Cougars battling to hold their own in the Ontario Junior Hockey League.

sportsred 100x100By Pat Shields

December 20th, 2017



After two disappointing losses against the Jr. Canadiens and Patriots last weekend, the Burlington Cougars battled back with a strong effort on Friday night at Appleby Ice Centre against the North York Rangers. The Cougars looked to mount a late game comeback after two 2nd period power play goals put the Rangers ahead, but the push came up short with the Cougars dropping their 3rd straight game, 2-1.

“The last two games the work ethic that we demand wasn’t there, and it was a lot better tonight I thought,” Cougars head coach Terry Richardson said following the game.

Burlington came out with a strong effort in the 1st period, neutralizing North York’s strong and physical play to the tune of a scoreless draw after 20 minutes.

Cougars - Rangers take it 2-1The Cougars and their 17th ranked penalty kill found themselves in some trouble in the second stanza, surrendering powerplay goals to Dante Fantauzzi and Grayden Gottschalk in the latter portions of the period.

The Cougars made things interesting with a 3rd period push, out-shooting the Rangers 16-6 in the frame and breaking the shutout with under a minute to play on Josiah Degazon’s 6th goal of the season. That is as far as they could climb though, dropping their record to 0-3 vs. the Rangers this season.

“They’re one of the top teams in the league – older, big, strong and they play well together. No one likes to lose, but we can see some of the things we work on every day in practice coming into the game now,” Richardson said. “We out shot them in the 3rd period, we just have to bury some of our chances.”

Richardson’s team will enjoy a couple more days off before they host the Mississauga Chargers on Monday afternoon at Appleby Ice Centre, and look to snap their 3-game losing streak. Puck drop will be a 2:00pm.

Note: The December 17th game against the Kingston Voyageurs has been postponed to Monday, January 15 at 1:00pm at Appleby Ice Centre.

The Burlington Cougars are a Canadian Junior “A” ice hockey team from Burlington, Ontario. They are a part of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.


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Conservation Halton expects to welcome the 1 millionth visitor this week.

eventsblue 100x100By Staff

December 19th, 2017



The folks at the head office of Conservation Halton on Britannia Road are excited – they are poised to reach the milestone of one million visits to its Conservation Areas in a calendar year for the first time in its history.

The city is more than just the Escarpment to the north and the lake to the south. It is the people in between that determine who we really are. And it takes more than a magazine saying we are the #2 city in the country doesn't make it so.

The view from Mt. Nemo

The visits number includes those who have enjoyed recreational programs and services at Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso / Glen Eden, Mount Nemo, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point and Robert Edmondson.

The one millionth visit is expected to take place this week and a celebration will be held this Friday, December 22 at 11 a.m. at Glen Eden. Ontario’s third busiest ski facility will serve as a backdrop for this milestone; Glen Eden is also opening for the 2017-18 ski and snowboard season the day before.

Haasaam Basit Conservation Halton

Chief Administrative Officer Hassaan Basit has driven the growth of Conservation Halton – 1 millionth visitor expected this week

Conservation Halton operates seven primary conservation areas – Crawford Lake, Hilton Falls, Kelso / Glen Eden, Mount Nemo, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point and Robert Edmondson. Visitors enjoy a wide variety of recreational programs – birding, boating, camping, cross country skiing, dog walking, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, picnicking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and swimming.

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Armed robbery at Audio Video location on Fairview - no one injured.

Crime 100By Staff

December 20th, 2017



The 2001 Audio Video located at 3350 Fairview St, Burlington was robbed just before closing at 9:00 pm.,last night.

Halton police - good angleTwo males entered the store armed with handguns and ordered the two employees to the rear of the store. One suspect maintained observation on the employees while the other suspect loaded an undisclosed amount of televisions into a large enclosed truck (which is believed to be a Uhaul truck that was parked at the rear of the store. The suspects fled the scene shortly after in the truck. It is unknown if a third suspect was waiting in the truck.

Two handguns were observed in the commission of the robbery, however, no one was injured.
The suspects were described as being black males in their early to mid 20’s, between 5’10” and 6’1″ with medium builds.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of the 3 District, Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2343. Tips can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers; “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Doug Musson, the man who lit up his property with an overwhelming collection of Christmas lights - died Monday evening.

News 100 blackBy Staff

December 19th, 2017


Updated Wednesday December 20th, 2017

Thousands knew about the lights – and they all visited the house on Spruce Street that had an almost overwhelming display of Christmas decoration.

Doug Musson had put up the lights for more than 30 years.

Doug Musson

Doug Musson and his Christmas lights.

Earlier this week Doug was up on a ladder trying to fix a leak on the display and he fell.  He passed away later that evening.

Due to the overwhelming response there is no longer a set date or time to pay our respects to Mr. Doug Musson. Please take the time over the holidays should you wish to visit the display and pay your respects.

3360 Spruce Avenue Burlington.

Early Wednesday morning Mayor Golding tweeted:

“Doug and the Musson family have provided Burlington with a wonderful display of Christmas Lights on their home for many, many years,”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Musson family.”


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Region gets $1.8 million for new bike lanes, multi-use trails and other cycling infrastructure.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

December 19th, 2017



In the world of politics – timing is everything – where more can happen in a week than takes a year in most sectors of endeavour.

The Gazette received a media release from the Region earlier today announcing that they will receive more than $1.8 million in funding for new bike lanes, multi-use trails and other cycling infrastructure improvements from the provincial government’s Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) fund. The City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills and the Town of Oakville were also among 120 municipalities that received the funding.

New street - being rebuilt

Hopefully not as much as a dime of this new cycling funding will get spent on New Street. The Region were the people that dug the road up to put in new water-mains.

Whew, said the editorial team at the Gazette – imagine if that funding announcement had arrives two weeks ago – the New Street Road Diet might have survived.

The Region will use this funding to expand the Region’s cycling infrastructure. These investments will help improve cyclist safety and make cycle commuting a more appealing option for Halton residents. Accessible cycling infrastructure will also help reduce the reliance on motor vehicles and contribute to cleaner air across Ontario.

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There are still a lot of cars on the roads but cyclists are claiming some of that space – and the push is on to make more room for those who want to use their bikes in a safe environment.

“Through Halton’s Active Transportation Master Plan, we have already built approximately 190 kilometers of on-road exclusive bike lanes and paved shoulders along Regional roads for residents to safely bike on,” said Halton Regional Chair, Gary Carr. “With this funding from the OMCC, we will be able to build on our successes and continue to offer cyclists a safe, convenient way to get around Halton Region.”

Given that it is the Region that got the funding – there isn’t much hope of their passing any of it along to the municipalities. Hopefully the Region will decide to spend some of the money on widening the shoulders of Walkers Line so that cyclists can use the road and not be in any danger from those driving vehicles.

Guelph Line at Lowville

Guelph Line just north of the Lowville Bistro – can this part of the road be widened for cyclists?

Spending some of those dollars on Guelph Line – at least up to Collard Road where the trucks turn west to get to the quarry – it is really tough to share the road with an 18 wheeler,

Walkers Line - AT 1st side road

Walkers Line where it intersects with the 1st side Road. There are no shoulders on this road for cyclists

This investment from the province is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market. Translated that is the increased prices at the gas pumps.

The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program builds on Ontario’s Cycling Tourism Plan: Tour by Bike and the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.


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Art Gallery looking for community leaders - information session January 9th

eventsgreen 100x100By Staff

December 19th, 2017



Burlington has several organizations that operates at arm’s length from city hall. The Art Gallery, the Performing Arts Centre and the Museums. Add the public library to that list.

Those organizations don’t have publicly elected leadership but they do have leadership drawn from the community.

AGB people

A good animated conversation. They happen often at the Art Gallery.

Some are better than others in looking to the community in a very public manner for their leadership.

The Art Gallery (AGB) said in a recent statement that they “ have a strong desire to represent our community, and so we are seeking community leaders who have an interest in becoming involved at the gallery. “

“The Board of Directors and various committees at the AGB provide high-level guidance, counsel, and support to the organization.

The AGB is holding an Open House & Information Session, January 9th at 7 pm at the Art Gallery. If you plan to attend let to Alya Shah know email

The current Board members are:

Tim Caddigan, Chair
Brenda Bowlby, Vice Chair
Jim Commerford, Vice Chair
Paul MacDiarmid, Treasurer
Tom Evans, Secretary
Sandra Edrupt, Past Chair
Ted Bossence
Greg Henderson
Paul Subject
Blair Lancaster, City of Burlington Representative
Bob Pring
Allan Ramsay
Roxanne Field

The AGB Board has two members from the Art Gallery of Burlington Foundation. They are:

Robert Redhead Chair & Secretary, AGBF
Kenna Danyliw, Vice Chair AGBF

Holiday Season events and program at the AGB

Open December 24, 10am – 3
Closed December 25 & 26
Open December 27, 28, 29 & 30, 10am – 5pm
Open December 31, 10am – 3
Closed January 1, 2018

AGB Shop Holiday Hours

Closed December 24, 25, 26 & 31
Open December 27, 28, 29 & 30, 10am – 5pm
Closed January 1 + 8 & 9 for inventory



Everyone is invited to the AGB’s FREE drop-in art studio for some creative holiday fun! Our artist instructors offer ideas as sources of inspiration and encourage visitors to engage in art and craft making. Children must be accompanied by parents or adult caregivers.


DEC 27 & JAN 2, 1 – 3 PM

An opportunity for parents, grandparents, guardians and young people to share in some creative time. Our instructor will lead you through the current exhibition for inspiration then guide you through an art making workshop to create a memento of your visit.


DEC 28 & 29, JAN 3, 4, 5, 1 – 3 PM (AGES: 5 – 12)

An afternoon break for parents – no adults allowed at this 2 hour session where we will explore a variety of mediums as we get crafty. Bring your imagination!

Levee Gould welcoming a new Canadian

MP Karina Gould, on the right with a couple at a New Year’s Levee.



All Burlington residents are invited to the third annual New Year’s Levee co-hosted by MPP Eleanor McMahon and MP Karina Gould. Enjoy free access to the gallery including demonstrations and hands-on activities. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP required. We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local food banks.

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Glen Eden to open Thursday the 21st - they have been making snow for the last ten days.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

December 19th, 2017



Glen Eden is preparing for its best opening week conditions in recent memory!

Cold December temperatures have allowed Glen Eden’s snowmaking team to make snow day and night over the last 10 days. The hills will be set to open this Thursday, December 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Glen Eden expects to be fully operational with all lifts and trails open. The Learning Centres and the Terrain Parks will also be ready.

GlenEden from top of hill

A really exhilarating view. The trip down is a real high.

Glen Eden is open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. except for December 25 when it will be closed for the day. The latest information can be found on the Glen Eden website,, as to which runs and lifts will be open, as well as the Terrain Park location, number of features and other details.

“The team at Glen Eden is looking forward to welcoming skiers and snowboarders for another fantastic season,” said Gene Matthews, Director, Parks and Recreation. “Our snowmaking team has been working around the clock to get the hill ready with the best conditions possible. We are confident all visitors will be pleased with our surface conditions whether they are learning to ski or snowboard, out enjoying some runs with family and friends, or throwing it down in the Terrain Park.”

Glen Eden lifts

All the lifts are in great working order – ready for the first skiers on Thursday.

In the last ten years, Glen Eden has been open before Christmas seven times, Boxing Day once and December 27 the other. The only time in the last ten years Glen Eden did not open until January was 2016. Opening date that year was January 8 during an el nino winter.

Glen Eden is home to one of the largest Learning Centres in Ontario, with a wide variety of lessons and programs for all ages and abilities. There are two Christmas Camps during the holidays. Camp #1 starts on Boxing Day, and Camp #2 starts January 2, 2018. Group lesson programs run starting on Boxing Day, there are also private and semi-private options. Visit the Glen Eden website,, or call Visitor Services at 905-878-5011, ext. 1221, for more information.

Glen Eden hills

Glen Eden: They have been laying down snow for the past ten days – conditions will be great for the Thursday opening.

The Terrain Park is where a lot of the action happens at Glen Eden. The “Big” Parks, Nighthawk and Falcon have upwards of 40 of the most progressive features dedicated to these two runs during peak season. Glen Eden has lots of options for keeping things fresh while pushing your limits and developing your skills.

Christmas Theme Day – December 23
Skiers and snowboarders are invited to celebrate the holidays a few days early during Opening Weekend at Glen Eden at the Christmas Theme Day on Saturday, December 23. Visitors can join in the fun and help us decorate our On-Slope Christmas Trees on the Learning Centre. Wear your Santa hats, ugly Christmas sweaters and bring your sweet tooth for some candy canes. Keep your eye out for a special guest in a red suit while enjoying the slopes at Glen Eden!

New Year’s Eve Ski & Dine – December 31
Join us for New Year’s Eve on the slopes, for music, s’mores, campfire, a ginger ale toast, dinner and more from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Ski & Dine package is $39 per person and includes lift ticket and dinner in the West Lodge. New Year’s Eve dinner will be snacks, salad, pasta, dessert and soft drinks. Reservations are required. New Year’s Eve Ski & Dine tickets can be purchased on the website or at the Visitor Centre by December 26, 2017.


She’s ready!

Glen Eden’s Discover Skiing and Snowboarding is a lesson program for first timers and beginners and are available starting this weekend. During the season, Discover is offered weekends, holidays, and March Break from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m. on non-holiday weeknights. Glen Eden’s snow pros will help ensure you learn the basics – equipment, stopping and turning. By the time you complete the program you should be ready for the big hills. Discover is available on a first-come, first-serve basis unless you’re booking a large group. For groups of 20 or more people please call 905-878-5011, ext. 1278, at least one week in advance.

Glen Eden is located on Kelso Road, near Tremaine Road and Highway 401, and is a 20 minute drive from Mississauga, Burlington and Hamilton and is operated by Conservation Halton. During the season, Glen Eden is open seven days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. for skiing and snowboarding with the Snow Tube Park open on the weekends. For more information visit the Glen Eden website,, or call 905-878-5011.

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The Old Timers hockey club held themselves a dance and came up with $3,575 for the Food Bank.

News 100 redBy Staff

December 19th, 2017



Not just a bunch of Old Timers strapping on the shin pads the Burlington Old Timers Hockey Club looks for situations where some help is needed and find a way to have a good time and help out others.

They did that late in November with a Christmas Dance at the Legion and raised $3,575 for Burlington Food Bank

On hand were some of the best dancers in the league and their wives! The fabulous live band for the night was SpeakEasy, featuring Lloyd Millar, from our White division and as a Special Guest Singer/Performer, 16 year- old Alyssa MacKenzie joined the band for a few songs.

Through player donations, prize table raffle tickets and a delicious Christmas Home Baked goods table the league was able to raise $3,575 for the Burlington Food Bank to help them with their ongoing contribution to our community!


Shown here are the BOWSER Babes, BOD members, League Convenors, and Colin Ashdown (event organizer) presenting Robin Bailey (Burlington Food Bank) with a cheque for $3,575

The Food Bank is committed to ensure that no one in Burlington struggles with hunger. They provide food to those in need. In order to do that they need funding – the Oldtimers came through.

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Police asking for help to identify a male who is suspected of breaking into commercial establishments.

Crime 100By Staff

December 19th, 2017



The Halton Regional Police Service is currently investigating a series of unauthorized entries into commercial establishments occurring at First Choice Hair Cutters and restaurants throughout Burlington and Hamilton.

The entries began in September of 2017 and have continued into December of 2017. Halton Regional Police along with Hamilton Police service are currently trying to identify the above suspect.

Dec 19- police commercial 1

Recognize him? Call Crime Stoppers

Dec 19 police commercial 2

This is a better picture – the police would appreciate your help on identifying this fellow.

Suspect Description: Male, white, 6’0″ +, thin build, 30-40 years, with short brown hair wearing a black jacket with thin white stripes running up the arms and white decals on the front chest area, dark blue jeans and dark coloured shoes/boots and black belt.

Anyone with information regarding these break and enters or can identify the male suspect responsible for them, is asked to contact Detective Constable Colin MACLEOD of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau, at 905-825-4747 Ext. 2357. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).


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Scobie puts Mobility Hubs and Urban Growth Centres in perspective.

opinionandcommentBy Gary Scobie

December 19th, 2017



I am a citizen who has taken an interest in issues at or near our waterfront and in the downtown core over the past seven years. I am concerned when I see attempts at over-intensification being made in Burlington, especially in our downtown core.

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If we go back in time, it all started with the Provincial Places to Grow Act of 2005. This was the first attempt by the Province to control urban sprawl, preserve our Greenbelt for nature and agriculture and plan for better transit options in the Greater Toronto to Niagara area. The Growth Plan of 2006 followed, designating increased densities of population and jobs in most municipalities of Southern Ontario and calling these Urban Growth Centres.

Cities did have some say in these designations. For instance, Oakville decided not to intensify its downtown to Provincial targets, but rather to expand population and jobs dramatically around its GO Transit Station at Trafalgar Road. This would be its Urban Growth Centre. It would intensify its downtown using its own zoning rules in its Official Plan. It would intensify its downtown more gently than an Urban Growth Centre.

Burlington Council at the time appears to have bought into the idea of the Downtown Urban Growth Centre, as suggested by the Province. I can find no counter debate or decision to intensify around our GO Transit Stations instead of our downtown. This decision to go with the Provincial flow would lead nearly ten years later to where we are today – the rush to over-intensify the Brant Street corridor and nearby streets to the east and west under a new Official Plan.

Getting back to the past, Metrolinx was conceived in 2007, shortly after the Growth Plan was enacted. It was all about transportation across the regions to support intensified population and job centres.

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.

Less than three years ago the transit terminal was going to be torn down – now it appears to be the “anchor” for a mobility hub.

It focused on the GO Transit network of stations for the most part, but also added in subway, light rail transit and bus rapid transit routes, established and suggested for the future, as connecting links to GO Stations to move people in the this large region, mostly to and from jobs. Hence the Big Move nomenclature that was attached.

Soon the term Mobility Hub would be added to the vernacular in 2008. These were supposed to support Urban Growth Centres by linking them through the transit networks of municipalities and GO services. They were originally supposed to be locations where a number of modes of transportation came together as a network to facilitate the movement of people easily between these modes.

GO parking wide view

The Burlington GO station – an obvious location for a mobility hub.

GO Stations would all naturally qualify as Mobility Hubs because they link car, train, City and GO bus, bicycle and pedestrian modes of travel together in one place, with parking provided at no extra cost. Only recently have I seen the designation of Anchor Mobility Hub used to describe those Urban Growth Centre hubs that fail to qualify as true Mobility Hubs. The Burlington Downtown Mobility Hub is one of those Anchors. It has no trains, no light rail transit or rapid bus transit. And it has no free parking for cars.

It seems that Urban Growth Centres and Mobility Hubs have been linked together for quite a long time, dating back to 2008. This linkage is not accidental. It seems that to be an Urban Growth Centre, you had to have or plan for a Mobility Hub and vice versa.

These linkages were known to municipalities since 2008 and some decided, like Oakville, to chart their own course and preserve their downtowns from over-development by accepting the Urban Growth Centre/Mobility premise, but set in places best suited to dramatic infill of high rise condos and some retail and office space. GO Station locales were the obvious choice in this case.

In Burlington’s case, as stated before, it appears that no disagreement with the Province’s suggested choices for a downtown Urban Growth Centre/Mobility Hub ever arose in City Council meetings. The Province chose our downtown as both and our Council at the time (somewhere in 2008 – 2010) accepted, possibly without public debate. Council may have thought that the downtown needed improvement and this pathway, as mandated by the Province, was as good a way to get it done as any “made in Burlington” solution. And the Province could always be blamed if it didn’t work out quite right. I should note that one of our GO Stations, Burlington GO Station, was designated a Mobility Hub by Metrolinx (ie. the Province) and also accepted by Council.

There is a private, non-partisan charitable foundation known as the Neptis Foundation ( that researches and reports on regional growth plans and initiatives. It has done some excellent reports on the Growth Plan and Urban Growth Centres that describe in layman’s language the Province’s plans and the repercussions to Ontario municipalities starting with 2006 people/job densities and projecting the changes required for 2031 densities. I would invite you to check out their reports.


Many want the Mobility Hubs kept out of the Official Plan.

Some municipalities have integrated the Province’s growth plans into their Official Plans in major ways. Burlington is one of these municipalities. Other municipalities have done less or even no integration. There is no prize from the Province that I can detect for doing so, nor any penalty thus far for ignoring the Province.

The Ontario Government reviewed the 2006 Growth Plan in 2016 and reported in July 2017 a revised Growth Plan going all the way to 2041. It can be found at

It should be noted that right from the beginning, expectations for each municipality were “directing growth to major transit station areas”, “identifies priority transit corridors”, “complete detailed planning for major transit station areas on these corridors to support planned service levels”, “plan for a range and mix of housing, including second units and affordable housing” and “accommodate a range of household sizes”.

Mobility hubs

Having Mobility hubs at the GO stations is something everyone agrees on – it is the idea of a Mobility Hub in the downtown core that has many opposed.

How is Burlington doing in these initiatives? Well, all three GO Stations in the City have been named Mobility Hubs and each are planned to house many thousands of people/jobs by 2031. So growth is being directed to our major transit stations. Will there be any affordable housing and accommodation of a range of household sizes? That’s an unanswered question thus far.

I thought that Burlington was mandated to grow to a population of 215,000 by 2031. I have since been informed the target is 185,000 minimum. We are at 183,000 now. Recently at a Planning and Development Committee meeting, the Ward 1 Councillor stated publicly that Aldershot was set to grow by another 27,000 people by 2031. This would likely be near the Aldershot GO Station or along the Plains Road Corridor. Adding another 11,000 jobs there would bring the additional people/jobs total to 38,000 by 2031 and a 300 people/jobs per hectare goal, as per a Planning Department report dated Nov. 9, 2017.

Similarly, Planning Department reports also dated Nov. 9, 2017 for the other GO Stations show the Burlington GO Station Mobility Hub adding 22,000 new residents and 9,500 jobs by 2031 and the Appleby GO Station Mobility Hub adding 20,000 new residents and 43,000 new jobs by 2031. Both would also reach the 300 people/jobs per hectare goal.

All together, the three GO Station Mobility Hubs are planned to add 69,000 new residents to Burlington’s population by 2031, far exceeding any goal of 185,000 or even 215,000. We’re headed to a quarter million people by 2031, without touching the downtown.

So it is clear to me that we can reach all Provincial goals easily using intensification of people and jobs at the GO Station Mobility Hubs. There is no need to further intensify the downtown at all. It could be left to gently intensify, like Oakville has planned, using current Official Plan zoning rather than dramatically intensify as the Planning Department has advocated in its new Downtown Mobility Hub Plan and the new City Official Plan.

Anchor Mobility Hubs were originally expected to support an area with a minimum of 160 people/jobs per hectare within a 500 metre radius that would be serviced by a light rail transit or a bus rapid transit system.

The City is using a 200 people/jobs per hectare goal, which may be the revised mandate. I understand that City Planners and most of City Council are backing the people/jobs density downtown, but I see no evidence that there is an LRT or BRT system in place to deal with this influx of people/jobs, other than an LRT label being affixed to Brant Street on maps. A label isn’t a plan unfortunately.

I also see no evidence that jobs will flow into the downtown, even to just replace the ones lost when current buildings are demolished awaiting construction of new buildings. The podium style high rises with 3 to 4 storey glass and steel walls along Brant Street will replace individual and unique store frontages we have today. Is this better or worse at enticing jobs and vibrancy to Brant Street?

I am a person who believes that a deal is never a done deal if there is still an opportunity to question and possibly change people’s minds for the better of the community. And I think that we do have that opportunity.


John Taylor, the Dean of city council would have been part of any debate there might have been about accepting the provincial approach to mobility hubs.

As a Standing Committee chair, Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven is as good as it gets. Handling delegations and accepting the ideas of other people - not as good. But he wins elections.

Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven – a member of council in between 2008 and 2010 when Scobie believes city council made the decision to follow the provincial lead.

Four members of the current Council were members of Council when all these Provincial demands were rubber-stamped. I would ask them to search their memory banks and their notes and inform the public how they decided to acquiesce to the Province’s demands for intensifying our downtown, why they didn’t make the logical suggestion for intensification around GO Stations instead and if they did go ahead with the plans without public consultation.

Dennison announcing

Jack Dennison, a member of city council for more than 20 years would remember how the decision to accept the provincial direction – somewhere between 2008 and 2010 was made.


Mayor Rick Goldring was a council member when the decision was made to accept the province’s approach to transportation hubs, possibly without public debate.

The current Council certainly did not acquiesce to the 374 Martha Street proposed high rise a few years ago. Yet this same Council voted 5 – 2 in favour of a 23 storey condo on November 30, 2017 across the road from our 8 storey signature City Hall – going past the 12 storey current storey zoning and even going past the recommended 17 storey zoning in a Downtown Mobility Hub Plan not yet approved.

This decision has ignited public opinion against the over-intensification of the downtown. They see high rises coming on many corners of Brant Street, and with many mid-rise condos in between. And they see many high buildings destined to come on nearby north-south streets east and west of Brant Street.

During the Vietnam War an infamous sentence was uttered by a field commander which showed the absurdity of war – “We had to destroy the village in order to save it”. Brant Street and our downtown does not need to be destroyed in order to save it.

Gently intensifying the downtown will continue as it has in the past, using appropriate zoning already in place. City planners and City Council need only enforce our current Official Plan and use the concepts already in place in our Tall Building Guidelines and soon to be in place in our Mid Rise Building Guidelines that the Planning Department has committed to.

Our downtown Bus Station is not a Mobility Hub and there is no plan to make it one. Our downtown does not need to be over-intensified through a designation as an Urban Growth Centre. I am asking City Council to inform the Province that Burlington can and will meet its 2031 growth target through dramatic intensification around our three GO Stations, the appropriate place for high rise condos with retail and office space.

That’s where the thousands of new residents will be housed, hopefully with a good number of affordable, family-sized units.

The downtown will intensify too, but not in the dramatic fashion envisioned by the Planning Department.

I am asking City Council to request that the terms Mobility Hub and Urban Growth Centre be removed from the Provincial Growth Plan for the Downtown Precincts and instead be placed on all three GO Stations.

Let our downtown, which admittedly does need to change, do so in a measured and controlled fashion that adheres to reasonable and defendable zoning restrictions already in place. Do not follow through on an Official Plan that would create the “Metropolis” of Halton in our downtown.

Gary ScobieGary Scobie, a long time resident of Burlington is a frequent opinion contributor to the Gazette.  He was a member of the Waterfront Advisory Committee and has been a strong advocate for maintaining public access to the waterfront.

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OHIP + demonstration being given at Shoppers Drugmart - MPP McMahon hosting.

eventsred 100x100By Staff

December 19th, 2017



On January 1st, 2018 the new OHIP + program kicks in –

Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon twill be hosting a Coffee Drop In on OHIP+ at : Shoppers Drugmart Roseland Plaza

Prescription counterMcMahon, MPP for Burlington, will join David Pinkus, Pharmacist Owner, to provide residents with information about OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare and to demonstrate the online platform for searching through the list of more than 4,400 publicly funded medications. OHIP+ will provide medication s to everyone age 24 years or younger, beginning January 1, 2018.

Thursday, December 21, 2017; 1:30 p.m. (Please arrive no later than 2:00 p.m., unless previously arranged with MPPs Office)

Shoppers Drugmart Roseland Plaza, 3023 New Street, Burlington

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OHIP + begins January 1st, 2018

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Police arrest three for theft of purses and wallets atOakville and Burlington supermarkets.

Crime 100By Staff

December 18th, 2017



The Regional police had to deal with multiple complaints of theft of purses and wallets at supermarkets in both Burlington and Oakville. The police were looking for two individuals for several thefts that have occurred in Oakville and Burlington. The thieves’ worke3d in pairs stealing from unattended shopping carts.

Superemarket cart - unattended

They watch the person they are going to steal from carefully and then move in quickly – snatch the purse or wallet and they are gone in a flash.

There was a theft early in November at the Whole Foods store in Oakville ; another on November, 26, 2017, where the same two suspects were videoed at the Metro grocery store, Oakville. During this incident, the suspects stole the victim’s purse while she left her shopping cart unattended. The suspects quickly fled the store after committing the theft.

On November 27, 2017, the suspects attended the Food Basics grocery store, located at 3365 Fairview Street, Burlington. During this incident, the suspects stole the victim’s purse as she attended a cooler to select a carton of milk. Once again, the suspects fled the store immediately after the theft.

Police have received 16 reports of such thefts since the beginning of November 2017 where persons targeted were senior citizens whose purses and/or wallets were stolen from their shopping carts while the owner was not looking.

Investigators have been working with area Loss Prevention Officers to identify the persons responsible and were able to positively identify several suspects.

purse thefts crime

Captured on video – three are arrested.


On December 16th 2017, two persons were arrested in Mississauga and another arrested the following day when police executed a search warrant at an apartment on Hurontario Street in Mississauga. The following persons have been arrested and held for bail:

Barbara GRABOWKSA (45 yrs) of Mississauga
• Theft under $5000 (Nine Counts)

Mariusz ZELINSKI (44 yrs) of Mississauga
• Theft under $5000 (five counts)
• Obstruct peace officer

Beata PARCZEWSKA (37 yrs) of Mississauga
• Theft under $5000 (three counts)

The Regional police officers have very solid relationships with supermarket loss prevention officers xxx Hanson said “We are committed to continuing to work with LPO’s to identify and apprehend offenders – thieves should take note before deciding to steal in Halton Region”

Halton police - good angleResidents should be aware of their surroundings and be alert for distraction type thefts when shopping in the grocery stores, malls and other retail business.

If you become a victim of a purse or wallet theft please contact your financial services providers, cancel you cards and then call the Halton Regional Police to file a report.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Derek Gray of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Vulnerable Persons and Seniors Liaison Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2344. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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ECoB now has a home on the internet - bookmark this one.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

December 18th, 2017



I want you to look at this time line.

Sometime in October 2017 – First email about the idea of creating a city wide citizens movement.

November 26th, 2017 First group meeting

November 30th, 2017 First delegation to city hall

December 13th, 2017 First Public meeting

December 17th, 2017 Home page for their web site – up and operational.

Bookmark this one:

To follow is the setting up of a crowd funding account to raise the funds that will be needed.


ECoB home page – a web site you will want to book mark

A former Mayor of Burlington once told me that “city hall can be beaten” – the more cynical citizens would say they knew that – the developers do it all the time.

When the elected fail to hear what the electors have to say – change takes place. We once heard a council member say that the citizens of the city get to choose their leaders every four years and given that he had been re-elected for more than 20 years the electors must be happy.

ECoB Dec 13 # 1

This crowd of 150+ people did not come out on a cold winter night because they had nothing better to do. They are upset with the direction they see their city going in and they wanted a bigger voice to amplify their concerns – now thay have one.

Voters trust those they put in office – the expect them to do what is right and best for the community. They expect those they elected to look after the minor matters that impact them directly and at the same time to bring wisdom and experience to the bigger picture.

The only reason protest movements get any traction is because those elected to office don’t listen or who wear out their welcome. The smarter politicians leave at the top of their game.

421 Brant

To the developer who brought this project to the city – the protests might seem unfair, they did eveything they were required to do and put significant assets at risk. It was the Planning department that failed to paint a more detailed picture for the members of council. Council also appears to have had cotton in their ears and not heard the voices that saw the development of their city quite a bit differently.

ECoB was formed to do a number of things. The task on the front burner of their stove is the filing an appeal to the OMB on the city council decision to approve the building of a 23 storey condominium on the corner of Brant and James Streets, across from city hall.

That task has a critical time element to it.

Another task was to get the city to slow down with the adoption of a new Official Plan. On that matter ECoB has already scored a win – the original end of January 2018 date for the approval of a new Official Plan has been moved to a sometime in April date.

ECoB appears to want to argue for the Official Plan becoming an election issue. Ballots for the next city council get cast in October of 2018

There is a critical city council meeting on January 23rd that ECoB will be delegating at.

The longer term objective is to continuing to engage and educate the residents of Burlington through word of mouth and social media. Their tag line for 2018 will be “grow engaged”.

The ECoB core committee is very small – four people. That needs to grow. While there was representation at the December 13th meeting from every ward in the city ECoB is not as in touch as they need to be on the numerous community issues that matter.

To their huge credit they are off to a great start. If all they manage to do in their first year is change the attitude of those elected when delegations appear – they will have done the city a huge service.

Jim Young, one of the ECoB founders, once told city council that the seats they sit in are not theirs – they are held in trust by the elected on behalf of the electors.  That message has not gotten though to this city council yet – it might or they won’t sit in those seats for much longer.

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Has Justin Trudeau created his legacy in his first term of office - he appears to have changed the way housing is going to be paid for by many.

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

December 18, 2017


This is the second of a two part series on affordable housing and the changes made by the federal government.

After he retires, which is not anytime soon, Justin Trudeau will be eternally remembered for giving us legit whacky-tobacky. But he will also have performed one of the largest re-distributions of income this country has seen. And that is not just about the modest changes his government made to the income tax structure, favouring the middle class, his first year in office.

trudeau-makes-housing-announcement-in-torontoNo it’s the $40 billion dollar ten year affordable housing strategy which is to kick in sometime after the next election, providing the provinces kick in their shares as well. The details are scarce but putting that much money in the hands of people who are finding it hard to get affordable accommodation will be a huge economic stimulus for the country.

That may be prudent given where Canada may be in its business cycle, particularly if NAFTA hits the dust bin, as I expect it will. It may also stimulate home building and urban restoration as rental units and high rise condo’s come to fill the gap between demand and supply of housing for Ontario’s growing population. But if the economy keeps moving the way it has under the Liberals, it could also lead to inflation.

Trump - NaftaPerhaps that is why Trudeau is delaying the start up until 2020. Cynics will note that this is also an early 2019 election promise. But after the run-up in house prices recently nobody should argue that there is a problem with affordability, certainly for single homes. And as house prices go, so too must go rental costs eventually.

There was a time when owning a home was everybody’s dream, but those days appear to have come to an end. Two thirds of Canadians still own their own home but that is changing as the cost of home ownership continues to rise. The average price of a home in Canada has topped half a million, despite a cooling-off in the Toronto and Vancouver markets.

Given that average household income are around $70,000 (2015), it would take at least seven or eight years for a new home buyer to pay off their mortgage – providing they used all of their gross income to that end – and lived on water and hope. Practically, those who own their own homes spend less than 20% of their income on housing. Of course that statistic would be higher except that many have already paid off their mortgages and only face costs for maintenance and property taxes.

Burlington - house for sale

Offered at $789,900 – estimated monthly mortgage $2891.00

Still given those numbers it would take the average homeowner up to 40 years to pay off their mortgage unless they inherited a bundle, won the lottery or got a federal handout along the lines of what Mr. Trudeau may be talking about. Otherwise a thirty year-young couple might be 70 by the time they paid off the banks – just in time for one of those reverse mortgages to free up some cash so they could spend the winter in a rented trailer in Florida.

Renters, who typically are lower income earners, shell out 30% of their pay packet for a roof over their heads by contrast. That represents a bigger bite out of a smaller pay packet and they will undoubtedly be the primary target for the new affordability strategy. Chances are dim that they’ll ever get into the ownership market. Spending 40 or even 20 years before one can burn that mortgage paper is a long time.

There are financial advisors who argue that it would be better for one’s financial health to rent and let them invest that cash that would otherwise be plowed into a house. They say this with a straight face, even knowing that a primary residence is capital gains tax-exempt. They ague that history shows a house’s value will just keep up with inflation while they can do much better with somebody else’s money in stocks and bonds. And perhaps they can though there was a lot of money made buying and selling Toronto and Vancouver houses, just recently.

But this federal-provincial affordability program is not going to do much for those who already can afford their homes – it presumably will only target those in need. Early indications are that priority will be to encourage new developments which also meet other development goals at all levels. Narrowing the income gap between rich and poor, stimulating the economy, facilitating urban renewal and mitigating climate change is a pretty tall order for any program. Mr. Trudeau called this initiative a once-in-a-generation event. And if he can pull it off he will leave a lasting legacy for his generation.

Rivers hand to faceRay Rivers writes weekly on both federal and provincial politics, applying his more than 25 years as a federal bureaucrat to his thinking.  Rivers was a candidate for provincial office in Burlington in 1995.  He was the founder of the Burlington citizen committee on sustainability at a time when climate warming was a hotly debated subject.     Tweet @rayzrivers

Background links:

Canadian House Prices –   Average Household Income –   Home Ownership

Changing Home Ownership –   Recent Renting Changes –   Housing Stock

Affordable Housing –   Housing Bubble –   Bad Policy

Federal Plans –   Public Housing –   Home Ownership

House as Investment –   More Investment

Related editorial content:

Part 1 of the Affordable housing feature

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Breakfast at Tom Thomson - same thing happens at most schools - Food for Thought feeds 26,000 across the Region every week.

News 100 blueBy Staff

December 17th, 2017



At the end of the week thousands of students will be out of school and home for the holidays – returning to their classes on January 8th.

Another calendar year behind them and time to think about, talk about and plan for the balance of the school year.

Gym full of kids

The Gazette visit to Tom Thomson took place when there was a Region wide event that was piped into every school. All the students gathered in the gym for the event.


It may well be a year during which the Board of Education closes a school – that decision will become crystal clear in 2018. Lester B. Pearson high school parents are still going door to door drumming up support for a community initiative to somehow keep that school open.

Households with children in school have an attachment to the school there children go to that starts early in the morning and runs through to well into the late afternoon.

Fresh Fruit and veggies

The food is fresh and there is plenty of it.

At Tom Thomson elementary school the program for students begin at breakfast where there are two programs for students; one run by the YMCA that involves caring for the students and the other a walk in for any student that wants to meet with friends and didn’t catch breakfast at home.

The program is put on by a volunteer group of parents. Some of the students come from households where the family income doesn’t quite cover all the costs – others are students who want to meet with their chums and do what elementary students do these day.

A Regional Police liaison officer spends time at both Tom Thomson and Brant Hills – alternating between the two; parents from the community work as volunteers getting the food ready and serving the students.

Thurman - dling out fresh fruit

Dania Thurman serving fresh fruit to a student at Tom Thomson elementary school.

Dania Thurman, a parent very active in the campaign to keep Central high school open, is one of the parents that shows up a couple of days a week and spends some time with the 60+ students who show up before she has to scoot off to her full time job.

Kids in corner - eating breakfast

They gather in corners and sit wherever they can – having breakfast and getting caught up with friends.

The students troop into the gym, dropping their knapsacks on the floor and heading for the group of friends they meet up with – cell phones in hand.

The program takes place every day of the week – they have been doing this at Tom Thomson for the past six years.

They feed between 60 to 70 students with the grub coming from Food for Thought a Region wide program that works with elementary and high schools to ensure that every student has access to a proper breakfast.

The Food for Thought history isn’t uncommon; a grassroots group of people who identify a problem and come together to form a solution.  In this case, one of the strongest groups you can have behind your cause are the parents that get the job done.

These Parents noticed that not every child at school had food in their lunch box or that many kids had food that didn’t contain enough nutrients to fuel their minds and bodies for learning.

In 1997, the parents came together and formed an advisory committee to oversee the first 6 official Student Nutrition Programs in Halton.  Fast forward to 2007, just ten years later, and HFFT became an incorporated, registered, charity with its own Board of Directors and 63 programs.

As of September 2017, HFFT has partner programs in 130 schools across Halton and feeds more than 27,000 students a week.  We have over 2,100 volunteers (including 930 students) and dozens of community partners who all work together to feed students in their communities.

Boys playing

The students that show up get more than half an hour to play in the school gymnasium. These two are waiting for a game to get started.

Girls playing

Some skip, others play a team sport.

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The Burning Man - Family Style will be celebrated at the Winter Solstice in Lowville.

eventsorange 100x100By Staff

December 17th, 2017


They live life a little differently in Lowville.

They celebrate the Winter and Summer Solstice.

The purpose of ThinkSpot Solstice events have been solely around coming together as strangers or friends and finding that commonality to realize we are not alone as we walk this journey of life.

That’s the “why” – and to witness that happen twice a year is an unbelievable gift.

Lowville Rickli with torch

Lowville residents parading around their community during the Winter Solstice.

In the past a community has gathered paraded around the community and then gather  to set paper lanterns into the night sky.


Lanterns are illuminated and set afloat into a Winter Solstice night.

The lanterns have been an amazing and beautiful way to celebrate our connecting and thank you to everyone who has been part of the past nine solstice events. For the last few months we’ve been wondering about how to create something new;

Kune Hua and Arryn Ter Smitte figured it out last week.

Lowville Burning Man – Family Style is coming to life next Thursday (December 21st) in Lowville. For those of you who are familiar with the festival in Nevada each year you will know what happens at the end when a beautiful creative masterpiece is set on fire.

Burning man

The Burning Man is a celebration – that will take place in Lowville. How does it come about – you have to be there to be part of it.

At 7:00 pm a light dinner will be available and we will begin to create a Lowville artistic expression that will be an honouring of 2017 – what we are grateful for; what we wish to let go of; and what we may have lost (a relationship, friendship, job, family member, pet – anything that is of value to us).

We will be providing wood and tools (drills, hammers, screwdrivers, nails/screws, glue) so that people can get in there and create whatever comes to life. We will also provide cedar rings and sage for everyone to use as mementos.

What you can bring is any flammable memento (non-combustible is a definite requirement, no metals or concrete) that you wish to add to the sculpture. Perhaps a shirt, a stuffed animal, a pet collar, .a letter to your higher self – anything that you wish to offer as a symbol of 2017.

At 8:00 pm we will go for a candlelight walk through Lowville Park as we celebrate the shortest day/longest night of the year – and then at 8:30 pm come back to light the Lowville Burning Man Sculpture.

At 9:00 pm we will release one sky lantern to celebrate our coming together and welcoming the beginning of longer days and sunlight.

Please RSVP so we can plan for food and materials required. The evening is complimentary although we do request a donation of personal items (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, tampons, underwear and warm socks (new only please)) to be shared with people experiencing homelessness.

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Hydro adds $25,000 to Joseph Brant Hospital New Era Campaign.

News 100 blueBy Staff

December 17, 2017



Burlington Hydro added $25,000 to the Joseph Brant Hospital’s Our New Era Campaign that will go towards ongoing redevelopment and expansion priorities at the hospital.

Hospital main emtrance which will face the lake

Most of the patient rooms look south to the lake or north to the escarpment.

The donation is being used as part of continuing renovations to the existing hospital and the construction of the new Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower which opened officially in August.

Gerry Smallegange, Burlington Hydro President and CEO said “We’re very pleased to give back to our community in this meaningful way, and support cutting edge medical care in the City of Burlington for many years to come.

“Expanding medical, surgical and outpatient services are an important part of the ongoing redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital.”

When completed, the hospital will take on the look and feel of a campus with its entrance re-oriented to LAkeshore Road. The first phase is the construction of the new McMaster Family Medicine facility that will bring 10 new family practitioners to the city. Three levels of parking will be built above the medical offices.

Site plan for the now completed Phase One of the Joseph Brant Hospital. The entrance to the hospital was re-oriented to Lakeshore Road. The first phase is the construction of the new McMaster Family Medicine facility that will bring 10 new family practitioners to the city. Three levels of parking will be built above the medical offices.

The redevelopment and expansion project to build the new hospital was done in two phases. Phase One was the construction of the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre, hospital administration and new parking facility. Phase Two included the Michael Lee-Chin & Family Patient Tower and the ongoing renovations to the existing hospital which are continuing through 2018.

Burlington Hydro Inc. is an energy services company in the power distribution business, serving approximately 67,000 residential and commercial customers. The company is wholly owned by the City of Burlington.

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Ward 3 resident wants the building of high rise towers in the downtown core to be decided by a referendum.

opinionandcommentBy Keith Moorse

December 16th, 2017



I was shocked to learn of the approval by council of Amendment No.106 allowing the construction of a 23 story condo at 421Brant St. This is almost twice the existing bylaw of 12 stories. Just as disappointing was the lack of any explanation by the five Councillors for approving the application. I have not heard a single voice supporting the project ,save and except the Planning and Building Department’s 112 page report submitted to the Planning and Development Committee.

Tanner and Taylor at June 21-17 workshop

City Planner Mary Lou Tanner explains a development to ward 3 Councillor John Taylor

The role of the Planning and Building Department also needs clarification. Who do they represent? Their report reads like it was drafted by the developer with the recommendation based on unreasonable assumptions, out right contradictions, false conclusions, and serious omissions.

What can be done to cancel the approval of Amendment 106 and implementation of this project?

FIRSTLY: Restore the democratic process whereby the citizens opinions and input receives consideration. If the five councilors truly represented their constituents they should welcome the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment.

SECONDLY: Establish a referendum process to allow the citizens to determine the outcome of the project and Amendment #106.

THIRDLY: A thorough review of the report (PB- 62-17) by The Planning and Building Department and revisions made where necessary.

If this development takes place it will totally and permanently change the character and charm of lower Brant Street and the City of Burlington. This will affect all residents and is too big a decision for Burlington Council alone. A precedent will be established and more applications will follow, as is already anticipated. There is a reference in the report, PB-62-17, that the proposed 23 story building will look less obtrusive when similar buildings are erected in the immediate area. This is an admission that this building will look out of place until others are erected.

The Burlington Sustainable Development Committee has added it’s comments to the application, starting on page 149. It sets out several conditions to be met, most of which have at best received only lip service. For example: “full public participation in development decisions”. Input was given at public meetings and to council, however, it was ignored. It also called for the new development to be compatible to existing end users, which is clearly not the case. Putting aside, all the disputes regarding whether or not, the analysis is flawed the issue really distills down to three distinct choices:

TD bank Brant ande CAroline

Part of the “quaint” small town Burlington feel that many citizens want.

1.Reject the by-law Amendment No.106 to allow a 23 story condo at 421 Brant Street, keeping lower Brant Street with its’ boutique like shops, and eateries. It has a quaint friendly character which has contributed to its rating as the #1 City of its’ size in Canada in which to live.

2.Allow the amendment to pass thus creating the tallest building in Burlington changing the character of Brant Street and Burlington itself. It would become a Mississauga or Toronto with its’ not so charming steel and glass canyons.

3.Authorize a 12 story building as established by the new official plan.
There are other locations where such a building would be more suitable. Just leave our historical Brant Street alone.

Appendix “A”
1. New Official Plan (NOP) states tall buildings in the downtown area should exclude construction of same on Brant Street which is presently approved for 12 stories.

2. Many units will be three(3) bedrooms to attract families yet elsewhere in the report it states the target market as being “ affluent empty nesters”.

3. Parking at 1.2 spaces per unit hardly meets the requirement for the family ( 3+ adults).

4. Two elevators to service 23 floors are inadequate

5. This project in NOT needed to meet the Provincial Growth Plan minimum target (report PB-62-17).

6. This is not an isolated project and sets a dangerous precedent.

7. Why 23 stories, when there are many exciting designs far more appealing which could be achieved in 12 stories? The cold sharp angles of this structure does not compliment City Hall. Burlington can do better.

8. The only one benefiting from 23 stories is the developer.

9. Years of disrupted traffic due to construction, making a bad parking/traffic situation worse.

Longer term thinking has city hall being replaced but for the immediate future improving the sound system in Council chamber - FINALLY! and improving some of the meetings rooms is where capital dollars will be spent this year.

The clock plaza at City Hall provides this focus.

10. Many small businesses on lower Brant may not survive due to prolonged construction activity.

11. Burlington does not need a “signature’ building. The clock plaza at City Hall provides this focus.

12. For what purpose are there height By-Laws when they are continuously waved?

13. Staff response to citizens’ concerns with building height is flawed. They compare other buildings which cannot be considered in the same category the tallest being 5 floors lower(18) then the applicant and 2 to 3 blocks East of Brant. None are in fact on Brant Street.

14. No infrastructure costs are allocated to the City of Burlington for the sewer and water expansion and upgrades.

Keith Moorse is a Ward 3 resident.  He is a retired senior executive with a Bay Street merchant bank with national responsibility. He has been a resident of Burlington since 1981


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Suspect in an October bank robbery now in custody - he will not be going home for Christmas.

Crime 100By Staff

December 16th, 2017



On Saturday October 28th, 2017 the TD Canada Trust bank located at 500 Guelph Line in Burlington was robbed.

The person responsible for the robbery was identified as Jeffrey George GORSLINE (38 yrs) of No Fixed Address (Formerly of Nova Scotia)

During the robbery the suspect gave the teller a note demanding cash and indicated he had a weapon. The teller gave the bank robber an undisclosed amount of cash who then fled the bank and was last observed running westbound on Eileen Drive.

Investigators learned that GORSLINE was also wanted in connection with a Niagara Falls Bank of Montreal robbery that occurred several hours earlier on the same morning as the Burlington robbery. He was also wanted for three October bank robberies in Eastern Canada.

On October 30th 2017, GORSLINE was arrested on Federal parole warrant by uniformed officers from the Dryden Detachment of the O.P.P. and incarcerated at the Kenora Jail.

GORSLINE was eventually transferred to Maplehurst Correctional Complex and on December 1st 2017, he appeared in Milton Court charged with one count of robbery. GORSLINE was remanded into custody and will appear next for a bail hearing in Milton Court on December 18th 2017.

Anyone with information regarding this robbery is asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team at 905-825-4747 ext. 2343. Tips can be forwarded to Crime Stoppers; “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

Mr. Gorsline has some difficult days ahead.



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Brant Hills and Frontenac public schools to get additional child care spaces.

News 100 blueBy Staff

December 15th, 2017



Two Burlington schools will have additional space used as new child care rooms.

Brant Hills public schools

Brant Hills – will have 48 new childcare spaces.

Brant Hills Public School, will have two new pre-school rooms, allowing for 48 new childcare spaces.

Frontenac Public School, who will benefit from one new toddler room and one new pre-school room, allowing for 39 new childcare spaces.

The additions to the two schools are part of a program that results in 45,000 new licensed child care spaces in schools, communities and other public spaces across the province.

The province is investing $1,799,888 in Burlington for these new child care projects that will benefit local families.

The media release from the office of Minister McMahon was sent at 5:33 pm – too late in the day for any follow up.

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