REVISED Police close roads in the area of Appleby Line and Corporate Drive in east Burlington due to a gas line rupture.

Newsflash 100By Staff

September 6, 2016



UPDATE: 1:00 PM  HRPS have been advised by the gas provider that it will be at least three hours before the leak is contained.  In the meantime, residents from the area can utilize Mainway Arena and Tansley Woods Rec Centre. There are buses available for transportation on Ironstone east of Appleby Line.

 The Halton Regional Police Service has closed roads due to a gas line rupture in the area of Appleby Line and Corporate Drive in east Burlington. Roads will also be closed to traffic in both directions from Ironstone to Mainway.

As a precaution, residences in the area have been evacuated until the utility provider can evaluate the situation and deem it safe.

The source of the gas line rupture is not known at this time.

A subsequent press release will be issued when there is an update on the status of the road closure/evacuation.

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Plains Road work will continue into September - was expected to be complete at the end of August.

notices100x100By Staff

September 6, 2016


Construction on Plains Road, between Shadeland Avenue and the QEW, will continue to late September.

Delays: Scot Hamilton explains: “This project, which is part of the Plains Road Functional Design and Implementation Strategy and the Cycling Master Plan, was originally scheduled to finish at the end of August,” said Scott Hamilton, Manager of Design and Construction.

“While the majority of the construction has been completed, a two month delay in rehabilitating the watermain means the final paving will now be finished mid-October. We apologize for the delay and inconvenience the extended construction may cause. We are working to get the project done as soon as possible.”

Plains Road, between Shadeland Avenue and the QEW, remains open to traffic although lane restrictions are in place. Please use caution and obey all signs.

For more information about this project, visit or contact Dave Johnson, project manager at 905-335-7600, ext. 7507 or

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And just how are we doing with our economic development - do we become the tail of the Hamilton tiger?

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

September 6, 2016


There was an announcement last week that GE Canada is going to build a “Brilliant Factory” in Welland that is expected to employ 220 people and make Welland a hub of advanced manufacturing.

The provincial government was deeply involved in bringing this about; Ontario helped secure this project by providing a single point of contact for GE when the company was deciding where in Canada to make this major investment.

Other companies will benefit from the same service model when the province launches the Strategic Investments Office (SIO) this fall. The SIO will provide companies looking to invest in Ontario a one-window approach, offering a seamless range of services such as help selecting a suitable site, training workers, and fast-tracking provincial and municipal permits and licences.

Frank McKeowan, the Executive Director of Burlington’s Economic Development Corporation, is well aware of the need for tighter co-ordination between different levels of government to attract the jobs he wants to see in Burlington.

Regional crest

Halton Region crest: their economic development mandate doesn’t include Hamilton – which is where Burlington wants to be attached to.

John Davidson, Director of Economic Development at the Region of Halton fully understands the problem – and he is working his way around the problem he is faced with.

Halton Region is tied in tightly with the GTA when it comes to economic development.  The problem for the Region is that the boundary he works within does not include Hamilton.

And for Burlington it is becoming increasingly clear that our economic fortunes are tied to Hamilton rather than the Greater Toronto Area.

Summit - Premier addresses

Premier Kathleen Wynne telling the Bay Area Economic summit that she likes what she is hearing.

The Bay Area Economic Summit that took place last June  made it pretty clear that Burlington wants to hitch its wagon to the Hamilton engine.

Many feel this is the smartest thing Burlington can do – but what does John Davidson do when his economic development mandate and boundary ends at the border between Hamilton and Burlington?

David A. Wolfe, Co-Director, Innovation Policy Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, suggested to the Bay Area Economic Summit last June that there were some significant governance issues to be resolved before Hamilton could reach its full potential.

Wolfe introduced an issue that many had not seriously considered – which was – how do we organize ourselves to accommodate the wonderful opportunity before us.

Aerial view - skyway bridge

Is Burlington going to be attached economically to Hamilton’s hip?

He suggested that the municipal structure doesn’t work for economic development – those boundaries that demark the borders of a municipality are not respected by the commercial sector – dollars flow to where the return is the highest.

Burlington has an economic development corporation that, so far, hasn’t managed to deliver much in the way of value.  The team in place now has a stronger mandate and a clearer objective – they just haven’t been able to deliver on it.  No one has been able to say quite why – there is a reason – it just isn’t evident yet.

The creation of the Bay Area as an economic unity was promoted in Burlington by Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven who brought it up at a city council meeting some time ago. Then the Burlington Chamber of Commerce joined forces with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce to think about how this could be made to happen.

Summit - lunch line

The Bay Area Economic Summit attracted a healthy crowd – lunch time.

That brought about the Bay Area Economic Summit – which was the first direct, detailed and organized look at the problem and the opportunity. It is too early to tell if anything is going to come out of that first meeting.

Wolfe and Dr. Puri were speakers at that conference where their question was – what can Hamilton do to improve its economic prospects?

Wolfe pointed to some of the governance issues that have to be overcome. Innovation and research are concentrated – “being there” matters he said.

We are now a knowledge economy he added; knowledge is plentiful but access to knowledge is critical for its exploitation. Cities are driving change and urban cores are key to the knowledge economy

Does Ontario and the GTHA currently have a unique opportunity to capitalize on the potential for a major regional hub? What can we do to seize the opportunity?

Ontario already has its own large technology hub; it stretches from the east end of Toronto to KW & Hamilton down to Niagara region.

Summit - share of resouces VC- empl +

Hamilton – Burlington would like to be able to create an economic hub that produces numbers like this.

GTA/KW/Bay Area triangle has everything needed to succeed, except appropriate governance institutions. There are 10 Universities, 12 Academic Hospitals, 9 Institutes of Technology and Colleges, over 300 Research Institutes, 325,000 Full-Time Students, 85,000 Graduating Students per Year and 11,000 Faculty Members.

Wolfe also points to what the Burlington – Hamilton community can do now to become a vital extension to what now exists in Kitchener Waterloo.

Facilitate the exchange of information and technology
Foster cooperation & coordination in region
Enhance civic capital & improve competitiveness by:
Identifying common strengths
Developing common agenda
CEO’s of Hamilton is good example of collaborative institution
Draw upon civic capital created by these institutions
Generate trust by engaging key social partners in ‘talk’
Build a set of shared expectations
Create a regional vision & strategy

Something along these lines was planned for Burlington's downtown core - but McMaster stifed the city when a nicer deal came along.

The DeGroote School of Business was touted as a possible location for an Advanced Manufacturing research institute – that one got away on us.

Wolfe told his audience that innovation and research are concentrated and that ‘being there’ matters. While the bulk of the McMaster campus is in Hamilton, the De Groote School of Business is in Burlington. Wolfe makes the point that we are now a knowledge economy and that knowledge is plentiful but that access to knowledge is critical for its exploitation.

Cities are driving change explains Wolfe and urban cores have become the key to the knowledge economy. The challenge he maintains is to transform the rustbelt to “brainbelts”.

Wolfe said “Knowledge is ‘sticky’ and firms located close to research centres benefit disproportionately from research results; there are strong geographic spillovers between public research centres and industrial research and development.

Dr. Ishwar Puri – Dean of Engineering at McMaster made the point that innovation matters but that it is misleading to think that innovation is all about business – “social innovation is important too, he said.

KW Velocity garage

Burlington would love to see something like this within the city boundaries – high tech jobs.

Innovation is a tool for growth – but also a mechanism by which we can address grand challenges like infrastructure, inequity, disease and healthcare.

Dr. Puri said a regional system needs three fundamentals

1) Technological know-how – which means social know-how – technology and society are intimately connected
2) Good business/social climate
3) Collaboration

With these come three requirements:

1) Policies/instruments that allow you to innovate. Policies help harness potential
2) Public-private partnerships between key regional players
3) Innovation is a key driver of regional growth/competitiveness

Frank McKeough, former Chief of Staff to MAyor Rick Goldring asked about how politicians can handle complex issues when voters tend not to be informed and don't have the background needed to arrive at decisions.

Frank McKeown, former Chief of Staff to Mayor Rick Goldring, now Executive Director of the Burlington Economic Development Corporation. Going in the right direction – just not very quickly.

He went on to say that these three need to be aligned with a brand that clearly identifies the region. Burlington doesn’t have that kind of identity. At a city Committee of the Whole meeting 18 months ago participants were talking about Burlington being a city with a growing seniors population. McKeown reminded them that Burlington needed to be seen as a place for people who were developing careers with strong business operations and not be seen as a senior’s destination – it was clear that Burlington had yet to create its identity.

McPhail with Merlin

Memex’s Dave McPhail with a version of their Merlin product – a software hardware combination that captures data on the plant for and puts it in front of management – instantly.

We don’t hear all that much about R&D in Burlington but there are several firms deeply immersed in the field and making significant changes. Memex is in the business of helping manufacturers capture data on the plant floor and giving management a real time look at what is happening in their plants which allows them to make changes instantly and not have to wait for a report the next day. Memex reports number like 42% improvement in machine utilization, 100 hours reduction in operator overtime per month, 400 hours per month decrease in previously outsourced work, all in the first 5, in their case studies.

The Thomson Group has been doing some superb work with polymers and have a system of propeller shafts that prevent oil leakage – their product is used around the world.

Thordon Bearings, a technology company with a bullet proof vest made out of patents and secret recipes with the bulk

Thordon Bearings, a polymer technology company with a product sold around the world.


McKeown has been working with McMaster and the Fraunhofer Group to set up a research operation for Advanced Manufacturing studies. There were plans (a wish is perhaps a better word) for an actual campus next to the south Service Road DeGroote School of Business facility but that hasn’t gotten very far – that was touted at the same time our economic development people were talking in terms of 20,000 new jobs for the city.

Fraunhofer, headquartered in Munich, is Europe’s largest organization for applied research. They operate 67 institutes and research units in Germany. Fraunhofer has established subsidiaries and representative offices in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. They have a working force of more than 23,000 employees. Their research budget in 2013 was C$2.8 billion.

Fraunhofer has committed to a 20,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art research facility, slated to open at McMaster Innovation Park in 2017. The project Centre for Biomedical Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing will both be at McMaster University.

Proximity facilitates knowledge sharing and stimulates localized learning, which is a large part of the reason Frank McKeown worked as hard as he did to get Fraunhofer onside.

Creating those hubs or triangles is not easy; the Hamilton/Burlington link has to become what they are we are and not try to be a copy of anyone else.

City-regions are defined as a core city linked by functional ties to a hinterland where economic boundaries rarely coincide with political ones. City-regions are sites for innovation they act as repositories of leading edge knowledge for activities in which they are specialized.

US steel hamilton

Hamilton was once a great steel town that provided thousands of job for both Hamilton and Burlington – other countries with lower wage rates took much of that business away from the area.

Hamilton was once a major steel city. Other countries with lower labour costs took that away from the “hammer”. There is depth in steel, it is part of Hamilton’s DNA. And there is a tightly integrated core group of corporations that support the steel industry. Can steel redevelop itself and be part of putting all that they collectively know to profitable use? It is a challenge yet to be defined.

The fact that the current owners of the steel companies are looking for a way to get out of the business they are in, and shed some pension responsibilities while they are at it, doesn’t take away from the talent the work force has.

The Hamilton Port Authority has begun to accommodate other industries. G3Canada Ltd., located on Eastport Drive at Pier 26 has a $50 million terminal development which will give Ontario farmers more choice in exporting their grain to global markets. Construction of the new terminal has already started, and is expected to be complete in time for the 2017 harvest season.

The investment at the Port of Hamilton as part of the G3 vision to create a coast-to-coast Canadian grain enterprise,” said Karl Gerrand, CEO, G3 Canada Ltd. “Grain exports have been increasing for some time now. They look forward to expanding their relationship with farmers in the province to establish G3 as the partner of choice in marketing their grain.”

Parish - Heimbecker flour mill Hamilton

A Parrish and Heimbecker storage facility in Hamilton harbour.

Hamilton Port Authority welcomed a new flour mill to be constructed by Parrish & Heimbecker Ltd. The mill will be located on Pier 10 adjacent to Parrish & Heimbecker’s existing grain storage and export terminal, which opened in 2011.

The Port of Hamilton is positioning itself to be a primary agri-food gateway to attract higher-order food processing enterprises, like Parrish & Heimbecker’s new flour mill, SucroCan’s sugar refinery and Collective Arts/Nickel Brook’s craft brewery, all established within the last three years.

Boat storage will find itself with less space available which might be tough for the boaters – but that land should have been put to better economic use five years ago.

Pier 8 Hamilton

A planned residential community on the edge of Hamilton harbour that will see the disappearance of freight sheds that currently store private boats for the most part.

Hamilton’s plans to develop a vibrant residential community in the Pier 8 area will change the northern part of the city.

The focus to date on creating robust research hubs where the economic spin-offs are measurable has been the KW-GTA corridor. The Bay Area is integrally linked in to both KW & GTA economies said Wolfe. “The reality is that it is a triangle, not a corridor and that the Bay Area is integrally linked in to both KW & GTA economies”. He added, forebodingly that the Bay Area is in danger of being left behind on both the branding and governance fronts.

Summit Triangle

David Wolfe argues that there is an opportunity for the corridor that runs from the GTA could become a triangle that includes Burlington-Hamilton.

Burlington’s economic development is evolving; a work in progress. There hasn’t been much to report other than Burlington is the #1 Mid Size city in Canada – which is rather pathetic.

All the pieces exist for a burst of research and the economic development that can follow. The challenge for Burlington is to become a significant part of the changes that Hamilton is going through as it evolves from an industrial steel town to a community that not only taps into the knowledge economy but becomes a leading participant.

McKeown does point out that corporations rarely back up their bags and move everything to a new location, although that is exactly what International Harvester did with their parts distribution operation that left Burlington for an industrial park in Hamilton.

And those 20,000 jobs touted in 2014 are nowhere in sight.

The Bay Area Economic Summit is hopefully a first solid step to developing the momentum badly needed.

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City councillors return to work after long holiday - lots of significant issues to be dealt with - early draft of the budget will be on the table.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

September 5, 2016



Well – it was nice while it lasted.

The Region advised us to expect extreme heat and humidity on Tuesday – which is the day most of us return to our desks and ready ourselves for a fall season of doing the city’s business.

These weather announcements are made when forecast temperatures are expected to reach at least 31 degrees Celsius with overnight temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius for two days, or when a humidex of 40 or higher is expected for two days.

Normally Mayor Goldring would drive west along New Street and watch for the number of people cycling in those new bike lanes but this Tuesday he will be heading north east for the Regional office where he and the other members of city council will do their work as Regional Councillors.

They buckle down to work on city matters the week of the 12th.

On that agenda are some significant items – the budget being the most important. Fresh numbers will be available soon – hopefully the treasurer will have climbed down from the 3.5% plus increase that had been floated.

Brant at Ghent development area

Several properties at the Ghent – Brant intersection are being readied for future development.

Intensification will get more attention – sometime in September one of the major developers in the city will announce a possible four structure development at the intersection of Brant and Ghent.

The growth of Brant street is working its way south from Fairview where the Molinaro’s are doing just fine with their five structure Paradigm development. The three 19 storey structures on the north side are approach the fifth floor level.

The ADI group plans for the intersection of Martha and Lakeshore Road are at the ‘talking it over” stage with the planning department before it all goes back to the Ontario Municipal Board in October.

Storm water needs some public attention – there are solutions but the public hasn’t been given much to look at and consider. The HAAP program is underway assessing the vulnerability of 4,000 Burlington-area homes to flood damage.

The program will make recommendations to help homeowners avoid costly damage from extreme weather and at the same time collect the data needed to inform potential expansion of the program to communities across the province.

Burlington got chosen for the program – our 2014 flood disaster made us the most eligible.

The transit people are in bed with the Economic Development people looking for ways to provide decent transit service for parts of the city where large employers would like to see something better for their employees.

Brant Square outside looking south

Burlington Square on the west side of Brant at Ghent is going to get a major upgrade with additional density on the south end.

Mobility hubs are getting looked at very closely – at one point during the Strategic Plan deliberations it looked as if Aldershot was going to be the first such hub. That seems to have shifted due in part to the nature of the working relationship with a developer and the city.

The Paradigm development next to the GO station and the impending announcement of a large development at Brant and Ghent where Burlington Square is getting significant upgrades with the units south of the high rise becoming four storey units makes this a significant increase in housing units that will do a lot to get us to the intensification target.

The question anyone with an eye for planning is – what does the city do with the properties to the east of the GO station where there are several car dealership and a horticultural outlet with a couple of restaurants.

Fairview looking east from Leggat

Automotive dealerships, a horticulture operation and a number of restaurants dot the north side of Fairview between the GO station and Guelph Line – The time may be coming when this land can be put to much better use.

The area becomes prime commercial property – and when linked to the downtown core certainly has the makings of a transportation.

Elizabeth’s on the corner of Brant and James is reported to have been sold – the furniture operation is being moved to Fairview – that whole block is then in play – someone has something planned.

The Paradigm and the yet to be announced development at Ghent and Brant are going to being upwards of 3500 people into that community. THAT is growth – which is what this council wants – but there is a hard core of people west of Brant who don’t want quite that much development.


Ward 2 residents look at plans a developer has put forward during a workshop held by the ward Councillor.

Ward 2 city councillor Marianne Meed Ward held a series of public meeting at which people in her ward got to comment on what they wanted to see in the way of development. To her credit Meed Ward has kept herself open to ideas and has been consistent in her willingness to listen to her constituents.

Her report on what she learned from the three meetings is due sometime later in the fall.

The content of that report just might serve as the frame that sets out the issues at which point the public can decide what the appropriate lenses should be to look at what is proposed and then shape decisions that fit into the intensification requirements and the Strategic Plan.

We mustn’t forget the Official Plan review that is now getting the attention it needs – that task got put on hold until the Strategic Plan was in place.

The city is apparently working with Vince Rossi on the site plan he is required to submit – once there is a document in hand the city can then refine its contents and perhaps get to the point where there is something done with the hundreds of tonnes of landfill that was dumped on the property.

In the past four to six months conversations have taken place with interested parties who see the potential for the air park and have the necessary executive capacity to make something acceptable happen. No one is going to do anything until the site plan matter is worked out.


How many of this significant seven will decide to run for office in 2018 – and which office will they run for?

This city council is at the halfway point of its term – this is the point when municipal politicians began thinking about getting themselves re-elected.

The rules they will have to work within as candidates in 2018 are going to be a lot different than they were last time around.

Look for a lot of self-serving statement in the next 26 months.

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Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for Halton Region starting Tuesday, September 6.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 5th, 2016



The weekend weather was so good – finally.

Now we get told to expect extreme heat and humidity, Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for Halton Region starting Tuesday, September 6. This warning is issued when forecast temperatures are expected to reach at least 31 degrees Celsius with overnight temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius for two days, or when a humidex of 40 or higher is expected for two days.

We all know what to do to take care of ourselves.

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The smaller, local cultural scene grew this year - there is hope - now to give them decent funding.

artsblue 100x100By Pepper Parr

September 5, 2016


In September there will be two cultural events that will spell the end of the summer season on the community based cultural scene.

Frozen Goose cover

While yet to take place the Premiere of The Frozen Goose adds to the film work being done in the city –

MoonGlade will be the fourth No Vacancy event and well known artist Margaret Lindsay Holton will premiere her latest short film – The Frozen Goose

Burlington has a Performing Arts Centre and an Art Gallery plus a Museum that are handsomely funded by the municipality.
There are dozens of other small groups whose performances get done because committed volunteers make them happen.
These small groups struggle to stay alive financially – but stay alive they did.

Debra Pickfield sponsored a Shakespeare production at her ThinkSpot location in Lowville.

KooGle cast

Traditional summer theatre fare – that turned out to be a hoot. Kudos to KooGle for putting this one on.

The KooGle Company put on the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Performing Arts Centre; where despite precious little marketing and promotion support from BPAC they had two sold out performances and more than respectful audiences during the two week run.

The Lowville Festival did their thing for the second year and are convinced that what they set out to do last year has legs and are planning for a third year.

Crowded and noisy Midsummer

Trevor’s Copps production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was perhaps the most ambitious and successful summer theatre event – despite what the weather tried to do to him.

Trevor Copp spent a number of years convincing the Royal Botanical Gardens that the grounds were a great place to hold an outdoor theatre production; August saw a two week run of A Midsummer Night’s dream – despite weather that just didn’t want to co-operate. The venue, which started with 220 seats and was able to ramp it up to 270 – it was a sterling event – well worth doing next year.

Has the city reached a tipping point – a time when there are enough well run events to draw visitors to the city?

Are we at the point where smaller tour operators can fill a bus and bring them to the city to take part in a cultural event? Not quite – but there is movement.

What is needed to grow ourselves culturally to the next level? Anyone with any experience in the cultural field will tell you that events bring in people – the Sound of Music draws thousands of people who are not Burlingtonians. They are also comfortably funded by the city.  RibFest does the same thing.

The Art Gallery runs its programs throughout the year and draws a lot of traffic during the summer.

The Performing Arts Centre has yet to come up with a theme that can get bums into seats during the summer. There are many opportunities to develop programs or partner with other groups to put the venue to good use.

Barbara Lica JAzz BPAC A

Barbara Lica gave the city a taste of some really pleasant contemporary jazz on the Plaza at the Performing Arts Centre – it was part of their August program.

The Centre does have to be given credit for the excellent Jazz on the Plaza program it offered last year and continued this year and also for adding events on Tuesday’s for younger people.

Trevor Copp and his Tottering Bipod Theatre looks as if he is going to be able to put on another production next summer – by the time the Café will, hopefully have its liquor license so patrons can enjoy a glass of wine at the end of a show – perhaps even during intermission.

Jude Johnson #2

Jude Johnson singing Forever Young – she had them standing on their feet.

The Lowville Festival people are looking for a way to make use of the grounds at Lowville Park – they really like the idea of using the outdoors – with maybe a large tent as a theatre.

Rob Missen waxed eloquently as he spoke of “the sound of Bronte creek” bubbling away serving as a back drop for the musicians or the actors. Getting outdoors would allow them to attract larger audiences; the church halls in rural Burlington do have their limitations

There is a much healthier local culture scene; the arts have become a hive of activity – but they still need help. All the city departments have submitted their core budget and the hinted 3.5% plus tax increase might mean there isn’t all that much cash to spare.

AGB - Vanpresentation

Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon managed to get the Art Gallery the funds to pay for the van that will be in the field taking art to the community.

The artists have decided to be more proactive and formed an Arts council that they hope will allow them to get a little more from the city (good luck on that one) and be in a position to get funding from the province.

Burlington’s MPP is now a cabinet minister heading up the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport; she will do as much as she can for the home team – let’s hope that she remembers the little guys and doesn’t shower the Art Gallery, Museum and Performing Arts centre with provincial money.

It has been a good season – there is hope.getting new - yellow

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Freeman, Freeman, Freeman: They need your help; September 10th. 17th or 24th - all three if you can.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 5th, 2016


There is an event in this city that takes place once we are into the fall season – we show off – or rather we show our stuff.

This year, the general public will have an opportunity to see what a group of very dedicated volunteers have done with a railway station that is an important part of the city’s history – a structure that sat on cribbing and was about to be demolished and sold for kindling.

A hearty band of volunteers fought city council’s shameful inertia and found a home for the station and began the process of renovating and refurbishing the structure.

Freeman - west side inside wall

Allan Harrington with a paint brush – an upgrade form his profession as a “bean counter” on th left. The station Master’s office and the ticket wicket on the right.

October 1st is Open House for a number of locations in the city. For Freeman Station it is the first time the public is going to be able to walk through the place and see what a local train station looked like in the very early 1900’s

They are doing a superb job – but it isn’t completed. They face two challenges – 1: to be ready for their Open House and 2: to begin to close the structure in before the cold weather sets in – all the signs are that we are going to have a beaut of a winter.

Sitting on some "cribbing" with a sign badl in need of several coats of paint, the Freeman Station gets ready for its big move.

Sitting on some “cribbing” with a sign badly in need of several coats of paint, the Freeman Station days before it was moved to its new home.

Can you help out?
They need help to clean up the baggage room and portico, to install wood siding on the back outside walls, painting both outside and inside, as well as many other jobs to get the station ready for winter and Doors Open on October 1st. Everyone at the Freeman station is a volunteer and we really could use your help.

Volunteer Work Days, September 10th, 17th and 24th

We need your help even if you are only available for a few hours with only one month before Doors Open and we want to put our best foot forward. Come on out and help us get ready, work on the station, our artifacts, and a myriad of smaller tasks to get ready for Doors Open Burlington on October 1st. Bring work gloves and wear old clothes.

Freeman - view from the south - volunteers needed

Looks a lot better today than it day 18 months ago – but it isn’t ready yet for public viewing – help out of out can.

To alert us to your skills, please email to let us know that you are coming.

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Pitcher Emillis Guerrero named the IBL playoff MVP

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

September 5, 2016


Right-handed pitcher Emillis Guerrero, a 31-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, is the IBL playoff MVP for 2016.

Emilis Guerrero

Emillis Guerrero floats one right down the middle named playoff MVP

Guerrero recorded a complete game victory Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits in the championship clincher that had the Barrie Baycats win in four straight games..

During the post-season he recorded four wins and in 49 innings pitched he recorded 41 strikeouts, just four walks and finished with a playoff ERA of 2.02.

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Barrie Baycats earn their third IBL championship - defeat Toronto Male Leafs in four straight.

sportsgreen 100x100By Staff

September 4, 2016


The Toronto Maple Leafs just couldn’t get any traction – the team has shown great gusto in the quarter and semi-finals but when it came to the IBL Championship games – the Barrie Baycats didn’t give them any room.

The Barrie Baycats swept the Toronto Maple Leafs to win their third straight Intercounty Baseball League championship.
Barrie won 7-5 Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits and went 12-1 in the playoffs, beating Burlington in five games in the first round and then sweeping the second-place Kitchener Panthers in the semifinal on their way to another Dominico Trophy.

Jordan Castaldo had two home runs and three RBI in Game 4. The Baycats infielder homered four times and drove in 12 in the final.
Kyle Nichols added a solo home run, while Kyle DeGrace singled and had two RBI, Ryan Spataro drove in a run, and Glenn Jackson singled twice and scored twice.

Emilis Guerrero (4-1) went the distance, allowing five runs (four earned) on 16 hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Connor Lewis singled twice, homered and had two RBI for the fifth-place Leafs, who advanced to the final after beating Brantford and London in seven-game series.

Dan Marra had three singled and an RBI, Sean Mattson went 3-for-5 with a run, Jonathan Solazzo singled twice and scored twice, Justin Marra had two hits and scored once, and Grant Tamane added a pair of singles.

Mike Wagner (4-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits in three innings of relief. Wagner struck out three without issuing a walk. Starter Brett van Pelt lasted six innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits, striking out three and walking one.

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If you have a surveillance camera outside your house the police would like to talk to you about how you can help catch people committing crimes.

Crime 100By Staff

September 4th, 2106


There was an attempted break in at a home in Burlington recently – the owner was in the house and managed to scare off the thief – but she was really rattled.

She of course called the police but by the time they arrived, which was quite promptly, the thief, who happened to be female thought to be perhaps in her early 50’s, was long gone.

However through a program the police use – Security Camera Registration and Monitoring program ( S.C.R.A.M) a community based crime prevention opportunity the police were able to capture some footage of the woman running from the area and the car she was believed to have been driving.

So what is S.C.R.A.M.? It is an investigative tool that enlists the help of Halton residents in helping to solve crimes

HRPS crestCommunity members voluntarily identify and register their residential video surveillance equipment through a simple, secure, confidential, online form located on the Halton Regional Police Service website.

Here is the link:

Scroll down to the line that says Form to Register

Then scroll down on that form to the 5th box  Security camera registration

All a person is doing when they register is letting the police know they have surveillance equipment. In the event that there is an incident in an area the police go to their data base to see if there are any cameras registered – if there are they give the owner of the camera a call and ask for permission to download the images.

The Halton police dearly wish they had been able to capture images of Helen Robertson, the 79 year old Alzheimer’s patient who wandered away from her home in Jul and has not been seen since.

The program is completely voluntary – you can say no thanks whenever you want.

Security Cameras-home-graphicA number of people wonder just what giving police access to your home security means. You are not giving the police any access when you register – what you are doing is letting the police know that you have an electronic security system. If there is a crime near your home the police will know that you have a security camera and may ask if they can look at what was captured by your camera.
You are under no obligation to hand over anything.

When investigating a crime the police usually end up going door to door hoping that someone may have seen something – if they knew where the security cameras were they could narrow down the search area.

Door to door can be a time-consuming endeavour as it may include a 360 radius around the crime scene. Armed with the knowledge of locations of security cameras, police can better focus their investigation. This has proven helpful in many investigations where suspect vehicles or suspects themselves have been picked up on third-party camera systems. Knowing a “direction” enables investigators to focus their attention on that particular path, even at considerable distances, where perhaps another camera may be located.

The objective of the program is primarily to build a database of camera locations in our community. Adding a security camera to your property is an excellent crime prevention tool, and is a way for you to protect your OWN property. Allowing the police quick access to potential recordings of crimes in progress is a way for citizens to help make our communities safer for everyone.

Check into it – we are safest when we take care of each other.

Related article:

A private surveillance helps police identify a suspect.

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Barrie Baycats on the way to a fourth IBL championship - one game away from taking it all.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

September 3, 2016



For a while they looked like the little engine that could but with three games lost against the championship defending Barrie Baycats – it looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs are about to get ready to end their season – with perhaps four straight loses.

A five-run eighth inning moved the Barrie Baycats one step closer to the Intercounty Baseball League championship.

IBL_Horizontal_LogoBarrie used the big inning to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 11-6 Saturday night and leads the best-of-seven final 3-0. The Baycats can clinch the Dominico Trophy on Sunday afternoon at Christie Pits at 2 p.m.

Kevin Atkinson delivered the biggest blow in the eighth, smashing a three-run home run to give Barrie a 9-6 lead. Glenn Jackson added a two-run double with two outs.

Jordan Castaldo had two hits, two runs and an RBI, Ryan Spataro and Branfy Infante each had a hit and had an RBI, Kyle Nichols doubled and drove in a pair of runs and scored once, and Joey Guaranga went 3-for-4 with a run.

Adam Hawes (2-0) picked up the win in relief, throwing 1.1 innings of scoreless one-hit ball with a strikeout and walk. Adam Rowe started and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits over six innings, striking out three and walking two.

For Toronto, Jonathan Solazzo doubled and had three RBI and a run to lead the Leafs’ offence. Dan Marra singled and drove in a run and scored once, Jon Waltenbury singled twice and scored a run, and Connor Lewis singled and doubled.

Justin Cicatello (1-2) took the loss, allowing 10 runs (six earned) on 11 hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking six.

2016 IBL playoffs
Dominco Trophy league final
Barrie Baycats vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
Barrie leads series 3-0
Game 1: Barrie 4, Toronto 3
Game 2: Barrie 15, Toronto 12
Game 3: Barrie 11, Toronto 6
Game 4: Sunday, Sept. 4 at Toronto; 2 pm
Game 5: Tuesday, Sept. 6 at Barrie; 7:30 pm*
Game 6: Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Toronto; 7:30 pm*
Game 7: Thursday, Sept. 8 at Barrie; 7:30 pm*
* — If necessary

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School crossing guards still needed - rewarding work.

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 4th 2016



They will be on their way to school Wednesday – thousands of students will trundle along to school – some for the first time

Some, will get driven to school by parents – – they might think bikes later in the year.

Christine Hopwood is the woman that ensures there is a crossing guard for your child at every school in the city.

Christine Hopwood is the woman that ensures there is a crossing guard for your child at every school in the city.

At the street corners near each school there will be a crossing guard – decked out in those bright red and yellow vests that you can’t miss with a stop sign in hand.

There are a couple of hundred of them that do this important work.

The City is actively looking for additional school crossing guards for the 2016/2017 school year.

“We are seeking crossing guards who are dedicated individuals that care about their community and want to help play an important role in keeping children safe on their way to and from school,” said Vito Tolone, the director of transportation for the city.

The city’s crossing guard program includes full training, a uniform and reimbursement of mileage. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to complete a police check. All successful applicants will be paid for two hours of work a day.

School crossing guardThose who take on this work come to know the students quite well and watch as they grow from grade to grade – it is very rewarding work.

For more information or to apply, visit or call 905-335-0172.

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Police looking for two suspects in Pearl Street apartment robbery.

Crime 100By Staff

September 3, 2016



Earlier in August the Halton Regional Police were alerted to a robbery that took place at a high rise on Pearl Street.

It was Thursday August 11th 2016 @ approximately 1pm, when two suspects entered a high rise apartment on Pearl Street in Burlington, forced open the door to an apartment unit and stole various items. The suspects were captured on video surveillance.

Pearl Suspect 2

One of two suspects police believe were responsible for the break and entry into an apartment on Pearl Street.

Pearl Suspect 1b

Second suspect











The police were able to retrieve security camera image – any help you can give identifying these suspects would be appreciated.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or has information that would assist investigators identify the suspects are encouraged to contact the Burlington Criminal Investigations Bureau D/Cst Urie at 905-825-4747 ext 2338 or Det Bale ext 2312 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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We stil don't know if Fortinos is going to be selling us wine come the fall.

News 100 yellowBy Pepper Parr

September 3rd, 2016



If it looks too good to be true – it probably isn’t true.



Pleasant enough assortment.

There I was getting ready try out the different supermarkets and see what their wine offerings were going to be – the Ministry of Finance did say we were going to be able to buy wine in Supermarkets on October 28th. They provided a list of the supermarkets who were going to be in the wine biz.

Fortinos logoLoblaws was on the list. Fortinos is a part of the Loblaws operation – just a different brand name. We wanted to know if Fortinos would be selling wine and we asked this question:

“Can we assume that if a supermarket chain is part of the list of locations that can begin selling wine in October that any location in the chain can sell wine products?”

The response: “That is not correct. I am just in a meeting but let me get you some expanded info.”

loblaws logo smallWell it turns out it isn’t quite that simple. When we asked for a little more in the way of detail here is what we got back.

“Today’s announcement identified the successful respondents to the Request for Bids (RFB) held by the LCBO for the sale of wine in grocery stores, later this fall. The successful grocers will now move on to the next stage of the process, which is to apply to have their individual getting new - yellowstore locations inspected and authorized by the Alcohol Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), and then enter in to the necessary wholesale supply agreements with the LCBO. We will provide further updates about the authorizations and individual store locations once the RFB process is complete in late October.”

I think we are going to be making trips to the LCBO for a while yet.

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Missing youth found in a secluded park area - treated for exposure and dehydration and kept in hospital.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 2, 2016



On September 2nd, 2016, at approximately 12:00 pm, members of the Halton Regional Police Search Incident Response Team (SIRT) located Christopher Komac, in a secluded area in Burlington.

He was located in a small greenspace near the area of Sturbridge and Forestvale Drives.

KOMAC - Missing

Christoper Komac – found alive and well.

Christopher was conscious and spoke with ground search members from the Tactical Rescue Unit. Halton Emergency Medical Services assessed him where he was located and Christopher was transported for precautionary reasons to a local hospital for dehydration and exposure.

Komac mao

The cell phone that police were able to trace was found in Roly Bird Park – green space in the upper right. He was found at a location near the red mar – alive and well.

Members of the Komac  family and the Halton Regional Police Service wish to sincerely thank all those who assisted with search efforts and provided tip information that brought this matter to a successful end. Halton Police would also like to thank Costco for providing water and snacks to our volunteers. Over 350 people from across the community were instrumental in helping locate Christopher.

At the wishes of the KOMAC family, no further information will be provided in this case as it is being treated as a family matter. Halton Police would ask their privacy be respected.

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Prediction is for a winter as tough as the summer we have experienced.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

September 2, 2016



People now remember to take a sweater with them these days – not something we would have done two weeks ago or during much of July and August.

The Mrs. get to put her vehicle in the garage.

Is this what we can expect this winter?

The people in the Nelson community got through the year without a swimming pool – will they remember what their city did to them come the next municipal election?

A brutal summer appears to be over even though official summer doesn’t end until September 21st.

Our clocks go back an hour on November 6th – will we have snow by then?

Farmers AlmanacThe Farmer’s Almanac advises that we are in for a winter that may be as tough as the summer we just got through. Shudder

The Almanac says January and February of next year are going to be particularly heavy.

You might ant to buy some road salt early – last year stores ran out.

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Christopher Komac found - safe and sound.

Newsflash 100By Staff

September 2, 2016



KOMAC - MissingChristopher Komac has been found safe and sound – with perhaps some explaining to do.




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Wine to be sold in almost every supermarket in town starting October 28.

News 100 blueBy Staff

September 2, 2016



When the province announced earlier this year that beer would be available for purchase at supermarkets Burlington residents wanted to know where they could make a purchase.

The answer at that time was – not in Burlington – Oakville and Hamilton – but not in Burlington.

Yesterday the province announced that wine would be available for purchase at supermarkets – and we made the list – there are a number of supermarkets that will be selling wine as of October 28th.

In its media release the Ministry of Finance said: Ontario has selected the first grocers that could sell both domestic and imported wine inside up to 70 grocery stores across the province, increasing convenience and choice for consumers.

The winning grocers were selected through a competitive bidding process held by the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO). The sale of wine in grocery stores is scheduled to begin October 28, 2016.


Don’t expect the wine selection in local supermarkets to look anything like this.

Reflecting a mix of independent and large grocers and geographic representation to ensure fairness, the successful grocers in the Burlington market are:

Loblaws Inc.
Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.
Metro Ontario Inc.
Sobeys Capital Inc.
Fresh Market Foods
Wal-mart Canada Corp.

Fortinos appears to be missing from the list, however they are part of the larger Loblaws operation – perhaps they will come under that brand name – checking on that.

The other supermarkets that will sell wine in the province are:

Canex Canadian Forces Exchange System
Coppa’s Fresh Market
Farm Boy 2012 Inc.
Highland Farms Inc.
Starsky’s Fine Foods Hamilton Inc.
Uxbridge Foods Inc.
Yummy Market Inc.

These grocers will have to abide by the requirements for the safe sale of alcohol overseen by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO), including designated sales areas and standard hours of sale, limitations on package sizes and alcohol content and staffing and social responsibility training requirements.

The longer term plan is to eventually have up to 450 grocery stores authorized to sell beer and cider and, of these, up to 300 may also sell wine.


It will be interesting to see which wines the different supermarkets decide to sell – it will tell us something about how well they know their customer base.

Up to 70 existing winery retail stores that operate just outside a grocery store’s checkout will also be permitted to operate inside the store and share the checkout. These “wine boutiques” will broaden their assortment to sell wines made by other Ontario producers, and will be located at grocery stores that sell beer. These wine boutiques will be permitted to begin operating this fall, at the same time as wine is introduced to grocery stores.

Sales of beer in grocery stores started in December 2015. Between December 2015 and the second week of August 2016, grocers received more than 532,000 cases of beer from the LCBO, amounting to net sales of approximately $24 million.


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Police searching the grounds of Roly Bird Park for missing Christopher Komac.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 2, 2016


There are parts of police work that are just plain hard.

One of those hard jobs is taking place this morning at the Roly Bird Park in Burlington where a cell phone belonging to Christopher Komac was found.

Komac posterChristopher has been missing since August 31st when he left his home heading for Prospect and Brant. He has not been seen or heard from by his family since which, for those who know this 23 year old, say “it is very much out of character”.

Yesterday the police asked for help in creating a search party to comb the grounds of the park. The response was overwhelming. The police now have “more volunteers than we could have hoped for”

The police have released a poster; Christopher Komac’s whereabouts are still not known.

Updates will be provided when available.

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Police still searching for Christopher Komac whose cell phone was recovered - search party gather Friday morning.

News 100 redBy Staff

September 1, 2016



The first missing person’s report came in at 7:30 am on September 1st. The Halton Regional Police were seeking the public’s assistance in their search for a missing man.

Christopher Komac was last seen by his family leaving his Burlington residence at approximately 5:30pm on August 31st. He is an avid runner and left his house from the area of Guelph Line and Prospect Street.

Police were notified of his disappearance when he failed to return home.

Mr. Komc’s cell phone has been located in a park near Brant and North Service Road this morning (September 1st) at approximately 7:00am. His whereabouts are currently not known. Police and Mr. Komac’s family members are concerned for his well-being as his disappearance is out of character.

Mr. Komac, 23, is described as male, white, 6’0 tall, 135 pounds, with a slim build. He has brown short hair, brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue/green “dri-fit” shirt, royal blue jogging shorts, light grey Nike running shoes with bright green accents and laces.

The search for Mr. Komac began.

KOMAC - Missing

Christopher Komac – missing – cell phone found some distance from where he was expected to be out running.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Mr. Komac is asked to contact Detective Joe Barr at 905-825-4747 ext 2385, Detective Constable Erin Cooper at 905-825-4747 ext 2313 or the on-duty Staff Sergeant at 3 District (Burlington) at 905-825-4747 ext 2310.

Late in the evening of September 1, the police issued a media bulletin saying: “Some members of the public have expressed interest in assisting with search efforts. Those interested are invited to attend the parking lot of “Roly Bird” park on Industrial Drive near North Service Road at 10:00am. A Police Command Post will be at the park and where volunteers will be provided direction accordingly.

Detective Joe Barr is the lead officer on the search for Helen Robertson, 79 year-old Alzheimer’s patient, who went missing on July 5th, and had not been found. Detective Barr is with the Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Halton Regional Police Service.

The police are pulling in every resource to find Michael Komac.

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