A transformed Brant Museum is taking shape.

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May 10th, 2018



Brant museum - May 2018 pouring concrete

Concrete being poured for supporting columns

They pour more concrete each day.

The western wall of the Brant Museum site that is being transformed is in place.

Much of the northern wall is in place.

The house sits in steel beams on the northern side – it gets moved around as construction and concrete pours are done elsewhere on the site.

Brant western wall

Much of the western wall is now in place.

Completion date: 2019 – exactly when – depends on the weather.

What will there be in the way of program once the site is completed? No word yet – the Museum staff are being tight lipped about what the opening offer is going to be.

The city has hired an international exhibition design firm to create what the public will see. Kubik, a multi-national corporation has been awarded the contract to provide the interpretive design, fabrication and installation at Joseph Brant Museum.


Architectural rendering of what the Brant Museum is to be transformed into.

A local firm took part in the competition – they weren’t impressed with the process. They had to chase the museum people to learn who the contract had been awarded to.

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How do I become... The Centre for Skills Development and Training holding information sessions

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May 10th, 2018



The Centre for Skills Development and Training is in the business of training people for good jobs and then helping them get those good jobs.

They are holding information session during the month for people who are interested in becoming a Machinist & Millwright, Home Renovation General Contractor or Electricians

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The information sessions take place at their North Service Road location: 3335 North Service Road, Unit 102B. The location isn’t all that well marked – and the classes are at the back – up the driveway.

These are interactive events, no cost; a chance to meet and talk with employers, trades people, job developers and graduates.

How to start a skilled trade’s career: The current job market and labour demands for trades.

How the Centre can prepare you for an apprenticeship including an introduction to employers in the various trades

What trades companies are looking for when hiring

Training and funding incentives to help you start a skilled trades career.

The accelerated per-apprenticeship training can have you job ready in 22 weeks,.

The Centre supports diversity in the skilled trades and encourages anyone interested to attend. They have strategies for men, women, youth and newcomers to Canada.

May 14, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Register HERE


Home Renovation General Contractor
May 22, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Register HERE


Machinist & Millwright
May 28, 7:00PM – 8:30PM
Register HERE

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Sandy Beach has come back.

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May 10th, 2018



The Beach has come back.

Beach erosion May 17-2017

This is what the Beach erosion looked like on May 17-2017

Remember that weather last year that took away a lot of the sandy beach in the Beachway park part of the city?

Beach looking west

The beach – looking west on May 10th – 2018. Climate change.

Weather, being what it is, water levels have changed and there is more sandy beach available to spread a towel out on and soak up some sun – when the sun decides to shine.

The hydro people improved the concrete support at the base of the hydro wire towers and the beach looks more welcoming.

Beach looking east

Beach looking east towards the downtown. Lots of space to lay out the towels and the folding chairs.

Now for the really warm weather – doesn’t look like it will be with us the weekend we are heading into.

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Community groups get funding from city hall

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May 10th, 2018



Five community groups will be splitting $20,636 for community projects as part of this year’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund program.

The selected groups will receive up to 50 per cent of their project funding from the city, up to a maximum of $5,000. The community groups behind each project will then match this funding with an equal contribution made through any combination of volunteer hours, donated services, donated materials and supplies or other funds raised, such as cash donations.

Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund recipients:

Mindfulness in the Park:
• Organizing free mindfulness sessions in park settings in Aldershot and Elizabeth Gardens communities.
• Sessions will be open to all Burlington residents.

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The proposed mural.

Neurodiverse Universe – Art Mural Project:
• A neighbourhood art project to bring awareness, acceptance and appreciation to the greater community of the skills and talents of people with autism.
• Location for project to be determined.

Community project - Fencing

Fencing – why are residents being asked to pay for this fencing? Isn’t it something Parks and Recreation should be taking care ?

Live Out Loud – Outdoor Play Spaces
• Providing fencing to create safe outdoor play spaces (basketball court and play area) for all Burlington residents in the Guelph Line, Woodward and Prospect communities.

Burlington Food Bank Community Garden Expansion
• Community garden expansion in Maple Park Community Gardens will provide fresh produce to clients of the Burlington Food Bank.

Walk with a Doc – Hamilton Burlington Trails Association
The program will offer 12 community walks on Burlington community trails and in community parks. Walks are led by local doctors and health care providers, including a short health talk at the start of each walk.

These projects will be worked on over the next year. Neighbourhood or community groups interested in learning more about the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund criteria and guidelines for funding can visit burlington.ca/matchingfund. Information about 2019 application and submission deadlines will be available in Fall 2018.

This is the third year of the Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund. In 2016, $35,000 was provided to eight community groups and in 2017, $26,100 was provided to six community projects.


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Burlington has three provincial constituencies within its border - which one are you in?

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May 10th, 2018



Burlington’s municipal election is top of mind for many – but in less than a month we will be electing a new provincial government.

Burlington is one of those locations where there are three different constituencies that have part of their boundary within the city.

The constituencies are:
Eleanor McMahon – Liberal

Jane McKenna – Progressive Conservative

Vince Fiorito – Green Party

Andrew Drummond — Ontario NDP;

Jim Gilchrist — Ontario Libertarian Party.

Oakville North Burlington
This is a new constituency split between the City of Burlington and the Town of Oakville

Alvin Tedjo – Liberal

Effie Triantafilopoulos, Progressive Conservative

Saima Zaidi NDP

Marianne Workman,Green Party

Charles Zach, Libertarian.

Portions of rural Burlington are in the constituency of Milton

Indira Naidoo-Harris – Liberal

Parm Gill –  Progressive Conservative

Sachin Khannah – Libertarian

The NDP and Green parties have not yet selected candidates.

We have set out the boundary map for each constituency and listed the nominated candidates for each riding.

Burlington mapMilton mapONB map



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Burlington’s Best Recognized at Annual Awards Gala

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May 9th, 2018


The City of Burlington honoured 30 nominees and eight award winners at the annual Burlington’s Best Awards ceremony at the Performing Arts Centre this evening.

The eight Burlington’s Best categories included:

Heritage Award
Community Service Award
Environmental Award
Arts Person of the Year
Accessibility Award
Junior Citizen of the Year
 Senior Person of the Year
Citizen of the Year

2017 Burlington’s Best Award winners
Heritage Award

This award is sponsored by Heritage Burlington, a City of Burlington citizen advisory committee made up of 14 volunteers who provide advice to City Council on issues related to the conservation of Burlington’s cultural heritage.

The award goes to an individual or group who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the preservation of Burlington’s heritage, and has volunteered his or her time to support the preservation of Burlington’s heritage in 2017.

Winner: Friends of Freeman Station

Freeman station Sept 18-17


In 2005, a group of interested citizens expressed a desire to save Freeman Station. In 2011, that group became the Friends of Freeman Station (FOFS). To date, over 8,000 volunteer hours have contributed to restoring one of the very few remaining Grand Trunk Railway stations in Canada. In 2017, during Canada’s sesquicentennial, the FOFS hosted two open houses which attracted over 1,000 visitors each day, including representatives from all three levels of government. From the beginning, seven years ago, the FOFS have stayed true to its goal of restoring the Freeman Station and creating a foundation for a sustainable and useful future.

Community Service Award
This award is sponsored by Cogeco, a diversified communications company that strives to meet the communication needs of consumers and advertisers through cable distribution and radio broadcasting.
The Community Service Award is given to an individual or group whose volunteer activity has contributed to the betterment of the Burlington community in 2017.
Winner: Kim Moss

Moss has been the administrator, organizer, public voice, and driving force behind the group ‘Burlington Rocks’. What started as a fun summer distraction of painting and hiding rocks for a few families has turned into a city-wide phenomenon for kids and adults alike. The Burlington Rocks initiative has inspired residents to connect and explore the city in a way that they have not done in the past. People are enjoying green spaces, helping by picking up trash, and getting out into the community. Thanks to Moss’ initiative, youth have gotten involved and are doing things with families and friends in the community that can help keep them civically minded as they mature into adults. Through her leadership, the Burlington Rocks group also helped with fundraising for local families and charities, raising awareness for children’s cancer, hospital needs and school fundraisers.

Environmental Award
This award is sponsored by Walker Environmental Group, a leading waste management company that develops solutions for environmental challenges—solutions that are socially, economically and environmentally sustainable—including aerobic composting, alternative energy production and environmental project management. The company’s diverse range of services provides sustainable solutions that reduce waste, improve energy efficiency and enhance the environment.

The Environmental Award is given to an individual or group that improved and/or protects Burlington’s environment in 2017.
Winner: Gloria Reid

Burlington Green - Gloria Reid

Gloria Reid – taking care of the environment – one weed at a time.

Reid has volunteered hundreds of hours of her time in 2017 to BurlingtonGreen’s projects and events. She serves on three committees and is currently the president of the Board of Directors providing leadership, inspiration and stability to our volunteer-driven organization. Reid worked tirelessly with fellow volunteers, developing a strong, healthy strategic plan that will help guide BurlingtonGreen’s eco initiatives successfully into the future. She has also volunteered with Community Development Halton and worked extensively with the City of Burlington to help develop and implement its Community Engagement Charter.

Arts Person of the Year

The Arts Person of the Year Award was donated to the City of Burlington by the Irmisch family to recognize the importance of the arts in the community and to recognize all the volunteers who work so hard to showcase the amazing talent and culture of Burlington.
The award is given to an individual who has contributed to the arts in Burlington as an artist, patron or advocate, including, but not limited to, visual arts, media arts, musical arts, performing arts and literary arts in 2017.
Winner: Teresa Seaton

Seaton Teresa smile

A well deserved award – name an arts community initiative – and Teresa Seaton was in there somewhere.

Seaton has helped elevate arts and culture in Burlington with her outstanding fine glass art, her significant Burlington studio and gallery and her leadership as one of our community’s major champions for the arts. She was one of the leaders of the Arts and Culture Collective of Burlington to support local artists and art, which led to the creation of Burlington’s first arts council in 2017. As a leader in the community, Seaton has chaired Burlington’s annual Art in Action Studio Tour showcasing Burlington artists, is a founding member of the Artistic Group of Glass (AGOG) and has donated her time and art to Yard Sale for the Cure, Jane’s Walk, SOCKS, and Sister Circle.

Accessibility Award
The Accessibility Award is sponsored by the Burlington Accessibility Advisory Committee whose mission is to provide advice on the identification, removal and prevention of barriers to people with disabilities in the municipality’s bylaws, policies, programs and services.
The award is given to an individual, organization or business that has made significant contributions to increase access and participation of people with disabilities in the Burlington community in 2017.
Winner: Bill Murray

Murray has provided a tremendous opportunity for children with special needs to have access to music through a variety of ways. His music therapy program shows children the beauty and power of music and has transformed many of the kids in his programs. Through Murray’s tireless dedication to his students, he has been able to find ways for kids who struggle with verbal communication to communicate through music. He has found ways to make instruments accessible for children with fine motor skill difficulties or significant physical disabilities. Murray believes that every child should have a chance to make music regardless of their abilities and that, through music, they create memories and friendships which will last a lifetime.

Junior Citizen of the Year
Youthfest was founded in 2002, and avidly promotes the importance of youth in our community, develops youth responsibility and action in the community and connects youth to meaningful volunteer opportunities and available supportive service. The winner will receive a $500 bursary, courtesy of the Bank of Montreal, which has been a leading and supportive partner since the inception of Youthfest.

The Junior Citizen of the Year Award is given to a youth, 14 to 18 years of age, who has made a significant contribution to the Burlington community in 2017.
Winner: Addison Wood

Wood is a very kind, gentle and loving person who wants to make a difference in her community. She volunteers at the Friday Night Community Dinners at Wellington Square Church. She ensures that she is there every week to help make each child feel engaged in the children’s section. Addison is also a part of the Nelson High School Interact Club where she was involved in several projects, including the Bethany House project, which involved buying, wrapping and delivering Christmas gifts to adults with cognitive illnesses. Wood has proven to be a diligent and dependable young member of Burlington who inspires others by her actions and leadership.

Senior Person of the Year
Canadian-owned and operated, Schlegel Villages’ mission is to provide holistic health care in-home environment, located within an internal neighbourhood design that promotes a caring community, with emphasis on optimal health and life purpose for each resident. The Village of Tansley Woods offers a rich selection of programs and activities year around. The Village is designed to build a community while serving residents’ personal needs and wants.
The Senior Person of the Year Award is given to a Burlington resident aged 55 years or older who has made a significant contribution to the Burlington community and/or advocated on behalf of seniors in 2017.
Winner: Mae Radford


Mae Radford – decades of community service recognized.

Radford is a very active Burlington volunteer and leader who improves the lives of citizens in the community. She has driven the creation, funding and operation of Circle of Friends serving as Leader/Director/Senior Officer. Mae has successfully created partnerships with the McMaster School of Nursing and Burlington Central Public School to bring value to the program and the partnerships. Radford’s other community leadership roles include, but are not limited to, the Advisory Committee on Violence against Women, member of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Rotary Burlington Music Festival, Board of Directors with Joseph Brant Hospital and the Carpenter Hospice. Radford’s commitment in volunteering her time, personal abilities and gifts to support local organizations and projects to make our community better is remarkable and inspiring.

Citizen of the Year Award
The City of Burlington is a unique city within the Greater Toronto Area that is defined by both significant urban and rural areas. The city is proud of its clean, safe, close-knit neighbourhoods, many employment opportunities and commitment to alternative ways of getting around. The City of Burlington’s vision is to be a city “that grows, moves, is healthy, green and engaging.”
The Citizen of the Year Award is given to a person whose volunteer activity has made a significant and sustained contribution to the vibrancy and wellbeing of the Burlington community in 2017.
Winner: Osob Adus

Osob Adus BEST 2017

Osob Adus, an essential member of the organizing team for the One Burlington Festival

Adus is a mother of four and a full-time worker, yet she never goes a day without helping her community. She is passionate about everything she does and is a genuine role model for the Burlington community. Adus was an instrumental leader in building a playground at the mosque for the community and surrounding neighbourhoods to enjoy. Adus was the lead for an annual youth soccer tournament as well as working with city staff to create a culturally friendly swim. She was an essential member of the organizing team for the One Burlington Festival, which promoted religious tolerance and education. Her commitment, enthusiasm and desire to the serve the community have made a difference in many lives.

The Gazette regrets that t did not have photographs of all the BEST award winners in its photo bank.

About Burlington’s Best
Burlington’s Best Awards are managed by a citizens’ committee established in 1965 with the mandate of recognizing Burlington residents who bring honour to the city and make a difference in the community.

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Two teachers from the Halton District School Board awarded prestigious Teaching Excellence certificates.

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May 9th, 2018



Two teachers from the Halton District School Board have been awarded prestigious Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence and Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing (STEM).

Charlotte Travis, a teacher at Bruce T. Lindley Public School, received a Certificate of Achievement in Teaching Excellence and Shaun Else, a teacher with John William Boich Public School, received a Certificate of Achievement in STEM.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence honour outstanding and innovative elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines for their remarkable educational achievements and for their commitment to preparing students for a digital and innovation-based economy. New this year, awards also recognized inspirational Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics teachers at the elementary or secondary school level who engage students with STEM learning and who help develop a culture of innovation in Canada.

According to the Prime Minister’s awards website: “Wholeheartedly believing in supporting students as they explore outside in the natural world, Charlotte (Travis) roots her practice in inquiry-based learning. She fosters students’ thinking and problem-solving skills while developing their curiosity and imagination.”

Travis says she is very touched and humbled to have been nominated for such a prestigious teaching award.

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Charlotte Travis, a teacher at Bruce T. Lindley Public School

“I was astonished that so many people had worked together so seamlessly to apply for this award on my behalf,” she says. “When I was notified that I had received a Certificate of Achievement, I was honoured and extremely grateful. It gave me pause to reflect upon the efforts and generosity of so many outstanding individuals who have shared in, and shaped, my journey as an educator.”

To describe Shaun Else’s teaching style, the Prime Minister’s awards website refers to his classroom “‘Elsewhere’ as a place where he engages his students through technology, inquiry, problem solving and hands-on experiential learning, modelling lifelong learning and harnessing STEM activities so all can succeed.”

Else says receiving the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in STEM is a “huge honour” but is more of a reflection of the talented staff he works with every day.

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Shaun Else, a teacher with John William Boich Public School

“This award represents the influence and guidance of the Halton District School Board, principals and staff I have worked with since I began my career almost two decades ago,” he says. “I’m lucky to work in a school board that has always supported and encouraged my interests, providing opportunities to explore topics from robotics and coding to assistive technology and 3D printing. Above all, I’m thankful to be surrounded by passionate teachers who challenge themselves and their students by providing authentic and engaging lessons every day.”

Stuart Miller, Director of Education for the Halton District School Board, says the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence is a testament to the hard work and innovation of Charlotte Travis and Shaun Else.

“To have our educators honoured with the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence for their inspiring accomplishments makes all of us proud,” Miller says. “We know we have dedicated, hard-working and collaborative staff members in the Halton District School Board, and Charlotte and Shaun are great examples of these traits that truly define our educators. We know our students can succeed through the creativity and passionate work of our teachers. We congratulate Charlotte and Shaun on their well-deserved awards.”

The schools where Travis and Else teach – Bruce T. Lindley PS and John William Boich PS respectively – will also receive a certificate signed by the Prime Minister to recognize their support of the recipient’s achievement.

The Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence have honoured exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines since 1993, with more than 1,500 teachers honoured to date.

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Weapons amnesty a success - several thousand rounds of ammunition turned in

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May 9th, 2018



Between April 1 and April 30, 2018, the following items were turned in to the Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) as a result of this amnesty:


A very nasty weapon.

• 19 shotguns
• 21 rifles
• 7 handguns
• 9 BB/pellet guns
• 2 miscellaneous gun-related items, including a silencer
• 4 prohibited weapons, including a baton, switchblade and nunchakus “nunchucks”

Additionally, several thousands of rounds of ammunition were turned in to HRPS.

The regional amnesty program, part of a province-wide program, provided the community with the option of handing over unwanted or illegal guns, ammunition or explosives, without any criminal penalties. Getting unwanted weapons into the hands of law enforcement, who can then oversee their lawful destruction, prevents them from falling into the hands of criminals.

Community safety is a shared responsibility and we thank the residents of Halton for their participation in this successful amnesty.

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Port Nelson United church summer camp registration.

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May 9th, 2018


Not quite real summer weather yet – but time perhaps to think in terms of where you want to send the kids during the summer. – summer camp?

The Port Nelson United Church operates a three week summer camp program. They are now taking registration for their 2018 GLEE Camps.

Port Nelson Glee Camp

Happy Campers

2018 DATES:
Week 1:
Monday, July 9 to Friday, July 13

Week 2:
Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27

Week 3:
Tuesday, August 7 to Friday, August 10 (a 4-day camp)

All Camps run from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday (except week 3 which is Tuesday to Friday), with GLEE Concerts open to the public on the Thursdays at 3pm.

The major renovations at Port Nelson Church are well underway, and we look forward to welcoming GLEE into the renovated space in 2019. However, for this year – 2018 – all GLEE Camps will be held at Wellington Square United Church, 2121 Caroline Street, Burlington.

The Friday outdoor activities and movie day will be held at the Burlington Lions Club Hall, 471 Pearl Street, Burlington (just 2 blocks from Wellington Square Church). Note that, while the location is changing, GLEE Camp remains a program of Port Nelson United Church, including registrations, staffing, and all aspects of the programming.

Claire Sweeny will once again be our Camp Director for 2018! Application information for other senior staff and counsellors will be made available in the coming weeks.
The cost of the 2018 camps will remain the same as last year: $100 per week ($80 for Week 3).
Family Registration for Glee Camp Port Nelson United Church Family Registration Log In Page, Port Nelson United Church
Online Family Registration section is now open. Register your family and save your information. You will receive an email to confirm your Family registration.
On-line camp registration began in late February for all weeks of camp on a first-come, first served basis. Registration is limited to 80 children per camp. Last year, all three camps were full, so please plan accordingly.
Light Snacks provided. Campers bring their own lunch. Camper to Counsellor ratio is 10:1. Counsellors are high school students from Port Nelson Church and our local community, supported by the Camp Director, and staff from our church.

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Let’s Talk about Canadian exports: Economic Development Corp sponsoring speaker.,

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May 9th, 2018



The Burlington Economic Development Corporation is sponsoring a Let’s Talk event about Canadian exports, which are expected to rise by 6% in 2018, despite the turbulence surrounding NAFTA and tariff discussions.
That means you can make this a year of global success for your company: the federal government’s Economic Development Corporation Vice-president and Chief Economist Peter Hall will tell you how.

Get the latest expert insights on market trends;
See where the Canadian dollar is headed;
Find key opportunities in today’s global markets; and
Connect with fellow exporters to share ideas, business needs and challenges.

Lets talk ExportsAfter Peter’s talk, participate in intimate roundtable discussions on trending exporting topics and receive competitive tools and strategic advice from market experts.

Register today to attend the Let’s Talk Exports event.

Individual tickets and tables of 8 are available.
June 7, 2018

Keynote with Peter Hall
7:30 am. to 9:30 am.
9:30 am. to 11:30 am.
Burlington Convention Centre
1120 Burloak Drive
Burlington, ON

Peter Hall EDCPeter Hall joined Export Development Canada (EDC) in November 2004. With over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and forecasting, Mr. Hall is responsible for overseeing EDC’s economic analysis, country risk assessment and corporate research groups.

In addition to preparing strategic advice for senior management at EDC, Mr. Hall is a featured speaker at conferences, international roundtables and policy fora, and regularly appears in television, radio and print media commenting on the world economy and Canadian international trade issues.

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Two of Burlington council members have yet to file nomination papers; one trustee has yet to file.

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May 9th, 2018



A few more people met with the city Clerks who accepted their nomination papers and their deposit and placed their name on the list of people who want to represent the public at city hall or on school boards.

Two of the seven members of Council have yet to file nomination papers: Councillors Craven of ward 1, and Councillor Lancaster of ward 6 have yet to indicate they plan to seek re-election.

Ward 3 Councillor Taylor has said he is leaving politics and will not seek re-election.

The Mayor, Rick Goldring has filed his nomination papers.  Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward has filed nomination papers and will run for he Office of Mayor.  Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison filed his nomination papers and is actively seeking re-election.

There is a handful of young people with very impressive profiles and experience seeking public office which augers well for the city.  There are also a few with little in the way of experience and not much in the way of talent to bring to the table who have filed nomination papers; we are a democracy and anyone who meets the requirements of the Municipal Act can run for public office.

Wards 2 and 3 are going to have active contests and there might well be an active contest in ward 6

Jack Dennison faces a newcomer in ward 4

There are a few more people who have appointments with the clerk next week

The Gazette will provide this report each week day and show the latest nominations in red. There were no new nominations filed during  the 4th of May



Boundaries for each of the six wards in the city.


Rick Goldring
524 Wicklow Rd., Burlington, L7L 2H8

Marianne Meed Ward
497 Martha St., Burlington, ON, L7R 2R1

Mike Wallace
268 Tuck Dr., Burlington, ON, L7L 2R1
Home phone: 905-639-0185
Fax: 905-634-9822

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 1

No one has filed nomination papers to date.

Rick Craven the incumbent has yet to file.

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 2

Kimberly Calderbank

David Cherry
1312 Hammond St., Burlington, ON, L7S 2C2

Lisa Kearns

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 3

Lisa Cooper
1299 Princeton Cres.
Home phone: 905-331-8469
Mobile phone: 289-259-9880
Fax: 905-331-8469

Rory Nisan

Gareth Williams

The incumbent John Taylor announced that he is retiring after 30 years as a member of the municipal council.

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 4

Jack Dennison
3087 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON, L7N 1A3

Shawna Stolte

Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 5

Xin Yi Zhang

Paul Sharman

5070 Spruce Avenue




Councillor / Regional Councillor Ward 6

Angelo Bentivegna

Angelo Bentivegna





Regional Chair

(nominations are filed with the Region of Halton)

Gary Carr

Halton District School Board Trustee – Wards 1 & 2

The incumbent Leah Reynolds has yet to file nominations papers.

Halton District School Board Trustee – Wards 3 & 6

Andrea Grebenc

Halton District School Board Trustee – Ward 4

Margo Shuttleworth

Richelle Papin

3134 Terraview Ct



Halton District School Board Trustee – Ward 5

Amy Collard

Collard has been acclaimed in every trustee election she has run in.

Halton Catholic District School Board Trustee

Arlene Iantomasi
772 Old York Rd., Burlington, ON, L7P 4X9

Maria Lourenco

Conseil scolaire Viamonde

(nominations are filed with the City of Hamilton)

Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir

(nominations are filed with the Town of Oakville)

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Burlington selfies

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May 9th, 2018



Burlington selfies – a look at parts of the city that reflect what we are and what we want to be.
Quiet beauty during a time when the affairs of the community are anything but quiet.

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Cherry tress in full blossom in Spencer Smith Park.

The province is on a four week election campaign that will define where it goes for the next four years.

Led for the past 15 years by a political party that is tired; the public wants a change – the choices are limited.

A man who hasn’t a clue as to how government runs has caught the imagination of a sector of society that may well place him in office and a woman whose ideas are decent enough but hasn’t in the past two terms managed to get her political party to the point where it can assume the running of the province with an economy that is the economic engine of the country.

There are troubling trust issues at several levels. One of the local school boards has lost the trust of many in the community; their elected trustees have not kept the faith with parents who just want their children to get the best education possible.

Teachers go about their tasks each day molding, shaping and filling the minds of their students with the information and skills they will need to live fruitful lives.

Housing prices seem to have settled and we might be at a point where the house is home and not something to be flipped for a significant capital gain.

From Civic Square

This is the view that people standing outside city hall looking east can expect to see five years from now. The shape on the left is an already approved 23 storey tower, the design on the right is a proposal that is now in the hands of the planning department.

City hall approved a new Official Plan that some are almost totally opposed to while others go about their business blissfully unaware of the scope and scale of change that is now upon the city. Two towers, both at the 23-24 storey range will be constructed opposite city hall changing the tone and feel of the downtown core.

Five years from now people will wonder how this happened.

When the provincial election is settled in a month the drive to elect the next city council will begin. This time around there are a number of people in the 40 years of age range 40 running for office with the Dean of Council bringing to an end his 30 years of serving the city coming to an end.

With all this – there is the quiet beauty of the cherry trees that are now in full bloom at the Royal Botanical Gardens and in Spencer Smith Park.

The best things in life are indeed free.

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Cherry trees in full blossom at the Royal Botanical Gardens – with a picnic table waiting for someone to sit and enjoy the splendor of it all.

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Burlington snatches its new CEO for the library system from Hamilton.

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May 8th, 2018



Burlington Public Library Board Chair, Brian Kenny, announced today that Lita Barrie has been appointed to position of Chief Executive Officer, effective June 4, 2018.

Lita LBarrie-CEO

Lita Barrie, new CEO for the Burlington Library

Ms Barrie has progressively advanced in senior positions since starting her professional librarian career as a bilingual inquiries officer with the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and serving as a youth services librarian at Hamilton Public Library. She became the manager of children’s services at Brantford Public Library in 2007, and the chief librarian and chief executive officer of Grimsby Public Library in 2010.

Since joining Hamilton Public Library as a director in 2013, she has been responsible for the library’s digital technology, youth services, collections, and program development.

“Lita brings to Burlington a strong background in arts and cultural leadership, customer service excellence, and innovation in libraries,” says Kenny. “We are excited by her aspirations for the public library in our community and delighted that she accepted our offer to lead Burlington Public Library.”

“Burlington Public Library’s reputation for excellence and engagement is broadly known,” says Lita Barrie, in-coming chief executive officer. “I am so thrilled to continue the Library’s commitment to innovation and to providing stellar library services and programs to serve this wonderful city.”

Ms Barrie holds a Master of Library & Information Studies from McGill University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Art History) from Concordia University, and certificates in leadership from McMaster University, University of Toronto, and University of Victoria.

Lita Barrie at arts event in Hamilton

Lita Barrie at arts event in Hamilton

She is active in the library profession as a frequent presenter at conferences and as a sessional lecturer at University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, where she also co-founded the Public Library Leaders Program offered through the iSchool Institute. She has also served in many senior volunteer roles with the Ontario Library Association.

Ms Barrie is a keen community volunteer and is currently vice chair of the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee and president of the Hamilton Arts Council Board.

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New parking initiatives from city hall - they just might work.

News 100 blueBy Staff

May 8, 29018



Some new parking initiatives from city hall. No new parking spaces though.

Parking - HonkMobile signThe parking initiatives are designed to make it easier for users to find and pay for a parking space in downtown Burlington.

These initiatives include:

• new occupancy sensor technology to show real-time information about available parking spaces in city-owned parking lots

• the introduction of a new pay-for-parking app called HonkMobile

• improvements to pay-by-plate parking machines in downtown Burlington to simplify the payment process and improve the user parking experience.

Occupancy sensor technology
Throughout 2017 and 2018, the City of Burlington installed occupancy sensors in Burlington’s downtown, at every on-street parking space and all parking spots at city-owned parking lots. Burlington is one of the first cities in Canada to use this new occupancy sensor technology that keeps track of occupied and available parking spaces.

How it works?
Small occupancy sensors placed in every parking space send a wireless signal to a nearby receiver when a vehicle is parked in a parking spot.

Using the data from the occupancy sensors, real-time parking supply information is displayed on new digital counter signs installed at all city-owned parking lots. The digital counter signs showing drivers the number of available parking spaces in each lot have been installed and are expected to be operational by the end of May.

In addition to the digital counter signs, new digital wayfinding signs are expected to be installed on primary downtown streets within the next few weeks.

The wayfinding signs will display real-time information about the number of available parking spaces in nearby lots and use directional arrows to guide drivers to those parking lots with empty parking spaces.

Mobile parking app HonkMobile
Parking - HonkDiscountCodeOn April 30, 2018, residents and visitors were able to use the HonkMobile app to search, pay for, and top-up parking payments directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

The HonkMobile app can be downloaded from the App Store or the Google Play store using any internet-connected device. Users are required to sign up for an account and pay a transaction fee of $0.35 for each payment.

HonkMobile replaces the city’s former online payment tool Telepark and can be used on-street and in city parking lots. Use the code BURLINGTON to receive $5 off the cost of parking with your first Honk payment between now and June 30, 2018.

Enhancements to the pay-by-plate parking machines
Launched in 2016, downtown Burlington’s pay-by-plate parking machines recently received some improvements to help make the machines easier to use. The updates include:

• new, step-by-step, easy-to-follow instructions displayed on the payment screen

• new stickers on the outside of the machine to provide bold visual markers

• an increase in the brightness of the payment screens

• the relocation of a remote server to reduce payment processing time.

One can assume that the Honk application will steer people clear of the parking lot in front of the No Frill supermarket in the Plaza on Brant Street north of Caroline – people are paying a $300 fee to recover their cars from the Classic Towing pound.

Transit - Vito Tolone

Director of Transportation Vito Tolone

Vito Tolone, Director of Transportation commented: The city had heard concerns from businesses and visitors about the process and time taken to park downtown. The enhancements to the parking machines, along with the new technology we’ve introduced to provide real-time parking information, will directly address those issues and help improve the parking experience for all in downtown Burlington.”

Time will tell.

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Food for Thought raises $67,000 at their celebration event.

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May 8th, 2018



They hosted their 9th Annual Spring Breakfast Gala, in support of Halton Food for Thought Student Nutrition Programs – it took place on Friday May 4th at the Oakville Conference Centre.

Halton Food for Thought dollars raised in 2018

Halton Food for Thought dollars raised in 2018

Breakfast was done as  marketplace highlighting the importance of a nutritious meal at the start of a day for students.

Where did the $67,000 come from?

CIBC Wood Gundy $10,000
Prime Contact Group $5,000
EarthFresh Farms $5,000
L3 WESCAM $2,500
Global Citrus Group Inc. $2,500
Fidelity Investments $2,500
Cogeco $1,000 (plus $4,500 in-kind)
TerraPure Environmental $1,000
Mercedes-Benz Oakville $1,000
Boehringer Ingelheim Canada $1,000
Sylvite $1,000


Cropped Abbey Lane

Abbey Lane welcoming the guests.

Add to that the 500 tickets they sold to the event, a silent auction and a raffle. They covered every fund raising base there is.

73% of Halton students have access to a Student Nutrition Program; It costs just $1 to feed 2 students breakfast each day.

3.4 million meals were served to 27,700 meals in the 2016-17 school year.

2100 volunteers including  930 students get the job done.

Politicians were popping out of every corner. You wouldn’t be wrong if you arrived at the conclusion that there are elections taking place.

The Halton Food for Thought program is made up of representatives from 14 Lead Agencies who administer provincial grant funds. These funds help to develop and implement healthy breakfasts, snack and at times, lunch programs across the province.

The 14 Lead Agencies in turn, represent regions in the province and work with over 39 Community Partnerships across the province. These community partnerships engage school boards, public health units, communities and parents to support school programs at the local level.

As part of Central West Region (CWR), Halton Food for Thought’s Lead Agency is Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA. The other members making up CWR are Peel, Waterloo, Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph.

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Halton Region providing enhanced yard waste collection services - Saturday May 12 to Sunday May 13

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May 8th, 2018



Cleaning up from that wind storm creates a problem for some people. What do they do with all the waste that they now have?

The Region is going to provide enhanced yard waste collection services.
Halton Region will provide extra yard waste collection this weekend, from Saturday May 12 to Sunday May 13.

Residents are asked to place debris at the curbside by 7 a.m. on Saturday May 12. Crews will collect material throughout the weekend.

Curb side wastePlease remember the following before placing yard waste or brush piles at the curbside:

• Curbside piles are to be arranged neatly with branches no wider than 3 inches in diameter and branches no longer than 6 feet.

• There is no limit to the amount of over-sized brush or yard waste bags that can be placed at the curbside.

• Over-sized brush collection services are only for households that currently receive yard waste collection from Halton Region.

Halton residents may also dispose their yard waste free of charge at the Halton Waste Management Site starting Tuesday, May 8 up to and including Sunday, June 3. The site is located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton. Regular fees will continue to apply to commercial contractors.

Residents are reminded to place all spoiled food in the Green Cart and to ensure that all plastic material and glass jars are rinsed and dry before placing in the Blue Box.

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Little Shop of Horrors to take to the Performing Arts Centre stage: A Student Theatre production.

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May 8th, 2018



Burlington Student Theatre is celebrating 40 years of drama, music, dance and creativity. Located in Optimist Park the theatre is home to the longest-running youth theatre program in Burlington.

House of horrorsThe theatre’s show, Little Shop of Horrors, performs at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on May 24 and 25 during Student Theatre Week, – May 21 to 27 – helps to promote the positive role that arts programs in Burlington have played in maintaining the health and wellness of our young citizens.

Burlington Student Theatre contributes to the life and vibrancy of the arts in Burlington.

Little Shop of Horrors gives students the opportunity to develop skills, find themselves as they mature, involve themselves in the community and demonstrate leadership skills.

The Show:
SENIOR MAINSTAGE 2018 – Senior Level May 24 & 25, 2018
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Howard Ashman & Alan Menkin

From the company that brought you Joseph, Xanadu, Once on this Island, this scifi comic romance rock musical won’t disappoint! A nerdy flower shop assistant finds a chance at success and romance with the help of a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood! The music, composed by Alan Menkin – best known for writing songs for Disney’s Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, is in the style of 1960’s rock & roll.

It premiered off Broadway in 1982 and ran for five years with 2209 performances. The 1986 film version, directed by Frank Oz, received 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. A Must See!!!

Ticket Prices (Includes Fees & Tax):
Regular $30.00 ($35.00 starting April 24, 2018)
Youth 16 & Under $25.00 ($30.00 starting April 24, 2018)
Group (10+) $15.00 (Please contact Box Office)

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Everything you need or want to know about the school your child attends - waiting for you on your cell phone with a Board of Education app.

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May 8th, 2018



The Halton District School Board has announced the launch of its mobile app that consolidates important information for parents, guardians and students into one easy-to-access location.

HDSB app screenThe app, a pilot project since October 2017 at four Burlington schools, is being rolled out to all 105 elementary and secondary schools in the Halton District School Board during Education Week (May 7-11).

Parents/guardians will receive a link to an instructional video to learn about the app features. The free app is available for download on the App Store and Google Play (search “Halton District School Board” or “HDSB”).
During the setup process, users will be prompted to “subscribe” to individual schools. This means parents/guardians can customize their news by choosing which schools they would like to receive information from, in addition to updates from the Halton District School Board.

Through a simple tap of the app, users have access to a series of icons containing helpful and timely information and resources, such as:

• Reporting student absences
• School news and calendar feeds
• Transportation information and updates
• School Cash Online
• Notifications about school closures and bus cancellations
• Access to school and Board news including media releases, school stories and videos
• Links to Board and school social media pages.
• All school contact information including maps to schools

Rob Eatough, Superintendent of Education, Equity and Communications pointed out that “The ever-increasing use of mobile devices by our parents provides greater opportunities to communicate and connect.

“The Halton District School Board mobile app will provide families with quick access to information from their child’s school and the Board in one location.”

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First the Queen - then The Donald: both are now owners of Foxcroft 40 whistles.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

May 7th, 2018



We all know who Ron Foxcroft – the whistle guy.

Foxcroft and the Queen

Ron Foxcroft with Queen Elizabeth II – she now has a Foxcroft whistle.

The guy that got himself into Buckingham Palace and presented one of his whistles to Queen Elizabeth II and convinced her that it would get rid of the Canada Geese that ere fowling her lawns.

The guy is shameless – he took his wife Marie with him – she had to learn to curtsy – which she did very well.

She did a curtsy to convince me that she knew how to do one properly.

Once you’ve presented a whistle to the Queen not much further up the food chain you can go.

Don’t underestimate Foxcroft.

He managed to get one of his whistles into the White House where it was used at a White House event.

Here’s the word we got from Foxcroft – “Donald Trump has a Fox 40 Safety Whistle to start the White House Easter Egg Roll.

TRump letter to Foxcroft

The President now has his Foxcroft whistle.

WE ARE SAFE now that DONALD has a Fox 40, Made in Canada.”

And Foxcroft has a letter to prove it.

He did it kind of sneaky. The whistle was sent from the American office of the world wide Foxcroft operations. Apparently Foxcroft didn’t want to upset the NAFTA negotiations.

Don’t think for a minute that Foxcroft won’t eventually get one of his whistles into the hands of the President of the United States of America.

The Queen has one – The Donald is next!.

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There was nothing wrong with the decision the Public School Board made to rent Pearson high school to the Catholic Board. The problem was the way the public was informed.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

May 7th, 2018



Sometime in April of this year the Director of the Halon District School Board (HDSB) said he got a call from the Director of Education for the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB).

The HCDSB had a problem and she felt there just might be a solution to that problem.


Assumption High School.

When the Assumption school on Upper Middle Road was built (1977) it was to be a Middle School. It became a high school over time. As a high school it was missing a lot of the needs of a high school particularly the labs.

The HCDSB wanted to build a new high school but could not get the funding they needed from the province.

They were able to get funding for a major renovation which in itself created problems. In would take an expected five years to complete renovations with students in the school which wasn’t something the HCDSB was looking forward to.

In 2016 the HDSB began a Program Accommodation Review of its high schools. In June of 2017 the HDSB trustees voted to close two of the seven high schools in the city.

PARC with options on the walls

Parents from every high school in Burlington took part in a Review process. As a committee they were unable to arrive at a consensus as to which schools should be closed.

Parents at both Bateman high school and the Lester B. Pearson high school were upset over the decision. They felt the process used by the Board was unfair and that the process set out was not followed. They took advantage of the opportunity to ask for a Review of the process.

The Bateman and Pearson parents could not appeal the actual decision – just the process. The Facilitator of the Review could suggest to the Minister of Education that the PAR process be done a second time.

The province considered the request for a Review and appointed Margaret Wilson to do that Review of the decision the trustees had made.

Miller Diane addressing Wilson HDSB

Margaret Wilson listening to parents who believed the Program Administration Review was flawed.

She turned in her report early in January of this year said: “Based on my review and consultations, I conclude that, while there were violations of the Board PAR Policy, they were such that they had no material effect on either the deliberations of the PARC or on the final decisions of the Board.”

With that decision the HDSB could begin the process of closing two high schools and arranging for the transfer of students to new high schools.

Pearson was to close in June of 2018 and Bateman was to close at the end of the school year in 2019 – which was extended to 2020.

The Director of the HDSB began the process of putting transition programs in place – moving the Pearson high school students to M.M. Robinson and moving the Bateman students to new facilities that would be built at Nelson high school.

The Gazette has been told that it was when the Margaret Wilson report was made public that the HCDSB Director made the call to the Director of the HDSB asking if they could rent the Pearson high school building for a short period of time.

Exactly when that call was made is not yet certain. It would appear that there was a 90 day period during which there were conversations and the arriving at a rental rate had to be determined.


Halton District School Board Director of Education speaking to parents at Central High School.

Stuart Miller, the Director of Education took the request to his Board of Trustees and in a closed session on May 2nd and explained to them the details of the request and what the HDSB was able to do.

A rental agreement was put together, the HCDSB approved it on May 1st and the HDSB approved it on May 2nd.

The decision was released to the public on May 3rd.

Parents and students who were going through the very emotionally difficult process of moving to a new school were not impressed with the decision and began to believe that the plan to close Pearson and let the Catholic school board use the building was always the plan.

That suspicion was fostered by the HDSB making the decision in a private session and then saying very little when the decision was made public.

The facts are that it was not until the Catholic school board knew that Pearson was going to be closed that they approached the HDSB to discuss a short term rental of the Lester B. Pearson building.

The HDSB just reacted to the request to lease the school.

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The Halton District School Board in session

They just didn’t involve the public nor prepare the parents for the decision that was going to be contentious.

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