Significant changes in re-sale prices in the residential sector. Off between 10% and 20%

News 100 yellowBy Staff

July 17th 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It was great while it lasted for the sellers – the buyers might see these price drops quite a bit differently.

Burlington appears to have lost approximately 10-20% of residential property values when comparing June 2016 to June 2017, pretty much across the board.

There are a few communities that are down considerably more – Tyandaga, Mountainside, Orchard which makes sense as these were communities where property values swelled unsustainably, during the late spring months.

Home soldFor the month of June, as compared to the same month in 2016, sales are down by 33% in Burlington and prices paid are on average 9% higher than in June 2016 which is still not too shabby an increase.

Several communities did not experience as dramatic a change as others. Aldershot, Plains, Longmoor all saw slight adjustments to average prices but nowhere near as dramatic as some. It remains to be seen if these communities soften further.

By the end of June, Burlington had close to 3-3 ½ months worth of inventory. This may sound like a lot but it is the number needed for a healthy, sustainable market. It’s good for buyers because they now have choices, they can do home inspections, and they can pay fair market value which is good for sellers too.

Rocca June report

Some stunning changes in real estate prices

The data used is courtesy of the Rocca Sisters and Associates

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Director of Education has been through the Administrative Review process before.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

July 17th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

With parents from both Lester B. Pearson and Bateman high school having filed requests for an Administrative Review of the Halton District School board decision to close their schools it becomes a bit of a waiting game.

The parent groups sent their documents to the Ministry of Education who then send a copy of that document to the Board of education and ask for a response.

Eric who PARC

Steve Armstrong, Pearson parent

The Board has 30 days to prepare their response. The school board  have various staff members working on different parts of the document which they will compile, edit and send to the Ministry of Education.

Once the complaint and the response are filed the Ministry has to decide to either appoint an Administrative Review facilitator/reviewer or they can choose to reject the AR and not appoint an independent reviewer.

The Board does not expect to make any comment until the Ministry makes a statement.

Stuart Miller, the Halton District School Board Director of Education has been through this process before.

When he was still a principal of an Oakville school there was an Accommodation Review of elementary schools in the area that was appealed to the Ministry.

The facilitator of that Review found that the Board had violated their own policy, (it was a different policy at that time) and ordered that the review had to be re-done.

Shortly after that decision Miller was promoted to Superintendent. He and the Director of Education at the time filed a new review process which the Ministry accepted.

Stuart Miller

Halton Board of Education Director of Education Stuart Miller.

Miller led the second review, under the new policy. The Board adhered to the new policy they had created and in the fullness of time three elementary schools were closed.

Miller said that at the time the policy problem was that the Board had not provided any options for the community to consider.

When the Accommodation Review of the Burlington high school situation took place in June, the Board had put 19 different options on the table. In the Oakville situation the community wanted to develop the options.

In Burlington the trustees had input from the Program Accommodation Review Committee and the 19 options to choose from.

There were 50 + delegations and the result of seven PARC meetings for the trustees to work with – they chose to go with the revised recommendation from the Director of Education.

While the PAR that was used in Burlington was new and there were certainly problems with that process – the decision was still made by the trustees to close two of the seven high schools in the city.

The province may well review the process.

The citizens may well review just who they want to represent them as trustees. They have an opportunity to do that in October of 2018.

The Board is proceeding with the expectation that the Ministry will not call for a formal review. The bulk of the work that has to be done to close the two schools will commence early in the next school year.

While the schools will not have students in them in the 2019 school year for Pearson and 2020 for Bateman the buildings will not be sold until the trustees decide that they are surplus to the Board’s needs. At that time the property can be sold but don’t expect to see the buildings sold to a developer faster than you can say Jack Rabbit.

There is a very strict process as to who the property has to be offered to – private interests are pretty close to the bottom of that list.

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Nickel Brook Brewery grows again and will expand into a new operation it is building in Niagara.

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 17th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

If it’s a good thing – keep on doing it – in even more places than you did before.

John Romano, who created Nickel Brook Brewing in 2005 announced plans earlier this month to build a new facility to allow for the continued growth of their core and specialty brands.

Burlington, Ontario , Dec 9,2008, John Romano places bottles in place on the bottling machine for his Nickel Brook beer brewed at Better Bitters in Burlington . Cathie Coward photos/ Assignment No 12025 . Rosie Grover Photo 3

John Romano places bottles in place on the bottling machine for his Nickel Brook beer brewed at Better Bitters in Burlington . Photo Cathie Coward

The decision to build a new, state-of-the-art brewery is a result of Nickel Brook’s exponential growth, with sales doubling every year since 2012. This new facility is planned for the Niagara wine region, while still maintaining the Funk lab facility in Burlington.

Nickel Brook expanded operations to Hamilton, when they co-opened the Arts and Science Brewery with Collective Arts Brewing in 2013.

With the move to this new facility, Nickel Brook will be moving out of the current Hamilton facility, selling its stake in Arts & Science to Collective Arts.

Nickel Brook will continue to brew its core brands and seasonal beers in Hamilton for the next two years while the new facility is constructed.

Ryan Morrow will remain on as Nickel Brook’s Brew Master, and Patrick Howell will continue as the Head of Barrel Management.

The company is also expanding its award-winning barrel-ageing program, and to bring in new tools and technologies that will allow its brewing team to explore new possibilities in craft brewing.

Nickel Brook - sample cans beer“The new brewery we’ve envisioned is going to be a place where people will want to spend the day, and where we can brew even more exciting beers than we’re already making” said President John Romano. “The Arts & Science partnership was a good way for both us and Collective Arts to expand production capacity, but our long term vision is to offer customers a full craft experience where they can enjoy fresh Nickel Brook beer along with amazing food, education, events and more. This facility will allow for all of that.”

While still in the early stages, the team has plans for a sizeable barrel room, separate funk and ‘clean’ facilities, foeders, a proper tap room and events space, restaurant and more.

 

 

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Herd loses to Kitchener 26-7; Barrie Baycats set new league record for consecutive wins - they have yet to lose a game.

sportsgreen 100x100By Staff

July 17, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A 26-7 win over the Burlington Herd made it eight straight wins for the Kitchener Panthers, who moved past London and into second place following Saturday’s game

Kitchener took a five-run lead into the seventh and blew the game open with 19 runs over the last three innings.

Sean Reilly led the way with four hits, including two home runs, and eight RBI. He’s currently in position to win the triple crown with 16 home runs, 50 RBI and a .473 average.

Mike Gordner and Jeff MacLeod each singled, homered and drove in four, while Yorbis Borroto went 2-for-3 with two RBI and three runs. Tanner Nivins had two hits, two RBI and two runs, Colin Gordner drove in a run and scored twice, Mike Andrulis picked up two hits, an RBI and two runs, and Ryan Douse, Matthew Vollmer and Connor Mitchell all had an RBI.

Matt McGovern (2-1) earned the win, allowing two runs on eight hits with two strikeouts over seven innings.

Herd-logoMatt Schmidt went 2-for-5 for Burlington, with a home run and three RBI. Ryan Freemantle singled three times and drove in two while scoring once, Andrew Mercier singled twice and had an RBI, Justin Gideon went 2-for-5 with a run, and Canice Ejoh scored twice.

Rich Corrente (1-3) gave up 10 runs (eight earned) on nine hits over six innings. He walked six and struck out one.

The stunning news for the Intercounty Baseball League is the new record for consecutive wins. The Barrie Baycats are now 25-0 for the season

The Guelph Royals suspended operations for the season a number of weeks ago.

Standings
Barrie Baycats 25-0
Kitchener Panthers 21-6
London Majors 19-7
Toronto Maple Leafs 12-14
Brantford Red Sox 10-15
Burlington Herd 11-18
Hamilton Cardinals 7-18
Guelph Royals 1-28

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John Street - what can the city do with it to make it more relevant and respectable.

backgrounder 100By Pepper Parr

July 17, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Getting Brant Street to the point where it is actually as vibrant as the politicians will tell you it is – that is a challenge.

John street looking nth from Lkshore

John Street – one east of Brant that doesn’t have a clear profile or purpose and is actually a lane-way at the north end.

An even bigger challenge is getting John Street – the first street to the east of Brant, from what is part street and part lane-way into a street that has an identity and can become the location for the expansion of commercial traffic in the downtown core.

The Gazette had been trying to arrange for a walking tour with someone from the Planning department – schedule conflicts and staff changes get getting in the way.

We finally found a bright weekday morning with just a hint of a rain threat to walk the street with Director of Planning Mary Lou Tanner and Charles Mulay, the staff planner responsible for the development work that takes place in that part of the city.

When we first wanted to take a close up look at John Street the Bentley project had yet to put a shovel into the ground and the proposal for a 28 storey condominium on the corner of Brant and James Street that stretched over to John had yet to be presented to the public.

It was beginning to look as if there was perhaps some life ahead for the street.

At one point there was a fire station on John Street in a building that has excellent lines and a solid structure and is directly across the street from an upscale furniture store.

Other than that – the street is a mish mash of parking spaces and alley ways that becomes a lane-way just north of Caroline.

Tanner, who describes herself as a “policy wonk” who tends to look at the bigger picture, notes that there has been some land assembly talking place on the street then adds that no one has walked into city hall with a proposal.

We started the walk at city hall and crossed over to James and headed north.

John - parkling and revenue property south of Caroline west side

Director of Planning Mary Lou Tanner realizes that many of the commercial units on Brant back door on to John Street and have residential properties on the second level.

The issue from a planning perspective is the number of small commercial operations that have residential on the second floor which provides revenue.

Tanner explains that these smaller operations are not in a position to spend significant amounts to upgrade their parking spaces and give the street more pedestrian traffic appeal.

The Carriage Gate project across from city hall that has been announced and is now in the hands of the Planning department who will report to a council Standing Committee sometime in the fall with a recommendation.

In the discussion and debate on that project to date there didn’t appear to be a lot of concern over the height the developer was asking for – parking and the number of parking spaces in the building were the issue heard most often,

Ward Councillor Marianne Meed Ward isn’t interested in anything much over 12 storeys but she doesn’t appear to be leading a very big parade on this one. Her following is focused on the ADI Development Group project that is looking for 26 storeys (the number of storeys kept changing)  at the intersection of Martha and Lakeshore Road and is now arguing the merits of that development before the Ontario Municipal Board – that hearing begins on Monday the 17th.

The plans Carriage Gate have submitted to city hall for the yet to be named project, includes side-walks that are close to six metres wide – the city requirement is for three metres on all three sides of the structure.

John - Elizabeth Int property

Elizabeth Interiors, no longer operational as a commercial business on Brant is opposite where a 28 story structure has been proposed. Someone has planned a future for the space

John Street - Elizabeth parking lot

The Elizabeth Street parking lot has been looking for someone to put it to better use than just a parking lot. Nothing so far.

John - Wellington tower + bus office

Wellington Tower, a Regionally owned and operated residence was once the location of a much larger transit terminal.

South of James Street, on John Street, there is the back end of Elizabeth Interiors, two city owned parking lots; Wellington Terrace which is a Regionally operated rent controlled building.

Immediately south of Wellington Towers is a block that has been assembled and waiting for future development – don’t think in terms of six to twelve storeys for that block.

On the east side of John Street at Lakeshore there is a nice collection of small shops with a low rise residential building. The street is not likely to have anything in the way of a grand entrance off Lakeshore Road – at least not within the next 15 to 20 years.

John Bottom at Lkesho east side - residential

South end of John at Lakeshore. More density on the south is probable.

The Bridgewater development is to open in 2019, whatever is going to be done with the proposals to increase the density of the Waterfront Hotel property will have to be worked through – once those two are settled what happens to Lakeshore and John Street is anybody’s guess – the current city council will not be in place when that happens – it is that far forward.

Realize that the land for the Bridgewater project was assembled in 1985 and approved as a legacy project for the city in 1995. Shovels went into the ground in 2016.

The city is in the process of getting public input on the new Official Plan which is to reflect the already approved Strategic Plan.

With that process underway the GROW Bold initiatives – there are four of them – are making the rounds.
Two of these will have a huge impact on the downtown core – Downtown with the John Street terminal being ground zero and the Burlington Go station mobility hub study.

Mobility hubs

The city has approved four mobility hubs around which most of the intensification will take place. The thinking the city has people doing is for a city of the future – decades away.  What the city wants to do is set out what can be built where giving the public a sense of what their city will look like and the development community rules they can work within.

What has to be appreciated with the GROW Bold work is that these are long, long range looks at where the city wants to be in 20 to 30 years. Some of these are so far off into the future that many of us aren’t going to be around to see them actually happen – if they happen at all.

John - No frills - laneway

The No Frills supermarket at the top of Brant Street.

Which gets us to the other end of John Street where the No Frills supermarket is located. There is a graphic that shows the No Frills property as a park.

John - supermarket park

That patch of green is where the No Frills supermarket on Brant is now located – the long term plan is to turn it into a park – where will people buy their food> It is a long term plan.

That one had a lot of people scratching their heads.

Sometime before Tanner took over as the Director of Planning the thinking was that the actual supermarket could/should be moved closer to Brant Street with the parking at the rear of the building and some high rise residential built above the parking space.

That idea seems to have been replaced by finding another location for a downtown supermarket – heaven knows where. Given the number of people/jobs the city is required to add to the population between now and 2031 there is going to have to be a supermarket somewhere.

John - Nth Caroline- garage - beer truck

This part of John Street is close to industrial and is actually not a street – but a lane-way that isn’t particularly inviting.

John opposite tire store - pk lot - city owned

A city owned parking lot that is waiting for a developer to take an interest in the property. It will be a critical part of any revision of John Street.

John Bell Bldg + BMO

The Bell Telephone switching station and the Bank of Montreal parking lot are a development challenge. The bank has an upgrade planned – how extensive an upgrade isn’t known yet.

Working from the No Frills south on John there is a large city owned parking lot on the east side and a hodge podge of the back end of a number of retail – hospitality operations. This part of John is actually a lane-way.

Given the proximity to the downtown core – which officially ends just north of the Accura dealership, and the value of those properties planners point out that the current use for much of John Street doesn’t align with their value.

The Bank of Montreal property has been waiting for an upgrade to the branch that has a tired worn look to it.

The Bell Telephone building at the west corner of John and Caroline has four storey solid brick walls that are, in the words of Director Tanner, “about as forbidding as a space can be”. That building houses all of the switches that control telephone lines for much of the city – that building isn’t going anywhere in the near future.

The development community looks for opportunities to do some land assembly along John Street and the city waits.

Part of Burlington’s problem is the city has been waiting for some time to see the kind of development proposals it likes the look of – while the developers look very carefully at what the market is prepared to absorb.

There is no land on which to develop those single family homes that define Burlington – 78% of the people in the city live in homes they own. City hall understands that any growth has to be UP and not OUT, which means high rise structures.

Given the cost of land those structures have to go very high if there are going to be any three and four bedroom units for families. Is Burlington a city where people are going to have balconies instead of back yards? That is the issue that has to be worked out and at the same time meet the provincial requirement that we add to the population.

Bentley - rendering

The Bentley, now under construction on John Street south of Caroline. It is a three stage project with a parking garage and a Medical Centre on the north side.

The Bentley, currently under construction on the east side of John Street between Pine and Caroline, has been some time getting to the point where shovels were in the ground. The Mayor was once heard to grumble publicly that it was taking forever to get an approved project to the actual construction point.

And the city is now very unhappy to learn that the condominium, first part of a three stage development, is going forward and selling quite well – again according to the Mayor – but the eight storey garage and the proposed medical centre on the north end don’t have construction start dates.

Carriage Gate, the developer will mention that working with Burlington Hydro is not exactly a picnic. The demands that organization makes on the developers is not fully understood by the tax paying public. Hydro is owned by the city.

The tension between the development community and the way it works with the Planning department and how the developers have to keep their ears close to the ground to assess what the public will accept and how city council is likely to respond the complaints.

Tanner will tell you that the city, for the most part, has developers that she can work with. Getting city council to accept what she brings to them is another matter.

So far Carriage Gate has not had the hue and cry that the ADI Development Group is coping with. Council seemed happy with what the Bentley was going to do for the city – but they certainly didn’t make it easy for the developer.

John Furniture store east side

High end furniture store gave this part of John Street a bit of a Niagara-on-the-Lake feel.

John - former fire station

What was once a city fire department and then a high end furniture store is no vacant. The building gives the street a sense of place and quietness.

Across the street from the Berkeley project on John Street there is a collection of the small parking lots that take away from any sense of a street. Elizabeth, one block to the east has a much stronger sense of being a street with buildings that work and sight lines that go right through to the lake.

John Street seems to have been forgotten – with no vision or long range plan. The focus has always been on making Brant vibrant – which it is when there is a festival taking place in Spencer Smith Park.

John at Caroline - west side

The building on Caroline between Brant and John isn’t going to take this form for much longer. when the Carriage Gate project is complete that will drive additional development in the immediate area.

The land on Caroline between Brant and John is so ripe for development – someone has to have done some land assembly with these properties.

John Street - back end of Smith funeral

Smith’s Funeral Home – a property with a lot of room for parking.

John - east south of Pine and Berkeley

Almost across John Street from Smith’s is one of the finer Burlington homes from another era.

Opposite the Bentley is the Smith Funeral home operation with a lot of parking space – which is directly opposite where the eight storey parking garage is going to be built. One would like to think there would be some way of creating a contractual relationship that would reserve some of that parking garage for the funeral home when there are funerals so that they can realize the value of their property holdings between Brant and John Street.

The Bentley is scheduled to open in 2019 – give it a year and see what kind of a change that project brings to the street and the city and John Street may take on whatever it is going to have in the way of character.

The next block south of Pine has some very interesting opportunities. The two furniture stores (one closed recently) are fine buildings. The immediately south of Pine on the west side is marred by the parking spaces.

What an outstanding fine restaurant that location would make.

John - east side opposite Jeffs house with front parking

Buildings that will at some point be assembled and put to a better land use than what is in place today.

John Jeffs in the rear of Joelle's

The parking spots take away from the presentation of the retail location. The planners think here are solutions to the look that parked cars give the entrance.

Further south there is a collection of small properties that need some help. Ripe for assembly if that hasn’t already taken place.

The city has been looking for someone to come forward with development proposals for the two parking lots that are south of James. There was a time when many thought the DeGroote School of Business was going to be located on the Elizabeth Street Parking lot – but that one got away.

City council has been hungering for some Class A office space – without parking there isn’t much hope for that happening. And underground parking is far too expensive to be viable.

John Street - Elizabeth parking lot

The city once thought McMaster University was going to put a faculty on this lot – that didn’t work out. City council has been far too many hours talking about what can be done with this property.

The towers in the east end along the North Service Road at Burloak with the acres of outdoor parking and rents that are acceptable preclude any significant office space being built downtown. The only hope is for the city to get the province to move a couple of hundred civil servant to the city and put up a structure that will have a limited amount of parking space. That will get people on the street.

John Street needs help – but the city planning department has so much on its plate with the total re-write of the Official Plan and then getting the community input on the four mobility hubs completed so that the Planning department can put a plan in front of city council.

Time line graphic

Time line for the completion of the Grow Bold initiative that will set out where the city wants development to take place in the next 25 years.

What has to be fully appreciated is that the Grow Bold work is intended as long term thinking. The Planning departments want to have a set of rules, expectations in place for the public who will know how and where their city is going to grow and for the development community to know what they are going to be able to take to city hall.

The size of the work load for the Planning department is close to over whelming. Once they have done their work city council gets to make some decisions.

city hall with flag poles

Is there a new city hall in the works? Eventually but not for a couple of decades. When the city had decided on what the development vision is actually going to be and the majority of the citizens have bought into it – then maybe the elected officials will decide we need something more appropriate to our needs.

And what about city hall itself? It gets referred to as “iconic” – a much over used word. The building does not meet the current space needs of the city. The Sims building across the street from the south side city hall has two floors of office space occupied by the city and there are small offices with city staff sprinkled through the city near city hall.

Tanner likes the city hall but admits that it needs some work – there is nothing majestic about the place; looks a little haphazard as if it isn’t quite sure what it wants to be which is probably a pretty accurate description of the city.

The public is going to have a lot of information put in front of them in the next six to nine months. If the taxpayers don’t like the look of what is put in front of them – they can elect a different city council. Next municipal election is in October of 2018 – fifteen months away.

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Classical and electronic to come together at the RBG Rock Garden July 20th.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

July 16, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A string quartet and an electronic band playing outdoors on a sultry summer night.

Illitry - by Martin Bazyl

Illitry will perform with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rock Garden. Photograph by Martin Bazyl

It’s part of what summer is supposed to be and on July 20th at 7:00 pm the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and the electronic band Illitry will perform together at the RBG Rock Garden.

Rock Garden sign

One of the gems Burlington shares with Hamilton.

They will be performing work by both classical and contemporary composers.

Catch a mini guided tour of the Rock Garden during intermission. Admission to the Gardens is included with the price of ticket.

Cash bar and concession items will be available for purchase prior to the concert and during the intermission.

Rock Garden AFTERDARK: Stick around following the show to have a drink and enjoy the tranquility of our famous garden, meet the musicians and listen to their favourite tunes.

Garden opens at 6pm to those who have purchased tickets. Seating is first come first served.

Tickets available at:  CLICK HERE

Ticket prices:

Adult (13 years and older) $30.00
Senior*** / Student** $21.00
Child (4-12 years old) $15.00
Toddler (1-3 years old) Free
Babes in Arms (0-12 months) Free

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Get yourself nominated as one of the 150 special people in Burlington.

eventsred 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 16. 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It’s a little like the gift that keeps on giving.

If you thought the Canada 150 theme was just for Canada Day – think again.

The Ontario Liberals plan to get all the mileage possible out of that one by renaming the event at Ontario 150.

It looks as if each provincial Liberal is going to hold an event at which you the public get asked to nominate 150 people as special.

Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon tell us she is “so thrilled to announce a call for nominations for the Burlington 150 Awards! “

McMahons 150“In a year focused on celebrating our province and country,” said McMahon “let’s honour 50 women, 50 men and 50 youth who embody the qualities and values that make our province great and who have dedicated their time and talent towards community service in Burlington.

Burlington150 celebrates people who contribute to:

Celebrating diversity/inclusion
Building community/capacity
Protecting the heritage of Burlington
Protecting the environment
Promoting a healthy community

You don’t even have to live in Burlington to be nominated but “their work must have had a direct impact on our community. You are not limited to the number of people you wish nominate!

Nominations close September 30, 2017.

McMahon at Up Creek - side view - smile

McMahon out in the community.

FOUR EASY WAYS TO NOMINATE

1. Website: www.eleanormcmahon.onmpp.ca
2. Email: emcmahon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org [Subject: “Burlington150 Nomination”]
3. Phone: 905-639-7924
4. Mail: 472 Brock Avenue, Suite 104 Burlington, ON L7S1N1

This wouldn’t be a way to collect names of people that can be called upon to vote for the re-election of the Burlington MPP in 2018 – would it?

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The Herd hangs in to beat Hamilton Cardinals 18-13 in a 30 hit game Friday evening..

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

July 14th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The lead changed hands several times; there were 30 hits and eight errors but the Burlington Herd eventually beat the Hamilton Cardinals 18-13 Friday night

Herd T-shirtBurlington’s Justin Gideon went 3-for-6 with a home run, three RBI, four runs and two steals. Justin Whaley homered and drove in four. Canice Ejoh had three hits, three RBI and two runs, Ryan Freemantle scored twice, Quinton Bent singled twice and scored twice, while Cooper Lamb, Kevin Hussey, Eddie Chessell and Nolan Pettipiece all drove in a run.

Herd reliever Kyle Symington (1-2) gave up three runs on five hits over three innings for the win. He didn’t walk or strike out a batter. Derek Zwolinski started and gave up five runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in three innings.

Jake Chiaravalle went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI for Hamilton. He also scored three times. Connor Bowie doubled twice, singled, and scored three runs, Logan Stewart had two hits, two runs and an RBI, Callum Murphy singled twice and had an RBI and run, Marcus Dicenzo went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run, and Greg Marco added an RBI.

Ben Reid (0-1) took the loss in relief, giving up three runs (two earned) on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts in 1.1 innings. Nick Virdo started and allowed seven runs (three earned) on three hits with seven walks and five strikeouts in 4.1 innings.

Future games
Saturday, July 15
Kitchener at Burlington, 1:05 p.m.

Standings
Barrie Baycats 23-0
London Majors 19-5
Kitchener Panthers 20-6
Toronto Maple Leafs 12-14
Brantford Red Sox 9-15
Burlington Herd 10-17
Hamilton Cardinals 7-18
Guelph Royals 1-26

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Rivers has the temerity to call a Telsa a Tin Lizzie - will he be buying one on-line?

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

July 14th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

It is a revolution coming to a shopping mall or car dealer near you. There is a veritable flood of affordable electric vehicles (EV), the new Tin Lizzies, that will be pouring into the auto market in the near future. And as Tesla has shown you will be able to buy one at Yorkdale Shopping Centre or on-line as well as through the traditional car dealer networks.

Quebec leads the country with EV sales, though the number sold to date in this country is relatively low compared to other vehicle sales. But it is rapidly changing and that is the story we need to be paying attention to.

Rivers EV charging stations

The Portland Oregon airport expects to see a lo of electric cars – they have installed these charging stations.

To accommodate that growth there are over 5000 public EV charging stations across Canada according to the Canadian Automobile Association, which has an online map for when, inevitably, someone is running on their last drop of electrons. And the government is rapidly growing that network in this province.

Electricity is no stranger to transportation. Elevators, escalators, commuter trains, trams, subways, ski tows, and golf carts are all electric. In fact EVs were among the first horseless carriages produced. The giant General Motors in the mid 90’s, in anticipation of California’s strict auto emissions laws, produced more than 1000 EVs (called EV1) in a pilot lease program. The experiment was so successful that, presumably under oil company persuasion, GM took back the vehicles and destroyed them disappointing many otherwise satisfied drivers.

Rivers telsa 3

When Henry Ford introduced his Model T – it came in Black and only black. The Telsa offers a little more choice

But Tesla is the game changer. Introducing high-end quality cars, Tesla blazed the trail and was soon mimicked by other luxury car makers. In this way the EV developed niche and has become associated with speed, quality, reliability and high prices. That’s a long stretch from an EV being nothing more than a road-worthy golf cart. And it worked, sparking interest among autophiles and prompting a huge outcry for an affordable EV with sufficient battery capacity to accommodate most personal driving needs.

So last week Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the production of the first of its bread and butter EVs with a 300 kilometre range. Tesla first announced this vehicle, the ‘Model 3’ a couple of years ago and has since accumulated about half a million $1000 cheques from folks reserving their place to get one. Tesla Motors, barely a decade or so in the car business and still waiting to make a profit on its vehicle production, is already worth more than Ford Motors in market value. It’s owner the effervescent Musk, founder of Pay Pal and Space-X, is obviously doing something right.

But not everyone agrees we should be ditching the old guzzlers and moving to EVs. One of these is the editor of the Financial and National Post, Kevin Libin, who recently penned an epitaph on the EV based largely on yesterday’s sales numbers. He also referenced two studies, a Swedish one claiming lower CO2 emissions from driving a gas guzzler than making the EV’s batteries; and a Chinese paper claiming that charging the batteries alone emits 50% more than sticking with gasoline.

Libin might have checked an April copy of Forbes which lays out the carbon footprint for the Tesla and includes a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists which demonstrates that an EV reduces CO2 emissions by 53% over gas power even where coal is burned, as per the USA or China. And that number rises to 84% for a jurisdiction like Ontario whose electricity production is about 80% carbon free.

Rivers Volvo

Volvo has announced that in the near future it will manufacture just electric cars.

In any case those kinds of distraction haven’t put a stop to Chinese owned Volvo’s plans to sell only EVs and hybrids as of 2019. And for a cold northern country, EVs currently make up a third of all new car sales in Norway – where electricity is fossil-fuel free. In the UK, authorities are so concerned about EV growth potential that they worry there may not be enough electricity produced at the brand new Hinkley Point nuclear facility to meet future demand.

Riveers hydro generating

The Sir Adam Beck damn at Niagara has all the capacity the province is going to need to power up the charging stations and the GO trains that are due to be electrified in the not too distant future.

Following the break-up of Ontario Hydro with the associated brownouts, blackout, and soaring electricity rates in the early 2000’s, the Ontario government vowed to ‘keep the lights on’ by ensuring there would always be adequate electrical capacity to meet our needs. It was an expensive promise with an untested public/private electrical system requiring the issue of long term fixed supply contracts. And it was also a system requiring massive infrastructure spending to rectify years of neglected maintenance.

As a result of all that investment, Ontario, which had been forced to import almost a billion dollars of electrical supply in the final two years of the Harris/Eves government, was able to export almost a quarter million dollars worth of energy in 2015. And with all that capacity we can keep the electrons flowing for days when the sky is cloudy and/or the wind is still. We also now have a precautionary margin in the event that one of the nuclear facilities, which together supply roughly half of our electricity, fail as they have done in the past. And just as importantly, there will be sufficient capacity to meet the needs of an EV future and the end of the gas guzzler.

Rivers-direct-into-camera1-173x300Ray 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:

EV Sales Canada –   EV Recharging Network–   Volvo 2019 –   

FP Article on EVs –  Tesla 3 –    EVs and the Oil Industry –    EV Myths–   

EV vs Gas PollutionTesla Not So Green –    Tesla Reductions –    

EV ReductionsWho Killed the EV –   Grid Blackout 2003 –   UK Hinkley

Ontario’s Nukes

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Halton Regional Police Service investigating purse robbery on New Street

Crime 100By Staff

July 13, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

On Tuesday July 11th 2017 just before noon, in broad daylight, an elderly woman was at a plaza at 2421 New Street, Burlington when an unknown male suspect approached her from behind and demanded that she give him her purse.

The plaza, on the north side of New Street Line and west of Guelph Line, is small with little in the way of traffic, meant there were few people around to witness the crime.

HRPS crestThe suspect grabbed the purse from the victim and a struggle ensued with the victim being knocked to the ground and hitting her head.

The purse strap broke and the suspect left with the victim’s purse on a bicycle riding towards New Street. A search of the area was conducted; however the suspect was not located.

The suspect is described as male, white, in his 20’s, 5’9″-6’0″ tall wearing a baseball hat and black Champion running shoes.

This type of crime in a city with the number of seniors it has can be terrifying – hopefully the police will increase their visual presence in the city giving seniors, especially women, a sense of being safe.

The Halton police are pretty good at catching criminals – hopefully the judge that convicts the man will hand out an appropriate sentence. The slaps on the wrist aren’t enough for this type of crime.

Anyone with information about this robbery are asked to contact Detective Phil Vandenbeukel of the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau – Robbery Team at 905-825 4747 ext. 2343, Crime Stoppers “See Something, Hear Something, Say Something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimesoppers.ca or by texting “Tip 201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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Outdoor swimming pools closed for the day.

notices100x100By Staff

July 13th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A brand new swimming pool that has been open less than a week gets closed due to heavy rain and forecasted thunderstorms. There is no justice.

The city has closed all the outdoor pools today, Thursday July 13, 2017.

Mountainside Pool and Splash Pad, Nelson Pool and Splash Pad and LaSalle Wading Pool and Splash Pad will re-open Friday July 14, 2017 on their regular schedule.

Nelson swimming pool

Nelson swimming pool.

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It was pretty wild for a time yesterday at the Motel 6 on the North Service Road

Crime 100By Staff

July 12th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The Halton Regional Police have released an update on the shot that was fired in the parking lot of Motel 6 on the North Service Road.

It all started on Tuesday at just after 3:00 in the morning when a male suspect went to the reception desk, opened a knapsack and displayed a handgun to an employee and demanded access to a room where the male believed a female acquaintance was staying.

The suspect was given access to the room which turned out to be unoccupied at the time. The suspect then fled the area in what was described only as a silver hatchback vehicle. Police were called but the suspect and vehicle were not located.

Motel 6

Motel 6 on the North Service Road.

At approximately 11:25 AM, the suspect returned to Motel 6 where he confronted the female acquaintance and ended up chasing her on foot through the motel. The female ran to a vehicle in the parking lot which was occupied by one of her associates.

The suspect was then seen holding a handgun and threatened to kill the female. The suspect then shot one round towards the female which hit the front hood of the vehicle while she was sitting in the front passenger seat. The female and her associate then sped away in an attempt to escape but were chased by the suspect who had entered a vehicle.

The suspect continued to chase the female and her associate at high rates of speed for approximately 2 kilometres before he fled the area but not before a witness obtained the licence plate and provided it to police.
Police responded to the Motel 6 to investigate the shooting and also to the area of Mainway and Dillon Rd. in Burlington where the female and her associate fled to in the vehicle that had been shot. No injuries were sustained by anyone.

At approximately 4:30 PM, investigators located the suspect and the vehicle in an underground parking garage on Main Street West in Hamilton. The suspect, 28 year-old James Kohne PHIXAKOUNE of Hamilton was arrested without incident and returned to Burlington and held for bail charged with attempted murder and discharging a firearm.

On the morning of July 12th 2017, investigators located the involved handgun after executing a search warrant and the suspects’ residence and the vehicle he was operating.

PHIXAKOUNE has since been remanded into custody and will appear next in Milton Court on Friday July 14th 2017 at which time additional charges are expected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Joe Barr of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2385 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-TIPS (8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637.

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Trustee Collard now begins the hard part - making the Board decision to close two schools actaully work for her constituency.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

July 12, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

The decision to close two of Burlington’s seven high schools took place just over a month ago.

Parents with children at the two schools, Lester B. Pearson and Bateman, are still recovering from the shock of the 10-1 vote that closed Bateman and the 8-3 vote that closed Pearson.

The single vote against closing Bateman was cast by trustee Amy Collard who fought valiantly for a different decision. Many are still stunned with the way things worked out.

Amy Collard HDSB trustee

Amy Collard the night that four parents showed up for the public meeting that was held to explain just what the Program Accommodation Review was all about.

Collard was devastated and still does not understand why her fellow trustees could not see the merit in the ideas she put forward.

She felt there was merit in keeping Bateman open and making it part of an arrangement that would have Bateman and Nelson linked as one school with two properties.

Collard saw this as providing a better service for the students from both schools and an opportunity to not spend the $12 million that would be needed to upgrade Nelson for the influx of Bateman students.

Collard’s task now, as she explains, is to ensure that the transition serves the students at Bateman – her job for the balance of this term of office is to hold the Board administration accountable at every possible level.

Bateman parents are fortunate to have a trustee that will go to the lengths Collard has on their behalf. While she was personally devastated with the decision – Collard has accepted it and now wants to get on with the job of serving the Bateman parents and their children.

There was a time when Collard thought she might take a shot at running for the ward 5 seat on city council, currently held by Paul Sharman, “I have abandoned that idea” said Collard. There is work to be done to ensure that the students at Bateman are cared for properly when they are forced to move to Nelson in 2020.

Collard and Miller

Amy Collard the evening it became clear to her that she had the fight of her life on her hands to persuade the Director of Education and her fellow trustees that Bateman could be kept open and should be kept open.

For Collard, the ward trustee, the task is to ensure that the Board lives up to the promises that were made and that the transition benefits the Bateman students.

Not many knew how complex the programs are at Bateman for the disadvantaged and how vital those programs are to the parents. The impact the move is going to have on those parents is hard for most people to fully appreciate. The Board staffer who explained that “it is just a program and programs can be moved” just isn’t aware of what the Community Pathways Program means to hundreds of families.

An issue that no one really wants to talk about but that is critical to the success of any merger of Bateman into Nelson is the environment at Nelson.

Nelson mascot Mar 7-17

Nelson high school has always seen itself as the school to beat. Cocky, confident and with great school spirit.

The early comments on social media about some of the Bateman students were rude, crude and totally unacceptable. Nelson’s culture is significantly different than that of Bateman. It is going to take a principal with a remarkable skill set to oversee the merger and Nelson parents prepared to ensure that the school and their children adapt.

Done poorly this merger could become a disaster.

The Community Placement Program is made up to a large degree of students who need special attention and care. Bateman had a total of 42 Educational Assistants (EA’s) to work with those emotionally disadvantaged students.

The day before our interview with Collard she attended the Bateman graduation ceremony that included a child who is severely disadvantaged from a family that has more than its share of challenges.

The child and her mother were one of the delegations. It was painful to watch the child in a wheelchair struggle to control her body movements – she spoke in short outbursts that was close to impossible to understand. The pride in Collard’s voice when she said the student who graduated wanted to be a writer was palpable.

And why not Stephen Hawking tells us what he has to say from his wheelchair.

Kelly Amos

Halton District School Board chair Kelly Amos.

Collard has served as Chair of the Board of trustees for at least one year.  She ran for that position again this year but was defeated.  She is not seen as a popular person by her colleagues – she doesn’t do the social stuff – for her being a trustee is important and she tends to take the work more seriously than the others.

That is not to suggest that the other trustees are all slackers. There are some promising newcomers; there are others that shouldn’t even be in the room and there are some that have served for some time and served well.

The Gazette does not include Oakville trustee Kelly Amos, the current chair among the latter.

A group of Bateman parents have filed a request for an Administrative Review of Board’s decision to close their schools.

The Pearson high school parents filed their report earlier this month. A copy of the report was published by the Gazette.

When asked if she was involved in the preparing of the Administrative Review request Collard explained that as a trustee she believed her job was to support the decisions made by the Board; not exactly the approach one would expect from a person who worked so hard for a different decision.

Trustees - Sams - Reynolds - Collard

Amy Collard, on the right, is persistent and at times insistent – the probes and makes it clear that she expects informed answers to her questions.

Collard is serving her second term as the trustee for Ward 5 – she was acclaimed in both the 2010 and the 2014 elections.

She views her role through several lenses – ensuring that the promises made by Board staff are met; working with the parents to ensure that their grievances and concerns are addressed and then working with her fellow trustees to do some of the healing she feels needs to take place.

During the lengthy- nine months – process there were very few who spoke publicly for the closure of any schools. There were two – perhaps three people who spoke for the closure of Bateman; one a delegation made by a Central parent who said that keeping Central open and closing Bateman served the best interest of the city.  That was perhaps one of the most gratuitous comments heard during the whole process.

Collard AmyCollard is not popular amongst the other trustees. Being a trustee is not a popularity contest; Collard believes the trustees are there to ask hard questions and to hold the Director and his staff accountable.

One seldom hears tough questions from the other trustees – few come forward with well thought out suggestions. Photo ops are part of the job, visiting schools and being treated with dignity and respect is part of the job.

What the public seldom sees is a trustee asking – Why? They tend to take their cue from the Director of Education and for the most part have failed to understand that the public put them in place to hold that Director accountable for what he and his staff do.

During the nine month period that the PAR process was taking place the trustees chose to say very little. Most said they were collecting data and listening carefully to everything that was being said.

At the same time these same trustees spent well over an hour closely reviewing plans for a new high school that was to be built in Milton. They concerned themselves with the width of hallways, where windows would be placed – the only thing they didn’t do was try to choose the colour of the paint for the walls.

It would have been wonderful to see these same trustees take as detailed an interest in what was about to be done to Bateman, one of the most effective high school operations in the city.

Bateman parents have reported that some of the trustees did not even visit Bateman during the tours that were arranged for them. The Gazette had asked if they could take part in those tours – we were told that taking part would not be appropriate. We would have had an opportunity to see just who did show up.

While not all trustees will agree that their board is a fractured one with policies and procedures that have not served the public well, Collard thinks there is a need for some healing and an opportunity to work together in a setting that is more collegial and informal than a board room.

A retreat would be an excellent idea – the trick is going to be to get everyone to agree to attend and then to have a trained facilitator in the room to draw out the differences and moderate the discussion. Done properly it could be the smartest thing this Board of trustees does.

School board matters get relatively little media attention. Their meetings often run long – very long. They meet more frequently than Burlington’s city council and oversee a much, much larger budget.

The eleven woman who sit on the Board have been known to take part in meetings that have run into 1:00 am in the morning.

Voting by hand

Trustees voting by hand when the vote recording system had been shut down.

During the final debate on the school closing the meeting went past midnight which was when the system that records the votes electronically went off line – the trustees had to hold up their hands to vote.  Time management is a trustee issue that needs to be dealt with.

What the Board of trustees needs most is a clearer sense of purpose and mission. Despite some very impressive evidence and dozens of shortcomings in the Program Administration Review process none of the trustees questioned the process – they chose to remain mute and refusing to get involved until all the evidence was in.

But when the evidence was in – and there was a lot of it – the public saw nothing in the way of trustees asking hard questions and setting out their views on the process that in its final stage required them to make a decision.

They did have the option of directing the board staff to look at the problem in more depth and comeback with detailed recommendations in specific areas.

This is whar classrooms across the Region are going to look like Friday morning. Hopefully it will be bitterly cold while the teachers tramp up and down the side walk outside.

This is whar classrooms across the Region are going to look like Friday morning. Hopefully it will be bitterly cold while the teachers tramp up and down the side walk outside.

What was never made crystal clear was just how many empty high school classroom seats are there?

What was possible in the way of boundary changes to take the pressure of Hayden high school that is well above capacity which would have given Pearson a better chance at staying open?

And would the trustees explain why they voted for a decision that is going to require a $12 million spend to replicate at Nelson high school what already exists at Bateman?

Board staff said what they build will be better – for $12 million one would certainly hope so.

Trustees are elected to represent the interests of their constituents – other than Collard and to a lesser degree Grebenc, it was a dismal demonstration of elected officials serving their public.

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South Service Road at Cumberland Avenue intersection closed July 17

notices100x100By Staff

July 12, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

South Service Road and Cumberland Avenue intersection will be closed on Monday, July 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for water-main connection from new to existing.

Access to all businesses will be maintained, however no through traffic will be permitted.

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Cumberland and South Service Road intersection to be closed July 17th.

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What is the weather going to do for us today?

News 100 yellowBy Staff

July 12, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Weather is always a conversation topic.

Weather determines much of what we do – If it is raining you aren’t going to go shopping and that impacts the retailers.

Heavy snow – allow more time to get to wherever it is you are going.

Brilliant sunshine – head for where there is water if you don’t have to be in an office at a desk.

Weather just is – we make the best of it each day.

Knowing what the weather is going to be like for a day comes from a number of sources. Radio is usually the top source – the two weather TV channels have huge audiences.

Sometimes just looking up and you can tell what the weather is likely to be for the day.

Our roving photographer captured this scene this morning.

Looks like a pretty decent day waiting for us.Skinner on a sunrise July 12-17

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Suspect arrested in the shooting at the Motel 6 on North Service Road.

Crime 100By Staff

July 11th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

UPDATE – Suspect Arrested

Halton Regional Police Service have now arrested the suspect involved in this mornings shooting incident outside the Motel 6.

At approximately 4:30 PM, the suspect was located in Hamilton and taken into custody without incident. 

The investigation is still ongoing and further details will be provided in the near future.

Motel 6

Site of a shooting earlier today.

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Harvester Road traffic signals will be off - Thursday, July 13, 2017, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

notices100x100By Staff

July 11th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

Harvester and Cumberland

Traffic lights to be upgraded at the Harvester Road – Cumberland intersection.

On Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Harvester Road will be reduced to one lane in both directions so the traffic signals can be replaced at Cumberland Road.

While the traffic signals are turned off, Halton Region Police will manage the traffic control.

For more information:
905-335-7671, ext. 7847

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Shot fired in the parking lot of a North Service Road motel.

Crime 100By Staff

July 11th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

A shot was fired in the parking lot of a North Service Road motel earlier today.

Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) are investigating a shooting that occurred at the Motel 6 located at 4345 North Service Road.

Motel 6

Motel 6 – The scene of more than one crime in Burlington

Officers responded at approximately 11:30 a.m. to reports of a single gunshot fired in the parking lot of the motel.

The shot was fired at two occupants in a motor vehicle. Both the suspect, believed to be a lone male, and the victims left the scene in separate vehicles.

Police have since confirmed a second scene at Mainway and Dillon Road where the victim’s vehicle was recovered.

Police believe this is a targeted incident. No persons were injured and there is no immediate concern for public safety.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2316 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800 222-TIPS (8477), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.com or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637.

The Motel 6 has been the scene of several significant policeinvestigations.  In November 2013 police were looking for a male who had been stabbed in the torso.

In February of 2015 there was an investigation on human trafficking; uniform patrol were called to the motel where they found a woman being held against her will. Police rescued the woman and arrested two males who were charged with Trafficking a Person for the Purpose of Exploitation.

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Bateman high school parents file for review of the process used to close their school.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

July 11th, 2017

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Lester B. Pearson parents filed a request for an Administrative Review of the decision to close their school made by the Board of Education on June 7th. The Gazette will publish their request.

Bateman high school parents have also requested an Administrative Review which they have, so far, decided to not release to the public. The Gazette has asked the Save Bateman Committee to re-think that decision.

Bateman parents

When Bateman parents learned that there school had been recommended for closure they became very active but were not able to develop the momentum to persuade the trustees that they had a strong case for being left open.

We believe that the document is important and should be part of the public record.

The Bateman committee did release the following statement:

“The Save Bateman Committee has filed an administrative review with the Ministry of Education as part of their continuing fight to keep the Burlington high school open.

“The committee compiled a 60-page report which exposes the numerous ways in which the Halton District School Board failed to follow its own review process. It also highlights the severely problematic Program and Accommodation Review (PAR) process which lead to the Board’s Trustees’ flawed decision to close Bateman.

“Bateman parents are asking Education Minister Mitzie Hunter to overturn the decision to close their school and to make her June 28th call for a province-wide moratorium on school closures retroactive.

“With the province finally admitting that their process was flawed, Bateman parents say they must overturn any decisions that were made under that process.

“Trustees voted only 22 days before the Minister’s announcement in which she admitted the process was flawed. It’s just not acceptable that decisions made under that flawed process can stand,” said Bateman parent Lisa Bull.

“The Bateman committee say they have uncovered a litany of problems with the process, including that it did not consider the unique needs of Bateman’s diverse population, especially the special need students. They say there were also breaches to the trustees’ code of conduct in regards to the texting incident that occurred between trustee Leah Reynolds and city Councillor Marianne Meed Ward on June 7th.

“The board also failed to fully explore a collaboration with the Halton Catholic School Board and failed to encourage community partnerships, which are both requirements by the ministry. Despite the fact ward five trustee Amy Collard presented several examples of potential partnerships, including Halton Multicultural Council, Centre of Excellence for Skills and Development and Halton Industry Education Council, they were not pursued.

“The biggest concern for Bateman parents has been that the needs of special education students were not considered in the review. The voices of these students and their families were not listened to around issues such as the risks associates with transitioning medically fragile and developmentally delayed students.

“We want the Ministry to know that we are not simply self-entitled parents who want to keep our kid’s school open,” said Bateman parent Denise Davy. “This decision does not make financial or educational sense because the process to close our school was defective.”

The HDSB has 30 days to respond to the review request and if the it has enough merit to justify the hiring of an independent facilitator to conduct a comprehensive review of the board’s process.

Bateman - crowd scene with Bull

Bateman parents demoonstrate.

Throughout the Program Accommodation Review Bateman has been behind the curve. The parents paid no attention to the issue; there were just three members of the public at the meeting the Board of Education held at Bateman high school.

The sense many had was that Bateman had not been recommended for closure so there was no issue for them.

PAR HDSB Parents at Bateman

Bateman parents at the public meeting held to explain the PAR process – four parents were in the room.

Those who had taken the time to inform themselves could see that Bateman was very much at risk. Bateman parents got involved when the Director of Education changed his position and recommended that Bateman be closed rather than Central high school which was part of the original recommendation.

The Bateman parents were stunned and needed a bit of time to get their act together and tell their story. The unfortunate part of all this is that Bateman had a great story to tell – few, other than the parents with children in some of the programs, particularly the CPP. Were aware of what was taking place.

When Bateman parents did their delegations the public got to see just how effective and relevant those programs were. By that time however Central had cemented the gain they got when the Director changed his position and there wasn’t enough time for Bateman to get their story out.

That the trustees did not manage to grasp the significance of what gets done at Bateman is a part of the larger tragedy.

Reviews to change a decision made by elected officials are hard to overturn. It is easier to elect different trustees.

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