City having difficulty keep parkland in usable shape; Mother Nature is getting the best of them. Ball parks closed as is proving to be

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 7th, 2019



The consistent rain and cool temperatures has created the ideal environment for growing grass at a fast pace; it has also created conditions that make it very difficult for the City to service the parks, primarily cutting the grass.

In some park areas, the ground is too wet for the equipment to cut the grass without sinking into the soil, creating issues with rutting and equipment getting stuck.

Once the grass is long, it does take extra time to cut in order to prevent damage to the equipment from overheating.

Mary Battaglia, Director of Roads, Parks and Forestry Department and the person responsible for ensuring that the parks and sports fields are usable explains that: “Given the conditions with rain, it is likely going to be a few weeks before we are able to get the grass cutting under control and return to normal cutting rotations.

“Unfortunately, we’re at the mercy of Mother Nature and we are doing our best to work under the current conditions. Everyone’s patience is appreciated while staff work to address this situation.”

Ireland park grass ruts

Spongy grounds and long grass is making it difficult to keep the grounds in decent shape.

Those wet conditions have playing and multi-use fields un-usable.

As a result the following grass multi-use fields and ball diamonds are closed today:
• Brant Hills Park D1, D2, D3, F1
• Breckon Park D1
• Cavendish Park D1
• Champlain Park D1
• Fothergill Woods Park D1
• Frontenac Park F1
• Gary Allen High School Park F2
• General Brock Park D1
• Hidden Valley Park D1
• Lansdown Park D1, F1
• Leighland Park D1, D2
• M.M. Robinson High School Fields
• Maple Park F1
• Mohawk Park D1
• Nelson Park Casey Cosgrove Baseball Field (D1)
• Newport Park F1
• Ryerson Park D1
• Sheldon Park D1, F1
• Skyway Park D2
• Wellington Park F2

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Final bio pesticide spray to take place Saturday June 8th: 5 to 7:30 am

News 100 greenBy Staff

June 6th, 2019



A low-flying helicopter will be applying the final application a bio-pesticide over four wooded areas to control gypsy moth populations. This pest causes significant defoliation and potential long-term impact to the City’s urban forest. The first spray date was May 31.

The final application of the pesticide on June 8 will be completed between 5 and 7:30 a.m. and is expected to take 5-10 minutes for each park.

Mountainside PArk

Mountainside Park trees to get final spray.

The areas include:

• Forestvale/Kerncliff Park
• LaSalle Park
• Lowville Park
• Mountainside Park

An interactive map is available on that allows residents to enter an address so they can see where the address is in relation to the spray areas.

Updates will be posted on the City’s Twitter and Facebook accounts @CityBurlington and online at

Rob Peachey, on the left, Manager Parks and Open Spaces for the city, talks through some solutions to managing the very large weekend crowds.

Rob Peachey, on the left, Manager Parks and Open Spaces for the city, talks through some solutions to managing the very large weekend crowds at Lowville Park..

The City’s contractor will be applying a Class 11 biopesticide, Foray 48B, REGISTRATION NO. 24977 PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS ACT, with active ingredient Bacillus thuringiensis ‘kurstaki’.

Steve Robinson, Manager of Urban Forestry advises that: “The first application went very well. This second spray is standard practice and will help ensure we protect our trees from this pest in these areas for many years to come. Strong trees with a healthy leaf canopy help reduce temperatures, act as wind-breaks, provide homes for animals and help prevent flooding and erosion. They’re simply good for everything which is why we do everything we can to protect and promote them.”

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Freeman Station published summer schedule - make a point of touring the place - well worth your time.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

June 6th, 2019



The Freeman Station has announced their operating hours.

Freeman hours

Freeman Junction sign BEST

The station is open today because of hard work done by a group of volunteers.

Interesting to note that they have items that are for sale and that the model railway in the lower level of the building is now open.

Every child from about the age of five should be given a chance to tour the place and begin to understand how Burlington grew from a farming and produce community to what it is today.

A group of people started six years ago to save the structure at a time when the city wasn’t even able to sell it as kindling.

Some brave souls worked hard to find a location and then to raise the funds to keep it in one piece and put it on a foundation – all during a time when the city had basically given up on the idea of their being an historic railway station that the public could tour.


Some of the people that made the Freeman Station possible at a city council meeting.

A developer, (the Molinaro Group) with some prodding from a ward Councillor was able to put some Section 37 money into the building and when a particularly tough time hit them then Mayor Rick Goldring came through for them.

The Freeman Station is now a fact – built and operational – now what to do with it?

The hours of operation are impressive – it will call for a lot of volunteer time to keep the doors open. The people that did such a marvelous job of refurbishing the place do not have the skill set to market it effectively and run it on a day to day basis.


Rendering of Brant Museum – scheduled to open in July.

It needs a home within the city bureaucracy – the most obvious home is within the Museums Burlington set up that over sees Ireland House (which is very well run) and the transformed Joseph Brant Museum that as sucked up some $10 million in public money and is scheduled for a July opening.

Barbara Teatero, Executive Director Museums Burlington

Barbara Teatero, Executive Director Museums Burlington

The paucity of information that has come from the Museum operation has been a situation that is part of the way the current Executive Director has operated. There will soon be an occasion for new leadership of the Museum operation – once the city treasurer gets used to the kind of money the transformed Museum is going to need to be operational.

Some major surprises coming on that front.

Culture has never been a top of mind issue for city council – it is seen as a nice to have – something every city Burlington’s size has – but for Burlington not something that there is much heart and soul in.

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Social policy advisor argues that the Ford budget cuts are neither efficient nor necessary in today's political context and carry potentially disastrous consequences.

opinionred 100x100By Staff

June 6th, 2019



Community Development Halton has been serving the community for more than 30 years. Joey Edwardh, PhD, Executive Director has been a vocal advocate for social change.  She comments on remarks by her colleague David Thornley.

“As I move throughout Halton’s community of social and health agencies, I am aware of the anxiety and sense of vulnerability enveloping the sector. I feel the immense weight on the shoulders of my colleagues as they contemplate increasing need for services from a diverse and growing population combined with deep cuts to the service provided by their agency. They know that people will suffer.

“This Community Dispatch shares David Thornley’s thoughts on how this budget doesn’t have to be this way. David is a colleague who has worked extensively in both government and the non-profit sector and is a policy advisor to the Social Planning Network of Ontario.

Thornley maintains: “Every Ontario budget must be viewed through two lenses: how it invests in the future health and prosperity of its people; and how the political and economic context shaped or limited its choices. Two divergent views have emerged on Premier Doug Ford’s April 11th budget. Some observers see deep cuts and a significant erosion in public services like those under Mike Harris. Others see a largely flat-lined budget unlike Harris’s cuts of 1996. Both views miss that Doug Ford faced much more favourable political realities than those facing Mike Harris in 1995. Ford’s cuts are neither efficient nor necessary in today’s political context and carry potentially disastrous consequences.

“Fiscal context matters. The decade before 1995 was marked by higher income taxes, reduced federal transfers to provinces, and a major economic recession. By the early nineties, debt interest payments were consuming 36% of federal spending. In its 1995 budget, Liberal Finance Minister Paul Martin went all in on what became the blueprint for austerity throughout Canada. The 1995 Ontario budget projected federal cuts of $3.6 billion to Ontario alone by 1997- 98. In 1999-2000, federal transfers to Ontario were still 11% lower than in 1991- 92.

“The Ontario NDP under Bob Rae, combating three years of declining revenues, limited program spending increases to under 1% a year from 1992-93 to 1995-96. With declining revenues and reduced transfers from Ottawa, the 1996 Harris budget saw deeper cuts to public services as the only viable option given its commitment to cut taxes. Elements of the Harris budget simply deepened and extended spending cuts under Rae. Two ministries exempted from cuts by Rae, community and social services and economic development and trade, saw dramatic cuts under Harris, including deep cuts to social assistance.

Ford - For the People.

Premier Doug Ford: Talking about his first budget.

“The lead-up to Ontario’s 2019 budget was very different: a decade of lower taxes, increased federal transfers, and a strong recovery after the financial crisis of 2008-09. Federally, debt interest payments decreased nearly 50% as a share of spending. In Ontario, repeated tax cuts resulted in only a 33% growth in personal income tax revenues compared to 60% for tax revenues overall. Program spending lagged behind both inflation and population growth.

“Ontario today faces a healthier fiscal situation of increased federal transfers, reduced public debt levels and the capacity to raise revenues after years of personal and corporate tax cuts. Yes, the 2019 Ontario budget is essentially a flat lined budget, but Ontario already has the second-lowest per capita program spending of any province. Most ministries lack the capacity to absorb further cuts without seriously eroding access to services.

“Instead of forward-looking investments, the 2019 budget offers deep cuts (19% or more) in nine ministries with reductions in 11 others. True, a handful of ministries see increases, but the larger pattern mirrors deep cuts under the earlier Harris budget. Worse still, many targeted cuts are neither efficient nor necessary. Health was largely flat-lined, but this masks deep cuts to public health spending, including a reduction of nearly $100 million in Toronto alone. Most of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s cuts come from slashing 29% in legal aid funding including the elimination of Ontario’s funding for immigrants and refugees.

“Both public health and legal aid services reduce inequality, representing foundational aspects in sustaining a fair and just society. Other cuts form part of a larger pattern including: a $670 million cut to student aid, the 50% reduction to Ontario Library Service, reduction of grossly inadequate social assistance rates, abandoning the basic income pilot, the rollback of workplace standards for those in precarious employment, rollback of the planned $15 minimum wage, cuts to Ontario Trillium Foundation, defunding of the Ontario Child Advocate and slashing compensation levels for the victims of crime.

“Together this paints a disturbing picture of a government that demonstrates a callous indifference to basic needs and the community supports essential in maintaining the vitality and social cohesion of cities, towns, and villages across Ontario. Equally disturbing, none of these cuts have anything to do with efficiency. They are an abdication of the public responsibility of any government to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of its residents.

“They are malicious and punishing cuts targeted to the most vulnerable – young people, the poor, recent immigrants, and rural communities. They threaten human health and diminish opportunities to prosper. They offend any sense of collective responsibility and undermine progress in strengthening our communities. Such cuts are unconscionable and completely unnecessary.

“It doesn’t have to be this way. The Ford government’s moves to scrap the $1.7 billion in cap and trade revenues and another $1.7 billion in corporate and other tax changes identified in the October 2018 statement could fully fund all of these cuts.

“These cuts are a calculated political choice, but also a cowardly choice. No political party would dare campaign openly on such a harmful and inhumane agenda.

“These actions don’t strengthen our communities, they hurt them. Hopefully, with this sorry example to draw upon, no political party will ever do so again.”

David Thornley

David Thornley

David Thornley has worked extensively in both government and the not-for-profit sector and is a policy adviser to the Social Planning Network of Ontario.




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Mayor in France to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the landings on the beaches of Normandy - where hundreds of Canadians lost their lives.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

June 6th, 2019



In Flanders fields the poppies blow are the opening lines to the classic poem written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during the First World War.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward is in France for the celebration of the 75 landing of Canadian troops on the beaches of that country.
On the drive to the location of Juno Beach, where Canadian troops landed the people she was driving with saw a field of poppies – and had to stop to take a picture.


Most Canadians who see a field of poppies immediately think of the McCrae poem. The poppies are a common sight in parts of France.

Such an idyllic photograph on the way to the scene of a terrible battle with the loss of hundreds of lives.
Keeping up with what the Mayor is doing in France is not going to be easy; John Bkila, her media liaison at city hall advised the Gazette that:

“In contact with my colleague Victoria Al-Samadi and the Mayor in France, many things are changing from minute to minute with respect to the planning and itineraries for the 75th anniversary of D-Day events there – this is partly due to the involvement of many organizations and people, such as Veterans Affairs Canada and other local, Canadian and international dignitaries.

“As a result, we will wait to post the accurate itinerary upon the Mayor’s return, including names of individuals involved and photographs.

“The Mayor and the Mayor’s Office is looking forward to sharing the full details and purposes behind each of her activities upon her return.

“If anyone is interested in more immediate information, the Mayor’s several social media accounts are providing a great deal of live updates through photos and videos.”

A news cycle that begins at the start of a day is over by the time the sun sets. Meed Ward regularly talks up her 22 years as a journalist doesn’t seem to be able to make a daily deadline to the people that elected her. Disappointing.

It was a terrible time – pictures available to us today testify to just how gruesome it was.

Landing craft approaching

Landing craft heading for the beaches of Normandy France where many faced withering fire from German guns.

Running ashore fron landing craft

Men racing toward the shore of the beaches of Normandy France. Many didn’t make it.


Battle on the Beach

For some the battle to get off the beach was fought yard by yard – many didn’t make it.

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Gareth Williams seeking the Green party nomination for the federal election expected in October.

News 100 greenBy Staff

June 6th, 2019



Gareth Williams, one of the candidates for ward 3 in the municipal election has decided he wants the Green Party nomination.

In a note on his Facebook page he states:

“I’m excited to announce that I am seeking the nomination to run for the Green Party in the upcoming federal election in Burlington!

Gareth Williams

Gareth Williams

“Canadians have become disillusioned with the current government, who promised ‘real change’ in 2015 but have stalled on many issues, including on the threat of climate change. When many were looking for leadership, we were given a pipeline instead.

“Like many I had enough, and sought people committed to real action. I found the Greens were ready.

“This isn’t a decision I’ve made lightly, and I am realistic about my chances, but I believe strongly that 2019 will be the year for a Green breakthrough. Voters have woken up to the fact that when you elect Greens, the established parties take notice. Just witness the success of Greens in BC, PEI, New Brunswick over the past several months. And of course Mike Schreiner right here in Ontario has been invaluable in holding Doug Ford’s government to account and keeping the priorities of ordinary Canadians at the forefront.

“Many who supported the Greens voted strategically in 2015 based on the promise that it would be the last election held under First Past the Post. Those same voters were then disappointed when Justin Trudeau abandoned that promise, then went on to offer half-hearted attempts to address climate change, with approval of projects like the TransMountain pipeline leading many to wonder just who it was they voted for. The prospects for climate action under a Conservative led government are even worse, and Ontarians have seen first hand in recent months what voting Conservative because they don’t like the Liberals gets us. And like many I am uninspired by the NDPs leadership and continuous waffling on the issues.

Gareth Williams 2

Gareth Williams: has yet to learn to relax.

“I believe Canadians want to send a message to the Liberals, Conservatives, and NDP that addressing climate change, poverty, implementing electoral reform, improving transparency, and co-operation across partisan lines aren’t just talking points– they’re what we demand out of our politicians.

“That’s why voters in Nanaimo chose to send the second Green MP to Ottawa last month. Many of you have told me that you’re similarly upset with how the big three parties take our votes for granted, and I agree, so I made the decision to put my name forward as a positive choice this fall as part of the Greens.


Gareth Williams – acquitted himself well in the municipal election.

“Right now I’m working through the process of officially becoming a candidate, but if you want to help me secure the nomination, please respond below or send me an e-mail or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter. The most important goal right now is to recruit new Green members here in Burlington – if you’re interested in signing up, or just learning more about Green policies such as ‘Vision Green’ or ‘Mission Possible’, visit

“You must be a member before June 15th to vote at the nomination meeting to be held this July.”

Gareth has an excellent mind but is as wooden as a 2×4.  He has yet to learn the art of relaxing, of being folksy with people and putting them at ease.  The Greens have always had a tough time finding a candidate.  We have it on good authority that former Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring is not going to seek the Green nomination.

Williams is quite right; their is wind in thee sail of the Green boat.  The public may well have become fed up with a lot of what has happened in the past four years – and Climate Change is top of mind for everyone.

Just chill a bit Gareth and try not to make the mistake of changing your image in the middle of an election.

All four national political parties either have named their candidates or have people actively seeking the nomination.  Their may be some independents.


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Police looking for suspects who have displayed hate-motivated messages.

Crime 100By Staff

June 5th, 2019



Police are seeking public assistance to identify the persons responsible for displaying hate-motivated messages at six locations in the City of Burlington since May 21, 2019.

The first known incident occurred on May 21, 2019 near Dundas Street and Guelph Line, and involved a note being left on a private vehicle that included a hate-motivated racist message.

The second incident occurred on May 23, 2019 and involved an Anti-Semitic poster that was placed on a traffic post.
The next incident occurred on May 26, 2019 when hate propaganda was placed on a number of vehicles in the parking lot of a church near Mainway and Walkers Line.

Hate crime suspects

Suspects approach the doors of Burlington’s city hall.

On May 30, 2019, a complainant reported to police that an Anti-Semitic message was written on their vehicle in marker.

Some time between June 1 and June 2, 2019, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of the Burlington Art Gallery.
In the most recent known incident, Anti-Semitic imagery was found posted on the front doors of Burlington City Hall on the morning of June 2, 2019.

The Halton Regional Police Service condemns any/all such incidents that impact or erode the community’s sense of safety and well-being.

“Hate crime has no place in any community, and I am confident that the persons responsible behind these ignorant, cowardly and hateful acts will be quickly identified with the public’s assistance.

“No one has the right to make another person feel fearful because of the colour of their skin, race, religion, ethnic origin or any other factor. The Halton Regional Police Service is committed to fully investigating these crimes and ensuring those responsible are brought to justice,” said Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah.

The HRPS is investigating these offences as hate crimes that willfully promote hatred. We are appealing to the public to come forward with any information that would assist us in determining the persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact investigators at 905-825-4777 ext. 2315 or ext. 2316 or the on-duty 3 District Staff Sergeant at 905-825-4777 ext. 2310.

Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at

Mayor Meed Ward issued a Statement earlier today saying: “On behalf of the City of Burlington and Burlington City Council, I join Halton Police in condemning all incidents where this type of despicable behavior takes place. Hate absolutely has no place anywhere in our city. Burlington is a place that embraces and celebrates diversity, acceptance and respect.”

The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister for Democratic Institutions and Member of Parlimenrt for Burlington said:  “These crimes displayed hate-motivated and anti-Semitic messages around the City, including at City Hall.

“These types of acts are unacceptable and there is no place for hatred or violence in our community. No one in our community should feel discriminated against because of their faith. Burlington is a place that celebrates our diversity. We are a tolerant and accepting city where everyone should feel welcome.

“In a world where hate and racism continues to rise, we must respect each other, and embrace each other’s differences. Our diversity is our strength. We must continue to fight against discrimination of all kinds and we must stand up against hatred in all of its forms.”


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Nisan elected to Board of FCM

News 100 blueBy Staff

January 5th, 2019



Rory Nisan microphone

Councillor Rory Nisan – elected to Board of Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Regional Councillor Rory Nisan was elected to the Board of Directors, Ontario Caucus for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), at their Annual General Meeting in Québec City.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal government since 1901 and plays an important role in advocating to ensure the needs of municipalities are reflected in federal policies and programs.

“On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to congratulate Councillor Nisan on his election to the FCM Board of Directors,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. “Rory will be a strong advocate for Halton Region at the federal level. He is consensus builder who will represent Halton with the same passion and dedication he demonstrates as a local councillor for Burlington and regional councillor for Halton.”

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Lake Ontario at its highest record level; Flood Watch issued.

News 100 redBy Staff

June 5th, 2019



Flood watchThe latest information provided by the International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB) indicates that Lake Ontario has remained at its record daily lake level that it first reached on June 2nd. The latest daily mean water level of 75.90 m (IGLD 1985 Datum) is the highest on record for Lake Ontario (greater than the highest daily level observed in 2017) and is approximately 84 cm above the historical average for this time of year.

While inflows from Lake Erie are at record levels, Ottawa River flows have dropped in recent days allowing outflows from Lake Ontario to increase concurrently. Further increases in Lake Ontario outflows are expected as conditions downstream permit. Lake Ontario levels may continue to rise gradually over the next several days, but that the rise is likely to be small and highly dependent on precipitation inputs.

Most scenarios are forecasting a rise of no more than 5cm above the current record levels, with the potential for a larger rise in level under the wettest scenarios.

Lake Ontario is expected to reach its seasonal peak within the next one to three weeks before it begins to slowly decline and will remain very high for the next several weeks and into the summer months.

All shoreline areas should be considered dangerous during this time. Localized flooding combined with the potential for waves to overtop breakwalls and other shoreline structures continue to make these locations extremely dangerous. Conservation Halton is asking all residents to exercise caution around Lake Ontario shoreline areas and to alert children in your care of these imminent dangers.

This Flood Watch – Lake Ontario Shoreline message will remain in effect until June 19th. Conservation Halton will continue to monitor Lake Ontario wind conditions and lake levels closely and will either terminate this message or issue further updates as necessary.

Additional information is available online through the ILOSLRB website and on Facebook:

Current Conditions:


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Nelson pool to close for three days - city hosting competitions.

sportsred 100x100By Staff

June 5th, 2019



The City of Burlington hosting two youth sporting events that will result in the closing of the Nelson Pool on June 9, July 6 and July 7.
SunRype TRiKiDS Triathlon is June 9.

Devilrays swimmers

The butterfly being done the way it is supposed to be done.

Burlington Aquatic Devilrays are hosting a swim meet on July 6 and 7.

Anyone wanting to enjoy a swim or spray pad on those days are encouraged to visit any of our other many indoor and outdoor pools and spray pads. For a listing of locations and schedules, please visit

The City of Burlington encourages people of all ages to get outside and play. Help Burlington become the Most Active Community in Canada.

Take ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge and track your activities. All you need to do is download the free app at

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Burlassic Park will be at the Band shell tonight; viewing starts at 8:30 pm

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 5th, 2019



Burlassic Park public viewings confirmed for Games 3 and 4 moving to Central Park Bandshell

The local broadcasting of games 3 and 4 of the NBA finals that has Toronto’s Raptors facing the Oakland Golden State Warriors in a seven game series that is now tied at one game each will be taking place at the Bandshell in Central Park due to construction at City Hall

Warriors stadium

Golden State Warrior stadium in Oakland California – better viewing in Burlington.

Games 5, 6 and 7 will be at Civic Square in downtown Burlington.

The following are the dates, times and locations for Burlassic Park NBA Finals public viewing parties:

Game 3 Wednesday, June 5: Central Park Bandshell. Viewing party begins at 8:30 p.m.
Game 4 Friday, June 7: Central Park Bandshell. Viewing party begins at 8:30 p.m.
Game 5: Monday, June 10. Civic Square. Viewing party begins at 8:30 p.m.
Game 6: Thursday, June 13. Civic Square. Viewing party begins at 8:30 p.m.
Game 7: Sunday, June 16. Civic Square Viewing party begins at 7:30 p.m.

Civic sq 2000 raptors

Construction at city “viewing party” has moved to the Band shell at Central Park.

The City of Burlington will be hosting game viewings rain or shine. As the games are likely to go beyond 11 p.m., City Council has granted a Noise Bylaw exemption for all days.

Road Closures
For all games at Civic Square, Brant Street will be closed from James to Elgin Streets from one hour before the viewing parties begin and will be reopened soon after the game is over.

Event updates will be available on the City of Burlington social media accounts and residents are encouraged to following along for event shares via the hashtag #burlassicpark

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40 people in the Halton Region died from drug overdoses in 2018.

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 4th, 2019



Since the beginning of this year, the Halton Regional Police Service has seen an increase in the number of suspected opioid overdoses in the communities they serve. Each of these overdoses comes with its own emotional and physical toll.

Across the country, an estimated 4,400 people died after apparent opioid overdoses in 2018. Each of these lives — the lives of mothers, sons, brothers, daughters, fathers, sisters and friends — makes the opioid crisis a significant public safety concern.

Halton Region is not immune to the impact of the opioid crisis that is devastating communities from coast to coast. While our Region has not experienced the same scope of overdoses and deaths as other parts of the country, Halton has been significantly impacted.

The opioid crisis does not distinguish between age, socio-economic, gender, geography or cultural boundaries.

We recognize that the impact of opioid use will be a long-term challenge for the community. This is why the Halton Regional Police Service is working collaboratively with stakeholders to develop and deliver comprehensive strategies and interventions to address the issues related to the illicit use, misuse or abuse of opioids in our community.

This includes work across various sectors to build resiliency in all four municipalities through the Halton Region – Community Safety & Well-Being Plan.

If you have a friend or family member who uses drugs, these tips may help save a life in the event of an overdose:

• Never use alone. If an overdose occurs, having another person nearby can save your life.
• Remember that any drug can be cut with, or contaminated by, other agents or drugs (e.g. fentanyl), which in very small amounts can be harmful or fatal. Know your tolerance and always use a small amount of a drug first to check the strength.
• Carry naloxone, a drug that can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Naloxone is available free-of-charge in Halton at:
o Halton Region clinics (in Acton, Burlington, Georgetown, Milton and Oakville) and Halton Region Needle Exchange Program (Exchange Works)
o Some local pharmacies. To find a pharmacy that distributes naloxone, visit the Ontario government’s Where to get a free naloxone kit web page.
• Don’t run. Call 9-1-1. An overdose is a medical emergency. Know the signs of an overdose and call 9-1-1 right away. Our frontline officers, and other first responders in Halton, carry naloxone and we want to assist. The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act provides broad legal protections for anyone seeking emergency support during an overdose, including the person experiencing an overdose. This means citizens, including youth, will not be charged for offences such as simple possession for calling 9-11 in an emergency.

“The Halton Regional Police Service recognizes that addressing the devastating impacts of the opioid crisis requires a holistic, long-term, collaborative approach. We are leveraging all internal resources and taking all measures to actively investigate and prosecute those responsible for trafficking in illicit narcotics,” said Chief Stephen Tanner.

“In parallel, we continue to work with strategic partners to further our understanding of the upstream factors that contribute to this issue. Our community demands and deserves the best from us, and their well-being and safety is our priority.”

Last year, 40 people in Halton died from an opioid overdose. Each of these deaths matters greatly, and is preventable. We want to talk about opioid overdoses – to reduce the stigma against people who use drugs, and to ensure that people who use drugs get the support they need.


Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner

“We are already working to ensure that people who use drugs, their families and friends, can access free naloxone through our clinic and outreach programs, and to equip first responders in Halton to carry naloxone which saves lives.

“This is a complex issue that requires a community wide response. We are committed to working together with our partners on a local response.” Said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health]

Resources for those with addictions
We encourage all parents to have open and frank conversations with their children about the very significant risks and dangers associated with the use of any illicit drug, and in particular opioids. There are many online resources available, including the website

There are agencies and supports in place within our community to assist individuals suffering from addictions, and their families, including:

ADAPT – Halton Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Assessment Prevention & Treatment Services
ADAPT is a non-profit, community-based, outpatient addiction, assessment and treatment agency funded by the Ministry of Health & Long Term Care, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, and the United Way to provide a range of services throughout the Halton Region. ADAPT is dedicated to empowering persons with alcohol, drug and/or gambling concerns, and their families, to manage these concerns and to lead fulfilling lives through the provision of comprehensive assessment and treatment services, corresponding to need. ADAPT’s services and programs are available for adults and youth and include:

• Assessment, Treatment and Referral Services (Adult)
Days Ahead Program – Assessment, Treatment and Referral Services (Youth)
• Community Justice Programs
• Know the D.E.A.L. Program (Youth)

For more information about ADAPT services or to book an appointment, call the Intake Desk at 905-639-6537 ext. 0. If this is long distance, call 905-693-4250 ext. 0. Collect calls are also accepted. Hours of operation are from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) – Halton Region Branch
CMHA provides support for mental health and addictions through education programs, free walk-in counselling programs, crisis intervention through the Crisis Outreach and Support team (COAST program), support and peer-support programs.

For more information on CMHA services call 905-693-4270 or toll-free 1-877-693-4270.

If someone is experiencing a mental health crisis:
• Call COAST at 1-877-825-9011 (TTY: 1-844-646-1700)
• Go to the nearest hospital, or
• Call 9-1-1

Connex Ontario
Provides free and confidential health service information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling. Information and referral services are live-answer 24/7, confidential, and free: 1-866-531-2600

Halton RAAM (Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine) Clinic
The Halton RAAM Clinic provides evidence-based addiction medicine treatments for a variety of substance-use disorders, including alcohol, opioids, tobacco, and benzodiazepine tapering.

The clinic accepts referrals from any source, including self-referral, and patients can also arrive on a walk-in basis. Call 1-888-388-7226 for an appointment.

Halton Region Exchange Works program
Exchange Works is a program of Halton Region’s Harm Reduction Services. As part of this program, outreach workers and public health nurses operate a mobile outreach service in Halton Region that involves:

• Exchanging used injection/smoking supplies for new injection/smoking supplies
• Providing health information to clients
• Distributing safer sex supplies
• Referring clients to community agencies that have the tools to help access rehabs
Services offered:
• Safer injection supplies
• Safer steroid supplies
• Safer inhalation supplies
• Safer sex supplies
• Nasal naloxone training and kits
• Education
• Written information and referrals
• STI and HIV testing, along with Hep A + B vaccines
• Presentations (by request)

You can access Exchange Works by:
• Texting or calling mobile outreach services (on a confidential cell phone)

Mobile Outreach Services
905-330-3305 (North Halton: 905-702-4200)
Monday-Thursday 4:30-8:30 p.m.
• Visiting one of the Halton Region clinics.

Needle exchange services available at Burlington and Oakville clinics
Monday-Friday 1-4 p.m

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A Bureaucrat and a Politician, both of the first order, now ready to begin thinking through their report after hearing the public at nine Regional meetings.

background 100By Pepper Parr

June 3rd, 2019



They may not have known each other all that well when they were appointed but both men said yes just as soon as they were asked by the Minister of Housing and Municipalities if they would serve as Special Advisors and do the grunt work for the Provincial Review called for by Premier Doug Ford.

The choice turned out to be close to brilliant: the two men, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling were respected in their fields, municipal government – but were significantly different: Seiling was an elected politician while Fenn was an appointed bureaucrat.

The Gazette got to watch the two when they were in Halton doing the last of the nine area meetings hearing delegations on what the two advisors should and shouldn’t include in their report.

For Burlingtonians, the issue was a possible amalgamation of Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.

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Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling preparing to hear Provincial Review delegation from Halton municipalities.

It became clear that Fenn and Seiling were looking for something different from the delegations.

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Ken Seiling – an organist who understood that the job of a politician was not to be the loudest one in the room.

Ken Seiling began his political career as a councillor for the Township of Woolwich; became Mayor several years later and then moved on to become the the Regional Chair where he served for 33 years.

A man of simple tastes, Seiling plays the organ, listens carefully and takes the position that “ the job was never about him”. He and his wife have lived in Elmira all his life where they raised their five children and now spends time with his nine grandchildren.

Ken is well known for his active support of community groups across the Region and is respected both locally and provincially. Ken has directed choirs and played in many churches across the Region. Seiling would never be described as the loudest one in the room. “That’s just not my style,” said Seiling. He long ago earned a reputation as an approachable, modest politician who did his work without burning any bridges along the way.

“If you alienate people, if you make them angry with you, at the end of the day your ability to do things is pretty limited,” he said.

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Ken Seiling, a prudent small c conservative served as a Regional Chair for more than 30 years.

“I’ve never thought the job was about me. The job was about doing things for the community, for other people. I never really worried if I had the profile or not. I was quite happy to go to an event and sit in the back row.”

Seiling is one of those prudent, small c conservative politicians who once served the province very very well.

Looking after people by improving affordable and supportive housing, increased child care, and services for seniors. This requires work with non-profit groups, the private sector and the Province to forge stronger partnerships and leverage funding.

Good financial planning which keeps taxes around inflation, maintaining an AAA credit rating which was achieved through good financial management, and work to create jobs and investment through more co-ordinated efforts at economic development.

In an age of bombastic politicians and divisive, overheated politics, Seiling has never needed to be front and centre – he’s an old-school advocate for civility and quiet diplomacy.

The issues for Seiling as a politician were managing growth, investing in infrastructure and encouraging investment and jobs to keep communities livable.

He’s especially proud of policies that have protected farmland and preserved some of the region’s rural character as it grew — an approach that early in his career drew some criticism.

“I was never anti-development. I was looking for balance,” he said. “We can’t stop the clock. We’re going to grow and we need to have economic growth … But at the same time we need to maintain the things that are really important to the community.”

Seiling works to create “ strong community rooted in good values and good people and good organizations. They need to continue to work together to continue to reinforce that,” he said.

Michael Fenn is at the same table as Seiling but not in the same position.

He has served on the administrative side – focused on policy and solid management.

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Michael Fenn, former Burlington city manager and Deputy Minister under three different Premiers.

Michael Fenn has been an Ontario Deputy Minister under three Premiers, municipal chief administrator in Hamilton and Burlington, and the founding CEO of both Toronto / Hamilton regional transportation authority Metrolinx and GTA regional health authority Mississauga Halton LHIN.

He is also Board Director with the C$85+ billion OMERS AC pension fund, chairing its Technology Committee, and with the Toronto Board of Education’s realty arm, the Toronto Lands Corporation.

He has served for several years as jointly appointed Facilitator for discussions between the Mushkegowuk Tribal Council of First Nations and the Ontario Government. He is a certified board director, having attained the C.Dir. designation in 2014.

He has policy written all over him.

Fenn researches and writes extensively on infrastructure and public policy. Topics of his recent major publications include: the impact of megatrends on rural infrastructure; reducing the regulatory burdens facing local business; an evaluation of public-private partnerships in building Ontario infrastructure; the role of technology committees in board governance; the evolution of the city manager position in municipal government; reform of Ontario’s water and wastewater system; and, the influence of megatrends on infrastructure investment.
Fenn is the founding CEO of the regional transportation authority Metrolinx, as well as the regional health authority Mississauga Halton LHIN.

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Michael Fenn – has policy wonk written all over him.

He helped restructure Burlington’s city hall, crafted Hamilton’s amalgamation, and worked on early iterations of Ontario’s Greenbelt and Places to Grow initiatives, according to a Hamilton Spectator profile in 2008.

He researches and writes extensively on infrastructure and public policy and is now a management consultant specializing in the public sector and healthcare.

“I’m a lifelong public servant; I’m used to working with political leadership,” Fenn said.

“I understand that the elected representatives of the people have a right to give broad direction in terms of our public policy and I think that’s entirely legitimate and appropriate. I am just an advisor. Obviously, I have my point-of-view, my professional credibility and my conscience, so those things would also be engaged.”

Before taking on the task of being one of two Special Advisors for the Provincial Review Doug Ford wanted done as part of his personal drive for smaller government Fenn was a retired public service executive, providing project-based consulting for governmental, non-profit, private-sector and First Nations organizations and serving as Board Director.

What was impressive was the way the two men handled the Halton delegations. They were seldom any more than a degree or two apart – neither brought as much as a hint of political affiliation – Seiling is on record as saying he has never been a member of any political party.

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Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward listening as the delegation from Burlington addresses the Provincial Review Special Advisors.

The people attending the hearing on Halton did have a key concern and that was would the two Advisors release the content of their report. Both pointed out that the report was not theirs to release to the public. They were engaged as Special Advisors to the Minister and it is the Minister that will get the report.

The handing over of the document from the Advisors to the Minister is when it will take on a political hue.

Seiling says change is part of government. “My experience has been…that no government should be static, there is always change because times change,” he said. “You can’t stay frozen in time” and added that he had no preconception of what the review should conclude.
“I am going into this with an open mind. All of the regions have some nuances, some differences, so we want to hear from everybody.”

Fenn said: “It’s important work, and I’m optimistic that we will produce some results that people are going to be pleased with”.

The review will examine Ontario’s eight regional municipalities (Halton, York, Durham, Waterloo, Niagara, Peel, Muskoka District, and Oxford County), the County of Simcoe, and their lower-tier municipalities.

What can be expected from the Review?

Harry Kitchen, professor emeritus, Trent University, who has worked closely with them. said: “Neither man is the type to bend to political pressure.

“I don’t know if the premier has a preconceived notion of what needs to be done, but if he does, he’s picked the wrong two guys,” said Kitchen.

“They’re honest, thorough, fair, I’ve never seen them in a position where they got pushed around in any political manner. I don’t expect it now.”

“He has a vast knowledge of municipal affairs,” he said of Fenn.

Fenn and Seiling have been tasked with consulting municipal leaders and staff, municipal and business stakeholders, members of the public and communities and organizations if necessary, and then deliver advice to the minister of municipal affairs and housing based on their expertise and assessment of the feedback.

Seiling said the government is expecting some results by early summer. Fenn said he didn’t think the tight deadline would be a problem.

“We have been involved in and around these issues for decades. We don’t need a whole lot of background or getting up to speed.”

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Pride flag goes up on Civic Square; lights on the Pier will be in Rainbow colours later in the month.

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June 3rd, 2019



The City of Burlington proclaimed June to be Pride Month and raised the Pride Flag over City Hall. On June 23, the pier will be lit up with beautiful rainbow-coloured lights.

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From the left: Ward 1 Councillor Kelvin Galbraith, Tara Thorp representing Free Mom Hugs Hamilton-Wentworth, ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna, and Ward 2 Councillor Lisa Kearns.

Earlier today, Deputy Mayor and Ward 6 Councillor Angelo Bentivegna read the proclamation and helped raise the Pride Flag at Civic Square. He said “I am pleased that Burlington is a leader in safe, welcoming and inclusive communities. We all have a right to love and to be accepted.”

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School Board special athlete track meet to take place in Oakville June 14th.

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June 3rd, 2019



On Friday, June 14, 2019, students from the Halton District School Board will participate in the 32nd Annual Special Athletes’ Track Meet at Garth Webb Secondary School (2820 Westoak Trails Blvd, Oakville). The track meet for athletes with physical and developmental challenges will take place from 9:30 a.m. – -2 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 a.m.

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This year, more than 320 athletes are expected to participate, a significant increase considering only 12 athletes participated when the event began in 1987. Coaches, school staff and home school peers, friends, family members and volunteers provide support and encouragement for the athletes.

The Special Athletes’ events include 50m/100m races, softball throw (precision and distance), bean bag throw, Bocce (traditional), T-ball, and Frisbee throw.

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Additional events and stations have been added to the schedule including hoops/ropes and sensory exploration stations.

This event provides Special Athletes with an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and celebrate their successes with fellow students, friends and family. The Optimist Clubs of Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville and Burlington will be donating and serving hot dogs, hamburgers and cold drinks at the meet.

The rain/heat date for this event will be Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at Garth Webb Secondary School.

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City hall is all in for the Raptors games - lifts the 11 pm noise bylaw for the events,

Burlington’s Burlassic Park public viewings confirmed for entire NBA Finals series
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June 1st, 2019



According to city hall, “Burlington’s Burlassic Park roared with excitement as over 2000 people came out to cheer on the Toronto Raptors and celebrate the historic win of Game 1 of the NBA Finals.”

The City of Burlington wants to continue to share Canada’s moment with Burlington residents and is all in to host free public viewings for every NBA Finals game.

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Don’t see 2000 people in this picture – the two buildings centre background will be a lot taller five years from now – 24 storeys taller.

The following are the dates, times and locations for Burlassic Park NBA Finals public viewing parties:

Game 2 Sunday, June 2: Civic Square 7:30 p.m.

Game 3 Wednesday, June 5: Central Park Bandshell 8:30 p.m.

Game 4 Friday, June 7: Location to be determined next week. 8:30 p.m.

Games 5, 6 and 7: Civic Square (if needed and the Raptors do not take the series in 4 games)

Games 5 and 6 public viewing parties would start at 8:30 p.m. and

Game 7 at 7:30 p.m.

The City of Burlington will be hosting game viewings rain or shine. As the games are likely to go beyond 11 p.m., City Council has granted a Noise Bylaw exemption for all days.

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Can’t see a pop corn stand in this picture.

Event updates will be available on the City of Burlington social media accounts and residents are encouraged to following along for event shares via the hashtag #burlassicpark
Twitter: @cityburlington
Facebook: @cityburlington
Instagram: @cityburlington

Councillor Rory Nisan said “The Raptors are on track and Burlington is stepping up, making Burlassic Park the spot to be for the rest of the NBA finals. Let’s show the Raps how much we support them with an even bigger crowd for Game 2 and through the rest of the series.”

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RBG’s world-renowned lilac collection reaches peak bloom.

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June 1st, 2019



A heavenly fragrance is drifting through Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG’s) Arboretum, marking the official start of lilac season.

Weekend lilac celebrations at Royal Botanical Gardens’ Arboretum include live entertainment and tours

Visitors to RBG can captivate their senses amongst one of the world’s largest and diverse lilac collections as it reaches peak bloom while enjoying weekend entertainment, guided tours, and special events.
On June 1 & 2; between 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. there are a number of events at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Arboretum.

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It’s a little like walking through a perfume factory with fresh air to bring new fragrances to your nose.

Discover Lilacs
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Arboretum
Discover the seven colours of lilacs and learn about our world-renowned lilac collection.

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Four of the seven different types of lilacs at the RBG.

Guided Tour: History of Lilacs
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.; Arboretum
Follow a Garden Interpreter as they walk you through the story of our lilac collection. Meet at the start of the Lilac Walk.

Entertainment: Hands On Exotics
Saturday June 1
11:30 a.m., and 1 p.m.; Arboretum
Join us for a Jurassic Adventure! Get up close with a boa constrictor and other reptiles, and learn about these scaly friends.


This is what relaxing is all about.

Voices from the Past
11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Arboretum
Keep an eye out for Isabella Preston while wandering through our Lilac Collection. Hear her stories about her work as one of Canada’s first female horticulturalists.

John Deere – Saturday June 1
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Arboretum
John Deere will be on-site all day as the proud sponsor of the 2019 Lilac Blooms. Take a photo with a John Deere tractor and enjoy some of their give-aways and promotions that will be available.

History of Hendrie Park Heritage Walk
Saturday June 1
11 a.m. and 2 p.m. ; Hendrie Park
Learn about the history of RBG’s most popular garden area and hear the stories of the people who have changed this landscape and left their mark. Meet in the tunnel.

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Full bloom!

Wildflower Walk
1:30 p.m.; Hendrie Park
Join a Garden Interpreter for a guided walk along our trails and see what wildflowers are in bloom! Meet at the Nature Interpretive Centre front deck.

Discovery Packs
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Arboretum
Borrow a Discovery Pack from the Discovery Cart to take with you around the Gardens. These packs are complete with activity books and other tools to help you explore.


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Free money from a bank is the first sign of a scam.

Crime 100By Staff

May 31st, 2019



This kind of scam is used again and again – because it works for the thieves.

A quick look at the address it came from tells you it wasn’t a bank.

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RBC free prepaid

And banks don’t just throw money around like this. If the bank wants to talk to you about money – they will be in touch with you directly.

Some however will get taken in.

Cardinal rules: If it looks too good to be true – that’s because it isn’t true – and if in doubt – don’t.

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Resident catches contractor putting asphalt down a sewer.

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May 31st, 2019



There is nothing better than an on-site witness with a camera to catch unacceptable behavior.

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Beaver street resident catches paving contractor breaking the rules.

A Beaver street resident sent in pictures of a contractor doing what shouldn’t be done.
They show a paving contractor dumping asphalt, and his Tim’s garbage, over a storm sewer grate on Beaver Street. He then had the nerve to spray down his truck bed into the storm sewer.

They have “made an super mess of Beaver Street below East Side Crescent. Asphalt flotsam everywhere including our kitchen, stuff is being tracked in.

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The damage to the sewer system will be significant – will the contractor be required to pay for the damage?

“No kidding, I could follow their shoddy work, asphalt truck tracks down Guelph Line from New Street to Third and over to East Side and on to Beaver Street

“Their clean-up post work completion was a joke – no professional street cleaner with a brush, no hand brushes, just shovels and a nut-bar spinning his wheels, digging up the street in a Bob-Cat sort of machine with a front end loader.

“I’m surprised the contractor workers weren’t peeing in the bushes” said the Beaver street resident.

“On the flip side, work being done, Town Home project, on New Street near Burlington Tailor’s is exemplary – they clean up their job site and street hook-ups and work – I drive by 4 time a day.”

There is a contractor getting a call from the people at city hall who let that paving contract.

The resident included the Mayor and the ward Councillor  in the information sent to the Gazette


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Students protesting the closing of an environmental school at Bronte Creek.

“The clearly visible impacts of climate change are accelerating and are threatening to disrupt the lives of billions of people around the world. Notably the lives and livelihoods of younger generations are at stake. Acting now with better education can have a major impact a few years down the road, when young people come of age and can make the decisions that shape society” – Climate Education Initiatives Pick up Pace. United Nations Climate Change article, May 2, 2019

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May 30th, 2019



Youth are aware of this and are demanding change. They want action to prevent irreversible destruction of our planet and to ensure a future for themselves and their descendants. Across the world, environmental skills and awareness are needed to bring about this change.

At the same time, 12% of Canadian children ages 9-19 are affected by mood and anxiety disorders. Less than 20 per cent of these children will receive appropriate treatment. Children and teens with mental illness symptoms are at much higher risk of experiencing mental illness as adults.

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Students on a school environmental project – planting trees.

There is a large body of both experimental and observational evidence supporting the beneficial impact of the natural environment on mental well-being. Studies indicate that connection to nature is significantly related to lower levels of overall, state cognitive and trait cognitive anxiety.

Imagine if these two critical issues of our time, environmental stewardship and mental health, could be simultaneously addressed.

We don’t have to imagine. A school that can achieve this already exists. For 35 years, a school in Halton Region has been offering experiential environmental leadership high school education programs for grades 9-10 (Trailhead) and 11-12 (The Bronte Creek Project) including a Specialist High Skills Major in the Environment. These programs are offered to all students in the region who are interested in the environment and take place in a natural setting which promotes social and mental well-being. A highly dedicated staff imparts academic excellence and develops environmental expertise in their students.

Testimonials over the long years of their existence attest to the success of these programs. This is best conveyed through the words of the students themselves:

BCP student“Being at BCP (The Bronte Creek Project) so far has changed my life and will continue to. I love it so much, it is so healthy being out in nature all day, and for people with anxiety, it is really beneficial. Being in BCP gives you a new perspective on life, how it is changing and how it will continue to change if we can’t do something about climate change.” – Current BCP student

“Although it was 23 years ago, the BCP remains … the greatest experience of my entire life … I wanted my own kids to take this program.” – BCP student from 1996 class

The Halton District School Board is now ending these programs as a cost-cutting move.

These programs are a vital solution and there is no alternative in the school system. They should be the model for education that produces healthier and better adjusted adults to guide our society through the challenges and uncertain times ahead.

For the sake of our future, for our children’s future, the decision to end these programs is unacceptable and must be reversed.

Our goal is to obtain as many signatures as possible in a short period of time, before June 19th 2019.

Please use the #KeepBCPandTrailheadRunning when sharing or discussing this campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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You too can sign the petition – CLICK here.

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