City knocked a 24 story proposal down to 17 - developer takes that decision to LPAT

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

August 11, 2018


This one doesn’t come as a surprise.

Reserve Properties is appealing City Council’s approval of an 18 storey building opposite City Hall. The site encompasses the entire block from Brant and James to John St., including Kelly’s Bake Shoppe, two restaurants, a jeweller, and a former furniture store.


The two historical properties, what is now Kelly’s Bake Shoppe on the left and the jewelers on the right were to be part of the final development.

Last November, council approved a 24 storey tower on the opposite corner of Brant and James.

The appeal seeks similar consideration.

Mayoralty candidate Marianne Meed Ward said in her newsletter that the 24 storey building is double the allowed heights on one of the assembled lots (12 storeys, due to an earlier Ontario Municipal Board decision), three to four times the allowed amount on the balance of the assembled lots (four to eight storeys) and even higher than the 17 storeys proposed in the new Official Plan (which isn’t yet approved by Halton Region, therefore not in force and effect).

The 17 storey building is two to four times the existing Official Plan (four to eight storeys), and matches the new (unapproved) Official Plan permissions here added Meed Ward.

The applicant had a pre-consultation with staff about the project in December as the new Official Plan for the downtown was being discussed over a series of public committee and council meetings. The application was filed in January. The new Official Plan was adopted 6-1 in April

Meed Ward maintains that “City council opened the door for this appeal when it approved the 24 storey building across the street. It is not surprising that the developer is seeking the same treatment for the other side of the street.”

Looking north from Queens Head

Revenue Properties took the council decision to the Land Planning Appeal Tribunal

Meed Ward, who did not vote for either tower, she said she would have supported projects in keeping with the existing Official Plan for low to mid-rise here, which is appropriate and accommodates growth while being respectful of the character and infrastructure downtown.

Reserve Properties begins a process that starts with a meeting to determine if the appeal Reserve Properties wants to make has merit.

Meed Ward argues that the height and density of both towers are excessive for Brant Street and that there is a reduction of overall commercial space by almost 70%

The towers will fundamentally alter the small-town feel and historic, low to mid rise character of this stretch of Brant Street.

The Delta Hotel will give the city some first class convention space that could radically change the way the city is seen by the small corporate convention community. Add the Performing Arts Centre to the portfolio and the city has a good offering. Now to put a team in place that could work with the Delta Hotel organization.. We don't have that in place today.

The Delta Hotel will give the city some first class convention space that could radically change the way the city is seen by the small corporate convention community. Add the Performing Arts Centre to the portfolio and the city has a good offering. Now to put a team in place that could work with the Delta Hotel organization.. We don’t have that in place today.

The argument as to how the city is to grow and how much of the small town feel that exists in some parts of the core has been going on since 1985 when the land the Bridgewater development is being built on now was first assembled. That development was at one point to be 30 storeys high and was on the edge of the lake.


The city took the OMB decision to an Administrative review Panel

With the north east corner of Brant already approved for 23 storeys the accepting of height in the downtown core is just a continuing exercise.

The ADI Group development on the corner of Martha and Lakeshore was approved by the OMB. That decision has been taken to an Administrative Review Panel – it has yet to be heard.

Just how much height is going to be permitted in the downtown core has become an election issue – come October residents get to choose what direction they want to see their city take.

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Construction of Ontario Street to Graham’s Lane Multi-Use Trail is scheduled to start in mid-September

News 100 yellowBy Staff

August 11th, 2018



Multi use trail Ontario to Grahams Lane

A portion of the Multi Use trail that will run from Ontario Street north to Grahams Lane. It should eventually tie into the Elgin Promenade.

A 4 metre wide Multi-Use Trail that will run from Ontario Street to Grahams Lane will have an asphalt paving base.

There will be benches, trash receptacles and vehicle access bollards where the path meets roadways, to prevent unauthorized vehicles from accessing the trail. There will be a dashed centre line down the middle, which is the industry standard to help manage traffic on the trail, by delineating the direction of travel.

Construction will require approximately 3-4 months.

The city will be sending a notification letter to residents within 120 meters of the site in the next couple of weeks.

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Burlington Mall becomes Burlington Centre

News 100 redBy Staff

August 10th, 2018



The shopping centre marks its 50th anniversary by reaffirming community focus with extensive renovations and a refreshed brand.

Heidi McGaw GM

Burlington Centre general manager Heidi McGaw

The Burlington Mall has been a place for the neighbourhood to come together. In the midst of an extensive renovation, this Burlington institution is putting a new foot forward as Burlington Centre. “We see Burlington Centre as a template for how community malls can operate going forward,” says General Manager Heidi McGaw. “This community-oriented vision informs how we operate and the services we provide to our shoppers. We are not just Burlington Centre, we aspire to be Burlington’s Centre.”

The opportunity to re-think their retail and community offerings came about when Target gave up doing business in Canada – that left a huge hole in the mall. Rather than pursue another large tenant, the development team saw the benefits of creating a different kind of mall that would become more of a family oriented centre with additional restaurants and new commercial operations.

The resulting renovations and curated tenant mix has culminated in the re-branding as Burlington Centre: a focal point for shopping and community in the neighbourhood.

The renovated Centre benefits from $60M in investment from RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust and KingSett Capital, creating space for new retailers and an improved shopping experience.

restaurant section

This is the part of the newly named Burlington Centre that will house the five family oriented restaurants.

New additions include local, specialty grocery store Denninger’s, an Indigo with a Starbucks, a relocated, refreshed Winners and several national eateries including Five Guys, Blaze Pizza, Mr. Greek and Freshii.
In the spring, Burlington Centre kicked-off a year long campaign supporting local organizations and hosting and/or participating in community events as part of ongoing celebration of its 50th anniversary and the transformation taking place at the mall.

These efforts debuted with BurlingtonGreen’s Clean-Up Green Up, and saw the shopping centre support the Burlington Fine Arts Foundation for Mother’s Day.

SoM group

Local group that was part of the 2018 Sound of Music promoting the event inside what was then the Burlington Mall.

Shortly after, Burlington Centre teamed up with Sound of Music Festival to host two pop-up concerts at the property ahead of the 2018 festival. Recently the centre helped launch the Gift of Giving Back’s summer campaign with BOMBA baseball.


New sign

It is now the Burlington Centre.

The ceremony yesterday marked the official unveiling of the new Burlington Centre sign.

In September the Centre will partner with the Terry Fox Run – September 16th, – that will have a contingent of people taking part in the run.

In late October there will be a Grand Opening that will mark the end of renovations and a new era Burlington Centre.

“We were careful to ensure the changes we made to our branding, tenant mix and physical space were reflective of the preferences of shoppers and changes in the community,” says John Ballantyne, Senior Vice President, Asset Management at RioCan. “We are proud of our history here, and excited to provide what the community is looking for in the near and long-term. We look forward to being part of the continued growth and prosperity of the Burlington community.”



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Parks and Recreation online registration and booking system down for scheduled maintenance

notices100x100By Staff

August 10th, 2018



The registration and facility booking system will be temporarily down from the evening of Aug. 9 until the morning of Aug. 15.

During the downtime staff are happy to continue serving at any of our Customer Service counters at a facility near you.

Live and play cover

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Police Investigate Rash of Vehicle Entries in Burlington

Crime 100By Staff

August 10th, 2018



Halton Regional Police are investigating a series of theft from autos that have occurred throughout the City of Burlington overnight between the 8th and 9th of August 2018.

smashed-car-window-702x527Police received ten reports regarding vehicles being broken into by unknown culprit(s) who gained entry by breaking a window. Once inside the vehicle, the unknown culprit(s) rummaged through the vehicles and proceeded to steal wallets, electronics, personal identification and money.

Theft from autos continues to be a concern in Burlington and police would like to remind the public to ensure their vehicles are locked and avoid leaving valuables inside and/or in plain view.

Police also encourage citizens to report any suspicious persons.

Streets targeted were:
• Headon Forest Drive
• Syscon Road
• Cleaver Avenue
• Falconcrest Drive

Police are reminding the public of the following prevention tips:

• Ensure your unattended vehicle(s) are kept locked/secure
• Never leave personal identification or valuables in your vehicle
• Park in a well-lit and attended areas whenever possible
• Never leave spare keys in your vehicle
• If you have to leave valuables in your vehicle, lock them in your trunk. Don’t tempt thieves by leaving packages or purses in plain view or on the seat.
• Remove garage door openers, GPS navigation and cell phone devices & power cords from view when not in your vehicle

Community safety is a shared responsibility. If you see suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, please report it immediately.

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MP's deliver more than five million to the city.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 10th, 2018



The cheque was in the mail – and it is a big one.

MPs anf the bus

Oakville Burlington North MP Pam Damof on the left with Burlington MP Karina Gould talk with Director of Burlington Transit Director Sue Connors at the transit depot

The two women who represent Burlington in the House of Commons, Pam Damoff who is the Member for Oakville North Burlington and Karina Gould who represents Burlington and sits in Cabinet as the Minister of Democratic Institutions announced yesterday that $5,598,729 was being given to Burlington.

The funds are Burlington’s share of the federal Gas Tax Fund (GTF) which are to go to covering part of the cost of local infrastructure.

The annual funding through the indexed federal Gas Tax Fund for municipal infrastructure like public transit, water and wastewater, local roads, sports and recreation facilities and tourism infrastructure.

The federal Gas Tax Fund will pay for new public transit shelters and buses; it is part of flexible, predictable funding to address some of the biggest priorities.

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Halton Police Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspect in Sexual Assault Investigation

Crime 100By Staff

August 9th, 2018

The Halton Regional Police Service is investigating a sexual assault that occurred on Claridge Road, in the City of Burlington on July 27th 2018 at approximately 7:00 PM.

A male suspect attended the adult female victim’s apartment complex and made contact with her. The two parties had spoken on one occasion prior to the incident, so the male was invited into the victim’s residence, at which point she was sexually assaulted.

Suspect description:
Male, white
Age, in his early 70’s
6’0″, stocky build
Grey hair
Wearing a purple shirt and shorts

The male initially introduced himself as “Bernie”, and then stated that his name was actually “Martin”. He stated that that he lived in the area.

If you know this male, have seen him before or in the area, or have information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit; Detective Sergeant Chris Newcombe at 905-465-8965 or Detective Constable Mark Werner at 905-465-8947.

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

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Two strong female candidates in ward 5 are going to give the incumbent a real run for his money.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

August 9th, 2019



It was the second public information session on the proposal to upgrade the plaza in the east end of the city.

This one had even better attendance than the first.

The event was put on by MBHC Planning, the planners hired by the developer Glanelm Property Management.

Site with phases

A total of eleven structures are proposed for the site to be built in five phases.

The issue was – there is just too much – those attending didn’t want the level of intensification that was being proposed.

Wendy M on Paul in group setting

Wendy M in an exchange of views during the public presentation of architecural renderings.

The space that was used for people to look at the data and architectural renderings the planners for the developer had prepared was small. It was seldom empty.

Adding to the interest was the October election. The four candidates seeking the ward 5 city council seat and Paul Sharman the incumbent seeking to keep his seat made for some interesting dynamics.

Two very strong minded women are making life difficult for Sharman. The scope and scale of the development aren’t helping him

St James outside with bd

Ward 5 candidate Mary Alice St James stationed herself outside the office the presentations were on display. She was greeting people, getting contact information and telling her story.

Mary Alice St. James, a retired elementary school teacher and Wendy Moraghan, a retired police officer are not easily brushed aside.

The are in Paul Sharman’s face and he is struggling. There are those that say Sharman cannot be beaten – time will tell.

Wendy M up against Paul 2

Wendy Moraghan smiles and beguiles during a conversation wit ward 5 incumbent Paul Sharman

Wendy up against Paul 1

Wendy Moraghan appears to be taken aback by a comment from ward 5 incumbent Paul Sharman

For the immediate future there is an opportunity for the candidates to make political hay while the incumbent looks for every opportunity to show that he is worth keeping for a third term. With four new faces for the voters to get to know an incumbent can often slip up the middle.

The winner is going to have to come up with 2500 votes: where they come from is what the election will be about. October 22nd is going to be a long day for Paul Sharman and an exciting evening for at least two of the four new candidates.

The development is the front issue in ward 5 at this point. Once the presentations are over the development application moves forward and into the hands of the city planners.

The candidates will find new ground to work over.

South west view of existing towers

The high rise towers already in place to the south west of the plaza.

The sheer size of the development and the length of time the community will experience considerable disruption is an issue – it always is when something is changed.

The number of housing units that are proposed is more than many in the community want to see.

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Rivers: Today the Salmon - Tomorrow the Rest of Us?

“Sockeye salmon in the Fraser River are dying from exhaustion and…cardiac collapse as they struggle to deal with water temperatures that are steadily rising because of climate change.” (Death on the Frazer)

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

August 9th, 2018



We first learned of global warming back when we believed it could still be mostly avoided, well over a quarter century ago. Today the emerging consensus is that we waited too long. It is too late to stop global climate change and the best we can do is try to slow it down, even as global emissions continue their upwards spiral.

Canada is a relatively small contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the big scheme of things given our relatively small population, though we are one of the greatest contributors on a per capita basis. The truth is that even if we stopped driving our pickup trucks and SUVs and phased out all fossil fuel energy production, the effect would be almost inconsequential.


It was a great idea – but not very many country’s signed on.

But we share this planet with the big league polluters like China and the USA. So Canadians also share responsibility for its stewardship even if we tend to lead more by words than action. For example, we were one of the early subscribers to the failed Kyoto protocol, the first global initiative bent on curbing rising emissions. But when it appeared that we couldn’t meet our Kyoto targets and simultaneously continue with oil sands development, Mr. Harper took us out.

Mulroney Caroline Carbon tax

Stop the tax – what do you replace it with?

And it probably wouldn’t have mattered much anyway as far as Kyoto went. GW Bush took the largest greenhouse gas emitter at the time out of Kyoto right at the starting gate. And now, as if in a deja vu moment, Trump has ended US involvement in Kyoto’s successor, the Paris climate agreement. That gives the US the distinct honour of being the only nation of any size not in the agreement.

And Paris, with the goal of holding the earth’s thermometer at 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels is also destined to fail. It is estimated that this 1.5 degrees will be history before Trump finishes his term in office in 2020. And the next challenge is avoiding two degrees, the so-called tipping point.

The emerging consensus, however, among climate scientists is that we’re heading for three or even four degrees, which will result in a so-called hothouse state. And that means that, short of a nuclear winter or the sun running out of its own energy, nothing we do will get us back to anything even closely resembling today’s climate.

Polar ice caps will be history as will the cooling ocean currents that moderate the planet. Floods and forest fires will be never ending and we’ll finally get real population control, through higher mortality rates.

So is that the scenario which Ontario voters were seeking when they elected Doug Ford? Ford has cancelled virtually every single initiative the Liberals had initiated to help mitigate Ontario’s contribution to global warming.

Ford on climate change TabunsFord claims, in his own defence, that he is not a climate denier and is coming up with his own climate change plan. Seriously? What could a Ford plan possibly look like anyway? Having rejected market tools – pricing, subsidies and taxes, that just leaves regulations. Is he planning to restrict our use of automobiles, home heating/cooling or industrial activity?

Mr. Ford is cancelling over seven hundred renewable energy contracts, making Ontario dependent on purchased power from the US or more fossil fuel burning just to avoid the inevitable brown-outs, especially when one of the nukes shut down – which they will. That will give us a stark reminder of how well the Tories mis-managed the electricity file under Harris and Eves.

Ford and Mulroney

Doug Ford made Caroline Mulroney his Attorney General. Now the daughter of a Prime Minister who was a strong environmentalist is suing the federal government to kill a tax that was designed to help fund environmental solutions.

Ford’s attorney general is taking the federal government to court over the carbon taxes we’ll be getting after Ford cancelled the carbon cap and trade system. If Ms. Mulroney wins that might limit, or could even end the federal government’s historical role in pan-national environmental regulation. Given that Brian Mulroney is generally considered one of Canada’s most environmental PMs, what would that make his daughter?

In last June’s election Ford was unequivocal about his intent to reverse everything the Liberals did on climate change. And over 40% of voters supposed Mr. Ford. So does that mean they all support what he is doing on this file? Do they look at the environment, climate change, as just another partisan issue? If the liberals did it – it had to be so bad that it required white-out – erasing.

What could be more conservative than conserving the life support systems on this planet? And what is the climate but perhaps the most critical of those? And what about that perennial core Tory support group, the religious right – the near puritanical movement which likes to parade as God’s army? Didn’t the bible say something about stewardship?

salmon sick

Rising water temperatures in the Fraser River are killing the salmon.

Those Frazer salmon are dying because somebody has turned up the temperature on the river where they have spawned ever since creation? And if they don’t spawn, what happens to the species?

We may not be the only ones controlling the global thermometer, but if we’re not part of the solution we own the problem. We should understand that, and that once the fishes are gone the loaves will not be far behind.

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.     Tweet @rayzrivers


Background links:

Dying Fish –    More Salmon Stories –    Two Degrees

Emissions Data –    Hothouse State –    Ford Cancels Renewable Contracts

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Mike Wallace puts his platform on line - uses technology as a better way of knocking on every door.

council 100x100By Staff

August 8th, 2018



Beginning today, the Mike Wallace for Mayor of Burlington campaign is offering residents a unique way to review Wallace’s complete policy platform as well as comment, share ideas, and ask questions of the candidate.

Wallace has released his entire policy platform on

This first-ever online conversation with voters focuses on six key policy areas:

Planning, Growth & the Official Plan;

Congestion & Traffic;

Parks, Recreation & Culture;

Property Taxes;

Embracing Opportunity;

and, Fostering an Engaged City.

The program and policy platform is also embedded in the Mike Wallace for Mayor campaign website and will operate through to election day on October 22, 2018.

Wallace election car

Mike Wallace beside his campaign car.

“This is like a virtual door-knocking tool,” said Mike Wallace, former 3-term MP for Burlington and 5-term city Councillor. “It will allow voters to get to know me and where I stand. More importantly, it will let me hear what voters really care about and share their own ideas. Not only with me, but each other. Together, we will be able to make better choices for Burlington.”

Residents can sign-up to participate through their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google accounts. They can also sign-up with their email addresses and create their own password. Participation will be promoted through a series of online advertisements and social media. The site will operate, receive comments, and share ideas and provide policy updates based on voter input throughout the entire election period.

Wallace said, “Too often, it’s only the loudest or most agitated voices that get heard. My team and I want to get everyone involved. We want to make it easy and effective.”

The online public engagement tool, called MindMixer, has helped hundreds of municipalities across North America develop connections that cross neighbourhood lines, generate enthusiasm among more locals, and capture feedback that brings resident priorities into focus. The City of Guelph uses a MindMixer site as the official public discussion tool of the municipality It has generated many new ideas and policies.

Wallace with Staz

Mike Wallace in conversation with Marty Staz, a candidate for the ward 1 city council seat.

The Wallace campaign will also be expanding its online engagement of voters through a series of online townhall meetings, called Mondays with Mike where issues, policies, and community concerns will be discussed on Facebook Live. The one-hour townhall meetings will begin on August 13 at 7:00pm and continue weekly through election day. Voters will be able to ask questions and provide their comments directly to the candidate.

Wallace said, “As municipal leaders, we can never engage enough with the taxpayers of Burlington. It needs to be done early, often, and sustainably. My core campaign promise is to create a more engaged city. Today, we begin this process. Better policies come from collaboration, not confrontation.”

Wallace at Memex

Mike Wallace boning up on his briefing notes.

About Mike Wallace:
Mike Wallace is running for Mayor of Burlington after serving the residents of the city for 3 terms as its Member of Parliament and 5 terms as a city Councillor. He was responsible for leading the development of such Burlington landmarks as the Performing Arts Centre and the Paletta Mansion and Park, as well as convincing the Government of Canada to fund the clean-up efforts of the largest toxic waste site on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes, Randle Reef in Burlington Bay. He is now a professional realtor. His campaign office will open on August 18.

MindMixer’s online engagement tools connect organizations with community members who might not otherwise get involved.

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Buck a beer announcement riles the locals in eastern Ontario.

News 100 redBy Staff

August 8th, 2018



He did say he would do it.

And he has done it.

Unfortunately he did it at a craft brewery in Picton.


Premier celebrates an announcement that didn’t go over all that well. Said he was keeping a promise.

Craft beer brewers aim for distinct taste and quality as they develop their niche markets.
In its heyday farmers in Prince Edward County shipped thousands of tonnes of barley across Lake Ontario to beer makers in upstate New York. Those barley shipments created several fortunes in Picton.

The county’s economic boom started in the 1800s, when local barley was shipped across to the eastern U.S. to supply breweries. The barley days came to an end in 1890, when the McKinley Tariff was introduced to the U.S.A.

It was proposed by Congressman (future president) William McKinley in order to protect American industry from the competition of foreign imports. New York breweries could not afford to pay the 48.4% tax on Prince Edward County grain entering the U.S. and many were forced to close down.

The closure of a number of New York breweries and relocation of others to the American Midwest lessened the demand for Prince Edward County grains, eventually ending Barley Days prosperity.

The Premier chose to make his announcement at a craft brewery in Picton, Prince Edward County. It was the start of a countdown to the return of ‘Buck-a-Beer’, the popular $1-per-beer price floor that delighted people across Ontario until it was cancelled when the previous government abruptly introduced new beer price regulations.

“We were elected on a promise to reduce red tape and put the people first,” said Premier Doug Ford, who made the announcement while visiting the Barley Days Brewery. “This included a promise to bring ‘Buck-a-Beer’ back to Ontario. Today I am proud to say: Promise made, promise kept.”

Ontario has a craft beer industry that is doing rather well. It has taken those brewers years to get to the point where they have a premium product that they sell at a Premium price and it is sold in LCBO outlets.

Protesters block Ontario Premier Doug Ford's car after the buck-a-beer plan announcement at Barley Days brewery in Picton, Ont., on Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Protesters block Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s car after the buck-a-beer plan announcement at Barley Days brewery in Picton, Ont.

The Premier has confused low priced beer with little in the way of flavour with premium beers. He embarrasses the quality beer makers with his political promise to let people get low quality beer that is cheap and can be purchased in volume. Those volume purchases are what result in excess drinking – the Yahoos just might feel that the “buck a beer” is a license to let loose.

There is that line from the French Revolution that went – Let them eat cake. You know where that got them.

The buck a beer promotion is pandering to a segment of Ford’s core vote which is fine. Just don’t do it on the backs of a market the province has every reason to be proud of.

Ford, who was joined by Minister of Finance, Vic Fedeli, and Minister of Government and Consumer Services, Todd Smith, announced that, effective August 27, Ontario’s Government for the People will lower the minimum price floor to $1.00 for any beer with an alcohol volume below 5.6 per cent.

“We’re going to do this smartly and responsibly,” said Ford. “We trust Ontario beer drinkers and other consumers to make their own smart, mature and responsible choices.”


It wasn’t the reception the Premier thought he was going to get for delivering on one of his promises.

To encourage brewers to lower their prices, the Premier formally launched the ‘Buck-a-Beer Challenge.’ Any brewer who agrees to lower their prices on or after August 27 will, for a limited time throughout the year, receive LCBO promotional considerations such as limited-time discounts, in-store displays on end aisles and shelf extenders, or advertising in LCBO flyers and newspaper inserts.

“The days of the government putting its hand in your pocket each time you buy a two-four or six-pack is over,” said Ford. “Instead we’re going to do what we said we would do and put Ontario consumers first.”

• The minimum retail price for beer was $1.00 in Ontario from 2005 to 2008.
• In 2008 the previous government decided to ban Buck-a-Beer by setting a higher minimum price and today the retail price floor sits at $1.25.
• Annual indexing for all packaged beer will be suspended to maintain the $1.00 minimum floor price over time.
• ‘Buck-a-Beer’ will not apply to draft beer sold in restaurants and bars or ciders, spirits and wine.

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August means Jazz on the Patio - free performances at the Performing Arts Centre

eventspink 100x100By Staff

August 8th, 2018



The Performing Arts Centre has been putting on this program for at least three years. One of the better programs they offer and the price is right – FREE.

The event starts early in the evening with chairs set out on the patio and people sitting at the edges of the Performing Arts Centre taking in the music.

At some point the people who run the Performing Arts Centre will wonder why the part of Locust south of Elgin can’t be shut down to traffic and set chairs out on the street.

This years the Jazz on the Patio runs on two different dates: August 11th and 12th with performances in the afternoons and the evenings.

BPAC Jazz 1

Jazz crowd - from balcony

The show moves indoors when it rains – still great performances.

BPAC Jazz 2There is usually a cash bar. The show goes on no matter what the weather – if it rains the event moves inside.

Great music and a great setting.

If you attend, take a few moment to look at the Spiral Stella – there is a lot of Burlington history in that sculpture.

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West Nile virus positive mosquitoes found in Burlington, Oakville and Milton.

News 100 blueBy Staff

August 8, 2018



Three batches of trapped mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus;two in Burlington and one in Oakville—for a total of four WNV positive mosquito batches in Halton to date.

“Halton is committed to being safe and healthy and reducing West Nile virus in our communities through both education and preventative programs like larviciding,” said Dr. Daniela Kempkens, Halton Region’s Associate Medical Officer of Health. “Until the hard frosts of fall set in, people should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites and remove mosquito breeding sites.”

West-Nile-mosquito-biting1Urban areas are more likely to have mosquitoes that carry WNV. The types of mosquitoes that transmit WNV to humans most commonly breed in urban areas in places that hold water such as bird baths, plant pots, old toys, and tires.

WestNileVirus_transmissionThe following are steps that residents can take to protect themselves and their families from mosquitoes:

• Cover up. Wear light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts and pants with tightly-woven fabric.
• Avoid being outdoors from early evening to morning when mosquitoes are most active and likely to bite, as well as at any time in shady, wooded areas.
• Reduce mosquito breeding sites around your home by getting rid of all water-filled containers and objects, where possible. Change the water in bird baths at least once per week.
• Use an approved insect repellent, such as one containing DEET or Icaridin.
• Make sure your window and door screens are tight and without holes, cuts or other openings.

To report standing water at public facilities or for more information about West Nile virus, please visit, call 311or email

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Another email scam - banks never contact you by email to advise you of a change in their service,

Crime 100By Staff

August 7th, 2018



They are like mosquitoes, pesky, annoying and if you don’t swat them away they can hurt you, and if they are carriers of West Nile disease – they could be life threatening.

That’s what email scams are like – they pop up regularly and they can really hurt you.

We received this one earlier today:

The registration codes for were successfully re-issued.

A PDF document is attached containing instructions for the Digital Certificate registration.

You must open the PDF document to view the Authorization Code for the Digital Certificate registration. The authorization code will be added to the client user details screen for later reference.

Registration codes expire in 2 days. Please ensure the user registers within this period.

TD Canada Trust / Web Busines Banking

For anyone who happens to be a TD Canada Trust customer – they might click on the document.  That would probably infect their computer and do significant damage to their bank balance.

If in doubt about anything that arrives in your email – don’t touch it.  Delete it and move on.

Spelling mistakes are always an indication that the email is phony.

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Election debates will be held in every ward: ECoB organizing the events

News 100 redBy Staff

August 7th, 2018



Those lazy easy going days of August are upon us.

Let the serious stuff slide for a while. Get out and enjoy the summer – yes it is hot; if you want to complain about the heat, can we first talk about just why it is so hot?

But that would be getting away from enjoying the summer.

There are people doing the work that needs to be done to make a civil society work. Dozens of candidates are walking the streets of the city looking for support.

In the fall the pace will quicken and larger questions as to the kind of city you want will have to be answered.

There are going to be changes; two of the seven members of council have retired and two other members are running against each other for the job of Mayor. Three of the seven will not be there come the end of the year.

Deciding who should be sitting in those council seats is a large part of what being a tax payer is all about – and we are all tax payers.

ECOB logoECoB –Engaged Citizen of Burlington (ECoB) are organizing debates for every ward in the city and a debate for those who want to be Mayor.

ECoB has worked with the city and the Halton District School Board and have the following locations and dates in place. The city locations (they are indicated with an asterisk *) are not fully confirmed.

Ward 1: Thursday October 4th – at East Plains United Church
Ward 2: Monday October 1st, Burlington Baptist Church
Ward 3: Wednesday September 26th, Brant Hills Community Centre *
Ward 4: Thursday September 27th, Tansley Community Centre *
Ward 5: September 19th, Robert Bateman High School *
Ward 6: Haber Recreation Centre – Date has yet to be confirmed
Mayoralty debate: October 9th, Burlington Central High School.

The debates start at 7:00 pm with doors opening at 6:30 pm.

Carr - Leblovic - Thoem

Mark Carr, on the left will moderate the debates at the ward level. Diane Leblovic and Peter Thoem, a former ward 2 council member are with Mark at an ECoB event.

Mark Carr, the Cogeco moderator of their The Issue, will moderate the ward level debates. ECoB is asking for questions people would like to see put to the candidates. You can send those questions to

The format will be to have each candidate answer the same question and then to have short debate between the candidates.

The debates in wards 1 and 2 will be interesting given the number of candidates, The only clear one–on–one debate will be in ward 4 where Shawna Stolte is running against incumbent Jack Dennison.

Dorothy Borovitch

Dorothy Borovitch

ECoB is in the process of partnering with the Canadian Federation of University Women to run the Mayor debates.  The plan is to have Dorothy Borovitch moderate.  Ms Borovitch was a recent Burlington Best Award recipient and moderated the debates between the candidates running for the Burlington seat at Queen’s Park.The debate for those who want to be Mayor

ECoB, a citizens organization that has made a difference in the city has put a lot of work into making the debates, which are critical, to a successful election.

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Wallace sets out his platform - some surprises - his 'Let's Talk' approach looks like a one way conversation at this point.

council 100x100By Pepper Parr

August 4th, 2018



It is both a quiet time and a very hectic time for those who are running for public office.

Many of those running for the first time are out on the streets, knocking on doors and asking for support.

Most have their web sites in place and are developing their election teams.

There will be a lot more use of social media this time around.

Prime Minister checks out the product at Ecysynthetix. Company CEO John van Leeuwen is on the left

Mike Wallace was part of the Harper government. Former Prime Minister checks out the product at Ecosynthetix. Company CEO John van Leeuwen is on the left

Mike Wallace has decided to hold “Let’s talk” sessions that he broadcast over the internet on how own YouTube channel.

He has done three so far and can be expected to do more.

Burlington's MP Mike Wallace takes questions during the Chamber of Commerce xxxBBQ. Suggests that too much time is being spent on the Mike Duffy matter

Burlington’s MP Mike Wallace takes questions during the Chamber of Commerce BBQ.



The use of videos is a one way conversation but it at least gives the public a chance to learn what the candidate stands for and plans to do.

Wallace makes it very clear that as Mayor he is going to lead and not sit behind a desk.

Part of his focus is on the young people who he calls millennial’s. He wants them to be able to live in homes they can afford in Burlington and work at jobs that exist in Burlington.

One really interesting idea that he put forward was to have those millennials working with the planners. Interesting idea – it will be equally interesting to see how the planners take to that idea.

Wallace is clear on the current phase of building condominiums on every corner that can be found: “Expensive condos are not the answer.”

Wallace also tackles transit. He points out that the city has a $10 million transit system that isn’t working.

He wants to give the Director of Transit the tools she needs to get the job done.

Burlington Transit getting new buses - to deliver less service.

Don’t expect to see a lot of those 40 foot buses joining the fleet.

Wallace wants the buses to be more attractive and cost efficient. He thinks that those 40 foot busses may be a thing of the past.

Wallace feels that the city missed the boat on transit and points to the major changes taking place in getting people from one location to another. Uber and driver less vehicles are in the future adds Wallace.
Wallace is quick to tell people that he doesn’t have the answers but he is committed to the idea of looking for the answers and coming up with a reasonable priced and perhaps an on demand transit service.

Why is he running for Mayor?

The answer to that question has several layers of complexity.

Wallace conceding

The night he lost his seat as a Member of Parliament – he conceded to Karina Gould with dignity and respect.

One – he wants the job. Wallace has been a political creature for most of his adult life. He has served as a member of council and the Member of Parliament for Burlington.

While an MP Mike delivered. It wasn’t something he talked about all that much but the list of things he delivered is impressive.

The Gazette had to ask Wallace for that list several times.

He has a soft spot for history – if you have a project that has an historical angle – Mike Wallace is the guy you want to talk to

He lists the issues that need attention.

Intensification – and not just in the downtown core.

Traffic congestion. He will tell you that private cars are not going to be going away anytime soon.

The demographics of the city bother Wallace – the city cannot be sustainable with just senior citizens –

Mike Wallace has probably never run as hard in his life. Valiant effort but the Overtakers laid the Wallace team to rest.

Mike Wallace running as part of a team in the hospital bed race.

Wallace wants those young people living in the city and working in the city.

Development concerns him. We need it – but where and in what form?

Is Mike Wallace a friend of the developers?

Hard to tell.

His biggest idea so far, the creation of a Liberty Village in Burlington is going to need a large piece of land and there are just a few in the city and they are owned by a developer.

Can Mike Wallace work with developers and not be co-opted by them?

Is he tough enough to set a direction for the city and create a city council that works in unison?

He realizes now that the city needs a bigger city council and suggests that having 8 wards and a Mayor for a city council of nine might be what will serve the city best.

ROTARY Wallace with a bucket

Wallace was at the Rib Fest holding a bucket collecting cash for flood victims in 2014

Wallace isn’t telling the people he wants to vote for him that he has all the answers and this is the direction the city has to go in.

But he is quick to tell you that the direction it is going now isn’t working.

We are still in the early days.

Wallace election car

Part of the Wallace campaign – a car with a wrap – Like Mike.

There will be more for Mike Wallace to say.

Pay attention: he wants the job and he has assembled a team that has the capacity to pull it off.

The people that matter are the people who live in this city.

Wallace will officially open his campaign office on August 18th. It will be on Fairview close to Appleby Line.

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Drinking accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.

News 100 blueBy Staff

August 4th, 2018



Something seems to happen to some people when they are out on the water un a boat and some alcohol to get them through the day.

We get to see recklessness run amuck. It keeps the Halton Regional Police Marine Unit busy.

Some boaters feel that the laws of sensibility don’t apply when you are in a boat and on the water.

Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40% of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.

severe boat accident

Running at high speed with a pointed bow a boat can do a tremendous amount of damage in a collision.

In 2018, the Canadian Safe Boating Council along with the Halton Regional Police Service are also concerned about the potential impact of legalization of recreational marijuana and the increase in use and abuse of prescription narcotics on boating incidents and fatalities.

To raise awareness and reduce impairment-related deaths, the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) and the Halton Regional Police Service are launching year 6 of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water” It’s goal is to stress the importance of Boating Sober.


The Halton Regional police cover the waterfront in Oakville and Burlington and work with the Hamilton police who also have a marine unit.

With the summer boating season in high gear, the August long weekend is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating. Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol and drugs on the water can be greatly increased.

“The CSBC, its partners and sponsors would like, through this and our other initiatives, to raise attention to the problem of boating under the influence and to remind boaters to boat sober,” stated John Gullick, Chair of the Canadian Safe Boating Council“. Operation Dry Water will focus on the potential risks of impaired boating, and remedies that are currently in place to discourage it.

Federal statutes dictate that boaters can be charged with Impaired Operation of a Vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if they are found to be impaired. Under current and proposed legislation, human-powered craft are not excluded from the definition of a vessel and, so, are subject to the same penalties.

Boat accident

Boating accidents are not uncommon. Far to many are alcohol related – the legalization of marijuana is expected to increase the level of reckless behaviour.

A number of provinces have enacted legislation where impaired boating can affect your automobile driving privileges.

Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of impairment-related accidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use while boating.

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Meed Ward sets out her plans for managing future floods - will put the Waterfront Advisory Committee back in business.

background 100By Staff

August 3rd, 2018




Data from radar tells the story of where the rain fell and how extensive it was.

It was this weekend four years ago that the rain began in the early mid-afternoon – and just didn’t stop.

Mayoralty candidate Marianne Meed Ward sums up her view of one of the most expensive natural disasters to hit the city.

As we approach the four-year anniversary of the Burlington flood on August 4, 2014, it’s an appropriate time to take stock of what’s been done, and how far we still need to go.

What’s happened so far:
The city increased spending on Stormwater infrastructure by $20 million over 10 years to reduce water flow blockages, for example larger creek culverts and creek channel improvements. That only slightly accelerates what we would have been doing, and primarily addresses flood effects, not root causes.

The post-flood report released in phases in 2015 and 2017 contained fifteen key recommendations, most of which are ongoing or just started.

Basement flooded BSB Coalition

Hundreds of basements were flooding – damage was in the millions.

A grant program was established to assist homeowners with disconnection of foundation drains from the sewer system, and installation of back flow valves and sump pumps. While helpful, this addresses leaves flood mitigation to the individual homeowner.

The home inspection program to identify flood entry areas offered in partnership with University of Waterloo and the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation has seen only 92 participants. This also leaves responsibility for flooding on the homeowner.

Go trains flooded

Extensive rain is going to be part of the new climate. These are not one offs.

We must do better. We can’t assume severe weather is a “one-off.”
According to a Globe and Mail editorial in May 2017, “Flooding is the most costly hazard in terms of urban property damage, and has surpassed fire and theft as the principle source of property insurance claims.”
Insured damages associated with the Burlington flood alone are estimated to be in excess of $90 million with many people under- or un-insured.

A plan that addresses root causes
We need a plan to be prepared for flooding that deals with root causes, more than effects. We also need to treat our trees, greenspace, creeks and waterfront as valuable resources that have a role to play in Stormwater management and reducing flood risk.

We must take a more integrated, city-wide (not individual homeowner) approach to managing storm water and reducing flood risk. The current approach that’s largely focused on increasing the capacity of Stormwater systems is limited – and this runoff goes directly into our creeks and lake, a prime source of drinking water. We need to adopt new tools and approaches.

Responsible growth, retaining water at source, restoring a citizen’s voice on the waterfront:

There are two key actions we can take: approve responsible growth, not over-development; and retain water at source through low-impact development.

We also need to restore a citizen’s voice on waterfront issues, and expand the mandate to include Stormwater runoff into our lake.

Flood - Meed Ward with Peter Hodgeson + T shirt

Meed Ward out doing her bit for those hammered by the storm Here she talks with Peter Hodgeson, the retired police officer who headed up the Red Cross work in the community.

As your mayor I will support measures to reduce flooding causes, and effects at the city level by:
Advocating responsible growth, not over-development.

The 2018 Conservation Halton Watershed Report Card grades Burlington an F for “poor” or “very poor” for its surface water quality, forest conditions (our tree canopy) and the amount of our paved and hard surfaces.

Hard surfaces increase the amount of water run-off and flooding. These ratings are exactly the same as the Watershed Report Card published in 2013.

We can reduce runoff by reducing hard surfaces and adding greespace through measures to:

Create more building setbacks, ending lot-line to lot-line hard surface coverage

Set minimum parkland access standards, which don’t currently exist

Set tree canopy targets, which don’t currently exist

Trees, parkland and greenspace around buildings provide natural ways to absorb stormwater before it ends up in creeks and Stormwater pipes.

Keeping water at source through low-impact development

Flood Fairview plaza

A strip mall parking lot on Fairview.

The city’s Sustainable Development guidelines on low impact development are voluntary, with the incentive of an award. We need stronger incentives, in partnership with grant programs at other levels of government. And we need to lead in terms of our own infrastructure. Leading low-impact development includes measures like:

Naturalized area in parking lots
Water absorbing sidewalks and traffic medians
Larger courtyards in new developments
Effectively treating run-off that goes into our lakes to reduce pollution entering our waterfront
Reasonable incentives for the private sector to reconfigure the paved footprint of developments to allow more water to either be stored or go directly into the ground

Restore Waterfront Advisory Committee
Finally, we need to restore a citizen’s voice on issues that affect our waterfront and watershed. Stormwater not contained at source through low-impact development currently flows with all its potential pollutants into our waterfront, including beside public areas such as Spencer Smith Park’s sand beach.

Gary Scobie, far right, was a member of the Waterfront Access and Protection Advisory Committee which was sunset by the city last December. Scobie went on to sit on the Ad Hoc Waterfront Committee.

Gary Scobie, far right, was a member of the Waterfront Access and Protection Advisory Committee which was sunset by the city.  Nick Leblovic, chair of the committee is on the left.

This mayor and council promised the Waterfront Access and Protection Advisory Committee in the 2010 election, then quietly axed the committee in a 6-1 vote two years later.

That isn’t entirely true.  The Waterfront Advisory Committer was a Cam Jackson committee.  The chair of the committee was quite ineffective and the city decided to bring it to an end,

I will reinstate the citizen’s Waterfront Advisory Committee, and expand the mandate to include water quality, creeks and Stormwater runoff into lakes. I will also restore the city’s relationship with the Waterfront Trail organization and oppose any sale of city-owned waterfront property (this mayor and council voted 6-1 to sell waterfront property between Market and St. Paul St to private homeowners).

FLOOD man walking in water Harvester Road sign

False modesty and a flooded car

Action on flood risk
As your mayor, I will ensure that we prepare for the future with a comprehensive plan for storm water management, in partnership with residents, other levels of government, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the McMaster Centre for Climate Change and the development industry. We’ll develop a city-wide approach that addresses causes, not just effects at the home-owner level.

We need to treat our trees, parks, greenspaces, creeks and Lake Ontario as invaluable green infrastructure, and protect and increase these resources. We need to restore a citizen’s voice on our waterfront.

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Burlington Herd ends the season with a tight 11 inning game against Toronto - they lost 3-2.

sportsred 100x100By Staff

August 3rd, 2018



And so the season ends for the Burlington Herd; The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Herd in their final game of the season in extra innings

Justin Marra’s two-run blast in the top of the 11th broke a 2-2 tie and helped the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Burlington Herd 6-3 Thursday night at Nelson Park.

August 3rdMarra’s blast, his 10th of the season, came after Dan Marra walked to start the inning. Damon Topolie’s RBI singled scored Garret Takamatsu later in the inning. Topolie, Takamatsu and Zac Orchard all finished with two hits and a run.

Andrew Simonetti (1-1) picked up the win, giving up a run on three hits over two innings. He was the Leafs’ third reliever after starter Justin Cicatello allowed a pair of runs on four hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.

Toronto (15-19) is tied with Guelph for fourth place.

Burlington (12-24) placed last in the standings before the playoffs begin.

Reese O’Farrell drove in two runs and had a stolen base for the last-place Herd, which dropped to 12-24. Vaughn Bryan went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run, while Justin Gideon and Mattingly Romanin each had a hit and a run.

Casey Bouillere-Howard (4-4) took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits in two innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Trent Lunsford started and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts over five innings.

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Suspect Arrested After Stealing High End Cars in Aldershot

Crime 100By Staff

August 3rd, 2018


Halton Police have arrested a male party after a residence was broken into in Aldershot and two high end vehicles were stolen.

The party is alleged to have forced entry into the garage of an unoccupied house and subsequently stole two  unlocked vehicles that also contained the keys. One of the vehicles was subsequently located by police in the City of Hamilton being operated by the accused party, Leon Robert BLAIS.

BLAIS, age 38, of the City of Hamilton, is charged with the following offences;

Break and Enter, two counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, two counts of Possession of Property Obtained by Crime and Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Unoccupied home; cars with keys in the ignition – someone knew something.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to contact the Halton Regional Police Service Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 extension 2316.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 or throught the internet at

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