Active Inter-county baseball league over the weekend - Burlington still way down in the rankings.e

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

July 25, 2016


That game started June 26th – got rained out and was completed Sunday – the Bandits took it by one more run than the other guys – 11-10 over the Kitchener Panthers. On the 26th, Burlington was leading 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning

The Bandits didn’t do as well in the second game at the Jack Couch Park.

IBL Jult 24In Game 2, Nivins homered, doubled and singled twice in the Panthers’ 12-3 win. Nivins drove in two and scored three runs. Gordner had four hits, four runs and three RBI, Whiteside doubled and drove in four and scored once, Interisano had two hits, an RBI and run, Sean Reilly went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Terrell Alliman drove in a pair.

Entenza went five innings for the win, scattering two runs on seven hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk.

Ejoh had three hits and an RBI to lead Burlington, which dropped to 9-23. Gideon singled, doubled and scored. Derek Zwolinksi (0-2) took the loss after giving up nine runs (seven earned) on 11 hits over six innings, walking four and striking out three.

Elsewhere in the league, the Leafs took the game over the Red Sox in the 10th inning

Sean Mattson’s two-out blast in the bottom of the 10th inning gave the Toronto Maple Leafs a 14-13 win over the Brantford Red Sox Sunday afternoon.

Mattson’s home run was his second of the game and seventh of the season. He added a three-run shot in the third inning and finished with five RBI and three runs. Justin Marra hit two solo home runs and scored four runs. Grant Tamane doubled twice, singled twice and drove in two, Jonathan Solazzo had a pair of RBI, Damon Topolie had three hits and an RBI, and Ryan White went 2-for-5 with an RBI and run. Matt Blair-Brown added two hits and scored twice, and Jon Waltenbury singled once and scored twice.

Adam Marra (1-1)earned the win, giving up one run on one hit while getting the last four outs. Marra didn’t strike out or walk anyone. Mike Wagner started and yielded seven runs on eight hits over six innings, walking five and striking out two.

Benjamin Bostick hit two of the Red Sox five home runs. Bostick added a single, double, four RBI and three runs. Ricky Murray homered and drove in five, Chris Dennis and Jeff Hunt combined for two hits, two RBI and five runs, Dennon Koziol had an RBI, and Josh McCurdy had two hits and a run.

Matt Betts (3-1) took the loss, giving up two runs on one hits without registering an out in the 10th inning. Starter Riley Barr went five innings and allowed seven runs on 10 hits, striking out six and walking one.

The win was Toronto’s third straight, as the fifth-place Leafs improved to 18-16. Fourth-place Brantford fell to 19-14.

The Barrie Baycats’ bats came alive in a 10-1 win over the Guelph Royals Sunday night.

Eight different Barrie players had at least one hit, and the Baycats pounded out 18 hits overall.

Ryan Spataro had four hits and scored three runs, Kyle DeGrace went 1-for-4 with three RBI, Jordan Castaldo had three hits and three RBI, Kevin Atkinson doubled twice, singled and drove in a run, Jeff Cowan singled, doubled and scored, and Glenn Jackson added three hits, two runs and an RBI.

Emilis Guerrero (4-1) picked up the win, giving up an unearned run on two hits over seven innings, striking out eight and walking one.

AJ Mackey (2-6) took the loss for Guelph, surrendering four runs on nine hits over four innings, striking out four and walking three.

At the plate, Kyle Alarcon doubled as the Royals mustered just three hits.

Third-place Barrie improved to 23-10, and seventh-place Guelph dropped to 7-26 after its fifth straight loss.

In Hamilton the London Majors beat the Hamilton Cardinals 6-5 Sunday afternoon.

RJ Fuhr, Michael Ambrose and Byron Reichstein each had two hits and an RBI as the second-place Majors improved to 24-9. Humberto Ruiz had an RBI, and Keith Kandel singled once and scored twice.

Cory Hammond (4-1) threw 6.2 innings of one-hit ball but walked nine Hamilton hitters. Hammond was charged with five runs (one earned) and struck out five.

Byron Runyon threw 2.1 no-hit innings to preserve the win, walking three and striking out two for his second save.
Marcus Dicienzo had the Cardinals’ lone hit, a single to start the sixth.

Russ Burroughs (1-4) took the loss, giving up a run on three hits in 1.1 innings, striking out one.

Starter Robert Wilson went 3.1 innings and gave up two runs on three hits, walking nine and striking out two.

Last-place Hamilton fell to 7-27.

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Rivers sets out the questions Americans may be asking of their leaders: might American choose Donald Trump as their next president?

Rivers 100x100By Ray Rivers

July 25, 2016



Trump smirk July 24-16

Is this a smug over-confident man – or has he convinced America that he can and will protect them?

It’s a crazy, topsy-turvy world. And nothing is more upside down than what is happening south of the border. The Republican party has nominated the bombastic and seemingly racist, tycoon Donald Trump, to be their standard bearer for the most important job on the planet. Trump, who has never served in any public office delivered an acceptance speech which was more than a little scary – not as much by what he said but more for what was left unsaid.

Building a border wall with Mexico and banning Muslims from entering the USA are the closest things to policy statements he’s uttered, though he has also mulled about NATO being obsolete and tearing up international trade agreements. Trump calls it America First, a term that can be found in the dirty laundry of America’s troubled past.

American history has its very roots in isolationism. Founding fathers Washington and Jefferson were determined to leave Europe and European entanglements behind them as thy founded their new land. They even cancelled their military alliance with France once their independence-war was resolved.

Following a late and reluctant involvement in the First World War America’s right-wing politicians kept it out of the League of Nations, an American concept and the pre-cursor to today’s UN. The US’s decision to stay out of the League damned this early attempt at global governance and ultimately contributed to the advent of WW II.

America First was a popular early WWII movement which collapsed following the attack on Pearl Harbour. Membership included Charles Lindbergh, the Kennedys and other prominent Americans who inadvertently became apologists and supporters of Hitler’s destructive policies, much as Trump’s advisor’s are to Russia’s Putin today.

America First is a powerful sentiment but is it even possible? America has been the cop of the world since the middle of the last century. And it has also been policeman, judge and jury too often. So it’s not surprising that ISIS has sprung up – a political and social superbug intent on countering the medicine being doled out by an over-prescriptive and paternalistic USA.

It all makes sense to a nation tired of endless wars and unsure about its place in the world any more. And Trump is the iconic American conservative. Inward looking and largely disinterested in the rest of world. He may be better travelled than Bush and married to a foreign chick, but he is still that local fellow – not at all like the intellectual globe-trotting Kerrys or Clintons. And that is why he may well become America’s next president. He really is like so many of his supporters in that regard.

Almost everything that goes up comes down. Everything old looks new again given enough time. And we eventually get bored with everything. So change is a potion, transforming the mundane to magic – at least until we realize that ‘plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose’.

Change as a motto worked for Obama. And changing back from the future may very well work for Trump and his nostalgic view of the world, it’s just back to Happy Days.

Trump fist up

Gas Donald Trump managed to reach into the hearts of an unhappy American electorate.

If you lived in Nebraska, wouldn’t you be tempted to ask what the hell your leaders are doing meddling in the Middle East, or why the US is risking your child soldier’s life defending Europe from Russia or Japan from China? Wouldn’t you be tempted to ask why your leaders are allowing cheap foreign products to enter your markets duty free while your factories are shut down forcing their workers to line up for unemployment, welfare or Mac jobs?

And wouldn’t you be tempted to ask why you should be welcoming people, like immigrants from Muslim countries or Latin America, who bring their own culture and religion – changing the face of the America you once knew and loved? That was the most powerful question the British recently asked themselves. Their answer was Brexit. Down home America’s answer may well be Trump and America First.

Ray Rivers

Ray Rivers

Background links:

Ray Rivers is an economist and author who writes weekly on federal and provincial issues, applying his 25 years of involvement with federal and provincial ministries.  Rivers’ involvement in city matters led to his appointment as founding chair of Burlington’s Sustainable Development Committee.  He was also a candidate in the 1995 provincial election.


Publishers engage informed people to write which Ray Rives has been doing for the Gazette for more than three years.  We are proud to have Ray Rivers as an opinion writer however in this instance we do not agree with the views Rivers has put forward.

Isolationism –   America First –   League of Nations –   Republicans in Cleveland

Trump and Fear –     Obama on Trump –  Lies –   Trump the Dictator

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Love letters to be performed by Lorretta Bailey and Eric Trask at the Lowville United Church on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 23, 2016


Lowville residents and renowned Canadian actors, Lorretta Bailey and Eric Trask, will sit on a stage and, without paying very much attention to each other, they will read “Love Letters”, a play by celebrated playwright A. R. Gurney. It is about kids who are required to find a pen pal at summer camp. In the play, our two characters continue to write to each other throughout their eventful lives. We get their insights into what is going on with their dates, spouses, children, jobs and friends. Funny, sarcastic, witty, angry —- and then they fall in love.

Which is almost exactly what happened when Lorretta and Eric played opposite each other in a production of Saltwater Moon on a Vancouver stage many years ago .

Loretta and Eric more direct

Two seasoned Canadian performers, Lorretta Bailey and Eric Bailey, getting comfortable with their lines as they prepare for a production of the A>R> Gurney play “Love Letters”

“We did not get along” said Lorretta, “we were like oil and water”. The relationship between the actor and the actress was tempestuous for the run of the play. It was three years after the production that one wrote the other – neither will say who wrote the first letter – but today they are a team who have done impressive work on stages across the country.

Lorretta has the higher profile – she played a lead role in Les Miserables for year and a half while Eric will tell you that he is the “king of the understudy” who never had to actually go on stage and do the show. “I was understudy for the magnificent Doug Campbell who was performing in A Man for all Seasons” at Stratford.

Lorretta played the Mother of Terry Fox in the Marathon of Hope, a folk musical about the iconic journey of Terry Fox’s run across Canada to raise money for cancer research. It was a Theatre Sheridan production with seven Sheridan alumni in the cast. Bailey is a Sheridan graduate.

Between the two of them,  Eric and Lorretta have performed separately in hundreds of productions: Brigadoon, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and Hanna’s Suitcase, a production that left a deep emotional mark on Eric who was in the original performance at the Young People’s Theatre and in the second run of the play and then the tour across Canada.

The couple that have been a part of Canadian theatre all of their professional lives; Eric came out of Ontario while Lorretta was a Canadian prairie girl – Lethbridge Alberta

Lorretta has worked in the Middle East where she entertained troops in the Golan Heights.

Love letters Eric and loressta - shade

Rehearsing “Love letters” in th garden o their Lowville Home. Lorretta Bailey and Eric Trask prepare for their Sunday performance at the Lowville United church

In conversation the two are past that “oil and water” stage but they are very much two different people fully immersed in theatre who have had their big moments. What comes through is the commitment to theatre – it is not just the business that feeds them – it is what they are, it is what they do and on Sunday afternoon the two will sit side by side on a stage and read letters from the play “Love Letters” – the deftly-wrought dialogue about everything from the joys of writing to depression and divorce is what makes the play a favorite among big-name actors — with pairings that have included Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones and, in Broadway revival, Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy — is that the lines are not meant to be memorized. The staging is sparse, and the actors read off the page.

If you decide to take in the play – be ready for a sterling performance from two people that know theatre.

Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm at the Lowville United Church on Guelph Line at Britannia Road; the play is th closing event of the second annual Lowville Festival.

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Burlington bats idle Friday - play Toronto on Saturday.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

July 23, 2016


Kitchener Panthers beat Brantford Red Sox 10-4 Friday night for their fifth straight win.

IBL July 22Hamilton Cardinals were beaten by Toronto Maple Leafs in a 9-5 road win.

The London Majors hung on for an 8-5 win over the Guelph Royals Friday night.

The Burlington Bandit bats were idle.

Future games
Saturday, July 23
Toronto at Burlington, 1 p.m.
London at Guelph, 7:30 p.m.
Barrie at Brantford, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 24
Brantford at Toronto, 2 p.m.
London at Hamilton, 2 p.m.
Guelph at Barrie, 7 p.m.
Burlington at Kitchener, 7 p.m.

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Change in the location of a Lowville Festival event. Robin Hood will be at the United Church instead of Lowville school house.

Newsflash 100By Staff

July 22, 2106



Change in the location of a Lowville Festival event.

Please note that due to the hot weather Saturdays DuffelBags workshop at 2:00 and the Performance of Robin Hood at 3:00 performance will be moved to the Lowville United Church… its air conditioned there.

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Bell School Line Closure - July 28 to 30 for gas line construction

notices100x100By Staff

July 22nd, 2016



Bell School Line will be closed to traffic between Derry Road and Britannia Road from Thursday, July 28 at 7 a.m. to Saturday, July 30 at 7 p.m. for Union Gas construction activities.

Please follow detour routes.

1. From the north, traffic will be directed east on Derry Road to Tremaine Road, then south to Britannia Road and west to Bell School Line.
2. From the south, traffic will be directed east on Britannia Road to Tremaine Road then north to Derry Road and west to Bell School Line.

Union Gas - south of DerryFor more information, please contact:
Susan Cudahy, Community Liaison, Union Gas Limited
Phone: 289-237-0068  –

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Halton Paramedic arrested for sexual assault and voyeurism inside an ambulance.

Crime 100By Staff

July 22, 2106


Halton Regional Police have arrested and charged a Halton Paramedic in relation to an incident which occurred inside an ambulance in October 2015.



Tad Nelson, 57yrs of Dundas is charged with Sexual Assault and Voyeurism contrary to the Criminal Code in relation to an incident involving an adult female patient. Nelson will appear in Milton bail court on July 22nd, 2016.

If anyone has any additional information they are asked to contact Detective Constable Matt Cunnington at 905-465-8978 or Detective Constable Alanda Prescod at 905-465-8977 of the Halton Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or through the web at, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

These things do have to be reported – there are a lot of men and women who do the very hard, gut wrenching work inside an ambulance as it races to a hospital. This incident should not reflect on the really good people who work as paramedics

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Baycats win sixth straight; Burlington Bandits holding on tightly to sixth place in an 8 team league.

sportsred 100x100By Staff

July 22, 2016



The Barrie Baycats stayed hot, beating the Burlington Bandits 7-5 Thursday night for their sixth straight victory.

Kyle Nichols went 2-for-4 with three RBI, and Jeremy Walker had two hits and two RBI. Kyle DeGrace singled twice and scored twice while driving in a run, and Jeff Cowan singled, doubled and scored once.

Adam Rowe (2-0) went six innings for the win, allowing five runs on 10 hits, striking out two and walking one. Chris Nagorski was perfect over 1.2 innings and struck out three for his fourth save of the season.

Bandits - Adam Odd - batter of weekBrad McQuinn had two hits and two RBI to lead the Bandits. Adam Odd singled twice and drove in a run, while John Whaley and Grant Okawa each had an RBI.

Ryan Beckett (2-5) took the loss, giving up six runs on nine hits over five innings, walking eight and striking out one.
Second-place Barrie improved to 22-9, and sixth-place Burlington fell to 8-21.

Elsewhere in the league the Kitchener Panthers beat the Hamilton Cardinals in slugfest.

The runs came in bunches Thursday night in Kitchener as the Panthers beat the Hamilton Cardinals 20-12.  Kitchener trailed 6-0 after two innings but scored seven in the third and eighth in the fourth to pull away.

Sean Reilly hit a grand slam to lead the Panthers. His 13th home run of the season sparked Kitchener’s third inning comeback.

Tanner Nivins went 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and two runs, Frank Camilo Morejon hit his second home run as and drove in four. He added two singles and scored three runs. David Whiteside went 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs, Terrell Alliman had an RBI and three runs, Mike Andrulis drove in a run and Luke Baker had three hits, three runs and two RBI.

Andrew Simonetti (1-1) picked up the win, allowing five runs on seven hits in three innings of relief. He struck out two and walked one.

Starter Eric Hall lasted 1.2 innings and gave up six runs on six hits, striking out two and walking one.

The first-place Panthers improved to 24-7 with their fourth straight victory.

Hamilton CardinalsFor Hamilton, Liam Wilson had a home run, double, two RBI and four runs. Dre Celestijn singled and hit a solo home run while scoring three times. TJ Baker singled and homered and drove in three, Tyler Hardie had three hits and two RBI, Callum Murphy had two RBI and David Vanderby drove in a run.

Russ Burroughs (1-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on one hit with two walks in an inning. He didn’t strike out a batter. Kyle Adoranti started and went 2.1 innings, giving up seven runs on five hits with three walks and no strikeouts.

Last-place Hamilton fell to 7-25.

Future games
Friday, July 22
Toronto at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.
Guelph at London, 7:35 p.m.
Kitchener at Brantford, 8 p.m.

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It’s on! 8:30 - August 20th - Spencer Smith Park - final Tragically Hip concert broadcast live from Kingston.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 22, 2016



It’s on!

HipPoster-v2-resizedWhatever papers have to be signed – are signed and the event will start at between 8-8:15 p.m. at Spencer Smith Park with introductory remarks prior to the broadcast of the final Tragically Hip concert that will begin at 8:30 p.m., with the broadcast coming in live from Kingston courtesy of the CBC who have waived their licensing rights.

Putting this opportunity together was done in a matter of days with a lot of phone calls – Ward 2 Councillor Mead Ward managed to get a motion through council that was approved on a 6-1 vote.

The motion asked:
That City Council authorize matching funds up to $12,500 from the Tax Rate Stabilization Fund to assist with funding the live CBC rebroadcast of the Tragically Hip concert, Aug. 20, in Spencer Smith Park

Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven decided the event was just a nice to have and voted against it.  He missed the opportunity to ask if shuttle buses could be arranged for all those good Aldershot people to get to the Park and


It’s just a nice to have said the Councillor when he voted against the city chipping in for the cost of bringing in the Tragically Hip concert live from Kingston.

enjoy the evening. The Gazette has never understood why the Council member can’t seem to get behind really good community events. If you see him attending the event – do let us know.

An ad hoc committee has been struck and will meet early in August, 12+ members including SET Team, Tourism Burlington, Sound of Music Festival, local citizens and representatives from two charities and Halton Regional Police Services

The team has interest from both The Halton Chapter of Canadian Cancer Services (with a focus on disease prevention) and the Joseph Brant Foundation (local cancer care clinic)

A site is being set up for community/corporate donations.  We will send you the link as soon as they have it set up.


All kinds of people have asked if they can donate time and energy as volunteers. Interested parties can contact:

The screening was made possible after the Burlington Downtown Business Association (BDBA) put money on the table to kick-start funding for the event, and sought a matching contribution from the city of Burlington. City council supported a motion to contribute to the costs of the event. Donations of cash are still being sought from the community to cover costs of screens, speakers, projectors and security. Please consider making a donation.

Tragically hip

It will be a bitter sweet nice for the Tragically Hip as they close out their final performance in a live CBC broadcast across the country. Bring a chair and a blanket and a handkerchief – it is going to be a very emotional evening.

“This is an event of national significance that was looking for a place to happen in Burlington. Many residents reached out to me and said ‘We have to be part of this,’” said Meed Ward. “The Hip is the soundtrack of Canada. Many of us can track significant events in our lives by what Hip song we were listening to at the time. I’m grateful my council colleagues supported the funding request to make it happen.”

This is a rain or shine, alcohol-free and family friendly celebration. Residents are asked to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets to sit on.

The potential audience for this could be enormous. Will people come in from Oakville, will the GO trains be filled?

Hamilton is holding its own event – the location they have chosen doesn’t compare to what Burlington has.

An adhoc committee has been created – they will meet early in August, – 12+ members including SET Team, Tourism Burlington, Sound of Music Festival, local citizens and representatives from two charities and Halton Regional Police Services

McMahon - First public as Minister

McMahon the Minister now has a chance to give Burlington a great big thank you for electing her to office – send money.

Tourism Burlington leading on funding request to Tourism Ontario. The shiny new Minister of Tourism just happens to be our own gracious Eleanor McMahon who one hopes will shower some cash on the city that sent her to Queen’s Park. The Ministry must have a piggy bank somewhere in one of the offices.

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The Stay Frosty guy is back - setting up shop at the Beaver and the Bulldog August 25th.

eventspink 100x100By Pepper Parr

July 22, 2016



He is back!

James Burchill

James B. (Le Grand Fromage)

That Stay Frosty Guy – who has upgraded his stage name to James B. (Le Grand Fromage)

A shameless self-promoter who does put together pretty decent networking session out of which he appears to earn a living.

His Social Fusion Network is back up and running. He asks: If you want free b2b networking note the date August 25th, 5:00 pm at the Beaver & Bulldog, 2020 Lakeshore Road, – the Waterfront Hotel.

To date he has 48 people going; he usually draws close to 100.

It's all about networking.

It’s all about networking.

Just bring yourself (hey, why not invite a colleague?) some cash for the venue (drinks, parking etc.) your business cards and best smile and you’re all set!

The main website >>

Follow him on Twitter >>

Like him on Facebook >>

Burchill said that if I published this for him – he would buy me a pony. He lied – but he is a likable fellow and if you are new to Burlington – the network is a good place to meet people.

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August concerts dates - plan your summer fun.

eventspink 100x100By Staff

July 22nd, 2016


These events will take place at the Burlington Musical Centre in Central Park just behind the band stand.

The Summer Concert series for August is set out below so you can plan some of your summer fun.

Little Peter band

Little Peter and the Elegants

Wednesday, August 3 – Little Peter and the Elegants
An eight piece band that recreates the rock and roll sensations from the 1950s and 1960s.

Sunday, August 7 – Euba
The spotlight is on the tuba quartet, sure to surprise and please the most eager music enthusiasts with their musical presentation.

Wednesday, August 10 – Vili Verhovsek
A powerhouse singer from Hamilton, Ontario, Vili sings all the vintage favourites from the 1950s and 1960s – Elvis, Orbison, Sinatra.

Sunday, August 14 – Burlington Concert Band

Burlington Concert Band

Burlington Concert Band – in full flight.

Summer Concerts finale with the Burlington Concert Band as they perform Broadway, classical and contemporary selections.

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Robin Hood will be on stage at the Lowville school house Saturday - his band of merry-men will come from the audience.

Event 100By Staff

July 22, 2016



DuffleBag Theatre will take over the Lowville School house Saturday afternoon for a fun-filled and hilarious interactive storytelling.

They’ve been doing this since 1992, and now feel they can call themselves the “Nearly World Famous” DuffleBag Theatre.

The DuffleBag actors, there will be four of them on the stage, begin retelling an adaptation of a well known fairy tale that is full of wit and humour. Just when the audience becomes enthralled by the story – a twist is created!


These four DuffelBag actors will from the core of the production – other actors will be drawn from the audience.

People from the audience are asked to come up on stage and join in the action. At this point the play becomes an unpredictable performance and a hilarious experience for all ages and a truly unique interactive theatrical experience where the dream of living a fairy tale actually does come true!

The program this Saturday afternoon begin at 2:00 pm with a workshop for those who want to learn something about being on the stage and developing ideas and learning xxx

After the workshop – the “production” begins. DuffleBag has always been known for their ability to adapt and change things quickly. They will be doing Robin Hood and given that there is all kinds of great outdoor space they just might move part of the production outdoors.

Robin Hood and his merry band of men did hide out in Sherwood Forest didn’t they?
Expect the unexpected from this unique interactive production.

Where did the name DuffelBag come from? The theatre company uses duffel bags to carry all the costumes and props to each of their events.

Great entertainment for the whole family in a wonderful rural setting. There is more to Burlington than Spencer Smith Park.
The Festival is using the Snap’d service for ticket sales. Tickets are available on line
Saturday, July 23; 2:00pm
Workshop for Children with Dufflebag Theatre Company
Old Lowville Schoolhouse
$25 for both workshop & show

Robin Hood by Dufflebag Theatre
Old Lowville Schoolhouse

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Are we past the tipping point? And if we are - what do we do now?

SwP thumbnail graphicBy Pepper Parr

July 21, 2016


Is it already too late?

Have we passed the tipping point and are at the point where the greenhouse gasses already in the environment is going to continually increase the amount of CO2 and ice caps will continue to melt – the sea level will continue to rise and places like parts of Florida will just be under water.


The Maldives Islands are expected to slip under the water as the sea level rises.

The people who study this stuff seriously are believed to being preparing plans for the changes that are going to take place. There are parts of the American coast line that are being given up to rising water levels.

There are places in Burlington and the surrounding community where concrete docks that boats used to be tied up to are now several feet under water.

And at the same time there are lakes in Northern Ontario where the wooden dock sits in the middle of dry lake bottom with the water tens of yards away when it used to lap at the edge of the dock while children jumped into the water from deck.

Are the scientists and the emergency planners telling the public the truth about what we are really up against?

There is a part of Burlington where there are some 72 homes that are in a flood plain and will eventually have to be removed. Those homes are clearly marked on a map that the city has not hidden – nor is it something they have talked about all that much.

Burlington knows that it is going to have to have a lot of money in reserve funds for the next flood. The people who do this kind of work don’t use the word “if” when talking about the next flood – for them the key word is “when” followed by “where”. Burlington

Tony Bavota - fire chief

There are parts of Burlington that are very threatened should the city experience another 190mm + of rain in half a day. The Fire department managed the Emergency Measures.

Fire Chief Tony Bavota said at a public meeting that given what we know today – Hidden Valley would not have been built. The flood potential in that part of the city is “something we could not handle”. For the fire chief Hidden Valley is a potential ground zero.

We know these things today and yet the best we seem to be able to do is work harder at recycling those plastic water bottles when the things should be banned.

Use public transit that doesn’t yet meet the needs of people who need to be able to get from place to place in a reasonable amount of time.

New street paving

The focus in Burlington is on re-building roads.

Burlington spends tens of millions repairing the roads so that people can drive comfortably. This is a city that has an ageing population that was raised on the automobile during a time when gas was cheap and they are never going to give up their cars until someone takes their driver’s license away from them.

And they are a large enough cohort to scare the daylight out over every politician at every level; appealing to them to make the change for the sake of their grandchildren? They want that car so they can visit their grandchildren and they aren’t going to make that trip by bicycle or public transit.

When MP Pam Damoff asked people what they thought could be done – the true believers, the ones who belong to Burlington or Oakville Green, talked about the time they spend planting trees and cleaning up the ravines each year and do the ongoing persistent advocating. But in Burlington there still isn’t a private tree bylaw.

Some serious mistakes were made with the way most of the planners did things in terms of land use planning – they didn’t seem like mistakes at the time but we are now at a point where it is close to impossible to correct those mistakes.

We have lost a lot of time.

At best it is going to take bold action to bring about any change – and it is all three levels of government that are going to have to take those bold steps.

They can’t begin to do much of that until the public is ready – and that isn’t going to happen until the public realizes the wolves are at the door.

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Are trees technology? You might want to think about that.

News 100 greenBy Pepper Parr

July 21st, 2016



Trees are technology said a participant at the Town Hall meeting on Climate Change that Oakville North Burlington MP Pam Damoff held last night.

Trees Pearl Street

These trees came down on Pearl Street – nothing has gone up to replace them.

That comment raised a couple of eyebrows until Damoff piped up with – “I can buy into that.”

“I had senior who explained to me that she had three trees taken down because they had been infected with the Emerald Ash Bore (EAB). The result was that the shade those elm trees proved on one side of her building meant she needed to buy an air conditioner to keep her home cool.

“That senior was on a fixed income and expenses like this were not a part of the budget she lived within. The additional electricity cost is something else she has to deal with.”

The air conditioner is a technology that senior has to pay for – the trees were keeping her house cool and as far as the senior was concerned that was technology enough for her.

Trees are technology.

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Traffic flow changes on rural part of Appleby Line.

notices100x100By Staff

July 21, 2016


Union Gas - south of Derry

Union Gas is running a 40 inch line right across the top or the city.

Appleby Line will be closed to traffic between Derry Road and Britannia Road from Friday, July 22 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, July 24 at 7 p.m. for Union Gas construction activities.

Please follow detour routes.

1. From the north, traffic will be directed east on Derry Road to Tremaine Road, then south to Britannia Road and west to Appleby Line.

2. From the south, traffic will be directed east on Britannia Road to Tremaine Road then north to Derry Road and west to Appleby Line.

1. From the north, traffic will be directed east on Derry Road to Regional Road 25, then south to Dundas Street and west to Appleby Line.

2. From the south, traffic will be directed east on Dundas Street to Regional Road 25 then north to Derry Road and west to Appleby Line.

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Decent audience attends climate change meeting - few got their by bicycle - far too many drove in cars by themselves.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 21, 2016



It was more than a local town hall meeting to get people to think and act on climate change.

The meeting Oakville North Burlington MP Pam Damoff held at Tansley Woods Community centre Wednesday evening was part of a Canada wide program the federal government has put in place to hear what Canadians think and to learn just how much they are prepared to actually do individually to change the climate.

It didn’t sound like an awful lot at the Tansley Woods meeting

Climate change + Fraser Damoff

It was an audience that came to listen and then ask questions. Is this the way these meetings are going to take place across the country? Are we ready to make a real change – or will it be made for us?

Damoff knew she was speaking to the deeply converted and ensured that the message would be clear by having the lead person from both the Oakville and the Burlington Green associations at the table with her.

Damoff pretty much stuck to the script that had been prepared – asking people what they wanted to do and explaining that this wasn’t a problem the government was going to solve for them.

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MP Pam Damoff, listening to people who attended the Town Hall meeting on Climate Change. Her son Fraser is on the right.

The key word that seemed to come up again and again was “adapt”. Climate change is here – and we certainly know that in Burlington where 191 mm of rain was dumped on the city in less than 12 hours and 300 homes were badly flooded in 2014.
All the creeks in the east end of the city broke their banks which brought about an incredible million dollar fund raising event within 100 days to cover some of the costs of repairing those 300 homes.

Flood Fairview plaza

A Burlington Plaza flooded during the August 2014 rain storm.

Burlington has tasted climate change – for those that experienced the understanding is very deep. It is the rest of the community that needs to decide what it wants to do about a change that is vital if we are to survive. And so far Canada isn’t doing all that well.

The media release Damoff handed out said: Global temperatures have increased by about .85 degrees Celsius since 1880; Canada has warmed at twice the global average with Canada’s north warming even faster.

Last December Canada joined 195 countries who adopted the Paris Agreement which saw countries commit to limiting the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in an attempt to avoid the worst effects of climate change.

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CJ Martin asking a question at the Climate Change Town Hall meeting at Tansley Woods

When asked how many people attending the meeting drove to the location in a car by themselves – most of the hands in the room were raised. The MP, with a staff of four in her constituency office, apparently all arrived in different cars.

It was justified by there not being acceptable public transit. Some people did car pool.

There were some sterling examples of what can be done. A young mother mentioned the 0 household waste plan she has put in place at her home. We want to look at just how one can do that.

Vince Fiorito, a well-known environmental advocate suggested that with global warning Canada will be able to grow new and different crops in parts of northern Canada that have given us mineral resources and not much more. Fiorito suggested parts of Canada could become a banana belt. It clearly wasn’t his best night.

Climate change - diverse speaker

People from several communities took part in the Q&A part of the meeting.

The people behind the Leaf movement were in the room advocating that the fossil fuels be left in the ground and that we pour subsidies into wind, solar and geo thermal industries.

There were numerous people with their own angles and ideas. Fraser Damoff, the MP’s son wanted to see the federal subsidies given to many in the energy industry done away with. “Stop the subsidies and let them fight it out in the market place where the most effective solution will come out on top” advised Fraser Damoff.

In what was a very Canadian meeting – meaning it was polite, people were respectful of each other and Damoff didn’t cut anyone off – ran longer than was expected.

The interest was certainly there – but then a lot of people drove home, by themselves, in their own cars.

Climate change - diverse people

The audience was mixed, diverse and attentive.

Still a lot of work to be done – and more to say on this meeting.

Burlington MP Karina Gould will be hold her Town Hall meeting August 4th. The federal government has its members of parliament out in the field with their ears wide open. Been a long time since we’ve seen that kind of government behavior. They are listening – are we speaking?

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Bandits beat Leafs an 11-5 road win - long way to go to pass them in the standings.

sportsgold 100x100By Staff

June 20th, 2016


The Burlington Bandits snapped a two-game skid with an 11-5 road win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night.

IBL July 20

Beating the Leafs will certainly do a lot for the morale of the Bandits but the distance between the bottom three teams in the league and the top five is a lot to over come. It’s pretty clear where the winners are at this point in the season.

Julian Johnson went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and three runs. Justin Whaley had four hits, three RBI and scored twice,

Justin Gideon singled twice and drove in a run and scored once, Carlos Villoria had two hits, an RBI and run, and Nolan Pettipiece added a double, RBI and run. Kevin Hussey had two hits and scored twice, and Robert Tavone singled and doubled.

Jack Dennis (2-4) picked up the win, allowing three runs on two hits over seven innings, striking out 10 and walking six.

The sixth-place Bandits improved to 8-20.

Justin Marra had two hits for the Leafs, including his 11th home run of the season. Marra drove in two.

Ryan White added a single and RBI and scored once.

Brett van Pelt (1-5) took the loss, giving up five runs on nine hits over six innings, walking two and striking out eight.

Fifth-place Toronto fell to 15-16.

Future games
Thursday, July 21
Hamilton at Kitchener, 7:30 p.m.
Burlington at Barrie, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 22
Toronto at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.
Guelph at London, 7:35 p.m.
Kitchener at Brantford, 8 p.m.

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Regional deputy police chief recognized by American association of law enforcement executives.

News 100 blueBy Staff

July 19th, 2016



Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah accepted the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Technology Champion of the Year Award at the Annual Training Conference Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in Washington D.C.

The award is sponsored by Harris Corporation and is presented to an individual who is a strong advocate of technology that benefits law enforcement and public safety.

NOBLE is the largest association of black law enforcement officers and spans police agencies across the United States of America.

The fact that NOBLE selected a Canadian police leader out of all the American police agencies is a remarkable testament to the achievements of Halton Police.  Deputy Chief Duraiappah accepted the award on behalf of the Halton Regional Police Service.

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah pleads his innocence to the charge of Grand Theft Donuts, looking on is Halton Regional Police Detective Constable Paul Proteau.

Deputy Chief Nishan Duraiappah pleads his innocence to the charge of Grand Theft Donuts, during a police fund raising event. Looking on is Halton Regional Police Detective Constable Paul Proteau.

Some of the work that the Halton Regional Police Service has championed includes LTE mobile workstations in each vehicle, public police Apps in ITunes/Google, the testing of smart mobile devices for officers to conduct electronic notetaking in the field and piloting of in-car cameras. Halton Police has established a unique Police Analytics Unit, which has gained international recognition as Leaders in Business Intelligence. These initiatives are supported by world class police officers and civilians working in the Office of Continuous Improvement and Strategic Management and Information Technology.

Through technological initiatives and community programs, Halton Police improves community safety and well-being. We also partner with community groups such as the Canadian Association of Black Law Enforcers (ABLE) to enhance understanding and foster relationships between the police and all members of the public.

Police presence

Deputy Chief Duraiappah in command at a public meeting that police were concerned about public reaction.

The Halton Regional Police Service contributes to the safety and well-being of the Region’s more than 530,000 residents. Working in partnership with the communities we serve, the Service delivers quality, cost-effective public safety and crime prevention services, as mandated by law. The Halton Regional Police Service is recognized as one of the leading police agencies in the areas of diversity and community policing initiatives, and is committed to ensuring Halton Region remains as safe tomorrow as it is today.

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In Lowville - this weekend - a festival of all the arts for the artist in all of us.

artsblue 100x100By Jim Riley

July 19th, 2016



The Lowville Festival will again be presenting superb musical and theatrical experiences for audiences old and young in north Burlington’s majestic Escarpment country.

Bon Missen and Loretta Bailey

Rob Missen and Loretta Bailey on stage at the first Lowville Festival.

The inaugural Lowville Festival in July 2015 was such a success that Co-Artistic Directors Robert Missen, Lorretta Bailey and Barbara Anderson-Huget decided to make it into an annual event. This year’s festival will again feature some of Burlington and region’s finest performing artists.

The Lowville Festival defines itself as “a festival of all the arts for the artist in all of us”. The ultimate aim is not only to feature all of the performing, visual and literary arts, but to provide opportunities for audiences to participate in the creative process. To that end, local singers were invited to join the Lowville Festival Choir, which will appear in the opening concert.

Patrons of the Folkies’ Choice concert will be invited to choose which of the featured songwriters should be saluted in a 2017 concert.

And children will have an opportunity to participate in a workshop with the nationally acclaimed Dufflebag Theatre.

The 2016 festival begins Friday July 22nd with a concert at St. George’s Hall at the Anglican Church – Music for a summer night – Classic and Classical. The concert will feature superb artists in performances of classical, jazz, musical theatre, cabaret, pop and crossover music.

These include Burlington’s Charles Cozens, Renee Barabash, Trevor Copp, Robert Missen and Lorretta Bailey, Guelph’ s James Gordon and Toronto’s David Warrack. A highlight will be an appearance by the Lowville Festival Choir under the direction of Hamilton-born Wayne Strongman, former conductor of the Bach-Elgar Choir.


Lowville School House is the venue for the Children’s Workshop and Robin Hood production.

Saturday’s daytime activities will take place in Lowville’s Old Schoolhouse, a limestone edifice located right in the centre of the hamlet of Lowville. Dufflebag Theatre, the popular kids theatre company from London, Ontario, will present a performance of Robin Hood. Prior to the performance there will be a workshop.


Stuart Laughton – with one of his many horns will be playing at the Lowville United Church on Saturday.

Lowville United Church will play host on Saturday night to Folkies’ Delight: The Best of the Singer song Writers. Burlington’s Andy Griffiths and Stuart Laughton, Hamilton’s Jude Johnson and Carl Horton, Dundas’s Ariel Rogers and Toronto’s Paul Novotny will offer a tribute to eight great songwriters- Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, Buffy Ste. Marie, Cat Stevens, Carole King, Leonard Cohen and Stan Rogers.

The festival finale, to be presented at Lowville United Church in the afternoon of Sunday July 24th, is Love Letters , A. R. Gurney’s popular two-character play. The performance, which features Lorretta Bailey and Eric Trask, nationally renowned actors resident in Lowville who also happen to be husband and wife, will be a fundraiser for the festival.

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The choir has grown to more than 60 voices – Friday at St; George Hall at the Anglican church on Guelph Line and Dundas.

The Lowville Festival is the vision of two Burlington performing artists, Lorretta Bailey, a Lowville resident, who has performed in musical theatre productions across Canada, including the original Toronto production of Les Miserables, and Robert Missen, proprietor of the Bobolink Agency, one of the country’s pre-eminent artist management companies, who was the 2016 inductee into the Burlington Performing Arts Centre Hall of Fame. They have been joined by Barbara Anderson-Huget, and former Managing Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival and Executive Director of CARFAC Ontario, the association of visual artists.
Online tickets available at Snapped:

Friday, July 22; 7:30pm
Music for a Summer Night – Classic and Classical
St. George’s Church Hall
$25 online (advance) $30 at the door;

Saturday, July 23; 2:00pm
Workshop for Children with Dufflebag Theatre Company
Old Lowville Schoolhouse
$25 for both workshop & show

Robin Hood by Dufflebag Theatre
Old Lowville Schoolhouse

Saturday, July 23; 7:30pm
Folkies’ Delight: The Best of The Singer/Songwriters
Lowville United Church
$25 advance (online); $30 at the door

Sunday, July 24; 3:00pm
Love Letters by A. R. Gurney
Lowville United Church
$25 online (advance); $30 at the door

The Festival is using the Snap’d service for ticket sales. Tickets are available on line

There is an “all shows” package for $70 – pretty good value.

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City Councillors abuse the recorded voting process - city decides to buy an electronic vote recording system.

News 100 redBy Pepper Parr

July 20th, 2016



Will wonders never cease?

The city is going to move to an electronic vote recording system that will put an end to the cumbersome call for recorded votes that took place at the last two meetings of city council.

Sharman July 2016

Ward 5 Councillor Paul Sharman forced city council to record their votes on everything they did – even the accepting of the agenda. He said he was making a political point.

Councillor Sharman asked for more than a dozen recorded votes at a July 5th  meeting and Councillor Meed Ward asked for almost as many recorded votes at the Council meeting last night.

Those council votes will now be done automatically by having the members of council press a button rather than have to stand up and be physically counted for each vote.

The Staff Direction was to:

Direct the City Clerk to purchase and install an electronic vote recording system in the Council Chambers, the cost to be charged to the capital budget for the Agenda Management solution; and

Hold in abeyance, sections 33.7-33.9 of Procedure By-law 37-2014 until a vote recording system is installed.

The question many have now is – which votes will the technology record?

This city council takes the position that the only votes it records are those taken at a city council meetings which is where everything done is made official.

Council vote Dec 18-14 Water Street

Council during a recorded vote: Those standing were voting for the motion.

The real grunt work gets done at the Standing committee meetings – there are four different standing committees – Development and Infrastructure; Community and Corporate Services; Audit Committee and Committee of the Whole.

These are the meetings at which the public gets to speak for ten minutes if they delegate and where debate is often boisterous. It is also the meetings at which city staff attend – they speak very openly and inform council on the reports they present.

These are the meat and potatoes meetings – which this Council has decided that the votes taken are not recorded. The minutes of the meetings do say how a vote went – passed or failed to pass. The public report does not say how individual members of council voted.

The city’s procedural bylaw, which sets out how meetings are run and votes recorded has a section that is being waived while the electronic system is put in place. The section being waived says:

33.7 Any member, in Council Meetings, immediately before or after a vote is taken, may require a recorded vote to be taken on the question concerned. Recorded votes shall not be permitted in Committee Meetings.

33.8 When a recorded vote is permitted and required, the Chair shall pose the question and the Clerk will call for those members in favour to rise, at which time the Clerk shall record the name of each Member standing and his vote in favour, and upon completion of the recording, the Clerk will call for those members opposed to rise, at which time the Clerk shall record the name of each Member standing and his vote in opposition. On the appropriate form, the Clerk will also record the number of Members absent and/or abstained.

33.9 On a recorded vote, a failure to vote by a member who is present at the meeting at the time of the vote and who is qualified to vote shall be deemed a negative vote.

The Standing committees report to Council where just about everything is rubber stamped. Many council meetings take less than half an hour. The Mayor has a tendency to race through the meetings – one was pretty close to less than 15 minutes in length.
Public meetings are not the Mayor’s strength.

Meed Ward H&S profile

Ward 2 Councillor Meed Ward asked for more than seven recorded votes at the most recent city council meeting.

In February of 2013 city council decided that recording all the votes wasn’t necessary Here is the comment made at that time.
“With respect to recorded voting at standing committee meetings, members of Council on the review team expressed differing viewpoints. Acknowledging that recommendations from committee are intended to be a preliminary position on a matter, it was felt that recording a member’s vote at that stage of deliberation could inhibit a member from changing his or her position later at Council should new information become available.

“It was also noted that recorded voting would slow the transaction of business at committee meetings. As the review team did not have consensus on the matter, a recommendation on recorded voting is not included within this report and would require direction from Council. Nonetheless, the sentiment of the review team was that if recorded votes were to be permitted at Committee, these would be restricted to the main motions (and main motions as amended) but would not be applied to amendments themselves or any secondary motions tabled.


Partial view of the Board of Education screen that shows how trustees voted.

The Halton District Board of Education bought an electronic system a number of months ago that is close to perfect. There is one Burlington trustee who gets confused when it comes to determining which button to press but other than that it works very smoothly.

When there is a vote the school board chair turns on the voting system and lights show up. When all the trustees have voted all the light go out – the chair then presses a button and they know in an instant who voted which way.

The system was provide by Hamilton Audio Visual – who will hopefully let the city know what they can do them

We elect our members of council democratically and have a right to know how they vote on every issue. Many council members aren’t very keen on letting the public know how they vote at Standing Committee meetings. They forget that deciding what they are directing staff to do is not about them – it is about the people who pay the taxes – and that would be you.


Sharman asks for recorded votes on everything at a council meeting

Past debates on voting at city council


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