Habitats Factory Build appears to have lost its funding - project is stalled - Habitat senior staff have lost their tongues - never a good sign.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 3rd, 2018



It was heralded as a really significant event. All the big shots were in the room for the announcement.

Halton Habitat for Humanity had managed to convince the provincial government to pony up $5.8 million for the creation of what was being called a Factory Build operation.

By Factory Build the people making the announcement were saying that there would be a structure where homes could be pre-built and shipped to the site where they would be assembled.

This approach would allow Habitat to improve the number of homes they could build significantly.

The idea was brought back to Burlington by Ed McMahon who has been involved with Habitat for some time. Ed McMahon had seen a Factory Build operation in Edmonton and wanted to see something like this in Burlington.

It was described as an innovative approach to partnering with local community-based initiatives led by Habitat for Humanity. They were going to increase the supply and meet the growing demand for safe and affordable homes in the province.

There was a three-year, $5.8 Million commitment from the province.

Announcement $5.8 VIP's

Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring, Regional Chair Gary Carr and then MPP Ted McMeekin were in hand to celebrate the announcement of the provincial funding for the Habitat initiative.

The Build Factory was to be located in Burlington where they would construct and assemble homes year-round in a controlled environment. This facility will engage with local community partners including educational institutions, and other not for profit organizations. Components for safe, decent and affordable homes will be assembled and transported to as many as 120 Habitat for Humanity construction sites across Ontario, with the opportunity to also provide housing for Indigenous communities.

“The Build Factory is a ground breaking achievement for our organization and for the province,” said  Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga CEO John Gerrard. For every dollar invested, Habitat for Humanity generates $4 in social return. This three-year investment by the province of Ontario will increase the supply of affordable housing long-term, expand community partnerships, increase engagement and create capacity and scale for the non-profit housing sector.

Things were looking great for Habitat.

In the dying days of the provincial campaign the Gazette did a lengthy interview with then MPP Eleanor McMahon, she and Ed are brother and sister, who explained the process that the funding application went through.

We didn’t publish hat interview because the day after the then Premier Kathleen Wynne basically through in the towel saying that the Liberals were not going to win the election.

Eleanor McMahon, who was President of the Treasury Board, wasn’t going to have that job which meant the interview served no purpose.  McMahon’s job at the time was to at least get herself elected.  She lost her seat to Jane McKenna.

Habitat for Humanity Executive Director John Gerrard delegated to city council about a problem the organization was having with their retail operation on Appleby Line; there was some discussion on where the proposed Factory Build could be located.

There weren’t that many sites in Burlington where this kind of operation could be located.

Frank McKeown, who was the Executive Director of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation took part in that discussion and got involved in the search for a location. McKeown resigned from his job at the end of June. His decision to resign had been announced six weeks earlier.

A very reliable sourced told the Gazette recently that the funding everyone thought was approved didn’t make it through the final stages.

John Gerrard Habitat

Habitat CEO John Gerrard

The Gazette placed calls to both Gerrard the Habitat CEO and Eric Wickham the Communications Advisor for Habitat. Our calls were not returned. Several attempts were made to reach both people with voice mail messages left each time.

There was no response.

With a new government in place at Queen’s Park many projects are in a bit of a limbo.

The information the Gazette was given was that the cheque everyone thought was “in the mail” wasn’t in the mail.

Without the funding the project wasn’t going anywhere.

The Gazette will continue to dig away at this one.


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Transit: Route 3 and 5 Detour – July 3 to 13

notices100x100By Staff

July 3, 2018


Detour Area: James St. between Brant St. and John St.
Detour Dates: July 3 to July 13, 2018

Detour Routes:

• Route 3 and 5 to Burlington GO will leave the terminal and continue north on John St., turn left onto Caroline St., turn right onto Brant St. and continue its regular route

• Route 3 and 5 from Burlington GO will turn left onto Caroline St., turn right onto John St. into the terminal

Stops not in Service: 797 (James St. and Brant St.), 798 (Brant St. at Ontario), 843 (Brant St. at Caroline St.)

Detour is due to construction on James St.

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There will be a contest for the ward 5 council seat.

council 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 3rd, 2018



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Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman.

There is going to be a very credible candidate going after the ward 5 seat.

The word we have is that nomination papers will be filed before the end of the week which means that every member of the current council has ether resigned or will be facing a credible candidate.

Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven has decided to resign from municipal politics; Ward 2 Councillor Meed Ward is running for the office of Mayor; ward 3 Councillor Taylor resigned, Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison decided to hang in and faces a contender that will give him a run for his money.

Ward 6 Councillor Blair Lancaster faces two candidates.

Paul Sharman is the ward 5 incumbent. He really didn’t have much in the way of competition in either the 2010 and the 2014 election.

Intense to the point of making delegations uncomfortable ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman does know how to drill down into the data and look for results.

Intense to the point of making delegations uncomfortable ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman does know how to drill down into the data and look for results.

It will be a different race for Paul Sharman this time out.

However, in the world of politics, nothing is certain.

Let’s see if the nomination papers are actually filed and then learn a little more about the focus of the prospective candidates campaign.


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Campaigns for Burlington's next mayor begin to take shape - some early surprises.

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

July 1st, 2018



The election that takes place October 22nd for a new city council and school board representatives is not going to be the snoozer that the 2014 election was.

That year every member of city council was returned. In the four years that seven member Council sat they made two major decisions.

They approved a new Strategic Plan and they passed a new Official Plan.

Strategic Plan Workbook

Traditionally Strategic Plans were for the term of a city council – four years.


The current Strategic Plan is for a 25 year period. An incoming council is not bound to a plan created by a previous council.

Up until the 2012 a Strategic Plan was put in place Burlington created a Strategic Plan for the term of office. The understanding was that a current city council could not bind future councils to an objective they might not agree with.

There was never a public debate on lengthening the time frame of the Strategic Plan. The current council decided that it was better municipal governance to create a 25 year plan and tweak it as the years rolled by,

Four “pillars” were defined WHA ARE THESE and they became the base on which the plan was to rest. The city brought in KPMG as consultants who guided council and city staff through the process.
There were numerous delegations done but there was never a OPEN THIS UP

The four pillars for 2015 strat plan

The four pillars on which the 25 year Strategic Plant was built. How are we doing so far?

During the years leading up to the creation of a new Official Plan there were several speeches given by the Mayor on intensification and what it was going to mean to the city.

Rick Goldring chose what he believed was the safe political route to take – assure people that there will be changes but they aren’t really going to change very much. About 5% of the city would experience change.
The document that set out what intensification was really all about was a provincial policy statement – Places to Grow. It set out where the growth was going to take place and just how much growth there was going to be.

That process for Burlington had the decision made at the provincial level and the deciding of specifically where the growth was to take place made at the Regional level.

Downtown precincts - all

The Downtown part of Burlington is broken into precincts. There are development rues for each precinct. A precinct is not always one contiguous area. Confusing at times

Burlington had all kinds of input in that process but very little of it was as public as it could have been and there was certainly no public debate or information sessions on where the residential growth was going to take place and where the jobs would be located. That was done by the Planning department.

Mobility hubs

There are four mobility hubs -n Burlington these are centered around the four GO stations. Significant development, of both commercial and residential is planned for these locations. The development around Burlington and Aldershot GO stations is well underway.

Included in all this change was the mobility hubs; a concept that was never explained to the public in the early stages. The two words made sense – what wasn’t clear to the public, and to some of the members of council as well, as to what it did mean.

During some of the Strategic Plan meetings it looked as if the mobility hub at the Aldershot GO station was where the first stage of growth would take place. At the time the Paradigm project had broken ground and it soon became clear that the Burlington GO station was where all the early action was going to take place. Land on the north side of Fairview between Brant and Guelph Line became the real estate hot spot. Deals were being done weekly with several property owners holding out to get a better sense as to which direction the wind was blowing.

Downtown core precinct

This is the downtoen precinct – it is within the downtown core. Many felt that the high rise development should have been clustered further north. It may be too late for that – most of the property has already been assembled.

The public attention however was focused on the downtown core. The first of the high rise condo’s was before the planners. The developer came in with a 27 storey proposal on the NE corner of Brant and James that got whittled down to 23 which city council approved on a 5-2 vote.

Prior to this the ADI Group development at Lakeshore and Martha that had gone to the OMB where everyone was certain it would be scaled back. Didn’t happen – the city didn’t make its case and the OMB said the xx storeys were just fine.

Many felt the die was cast and that Burlington’s downtown core was to become a forest of 23+ storey condominiums.

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The beginning of the change for the downtown – this one will go up opposite city hall.

Many of the citizens were aghast – how could this happen?

Members of city council knew how it happened – they let it happen.

All this led to people wanting to stop this level of change from taking place.

The election scheduled for October was going to be their chance to elect a new city council that would create a new direction.

Ward 2 city Councillor Marianne Meed Ward became the spokesperson for those who said they were not opposed to development – they just wanted responsible and properly phased in development. The developers saw a blazing hot market and they were not of a mind to wait. The current city council seemed quite prepared to go along with them.

The Mayor is on the ropes, Meed Ward has her loyal following – and then Mike Wallace makes it known that he will run for the office of Mayor.

Wallace and Gould

Mike Wallace congratulating Karina Gould on her win of the federal seat in Burlington.

Mike Wallace lost the federal seat as the Burlington Member of Parliament to Karina Gould. Mike loves being in power.

He was never seen as a big thinker but he brought millions of federal dollars to the city and he decided he could knock off Goldring and beat Meed Ward.

The Tory machine that didn’t deliver for him in the xx federal election still existed and Mike was going to take a shot at making it work for him at the municipal level. To be fair to Mike – he was facing a very popular Liberal leader whose coat tails Gould rode into office.

Each of the three major contenders, Goldring, Meed Ward and Wallace made early announcements, then each held their campaign kick-off events.

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Mayor Rick Goldring at his campaign Kick Off

Goldring’s was tepid at best – he just didn’t say very much.

Meed Ward made her event a kick-off and a fund raiser – it cost $25 to get in the door.

Wallace held his event in the same room at Emmas Back Porch where he had conceded the federal election to Karina Gould.

This time Wallace had something to say – he spoke of two planks of his election platform.

He would ask council to approve an increase in the size of council – he thought going from a seven member council was now necessary and felt that nine was a good number.

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Bronte Meadows – owned by the Paletta interests, zoned as Employment land and included in the package of GTA properties that were in the offering to Amazon who were looking for an eastern headquarters – dubbed HQ2

He also said he wanted to create a community that would attract the young people back to Burlington where they could live and work and proposed the development of a large community. He didn’t say where he thought this development should take place and he didn’t say how large it should be.

There is only so much land that residential housing can be built on. The size of the land needed to do what Wallace has in mind is owned by Paletta’s.

The large property at Upper Middle Road and Bronte – known as Bronte Meadows – is zoned as Employment land. The Paletta’s have been trying for years to get that changed to residential or at least mixed use.
Wallace said that he was the kind of politician who could get things done; that he knew how to pick up the phone and talk to people.

The province now has a government that looks at development a lot differently hat the previous Liberal government.

Can one assume that Mike Wallace has talked to Angelo Paletta. I’d bet on that.

If, and this is just an if, those conversations have taken place does that mean the developers are still in control. Many people feel they have controlled the current council for some time.

MeSalt with Pepper are the opinions, musings and observations of the publisher of the Burlington Gazette

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Carol Gottlob: Why I am not running for city council.

council 100x100By Carol Gottlob

July 1st, 2018



In 2014 I had had enough of voting against my Councillor in Burlington Ward 4, and decided to run against him instead! After all, every Canadian citizen over the age of 18 is entitled to do so. Entitled, but not always able.

Before the Wynn government changed the rules, in 2014, I was able to receive donations toward my campaign from my union (Canadian Union of Public Employees), and I did. I also received donations from family, friends and supporters, and so I ran a successful campaign that didn’t look like it was on a shoestring budget. I took partial leave of my teaching duties (I am a language instructor with the HCDSB), so that I could campaign afternoons and evenings, which meant I also took a calculated hit in income.

Carol Gottlob on bike

Carol Gottlob on her motorcycle.

Having lived the experience – and it was a very good one – this time around I would need to take complete leave of my teaching duties for the months of September and October in order to put my full time and energy into the campaign. I make a modest wage, and I am approaching retirement years, therefore it is just not wise for me to give up income on a gamble at this stage. I am a risk taker (I ride a motorcycle), but I am not foolish.

A comment was made that it is a good thing candidates can no longer accept donations from corporations and unions. I beg to differ. How am I to fund a campaign on personal donations? I found excellent volunteers and did very well in the 2014 election, garnering 35% of the vote, and have been strongly encouraged to use that momentum to run again.

After the 2014 election, I tried to keep my profile alive in the community, joined a board, attended public meetings, but after a while it took too much time away from my regular job, and I was unable to maintain a reasonable level of commitment.

A comment was also made that I had four years to raise funds, but I didn’t. Technically, I could not raise funds before May 1st. I might have been able to get pledges and commitments, and build a team, but in the end, how would I have paid my mortgage and my bills whilst running a campaign? The incumbent, on the other hand, need not take time off work, has a six-figure income, has a flexible schedule that allows him to campaign from city hall, and has had 20+ years to fundraise. He just goes back to the same supporters and they just hand out the same cheques. Me, they want to know all about me before they give me a cent. And honestly, how many people make personal donations of $1,200? I was getting personal donations of $25, $50, maybe $100, and you need a lot of those to fund a campaign. Yes, it can be done, but not alone.

Which brings me to another personal challenge when it comes to running a campaign. I am single. There is no second income in my household to keep the boat afloat while I campaign, no spouse who can take some of the workload off my hands: pick up groceries, dry-cleaning, take care of vet appointments, all those daily tasks that befall one person. And there is no one to be at my back when the going gets tough. I know how tough it gets, I’ve done it, and it is not for the faint-of-heart.

It may sound like I am complaining. I am not. I am telling it like it is. Politics is for the wealthy. If you can park your business or let someone manage it for you while you run, you have a distinct advantage over someone such as myself. Politics is not for everyone. I’ve always thought a municipal election was much better to run in than a provincial or federal election, because candidates are not (openly) associated with a political party, and so you can choose a candidate based on their personal merits.

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Ward 4 candidate in the 2014 election, Carol Gottlob places a sign on her front lawn with her two sons.

After much soul searching, I’ve decided it is not for me. As I’ve often said, I would make an outstanding Councillor, but a lousy politician. And so, I’m throwing my support behind the candidate in my ward who is taking on the challenge of facing down an incumbent of over 25 years who is hell-bent on staying on 4 more years and doing things his way. Good luck to his worthy opponent. It would be so nice to get some fresh ideas on council. After all, that is what inspired me to take a crack at it four years ago.

Related links:

The candidate for ward 4 is Shawna Stolte:

Gottlob ran a very good race for a first time candidate in 2014.

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Five day program at Mohawk for those who want to learn how to create YouTube content.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

June 30th, 2018



Facebook and YouTube is everywhere!

They are in the news as a web site that was used to tilt the American presidential election.

How do these YouTube pages get created?

Mohawk Camp 2018Mohawk College is hosting a star-studded YouTube Creator Camp where high school level students will learn ‘Social Media Skills’ from the biggest names in the Biz!

The college describes the five day program as a brand-new ground-breaking initiative that runs from July 9th to 13th 2018.

This fun five-day intensive experience will allow students to get first-hand knowledge on social media influencing, and how to turn a hobby into a career. “This is the first Creator’s Camp of its kind in the Ontario, and we are excited about this offering,” Associate Dean Tracy Kadish said.

Move quickly if you want to get in on this. The classes for the 13 to 15 age group os sold out. There are just eight seats left for the 16 to 18 year olds.

Since YouTube went online in February 2005, it has become the go-to website for Internet content creation. Mohawk Creator’s Camp will help aspiring young minds make creative content and learn how to turn it into a profitable business.

The Camp comes at a cost of $375.00 and includes entrepreneurship training, master classes with Influencers, meals, and a field trip to Toronto. “Camp goers will take home intimate Digital Entrepreneurship skills that you won’t find anywhere else,” Natalie Reid, Program Coordinator of SURGE, noted. In partnership with the Industry Education Council of Hamilton and the M.I.G.H.T.Y. Entrepreneurship Program, students will also learn entrepreneurial skills to help them launch and manage their business.

Youtube chanel artMohawk Creator’s Camp hopes to be the first to give students an entertaining alternative when it comes to learning during the summer. Mohawk Creator’s Camp won’t just teach students about making videos, Students will be able to use this unique Camp as a stepping stone into a possible career in media. At the end of the camp, parents are invited to a showcase party which is planned for the evening of Monday July 16th.

For more information on Mohawk Creator’s Camp email surge@mohawkcollege.ca or visit their Webpage


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Sunday - Canada Day - a packed schedule on the edge of the lake.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

June 30th, 2018



Burlington has always made a big deal out of Canada Day.

Every municipality does something but that park on the edge of the lake is so enticing – everyone gathers there.

citizenshipThe city doesn’t disappoint.

The schedule is packed;

The day start with a yoga class and end with a fireworks display. Parts of the day’s events are going to be simulcast by 102.9 K-LITE FM during the fireworks display. Participants can listen to music synchronized to the fireworks through their mobile phone or on the radio from wherever the fireworks are visible.

Fun activities planned in the park include:

jan-1-face-paintingYoga at the compass at 8:30 a.m.
Citizenship Ceremony at 9 a.m.
5K run and 1K kids run at 10 a.m.
Scholars in Collars dog training performance at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Face-painting, balloon animals, photo booth, hair spray artist and inflatables from noon to 5 p.m. presented by Glad Tidings Church
Canadian hockey player and Canadian Mountie stilt walkers from noon to 6 p.m.

The opening ceremonies begin at noon with the Burlington Teen Tour Band kicking off the festivities at the main stage.

Entertainment on the main stage will include:

SoM fireworksKaren Thornton at 1 p.m.
Melissa Bel at 2 p.m.
Mount Farewell at 3 p.m.
Symphony on the Bay at 4:30 p.m.
The Hockey Circus Show at 5:30 p.m.
Felicia McMinn Band at 6:30 p.m.
The Hockey Circus Show at 7:30 p.m.
Johannes Linstead at 8:30 p.m.
Fireworks presented by BUNZL at 10 p.m.

Downtown parking will be tough to find. Every organization with a parking lot will be offering to let you park for a fee. Think about considering other transportation options: cycling, walking, car pooling or Burlington Transit.

A fully accessible free shuttle service will run from noon to 11 p.m. The shuttle will run approximately every 20 minutes from the Burlington GO Station (north side) to the downtown bus terminal. A free bike corral will be available near the Waterfront Hotel for cyclists to secure their bikes.

Other Canada Day Activities

The city’s outdoor pool locations are open for unlimited access to recreational swimming for only $4.40 per person; $3.05 after 5 p.m. Hours for Canada Day are as follows:

Nelson Pool – 10:30 – 8 p.m.
LaSalle Splash Park – 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Mountainside Pool 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Many people see the Terry Fox run as a unique thing that happened in Canada and was the result of one Canadian's supreme effort. The Canadian flag just seems to be a part of the event - and there were plenty of them handed out.

Many people see the Terry Fox run as a unique thing that happened in Canada and was the result of one Canadian’s supreme effort. The Canadian flag just seems to be a part of the event – and there were plenty of them handed out.

Take a walk on a nature trail at Kerncliffe Park, play bocce at LaSalle Park or go for a picnic

All six of the city’s spray park locations are open and always free. For more information, visit burlington.ca/splashpads.

When you look at the flag – think about what is going on south of us and be grateful for what we have going for s.


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Sharp eyed police officers pull a suspect over - car was stolen and carrying stolen property..

Crime 100By Staff

June 29th, 2018



While investigating one car theft police notice some suspicious driving and find they are dealing with a vehicle that had also been stolen. A two for one for the police.

On June 26th 2018 shortly after 11:00 PM, police were called to investigate the theft of a Mercedes SUV that had just occurred on Ascot Place in Burlington.

Police cruiserResponding officers stopped a suspicious vehicle leaving the area and during the stop the stolen Mercedes was seen approaching but did a U-Turn and sped away. The stopped vehicle, a 2006 Mazda 3 was stolen several days prior from Province St. N. in Hamilton. The driver and sole occupant of this vehicle was arrested and held for bail. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of property that had been stolen from unlocked cars in Burlington.

On June 27th 2018, investigators located the stolen Mercedes SUV parked in the area of Cannon Street and Kenilworth Avenue in Hamilton. At 3:45 PM, a male returned to the vehicle with the keys in hand at which time investigators with assistance from members of the Hamilton Police Service BEAR and HEAT units arrested the male after a foot chase. A search of the stolen vehicle resulted in the recovery of further stolen property taken during vehicle break-ins and a garage break-in.

Brent Andrew COOPER (18-yrs) of Hamilton was the first man arrested. He was released on bail and will appear next in Milton Court on July 25th 2018 charged with the following:

• Theft of motor vehicle
• Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000
• Possession of a controlled substance (cocaine)
• Possession of a controlled substance (marihuana)
• Fail to comply with recognizance (two counts)

Michael Raymond ALLEN (18-yrs) of Hamilton was the second man arrested. He was remanded into custody and will appear next in Milton Court on July 3rd 2018 charged with the following:

• Theft of motor vehicle (two counts)
• Possession of property obtained by crime under $5000 (four counts)
• Theft under $5000 (three counts)
• Break and enter
• Fraud under $5000

Police are still investigating numerous other thefts from and of vehicles that have taken place throughout the city of Burlington over the past several months and are urging area residents to not leave valuables or spare keys in their vehicles and ensure the doors are locked when left unattended. Police are also encouraging the public to immediately report suspicious activity.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Mark Urie of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2338.
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 www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca .

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Transit notice: Route 3 and 5 Detours – July 3 to 13

notices100x100By Staff

June 29, 2018



When the holiday is over and reality sets in – changes to service on routes 3 and 5.

Detour Area: James St. between Brant St. and John St.

Detour Dates: July 3 to July 13, 2018

Detour Routes:
• Route 3 and 5 to Burlington GO will leave the terminal and continue north on John St., turn left onto Caroline St., turn right onto Brant St. and continue its regular route

• Route 3 and 5 from Burlington GO will turn left onto Caroline St., turn right onto John St. into the terminal

Stops not in Service: 797 (James St. and Brant St.), 798 (Brant St. at Ontario), 843 (Brant St. at Caroline St.)
Detour is due to construction on James St.

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The candidates for Mayor set out the broad brush strokes of their campaigns.

council 100x100By Pepper Parr

June 29th, 2018



Round two of the race that will determine who will be Mayor of Burlington on October 23rd, has taken place.

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Ward 2 candidate Meed Ward holds her announcement on a dead end street in Aldershot- she was running for Mayor – was there ever any doubt this would happen?

The first round had the Mayor making a statement at a golf club, Mike Wallace held a media event on the sidewalk outside city hall and Meed Ward gathered her tribe at a small dead end street in Aldershot.

The second round had Ward 2 city Councillor Marianne Meed Ward holding a fund raiser at Joe Dogs on Brant Street, the Mayor holding an event at Faraway Indoor Golf on Tuesday and Mike Wallace holding his event at Emma’s Back Porch last night.

Our correspondent reports that “The event at Joe Dogs was great, there was a wonderful buzz and energy in the room. People were excited and happy.”

“There were between 105 and 115 people there, people paid $25 to get in and at times we had lineups at the door. There was a real mix of people – all ages, from all parts of the city, all races and genders, all political stripes. The volunteers and supporters seemed to be proud that Meed Ward was not being backed or funded by any party, riding association, current or former MPPs or MPs.

“It appeared to me to be a real grass-roots bunch.

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Some of the entertainment at the Meed Ward fund raiser.

“There were some young ladies doing highland dancing, campaign t-shirts and car magnets were on sale – thy almost sold out on those. Slated to end at 9:30, many hung around much longer than that. This correspondent had work to do at home.

“Meed Ward spoke about over-development, losing retail space, losing greenspace, not enough parking, amenity space, and a lack of affordability. She also spoke about the need for more respect from city hall for residents and their input. She stressed that residents must work together to ensure their best interests are being served which is what she committed herself to do as Mayor.”

Meed Ward has plans for events throughout the city. The next one is scheduled for September 13 at the Polish Hall

Rick Goldring had a good turnout – however he didn’t speak at any length. He mentioned that the city had put up $60 million as its share of the transformed Joseph Brant Hospital.  Money had been put into culture and the Nelson pool had been replaced.

Goldring added that tax increases were within inflation rates – which just isn’t true.  Inflation hasn’t been anywhere near 4%; tax increases have been above 4%

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Goldring explaining intensification at a 2015 event.

Goldring explained that his first term of office was a Clean Up phase but he didn’t elaborate on what it was he cleaned up.

The second term of office was the setting up phase.  He made mention of the Strategic Plan and the Official Plan but again he didn’t elaborate on what was important about the two initiatives.

Phase three, implementation of the set up but not a word about what that implementation was going to look like.

Goldring 5 reasons

Goldring made mention of the city being th best Canadian mid sized city to live in.  He did mention that a new listing of the best city’s is due out soon.  What id Burlington gets a downgrade?

Mike Wallace chose a small space at Emmas Back Porch and packed the space. Sweltering hot.

Dwight Ryan, a CHCH retiree served as Master of Ceremonies and got the laughs he wanted then introduced Connor Clark, a Nelson high school student who is going to represent students on the Halton District School Board.

Clark was positioned as the vision for the future, the bright young man that was raised and educated in Burlington and after university would come back to Burlington where he could work and raise his own family. The audience, that had very few young people, loved it.

Then Keith Strong took to the podium and gave a run down on the other candidates in the race. He did a superb hatchet job on Meed Ward, made the briefest mention possible of the candidate from Aldershot and cut up the Mayor for his lack of leadership.

Strong was direct in his criticism of Meed Ward. She is disruptive, she creates conflict, she always argues, she isn’t a team player and she promises but never completes, said Strong.  Strong words indeed.

After doing a classic political hatchet job on the other three candidates Strong got into what Mike Wallace brings to the table.

Caroline Wallace

Caroline Wallace

Caroline Wallace, who was described as Burlington’s next first lady, took to the podium after Strong and read her speech. She said she wanted to make sure she got it all right. She is a solid, supportive candidate’s wife.

Then it was Mike’s turn – and he didn’t disappoint. After telling people that he was running because Mayor Goldring was not doing the job Wallace then laid out two platform planks.

He said he would ask his fellow council members to support him in creating a larger council and suggested that eight members plus a Mayor for a nine member council is what the city needed.

Then he launched into an idea that will surprise many. Mike told the audience about a place in Toronto called Liberty Village. It’s where the entrepreneurial crowd live and work. Some describe the place as almost like a university campus.

Wallace wants young people to be able to stay in Burlington and work in the city – and a Liberty Village is just the ticket he said.


The Liberty Village community in Toronto is the place to live and work in Toronto for the younger, hip, entrepreneurial set. Mike Wallace wants some of this t exist in Burlington,

He wouldn’t say just where this Liberty Village should/could be built; all he was doing was floating an idea. It wasn’t a bad idea, some complications, but at least there was an idea on the table that was more than Mayor Goldring was offering at his campaign kickoff event.

According to Wallace Tansley Wood was a Wallace invention. He said he was the force behind the creation of the Tansley Wood community centre when he got the city and the province to work together.

Mike in full campaign mode

Mike Wallace in full campaign mode.

Wallace was brutal when it came to describing the Mayor. “There is no vision” said Wallace but there are growth pressures on Burlington from the province. Places to Grow is a provincial policy but we don’t have to let Queen’s Park just run over us” said Wallace.

“We have to push back at the Regional and provincial levels and this Mayor does not have the ability to do that.”

“There is no vision and there is a lack of pride.”

The kicker was when he asked: Who made the New Street decision.

Wallace said he believes he has a better shot at getting results from Queen’s Park than anyone else running for the job of Mayor.

There is no magic wand in the hands of the Mayor said Wallace. He said he believed a Mayor should lead and not just complain. “The demographics are against us in Burlington” said Wallace. “We have to attract the young people back to the city but right now there is no place for them to live.”

Randall Reff - The secomnd worst environmental waste depsoit in the country is pretty close to home isn't it

Randall Reff – The second worst environmental waste deposit in the country is pretty close to home isn’t it

Wallace said he was Ok with the new city plan and he was just fine with the mobility hubs/ “But we need someone to do those things.”

Wallace took credit for getting millions spent on the Randall Reef in Hamilton Harbour that was polluting the water in Burlington Bay. He pointed to the $250 million he said he brought to Burlington as the Member of Parliament.

It was a tough, no holds barred campaign speech. The Gazette has never heard Mike Wallace sound this aggressive before. Mike was known for his laugh, you heard the laugh before you saw the man.

He wasn’t laughing Wednesday night at Emmas Back Porch.  Mike Wallace wants back in and he is going to give the other candidates a rough ride.

Greg Woodruff, the most recent candidate to file nomination papers  has yet to hold a public event.

Meed Ward web site is at:  https://mariannemeedward.ca”

Goldring’s campaign web site is at: https://www.rickgoldring.ca/

Mike Wallace web site: https://mikewallaceformayor.ca/


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Letter to the Editor: Resident frustrated by the self-righteous rhetoric of Deputy city manager.

opinionandcommentBy Carol Victor

June 29th, 2018




Mary Lou Tanner – former Director if Planning – now Deputy city manager.

Many of us are frustrated by the self-righteous rhetoric of (Deputy city manager) Marylou Tanner and the decisions made by the planning department in Burlington. Stop telling us what you want us to want, start listening to what we do want.

The planning department and Councillors who supported the decisions to “protect what residents value” better known as the “department that is destroying our beautiful city” have failed to listen to what engaged citizens have been saying for the better part of a year. They ploughed ahead with numerous presentations, emails, meetings, and brochures while failing to hear what the citizens don’t want. I attended many of the council meetings and was dismayed that so many delegations were heard and nothing was done.

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Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward with some of her supporters.

One of the developers at a February meeting printed and had available for the public copies of a letter where he expressed his disdain for the one Councillor (Marianne Meed Ward) who had voted against this extensive development. This was a disgusting prank . Ms. Meed Ward deserves much credit for truly expressing what many of us feel. She was joined by one other person on council who voted against revising the official plan.

However in the case of the other individual, this was purely a case of optics as he clearly knew that the motion would pass despite the two dissenting votes. A lack of leadership is clearly missing when so many citizens take the time and energy to thoughtfully express their visions for the city they love.

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The Burlington Carol Victor loves; she moved here nine years ago after 40 years in Toronto.

I moved here nine years ago after living in Toronto for 40 years. It was a breath of fresh air with an unencumbered and accessible waterfront, quaint shops downtown, no traffic gridlock, lots of green space and wonderful amenities. How things have changed!!!! There emerged this spring a great shadow over Lakeshore between Elizabeth and Pearl Streets. Lower Brant Street as we know it will soon disappear.

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What family will move into a 23 storey tower with 1 and 2 bedroom condos.

As for meeting the demands of intensification, this is nonsense, what family will move into a 23 storey tower in what will be 1 and 2 bedroom condos, with one spot for parking, no nearby schools, grocery shopping that will soon be gone and traffic gridlock. If you don’t live near the downtown, I would suggest that you visit soon as you won’t recognize it in the near future. We will look like every other suburban off-shoot of Toronto; a western Mississauga with no character, a myriad of shopping malls with chain stores and a series of concrete towers without a real downtown. Why are we giving this away?



The only power we have now is at the ballot box. The function of our Municipal Government is to serve the citizens of the city. Going forward we need to elect people who listen to its citizens and truly respect the democratic process.

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Ontario's 'first ever Government for the People' sworn in today.

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 29th, 2018



They are describing it as “ Ontario’s first ever Government for the People”; it will be sworn in later today.

“I promised the people that I would help make our great province the best place in North America when it comes to business, creating jobs and raising a family. And I am going to keep my promise.”

The Premier-Designate met with The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to present his recommendations for appointments to Ontario’s Executive Council.

. “For too long, the people of Ontario have worked more and paid more, but gotten less. Those days are over. Help is here.”

The new ministers are as follows:

Peter Bethlenfalvy – President of the Treasury Board
Raymond Cho – Minister for Seniors and Accessibility
Steve Clark – Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Christine Elliott – Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier
Victor Fedeli – Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet
Doug Ford – Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Merrilee Fullerton – Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Ernie Hardeman – Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Sylvia Jones – Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Lisa MacLeod – Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
Monte McNaughton – Minister of Infrastructure
Caroline Mulroney – Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
Rod Phillips – Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Greg Rickford – Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
Laurie Scott – Minister of Labour
Todd Smith – Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Government House Leader
Lisa Thompson – Minister of Education
Michael Tibollo – Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
Jim Wilson – Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
John Yakabuski – Minister of Transportation
Jeff Yurek – Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“We have an all-star team that’s ready right now to give the people of Ontario the kind of leadership and direction they deserve,” said Ford

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Rivers: Would we be better off on our own - Oh Canada 2018

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

June 30th, 2018


“Overall, NAFTA was neither devastating nor transformational for Canada’s economy. Opponents of the 1988 free trade agreement had warned that Canada would become a glorified 51st state. While that didn’t happen, Canada didn’t close the productivity gap with the US either…” (NAFTA’s Winners and Losers by David Floyd Jan 30, 2018 – Investopedia)

And that is perhaps because NAFTA has always been a free trade agreement in name only. You see that every time you cross the border and some official asks you if you have something to declare. Try ordering something on-line from a US supplier and you’ll find yourself waiting a long time until the customs have been cleared and after you’ve paid the duty.

And while NAFTA is supposed to include services as well as goods, there is no free trade in labour services – you can’t just waltz across the border and get a job there. NAFTA and its Can-US ‘free trade’ predecessor were implemented to assist large corporations enhance their profitability, particularly in the auto sector which needed to update the 1960’s auto-pact.

And over the last twenty five years NAFTA has benefited consumers with lower prices on a good number of items and some services. But like every good economic idea, NAFTA has had consequences on Canada.

Trucks at the border

Rivers does make a strong point about how much damage those trucks do as they move parts and produce across the border.

One we almost never hear about is transportation and the environment. The auto industry likes to brag about how often an automobile crosses the border before its final assembly and sale. That crossing is accomplished mostly by trucks rushing to fulfil their just-in-time assembly line orders, zig-zagging half way across the continent.

So there is all this truck congestion at the borders and all around us on our highways. Transportation is inherent in the definition of freer trade. Trucks, trains and ships move goods and components across even greater distances. And these vessels all use fossil fuels to operate. So the biggest casualty of free trade is the environment and how we are accelerating global climate change.

More congestion translates into gridlock – more time for the daily commute and the immeasurable costs of lost family play time. Then there is the added noise and that smog inducing pollution. There is danger in sharing road space with those massive speeding trucks. And of course there is the cost of road bed maintenance and highway reconstruction – and the inconvenience of it all.

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President Trump seems to have to show off his signing of Executive Orders. Raw political power on display.

It’s not that Canada wants to tear up NAFTA but Mr. Trump does, and he’s going to do it. In any case, there won’t be much left after softwood, aircraft, metals and autos – his next target. When the Canada-US free trade deal first got off the ground there was a huge sucking sound as manufacturing jobs and incomes headed down to the US. Companies decided they could still sell to Canadian customers duty-free while being better located for the much greater US market.

Ontario and Quebec were particularly hard hit, but we adjusted and we’ll adjust again once Trump has rendered NAFTA into the dust bin of history. And that could be as soon as he announces his upcoming tariffs on autos.

Toyota estimates a 25% auto tariff will push up the cost of a Camry – currently the most popular car in the US, and built there – by $1800 for its US customers. And as Toyota goes so goes the rest of the industry. But that simple reality hasn’t deterred Mr. Wreck-it Ralph in the White House from his path of destruction.

And autos? They’re changing. The electric vehicle is simpler to manufacture, not needing the complication of the myriad of devices used with gas engines to help detoxify car emissions. And batteries which last a minimum of eight years have eliminated the need for a dealer network to service the vehicles once they leave the showroom – no more oil changes.

That means it should be a lot easier for new entrants to get into the auto industry – who needs the big three anymore and their integrated vehicle assembly plants anyway. Those corporations are yesterday’s business model. They need to move over for a new breed of smaller auto manufacturers who sell the products on-line or in shopping malls and Costco. Is there a Canadian entrepreneur, our own Tesla inventor, up to the challenge?


The factory that manufactured the first Rivers family freezer.

My parents bought their first food freezer from the Guelph appliance company W.C. Wood Co. Ltd.. It lasted for over forty years without a breakdown. Mr. Wood recounts that…“In 1964 37 Canadian companies manufactured washing machines, stoves and refrigerators. Today, there are four. Workers in the industry used to total 10,000. Now, there are 2,500… By next year, Mr. Wood said, he’ll be looking at just three manufacturers (here).” Try to get 40 years out of one of the US built models today.

And what is Trump talking about. Canada has an overall trade deficit in the billions with the US, although we have a surplus on goods. But that is mostly our export of crude oil, and we all know where that will be going as fractured drilling is making America more oil independent every year. Sure manufacturing and manufacturing jobs are declining in the US for a number of reasons, including automation. But they are declining even faster in Canada – we’re not gaining at America’s expense.

And why didn’t someone tell the Donald that Canada actually buys more steel from the US than it sells – $2.1 billion more. And we buy more military hardware from the US than anywhere else in the world – over a billion a year on average. We pay more for our pharmaceuticals and intellectual goods because we have conformed to US rules on patents and copyrights.

Sir Jogn - old flag

Is this the direction Canada is going in? Is t the direction we have to go in?

We’ll survive as we did for over a century before NAFTA or the Mulroney deal. And Trudeau is right – we’re not going to be pushed around. Canadians have got the message – we love our American neighbours but there is a trade war and we need to defend ourselves. So a lot of us are responding the best way we can. We have stopped buying US gods and services, even if that means buying Chinese.

I noticed the last few times shopping in the liquor store that people were asking more and more about alternatives to US wines. That should be our next target in this ever growing trade dispute with the US. I’d rather drink Ontario or B.C. fine wines anyway.

But I rarely see the B.C. wines in the LCBO. Perhaps that is where we need to make sure free trade is really working – right here across Canada. After all we are on the eve of Canada Day – more important for us now than ever.



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

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Appliance Makers –    Toyota

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New owners take possession of Lakeshire Coffee House July 1st.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

June 29th, 2018



If you’ve been to Spencer Smith Park – you’ve been to the Lakeshore Coffee House.

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Sue Hofman – scooping ice cream at the Lakeshore Coffee House.

If you want to say goodbye to Sue Hofman, the owner for the past five years – drop in today. She has sold the operation and is leaving for a month long holiday in Greece and then tending her garden in Aldershot when she gets back.

“I’ve been running the coffee house for five years and five months” said Hofman. “It has been a great experience – something I have always wanted to do. One more thing on my bucket list that is done”

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Sue Hofman with the key in her hand – she will lock the door to the Lakeshore Coffee House for the last time on Saturday.

What did she like best about being a small business owner? “It was my customers – they have all been great. We got to know each other, I watched their children grow and I heard their stories.”

What didn’t she like? “The lack of parking and the winter. Business was terrible in the winter. But my regulars showed up and that made my day.”

“Parking?, this is Burlington.”

New owners take possession July 1st – wish them well.

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Do flags make a difference?

eventsred 100x100By Staff

June 29th, 2018



Do flags make a difference?

Last year the building on the corner of Pine and Pearl was decked out with dozens of Canadian flags.
This year they did the Pine Street side.

Pine and Pearl flagsdDo flags make a difference? How did you feel when you saw these flags?

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Tender Choice, located at Paletta Court before the December 6th, 2017 fire, lists $ 1,613,516.13 in unsecured creditors.

News 100 redBy Staff

June 27, 2018



The poultry processing plant on Paletta Court went up in flames on December 6th, 2017.

Most people understood the building to be the home of Paletta International.

Tender Choice signsBesides having administrative offices, the building was home for a number of Paletta interests and housed a meat processing operation that was known as Tender Choice, which was the operating name for Blue Goose Pure Foods Ltd.

Blue Goose was the private company the Paletta’s sold Tender Choice to.

On December 14th, Blue Goose was subject to an interim receivership proceeding.

On December 21, a receiver was appointed.

Deloitte Restructuring Inc., was named as the Receiver.

Blue Goose was declared bankrupt on June 05, 2018

A trustee was appointed on the same date.

A meeting of the creditors is to take place in Toronto on June 27, 2018, 11:30

The creditors are:



Notice and Statement of Receiver Listing of Creditors

Secured Creditors

HSBC Bank of Canada $33,961,934.79
Penske Truck Leasing Canada 1.00
Total Secured Creditor $33,961,935.79

Unsecured Creditors

3M Canada Company $              966.31
864773 Ontario 1.00
Acklands Chemicals Ltd.. 258.48
Air Solutions Hamilton Ltd. 1,654.32
Aird Berlis 8,430.94
Aitken Electric Ltd. 3,051.00
All Tool Manufacturing Inc. 536.75
Alldoor Supply 705.01
Alltrail Mobile Trailer Service 3,221.69
American Chemicals Ltd. 544.89
AMPM Mobile Traler Serv. 305.10
Atlantic Packaging Products 33,456.73
B&M Techinical 10,286.93
BBM Business Systems 24.24
Bell Canada 41.32.
Bell Mobility 1,081.82
Bell Mobility Paging 31.52
Betts Cleaning Specialists Ltd. 287,026.29
Bluewave Energy 15,827.16
Boss·Canada Inc. 742.56
Brafasco 110.82
Brome Lake Ducks Ltd. 1.00
Bunzl Canada 3,021.56
Burlington Hydro Inc. 1.00
Canada Cargo Lines Ltd. 1,100.00
Canadian Bearings Ltd. 8,351.56
Canadian Linen & Uniform Service 10,762.09
Canuck Expr s LTd. 4,509,27
Caravan Group of Companies 8,565.00
Castle Mechanical 734.50
Catalina fuels Inc. 5,054.54
CFIA 1,176.30
Cogeco Connection 310.75
Commercial Oil Company 1,838.28
Conestoga Meat Packers Ltd. 1.00
Confederation Freezers 200,466.22
Control Chem Canada 592.12
Coyote Logistics LLC 2,450.00
CP Industries Ltd. 1,682.18


CPA Recruitment Inc. 13,560.00
Canada Revenue Agency 1,424.70
Canada Revenue Agency 1.00
Crownhill Packaging Ltd 18,828.40
CRSNamic Inc. 3,134.94
Crystal flow 3,785.50
DeMan Construction Corp. 151,661.82
Deuxe Freight Services 3,800.00
Devine Image Lawn Maintenance 565.00
Digital Electric Inc. 5,049.40
Director Family Resp Office 3,614.20
DR. Mechanical Limited 1,689.34
Ducon Utilities 1,612.94
E&J Supply 7,019.61
Eagle press Printers 829.42
Earthworks Landscaping Inc. 225.00
Eassons Transport Ltd. 1.00
Employee Creditors 1.00
Entrepot Frigorifique International 3,701.24
ETR Express 407 80.72
Exceldor foods Inc. 1.00
Fluidline Inc. 4,832.89
Frid & Russell Co 545.87
Fulton Food Safety

G4S Secure Solutions

·  1.00


Galcon Contracting 1.00
Global Scales and Systems Inc. 2,722.62
GT French paper 5,271.09
GTA recruitment and staffing 6,829.79
Hager Industries Inc. 10,170.00
Heat Sealing Packaging 2,943.88
Highlight Logistics Inc. 8,688.06
Hybrid reefer Services 4,025.64
Hyos Inc. 1.00
ILC Micro- Chem Inc. 7,487.61
Industrial Refrigerated Systems 1.00
International Cold Storage 9,350.04
International Cold Storage 2010 Inc. 59,794.04
JBS Food Canada Inc. 1.00
Kowal Bernard Food Products Ltd. 2,039.70
Lamex Food Inc. 1.00
Lan Tian Canada Inc. 1.00
Lenworth Building Services Ltd 1.00
Liberty Fabricating Inc. 1,459.90
Liftow 330.53
LIUNA 1,461.24
LJW Transport 950.24
Loma Systems A Div ITW Canada 1,110.23
Lumar Fire Protection 2,501.08
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. 1.00
Marty’s Pump Service 238.01
Maxxam Analytics Inc. 8,132.92
Mobile Sandblasting 565.00
Moore Packaging Corporation 18,673.30
Multivac Canada 812.06
National Wireless 1.00

Neath Industrial Safety  $1,1811.25

Nella Cutlery Hamilton  $4520.68

Newco Industrial $2712.00

Norstar Corporation $4818.33

NSF Canada Companies  $1.00

OK tire & Automotive  $10,179.27

Omori North America Inc. $10,701.10

Orkin Canada Corporation  $2,054.30

Paletta International Corporation  $1,800.00

Penske Truck Leasing Canada$2,460.87

Penta Properties Inc.  $357,588.42

Plumbway Inc. $#,041.85

Poss Design $1.00

Praxair Canada Inc. –   $875.93

Premier Poly Products $7,062.05

Primus Canada  $135.28

Pro Reefer Services  $6,283.78

Purolator  Courier  $1.00

QMS International Inc.  $1,895.58

R.W. Hamilton Ltd  $23286.55

Recruiting in Motion/oakville  $16,259.29

Regional Municipality  Halton $45,530.23

Roger Wireless  $258.34

Rogers Wireless  $1,63709

Russell A. Farrow Limtied  $498.33

Ryder Material Handling ULC $20,707.52

S&S Forwarding  $1,450.00

Samuel Packaging  $1,579.38

Sealed Air  $1.00

Secur-U   $196.34

Smits Tank Maintenance  $20,998.19

Sofina Foods Inc. (LIL00)  $1.00

Sofinca Foods Inc (S0F00)  $1.00

Spectrum Label & Equipment  $5,083.53

Superior Door & Gate Systems  $415.28

Technical Adhersives Ltd.   $1.00

Technical Standards and Safety Authority  $1.00

ThyssenKrupp Elevator  $788.49

TNT Foods International Inc.  $1.00

Torbram Electric Supply  $977.15

Toronto Salt & Chemicals Ltd.  $1,308.72

Travale Tires & Service Inc.  $2,757.11

Uline Canada Corp  $1,870.93

Union Gas  $3,541.10

Viscofan Canada  $1.00

Vision Truck Group  $8,550.34

VWR International  $763.27

Waste Management of Canada  $2,310.32

WCCI Paralegal Services  $1.00

Westrock company Canada  $27,960.09

Wilberg Corporation  $1,496.36

Workflow Innovation Inc.  $146.96

Workplace Safety and Insurance Board  $1.00

Total Unsecured Creditors
$ 1,613,516.13

Related news story.


Paletta bldg on fire

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Police Investigate Early Morning Robbery at Burlington Gas Station

Crime 100By Staff

June 27th, 2018



Halton Regional Police in Burlington are seeking the public’s assistance to identify a suspect responsible for an early morning robbery at the Circle K gas station at 1170 Guelph Line in Burlington.

Circle K suspect June 26

Not much to go on with this picture.

On June 25th 2018 at approximately 3:15 AM, a lone male armed with a knife attended the Circle K Esso gas station and confronted an employee who was standing outside the entrance. The suspect ordered the employee inside and demanded money and cigarettes.

At the time of the robbery an employee of a Tim Horton’s located inside the same building saw what was happening and managed to call police from the safety of a locked backroom.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money and cigarettes, the suspect fled on foot and was last seen running south west from the gas station.

Officers responded and a thorough search of the area was completed with the assistance of a police canine however the suspect was not located.

Police are looking for a white male in his late teens or early twenties, with a slim build, 5’7″ to 5’8″ tall wearing dark jeans, long sleeved black shirt, black toque, black gloves and a camouflaged bandana covering his face.

Crime stoppers logoAnyone with information is asked to contact Detective Steve Siomra of the Burlington Criminal Investigations – Robbery Team at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2343.

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 www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca .

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Las Vegas is not the only place for high class gambling - many great locations across Canada.

eventspink 100x100By Steve Marks

June 27th, 2018



If you are looking for a location that offers high-class gambling and an equal combination of luxurious, family-friendly and affordable resorts, Las Vegas is the place to go… or so would many people have you believe. While Las Vegas is surely one of the best gambling destinations in the world, another country which deserves much more credit than it gets is Canada.

Across Canada’s ten provinces, a wide variety of casinos await visitors from within the country and beyond. Some of these gambling venues have become large resorts that offer spas, restaurants, hotels and luxurious casino floors. These are the biggest casinos in Canada.

Casino de Montreal – Quebec


Montreal Casino right across from the historic Old Port of Montreal on Ile Notre-Dame.

Located on the Ile Notre-Dame, right across from the historic Old Port of Montreal, the Casino the Montreal is one of the biggest and most chic gambling establishments in the world. Visitors and gambling aficionados are welcomed by more than 3,000 slot machines, 100 gaming tables, as well as a separate, special section with 18 poker tables.

People who want to hone and test their skills at poker and bring home a generous prize can participate at the casino’s Texas Hold’em tournaments, which are held regularly. Casino de Montreal also has a program called the Casino Privileges Club, through which players can earn points to use in the casino as well as restaurants and hotels in downtown Montreal, and many other bonuses similar to the ones found on casinobonusca.com.

Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino – Ontario


Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino across the border from Detroit

Located just across the border from Detroit via the Ambassador Bridge, Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino is a hotspot for both Canadian and American gamblers. Measuring about 10,000 square feet, the twin hotel towers offer 758 guest rooms and suites, alongside a fitness center.

The Colosseum showroom hosts headline acts and shows, with guests having the option to choose from six cafes and restaurants as well. The establishments that stand out are the Artist Café, a boldly colored, intimate place filled with intricate murals, paints and sculptures, and Neros Steakhouse, a world renown restaurant famous for its excellent selection of high-quality stakes and seafood. Naturally, the Ceasars Casino has lots to offer in terms of gambling as well. The Poker Room, for instance, has 14 tables, and the main casino floor offers a wide range of electronic slots and gaming tables.

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River Cree Resort and Casino sits right at the western edge of Edmonton

River Cree Resort and Casino – Alberta
The River Cree Resort and Casino sits right at the western edge of Edmonton, Province of Alberta. A full-fledged entertainment complex, it acts as a luxury resort, a casino, and a hockey center. In terms of gambling, visitors can choose from more than 1,000 slot machines, 39 game tables, as well as engage in off-track horse betting. Apart from these features, gamblers can try their luck in a high stakes poker room, a dazzling roulette, or relax in the dining venue or enjoy a fun night together with friends in the Centre Bar.

River Rock Casino Resort – British Columbia

River Rock

River Rock Casino on the shores of the Fraser River

Situated on the shores of the Fraser River, the River Rock Casino is arguably the largest gambling venue in Western Canada. The casino measures approximately 70,000 square feet, with 900 slot machines, a separate poker room with 14 tables, and a high-stakes VIP room called the Dogwood club. As with every resort, the River Rock hosts a wide variety of dining venues and entertainment centers, including the River Rock Show Theatre, the classy Lulu’s Lounge, a spa, and a 202-room hotel Suite.

roulete wheelAs bright, shiny, glitzy and glamorous as Las Vegas might be, nothing compares to the natural beauty and charm of Canada. Even though Canada is a relatively new player in the world of high-class gambling, nobody can argue that the country suffers from a shortage of quality venues, and these four casinos stand as living proof. If you are taking a trip through Canada, make sure to check these places out.

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The fire that severely damaged the Tender Choice plant at Paletta Court appears to have resulted in a bankruptcy of what was once a Paletta family operation. They sold the business three months before the fire.

News 100 redBy Staff

June 26th, 2018



The poultry processing plant on Paletta Court went up in flames on December 6th, 2017.

Most people understood the building to be the home of Paletta International.

Besides having Paletta corporate and administrative offices, the building housed a meat processing operation that was known as Tender Choice, which was the operating name for Blue Goose Pure Foods Ltd.

That company, Blue Goose, a private company is owned by Dundee, a publicly traded company.
The Paletta family is no longer in the meat processing business.

Paletta- dad + the four

The Paletta brothers for and their Dad Pat.

The building itself has always been owned by Paletta International and Paletta Bros. Four Limited. A portion of the building is leased to the Blue Goose operation with the rest used by the Paletta family for their various business operations.

On December 14th, Blue Goose was subject to an interim receivership proceeding.

HSBC Bank of Canada had loaned Blue Goose $33,961,934.79 which Blue Goose was unable to repay after the December 6th fire.

Meat processing operations had to be discontinued.


Paletta head office before the fire.

Blue Goose operated out of leased premises; the building at Paletta Court is owned by Paletta International through a holding company.

On December 21, a receiver was appointed.

Deloitte Restructuring Inc., was named as the Receiver.

As Receiver Deloitte sold moveable and production equipment for proceeds of $395,000

Blue Goose had inventory that consisted of 685,000 kilograms of unprocessed whole turkeys and 75,000 kilograms of turkey drumsticks that were stored in several refrigerated locations. That inventory was sold to Export Packers Export Ltd

A payment plan was put in place for receivables due Blue Goose from a significant customer.

The Receiver engaged the Debtors former Divisional president Paul Paletta to act as its sales agent. A total of $525,500 worth of inventory was sold

Blue Goose was declared bankrupt on June 05, 2018

A trustee was appointed on the same date.

A meeting of the creditors is to take place in Toronto on June 27, 2018, 11:30

The unsecured creditors are due $ 1,613,516.13

HSBC Bank of Canada, the only secured creditor, is due $33,961,934.79

The property is owned by Paletta International and Paletta Bros. Four Limited.

Much of what follows was picked up from the filings the Receiver is required to make to the Court that is overseeing the bankruptcy proceedings. The language is dense, legal and not that easy to follow. We have inserted short explanations in several sections of what follows.

This news report is one of a least two reports. We want to determine what the report from the Fire Marshal says on the cause of the December 6th, 2017 fire.

And we hope to determine just what is going to happen to the building at aletta Court. Does the whole thing have to come down?

“Prior to its acquisition by Dundee, the business operating out of the Leased Premises was owned and managed by affiliated companies and members of the Paletta family of Burlington, Ontario, whom the Receiver understands have multiple business interests including food processing, real estate and construction and media and entertainment.


Angelo with his father Pat Paletta. Angelo is the voice of the company, outgoing, popular a true bon vivant

“Paletta International Corporation (“PIC”), PIC was founded in 1951 by Pasquale (Pat) Paletta and operated with significant involvement of the other Paletta family members. The Paletta family operated the Tender Choice Foods business at the current site since the 1960s until it was sold to Dundee.

“Pursuant to the Asset Purchase Agreement effective as of September 1, 2016 (the “APA”), the Debtor purchased the business of Tender Choice Foods from the Paletta-controlled entities. After the purchase of the business, the Debtor engaged certain members of the Paletta family to assist senior management with various capacities of the business.

“Blue Goose, in its current form, began operations on October 17, 2016. Blue Goose, as purchaser, financed the purchase price pursuant to the APA with a mixture of debt and equity, with the equity being provided by a related Dundee entity and the senior secured debt financed by the Bank. The current indebtedness to HSBC as of the date of this First Report is approximately $34 million.

Tender Choice signs

Tender Choice Foods is the operating name.

“Pursuant to the APA, Blue Goose acquired all of the assets formerly used in the business of Tender Choice Foods Inc. and Tender Choice Foods (2016) Inc. Although the Debtor acquired all of the personal property of the Vendors, it did not acquire an ownership interest in the Leased Premises. In order to retain use of the Leased Premises, a lease agreement dated October 17, 2016 (the “Lease”) was executed between the 2519459 Ontario Inc. (“251 Ontario”), as lessee, and Paletta Bros. Four Limited as landlord (the “Landlord”). The Receiver has been advised that the Landlord is the agent of Penta Properties Inc. (“Penta”), which is the beneficial owner of the Leased Premises.”

Blue Goose, a private company controlled by a public company buys the Tender Choice meat processing operations but it does not buy the property.  The property and the buildings are kept by the Paletta family through Paletta International.  They lease a portion of the premises to Blue Goose.  The lease is held by Paletta Bros Four Limited.

“The Lease was subsequently assigned to the Debtor by 251 Ontario on October 17, 2016 by way of a Consent to Assignment of Lease agreed between the Landlord, 251 Ontario·, the Debtor and Blue Goose Capital Corp. Blue Goose Capital Corp. is the parent company of the Debtor. The Lease has an initial term of ten years.

“The Leased Premises contain a number of discrete areas. In addition to the area containing the food processing equipment, there were two separate office areas. One was used by the Debtor for its administrative staff with the other being retained by the Landlord for its own use, which was contemplated by the Lease. Such retained area approximated 10,000 square feet of office space. The Lease contemplated that the Debtor would pay rent to the Landlord and certain entities related to the Landlord, would, in turn, pay for the retained office space, although no rental amount was ever formally agreed by the parties after the one year rent-free period set out in the Lease.”

The Debtor is Blue Goose, the Landlord is Penta.  Rent money is moved from one to the other with a one year no rent period of time.   That one year becomes relevant.

“At the time of closing of the APA, the Debtor took over operations and carried on business in the normal course, subject to regulatory oversight typical for the food processing industry. Given that its food products are processed for human and animal consumption, the Debtor was subject to the supervision of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (“CFIA”). The CFIA oversees food production in Canada and, according to its website, is “dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well­ being of Canada’s people, environment and economy”.

“Pursuant to its mandate, the CFIA has the ability to inspect food processing operations and, if necessary, to issue corrective action requests (“CARs”) which set out certain actions that must be undertaken by licensed facilities. As a result of a number of CARs issued to the Debtor, operations at the Leased Premises were suspended by the CFIA on November 10, 2017 (the “Suspension”), with the effect of such Suspension limiting the Debtor’s ability to process and ship product to customers from the Leased Premises. The CARs required, among other things, that the Debtor undertake a number of improvements to the Leased Premises prior to the operational suspension being lifted.”

Tender Choices is sold by the Paletta family to Blue Goose in September 2017.  Two months later the Canadian Food Inspection Agency shuts down the food processing operation until certain deficiencies are taken care of.  The deficiencies are called CARS Corrective Action Requests.

Paletta from hwy

The east side of the structure was destroyed by the December 2017 fire.

“Immediately following the November 10th, 2017 Suspension, the Debtor commenced significant repair and maintenance activities within the Leased Premises. Such activities included, but were not limited to, the following:

(a) Replacing sprinkler systems in production areas;
(b) Repairing portions of walls and doors;
(c) Fixing cracks in floors and regarding flooding to minimize water collection;
(d) Upgrading employee changing areas; and
(e) Re-tiling certain floors and walls.

“During the period from the date of the Suspension to December 6, 2017, approximately $1.3 million was spent on repairs to the Leased Premises. Such costs represent amounts paid to contractors and employees, which amount includes payroll of approximately $431,000 paid in the normal course as certain employees were assisting with the plant remediation efforts.

“In addition to the plant remediation costs noted above, approximately $1.9 million was paid to settle the outstanding accounts payable to the Debtor’s meat suppliers in anticipation of Blue Goose resuming operations, which was planned for mid-December, 2017. This date was dependent on the CFIA’s approval of the remediation efforts as contemplated in the CARs.

“The plant rehabilitation continued from November 10, 2017 until December 6, 2017, on which date a large fire consumed a portion of the Leased Premises (the “Fire”).

“The Debtor’s- insurance brokers and insurance company, Everest Insurance. (the “Insurer”), were notified and an adjuster, ClaimsPro (the “Adjuster”), was appointed to manage the Debtor’s claims (the “Claim”) arising from the Fire. Management had carriage of the Claim until the Receiver’s appointment. Since December 14, 2017, the Receiver has been in regular contact with the Adjuster in respect of the Claim.
As a result of the Fire, approximately 25% of the “footprint” of the Leased Premises was significantly damaged. Given the extent of this damage, a partial demolition of the Leased Premises has occurred and is currently ongoing.

badly damaged part

A portion of the east side that has been torn away.

“Although the Receiver has been granted very limited, supervised access to the Leased Premises, safety issues arising from the extent of the demolition has prevented the Receiver from having access to many areas of the facility. In addition, the Leased Premises have been without heat, light, power and other utilities since the date of the Fire (i.e. December 6, 2017), rendering the Leased Premises unusable.

“The Receiver has not been provided a firm date by which time power and utilities will be restored to the Leased Premises and when safe access will be permitted by the supervising engineer in charge of the site. However, the Receiver has been advised that access may be available this month should certain demolition and stabilization efforts be completed by that time.

Fire lots of smoke

The smoke was so severe that it hampered rush hour traffic on the QEW.

“As a result of the Fire and the resulting loss of power over this extended period of time, the frozen inventories of the Debtor situate in the freezers and certain trailers at the Leased Premises were deemed to be a total loss. While much of the inventory is still frozen, there is a noticeable odour of ammonia within the large storage freezers due to damage to the refrigeration systems caused by the Fire, rendering the inventory unfit for sale or consumption. The Adjuster is currently assessing the most cost-effective manner to dispose of the” spoiled inventory given relevant timelines by which such work must be completed,

“Given that only limited access to the Leased Premises has been permitted to date, the Receiver has not been able to inspect and catalog the Debtor’s processing equipment to Ascertain damage from the Fire. The Receiver is hopeful that it will be able to undertake such inspection in the near future.

“Following this inspection, the Receiver will determine an appropriate realization plan for the processing equipment, office furniture and other assets within the Leased Premises.”

Matters related to the Lease

“Pursuant to the Appointment Order, the Receiver is not required to pay occupation rent on the Leased Premises without further Order of the Court. However, the Receiver is permitted to have un-restricted access to any prope1ty of the Debtor contained within the Leased Premises

Paletta bldg on fire

The fire was massive; required support from several fire departments.

“As set out above, the Landlord subleases certain office space from the Debtor within the Leased Premises. As part of the Lease, the Landlord has the ability to disclaim the lease if the building becomes uninhabitable or otherwise unusable for a period in excess of six months.”

The Landlord, the Paletta corporation and the four Paletta brothers have the right to get out of the lease if the building become inhabitable.

“On January 16, 2018, Angelo Paletta, a principal of Penta, emailed the Receiver and enclosed a copy of a letter from Lanhack Consultants Inc. (“Lanhack”) addressed to Penta (the “Lanhack Letter”). The Lanhack Letter was dated January 5, 2018 and sets out Lanhack’s opinion with respect to the extent of remediation that would need to be done to the Leased Premises in order to repair it to its original state and make the Leased Premises suitable for its intended purpose .

“Lanhack is of the view that such remediation work would take in excess of 180 days. There is language in the Lease, which provides that: “If, in the opinion of the Architect, such opinion to be given to the Landlord within thirty (30) days of the date of such damage, the Demised Premises cannot be repaired or made fit for occupancy … within one hundred and eighty days (180 days) from the date of such damage.. ., then either the Landlord or Tenant may, by written notice of the other party given within thirty (30) days of receipt of such opinion of the Architect, elect to terminate this Lease, in which case Rent shall cease and be adjusted as of the date of such damage and the Tenant shall forthwith vacate the Demised Premises and surrender same to the Landlord”.

The Landlord gets an opinion from an architect saying that the building probably cannot be brought back to fit for occupancy condition within the 180 days set out in the lease agreement.

“Legal counsel to the Paletta family has advised the Receiver that the effect of the Lanhack Letter is that rent payments that would otherwise be owed by the Debtor are now abated .”


paletta-fire-tony-fera blie ladder

Is the building going to be declared uninhabitable and be torn down?

Before the demolition work commenced at the Leased Premises, the Receiver attended at the Debtor’s office to secure records and to move them to an off-site location. The Receiver also retrieved four servers from Dundee’s premises, which were being stored there temporarily after the Fire.

“Records retained by the Receiver include physical accounting records, various tax returns, computers and servers, and other information relevant to the business. The Receiver also arranged for the secure back-up of the Debtor’s computer records for record retention purposes.

“At the Receiver’s request, and given that there had been few receipts available to the Receiver owing to the Fire and the consequences thereof, the Bank advanced funds to the Receiver on January 4, 2018 to pay the outstanding insurance premium for the balance of the premium year, which term ends September 30, 2018.”

There is more to this story.

Can you see where this is going?

List of secured and unsecured creditors.

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City is now paying more attention to the quality of the shelters at the downtown bus terminal.

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 26th, 2018



This is all transit riders are going to have for shelter in the cold weather once the terminal building is taken down.

The eaves troughs are not cleaned, the seats are broken. Nothing inviting about the inside of the shelter. They look like the kind of thing you see in a slum in some city in the United States.

During the months of July and August 2018, the City of Burlington will be installing new bus shelters and sidewalk sections on John Street in downtown Burlington.

Bus stops will be relocated north towards James Street and south towards Pine Street. All stops will remain on John Street.

The map below sets out the temporary bus locations.

On the east side of John Street:

• Route 3 to Burlington GO moves north
• Route 4 to Appleby GO moves north
• Route 50 to Appleby GO moves north
• Route 52 to 407 Carpool moves north
• Route 300 to LaSalle moves north
• HSR Route 11 moves south

On the west side of John Street:

• Route 10 to Burlington GO moves north
• Route 3 to Cavendish moves south
• Route 5 to King moves south
• Route 300 to the Seniors Centre moves south

The west side sidewalk on John Street, between the Brant Street parking lot and the bus terminal, will be closed during construction.

Use the crosswalk in front of the Burlington Transit terminal or at the new multi-use pathway.

bus stops

There was a time when a much larger bus termial existed 25 yards to the left of this small terminal onm John Street - it was where people met. There were fewer cars, Burlington didn't have the wealth then that it has now. We were a smaller city, as much rural as suburban. The times have changed and transit now needs to change as well.

There was a time when a much larger bus terminal existed 25 yards to the left of this small terminal on John Street – it was where people met. There were fewer cars, Burlington didn’t have the wealth then that it has now. We were a smaller city, as much rural as suburban. The times have changed and transit now needs to change as well.

That downtown bus terminal has had a rocky history that reflects how the city has looked upon the transit service. The bus shelters were rather crappy places in need of an upgrade for the past couple of years. A city administration with a commitment to service would have cleaned those shelters up years ago.

There was a point when the Director of the Transit service recommended to city council that the actual terminal be shut down. If people wanted to buy tickets or update their Presto passes they could go to city hall – which closes as 4:30 pm.

That Director is no longer with the city.

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