Councillor Paul Sharman looking for a reason - any reason, to note have to face and debate the four people who want his council seat.

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

September 7th, 2018



Paul Sharman has once again confused the forest for the trees.

He has said that he is not going to attend the debate for the ward 5 candidates until he knows who the Directors of ECoB – Engaged Citizens of Burlington.

Sharman wants to know:

Who are the directors of the incorporated ECOB entity? I understand the original participants have resigned.

There has been no information about the ECOB “organization” on the website.

In the short history of ECOB there has been a continuous demonstration of divisiveness, disrespect of Council / City management, inflammatory misinformation and partisan posturing.

If the CFUW or any other respectable, objective, well established organization with a properly elected Board of Directors were to sponsor the September event, I would participate.

Otherwise, I will not participate in any event sponsored by ECOB.

I will post this message on all my public communications with respect to this event.

Does an organization that is organizing a debate have to respect the elected members of council when most of the members of this council have very little respect for the citizens who stand before than as a delegation.

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ECoB’s first public meeting attracted more than 100 people. Would that be enough to make them credible?

If Sharman would do his homework he would know that ECoB held an event for anyone interested in becoming a candidate for a seat on city council or serving as a school board trustee.

More than 100 people turned out for the first event ECoB held – they raised a significant amount of money at that event. Some of those funds are being used to organize the debates. Church hall rentals being one of the costs.

ECoB Crowd Feb 22

A room full of people who wanted to know more about running for public office. The event was organized by ECoB who had former council members and school board trustees on the panel. Would this make ECoB credible?

Sharman is using the credentials of the people organizing the event – the people doing the hard work to make the debates happen and to deal with the antics of the sitting members of council who are doing nothing but making the job of volunteers that much harder.

What Sharman is doing is creating a phony reason to not attend a debate where he will have to face candidates that have done their homework.

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Ward 5 candidate Wendy Morghan squaring of with Councillor Paul Sharman

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Mary Alice St. James talking to people outside a public meeting in the Lakeside Village Plaza where an massive change to the community was being presented.

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Ben - a Nelson Youth Centre success story.

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September 6th, 2018



The staff at the Nelson Youth Centre tell the story about Ben, a young boy who was rapidly losing his way.

He was 13 years old with a long history of failures when he came to the Centre. He was very angry and defensive and was not about to trust anyone. Ben had no friends and too many people had let him down in his young life. In addition, his teachers and school were not feeling hopeful that he would be able to continue in the main stream. His mom loved her son but was at loss on how to help him. We knew that Ben desperately wanted to fit in and have a friend of his own but lacked the skills and confidence to make this happen.

Over time while attending the program and with the support of the Centre’s staff Ben was able to figure out who he was and what he wanted. Ben found his voice. During the 6 months he was in the program, Ben began to connect with his peers and express himself in a healthy and socially acceptable way. He was also able to connect with his teacher in a way that allowed him to benefit from the learning environment. He was finding hope and a place for himself in this world.

Ben was given the task of mentoring new children coming into the program; he now had a purpose and a way to share with others what he had learned about himself and what he needed to be successful. He successfully graduated from the Centre’s program and was unrecognizable as the boy who first came to our door. Ben was now seen as a leader in school, had multiplied his friends, and was moving in a positive direction.

A year later, in high school, Ben returned to the Centre as a volunteer. Nelson Youth Centres had made such a difference in his life, connecting him to school, family and friends he wanted to pay it forward. Ben was able to help others a see a future as bright as own!

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Nelson Youth Centre celebrates 40 years of working with youth in the community.

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September 6th, 2018



It was forty years ago when Ron Gardner founded the Nelson Youth Centre.

It has been serving the children and youth ages 6 to 18 in Burlington, Oakville, Milton and Halton Hills.
Nelson Youth Centres is an accredited children’s mental health centre.

The occasion is being celebrated with a party on September 15, 2018, 10:30 to 3:00 at our home base on New Street.

Current and Past Board Members will be taking part; they include Burlington philanthropist Susan Busby (retired school principal), Chris Lawson (Halton Regional Police Services), Martin Venema (Sr Director RBC), Ron Gardner (Founder, Funding Innovations). Activities for the day include tours of the newly renovated building.

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The Nelson Youth Centre on New Street in Burlington,

Nelson Youth Centers started out in a community room in Port Nelson United Church in 1978. The Church provided a space to turn our vision into reality for youth and children in our community. In 1982 with the support of the City of Burlington Nelson Youth Centres moved into our current home on New Street, where they are able to offer group therapy. The Centre has developed an After School Treatment Program.

Cincy McClure Nelson YouthOver the next 40 years and with the generous and ongoing support of our community, the Centre expects to expand their services. The Centre now has thirteen full time staff members.

Every year, the Centre changes the lives of over 300 children.

Nelson Youth Centers started out in a community room in Port Nelson United Church in 1978. The Church provided a space to turn the vision into reality for youth and children in our community. In 1982 with the support of the City of Burlington Nelson Youth Centers moved into their current home on New Street.


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Award winning author to speak about how Canadian soldiers survived the first World War.

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September 6th, 2018



Different Drummer books is sponsoring Tim Cook, multiple award winning, nationally revered historian and author The Secret History of Soldiers, How Canadians Survived The Great War on Wednesday September 19 7pm at Art Gallery of Burlington

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Dr. Cook will discuss The Secret History of Soldiers in a riveting presentation in the Shoreline Room at The Art Gallery of Burlington on Wednesday September 19 at 7pm.

Admission is free, but space is limited–please register for the event at this link or by contacting us at (905) 639 0925 or

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Interactive Maps and Open Data services not available Sept. 6-7, 2018

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September 5th, 2018



The city is upgrading the mapping and open data technology application.

You will not be able to  upgrade, interactive maps and open data will not be available on Thursday, Sept. 6 and Friday, Sept. 7.

These services will be available again on Saturday, September 8.


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The audacity of the man - he had six days to make up his mind. He fails to meet the deadline and then asks for the date to be changed.

council 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2018



After giving ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison six days’ notice to confirm that he will take part in a debate with his opponent and failing to confirm his attendance, ECoB reluctantly made the changes it had to make to its schedule and published the dates of each ward level debate and the location.

The very reasonable deadline Dennison was given ended at noon.

The Gazette published the dates and location Tuesday afternoon.

ECOB logoThe problem arose when ECoB realized that there was a city council meeting on the 24th, which was a serious conflict for Dennison. ECoB offered to change the date, which meant making changes in several of the other ward debates and asked Dennison to advise that he could and would attend on the second date they chose.

Dennison was given six days to decide. ECoB needed conformation by noon of the 4th. They didn’t hear from Dennison so they proceed to publish the dates so that all the other candidates could organize their time and prepare for the debate,

At just before 11:00 pm this evening, Tuesday, ten hours after the deadline, Dennison informed ECoB by email, that he would attend on the revised date and wanted the debate date changed – and he wanted all the questions he would be asked provided to him beforehand.

ECoB has been put in the awkward position of looking like a bunch of amateurs who can’t organize an event.

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The people that make ECoB work are, from the left Dania Thurman, Lisa Kearns and Penny Hersh. Kearns resigned from the organization and registered as a candidate for the ward 2 city council seat.

They have decided, as they should, that they will not change the dates. Dennison is free to attend on the 24th at 7:00 pm. ECoB has said they welcome his participation.

As for getting the questions in advance – not a chance Mr. Dennison. For two reasons – that is not what a debate is all about and ECoB doesn’t have all the questions yet.

The questions that will be asked will, for the most part, come from the audience who are at the meeting.

Why did Jack Dennison change his mind – hard to tell but the behaviour is consistent with the way Jack Dennison sees his world.

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Why is it that the incumbents don't want to defends what they have done for the past eight years?

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

September 5th, 2018



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Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman listening to east end residents.

Councillor Sharman wasn’t certain that ECoB – Engaged Citizens of Burlington – had the legitimacy or credibility to organize a series of debates for residents in each of the city’s six wards.

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Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison

Councillor Dennison chose not to take part in the debate opportunity.

Councillor Lancaster took issue with Mark Carr moderating the ward level debates – ECoB arranged for a different moderator.

What is it about these three statement that are similar?

All three are members of a city council that has been in place for eight years and they aren’t interested in debating the issues.

Sharman and Dennison face very serious challenges – Lancaster has a battle on her hands. All three could be collecting pension before the end of the year.

The people of Burlington are now at a point where they want to be at the table where the decisions are made. They have trusted their members of city council to act in the best interests of the electorate. Many think that trust is now misplaced.

We have a democratic process where the elected go before the electorate and defend what they have done in the past and explain what they propose to do in the future.

Instead, Lancaster takes issue with Mark Carr being the moderator – and what might the basis of that concern be? Carr has been moderating the panel discussion The Issue on Cogeco TV for years. No one has ever suggested that he has shown any bias.

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Ward 6 Councilor Blair Lancaster chairing a Standing Committee

Just what could Mark Carr do in a public debate that would harm Lancaster’s interests? This is a candidate who has come up with a case of the jitters.

Lancaster did much the same thing when the Gazette sponsored a debate in ward six when she was up against nine other candidates in ward six. On that occasion Lancaster didn’t have the “cahonies” to complain directly – she had her sister Brenda do the complaining. Slimy stuff.

Sharman has no use for any citizen group that he doesn’t control. And he doesn’t like situations where he can’t control the agenda. Ward 5 has two female candidates who are going to be in his face demanding answers to their questions and explanations behind some of his questionable behaviour during this election and that is taking far from his comfort zone.

Poor Jack Dennison – he hopes that if he can do his door to door campaigning and continue to charm the residents he can squeak through. It doesn’t look as if he is going to get away with that approach this time.

The beauty about the democracy we have is that the voters put an x mark on a piece of paper and put their marked ballot in a box – it’s a secret ballot. By the end of the election eve – the voters will know if their will was focused enough to bring about a change.

Councillors Taylor and Craven chose not to run for re-election. Craven has never been beaten – and he would probably win another term of office had he chosen not to retire. No word yet on what he wants to do next.

Councillor Taylor came to the realization that it was time to put the gauntlets on different hands. A wise decision on his part. He has served well for the most part and should be recognized for his contribution. Did he stay too long? The voters didn’t think so. He never lost an election and was acclaimed on at least one occasion.

Residents have been complaining for more than a year about the absence of the kind of engagement they want to see in the direction the city grows.

Gary Scobie

Gary Scobie has delegated to the city in dozens of occasions – doubts he has ever been heard.

Council has failed to hear what the citizens are saying and staff, who serve at the will of Council, take their que from city council.

The public is very unhappy with staff, particularly with the Planning department and the Office of the City Manager.

Should there be a new city council – there will be changes at the senior staff level.

guillotineIn the meantime there are going to be debates in every ward of the city so that citizens can hear what those who want to serve have to say for themselves. Those who have served will be asked why they should be re-elected.

Three of those seeking re-election: Sharman, Dennison and Lancaster are being dragged into the debates kicking and screaming.

Same thing happened in the French Revolution when the guillotine was put into almost daily use.

Salt with Pepper are the opinions, reflections, observations and musings of the Gazette publisher

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Concerns over the quality of the drinking water at local schools are nothing to worry about: The Board has a policy to ensure that the water is safe and they keep parents informed.

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September 5, 2018



A Gazette reader advised us that parents were getting notices about the amount of lead in the water in Halton Board of Education schools.

We asked Director of Education Stuart Miller the following questions:

What’s with the lead in the water at MMR?

How bad is it?

When did the Board learn about it?

What is the Board doing about it?

The Board of Education has it all under control.

David Boag, Associate Director of Education told that Gazette that lead testing occurs throughout the school year in all our schools.

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David Boag, Associate Director of Education at the Halton District School Board

In each school testing occurs at several locations (different fixtures) within the school. This testing occurred this summer and in some schools, lead concentrations were above allowable limits. Where this occurs, we inform families. This often occurs in the summer when water is allowed to sit in pipes and our regular flushing routine is not in effect at many sites.

Wherever there is a lead exceedacne, flushing occurs and the water is tested again. If the fixture where the test was done does not pass after flushing, the fixture is taken out of service and further maintenance or replacement occurrs.

All other locations must achieve a passing test for the fixture to be put back in service. Prior to school coming back for September we resume our daily water flushing to ensure water quality for staff and students in our schools.

The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks requires all sites to be tested annually between May and October. The Halton District School Board hires an independent, certified third-party to gather water samples and send to a certified laboratory to perform the analysis. Under the regulation, if an exceedance is detected, the lab is required to inform the Ministry of Environment Spills Action Centre, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Halton Region Public Health Department, the Ministry of Education and the school board.

If a fixture’s standing sample laboratory test results indicate an unacceptable concentration of lead and the flushed sample shows acceptable lead concentration levels, staff at the school perform a five-minute daily flush of every water line, and a ten-second flush at every fixture before school starts. This ensures the standing water condition does not occur. If a fixture’s flushed sample laboratory test results indicate an unacceptable concentration of lead, water supply to the fixture is shut off.


Pure clear water – tested regularly

The water supply is not turned back on until two consecutive tests are conducted and the results show the lead concentration within the water is safe to drink. Adjacent water fixtures are also tested to ensure the issue is not present within the supplying water line. If subsequent test results show unacceptable concentration levels, the fixture is either removed entirely or replaced and retested. In the event that there has been an exceedance, flushing will occur daily for a period of two years as a precaution. This applies to both standing and flush test results.

The drinking water at schools within the Halton District School Board follows stringent water testing in accordance with Ontario Regulation 243/07 and under the direction of the Ministry the Environment, Conservation and Parks. All sampling, testing and any remediation is completed before school commences to ensure the health and safety of students.

They’ve got this one under control.

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Barrie Baycats one game away from winning the fifth straight IBL trophy

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

September 5th, 2018



The Barrie Baycats are one win away from a fifth straight IBL title.

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Barrie Baycats batter.

Barrie leads the best-of-seven championship series 3-2 after a 7-1 Game 5 win over the Kitchener Panthers Tuesday night at Coates Stadium.

The Burlington Herd was eliminated in the quarter finals when they were defeated three straight by thee league leading Baycats.

Game six of the series takes place Thursday, Sept. 6 at Kitchener, 7:30 p.m.

The InterCounty Baseball League is celebrating their 100th anniversary as a league.

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Council candidate chastises her opponent for refusing to take part in a debate; accuses him of putting his personal interests before those of the people he wants to represent.

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September 4th, 2019



Shawna Stolte, a candidate for the ward 4 city council seat said today that she was “So disappointed in Jacks decision to not participate in the Ward 4 Municipal Debate.”

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Jack Dennison the day he announced thee sale of his health club.

Dennison did not advise ECoB that he would participate within the very reasonable deadline they had given him (five days)

Stolte added in her prepared statement that: “Is it from a fear of being faced with questions he can’t answer? Or a fear of a strong challenger who may demonstrate the skills and experience to be a better option for voters in Ward 4?

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Ward 4 candidate Shawna Stolte at the Farmer’s Market.

“If Jack believes he has done a good job for the voters over the last 24 years then he should have no trouble attending a public forum and defending himself. I believe he is well aware of the mounting frustration that Ward 4 residents feel about all of the time and money he has cost the city pursuing his own best interests while ignoring his constituents concerns…and he is now taking the easy route to avoid having to explain himself publicly.
“One would like to think that a career politician such as Jack would have more respect for his constituents and the democratic process, and understand that it is his obligation to allow voters to express their questions and receive the information they need to make an informed decision on Election Day.

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Jack Dennison wants to get re-elected – he just doesn’t want to debate and tell voters what he has done to deserve their vote.

“Jack knows full well that the fewer people who are introduced to his strong challenger, the better it is for him…so once again he is choosing what is in his own best interest above what is best for the constituents of Ward 4.

“The question is…will the voters of Ward 4 allow him to get away with this for the seventh time?

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Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison ducks the only debate being held for city council candidates

council 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2018



Getting public attention in Burlington for the election of the people who will serve on city council and the Board of Education is not an easy task.

There have been elections in this city where the turnout has been as low as 13%.

It doesn’t look as if that is going to be the case for the October 22 civic election. With a record 63 candidates filing nomination papers, a small but very effective group of citizens have organized debates in each ward of the city.

Getting this done has not been easy.

ECOB logoECoB – Engaged Citizens of Burlington – set out to organize debates in each ward for the candidates running in that ward and then a debate for the four people running for the Office of Mayor.

There are not that many venues that these events can be held in – churches, schools, library, service clubs – wherever there is a large room that will hold those interested in hearing the debates.

ECoB has not been able to convince the city that they should be allowed to use public property. The Clerk’s office, which oversees the election process, has told ECoB that city property could not be used because candidates might choose to solicit votes while the debates are taking place,

Heaven forbid that such a thing should happen in Burlington.


Mark Carr will moderate most of the ward level debates.

The ward level debates are being moderated by Mark Carr – with the exception of the Ward 6 debate where Councillor Lancaster took issue with Carr, saying she didn’t feel he was as unbiased as she would like him to be.

The biggest headache for the people organizing the event was the refusal on the part of Councillor Dennison to take part. The original date chosen happened to be the date city council was meeting.

Dennison never had any problem missing a council meeting when the Committee of Adjustment was hearing his application to sever his Lakeshore Road property.  He sat in the room next door to the Council Chamber defending his right to sever his property but forgetting that as an elected member of council he was sworn to defend the city’s bylaws.

The ECoB people understood and arranged for the ward 4 debate to take place on another date. Dennison would not commit to attending – so the debate for ward 4 citizens will be just Shawna Stolte, the only other candidate on the ballot, on the stage by herself.

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Ward 4 candidate for city council Shawna Stolte

Stolte had some choice words for Dennison and his decision. “Is it from a fear of being faced with questions he can’t answer? Or a fear of a strong challenger who may demonstrate the skills and experience to be a better option for voters in Ward 4?”

The dates and locations for the seven debates are:


Ward 5
Wednesday, September 19th
5151 New Street, Burlington

Ward 6
Thursday, September 20th
3040 Tim Dobbie Drive, Burlington

Ward 4
Monday, September 24th
4181 New Street, Burlington –

Ward 3
Wednesday, September 26th
2425 Upper Middle, Burlington

Ward 2
Monday, October 1st
2225 New Street, Burlington –

Ward 1
Thursday, October 4th
375 Plains Road E. Burlington –

Tuesday, October 9th
1433 Baldwin Street, Burlington

Make a note of the date for the debate in your ward.

All the debates start at 7:00 pm

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MM Robinson high school opens for the former Pearson high school students - a lot of effort was put into making the integration work.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2018



They will stream into the school by the hundreds.

The changes to the outer appearance of M. M. Robinson will be noted and the students transferring in from Lester b. Pearson high school will settle into their new surroundings.

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M. M. Robinson high school being “spruced up”.

The building was looking a little worn – it was time to spruce the place up a bit. Some of the work was done during the summer- the balance will get done before the end of the year.

Getting to this point has been a huge task that pulled on most of the resources that exist at the senior levels of the Halton District School Board.

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Superintendent Terri Blackwell talking to Pearson high school during the formal school closing.

Several of the Superintendents were on call; Terri Blackwell was leading the drive to ensure that Pearson fit into MMR perfectly; that every possible and reasonable need was met.

Many of the teachers from Pearson came over with the students.

The closing of Pearson was contentious and might well result in at least two of the trustees losing their seats in the October municipal election.

School closing are not the concern of Claire Proteau, the principal at M.M. Robinson high school. Her job is to make the school work and ensure that each student gets the education they need and deserve.

She brings both an eclectic and colourful background to the task. She is not your cookie cutter idea of a principal. Very very hands on with an understanding that students today are different and that the world they are going into is equally different.

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Claire Proteau stands outside her high school while students take part in a program run by the Halton police.

Claire graduated from high school and went to a community college because, as she put it, her marks were not good enough to get into university. She studied behavioural sciences at community college and went to teachers college as a mature student.

Claire treats her students as young adults and works with them at whatever level they are at. She has bounced around the Halton District School Board and worked in some challenging situations. She was at the Syl Apps Youth Centre, a 48-bed, Secure Residential Forensic Mental Health Facility for Ontario male and female youth. The Halton District School Board provides the educational component.

That job pulled on Claire’s experience in the federal correctional service – penitentiaries – where she found the inmates to be people she could work with. “It was the custodial staff – guards – that I couldn’t take. It wasn’t where I wanted my career to begin and end.”

Life in Kingston came to an end – Claire and the family moved to Burlington where she joined the Halton District School board.

She was on staff at Bateman when the Elgin/Brock students were integrated into the new school.

She worked at Central high school where she was a vice principal.

The opportunity to move to MM Robinson was too good for Claire to miss – she asked for the job and got it.

That’s when the challenges began – integrating several hundred students from Pearson which was a very small school. They are coming into a school that you can actually get lost in. It is the largest high school in the HDSB system.

It is a composite school – offers everything.

It has a student body that is defined by the part of the city they live in; north of the QEW east of Tyendaga. Middle class families in a quiet neighbourhood.

MMR has two vice principals, 50 teachers and 26 educational assistants.

There is a Community Pathway Program at MMR that is visible, the CPP students are fully integrated.
Students who have mobility challenges are helped by other students. While it is a big school with a large student population everyone seems to know everyone else.

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Claire Proteau in her office – where she is open and engaging with her students.

There is a very healthy relationship between the student body and the Pathway program. It’s one big family.
The administration offices are on the second level of the school with an awkward set of stairs that gets you to that space. There is a small gallery, almost a balcony that let’s Claire look out over the gathering area inside the front doors where the students meet and lounge around.

The gallery area let’s Claire see what is going on – she has a very keen eye. Is there a principal that doesn’t have eyes in the back of their head?

A high school is a big operational challenge. Young people finding themselves, figuring out who they are and what they think they want to be is a big task in itself.

Every year new students arrive and go through that process of fitting in.

This year the Pearson students are added to the mix.

Given the discord that surrounded the decision to close Pearson and moving students from a small school to a really big school adds to the challenge.

How do you make that work?

The prep that was done to get to this point was huge. Pearson students visited the high school many times; parents met with MMR staff – every question asked had to get a satisfactory answer; the students and the parents had to know that Pearson students were going to a new home that would include their character and values.

Two of the Boards Superintendents were assigned to ensuring that everything went smoothly.

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MM Robinson high school is the only one in the city with formal art work at the entrance to the school.

Claire decided that the Student Theatre should be renamed and called the Pearson Theatre. Some students objected – Claire asked them what the name of the Theatre was now – they weren’t able to tell her. The theatre is on the left hand side of the main lobby just inside the entrance doors to the school. Pearson students will know the moment they walk into the building that part of their heritage has been transferred to MMR.

The new home for the Pearson crowd is a lot different than the small school they left; it is bigger, offers far more in the way of program and has its own culture.

The MMR space is organized as hallways; there is the French hallway – the space where the French classes take place, a hallway for English, Math, science, phys ed, the arts.

Students move from hallway to hallway – they meet with their friends who are taking math in that part of the school and meet with their friends in the phys ed hallway.

It’s a little different – but it works.

Two students were assigned the task of taking a Gazette reporter on a tour. We asked that students handle the tour – it was their school and we wanted their take on the place.

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Students catching up on what’s going on in the school lobby.

We went from classroom to classroom: the phys ed set up is great; the photography class still uses film, they recycle the silver that is part of the celluloid. The money earned from the sale of the silver is rolled back into a fund that is used to purchase new equipment.

The automotive shop had just as many females as males in it.

Claire has worked to ensure that the school was not a collection of silos – with one group having no idea what another group was doing.

Her approach was to run a school that was as open as she could make it; as much a school that was totally focused on students – a place teachers come to each day to serve and meet the needs of the students.

Not always easy – something every parent can attest to.

The Angela Coughlan Pool is attached to the school and used by the school but is more a city facility that the school makes extensive use of.

Noted was that the high school does not seem to have a stellar swimming team. Nor does it have a student council.

Claire walkin cones in lobby

Students taking part in a police class where they learn what the influence of substances does to their ability to drive a vehicle. Principal Proteau take part

Discipline is always a problem in a high school setting – one could well expect Claire to be a very strong disciplinarian – she isn’t. She is a strong believer in second chances – and third chances if that is appropriate. She is there to listen to the students and understand where they are coming from and what they are dealing with.

Rules are necessary but Claire doesn’t treat them as the end all and be all.

She has a sense of humour and is there to be approached and engaged by her students – and her staff.
Some members of the staff chaff a little at Claire’s approach – but they too adapt or they look for a situation that better meets their approach to teaching high school students.

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Claire Proteau in the courtyard waving to students. A lot is riding on how well the Board of Education staff have prepared for the integration of the former Pearson high school students.

Will it work? It will work, if only because of the commitment Claire and her staff have made to merging the two student bodies. MMR isn’t Pearson but part of the heart and soul of Pearson will be in the building and the students that graduate will be the

Closing a school is never easy for the Board administration, always difficult for parents and hard for some students to understand.

Claire Proteau is doing what has to be done to make it work. You can bet on this one.

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Resident unable to file a complaint about election polling many thought libeled a candidate.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 4th, 2018



George Ward reports that when he sent his complaint on election survey work that was being done to Market Research Intelligence Agency,(MRIA) the email was refused.

He got a “refused acceptance” from both and

Telephone calls went to voice mail.

Ward reports that “It appears to me that any submission or complaint I try to make is blocked.”

Now why would that be?

Ward is indefatigable if he is anything – a Registered letter is on the way.

A Gazette reader said: You make a lot of assumptions in this article and I prefer the facts. the media’s job it appears is to make a mountain out of a mole hill and cause this to be blown up more than necessary. The authorities will figure out the culprit. And now back to the election of which we have 4 candidates running for mayor.

Another Gazette reader responded:  How do you know the “authorities will figure out the culprit”? Has the OPP or any other law enforcement group announced this? Without the exposure by the press, this sordid incident would simply slither away.

There is more to this than some people want the public to know.

Related articles

Follow the dots
George Ward files a complaint with Market Research Intelligence Agency.



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Kitchener and Barrie even up the IBL playoffs - two each in a best out of seven series

sportsgold 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2018



We don’t see this kind of baseball coming out of the games the Burlington Herd play but the Inter County Baseball League does produce some fine baseball.

The playoff series – best out of seven – has the Kitchener Panthers playing against the Barrie Baycats – a team that has taken more best of the season trophies than anyone else in the recent past.

The Kitchener Panthers aren’t slouches either – they are giving the Baycats as good – if not better – than they get.

Panthers even it up

Just water at this point – the Kitchener Panthers are aiming for champagne in their best out of even playoff series against the Barrie Baycats.

Zach Johnson’s bases-loaded single scored Yorbis Borroto in the bottom of the 10th to give the Kitchener Panthers a 3-2 win over the Barrie Baycats in Game 4 of the IBL final Sunday night at Jack Couch Park.

The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 Tuesday in Barrie.

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Ice cream vendor opens up on lower John Street - exceeds cash flow projections before three months of operation.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

September 4th, 2018



Setting up a new business in downtown Burlington is both a challenge and an exciting opportunity when the whole family is involved. For Marie Helene Mongrain and Steven Hewson and their daughters Ericka, the 17 year old who is getting great experience as a shift supervisor and Emma, 12 – and a little too young to be working retail but very much involved in thinking how the business relates to the city this is an all hands on deck operation.

Store front

Newest retailer in the downtown core. Lineups at 10 pm.

Serving ice cream in a shop that might be quiet in the mid-afternoon of a weekday but is as busy as a shop can be on the hot weekend days as far into the night at 10 pm when they close is a truly family business.

They opened three months ago on John Street, steps away from Lakeshore Road, which is as downtown as you are going to get and are recording cash flow numbers that are 40% higher than projected.

Smack in the middle of the condo alley and yards away from Spencer Smith Park the site is perfect said Steven. “We looked at a number of locations but there was nothing that we felt was what we needed. When we walked by this location we knew we were going to take it the moment we saw it.


I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Crème de la Crème is more than an ice cream store. You start by standing in line, there is always a line – short and it moves quickly. While you are in that line you get handed a menu – yes a menu to help you decide what you want. The choice of toppings is something to behold.

Then you watch as your order is made up. You choose the cup or cone size you want and in a matter of minutes you begin to enjoy the taste of really good ice cream.

The ice cream and toppings are brought in from Mavros, a Toronto supplier.

The chocolate offerings which are just short of magnificent are from Leonidas, a chocolate manufacturer with the right to use the emblem of the Court of Belgium.

The chocolate that is dripped over the ice cram is also imported from Belgium.

Marie, a nurse by training who still has that hint of a French accent in her voice, is very much a full partner in this venture. She had wanted to be in something that was a family business for a long time – she just wasn’t sure what that business would be.

They two met in Banff at a time when Steven didn’t know quite what he wanted to do with his life. He tells his side of the romance this way: “I went to Banff to ski and came home with a wife.” Marie Helene just smiles while she spoons ice cream from a small cup.

Steven worked in marketing and was involved in setting up franchise operations in the automotive field with several partners and decided to leave the security of something that was certain and get into retail which is always far from certain.

The core part of the business is doing very well – Steven and Marie are already thinking their way through the next level of the business they are building. Additional locations? Hamilton and Stoney Creek are getting a close look.

Chocolate choices

The fine chocolate choices will increase.

The current Burlington customer base is solid and growing – now they want to take that base into additional products with chocolate being an obvious choice.

Steven appears to want to become the location for the finest chocolate in the city.

With the customer count reaching 600 a day on occasions the location is adding to the vibrancy that is sometimes seen on city streets.

It takes an hour to get the shop opened up and an hour to close it down. The equipment has to be cleaned and made ready for the next shift – this is a seven day a week operation.

Fresh fruit is purchased every day.

There are currently more than 25 types of chocolate on the shelves.

logoCrème de la Crème is going the traditional marketing route of setting aside a portion of the earnings that they give back to the community.

Their youngest daughter Emma chooses an ice cream flavour for each month which gets promoted as Emma’s Choice. Included in the recent choices – there have been just the three so far, was a Pride ice cream.

Is ice cream a seasonal product? How do you sell it in January?

You don’t sell ice cream in January. The plan is for the whole family to take a month long vacation – somewhere south where the weather is warm and they can get there daily scoop of ice cream

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Burlington resident files a complaint over some of the election survey work being done.

council 100x100By Staff

September 3, 2018



Do not mess with George Ward.

Mr. Ward, a resident of that part of Burlington that lies north o the QEW where life is quiet and sedentary.

Mr. Ward then read about the telephone election survey being done by Campaign Research who said they were doing the survey for a “marketing” organization and couldn’t say who because of a confidentiality agreement.

The survey focused on Burlington residents.

Ward had filed a complaint about the survey to the Market Research Intelligence Agency,


Dear MRIA,
Here is the content of the complaint:

I applaud you as a leading professional organisation representing the Canadian market research industry and the MRIA requirement for your member organizations to hold themselves to the highest level of quality and ethical standards.

LBP George Ward

Burlington resident George Ward

However your member “Campaign Research” is not holding themselves to your rigorous Professional Standards which creates this complaint.

A lady by the name of “Devon”, who stated she represented “Campaign Research”, contacted my home phone last week to conduct a survey regarding the upcoming Burlington elections. I agreed to participate in the telephone survey. “Devon” then proceeded to ask me questions related to the candidates for the upcoming Burlington election for mayor with my responses to be listed as a 1 to 10 order with 10 being my highest recommendation.

Upon my identification of Ms. Marianne Meed-Ward as a 10 and the other candidates being lower the questions changed drastically to topics including racism related to clothing worn (i.e. hijab, etc.), domestic abuse and other non-appropriate questions which to me were an attempt to cast dispersion along with repugnant, disreputable and scandalous implications onto candidate Meed Ward.

MRIA member “Campaign Research” has seriously violated the MRIA Code of Conduct for Market and Social Research and I will attempt to identify the violated clauses below:

A. The goals of the Common Standard of Disclosure and the Member Declaration are:

I. To support sound and ethical practice in the conduct of survey and public opinion research.

B. We, members of the MRIA, pledge ourselves to … integrity … .

C. We further pledge ourselves to reject all tasks or assignments that would require activities inconsistent with the principles of the MRIA Code and this declaration.

D. Principles of Professional Responsibility in Our Dealings with People

I. We will avoid practices or methods that may … mislead participants … .
II. We will not misrepresent our research or conduct other activities ( … or political campaigning) under the guise of conducting research.

In summary the MRIA has an excellent “Code of Conduct” but it is apparent your membership namely “Campaign Research” has failed to abide by the code and in particular the statements above.

I trust you will take the necessary corrective action to remedy the above non-compliance by “Campaign Research”. Thank you in advance for your attention and you are welcome to contact me for further details.

MRIA graphic

The organization George Ward filed the complaint with appears to project the image of a very professional group of people.

We will let you know how the MRIA responds to the complaint.

Related news story:

Follow the dots.

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Koogle Theatre is going to help tell the story of the Brant Inn: the whole story ?- that could be juicy.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 3rd, 2018



The citizens are going to tell their stories about the Brant Inn, a locale that at one time had Burlington on the map. People came from around the world to play music at the Brant Inn – it was a jumpin place in its day.

KooGle Theatre has received a grant from the City of Burlington Arts and Culture Fund to tell the story of the Inn

Pic 7 Brant Inn 1937The grant will allow KooGle to begin their research/creation phase for their production of a currently untitled musical based on the historic Brant Inn – the show will revolve around the true stories that local residents (and their families) have about their time at The Brant Inn.

Did you attend The Brant Inn in it’s heyday?

Did you have a relative who went there and told you their stories?

Brant Inn plaqueWere you in a band who played there? We want to hear your story, your memories – to help us piece together our future musical production!

Please contact Leslie at to set up a meeting.  Interview begin in September.

This is a really smart idea – kudos to the people at city hall who made this happen.

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Fibre content - an art form on display at the Art Gallery.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 3rd, 2018



The Art Gallery of Burlington is hosting Fibre Content: a community event that features the best of contemporary Canadian Fibre Art.

Event logoShowcasing works in fabric, paper, yarn, thread and mixed media materials, the goal is to raise the profile, awareness and acceptance of Fibre Art as an art form.

The event takes place from Saturday September 8 through to Saturday September 15


Floating in Blue – Triptych, Gunnel Hag




Spring Thaw, Tracey Lawko

One Stitch at a Time
Lecture by Tracey Lawko | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Her Enduring Love of Surface Design
Lecture by Gunnel Hag | 2 to 4 PM

Playful Abstract Creations
Workshop with Albert Cote | 2 to 4 PM


How I Do What I Do – When I Don’t Know What I’m Doing
Lecture by Mita Giacomini | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Her Unique Use of Wash-Away Water Soluble Film
Lecture by Pat Hertzberg | 2 to 4 PM

Eco Printing on Paper and Rust / Tannin
Workshop with Chandra Rice | 2 to 4 PM


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Provincial government wants your views on how effective and efficient the programs they deliver really are.

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 3rd, 2018



The Government of Ontario is going to the people for their views on government programs – they want to make the programs in place more efficient and effective.

Queens ParkCalled a Consultation the document is on-line and requires about 15 minutes to complete.

The government has said they will report back on what they heard during the consultation in fall 2018.
Closing date: September 21, 2018

The Ontario government provides a wide variety of programs and services for Ontario residents, businesses and organizations directly or through service partners or third-party service providers.

They want to know, based on your experience, how effective are the government programs and services.

CLICK HERE to get to the survey.

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Lecture on the fire that destroyed the Noronic in 1949 and left 139 dead

eventsorange 100x100By Staff

September 3, 2018



It was a horrific event that captured the minds of everyone in Toronto and every other community in the province.

Nordic fire

The S. S. Noronic had caught fire at the early morning hours of September 17th, 1949xxx in the morning. By the time the fire was brought under control there were 139 people dead and a ship that was once the “Queen of the Lakes” was a charred hull.

Fred Addis, nautical historian will be giving the lecture that is free

The lecture takes place at the New Street Branch of the Public Library September 12th, 2018 – starts 7:00 pm

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