

And it has the sweet sound of a saxophone and the voice of a brilliant jazz vocalist.

Barbara Lica JAzz BPAC AI got curious yesterday and wondered if things were improving enough for some of the traditional summer entertainment fare to return – so I sent a note to the folks at the Performing Arts Centre, where Tammy Fox runs the show, asking if the Jazz on the Patio might return in August.

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Plans are underway for Jazz on the Patio at the Performing Arts Centre

Here it is – straight from the horse’s mouth:

“Yes, it’s looking positive for outdoor concerts on The plaza for August. Planning is underway. Can’t wait!!”

And neither can we.

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The Band Plays on - Bandology pivots from wind instruments to percussion

 

eventsred 100x100By Staff

July 2nd, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

After such an unusual year, local non-profit Bandology has some news that will hit all the right notes for keen young musicians. Their fifth annual Band Camp for teens will run a modified in-person, physically distanced camp this summer on July 12-16. A similar Band Camp Junior for kids ages 6-12 will run at the same time.

With the provincial government confirming that day camps may run this summer, Bandology has tweaked its usual concert band format to switch to handheld instruments instead. The potential to spread aerosol particles via blowing into instruments could be too risky, similar to school music programs which have not allowed blowing or singing this past year.

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A Bandology class in the Music Room at King’s Christian Collegiate in north Oakville

However, the modified Band Camp will utilize a wide variety of handheld instruments, including drumline, ukulele, boomwhackers, bucket drumming and much more, all designed to keep kids interested and engaged. Plus, there’ll be music games and activities, plus special guests and performers. Above all, campers will have the opportunity to interact and hang out with other young musicians.

“This has been a tough year for everyone, but especially for kids used to hanging out in the music room,” said Lisa Michaels, co-founder of Bandology. “Social isolation and mental health are real issues that can be addressed by giving kids the chance to be together in a safe and welcoming environment.”

Bandology will observe all government protocols, including frequent hand washing and sanitization, physical distancing, mask indoors and small cohorts of campers. They will shift the majority of their programming outside, to reduce risk and extend opportunities for fresh air and play.

Parents can register their children online at bandology.ca. Band Camp V is for students in grades 7-12 while Band Camp Junior is for kids ages 6-12. Both camps run July 12-16 and are held at King’s Christian Collegiate in north Oakville. There is also a virtual option for those who would rather participate at a distance, with Band Camp Online running July 26-30.

Bandology provides other opportunities for young musicians to play, including the Play A Gig Online program, which gives kids and adults the chance to perform online, in either a live or pre-recorded format. Bandology also works to promote and advocate for the long-term value of music education.

 

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Sound of Music broadcasts local artists as part of Canada Day celebrations

News 100 blueBy Maddy Van Clieaf

July 1, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Sound of Music and the City of Burlington got together to let people hear some of the Sound as part of Canada Day Celebrations.

The smell of funnel cake, strums of guitar and thump of the bass that consumes Spencer Smith Park when the Sound is live was missing but local bands old and new, from Carly Rae Jepson to the Spoons, Terri Clark, and Lonestar to the rising group Grandson, the Sound of Music is where family, friends and music lovers join together to celebrate the vibrant arts scene in Burlington and beyond.

Instead of enjoying the cool breeze and unavoidable mud coating the bottom of every pair of sneakers- for it’s not the Sound of Music without rainfall beforehand- the authentic sound of Burlington can be heard from the comfort of your living room.

Hayley Verrall - standing with guitar

Hayley Verrall

Uploaded onto soundofmusic.ca,  (CLICK HERE) a video with live performances from nine different local bands and performers can be streamed. The mix of performers comprises fresh faces Abby J Hall and Hayley Verrall, with Burlington staples Bliss and Suzie McNeil. The artists perform both original pieces and covers of famous CANCON songs from the likes of Blue Rodeo and Joni Mitchell.

Included in the music stream are interviews from previous festivals, introducing a wave of nostalgia and reminiscing past years. The online format can’t fully capture the magical ambiance of roaring crowds and mosh pits, but it highlights rising local talent and gives a taste of what is to come. Anticipation for upcoming SOM festivals vibrates through the live stream.

Suzie McNeil

Suzie McNeil

In addition to the live stream, the Sound of Music has put together a Spotify playlist full of Canadian hits available here.  There is also an interactive music experience through QR codes scattered about hiking trails and public spaces.

Andrea Ruthart, Kakisheway, from White Bear Treaty number 4, Cree Nation, made an impactful guest appearance to speak about the Hope for Healing project, helped by the City of Burlington. She and other Indigenous community members spoke on the meaning of reconciliation and the Indigenous song performed at Spencer Smith the day prior.

“This started with burning sweetgrass and blessing the land, and a song, which is also a prayer and a blessing, and a poem, and a call to action. The song was about the fire dance; it was about being seen and heard, which the indigenous community in our country for decades was not.   “Mayor Marianne Meed Ward explained, “Music is a way to bridge that.”

The segment is sincere, although no Indigenous music was played or performed during the live stream. While the City of Burlington is celebrating, Indigenous communities in Canada are choosing not to recognize Canada Day this year to reflect and mourn the tragedy of residential schools and their legacy, which continues to plague Canada.

For Indigenous voices in the community to be heard and recognized, they need to be played and celebrated. The Sound of Music offers a large platform to do just that. Without true change and recognition of Indigenous artists in Burlington, the path to reconciliation will be a long one in the arts sphere.

 

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Sound of Music being produced at Nuvo One - line up isn't all that clear at this point

eventsred 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 1st, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

We think there is a Sound of Music program for Canada Day – and we think it starts at 10:00 am but we are not certain.

The SoM web site has a lot of promises and build up to the events for the day but there is no schedule.

Here is what we do have:

“Tomorrow it’s a day filled with local artists, playlist tunes and big announcements of Summer shows ahead. Follow our social feeds and the website beginning at 10:00am.”

From Nuvo One

This is the sound stage for the 2021 Sound of Music Festival.

We understand the events are taking place in the Sound of Music studio at Nuvo One – best we can give you at this point is a link and hope it gets you some groovy music.

Canada Day announcement LIVE

This is the plan – the link to the site is set out above. Good Luck.

One of the SoM fans put it this way:

Comment on July 1st event

 

 

 

maddyMadeleine Van Clieaf, Maddy to everyone, is part of a group of students working at the Gazette as part of the Local Journalism Initiative funded by the federal government.  Maddy is a second year journalism student at Carleton University and will return to class in the fall.

Maddy graduated from Assumption High School and was a member of the Burlington Teen Tour Band

 

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Light humour appears to have difficulty penetrating the hearts of the city. Lightening up a little would be welcome

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June 30th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

In a news story earlier this week we said:  “Burlington may not be ready for this.”

The statement had to do with a production being put on virtually by the Performing Arts Centre that involved the City Manager and the Executive Director of the Burlington Downtown Business Association.

They were part of the cast for a reading of the play The Odd Couple that was a Broadway production and then a movie that is still being enjoyed.  It was a good movie.

In an effort to bring some entertainment life to the city Tammy Fox, Executive Director of the Performing Arts Centre put together an idea and managed to convince several well known entertainers to take part and added in some local colour.

Given that City Manager Tim Commisso and BDBA Executive Director Brian Dean were featured it seemed like an opportunity to have some light hearted fun and use photographs in our files to show Commisso and Dean as “fun” guys.

Some took exception to what we had published.

Commisso and Dean along with other Burlington personalities have what might be called supporting roles.  The hope is that they will perform their reading admirably.

The Performing Arts Centre has arranged for all the front line support workers free access to the online production.  The Show Business people call this “sharing the love”.

We expect it to be a fun evening and anticipate with a measure of excitement on just how well Commisso and Dean will perform.

ODD COUPLE graphic

Pepperwoods has put together a take out offering – make it an evening when you don’t have to cook.

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Tim Commisso and Brian Dean: one a neat freak the other a hot mess - catch them in a virtual production of The Odd Couple

eventsblue 100x100By Staff

June 28th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington may not be ready for this.

City Manager Tim Commisso, he who dances in the streets of Itabashi, Japan and Brian Dean, known to peddle his wares from a shopping bag in the downtown core will be leading in a Special Performing Arts Centre on-line production of The Odd Couple.

Brian Dean, top toff at the Downtown Business Association was out drumming up business for those of his members that took part in the Red Bag Sale. Too many of his members let the community down last Sunday. Keeping the doors closed while the city works at getting people out on the street isn't thew way the game is played.

Brian Dean, top toff at the Downtown Business Association drumming up business for his members.

Virtual reading of The Odd Couple comes to the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Featuring Burlington City Manager Tim Commisso, ‘Downtown’ Brian Dean, SOMF’s Myles Rusak and more Starring alongside Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall and Comedian Sean Cullen!!

The Odd Couple includes a neat freak, in need of a place to stay. The other’s a hot mess, open to a new roommate. They’re both played by two of Canada’s greatest comedic actors. They’re Felix and Oscar. They’re The Odd Couple.

Is Commisso the Neat Freak?  Or could that be Brian Dean. ?

The Odd Couple, is a Tony-Award-winning play that spawned movie and television adaptations and lives on as a timeless tale of two hilariously mis-matched personalities who forge a lasting friendship.

Virtual theatre-goers have two chances to catch this unique offering: Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4.

Tickets for the stream cost $20 per household, or $15 for BPAC members and volunteers. To thank Burlington-area front-line healthcare workers for their sacrifices during this pandemic, they can contact the BPAC Box Office for complimentary tickets to the show.

Adapted to run approximately 60 minutes, this reading will be directed by Stratford Festival director Richard Ouzounian. In addition to the legendary Canadian comedy headliners, local community leaders have volunteered their time to fill out the colourful cast of characters at Felix and Oscar’s place.

Commisso-and-Mayor-in-Japan

Is that guy in the white shirt in the middle a neat freak or a hot mess. Hard to tell from the picture.

The ensemble includes Burlington City Manager Tim Commisso, Brian Dean from the Burlington Downtown Business Association, Tim Caddigan from Cogeco and Myles Rusak from the Burlington Sound of Music Festival as the Poker Gang. The Pigeon Sisters will be played by Sarah Foord and BPAC’s very own Executive Director, Tammy Fox.

Fox Tammy with glasses

Performing Arts Centre Executive Director Tammy Fox came up with the idea and pulled together the people that are going to give you a wonderful entertaining evening – don’t miss it.

“The Odd Couple is a classic. Whether you’ve seen a stage production, or watched the movie, or even one of the many TV adaptations, everyone knows a Felix and everyone knows an Oscar,” said Fox. “There is nowhere else where you can watch Bruce McCulloch and Seán Cullen perform a Tony-winning play, from the comfort of your own home.”

Kudo’s go to Tammy Fox for getting this production together.  Her Dangerous Liaisons was well received – The Odd Couple will do even better.

Well worth the time. Book your tickets – make it a party.

 

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Sound of Music - Live on Line on Canada Day

eventsred 100x100By Staff

June 28th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Everyone in the entertainment business has had to pivot and find a way to get their show off the stage that can’t open.

Sound of Music and the City are joining forces and hitting the high notes together to celebrate Canada Day with a free online streamed performance featuring a myriad of local artists.

More details to come shortly!

Dial into Soundofmusic.ca and see what they have that turns your crank.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard much from that organization.

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Coping with Covid: Free Workshop

graphic community 3By Staff

June 28th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It has been a long, long, long 18+ months; with vaccinations on the rise and covid cases on the decline, things are starting to get back to some sort of normalcy. But… we still have a long way to go and while summer fast approaches, the reality is there is still a lot we don’t know and much to contend with.

The folks at Peachey Counselling Services are putting on a free Coping with Covid workshop July 7th from 6:30 to 8 pm via Zoom.

Steffanie Peachey

Stephanie Peachey, a Registered Social Worker and founder of the Counselling and Family Support Service will be delivering part of the free workshop July 7th

During the live zoom event they will break down how to cope with stress, anxiety and burnout. They will pass along some tips and set out some strategies to help build resiliency so you can have the best summer possible.

Topics Discussed
What You May Be Feeling: From frustration to fear, to anxiety or burnout. We’ll talk it out.

Under Pressure: Do you NOT want things to go back to pre-pandemic days? Do you feel pressured to let go of some of the things that you liked about being in lockdown?

Getting Prepared for Uncertainty: If there is anything we learned, especially in the last several months, we don’t know what to expect or plan for…so we’ll work on being prepared to handle that kind of uncertainty.

Building Resiliency: We’ll share all sorts of tips and strategies to help you develop the coping skills you will need to build resiliency so you can have the best summer possible.

This workshop is being facilitated by Stefanie Peachey, Registered Social Worker and owner of Peachey Counselling and Family Support, and Chris Martin, Registered Psychotherapist and member of Peachey Counselling and Family Support.

Their office is on the Pearl/Pine side of Village Square; 414 Pearl Street Unit 11 Village Square Burlington ON L7R 2N1 Situated on the 2nd floor

To Register email their office at:  info@peacheycounselling.ca

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Donors encouraged to book and keep appointments to boost blood supply

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June 28, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

There was a period of time when all elective surgery was put on hold. That made life very difficult for many people.

Now that elective surgery is being done – the blood supply is threatened.

With a long weekend before us – the need to increase the supply matters.

blood servicesEligible donors are encouraged to book and keep their appointments between now and July 4.

The national blood inventory continues to meet patients’ needs but is declining because of increased demand and missed or unfilled blood donation appointments.

While all blood types help patients, there is a specific need for donors with O-negative blood type. Donors with O-negative blood are part of a select group whose donations are compatible with everyone. As the universal blood type, patients in an emergency can all receive O-negative blood.

In compliance with the Public Health Agency of Canada’s direction to enable physical distancing, at this time, we can only welcome people with appointments.

If you’re in general good health, please book and honour your appointment to help patients. Download the GiveBlood app available on the AppStore or GooglePlay, call 1 888 2 DONATE (1-888-236-6283) or book now at blood.ca.

 

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Bottle drive a success - totals raised expected later in the day.

graphic community 5By Staff

June 26th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

An early look at what Julie Neal and her crew of volunteers managed to pull from the community in terms of bottle and beer cans Saturday during the bottle drive.

Julie Neal checking on a load of beer cans that were trucked to Stoney Creek to be redeemed for cash

Julie Neal checking on a load of beer cans that were trucked to Stoney Creek to be redeemed for cash

The van is one of several that were pressed into service.

We should have a preliminary count this evening. The food collected will be going to the Food bank; the cash will be going to The Compassion Society

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Major Bottle Drive on Saturday

eventsgreen 100x100By Staff

June 26th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The plan is to make the event smooth sailing and safe! They are hoping that the weather cooperates but will be there rain or shine!

BOTTLE DRIVE

It’s a rain or shone event – with a really big objective

Entrance & Exit
Pylons will be setting up along with signs indicating where they would like cars to enter. They want to create a one-way system so cars enter, register, drop off and then exit. The entrance is just off  Walkers Line (right by the Chiropractic clinic).
Cars will exit off Forest Run so they will have the traffic lights.

Registration
They will have 3 volunteers at this station. If there are a few cars, then there will be a few volunteers welcoming people and getting their information for the gift certificate draw. Using a clipboard and a ballot, we will record people’s names, cell numbers and email addresses. The volunteers will then give a quick rundown on where to drive to drop off donations. They have a laptop to which they will transfer the contact information to use in the random drawing of gift cards as well as provide those names to Freshwagon so they can send the $5 gift card via email.

Bottle drive - sample card

Sponsors behind the Gift Cards that will be handed out in a random draw

Stations
Each section will be set up separately. They will have an empty beer station, an empty wine/booze bottle station and a food drop off station. All stations will be covered with a tent, a table and some chairs. The stations will be clearly marked with signs so cars can simply drive up. Behind each station, there will be a truck or a cargo van. This time around they will be loading and counting as they go. Each station will also have a container for cash donations if people wish to add to their drop off.
Each station will have a clipboard and paper to help record the totals as vehicles are being unloaded. It will be very important to ensure they have a record of totals going down to the distribution centre.

Volunteers
Each section will have 2-3 volunteers. If donors do not wish to get out of their cars, they volunteers can simply take their donations (think similar to curb side pick up). There will be two shifts.

Beer Store Distribution Centre
“The distribution centre is open for bottle drives on Saturdays only (lucky us!). We will be sending cargo vans/trucks down as they are filled. Unlike last time, we don’t want to wait or have to hold onto everything till Monday. The distribution centre will keep a running tally and will pay us out when they close at 2. Anything gathered from that point onwards may be driven down to Barton street in Hamilton or taken to the Beer Store on Elizabeth street downtown Burlington.”

bottle drive Neal Drive

They ran out of space during the last bottle drive.

PPE
“Each station will have a box of disposable gloves and masks. Please use these. We purchased these for our volunteers so you feel safe. There will also be hand sanitizer at each station. If you’d like a face shield too, we have a few brand new ones and will provide them to you as well.

Snacks
“We will have a cooler with some drinks to keep you all hydrated. There will be coffee in the morning as well as some snacks. Please bring a reusable water bottle as we’ll have a water station for our volunteers!”

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Five Little Indians - a web cast on an important new book

eventsblue 100x100By Staff

June 25th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Given the attention the Indigenous issues have been getting this is an important event.

Drummer books event

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Not for profit award goes to St Matthews for its food collection program

graphic community 5By Staff

June 25th, 2021

BURLINGTON.

 

The announcement says it all.

St Matthews award

 

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Aldershot's Skyway Diner takes part in pitches in to support Food Bank

graphic community 3By Staff

June 23, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Robin is with Tiffany Page – owner of the Skyway Diner on Plains Road – who have been operating a nice sunny patio while they wait for the next signs from our government.

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Robin Bailey with Tiffany Page at the Skyway Diner in Aldershot.

Great food and excellent service here – and they are also running a promotion to help us out. For the month of June bring a food item to the Skyway Diner and they will donate to the Burlington Food Bank when you pick up take-out or (fingers crossed) dine-in and enter to win one of three $50 gift cards!

Food Drive contest runs June 1 to June 30 and winners will be announced on Canada Day, July 1.

We appreciate that even though Skyway was struggling through the pandemic closures and restrictions, they still managed to add on a thoughtful food drive for families in Burlington. Everything helps us.  Check out the Skyway Diner

– Thank you https://www.facebook.com/SkywayDinerBurlington

If you are in need or know of someone who could use our help, PLEASE have them email us at info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca or call 905-637-2273 to make arrangements to have food dropped at their door or make arrangements to pick it up through our curb-side pickup option. If you are a resident in Burlington, we are all here to help. Don’t struggle – give us a call.

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Provincial Liberals in Burlington to Nominate their Candidate June 26th

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June 21st, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Burlington Provincial Liberal Association announces two candidates seeking the nomination for the next provincial election scheduled for June 2022

There are two candidates.
Vying for the nomination as the official candidate of the Ontario Liberal Party in the electoral district of Burlington are:

Grebenc

Andréa Grebenc https://trustandrea.com

Manaa Miriam H&S

Mariam Manaa https://www.mariammanaa.ca

A live webcast will be held allowing the public to hear speeches/presentations by the candidates for the nomination.

Everyone can register to view these presentations.

A video of the webcast will be posted and available for viewing later.

Date: June 23, 2021
Time: 7 to 8 PM
Click to register HERE.

Voting will take place on Saturday June 26, 2021 between 11am to 8pm.

Members that are registered to vote in the nomination contest will receive an email with instructions on how to vote, and your personal PIN number that authenticates you for voting. Voting can be done online or by phone.

If you are a Member of the Burlington Provincial Liberal Association and you do not receive an email with instruction by Thursday, June 24 at 5PM, please contact vote@ontarioliberal.ca

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The Burlington CleanUp - GreenUp is back on

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June 17, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Burlington Green has announced that the city-wide Clean Up is back on.

cleanup greenup BACKSign up to participate in this popular and rewarding city-wide opportunity to safely collect litter from our communities.

You can also register to participate in various at-home green up activities to help grow the local tree canopy and strengthen local biodiversity.

Since BurlingtonGreen began hosting this inclusive event back in 2011, a whopping 109,000+ people have participated in these collective efforts, resulting in cleaner and greener parks, streams, schoolyards and neighbourhoods. Join in the fun and be part of the change!

You can find all the details, benefits, tips and perks when you register your activities by Registering  HERE

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Ribfest will take place again on Canada Day

News 100 yellowBy Staff

June 17th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Canada’s Largest Ribfest is “Popping” back up this Canada Day!

RibfestCanada’s Largest Ribfest, a fundraising initiative of Rotary Burlington Lakeshore, is thrilled to be returning to Burlington Centre for a “Pop-Up” drive-thru event, this Canada Day, July 1st, 2021.

The public is invited to the Burlington Centre parking lot, at 777 Guelph Line from 10am to 7pm to experience the fun and flavour of Rotary Lakeshore’s Drive-Thru Ribfest in a safe, socially-distant way. “The safety of our guests, rib teams & volunteers is top priority, while also supporting the charities who need us most right now.”, said Jay Bridle, Co-Chair of Canada’s Largest Ribfest.

Over the course of 25 years, through Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Rotary Burlington Lakeshore has raised over $4.5 million for local, national, and international charities.

Ribfest 2020 lines

It worked just fine last year. It will be even better this year.

“Canceling our Labour Day weekend event that attracts upwards of 175,000 guests for a second year
in a row is a huge disappointment and really impacts our ability to support those charities and
individuals who need it most, now more than ever.” remarked Canada’s Largest Ribfest Co-Chair,
Brent Paszt. “Our Drive-Thru Rib Events enable us to continue that support”; he added.

Rotary Burlington Lakeshore President Jay Thomblison stated that, “after the success of last year’s
Rotary Drive-Thru Ribfests, we saw fit to try it again, not just once, but twice this summer! Proceeds
from this event, along with those generated from our upcoming Labour Day Drive-Thru, will enable
us to continue that support that our charitable friends rely on.”

Guests are asked to enter Burlington Centre from the Fairview Street entrance and will remain in
their vehicles for the duration of their visit. Food vendors will take orders and payment (cards
preferred) and will deliver each completed order to your vehicle. Gloves and masks will be worn by
all staff, vendors, and volunteers.

Four award-winning rib teams in attendance will include Camp 31 BBQ, Billy Bones BBQ, Uncle
Sam’s BBQ, and Sticky Fingers BBQ. There will also be food offerings from East Side Mario’s,
Blaze Pizza, Tiny Tom Donuts, and Ontario Corn Roasters, ensuring that there’s something for the
entire family. The event will also include live music for guests to enjoy while they wait in the
comfort and safety of their vehicles.

Special thanks to our lead sponsors, Burlington Centre and Cogeco, who are once again supporting
the event, showing that the community is dedicated to helping Rotary Burlington Lakeshore raise
funds for their important work.

 

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Aldershot residents can get a closer look at the plans for the re-design of parts of Plains Rd - online

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 16th, 2021

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It is a sign of the way Burlington wants to configure the way streets are used – the car is no longer king.

Kaylan Edgcumbe, Manager of Integrated Mobility, explains that “Cycling is becoming more popular for commuters and recreational riders and is great for the environment and our collective health.”

The City of Burlington is hosting an online public information centre (PIC) on June 23rd, in the evening via Zoom to inform residents about road resurfacing and installing new cycling infrastructure on Plains Road from Spring Gardens Road to Waterdown Road in 2022.

Plaind Rd bike lanes

Map showing where the re-designed road will be.

Aldershot Plains Rd at WAterdown

The newly designed Plains Road will begin at the intersection of Waterdown and Plains Road and run right out to the RBG.

Part of the City’s Integrated Mobility Plan and Cycling Plan, this infrastructure will be the first of its kind in Burlington and will improve safety of cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

The new infrastructure will include cross-rides, cycle tracks and protected intersections while maintaining existing vehicle lanes.

Cross-rides – Similar to crosswalks for pedestrians, they allow cyclists to safely cross intersections and stay on their bikes. They are generally connected to dedicated cycling features such as segregated bike lanes, cycle tracks and other cycling infrastructure.
Cross-rides will allow cyclists to travel in one direction or both directions.

Cycle tracks – Cycle tracks are dedicated cycling lanes that run beside the road but are physically separated from vehicular traffic by either a curb or buffer space. Depending on the style of cycle track, they may be at the same or different level as the sidewalk.
Cycle tracks are for cycling only and are generally different from sidewalks as they are made of asphalt, while sidewalks are made of concrete.

Cycle tracks are usually one-way and follow the direction of traffic.

Protected intersections – To make intersections safer and more comfortable for people walking, cycling and driving or riding in motor vehicles, the City of Burlington is implementing the ‘protected intersection’ concept where possible. The concept is based on a tested Dutch design that has been implemented throughout the United States and Canada. Features include: corner safety island, forward stop-bar, setback cross ride and cross walk, and designated bike signals.

Online Public Information Centre
This virtual PIC will offer residents information on the project scope, scheduling, traffic impacts and the chance to discuss any construction disruptions from the work.

Date: June 23, 2021
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

How to join:
Step 1: Visit burlington.ca/PlainsRoadResurfacing on your computer or mobile device.
Step 2: Click on the Zoom Meeting Link
Step 3: Enter Passcode: 2xiAQa

hydro poles north side Plains

The poles carrying utility wires (cable and telephone) wires on the north side will be removed and the cable buried.

Residents may also join the PIC by phone:
Dial: 1-647-374-4685 or 1-647-558-0588
Webinar ID: 957 7126 2277
Passcode: 072754

International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aktOjgFpP
infrastructure for Burlington.

The work being done here will enhance the safety for everyone – not just cyclists – while maintaining the existing vehicular lanes. Cycling is becoming more popular for commuters and recreational riders.

Part of the re-design job being done includes the removal of all the poles carrying telephone and cable TV wires. – the cables will be buried.

The project is a pilot – the city wants to learn how people adapt when there is an opportunity for them to make more use of bicycles.

Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith thinks it’s a great idea and was pleased when his ward was chosen as the location for the pilot.

All he wants now is a Rainbow Crosswalk outside the RBG that would tell people entering the city from the Hamilton side that Burlington is an inclusive city.

 

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