Historic re-enactment to take place at Air Park today and tomorrow.

eventsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 5th, 2017



It was going to be the war that ended all wars.

It was a war that had a huge impact on Canada as a nation that was just coming into its own.

It was a war that was fought with equipment that is close to laughable today – but the men, and they were mostly men back then, took to the air in the flimsiest of aircraft to fight for the dominance of the sky’s over Europe.

Vimy re-enactment

A ceremonial fly past during the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Last April this country celebrated the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. It is a great story and if it is of any interest to you the link to a video about the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge is at CLICK here. You might want to book mark it for viewing later .

Vimy Tour in Globe Master

The RCAF gave the fleet a lift in the C17 Globemaster. Four Nieuport II, 2 Sopwith Pups and one SE5 ready for the journey.

Today, Wednesday, a small crew of pilots will be in Burlington with the four aircraft that are part of the Vimy Flight which consists of a team of Canadian military pilots who are retired or active and continue to believe that our Nation was born out of the teamwork and the sacrifice that our brave soldiers and airmen endured during the Great War.

Today, with over 230,000 of combined flying experience, the ten hand-picked pilots understand the tremendous risk and courage required to fly these fragile craft.

Three of the aircraft

These aircraft kept the sky over France during the battle for Vimy Ridge fee of German aircraft. They were part of the 100th anniversary of the battle where they performed a ceremonial fly past.

The dramatic re-enactment of the 1936 fly over ceremony at the historic Vimy Memorial is being re-enacted across the country. The Vimy Flight team of pilots and support personnel will share the stories of the early military aviators in a way that has never been seen before. Passion, courage and adventure drives the team to provide Canadians the much needed message that it is our humbling privilege to honour those that sacrificed so much in order for us to enjoy the freedom that we enjoy today.

Vimy Flight team

Meet the men behind the machines L->R: Larry Ricker, Paul O’Reilly, Will McEwan, Dale Erhart, Dave Wilson, Peter Thornton, Rod Ermen, Gord Cooper, Al French. Missing from photo: Allan Snowie

VIMY FLIGHT is a team of dedicated volunteer pilots and ground support that had the honour of performing a commemorative bi-plane fly-past over the Vimy Ridge Memorial in Vimy France this April 9, 2017. That team is taking that fly past on a cross country tour that will be in Burlington today and for much of the balance of this week.

The Vimy Flight is in Burlington from July 4th to the 7th.

The aircraft arrived in Burlington yesterday July 4th.

Bell school line mapOn Wednesday, July 5 from 4:00pm – Dusk – there will be an Open House – BBQ at the Burlington Executive Air Park.

On Thursday, July 6 from 11:00am – 7:00pm – Local Flying / Static Display/

The aircraft leave Burlington 11:00 AM on July 7

The entrance to the Air Park is on Bell School Line.

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Did the Burlington Herd find their footing when they held the league leading Baycats to a scoreless game until the 7th inning.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

July 5th, 2017



When you are up against a team that has yet to lose a game – getting out of town with your shirt still on your back is a feat.

The Herd was in Barrie playing the Baycats and lost 5-2 on Tuesday night at Coates Stadium.

What is impressive is that Barrie didn’t score any of their runs until the seventh inning, taking advantage of two hits, an error and five walks.

So the Herd, in the bottom half of the InterCounty Baseball League standings, held off the top team in the league for six innings? THAT was an achievement to be remembered.  To be 2 and 0 at the top of the seventh when you are playing a team that has yet to lose a game says something.

The Baycat production came from Jeff Cowan who singled home the first run and Barrie took the lead for good three batters later when Ryan Spataro reached on an error that allowed two runs to cross the plate. Kyle DeGrace followed that up with a two-run double to score Spataro and Conner Morro.

DeGrace and Cowan each had two hits as the Baycats had six hits in total.

Emilis Guerrero (6-0) picked up the win, going 7.1 innings and giving up two unearned runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Enerio Del Rosario threw a scoreless ninth for his fourth save. Del Rosario walked one and struck out one.

Ryan Freemantle singled, doubled and drove in two for the Herd. Justin Gideon added a pair of hits.

Adam Prashad (3-3) took the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) on six hits in 6.2 innings. He walked three and struck out three.

The Herd may just have found their footing.

Future games:
Thursday, July 6
Hamilton at Burlington, 7:15 p.m.

Friday, July 7
Burlington at Brantford, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 8
Hamilton at Burlington, 1:05 p.m.

Barrie Baycats 20-0
London Majors 18-1
Kitchener Panthers 13-6
Toronto Maple Leafs 10-12
Burlington Herd 9-14
Brantford Red Sox 7-13
Hamilton Cardinals 4-13
Guelph Royals 1-23

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Largest retail space in the downtown core close to completely empty - what Bold plans might there be for this space?

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

July 4th, 2017



The changes the city is talking about with their Go Bold plan – not something that is going to happen tomorrow but rather a long long term plan for the growth of the city – runs up against the day to day reality of the commercial world.

Property values are increasing. What made sense for a lot on Brant Street 25 years ago doesn’t make that much sense today. Owners see an opportunity to cash out and they are doing just that. Land prices preclude opening up a retail shop on land that has been purchased at today’s prices.

Elizabeth Interiors - Brant Street sign

Thousands of Burlington homes were decorated and furnished by Elizabeth Interior. What happens to the property next? What would the Go Bold thinking at city hall want to do with such a property?

Elizabeth Interiors, on the corner of James and Brant, is now all but empty. They decamped and are now on Fairview; still some inventory in the Brant Street location along with a smashed window on the James Street side. One doesn’t often see any vandalism on Brant Street.

Elizabeth - closed

Doors closed and the last of the inventory being readied for moving. How many homes in this city has the place furnished?

What is to become of the property that is one of the biggest in the downtown core? It isn’t going to be a restaurant location and it is very unlikely that the property will be something in the six story range favoured by the ward Councillor.

Elizabeths - smashed glass

Double plate glass meant that entry wasn’t made into the building. This type of vandalism is rarely seen in the city.

One developer active in the city explains that putting a building on that location with just six to eight stories means the developer is going to have to create large units with very hefty prices – in the million dollar range – and people who live in that type of unit tend not to add very much to the life and vibrancy of a city.

Something will be done with the property – no one has much to say at this point.

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Cellis Osteria closes - just not enough business to make keeping it open worthwhile.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 4th, 2017



Some of the bounce has gone out of Brant Street.

The Cellis Osteria has closed – there just wasn’t enough business to justify keeping the restaurant open was the explanation management gave.

Cellis - vibrant not

Staying alive in a tough restaurant market in the downtown core doesn’t square with the comments from the Downtown Business Association that the area is”vibrant”.

The restaurant underwent a re-branding and a menu upgrade a while back – didn’t seem to make enough of a difference.

The site at the corner of Brant and James is the proposed location for a 28 storey tower that is currently in the hands of the city’s planning department.

From civic sq

This proposed 28 storey tower – yet to be approved by the city – could be the beginning of a long over due boost to Brant Street.

Public reaction to the proposed tower was more than decent when it was first shown to the public and the statutory public meeting didn’t raise any major issues – other than changes the building will make to traffic and a concern over the number of parking spaces.

There has been some discussion about the structure overshadowing the “iconic” city hall. Hard to see or even understand anything that is iconic about city hall – other than that it is where it is.

It is inefficient and the object of a study on just how well it serves the city’s administrative needs. That report is in a filing cabinet and isn’t likely to be made public for some time.

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Flags draped on balconies on Canada Day and a peak at what the Bridgewater is going to look like now that the construction is taking place above the grade level

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

July 4th, 2017



How did some people decorate their home to celebrate Canada 150?

Flags - showing your colours

The residents of this building were, for the most part, showing their colours.

There is a building in the downtown core, on the corner of Pearl and Pine with a bit of a view to Lakeshore Road.

If you look up a laneway from Lakeshore Road one could see the large Canadian flags hung from the balconies – it will be interesting to see what the residents do next year when the word gets out that we will be around to see if every balcony is draped with a Canadian flag.

The Gazette was out doing its check up on various construction projects in the city.

The Bridgewater project has now poked its head above the street grade – soon the public will get a sense as to the impact the two buildings are going to have on the way we see that part of Lakeshore Road and how much of the lake you are going to be able to see.

The city currently has three projects under construction south of the QEW with a number of others that are ready to get taken to city hall for approval.

The city that people experience today will be significantly different within five years.  all were approved before the city released its Grow Bold plans which are currently being reviewed by citizen groups.


Bridgewater - ground level

The opening from the Lakeshore Road into the public area that will be between the hotel on the west and the 22 story condominium on the east will be about where the crane tower is shown in this picture.

Bridgewater from the west - higher elevation

Architects rendering what what the Bridgewater project is going to look like when it is completed in 2019. The project will consist of a condominium on the right, a hotel on the left and a smaller condominium south of the hotel.

There will be some surprises when people realize just how small the opening to the lake actually is – progress.

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Banks don't send messages like this - you shouldn't respond to them.

IDTHEFT 100X100By Staff

July 4th, 2017



The Bank of Montreal appears to be the Canadian bank of choice for the identity thieves. The most recent goes as like this:

BMO July 4

The biggest clue is the sender of the email – not even a mention of a bank in the email address the notice came from.

BMO July 4 - part 2

When you see stuff like that click delete.

And know as well that your bank will not use email to send you this kind of notice.

For some reason BMO, ScotiaBank and TD seem to be the choices for the identity thieves that have us on their target lists.

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Law firm commences a Class Action proceeding against Upper Middle Dental office seeking $10 million in damages.

News 100 redBy Staff

July 1st, 2017



Gazette readers have been clamoring for someone to start up a Class Action law suit against the Upper Middle Road dentist who was shut down by the Halton Region health authorities for using medical equipment that was said not to have been properly cleaned or sterilized.

A Toronto based law firm of Flaherty McCarthy LLP announced today that they have commenced a Class Proceeding against Dr. Vivek (Vick) Handa and Upper Middle Dental seeking $10 million in damages on behalf of their patients.

The allegations against the defendants, said the lawyers in their media release. have not yet been proven in Court, but there remains a very real and substantial risk of immediate and irreparable harm to Class Members if they do not take steps to contact their physician to discuss testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Dental - Upper Middle Road

Upper Middle dental was closed by Regional Health officials but allowed to open several days later.

“Patients trust their dentists to use properly cleaned and sterilized tools. Upper Middle Dental and Dr. Handa have completely breached their trust. As a result, these patients and their family members face the prospect of having infectious diseases, and must undergo lengthy and invasive testing,” says Sean A. Brown of Flaherty McCarthy LLP.”

“We intend to seek the assistance of the Court so that the defendants will compensate these patients and their family members for this egregious breach.”

For more information, contact: Candace Mak; Flaherty McCarthy LLP. Candace is at cmak@fmlaw.ca and is anxiously awaiting your email.

What is a little surprising is that none of the larger Burlington or Hamilton legal firms took this on.

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Pearson and Bateman high school parents see a ray of hope in Minister's decision to put a hold on further school closings.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 1st, 2017



Steve Atkinson, the Lester B. Pearson high school parent, who has worked tirelessly to keep the school open thinks there just might be an opportunity to put the decision to close the schools on hold.

Earlier in the week Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter announced that there will be an overhaul of the process school boards use to review schools for potential closure.

Mitzie Hunter, left, and premiere Kathleen Wynne celebrate a Liberal victory the Scarborough-Guildwood by-election on Thursday. (August 1, 2013)

Has Minister of Education and Premier Kathleen Wynne given Burlington high school parents the opening they need to put a hold on school closings?

While the process is under review, school boards will not begin any new reviews, with the exception of those reviews which would support joint-use projects between school boards or for student safety.

In a comment made in the Gazette earlier today Atkinson said: “Now that we have been proven correct in our assertion that the PAR was flawed, by no less than Mitzie Hunter and Premier Wynne with their decision to immediately pause Ontario school closures, I wonder if this administrative review can be used as a “decision pending” designation for Pearson & Bateman as opposed to “on the chopping block”?

“I am certain our MPP can now provide input AND valuable assistance on this provincial decision and will contact her immediately.”

Atkinson and parents at Bateman high school are in the process of preparing a request for an Administrative Review of the decision the Halton District School Board June 7th, to close both Bateman high school and Lester B. Pearson.

It’s a long shot but certainly one well worth taking.

Related article

High school parents seeking an Administrative Review of Board’s school closing decision.

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Burlington MP Karina Gould featured in CBC news feature

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 1st, 2017



Forget the politics for the moment.

It is really remarkable that a 30 year old woman sits as a member of cabinet in the federal government. And that she represents Burlington which has a strong, deep conservative history is also remarkable.

Karina Gould walks the streets of our city, is one of the most approachable people you will ever meet with a level of sincerity that rings true.

Bandits - Gould opening pitchPoliticians don’t rank all that high in the public mind – this one is different.

Admittedly she has served just the one term in office so far and many people would be hard pressed to tell you what she has done for the city. Her hands were part of the push that got major funding for the Joseph Brant Museum.

CBC did a short piece on three very young politicians that included Gould – worth watching. The link to the piece is set out below.

The three are part of the setting of the agenda for the next 50 years.  CLICK for the news clip


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Brantford Red Sox rack up 20 hits as the beat Burlington Herd 11-2

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

July 1st. 2017


Every member of the Brantford Red Sox got a hit when the team slaughtered the Burlington Herd 11 -2.

The Red Sox, whacked the ball 20 times in total during their visit to Burlington Friday night.

Herd T-shirtNate DeSouza had three of Brantford’s hits, including his second home run of the season. He drove in four and scored twice. Blake Kauer singled twice and added a solo home run, while Dan Jagdeo had two hits, two RBI and two runs. Dennon Koziol singled four times and had an RBI and a run, Benjamin Bostick went 4-for-6 with two runs and an RBI, and Andris Rizquez drove in a run and scored once.

Matt Martinow (1-3) went five innings to get the win. He allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and no strikeouts.

Justin Gideon and Nolan Pettipiece drove in Burlington’s runs. Quinton Bent had two of the Herd’s six hits – a single and double – and scored once.

Christian Hauck (2-1) took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 5.2 innings. He walked five and struck out five.

Barrie Baycats 18-0
London Majors 14-1
Kitchener Panthers 13-5
Toronto Maple Leafs 10-10
Burlington Herd 9-13
Brantford Red Sox 6-12
Hamilton Cardinals 3-12
Guelph Royals 1-22

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Canada Day transit and shuttle service

notices100x100By Staff

June 30th, 2017



Canada Day event organizers have arranged for Burlington Transit shuttle service with three pick-up points:

Haber Recreation Centre,

Mainway Recreation Centre

and the north side of Burlington GO Station.

The buses will begin at noon and run until the fireworks end.

This is great for the people in Alton – parking will be impossible downtown – take the bus – there should be plenty o parking at the Haber Centre – schools are closed.

For specific departure times and more event information, please visit the Canada Day event website.

Burlington Transit is also operating a regular Saturday service schedule on July 1, which includes late night routes 50, 51, and 52.

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The ships were in - a marvelous site. No big rubber duck amongst them.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

June 30th, 2017



If you looked out over the Lake from Lakeshore Road at Brant you could see them off in the distance – they seemed lined up with a lot of space between them.

They looked like ship under sail.

And indeed they were – a collection of Tall ships had rendezvoused in Burlington Bay and lined up to enter the canal and proceed into Hamilton Harbour.

Ships canal - crowd bith sides

They were there in the thousands – on both side of th canal

THE place to see the majestic ships was at the canal – each eased into the opening and headed towards the lie bridge which was up for more than an hour.

ships canal - crowd watching ship passing

They were almost close enough to touch as they slid by – those with big Canadian flags got a round of applause.

The crowds were huge – it was as if the fleet had come home and the families of the sailors were on the dock ready to greet them.

It was standing room only on either side of the canal.

parking - wherever you could find space

People parked wherever there was a patch of grass

It wasn’t all festivities and celebration. A Beachway resident summed up the feeling many had when the saw a parking control officer walking from car to car doing a brisk business

Parking - municipal cash grab

His job was like spearing fish in a barrel – a shameful cash grab on the part of either the city or the Conservation Authority.

This resident known for her very pointed use of the English language wrote in and said:

“What a shit show this city is…parking enforcement officer immediately giving out parking tickets near lift bridge area. People are furious.”

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Rivers on: What I Love About Canada

Rivers 100x100Ray Rivers

June 30th, 2107



As Canadians watch how our friends south of the border grapple with developing a better system of health care coverage, it is hard not to be just a little smug. After all, we figured it out back in the sixties, what is the matter with them? We came to consensus long ago that ensuring adequate health coverage for our citizens was essential for a healthy and growing economy.

A massive Canadian flag was passed hand over hand amongst a huge crowd in Montreal days before the citizens of Quebec voted in their referendum to remain a part of Canada.

A massive Canadian flag was passed hand over hand amongst a huge crowd in Montreal days before the citizens of Quebec voted in their referendum to remain a part of Canada.

Canada may be a ‘developed nation’ but it is still growing. Our most valuable natural resource is our population. And sick people don’t contribute to our economy, they are a drain. Further, people fretting about whether they can afford to pay for basic health services are distracted and not at their fullest potential. So providing affordable health care coverage is an economic benefit that easily justifies the cost.

And our single payer health care system is efficient. The numbers say it all. Per capita health care in the US is twice what it costs Canadians. It consumes over 15% of GDP there, versus only 10% in Canada. And even with their massive health insurance system, governments in the US still spend almost a quarter more than their Canadian counterparts.

One would assume that the more expensive US mixed public-private system, including their Medicare and Medicaid, would produce better results, better health outcomes. But it doesn’t. In fact Canadians have higher life expectancy and lower infant mortality rates.

The World Health Organization (WHO) granted that medical responsive was marginally better in the US, at least for those who could afford care. But even with all the money Americans spend, our health care system still ranked seven positions ahead of our neighbours to the south, in the 2000 WHO overall ratings.

That is just one reason I love this country. Universal health care. It may have been the brain-child of CCF/NDP leader Tommy Douglas and packaged nationally by Lester Pearson and Pierre Trudeau, but it was implemented across the country by politicians of all stripes including Social Credit. And that’s another reason I love this country – our political leaders occasionally do come to general consensus and get it right.

Yes there was debate, and there still is, mostly about ideology and philosophy, about how single payer is the next step to socialism. That is the same kind of discussion our US cousins have been having for decades. And the critics will complain about how our health care is rationed with waiting lists for some services. But it is rationing by medical urgency rather than by the pocket book.

Recently the media reported on a women who showed up at a Mississauga walk-in clinic with her son and demanded to be seen by a ‘white doctor’. If you missed this story, it’s OK.

welcoming syrians to Canada

We welcomed them – knowing that we will be a stronger country because of them.

Because that’s another reason I love this country. Nobody supported her in her racist rant. Canada is a land that was built by immigrants and a nation that welcomes people from elsewhere to join us in developing our great Canadian project. As our Governor General recently said, we are all immigrants.

So as I celebrate Canada’s 150 year birthday, I’ll be thankful for our embrace of diversity, for our good government and because our health care coverage is automatic. That is something our American friends cannot say, even today while they still have Obama Care.

And they know that the day after their big July 4th birthday bash their government will be introducing some kind of Trump Care – a plan which only 12% of the people support and which will leave another 22 million without any health care coverage at all. Happy birthday Canada.

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:

Comparative Health Systems –   Mississauga Rant –   Governor General on Immigrants

Post Obama Plan –   Canada on its 150th

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Picture of the day - The Sandy Empire sailing through the canal.

eventsred 100x100By Staff

June 30th, 2017



The picture that tells the city’s story today?

Those tall ships sailing through the canal on their way into Hamilton Harbour where they will be on display for Canada Day.

Thousands gathered on both sides of the canal to watch these majestic ship slide by. Those with massive Canadian flags drew rounds of applause.

Sandy Empire - canal

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What did part of the city look like this morning? A band of fog settled over the Pier.

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 29th, 2017



What did the city look like at around 10 am this morning?

A Beachway resident captured a band of fog lingering over the Pier – and we decided to share it with you.

Fog over the pier

A band of fog hovers over the Pier.

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Pearson and Bateman high school students prearing a request for an Administrative Review of the Boards decision to close the high schools.

News 100 redBy Staff

June 29th, 2017



While the Board of Education staff get on with the process of closing Lester B. Pearson in 2018 and Bateman high school in 2020 parents from both schools have taken a “not so fast” approach and are seeking an Administrative review of the process that was used to make the decision.

Eric who PARCSteve Armstrong, the lead from Pearson high school on the request for the Administrative reviews reports that they are “well along the path on getting our documentation together for submission.”

“On the signature front we have greatly exceeded our minimum required. We have two piles going one for the official qualifying signatures, and a second for those such as students who wanted to show support, but don’t count against the required number. We’re going to send both as a show of support.

Bateman hug # 2

Bateman students and parents protesting.

Armstrong reports that “Its been everyone’s interpretation of the procedure that each school slated for closure needs to request an Admin Review so team Bateman is also well along. We are conversing with them to make sure that were appropriate there is overlap, and in some areas there will be individual school issues

Steve Armstrong + Cheryl deLught - Pearson

Pearson high school parents asking for a review of the decision the Board of Education made to close the school.

“Yesterday’s announcement putting future PARs on hold was interesting, but it remains to be seen if it has any impact on us….assuming for now it doesn’t so we’ll keep pushing.”

And push they will.

Expect more on this in the months ahead.

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Damoff gives a short rip snorting speech on decorum in the House of Commons.

News 100 redBy Staff

June 29th, 2017



The House of Commons rose for the summer last week.  It is out to the BBQ circuit for most of them.

Damoff Pan in the house

Oakville Burlington North MP Pam Damoff lets it rip in the House of Commons.

When Pam Damoff the Member of Parliament for Oakville Burlington North, meets with her constituents during the summer, they might want to know a bit more about what she has done on their behalf.

One of the things she did was give a very short but rip snorting speech about decorum in the House of Commons.

Click to her what she had to say – You go girl!

Damoff will be reading from Motorcycles and Sweetgrass, a novel by Drew Hayden Taylor that weaves a story of magic, the bonds of family and a mysterious stranger that appears one day in a sleepy Anishnawbe community.  July 12  from 7:00 – 8:30pm at Tansley Woods Library in Burlington.


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What do we import and what do we export? Our livelihood depends on exporting.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

June 29th, 2017



Information comes to us in many different forms.

Print has been with us forever – radio has that instant aspect top it.

The internet has allowed a lot of information to get put out where everyone can see it and in many instances respond to it as well.

One of the problems is that we don’t always know who is writing the information and how accurate it is. We now talk of the “spin” that gets put on information.  Frequently when a government has bad news they will have some of their senior people get before the media and give the information the interpretation they want a public to have.

Without accurate reliable information a society can’t function.

The Gazette was asked recently if we were interested in an infographic, which is information set out in a graphic form. We looked at the information and decided to publish it and let our readers decide if the information was useful. In this instance it is certainly interesting. There is a lot of information that is readable and understandable when it is provided in a graphic format.

City hall recently used an infographic to show where its revenue comes from and how that revenue is spent.

The company that supplied us the infographic is in the business of transferring funds. They are a reputable organization with an interesting service.

The infographic is set out below.

Related article:
City hall infographic

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Tall ships to sail past The Pier on their way to Hamilton. Expected to enter the canal at 2:00 pm on Friday June 30th

eventsred 100x100By Staff

June 28th, 2017



It will be exciting!

Eleven magnificent Tall Ships will gather on Lake Ontario near the entrance to the Burlington Bay Canal on Friday, June 30 beginning at 2:00 p.m. with all ships docking at Pier 8 at 4:00 p.m.

In order to get to that canal – you gotta sail past the Burlington Pier, the most expensive chunk of concrete in the province – but we digress.

Tall ships map

Where you park and where the ships are.

Burlingtonians can watch the ship sail towards the canal

Prominent vantage points to watch the parade of ships on the Burlington side of the Skyway are|:

Burlington Canal
LaSalle and Bayshore Parks in Burlington.

And of course from the Pier and from a number of vantage points in the Beachway.


The Empire Sandy

Access to vantage points will be affected by the closure of Eastport Drive at the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to enable the ships to enter Hamilton Harbour.

With the ships in Hamilton, tied up at Pier 8 the Parade of Sail launches the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta at Pier 8, Discovery Drive, on July 1.

This will be a rare opportunity – and the only place in the GTHA – to witness the spectacle of 11 Tall Ships touring Hamilton’s beautiful Waterfront.

• Free deck tours are offered from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (first come, first served – no guarantee of access past 5 p.m.)

• Ticketed Harbour Cruises available for purchase online at www.hamilton.ca/tallships. See website for cruise times and pricing, including the evening fireworks cruise that boards at 9:00 p.m.


The Pathfinder

• Family-friendly and nautical-themed activities

• Music on the Waterfront Stage featuring great musicians from Hamilton’s thriving music scene

• Numerous food vendors

• The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Avro Lancaster will conduct multiple fly-overs of the Waterfront between 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on July 1st.

This event is organized by the City of Hamilton in association with Le Rendez-Vous Naval de Quebec, Sail Training International, the Hamilton Port Authority and the Hamilton Waterfront Trust.


The Niagara

More than 40 Tall Ships will be sailing Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017, with stops in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes

It is a Hamilton event – but they do have to sail past Burlington to get to Hamilton Harbour.


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Hamilton is said to be the most expensive date night city you will encounter - where does Burlington fall on that list?

News 100 yellowBy Staff

June 28th, 2017



We didn’t see this one coming.

A date in Hamilton is said to be the most expensive you will encounter – even higher than Toronto.

The research for this dubious WORD was done by EliteSingles, a national organization in the relationship business.

Hearts - red and blackThey totaled up the cost of a typical date night in Canada – and found that Hamilton is Canada’s most expensive big city for a romantic night out, with Toronto coming in second place! Those in Ottawa get off lightly – a date night in the city is below the average cost.

The full study is on their web site – including a rundown of date night costs in 10 of Canada’s biggest cities, and a global dating comparison that shows the cost of dating in 25 cities around the world.

They have highlighted the price differences in two interactive, shareable maps that you can find on our site.

If the love of your life is in Hamilton – be ready to spend more than your Canadian Tire money.

Given that just about everything in Burlington costs more than in Hamilton – especially when it come to gasoline prices – Oakville might be an option.

The full scoop is HERE


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