Regional police want to hear from victims of sexual assault - review of how sexual assault cases are handled is being done - public input is vital

News 100 redBy Staff

July 24th, 2017



The Halton Regional Police Services Board passed a resolution at its February 23, 2017 meeting that the Board undertake a review of how sexual assault cases are handled by the Halton Regional Police Service, including policies and procedures and the classification of sexual assault occurrences.

HRPS crestThe resolution further set out that the Board undertake this work in collaboration with local community and justice partners. The ultimate goal of the review is to ensure victims of sexual assault are provided a timely and dignified response, the best support possible from the police service, and that the process is comprehensive, fair and respectful.

As part of the review, the team is seeking comments from sexual assault survivors on the treatment their cases received. This information is crucial to the work of the review team and will help inform its findings. It is the intent of the review team to submit a supplementary report to the Halton Regional Police Services Board by the end of fall 2017 that captures survivor feedback – individual input will remain anonymous in the report.

Specifically, the review team is seeking answers to the following two questions:

1. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and reported the crime to the Halton Regional Police Service, what was your experience?

2. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and chose not to report the incident to the Halton Regional Police Service, what were the reasons why?

Individuals are invited to provide input directly to Julie Moscato, Executive Director of the Halton Regional Police Services Board by July 31, 2017.

This input can be provided by phone (905-825-4747 Ext. 5014), by email (, by letter (addressed to 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON, L6M 3L1), or in person, by appointment, with Julie Moscato.

Feedback can also be submitted through an anonymous online form by clicking here or copying the link into your browser: .

If individuals would like support while providing input, they may wish to contact any of the agencies listed below, who are also a part of the Sexual Assault Case Handling Review Team. These agencies will also accept input into the review.

Nina’s Place, The Regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre, Joseph Brant Hospital –

Thrive Counselling – 905 845-3811 Ext.117,

Halton Women’s Place – 905-332-7892 or 905-878-8970, or

The Victim Services Unit of the Halton Regional Police Service – 905-825-4810.

If individuals are unable to provide input by July 31, 2017, input will be accepted on an ongoing basis as part of a continued commitment to ensuring the voices of survivors are heard.

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Burlington Herd lets a 7-0 lead turn into an 18-7 loss to Toronto Maple Leafs

sportsred 100x100By Staff

July 24, 2017



It started out looking like a pretty good game for the Burlington Herd – they were ahead 7 – 0 but the Toronto Maple Leafs rallied for an 18-7 win Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits in Toronto.

Herd T-shirtBurlington leadoff batter Justin Gideon had two hits, including his seventh home run, two RBI and two runs.

John Whaley singled, homered and drove in three, and Ryan Freemantle drove in a run and scored once.

The Leafs got their 18 runs this way: Christian Hauck (2-2) gave up 10 runs on 10 hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out two. Ryan White went 5-for-5 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Leafs. Grant Tamane singled, homered and drove in four, while Dan Marra had four hits, including his first home run of the season, and six RBI.

Damon Topolie had three hits, three RBI and two runs, Adam Odd singled twice and had an RBI and a run, Julian Johnson went 2-for-4 with three runs, and Daniel Szpik singled, doubled and drove in a run while scoring twice.

Trevor Caughey (2-0) earned the win, allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with five strikeouts over seven innings.

Future games
Tuesday, July 25
Burlington at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday July 27
Toronto Maple Leafs at Burlington, 7:15 pm

Barrie Baycats 30-1
Kitchener Panthers 25-6
London Majors 21-9
Toronto Maple Leafs 15-16
Brantford Red Sox 13-17
Burlington Herd 11-20

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Nelson Pool Splash Pad - Service Disruption Monday July 24, 2017

notices100x100By Staff

July 23, 2017



The Splash Pad at Nelson Pool will be temporarily out of service from 10:30am to 2:00 pm,  Monday July 24, 2017 for maintenance.

The pool will remain open for all scheduled swims. Service to the splash pad will resume at 2pm.

Nelson Splash-Pad

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Herd gets drubbed by Kitchener Panther's in a 13-4 game.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

July 23, 2017



The Burlington Herd got buried by the Kitchener Panther’s on a Saturday afternoon 13-4 drubbing at Nelson Park.

Ryan Freemantle singled, doubled and had two RBI for the Herd.

Justin Gideon had a two-run double, and Nolan Pettipiece went 2-for-2 with a run.

Jack Caswell (0-1) took the loss, giving up six runs (four earned) on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts over 4.1 innings.

It was the Panthers’ 11th consecutive victory.

Interisano singled twice, doubled and also scored twice. La Rosa and Andrulis had three singles apiece. La Rosa plated three runs and stole his first base of the season, while Andrulis swiped a pair of bases.

Yorbis Borroto had two hits, two RBI and a run, Mike Gordner drove in a pair, Tanner Nivins scored twice and had an RBI, and Zarley Cina had an RBI and scored once.

Matt McGovern (3-1) tossed six innings of one-run ball for the win. He scattered six hits and walked one with four strikeouts.

Future games
Sunday, July 23
Burlington at Toronto, 2 p.m.

Thursday July 27th
Toronto at Burlington 7:15 pm

Barrie Baycats 29-1
Kitchener Panthers 24-6
London Majors 20-9
Toronto Maple Leafs 14-16
Brantford Red Sox 13-16
Burlington Herd 11-19
Hamilton Cardinals 8-22
* Guelph Royals 1-31: Ceased operations for the season

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Canal lift bridge to be closed in the evenings for week of 24th to 29th

notices100x100By Staff

July 23, 2017



Burlington_Canal_Lift_BridgeThe Burlington Canal Lift Bridge will be closed in the evenings to vehicular and pedestrian traffic in both directions between 8 pm and 5 am from Monday, July 24, to the morning of Saturday, July 29

Marine traffic will not be affected.

The closures are required as part of the project to replace the bridge’s controls, drives and cables.

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Rare and pricey coffee available free to anyone who will in turn give it away or use it as a fund raiser.

News 100 greenBy Staff

July 22, 2017



Got this from a specialty coffee marketer who has inventory she is not going to be able to use. The product is rare and pricey. She wants to give the coffee away but it has to go to someone who in turn is either going to give it away or use it as a fund raiser.

I would like to donate 12 gift-tins of rare & prized CIVET COFFEE for silent auction or other prize uses, for charities having events within the next month.

The retail value of this rare coffee is $50 each, so hopefully they can help raise $600 out in the community.

The reason I am donating them is that they are ‘best before’ the end of August 2017. That does not mean they will be ‘bad’ after that, but they cannot be sold and will not be good as prizes after that.

Please share this with anyone you know having an event (or who could have some other use for them – such as volunteer appreciation for a volunteer who is a specialty-coffee lover?)

Have them contact me at this email address:

BONDOWOSO, EAST JAVA, INDONESIA - AUGUST 11: Civets is eating coffee during the production of Civet coffee, the world's most expensive coffee in Bondowoso on August 11, 2009 in East Java, near Surabaya, Indonesia. The coffee, also known as Kopi Luwak, is produced by the civet (a small squirrel-like arboreal mammal) which eats the coffee berries or red coffee cherries, the beans inside which pass through its digestive tract, expelling them undigested as faeces. The faeces are then cleaned, dried and lightly roasted to make the coffee. Coffee from Indonesian civets is considered to have the best aroma, and it is the unique enzymes in the civet's stomach which give coffee its bitter taste. It retails for USD100 to USD600 per pound but only around 1000 pounds make it to market each year and supply is very limited. A small coffee house (Heritage Tea Rooms) near Townsville sells the coffee for AUD50 per cup, alongside limited international stores such as Selfridges in London. (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Civets is eating coffee during the production of Civet coffee, the world’s most expensive coffee. A civet (a small squirrel-like arboreal mammal) which eats the coffee berries or red coffee cherries, the beans inside which pass through its digestive tract, expelling them undigested as faeces. The faeces are then cleaned, dried and lightly roasted to make the coffee.

What is Civet Coffee? It is certainly a different gift or fund raising item – different enough to actually work.

Kudos to the coffee merchant for coming up with a way to manage her inventory and give back to her community.

Civet coffee

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Mall patron sexually assaulted - police arrest a suspect.

Crime 100By Staff

July 22, 2017



The Halton Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit have concluded an investigation into an incident of sexual assault.

The assault took place at Mall in Burlington on July 4, 2017. At approximately 7:00 p.m. on that date, an adult female was shopping in the mall when she was approached by a male. A short conversation ensued in the mall, followed by the accused sexually assaulting the female.

HRPS crestThe accused fled on foot once a passersby was alerted by the female. As a result of an investigation, police identified Ramesh Kukreja, 51 years, of Burlington.

Kukreja was arrested on July 20, 2017 and is charged with one count of sexual assault.

Anyone with information relating to this incident, or other incidents of sexual assault are encouraged to contact Detective Constable Adam Groulx at 905-465-8976 of the Halton Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Community to celebrate the Nelson park baseball diamond upgrades.

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 22, 2017



An event next Thursday is going to pull together a number of interests in the city and give people an opportunity to get outside and do some fixing up of a facility that has been home to baseball since it came to the city six years ago.

The Nelson Baseball Park Neighbourhood Group wants to celebrate the completion of the Nelson Baseball Park beautification and fencing improvements project at the Burlington Herd baseball game on Thursday, July 27.

Herd T-shirtThe Herd will be playing the Toronto Maple Leafs – the team that broke the 25 game winning streak the Barrie Baycats had achieved – those guys play some serious baseball.

The pre-game ceremony begins at 7 p.m. and attendees are encouraged to come early to get a seat and participate in some of the pre-game fun.

Entrance to the ball game will be free, a 50/50 draw and a BBQ in support of the Terry Fox Foundation.

The beautification and fencing improvements were done with the support of community volunteers and funding from the City of Burlington’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund program.

That fund is a favourite of the Mayors and was part of an initiative that the Parks and Recreation department dove into a number of years ago when they brought in Jim Diers who had done some incredible work in Seattle to juice up the thinking at Parks and Recreation.

Burlington was not able to get community responses that were as involving as those in Seattle but the program has begun to take hold.

The work being done at Nelson Park is a good example. It is similar to what a bunch of elementary students did with their ball diamond at Lakeshore Road elementary public school.

Bandits last gme 2013 - Dad and the boys

Site lines and picnic tables have been improved.

If you know Casey Cosgrove then you know that there isn’t a baseball game he can avoid. All it takes is the crack of a bat to shift his focus. When his community of “baseball enthusiasts” heard about this baseball ‘gem’ we have in our neighbourhood park and learned that the sight lines were in need of improvement so that a baseball game could be viewed clearly, without obstruction they gathered to tackle this project together.

The City of Burlington’s Neighbourhood Community Matching Fund provided much of the financing and they have been able to improve the fencing and freshen up the baseball buildings, stands and picnic tables in Fenway green, a famous baseball colour, to make the neighbourhood baseball park a first- class facility for players and spectators.”

Will someone be throwing the ceremonial opening pitch? Don’t let the Mayor near the ball. When he took on that task back in the days when the team was known as the Burlington Twins he let fly and the ball dug into the ground a couple of yards before the plate.

Nelson Stadium, part of Nelson high school facilities, which is adjacent to Nelson Park, has plans of its own to improve those grounds.

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Rivers: aboriginal self-governance, at best, approximates the authority given to municipalities. First Nation describes what will never be more than a notional nation.

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

July 21, 2017



Canada’s aboriginal leaders have once again demonstrated how they sometimes don’t do themselves any favours. Last week, having been invited to attend the Council of the Federation where the provincial and territorial leaders meet biannually to discuss national issues – they staged a perfect no-show. Their boycott was put down to their offence at not being given a voice at the ‘Table’ equivalent to that of the premiers.

Unlike the premiers, charged with managing Canada’s sub-national governments, aboriginal self-governance, at best, approximates the authority given to municipalities. So it is unfortunate and dysfunctional when indigenous leaders take their adopted First Nations misnomer to heart. In a united Canada, these First Nations, comprising a million and half people, about 4% of our population and widely dispersed throughout the country, will never be more than a notional nation, as important as they were to our past and should be to our future.

Rivers - treatiesFirst Nations’ authority comes from a patchwork of treaties signed with the Crown over a century ago and the Indian Act, an even more inappropriate misnomer. Although there are some very successful reserves operating, as for example Walpole Island and our neighbours in the Six Nations, many are poorly managed and dependent on federal largesse for their survival, especially those in remote northern locations.

Back in 1969 Pierre Trudeau tabled a white paper proposing to repeal the Indian Act and scrap all of the historic treaties. He would have given the reserves to the individual band members and closed down the Department of Indian Affairs realigning health care, education and welfare to the appropriate provincial authorities. His proposal, a response to the failure of aboriginal policy and the Indian Act over the previous century was widely opposed by the aboriginal community itself, and he dropped the idea.

Canada’s earliest parliamentarians considered the native population uncivilized. The real purpose, arguably, of the Indian Act, which received royal ascent sometime between Louis Riel’s rebellions in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, was to civilize them. It was racist and sexist and designed to promote assimilation of the native population, though officially its purpose was to oversee and administer the welfare of the 600 or so native tribes and bands, and attending to the requirements of the treaties they signed with the Crown.

The Fathers of Confederation envisioned a future where aboriginals would eventually be integrated into mainstream Canadian society, they called it enfranchisement. That would eventually negate the need for an Indian Act – once there are no longer any ‘Status Indians’ -those covered by the Act. Bribes were offered for band members to relinquish their status. Anyone attending a post-secondary institution, serving in the military, joining the priesthood or just wanting to have the right to vote had to surrender their Indian status.

Rivers status cardWomen who married off the reserve would lose status, but men didn’t. And then some rocket scientist figured that snatching children from their parents and placing them miles away in ‘residential schools’ was the ultimate approach to achieve assimilation – though admittedly no one could have imagined the sexual and other physical abuse the children would be exposed to in schools operated by religious orders.

Canada’s First Nations’ development has not been a happy story. We hear all too often about how they generally experience lower income levels, poorer health, higher incarceration rates and shorter life expectancies. We cringe when hearing the horror stories of life at Attawapiskat and Davis Inlet. We find it hard to fathom this whole ugly matter of the missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG), currently the subject of a national inquiry.

There is a long laundry list of recommendations coming out of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the residential school program, though interestingly none of the recommendations effectively deal with what inspired that program in the first place, the Indian Act. The Commission referenced the need to pay attention, if not adopt, the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Canada was one of only four or five nations which voted against it and we had little choice given the blatant conflict with our current policies under the Indian Act.

Over the years, subsequent governments, including that of Stephan Harper have attempted to make the Act less sexist and more focused on self-help and self-government. But the Indian Act remained a source of discrimination between those with status, primarily those living on reserves and eligible for various federal subsidies, and those without. In a landmark decision last year the Supreme Court struck down that discrimination, now ensuing that all First Nations, Inuit and Metis are subject to the Indian Act.

Rivers - indigenous-games

Indigenous games – 2017

This decision will be expensive for the government to implement unless we re-invent how we manage our relationship with Canada’s first inhabitants. And it does provide both the indigenous community and the rest of us with a unique opportunity to reset how we live with each other. Perhaps our current PM would benefit from a review of his father’s old White Paper. And what better time to initiate such a dialogue, as we congratulate our indigenous athletes for their participation in the half-century old North America Indigenous games held in Toronto this year.

Rivers looking to his leftRay 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:

First Nations –   More First Nations –  Canada Day Protests

Premiers’ Meeting –   Truth and Reconciliation –   Indian Act

Status for All –   Beyond Indian Act –   Trudeau’s Proposal

Missing and Murdered –   Status Indians

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Brand new pool - yet to be officially opened is closed for unexpected preventative maintenance.

notices100x100By Staff

July 20th, 2017



Nelson Pool Service Interruption – Lap Swim Cancelled Friday July 21, 2017

Nelson pool renderingThe lap swim at Nelson Pool will be cancelled from 8:30am-10am on Friday July 21, 2017 due to unexpected preventative maintenance.

The pool will be open for regular service at 10:30am.

Hold on – isn’t this a brand new swimming pool that has been operating since July 8th and is getting ready for its official opening in August – with the Mayor and the Ward Councillor in attendance?

What is it this time?

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Just over a minute of pure raw energy - fascinating!

eventsred 100x100By Staff

July 20, 2017




That is something to watch. All that energy.

Quite a show. Video lasts just over a minute.

Runs for just over a minute – astounding, CLICK HERE


Lightning - Sussex

Lightning display over Sussex in the UK yesterday evening

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Someone gives someone else more than $5000 to get them a job on a police force.

Crime 100By Staff

July 19, 2017



Last week, the Halton Regional Police received a complaint about an attempted employment scam that occurred during 2014.

The accused, Jagjit SINGH (51 years of Oakville), became acquainted through their mutual association in a religious group. During their contact, SINGH claimed to be a member of the Toronto Police Service. The victim was told that, in exchange for a sum of money, SINGH would be able to secure employment for him with the Police.

HRPS crestAfter the money was exchanged, SINGH provided various excuses for the delays and the lack of an employment offer.

Detectives believe that SINGH has attempted the same scam with other persons where he may have offered other employment opportunities (also fraudulent) with the Ford Motor Company. Investigators encourage those who may have been victimized to come forward.

Citizens are reminded to be extremely cautious with promises of advantage in any employment situation. Legitimate employment opportunities will NEVER involve the exchange of money.

Jagjit SINGH has been charged with Fraud Over $5000 and Personating a Peace Officer and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Milton on Wednesday August 16th 2017.

The police take great exception to anyone who tries to impersonate a police officer – they make sure they protect the brand. Jagjit SINGH will soon find out just how tough the Courts are this kind of offence.

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Nelson pool has been open since July 8 - Mayor will make it official on August 1st - entry fee waived that day

eventsgreen 100x100By Staff

July 19th, 2017



The city is hosting a celebration to officially mark the opening of the new Nelson pool and splash pad from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1.

Nelson pool grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting. Admission will be free all day, and there will be family activities and giveaways.

Nelson pool Rendering

Artists rendering of the Nelson pool which has been open since July 8 – reader says it’s beautiful.

The Mayor and Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison will be on hand for the photo op.

The ceremony will take place at noon. The pool party is from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The pool has been open to the public since July 8th.

Nelson Splash-Pad

That water bucket would be a good place for the official opening photo op.

The upside for the public is the free admission. A comment from a reader read: “New one is beautiful! Tried it out yesterday. Pricey, at $6.50/adult swim (Oakville is $4), but what a lovely facility. So glad the city decided to make the investment. Now they just need to make it affordable!”

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73 trips up Kerns Road will amount to an elevation of 30,000 feet; a lot of cyclists are going to try and achieve this on Saturday.

eventsblue 100x100By Staff

July 19th, 2017



Everesting – do you know what it means?

Think Mount Everest and the attempts that are made to get to the top.

A group has created an event that will have cyclists driving 2.4 km up Kerns Road 73 times which would be equal to the 30,000 feet that has to be climbed to get from the base of Mount Everest to the peak.

The 29,029 vertical feet climb on bikes, over the course of 20 hours, to equal climbing the summit of Mt Everest.

The event is seen as the Ultimate Mind-Body Challenge; this will be the first Everesting attempt in Halton.

The 29,029 vertical feet climb on bikes, over the course of 20 hours, to equal climbing the summit of Mt Everest

When : July 22nd 2017
Where: Kerns Road Burglington Ontario
Start: Lap 1 is 4:30 am eastern

Why? Joey Orfanogiannis.


Joey Orfanogiannis with family and friends

At 6 years old Joey and his family lives were changed forever. On January 4th, 2016 they had to hear the words “your child has cancer”, words that would thrust him into the challenge of his life at a very tender age.

Joey was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia “A.L.L.”

When most kids would be counting the minutes until recess, Joey was counting “arm pokes” – how many needles he would receive for blood tests prior to receiving a port into his chest which would become a pathway for chemotherapy and give him a break from all the needles. He would count spinal taps to administer chemotherapy that would protect his brain.

He would face numerous setbacks and painful surgeries coupled with nights that would leave him reeling in pain.

Through it all Joey never wavered and never backed down, he stood tall when most would fall and fought back when most would give up. We are happy to report that Joey is winning the fight with the same determination and looking forward to the word “remission” in March of 2019

Through it all, the statistics for children’s cancer became deeply troubling to his parents.

Aside from cancer being the leading cause of death in children, as well as the medical issues that occur after cancer survival from the heavy medication, one of the scariest facts is that children’s cancer research is grossly and consistently under-funded. It receives just 4% of government funding on an annual basis.

Joey’s parents knew something had to be done and wanted to help in an immediate and impactful way. They knew the challenge needed to be daunting, something that seemed as insurmountable as fighting cancer, and from that idea the Everesting event came to life.

It’s important to remember that no matter how difficult it may be to climb the cumulative height of Mount Everest over nearly 20 hours, it pales in comparison to the challenges faced by Joey and the many children battling cancer every day.

Joey will be running a lemonade stand and all the proceed will be going towards fighting cancer.

Grupetto will be serving coffees starting from 9am till noon.

Riders from the 30 top cycling clubs in the province will be taking part including the elite team Morning Glory from Mississauga and CCF Racing from Burlington.

The road will not be closed – it is seen as a very quiet road in a cycle friendly community.

Anybody can ride and no one will be ask do donate as the riders are coming to support the cause of fighting cancer and to bring awareness about how many kids are affected.

All Proceeds go directly to the Toronto Sick Kids and Montreal Children’s hospital for research funding in support of Pediatric Oncology.

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It's New Street - again. They are apparently digging up what they recently paved over.

News 100 redBy Staff

July 19th, 2017



There is a lot going on in the city and we haven’t had a chance to drive along the full length of New Street so cannot confirm what one Gazette reader opposed to the New Street Road Diet told us earlier this morning.

Hi I hope one of your reporters have time to do a story on the New Street Road Diet where yesterday they were digging up the brand new paving to install more water lines. Another planning and engineering fiasco.

Sometime after we originally published this piece another reader as:

Has anyone investigated what in blazes is going on on New St?!  For months (a year) we’ve endured construction and upheaval.  Once it was all nicely paved and the #%^* bike lanes were painted on again, haven’t they gone and torn up the whole thing again (east of Guelph Line).  Looks to me like they forgot to lay down some pipe!  Honestly, how much is this costing to do the job over?  I’d like to know…

New street - marks

Freshly paved weeks ago- reader reports it is being dug up – again.

New Street has become the 2016-17 news story in the public imagination – replacing the 2011-13 Pier story.

Seems the people need to have something to prod city hall about.

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Car share service in Burlington - they come in pet friendly versions and with a 407 transponder if you need one.

News 100 greenBy Staff

July 18th, 2017



The move is on to get you out of your car. Use a bike, take transit – try walking.

There are those who will tell you that you don’t need a car – hard to justify that in a city like Burlington. But do you need two cars? Especially if one of them sits in the GO station parking lot.  Could you share a car – more on that below.

With the city pushing for more balance in the transportation modes we use one wonders why there hasn’t been a real push to have Burlington transit experiment with different service opportunities.

Having a dial up service that lets people order up a bus that picks them up and drops them off at the GO station for a fee that has a bit of a premium on it seems so obvious to everyone we have mentioned it to – nothing that has the potential to give the public better access to transit service seems to get past the current council.

Jim Smith put forward a solid proposal for a service that would be free to seniors during the off peak hours – council found a way to ignore the advice or take a deeper look at the idea.

The private sector seems to be able to do a better job. There is an organization that is in the car share business that already has vehicles on private property in Burlington in an arrangement with a developer.

Car share

Wide range of vehicles available.

There is another developer that gave a small car to a condominium it had built – that arrangement didn’t work out but it is clear that people are looking at different options.

The car sharing business is growing – there is now a group of people, organized as a co-operative, who now have vehicles in nine Ontario cities – Burlington is one of the nine.

They have vehicles hat are pet friendly – vehicles that include a 407 transponder.  Gas is included in the share/rental with a gas card in each vehicle.

Known as community car share they offer quite a bit more than an economical car rental service. As a co-operative you become a member and can take part in choosing who the members of the board are and what the corporate policy and rate structure is going to look like.

Matthew Piggott – membership services manager is the contact point.

What impressed us was the range of the vehicle offering. If you need a small van for a couple of hours – they have one. Of course everything isn’t available all the time but at least there is one.

The co-operative organization speaks to the corporate values that drive the company.

Car share logoWorth looking into. Check it out!

There is a video with all the information you need to make a decision.

Related article:

Jim Young on seniors and transit

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A Gazette reader asks: Is this a great country or WHAT!!??

Comment 100By Pepper Parr

July 18, 2017



Here is why we like the work we do.

We did short piece on the slice of pizza that will be available at the Pizza Pizza outlets in the Burlington. It was a promotion from the pizza chain that is celebrating the 50th anniversary.

A Gazette reader comes back with:

“How come the plains rd pizza pizza is not participating?” (We left the typos in the comment.)

We have no idea why the Plans Road outlet isn’t participating – and we will look into that.

Minutes later another reader adds that:

“…and you can wash your Pizza Pizza down with a FREE root Beer at A&W this week Saturday July 22 2017.
Is this a great country or WHAT!!??”

So there is some good news from time to time.

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Burlington's Town Crier recognized and awarded First Place in a competition. Beachway resident helps out with the cost of cleaning the uniform..

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 18th, 2017



David Vollick has been serving as the Town Crier for the city of Burlington for at least five years.

He gets called upon to ring his bell and bellow out the message he is in the room to deliver.

A number of months ago during the day the Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation was trying to set a new Guinness Book of Records record for the largest crowd forming a letter of the alphabet.

They did their level best to get a crowd that would form a huge J in Spencer Smith Park.

They didn’t quite make it – the falling rain didn’t help.

Vollick Dave

David Vollick in “full throat” making an important announcement. Vollick was awarded First Place in a recent Town Crier competition.

But Vollick was there with his footwear covered in mud.

We asked Vollick a sensitive question – who pays the cleaning bills? David looked at the ground and sadly said that he was still playing the cleaning bills.

A Beachway resident offered to send Vollick a cheque to cover the cost of some of the dry cleaning.

When Vollick appeared before city council saying he was setting himself up as a Town Crier for the city – the biggest question was – how much is this going to cost us?

Vollick said it wasn’t going to cost the city anything – he would just like their blessing for what he was setting out to do.

He did wonder aloud if there might be some support for the cost of dry cleaning the uniform that he has to get done twice a year. They didn’t offer a dime but the city calls on him frequently.
Chisellers treat people like that.

However there has been some sunshine in Vollick life. He recently entered a Town Crier’s contest in Easton, Pennsylvania where he was awarded “First Place”.

In his constituency newsletter Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven thanks David “for representing Burlington and the Museums of Burlington.”

But nothing for the cost of cleaning the uniform.

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Not quite a free lunch but still a mighty fine deal - one day only!

eventsorange 100x100By Staff

July 18th, 2017



There is no free lunch – right?

But a slice of pepperoni and cheese pizza slices for 99 cents – from a brand name operation is as close to free as you’re going to get.

And onion rings at 50 cents is reason enough to head out to a Pizza Pizza this Saturday.

To entice you to get there early – there are $10 gift cards for the first twenty five people who show up at the four Pizza Pizza locations in Burlington,

Why the close to free lunch?

Pizza Pizza 50th logoIt’s Pizza Pizza’s 50th anniversary and they are celebrating with a pizza party for the whole family! The four Pizza Pizza locations in Burlington will be hosting community pizza parties on Saturday, July 22 as a way to thank its customers for their continuous support during their 50 years of operation.

WHEN: Saturday, July 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Pizza Pizza

2184 Mountain Grove Avenue
3537 Fairview Street
2201 Brant Street
 2485 Appleby Line

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Shakespeare plays to be performed at two location: Othello in Lowville and Merchant of Venice at the RBG Rock Garden.

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 18th, 2017



August is going to Shakespeare month for those who enjoy the bard.

Othello will be on an outdoor stage in Lowville where Thinkspot sponsors the Driftwood Theatre Company annually,

The single performance will be on August 2nd – 7 pm; bring an outdoor chair.

Later in the month, Trevor Copp will direct the Merchant of Venice at the RBG Rock Garden.

Last year, the first that Copp used the RBG location, was stellar in several ways.

Midsummer - cast and audience

Last year’s production of Midsummer Night’s Dream was the first time Trevor Copp mounted a play at the RBG – it was an outstanding success. Audiences loved the outdoor setting.

The cast of Midsummer Night’s Dream was fresh, energetic and used the outdoor location to great effect.
Weather and traffic did its best to hobble the event but the audience was true and they put up with the rain delays.

A QEW accident presented the cast from getting to the location – no problem – just re-schedule.

The Merchant of Venice will run from August 14 – September 1, 2017. Monday – Friday, 7:00PM (No Saturday shows.)

Copp sets out the story line:
Money: Portia has it. Bassanio wants it. Shylock lends it. Antonio owes it. And it will cost him dearly.

Dark in its humour and bawdy in its romantic hijinks, The Merchant Of Venice takes audiences on a journey of love, mercy and (in)justice. And for the second consecutive year, Trevor Copp will direct the production; Copp is the founder and Artistic Director of the Tottering Biped Theatre.

The Shakespeare at the Rock ensemble create a strikingly physical, playfully contemporary, abridged re-imagining of one of William Shakespeare’s classics.

Shakespeare at the Rock began with a simple idea: that audiences and emerging artists alike need not quench their creative thirsts in Toronto or elsewhere; that beautiful and captivating work is done right here in our own backyard; that local artists can stay local and still be paid for their work.

Last year’s inaugural production was a unanimous success in this respect: sold-out crowds, a total attendance of over 2000 patrons, and a cast comprised of many recent graduates from McMaster, Brock, Waterloo, and Sheridan Theatre programs.

Returning to tell this season’s tale of ‘a monster made not born’ are the ever-talented Jesse Horvath, Zach Parsons, Claudia Spadafora, Alma Sarai, and Micheal Hannigan. In addition, this year’s ensemble is enlivened by the artistry of newcomers, Chris Reid, Jamie Kasiama, and Shawn DeSouza-Coelho.

Tickets through the RBG Box office.

Hamlet - Lowville Festival - people on grass

Hamlet; a previous Driftwood Theatre production performed outdoors in Lowville. Othello will be produced this year – August 2nd.

Othello is a Driftwood Theatre production. The troupe travels the province each summer doing a different Shakespeare play.

Thinkspot has sponsored the company for a number of years.

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