Freeman Station is one of the places you don't want to miss on Culture Days

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September 24th, 2018



The Freeman Station is something you will want to take a look at during the Open Doors event that is part of Cultural days that take place from the 28th to the 30th.


Freeman - tracks in place

Is there room on those tracks for a steam engine?

Freeman with stop and car in place

That yellow object is in place to stop a train that is rolling along the track.

The renovation – rebuild crew has added a section of rail in front of the building.

Question is – when will there be a steam engine on those rails?

Freman with Red wagon

Check out the milk can on that baggage wagon.

This is one of those citizen initiatives that managed to overcome every block and hurdle the city put in front of them.

When you tour the site – make a point of thanking those volunteers.

And enjoy what they have done.

The Gazette is grateful to Alan Harrington for the photographs.

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Burlington author wins prestigious award - ranks high on Amazon best sellers.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 24th, 2018



A Burlington best selling author recently received the 2018 Best Sellers Quilly Award from the National Academy of Best Selling Authors. Cheryl Ivaniski was presented the award for co-authoring the book Success Starts Today, with Jack Canfield, International and New York Times Best-Selling Author (Chicken Soup for the Soul Series).


Cheryl Ivaniski

The award was formally presented on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018 where Ivaniski and other recipients were recognized at a Red-Carpet Golden Gala ceremony at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, California. The week included a Thought Leaders Summit where thought leaders from around the world gathered to share their knowledge with others.

The prestigious Quilly Author Award commemorates the achievement for being an internationally recognized best selling author. Success Starts Today received best-seller status on Amazon in four categories. The book shares secrets for achieving health, wealth and success. “I was thrilled to be invited to co-author this book,” said Ivaniski.

Ivaniski had previously written other best-selling books with top thought leaders and motivational speakers including Brian Tracy, Les Brown and Dr. John Gray. Ivaniski said that her passion for helping others to enrich their quality of health resonated on every level with Success Starts Today. “You can imagine how overjoyed I was when I received an invitation to be a co-author on a book focused on healthy living,” she said.

success-starts-today-400x623 book coverThe prestigious Quilly Author Award commemorates the achievement for being an internationally recognized best selling author. Success Starts Today received best-seller status on Amazon in four categories. The book shares secrets for achieving health, wealth and success. “I was thrilled to be invited to co-author this book,” said Ivaniski.

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Healthy kids challenge comes to an end - celebration takes place on Wednesday.

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September 24th, 2018



The Healthy Kids Community Challenge invites the community to help celebrate its success on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018 at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Parks and Recreation staff show people how to have healthy fun.

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington is hosting the family-friendly celebration to thank everyone for helping make Burlington a healthier community. The event includes food, refreshments, games, activities and a reading of Water Only Please by Camilla Judge-Aviss, parent educator at Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK).

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Mayor Goldring with the daughter of a staff member making hos own contribution to healthy kids.

Burlington was one of 45 communities across Ontario to take part in Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge. Launched in 2015, the City of Burlington worked with local organizations to create action plans promoting physical activity and healthy eating for children aged 12 and under. Funding and resources were provided by the Province of Ontario. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge closes on Sept. 30.

Community Development Halton delivered much of the program on behalf of the city.

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'We hear you, and we can’t thank you enough.' Chief Stephen Tanner.

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September 24th, 2018



The Halton Regional Police Service has received a number of inquiries about the condition of the two officers who were involved in the early morning incident in Burlington on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Police and SIU at crime scene

Police mobile command vehicle on site at the shootout.

One of the two injured officers has been released from hospital, and we anticipate the second officer being released from hospital in the coming days.


Chief thanks community for their support.

“The outpouring of support and concern for all of the men and women who serve the community of Halton has been overwhelming. Please know that we hear you, and we can’t thank you enough,” said Chief Stephen Tanner.

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Community working with the police at its very best.

Crime 100By Staff

September 23rd, 2018



The Halton Regional Police Service release reports on criminal activity on a regular basis.

In their September 23rd report on Impaired Driving Offenses Within Halton Region they focused on arrests they made based on information given to them by the public who called the police when they saw driving behaviour they thought was suspicious.

The three drivers reported here could have continued driving while under the influence and go on to do serious damage and perhaps even end the life of anyone they struck with their vehicle.

911 room

911 calls go directly to the Communications Centre where the civilian operators can be in touch instanly with police cruisers in the area the incident is reported from. If they are given license plate number of the vehicle the officer in the cruiser will know in seconds everything they need to know about the driver and what kind of action they need to take to apprehend that driver.

On September 17, 2018 just before 12:00 am, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint near the intersection of Main Street South and Maple Avenue in Georgetown. As a result of an investigation, Philip CHYLINSKI (24) of Georgetown was charged with care or control over 80 mgs.

On September 20, 2018 just before 10:30 am, Halton Police officers responded to citizen-initiated complaint near the intersection of Main Street East and Court Street in Milton. As a result of an investigation, Joseph WEADGE (68) of Milton was charged with care or control over 80 mgs.

On September 20, 2018 shortly after 10:30 pm, Halton Police officers responded to a citizen-initiated complaint near the intersection of Upper Middle Road and Sutton Drive in Burlington. As a result of an investigation, Amy SMITH (36) of Burlington was charged with driving over 80 mgs.

The Halton Regional Police Service remains committed to road safety through prevention, education and enforcement initiatives.

Members of the public are reminded that driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is a crime in progress and to call 9-1-1 immediately to report a suspected impaired driver.

The Service’s Twitter and Facebook accounts should not be used for this purpose as they are not monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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

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If you want to know who is running for which public office and why - there is no reason for saying didn't have a chance to learn.

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September 23rd, 2018



There will be no reason for saying you don’t understand the issues and where the various candidates stand.
There are ample opportunities to hear what the candidates have to say at both the ward level and those running for the office of Mayor.

Here are those that the Gazette is aware of:

Debates between the candidates in ward 5 and 6 have taken place.

Video of those debated can be found at:

Ward 5 debate

Ward 6 debate.

Debates for ward 4 and 3 will take place this week.

Ward 4 debate will take place at Nelson High School.

Debate for ward 3 will take place at MM Robinson high school.

Debate for ward 1 will take place on Thursday October 4th at the East Plains United Church.

Debate for ward 2 will take place on Monday October 1st at the Burlington Baptist Church on New Street.

Debate for those running for the Office of Mayor will take place on October 9th at Central high school. Deb Tymstra will moderate that debate.

The following are Mayoralty level debates:

Millenial debate


CoC debate



BG debate

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Jim Cuddy will perform at the Performing Arts Centre.

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September 23rd, 2018



The Performing Arts Centre launches the 2018/2019 season with The Jim Cuddy Band on Friday, October 5 at 8pm. Joining The Jim Cuddy Band are special guests Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley.

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Jim Cuddy

For over 35 years, Jim Cuddy has written songs that have become indelible in the soundtrack of Canadian lives. With the release of his fourth solo album, Constellation, he adds ten songs to that extraordinary songbook.

As one of the founding members and creative forces behind Blue Rodeo, Cuddy has received nearly every accolade Canada can bestow upon a musician, from the Order of Canada and induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, to countless JUNO Awards and a Star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. Behind it all, is a simple devotion to his craft as a songwriter, which remains Cuddy’s tireless pursuit after more than three decades.

“I’ve always found fascination in the smallest details of human behavior,” says Cuddy of his songwriting. “It has been something that I look at and remember, whether it is the details of an exchange that I witnessed or an exchange that I have. Of course, as you get older there are bigger things that happen in your life that you realize you’ll never totally understand. There never seems to be a loss of things to write about.”

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Jim Cuddy – “as you get older there are bigger things that happen in your life that you realize you’ll never totally understand.”

Cuddy’s creative drive led him, in 1998, to launch a solo career in conjunction with Blue Rodeo. With Constellation, he continues to find new ways to balance personal reflection and plainspoken storytelling, remaining both intimate and accessible.

The 2018/2019 BPAC season will also include, Capturing Pablo Escobar: An Evening with Javier Pena and Steve Murphy, Cirque Le Roux: The Elephant In The Room, John McDermott Christmas, Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, Mike Super: Magic & Illusion, Antonio Sanchez: BiRDMAN LiVE, and Gowan.

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MAGIC! will be at Performing Arts Centre October 12th.

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September 23, 2018



MAGIC!, will be on stage at the Performing Arts Centre Friday, October 12 at 8pm.

MAGIC! is a Toronto-bred, Los-Angeles-based quartet who scored the song of the summer, ‘Rude’ – a buoyant reggae-pop tune that held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks, charted in 41 countries, sold more than ten million singles and boasts over one billion views on VEVO.

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MAGIC! will be on the Performing Arts Centre stage October 12

Now, MAGIC! is back with the smash hit ‘Darts In The Dark’ from their new album, Expectations which was released September 7.

Over the past four years MAGIC! has established itself as a bonafide sensation thanks to its undeniably catchy sound, superlative song writing, and masterful musicianship. The band, which includes lead singer Nasri, guitarist Mark Pelli, drummer Alex Tanas, and bassist Ben Spivak.

Royal Wood signing CD's after the first commercial event at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre. They loved him.

Royal Wood signing CD’s after the first commercial event at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in 2011.

The 2018/2019 BPAC season will also include: Cowboy Junkies, Dean Brody: Dirt Road Stories Acoustic Tour, Jeremy Hotz, Matin Levac: Dance Into the Light, Royal Wood with special guest Elise LeGrow, The Andy Kim Christmas, Jesse Cook, Gowan and much more!

Royal Wood was the first performer to use the stage when the Centre opened in 2011.

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Two Halton police officers injured during a shootout at an Esso station at Appleby and Harvester Road.

Crime 100By Staff

September 22, 2018



At approximately 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2018, the Halton Regional Police Service responded to an incident at a gas station located at 875 Appleby Line in Burlington.

Two Halton Police officers were injured during this incident and have been transported to hospital where they are receiving treatment for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds.

There is no ongoing related risk to public safety.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is on scene and has invoked its mandate.

Police and SIU at crime scene

Police mobile command vehicle and Special Investigations Unit vehicle at the site of a shoot out early Saturday morning.

A Burlington resident who reports frequently for the Gazette reports that after a minor accident on the QEW the driver of a vehicle  entered the Esso station at Appleby and  Harvester and locked himself in the washroom.

The Esso attendant called police. Police arrived – police noticed the damaged car. Gun fire followed the suspect was killed.

Body was removed later on.




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Woodruff on annexing Waterdown - a joke he can use at the Mayor's expense.

opinionviolet 100x100By Greg Woodruff

September 22, 2018



The timing of asking the Province to put Waterdown into Burlington’s territory is no good and lack of communication with Hamilton even worse. It’s lots of fun to poke fun at Rick Golding over the abysmal optics of the whole thing. And as much as I’d like to jump on the bandwagon of making jokes at Rick, unfortunately, it’s not a bad idea.

Government is nothing more than a device to avoid human conflict and make people more prosperous then we would be without. The efficiency of service delivery and decision making matters greatly. Does Waterdown make more sense in a unit with Burlington?

Hamilton boundary

Hamilton’s boundaries – from the City of Hamilton web site.

Yes, it think it might. I measure just 2 km from subdivision to subdivision in which development along Highway 5 is merging into pretty much one city. The Waterdown road expansion will remove the “rural” break from North to South. It will seem like one city.

LaSalle Park

Does the city of Hamilton own this much of what we see as Burlington?

While we are on the topic of annexation, one thing the Ontario government should definitely annex for Burlington is Lasalle Park. By a historical accident, it’s Hamilton’s on the map, though operated by Burlington for living memory. The “Hamilton put money into LaSalle Park” argument doesn’t hold water here. Negotiations between Hamilton and Burlington is nothing but old school blackmail. Pay us for the land we have had nothing to do with for decades or we sell it to developers. Taxpayers on both sides are now paying civil servants to argue about it. Certainly, Mr. Ford rapidly transferring the park to Burlington is an easy win for efficiency and sanity in government.

But I digress …

Not only will Waterdown and Burlington seem every more like one city, but it’s also going to function like one too. The commercial investment in Clapson’s Corners is nothing sort staggering where you think all those shoppers come from? We need integrated road and transportation with water down. There is no bus up there. There is no reason at all to prevent the Halton Region and Burlington City vehicles to buzz 2km farther down the road during the day. You would think things like snow removal would get objectively easier.

The city of Hamilton I suspect has quite enough work to deal with the 610,000 souls under care.


The Waterdown Library – a gem.

Now comes the sticky part; the money. Hamilton probably has a point on the fact that long-term investments made were designed to be offset by future taxes. You can’t leave Hamilton holding the bag so to speak. Though I believe they have billions needed in infrastructure funding – yes billions. So the government of Hamilton is bankrupt sooner or later in any event. Even so, if the accountants can see that an investment has been made we need to pay back Hamilton. The best way to do that will be to “special levy” Waterdown the difference between the “Burlington” and the “Hamilton” tax rate until it’s paid back. I realize Waterdown would like instant tax relief, but over time is better than none at all.


The Mayor wasn’t laughing.

Not that we should do any merging without considering the people of Waterdown and the people of Burlington. Obviously, public consultation and a lot of mulling over is required. Unfortunately, it’s not the worst idea ever and I will have to find some other way to make jokes at Rick’s expense.

Greg WoodruffGreg Woodruff is a candidate for the Office of Mayor in the 2018 election.  He ran for the Office of the Regional Chair in 2014.  He has never held political office.

Related new stories.

The end of Burlington as you may know it.

Wallace and Meed Ward respond to the idea of annexing Waterdown.


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ECoB debates are proving to be just what the public wanted.

council 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 22, 2018



There was some doubt in the minds of many that the ECoB initiative to hold debates in every ward of the city would actually work.

Did people care enough to attend a debate?

Could the space in which to hold the debates be found?

Could the costs be covered?

Those doubts disappeared when the public began streaming into Bateman high school on Wednesday evening; they were further dispelled when the audience at the theatre in Hayden high school was very close to full on the Thursday.

Links to the video of the two debates so far are shown below.

ECOB logoThe EcoB people thought it would be a good idea to hand out information on how to vote to the people attending the debates. They asked the city for copies of the instruction sheet they had.

Can’t do that said the City Clerk who is also thee Returning Officer for the municipal elections.

In an email exchange of views Clerk Angela Morgan said to the ECoB people:

City Clerk Angela Morgan fails to ensure media alerted to Special Council meeting. Her communications people dropped the ball as well.

City Clerk Angela Morgan fails to ensure media alerted to Special Council meeting. Her communications people dropped the ball as well.

“As the Returning Officer for the election, I fully support community organized debates however, my role is to ensure that all events association with the City of Burlington Clerks department are completely impartial.

“I have received numerous complaints and concerns from members of the public about the ECOB specifically that they are not impartial and the organization is vocally supporting specific candidates.

“Given these concerns, we cannot permit the City of Burlington logo or materials to be distributed at these events.”

That is just poppy-cock.  Someone needs to explain to the Clerk just what her job is – she is a public civil servant.

Will the City Clerk have the decency to view those debates and determine for herself if they were impartial?
Morgan got complaints – it is the right of any citizen to file a complaint (it would be nice to see the actual complaints with the names redacted – our suspicion is that there are perhaps five – maybe ten).

Resident at Bateman debatte

As more and more people arrived – additional chairs had to be set out.

For the 500 people who attended the two debates so far there is an opportunity for you to help the City Clerk understand that she needs to hear both sides.

Her email address is: Angela Morgan

Let her know what you think.

The incumbent candidate for ward 5 sent out his limp excuse for not attending but then ensured that he had people on site handing out his literature.

The incumbent for ward six also handed out literature – she did her distribution outside the school. What she had her people hand out should get her a phone call from the with the city’s Ombudsman.

Angelo and Ken White

Angelo Bentivegna and Ken White participating in the ward 6 debate. Kinsey Schurm also participated – Incumbent Lancaster did not.

Two of the seven scheduled debates are on line. You can see and hear every blessed word that was said. You decide if the debates were impartial – and be sure to let the City Clerk know what YOU think.

Ward 5 debate on Wednesday September 19th

Ward 6 debate on Thursday September 20th

Just click on the red type that will get you to the debate – they run for close to two hours but you can skip forward and back.

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There was a time back when municipal politicians were part-time civil servants, doing their political duty out of love for their community - is that day gone?

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

September 22, 2018



I wonder if Mr. Ford has changed his view of unelected judges now that an appeal tribunal has sided with the premier and stayed the Superior Court decision against him. Ford may be unfair but apparently didn’t violate anyone’s freedom of expression in the appeal panel’s view. It will be up to a proper court of appeal to make the final decision, but what’s the point now?

Toronto’s municipal election will go ahead with 25 Councillors and that likely means there will be no need for the premier to invoke the notwithstanding clause. For every hundred thousand Toronto residents there will be a Councillor in City Hall just as there is an MP in Ottawa and an MPP at Queen’s Park. That is among the lowest level of representation in the country regardless of order of government.

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A thoughtful Premier?

But reducing the number of Councillors should also serve to strengthen the position of Toronto Council and its mayor, vis-a-vis the provincial level of government. To start with each Councillor will have been elected by the same number of residents as was the Premier. If Mr. Ford had hoped that by cutting numbers city officials would become more compliant to the whims of the province or beholden to him, he hadn’t really thought this through.

Then there is the obvious. Fewer Councillors will result in a city government less in touch with its various communities, and especially those of diverse demographics. And as for the twenty-five million dollars of savings over four years – that’ll get lost once the inevitable salary increases and extra staff are added. “Remember the Amalgamation” should be the battle cry every time somebody mentions those imaginary cost savings from reducing the number of politicians.

Fewer politicians’ means more responsibility for those remaining and that will lead to more pay, sure as night follows day. There was a time back when municipal politicians were part-time civil servants, doing their political duty more out of love for their community than for the pay or the opportunity to climb the ladder to a higher office.

Now just look at the nearly one dozen aspiring candidates running for full-time Councillor in Burlington’s Ward One. And check your Adam Smith. Simple economics tell us that when the number of wannabe public officials exceeds the number of positions like this, the price (remuneration) is already too high.

Click to view report

Few realized how big an impact this report was going to have; some want it re-written.

Growth brings prosperity we’ve been told. But urban growth, leading to high density development, is also a huge issue in Burlington’s elections this year. Which is why Burlington’s mayor trucked off to Queen’s Park to ask for relief from a decade old band aid, known as Places to Grow – intended to mask a generation of poor urban planning. Like a bandage it just covers, but doesn’t actually heal the wound.

And since he had the ear of the new government Mayor Goldring popped the notion that his city should annex Waterdown. His argument was based on the proximity of Waterdown and how its future development would have significant ramifications for Burlington. Besides Mr. Ford had just demonstrated that there is no such thing as impossible, so why not grab that little bit of tax base from Hamilton.

Goldring campaign picture

Did Mayor Goldring throw a Hail Mary pass or did he really think through what he proposed to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Cynics might say that Burlington’s mayor was only trying to inject some life into an uninspiring campaign for re-election. But he certainly created an impression and precipitated a reaction from the Hamilton crowd. Some of Hamilton’s Councillors, blind-sided by this proposal suggested that Hamilton should in turn annex all of Burlington. Good for the goose….

I recall an interview prior to his election victory in 1995 where Mike Harris talked about the ideal sized community, choosing his own North Bay as an example. But his perspective changed once he got convinced by his bureaucrats that 850 municipalities were way too many communities for them to get their heads around. And getting down to some 400 would be better. Better for whom?

So forced amalgamation became a means to that end. The clarion call was that lumping communities together would somehow result in lower costs. Economies of scale would kick in and yield big savings. But that didn’t happened, and certainly not in Toronto or Hamilton. Seems the problem was what we call dis economies of scale – the new cities were too large.

In the case of Hamilton none of the constituent municipalities were looking for an amalgamated hook-up with old steel town. So it was going to have to be a shot gun marriage. And that is what they got. But before they arrived at the alter some of the local authorities got to check out their potential partners like any forward thinking couple would do.

Waterdown sign

Is it a fit? Where will the idea go?

East Flamborough and Burlington had fallen in love for each other but never quite made it to the sack to consummate their relationship, barred from the bedroom by the premier dog-in-the-manger. Even though the sparks of requited love were abounding Harris knew Hamilton needed lots of suburban tax revenue to pay for his downloading of social services.

And Hamiltonian’s already were paying the highest taxes in the province, so he couldn’t let any part of the former region elope with another well-heeled partner. McGuinty, though winning Hamilton seats as the anti-amalgamation candidate refused to unscramble the omelet called Hamilton. But who knows, perhaps Mr. Ford will.

Oh how much fun it can be for grown-up people to act like children, playing risk or one of those other political board games, and re-enacting the 19th century European wars. I wonder if Premier Ford had as much fun re-engineering and gerrymandering the wards in the City of Toronto – swatting all those lefties off the game board.

Rivers hand to faceRay Rivers writes regularly 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


Background links:

Waterdown Annexation –   Response to Goldring –     25 Member Council

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Hiring event - Machine Operators, Industrial Millwright and Shippers

News 100 redBy Staff

September 21st, 2018



The Centre – that trains and help people to find work has scheduled a hiring event for a local business.

Hosted by The Centre for Skills Development& Training: 3350 South Service Road, Burlington

Tempel’s Burlington location is hiring for 30 full-time positions: Machine Operators, Industrial Millwright and Shippers. Competitive wages and benefits package available (medical, prescription, dental vision and disability plan coverages, and RRSP and DPSP deferred profit sharing plans)

Come Dressed for Success, with your Resume and be prepared for on-the-spot Interviews!

Call: 905 333-3499 x.140 for further information.

The Centre hiring event Sept 25

Register to attend:

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Walkers Line, between Palladium Way and No. 1 Side Road to be closed Sept. 24 to Oct. 5

News 100 redBy Staff

September 21st, 2018



Walkers Line will be closed in both directions between Palladium Way and No 1 Side Road from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5, 2018 for an emergency road culvert replacement.

Local access will be maintained.

Detours for through traffic

Through traffic travelling north on Walkers Line will be detoured along Palladium Way to Appleby Line and then No 1 Side Rd.

Through traffic travelling south on Walkers Line will be detoured along No. 1 Side Road, to Appleby Line and then Palladium Way.

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Sound of Music announces part of the 2019 program - no word yet on a new Executive Director.

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September 21st, 2018



Sound of Music Festival has announced the first two headliners for the 40th edition of Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival.

Kicking off the FREE festival on Thursday, June 13, 2019 is Lonestar on the TD Stage. Headlining the OLG Stage on Saturday, June 15, 2019 is the newest member of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, Terri Clark.

Sound of music - from stage

A Sound of Music audience.

Lineup announcements will be continuing all year leading up to the 40th anniversary shows, June 8-16, 2019 on Burlington’s Downtown and Waterfront. The shows offer up a huge variety of music for all ages.

Events and activities include Silver Series presented by Schlegel Villages – June 14, Downtown Streetfest presented by Burlington Downtown Business Association – June 14-16 and Family Zone – June 15-16, the Grande Festival Parade on June 15 and more!

“With the 40th edition of the festival, we’re excited to be working on several exciting initiatives that will engage the community and celebrate the history of Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival! We can’t wait to share more.”, says Peter Martin, President.

“We’re thrilled to be announcing earlier than ever, and sharing with our community our own excitement for the 40th anniversary of SOMF! The community has encouraged more local programming and more diversity, and we’re proud to deliver that this year! This is just one announcement of many to come! We’re honoured to be able to celebrate Burlington, music, and community!”, proudly exclaims the Festival’s programming team.”

The Festival is currently recruiting for volunteers. Visit for further information if you are interested in applying.

Dave-Miller SoM

David Miller – let go by the Sound of Music board in July – no replacement yet.

The Festival has yet to announce who the new Executive Director is going to be. The Festival Board ended the contract they had with Dave Miller and said the Board would begin a search for the next Executive Director.

The Gazette understands that members of the Board are filling that role while the search takes place. The legislation that governs what non-profit corporations can di does permit a Boar d to fill in on a short term basis. Is two months short term?

This Board of Directors has managed to become mute when it comes to how they govern themselves and the hundreds of people who serve as volunteers seem prepared to let them behave this way.

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Dundas collision results in the death of a St. Catharines resident - police still investigating.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 21st, 2018



That collision on Dundas near Brant yesterday resulted in a fatality

Two vehicles collided on Dundas Street west of Guelph Line in the City of Burlington. The preliminary investigation has determined that a Toyota Camry was westbound on Dundas Street and a Cadillac ATS was eastbound, when the two vehicles collided in a head-on collision.

The eighty-five year old driver of the Toyota was a St. Catharines resident. He was brought to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The driver of the Cadillac was a sixty-three year old Hamilton man who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause and circumstances of the collision are still under investigation. At the request of the decedent’s family, his name will not be released. Any witnesses or anyone who was in the area at the time with dashboard camera footage are asked to contact Detective Constable Greg Cormier at 905-825-4747 ext. 5065.

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ECoB not permitted to distribute information provided by city hall at their ward level debates.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 21st, 2018



Penny Hersh is asking:

Penny Hersh

Penny Hersh, president of ECoB

Is this what the City has come to? A grassroots citizen group is unable to provide residents with voting information?

Hersh asked the City Clerk, Angela Morgan, who is also the Returning Officer for the municipal and Board of Education elections, if she could get copies of the notices the city had on the elections and distribute them to people who attended the debates they are running in every ward of the city.

Here is the response from the city,

“Penny, Danielle (a city staff member involved in the administration of the election) forwarded your request for printed information about voting locations from city hall for distribution at the ECOB organized debates.

“As the Returning Officer for the election, I fully support community organized debates however, my role is to ensure that all events association with the City of Burlington Clerks department are completely impartial.

“I have received numerous complaints and concerns from members of the public about the ECOB, specifically that they are not impartial and the organization is vocally supporting specific candidates.

City Clerk Angela Morgan fails to ensure media alerted to Special Council meeting. Her communications people dropped the ball as well.

City Clerk Angela Morgan is also the Returning Officer for the October 22nd Municipal election.

“Given these concerns, we cannot permit the City of Burlington logo or materials to be distributed at these events. Please ask members of the public to go to our election page (address below) to get all of the information that they need to ensure they are on the list and know where to vote.”

The Gazette wonders what steps the Returning Officer took to determine if there was any truth to the information they were given.

Would the Returning Officer care to share the complaints she was given?

A video of the entire ward 5 debate is available at CLICK HERE.  The city staff running the election would be well served to watch the event and determine for themselves if ECoB is an impartial organization.

There is not a single shred of evidence to even suggest that ECoB has done anything to favour any one candidate.  The bias against ECoB at city hall is both palpable and disturbing.

Angela Morgan has provided the public with the following information.

Are you on the voters’ list?

The voters’ list contains the names, addresses and school support for each eligible voter.
Elected positions include Halton Regional Chair, Mayor and members of City Council for the City of Burlington, trustees for the Halton District School Board and Halton District Catholic School Board and Conseil scolaire Viamonde and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir.

To see if you are on the voters’ list:
• Go to
• Call Burlington City Hall at 905-335-7600, ext. 7481
• Visit Burlington City Hall at 426 Brant St., first floor, Clerks Department, or
• Visit any branch of Burlington Public Library.

Not on the list?
You can apply to the city clerk to add your name to the voters’ list or correct your information. If your name is not on the list or your information is incorrect, you can complete an Application to Amend the Voters’ List form.

Forms are available in the Clerks Department, first floor, Burlington City Hall, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or at the voting location on voting day. Forms must be completed in person and identification that includes your name and address is required.

Voter Information Notices
Voter Information Notices have been mailed. This notice includes your Voter Identification Number and provides dates, times and locations for voting, including Internet voting.

If you are on the voters’ list for the 2018 Burlington municipal election, you should have received your Voter Information Notice by mail by Oct. 1. If you did not receive your notice, or there are errors on your notice:

• Call the City of Burlington at 905-335-7600, ext. 7481
• Email, or
• Visit Burlington City Hall, 426 Brant St., from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Ways to vote

Voters have options for how, where and when to vot for the Oct. 22 election.
Online Registration and Voting (Oct. 1 – Oct. 17):
• Anytime
• Have access to the Internet? If yes, vote online from anywhere
• Use your Voter Information Notice (VIN) to register and vote at

Advance Voting (Oct. 13 and 17):
• 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
• Oct. 13, Mapleview Shopping Centre-food court, 900 Maple Ave.
• Oct. 17, Mapleview Shopping Centre-food court, 900 Maple Ave.
• Oct. 17, Tansley Woods Community Centre- community rooms 1 and 2, 1996 Itabashi Way

Election Day (Oct. 22):
• 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
• NEW in 2018 – Vote Anywhere your Ward
• Vote at any of the four locations in your ward.

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New police HQ open to the public Monday.

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 21st, 2018

Police HQ flgs flying

New police HQ commissioning ceremony



The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) new headquarters will be open to the public on Monday, September 24, 2018.

The new facility, located at 2485 North Service Road West in Oakville, was officially commissioned on September 13, 2018

The building is on the same site as the HAlton Region Administration offices.

The building includes: “State-of-the-art forensic labs, dedicated and centralized training facilities, a 50-metre 10-lane tactical firing range to accommodate the changing dynamics that are needed for firearms training, and special bays for the examination of vehicles involved in fatal collisions.


New headquarters from QEW

View of the south side of the new police HQ


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Changes to transit routes 4, 10 and 20 on Sunday September 23rd.

notices100x100By Staff

September 21, 2018



With the Appleby Line Street Festival and the Amazing Bed Race closing down Appleby Line, but routes get changed.

The following routes will have detours on Sunday, September 23

Route 4, 10 and 20
Detour Area: Appleby Line from New Street to Fairview Street

Detour Dates: Sunday, Sept. 23 from approximately 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Street
Fairview Street
Pinedale Avenue east of Timber Lane

Appleby bus route changes

Bus route changes

Detour Routes:
• Route 4 will travel along Longmoor Dr., turn left onto Inverary Rd., right onto Fairview St. and proceed to the Appleby GO station. Route 4 will not service stops on Pinedale Avenue

• Route 10 Eastbound will travel along New St., turn left onto Timber Ln, right onto Pindale Ave, left onto New St., left onto Burloak Dr., left onto Harvester Rd., left onto Appleby Ln and left onto Fairview St. and proceed to the Appleby GO station. Route 10 eastbound will not service stops on Appleby Line

• Route 10 Westbound will leave the Appleby GO station, turn right onto Fairview St., right onto Appleby Line, right onto Harvester Rd., right onto Burloak Dr., right onto New St., and continue its regular route. Route 10 westbound will not service stops on Appleby Line

• Route 20 will leave the Appleby GO station, turn right onto Fairview St., right onto Appleby Line, right onto Harvester Rd., right onto Burloak Dr., right onto New St., left onto Appleby Line, left onto Lakeshore Rd., left onto Burloak Dr. left onto Harvester Rd., left onto Appleby Ln and left onto Fairview St. and proceed to the Appleby GO station. Route 20 will not service stops on Appleby Line

Stops not in service:
• 360 – Appleby ln at New St.
• 376 – 419 Appleby Ln
• 392 – Appleby Ln at Longmoor Dr
• 395 – Appleby Ln a Pinedale Ave
• 397 – Pinedale Ave. at Appleby Ln
• 403 – Pinedale Ave at Timber Ln
• 421 – Pinedale Ave at Appleby Mall
• 435 – Appleby Ln at Sheraton Rd
• 438 – Appleby Ln at Bennet Rd
• 451 – 666 Appleby Ln
• 453 – Appleby Ln at Fairview St

Route 4 detour due to Longmoor Dr. construction.

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The ward 6 debate takes place this evening - Lancaster, the incumbent will not attend.

council 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 20th, 2018


The following are the opinions, reflections, observations and musings of Pepper Parr, publisher of the Burlington Gazette.

The second ECoB debate takes place in ward 6 this evening where there are three candidates; the incumbent Blair Lancaster, her strongest opponent in the 2014 race Angelo Bentivegna and Ken White a first time candidate.

The debate is to take place in the theatre in Hayden high school. Event starts at 7:00 pm with the doors opening at 6:30 pm

The event will be moderated by Deb Tymstra a popular Cogeco TV personality who has produced several programs and is a regular interviewer on The Issue.

Unfortunately, Lancaster has announced that she will not attend, because, she claims, the debate’s facilitator, is extremely biased. “While ECOB initially responded positively to my request to change the facilitator, they immediately went on to share information about my private correspondence with the Burlington Gazette—to discredit me and my concerns.   The Gazette then proceeded to write an article citing threats of violence against me. (The article Lancaster is concerned about are attached below.)

Lancaster, a two term member of city council was a member of the Shape Burlington report that was one of the attempt to get city staff and council to be more responsive to citizen concerns.  Lancaster did little to advocate for any real changes.

Considered part of the more reactionary wing of the current council Lancaster has a couple of achievements that need to be remembered. Her decision to work with ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward (she is now a candidate for the mayoralty) on saving the Freeman Station – they succeeded. The station is close to complete and is expected to be open to the public on a regular basis soon.

Were it not for the efforts of Lancaster and Meed Ward the Freeman station would be kindling burned in a fire place somewhere.

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

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

Lancaster brought another significant issue before council during the current term. Lancaster realized that the city was losing a couple of the long term care facilities – the Mt. Nemo operation was moving to Hamilton –and there was no land available for new facilities.

With a growing seniors population there is going to be a desperate need at some time in the near future.

Lancaster thought that long term care facilities could be built on land that was zoned as Employment Lands. She argued that the patient staff/resident ratio made these facilities significant employers and as such could be built in the Employment Lands the city has.

She didn’t get the traction the idea deserved.

Councillors Sharman and Lancaster: both part of the Shape Burlington committee who seem to have forgotten what the report was all about - civic engagement

Councillors Sharman and Lancaster: both part of the Shape Burlington committee who seem to have forgotten what the report was all about – civic engagement

She has a tendency to rely on Councillor Sharman, who sits next to her at council, for advice and direction.

She didn’t cover herself in glory on the air park matter. She was far too close to the owner of the Air Park at a time when the city was involved in expensive court proceedings

Lancaster can be scrappy at times and gets dramatic on occasion.

The evening she gave a demonstration on the use of Epi pens was a bit of a flop; the expert in the room politely told Lancaster that she wasn’t demonstrating the use of the pen properly..

Angelo Bentivegna came a close second to Lancaster in the 2014 election. There were 10 candidates in the race then. Lancaster took exception to the debate being sponsored by the Gazette. She has always had difficulty with media – it goes back to her days as a beauty queen.

To her credit she did tell the publisher of the Gazette after the debate that she thought the event was fair to all the candidates.

Bentivegna has done little since the 2014 election. In his campaign literature he said he “will create a ratepayers association in each community of ward 6 (Rural, Alton Village, Millcroft, and Headon Forest) to engage citizens in what’s happening in their area long before the ink dries!”


Ward 6 candidate Angelo Bentivegna

There isn’t a reason in the world why B couldn’t have formed those association the day after the last election. Saying you are going to involve people and actually doing so are two different things.

The  Bentivegna family worked hard to make a wonderful contribution to the Joseph Brant hospital.

In December 2009, Diane, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer. The tumor and began a regime of chemotherapy and radiation proved to be successful. The family wanted do something special to thank our physicians, nurses, caregivers and the hospital.  They decided to raise funds to purchase  State of the Art Digital Mammography unit with a Biopsy attachment.

The goal to reach was $450,000.00. In 2012 they raised $75,000.00. In 2013 they raised $101,000.00 plus $88,000.00 on a Bobby Orr autographed Bruins color Corvette.

In 2014 they raised the balance to achieve our goal: $450,000. The equipment was purchased,  delivered and installed at Joseph Brant Hospital in 2014.

Bee covers all the bases in his campaign literature – but other than delegating on the signage that was to be permitted by candidates for council seats the Gazette hasn’t seen much of him.

Budget public Angelo Benivenuto and Carol Gottlob

Angelo Bentivegna and Carol Gottlob at a 2015 city budget meeting.

He did appear at a presentation of a city budget one evening during a snow storm when there were more people at the ice pad next door than there were in the room the budget was being explained.

Bentivegna was available for media interviews during his 2014 campaign – he has chosen not to be interviewed by the Gazette this time around. That puts him in the same camp at Lancaster, Sharman and Dennison – not the right side of the political spectrum to be on in this campaign.

In his campaign literature Bentivegna lists his issues.  He includes the schools which has nothing to do with the city, as a former educator one would have thought he would know that.

Taxes: We need to focus on industrial and commercial opportunities to reduce the dependency on raising residential taxes. Taxes over the last two terms have been excessive to say the least…4.3% this past year alone! This council spends our money recklessly. They have demonstrated throughout their term of office that this trend will continue!

Our city is reactive, when it comes to compliance, as to who follows the rules and who doesn’t. Our city leaves a ton of money on the table…would you…I will work to recapture lost revenues!

Traffic: Every day I hear from our residents…Please help us move traffic around our city!Our roads get busier and busier each day, drive any major road north to south or west to east and vice versa. Intensification added to Ward 6 and to our city needs to be planned better! We need to incorporate with help from developers (community benefits..section 37) and resident input, solutions to move traffic flow smarter, easier, and timely…

The Transit System: Put Transit where the cars are!!!! Transit needs to be easy for users…needs to be frequent and reliable…needs to be simple to use, even if you are not a transit user! We need to develop a trust in the system…a trust the allows frequency, on time and reliable service when we need it! Let’s create a workable plan and work with our stakeholders to lure riders.

OP & Development: I am not against development, we need it to become sustainable and to attract people and Jobs to our city…What I am against is ” the “NEW” way we do business in our City. Our Official Plan & our Zoning Bylaws moving forward will not only act as guidelines, but they will now become targets for amendments! There was a time when an ‘amendment” was a change to fill a need that was somewhat minor or insignificant…now amendments are serious “ASKS”…10 stories to 17 stories…is that the “NEW NORMAL”.

Rural: We need to actively revisit our Official Plan to give our farmers and rural residents the tools that create flexibility to effectively manage their lands for the future. Together we can make this a positive economic issue in our City.

Seniors: In the next twenty years our senior population will double. We need to have more places for seniors to interact and stay connected in our City. We need to design all inclusive amenities that allow seniors to stay connected & comfortable with aging.

Our schools: How will our schools stay viable and at capacity in the future. What will happen to the school buildings that may struggle or lay empty. Now is the time to work cooperatively with our province, region, and school boards……City Council as a whole needs to voice a collective opinion. I said this during my last campaign in 2014 and we still need to pay attention to these issues looking forward.

Recreational Facilities: A need to re-examine how we can be more productive in our arenas, parks, gyms and libraries. We are not maximizing potential revenues from our City owned facilities. We have an opportunity to be creative in partnering with the private sector to find ways to increase revenues and reduce overhead.


Ken White delegating at city council.

Ken White is an Alton Village resident. He takes a very tough approach to what he thinks a new council will do.  He is for firing the city manager

Alton skating - two boys + dad

A Do it Yourself community hockey rink that White was instrumental in creating.

White has been active in his community – that involvement had him out late at night flooding a do-it-yourself hockey rink.

White, unfortunately, got himself on the wrong side of the city’s Heritage Advisory committee who found they had to send him a cease and desist letter when he was linking an idea he had for heritage fund raising to the Heritage Advisory web site.  At the time his wife was on the Board of that Advisory committee – hashtag awkward.

Among the issues he wants to promote:

Responsible development:
The future of our fine city is in our hands and right now Burlington is in crisis. The choices we make today will have far-reaching impact and it is critically important that every decision be thoroughly examined, well balanced and sustainable. We want growth, prosperity and advancement, but never at a reckless pace and never at the expense – or exclusive benefit – of any one stakeholder.

“I for one do not want to sit on the sidelines and watch as potentially poor decisions bring on deterioration of the services, lifestyle and values we currently embrace”, Ken explains. “I am committed to be part of the solution, where growth is measured, analyzed for the common good and always well planned.” Today, we are already well ahead of provincially mandated intensification goals. Accelerated high rise development without corresponding infrastructure improvement will be harmful in the long term and we will all pay through skyrocketing taxation.

Responsible development.

Every one of us is responsible for making sure that our voices are heard and our opinions considered.

We also expect prudence, fiscal restraint, transparency and accountability.

It is troubling to see that these expectations are not currently being met by our City. Burlington’s budget increases have averaged almost 4% a year since 2014. The City’s “human resource” cost is now $141,000 per employee. With the new Joseph Brant Museum being built at an incredible cost of $650 per square foot, the existing City Council has demonstrated a total lack of restraint or prudence.

As a financial executive, Ken finds these statistics an assault to the principles of his profession. That’s why he advocates changes that would help the City operate in a manner resembling a responsible, successful business – thereby holding the line on tax increases.

Consider just a few of ideas on his low-cost, high-impact slate:

Improve efficiency by appointing a City Manager who would receive a modest base salary supplemented by a variable compensation for meeting aggressive cost-cutting goals.

Engage an independent body to investigate where the City wastes money and where it performs well. The province’s Auditor General is very effective at keeping both politicians and government employees thinking twice before spending money on White Elephants.

The Joseph Brant Museum is being built at a cost of $650 per square foot. While I support a greatly expanded museum for a City of Burlington’s size the construction costs alone exceed the cost of buying a house in Millcroft at less than $500 per square foot including the land!

The time for accountability is now.

Every proposal for a zoning change, development project or building permit must receive the City’s approval. That stipulation gives City Council enormous influence.

Existing Council has failed to exert that influence to the benefit of our children’s education. Its unparalleled access to School Boards is an indirect lever to ensure responsible planning, yet Council has refused to voice their opinion or speak on behalf of their constituents. Even the City Manager was silent while he sat on the Halton District School Board’s Program Accommodation Review (PAR).

The HDSB has chosen to close two high schools with one just outside Ward 6. Frank Hayden High School in Alton Village has 16 portables while, 3.8 kms away, Lester B Pearson is being closed. School Board Trustees are voting favourably to build a new $23 Million Administration Centre. Councillor Meed Ward took her fight to Queen’s Park and won the right to keep Central High School open. The rest of Burlington Council, including Blair Lancaster, voted to NOT send a letter to the Provincial government to stop the closures of more schools.

Other municipalities in Ontario demand that their School Boards and developers provide a cogent plan with respect to where, how and how many children are going to be schooled when a building or subdivision is approved. Acceptable development demands intelligence.

Burlington needs to step up and take its zoning responsibilities seriously.

Deb Tymstra

Deb Tymstra will moderate the ward 6 debate

Those are the ward 6 candidates – two of them will be debating this evening.

Deb Tymstra will be moderating.

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