Campaign to Reduce Noise from Cars Results in More Than 1400 Charges

Crime 100By Staff

November 4th, 2020

The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has completed its 2020 Project #Noisemaker strategic enforcement campaign. The region-wide project ran from June 10, 2020 to October 31, 2020.

The campaign resulted in more than 1400 charges being laid.

The HRPS launched this campaign in response to complaints from residents across the region about loud and unnecessary noise from vehicles which have been altered by removing mufflers, or modifying exhaust systems. Project #Noisemaker took aim at illegal modifications, unsafe motor vehicles, and aggressive driving.

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Police break up an illegal car rally in Wasaga Beach.

Enforcement through Project #Noisemaker resulted in the following:

• More than 1420 charges laid region-wide
• 574 charges for no/improper muffler
• 396 charges for unnecessary noise
• 12 racing/stunt driving charges

The remaining charges were primarily vehicle defects, moving violations, licence violations, licence plate violations, violations of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, and violations of the Environmental Protection Act (removal of vehicle emissions components).
During the project, more than 40 vehicles were removed from the roadway for various reasons including defects (causing the vehicle to be unfit), improper licences and stunt driving legislation.

Project #Noisemaker was also successful in interrupting an unsanctioned “Mega Meet” of an estimated 800 vehicles which was to occur on private property in the town of Oakville without approval of the landowner.

In addition to the previously mentioned region-wide efforts, project #Noisemaker also engaged in a partnership with the town of Oakville Municipal Enforcement Service (MES). HRPS and MES officers conducted enforcement on motorcycles creating unacceptable noise in contravention of Oakville’s motorcycle noise bylaws. In total, MES officers completed 56 motorcycle inspections and issued 17 provincial offence notices for motorcycles causing noise in excess of the town bylaws.

Illegal and unsafe vehicle modifications are a concern beyond the roadways of Halton. The HRPS would like to thank our policing and enforcement partners across the province that assisted in various #Noisemaker projects. These efforts contribute to safer roadways for us all.

While Project #Noisemaker has officially concluded for 2020, enforcement will not cease. HRPS officers will remain vigilant in addressing these issues on our roadways every day.

Residents are reminded that they can file driving complaints or request enforcement of a particular area online at

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Maintenance work on hydro towers - short term

News 100 greenBy Staff

November 4th, 2020



Hydro One will be conducting a maintenance project at Beachway Park and Hamilton Beach this fall.

Hydro towers - Burlington

Ongoing maintenance will put hydro works atop the towers along the Beachway.

The proposed project involves the replacement of glass/ceramic insulators on the tower arms which insulates the electricity from reaching the tower itself. This is considered to be standard maintenance with the following equipment necessary: pickup trucks, utility terrain vehicles, Bronto Skylift, crane and bucket truck.


Great view for the people doing this work.

Construction is scheduled to begin in early November with all works completed by mid-December 2020. All towers must be cleared to a 15m radius during this work for the setup of equipment and safety. Hydro One staff will block the areas required prior to the start of work to ensure no public access within the work zone.

For more information regarding the specifics of the project, please contact Mr. James Dalton –

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Regional Medical Officer of Health updates community on the new Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

News 100 redBy Staff

November 4th, 2020



Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health released a statement yesterday afternoon.

To the Halton community,

On November 3, 2020, the provincial government announced the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

Tiered Regional approach

Burlington is at the PROTECT level of the five level Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

The framework takes a graduated approach that allows for additional public health measures to be introduced and removed incrementally. Each public health unit is placed in one of five levels (Prevent, Protect, Restrict, Control, and Lockdown) based on defined criteria, including weekly incidence rate and % positivity. The framework outlines public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations, for each level.

Halton Region is currently listed in the Protect level within the framework, based on data for the week of October 26, 2020.

Levels will be confirmed by the province on Friday, November 6, 2020 and become effective on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

Halton residents and organizations will need to follow the public health measures outlined in the framework, effective November 7, 2020. Please note that the framework includes public health measures for fitness classes and team sports, and that the measures in the framework will replace the recommendations I provided on October 19, 2020 in my letter to the Halton community.

Dr Meghani at news conference Hamilton

Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Halton Region Medical Officer of Health

I continue to recommend:

• Limiting close contact to household members, and
• Limiting non-essential activities outside of the home.

Thank you again to everyone for taking public health measures seriously, and above all for being kind to one another. It is important to stay vigilant, and to consider the risks to yourself and your household as you plan your daily activities.

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This could be fun - Spencer Smith Park on Saturday

eventsorange 100x100By Staff

November 4th, 2020



The Hamilton Aerial Group will be putting on free performance/parade this Friday in Spencer Smith Park at 6:30.

Hamilton aerial 1

All the performers are on stilts – dancing to Samba music

They will light up their costumes and be led by a Samba band.

This is supported by The City of Burlington Community Fund. We just finished a show this past Saturday at Dundurn Park.

We will be dressed in costume and be on stilts.

They appeared in Hamilton ast week.  Will dig out where in Spencer Smith Park they will perform

Hamilton aerial 2

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Did you see what our biggest customer just did?

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

November 4th, 2020



What now?

Cross border traffic

The vast majority of our production goes south. Photo by Jason Kryk/The Canadian Press/File

That is our best customer. In 2016 we were stunned with the US presidential results.

Stunned again this morning even though it isn’t over yet.

But if Donald Trump is returned we know what to expect.

And how do you deal with that?

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The record number of infections yesterday - 1050 - is cause for everyone to re-think they way they behave

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

November 3rd, 2020



Ontario Premier Doug Ford says he will ease restrictions on the province’s COVID-19 hot spots, hours after health authorities reported a single-day record (1050) in new cases and in contrast with Quebec’s recent extension of “red-zone” measures.

Ontario rolled out a new colour-coded system Tuesday that will determine when and to what extent coronavirus restrictions are placed on parts of the province.

Tiered Regional approach

This five part colour coded template may help the provincial get out a consistent message. Up until now the messaging has been to broad in its application. Time will tell if it can be put to effective use.

Areas with the lowest case counts, positivity rates and community transmission levels will fall into a green category, with the most permissive rules. The system then moves upward through yellow, orange and red categories, with increasingly strict measures, topped off by a grey “lockdown” level where maximum measures would be implemented.

The framework goes into effect this weekend, allowing restrictions previously placed on hot spots including Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa to lighten. The softer rules mean gyms and cinemas can reopen and indoor dining will resume — with capacity limits — following closures under “modified Stage 2” measures imposed on Oct. 10.

About 80 per cent of the new 1050 cases were in the hot spots of Toronto and the surrounding regions of Peel, Halton, York and Durham.

The numbers for Burlington, which are collected by the Public Heath Unit for Halton Region stand at 53 active cases with 15 death to date.

Burlington Nov 3

The numbers began to climb when students went back to school and some people began to return to work. The colder weather has increased the infections – and the really cold weather is not yet upon us.

In other new: The town of Aylmer, Ont., has declared a state of emergency ahead of a planned demonstration against COVID-19 restrictions this weekend.

Mayor Mary French moved the town of nearly 7,500 people to high alert this week in anticipation of what local police described as an “anti-masking freedom march” on Saturday.

Whatever the message is today – it doesn’t appear to be getting through,


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Member of Heritage Advisory Committee not impressed with city hall plans to remove LaSalle plaque

opinionviolet 100x100By David Barker

November 3rd, 2020



On October 14th, I attended via Zoom as a member a meeting of the City’s Heritage Advisory Committee; a meeting that is open to the public and whose activities are published on the City’s website. One of the topics on the agenda for discussion pertained to the almost certain removal of a monument located in LaSalle Park which commemorates the first landing of a non-indigenous person (LaSalle) in this area.

A number of what I call “spoof” reasons were provided by staff to the committee to justify its removal. Here for your review is the written information provided by staff to the committee along with these three pictures.

LaSalle marker

A plaque put in place in 1923 tells part of the story about how LaSalle Park got its name. The language used represents the time – someone apparently has a problem with the word “white man”.

LaSalle Park Plaque Removal
• Heritage Burlington is advised that a plaque is to be removed from LaSalle Park.

• LaSalle Park is owned by the City of Hamilton and is operated by the City of Burlington. The plaque in question was erected in 1923 by the Wentworth Historical Society, when Aldershot was still in East Flamborough Township, several decades before Burlington assumed operational responsibility for the park.

LaSalle prov plaque

The provincial plaque tells more of the story.

• The 1923 plaque does not add much value or significance to the park, namely as it does not provide much detail, and there is a provincial plaque in the parking lot near the North Shore Blvd East driveway entrance to the park. The provincial plaque is in a more prominent area, provides greater detail, and uses more inclusive language.

• Further, the 1923 plaque is in an inaccessible low-traffic area of the park. For accessibility reasons, this is not an area where Burlington staff would recommend putting any new plaque or interpretive display.

• Following formal contact with Hamilton, the City intends to proceed with the removal of this plaque. The plaque will be documented before it is removed

So you can see it looks to be pretty much a done deal.

The second plaque at LaSalle Park providing information about the park and its origins is at the entrance of North Shore Boulevard. That plaque in my view is awful in that a number of words are hyphenated due to poor layout of the text. You judge from the picture provided.

Tucked away at the end of the third bullet point given by staff is in my view the real reason for the plaque’s removal manifested in the words extolling the virtues of the plaque at the entrance specifically “and uses more inclusive language”. It seems the issue with the original plaque and monument has absolutely nothing to do with its location but has everything to do with the fact that it describes the Frenchman who set foot there as being a “white man”.

LaSalle plaque wording

Tough to find fault with the wording. Not “politically correct” by today’s skewered standards but certainly not offensive.

Other than the fact that the plaque and monument was installed in 1923, almost one hundred years ago, when times were different and society was different, what on earth is wrong with referring to a Caucasian as a white man. I am a white man and proud of it. Just as black people are proud of being black (Black Lives Matter). It would seem the City has received a complaint (we were let to believe just one person complaining) suggesting the verbiage is non-inclusive. In my view, that is, as probably a white Anglo Saxon protestants from the UK might likely say, “a load of old cobblers!”.

This to me is an example of history cancellation. If you feel that way too, please let your councilor know how you feel.”

Barker DavidDavid Barker, a retired insurance executive, is a member of the Heritage Advisory Board and a frequent commentator on public issues

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Drive thru Covid testing discontinued - by appointment only

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

November 3rd, 2020



The Joseph Brant Hospital is making changes to its COVID-19 testing operations to better serve the Burlington community in colder weather.

Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital is a little like the provinces economy: a little the worse for wear and tear and in need of a fix up. Problem is the economy has to get much better before the hospital refurbishment can go forward,

This is the entrance for Covid testing appointments.

Starting November 3, drive-through testing will be discontinued due to the cold weather and all COVID-19 testing will be conducted indoors at our Assessment Centre. This will help protect the health and safety of both the public and our staff as we continue to provide this important service over the winter months.

The Assessment Centre is easily accessed from the entrance on North Shore Boulevard, with signs directing visitors to the orange entrance doors and designated parking area. We ask that you arrive at your schedule time as parking is limited, and wait in your vehicle until the time of your appointment.

If you arrive without a vehicle, we ask that you approach the door at the time of your scheduled appointment and wait outside until a staff member greets you.

Please bring your Ontario health card and the heath cards of any family members who will be tested. You must wear a mask indoors that covers your nose and mouth, clean your hands and physically distance (2 metres or 6 feet) from others when waiting for your test.

Testing is by appointment only, and only for individuals who meet the provincial testing criteria. Please visit for more information. Children under one year should go to their family health-care provider for COVID-19 testing.

Appointments can be made by visiting Individuals using our online booking platform can now schedule their appointment from the available dates and times, as well as booking appointments for up to 3 family members who meet the provincial criteria. Instructions on how to access the Assessment Centre will be provided in a confirmation email. Please note that you will not be able to schedule appointments from 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 to 6 a.m. on Nov. 3 as we transition to our new online platform.

Appointments can also be made by calling 905-632-3737, extension 6550. We ask those individuals with accessibility needs to make their appointments by phone, so we can understand their specific needs and plan their visit accordingly. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Some pharmacies are also providing COVID-19 testing for individuals who are not showing symptoms and are eligible for testing as part of a targeted initiative as determined by the government or public health, such as residents, workers or visitors of long-term care homes.

About Joseph Brant Hospital

An architects rendering of the new entrance to the Joseph Brant Hospital whch will now face the lake. The entrance will be off LAkeshore Road with the new parking lot just to the west of the hospital.

It is the hospital the city waited years to to begin – then the citizens had to pay half of the cost which is normally a provincial responsibility.

Joseph Brant Hospital (JBH) is a full service community teaching hospital serving more than 185,000 residents in the communities of Halton and Hamilton, including Burlington, Waterdown, Flamborough, Milton and Stoney Creek, with a skilled staff of 194 physicians, 1,911 full- and part-time staff and more than 700 volunteers.

In conjunction with McMaster University, JBH is a Clinical Education site, and designated as an Academic Community Teaching Hospital with an expanded campus which includes the seven-storey state-of-art Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower which features a new Emergency Department, 172 acute inpatient beds, 9 new Operating Rooms and post-anaesthetic care unit to support expanded medical, surgical and outpatient services. JBH is also a partner member of the Burlington Ontario Health Team.



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905-632-3737 ext. 2157

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Parks and Recreation working up a program that complies with Stage 2 of the ECG mandate

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By Pepper Parr

November 3rd, 2020



Parks and Recreation is scrambling to stay ahead of the wave – a wave that keeps changing its shape and direction.

Chris Glenn, on the right, leads the PArks and Recreation department as Director and is tasked with the challenge of bringing the various organizations that use city property under a MAster Agreement that is consistently applied to everyone. It should have been done four years ago.

Chris Glenn, on the right, leads the Parks and Recreation department as Director. On his right is Denise Beard.

Director of Parks and Recreation Chris Glenn told council on Monday that his staff was preparing some ideas that they would be running by the Regional Public Health Unit and the other Halton municipalities hoping to be able roll out a slightly different set of rules that would allow for more recreation and program improvements that are Stage 2 compliant. The Region of Halton is in Stage 2 of its Emergency Control Group mandate.

Several council members and the Mayor said they were getting questions from residents asking why some of the recreational programs were changed – they wanted to see real data behind the decisions that were being made.

Glenn explained that he was working to make sure he was compliant with what the Medical Officer of Health was prescribing.

Behind all that trying to pull together was the threat of being pushed back to stage 2.

Glenn wants to see less of the sports that call for a lot of exertions – hockey was one example and move the effort to having physically softer programs – like yoga.

The objective was to permit recreational activities that kept people apart and not exerting themselves all that much.

More when the Parks and Recreation department comes back to the Standing Committee.

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Students will move in the education model within which they will complete the academic year.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

November 2nd, 2020



The closing date for parents to decide if their child was going to stay in virtual or return to a classroom – or move out of a classroom into virtual within the Halton District School Board – closed on October 27th

Hall full of students

A significant number of high school students have opted for a virtual classroom. Principals and teachers now have to create classes for these students.

The Board of Education now has to rebuild its student allocation set up.

David Boag

David Boag, Associate Director of Education HDSB

David Boag, Associate Director of Education, explains that there is a tremendous amount of work that has to get done at the school level where the principal and the individual teachers re-build the structure and population of a class. Board Superintendents are on hand to pitch in and help.

There are now 1500 high school students being educated in virtual classrooms. The number at the elementary level is low relative to the secondary level. The precise numbers will be available at the HDSB trustee meeting on Wednesday.

The Gazette does not have a break down yet on the distribution between the four Halton municipalities.

The actual move from one model to the other will take place on November 30th.

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Cougars get an early start on helping others through what might be a very hard Christmas

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

November 2nd, 2020



Few have any idea just how Christmas is going to work out.

There isn’t going to be a Santa Claus parade and while the seasonal lighting will be going up in Spencer Smith Park there is concern about social distancing.

Will we still be in Stage 3, where we are now or will the province have to clamp down and put us back into Stage 2.

The report of a certain MPP attenuating a party with 50 mask-less people isn’t going to help us remain in Stage 3.

Cougars - BurlingtonThe Burlington Cougars however have already set out their Christmas Challenge.

The year they will again be helping families in need in our community with their annual Holiday Toy Drive at Toys “R” Us, in collaboration with our community partners – Burlington Professional Firefighters Association and the Salvation Army.

Cougar Toy DriveSimply bring your new, unwrapped toys to donate and say a socially-distanced hello to the Burlington Cougars players, coaches, staff and other community members!

Saturday, November 7th, 2020
11am to 3pm
Toys “R” Us (outside)
3051 Appleby Line, Burlington, ON

We appreciate all of your contributions – every donation counts to help families struggling to make ends meet this holiday season.

A special thank you to Papa John’s Burlington and Tim Hortons (Appleby and Dundas) for supporting our volunteers with refreshments during the event. We look forward to seeing you soon, #CougarCountry

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Council to consider if patios can stay in place during winter months.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

November 2nd, 2020



A Special meeting of City Council will take place this afternoon to decide if the temporary use of public property for restaurant patios should be extended to October 31st, 2021

The Covid19 pandemic has been disastrous for the hospitality and retail sectors – more so for the restaurants in the city.

Would allowing them to uses what is public space through the winter month’s help bring customers out?

Council will be considering a Staff Direction to:

Authorize Executive Director of Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility, working in consultation with Director of Transportation, to approve extension of temporary restaurant patios and/or temporary retail space permissions on public property in connection with COVID-19 recovery to October 31,2021, subject to such criteria and conditions staff deem appropriate.

Currently, 40 patios have been approved on private property and 13 patios on City property in the Downtown.

Dickens with tent

This Elizabeth Street destination created space at the front of the restaurant. Clearing snow from the street will be a challenge.

Many restaurant owners have purchased or rented tents to provide covered dining experiences for their customers. Staff will provide a verbal update to Council on whether the 13 temporary patios on City owned lands intend to continue use of their patio and/or tent during the winter season. Halton Region is currently in Stage 3 of the Provincial COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

If the Province requires Halton Region to revert to Stage 2 business the result could have restaurants being restricted to only serving patrons outdoors until further notice from the Province.

In light of this risk, and with the winter months approaching, many restaurants have indicated intentions to operate their temporary outdoor patios throughout the winter months (November to April, inclusive).

Determining just what the risks are will be the focus of the debate. Snow clearing is another part of issue council has to face.

This citizen isn't smiling. Was she one of the hundreds that were basically locked in theoir homes during the five days of heavy winter weather because streets were not cleared?

The city is required to keep the streets clear of ice and snow.

Municipalities are required to maintain sidewalks and roads within their jurisdiction in a reasonable state of repair. There is a legislated Minimum Maintenance Standards that has to be met in regards to winter maintenance of sidewalks and roadways that includes monitoring and inspecting snow and ice accumulation on all sidewalks and roadways and deploying resources to ensure they are cleared within specified time limits.

The current patio configurations that were approved and put in place do not allow for mechanical snow clearing. It is strongly recommended that the current roadway set ups that block parking or the roadway be removed after Nov 15th. There is insufficient room for snow storage (the windrow of snow that comes off of the plow blade) and significant risk of damage to fencing and other structures in place.

Suggested time frame for removals is Nov 16thto 19th.Staff have also recommended that all sidewalks be open for mechanical snow clearing to meet the city’s obligations and reduce liability.

This is consistent with the both Oakville and Hamilton’s policy framework. Currently there are tents that have been erected on the edge of the sidewalk. This is problematic as there needs to be room for snow storage. It is recommended that 1 m or 3 ft of clearance be established

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I thought it was funny - the City Manager at the time didn't see it that way.

background graphic redBy Pepper Parr

October 30th, 2020



It was three years ago.

I was communicating with the then Director of Planning and making sure that she was kept in the loop on those occasions when I was following up on development projects with staff.

I chose to send an email to Mary Lou Tanner which was deemed to be offensive – for which the then city manager, James Ridge, chose to ban me from being in city hall.

I sued.

I am apparently allowed to attend events at city hall.

I am still publishing the Gazette.

Marianne Meed Ward and her council fired James Ridge, the city manager that banned me, the day after they were sworn in.

The current city manager revised the organizational structure and there wasn’t a place for Mary Lou Tanner who had been elevated to Deputy City Manager.

The content of the email, which may have been inappropriate, is set out below.

MLT email screen shot

On Halloween Eve I sent the then Director of Planning Mary Lou Tanner an email responding to her note that she was out of the office and would return in a few days. i responded in what I thought was jest-fully, amusing. The then city manager didn’t see it that way.

MaryLou Tanner Cogeco 2018 direct

Mary Lou Tanner Her job as Deputy Mayor was taken off the org chart. Left with a hefty settlement

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James Ridge, city manager. Became the first decision of a new city council. They fired him.


I thought it was funny.

James Ridge did not share my view and sent me a letter, a portion of which is set out below:

“…a number of restrictions were imposed on your access to city hall and city hall staff under the Trespass to Property Act, R.S.O. 1991, c. T.21.

“Despite the actions taken by the City, those actions appear to have been ineffective in preventing your further harassment of female staff. On the 30th of October this year, I was contacted by the Director of Planning and Building, Ms. Tanner, who provided me with a copy of an e-mail that you had sent to her that was both offensive and misogynistic in nature.

Ms. Tanner was very disturbed by your action in this regard. The City simply cannot and will not permit you to continue to harass our staff and in particular our female staff.

As a direct result of your actions, I have decided that the restrictions placed on your access to City Hall functions and contact with staff pursuant to the Trespass to Property Act as set out in my September 8, 2016 correspondence will continue indefinitely…”

You decide.

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Mayor is stretching her postage budget - more letter writing

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

October 30th, 2020


The original headline for this story has been replaced.

She did it again.

Wrote another letter.

To the Premier this time – and the Minister of Municipal Affairs.

The recent announcement by the provincial government in Bill 218, Supporting Ontario’s Recovery and Municipal Elections Act, to revoke the power for Ontario municipalities to conduct ranked ballot votes for municipal elections has come as a surprise.

Mayor Meed Ward and Premier - Dec 2018

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward chatting up Premier Doug Ford at an event in the lobby of the Joseph Brant Hospital.

This change eliminates local choice in elections and was inserted into the legislation with no consultation with municipalities, even though several have begun the process of consulting the public, have held referenda receiving majority support, or, in the case of London, Ont., have adopted the system.

Burlington City Council passed a motion Sept. 28, 2020 directing staff to begin public consultation on the use of ranked ballots in future municipal elections in our city. Council was looking forward to hearing directly from residents whether or not they want to retain the current first–past–the–post system, or adopt ranked ballots. Their voice, and choice, are eliminated with this proposed bill.

In addition, a motion from Burlington City Councillors Shawna Stolte and Rory Nisan is being presented at a special meeting of Burlington City Council on Monday, Nov. 2 asking your government to retain the option for local choice.
Regardless of one’s views on ranked ballots, the issue is local choice. Municipalities are an independent and responsible order of government, and the one closest to the people. Our residents should choose for themselves which system they prefer.

The provincial government is respectfully requested:

* to amend Bill 218 to retain local choice on electoral systems; and

* to meaningfully consult with municipalities on municipal issues before introducing legislative changes of this magnitude.


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When is an apology appropriate? When do they become almost trite? What about those that are not followed up on? Ask the Aboriginal community

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

October 30th, 2020



It’s Justin’s own fault. Unlike some other world leaders, notably GW Bush, Mr. Trudeau’s name became synonymous with ‘I’m sorry’.

Another day, another mea culpa. Residential schools, LGBT discrimination, turning away refugees – those were the easy ones. Somebody else was responsible for those mistakes. Justin even apologized for the Pope not apologizing over the role Catholics played in the residential school disgrace.

Jstin in black face

Was this the object of the first apology or was that the trip to India?

And then there were the occasions he goofed up: that vacation with the Aga Khan, brown-face gate, and the WE fiasco. And some would say he should have even apologized for his choice of costume while visiting India. But he balked when Jody Wilson-Rayboult (JWR) demanded he apologize for clarifying her place in the political pecking order. Instead he got rid of her and also her mutinous buddy Jane Philpott, who wanted him to apologize for not apologizing to JWR.

So Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet has asked Justin to also apologize for the War Measures Act, which his father reluctantly imposed to rout and eliminate Canada’s homegrown terrorist organization, the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ). Well heck, Brian Mulroney had apologized for correcting an earlier War Measures action, the internment of Japanese Canadians during WWII. In fact, he paid out $21,000 per internee and re-instated the citizenship of those deported.

Perhaps Blanchet is also looking for compensation for the 500 or so FLQ suspects who were later released without charge – or those who weren’t? Who knows? So even the opposition Conservatives are not giving him any encouragement.

Blanchet was five years old at the time the War Measures Act (WMA) was imposed for the very first time in peacetime, and for the last time before it was re-labelled the Emergencies Act. So perhaps he doesn’t clearly remember all the events of that period.

There was this reign of terror going back to 1963. The FLQ blew up mail boxes and buildings, attacked military bases to steal weapons, attempted to sabotage a train carrying former PM John Diefenbaker and robbed banks to finance themselves. There was Soviet KGB involvement, and FLQ operatives had been trained in military camps by the Palestinian PLO and other organizations deemed terrorist back then.

War Measures Troops on streets

Troops were on the streets in Montreal with close to 500 arrested without a warrant. The tension was very high in the province of Quebec

By 1970 the FLQ had 7 deaths on their hands including a Minister in the government of Robert Bourassa. Before they were eliminated they had rung up an impressive list of violent acts, (see link below). In all there were more than 200 bombings and dozens of robberies by this dis-aggregated, but well organized and highly motivated, group with a single goal in mind.

Pierre Trudeau only reluctantly imposed the War Measures Act, and only after Quebec’s premier and the mayor of Montreal had formally requested that the federal government to do so. Trudeau then took the decision to Parliament where it received near unanimous approval, including support from the major opposition party leaders.

Almost all Canadians supported the action which wiped out the FLQ, including 86% of Quebecers. The measures abrogated Canada’s Bill of Rights and included unwarranted search and arrests. But it was effective and ended only a few months later, in early 1971. And there were no documented casualties as a result of the Canadian military and police actions.

But most important, the FLQ and its reign of terror had been completely eliminated. So which Quebecers in Mr. Blanchet’s mind should Mr. Trudeau be apologizing to? Though perhaps someone needs to apologize to those who became victims of the FLQ’s reign of terror.

Background links:

Trudeau’s Mea Culpas      Blanchet’s Request –      FLQ Timeline – 

History of War Measures Act –    Opinion in Retrospect –     Read My Book

No Need to Apologize

Rivers hand to faceRay Rivers writes frequently on both federal and provincial politics, applying his more than 25 years as a federal bureaucrat to his thinking.  Rivers was once a candidate for provincial office in Burlington.  He was the founder of the Burlington citizen committee on sustainability at a time when climate warming was a hotly debated subject.   Ray has a post graduate degree in economics that he earned at the University of Ottawa.  Tweet @rayzrivers

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Halton Regional Police Service Launch First Ever Youth Advisory Council

News 100 yellowBy Staff

October 30th, 2020



The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) has announced the launch of their first ever Youth Advisory Council.

HRPS crestRecognizing that youth interactions and engagement present a unique and exciting opportunity for law enforcement, our police service has developed this council for the purpose of increasing connectivity and to better understand the needs of the youth living in the Region of Halton. In recent years, youth have assumed an increased role within the community and have used their voices to effect change. Through the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office, we have identified the need to enhance our service delivery model as it relates to youth and their involvement in driving change within the police service and our community.

The goal of the Youth Advisory Council is to:

• Advise our Police Service on how our policies, programs and outreach initiatives are impacting youth living in the Region of Halton.
• Understand how our current programs and initiatives can be enhanced to better support and serve our youth and the community.
• Assist in the development of future programs and initiatives to meet the changing needs of our community.

The concept for the Youth Advisory Council was developed in consultation with our police service, local youth and community stakeholders who felt that there was a critical gap in how we engage youth living in the Region of Halton. The HRPS has recognized that all citizens, including youth, have a role to play in ensuring we live in the safest and most inclusive Region in Canada.

“We recognize that youth are our future and today more than ever, their voices must be heard and have an impact on how we as a Police Service develop programs and initiatives to enhance community safety and well-being. This Youth Advisory Council will be a great addition to our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategy by ensuring we have a point of contact between our Police Service and the diverse youth living in the Region of Halton” says Deputy Chief Roger Wilkie.

The HRPS is looking for youth aged 14-18 who want to inspire change and employ their diverse perspectives and experiences to ensure that our police service is more inclusive and meets the needs of youth living in the Region of Halton. Applications are open as of Friday, October 30, 2020.

The actual selection of the Youth Committee has some interesting criteria.  The HRPS deserve credit for being truly inclusive.  It was more than this reporter expected.  Check it out.

More information about this initiative and the application process can be found here:

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Mayor writes a letter about what is more of a Milton matter; doesn't copy that Mayor

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

October 29th, 2020



The Mayor has written another letter to a Member of the Doug Ford Cabinet – this time it was the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson.

The issue is serious enough –about the mobility hub CN Rail wants to build in Milton. If the hub is built it will have a major impact on a Milton community.

Rural Burlington will be impacted – not to the same degree as Milton however.

So why didn’t the letter come from Gord Krantz, Town of Milton Mayor?  He wasn’t even copied in the letter.

For what it’s worth here is what the Mayor of Burlington had to say:

CN site

The proposed facility is contrary to Halton’s planning strategy developed over 20 years ago—planning that is irreversible at this stage.

Dear Hon. Minister Wilkinson,

I am writing to you today to ask for your support in protecting the health of Canadians as it relates to the proposed CN intermodal project in Milton, Ontario.

As part of Halton Region along with Milton, Oakville and Halton Hills, Burlington stands in solidarity against this proposal due to the significant adverse health impact it will have on our communities, our infrastructure and our finances.

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) panel found that this project will expose our communities’ residents to harmful toxic substances that are unsafe at any level. The impacts to air quality and human health as a result of CN’s project are unprecedented and put Halton citizens at serious risk. In the more than 100 Panel reviews since 1973, no Panel has made a finding of significant adverse effects on human health – nor has any federal decision maker concluded that significant adverse effects on human health are justified.

If this project were to advance, there are serious risks to the health and safety of some of our most vulnerable residents, given the proximity to 34,000 current and future residents, 12 schools, 2 long-term care homes, and 1 hospital to the proposed CN Milton site.

The mitigation measures recommended by the CEAA panel cannot presently be enforced by federal enforcement officers as most of the measures fall outside of federal jurisdiction. Placing conditions in to mitigate the negative environmental impact is insufficient when there is no clarity around who will be able to enforce those conditions.

Further to our environmental concerns are those related to infrastructure and safety. The surrounding rural roads, including those in Burlington, are not designed for the level of truck traffic that would result if the project moves ahead. A significant increase in truck traffic on our rural roads will also negatively impact farm operations as their vehicles are large and move at slow speeds on already busy roads. More traffic means less viability for our farming operations.

These roads have no shoulders and are rural farming roads, creating a significant safety hazard for the many motorists and avid cyclists who use them. If we are required to enhance the roads, there will be a substantial cost. Such projects are not built into our current infrastructure planning and therefore municipal funding is not earmarked for such an initiative, leaving the alternative of raising taxes – something we are not willing to do especially given the current COVID-19 situation where many people have already lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet.

Compounding that financial burden would be the loss in property tax revenue from the residential population growth and jobs that were expected to be placed in the same area. That growth was counted into our long-term financial projections.

As our colleagues at Halton Region have requested, we urge you to prioritize human and environmental health as you complete your review of the CEAA panel’s findings and ensure you uphold the important values and vision for protecting the health of all Canadians and working towards a green recovery as expressed in the Speech from the Throne.

The demonstrated negative health impacts on our community as detailed by the CEAA report should be sufficient reason to reject this project. The additional negative impacts on our rural community, road safety, infrastructure and financial well-being are even more reason for this expansion to be denied.

Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
City of Burlington

Everybody the Mayor knows was copied on this letter.

Cc: The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable Michael Chong, MP Wellington-Halton Hills
Adam van Koeverden, MP, Milton
Pam Damoff, MP, Oakville North-Burlington
Parm Gill, MPP, Milton
The Honourable Ted Arnott, MPP, Wellington-Halton Hills
Jane McKenna, MPP, Burlington
Stephen Crawford, MPP, Oakville
Effie Triantafilopoulos, MPP, Oakville North-Burlington
Halton Regional Council
Burlington City Council
Tim Commisso, City Manager, City of Burlington

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The Urban Growth Boundary the City is asking the Region to approve is a massive change

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

October 29th, 2020



The city has a boundary that is referred to as the Urban Growth Centre.  It was put in place back in 2006 and has been the subject of much debate.

The developers were comfortable with the boundary but when the city put in an Interim Control Bylaw that froze everything for a year those same developers were very unhappy.

When the developers took their case to the Local Planning Act Tribunal (LPAT) that put any discussion over development plans on hold until LPAT has finished with them.

The city has put a proposal before Regional Council asking that the boundaries of the Urban growth Centre be re-drawn, arguing that the boundaries put in place way back in 2006 have served their purpose and it is time to reshape them.

In a lengthy report to the public the Region is asking for input – we will share the coordinates to get the documents below.

Our question is this – just what are the proposed new boundaries?

We asked the people at the Planning department – they don’t appear to be picking up the phones these days.

Here is what we have at this point – the graphics are not as clear as they should be.

Urban growth centre boundary

The blue boundary line is what was approved by the City Council in place in 2017 The red boundary is what the current city council has in the adopted but not yet approved or in force Official Plan

UGC Oct 2020

What is understood to be the UGC boundary the city wants the Region to approve.  The lower point appears to be at Prospect.

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With a dozen or more cannabis shops in the city who does the guy on the corner sell the product to?

With close to a dozen retail cannabis operations in the city – how does the private sector make a living?  Mr.Beraldo, a 59 year old Burlington resident has been put out of business for awhile.

The Halton Regional Police Service has concluded a two week long drug trafficking investigation in the City of Burlington.

Investigation by the Burlington Street Crime Unit has led to charges against the following individual:

Cannabis seized Oct 28

That’s a lot of evidence.

Sergio BERALDO (59 years old from Burlington)

  • Possession for the Purpose of Selling – Cannabis (2 counts)
  • Possession for the Purpose of Selling – Cannabis Derivatives (2 counts)
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking – Oxycodone (2 counts)
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Psilocybin
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Morphine
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Cocaine

On October 28th 2020, Investigators from the Street Crime Unit, District Response Unit and Risk Mitigation Team executed search warrants at a residence, an outbuilding and on two vehicles in the City of Burlington.  As a result; the following items were seized:

  • 1.3 kilograms of cannabis
  • 7 x 420mg THC gummies
  • 2 THC vape pens
  • 21 oxycodone pills (some crushed into capsules)
  • 2.4 grams cocaine
  • 1 morphine pill
  • 3.2 grams psilocybin
  • 1 cellular telephone
  • 2 digital scales
  • $1575.00 cash

$13,670 worth of drugs was seized as a result of the search warrants. (Photo attached).

Beraldo was released on an undertaking.

Anyone with information in regards to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Scott Heyerman of the 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2342.

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

People charged with a criminal offence are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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Will 25 storey towers be the standard for Brant Street: Council has set their hearts on keeping it to 17

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

October 28th, 2020



We are back to the growth issue, which many in Burlington see as a height issue.

People want things to remain the same – keep the nice stuff, the streetscapes that have been in place for decades and that we are comfortable with and the shops we have known and patronized for years.

The current city council worked hard for more than a year to put in place an Official Plan that would permit the growth the province was forcing on the city and at the same time protect neighbour hoods that give the city the image it wants – a community with loads of single family residences with decent yards and well treed streets that are safe to walk along in the early evening.

Dev map city wide Oct 26-20

Each red dot identifies a development proposal that the Planning department is working on. There are close to a dozen that have yet to actually get to the Planning department.

What they, and the Planning department are up against is a daunting 30+ development plans that are somewhere between a twinkle in a developers eye and an application that is deemed complete by the Planning department.

421 Brant

The digging down deep for the four floors of underground parking is underway.

When the Carriage Gate people got the 24 storey’s they wanted (the Council at the time was prepared to give them17) that seemed to open things up for the developers; 20 plus was the going rate in terms of height and that set a value on the small two storey commercial property on Brant. The owners of those properties began to see dollar signs in their eyes and looked forward to cashing out.

Rendering - initiial Oct -20

Proposal for the property north of Caroline – next to Joe Dogs.

The Renimmob virtual preconsultation meeting earlier in the week heard the same wish – keep the retail we know and let us live in a community that accepts growth – they just don’t want it towering over them. They were asking for

A 26- storey mixed use building with approximately 248 residential units, including a mix of one, two and three bedroom units (subject to change) and ground floor commercial.

Earlier in the month the Molinaro Group put forward their development proposal, a three phase development that would take three of the four corners at Brant and Ghent and see heights of 25 storeys.

Phase 1 – 774,778,782 Brant Street;
Two 25-storey residential mixed use buildings with 426 units and 420 square metres of retail space at grade.

Phase 2 – 769,779,783 Brant Street and 2023, 2027, 2031-2033 Ghent Avenue;
One 25-storey residential mixed use building with 316 units, 405 square metres of retail space at grade and 7 separate townhouse units.

Phase 3 – 747,761 Brant Street
A 6-storey residential mixed use building with 108 units and 997 square metres of retail space at grade.

Molinaro Ghent at Brant

When completed the development will take up three of the four corners at Brant and Ghent.

The Molinaro architect talked in terms of the development becoming the “gate to the downtown core”. Would that set the standard at 25 storeys?

The development did have a couple of pluses – the design for the high rise towers on either side of Brant is very smart – if it is to become the northern “gateway” to the city it will be very attractive.

The Molinaro people also gave up some height with the townhouses that are proposed for the east side of Brant. They are asking for six storeys when they are allowed 11 in the Official Plan the city is waiting to get approved at the Region.

Molinaro want 25; the Renimmob people want 26.

Is 25 going to become the standard should these applications get to LPAT if the city doesn’t decide it can live with something above the proposed 17 floors?

Brant street map

The distance between the proposed Molinaro development and the Renimmob  development is four city blocks.

The city wants that high growth to be clustered around the Burlington GO station where there is no limit for height at this point.

The development community does not appear to have given up on the opportunities they believe exist in the city.

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