Can I quaff one minute after midnight on Thursday? Where

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

June 7th, 2021



The Ontario Government has announced that the province will move into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.

Gibbons - patio openDoes this mean that one minute after midnight – between the end of Thursday and the beginning of Friday that I can be outside with my ten best friends quaffing an ale?

At which of the patios that will be operating will I be able to do this?

We will share that information.

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Official - city will open up on Friday.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

June 7th, 2021



It is now official – the city will begin the open up on Friday.


The Ontario Government has announced that the province will move into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2021.

This stage includes, but is not limited to:
• Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people
• Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity
• Outdoor dining with up to four people per table (with exceptions for larger households)
• Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted with up to 10 people

Following 21 days in Step One, the province will evaluate impacts on key public health and health system indicators. At the end of the 21 days, if 70 per cent of adults are vaccinated with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses, along with continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, the province will continue to Step Two of the Roadmap.

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A hint and a hope - city might be put into re-open mode on the 11th

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 7th, 2021


picture of upscale patio


City Councillors are talking about a possible earlier opening due to the significantly lower new covid19 infections.

June 11th is being heavily hinted as the date that things will open up.

The decision will come from the province.

Note – this is just a hint and a hope.

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How the city now wants to provide notice to the public

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 7th, 2021


This is a very significant change in policy and deserves attention by those who follow what gets done at city hall.

The Municipal Act, which sets out how municipalities operate, states that “a municipality shall adopt and maintain a policy with respect to the circumstances in which the municipality shall provide notice to the public and, if notice is to be provided, the form, manner and times notice shall be given.”

The City’s Public Notice policy was originally enacted on April 7, 2008 as Schedule E to the Procedure By-law 37-2008. It remained part of the Procedure By-law until 2016 when it was inadvertently repealed by Procedure By-law 64-2016. No notice policy was established in its place and this policy is required by legislation.

The Public Notice Policy, set out at the end of the staff report, demonstrates that the City of Burlington wants its residents to be aware of when City business occurs. The Policy provides a clear outline on when and how residents will be notified when Municipal Act items are completed.

Establishing a Public Notice Policy, allows the community to know how and when notices will be provided and aligns with the principles of open government. The Policy also provides guidance to public notice authors, which ensures that all notices are uniform, communicates the pertinent points, and are written in plain language.

Corporate Communications – Newspaper and City Website
The Municipal Act has changed over the years giving municipalities more flexibility in terms of when public notice should be given, as well as the form and manner in which notice is provided. Use of the newspaper is no longer prescribed except in limited circumstances. Therefore, it is recommended that the City move to publishing notices to the City’s website, a shift to this new process will reduce advertising costs substantially.

To achieve balance, the Policy indicates that the City may use more comprehensive methods when providing notice, and for a longer period. It also encourages public notice authors to consult with Corporate Communications & Engagement staff to ensure that all appropriate tactics are used (e.g. amplifying through corporate social media accounts, use of corporate digital screens, use of local media) and that the use of other formats, such as video or direct mail are considered when providing notice to the public.

Many municipal comparators have moved towards publication of notices on their website, either exclusively or a hybrid approach with an optional or mandatory newspaper publication.

The new Public Notice Policy will provide greater flexibility to the municipality by allowing notice to be given on the City’s website in accordance with the City’s Corporate Communications Policy and Web Communications Policy.

Website Enhancements
Corporate Communications will be enhancing the City’s site and public access by establishing a Public Notices webpage under the News and Notices menu at, which will feature notices under the Municipal Act, in one centralized location to improve customer service.

Planning and Heritage Act notices will also be posted to this site.

In addition, links to the Region of Halton Notice page, and the Ontario and Canada Gazette will be present to provide residents with a one-stop shop for most government notices.

Options Considered
In order to meet the intent of the Municipal Act and identify subjects or matters where notice is deemed prudent, the Public Notice Policy sets out the minimum and/or recommended notice standards. The Policy provides a listing of items where specific notice requirements for specific sections of the Act and other legislation are required.

When reviewing the City’s former Public Notice provisions, the notice provisions in the Municipal Act and current public notice practices of surrounding municipalities, staff took into consideration the most effective means of providing notice to the public.

In addition, staff undertook to provide for notice timeframes that gave the public sufficient time to make submissions. Nothing in the policy prevents the City from using more comprehensive methods of notice or for providing for a longer notice period. In addition to specifying or providing recommendations for notice, the Public Notice Policy will provide clear direction to determine what department is responsible for providing each notice. This will serve as a tool to help City staff understand the notice requirements and their responsibilities for providing notice.

The Public Notice Policy has been reviewed by the stakeholders involved in providing notice including staff in Finance, Capital Works, Licensing, Clerks and Planning departments. Staff was requested to provide comments and feedback on the policy requirements outlined in the Public Notice Policy. All recommended changes have been considered during the review process of this policy.

Financial Matters:
Depending on the type and frequency of notice, cost is incurred to provide notice. If the requirement under the Municipal Act is for direct mail or newspaper notices, the associated costs for these mediums are unavoidable. As newspaper advertising and direct mailing can be expensive, consideration was given to providing alternative forms of notice where appropriate.

Engagement Matters:
When notice is required, the public will receive such notice in the form, manner and time outlined in the Public Notice Policy. By providing notice, the public is kept informed of Council’s priorities, municipal policy issues and budget matters thus enhancing accountability and transparency.

The new Policy was drafted with communication and engagement methods in mind, respecting market analysis and trends including use of social media. The City website ( remains as the City’s primary and predominant internet presence however the use of social media is also a key aspect of how the City communicates with its residents to engage, inform and receive feedback. In addition, the use of social media affords the opportunity to deliver time-sensitive information quickly.

Should Council approve the Public Notice Policy, it will be made available on the City’s website under Corporate Policies.

The City of Burlington is committed to ensuring notice is provided to the public when required by legislation or as otherwise deemed necessary. The Public Notice Policy will provide a standard with respect to the circumstances in which the City shall provide notice to the public and, if notice is to be provided, the form, manner and timeframe notice shall be given.
Supporting the Public Notice Policy is in keeping with Burlington Council’s 2018-2022 V2F of enhancing and emphasizing a customer first approach in all City service areas.


The policy city staff is proposing:

1. Where the City is required to give notice under the Act, the notice shall be given in a form, manner and time as set out in Schedule A unless;

 The notice required in the Act or other legislation is greater in scope or time;

 Notice for the subject is not provided for in Schedule A and Council, by resolution, or staff determines that notice is desirable, in which case the Director responsible for the subject requiring notice shall provide notice.

2. Time periods set out in this Policy shall be counted by excluding the day of the period on which notice is first given and including the day of the period on which the meeting or other event takes place.

3. Every notice given shall contain the following information, when applicable:

 Identification of the authority under which the notice is given;

 A description of the purpose of the notice (i.e. date, time and location if applicable) and effect of the proposed action;

 A description of how and where comments can be made, including any submission deadlines;

 Contact information for the purpose of submitting written comments or obtaining additional information; and,

 Where the notice is related to identifiable lands, a key map showing the location of the lands; and

 That the Public Notice is given by The Corporation of the City of Burlington, or by the City Clerk on its behalf.

4. Where Direct Mail is required and the matter is related to identifiable lands, notice by Direct Mail shall be to the abutting property owner, unless legislation requires circulation to property owners within a designated radius of the identifiable lands.

5. A Public Notice, utilizing the City’s website, shall be sufficient even if the City website is not accessible at all times during the public notice posting period.

6. Nothing in the policy shall prevent the City from using more comprehensive methods of notice or for providing for a longer notice period.

7. No additional notice will be required for subsequent meetings where a matter has been deferred to a subsequent meeting by Council or by a Committee of Council.

8. Where possible, Public Notices should be written in plain language and provided in an accessible manner. Public Notices shall incorporate the following strategies to enhance participatory opportunities for the public:
• Ability to scan for information: Make use of short sentences and paragraphs, and headers.
• Ease of reading: Use simple sentence structure and grammar.
• Use simple everyday words instead of technical jargon: Use active voice rather than passive voice.
• Target audiences: Anticipate their interests and address potential enquiries.
• Images: Use images especially if it helps readers understand the message.

9. If a matter arises, which in the opinion of the City Manager, in consultation with the Mayor, is considered to be of an urgent or time sensitive nature, or which could affect the security of property or health or well-being of the residents of the City of Burlington, or if a state of emergency is declared, or is so advised by a Provincial Ministry, the notice requirements of this policy may be reduced or waived.


For the purpose of this policy, unless otherwise stated, the following definitions shall apply:

Term Definition
Act Means the Municipal Act, 2001, S.O. 2001, c 25 as amended, and any successor legislation in substitution thereof and included regulation thereunder.
City Means The Corporation of the City of Burlington
Council Means the Council of The Corporation of the City of Burlington
Direct Mail Means notice sent via regular mail or registered mail.

Term Definition
Department Head Means an officer or employee of the City who will generally hold the title of ‘Director, appointed by the City Manager or Council, as applicable, to oversee a department, or a person appointed or designated to act in place of the Director when the Director is absent or refuses to act.

Mayor Means the Head of Council of The Corporation of the City of Burlington elected or appointed in accordance with the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, S.O. 1996, c. 32, as amended, or the Deputy Mayor or Acting Mayor as may be appointed or designated by Council from time to time.

Newspaper Means a printed publication having general circulation in the City of Burlington.

Notice Means a written, printed, published, or posted notification or announcement.

Plain Language Means a way of writing, organizing and presenting information so that it makes sense and is easy to read.

Information should be presented with straightforward vocabulary and sentence structures and by organizing material clearly and logically, to ensure that messaging is clearly understood.

Procedure By-law Means the by-law to provide for the rules of order of Council and its Committees, 2021-31, as amended, and any successor legislation in substitution thereof.

Public Notice or Notice to the Public Means notice given to the public generally but does not include notice given only to specified persons.

Term Definition
Public Notices Page Means the webpage on the City of
Burlington’s website where notices are posted and archived.
Subject Matter Means the issue, measure, requirement, meeting or other matter in respect of which a notice is being given.
Website Means the official internet website of the City of Burlington whose uniform locator is known as


 Municipal Act, 2001, c. 25, as amended
 Planning Act, 1990, c.P.13, as amended
 Conducting Engagement and Research Regarding City Projects, Initiatives, and Services Corporate Policy
 Corporate Communications Policy
 Roadways and Infrastructure – Road Closures – Temporary and Permanent Corporate Policy



Council is accountable for approving this Public Notice Policy, and any necessary amendments.
The City Manager is accountable for approving amendments for Council’s consideration and waiving this Public Notice Policy when required in accordance with Objective 9.

The City Clerk is accountable for recommending and preparing any necessary amendments to the Public Notice Policy, collecting concerns or complaints relating to the Public Notice Policy and ensure staff prepare and circulate notices within the designated time.

Directors are responsible for ensuring staff prepare and circulate notices within the designated time.

City Staff are responsible for preparing notices within designated timeframes and coordinating notices to be published (via newspaper, mail, and/or website).

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Liberals in Burlington release details on the process to nominate their candidate

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

June 7th, 2021



If you were a member of the Burlington Provincial Liberal Association you would have received a notice like the one below.

We put the information in the public domain so that citizens who will vote on the provincial government they want in June of 2022 understand how the Liberal candidate was chosen.

Important Notice – Action by you is required to vote. Please read carefully.
1. Register for voting no later than Sunday, June 13, 2021 at 5PM.
2. Cast your vote online or by telephone on Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 11AM-8PM.

Notice of Nomination Contest

Notice is hereby given of the vote of the Nomination Contest to nominate the official candidate of the Ontario Liberal Party in the electoral district of Burlington.

Eligibility to Vote (Membership Cutoff)

You are eligible to vote in this contest if you are:

1. A resident of Burlington who was a member of the Burlington Provincial Liberal Association on Sunday, June 6, 2021 by 5 PM; or
2. A non-resident of Burlington who has been a member of the Burlington Provincial Liberal Association continuously since November 18, 2016.

Registration for Voting

Due to ongoing restrictions for large in-person gatherings, the voting for the nomination contest will be conducted electronically. To register to vote, you must reply to this email attaching a scan or a photo of your identification by June 13, 2021 at 5PM. Identification can be:

Option 1: ONE government issued ID with your photo, name and current address. (examples: driver’s license, Ontario photo card)

Option 2: TWO pieces of ID
• one issued by a widely recognized major institution (governments, financial institutions, or education institutions) showing your name (examples: birth certificate, passport, health card, band membership card, student card, credit card); AND
• one issued by a widely recognized major institution showing your name and your current address (e.g. bank or credit card statement, utility bill, tax assessment)

Alternative to email, you may send the IDs over WhatsApp to 437-237-3598. WhatsApp messages must be sent from a phone number registered to your membership record, or the membership record of another person in your household.

Please be assured that your identification will be deleted.

If you require assistance on registration, please email us by replying to this email.


Once you are registered for voting, you will receive an email with credentials, a PIN number and instruction to cast your ballot. You will be able to cast your ballot online or by telephone.

Voting will be open on June 26, 2021, between 11AM and 8PM. The vote will be conducted by preferential ballot. You will be able to rank your preference or simply vote for one candidate.

Candidate Presentation/Speeches

A live webcast will be held where you can hear speeches/presentations by the candidates for the nomination. A video of the webcast will be posted and available for viewing later.

Date: June 23, 2021
Time: 7 to 8 PM

To register for this live webcast, please visit:

Getting nominees was certainly not a slam dunk for Liberals in Burlington.

The Gazette published extensively on the process that that took place.  It was more like a public spectacle rather than a well organized process where the Liberal Party association in Burlington acted like adults and kept the public informed.

Related news stories:

Kearns announces:  Want to be the Liberal candidate in 2021.

Kearns: decides she doesn’t want to be a nominee

Mariam Manaa

Andrea Grebenc



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Opening up locations where the air is cool for those who do not live in air conditioned housing.

graphic community 2By Staff

June 7th, 2021



The Region put out a heat alert and then extended it for an additional day. When the Region announces a heat wave the municipalities open up locations that are cool.

When temperatures are expected to be at least 31°C and overnight temperatures are above 20°C for 2 days or the humidex is at least 40°C for 2 days a heat alert is issued.

It is that time of year again – this time however there are people who are going to be more hard hit than when circumstances are normal.

egg on sidewalk

One way news people tell the hot weather story is to ask if it is hot enough to fry an egg on a sidewalk. We aren’t there yet – but it is very uncomfortable for those in locations without conditioned air.

The malls in the past have been open – they became a place people could go to to walk around in, a cool location.

Burlington will open Central Arena’s Auditorium located at 519 Drury Lane as a Cooling Centre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the heat warning.

Community members can use the facility for 1-hour increments and will be screened for COVID-19 when they arrive.

Measures will be in place to ensure physical distancing. Visitors must wear a non-medical face covering in the Cooling Centre. Please stay home if you are ill and always practice physical distancing (2m)

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Behaviour along parts of the waterfront on the weekend was less than civil

graphic community 5By Staff

June 7th, 2021



The weather was warm and the locals got a little restless.

A Burlington resident wrote saying the last she had heard was that ‘there was still a pandemic and there were some rules on social distancing and being out with crowds of people that were not immediate family.

“Last time I checked there was still a pandemic and provincial rules were still in effect.”

Our reader reports that on Saturday there was “a party in the park with well over 100 attendees.”

Saturday garbge“There was garbage and smashed beer bottles everywhere. Nearby residents had to listen to the pounding of their music well past the 11pm noise bylaw.

“No bylaw officers and no police attended. The park was all cleaned up this morning by city workers and this is what it looks like by 5pm.

“A downtown business owner caught someone defecating in between the buildings.

“We have found discarded Gatorade bottles filled with urine on our property. We are constantly being awoken at all hours of the night by the cars with the modified mufflers racing up Lakeshore.

Saturday Pier

The Pier was packed – the breezes would make Covid19 concerns a little easier to live with.

“There is never any enforcement by police or bylaw. Downtown is going downhill fast.

“We have sent numerous letters of complaint to the Mayor and Ward 2 Councillor.

“The people who live in this neighborhood are not very impressed.”

The Bylaw enforcement people do not patrol the city – they respond to specific complaints and they investigate.

The police do patrol and they do respond directly to complaints.

Saturday balcony shot

The owners of this hospitality facility were fully aware of what the rules are – why they weren’t observed and enforced is something they will have to explain – to whom?

The Mayor invites direct contact but is not always able to respond immediately. The ward 2 Councillor is involved in other interests.

People may hear from these two elected officials during the week we are into.

If this kind of behaviour becomes a pattern there is going to have to be an increase in the police presence.


Saturday Beach crowd


saturday pathwat promenade

Can the demand for public space and a place to be outside be met in Spencer Smith Park?

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Neal Family reaching for a new record with their June 26th bottle drive supporting the Food Bank and the Compassion Society

graphic community 5By Staff

June 6th, 2021



This isn’t the first time the Neal Family has done a bottle Drive. Each time they hold a drive the amount they raise increases.


The last one came in at $8000 and loads of food plus significant cash donations.

Bottle Julie Neal

Julie Neal with her son explaining how the bottle drive got started and then just grew.

One person drove in from Kitchener with a load of bottles.

The volume has gotten to the point where they are asking people who drop off bottle to separate the cans from the bottles.

The drop off point this time is the North Burlington Baptist Church located at 1377 Walkers Line –  just north of Forest Run Avenue

They open at 9 and will close it up at 4 pm.

It all takes place on Saturday June 26th.

They are hoping they can pass the $8000 mark they set last time.  This is serious business.

bottle drive Neal Drive

This is what they were dealing with last time.

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Very significant number of people respond to the location of Rainbow crosswalks survey - most wanted it in front of the Catholic school board.

News 100 redBy Staff

June 6th, 2021



The Gazette reported yesterday on the response to the question – where should the next Rainbow crosswalk be located.

There were more than 4000 responses – with 2813 wanting to see it located on Fairview near the Drury Street intersection which is the location of the Catholic District School Board.

One can see some differences of opinion when the matter gets to council on Tuesday. What comes first – the wishes of the supporters of the gay community or the wishes of a school board that decided not to permit the flying of the rainbow flag at Catholic schools.


The responses and the way the numbers broke down are set out below.

Rainbow choices

Rainbow - index to graph.

Some demographics on the people who responded.

Rainbow responses graph

Rainbow index to response graph

It would have been useful to see some additional demographic data like age and gender.  It will be interesting to hear what, if any, interpretation staff provide and what position council members take.

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Erecting of a construction crane is a delicate task

News 100 redBy Staff

June 6th, 2021



City hall announced on Thursday that the intersection of Lakeshore Road and Martha would be closed while a construction crane was installed on the ADI construction site where the Nautique was being built.

Those cranes are complex pieces of equipment – assembling them is no simple task.

A local photographer was able to train his camera on the men and the work they were doing.

Adi crane at Martha 1

The finished job. Now they begin to lift steel beams and concrete to the site as the building rises floor by floor.

Adi crane 2

With the upright section in place the riggers wait for the two side of the horizontal section gets lifted into place.

Adi crane 4

First piece of the horizontal section is hoisted into position with the riggers waiting to bolt it down.

Adi crane 3

The height doesn’t impact on the men doing the work. Their focus is on making sure everything is in place and done properly before inspectors sign off on the work. Imagine for a moment if a crane that tall were to topple.


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With just a little imagination - city hall can come up with a way to keep the streets clean.

graphic community 3By Staff

June  6th, 2021



Garbage on Brant

Easily cleaned up if there was someone people could call.

No one wants the downtown streets to look like this.

Pictures were taken on the weekend and there is usually someone somewhere who can take a call and have the mess cleaned up.

Someone somewhere at city hall can do what it takes. So just do it.

If the city can spend $10,000 on a rainbow crosswalk – someone somewhere can find someone who is on duty during the weekends to handle situations likes this.

Create a phone number that is easy to remember and promote it on everything that gets published.  People will remember the number and use it.  Try 905- cleanup (253 2687)

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Citizens choose location for next Rainbow Crosswalk - opposite Catholic School Board

News 100 redBy Staff

June 5, 2021



Rainbow Crosswalk are now part of the Burlington streetscape.

The first was put in place across Lakeshore at Burlington Street, at a cost of $10,000.

Public response was very positive and there was appetite for other Rainbow crosswalks.

The city did a survey asking people where they thought the next cross walk should be.
The response to the survey was very high – the preferred location surprising.

Citizens chose to have the next Rainbow Crosswalk on Fairview, near Drury which would be basically in front of the Halton District Catholic School Board.

Rainbow catholic BEST

The report on the survey and the results will be going to Community Planning, Regulation and Mobility Committee on Tuesday June 8th beginning at 9:30 a.m.

It will be interesting to see if there are any delegations.

The Halton District Catholic School Board chose recently to not permit the raising of Rainbow flags at Catholic schools.

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Managers and staff at school bus company might be getting dunked

News 100 yellowBy Staff

June 4th, 2021



Those men and women who drive the school buses have a sense of humour. And like everyone else they have learned to pivot – rather well.

First student

School bus company pivots to reward drivers.

They weren’t able to hold their annual Awards Banquet – they came up with a different idea.

This year they are holding a drive-through BBQ for the drivers and they are holding a charity dunk-the-staff-and-managers event for the drivers.


Dunking senior management

Every driver has been given a form to indicate which management and staff they want to dunk.

The drivers will pay $2 a ball or 3 balls for $5.

100% of the funds will be going to Food for Kids Halton.

We will get back to you on the where of this event.

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Man Charged with 40 Offences Related to Burlington Garage, Shed and Vehicle Entries

Crime 100By Staff

June 4th, 2021



The Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) – 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB) with the assistance of 2 District CIB has concluded a week-long investigation in relation to a series of garage and shed break-ins, and vehicle entries in Burlington and Oakville.

HRPS crestSince May 23, 2021, a total of 37 incidents were reported where vehicles, garages and outdoor sheds were entered.  In many incidents, the accused used the garage door opener stolen from the vehicle in the victim’s driveway in order to gain entry to the garage.  Multiple items were stolen through the course of these entries, including high-end bicycles and tools. The accused was also using a stolen vehicle to perpetrate these crimes.

On June 2, 2021, Dylan Brown (28) of Hamilton was arrested at a Hamilton residence.  He has been charged with the following offences:

  • Break and Enter (11 counts)
  • Theft Under $5000 (4 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000 (13 counts)
  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 (3 counts)
  • Trespass at Night (6 counts)
  • Fraud Under $5000
  • Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose
  • Trafficking Stolen Property

A Criminal Code search warrant was executed as a result of the investigation and approximately $70,000 worth of stolen property was recovered.

Brown has been held in custody pending a bail hearing.

Investigation is continuing in efforts to identify other possible suspects in regards to these incidents.  Anyone with information regarding this investigation or wishing to inquire about any recovered stolen property is asked to contact the following investigators.

D/Cst Cole Richards – 3 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2345.

D/Cst Mark Bingham – 2 District Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2268.

Crime stoppers logoTips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at

We would like to remind our community of the following tips to help prevent becoming a victim to these types of crimes:

  • Ensure your vehicle doors are always locked
  • Always roll up your windows
  • Remove all valuables from your vehicle
  • Leave an exterior light on to illuminate your driveway at night
  • Remove your garage door opener


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Hospital Fund raising involves the small business sector.

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 4th, 2021



The Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation has a fund raising initiative underway and has found willing supporters within the commercial sector.

Hospital aerial

They are there when you need them. Be there for them when they need you.

Using the tag line: This June, support local businesses and support local healthcare. The following have joined the J.

Factory Shoe Outlet
Joseph Tassoni Face Coverings
COBS Bakery – Maple Mews Location
Domenic’s Italian Eatery
AIM Insurance Good for You, Good for our Community

These are a few of the corporations that are taking part in the drive. Each has something unique in the way they donate – each supports the hospital.

Factory Shoe Outlet is over halfway to its fundraising goal of $40,000!
AIM will donate $5 to Joseph Brant Hospital Foundation.

JBH signs

Jack is all in!

When Jack Fernihough saw the We Love our Hospital lawn signs were popping back up around the city, he went to his garage and proudly added his sign from last year back onto the front lawn. But he had thrown away his old “We Joined” sign. So when the Foundation was delivering a sign to his neighbour, Jack asked if he could have the full set.

“It’s just something fun,” he said. “I think it’s important to support the hospital because a strong community needs a strong hospital. And Burlington is a top-notch city, and we need a top-notch hospital.”

To request a sign, please click here.

Signs will be delivered and installed by Foundation staff following all safety precautions with contactless delivery.

The plea from the Foundation is: We need you now more than ever.

Sign requestThe COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to Joseph Brant Hospital and we are working tirelessly to make sure that we’re here for you in the moments that matter.

Make this moment matter,

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Meed Ward, Kearns and Nisan featured in production that uses sex as a weapon of humiliation in theatrical production at the Performing Arts Centre

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

June 3rd, 2021


In an earlier version of this story there was a headline that was inappropriate.  It was revised.  The production happens to be about sex being used as a weapon.  The three members of council are part of the production.  Apologies to anyone who was offended.

There was a time when radio is all there was. And it was great.

Radio captures the mind and lets the imagination run rampant.

There were those classic programs:  Johnny Dollar the report of a private investigator and what he spent his fee on. There was Allan Mills and his program. There was that Bed Time story that CBC used to run.

Television was never able to do what radio does.


The audience will be “out there” instead of these seats.

The people at the Performing Arts Centre are taking us back to what radio was all about: words, tone and inflection all used to capture the imagination and build up a sense of what was being communicated.

Because The Show Must Go Online the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Presents Dangerous Liaisons Online

BPAC will stream a virtual reading of the classic play, Dangerous Liaisons (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) next Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12. Tickets for the stream cost $20 per household, or $15 for BPAC members and volunteers. To thank Burlington-area front-line healthcare workers for their sacrifices during this pandemic, they can contact the BPAC Box Office for complimentary tickets to the show.

Dangerous Lias

Three council members amongst the cast.

Adapted to run approximately 60 minutes, this reading will be directed by Stratford Festival director Richard Ouzounian. The incredible cast features local artists and politicians, including Mayor Marianne Meed Ward, Councillors Lisa Kearns and Rory Nisan, KooGle Theatre’s Leslie and Christopher Gray and others.

For those of you who remember the moment when the Mayor sang from the passenger seat of a Smart Car – you can once again hear the dulcet tones of a women who trained to sing opera. Listen to how she did.

“After such a long time without being able to entertain the people of Burlington, it is exciting to be back doing what we do best – and that is putting on a show,” said BPAC Executive Director Tammy Fox. “Working with a director the caliber of Richard Ouzounian and a cast that mixes talented performers and enthusiastic local leaders is fun, energizing and just the tip of the iceberg of what we can accomplish when we are able to welcome patrons back.”

Participating restaurants Paradiso and Pepperwood Bistro have prepared delicious prix fixe takeout meals to accompany a night at the online theatre, so patrons can make it a true dinner and a show experience. Hungry theatre patrons can find all the details about their tantalizing dinner options through the BPAC website.

About the Show
Les Liaisons Dangereuses is a 1985 play adapted from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. The plot focuses on the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, rivals who use sex as a weapon of humiliation and degradation, all the while enjoying their cruel games. Their targets are the virtuous (and married) Madame de Tourvel and Cécile de Volanges, a young girl who has fallen in love with her music tutor, the Chevalier Danceny. In order to gain their trust, Merteuil and Valmont pretend to help the secret lovers so they can use them later in their own treacherous schemes.

About the Cast
The Marquise de Merteuil – Leslie Gray
The Vicomte de Valmont – Christopher Gray
Madame de Tourvel – Councillor Lisa Kearns
Cécile Volanges – Arielle Nielsen
Madame Volanges – Mayor Marianne Meed Ward
The Chevalier Danceny – Councillor Rory Nisan
Madame de Rosemonde – Bev Mattson

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Virtual Play Reading of Dangerous Liaisons
June 11, 2021 & June 12, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Streamed from The Burlington Performing Arts Centre

Tickets can be purchased online or by telephone:
905-681-6000 |
Tickets per household (All-in): Regular $20 / Members $15

The full schedule of BPAC Presents events is available here: – Tickets and dinner choices | |

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Outdoor Graduation ceremonies - maybe. School boards have heard nothing from the province. Several schools have planned virtual events

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

June 3rd, 2021



In a grand gesture yesterday the Premier announced that outdoor graduation events were going to be permitted.

That news came as a surprise to every high school principal in the province.

The Halton District School Board was taken by surprise when they heard the news.

Bateman graduation class 2017

Bateman high school graduation in 2017

“At this point we don’t even know if we will be able to do it. Many Boards have already said they will not be doing it” said a news source.

“The Ministry has not given any direction, we haven’t spoken to Public health about it yet. It was a total surprise to us he announced it.

“Many schools have already planned their virtual events, which weren’t easy. Also don’t forget he said a celebration for every grade not just graduation.

The school board “will be going over this next week” – what they need is clear direction from the Ministry of Education. “… we have also yet to receive any written confirmation or direction from the Ministry.

The Premier said that there would be graduation events for every grade – which has not been the custom for Ontario schools. The long standing practice has been for high school students to graduate. More recently there have been graduation events for those completing elementary school.

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BurlingtonGreen finds a way to make up for not holding their annual CleanUp-GreenUp event

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

June 3rd, 2021



BurlingtonGreen was not going to totally lose the chance to have an impact even if the province put a kibosh on their annual CleanUp/GreenUp event.

BG with a twist 11th yearThey had to announce on April 8th that the Community Clean Up has been temporarily postponed due to the stay-at-home order issued by the Province.

They did what everyone did – the pivoted and put together a program that helped people do things at home.

THE GREEN UP & TREE LOVING CARE (TLC)Ways that you can GREEN UP at home:

  1. Plant a native shrub, tree or pollinator perennial on your property.

Request a packet of FREE native plant seeds to support your Green Up activities at home, while quantities last.
You can find out more about native trees and which ones are best for Burlington using the Ontario Tree Atlas.
Consult the Tree Planting Guide to set your new tree up for success.

2. Remove invasive plant species from your property.
Learn more about Halton Invasive Species and Biodiversity from Conservation Halton.
Find out how you can tackle invasive species at home from the Ontario Invasive Plant Council.

3. Give some Tree Loving Care (TLC) to your trees
Maintaining and caring for them is important for their overall health and longevity.

4. Learn about the importance of trees, pollinators, native species and biodiversity

BG clean up adults

The annual clean up event is seen by some as something for the younger crowd. While these woman are certainly young at heart – and they are doing their bit.

Perks of Registering:
We have a limited supply of FREE NATIVE PLANT SEEDS available when you register for Green Up, while quantities last.

BG teree planting - kids

Thousands of trees have been planted by BurlingtonGreen volunteers.

When you register your Green Up participation, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the Burlington Centre. We are giving away 2 gift cards for those that register between now and October 31st.

We’ve got extra prizes for those that share their photos with us – so take photos of your Green Up and tag us on social media or e-mail them to us for EXTRA chances to win!

Note: Submission of photos provides permission to BurlingtonGreen to use your photos in print, or in digital materials including social media platforms with permission to edit, alter, copy, or distribute the photos for media advertising and marketing.

To take part in the program REGISTER


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Rivers: Is it Time to Phase out Natural Gas?

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

June 3rd, 2021



The previous provincial government closed all of the coal-fired power plants and permanently banned coal as a fuel for electricity production. That was one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction initiatives in North America. More than 30 mega-tonnes of greenhouse gases annually were eliminated.

That is the equivalent to taking seven-million petroleum powered vehicles off our roads. In addition, closing the coal plants helped reduce the number of smog days in Ontario from 53 in 2005 to zero in 2015.

In 2005 coal-fired electricity still accounted for 19% of the utility bill. By 2015 when coal was gone, wind and solar energy had come from nowhere to account for 9%, even as electricity use in the province increased by another 3%. And while the costs of getting there were not inconsequential, solar and wind are today’s lowest cost sources of electrical energy.

wind turbines

Wind turbines work exceptionally well if located in the right place.

Of course wind and solar are intermittent sources of energy by their very nature. And while awaiting the development of backup energy storage systems, natural gas had been included in the mix to allow for those times when the sun was down or the wind had stopped blowing. Still, by 2018, the year the government changed political parties, natural gas accounted for only 3% of the energy mix.

Renewable energy accounts for a third of the electricity produced in Ontario. And a third of that comes from Ontario’s fleet of solar and wind installations. But after the 2018 election the Ontario government stopped approving and started cancelling new solar and wind projects. Still, even in 2020 wind and solar still generated over 11% of the provincial energy mix.

As a result Ontario’s electricity system is currently about 94 percent carbon free. However that is down from 97 percent under the former government, though still very respectable when compared to other jurisdictions like the USA, or even Alberta.

so;ar energy

Solar panels have proven to be very cost effective.

Unfortunately the current provincial administration is allergic to naturally sourced renewable energy. In fact, the Premier has recently moved to de-prioritize renewable energy in an effort to allow increases in the carbon content of Ontario’s energy mix.

So it should not be surprising that this Ontario government, through its wholly owned Ontario Power Generation, has just spent three billion dollars purchasing three existing gas plants from TC Energy. It is easy to understand why TC Energy would want to unload these facilities which represent yesterday’s fossil fuel burning technology. But why would the Ontario government buy them?

The contrast with what we see happening in the US could not be clearer. US President Joe Biden is committed to eliminating natural gas electricity production within 15 years, replacing it with renewable energy. Canada has just announced new climate change targets for 2030 which would entail a 40-50% reduction in fossil fuel burning.

Recently 27 municipalities across Ontario, representing half of the province’s population, have demanded that Ontario phase-out natural gas electricity production. They are concerned about re-carbonizing Ontario’s energy mix and the potential smog pollution which would result. Converting Ontario’s vehicle fleet to electricity is hardly carbon free if recharging the cars’ batteries relies on carbon based electricity.

The province’s Independent Electrical System Operator (IESO),which manages Ontario’s power system, had begun a stakeholder engagement process to examine the feasibility of phasing-out natural gas. In response, the Ontario Energy Association (OEA,) which represents most large energy providers, quickly generated a report in defence of the gas plants.

gas fired energy plant

One of the three gas fired energy plants the province bought.

The OEA report delivers what they term a ‘rough estimate’ of $60 billion over the next decade as a consequence of eliminating natural gas from electricity production. Rough estimate is a generous term for this sketchy effort at producing a large enough number to get everyone’s attention. And unsurprisingly, the imaginary number, intended to impress the reader, is based on heroic and incomplete assumptions – in short, shoddy work.

But this is not just about climate change and the environmental consequences of burning more fossil fuel. There have been huge economic costs associated with the direction this government has been taking us from the get-go. They gave away $3 billion when they dismantled Ontario’s cap and trade emission reduction system. Another $231 million was spent compensating approved new renewable energy projects which were cancelled by the government.

Then there were the millions, (initially $30 million) which were poured into the pointless effort to kill the national carbon tax. And now the Province is spending $3 billion to buy gas power plants which will have to be decommissioned in as little as a decade.

Meanwhile the government is paying $6 billion a year to subsidize our monthly electricity bill, a practice estimated by the Ontario Energy Association to possibly end up costing $228Billion over the next 25 years. And even so, the cost of electricity has actually increased since this government came to power, peaking just prior to the onset of the pandemic and the Premier’s decision to offer work-at-home rate relief during the crisis.

By any measure, economic or environmental, this is a troubling roadmap. And it is taking Ontario tax payers into the most ideologically driven and wrong-headed misadventure since a former premier broke up Ontario Hydro.

Rivers hand to faceRay Rivers writes regularly on both federal and provincial politics, applying his more than 25 years as a federal bureaucrat to his thinking.  Rivers was once a candidate for provincial office in Burlington.  He was the founder of the Burlington citizen committee on sustainability at a time when climate warming was a hotly debated subject.   Ray has a post graduate degree in economics that he earned at the University of Ottawa.  Tweet @rayzrivers



Background links:

Coal Power Plants –    Ontario Energy Mix –      Ontario Electricity Rates –

Municipal Pressure –      OEA Study –      TC Plants –

Today’s Energy Mix –     Ratepayer Subsidy – 

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Another parking fee - this time at LaSalle Park - you pay to park the vehicle you used to tow your boat to the public launch

News 100 blueBy Staff

June 2nd, 2021


Another parking fee – this time at LaSalle Park – you  pay to park the vehicle you used to tow your boat to the public launch.

The LaSalle Park Community Marina opened the public boat launch on June 1.

The same day the city began charging for parking.

truck towing boat

Trucks parked at LaSalle now have to pay for the parking.

New Parking Fees
Anyone parking their boat trailer at the LaSalle Park Community Marina or in the upper parking lot will now be required to pay a trailer parking fee. Trailer parking payments are required seven days a week, including holidays. It is a daily flat rate of $20 for trailer parking; there is no fee to use the public boat launch.

The parking lot has often had traffic flow problems caused by too many trailers and/or improper parking. The new paid parking requirements are intended to create more order in the lots, improve traffic flow and reduce frustrations.

Weather - LaSalle Park Marina

Public ramp – at a time when the water was high and the winter ice had done a lot of damage.

Residents and visitors can use the HonkMobile app or scan the QR code found on signage at the marina to search, pay for, and top-up parking payments directly from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Dashboard tickets are not required as every payment is linked with a trailer licence plate number.

The Marina has 219 docking spaces and is protected by a floating wave break. The Burlington Sailing and Boating Club (BS&BC) and the Able Sail program offer sailing programs at the Marina. In addition, the City has a public boat launch at the Marina that is protected by the floating wave break.

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